Sunday, August 10, 2008

McCain is from the Future

Just because Obama is more popular than McCain doesn't mean that he'll get more votes and therefore become the president.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Comic-con 2008

My first comic-con was incredible. I will gladly put up with gas prices, parking, lines, curious odors, and massive crowds to be part of geek Mecca any given day. As the pictures will attest, toys were my crack cocaine and the Mighty Muggs were my premium Venezuelan smuggled import. Optimus Prime, Cobra Commander, you will be mine. And thanks to V for being my Sancho Panza!

Who's in for next year?

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Take a Sad Song... (Part 1)

I heard a heavy thud coming from my parents' bedroom. I ran towards the room and before I had the chance to see what had made the noise, I heard it again. It was the sickliest, most gruesome, most horrifying sound I've ever heard in my life: the sound of a human body as its weight collapses on itself. This was the sound of my mom having a stroke.

She was keeled over the bathroom with streams of saliva dripping from her groggy, expressionless face. I had thought she was drowsy from medicine since she had been sick a few days before. I joked around with her, attempting to elicit a response. Nothing. My dad came home right then and the look he gave instantly triggered one solitary thought in my mind that would become all too familiar. Fuck.

I called for an ambulance and ran for the door as I heard the sirens approaching my front door. Fuck.

I watched as the paramedics precariously carried her down the stairs and loaded her into the back. Fuck.

I called my sister, telling her "Something is wrong with Mom." I gave my dad directions to where the ambulance was headed. I rode in the front with the driver, looking back as the paramedic was helping my mom with her breathing and starkly noticing the blank look on the driver's face. Fuck, fuck, fuck.

My brain started screaming and as adrenaline and reality started kicking in, I noticed it was lightly raining.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Go Speed Racer, Go!

Egads, I have a new favorite movie and it's the Wachowski brothers' rendition of Speed Racer. The movie is such an amazing piece of work. How good is it? Speed's characteristic gasps of astonishment can be heard throughout and the movie still rocks.

The colors are blaring and vivid. The directing of conversations and announcers is perfect and innovative. The fight scenes add a nice anime touch and the car fight scenes are ludicrous and downright kickass. The casting is perfect and even Spritle and Chim Chim add to the movie. My only complaint is that Rain just needs to stop going "whoo!" in every scene he's in.

It's a live action cartoon; it's supposed to be ridiculous.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Jon Stewart interviews Douglas Feith

Jon Stewart is my hero. This is his uncut interview with Doug Feith, undersecretary for the Department of Defense, who wrote a book detailing the government's reasons and justifiability to go into Iraq. The main theme brought up by Jon Stewart is that we were misled through a media and PR campaign without providing the public with internal doubts.

One of the best points brought up was this video of Dick Cheney in an interview from 1994 stating how Iraq would be a quagmire if the US were to invade, giving substantial amounts of detail regarding the power vacuum that would inevitably happen.

The current administration's argument that history will judge Bush in a more fairer light is absolute bullshit meant to dissuade people from actually getting pissed off now. Well, the people who bother considering what this war is costing us in terms of money, international influence, and military strength. And I think that's what this administration has done better than any other presidency: to take advantage of American purposeful apathy.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Unhealthy obsessions

Here's the first post in an ongoing series that deals with my unhealthy obsessions with mother-effing rad consumer products, design, and whatever else I feel like drooling over (ladies).

-The newest line of Dyson vacuums featuring the ball. Since I already have one, super-cute girl at work suggested that I buy multiple Dysons, like how Jay Leno has cars. I am tempted; super-cute girl indeed.
-Holy crap, a Nerf gatling gun. I wish I had this as a kid. I would have gotten all the ladies. And then I would've shot at them with 100 consecutive Nerf darts.
-The 50-story World Trade Center in Bahrain. The three propellers between the buildings generate 10-15% of the power to run the building. The future is now, people.
-The 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center, scheduled to be completed this month. As a big fan of gay beers, this ode to bottle-openers and architectural aficionados everywhere has me smiling.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

OMG, I have to be right on the internet.

Peace in Japan and Germany came along with support from allies. Taxes were raised and the public at large was asked to sacrifice during wartime in order to fund those victories. There were clear goals that needed to be achieved and enemies with borders who needed to be defeated. Most importantly, people from all walks of life knew what needed to be done to achieve victory.

With everything that has happened so far, especially with who we have in charge, there's no way you could argue that victory in Iraq will be as clear cut as it was in Japan and Germany. What exactly is victory for you? Who and where exactly is the enemy? How can you generate public support for this war considering its fabricated origins that the people in charge have still not admitted? When will there be enough security in order for diplomats to do the real job of healing a divided country? How will we pay for this war without driving up inflation and/or borrowing from China?

Before the war began, conservatives believed that WMDs were a threat to the free world, ignored the UN Weapon Inspectors, and invaded anyway. When top ranking generals predicted that we needed a massive force to handle the aftermath, conservatives brushed them off. When WMDs were never found, conservatives said that the war was justified in order to overthrow the evil dictator Saddam and give Iraqis freedom. When Saddam was overthrown, conservatives wanted to hand over military responsibility to the Iraqis. Instead, we're sending more troops into Iraq because somehow, soldiers with guns alone are supposed to solve a diplomatic divide. And all this time, how many times have conservatives been right or even fessed up to being wrong?

Conservatives have argued that the cost of losing in Iraq will lead to more 9/11's and that is why we need to stay. I'd ask for some evidence, but I don't exactly trust the filter it's coming from. We need to stay, when Osama bin Laden and the Taliban cited American intervention in the Middle East as the primary reasons for the 9/11 attacks in the first place. And now they're rallying around McCain because somehow, he has the "credibility" and "experience" to magically fix everything with the wave of his victory wand. Somehow, we have to defend the honor of America for the sake of saving face at the cost of American lives, influence, and power.

In conclusion, conservatives in charge and those who support them are taking a piss on America and convincing everyone it’s raining.