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April 15, 2009

Never Forget [pours a little out]


Best t-shirt ever? Perhaps. Unless you know of one you think is better? Well do ya? Huh, punk?

(Actually, this one brings tears of joy to my eyes as well.)

April 03, 2009

Did President Obama Violate Copyright Law With the Queen's iPod Gift?

Kelly_betch_jail A little brainteaser for all the geeks in our audience. Okay, fine, we're all geeks. Make that "for our audience."

"President Obama reportedly gave an iPod, loaded with 40 show tunes, to England's Queen Elizabeth II as a gift. Did he violate the law when he did so?

You know your copyright laws are broken when there is no easy answer to this question."

For real. Read the full article at Electronic Frontier Foundation's website. It's weirdly interesting.

(Personally, I lost all faith in our copyright laws thanks to the continued existence of Coldplay.)

April 02, 2009

Courtney Love Sued for Twitter Defamation

Courtney_Love  Twitter is coming into play more and more into crimes.  And celebrities love twitter.  So you would expect a marriage of the two.  But this is a first.  A celebrity sued for what they said on twitter.  Courtney Love just won the distinction of being the first celebrity sued for tweeting.

In Los Angeles Superior Court, clothes designer Dawn Simorangkir, also known as Boudoir Queen, last Thursday filed suit against Courtney for defamation, invasion of privacy and infliction of emotional distress for "an extensive rant" on Twitter about how she was billed for custom clothing.

How extensive could she have been?  You are limited to 140 characters.


March 31, 2009

Online Media, Social Networking Changing How We Watch TV

RuPaul_drag_race Today, I return to the establishment of higher learning where I work and study after a full week of sloth. I would like to say I did only things that engaged my mind, body and spirit — read classic literature, did Iyengar yoga or learned to rock climb. But those would be lies.

No, poppets. I watched RuPaul's Drag Race with Miss Banshee. And we LAUGHED and LAUGHED and made snarky comments about Shannel's big ego and Jade's big cock. What's so special about watching TV and wise-crackin' with your best girlfriend? Well, it's kinda different if one of you resides in New Jersey, whilst the other represents Washington State. Yet watch together we do, and it's all thanks to the magic of the internets and Logo Online, which has the entire season of Drag Race available online.


Monsters vs. Aliens 3D Review

Monsters_vs_aliensThe rise of 3D movies is quickly becoming the new "thing" for movies, particularly those aimed at kids and tween audiences. There are at least 10 more 3D movies set to be released this year, and I've already seen three of them: My Bloody Valentine 3D (it was free), Coraline, and now Monsters vs. Aliens.


March 24, 2009

Erykah Badu Tweets Crazy Stalker Attack

Erykah_badu_2 I love twitter.  Anyone who follows me on twitter knows I love twitter.  Celebrities love twitterP Diddy just explained twitter to Ellen and she signed right up.  But tweeting minute by minute details of you being stalked?  Even I, who literally tweets every minute of her life, thinks that's a little bit too far.

Erykah filed a police report after a performance in Austin, Texas.  She said a stalker came to her house and ended up being “hogg tied and pepper sprayed" and also said all she could think while this was going on was the incident being on Bossip.  Erykah seems to think about the internet a lot.


February 25, 2009

My DVR Is Conspiring Against Me

800pxmotorola_6412 I took a two week vacation.  And it was awesome.  And I watched no television while I was away.  But television did not take a two week vacation.  In fact, it was February sweeps, with things like the Grey's Anatomy Private Practice cross over and a medical crises on General Hospital!

I have 40 plus hours of television to catch up on.  And it keeps recording.  These are not the kids shows I record for my three year old.  These are all things I watch.  I have 14 hours of General Hospital alone to watch.  And it keeps recording it.  I could watch The Daily Show and The Colbert Report every day for the rest of my life and still not catch up. 

I think I watch too much television.


February 19, 2009

You Could Have A Crush On A Digital Celebrity


Authored by super special guest contributor and honorary MamaPop Bestard, Travis of The Holmes

Some friends of mine hold an Oscar party every year where all the guests receive a list of the nominees when they walk in the door. Everybody is supposed to go through the list and select their picks for the winners in every category, and whoever gets the most right gets a prize or some shit. My choices in this little game are never anything more than guesses, some perhaps informed a bit by hype I may have heard on the news, others complete shots in the dark. I’ve yet to win any prizes, but I make it through. Somehow.

See, It’s a pretty sure bet when Oscar time rolls around that I will not have seen any of the nominees. Maybe one if I’m lucky. I have this bad habit of not getting out much. The last movie I saw in the theater was this piece of shit called The Uninvited, an atrocious remake of the far superior Korean film A Tale of Two Sisters. And even though I live in a town with plenty of theaters that serve alcohol, I ended up seeing this bit of celluloid swiss cheese at a dry cinema. A different venue would have probably made a significant difference in my opinion of the film’s quality. I saw Freddy vs. Jason in the theater back when it came out, but in that case I saw it at Austin’s beloved Alamo Drafthouse, a place that shows movies the way they should be seen. They offer a plentiful variety of beer, some wine, pizza, burgers, wings, desserts, all served by waiters that bring it right to you and know how to walk hunchbacked so they don’t block the screen. By the time the blood started spurting, I had already made a nice dent in my first bucket of brew. I stumbled out of the theater insisting to all in earshot that it was absolutely a shoe-in for best picture.


January 27, 2009

A Good Reason to Buy a Used MP3 Player: Scoring Secret Military Files

Chris Ogle is from New Zealand. Last year while vacationing in Oklahoma he bought a used MP3 player from a thrift store. About a month ago he hooked it up to his computer to download some music and you will never guess what he found. (Unless of course you read the title of my post or watch the news.)

He did not score a free copy of the leaked tracks from Chinese Democracy. It wasn't another Pamela Anderson and random rocker sex tape nor was it Final Fantasy 9 cheat codes.


Boyfriend found US military files. Good ones too.


January 22, 2009

The Name is Obama, Barack Obama

The name is Obama, Barack Obama and like most of us he is constantly checking his BlackBerry.


Unlike most of us, he has a new job where he is privy to classified information and his e-mails that if leaked could change the outcome of world events, cause wars, induce widespread panic or possibly all of the above.

Here comes the cool part - whoever plays Q in the federal government is going to give Obama a super secret spy proof phone.


January 13, 2009

Criterion's "The Auteurs" Site Lets You Watch Awesome Movies Online for Free


Oh, Criterion. How do I love thee? You release stunning remastered DVDs of every awesome movie ever, from Amarcord to Dazed and Confused. As soon as I hit the lottery, I'm buying every single movie in their collection.

If they weren't already awesome enough, Criterion has joined the league of sites to offer free streaming media online.


January 01, 2009

Zune's Epic Fail


It's at least a little comforting to know that I don't have the biggest headache in the world today. That honor undoubtedly goes to whoever is in charge of handling the epic fail of Zunes over at Microsoft.


December 15, 2008

Please Stop with the Robot Voice

Lady Sovereign - I Got You Dancing

Also, this chick, Lady Sovereign, sucks. I really wanted to post this video which is nothing more than a wretched, messy amalgam of "Beat It" and "Thriller" mixed in with Bratz Doll, heinous choreography, and football makeup.

But then I heard her robot voice and it got me to thinking. The robot voice is courtesy of Auto-Tune, a pitch-correcting plug-in producers use when their artists sing like crap and can't stay on key. Cher first abused Auto-Tune with "If You Believe in Life After Love" when she used Auto-Tune on her vocals throughout the entire song. (It wasn't Devo, as some have blasphemed; they used a vocoder, not Auto-Tune; anyway, Mark Mothersbaugh is a god who needs not to abuse such sonic tools.)

For whatever reason, a bunch of musicians heard this and, instead of recoiling from the radio and clutching their ears in pain as I did, they thought "WELL GOL-LEE, can I get this fancy technology on my next album?"


December 09, 2008

Twitter: A Good Place for Crazies Like Me


I will admit to being late to the Twitter party. I mistakenly thought that it was for text message posts only, until Tracey straightened me out back in April and told me that it was web-based. And that, duh, I needed to get on board as soon as possible.

Of course, I am completely addicted to Twitter now. And so are some of my favorite fictional characters.


November 05, 2008

News Networks Debut Shiny New Gadgets on Election Night


Amidst all of the hub bub last night, what with the incredibly historic election and the new president and whatnot, the new technology on the cable news networks kind of took a back seat. But dude! They had some cool toys!


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