Monday
Sep152008

Failin' Palin

Okay, so the last thing I wanted this blog to turn into was a political blog, but there are some things about which I just can't keep my mouth shut. Take a read of this story about the Alaska state lawmakers voting to subpoena Todd Palin, Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin's husband. Three things disturb me about this story, setting aside the obvious that Palin may have abused her power in trying to force someone to fire her ex brother-in-law. However, on that, she is innocent until proven otherwise. However:  
  1. Sarah Palin has her private attorney currently representing her as governor of Alaska. I imagine that it's typical of sitting officials to have someone fill in for their duties while they campaign but her private attorney? Is there no deputy governor? Or in Alaska, is that also the postmaster and head moose butcher?
  2. Second, her husband, the snowmobiler, is copied on official state e-mails and attends official meetings. What? Is this 2008 Alaska or 20 B.C. Rome?
  3. Republicans attempted to have this investigation postponed until after the election. Well of course they did! Why allow for a swift resolution to this issue, unless it poses a threat to their candidate?
Again, I implore everyone who reads this, do your research, decide what and who is best for this country, and vote on November 4.
Monday
Sep082008

Micro-soft-on-humor

By now, you may have seen the new Microsoft Windows ad featuring former CEO Bill Gates and comedian Jerry Seinfeld. And I'm sure you still can't control yourself from not laughing, tending to that stitch that's not in your side, laughing out soft -- Microsoft. Wow, I would have expected something much better from Jerry Seinfeld. He's a really funny guy. And Gates could have played the ultimate straight man. While the spot, part of a (gulp) $300 million Windows campaign, did have it's moments (the best being Gates's mug shot on his shopper card), it lacked the real humor and something-from-nothing comedy that was "Seinfeld." Even the direction and editing had pregnant pauses that left the viewers with that uncomfortable feeling like when you see a comedian dying on-stage. From a marketing standpoint, it didn't even mention Windows. All Mac loyalty aside, this first spot pales in comparison to the long-running Mac ads that have delighted us for years. The spot seemed to have less input from Jerry and more from Microsoft. This could best be summed up in this Microsoft Entourage dialog box I was presented with this morning. Enjoy.   [caption id="attachment_42" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Microsoft mentality"]Microsoft mentality[/caption]
Sunday
Sep072008

Is Bristol really pregnant?

At this weekend's PodCamp: Philly, I was having a discussion with some friends about Sarah Palin. I suggested the possibility that their infant son, Trig, is in fact the child of Bristol and not Sarah. I went further to suggest that after the election, we will be told the unfortunate news that Bristol has lost her baby. I know ... all this sounds like some story line out of a daytime soap opera, but stranger things have happened. Okay, I don't suppose you'll have heard it here first, but I did want to get this on-record before the election. What is my reasoning for such a wild theory? Let's take a look:
  • It's been reported that Sarah never looked pregnant during her pregnancy with Trig.
  • Earlier this year, Bristol was pulled out of school for 4-5 months due to a case of mononucleosis. According to WebMD, most people recover from mononucleosis on their own within two weeks.
  • While "happy accidents" happen all the time, would a 44-year-old newly elected governor with four kids out of diapers embark on having a new baby? Possibly.
  • In this photo, taken on Super Tuesday (February 5, 2008), Sarah Palin was supposedly six months pregnant. She doesn't look it. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="302" caption="(click for larger image)"](click for larger image)[/caption]
  • However, this photo does show that she appears pregnant, although when the photo was taken is still not precisely known. It was supposedly shot around one month after the previous photo.
  • Even if she did give birth to Trig, I question her decision to wait to get to a hospital after her water broke (or amniotic fluid started to leak) when she was about to give a speech at an energy conference in Texas on April 17, 2008. Take a look at the now-infamous decision tree. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="194" caption="(click to view larger image)"](click to view larger image)[/caption] I invite you to weigh in, and tell me your theories.
Friday
Sep052008

DNC-RNC DNA

I've been watching both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions with much interest. Much to my pleasure, so have many other people. It seems that the advent of online involvement and social media has elevated both the interest and participation in the political conversation. Barack Obama's speech during the DNC had 38.4 million viewers (totaling all networks that aired it). That was more people in the U.S. than watched the Olympics opening ceremony, with equal fanfare. Of course that still pales in comparison to this year's Superbowl, which garnered 97.5 million viewers, but it's a start! Let's just hope that the viewer interest translates into votes in a couple of months. There's much at stake, so the greatest thing you can do to make a difference, whether you be Republican, Democrat, or otherwise, is VOTE. After watching Governor Sarah Palin's and Rudy Giuliani's speeches the other night, I was saddened to see the kind of personal attacks thrust upon Obama. Worse than the vindictiveness, to me, was the fact that many of their points were simply baseless. Laughing at a man because of his work in the community? This was a guy, fresh out of college, who decided to help out the people of the South Side of Chicago, and they're mocking him for that? That's not the kind of qualities I'd like to see in our leadership. What are they saying about the thousands of other selfless community leaders and organizers who are helping their neighbors in some of the toughest parts of the country? I must say that I really like Governor Palin's feistiness, but I would have liked to hear her talk about more about what she plans on doing and less on what her running mate's opponent has done. And the double-talking likes of Giuliani, Fred Thompson, Dick Morris, Bill O'Reilly, and Karl Rove continue to irk me. I love it when the Daily Show calls them out on this, and they did a great job of it the other night (fast-forward to 9:00). Now, I'm not suggesting that you get all of your political news from The Daily Show, but please do get your political news from a variety of sources, so that come November, you can make an informed decision.
Friday
Jul252008

Dark Knight

 

Dark Knight

The other night I got to see the new Batman movie, Dark Knight, with a friend of mine. After seeing it, I'm somewhat at a loss for words, because it's just that good. All of the other rave reviews you may have been reading are not gushing for no reason either. Outside of this being one of the best action/comic book movies I've ever seen, this is simply a great movie. The cinematography is stunning, having been shot in IMAX. The performances by the actors are stellar. And Heath Ledger, in particular, steals the show. I would not be surprised if he were to get the Oscar nod for Best Supporting Actor. He deserves is. Back to the cinematography, this is purportedly the first full-length feature film shot entirely in IMAX. And it shows. If you're interested, take a look at the sheer complication that went into producing the visual effects for the Dark Knight in IMAX resolution. There was such detail shown by director Christopher Nolan, and it shows. If you haven't seen it yet, I strongly encourage you to take in this soon-to-be classic.