Sunday, April 30, 2006

Thank you, Stephen Colbert

If you haven't seen Stephen Colbert's devistating performance last night at the White House Correspondent's Dinner, go watch it.

Crooks and Liars: Colbert Does the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Editor & Publisher: Colbert Lampoons Bush at White House Correspondents Dinner– President Not Amused?

The Video

He nailed Bush, but more importantly, he called out the credulous, irresponsible media whores who cover the White House with laser-like precision.

After you watch the video, you may want to go and add your name to Thank You, Stephen Colbert.

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the more you know

I've learned that, when cooking bacon, the margin of error from "delightfully crispy" to "inedibly burned"  is eleven seconds.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

hello (hello hello)

Wil gave me the keys to WWdF to post entries that either don't fit at my blog, or just seem to fit better on a secondary blog. It's like a blog of B-Sides.


annie made me cry again

21st century digital boy

I got ktorrent working on bender, so i can get all those awesome wilco and soul coughing shows that doesn't have, yet.

It brings up an interesting morality issue for me: i buy Lost on iTMS, plus I watch it on TV, and I own Season One on DVD, plus I plan to buy Season Two when it comes out. So surely I can download episodes to put onto dvd now, so I can share it with my parents, who missed much of the beginning of this season, right? What's the difference between me doing that, and my brother putting it onto VHS or DVD or something from TiVo?

But here's something less ambiguous: what if I wanted to get Some Great Reward? I bought the tape when it came out a million years ago, then I bought (and subsequently lost) the CD about ten years ago. Is there a significant difference to DM if I ask Darin to loan me his CD so I can rip it and make my own, and getting it off bittorrent? I've already paid for it -- twice no less -- so is it that big a deal?

Nothing to see here

Just giving performancing a try on Linux.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

some things never change

Today, I worked on booking a venue for Boston. I have three solid recommendations for Boston, and I've made contact with two of them. One totally blew me off, which was insulting and lame, and the other one will get back to me tomorrow.

Man, being blown off like I was today really galls me. I go out of my way to treat everyone I encounter with with dignity and respect, and I've foolishly come to expect the same from others. I guess bookstores are constantly contacted by authors about in-stores, but if someone is going to work in event planning, shouldn't that person be friendly and at least pretend to care? After I hung up with the first place today (the one that blew me off) I felt like I was just another stupid author at the bottom of a list that they resent having to deal with. Whether that's true or not, it's pretty stupid to make an author feel that way, especially when you're an indie store. Someone is supposed to call me back next week. I can hardly wait.

This reminds me of one of the absolute worst things that happened when I was trying so hard to promote Just A Geek shortly after it was released. There's a store here in Pasadena called Vroman's. It's my absolute favorite bookstore in the world, an indie shop that has slowly grown over the years without ever feeling corporate or impersonal. I really wanted to do an in-store there, so I contacted their event coordinator myself, told her that I was a long time customer, a new author, a former actor, and how much I wanted to come to the store for one of my first signings. I figured it would be a no-brainer: I'm local, I'm a customer, what more could you ask for, right? Well, she totally blew me off, and made me feel like I was stupid for even asking, like I wasn't worth her time. Oh, did I mention she did this to me face to face in the store? Yeah, that was awesome. Humiliated, I walked out, and they permanently lost a life-long customer. When I hung up the phone this morning, I felt the same sense of defeat and sadness; it's the polar opposite of the excitement and enthusiasm I've felt between my blog and eventful. Two of my best experiences doing in-stores were both at Borders: in San Francisco, and in Arcadia, so large and corporate doesn't always equal lame, by the way.

I'm really sensitive to this sort of thing because it touches raw nerves left over from acting: we actors are constantly told by our employers that we're worthless and easily-replaced, and even though we all know it isn't true, hearing it enough can wear on you, you know?

The second place I talked to was much friendlier, and the woman I spoke with was friendly and enthusiastic when she took all my information, which she said she would pass along to the head of in-store events, who will give me a call tomorrow. The contrast between the two stores couldn't have been more striking.

Anyway, I was so disheartened, I didn't make efforts to find a place in Montreal; I'll get on that tomorrow. If I recall correctly, one of the big Canadian chains, I think it was Chapters or Indigo (?) promoted Just A Geek very well, and sold an awful lot of them, so if I can't find an indie store (Booksense shows zero member stores in Montreal) I'll contact one of them, and hope that I get to encounter some of the legendary Canadian politeness.

Oklahoma Politicians Decide Some Videogames are "Harmful to Minors"

Why is it that Republican lawmakers are gung-ho for personal responsibility and government abstinence when it comes to healthcare, welfare, and minimum-wage laws, but they can't vote "aye" fast enough when it comes to intrusively legislating morality?

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Tony Snow moving from FOX News to White House

Can you imagine the howling from the wingnuts if someone moved from Mother Jones or The Nation to the White House Press Secretary in a Democratic administration?

At least FOX can't continue pretending to be anything other than a propaganda outlet for King George Bush and the rubberstamp Republican congress.

Oh wait. Yes they can.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

Gamers Could Use Their Thoughts to Control Future Games

At least two developers in Silicon Valley are working on devices that would harness brainwaves to control games.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Linux Snobs: Real Barriers to Entry

One particularly distraught new Linux user came to me and shared how his meeting with a number of Linux "pros" turned to a bash Windows, bash him and bash everything he said gathering. Instead of answering his question regarding which GUI they prefer to use on their systems, the response was a clear: "you ignoramous! Go back to your Windows."

Yep. These are the guys I call "the ponytails," and they are the best salesmen for Windows in the known universe.

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Destroy All Humans Sequel Coming in Fall

The sequel will be set in 1960s Europe, where Crypto will face off against ninjas, hippies, communists, and Godzilla-style mutant monsters.

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Saturday, April 15, 2006

good morning

When my dog woke me up this morning, the first thing that popped into my head was a mysterious voice, which said, "embrace who you truly are, and the rest will follow."

Friday, April 14, 2006

Sean Bonner talks about Metroblogging: Azeroth

An interview with Sean Bonner, co-creator of, and the creative force behind Metroblogging: Azeroth.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Will Apple Sell Porn in the iTMS?

Shortly after Apple announced the video iPod, people began speculating about when teh pr0n would come to teh p0d. While there are plenty of adult-oriented podcasts, Apple hasn't put an adult video section into its iTunes Music Store. Mark Gilbert, a columnist for, thinks it's time for Apple to get into the adult business.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

A quirky look at five of the most important numbers in mathematics

I really, really suck at math, but I've always loved numbers and mathematics has always fascinated me in that "I'll never understand this, but I sure love trying" kind of way.

This link from Digg is fantastic, but the ensuing discussion among the mathematically-inclined diggers is even better:
i dugg this out of the BBC archives. "Hear about the stark reality behind the imaginary number, try a slice of pi, find out about the natural beauty of the golden ratio, discover why some infinities are bigger than others, and see why nothing really matters."

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Sunday, April 09, 2006

a golden coin reflects the sun

Will Campbell, one of my co-bloggers at (and our esteemed city captain, yarrgh!) lives in Silverlake, which is a truly wonderful community that wraps around the hills just east of Hollywood around Los Feliz.

On Wednesday of last week, Will got an e-mail about a murder in his neighborhood, and he went to investigate.
I gave some thought as to why I was here. What is it that draws me on these goose chases searching through the aftermaths of violence and death? Certainly the proximity of the crimes to where I live is a strong factor as is my obvious curiosity. Sure, I'll even admit to something of a morbid fascination.

But there's something more to this pilgrimage. There's a basic need to seek out and bear whatever witness I can. Though it might be nothing more than a strictly symbolic gesture, it is important for me to stand and recognize the location of the horrible waste of a life.

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

George Bush is Completely Insane

AMERICAblog is just one of many blogs that picked up Sy Hersh's truly terrifying story about Dear Leader King George Bush's plan to use nuclear weapons in an attack against Iran:
I don't even know where to begin with this. The story is from the New Yorker's Seymour Hersh, who unfortunately gets his stories right. Bush is planning to attack Iran with a massive massive attack. He's afraid Iran is developing nukes, so the idea is to launch a devastating attack against Iran so that - get this - the Iranians rise up against their own government. Sound familiar?

From the New Yorker: One former defense official, who still deals with sensitive issues for the Bush Administration, told me that the military planning was premised on a belief that “a sustained bombing campaign in Iran will humiliate the religious leadership and lead the public to rise up and overthrow the government.” He added, “I was shocked when I heard it, and asked myself, ‘What are they smoking?’ ”

One of the military’s initial option plans, as presented to the White House by the Pentagon this winter, calls for the use of a bunker-buster tactical nuclear weapon, such as the B61-11, against underground nuclear sites.

[. . .]

Late this winter, the Joint Chiefs of Staff sought to remove the nuclear option from the evolving war plans for Iran—without success, the former intelligence official said. “The White House said, ‘Why are you challenging this? The option came from you.’ ”

Are they fucking serious? Nuclear weapons? What in the hell has happened to our country, when this is even considered by anyone? Bush and the Neo-cons have learned nothing from their utterly failed war in Iraq, and are set to repeat all the same mistakes in Iran, with the added bonus of using the Nuclear option (ha. yay for gallows humor.)

There are massive walkouts and sitdowns planned all across the nation on April 10th to force a dialogue between immigrants and the rest of the country. I'll be watching that protest with great interest, because I've been saying for years that the only way we can get our government to pull their faces out of the trough and listen to The People is to pull off Ghandi-like national strikes for days at a time.

Maybe Americans will listen to Bush's plan to have people "rise up against their own goverment" in a massive, non-violent, national sitdown and we can start the long process of bringing back the America we all knew from five years of abuse by Bush, the Republican-controlled Congress, and the neo-cons.

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Star Wars Landspeeder Replica On Sale

When I read stories like this, it makes me so happy that Suicide Girls changed the Technology wire to the Geek wire:

Some guy with far too much time is selling a landspeeder he made out of a 1988 ford escort. Now this is the kinda car ford ought to be making.

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South Park Wins first Peabody Award

Comedy Central's "South Park" won its first Peabody Award on Wednesday, winning praise from judges as TV's boldest, most politically incorrect satirical series. Peabody Awards Director Horace Newcomb say "Through that process of offending it reminds us of the need for being tolerant."

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Huge Pyramid Found Under Mexico City

Sofa. King. Cool!

Archaelogists find a large pyamid (comparable to Pyramid of the Moon) buried under poor Mexico City neighborhood.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

not funny

I am poker champ.