Sunday, July 08, 2007

July 8, 2007 to July 14, 2007

Wherein monkeyboy learns a new dance

A campaign run on personal responsibility, environmentalism, and a cando attitude towards the middle east:
What are we gonna do in Washington? Why do we want to go to Washington? What's our platform? Our platform got five boards, my friends and neighbors, five old boards! And what are they? I'll tell you up front! First board: THROW THE BUMS OUT!

Second board! We're gonna throw out anyone in government, from the highest to the lowest, who is spending time in bed with some gal who ain't his wife! If they wanna sleep around, they ain't gonna do it on the public tit!

Third board! We're gonna send all the pollution right into outer space! Gonna put it in Hefty bags! Gonna put it in Glad bags! Gonna send it to Mars, to Jupiter, and the rings of Saturn! We're gonna have clean air and we're gonna have clean water and we're gonn have it in SIX MONTHS!

Fourth board! We're gonna have all the gas and oil we need! We're gonna stop playing games with these Ayrabs and get down to brass tacks! We got the muscle, friends and neighbors, we can do it! Anybody out there think we can't do it?

Last board. HOT DOGS!

First to name the source material wins Soquoted's warmest personal regards. No googling, please.

Tuesday's Hint: popular book and movie, with the same name
Wednesday's Hint: don't forget the television show
Thursday's Hint, and at this point it'll be lukewarm personal regards at best: Neither Christine, Carrie, or Dolores

Answer: Dead Zone, Stephen King


Blogger Ahistoricality said...

I've finally started back up on The Confusion and have lapped my previous abortive attempt. I'm about a quarter through. Enjoying it, so far.

7/08/2007 08:10:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Testing the Apple iPhone.

Since I was at the Apple store I thought I might as well touch it. I was told it would cure my leprosy...not yet, but maybe I have to buy one for that feature to be activated. First reaction is it's very cool. Pick it up, press icons, make finger swipes, double taps, and I'm flying across screens and applications. When I'm looking at designs and thinking about usability I try not to get too hung up on the concept of intuitiveness. Buttons, icons, screens, workflows--all have to be learned and the best you can do is to try to anticipate what a user wants to do. In otherwords, intuitive design is a pink unicorn on a cotton candy cloud at the end of the rainbow. Good to work towards, impossible to catch.

This iPhone comes pretty dang close, though. Other people were also making calls on the iPhone: Hey! Guess what? I'm calling you from an iPhone at the Apple store! Yeah, it is pretty cool! I would have called The Wife, but I can't remember her cell number without looking it up and I'd forgotten my cell. Safari on the iPhone is as cool as everyone says but for one thing--the ATT network. The iPhone displayed an ATT connection, not wifi, and it was as slow as mud. I would have liked to have left a comment typed from the iPhone, but the evening was getting late. Gotta fix that or open it up to other networks.

7/09/2007 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

new junk email:

From Mr.Chris Wright. []

Good day,

I represent Fiogret Enterprise Co. Ltd based in England with a production plant in Thailand. We produce frozen mincemeat known as Surimi for export.In order to increase the variety of its products, the company invested in a new facility and the most advanced technology to produce some new products from Surimi.The new line of value added products includes Kamaboko,Imitation Crab Stick,Chikuwa,Fish Chips, Fish Cakes, Seafood Balls, Fish Balls and other value added products. We export these products into the following countries Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, France,Spain, Netherlands, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Due to increase demands of our products in America and Canada, we decided to move our products into the continent of America. By so doing, we are looking for someone who can serve as an in-country representative who will be serving as a link between us and our customers within that province.It is upon this note that we are writing you this mail to seek your assistance in representing our company in your locality as our representative. Note that as a representative of our company; you will be entitled to 20% of any amount you receive from customers on behalf of the company as payments for outstanding debts or goods that they want to buy.

As a distributor of our company, your basic function is contacting clients on behalf of the company who are ready to make payments or wanting to pay for products they purchase from the company.Please, to facilitate the conclusion of this transaction if accepted,do send me promptly by email or telephone (+44 701 1147285) the following:

1. Full Name..............................
2. Contact Address.........................
3. Telephone/Fax Numbers...................
4. Occupation..............................
5. Nationality.............................

Thank you for your time and anticipated cooperation.

Respectfully Yours,

Mr.Chris Wright.
Director of Marketing
Fiogret Enterprise Co. Ltd
Tel: +44 701 1147285
Fax: +44-870-0632952

7/09/2007 09:46:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Don't care how much fun everyone says it is, ain't no damn way I'm watching a Transformers movie.

7/09/2007 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Did not watch Live Earth. Hell, barely knew it was on this weekend.

I will also not watch the Freedom Concert.

Not sure which group of people I'd like to associate with less.

7/09/2007 09:57:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Huxtable Family vs. Banks Family:

The Huxtables have fewer obvious super-fighters except Clair, who is so evil that she could destroy an opponent merely by saying "Let the Record Show...",

7/09/2007 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

counting obscenities in Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. The idea for this exercise was sparked in these comments. Don't blame them. The CD came with a warning label, but I remember it being fairly clean. Let's see how accurate my addled brain is.

1. BBC concert intro: Fuck (1), Shit (1), both on announcer fadeout
2. Bring the noise: Yoko Ono (1)
3. Don't Believe the Hype: 0
4. Cold Lampin' With Flavor: 0
5. Terminator X To The Edge of Panic: Fuck (2), Goddamn (1), Damn (2)
6. Mind Terrorist: 0
7. Louder Than A Bomb: 0
8. Caught, Can We Get a Witness: Hell (1) Fuck? (1)
9. Show Em Whatcha Got: 0
10. She Watch Channel Zero?!: 0
11. Night Of The Living Baseheads: Goddamn(1)
12. Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos: Nigger (1), Motherfucker (1), Fuck (1), Hell (1)
13. Security Of The First World: 0
14. Rebel Without A Pause: Shit (2)
15. Prophets Of Rage: Hell (1)
16. Party For Your Right To Fight: 0

That's it? That's not even up to the level of degeneracy of soemthing like Muskrat Love, for one example.

7/10/2007 08:45:00 AM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Slightly apropos oof your last comment, the dirtiest song on my iPod is clearly Tom Jones singing "What's New Pussy Cat?" The Nuge's "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" is a model of discretion by comparison....

7/10/2007 10:34:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Tuesday Trivia LIV (7/10/07) spoilers and guesses

1. something to do with currency, what's the word I'm looking for..devalued. Nope, not exactly sure of the correct answer. It could have something to do with stamps, but more likely it's related to transitional governments and possibily new constitutions.
2. wind? Isn't this wind chill? No it isn't. Steeriketwo.
3. no guess
4. Quigley? Is this an Australian poll or am I just having a bad Tom Selleck flashback? I'm going with Clint Eastwood. According to this page Eastwood is correct for the first two, but they have Tom Hanks for the 1993.
5. Probably not "crap." That was obvious.
6. I'm guessing someone named after Chrissie Evert, but no final answer. Crap, I forgot about Hingus.
7. A star of the show committed suicide. I know that's good for shows 1, 2, and 6. The others are news to me. Update: a list of TV Actors - Suicide.

Hey, I got a #7!!! And I'm waiting for an explanation on #4.

7/10/2007 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Slightly apropos oof your last comment, the dirtiest song on my iPod is clearly Tom Jones singing "What's New Pussy Cat?" The Nuge's "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang" is a model of discretion by comparison....

Squeezebox, by The Who.

I suppose I could try and make a list of the actual dirtiest songs I own.

7/10/2007 12:12:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

#1 They are not countries, they are countries that experienced devolution in those years (I think the definition of devolution includes secession, but secession is more precise, but then I wouldn't be able to make my Devo joke).

#2 I would have guessed air temp and speed of sound, and would have almost been right.

#3 Akon is Senegalese, so must be him.

#4 To explain the discrepancy, maybe Jennings was looking at a Q poll for the entire globe (or alternately, just the USA).

#7 That's a touch morbid. Is Jennings getting all, 'wages of sin' on us?

Surprised Ken didn't address the Azerbaijan-Armenia pair from last week. Guess Caucasians aren't European, who knew?

7/10/2007 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I got it right, but part of my reasoning was wrong. I was thinking of Buffy (from snopes discussion of questions):

Anissa Jones (Buffy) died of a drug overdose which was ruled accidental. Did the the other actors all mentioned did commit suicide, though, IIRC. Did they all overdose?

Duh-- just remembered-- Brian Keith (Uncle Bill) of Family Affair committed suicide while in the final stage of terminal cancer.


For #1, there's a suggestion that All countries became landlocked after losing territory in a war. I like that and almost said it. Just couldn't think of how Austria would've had a seaport. Of course before the end of WWI it was the Austria-Hungary empire. AND, if I'd remembered my Sound of Music history, father von Trapp was a captain in the Austrian navy.

7/10/2007 01:04:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Caucasians are asians?

one answer

7/10/2007 01:07:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Two pieces of news from Reel Fanatic

1. Pixard will be releasing a collection of their short films! Woo!

2. He points to news that Song of the South will be released in late 2008 / early 2009. Yea!

7/10/2007 01:37:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

At the Jim Hill link, there is also news about changes being made to the Soarin' ride at EPCOT center. Doesn't sound they'll be making the ride interesting. Soarin' was easily my biggest disappointment of the Disney trip.

Partly my fault for paying attention to the hype and not realizing what was being described was basically a porch swing in front of a large TV of pretty pictures. I was expecting something more along the lines of a hang glider recreation; which I still think would be fun. I've known people who've had motion sickness just sitting in an IMAX theater, so strap us belly down and then have the ride climb and dive and turn along an actual trajectory. Don't even have to pull real Gs, just give it some motion. What should've been a cool ride felt like bait and switch.

7/10/2007 01:39:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

From Jessa Crispin, at Bookslut:

I'm confused. Did she need some money and Alternet offered to pay her by the word? Not only is the argument about 15 years old, it's ridiculous.

7/10/2007 02:21:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

When you explain that way, then, yes, I can see that Bridge Over Troubled Water is about heroin.

7/10/2007 10:37:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

@ Daring Fireball

I forgot all about the "Will it blend" series. Greatest product marketing, EVAR!!! Interesting that Blendtec does these with their basic consumer model (a $400 basic model). I'm kinda scared of how powerful the commercial models must be.

Here they are displaying the blendability of the iPhone (youtube).

7/11/2007 08:17:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Follow the press release mandated bouncing meme; how corporate marketing becomes common knowledge branding.

Columbus Dispatch, July 5, 2007:
The cards are particularly popular with 18- to 25-year-olds, who have been dubbed "Generation Plastic." An April 2007 poll from Visa found that 76 percent of Gen P "never leaves home without a payment card, and one-third rarely carries cash."

Visa's American Mood Trend – June 2007 (can't find an online link, but it's available to all Visa merchants):
As reported in the New York Times last week, the young adult population, aged 18-25, has been dubbed “Generation P” as a result of its embracing of plastic and decreasing dependence on paper in making purchases both large and small.

NY Times, June 16, 2007:
Mr. Nunan, 25, is part of a group that some major credit card companies and banks are calling Gen P, or Generation Plastic. It refers to spenders 18 to 25 years old who are increasingly using debit or credit cards, collectively known as payment cards, for nearly every on-the-go purchase.

CBS News, May 17, 2007:
Today's crop of college graduates has been dubbed "Generation Plastic." Here's why.

MSNBC, January 16, 2006:
These young consumers so consistently reach for debit and credit cards that Visa USA has anointed the age group "Generation Plastic," or "Gen P."

Generation P = Generation Plastic. A 2006 pdf from Visa, Generation P fact sheet.

7/11/2007 10:06:00 AM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Don't these people understand the importance of cash for the black market economy?

7/11/2007 11:29:00 AM  
Blogger Icepick said...

Also, thanks for the BlendTec link above. That was awesome!

7/11/2007 11:30:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

Steve did not like the blender:

Yes, it upsets me. It upsets me a great deal. I can't really say much more about this at this point. I'm just kind of sitting here shaking.

7/11/2007 01:50:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Also, I guess Internet Ronin didn't appreciate the puppy comment. I thought it was funny...who knows how these things will go?

7/11/2007 01:51:00 PM  
Blogger Ahistoricality said...

Finished The Confusion. Enjoyed it. Looking forward to The System World after I get some actual work done.

7/11/2007 10:19:00 PM  
Blogger reader_iam said...


7/11/2007 10:32:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

reader_iam: yo?

ahistoricality: yea! only 2,000 more pages to go!

7/11/2007 10:41:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...


And piss on Uruguay's Cardaccio for almost starting a riot after losing. No surprise, considering the guy was a major cheapshot prick the entire game.

7/11/2007 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

update: Cas Haley advances.

More from Woodbelly

7/11/2007 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Ha! This movie may contain bears

7/12/2007 08:35:00 AM  
Blogger XWL said...

Maybe if the movie of the book you quote had more cowbell (plenty of Walken, but not enough cowbell), I'd remember it better...

(before the clues I was thinking Breakfast of Champions by Vonnegut for some reason)

As far as Captitivity, what the hell happened to Roland Joffe, anyway?

Funny that they don't use, 'from the director of The Mission and The Killing Fields and Super Mario Bros.' in the ad campaign for Captitivity.

7/12/2007 01:16:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

I think you have it--and a golf clap for the effort. It's one of the few SK novels I've read and I didn't much care for the others. In the movie version, the future West Wing president plays the politician I quoted.

7/12/2007 01:43:00 PM  
Blogger Icepick said...

You know, that's what I thought it was earlier this week and then decided that couldn't possibly be it. Is there anything lamer than convincing yourself that the correct answer is actually incorrect?

For some reason the quote above also made me think of both "Alice's Restaurant" and a Gallagher routine. Maybe the bastard love child thereof?

7/12/2007 02:10:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

Also didn't help that I removed all of King's narrative and a couple lines that would have made it easier.

I came across this when I was trying to find a Ramone's quote in the novel. The quote wasn't quite what I remembered, but I was struck how the platform of King's populist caricature wouldn't sound surprising coming out of the mouth's of some of the presidential candidates. Except for the hot dog part. Frankly, I'm not seeing anyone reresenting the views of the nitrite party.

I'm trying to find another book quote to use for next week.

7/12/2007 02:27:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

"Captitivity" Noticed my spelling error.

Maybe it was watching Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill! on TCM last night that caused it.

"CapTITivity" Captivity reimagined as a Russ Meyers production from the late 60s (somebody get a hold of Roger Ebert, maybe he has a screenplay or two left in him)...

7/12/2007 03:05:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

uh-oh, someone else just drank the kool-aid:

I’m not looking forward to switching to Vista. From the initial reports I’ve heard and read about, it just seems like the same old overpriced patchwork of an OS that M$ puts out every few years. The main reason why I’ve stuck with Windows for so long is because I have a pretty big selection of software and games that would be either difficult or impossible to use if I switched. But after some deliberation, I realized that I don’t use most of that software anymore anyway. I mulled over Linux (sometimes can be an absolute pain to track down drivers) and decided to take my first step away from Redmond by buying a Macbook.

7/13/2007 09:05:00 AM  
Blogger bill said...

A proposed amendment has been made to the "thought experiment" rule.

7/13/2007 02:38:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

no one asked about monkeyboy's new dance.

7/13/2007 04:43:00 PM  
Blogger XWL said...

We're waiting for the YouTube clip.

7/13/2007 06:25:00 PM  
Blogger bill said...

New York Times excuses thuggish behavior when victims are American:

The CBC analyst, former Canada keeper Craig Forrest, prattled on about Uruguay’s “very poor sportsmanship,” but there’s really no proof of that or what actually set off the fracas — and besides, here’s a country of three million whose rare moments on the world stage arrive through soccer, suffering its second bitterly disappointing elimination from a major tournament in as many days, and we expect them to be calm about it?

Finally, after being taken to task in the comments and reading the Uruguayian newspapers, he grudgeonly backs down. Oh those Uruguayans, they're such simple folk who can't control their own actions. Big bad Americans should have apologized for winning. Jeff Klein sounds like a bigot.

7/14/2007 07:56:00 AM  

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