Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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"All I want for Christmas is you."

Sunday, December 28, 2008

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"Dogs with no master"

These are my late Uncle Kent's two golden labs. Kent Rubens, my father's brother, passed away unexpectedly this November from a brain aneurysm. He was a very well respected lawyer who served in the Arkansas legislature. His memorial service was well attended by officials and well-wishers from all over the Land of Opportunity.

I've heard many stories of Kent's legislative and legal antics and pranks. One such tale was related to me by President Clinton when I asked him if he knew my uncle. He laughed and told that while he was governor and my uncle was in the legislator, Kent bogged down some homophobic anti-sodomy legislation by trying to attach a clause that would make it illegal for legislators to commit adultery. Oh the irony.

Grammy, my paternal grandmother, passed just two weeks after her eldest son. It was a sad November.

Here's hoping for a more healthful 2009.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

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"workin' the haight beat"

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Corruption

A recent Tom Friedman column asked "Just how corrupt is America?” But in America's defense, the recent scandal involving German Siemens has given us the largest bribery-related fine in history. And let's not forget the Frenchmen at Société Générale who cost the bank $7.1 billion in fraudulent trades earlier this year. Being crooked isn't just an American vice.

How far up and down does the global, institutionalized corruption go?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Sunday, November 23, 2008

The Best and Brightest

From The New Yorker's "The New Liberalism":

"Next January, legions of earnest, overworked, slightly underfed young men and women won’t flock to Washington to map out new government bureaucracies; instead, legions of healthy, casually ironic, extremely nice young men and women will flock to Washington to map out the green revolution. When it comes, it will look more like Google than like the Tennessee Valley Authority."

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"crossed wires"

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

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A new photo stream from the exploits of cr.
(all taken with iphone)



"high as a..."

Friday, October 03, 2008

I Totally Crushed Palin Debate Bingo.


I won on "Special Needs." The winning combo was "Alaska," "Special Needs," "Hockey Mom," "Terrorists," and the free "Air Space."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

My New Favorite Evolutionist Dance Hall Beat

The opening lines of this synth, pop dance beat are refreshingly Darwinian:

The fish swam
Out of the ocean
And grew legs
And they started walking
And the apes climbed down
From the trees
And grew tall
And they started talking

Friday, July 11, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Daily Show



Things I learned at a taping of The Daily Show:

  1. John Oliver is really skinny.
  2. Jon Stewart spent Passover "knee-deep in a chicken parm sub."
  3. The old lady in the front row from Maine has smoked pot.
On the whole, an informative afternoon. The pic above is from the waiting area of two, short, half Jews who didn't observe the Seder. Below are clips from the show I saw taped. I was sitting off on stage right in the VIP section. Yeah, I'm with someone very important.



The Daily Showed first used the R. Kelly impersonator last year to recount Senator Larry Craig's men's room scandal.

Before you watch the next segment, check out Part 1 of John Ollie's Ticket to the Pollies.





So maybe this globalization thing isn't so bad?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

WWE? More Like WTF



I'm crying and laughing and it hurts so bad.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Meet Team Fortress 2

I recently got the chance to check out Team Fortress 2, a team-based first person shooter of Pixar-persuasions, on a friend's flat screen on his 360. Oddly, our initial encounter was quite frustrating at the lack of in-console multiplayer. This means two contemporaries sitting in the same room enjoying some brews can't also obliterate each in this game but two nine-year-olds with headsets can do just that across the continent while also shouting homophobic epithets.

But that withstanding, we got into the rhythm of passing the controller around for an amazingly entertaining FPS that had the in-house spectators laughing and cheering. The game's mise en scene is strongly reminiscent of Pixar's seminal Incredibles, all the way down to the marketing campaign. The videos below were floated across the internet and do some entertaining character development vignettes. It's machinima on steroids full of wit, whimsy and "wilcos" and worth the watch. Enjoy.

Meet the Heavy



Meet the Engineer



Meet the Soldier



Meet the Demoman

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Obama Re: Gore - "I'd tap that."


Speaking at a town hall meeting in Wallingford, Penn., named the 9th best place to live in the United States by Money Magazine, Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he'd tap Al Gore to be part of his administration. "I would [tap that]" Obama answered.

Friday, February 29, 2008

What the Buck

From the time warp of YouTube. Such erudite punditry from historically literate jurists.









Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Blogku

Lonely little blog
No posts no comments no spam
Won't someone digg me?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" Everything You Dream and More

I enjoyed quite a bit of a new television station recently made available in the Rubens household this holiday season - GAC, or Great American Country. My mother would often have it on before dinner time with Charles Gibson, who is no Peter Jennings. We'd be treated to a wide array of current country hits from veejays sitting in a festively lit crèche.

This particular video caught my eye. Watch it first, and then follow the textual analysis below:

Trace Adkins
"Honky Tonk Badonkadonk"
Songs About Me (Capitol Records)



This seems to be Mr. Adkins attempt to transcend his country stardom and become a true "gangsta." While he strives admirably he falls woefully short. Bragging about his partying, Adkins boasts of 3 am evenings tomfoolery. Pssh! If you invite any of Snoop's "bitches" they aint leavin til six in the mornin.

Mr. Adkins refrains entirely from referring to women as "bitches." The closest he comes is questioning "them britches."

The only name checking found in the song refer to "Donkey Kong," "grandma," and "grandpa," the latter two deserving of "slaps," Adkins contends. It's still unclear if "the sheriff" Adkins demands telephoned is the constabulary assassinated by Mr. Marley.

The closest Adkins gets to the misogyny and chauvinism of gangstaradom occurs at 2:05. Mr. Adkins waves The Shocker at an ascending stairwell for swinging booty.

Maybe Adkins does understand, in his own way, that why we do it is for the badonkadonk.