July 25, 2007 at 11:09 pm (Music)

On September 9, Guns and Roses and Alice and Chains are playing a concert near Portland. A dozen years ago, this would have been a life changing experience.  The only problem is, neither of these bands exist anymore.  Guns and Roses, despite what an entertainment lawyer would tell you , now consists of Duff, Izzy, Slash, and that guy who became the new drummer after Appetite for Destruction, and they tour under the name “Velvet Revolver.”  Alice in Chains is pretty much the same, except for the fact that some guy no one has ever heard of is pretending that the lead singer didn’t OD on heroin like 10 years ago.

Should I waste my money?  Or would this be like the time I saw David Gilmour and friends masquerading as Pink Floyd?


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Someone else’s blog

July 22, 2007 at 9:39 pm (Uncategorized)

My friend Emily is taking a month to drive across the country, and is blogging about the experience.  If nothing else, she is a good writer, and I get a shout out on there for a shirt I gave her on her birthday.  Check it out if you are bored.

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There is another

July 22, 2007 at 9:30 pm (Random)

Ok, something has been bothering me a lot lately.  When Luke Skywalker leaves Degobah in The Empire Strikes Back, why does Obi-wan say to Yoda, “he was our last hope,” to which Yoda responds, “No.  There is another”?  In Revenge of the Sith Obi-wan is there when Padame gives birth to Luke and Leia, so clearly he knows that “there is another.”  Why would he ask that question?  Don’t tell me he just forgot that Darth Vader had twins.  Is he senile?  Yoda is 900 years old and he managed to remember.   The thing is, that was great foreshadowing when it was just the original trilogy, but now that the prequels are out all it has done is created a huge plot inconsistency.  If George Lucas had thought about this at all, he could have had Obi-wan go to the bathroom or something right when she is giving birth, so he would at least have a legitimate excuse for not knowing.   Then I wouldn’t be losing sleep at night.

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I thought I knew

July 8, 2007 at 12:15 am (Humor, Justice, Portland)

Where The Simpsons are from.  In “Behind the Laughter” (BABF19) the narrator ends by saying:

The Simpsons’ bitter past was forgotten, and now the future looks brighter than ever for this northern Kentucky family.

That was a few years ago, and I thought the issue was settled.  But the source I am citing says that it was

Replaced with “southern Missouri” on subsequent airings

I have never heard that.  But it’s ok, because everyone knows that The Simpsons are from Oregon.  If anyone bothers to dispute that, I’ll provide many a link as evidence.

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28 percenters

July 4, 2007 at 9:45 am (Politics, Republican incompetence)

It occurred to me that I should define that term, since I used it in my last post. Basically, it refers to the roughly quarter of the population that still thinks Bush is a good president. I believe Dave Barry once quipped that a major party could nominate a cabbage and still get 25% of the vote. Well ladies and gentlemen, we’re now in cabbage territory. Let’s take a look at some similar statistics:

  • 33% believe a wife should “submit herself graciously” to a husband
  • 30% say the Bible is the “actual word of God” to be taken literally
  • 29% think people will be “more likely” to afford college for their kids in 2020
  • 28% disapprove of labor unions on principle
  • 28% say the government should have the right to control news reports
  • 27% believe divorce is “morally wrong”
  • 26% thought various disasters in 1999 might “foreshadow the wrath of God”
  • 26% think grade-school teachers should be allowed to spank their kids
  • 24% describe themselves as interested in what celebrities think
  • 21% say justice was served in the O.J. Simpson case
  • 20% approve of the how the Catholic Church handles pedophilia
  • 20% believe that the killing of civilians in Vietnam was “relatively rare”

Yeah, that sounds about right. The question is, will Bush end his term above OJ?

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Holy crap

July 4, 2007 at 12:30 am (Politics)

Did anyone see the Magna Carta Part 2? I’ll admit that I don’t quite understand how Tony Blair got to hand pick his successor and still call their system a democracy, but if the PM has that kind of unilateral authority, Gordon Brown just gave the farm away:

In his first address to the House of Commons as prime minister, Mr Brown said he would “surrender or limit” powers in 12 areas, including royal prerogatives such as declaring war without parliamentary approval.

Mr Brown also said the prime minister should lose the right to choose Church of England bishops.

He added that MPs would hold US-style confirmation hearings for appointees to important public posts – such as the chief inspector of prisons and the local government ombudsman – and to ratify international treaties.

He also suggested the possibility of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 and changing the laws restricting the right to demonstrate in Parliament Square.

Lib Dem leader Sir Menzies Campbell said reform was “long overdue” and called for a full “constitutional convention” to discuss changes.

I’m no constitutional scholar, but it seems that the coalition of the willing just became the coalition of the 28 percenters.

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49 bottles of beer on the floor

July 2, 2007 at 10:34 pm (Beer, food)

That’s what you’ll see when you walk in my kitchen.  In 2 weeks, The Glove’s Extra Special Bitter will be ready for the imbibing.   I’ve learned a few things in past brewing attempts, and I have a pretty good feeling about this one.  It actually tasted pretty good flat and warm.  If anyone out there knows how to filter beer, so that it doesn’t have a little layer of yeast at the bottom of each bottle, please let me know.  From what I understand if you don’t have some yeast in the bottle it won’t carbonate.

Today’s summer recipe: sautee some zucchini, onions, garlic and rosemary, place it on top of some greens with a dollop or 2 of yogurt.  It is especially good if you grew the zucchini, rosemary and greens in you own garden.  Yes I am a total tool.  Does anyone want some zucchini?  I have enough right now to choke a camel.

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