From: Subject: Date: April 21, 2005 3:53:51 PM CDT Hankblog

Monday, May 02, 2005

So long blogger, and thanks for all the fish!

Bidding adieu to the home that has served my blog so well for so long. I will not be importing the blogger posts into the Blue Parrot, so if you wish to read past witticisms and criticisms, feel free to come back here any time. Mean time, come on over to my new digs at The Blue Parrot.


Friday, April 29, 2005

Friday Cat Blogging

Doby is watching you....

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Status Update

Going to start posting again starting Thursday 4/28 both here and at The Blue Parrot. Comments will be turned off here, but on at The Blue Parrot. This should go for about a week or so, and then the transition should be complete.

Meantime, will have lots of stuff up tomorrow. Promise.

A Wish for Wings That Work...and a bag of peanuts

Lindsay at Majikthise linked up to this photo essay. It highlights the transport of some penguins from Sea World San Antonio. The pictures are amusing enough, as the penguins had to clear security like any other passengers.

This by itself would be funny enough, but once again proving that wingnuts have no sense of humor, Michelle Malkin used the opportunity to pitch a hissy fit. Tbogg dishes on this and gived her an appropriate smack down in his usual fashion.

When militia member make movies

You get something like this query letter over at Query Letters I Love:

"I propose you a film about the greatest possible position: the President of the World (who is expected to come).

Free Masons and Jews want to unify the whole planet in a single State, a Planetary Republic which will be leaded by a King/President. An Arabian terrorist group threatens Jerusalem with a nuclear bomb because Jews want to make Jerusalem the Capital of a world ruled by Jews, the place where they will set the throne of a Jewish King/President of the Planet.
Believe it or not, it gets even MORE rambling and insane. Read the whole thing.

Truth in Advertising Award

Via The Poor Man, this story in the Nashua Telegraph:

A man convicted of stealing more than $600,000 in a business loan scam received an award from the National Republican Congressional Committee honoring his business leadership and party support.

Ira Stern, 56, of Milford was among hundreds of people nationally to receive the 2004 Ronald Reagan Republican Gold Medal award, Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Alex Burgos said Wednesday.


“I believe the Congressional Committee gives that to people who support the Republican Party. I made a very small donation to them, and next thing I know, I was being nominated for businessman of the year,” he said.

Public records show Stern gave $250 to the NRCC in 2004.

Stern urged The Telegraph not to report his prior conviction, saying it was in the past. He is now trying to rebuild his life and support his family with his business-consulting firm, he said.


Stern was sentenced to 2 ½ to five years in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to felony theft charges in 1996 in Hillsborough County Superior Court.

Stern admitted to bilking 14 local businesses and individuals out of a total of more than $600,000 through an “advance fee loan scam.” Stern admitted at the time he took the money as fees, claiming he would arrange venture capital loans, but never made any loans.

As part of his plea bargain, Stern read a two-page statement in court admitting various aspects of the allegations.
This dude sounds ripe for Haliburton's recruiting efforts. They can use a man like him in Iraq. For once, we get honesty from the RNCC. They reward people who rip others off :-).

Dude get your quarters up on the machine

On the heels of Norbizness' Comedy Movie bracket, won handily by Dr Strangelove, Norbizness has a post highlighting Scamboogah's classic video game bracket (pre-1990 defining classic). Round 1 was split here and here. Skip all the way to the Final Four here. Highlighting some of my favorites from the original list:

Narc - Was an Atari arcade title if I remember right, and pretty hard core for kids back in the late 80's. Course this was still more or less Reagan America, so it went over fairly well. Mowing down junkies while they attempted to tag you with drug syringes. Good old fashioned family fun.

Spy Hunter - Kicked sooooooo much ass. I preferred the sit down version over the upright console. James Bond style gadget car trying to blow up bad guys and run them off the road. I preferred the smoke screen to the oil slick as far as the weapons go.

Tron - Ate so many of my quarters, I could have done laundry for two years in college with what I pumped into the damn thing. The movie made the game so much cooler. I still get a kick out of the flick on a cheesy level. No point explaining this one. Either you know the game or you dont.

Missing from the list in a big big way:

Sinistar - This game was so wicked cool, it wasn't even funny. Shoot the rocks to dislodge the crystals that made the special bombs you used to blow up the Sinistar once it came alive. And the voice that boomed out of the machine when it came alive was too frigging cool.

Beware, I live!

And I knew the game was impossible to beat but it rocked just the same. Ah memories.

If you were raised by video games as I was, I want to hear about your favorites in the comments to this post over at The Blue Parrot. Share the love!

The Dukes of Mos Eisley

My friend Patrick tuned me into the idea that George Lucas really has sold his soul to Satan:

Two Star Wars TV series will follow the latest movie in the hit film franchise, director George Lucas has said.

Animated show Clone Wars, currently broadcast as three-minute episodes, will become "a 3D animated" series of 30-minute shows, he said.

It would be followed by a live-action series featuring characters from the six Star Wars movies, he added.

Patrick's response:

Star Wars has already gone from a cherished childhood memory to a joke. You’ll only make it worse. My little Jawa action figure, the only one to survive from 1977, now just makes me sad. Go make a romantic comedy, an action thriller, anything. Maybe, like your buddy Francis, you could get a hobby. Spend some of your money. Have fun. You’ve already killed part of my childhood, please stop pissing on the corpse. I don’t care how much they’re paying you to do it, it’s just not nice.
Having long ago ditched cable and lost faith in Lucas, I personally can't get that emotionally invested in this. I will say if we wind up with something like Queer Eye for the Jedi, I might have to rip the antenna out of my TV set that my brain may never be contaminated. EVER.

Your moment of blog zen

Again Fafblog provides the surreal:

We have been to the opera. And by "the opera" we mean "the post office" and by "been to" we mean "thrown buckets of fish at" and by "we" we mean "people who are not us."
I'm not terribly sure I want to know what the question was.

BTW, if you aren't reading Fafblog, well...what's wrong with you? It's the world's only source of Fafblog for crying out loud.

Friday, April 22, 2005

Nice network there. Shame if something happened to it.

A great deal has been made in the left blogsphere about Ann Coulter's cover story on Time Magazine this week. Billmon at Whiskey Bar has an interesting theory on what might have motivated it.

When I was pissing on the chowderheads over at Time the other day for their infotainment treatment of Ann Coulter, I argued that the limo liberals at Time Warner were essentially offering protection money to the conservatives.

Something I read in the Wall Street Journal yesterday makes me suspect that statement might be more literally true than I originally thought:

Perhaps it is only fitting that broadcasters gathered here for their annual convention are obsessed with indecency.

Facing possibly higher fines and tougher enforcement over profanities or sexual content, members of the National Association of Broadcasters are wondering: What will Kevin Martin do?

Martin, of course, is the new FCC chairman -- compared to whom baby Powell was a flaming libertine with his mind squarely in the gutter. Since taking over, the new guy's been very vague (ominiously vague, from the NAB's point of view) about just how far he plans to take the New Censorship. But the industry clearly fears the worst.

So just what does this have to do with Time?

At first, I couldn't quite fit Time Warner into this hypothesis, since the company isn't all that big in broadcasting -- and, in fact, just upped its bet on cable distribution by buying Adelphia.

But of course it didn't take me too long to realize that if the broadcasters are scared of being left at a decency disadvantage, they're probably already lobbying to have the cable guys shackled and chained too. And so it turns out:

Broadcasters anticipate a move in Congress this year to raise fines for indecency. Some industry executives argue that if they can't stop that, they will at least try to persuade Congress to extend the rules to cable and satellite broadcasters who are now exempt. Senate and House leaders have signaled interest in extending indecency rules to cable and satellite providers, but there has been no agreement on timing for doing that.
Ah, now everything becomes clear. Anway, give the whole thing a once over if you're so inclined.

Friday Random Ten

Image courtesy Feministe.

Drunken Philosopher's Edition, inspired by the post below.

  1. "Bruce's Philosopher's Song" - Monty Python
  2. "Hot For Teacher" - Richard Cheese (as cheesy as the original Van Halen was, Richard is the ultimate lounge act and takes it to a whole different level)
  3. "Starve a Fever" - The Atomic Fireballs
  4. "She Drives Me Crazy" - The Fine Young Cannibals (actually just this song does)
  5. "Don't Get Me Wrong" - The Pretenders (true story, when I worked for Star Tickets, they did a show at the Austin Music Hall, and when the tickets went on sale, after the rush was done, one of my younger employees looks up and says "What are The Pretenders?" God I felt old.)
  6. "Snoopy and Woodstock" - Wynton Marsalis
  7. "Marlene'd" - X-Rated Presents (a friend's band, their website's down right now)
  8. "The Great Gig In The Sky" - Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon kicks so much ass)
  9. "409" - The Beach Boys (It's no Little Red Corvette, that's for damn sure)
  10. "Omnibus" - Lautsprecher
Around the blog-horn:
Feministe's 10 for today. She admits that she sometimes skips songs when selecting her 10, but today is 100% honest. I vouch I suffered through "409" and FYC completely.
Patrick succumbs to the music meme, but displays a deplorable contempt for Catblogging. His loss.
Doghouse Riley adds his old school vinyl mix again, and brings out a couple of artists I have not heard of/thought of in forever. Pere Ubu? Was (not Was)? Oh my god. And no, it wasn't Do the Dinosaur on Was Not Was.

Offer up your own in the comments if you're so inclined.

Part of a balanced world view

I tipped my girl onto the online comic Questionable Content a ways back, and she and I both read it regularly now. She linked to today's comic because the phrase "Oedipal marshmallow bits" just made her giggle. Sadly that got my brain going in a very bad direction. Therefore, O-pun season has begun (most of these are in her comments, but I had to share):

Nietzsche-O's, the Breakfast of Ubermensch (Nietzsche-O's were mentioned in the comic)
Camuslix: the box is empty - courtesy of Hankblog regular Constance Reader
Plat-O's - The Breakfast Ideal (also Constance's)
And with your cereal, you can either have toast with I Kant Believe It's Not Butter.
Or if you're keeping kosher: lox and Hegel

And yes, this was going through my head the whole time I'm coming up with this. Stop me before I pun again!

Friday Cat Blogging

Jackie very rarely sits still for pictures, so I had to get this one while I could:

My feet must not stink too bad, she's not running from the sock :-)

Bonus critters:
TBogg's Thursday Bassett Blogging includes a tale of wanton destruction.
Feministe has a stealth cat.
And my girlfriend's cat may have some Mexican in her blood. Cause she just be laying around ;-). And I can say that as a 100% pseudo-Mexican :-D.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Transition notices

The decision to migrate off of blogger is a done deal. I have registered a domain name, and purchased server space for hosting purposes. I have been getting a crash course in Word Press from my friend Patrick. He migrated over a month or so ago and the move has been a good one for him by all appearances.

Why make the move? For one thing, Blogger's performance has been spotty of late. Several of the other bloggers I read who use Blogger have been noting their dissatisfaction and talked of moving (most notably Americablog, and Tbogg's talked about the problems, but hasn't said anything about relocation).

For another, Word Press offers some options that Blogger doesn't that would be nice to have back. Some of you who were here in the iBlog days on my .Mac homepage recall that I could assign categories to posts, something I can't do here. The template options I've seen trolling around also look nicer, and offer some more flexibility for customization.

Lastly, Word Press is also functional via web, which was one of the reasons I went to Blogger from iBlog. That combined with the fact that I can also do some posts by email once I figure that trick out sold me to make the move.

If you want, you can see a brief glimpse of the new space at As memory serves, that was the name of Signor Ferrari's cafe/bar in Casablanca, operated in competition with Rick's Cafe Americain. I had thought about doing a url more in line with Rick's, but there are already a couple of bloggers out there who've staked that riff out pretty well. So I'll take my new space and carve my own niche.

Will announce when the move occurs here, and this site will still be active for archive purposes, though there is a way to import the archives from blogger to Word Press if I can get it to work right. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, just wanted to keep all five of you posted :-). Later.

Update: Actually, do go to the new site, to provide some input on layout options. Thanks!

Your moment of blog zen

Actually, I'm not quite sure what to call this, so I figured this was as good a place to stick this incident as any.

So I applied by accident for an Apple credit card. Apple used to do their financing through MBNA, but are now in a partnership with I think it's Juniper bank. When you apply for financing you're actually applying for a Juniper Mastercard with whatever the promotional rate is at the time of application. I found this out the hard way. Rather than just cancel the card, I thought I would put a small purchase on it, pay it off and then cancel.

So I was trying to get the online account set up to pay off this card. When the options requested online didn't work right to create my online account, I called Juniper's number to get set up. At this point, the phone tree gives me a few options. When I select zero, I'm informed I'm being directed to the next available "relationship manager."

Relationship manager. What the hell? I call regarding a credit card, and I get put in touch with freaking Ann Landers or something?

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Apologies for the light posting

I've not been in a good mood today. I had an interview for a possible new job/position switch scheduled for this afternoon. When I came in today, the first thing I found out was that it had been rescheduled. Needless to say, I was a bit put out. I'm gonna have to iron twice in a week for crying out loud :-).

In all seriousness, I have a review I need to write, and a retrospective/commentary on an event I attended at Alamo Drafthouse this week, so I hope to get some text churned out for you tomorrow.

Monday, April 18, 2005

Possible blog relocation

Some of the problems I've been seeing some people have with Blogger has got me thinking about finding a new home for my rants. I've got a friend who's talking with me on the pros and cons of Word Press, and I may register my own domain and brush some things off if I do. I'll note here of where I'm moving to as soon as I know more. Should be within the next month or so if I do take the plunge.

Comedy Sweet Sixteen

Norbizness has moved on to the next round. Voting here.

My picks to make it out of this round:

Animal House (losing big early)
Some Like It Hot (also down early)
Dr Stranglove (crushing Chaplin)
MASH (big early lead)
Caddyshack (close battle)
Airplane (neck and neck)
Annie Hall (cruising to the easy win)
Raising Arizona (running away with it)