Archive: 2009

Smooth Criminals

★ This mural showed up on the side of a building by where I work not too long after the King of Pop died. Every time I pass by it I gotta stop and stare for a little bit. Amazing artwork.


The artwork was done by 808 Urban

Obama’s Health Care Speech

★ I thought that Pres. Obama killed it in his Health Care speech to congress last night. A lot of his address simply called out the right-wing on their misleading rhetoric and all around childish behavior. I only caught pieces of the speech, because I was watching it while coding away at an application I’m building, but here are some of the highlights that stuck out to me.

Fiscal Conservatives -
Obama delivered a blow to the argument of some of the self-professed fiscal conservatives. He decried how the Bush tax cuts, the Bush war in Iraq and the Bush prescription drug plan helped explode the deficit, squandering the Clinton surplus and plunging us deep in debt. No one who voted for that unholy trinity can credibly oppose Obama’s health reforms on fiscal grounds.

Public Options -
He explained why the competition that a public option would create is a good thing because it would keep pressure on private insurers to keep their prices affordable and treat their customers better. I like the example he chose to use:

“Public colleges and universities provide additional choice and competition to students without in anyway inhibiting a vibrant system of private colleges and universities.”

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Irony really is the best medicine

★ You can’t make this stuff up. I saw this first when @gruber posted it on df: Anti-health-care-reform activist Kenneth Gladney, reportedly injured in a scuffle at a town hall meeting late last week, is collecting donations to pay his medical bills because he was recently laid off and lost his health insurance.

If the current system can consistently produce irony of this calibre then I’m all for it.


★ This morning I was awoken by my alarm clock powered by electricity generated by the public power monopoly regulated by the US department of energy. I then took a shower in the clean water provided by the municipal water utility. After that, I turned on the TV to one of the FCC regulated channels to see what the national weather service of the national oceanographic and atmospheric administration determined the weather was going to be like using satellites designed, built, and launched by the national aeronautics and space administration.

At the appropriate time as regulated by the US congress and kept accurate by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the US Naval Observatory, I get into my National Highway Traffic Safety Administration approved automobile and set out to work on the roads built by the local, state, and federal departments of transportation, possibly stopping to purchase additional fuel of a quality level determined by the Environmental Protection Agency, using legal tender issued by the Federal Reserve Bank. On the way out the door I deposit any mail I have to be sent out via the US Postal Service and drop the kids off at the public school.

After work, I drive my NHTSA car back home on the DOT roads, to a house which has not burned down in my absence because of the state and local building codes and fire marshal’s inspection, and which has not been plundered of all it’s valuables thanks to the local police department.

I then log on to the internet which was developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration and post on my blog about how SOCIALISM in medicine is BAD because the government can’t do anything right.



★ The “Birthers” are so crazy, stupid, and increasingly desperate to hurt the Democrats who are dominating them, that they can’t be bothered with “fact-checking”. I only wish that I had thought of this first. While the wacky, tin-foil hat wearing, conspiracy theory movements are making headlines based solely on entertainment value in this post Sarah Palin era. It still doesn’t change the fact that the GOP is NOT relevant. Not even remotely relevant.

Not even @aplusk (Ashton Kutcher) could’ve setup a better Punk. From the TPM:

It now looks like the forged “Kenyan” Obama birth certificate that was briefly promoted by the Birthers — actually an altered copy of a decades-old South Australian birth certificate — was deliberately designed as a prank on the Birther movement itself, Dave Weigel reports.

  • Fine cotton business paper: $11
  • Inkjet printer: $35
  • 1940 Royal Model KMM manual typewriter: $10
  • 2 Shilling coin: $1
  • Pilot Varsity fountain pen: $3
  • Punkin’ the Birthers: Priceless

Everything needed to forge a Kenyan birth certificate You've Been PUNK'D! Kenyan Birth certificate Punk

Best bachelor party toast EVER


From the movie “The Hangover”:

Alan Garner: Hello. How ’bout that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City.

[awkward laughter]

Alan Garner: You guys might not know this, but I consider myself a bit of a loner. I tend to think of myself as a one-man wolf pack. But when my sister brought Doug home, I knew he was one of my own. And my wolf pack… it grew by one. So there… there were two of us in the wolf pack… I was alone first in the pack, and then Doug joined in later. And six months ago, when Doug introduced me to you guys, I thought, “Wait a second, could it be?” And now I know for sure, I just added two more guys to my wolf pack. Four of us wolves, running around the desert together, in Las Vegas, looking for strippers and cocaine. So tonight, I make a toast!

Republican Sex Scandal flow chart


★ Having trouble keeping up with all of the Republican sex scandals? Well TPM took the time to map it out for us.



★ This is pretty genius. Where was this service when I was in school.

Honest Graduation Song

★ This goes out to you, KHS Class of ’97

Paper Towels

★ Now you got a crap-load of squares!

Karma is a Bitch

★ It sucks to be this guy. This is proof that karma really is a bitch.

A boss and his secretary who were having an affair saw their romantic tryst interrupted in a wince-inducing manner – after a car crash led her to accidentally bite his penis off.

According to reports in China Press and Sin Chew Daily, the 30-year-old woman was performing oral sex on her boss in a car in a Singapore park, when the car was struck by a reversing van.

The impact caused her to bite the man’s penis off.

Full story

Puke In My Mouth

★ This is a nicely done female response to “Jizz In My Pants”.


★ Not to make light of a serious issue, but XKCD must have been watching the Twitter stream get hit hard by trending #swineflu just like me. Because this is exactly what I saw.

So if Twitter is the “Pulse of the Internets”, then XKCD must be the pulse of Twitter…? I don’t know. But it’s funny because it’s true.

If you want to follow the outbreak globally in realtime, this google maps mashup is the best place.

We Didn’t Start The Flame Wars

Keep on Trying

We’ve been trying to have a baby for six months…

★ This was just too funny to not post. Enjoy.

Oracle to Aquire Sun Microsystems

★ Ashlee Vance, reporting for the NYT:

The Oracle Corporation, the technology information company, announced Monday that it would acquire a rival, Sun Microsystems, for $9.50 a share, or about $7.4 billion. […]

The deal immediately disrupts the traditional relationships formed between some of the technology industry’s largest players and thrusts Oracle into the hardware business. Oracle, for example, has long-standing partnerships with Sun’s rivals, including Hewlett-Packard and Dell.

Since just about every project I work on uses MySQL in someway, this is slightly disturbing news. Nobody nows exactly what Oracles plans for MySQL are, but I’m hoping that they don’t neglect it in favor of Oracle’s own DB. We can only wait and see.

★ is a URL shortening service like or with a twist. It uses Unicode characters (➡ ★ ☆) in the URL. This makes a very tiny url.

These all point to the brokenparadigmlabs blog


All you need to know about Louisiana

★ Read this on TPM this morning. The New York Times hit the nail on the head.

Louisiana has gotten $130 billion in post-Katrina aid. How is it that the stars of the Republican austerity movement come from the states that suck up the most federal money? Taxpayers in New York send way more to Washington than they get back so more can go to places like Alaska and Louisiana. Which is fine, as long as we don’t have to hear their governors bragging about how the folks who elected them want to keep their tax money to themselves. Of course they do! That’s because they’re living off ours.

Read the full article here.

Boy Killed Anally When Office Chair Explodes

★ This story out of china really got my attention as it came across my RSS this morning.

A 14-year-old boy in China was killed when his chair exploded, sending chunks of metal into his rectum. The bleeding this caused killed him.


I’m writing this at my desk while sitting on a chair very similar to this. This is very disturbing to me.

You can see more about this at Gizmodo.