Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Minivan Highway

Nothing much to report.

Busy with some contract work so enjoy this super delicious video.

Kraftwerk's Grandfathers?

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

You can thank thirteen years of Catholic school education for my warped sense of humor.

Anyway, I'm taking a moment to remember what today means to me and it ain't about colored eggs, chocolate or some stupid bunny.

Today, as we celebrate Easter, I would like to reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ and my gratitude for his sacrafice.

I hope you everyone has a wonderful day celebrating Easter with your families and friends in whatever manner you choose...as long as it does not involve that evil bastard The Easter Bunny.

After all - Jesus loves you, but The Easter Bunny sure as heck doesn't.

Just watch this video if you don't believe me...

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Star Wars Girl Fight

Impressive. Most impressive.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

A Worthy Cause

Five months ago our life changed drastically when Season was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory, chronic, degenerative disorder that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Myelin, the fatty substance that surrounds and insulates nerves and facilitates the conduction of nerve impulses is the initial target of inflammatory destruction in multiple sclerosis.

It's been an up hill battle, but Season is a very strong woman and a committed fighter so I have no doubt she will eventually win the war against this disease.

She has a big heart and she isn't just concerned about herself. Season doesn't want anyone else to have to go through the same issues she has on a day to day basis in her fight against MS.

Recently she has formed a team for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS fundraising event.

Walk MS is the signature fundraising event of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. By participating in Walk MS you can know that you've shared a remarkable achievement with over two hundred and fifty thousand other walkers in more than seven hundred cities across the country, but most importantly, you'll be making a difference by raising essential funds for research and services for people with MS.

We will be personally participating in the walk to raise money to help find a cure for MS. This year’s goal is to raise over a million dollars. She has made a personal commitment to raise two thousand five hundred dollars and is hoping to surpass that amount.

This where you come in, she needs help to do it!

You can help in the efforts to end this devastating disease.

Please consider supporting with a tax-deductible donation to help her reach her fundraising goal.

Click here to make an online donation ---> Support Walk MS

Click here to visit Season's Blog ---> Destination...Season

I realize times are tough all around, but please every little bit counts so click on the links and help support a worthy cause.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Mankind Is No Island

Seven hundred thousand people are homeless on any given night.

Seventy-six percent of homeless people who receive needed services like substance abuse treatment, education, and job training stop being homeless.

Eighty percent of homeless people who received subsidized housing remain stably housed.

However, less than one out of three people who are eligible for low-income housing, receive it.

For homeless youth, educational outreach programs, job training, and transitional living programs have proven very successful.

Forty percent of homeless people are veterans and the US Department of Veteran's Affairs has two major programs in place to provide health care, assessment, and referral to homeless veterans.

Studies show that these programs do help.

Homelessness is a condition that we have the power to end.

You can help to provide both temporary shelter and permanent solutions for the homeless by choosing a charity working to end homelessness.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Sympathy For The Empire?

I am a big Star Wars fan and my favorite character is Darth Vader.

However, I do not side with The Galactic Empire even though I believe George Lucas favors this faction throughout all six movies.

If you factor in what must occur at the end of Revenge Of The Sith to tie in the original trilogy, Anakin must become Darth Vader, almost all of the Jedi are killed, and The Empire is formed to dominate the galaxy, it's clear that The Dark Side has consistently come out ahead and the inescapable conclusion is that Lucas supports The Empire.

Let's break it down:

Round One - The Phantom Menace

Although the climax of the movie appears to show our heroes prevailing over the evil Trade Federation, the future Galactic Empire takes the true victory by manipulating the event to seat Senator Palpatine, who will later become The Emperor, to the Senate.

Empire 1 - Republic 0

Round Two - Attack of the Clones

Palpatine continues to gain influence over the Senate. The Republic is duped yet again, this time into utilizing an army of cloned soldiers who will eventually dominate the galaxy as the Empire's Stormtroopers. Anakin is seduced by the dark side into killing an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders, but then strangely wins over Padmé after confessing to mass revenge killing. Chicks dig bad boys.

Empire 2 - Republic 0

Round Three - Revenge of the Sith

Anakin gives into The Dark Side and becomes Darth Vader, almost all of the Jedi are killed except for Yoda and Obi-Wan, liberty dies with thunderous applause and the newly formed Galactic Empire begins to ruthlessly take over the galaxy.

Empire 3 - Republic 0

Round Four - A New Hope

Okay, I realize Luke destroyed the Death Star in the climax and the heroes got shiny medals, but The Empire wiped out the entire planet of Alderaan. That's like the equivalent of the Japanese shooting down the Enola Gay after it nuked Hiroshima. It doesn't change the end result. It didn't even seem to effect The Empire that greatly. They even already had another Death Star being constructed.

Empire 4 - Republic 0

Round Five - The Empire Strikes Back

The title says it all. The Rebels are on the run, they get discovered on the planet Hoth and are defeated and forced to retreat. Han Solo gets frozen in Carbonite. Luke gets his ass kicked by Darth Vader.

Empire 5 - Republic 0

Round Six - Return of the Jedi

Yes, the second Death Star is destroyed and Darth Vader redeems himself by killing The Emperor before he also dies, but I don't think that necessarily means The Empire was truly knocked out.

Although, the deaths of Vader and Palpatine appeared to cause The Rebellion to topple The Galactic Empire like a house of cards, I think things were tied up far to quickly.

As recent history has taught us, you have to win the peace after you win the war. There would be a huge power vacuum within The Empire, with various Grand Moffs lining up to seize power. The Empire's infrastructure is still is place, short of a Death Star or two, but apparently, those can be made to be fully operational failry quickly so it couldn't be too long before The Rebels realized the war was far from over.

Because the movie ends before those ramifications were addressed, I'll be charitable and give this round to The Rebellion.

Let's go to the scorecard:

This gives The Empire a resounding 5-1 victory with The Rebels only scoring a TKO.

Which side of the force do you think Lucas is on?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Rockin' The Accordion Ukrainian Style

Ukrainian band, Los Colorados, perform Katy Perry's Hot & Cold in their own unique style. Complete with accordion solo.

I want Los Colorados to play at my next birthday party. It should make up for the Ukrainian bride I ordered that got "lost" in the mail.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Diego: The Lil' Dirt Devil

When I finally stopped laughing I had to ask:
What in the world is this picture about?!?!?!?
Is he supposed to be a vacuuming superhero from the future?
Is the photo an analogy of Diego's "future" in housekeeping?
Is he a martian and the vacuum signifies the vacuum of deep space?
Was the photographer drunk and out of props?
Either way this picture is classic.
Thank you Sexy People for uploading this picture!

Happy April Fools' Day!

The origins of April Fools' Day are murky, but the likeliest explanation is that it began as a way to mock French people who were slow to switch to the Gregorian Calendar which changed New Year's from April 1st to January 1st.

These folks were labeled "fools" and some were sent on "fools' errands."

Of course there are alternate theories, specifically ones that ascribe the informal holiday to the cultural impact of the Hilaria Festival of ancient Rome and the Holi Celebration in India.

The Museum of Hoaxes has a complete collection of all the theories, but the real problem with explaining April Fools' Day is that you never quite know when someone is trying to fool you with their explanation.

My favorite example comes from Professor Joseph Boskin of Boston University. Boskin explained that the holiday stemmed from a moment of political unrest under Constantine, when a group of court jesters said they could run the empire better than he could. He claimed that Constantine was amused so he let a jester named Kugel be king for a day. That day was April 1st.

The press ran this theory in 1983, only to find out it was Boskin's prank on the American public.

The real fun though is pulling a prank yourself.

So, go on and make some prank phone calls, change the time on a clock, heat up a door handle, tape up a computer mouse, tie up a sink sprayer, strategically apply some vaseline to surfaces, glue a quarter to the floor, exchange the salt and the sugar, or just hide and scare the heck out of someone.

Make a fool out of somebody and have a happy April Fools' Day.

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