ayrdaomei: ([Blue's Clues] Steve - Think!)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 08:56 am)
If I were the IRS, I'd be inclined to take a review of the past tax filings of the people responsible for vetting Obama's cabinet nominees. Either they were nowhere near as thorough as they needed to be, or they saw that all these nominees had questionable tax payment histories and were like "Not paying taxes? No big deal. If we disqualified everyone who failed to pay their taxes, I'd never have gotten this job." **nudge nudge wink wink**

Speaking of politics, I forgot one of my January movies!
  • Seven Days In May: Early 1960s political thriller in which an aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs stumbles upon plans for a military coup against the President - who has just signed an unpopular disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. Kind of 24-ish, but slower paced as everything happens over the course of one week. And, you know, with way fewer corpses. The cast includes Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, both of whom are very good. If you rent this, don't watch the trailer first! But do watch it after, because it's a pretty bad trailer. Hilariously bad.

eta: Man robs convenience stores in Denver with knock-off Klingon bat'leth. **laughs** What? The comments are fun.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Jan. 26th, 2009 02:48 pm)
In "The Yankee Years," due to be released on Feb. 3, Torre ... says that his star player, Alex Rodriguez, was often referred to by his teammates as "A-Fraud" and was obsessed with his perceived rival, shortstop Derek Jeter. - In book, former Yankee manager Joe Torre takes aim.

**snorts** I don't even need to know what else the book says, at this point. That is hilarious, kids. Oh, Alex Emmanuel. I just don't even know, anymore. If it's all canon, you are more special than I ever believed.
These are the uncensored versions of the song/video, and I'm not sure whether that makes them more or less funny. I still laughed really, really, really hard. (Originally uploaded to [Bad username or site: ysi_leftovers / @ livejournal.com] by [Bad username or site: shamrock_kid / @ livejournal.com]; reposted here since that comm has closed membership).

[Bleep] In A Box - an SNL Digital Short (feat. Justin Timberlake and...I guess one of the new members of the SNL cast?)

(3mb, mp3)

I personally recommend the video; it's not quite as funny unless you've got the cheesy early 90s (late 80s?)visuals to go along with. The breakdown at 2:11 is especially to die for.

I'm so curious to know how much of a role Justin played in crafting the lyrics. Maybe he called JC in to ghostwrite. I WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED.

...okay, either I am just way less irritable with my semester being almost done, or LJ really de-annoyified the new update page (I couldn't resist peeking). Yay, complaining.
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Rosie & Tracie)
( Dec. 16th, 2006 11:38 pm)
Justin Timberlake, stop making me laugh. I still hate you.

(Okay, he just broke character. Which reminds me of Jimmy Fallon not being able to keep a straight face during Weekend Update. Hee.)

Um. Who the hell are all these new people on SNL? **is confused**
Did you know the original (well, stateside, anyway) Yellow Ranger died in a car crash in 2001? I feel like people should tell me these things.

From the better late than never files- Aries Spears' rap impressions. My brother showed me this over Turkey Break and I was just watching it again and it's still remarkable. I think his Jay Z and his Snoop are the best, but my jaw dropped several times; he's very spot-on with some of the vocal nuances of each rapper. Hee. I was kinda reminded of the effortless impressions Sammy Davis Jr used to do of swing and jazz greats. (I know, hush my mouth.)

I've been digging some of the Alice Smith stuff I downloaded recently, so I checked to see if she was gonna be in the area - she JUST played the Norva two weeks ago with Citizen Cope, and she was in Maryland over Thanksgiving break. Story of my musical fandom life :'(

Berkeley Place had a post last week of No Doubt rarities grabbed from here; some of the acoustic stuff and the remixes are good! I'd have linked to the BK post but there was this totally unnecessary and clearly photoshopped image of Gwen flashing chest and I don't even know what that's about. I hear she's still inclined to record with the band, which makes me happy, because I'm not really a fan of her solo stuff.

GWFA has up yet another good cover of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God). This one by Patrick Wolf. He also has the Placebo cover if you don't have that yet.

Best of/favorites/top tracks of the year lists are popping up on the music blogs; always fun. Some stuff to check out, if you're in the market for new music:
++ Yellow Stereo says that's not even his final list...
++ Sneak Moves posted faves, and there's even some hiphop mixed in.
++ ...and Duke over at Late Greats saved me work by putting a post of 'Best Of' links together.
[Poll #851594]

Yeah, the options are ticky boxes because quite frankly, I can't decide how I feel about it from one minute to the next.

Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd...I give you some stuff from The Brushback's archives, because they're funny )

And with the Series going back to St. Louis, and given Cliff Floyd's recent comments, this one from October of last year - Adorable Cardinals Fans Actually Think They’re Intimidating.
“Those fans are a lot of fun. I wish I could play here,” said pitcher Roy Oswalt. “It seems like every one of them is a cute little old lady or an adorable little kid. Sometimes when I’m playing somewhere like Philly, I get batteries thrown at me. Nobody in St Louis throws batteries at you—except for that one time when I was sitting in the bullpen and I announced that my iPod was out of batteries, and somebody threw me a couple to help me out. That was nice, especially since they went through the trouble of enclosing them in a soft, knitted cover so they wouldn’t hurt my hands when I caught them.”
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] the paint in my picture)
( Aug. 15th, 2006 12:37 am)
Pittsburgh was fab. I mean, the Cardinals sucked (shocker! :P), but the game was still fun, and the Chappelle show on Sunday was hilarious. Took some pics at the game with the camera I bought to tide me over 'til I could replace my dearly departed 6490. I wasn't thrilled with the picture quality at all, but happily, I noted some damage to the camera that hadn't been mentioned in the ebay listing, and the seller has a return and refund policy. She's already said she'll refund me, hopefully she'll follow through. And when I got home today, my replacement 6490 had arrived! Seems to be in great working condition, and it looks like the seller actually overstated the one minor defect that he mentioned in the listing, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Also, arrived in the mail today: My July/August A's Magazine! Oh happy day. Haren's the cover story, with Urban basically telling us Oakland will be okay when Zito flies the coop, because he's left us his only begotten son. Btw, I would like to submit Urban's transition into talking about Dan's relationship with Z as Exhibit #452 that Mychael Urban is a slasher at heart.

I finally figured out how to get our scanner to capture magazine pages in color in good resolution, so if you're interested, I scanned the article on Dan, as well as Urban's short piece on Kotsay. And a three page thing on the Swisher/Blanton/Harden/OnceAlsoStreetButNoLonger house. I figure the pieces for this issue were put together in mid to late June, which I guess means Huston's only moved out in the last month >.> Curiouser and curiouser. Anyway, the gallery is (here). I left the scans fairly big, but if anyone needs them smaller and can't do the resizing, lemme know. There was also a pretty interesting piece on Adam Melhuse that I didn't scan, since scanning is a bit of a pain in my ass. BUT, if anyone would be interested in reading it, holla.

+ more on the Chappelle performance )

[Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com] linked me to this, a VF article that breaks down NORAD's reaction to the events on the morning of September 11th, complete with some clips from control room audio recordings of that morning. Fascinating, among other things, to read and listen to.
Okay, I was supposed to be going to bed, but [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] linked me to this and oh my god. This made me laugh so hard. Literally there were tears and I think I pulled something in the sternum area. I'm very easily amused after 11pm, I guess. Ask A Ninja: The Ninja reviews Pirates of the Caribbean - Dead Man's Chest.

For those who have trouble with streaming vid, there are downloads available on that page, and for those who can't download, I went ahead and transcribed it, because that's how amusing it was to me. Very minor spoilers if you haven't seen the film.

'The structure of the movie, the best that I can tell, is they loaded about 4 or 5 different screenplays into a shotgun, and then just pulled the trigger, and then sent somebody around, like a PA, around to just pick up random words and piece them together and then hand that to the actors. And then even that script was lost about halfway through shooting, so then the director just made it up every day. He was just like '...and then today...THIS person shows up, and...they're a pirate.'  )

And congrats to Ryan Howard, by the by!
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What's this?)
( May. 17th, 2006 10:32 am)
+ Has anyone read James Patterson's Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment? The premise seems vaguely Koontz-esque (a secret government agency genetically engineers children with wings, for some nefarious purpose, I'm sure), and I enjoyed the few Alex Cross mysteries of Patterson's that I've read. But I confess I'm a little wary of the fact that the book is categorized as "teen fiction." I mean, I'm not too far removed from my Lois Duncan years, but still...

Also wondering if anyone's read Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down? (Seeing that he's written a new book reminds me - I never did finish How To Be Good.)

+ I was at BJ's Wholesale Club, running errands for me ma and I saw the first three seasons of The X-Files available for $29.99 each. I'm fairly positive that when XF sets first hit the streets, they were priced around $100. Any XF fans know if these cheaper sets are repackaged releases, or are these the same $100 sets priced down to something I can actually afford? (Btw, I saw that the SG-1 boxsets had also been marked down to $29.99. If I could get these wholesale joints to mark down B5, I would be SET.)

OH I ALMOST FORGOT - Con Air was re-released this week with bonus footage! Like, happy early birthday present to me. It's only seven extra minutes of footage, no commentary, no featurette, BUT STILL. I guess this is as good as it gets, which means I should go ahead and buy this movie on dvd already. So yes, the special edition of Con Air is a little lacking, but I remain unswayed in my conviction that a fully loaded special edition of Face/Off will eventually be released. From my keyboard to the dvd gods' mainframe.

+ I am, at this very moment, downloading the pilot episode of Life on Mars, which is another one I've heard a lot of hullabaloo about. I'm all about shows with Mars in the title, all at once.

The rivalry between the Cubs and the Cardinals is probably the oldest and perhaps the best in baseball, no matter how the Red Sox and Yankees spit and spite at each other. That's a tabloid fueled soap opera about money and ego and sound bites. That's a pair of bratty high-priced supermodels trying to trip each other in their stilettos on the runway. But the Cards-Cubs epic is about roots and geography and territorial rights. It's entwined in the Midwestern blood and therefore refreshing and honest and even heroic.

Oh, Buzz Bissinger. You had me rolling and sorta willing to follow your lead...until that last line. Um, what? Someone please explain to me how the holier-than-thou attitude of the Midwest is in any way more attractive than how admittedly self-impressed East Coasters are. I mean, really. Buzz Bissinger, you can kindly 'refreshing and honest and even heroic' deez nuts, as the kids say. Or, in the parlance of more of my f-list: EM ETIB.

(Though that 'bratty supermodels' characterization of the NYY and BOS organizations is completely hilarious, you must admit.)
ayrdaomei: ([Rosie] when the pretty girl laughs)
( May. 9th, 2006 11:14 am)
[Bad username or site: yagathai / @ livejournal.com] linked to this yesterday, and I almost forgot to share. I don't know how, because this made me laugh really, really hard.

Battlestar Galactica: Simpsons-style.

Ten kinds of awesome. I think the Roslin/Adama and the Billy/Dee/Lee images are my favorites. And Sharon with baby toaster. Okay, I just love them all.

eta: btw, for those who are interested to know, I ended up going with tickets to Roy O's start, behind the Nats dugout. Which is on the third base side, for some reason. That's weird right? I feel like the home dugout is supposed to be on the first base side. [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com], is there some story behind that?

edit 2:

Since I'm gonna be at CBP, I figured I might as well ask, though I think all the Phillies fans I know have access to the ballpark...anyone want me to pick them up one of these?
ayrdaomei: ([Rosie] when the pretty girl laughs)
( Mar. 29th, 2006 11:08 pm)
On the topic of my Note, I im'd Ashley to say: I'm almost at the bridge now. (Place that song reference, get a gold star. NOT SO FAST, ALEX.)

She im'd me back with this and this.

(She also im'd me this, which was HILARIOUS but hopefully IRRELEVANT to my mission to work on my Note, so.)

So, point of this post: Ashley wins. And the internets win.

Carry on.
I was flipping stations after the game (poor Miggles! last out, again), and I'm pretty sure I just saw Zach getting beheaded by some masked men. Since when is Mark Paul on Over There?

The Trek homage ep of Futurama is on. I don't really do Futurama but this ep is seriously one of my all-time favorite half-hours of television. The part where the actors are being forced to act out Mellvar's Mary Sueish fanfic slays me. And the Riker head's little "Yes!" when he gets to move up on the shelf? Bwa!

"And so Star Trek was scoured from human memory..."
"My. I've never heard of such a brutal and shocking injustice that I cared so little about."
Finally got around to catching up on flist stuff I missed over spring break. I am, once again, completely floored by people with flists in the hundreds. Even skipping posts takes energy, you know?

Anyhoo, snurched linkage:
via [Bad username or site: catch22girl / @ livejournal.com]: '24' addicts see their lives ticking away in real time. I was amused by the observation that "in almost every episode, some agent rips the electric cord from a table lamp [and] with one casual jerk, jams the live cord into the chest of a terrorist." Heh. Well, not every episode ^_~

via [Bad username or site: brooklinegirl / @ livejournal.com]: Last December, Stuffo placed an ad on Craig's List, inquiring into hiring the A-Team. The article documents the range of responses their post received. Hi-fucking-larious because predictably, some people did not get it. Funniest thing I've seen online in a while. It made me laugh really hard, which is not the best thing when there is crazy phlegm action going on in one's throat...

And just randomly: Motivation posters, comics style

I was so excited when I did an improptu search to see if Becket was going to be released on dvd anytime soon and came up with this. Unfortunately, I did some more digging about and it looks like they picked that date out of their ass, because there's been no official new word on the re-release since it didn't happen last year. Grr. Wtf? It makes no sense for A Lion In Winter to be on DVD, while there's no word about Becket. So annoyed. But R&GAD in TWO days! And apparently the dvd release of Cinderella got pushed up from the original 2007 release date to October of this year. I have no idea when that happened, but that's awesome.

I still haven't watched last week's Deadwood. I should do that. (And I should probably watch the last several eps of BSG sometime in the near future.)

just a bit of music )

How awesome is the Jack Jack Attack short on The Incredibles dvd extras? I love Kari to bits. At the end there, where she's just worn out? **laughs** Poor thing. The Brad Bird & John Walker commentary track was also a lot of fun.

This shot of the pews at the wedding amuses muchly )

And Dash's laugh when he realizes he can run on water remains one of the most perfect things in the world.
Willing my last Alias download to JUST FINISH ALREADY so I can head out, leaving my beautiful LAN connection behind. **sniff** I suppose I should be glad to give up high-speed for a chance to get the heck out of the 'burg for a week.

In the meanwhile, I imagine I'm on the short bus about this, but I just found this hilarious Alias spoof ('The Lost Episode') on Alias-media. It's a spot-on sendup of the typical first season ep of Alias. So funny. The only thing is there's no sign of Jack in it, but otherwise, it's comedy gold. Especially that last bit with Francie. The guy playing Sydney has all her little expressions down; it's priceless ^_^

"It took fifteen agents two days to comb a landfill for your deaddrop. And all you wrote was SYDNEY + VAUGHN 4EVAH?"
"That's...that's not mine. I didn't write that."

Yay for a three and a half hour drive! **waves**
ayrdaomei: ([24] Chloe -  working)
( Feb. 8th, 2005 01:49 pm)
This is why I love New England )

Way to keep your eyes on the prize there, guys ^_^
[Bad username or site: chickenflicker / @ livejournal.com] hipped me to this: Brad Neely's Wizard People, Dear Reader. It's this absolutely hilarious re-working/parody of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer's Stone. You can listen to it alone, but triple your fun by putting the film in the dvd player, muting it, and listening to Neely's voice over narration (it's cued to the film ^_^).

The best thing is this is no big production - the phrasing is hilariously awkward at points, Neely stumbles over lines, and you can hear him turning pages in his script and breaking for water ^_^

Some people have had trouble with the torrent, so I've loaded the mp3s into yousendit.
Wizard People, Dear Reader - Disc One
Wizard People, Dear Reader - Disc Two

[Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com], you have to check this out. You'll love it. "Holy frickin' balls!" is totally going to become a standard of my vocabulary.

My favorite bits ^_^
Cut for audio track spoilers )

Beyond that, I had a really good day. Just full of fannish glee. I did no work, but from the few people I've talked to, everyone's burnt out - and no one did work today. Went to IHOP with some friends and after, saw Ocean's 12. Hands down the silliest movie I've seen all year. It felt a lot like Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back...in that you clearly just had some people who enjoyed working together - and they wanted to make another movie so they were like hell, let's just have fun with it. I really missed Rusty's hair (btw, 'Robert Charles Ryan'?), but I got to spend another two hours with characters I love and honestly, I could have fun just watching those guys fight over what movie to rent. It's like the odd Trek films. They're crap, but each has enough fun moments with characters you love, so you've still seen them a half dozen times. Or maybe that's just me. The Tess characterization is a 180 from the first film, but since I thought she was a black hole of suck in the first film, I didn't mind so much.

Also, I had NO idea that Eddie Izzard was in this, so his appearance (and he referenced Gunter! Hee!) was a big, fun surprise.

And in the interest of having them somewhere in case I decide to do iconage...
Just a few lines I liked. Spoilers! )

It been a ridiculously good day. And look, Liv had a healthy baby boy!

Why is this day being so good to me? ^_^


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