Sunday, June 27, 2010

Futurama's Back!


The good news: Futurama's back! The also good news: it's still awesome! The bad news: it's not available on Comedy Central's website or Hulu. The okay news: I was able to find streaming somewhere on the internet that seems to be legal. The bad news: it makes you stop after 72 minutes of watching. The good news: there are only two new episodes sos the total time is less than 72 minutes. The bad news: the website doing the streaming has a very strange definition of "72 minutes".

But still, Futurama's back!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Deus Ex Scriptores


I have come to the conclusion that there may be some legitimacy to "Intelligent Design" after all.

How did I come to this conclusion? Well, it started when Lucy Pevensie claimed that she had been to to the magical land of Narnia and, get this, that she went there through a wardrobe. I know I was skeptical too. But then Professor Kirke said we had to believe her because she was family. Okay, I wasn't family, but Peter, Susan and Edmund were. But, anyway, since they knew her, they knew she couldn't be crazy, and therefore couldn't under any circumstances think something was true that wasn't. And they knew that she wasn't a bad person, and therefore would never under any circumstances lie. Therefore, she had to be telling the truth.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Truly Outstanding Movies: Stroszek


I'm not entirely sure how it happened, but somehow, Werner Herzog's movie Stroszek got a reputation for being depressing. Perhaps this stems from the fact that Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis hanged himself after watching the movie. But, it should be pretty clear that he was planning on committing suicide long in advance and just wanted to make sure the last movie he saw was awesome.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Francis Wheen Gets Paranoid


Francis Wheen is a British journalist best known for his biography of Karl Marx. His latest book, Strange Days Indeed: The 1970s: The Golden Age of Paranoia documents the madness of the 1970s from Watergate to the Baader-Meinhof terrorist group. As a collection of anecdotes it’s a highly entertaining read, but it’s far too rambling to provide any serious analysis.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Patton Oswalt Revives Firefly

This will eventually contain movie and comic book spoilers, but I will give a second warning before that.


At long last, we get further developments in Joss Whedon's Firefly saga. After getting canceled before it's first season finished, and being turned into an unsuccessful movie, the series will continue via canonical comic books, starting with "Float Out" written by Patton Oswalt.

Friday, June 11, 2010

A Pirate Ain't a Pirate


I wrote this filk in response to the Israeli government's decision to send pirates into international waters to attack a flotilla sending aid to Gaza and the accompanying realization that pirates these days aren't as cool as they were in the days of Gilbert and Sullivan. It is to be sung to the tune of "The Last Shanty" by Tom Lewis.

When filling applications for a job in piracy,
Well, I was told, when choosing words, to do so carefully.
Instead of "pirate" I should say "Israeli man-o-war".
That's how I learned a pirate ain't a pirate anymore.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Going the GAMA Route


While the recent horrible Arizona immigration law has shocked the nation, one would expect that President Obama would have some harsh words. And he did have some harsh words, going so far as to call the law "misguided" (Them's fightin' words!).

More recently Obama has had the opportunity to put those words into actions. So, to show his opposition to the attack on immigrant rights he has . . . sent another 1,200 National Guard troops to police the border costing the taxpayers $500 million.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Come to the USA vs. Bracero: Immigration Smackdown


In today's Smackdown, we pit two immigration songs against each other. In one corner, from Clarkedale, Georgia is novelty country singer Ray Stevens with "Come to the USA". In the other corner, from El Paso, Texas, is protest folk singer/Marvin Gaye spouse Phil Ochs, with "Bracero".