Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Prop 8 = Hate
Vote No on Proposition 8

1. Marriage is a right that belongs to everyone.

2. We shouldn't single out one group of people to be treated differently under the law.

3. Voting "no" on Proposition 8 will help ensure that all Californians have the freedom to marry the one they love.

Monday, October 27, 2008

No Power Without Accountability

Another great song from Billy Bragg. Caution: if you're a right-wing nutjob you may not agree with the sentiments expressed in this song. He explains (before he sings) that the struggle used to be between capitalism and socialism, but these days what's more important is the struggle between capitalism and accountability.

The song itself starts at 3:10 -- feel free to skip ahead to it if you would rather be entertained than indoctrinated.

I grew up in a company town
And I worked real hard til’ the company closed down

They gave my job to another man
On half my wages in some foreign land

And when I asked, "how could that be any good for our economy?"
I was told nobody cares, so long as they make money when they sell their shares

P.S. This is why YouTube is so great.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Wassup 2008

First, here's the original beer commercial:

Now, here's the election year reunion (same guys!):

Friday, October 24, 2008

InkJet Printers

Best quote about printers ever (how appropriate for a blog named Toner Mishap!):

"Those aren’t really printers; they’re more like temporary housing units for your ink cartridges."

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Jewish Comedians for Obama

Opie and Richie, Back on Screen

The only way to see this excellent video is to follow the link

Currently reading

I am in the middle of the new book by Dennis Lehane “The Given Day.” I highly recommend it for a thoroughly enjoyable transportation into the early 1900s of Boston and the issues workers faced from 12 hours days for little pay to the threat of communism being throughout about if one disagreed with those in power.

I only get a hour or two to read on the weekends and only a few minutes before I fall asleep during the week, but while I'm awake every minute reading is very satisfying.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Wait, James Ellroy *isn't* one of the Jetsons?

A few years back I read this and LOVED IT, and just saw the movie, which reminded me how much I liked the book. Apparently it wasn't a fluke -- I'm now reading this, and it's freakin' awesome!

Who Won the Debate? Remix

tip of the hat to Monkeys for Helping

Monday, October 20, 2008

Why I Blog

There is an excellent article in the Atlantic Monthly by Andrew Sullivan titled “Why I Blog.” I highlighted a few of the points :
  • Blogging rewards brevity… it’s a broadcast, not a publication.
  • We bloggers have scant opportunity to collect our thoughts, to wait until events have settled and a clear pattern emerges.
  • A blog is not so much daily writing as hourly writing. And with that level of timeliness, the provisionality of every word is even more pressing – and the risk of error or the thrill of prescience that much greater.
  • Blogging is therefore to writing what extreme sports are to athletics: more free-form, more accident-prone, less formal, more alive. It is, in many ways, writing out loud.
  • It combines the confessional genre with the log form and exposes the author in a manner no author has ever been exposed before.
The bullet points are just the pieces I identify with as a blogger -- a real blogger, once a upon a time, four years ago to be exact. We did daily blogging for a year and it was time consuming, fun, intoxicating, and creative. We have kept it up in bursts, which works for us, but not so much for regular readers. I hope to start again, but it depends on how much time the day job requires. I doubt I or we will reach our halcyon days of that first year, but that is okay and to some extent preferable. I found myself writing to an audience or for a reaction rather than writing for me.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

iPod Random 11

I now have a new Classic iPod because my old iPod was packed into my suitcase and the Neutrogena soap seeped into it. I returned it to the Apple store on the day the new versions were released and they give me $50 for my old one, so I purchased a new old one with 160GB. The downside was that I lost all my old play lists. I had some of them on my hard drive, but I altered the order in the pod and not on the computer, so a lot of great play lists disappeared.

Now that I have gotten use to my Apple computer, I have been frequenting the iTunes store much too regularly. I have spent hundreds of dollars in the past few months buying music; I will write a post about some of the new music I have purchased. An example is the Seals & Crofts for wife for our relaxing weekends of floating around and doing nothing.

“Walk On” by U2
“Sugar Baby” by Bob Dylan
“On a Misty Night” by Joe Lovano
“Even the Losers” by Tom Petty
“Besame Mucho” by Carmen McRae
“Besame Mucho” by Eldar
“You’ll Never Walk Alone” by Frank Sinatra
“Dedicated to You” by John Coltrane and Johnny Hart
“We May Never Walk this Way Again” by Seals & Croft
“Worrisome Heart” by Melody Gardot
“Are you Alright?” By Lucinda Williams

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Spider-Man, Santa Claus, and Fishing

Best. Ad. Ever.

Just a Heart Beat Away...

Reality in our century is not something to be faced.
Graham Greene (1904–91), novelist

I suspect the fact that the world, no matter who is elected, is going to start to change for the better once the "Disastrous Duo" of Bush and Cheney leave office on Jan.20, 2009. This is finally setting in and Cheney's heart is having a hard time accepting this situation.

Vice President Dick Cheney experienced an abnormal heart beat on Wednesday morning and will see doctors to ''restore his normal rhythm'' -- the second time in less than a year that he will have the procedure.

Cheney, 67, canceled a campaign event he was scheduled to attend Wednesday

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Snake Alert

On vacation, saw a snake. Still waiting for my brother-in-law to identify it for me... can you do it? 12-16 inches long, and it looked like -- well, like in the picture I took up.


It's a mountain gartersnake -- thanks to my brother-in-law, who responded to my facebook page post.

Don't send this child to camp again.

Names have been censored to protect the allergic. This is a real notice from camp last summer regarding one of our campers. I just dug it up to share it with a friend, and now you get to enjoy it as well.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Live Blogging the Debate... Sort Of

OK, I've got the vice presidential debate paused so I can share a few first thoughts.

Right at the beginning, Sarah Palin entered the debate arena, shook hands with Joe Biden, and loudly asked, "Can I call you Joe?" Someone apparently told her to stick with the "just us folks" approach.

She's already used the phrase "hockey moms have to unite."

Did she really use the phrase "never again" in regard to the economic situation we're in right now? Did she *really* want to evoke thoughts of the Holocaust?

She actually said, "darn right!" She's so folksy; I think I'll vote for her, 'cuz she's just like me!

My favorite quote so far, in response to Biden's prompting her for an on-topic response: "I may not answer the questions the way you or the moderator want, but I'm going to talk straight."


She pronounces "nuclear" just like W: "nook-yular." [shiver]