Archive for April, 2008

Sick & Twisted

April 30, 2008

What a crappy week.  I finally get over my March Madness and Spring Fever when I come down with a lousy case of Senioritis.  Sucks.  And “Skip Day” ain’t for another couple of weeks.

So, anyway, since I could care less, here’s some stuff to look at to occupy your time.

Retrocrush chomps down on THE WORST CANDY OF ALL TIME.  You can too, but I’d recommend avoiding the hard candy.  This isn’t your Granny’s house.

For something perhaps a bit more meaningful, check out the 50 BEST CULT BOOKS.  heh heh.  “Check out.”  Didja see what I did there?

Meanwhile, AOL attempts to count down the TV’S 50 BEST COMEDIES EVER.  Of course, they bungle the attempt badly (no WAY Family Ties is funnier than Arrested Development).  And they also leave out anything British, which is their wont but it ticks me off.

Speaking of Bruce Campbell (segue? non sequitur? I can’t tell), PopMatters has 20 QUESTIONS WITH BRUCE CAMPBELL.  Awesome.  Awesomely awesome.

And we’ll round out this fab five with a tease for this summer’s SEASON 3 OF VENTURE BROTHERS.  Like the animated series itself, this jewel of the Adult Swim lineup is not safe for work.  Be warned.  But also be amused.  Be very amused.

Sparky MacMillan loathes bus stations. Terrible places. Full of lost luggage and lost souls.

INFERIOR DESIGN

April 28, 2008

So this company spends thousands of pounds to design a new logo.  They get an established design firm to do an ace job.  They plaster the new logo all over pens and mousepads.  Then immediately upon the unveiling, someone notices that – viewed in a particular way – the logo can be taken as a bit – um, naughty.

Britain’s Office of Government Commerce is the guilty party.  And, on the face of it, the stylized OGC logo that was created recently was innocuous enough.  However, when rotated 45 degrees and turned on its side, the logo resembles a stick figure.  A very male stick figure, as you can SEE.

According to an OGC spokesperson, “It is true that it caused a few titters among some staff when viewed on its side, but on consideration we concluded that the effect was generic to the particular combination of the letters OGC – and it is not inappropriate to an organization that’s looking to have a firm grip on Government spend.”

Ironically, the logo’s problem is that it is looking to have a firm grip on itself.

The Scoop

April 27, 2008

What’s better than getting something for FREE?  When that something is ICE CREAM!  Yeah, buddy!

Well hold on to your sidehacker, baby, ‘cuz Ben & Jerry are giving away delicious dairy goodness on FREE CONE DAY!  That’s this Tuesday, April 29, so visit your local B&J and you can scream for – I mean, geez, I’ll certainly scream for – heck we can all scream for FREE ICE CREAM!

Plop Plop Fizz Fizz

April 25, 2008

Okay, sure, the pop culture peak for Mentos and Diet Coke is about two years ago, but THIS is cool no matter how passé.

Lost In Thought

April 24, 2008

As you gear up for tonight’s LOST return, check out some fan theories on just what the heck is happening on the island.  Bonus: producers Cuse and Lindelof comment on the fan theories, giving you even more insight into the series.

It’s on the USA Today site right HERE.

People I Hate #31 (In A Series)

April 24, 2008

Who: The guy at work with a “Kill Your TV” bumper sticker on his car 

Why I Hate Him: We work at a freakin’ TV STATION!!  Besides, I have a general distaste for the type of pretentious d-bag who thinks it’s intellectual to not watch TV and to boast about it to those who do.  Sure, a lot of television is crap.  But as broadcast pioneer Edward R. Murrow once said, “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate, yes, and even it can inspire; but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends.  Otherwise, it’s nothing but wires and lights in a box.”  To consider a tool useless because most people use it as a blunt instrument – and for no other reason than to feel superior – is as unevolved as the amino acids created in the Miller-Urey experiment of 1953.  And, FYI, I learned about THAT from television!

How I justify it: I don’t need to.  This one’s a gimme.  In fact, everyone should hate this bozo.  Join me!  My hatred is pure, sublime.  Come over to the dark side with me.

Sparky MacMillan is not the one with the funny red nose.

Hoodoo

April 21, 2008

I gotta tell you I’m flummoxed by this one.  It’s essentially an apparel site with a decidedly hip, urban feel for licensed Kellogg’s characters.  Check it out at UNDER THE HOOD.

Now I’m not about to suggest that Tony the Tiger isn’t cool.  He is and always will be.  Nor am I surprised what some people will co-opt for their own display.  I mean, who knew truckers would take to the comical loser Yosemite Sam on their mud flaps or that rednecks and a-holes with 4x4s would think that the a young child urinating would be an effective rebel signature.

But still.  Am I missing something here that I cannot possibly comprehend the usage of breakfast cereal mascots on the type of gear that is supposed to in any way gain you even a modicum of street cred?  No, I’m right on this one.  This has got to be a joke site. 

And until the Bloods and the Crips get replaced by the Snaps and the Crackles, I will continue to believe that.

 

Debatable

April 19, 2008

To take a second look at the Lincoln-Douglas debate of 1858, just click HERE.

It’ll seem like few things ever change.

random

April 18, 2008

I got a yo yo for my eleventh birthday.

One of the Duncan Yo Yo Masters was at the Kwik Pik down the street the following weekend but I couldn’t go. As a consequence, I could never get the damn thing to work. Walk the dog? Around the world? Rock the baby? Hell no. They might as well have given me a puck on a string. Which is, come to think it, what I asked for in the first place. 

Yeah, I was an odd kid.

Sparky MacMillan would like to sing “A Wandering Minstrel, I.”

Catholic S’Cool

April 17, 2008

Get ready!!  It’s coming!!

Bigger than the Baptist Convention….

Greater than a Billy Graham Crusade…

More raucous than a Fundamentalist Polygamous Sect!

It’s POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

Thrill to the mass hysteria of a rockin’ & rollin’, knock-down-drag-out, rootin’ tootin’ homily that makes the Sermon on the Mount seem like a street corner rant!

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

See!  The Pontiff pontificate on piousness!!!

Witness!!  His Holiness harangue the heathens!!!

Experience!!!  The verbal venerations of valiant Vatican viewpoints!!!!

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

From the people who brought you The Snake Handlers Hullabaloo, Scientology Unplugged and Mary Baker Eddy on Ice, it’s…

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

Confession’s good for the soul, so we have to tell you you’d be CRAZY to miss this sensational service!!!  He’s thrilled millions around the world with his holy invectives and religious orations.  He’s faced down Nazis and Marxists and absolved the sins of a generation!

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

If you’re Catholic, you can’t miss it!!  And, if you’re not Catholic, you’d better convert!

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

Coming soon to a stadium, arena or fairgrounds near you!!!

POPE-A-PALOOZA!!!!!!!!

Power to the Papal!