Thursday, January 26, 2006

 

Ugh

Well, I was a bit of a bastard earlier because of my mood to some people, but I'm working on it. Maybe someday in 10 or 15 years I'll have made up the ground I lost since the beginning of the year, but until then you, my valued readers, will be treated with links to other more interesting and less bitterly depressed people.

First up, Kerry. In the last couple of days we have a couple of pretty good posts. One on that feeling that an econ nerd gets when they get to pontificate on the similarities between markets for bestiality pornography and shampoo and another linking to the ten most offensive board games, which have all made her amazon wishlist.

Also, here are some pretty pictures from the NFL Cheerleader Blog. GO CLEVELAND!!!

Later.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

 

Dead and Breakfast

Over the weekend I convinced Erin to watch Dead and Breakfast with me. She was not optimistic about it, but as usual I was right. It was very cool. Technically, not a zombie flick since they aren't supposed to be zombies, but still modeled after your usual zombie flicks it was in my estimation worth rewatching over and over again. I'm looking forward to watching the commentary tracks and would love to get the soundtrack (as a segway device scenes are broken up by a singing narrator playing songs commenting on the situations in the movie). I could listen to "I'm comin' to kill ya" over and over again. Also, don't stop listening to the soundtrack once the credits hit as you will be treated to a complete recap musically including some additional commentary in case you missed any of the plot points. 3 of the songs are on the website here.

During the movie we missed a line about no cell phone service that I caught the second time through. We commented on it at the time and it got me to wondering if communications technology is going to put an end to the isolationist form of horror movie. Once everyone has a cell phone (at this point if you are under 35 you do and how many horror movies are about people older than 35?) and coverage becomes complete, how will viewers be able to cope with the question of "why don't they just call someone?" Of course, there will always be the "supernatural" explanations that can be introduced to get writers out of this jam, but after awhile that just feels cheap and hackneyed. This seems like a serious problem for the horror genre which thrives on the idea that you might be safe if only you can find or make it to help or even just survive until help arrives . I forsee that horror movies will become even darker as we struggle with finding more ways to keep the characters from saving themselves. In some plots, there is no saving yourself and that is surely the most depressing solution to the problem. Just destroy the whole of the planet so that you are completely on your own, but then the horror movie will find no place to stop. I don't neccessarily have any solutions, or at least none that I want to throw out without seeing if I can turn them into a screenplay first, but I thought I would provide a brief comment on it.

Oh, and if you are interested in the idea of just getting rid of everyone else, I might recomment a comedy called "The Last Man" about a man who turns out to be one of only two men left on the planet and of course there is only one woman left. Hilarity and depression ensue.

Dear god, why is everything always so depressing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

 
Via Marginal Revolution...Detroit fact of the day.

 
An interesting editorial on the state of constitutional law over at the LA TIMES.

There is nothing else at this time.

Monday, January 23, 2006

 

Hotels

Well, I haven't posted in awhile because I'm insanely stressed out about things I don't really want to go into, but I feel bad because I was finally becoming feasibly personable and now I find myself jumping down the throats of anyone who gets in my way. I also find myself heading back into a depths of depression that I thought were well behind me. It is not good and the worst part is that the uncertain nature of my circumstances is making matters even worse and with no end in sight I find myself unable to get the energy up to do much of anything. Thank god for Erin who keeps me running errands and makes sure that I am fed.

Anyway, I was in Ohio all last week in a hotel and tonight I am in a hotel in Michigan and while I have commented on this before to Jay, I don't believe it ever made my blog so I thought I'd throw this out there. The first reaction of any man who is in a hotel room alone is to check out the porn situation. It doesn't really matter if he has no intention at all of watching the porn, but he must check to see that it is there in case of an emergency or something. Yes...there are such things as porn emergencies. Some women I have spoken to don't understand this, but I'm sure that any men reading will understand exactly what I mean.

So anyway, everytime I'm in a hotel room the first thing I do is check out the porn situation. After several years of this, one day it occurred to me that I had never seen gay porn available in the on demand sections of the porn listings at the hotels. This struck me as particularly odd since I primarily stayed in large chains and it seemed like there was a huge market that wasn't being exploited and being a capitalist the thought of leaving any of the masses unexploited just leaves me feeling unsettled and a bit melancholy. Then I started thinking about the hotel chains that have specific locations that don't offer porn and how odd that was. I remember my anger at visiting a Hilton in Ohio that had no porn at all and thought that at the very least they should carry A Night in Paris. (Okay, some people I commented on that to thought it was in bad taste, but hey I'm not known for my judgment).

Well, as I have traveled more I have realized that it really is location specific. As I have traveled more I have discovered locations of virtually all the chains that offer straight porn, bi porn, lesbian porn, and gay porn. Of course that is irrelevant to me, because I would never actually watch such materials, but I thought I would let my friends in California know that I have discovered such locations and it has modified one of the questions to be asked in one of my research topics I was considering for graduate school on the economics of pornographic material. The question is no longer why not (which in many ways is an easier research proposition) but rather why not more? Please, no hints...I'd hate to give credit in a research paper to an anonymously commenter from a blog. That would be embarrassing.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

 

Just Checking In

I thought I would link to this post over at Cafe Hayek and post his eloquent response to Biden's insinuations about the "real world" during the Alito hearings.


Senator, I, too, believe that law is a product exclusively of the real world and should not be divorced from it. I agree with Oliver Wendell Holmes’s observation that law is no “brooding omnipresence.” But Senator, we must be careful about what we take to be the real world. The real world is not limited to the here and now; it’s not limited to the plaintiff and defendant in whatever case happens to be in front of the court. It’s not limited to the people we can see and hear standing before us or shouting behind us.
The real world exists through time and vast space. It includes millions of people whose names and faces we don’t know and will never encounter – but each of whom is as real as you and me. The fact that we – you and me – don’t see these persons and don’t know them doesn’t make them unreal or less-real than the people we do see and hear and touch and smell in our courtrooms and in the lobbies of our legislative halls.
So let’s say we have a statute aimed at preventing employment discrimination against disabled people. I ask: Which disabled people? And I answer: all disabled people. Surely being a man committed to the real world you understand that this country contains many more disabled people beyond the one who sues a company under the statute. If the court grants relief to the plaintiff – the disabled worker who filed the suit demanding (say) that his employer build a special elevator just for his use – that real-world disabled worker might well be helped. But what if the consequence of applying the statute in this way makes it less likely that disabled people will be hired in the future and by other companies?
I realize, Senator, that judges’ scope for making policy decisions is far narrower than that enjoyed by legislators. But please, Senator, don’t insult me or the audience listening to this political spectacle by insinuating that only persons, such as yourself, who focus only on the anecdote, only on a handful of identifiable persons, have a monopoly on caring about the real world. Don’t suggest that those of us who care about rules – who understand that rules are to be judged by their performance over time and space rather than by how they work in any one instance – are less concerned about the real-world than you are.
Indeed, Senator, because I understand that statutes and legal rulings have effects far beyond those which are seen, I dare say that I am more aware of the real-world than are those – such as you, Senator? – who typically judge a rule to be good or bad based exclusively upon how it affects a single or a few identifiable persons.
Senator Biden, the issue isn't whether or not the real world matters. We all agree that it does. What separates you and me, Senator, is that I don’t ignore that part of the real-world that is less visible than that relatively small part that attracts the attention of politicians and the press.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

 

Don't feel much like talking today, so just quotes

From the 40 year old Virgin...Hilarious movie in case you were wondering.

Cal: Oh, man, I had a weekend.
Andy Stitzer: Yeah?
Cal: We went to Tijuana, Mexico, you know? And we thought it would be fun, you know, to go to a show. Everybody says you gotta check out one of these shows. And... it's a woman fuckin' a horse. We get there and we think it's gonna be awesome and... it is not as cool as it sounds like it's gonna be. It's kinda gross.
Andy Stitzer: Yeah.
Cal: You think "A woman fuckin' a horse" and you get there and... it's a woman fucking a horse.
Andy Stitzer: Yeah.
Cal: It was really giving it to her. And you know what? To be honest I just felt bad for her, we all just felt bad for her.
Andy Stitzer: Yeah.
Cal: I kinda felt bad for the horse!
Andy Stitzer: Wow, that's something.

Next one

Cal: You know what's a fun game? Take 3 Excedrin PM's and see if you can whack off before you fall asleep. You always win, that's the best part about the game.

"Andromeda" (2000)
Tyr Anasazi: I wish you would stop looking for beauty in things that want to kill us.

Okay...

Have a good one.

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