Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Great to be Alive - Happy Birthday Hood!

A big-ass Happy Birthday to Patterson Hood!


I'm having a very difficult time accepting that BSG is over.

Fingers crossed that the spin-off 'Caprica' lives up to the standard.

How will 'Battlestar Galactica' void be filled?:

"An executive at another ad-supported cable channel once wisely said that if 'BSG' had another million dollars to spend on each episode it wouldn't be any good. What he meant was that tight budgets forced the writers to shy away from stereotypical space battles and bluster, focusing more closely on the actual storytelling. And that's precisely why 'BSG' managed to appeal to mainstream TV audiences and not just sci-fi fans. The series deftly balanced the kind of mythology that fuels sci-fi fans with dramatic arcs that enthralled admirers of more terrestrial fare."

Very interesting read.


"I started writing a book three years ago through which I hoped to help people see the artificial and ultimately dehumanizing landscape of corporatism on which we conduct so much of our lives. It’s not just that I saw the downturn coming—it’s that I feared it wouldn’t come quickly or clearly enough to help us wake up from the self-destructive fantasy of an eternally expanding economic frontier. The planet, and its people, were being taxed beyond their capacity to produce. Try arguing that to a banker whose livelihood is based on perpetuating that illusion, or to people whose retirement incomes depend on just one more generation falling for the scam."


Fuck Dick Cheney.
Obama fires back at Cheney on 60 Minutes:

"'... The vice president is eager to defend a legacy that was unsustainable,' said Obama, characterizing Cheney's politics as a line of thought which 'has done incredible damage to our image and position in the world.'

'I fundamentally disagree with Dick Cheney,' said Obama. 'Not surprisingly. You know, I think that Vice President Cheney has been at the head of a movement whose notion is somehow that we can't reconcile our core values, our constitution, our belief that we don't torture, with our national security interests. I think he's drawing the wrong lesson from history. The facts don't bear him out.

'I think he is ... That attitude, that philosophy has done incredible damage to our image and position in the world. I mean, the fact of the matter is, after all these years, how many convictions actually came out of Guantanamo? How many ... How many terrorists have actually been brought to justice under the philosophy that is being promoted by Vice President Cheney? It hasn't made us safer."

Barry the KopBuster adventures at SXSW.
The Raw Story � Barry the Luminary:

"Barry was pissed, in a manner of speaking.

'Hey, you know who I am, right?' he barked. 'I'm Barry Cooper. I make a living off busting cops.'

One of the officers stopped in his tracks. 'Yeah, I know who you are,' he said. 'I've seen your videos.'

'Good!' Barry yelled back. 'I'm going to run for Texas Attorney General. You better enjoy this while you can 'cause when I'm running the show, pulling sh*t like this will get your asses fired!'"

Very cool.

Teens capture images of space with �56 camera and balloon - Telegraph


Really, not good for anyone involved.

Suspected drunk driver rams home, exposes pot farm



David Johnsen said...

Here in Chicago, there was a story similar to your last one yesterday. I wonder if anyone keeps statistics on accidental drug busts.

Jim said...

Say you were going to be out of town for the month of May. But, let's say you could come back for one weekend- and you were wondering whether or not to take a chance on there being guest appearances at the Bettye Lavette/ Booker T show. What would you do?

JPW said...

It happens semi-frequently in SF/Bay Area, David. People buy houses and turn them into grow houses. One catches on fire, or a neighbor thinks someone is breaking in, the cops are called, then my-my there be a shit load of weed a growin'. .

Jim, guest appearance or no, I'd still come back for Bettye/Booker. Anything additional would be an embarrassment of riches.