A locus for eccentrics (hopefully)

Monday, December 25, 2006

Oh My!

54 / 99 people in the "mob" for Bob Saget's "One Versus 100" don't know what "perpendicular" means.

55, if you include the contestant. That also includes professional poker's Annie Duke and "The Surreal Life's" Danny Bonaduce.

Christmas TV fever, bitches--catch it!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

RIP Turkmenbashi

Enjoy your time in hell, you repressive asshole.

Hearts of Oak

Ted Leo & Rx's Hearts of Oak was released in 2003??? I have no idea where I've been for the past 3 years, but I think March was the first time I had heard it!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

For the holidays

You've already seen it a hundred times, but it's still pretty funny. Probably NSFW if that is a consideration...

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Oh, wait. Allen Iverson is listed as a point guard. It's fine then.

Where is that giant rolleyes emoticon when you need it...

worst. trade. evar.

I will never understand what goes through basketball execs minds. Andre miller, some guy with an expiring contract and two first rounders for Iverson. The player price isn't that bad, I don't watch much nugs basketball but Miller doesn't seem that special--the two first rounders seems steep, though probably non-lottery. OTOH--WTF is Iverson going to do on the same team with Carmelo Anthony? They're hoping to pair them up...??? What the hell? These are two guys who have like a 89% chance of shooting whenever they recieve the ball, regardless of where they are on the court. So you want two of the *exact same* player? With no point guard anymore?

What the fuck is wrong with these people? I really like Allen Iverson. He plays fucking hard and he gets to the rim consistently--on a team without a good scoring guard (think someone like the Bulls, who wouldn't trade for them since they're playing so well of course) he makes a ton of sense and would be integral. That's why it puzzles me that so many teams with scoring guards are reportedly interested, e.g. the heat for example. Why? There are only so many shots to be taken in a game. Two shooting guards doesn't help. Am I the only one who sees this?

Monday, December 18, 2006

This is how funny Conan is.

I got myself into a laughing/coughing fit just reading this list.
Try it. You don't even have to see this skits to enjoy.

Don't count a good bird out.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

I Can't Ball for Shit

It's true. I can't dribble, can't defend, and can barely shoot--although I can pass a little bit.

Of course, the problem is that basketball, for whatever it's other merits is definitely a sport where incompetence is identified quickly--and punished severely. No hiding out in right field or at side-back, nosiree. Once it becomes clear that you can't ball, your opponents will mark you for it and victimize you, repeatedly.

This wouldn't really be on my mind except that this morning I was trying to guard a 6'4", 200 lb African-American man whose exquisite moustache was only outdone by his game (both of which belied his likely 30-35 years). Blocking him on the first posession gave way to him scoring like 7 of his team's 11 points the rest of the way.

Clearly, I need to start wearing glasses rather than contacts when I play.

Saturday, December 16, 2006


I had *no* idea that Beck is a scientologist. What the hell...

Thursday, December 14, 2006

"He's a very... willful boy sir, if you don't mind my saying so."

One of my girlfriend's colleagues caught a student jacking off during the Intro to Macroecon final.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The Long Descent

I've been more than a little concerned about this season of Battlestar Galactica. Gregg Easterbrook, columnist for ESPN, summarizes this week's episode:

This Week's "Battlestar Galactica" Complaint: "Galactica" continues its descent from hot show to cancellation. Hey, producers, how about having Admiral Adama discover a planet where there are some writers? Friday's episode involved several ships being destroyed when the fleet decided to fly directly through the center of an active star-forming nebula of intense heat and radiation. But this is outer space, which is three-dimensional -- you don't need to go "through" anything, you go around! One character pronounced the nebula was "too big to go around," yet "Galactica" and its sister ships previously have been depicted as able to make instantaneous hyperspace jumps covering thousands of light-years. Flying directly through a dangerous area of space rather than simply going around it is a running theme of bad science fiction. As the conclusion of the "Deep Space Nine" Star Trek serial, a Federation battle fleet had to reach DS9 station to prevent a calamity; the sinister Dominion placed all its ships tightly together at one point between Earth and DS9; the Federation force blasted through the center of the bad guys, rather than just go around! As Douglas MacArthur said of ocean tactics where there is a lot of open territory and a few heavily defended positions, "Hit 'em where they ain't." This will someday be the rule of space combat.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Guy Tarkington's Most Hated Christmas Songs of 2006

Hi all--

I was urinating at work and began daydreaming about all the Christmas songs I hate, and I thought you might like to know.

Santa Baby: Let me get this straight: Eartha Kitt wants to fuck Santa Claus??

I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas: Here's what I want. I want to knock on the door of whoever wrote this song, and when he answers the door, punch him right in the mouth.

Feliz Navidad: Half the population of the United States will be speaking Spanish in like 20 years, and I don't need a reminder of this fact, especially at Christmastime.

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth: Whenever I hear this song, I get the .38 revolver out of my bureau, go to the mirror and point it at my head, just to see what it would be like.

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer: Fortunately, I haven't heard this song this year. Personally, I don't see what's so funny about one's grandmother dying in a hit-and-run accident. Wait, that is pretty funny! Hats off, Patsy and Elmo!

Twelve Days of Christmas: When, oh when, will this song ever end?? Can you just like, give the list and not repeat every single one of them every time? Thanks.

Do They Know It's Christmas?: Haven't they solved that whole "starving" thing in Africa? Why are they still playing this? Should I buy one of Bono's Red iPods? Will that make them stop?

Separated at Birth?

In the red corner, recently-deceased Chilean despot Augusto Pinochet:

In the blue corner, host of the Street Fighter tournament, M. Bison:

Spooky, no?

Friday, December 08, 2006

Radio station

I got my radio access on lala and you can now listen to my "beta" radio show.

Click here to do so. You do not need to be a member.

Short description:

The first few songs are a little retro, but then it gets more modern. A little (neo)-shoegaze, power-pop, recent indie cuts, UK influences, and some singer-songwriter tracks is the gist. Originally, stupidly, I thought you could ONLY have 3 hrs. of songs, so more will be forthcoming, along with, hopefully, some vocal commentary.

Hope you enjoy. I am in the process of revising and making substitutions/cuts as necessary.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

US Soccer Gets Fucked

God damn it, this really would have been *so* helpful for the program. What in the hell are we going to do now...?????

Ze German Vill not Take Ze Job

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lost man loses pants, life

It seemed a foregone conclusion this morning when searches said they found James Kim's pants in the Oregon wilderness. If you're wandering around the Klamath Mountains and you ain't got no pants, brother, you're done for.

CNN reported Kim's family, who he left at the car to find help, burned tires for signal fires and the wife nursed the children when the food ran out. How that 17 year-old kid will ever be able to get over that ordeal, I will never know.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006


Let this Tom Brady love-letter soothe your frazzled soul.

God damn I hate being an adult

500 fucking dollars for car repairs. Awesome. *Just* what I needed. Why can't mom and dad just continue to take care of this and shit... Man. Can you hear that? The tiniest violin in the world, just for me...

2006 best albums

Everybody else is doing it, so why can't [I]?

Albums that may have made it, but I never got around to to getting them, so they didn't:

Yo La Tengo i'm not afraid of you and i will beat your ass
TV on the Radio return to cookie mountain
Hold Steady boys and girls of america
Grizzly Bear yellow house

10. Califone roots & crowns
9. Camera Obscura let's get out of this country
8. Islands return to the sea
7. Sunset Rubdown shut up, i am dreaming
6. Ghostface Killah fishscale
5. The Format dog problems
4. Belle & Sebastian the life pursuit
3. Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins rabbit fur coat
2. Neko Case fox confessor brings the flood
1. Destroyer destroyer's rubies

Monday, December 04, 2006

Today's installment in WTF brough to you by iTunes

So I decided to put a few new songs on Rhykka's iPod. Previously, I had moved all the files in her iTunes library to our external hard drive to make space for more rips onto the Mac. I plug in the iPod and iTunes starts syncing. It syncs for a LONG time. When it's done, I look at the iPod and EVERY SINGLE FUCKING MUSIC FILE ON THE iPOD has been deleted and replaced with the 10 albums or so in my current library.

This wouldn't be *such* a huge deal except that our external hard drive is no longer accessible. Apparently there was some sort of Mac-PC file-saving compatibility issue.

Which means all those countless hours of ripping our music library onto the library is for naught!

Thanks iTunes! Thanks for deleting my entire iPod's contents without even giving me a fair warning! Nothing like having software on your computer that's looking out for YOU, the user. After doing some searching, I did read on the Apple website that: "By default, iTunes automatically copies your entire music library to iPod and deletes songs on iPod that are not listed in iTunes."

God. Damn. It. Screw technology. I ain't using it no mo'.


Sunday, December 03, 2006

Florida Can Eat Me

When OSU runs the hell over the Gators in the "National Championship Game," will Michigan get a consulation post-season #2 ranking?