Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Photos up on LaffertyWhistle.com

Well, it took a while, but I finally got around to putting up some photos on LaffertyWhistle. The photos page was put together pretty quickly, which really just means it's about as not great as the rest of the site. Regardless, there it is. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Faceball

is officially the funniest thing I've seen today.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hey, Look

I love the New Yorker.

Twenty-five:
"Hey, look, our boss is walking around the office for no apparent reason."
"Do you think he's just trying to see if we're goofing off instead of doing real work?"
"No, he's not as clever as that."
"You're right; he's not clever at all."
"But he does make a lot more money than we do."
"Yeah, what's that all about?"
"I guess he got some fancy degree in the seventies."
"That's stupid, I could run this place better than he does."
"Too bad corporate America sucks. That's why I love Dilbert."
"Me too! I love it because it's true."

Monday, July 16, 2007

Custodians of Chaos

An extract from Vonnegut's Memoirs.

Quoting Eugene Debs,

As long as there is a lower class, I am in it. As long as there is a criminal element, I am of it. As long as there is a soul in prison, I am not free.
Indeed.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Politics

So I took this quiz during lunch. Here are my results:

1. Theoretical Ideal Candidate (100%)
2. John Edwards (50%)
3. Christopher Dodd (49%)
4. Ron Paul (49%)
5. Duncan Hunter (46%)
6. John McCain (46%)
7. Barack Obama (45%)
8. Tom Tancredo (45%)
9. Al Gore (43%)
10. Hillary Clinton (42%)
11. Joseph Biden (42%)
12. Wesley Clark (41%)
13. Mitt Romney (40%)
14. Sam Brownback (39%)
15. Chuck Hagel (38%)
16. Dennis Kucinich (38%)
17. Tommy Thompson (37%)
18. Alan Augustson (35%)
19. Fred Thompson (35%)
20. Michael Bloomberg (34%)
21. Rudolph Giuliani (33%)
22. Bill Richardson (33%)
23. Jim Gilmore (30%)
24. Mike Gravel (30%)
25. Elaine Brown (29%)
26. Newt Gingrich (28%)
27. Kent McManigal (26%)
28. Mike Huckabee (24%)
(And if you'd like to compare candidates, check this out. Pretty nifty.)

Notice that the first real candidate starts at a paltry 50% of my supposed theoretical ideal. I'm not sure what that means, but my first instinct is to say that my political ideas flail pretty wildly and are probably inconsistent. I chalk that up to my general distaste (not nearly strong enough a word) for politics and to the fact that I took the quiz in 5 minutes while eating a bologna & ketchup sandwich. Oh, and I probably hadn't given a second thought to a number of the issues in the quiz before today, so, you know, there's that.

My point is, I'm still surprised John Edwards came in closest to my "ideal". What's my problem, you ask? That's easy: I hate politics, I really don't care for politicians, and I agree with the notions of the economist in this article, who seems to think democracy is a rather silly idea. He makes too many good points for me to quote, so I won't. I will, however, point out that I agree (albeit halfheartedly) with the article's author, that such silliness is probably a small price to pay:
In the end, the group that loses these contests must abide by the outcome, must regard the wishes of the majority as legitimate. The only way it can be expected to do so is if it has been made to feel that it had a voice in the process, even if that voice is, in practical terms, symbolic. A great virtue of democratic polities is stability. The toleration of silly opinions is (to speak like an economist) a small price to pay for it.
I just haven't had anyone really prove to me that I've really got a voice.

All that said, I guess I should vote anyway, but the whole thing kind of makes me want to vomit, and I'd still really like to think my vote will matter. Anyone?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Comics, both web- and otherwise



Mr. Malki also served up an interesting take on Garfield. (And be sure to read this article and check out these results from the now defunct randomizer.)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

LaffertyWhistle.com

LaffertyWhistle.com has been renovated. Check out the new furnishings.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Bonds, iPhone, Aussie teens, and yes, even Paris Hilton

Lots of good points about Barry Bonds and all that surrounds him in this article. Let's not forget, though that everyone knows Griffey would have broken the record already.

Gizmodo has the all-encompassing, BS-free iPhone review. The verdict? Wait.

This is awesome:



So is this:

Turns out, I already knew that

Turns out, I'm pretty weak.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Logical Language, or 1984?

Speaking of fascism, check out this train of clickthought:

del.icio.us --> Flip --> LiveJournal --> Matt Arnold --> Lojban --> me thinking --> 1984

Which brings me to my next question: When do I get to meet a real-life Winston Smith? And how do I get his job when totalitarianism is all the rage? I really think I'd enjoy the creative challenge.

That about sums up my afternoon. Back to the grind.

Ethan Haas, Fascism, & Majority Opinions

I'd be lying if I said I didn't find this more than slightly intriguing. (See also: right & wrong)

I'd be lying if I said I didn't find this funny:



I'd be lying if I said I didn't find this frightening, and true.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Whole milk, anyone?

I may as well drink my own puke.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

I will write this down in Latin

Shoes?

"I say, 'fuck shoes!' Your shoes do not represent you! Neither here, nor in a court of law, you son-of-a-B. Sorry to use harsh letters."

~ Dane Cook
I haven't read this entire article yet, but I've got the gist: shoes suck. Also, this might be one of the more disturbing pictures I've seen recently:



Also, "synaesthetically" is one of the better words I've read recently. Reminds me that I'm fascinated by synesthesia. Makes me think that there might be something to the idea that walking barefoot results in something akin to natural synesthesia, allowing one to experience something normally very common in a different way by the addition of another sense.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Del.icio.us & The Lifting of the Veil

I've recently become newly amused by del.icio.us (notice the new addition to the sidebar), and not only because I find the URL frightfully clever. It's a great way to keep track of cool sites, and I love me my cool sites.

Also, the Google Toolbar is awesome. Part of me feels it should be wrong to promote the interests of a massive company whose goals are, really, morally & intellectually ambiguous, but I just can't help it. The company makes some righteous tools for doing two things I love: thinking and tooling around on the internet. So, yeah, I love Google. There, I said it. Y'happy, now?!

Hm... what else? We saw some fireworks this weekend. We were so close to the action, chunks of cardboard tubing were raining down upon us. I could close my eyes, and, listening to the explosions, smelling the smoke and ash, and feeling the ungodly precipitation, almost taste the apocalypse.

God bless America.