Saturday, June 28, 2008

“Save us, Internet Jesus!”

Warren Ellis speaks. : WWC-WARREN ELLIS:
"Question. “Do you ever get writer’s block?”

Answer. “Writer’s block? I’ve heard of this? This is when a writer cannot write? Then that person isn’t a writer anymore. The job is getting up in the morning and fucking writing. If you get up in the morning and you cannot write, you’re something else, aren’t you?”

...We were going to do Transmetropolitan years ago, Patrick Stewart—Patrick Stewart is not like you and me. There’s a certain eccentricity that British actors of a certain age have. We went to a fancy restaurant to talk about Transmetropolitan and the maitre ‘d came out because You Do Not Belong. You do not smell of money.

“Patrick’s got all the tics of that particular generation of actors. They laugh with pleasure. ‘Sit down, have some champagne, what do you know about killing rabbits?’

“’I live in Yorkshire, Warren, and the foundations of this house are being eaten by rabbits. Tell me how to kill them, Warren, I know you know.’

“’Spider Jerusalem is my role model. I was in line to get my medal from Prince Charles recently and I was in line thinking ‘What would Spider Jerusalem do?’ He’d headbutt the bastard! So I wasn’t listening to what he was saying because I was trying not to headbutt the bastard!’”

“All the actors of his generation, utterly, utterly bugfuck.”

...Question: “The dynamic between men and women in your work—the lack of romance, it seems like there’s no room for it. Can you explain a little?”

Answer. “Do I come off as an animal if I say romance only happens in romance novels? Relationships between men and women are a lot more complex than that, usually a lot more edgy and nervous and spiky than that, and I don’t think it’s honest to write the kind of romances—Hollywood romances don’t get anywhere near the human condition.”"

Best Advice Ever.

Ask the Readers: How to Cope with Socially Obligated Spending? ∞ Get Rich Slowly:
"Stop caring what other people think. It’s that simple. It frees up your life (and money) in spectacular ways."

From a thread talking about how to deal with spending incurred from familial and social obligations. You can read it in depth if you want more evidence of how just amazingly screwed up families can be.

"A Brief Guide to World Domination" via the Art of Nonconformity.

This was pretty damn interesting.

The Art of Nonconformity » A Brief Guide to World Domination:
"Greetings from Seattle, Washington. I present to you your own copy of my promised manifesto, modestly entitled A Brief Guide to World Domination.

...A Few Things You’ll Learn in the Report

* The Two Most Important Questions in the Universe
* Why Ruling and Changing the World are Interrelated
* The Clear Alternative to Being Unremarkably Average
* True Stories from Zen Habits, Kiva, Randy Pausch, and more
* The Most Important Work We Can Do
* Life Lessons from My Singapore Airlines flight to Tokyo"

Download Link.

The Art of Nonconformity » AONC Video Update: Manifesto Follow-Up:
"This 6-minute video includes:

* Why I wrote the manifesto
* Who I’m writing for
* More about the two most important questions in the universe
* Close-ups of my ‘James Bond style’ duplicate U.S. passport
* My upcoming trip to Bulgaria, Mongolia, etc."

Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog - Joss Whedon's Side Project.

You know, besides the TV Shows, and movies and comic books... he gets bored, apparently. - Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog - 28 - Male - LOS ANGELES, California -
"Coming soon to a computer near you... The story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to. Featuring Neil Patrick Harris as Dr. Horrible, Nathan Fillion as Captain Hammer, Felicia Day as Penny and a cast of dozens. Written by Joss Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, and Zack Whedon. Directed by Joss Whedon. Produced by David Burns, Michael Boretz, and Joss Whedon. Music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon. Lyrics by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen. Score and Orchestration by Jed Whedon."

Teaser from Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog on Vimeo.

Joss Whedon expounds - Whedonesque : Comments on 16734 : Doctor Horrible website is live.:
"...At last the time has come to reveal to you our Master Plan. BEWARE! Those with weak hearts should log off lest they be terrified by the twisted genius of our schemes! Also pregnant women and the elderly should consider reading only certain sentences. Do not mix with other blogs. Do not operate heavy machinery while reading this blog. You must be this tall to read. ‘Kay?

It is time for us to change the face of Show Business as we know it. You know the old adage, “It’s Show Business – not Show Friends”? Well now it’s Show Friends. We did that. To Show Business. To show Show Business we mean business. (Also, there are now other businesses like it.)


"Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog" will be streamed, LIVE (that part’s not true), FREE (sadly, that part is) right on, in mid-July. Specifically:

ACT ONE (Wheee!) will go up Tuesday July 15th.

ACT TWO (OMG!) will go up Thursday July 17th.

ACT THREE (Denouement!) will go up Saturday July 19th.

All acts will stay up until midnight Sunday July 20th. Then they will vanish into the night, like a phantom (but not THE Phantom – that’s still playing. Like, everywhere.)

And now to answers a few Frequently (soon to be) Asked Questions:

1) Why, Joss? Why? Why now, why free, why us?

Once upon a time, all the writers in the forest got very mad with the Forest Kings and declared a work-stoppage. The forest creatures were all sad; the mushrooms did not dance, the elderberries gave no juice for the festival wines, and the Teamsters were kinda pissed. (They were very polite about it, though.) During this work-stoppage, many writers tried to form partnerships for outside funding to create new work that circumvented the Forest King system.

Frustrated with the lack of movement on that front, I finally decided to do something very ambitious, very exciting, very mid-life-crisisy. Aided only by everyone I had worked with, was related to or had ever met, I single-handedly created this unique little epic. A supervillain musical, of which, as we all know, there are far too few..."

More humor and info at the linkymabob.

Myth of the Surge.

Critical thinking allowed. Encouraged, even.

Balloon Juice:
"The pretended meaning is, The US increased troop strength in Iraq for a period of time beginning in 2007. The actual meaning is, the US increased troop strength WHILE ramping up a program to pay off Sunni resistance leaders WHILE Iraq’s warring ethno-religious factions finished completely remaking Iraq’s demographic patterns, owing to tens-to-hundreds of thousands of dead and millions of exiled and internally displaced, WHILE the US turned the capital into a warren of barricades. The net result of all those changes has been a less obtrusively violent Iraq for the time being, and the whole arrangement is “The Surge” in practice, but the cheerleaders talk as if it was all due to The Surge in pretense."

Wisdom where you find it.

Overheard in New York | Wednesday One-Liners Are in It for the 72 Virgins:
"Hobo: The best way to fight terrorism is not with guns and bombs, but with beer and porno. Beer and porno!

--34th & 3rd

Hobo: Bush is a terrorist. Him and his father blew up WTC. (looks at Asian man) Jackie Chan is my friend. When you go to Hong Kong, tell him I said hi.

--7 Train"

Japanese women cage fighting B-movie drama ass-kickery.

This is awesome.

Via » Blog Archive » JackalTV: This is how chicks in Japan fight

Friday, June 27, 2008

This is a no smoking establishment. Except for all the marijuana.

The unintentional comedy that results from government trying regulate all aspects of your life...

Reason Magazine - Hit & Run > I Swear, Officer, It's Only Marijuana!:
"A Dutch ban on smoking in businesses open to the public takes effect on July 1, and owners of marijuana-selling 'coffee shops' are worried. They're not worried because the ban will prevent their customers from smoking pot. Although the combustion products of any dried weed include toxins and carcinogens, cannabis is exempt from the law, which is ostensibly aimed at protecting employees.

It's hard to see what purpose this disparate treatment serves, aside from horrifying American conservatives with the prospect of a topsy-turvy world in which you can smoke pot but not tobacco. But since European pot smokers often mix tobacco into their joints, The Independent reports, coffee shop operators are afraid the smoking ban will cut into their business"

Images via.

Ah, North Carolina... I miss you so.

Overheard Everywhere | That's What He Said at the ER:
"Drunk girl applying lip gloss: I can't believe he broke up with me. I gave him the blow job of his life last night!

Napper Tandy's Bathroom
Raleigh, North Carolina"

Nope, sorry dude. You are still totally gay.

And a hugely hypocritical blight on humanity.

Crooks and Liars » Ted Haggard Completes “Spiritual Restoration Program”:
"The evangelist forced out of his job after being caught up in a sex scandal involving a male prostitute has left a “spiritual restoration program” and no longer has any ties to the megachurch he founded, the congregation’s new pastor said Sunday.

Under a severance deal that Ted Haggard reached with the church in 2006, he agreed to leave Colorado Springs and not talk about the scandal publicly. The deal expired at the end of 2007. New pastor Brady Boyd said Haggard was now free to live where he wanted and has returned to Colorado Springs.

Haggard and church officials clashed last summer after Haggard sent an e-mail to a Colorado Springs television station outlining his plans to work as a counselor at a Christian-run halfway house in Phoenix. The e-mail also solicited financial support. A four-pastor team of overseers said that those plans were unacceptable and that Haggard would seek secular employment instead"

George Carlin Quote[s] of the Day - From his last interview.

Outstanding interview, with Psychology Today. The man had just outstanding depth and insight.

It's always fascinating to me, when you hear the things you've thought coming out of other people's mouths.

His stuff on the creative process is pretty damn fascinating too.

Psychology Today Blogs:
"...I’ve addressed this before when the question is asked more bluntly: Are you an angry man? What are you angry about; what are you so angry about? I don’t live an angry life, not an angry person. I rarely lose my temper, can’t remember the last time, never had a physical fight in my life, don’t carry grudges, don’t carry resentment either. Very very lucky in those respects. But I feel a very strong alienation and dissatisfaction from my groups.

Abraham Maslow said the fully realized man does not identify with the local group. When I saw that, it rang another bell. I thought: bingo! I do not identify with the local group, I do not feel a part of it. I really have never felt like a participant, I’ve always felt like an observer. Always. I only identified this in retrospect, way after the fact, that I have been on the outside, and I don’t like being on the inside. I don’t like being in their world. I’ve never felt comfortable there; I don’t belong to that. So, when he says the “local group,” I take that as meaning a lot of things: the local social clubs or fraternal orders, or lodges or associations or clubs of any kind, things where you sacrifice your individual identity for the sake of a group, for the sake of the group mind. I’ve always felt different and outside. Now, I also extended that, once again in retrospect, as I examined my feelings.

I don’t really identify with America, I don’t really feel like an American or part of the American experience, and I don’t really feel like a member of the human race, to tell you the truth. I know I am, but I really don’t. All the definitions are there, but I don’t really feel a part of it.
I think I have found a detached point of view, an ideal emotional detachment from the American experience and culture and the human experience and culture and human choices.

But even if I am a cynic, they say if you scratch a cynic, you find a disappointed idealist—that’s what’s underneath. That’s the little flicker of flame, has a little life in it, the idealist: I would love to be able to entertain that side of me, but it doesn’t work like that. I don’t see what’s in it yet, I mean I just like it out here.

I’m not an angry person, just very disappointed and contemptuous of my fellow humans’ choices—and on stage those feelings sometimes are exaggerated for a theatric stage—you’re on a stage you have an audience of 2500 or 3000 people: you need to project the feelings, the emotions it’s heightened, and people mistake it for a personal anger but it’s more dissatisfaction, disappointment and contempt for these things we’ve settled for.

...It is my true personality, but it’s not an angry personality. Anger is a handy term and boy words are tricky, as we know. What one man perceives as anger, another person—in my case the deliverer of material—is, “Don’t you see it, don’t you see how badly you’re doing?” It’s like shaking a child—which you’re not supposed to do.

...But yeah, of course I care. Of course I care. My daughter has pinned me on that. She says of course you care, can’t you hear it? And I say yeah yeah yeah, but they gotta prove it to me first. Show me you care people and then I’ll let some of it out; right now I just want to scold you a little bit.

...I am contemptuous of the mass. That’s the thing I need to explain. One on one with people, I have great capacity and great compassion. I don’t like standing around 20 minutes talking to somebody, but when I see individuals, I see their individual beauty. I’m aware of the potential—and I don’t mean this happened every time I meet someone—but when I see people, I sort of see the potential for the whole species. When you look in their eyes, you can see a hologram of the human species and you kind of know what we could have been. It’s the group behavior that I’m talking about on stage...

Do you mentor other comedians?

No. I’m not collegial, I don’t hang out. I’m soloist, I like my solitude, I don’t really hang around with comedians—this person I talked to today, I now have his phone number. I have maybe five phone numbers. I’m not in show business because I don’t have to go to the meetings, I’m just not a part of it, I don’t belong to it. When you “belong” to something. You want to think about that word, “belong.” People should think about that: it means they own you. If you belong to something it owns you, and I just don’t care for that. I like spinning out here like one of those subatomic particles that they can’t quite pin down."

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Training 80-81.

- 3 eggs w/cheese, 1l diet soda, 1l water, 2 shakes w/6 eggs/inst coffee/cream/pb/equal


Single arm db snatch - 35x8, 45x5, 52.5x5/5/5
Press - 70x10, 80x7, 90x5/6/6
Chins - 8/5/4
SLDL - 90x15, 105x12/12/10/10
Neck - Bridge 1x20, 1x10, Neck nods x 50
Wrist curl - 15x20, Rv wrist curl - 10x15
Dislocates/Face pulls - 20/20


Lg coffee w/equal/cream, 4 diet sodas, 1l water, 2 salami sticks, deli meat, sausages, tuna w/mayo

30m Rutten MMA wkout/thai boxing 3m rounds

Demure, quiet, polite Japanese.


Overheard in the Office | I Rented It Out to a Family of Four:
"(in a crowded elevator there is a brief, unidentifiable noise)
Co-worker #1 (in Japanese): Keiko*, did you just fart?
Co-worker #2 (in Japanese): Well, my asshole *is* kind of loose lately.
(all Japanese in elevator burst out laughing)
Co-worker #2: What?

Bethesda, Maryland

Overheard by: Minivet"

Oh, white people...

Overheard in New York | The Only Circumstance Under Which White Men Jump:
"Crowd watching Indiana Jones trailer: Yeah! Woo hoo!
Young black guy (legitimately surprised): Damn! That whip drives the white folks crazy!

--Court Street Multiplex, Brooklyn

Overheard by: iiams"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The tour was probably not a success.

Overheard in New York | Wednesday One-Liners Do the Vatican Rag:
"Suit on cell: No, I'm not coming in today...I'm on the Upper East Side. There's all this traffic from the Pope's 'Don't sodomize the kids' world tour.

--83rd & Lex

Guy at bar: Most Popes hate Jews."

George Carlin Quote of the Day.

Via Kevin Smith's memorial writeup.

Newsweek: Kevin on Carlin | News Askew:
"...George had asked me to write a different role for him.

In 2001, George did me a solid when he accepted the part of the orally fixated hitchhiker who knew exactly how to get a ride in “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.” When he wrapped his scene in that flick, I thanked him for making the time, and he said, “Just do me a favor: Write me my dream role one day.” When I inquired what that’d be, he offered, “I wanna play a priest who strangles children.”

It was a classic Carlin thing to say: a little naughty and a lot honest. I always figured there’d be time to give George what he asked for. Unfortunately, he left too soon."

Japan = Insano Physical Challenges + Random Cross Dressing.

"In this ridiculous game from Haneru no Tobira, comedians must cross three spinning platforms, jump to a rope, and swing onto a little island floating the the surface of very hot water..."

Via i heart japan « Murasaki BJJ via Japan Probe.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

George Carlin Quote of the Day.

"Fuck the children. Fuck 'em. They're getting entirely too much attention. I know what you're thinking 'Jesus, he's not gonna attack children, is he?' Yes, he is... And remember, this is Mr. Conductor talking. I know what I'm talking about."

Training 79.

Today was a wash. Back on the horse tomorrow.

George Carlin Quote of the Day.

"I'd like to begin by saying fuck Lance Armstrong... and while you're at it, fuck Tiger Woods too... I'm tired of being told who to admire in this country... aren't you sick of being told who your heroes ought to be? Being told who you outta be looking up to? I'll choose my own heroes thank you very much... And fuck Dr Phil too."

Why you should never talk to the police.

This was a pretty awesome presentation. - "Don't Talk to Cops."

[Sorry JM]
"Law professor James Duane explains why innocent civilians should never talk to the police, about anything. He presents a myriad of reasons why an innocuous conversation with (or the act of providing information to) the police could come back to haunt you.

Interestingly, in a quarter of wrongfully-convicted cases later exonerated by DNA evidence, the innocent defendants were convicted based on 'incriminating' statements made to the police."

A law school professor and former criminal defense attorney tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

An experienced police officer tells you why you should never agree to be interviewed by the police.

Monday, June 23, 2008

America's continued slow descent into nonsense.

Reason Magazine - Daily Brickbats > Next It Will Be Football Games:
"Rock Hill, South Carolina, police arrested seven people at two different high school graduations for disorderly conduct. They are accused of shouting when students' names were called out. They face up to 30 days in jail and a $1,000 fine."

So stupid you'll cry.

For the sexually confused Christian teen in your life.

Chastity: K-Mart Sweatpants Keep You From Getting Laid:
"An amazing, real item on sale at K-Mart now: 'These athletic pants boldly proclaim just where she stands by pointing out that 'True Love Waits' in a large screen print on the front and back of these pants.' Abstinence: It's right there on her ass."

Day trip with Bachan to Shimonoseki and Mojiko, pt 4 - The bridge, Mojiko and the tunnel 'neath the sea.

Crossing the bridge. I dug this pic.

Sandy and Bachan.

After that we headed over to the Moji Retro district, which is... well, here's Wikipedia again - Moji-ku, Kitakyūshū - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
"Moji-ko Retro which officially opened under this name as a tourist site in 1995 is a charming port town situated along the Kanmon Straits. The area boasts many interesting historic buildings. For instance, the former Moji Mitsui Club once hosted Dr. Albert Einstein and his wife when they visited Japan in the 1920s. Recent developments along the waterfront, such as the renovated customs building, a striking new hotel and a unique pedestrian drawbridge (Blue Wing) add to the charm of Moji-ko and make it a pleasant place for visitors to stroll."

The rain took the charming edge off, but we checked out a couple places, including the old customs building, where Bachan posed with a giant stuffed bear.

Sometimes Japan puzzles me.

Our final stop was the underground/undersea tunnel that crosses from Honshu to Kyushu, which Sandy was enthused to check out.

Day trip with Bachan to Shimonoseki and Mojiko, pt 3 - Akama Shrine.

After Ganryujima [the highlight for me, personally] we went and checked out Akama Shrine. It was nice... but I think I'm still burned out on shrines from last year's Miyazaki trip.

Still, cool architecture.

Sandy's a goof.

I do dig on the statues though.

And this was a nice touch.

Training 78.

Nutrition - coffee w/equal+cream, 1l water, 1l diet soda, 3 shakes w/9 eggs, peanut butter, inst coffee, equal, cream

- PHA/circuit workout
Group 1 - Squats 3x10x90, Situps 3x25, Conc curls 3x30x10, Side Bends 52.5x25x3, Neck 3x25
Group 2 - Pushups 3x10, Leg raise 3x25, Chins 6/5/5, Twist 3x25, Calf rs 3x15x105 Group 3 - SLDL 3x105x10, Crunch 3x25, Press 3x10x70, Bnt fwd twist 3x25, Overhead Tri X 35x3x10



Edgy comic George Carlin dies in L.A., aged 71 - Yahoo! News:
"Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71.
[The Seven Words]

...His comedic sensibility revolved around a central theme: humanity is a cursed, doomed species.

"I don't have any beliefs or allegiances. I don't believe in this country, I don't believe in religion, or a god, and I don't believe in all these man-made institutional ideas," he told Reuters in a 2001 interview.

Carlin told Playboy in 2005 that he looked forward to an afterlife where he could watch the decline of civilization on a "heavenly CNN."

"The world is a big theater-in-the round as far as I'm concerned, and I'd love to watch it spin itself into oblivion," he said. "Tune in and watch the human adventure."

My favorite Carlin.
On the Ten Commandments

On Religion

"Religion easily has the greatest bullshit story ever told. Think about it, religion has actually convinced people that there's an INVISIBLE MAN...LIVING IN THE SKY...who watches every thing you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a list of ten special things that he does not want you to do. And if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish where he will send to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry for ever and ever ´til the end of time...but he loves you."

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Day trip with Bachan to Shimonoseki and Mojiko, pt 2 - Miyamoto Musashi and Ganryujima.

Next, we headed out to Ganryujima island, location of the legendary duel between Japan's premier swordsman - Miyamoto Musashi - and Sasaki Kojiro. Via the ever thorough Wikipedia - Miyamoto Musashi - :
"In April 13, 1612, Musashi (aged approximately 30) had his most famous duel with Sasaki Kojirō who wielded a nodachi. Musashi came late and unkempt to the appointed place — the remote island of Funajima, north of Kokura. The duel was short and Musashi killed his opponent with a bokken that he had carved from an oar while traveling to the island. Musashi designed it to be longer than the nodachi, making it closer to a modern suburito.

Musashi's late arrival is controversial. Sasaki's outraged supporters thought it was dishonorable and disrespectful while many others thought it was a fair way to unnerve his opponent. Another theory is that Musashi timed the hour of his arrival to match the turning of the tide. The tide carried him to the island then it turned by the time the fight ended. After his victory, Musashi immediately jumped back in his boat and his flight from Sasaki's vengeful allies was thus helped by the turning tide."

We ended up taking the boat ride over with a group of kids out on a trip. Entirely too cute, all wrapped up in their raincoats and whatnot. Day-glo munchkins.

We finally got to the statue, site of the best pictures of the day.

Thanks to the magic of the rain, and the need for umbrellas, we were equipped with capable umbrella-swords, all of us. I was the first to wield mine, getting soaked in the process, from - please note - the appropriate roped off distance.

But when Bachan saw me being a goofball, she promptly hopped the rope - old Japanese women know no fear - and started posing. So I quickly joined her, of course. From an historical perspective, Bachan - in Musashi's position - should emerge victorious. I think I could take her though.

And then Sandy and I had a go.

View of the bridge from Ganryujima.

More pics tomorrow.

Day trip with Bachan to Shimonoseki and Mojiko, pt 1 - Kaikyo Yume Tower.

On Saturday we headed up with grandma to do some day tripping around northern Kyushu/southern Honshu - Mojiko area and Shimonoseki. The weather wasn't all that cooperative - translation: it rained on us all day - but we still had a good time.

Crossing the bridge from Honshu to Kyushu. Note the lovely weather.

First stop in Shimonoseki, the Kaikyo Yume Tower, which featured, according to Sandy, the most highly phallic cartoon caricature of recent memory. Yeah, the "sweat" shooting off it was a bit much. They had to know what they were doing.

Headed up for some stunning city visuals.

How it's supposed to look -

How it looked that day -

Sandy and Bachan [and the view.]

Given the cloud and the wind and the rain and the fog, we did occasionally get some glimmers of view. These pics were only taken a minute or so apart. Crazy.

Not sure where to stand? Japan is here to help.

Sandy and I pose in the "Lover's Sanctuary." Seriously.

Sandy engaging her inner child.

The tower from the outside - and grandma too.

Training 77.

Nutrition - coffee w/equal+cream, steak, 1l water, 3 glasses diet soda, 2 burger patties/one w/mayo

PT - 30m Rutten MMA wkout/thai boxing 3m rounds

Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: Hulk movie VS Batman movie.

"Wow, that your movie? How you sleep at night?"


Pork and Beans - Weezer.

I dug this.

This is War. Nerf War.

If only office life were truly like this.

Video: Amazing NERF office war - Boing Boing Gadgets:
"This video, which from the wealth of weapons used in its creation I can only presume is a sanctioned viral commissioned by Nerf, manages to break every rule of good internet video: it's over five-minutes long; it is a commercial; it's trying to be funny. Against all odds, it manages to be completely awesome. It's enough to almost make me wish I worked in an office." - Watch more free videos