Thursday, September 27, 2007

"It's called gettin' down"

This week's entertainment while riding the Metro to and from work is the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century movie, which was edited to become the first episode of the TV series ("Awakening" if you're anal about that stuff). Today, I reached the painful part—Buck's disco dancing extravaganza with Princess Ardala (dig that hat).

Keep in mind, we'll be reminded every single episode that Buck left the Earth in 1987 and returned over 500 years later. I'm well aware that this was produced at the tail end of the 1970s when disco was "all the rage," but it's also a reminder why it's dangerous to try and predict the future. We all know that disco was not only dead in 1987, but very dead only to be resurrected in the 90s as kitschy retro goodness (along with hip hugging bell-bottom pants).

If you have a princess you're trying to impress, put this tune on your stereo and be prepared to shake your groove thing—yeah yeah. As an added bonus, here's the bizarre, James Bond-esque opening to the Buck Rogers movie.

What am I? Who am I? What will I beeeeeeeeeeee?

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Baaaa or De Joins the 21st Century

During the time I commute via Metro, I like to listen to music and, if possible, do some reading. Lately, it's just been music since the subway is normally standing room only when I jump on. I had been using my mobile phone for this until yesterday. You see, the phone part works but, for some unknown reason, it doesn't make audible noises anymore (hence why I didn't ring you back, Marty), not even through headphones.

In a bit of a quandary, I decided to buy my first iPod. The first stop was Best Buy, but all they had were the new Shuffle and Nano models, the iPod Touch (aka the iPhone without a phone), and the 160-gig iPod Classic. I didn't want the Shuffle or the Nano because I was afraid I'd accidentally inhale them. The iPod Touch only had a 16-gig capacity and was $400. The 160-gig Classic was well over $300. When I asked about the 80-gig Classic, I was told that they were sold out.

Next stop was Circuit City where they not only had the 80-gig Classic in droves, but also offered 40% off all accessories when you purchased an iPod. I walked out with the model I wanted, an Apple FM tuner, and a Monster FM transmitter for listening and charging in the car; all for much less than the price of the 160-gig model. Cha-ching!

I finally got to use the thing this morning after encoding some video and letting the unit charge last night. Why didn't somebody tell me these were the coolest things ever? Walking to the Metro, I listened to David Thornton's now-defunct Joe Cast and then switched over to watch Buck Rogers in the 25th Century during the ride. Fan-tastic!!!

The only downside is that getting stuff onto the iPod is a bit labor-intensive unless you use iTunes for all your media needs, which I don't. Aside from that, I am ready to go to the roof of my office building and shout praises to the entire planet that this is indeed the coolest gadget ever!!

Friday, September 21, 2007

D-List Goodness

My friend Anne and I went to see Kathy Griffin in concert on Wednesday at Constitution Hall. For those of you not familiar with the DC area, Constitution Hall is owned by the DAR and located next door to the campus of George Washington University. This venue is also notorious for having the most uncomfortable seating for events requiring one to sit for any length of time, like a two-hour concert.

Now I've never seen Kathy Griffin's Bravo show My Life on the D-List, but I do know her from stand-up and Suddenly Susan. Anne is a huge fan and really wanted to go, so I went. I had heard that Griffin was incredibly gay friendly and it really showed in the make-up of the audience. If you're a fan of chasing Amy, it was definitely the place to be.

The show itself was fairly funny, aside from a joke about Bill Shatner killing his wife. All in all, it was a relatively pleasant evening despite the late arrival of the cast of Zoolander who felt they had to stand for the first five minutes of the show.

The best part? That was when I was handed a card advertising an upcoming event. That event, ladies and gentlemen, is Morrissey in concert on November 2!! Shoplifters of the world, unite and take over!

Thursday, September 20, 2007

I Say Thee... Hey?

Mike Sterling talks about why the 24-year old Thor #337 is one of the best comics ever. I must say, I'm certainly inclined to agree.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Emotional Roller Coaster

Evidently, the mainstream media is yucking it up at Andrew Meyer's expense. Yeah, because it's so funny to be manhandled and electrically shocked for not doing anything wrong. Don't you have a White Bronco to chase or something?


"Brother Number Two" was finally arrested this morning. While I'm overjoyed to hear he'll finally be held to account for what he's done, it's unfortunately 30 years too late.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Angry Beyond Words

The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good [people] to do nothing.
—Edmund Burke
On the drive in this morning, I heard about some kid at a John Kerry event getting
hit with a taser by police and thought to myself, "I bet he threatened the senator somehow." Well, after seeing three different versions of what transpired, I was wrong and I'm incensed at how this situation was handled.

Andrew Meyer acted like a jerk at a university event by barging to the head of the microphone line, as if that's never happened before. Kerry said he'd answer the question as five or six campus cops attempted to escort the struggling student out. Since when does assholery justify police action? Unfortunately, we have no idea what transpired prior to Meyer taking the mic. In any case, apparently five or six officers cannot handle one kid without whipping out a taser. And that's crap.

John Kerry's lack of leadership clearly showed here (don't get me wrong, I'm certainly no supporter of the current administration). Also clear is that the University of Florida Police are not be trusted, but feared. But probably the clearest message of all was that the students of the University of Florida attending the event don't give a damn about authority being taken too far even when it's right there in front of them.

Friday, September 7, 2007

No Comic-Con For De

I've received a freelance assignment that will keep me busy from Saturday morning until Sunday night. This assignment is with a different group than the folks I normally work for. The usual suspects recommended me so I'd look like a butthead if I told the new folks I wasn't available.

Oh well, I could use the money this would bring in so it's not a total wash. Still, it would have been cool to chat about the Superfriends with Mark Waid.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Why I Hate Modern News - Exhibit A

Despite being sick today, I had to ferry Em to a medical appointment and pick up a few things at the grocery. I still feel like crap, thanks for asking.

Anyway, I would figure the big news of the DC area would be the sudden death of Ohio Congressman Paul Gilmor who was found dead in his apartment this morning. But no, evidently the mass media is still enamored with the bathroom shenanigans of Senator Larry Craig. A lawmaker turns up dead but the idiots on TV and the radio still want to play Nelson Muntz.

Jumping Jesus on a pogo stick.

To Go Or Not To Go?

The Baltimore Comic-Con is this weekend and I'm debating whether or not to join the great unwashed masses. The guest list is quite impressive with a little something for everybody. In particular, I'd love to meet Kurt Busiek and thank him for the hours of joy received from reading Astro City (not to mention Marvels and countless other projects). Mark Waid is also going to be there and he's just plain awesome (listen to his commentaries on the Superfriends DVDs sometime).

Decisions decisions...

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