With the exception of Joe and Kendra, most of my friends never listen to rap, at least as far as I can tell. That's a shame--some of it is quite delectable. So this week, I'm going to try to be Johnny Rapperseed. Try it: you might like it!
This was Jay-Z's last video before he "retired", and it was directed by Mark Romanek. The black and white treatment really looks great on my tv, but not so much on the youtube box. Sorry. Inexplicably, Vincent Gallo of Buffalo '66 and The Brown Bunny makes a cameo.
This is the non-censored version of the video, so it's probably not safe to listen to this at work with the speakers cranked up. If you need help, a translation is available.
Cibo Matto means "Crazy Food" in Italian. They are from Japan. Their first album had songs titled "Apple", "Beef Jerky", "Sugar Water", "White Pepper Ice Cream", "Birthday Cake", "Know Your Chicken", "The Candy Man", "La Pain Perdu", and "Artichoke". Mmm, artichoke.
In my last post, I linked to the "Loose Change" website, a site which I think is spreading misinformation and half-truths about 9/11. But if you link to a site, you're "voting" for it to get a higher PageRank, and thus be displayed higher in the search results pages. That's definitely something I don't want to do.
The "9/11 was a conspiracy" folks have been getting a lot of attention lately. A lot of it can be attributed to conservatives desperate to make liberals look unhinged. When they attack the conspiracy nuts, conservatives imply that they're debunking a view held by most liberals, instead of a minority view held by a few fringe elements.
What can I say? Conservatives do a great job of picking their enemies.
There are no instructions on the site. You're the purple player. You can attack a neighboring territory, and the battle is determined by rolling the attacking stack of dice v. the defending stack of dice. The defender wins ties. At the end of your turn, you'll get replacement units based on the largest contiguous group of territories you own.
Some simple strategy tips:
Early on, identify where your largest potential group of terrirtories lives, and concentrate on that group.
If one of your armies is off on an island, it's usually better to ignore it. It's not helping you (because it's not contiguous, it doesn't add to your replacement dice allotment) and if you add more territories to it, the weak area will serve as a sink for dice that you need elsewhere.
You "lose" a die for every territory you capture, since one die needs to remain back to occupy the previous territory.
Thus it's better to attack a large group before a small group, so that you have the greatest advantage when you need it.
My laptop computer has a touchpad, which is a grid of capacitors. As you move your finger around the touchpad, you change the capacitance in part of the grid, which the computer turns into mouse movement.
It turns out that you don't need to actually touch the touchpad--just having your finger nearby can change the capacitance. When I do this, I like to pretend that I'm using the Force.
Then, a month ago, I started noticing that I was getting a lot of hits on that article; for some reason, people were suddenly searching for "Helium Shortage". Gas-supply company BOC had increased helium prices across the board and had stopped taking new customers, and people were searching Google for more information.
Should September 11th be a national holiday? My answer, is "Hells yes!", although I'll admit I'm partially motivated by my cynical desire for another day off. On the other hand, if you look at the hullabaloo we raise on 9/11 and compare it to something like labor day, it certainly seems like 9/11 rates.
The biggest problem we face to getting a new national holiday is when 9/11 falls on a weekend. We can't very well mark calenders with "Friday, September 9th (September 11th observed)"--that's madness! We need to come up with another name. I don't have any great ideas, though: my attempts so far, "Firefighter's Day" and "Freedom Day", just don't have zazz. Anyone?
Parking enforcement must be a sad job. You're in "law enforcement" and wear a uniform, but have no real power. You spend all day alone in a humiliating vehicle. And everybody hates you.
It took Cake's cover of "I Will Survive" to make me feel sorry for meter maids. (Just a little...I mostly still hate those bastards.) Make sure you watch for the cameo by the runner in "The Distance" just before the 2:00 mark.