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January 14th, 2009

And yet, wholly expected: Neko Case, "People got a lotta nerve"

And why should we listen to you?

January 7th, 2009

"He [Barack Obama] was rather critical during the campaign of some of the policies we pursued, for example, in terms of terrorist surveillance or interrogation of terrorist prisoners," Cheney said.

"If I had advice to give it would be, before you start to implement your campaign rhetoric you need to sit down and find out precisely what it is we did and how we did it, because it is going to be vital to keeping the nation safe and secure in the years ahead."

Yes, it would certainly be a darn shame to give up on domestic spying and torture, just because it's fundamentally wrong.

I think that "finding out precisely what it is we did and how we did it" is not something that Dick Cheney really wants to happen. But, hey, if he's so proud of it, why doesn't he tell us all about it?

Notes while playing Fallout 3

December 23rd, 2008

Despite the fact that Fallout 3 disappointed Oso and left him depressed, despondent, and unable to trust a video game ever again (I'm inferring a bit, here), I'm currently playing the game, and largely enjoying it.

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Music recommendations for 2008

December 23rd, 2008

I'm afraid that my recommendations are a bit thin on the ground. School of Seven Bells, sure, and possibly Ra Ra Riot (I like them, but I can easily understand how someone else might think they were a bit too pretentious at times; it can be a close thing).

The King Khan & The Shrines album is solid chunk of soul/funk/garage rock goodness. There seems to be little love for Ladytron's latest on the Best of 2008 lists, but I actually agree with that: There are a few good, memorable songs, but then you change the cd and instantly forget about the other 8 or 9 songs on the album.

Fleet Foxes are now being widely praised, which, of course, is making me worried. Too much hype is always bad, and I think that the praise is a combination of "it's good!" and "it's different!" Maybe the mainstream is getting tired of the bombastic glam rock of The Killers. I certainly don't want to discourage that.

You could do worse than to throw together these three lists. And then throw two more.

Hrm. Apparently, everyone does love Fleet Foxes. If they proceed true to form, they'll release a horrible second album, then either break up right then, or descend into bitter feuding, release a third album (that will seem like a mess, but will later be reevaluated and found to be a great, if flawed work), and then break up. There will then be articles about how difficult it was to make that third album, they'll form other, lesser bands, and in ten years we'll see a reunion tour.

Oh dear

December 17th, 2008

At the recommendation of our glorious blogmaster, I spent a little time perusing TBogg's blog. In one post, he linked to a conservative website, and I, in an amazing display of stupidity and utter lack of self-preservation, clicked the link.

As they say: The stupid! It burns!

I think I might have found where YouTube commenters go when they need a change of pace. Not only are they hoping that Obama crashes and burns, taking the country with him just to prove a point, but they're still promoting Sarah Palin as the future of the Republican party.

Uh...yeah. Best of luck with that one. No, by all means, don't let pesky facts or common sense stop you.

The best thing, though, is a banner ad, the copy of which reads: "Watch Glenn Reynolds & Michelle Malkin discuss ethics issues tainting the Left, Big 3 bailout and the threat of government expansion."

No, really, it says that. I'll give you a minute to stop making those cartoon BUH-BUH-BUH-WHA? noises.

The people whose careers are built on leg-humping the neocons are going to talk about ethics issues? And the threat of government expansion?

Do you suppose it's a massive quantity of drugs, or unrestrained application of icepicks to the forebrain that let these trolls "forget" the last 8 years?