Thursday, September 28, 2006
Weird Al Cartoons
What a way to be White and Nerdy.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
the muppet matrix
Monday, September 25, 2006
If you haven't had a chance to see it, you can catch it online on NBC's site, or it'll be repeated several times over the next couple of days, including on Friday before Doctor Who on Sci Fi.
And perhaps more than the various attempts at Lost like series in the last season, this is clearly a show that proves that the future of television is Lost. There's a clear Lost influence -- and not just because J.J. Abrams regular Greg Grunberg will be showing up in later episodes. All of the characters appear to have linked pasts, there are some underlying mysteries, and a few multinational characters that speak in subtitles.
It's not perfect -- and there are a few flaws that if they continue, this show could fail. The time lines didn't seem to always make sense -- and this wouldn't have bothered me much if it wasn't for the Solar Eclipse. And one of the mysteries for me is why a bunch of people would all of a sudden (to use an old Tommorrow People term) "Break Out" on the same day -- and I worry that they aren't going to have any specific explanation for that.
I'll definitely keep watching for a couple of more weeks. It's not quite as good of a pilot as Lost's was -- but the potential is certainly there, and while this isn't an unusual type of story for comic books, it's a little more unusual for network television.
Friday, September 22, 2006
White & Nerdy
Also, one of the things that I realized when I saw him live a couple of years ago is how solid a bunch of musicians he needs to have around him -- he's able to imitate or pastiche every musical style of the last forty or fifty years successfully.
His new album is coming out next week...
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Physics of Superheroes
(of course, it already got a Boing Boing plug by ubergeek Cory Doctorow -- so you should already know about it..)
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Vote for Worst Road in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has more information about the amendment as well. So that may be a good place to get some more information so you can make up your mind about the amendment over the next two months.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Death and Taxes
This is perhaps especially worth looking at during a political season.
(from boing boing)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Biggest news is certainly that Keith Ellison gets the House of Representatives nomination.
Now on to November...
Sunday, September 10, 2006
I've already seen the candidates in my DFL primary, and while I'm still undecided on the fifth congressional district I've worked out the others.
Friday, September 08, 2006
More Retro Trek
If I was ever to write a biography for Wil Wheaton, it would be this: When Star Trek: The Next Generation aired, we all hated Wesley Crusher because he was clearly One Of Us. Two decades later, we all like Wil Wheaton because he is clearly One of Us.
What A Long Trek
It's especially interesting that now that we're at the 40th Anniversary there is definitely more of a recognition of how unique the original series really was going on out there than I've seen in quite a while. The "special edition" versions of the original series promise to bring the original series back onto broadcast television in as big of a fashion as I can remember since my childhood.
My memories of the original series was as a regular part of weekend afternoon television, timed perfectly to watch during lunch.
The influence of Star Trek is seen as part of our daily life -- today's mobile phone is certainly not that far off of Star Trek's communicator, after all.
Star Trek returns in its remastered format in Minneapolis, Minnesota on KSTC 45 on September 16th at 6:00 PM.
Thursday, September 07, 2006
More fifth congressional district primary thoughts
It does do a good job about getting to some of the facts concerning some of the less-pleasant attacks against Ellison. I'm sure he'll be a popular Republican target state wide if he wins, but that isn't necessarily a negative. So was Wellstone, after all...
Sunday, September 03, 2006
I thought it might be convienient to put together some links together for it, especially as I think about who I'm likely going to vote for. I'm not including everyone -- just the ones that I'm considering...
Minnesota House 44A: Steve Simon
Minnesota Senate 44: Ron Latz is running. I don't see a website for him yet -- perhaps because this was a bit more sudden with Steve Kelley running for Attorney General. There's a page for at the house for his current position as State Representative in 44B.
Hennepin County Sheriff: This is one that I'm not yet decided on. A couple with websites: Tom Fitzhenry, Juan Lopez, Rich Stanek. Based on endorsements alone, it counts against Rich Stanek, as he's got a lot of Republicans, including ones that I really don't like.
US House District 5: My impression is that there are three top candidates for the race. Keith Ellison, Mike Erlandson, and Ember Reichgott Junge. This is one that I haven't come to any real conclusion on; it might be one that I make when I walk in the voting booth door. Right now it is likely between Ellison or Erlandson for me. This is the big race, and why it is important to vote in the primary here. It's one to take seriously.
State Auditor: Rebecca Otto
Secretary of State: Mark Ritchie
Attorney General: Steve Kelley has been our state senator for several years. He's been good there. I'm sure either Bill Luther or Lori Swanson would be ok, but I think the home town plus endorsements all count in Kelley's favor.
Governor & Lt Governor: Mike Hatch & Judi Dutcher are the endorsed candidates. Mike Hatch is the current Attorney General. Dutcher was a Republican, but she's they type of Republican that doesn't exist much anymore, as they stop being a party of fiscal responsibility and move to the extremes -- and why I don't consider them very often as candidates. Becky Lourey is a bit of an outside choice.
Senate: Amy Klobuchar.
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