Nice Bass!

I had heard that Disneyland After Dark's bass player Stig Pedersen played on a 2 string bass (which always sounded a bit daft to me), however I didn't realize what a cool bass it was!


Great World Statistics

This video shows the kind of visualisations you can get from this tool, the GapMinder. It's really interesting to see countries develop economically and socially over time and move around accordingly on the graph, or the effect of the AIDS epedemic in Africa, or the effect of a bad ruler like Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe. Check it out

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Amazing Singing

This is really amazing. Make sure you watch at least past the halfway point.


Hitler Playing "Blind Man in Zer Buff"

I'm not sure what the rules are, but I sure would like to find out. This is, apparently, a true historical account of this long lost game.


Definitive Top 25 Movies of 2007

/Film has gone through a bunch of the 2007's best movie lists and compiled the ones that are highest on the most of the lists and what they came up with is below. To see how they calculated it, read the full article

1. There Will Be Blood 91
2. The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters 90.5
3. Ratatouille 90
4. Persepolis 90
5. In the Shadow of the Moon 90
6. Juno 89.5
7. Sicko 89
8. Once 88.5
9. The Bourne Ultimatum 88
10. No Country For Old Men 88
11. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 88
12. Enchanted 86.5
13. Gone Baby Gone 86.5
14. Away From Her 86.5
15. This is England 86.5
16. The Savages 85.5
17. Control 85.5
18. Hot Fuzz 85
19. Hairspray 85
20. 3:10 to Yuma 84.5
21. Rescue Dawn 84.5
22. Zodiac 84
23. Superbad 83.5
24. Knocked Up 83.5
25. Michael Clayton 83.5

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Opt Out of Credit Card Marketing

A couple years ago I brought you the American telemarkiting do not call list, where you can tell all those telemarketers to take a flying leap and never call you again. This year it's time to tell the credit card companies to go to hell and stop sending you all those offers for credit cards with a special introductory rate of .001% that goes up to 78% after he first week. I present to you the Credit Card Marketing Opt Out List!

Satan's the Nice One

Dunno why the poor guy gets such a bad rap. He hardly even counts as a mass murderer, whereas god is a full on genocidal maniac.



30 Minutes With CNN Headline News

Why I get my news from the internet:


Funny New Version of Super Mario Brothers

If you ever played super mario brothers this should be funny to you. If you didn't, move along, nothing to see here. For some reason I found it very funny.


The 7 Most Important Economic Events of 2007

I found this to be a good list of important economic trends from 2007. A bit alarmist, but still a good recap of some important things that have happened. I especially liked this graph:


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References in Don McLean's American Pie

I always knew there was something I was missing in this song, I just didn't realize how much.


The Old Negro Space Program

We know about black's role in shaping music, sports, and other parts of history, but one page in the black history books has been blank until this enlightening expose. I laughed out loud through the whole thing- funniest thing I've seen since I don't know when.


Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich Money Bombs This Weekend

If you care about your freedoms and don't want to continue to pay 15% of your earnings solely to fund never ending wars, please contribute 0.1% of your earnings to an anti war peace and freedom loving candidate like Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich. You do know they are the only ones running (besides Gravel) who have pledged to end the war and have all the troops home any time in the next 5 years, right? Don't let those other politicians who started and funded this war and voted through all of Bush's anti-constitution legislation take any more of our freedoms our our youth's lives. Help those few that actually fought against the war and fought for the constitution with legislation and votes! It's a small price to pay to live in a free and peaceful nation!

Check out the Ron Paul Boston Tea Party Money Bomb on December 16th and Dennis Kucinich Money Bomb on December 15th (which even comes with this handy video):

If you're feeling a little unorthodox, than maybe you want to support the Ron Paul Blimp instead. It will be flying over the Boston harbor dumping tea during the Boston tea party celebration! Happy


Led Zeppelin Live In London Videos

Well if you were wondering if those folks who were paying upwards of $30,000 to see Led Zeppelin in London last week got their money's worth, you can see for yourself. Not bad. I hope they come here (even if they play stairway to heaven Winking)!


World Abandoning US Dollar as Standard for International Trade

Good compendium of countries that are dumping the dollar. Unfortunately this is only the first salvo.


The foreign exchange markets are not solely about exchange rates. They are about values, smooth flowing of international trade, about trust and reliability. The sight of the $ falling over a long period of time, with bounces and recoveries that don't change the downward trend is far more than simply a drop in value!The $ is steadily weakening, but more than a drop in the $' international value is happening here. The loss of confidence is in the $ is accelerating each time it slips one or more percent on a persistent basis, with small short recoveries being seen in the midst of this decline. How important is this loss of confidence? Critical for it precedes policies, which long-term will lessen the role of the $ to one of the world's top 5 currencies.Growing surplus holders don't want to dump the $ for fear of losing value in the remaining ones in their portfolio, but don't think that a dumping of the $ is what it will take to remove it from the position of principal global currency. All realize that it is the knowledge of the declining value of the $ that will bring on a major toppling of that currency. So it is a choice of a steady ‘controlled' fall or a steep decline to disaster. To get perspective on the global scene what is the thinking out there?

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World History With the Pope

You may recall that the pope said we had to do something about atheists because of all the horrible things they did in history. Here's a good illustration of all our horrible misdeeds Winking.


And FYI, Hitler portrayed himself as a devout christian- no joke- look it up.

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Frank Zappa on CNN's Crossfire Discussing America's Move to a Fascist Theocracy

I've seen this a few times over the years, but if you havent, you need to. If you ever doubted how cool and intellegent Frank Zappa was you need to watch these videos. So awesome to watch him intellectually maul the stuffed shirts on Crossfire Happy.

While we're at him, watch him talk about freedom of speech in front of congress and bash a few more stuffed shirts Happy

Here are Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 if you really get into it.

I wish there were some Frank Zappas running around today. Sad


Snow Vs. Train

I thought this was pretty amazing:


Craigslist and its Funny Takes on The Dating Scene

There were three funny and interesting takes on the dating scene I read recently- they are all worth a read and all offer some valuable insight and interesting takes on dating.

The first 2 are about the hotly contested battle about whether you should be a nice guy or not (my take, nice but not a whiny spineless little prat).

The guy's side of the argument looks something like this:

You ignored the nice guy. You used him for emotional intimacy without reciprocating, in kind, with physical intimacy. You laughed at his consideration and resented his devotion. You valued the aloof boyfriend more than the attentive "just-a-" friend. Eventually, he took the hint and moved on with his life. He probably came to realize, one day, that women aren't really attracted to guys who hold doors open; or make dinners just because; or buy you a Christmas gift that you mentioned, in passing, that you really wanted five months ago; or listen when you're upset; or hold you when you cry. He came to realize that, if he wanted a woman like you, he'd have to act more like the boyfriend that you had. He probably cleaned up his look, started making some money, and generally acted like more of an asshole than he ever wanted to be.

While the girl's side of the argument sounds something like this:

What's wrong with Nice Guys? The biggest problem is that most Nice Guys (tm) are hideously insecure. They are so anxious to be liked and loved that they do things for other people to gain acceptance and attention, rather than for the simply pleasure of giving. You never know if a Nice Guy really likes you for who you are, or if he has glommed onto you out of desperation because you actually paid some kind of attention to him.

I'm gonna have to give this round to the girl, mostly because she sounds like she has more balls than the guy does. And frankly Mr Nice Guy makes me want to kick sand in his face. I dunno, just something about him.

But to even the playing field I'm gonna tack on this funny commentary on what it's like to date most girls (at least in the US). It's called "It's me! Every Girl Ever", and it sure brought back some memories. Not good, not bad, just sorta memories.


Ron Paul in the Press - Bearing an Empty Pot and in Newsweek

The first peice is Ron Paul on Newsweek video describing how to shut down the IRS and how civil disobedience is key to keeping a society free.

The second peice is a very nice Japanese story equated to Ron Paul in a very intellegent way. I won't give away the story which is the meat of the article, only the assertions.


Many contend that Ron Paul, although an honest, plain-talking man, comes to the 2008 presidential campaign podium without a lot of achievement. While in office, he hasn’t steer-headed proposed legislation into law, or galvanized broad-based support for this national agenda or that, or even been on board with most post-911 bills and actions. For almost twenty years, he’s been a dedicated representative for his Texas District and has not a potpourri of achievements about which to boast on the presidential campaign trail. Is this exactly true? How could someone serve for so long, and have so little to show for it? Ron Paul, like Ling, is a great truth-teller. His voting record is one of the most consistent this writer has ever seen. No flip-flops are to be found. As well, he is a courageous and wise man, and a heck of an economist. Just ask the Wall Streeters. However, he bears to his fellow countrymen (and countrywomen), an empty pot. He can’t claim to have brought you wars or higher taxes, which we now have. He never brought you an unbalanced budget, which is a perennial joke. He never voted himself a wage increase and, to this day, gives back part of his salary every year. He has always voted to preserve the Constitution, cut government spending, lower healthcare costs, end the war on drugs, secure our borders with immigration reform and protect our civil liberties. Sorrowfully, he was outvoted or shot down on all measures. The Constitution has been chiseled down, government spending is through the roof, healthcare costs are out of control, the war on drugs keeps getting less effective, immigration issues remain unresolved and our civil liberties have been crimped for our own safety. I’ll just throw in that Ron Paul opposes regulation of the internet, which has been a revolution in the exchange of ideas, this article being a case in point.

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Obi Wan Kenobi Buys a Used Car

The force of negotiation is strong with this one Happy. I think this is the real Obi Wan.. ?


CIA Torture Jet Crashed With 4 Tons of Cocaine

I know this is conspiracy theory stuff, and I can't say I know enough to believe it, but it's interesting and this isn't the first time we've heard about this kind of operation- bush sr. was also alledgedly smuggling coke to pay for his guerrilla operations in South America.

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iPhone Based ProTools Controller

If you are a geek and a musician as I am, this is essentially technoporn. An iPhone controlling ProTools digital recording software in real time. Drool...

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The Subprime Mess is Just the Beginning of the Credit Crunch

Good article by slate about the credit bubble and subprime mess.


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the subprime flood—which has been declared contained over and over again—isn't contained yet. Newsweek's Daniel McGinn ably explains why the rate freeze is far from a panacea for all subprime borrowers. And a flood of new data indicate that the subprime woes may be a symptom—rather than a cause—of a broader economic malady. That awful smell in Midtown isn't from the horse-drawn carriages carrying tourists around. It's the distinctive odor of debt going bad.

I see it going down like this:

1 ) Massive mortgage defaults and attempt by the government to stanch the bleeding by printing more money
2 ) More devaluation of the dollar and the cascade from mortgage defaults to credit card defaults
3 ) Recession - 40% drop in home prices and another 25% drop in value of dollar
4 ) OPEC countries and china drop pegs to dollar, dollar drops another 30-40%
4 ) I move in with euros and buy a house on the beach in southern california for 100k euros

Okay, maybe it'll be a bit more than 100k euros, but not too much more Winking.

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Porn for Girls, By Girls

Appearently 50% of girls actually look at normal porn on a regular basis. But maybe they all would if there was this type:


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