Thus revealed, the creature buried its nose in the tire-tilled soil...
April 5, 2006
The weirdest crap on TV.
Category: Miscellany

Okay, you heard the audio post about the weepy bra lady on TLC. That was pretty bad, right? But get this -- I just tuned into SciFi and there was a segment about a man being raped by the ghost of a Civil War soldier. As if gay cowboys (eating pudding) wasn't bad enough, now we've got gay spectres from important historical events. Who comes up with this stuff?!

I saw Brokeback Mountain the other weekend, by the way. I thought it was really good (far better than Crash, to the point where I can kind of understand why she was angry enough about the loss to write this), but it definitely could've been better. It's kind of difficult to cram 20+ years of people's lives into a two-hour film and it really showed with this film, such that it probably would've been better as a miniseries. If they released a four-plus-hour extended version like with the Lord of the Rings films, I'd totally be interested in checking it out.

All for now -- ja ne!

-posted by Wes | 11:22 am | Comments (2)
March 23, 2006
I read your blogs!
Category: Miscellany

No, really -- I went down my blogroll and read at least the latest entry in every blog and in most cases the last two or three. I commented where I had something to say. In some cases, I wrote quite a lot. Thanks to Sam, I also learned about yeti crabs, which are totally awesome. Aren't you proud of me? I knew you would be. By the way, does anyone know what has happened to Parizad? My link appears to be dead. :/

Okay, later.

-posted by Wes | 9:24 pm | Comments (3)
March 11, 2006
Category: Miscellany

It now appears to me that it is a speck of dust/lint somehow trapped underneath the screen's protective covering, judging from its position relative to the angle at which I view it (as opposed to the fixed position of the pixels on the screen image itself). There must be a way to rectify this matter, but short of cracking open the lid I am at a loss for answers. Outsourced tech support, I imagine, will be of little assistance.

-posted by Wes | 7:00 pm | Comments (0)
March 7, 2006
Brief thoughts on the Oscars.
Category: Miscellany

I could care less about the Oscars, so I only caught a few parts of it in passing. Thoughts:

Can somebody who finds Jon Stewart funny explain to me... why? No, seriously. Pick a joke he's told and explain to me, in the comments, what's funny about it. Then, provided that you can, convince me that he regularly tells jokes of that nature. I've never found the guy to be terribly amusing -- not on "The Daily Show" (which largely consists of people making idiotic remarks that speak for themselves, so the bullshit he adds is pointless and unnecessary), not in the related books supposedly written by him, not on his guest spots on talk shows (though that may not quite be his fault), and now, not on the Oscars. As best I can tell, people find him amusing because of that one goofy face he makes, but if you think about it, that is, quite literally, infantile humor. But I guess I shouldn't be surprised that people find it funny, given that humanity almost entirely consists of gibbering idiots figuratively regurgitating on themselves and pissing in the air. Goo-goo, ga-ga, bitches.

Reese Witherspoon. Fucking hell. I listened to a brief commentary about the Oscars on a random news site, and the commentator went on for a bit about the "fantastic" speech that she gave. Excuse me? I actually caught that speech and I wanted to punch her in the fucking face the entire time. Was she irritating or what? The only movie I ever thought she was good in was Election, and only then because it was her only believable performance. Reese Witherspoon is annoying as all hell -- she's not a sweetheart that I can see anyone genuinely desiring (unless that desire includes a certain element of brutality and hatred). I seriously wish I'd been at the show (like Tamara -- updated link!) so I could've yelled, "HEY! SOMEBODY SHUT THAT BITCH UP!" And then when people gasped and inquired aloud who said it, I'd jump up on my chair and shout, "IT WAS ME!!!" And then crayons would rain from the sky.

A movie about gay cowboys actually won awards. Does anyone else have a craving for pudding?

And Crash for Best Picture. Now, I didn't see any of the other nominated films, so I can't comment on how deserving Crash was in comparison, but I didn't think the movie deserved that kind of award. It certainly wasn't the best picture that I saw in 2005. (Of course, with the exception of The Godfather, I've found very few of the winners that I've seen to be worthy of that distinction, but still.) And Crash had a message? It struck me as a pretty shallow and cartoony depiction of racism with an artsy "everything comes full circle" undercurrent that offered very little in the way of actual depth, solutions, or even condemnation. You want to talk about real racism, we'll talk about how films like Hustle & Flow further negative stereotypes and hinder actual progress in this department. "It's hard out here for a pimp?" It should be fucking harder, because pimps should be in jail getting anally raped. Fuck that movie.

All for now -- ja ne, minna-san.

-posted by Wes | 4:43 am | Comments (6)
March 1, 2006
By the gods!
Category: Miscellany

I totally want this.

-posted by Wes | 4:57 pm | Comments (2)