Sunday, May 31, 2009

Pravda Gets It Right


From Pravda:



It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their "right" to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our "democracy". Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different "branches and denominations" were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the "winning" side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the "winning" side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America's short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.



Read the rest here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

This Is Just Lovely




'Blue Lips'
Regina Spektor

+++++


More Regina in streaming audio on MySpace.



Musing


From Blogizdat LJ:



It's been a cool and overcast day, the kind that one usually associates with Seattle and/or London - though I've been in Seattle and seen the sunshine, so I have to wonder if that's not just a myth - but it's also the kind of day that most people would call 'dreary,' and indeed, there've been times when I've found such days to be on the dismal side.

But you know, mostly I find gray days like this to be soothing, cause bright sunshine tends to hurts my eyes, and I guess I'm actually left a bit more mellow for all the soft light of a truly cloudy day.



Read the rest here.

Swoopo


From The Register:



Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin
How much would you bid for a bid?


By Ted Dziuba

2nd January 2009 17:02 GMT

I have never expected much out of a Silicon Valley startup with a name that sounds like a baby word, but Swoopo is a rare exception. It's an online auction site with a dastardly twist.

When you bid on products at Swoopo, you don't specify a price. You pay 75 cents for the bid, and that bid increases the price of the item by 15 cents, while extending the auction for around 20 seconds. When the clock runs out, the auction is over. By this mechanism, the winning bidder can buy, for example, a brand new Nintendo DS game system for around $30, when the item is valued at well over $100.



Read the rest here.

10 Free Web-based Alternatives to Photoshop


From Life Clever:



I’m fed up with Photoshop and its one billion rarely-used features.

How about a simple photo-editor that’s quick, easy, and doesn’t cost a thousand dollars. Fortunately, there’re tons of web-based photos editors popping up. Most are crap, but some are promising. Check out these free web-based Photoshop alternatives:



Read the post here.

Free Online Photo Editors


From About.com:



Free online photo editors provide a great way to quickly and easily do basic picture editing. Best of all, you save the extra steps and the drain on your computer's speed required by using photo editing software. If you've ever just wanted to resize a picture for emailing in a couple clicks, an online photo editor is a great option. The sites on this list of the best free online photo editors were judged on depth of features, ease of use, attractiveness of the site, and a coolness and wow factor.



Read the list here.

Image Resizer


There are lots of them online, but this is one of the very best:

Reshade

Thursday, May 21, 2009

False Idols


Okay, this is old news to most, by now, but Kris Allen won the big prize on American Idol this past week, besting Adam Lambert in the finals - though I don't know if anyone has been able to discern how many votes separated them - to consternation of all those who thought Adam had to win because, well, um, let's count the ways:

Adam was applauded by none other than Simon Cowell; Adam was one louder; Adam was bold and daring; Adam has the rock and roll swagger down cold; Adam knows who he is, or some such gender identity nonsense, basically code for 'I'm here and I'm qu**r,' which supposedly made him toxic to the Bible Belt voters.

WTH?

I mean, look, this is just ignorant.

David Bowie was openly bi back in the dark ages of my teenage years, and that didn't stop Middle America from buying 'Space Oddity,' now, did it? And being caught trolling gay sex internet boards didn't stop Clay Aiken from selling ginourmous numbers of records in Walmarts across this great land.

Bottom line, Adam is an amazing vocalist, and will likely be a successful recording artist. His upper register is stunning, and he knows how to hold back where needed. He's just a bit too flamboyant and theatrical for my tastes - I just like Kris better.

Either way, I wish them both all the best.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Meh


I'm weary of:

*) wifi connections crashing all the time
*) socialism under the guise of compassion
*) pills too big to swallow
*) being told one thing, and then another
*) the dark place
*) crappy lawn mowers
*) fair-weather friends
*) postage increases
*) al gore
*) michael moore
*) charles schumer
*) sports heroes who go on about giving 110%, and taking it one game at a time
*) ayn rand's cultish disciples
*) the extra three pounds around my waist
*) ingrates
*) the moron driver who tailgated me all the way into downtown last thusday am
*) yipping dogs, who start their infernal racket by 6 am
*) sarah jane olson

do you think this should be a different list? make your own, and leave a link in comments, as i'd enjoy seeing what others come up with.

After...


...all the folderol
and hauling over coals
stopped
what did i learn?

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blah Blah Blah


It's 1:30 in the AM of Saturday, and I'm not at all sleepy, and what I really want to do is write a masterpiece of crisp blogging prose, but I'm suffering some kind of mental stenosis, the very kind that plugs up the creative sluices in the wee hours, and renders even the best and brightest incapable of pecking out an intelligible sentence, and in light of that, I don't really stand a chance, do I, but that doesn't change the fact that I'm full to the gills of the detritus of the week past, and I need to unload the brain freight, and to that end, I feel like I really oughta just write out the surfeit - yes, I meant the pun - but like I said, I'm just not that into it, and even though I'm prone to wear my hurt on my sleeve - yes, I meant that one, too - there is still a time and place for all that, and this is not it, though I will admit, however, to mulling over old song lyrics from John Lennon and Alex Lloyd and Elliott Smith, and will cop to still having old Replacements tunes on the brain, and even though my feet hurt like hades, I doubt I'll have any difficulty sleeping tonight. Boa noite, world.

YouTube Toys


http://file2hd.com
http://vixy.net
http://www.vidtomp3.com
http://podobne.pl/imeemyoutube
http://www.mediaconverter.org
http://listentoyoutube.com
http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/video2mp3
http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/vidtomp3-video-sound-converter

Friday Night Videos




Sue Son
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Greg Pritchard
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Emma Czikai
Britain's Got Talent

+++++




Mama Trish
Britain's Got Talent

+++++



Borrowed Lyric


Muzzle

...and in my mind as i was floating
far above the clouds
some children laughed i'd fall for certain
for thinking that i'd last forever
but i knew exactly where i was
and i knew the meaning of it all
and i knew the distance to the sun
and i knew the echo that is love
and i knew the secrets in your spires
and i knew the emptiness of youth
and i knew the solitude of heart
and i knew the murmurs of the soul
and the world is drawn into your hands
and the world is etched upon your heart
and the world so hard to understand
is the world you can't live without
and i knew the silence of the world

'Muzzle' - Smashing Pumpkins

Musical Assault


You know how a song will come at you, out of the blue, on the Radio, TV or Youtube, grab you by the ears, and shake you silly, and won't leave you alone till the next tune comes along, and does the same thing?

Well, I hate that, I always have.

It leaves me singing the song, over and over, in my head, where I'm supposed to be mired in the excrement of my day, and I can't because I'm unable to dislodge some stupid tune from deep within the bowels of my brain.

And even worse?

When an old song that I haven't heard or thought of in ages sneaks out of the shadows of my dodgy memory and bushwhacks me, and leaves me on the ground, metaphorically speaking, flailing my limbs, and gasping for breath, like I'm in the throes of some kind of emotional epilepsy.

Anyway, yesterday I was assaulted by 'All The Young Girls Love Alice,' by Elton John (lyrics by Bernie Taupin), I mean, WTH is up with that? I don't think I've listened to or even heard that song since about 1975:

'All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice they say
Come over and see me
Come over and please me
Alice it's my turn today

All the young girls love Alice
Tender young Alice they say
If I give you my number
Will you promise to call me
Wait till my husband's away'

Like I said, WTH?

And now it's all up in my brain, kicking the living crap out of my neuroses and depressions, and it's pissing me off.

Look, I bought that album when I was in 11th grade, and I don't think I even fully understood half the songs at the time, but I knew they weren't Dad's choir records, and I knew it was kind of naughty, and I suppose that was the appeal of it.

Anyway, that stupid song has been running rampant in my head, and I'm sick of it now, I want to wallow in my own private messed-up fears and insecurities, and it simply won't let me be!

I want relief, I want my head back, and if this doesn't let up, I'm going to petition the right honorable lord of us all, the POTUS, the Obamessiah for some kind of emotional and artistic bailout/stimulus package, because, after all, if a tax-paying citizen like me cannot count on his gummint to drive the cobwebs and Elton John tunes from his head, then what good *is* all that National Debt, I ask you?

Tender young Alice, indeed!

Hrrmmph!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Just Shoot Me



From Yahoo Hotjobs:



America's Best- and Worst-Paying Jobs

by Klaus Kneale, Forbes.com

It's still better to be a doctor than a dicer. Food preparation and serving remains the nation's lowest-paid line of work, while the medical field still offers the nine best-paid jobs in the U.S.

According to the U.S. government's newly released Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, based on 2008 data, the typical surgeon makes an average of $206,770 a year. That puts surgeons above anesthesiologists to have the best-paying job in the country.

Internists now earn a little more than prosthodontists (people who make and fit false teeth). Otherwise, the top 10 jobs rank the same as a year ago. The biggest change is a nearly $10,000-a-year drop in pay for natural sciences managers, meaning people who run labs and research facilities.



Read the rest here.

Doesn't Surprise Me


From Science Daily:



Are Researchers Cherry Picking Participants For Studies Of Antidepressants?

ScienceDaily (Apr. 29, 2009) — Findings from clinical studies used to gain Food and Drug Administration approval of common antidepressants are not applicable to most patients with depression, according to a report led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Published in the May issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the study suggests only a small percentage of people with depression qualify for these studies, and those who do not qualify are often treated with the same medications but may suffer poorer clinical outcomes.



Read the rest here.

Meh



From Blogizdat LJ:



I'm having a 'meh' day, in the middle of a 'meh' week - okay, it's far more than a simple 'meh' - and there's not much I can to to ameliorate that right now, cause it's all about those things I cannot control.



Read the rest here.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Lies, D*mn Lies and Static


From Blogizdat LJ:



Okay, something I really dislike - and I dislike it about myself, too - is when people use words in ways that are different than what they appear to really mean.



Read the rest here.

A Post About Nothing











Borrowed Lyric


Oh, You Pretty Things

Wake up you sleepy head
Put on some clothes, shake up your bed
Put another log on the fire for me
I've made some breakfast and coffee.

Look out my window what do I see
A crack in the sky and a hand reaching down to me
All the nightmares came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

What are we coming to
No room for me, no fun for you
I think about a world to come
Where the books were found by the golden ones
Written in pain, written in awe
By a puzzled man who
Questioned what we were here for
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though they're here to stay

Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Let me make it plain
You gotta make way for the homo superior

Look at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Dont kid yourself they belong to you
Theyre the start of a coming race
The earth is a bitch
Weve finished our news
Homo sapiens have outgrown their use
All the strangers came today
And it looks as though theyre here to stay

Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Oh you pretty things (oh you pretty things)
Dont you know youre driving your
Mamas and papas insane
Let me make it plain
You gotta make way for the homo superior

Written and Performed by
DAVID BOWIE