Archive for January, 2011

Save TastyKake.

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It would truly be a tragedy if this company went under.

Tastykake, manufacturers of numerous kinds of prepackaged snack foods, could be forced to sell or merge after a newly opened factory failed to generate the hoped-for savings. Krimpets, Kandy Kakes, Koffee Kakes, and Kreamies could all be put on the chopping block. And I don’t know if you’re aware, but those kinds of snacks do better in your tummy than on a chopping block.

TastyKake financial woes could force sale.

FRACT Beta by Richard Flanagan

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FRACT is a fantastic game and even though it’s only in Beta right now, it’s a fully playable beta and the author has graciously made it available for download right now off of his website.

Click here to see the trailer, and the description for it is accurate.  If you liked Myst, Rez, and Tron, you will so love this game.

Proof that stupidity breeds more stupidity.

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Stupid move #1 (several months ago):  Gun-toting dipshit hockey mom Sarah Palin decides to show the districts that she wants Democrats to lose by depicting those districts being in the view of cross-hairs on a map graphic on her website.

Stupid move #2 (just yesterday):  Gun-toting psychopath decides to open fire at a political event for Gabrielle Giffords, a democratic congresswoman from Arizona.  The gunman seriously wounds Giffords, and kills a judge, a 9 year-old girl, and several others.

Stupid move #3 (same day):  Palin’s staff, not realizing that once it’s on the internet, it’s on there forever, decides to take down the cross-hairs graphic and scrub the website of any possible material that could make her look like more of a dipshit than she already is.  The link is complete with archived crosshair graphicky goodness.

Stupid move #4: Mark Kerr, one of Palin’s dipshit facebook friends, posts a lovely message of support for the beleaguered dipshit hockey mom:

Stupid move #5: Aforementioned dipshit, after being verbally raked over the coals by thousands of other facebook and twitter users, posts on his Twitter page that he was being “sarcastic.”

Now is Palin responsible for Giffords being shot or those innocent people getting killed?  No.  She didn’t pull the trigger, the lunatic shooter did.  However, there had to be some reason for her staff to go “oh shit…” and scrub the website.  While they will never admit it, I’m sure, that reason is as follows:  When you are in a position to have sway over the hearts and minds of large groups of people, you had better be damn careful about what you say and how you say it.  Whether it be with a microphone, a Twitter page (“Don’t retreat, reload!”), or those pictures that are worth a thousand words.

And just so people think that this woman getting shot was that big of a leap, let’s turn back the clock to March of 2010 and see what happened…

UPDATE Jan. 9, 2011

Stupid move #6: Gun-toting conservative whackjob Tammy Bruce has Rebecca Mansour (the dipshit aide to the dipshit hockey mom) to explain how the crosshairs on the internet graphic weren’t really crosshairs, but “surveyor’s marks.”

You know, there are sometimes when enough damage has already been done and you should just keep your fucking mouth shut.  This would be one of those times.

Stupid move #7: Once again, the dipshit aides to the dipshit hockey mom fail to realize that if it’s on the internet, it’s forever.  They fail to realize that there are Twitter feeds from Sarah herself calling the crosshair graphics “bullseyes.”

Stupid move #8: And just so you know that Democrats are not immune from this kind of stupidity…

UPDATE:  Jan. 10, 2011

Stupid move #9: Gun-toting fuckwit Glenn Beck also doesn’t get the whole “when it’s on the internet, it’s forever” thing.  He put up a post on his homepage that read “We must stand together against all violence.”  Apparently this position inherently excludes violence involving guns.  He’s totally cool with that because the rotating image generator showed an image of Beck, pistol in hand, looking like some retarded wanna-be action hero (props to Gawker for capturing the image).  Not surprisingly, the dumbass’ staff has scrubbed the image from the website.  Now Beck simply appears as a retarded wanna-be founding father, a retarded wanna-be lumberjack, a retarded wanna-be Civil Rights hero, retarded wanna-be college professor, etc.

Let’s close with some quotes from those that claim that they are not contributing to the deteriorating level of political discourse in this country…

“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus–living fossils–so we we’ll never forget what these people stood for.” – Rush Limbaugh

“Americans who work against our military once the [Iraq] war is underway will be considered Enemies of the State by me. Just fair warning to you, Barbara Streisand, and others who see the world as you do. I don’t want to demonize anyone, but anyone who hurts this country in a time like this, well, let’s just say you will be spotlighted.” – Bill O’Reilly

“Hang on, let me just tell you what I’m thinking. I’m thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I’m wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. No, I think I could.” – Glenn Beck

“At what point do [people] get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot?” – Eric Erickson

“I say round liberals up and hang em’ high. When I hear someone’s in the civil rights business, I oil up my AR-25.” – Michael Savage

“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.” – Republican Senator Phil Gramm

Stupid move #10: Don’t be willfully ignorant of the history of violence in this country.

Stupid move #11: Glenn Beck.  Well his entire existence is a stupid move in and of itself, but he doubled-down on the stupid back in June when he said of Democrats, “… shoot them in the head.”  Here’s a screenshot courtesy of RawStory (they also wrote about this) in case FOX News scrubs their website.

“We either live together, or we die together.”

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We could learn a lot from these people.

Egypt’s majority Muslim population stuck to its word Thursday night. What had been a promise of solidarity to the weary Coptic community, was honoured, when thousands of Muslims showed up at Coptic Christmas eve mass services in churches around the country and at candle light vigils held outside.From the well-known to the unknown, Muslims had offered their bodies as “human shields” for last night’s mass, making a pledge to collectively fight the threat of Islamic militants and towards an Egypt free from sectarian strife.

Bill O’Reilly: “You can’t explain the tides!”

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“Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”

Silverman looked stunned. “Tide goes in, tide goes out?” he stuttered. O’Reilly pressed on. “The water, the tide—it comes in and it goes out. It always goes in, then it goes out. … You can’t explain that. You can’t explain it.”

Me:  “Oh, really?”

The tides explained.

Magnum P.I. predicts the future in 1993.

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The AT&T “You Will” ads predicted basically every major innovation of the last decade.  The only part they got wrong was AT&T actually making any money off of those innovations.

Somewhere in an office just off of Infinite Loop Drive…

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Steve Jobs is ejaculating.

And that’s just over January 3rd’s news about Apples stock price and market capitalization.  He’s actually been in a state of joygasm since May of 2010.  That’s the date when Apple surpassed Microsoft, becoming the largest company in the U.S. by market capitalization.  Let’s review just how far our little Steve Jobs has come:

Early 1980’s:

And that was just the beginning.  The revelation that Microsoft “beat him to the loot” as Anthony Michael Hall’s Bill Gates put it, was just the first dip in a downward slide that would lead to Jobs being fired by the company he helped start.

But as others have shown, if you decide to keep going when you have nowhere to go but up, that’s exactly where you go.  Jobs would not only found NeXT which would not only create the very first web server but also revolutionize desktop design, he would also use NeXT’s acquisition by Apple to eventually get his old job back.  He would soon follow with the iMac, the iPod, and the iPad… all three of which would whittle away at Microsoft’s once dominant market share until ultimately this was achieved…

2010:  Apple surpasses Microsoft in market capitalization.

But after successfully telling the grim reaper to fuck off, was Bill Gates ever really that big an obstacle?