4 Bailouts and a Funeral

October 3, 2008 at 11:38 am | Posted in Business, News | 1 Comment
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Alas, the bailout bill has passed, showing us that if at first you fail at getting a stupid bill passed through Congress, you need only make it a bit stupider to find success.

Pity for our soon to be former President Bush. By this logic, in order to have passed his Social Security reform, he needed only to have added a provision calling for the banning of monkey feces to have gotten the votes he needed.

Farewell, fair Capitalism, we knew thee well.

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In the time before Facebook…

September 13, 2008 at 3:23 pm | Posted in Travel | Leave a comment
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…I used to blog on the MySpace. This was before MySpace turned into one giant, obnoxious banner-ad. Punch the Monkey!

Having since made the move to Facebook, I find myself missing the blogging capability. I’ve joined wordpress and am working on getting that to import to my Facebook page…

Since this is more of an experiment than a content generator at this point, I’m simply going to re-post an old blog to see if this works. Enjoy.

Lost in translation…

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, and today I find myself sick and at home with some time on my hands.

When Denise and I were in Thailand, it was not unusual for a guy to come up to you in the street and offer to sell you DVD’s for about $2 a piece. If you agreed, you were shuffled down a back alley and directed through a false wall (not kidding here) into what I like to describe as the MPAA’s worst nightmare.

Every movie you could imagine is available there, and every pirated DVD store is FULL of American tourists buying these things.

Anyway – if you’re looking for a movie that’s out on DVD already, the cover will match what you would normally find on Best Buy’s store shelves – I imagine that they just photocopy it.

If, however, you’re looking for a movie that is currently out in theatres (and not yet on DVD), well, the pirates had to get a little creative there. I suspect that they looked at some existing American DVD covers that they had, and just tried to ape those.

Movie title? Check.
Picture of the stars? Check.
Description of the movie? Check.
Blurb about special features? Check.

Now…what are we missing. Oh yeah! The obligitory “I loved this movie!” movie quote from some random critic. See below, here’s the actual scan of the movie cover that I brought home –

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“The comedy is obvious and flat while the drama is stale!” How did this happen? Can we assume that whoever was in charge of forging this cover doesn’t speak english? Or do you think that this was intentional?

This is comedy GOLD, people. Oh how I wish real DVD covers actually displayed this level of candor.

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