Monday, March 31, 2008
6+ years of perfect service from my old yet trusty PS2.
15 months, 2 repairs and a total cock up, for my pisspoor XBOX 360.
That's 2 months in the shop out of the 15 months I've owned it, plus another 2-3 (which equals 4) weeks to get a new power supply out to me. Thanks for nuthin' Bill Gates.
I wouldn't recommend an XBOX 360 to my worst enemy.
Kudos to Spike TV for the mondo boffo STAR WARS uber-trailer. Of course there's no chance that I'll be tuning in... I own those jammies on DVD with the 5.1/6.1 surround sound and I hate commercials during my STAR WARS... but now I have to resist the urge to watch my STAR WARS again (all 6, no half stepping here). Damn you Spike!
Or do I?
Sunday, March 30, 2008
- Kudos to Reliable Sources' Harvey Kurtz for his salvo at MSNBC and Keith Olbermann in the ongoing CNN/MSNBC donneybrook over Maria Milito's crack about "pimps not sharing hoes" the other night on Countdown. Very classy and sharpHowie. And for my part though I hope that Keith doesn't pull a Samantha Power on Maria because I think her weekly American Idol updates are great for water cooler talking points.
- I am probably a bad person for not talking about the war more on this blog. God knows I've blogged about the war, but the war makes me angry, and depressed, and I guess I didn't want to share that here. The reality? I've given up. I follow the war in the alternative media, but the reality is it ain't ending until this guy is out of office, and that's that. We had our shot in 2004, and we blew it.
- This week's Frank Rich is right on the number.
- But it's not all serious. I shoehorned in last night's Torchwood and yikes. Freaky. Circuses and freaks always freak me out, and last night's evil soul stealing circus.... yeeaaarrggghh. 3 new episodes left... until new Doctor Who and Sarah Jane Adventures at the end of April.
- Is hope alive for the Sabres? I don't even know anymore at this point. But I will be watching the last HD broadcast of the year, and who knows, maybe my mother will win a player jersey at Fan Appreciate Night. The Sabres should at least do her that courtesy.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
I was at the game Tuesday and even I can’t hang last night on Ryan Miller.
My blame goes to Kotalik for taking that lazy and stupid penalty with 3.5
minutes left against the #1 power play in the league. That 3-1 lead was
precarious as hell, and taking a needless and pisspoor like that teed up
Montreal for that pivotal second goal that swung the game back the other way
right in time for the Habs to pull their goalie for the last few minutes. A
month or so ago it would have been Lydman taking the killer third period
penalty, but last night it was Kotalik the lazy, Kotalik the heartless and
gutless. It’s all Kotalik folks. Fucking Kotalik.
That said however, Miller does hit his knees faster than Monica
Lewinsky, almost as a reflex, and that’s ain’t helping either.
In my opinion a true hockey fan can't hate on the Sabres for last night's game. They played a solid game, they kept the pressure up the entire third period and didn't let up, and they got the game down to the 2.5 minute mark before it all went sour because of a lameass Ales Kotalik penalty. That second goal was the swinger, and with a pulled goalie they had us right where they wanted us for those last few minutes. The Sabres were doomed.
But hope is apparently still alive.
Friday, March 28, 2008
I know I've posted this before, but ya know... I've been fulminating about this Spitzer thing for the last few weeks and listening to this album with this whole fiasco in mind so it just seemed appropriate. I watch. I post.
This one goes out to Eliot Spitzer.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
* I believe they call this dinner theater in Europe.
Let's go Sabres.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Folks, we are segregated up the wazoo.
So I guess you could say that I'm looking out for 97 Rock. Yeah, let's go with that.
- Ask yourself: would you be COOL or SORE with the fact that your ancestors were enslaved and shipped to America to be slave labor? Yeah.... hmmmm.... never thought about that before... did you?
- 140 years (the amount of time that's elapsed since the abolition of slavery) does not qualify as ancient history by ANY measure.
- You are aware that segregation was 100% legal in the US until about 50 years ago, right?!? And you're also aware that the Civil Rights Act wasn't signed into law until about 40 years ago, right?!?
Yes my silly crackers, that's not even a generation ago.
- Slavery and Jim Crow seem like they happened "ages ago" because they didn't happen to you or your people. You probably read about slavery and Jim Crow in a history book back in school, and odds are good that you probably got defensive about it back then too.
- Try to think about race with a perspective larger than just your lily white cracker worldview. Try... just try... to think about race if you were African American. Yeah it might be hard... it might even blow your mind... but it's worth trying. Trust me.
We gotta try.
It's bad enough I live in one of the most segregated communities in the US. I don't want to live in one of the most racist. Stop the madness. Stop the presses. Abort this mission... please. Our region doesn't need that rap in the least.
Monday, March 24, 2008
"When this thing goes on sale there isn't going to be a ditch in the land or a hedgerow that isn't full of Premiership footballers, who are broken and and on fire."
And Simon Cowell is the top Star in the Top Gear Reasonably Priced Car so far? Damn. Is nothing safe? We gotta get some Americans over there to take some shit from Jeremy Clarkson and represent for the nation that brought the world Steve McQueen!* USA! USA!
* That link was for the kids, who might not have a clue who the ____ Steve McQueen is... kids who sadly have no modern analog upon which to even understand who and what Steve McQueen was, is, and forever will be....
Decker ignored the rain drops that pelted the back of his neck as he sat hunched over his bowl of noodles because that's the price you pay for oing anything in the Undercity. Neverending rain and flickering neon. But Decker couldn't ignore the tune that was leaking out of a nearby pod because it reminded Decker of her.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
- Happy Easter.
- This week's Torchwood was brilliant: sex, violence, conflict, maneating aliens, humor, a wedding- it had it all. God Torchwood is such a good show.
- The new Gnarls Barkley disc is awesome. More to come later.
- The Dude dissects the obvious appeal of Lonelygirl15's exploits on YouTube: her cans.
- I gotta admit it folks, I did think that it was cool that Cafe Aroma came in dead last in yesterday's Buffalo News coffee judging. Yes, the most ludicrously pretentious coffee joint in Buffalo also serves the lamest coffee in Buffalo. A coincidence? Probably not.*
- You know what the worst part of all this divisiveness among the Democratic party, in addition to the fact that it might well give the GOP the keys to the car for a third consecutive term? The fact that win or lose you know it's gonna fall to Barack Obama to (try) to unite and save the party. Yes, the guy on the receiving end of all this divisive BS, the chap playing far more defense than offense over this divisive BS, is gonna have to (try to) save the bloody day with his much maligned (by his opponent) pretty talk. Now does that qualify as irony, or is that the height of cynicism?
- It is waaaaay past time for activist Democrats to check themselves, and to ask themselves "WHAT EXACTLY AM I DOING?" Seriously. It's time.
- I used that Frank Rich link twice on purpose.
*I'm sorry, but I am gonna nurse that grudge against Cafe Aroma. I mean, what's the point of even showing World Cup matches if you can't get in the place because half of the seats are taken by the backpacks and tote bags of the wankers clogging up the joint?
And those wankers weren't even watching the matches!
Saturday, March 22, 2008
- The bad news: Kristen Davis ex boyfriend from way back sold some smutty pictures of them en flagrante to the Internet. That's just wrong, low, and downright ungallant. The good news: they are great.
- I used to think Bill Clinton was smooth. Nice. A sharp operator with impeccable game. But that was before this year's model decided to roll the dice with that already somewhat dodgy legacy of his. And now they're saying he's like Joltin' and Revoltin' ' "Joe McCarthy?" Dude, The Dude recommends taking a time out to build some houses or officiate a third world election with Jimmy Carter, or, if that's not flash enough for you, hang out with Bono.
- Sorry Keith Olberman, but sports and politics go together like fried chicken and gravy.
- The Dude is officially not down with the summer Olympics, and will be boycotting this year's games in China, which is currently mowing down Tibetan folks in the streets.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
No, this is my last half assed St Patty's Day U2 blog video post. What the fuck is this about? U2 only brings out the really good stuff for the Brazillians? Why does U2 hate on this brilliant 90's stuff? Why won't they delve into this material on their American tours? It's almost as if U2 is ashamed of their "cool" period... when they were actually cool. I don't get it. To heck with the greatest hits (OK, I like those too)... give us some daring. Some balls. Some art.
Sunday, March 16, 2008
- Give a shout out to Buffalo for seemingly making St. Patrick's Day a four day revelry, or if you want to be specific and only count Friday night, 3 and a half day revelry. And we've got snow today for the parade! I almost feel bad for the Irish girls from all of the Irish Dancing schools dancing about in the colorful dresses and curly wigs... almost. Somebody has to dance the jig for us. Thanks girls.
- Salute the Sabres for winning another must win game. They are still in it baby.
- Freak you people out with a CONSPIRACY THEORY that isn't crazy at all.
- Right an ommision- I almost forgot to say that the take out food from Lagniappes (883-FOOD) on Allen is worth the trip to Allentown just to get the food. Pure New Orleans goodness through and through: the gumbo is real, the BBQ shrimp po'boy is not for those observing Lent (the bacon wrapped shrimp almost compelled me to go to church and confess my sins), the authentic and magnificent jambalaya burns sweetly in your tummy for hours, and the blackened catfish po'boy is jim dandy. It's also a cool little spot. The Dude recommends it highly.
- Give an even bigger shout out to Nelson Starr and crew for Nelson's ode to Buffalo and Anthony Bourdain. Even though I do have to quibble with the statement that we are "humbly without pretension*" (if only that were totally true), the gist of the piece is absolutely correct and conveyed perfectly. Dave Attell missed his chance to kick it out in Buffalo... let's hope that Bourdain doesn't make the same mistake.
Happy St. Patrick's Day people! Now let's everybody git down!
* Please note, I am not calling Nelson pretentious. I have never, ever seen him in a poofy shirt.
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Special kudos have to go out to the fans at the game last night. From the fans with the big PLEASE DON'T QUIT ON US sign tapped to the wall to the fans who clapped and chanted and urged the team to keep scoring goals (to gaurantee their win and help our mental health)... we did our part, and the team did their's. It was all good folks, all good. I just wish I had Eliot Spitzer's money because I'd love to head north up to the TO with the gang and score some tickets off of some scalpers because tonight's game is titanic, another must win game....
LET'S GO BUFFALO.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Courtesy of Countdown. Apparently the Oral Roberts University Eagle started it. Obviously.
The only down side- two dvd's.
I don't think Dr. Laura likes herself very much.
I agree with Ed Norton- this would make for a great movie.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
- Geraldine Ferraro has thrown herself upon her sword at last... if anything else to (try to) avoid the lambasting she and the Clinton campaign will be getting on tonight's Countdown. Also, let's be fair to Gerrie, of course she's not a racist... she's just somebody willing to cynically play the race card. There is a difference. But alas she is still a foul ball and that's dirty baseball.
- I am really looking forward to tonight's Countdown. A Special Comment aimed at the HRC campaign Death Star?!? That ought to be something.
- Yes the Spitzer Gotterdammerung is many things: a tragedy, a betrayal, sad, a farce, the height of either madness or arrogance, a mass betrayal of all who supported the "Mr. Clean" who was supposed to be President eventually ( as almost a foregone conclusion), pathetic, disgraceful... oh I could go on and on for days. But, all things being equal, that hooker is one fine piece of ass. She's also a U2 fan, and you gotta respect that.
- And hey, at least you can tell that Spitzer is a Democrat: he got caught with a (good lookin') woman. If he was a Republican it'd be some airport men's room hanky panky or some such thing.
- Mary Anne has been caught up in the justice. It really makes you wonder where the Professor is in all of this....
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
And yes Nascar did not fuck up my Tivo-ing of this week's Simpsons like it did last week. I even added extra time to the program to account for Nascar overage. I hate Nascar.
I watched a new Law and Order for the first time in ages and it wasn't bad. Jeremy Sisto was suitably intense and it was fun to see Brad (Grima Wormtongue, Billy, Doc, Luther Lee Boggs, the psychotic crewman on Star Trek: Voyager) Douriff act wacky. That new ADA is from Engaland? Getouttahere with that. I'm also somewhat intrigued by the prospect of Anthony Anderson joining the cast next season. I also think I'll be Tivo-ing this week's L&O for the Lara Flynn Boyle.
I am totally using that Target gift card I got for my birthday for Season 1 of The Office.
I have to get over to that new Mexican joint on Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sheridan.
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Also, pay close attention to Richard Wolfe's comments on "experience." Therein lies the whole nitty gritty. Really kids. Ponder Wolfe, consider briefly McCain's status as POW and war hero, and then recall how many times on The West Wing you saw Stockard Channing present in the Oval Office during policy meetings or in the situation room. That is game, set and match in November- and another 4 years with a Republican in the White House.
Friday, March 07, 2008
Reason to Believe
Because the Night
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
The Promised Land
Waitin' on a Sunny Day
Racing in the Street
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Born to Run
The Ties That Bind
Reason to Believe
She's the One
Livin' in the Future
The Promised Land
I'll Work for Your Love
Working on the Highway
Last to Die
Long Walk Home
Girls in Their Summer Clothes
Born to Run
Dancing in the Dark
Yes, the Buffalo show was staggering. Titanic.
Let's try to be cool about this people.
Or... a harmonic convergence. Cue The X-Files music.
Also in the new Playboy, an interview with that lead singer from Nickelback that I think includes him being asked what it feels like to be hated by all people who fancy themselves to be "lovers of music." That ought to be great.
Bruce and the Band take the stage in Buffalo in 6.55 hours....
Thursday, March 06, 2008
* Angel and Spike are in their own comic published by a different company.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
And the Sabres totally suck. There was no desire in that third period. They could have tied the game but they didn't have the fire in the belly to get that goal and they were practically begging for the Caps to get that third goal, and they buried us for it. That second goal would have been nice (I'll have to take Lindy's word that it wasn't a goal), but they didn't dig in until after the jig was up and that's not good enough by half. The Sabres ain't done yet but the job ahead has gotten that much tougher.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
- The Sabres won in a genuine "show of guts" and thus kept their/our playoff hopes alive. The open thread live blog of the game over at was a lot of fun tonight. Let's go Sabres!
- In a bizarre twist Ain't It Cool News has a Super Tuesday II post and thread. I feel less bad about inflicting politics on you (actually I don't feel bad at all). Kudos to all of you fine Americans!
- And now I am done for the night. The Real World beckons, and I am tuckered out from all of these exertions. And now let us pray...
- 3 things forced me to quit playing Dungeons & Dragons after a few years: 1) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons was weird, almost totally fucked up in fact; 2) weirdos starting acting out D&D for real, ending with somebody, or a bunch of somebody's dead- a scene I had affinity for or desire to be associated with; and 3) that's a one way ticket to Dingleberry Town. I put my time in like everybody else, but that's about it. Still, the late Gary Gygax (what a cool name) deserves kudos for creating D&D, and all of the other BS that's followed in it's wake.
- Rolling Stone has a new editor's blog and it's first post is spot fucking on. VH1 is totally fucking over old school hip hop (the only hip hop worth getting worked over), and it's gotta stop.
- Raph Fienes has not yet signed on to play Voldemort in the Deathly Hallows movie (which might be a two parter...). WTF is that about?
- The announcers for NHL game on VS are total, complete, and utter scrubs. That's not so much news as a fact you can take to the bank.
It's come to this. We got the wrath of God outside. The Democratic Party hangs in the balance. And the Sabres are confronted with a must win situation. This is it.
Let's go Sabres.
And for it to be not funny.... man... that just ain't fair.
Sunday, March 02, 2008
Boy, I really hope they get somebody cool to play the July 3rd installment Thursday in the Square (I was gonna use the acronym but decided against it)....
Shopping... for what? I have no idea.
At least my mother will save some money on playoff tickets this spring.
And the best part is that it's not just some gaggle of celebrities talking bullshit out of their asses. It's sense, our shared values as Americans and as Obama people, our hope (yeah I fucking said it- hope motherfuckers!) that this gaggle of celebrities is pushing... and it is good.
- Kudos to this week's Torchwood for: (spoiler alert*) killing Owen (just when we were starting to really like him too), giving Martha Jones a chance to be cool, and for perfectly using white anglo saxon villain Alan Dale (The OC, Ugly Betty) in the role of what I'd consider to be a vintage Doctor Who villain. Kudos also to Freema Agyeman for perfectly transitioning Martha Jones from the PG/PG-13 universe of Doctor Who to the decidedly R rated world of Torchwood. She was a lot of fun to watch, and it was one of the best episodes of the series to date.
- Kudos to Robin Hood's Richard Armitage and Keith Allen for being among the best TV villains of all time. Armitage conveys so much emotion in his performance that you get the sense that his utterly villainous Sir Guy of Gisborne really percieves himself to be a good guy doing his job, and Keith Allen (father of Brit pop star Lilly Allen) is absolutely brilliant as the cruel and corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham. No matter what he's doing (crushing parakeets, taunting Robin Hood, or just sittin' around ordering bad things done to good people) , Allen's almost over the top performance is so bold, so much fun to watch that you can't take your eyes off of him.
- Kudos to Gol TV's Ray Hudson for his hilarious and wonderful color commentary for Ronaldinho's picture perfect bicycle kick goal during yesterday's Barca drubbing at the hands of Atletico Madrid. And the best part was all of the hyperbole and overpraise was entirely deserved- it really was one of those moments in sport that makes everybody- for and against... everybody who's gonna see that goal all over the world, stop and say "hot damn, did I just see that?"
I really hope that makes it onto YouTube.
- Kudos to Will.iam (or whatever that is) for another killer Obama music video. I mean really, I cannot stand The Black Eyed Peas, but this this stuff has been exceptional.
Saturday, March 01, 2008
But wait! Do not give in to fear and despair! Here is some absolutely true wisdom on the subject of "fear vs. hope!"
Hey now! There's the guy I voted for twice. Hear hear (or is it here here?) Brother Bill. Unfortunately, one does have to wonder what's happened between then and now....
Courtesy of the Real Deal Liberal Democrat Council, Politico, and that wonder of wonders, YouTube.