Sunday, December 30, 2007

Squat On It

Fox News always provides the latest in anus comforting toilet paper to wipe with. The 2 latest phrasal prints include:
  • "the behind the scenes"
  • "common knowledge"
The 1st we need to thank Sean Hannity of Fox News for using. Sean, as I'm sure you're aware, is an up and comer with expertise in hair management. The 2nd I noticed just the other day when an expert in echoing official Republican opinion used it on Answerbag.

The behind the scenes is is that Fox News has hired the Answerbag correspondent from Voice Of America after VOA decided it had enough answers in the bag on the Internet to control common knowledge. Fox News: you can squat on it. As dependable as your toilet, ready to flush on demand. Larry Craig optional.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Play Footsy with me

I decided to wash my feet today. It's always a sad day when I have scrub away the wonderful aroma they have accrued. But since I was already washing the other AStoundingly Splendiferous smelling place on my body, I decided to give each footsy a fair and balanced scrubbing too.

Teacher/Coach (40) Marries 16-year-old High School Student

Monday, May 28, 2007

Trust Wikipedians to Remember the Heroes

Today, I read about the importance of morale versus experience or expertise on the Wikipedia internal mailing list.

It was a memorial that nobody wants a historian that's spent 20 years studying history and archeaology digs, or a doctor that's spent 6 years studying chemistry and biology and 4 in practice. We'd much prefer a kid tell us what 4 out of 5 unnamed dentists recommend on a commercial site for a large corporation selling pharmaceuticals and spending money on motivational speakers to keep employee morale high.

As Stephen Colbert said in an interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales:
"What I love about it is that it brings democracy to information. For too long, the elites that study things got to say what is or isn't real." - The Colbert Report, 2007.05.24

That's why it's far better to keep guys like Wolfie happy and doing a heckuva job than like cut-and-run Japanese government officials hanging themselves over a little $236,000 bookkeeping "fraud". Just ask Paul Wolfowitz. He'll tell you the $400,000 he received to step down as the World Bank president kept his morale and terrorist fighting productivity high.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Halliburton featured in Doonesbury

Unleash the EnergyFinally, this Garry Trudeau guy of Doonesbury is coming around. Halliburton just doesn't receive enough recognition for it's support of the troops. The Sunday Doonesbury from May 13 features Halliburton's excellent food service, keeping the troops sharp.

Movie of the year Update

Alberto Gonzales
I changed my mind, and my nose. Perfume - Story of a Murderer was easily the best film of at least the last 2 years, not just 2006. How the Academy can ignore a film that features the fine art of sniffing is beyond me.

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Movie Pig

On this Oscar night when Little Miss Sunshine should be the obvious pick since Blood Diamonds, Idiocracy, and Clerks 2 didn't get nominated, I will be ranking a couple sites that claim to know your tastes as as well or better than you.

Despite the the pretty piggy interface, is not quite as smart as a pig. You'll probably need to rank over 100 films before it has a clue. Despite it's claims to be able to accurately judge your taste, it is consistently way off even after entering more than 50 films, even after I entered 90 picks.

I decided to give it a try after reading a couple glowing reviews in shill-trusted resources, like news columnists of large, corporate-owned newspapers and TV that show teens the best sites on the Internets. Teens always get shown the best stuff.

I logged on as PigTester (you can see what I ranked) and started ranking.

After a while, I started testing it, dropping films I'd actually already seen to see if its software actually predicts how I'd rank it. It was consistently wrong, even after ranking films it requested I rank so it could make a better prediction (it does this after every rank request even after 90 picks, so I think it's actually part of some target marketing scam).

One of the biggest and most obvious failures came after I ranked about 50. I ranked the Illusionist, then a couple more. Then dropped in Prestige. Except for the film studio shills who would argue over which is the best simply to get you to see both, they are in fact very similar films, and both worth watching (and I say this despite not receiving an upfront shill fee). Yet the little piggy failed to go to town, even asking me for to rank some more before predicting, and then still failing.

Equally horrendous is it's incompleteness, lacking greats like The Truman Show, Blade Runner, Alien, A Clockwork Orange, Misery, Deliverance, Midnight Express, or Fight Club. They appear to be limited to the last five years. Unacceptable when the Internet, cable, and film rentals give anyone a far more expansive personal history to better judge their own tastes.

I'm predicting the moviepig is in fact just a nice front site to get people to watch recent films they wouldn't bother watching otherwise and to advertise more stuff to them.

It's hard to criticize a site like that. Even after 90 picks, the 91st was pretty much recommending raw hindquarters (mmmm, yummy) to a vegetarian.

I tried out criticker afterwards. While it lacks the pretty piggy interface, it guesses better, provides nearly as many films as IMDB, and the ability to easily see what actual critics tend to have a similar taste as you. You also get to read summaries of their reviews. The major drawback is the speed. The site even freezes at times. But you don't have to enter 100 films before it starts making useful predictions. You do need to enter in hated and OK films along with your favorites in order for it to work. Unfortunately, if you've seen a lot like me, its predictions get worse as your number and complexity increases.

Which brings us to this years Oscars. Its users actually like departed the best of the list. Apparently having Scorsese and Nicholson on the same film get you lots of brownie points, because it really doesn't deserve an Oscar nomination. Of those picked, Babel, Letters from Iwo Jima, and Queen all are solid films that deserve their nomination. Little Miss Sunshine is easily the best, but I'd be surprised if it gets the pick.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Why We Need Corporations

This is why we need corporations. While free people are out wasting money, hard working corporations like Exxon are making money.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Death to the Polar Bears

If a polar ice shelf breaks off then melts and nobody notices, will it still cause global warming?
Ancient Ice Shelf Breaks Free from Canadian Arctic

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

More Troops, More Deaths, More Money

I could say I told you so (see below) but instead I'll use Stephen Colbert's elegant phrase:
I called it!
On top of that, the troop addition article says it is "to quell its near-anarchy." If that's the case, we liberated Iraq as promised and have already won the war. What are people complaining about? Saddam Hussein is dead and we're nice enough to stick around and help them police the country, rebuild, and bury the dead.