Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Sense Of Humor You Can Believe In

  • What I'm Watching/Listening To/Reading:
    • I've been sleeping on baseball a bit this year. I track the fantasy team daily, but I haven't actually watched a whole lot. With this in mind, I made sure to watch as much of the All-Star game as possible. No belly itchers here -- solid pitching is the name of the game. It is exciting to see some up and coming young stars out there, like Ryan Braun and Evan Longoria.
    • Bought the Coldplay CD, Viva La Vida. I haven't listened to all of it yet, but what stands out so far is the remarkable production value. Everything sounds so crisp that even a sound as small as a hi-hat means something to the overall mix.
  • Random Thoughts/Links:
    • You may have seen a commercial for the new Loaded Steakhouse burger from Burger King. Yes, it has a baked potato topping. Yummy! What can be bad about putting artificial baked potato with chives and bacon bits on a fast food burger?!? Apparently, a lot (enjoy the disgusting pictures).
    • Today is July 15. One must wonder that if Julius Ceasar was warned to beware the Ides of March, should Bobby Flay's wife Stephanie March (sorry, not too many people with the name) beware the Ides of July?
    • One of the cool features of Microsoft Word that is rarely used is Numbering. We all use the Bullets half (obviously, I use them a lot on this blog), but the Numbering part is used all too rarely, I find.
  • Daily Rant:
    • You know, I'm actually starting to come around on the The New Yorker cover. My gut reaction when I first saw it is that it will feed those who actually believe that crap. But, those people are going to believe it no matter what and they're probably not reading The New Yorker. I think my problems come down to a lack of context on first sight of the cartoon. There's no caption or preview of what articles are inside. I'll speak for a lot of Obama supporters when I say that we're hugely sensitive because of the small but loud (and media-covered) racism and the stupid Muslim stuff. So after some thought, it's clever satire and I'm certainly against censorship. The relatively silent but vast majority of people don't believe the junk and they are smart enough to either laugh at it or shrug it off. Heck, let's open it up for all of the magazines to do stuff like this. It's the only way we'll lighten up.

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