Saturday, July 01, 2006

How to Make Burnout Revenge Hilarious

There are two excellent CD's of music from Looney Tunes cartoons, The Carl Stalling Project, Volumes 1 & 2. On a whim, I ripped them to my Xbox 360, and replaced the usual music that plays during Burnout Revenge with Looney Tunes music.

I suggest you try this immediately. You have no idea how often the soundtrack is hilariously appropriate. From "uh oh" to "melancholy" to music which "laughs" at your misfortune, it makes the game about ten thousand times more fun.

I can't wait to try it during Halo 2.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Talking Head Shows Have Become Hilarious

And not just because Hardball was on twice yesterday, with crazy-as-a-shithouse-rat Tom Delay saying "Valerie Plame was not a CIA agent."

And not just because Ann Coulter, the other night on Scarborough Country, threw down a question to her via-satellite debate opponent, and then took the satellite delay as capitulation. "I rest my case!" she brayed after the two-second silence.

It's just all become so odd.

Lately they've been slobbering over the headline "Jon Stewart Bad for Democracy."

I read the study. That's not quite what it says. It's a questionable study of limited value of a small sample that only proves that those who watch The Daily Show are more cynical about politicians and the media than those who watch the CBS Evening News.

To which I say, "duh" and "good."

Also, putting a skull and crossbones on a bottle's label makes people more cynical about drinking what's in it.

But to hear the pundits argue it, you would think Jon Stewart was burning the American Flag in the middle of Oprah's living room while Osama laughs via CCTV. In fact, all I see is flopsweat, as politicos and pundits alike realize young people don't buy their bullshit anymore. Fans of Blazing Saddles will instantly recognize in most of these discussions the scene where a panicked Governor LePetomane says, "We've got to protect our phony baloney jobs!"

Kudos go out to Ron Reagan and Mike Barnacle, who were the sole islands of sanity on Hardball on Friday. They said, correctly, that a certain cynicism is a healthy response to the politicians and the media we are saddled with. That thank goodness we have The Daily Show to hang the blowhards with their own soundbites, while the mainstream media simply swallows them whole. And that this generation of 18-30 year olds will grow into a different kind of electorate that won't swallow the same pablum previous generations did.

The right-wing knucklehead in the middle disagreed. He said something so ridiculous it ended the debate, making Reagan, Barnacle, and even moderator Norah O'Donnell bust out laughing at the sheer lunacy of it. It proved more than ever why there is an old world and a new world, and it's time for one to die out and make room for the other.

This guy actually said of 18-30-year-olds, "We'll see if they're still laughing when Ted Kennedy comes to take away their stereos."

Mike Barnacle said, "I haven't heard the word 'stereo' since 1954."

You have GOT to watch these shows.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

This Morning, The View Was the Greatest EVER

Barbara Walters snapped her fingers and it was as if Star Jones never existed. It was fantastic.

Had Jones poured gasoline on herself and lit a match she could not have destroyed herself more completely. I love it.

You Know the Ultra Secret SWIFT Bank the New York Times Wrote About?

"I am absolutely sure [the terrorists] didn't know about SWIFT. There are -- when you have key government officials around the world saying, we didn't know about it -- there may have been a lot of activity, but it is a program that was not well-known, including among people who have pretty high positions in the banking industry. So, yes, this is not the sort of thing that everybody knew."

-- Tony Snow, White House Press Briefing, 6/27/06

As Countdown pointed out, if you'd like to know more about the ultra-secret SWIFT bank and their role in tracking terrorist finances, visit their ultra-secret website at They also -- yes, it's true -- publish a magazine. Shhhhh.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

I Don't Know Why I Love Availabot, I Just Do

Jon Stewart Brilliantly Deconstructs a "Terror Plot"

Kittens Taking Their First Steps

How to Really Support Our Troops

If you've seen Gary Sinise on the news lately, it's because he and a number of other activists were in Washington to call attention to, an umbrella website that provides a number of ways to show support for the troops in tangible ways. Like donating frequent flyer miles or care packages or phone cards, or help for the disabled. The things they really need. Things that show them we're behind them more than yellow ribbons do.

Sinise's organization is a particularly worthy one, IMHO. Operation Iraqi Children provides school supplies for Iraqi schools that sorely need them. And yes, of course, our schools need supplies, too... It's just that when American servicemen and servicewomen deliver books and pencils to Iraqi children, there may be no better way to win the hearts and minds of their parents.

If you'd like to give, go to or through America Supports You.

And by the way, Gary Sinise is not just a humanitarian and a great actor, but I also happen to think CSI:NY is the best CSI. But that's just me.

Qwest and Bob Woodward

I get no discounts or benefits for suggesting you switch to Qwest for your long distance service. Let's get that out of the way first of all.

But a month ago I switched to Qwest, as a small "thank you" for not knuckling under to the pressure from the Bush administration. I have to say, I was stunned at how inexpensive and reliable it is: Twenty bucks a month, unlimited long-distance calling. That's VOIP rates without the computer.

And speaking of the NSA wiretapping, I'd be remiss if I didn't take the opportunity to point out what every news outlet seems to have forgotten, and what the White House would like you to forget:

1. The New York Times did not reveal the existence of the NSA wiretapping program in 2005. President Bush did in 2001, and Bob Woodward -- perhaps even with Bush as his source -- wrote about it in 2002, in Bush at War. Read about it here.

2. The New York Times did not "leak" the bank-tapping story, they reported it, as did other papers. Those who leaked it are the ones who might have broken a law... just as Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby did.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

This One Goes Out to Sam Jackson

You May Have a Flat Panel HDTV and Not Know It

I have been told this, but have not needed to try it myself, so proceed at your own risk and all that...

If your PC or Mac is hooked up to a good, high-resolution LCD monitor -- one with a DVI input -- you just might be able to use that monitor as an HDTV display. Good monitors have resolutions and refresh rates that exceed those of HDTV's.

So you could, for example, hook an HD DirecTV receiver up to it (using an HDMI-to-DVI cable), connect something for audio, and bango! You've got a 17" or 19" or 21" HDTV! If you keep it on your desk, you can add a switch so you can change back and forth from TV to PC. Or if you just got a new notebook and you've got a spare monitor, you can convert it into a TV for the kitchen or the kids' room.

You probably wouldn't want to make this the centerpiece of your home theatre experience. And again, I've only been told that it works... but if it does, it will add up to some pretty sweet savings. If anyone out there has any corrections, advice, or refinements, please add them to the comments!