Friday, November 07, 2008

Almost Back

I am almost back, after being absent due to the election, but I am awfully sick. Can't shake the cold I got from doing this.

Some more recent stuff. Nice of Duke to do that, frankly. I appreciate the reacharound.

They had me at Hello

They being Mexico City's Hello Seahorse!

Here is a great video for their song, "Won't say anything" (yes the words are in English).

Irony: yer doin' it right!

It's not surprising to see a journalist in Malaysia complaining about freedom of the press. It was surprising to me though to see that the "journalist" in question is Mahathir Mohamad, aka Dr. M, the ex-authoritarian leader of the country well known for repressing news and opponents.

Dr. M is now a blogger and has apparently come full circle:

Now, a convert to free speech, Mr. Mahathir is using his blog to champion the most recent victim of government censorship, Raja Petra Kamaruddin, the country’s most prominent blogger, who posts on, his Web site. The site has been blocked, but readers are redirected to another Web site, which continues to be updated.

The government has fallen back on the kind of tactics that Mr. Ooi faced. It charged Mr. Petra with sedition and jailed him for two years without trial for comments he had posted.

Mr. Mahathir sounded almost like Che Guevara when he said in his blog that the arrest showed “a degree of oppressive arrogance worthy of a totalitarian state.”

Furthermore, jailing people is futile, he said in an interview in his office. There is no way the government can arrest all the bloggers, even if it wants to.

At least, he said, “I hope so. Otherwise I’ll be in, too.”

Somehow I doubt that people like Anwar Ibrahim can truly enjoy the irony of Dr. M's conversion.

hat tip to Mrs. Angus

Thursday, November 06, 2008

How not to run an NBA game

At the Thunder game last night, (1) They opened with a prayer. (2) There was a 5 minute delay before the beginning of each half while a net was replaced on one of the baskets. (3) There was a 5 minute delay during the game for "condensation on the court". (4) At halftime, there was a mass swearing in ceremony for a bunch of new army recruits. (5) During a timeout the "thundervision" showed a middle aged man in a suit. He flashed an Obama sticker. Thunderous boos rained down around the arena.

As my friend said to me, "If they could just work in some gay bashing, they'd cover everything".

I am not making any of this stuff up, people. It's kind of a disgrace.

Oh yeah, there was a game too. OKC started strong with a 29 point first quarter, then scored 26 in the next two quarters combined. They were not out of it, but PJ kept Durant and Green on the bench for a LONG time at the end of the third and beginning of the fourth, treating us to the offensive stylings of Damien Wilkens (ouch). Thunder shot 37% had 15 assists and 15 turnovers and were outrebounded badly (by 10).

Rajon Rondo is really getting to be a very good player.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What was the news?

Yahoo Finance sez: "Stocks plunge as investors ponder Obama presidency", and indeed the
Dow was down 5% as was the NASDAQ.

Obama's victory was surely to be expected and thus already capitalized, so what was the news?

That the Republicans still have the filibuster leaving the economy-saving Democrats hamstrung?

Or is it just a case of buyer's remorse?

2009 Fashion Preview:

Gridlock: RIP?

Wow. A LOT of y'all got your vote on yesterday. Turnout was huge, around 64% and my pal Dr. Gridlock is on his last legs. There are 41 confirmed Republican Senate seats with 3 more still to be decided so the filibuster is still (barely) in play, but wow!

It will be interesting to see how (if?) Obama's agenda differs from Pelosi's and if they do differ, which one will prevail.

Are Pelosi et. al. worried of a replay of 1993, or are they just gonna go for the gusto?

I am also very interested to see who Obama's economic team will be.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

fighting fire with fire

Got real tired real quick of people with their little "I voted" stickers on (even Mrs. Angus!!), so I whipped up my own sticker to let people know about my (in)activity:

Yes those are paper clips holding it onto my pocket!! Sometimes you gotta just let your freak flag fly people and today was one of those days.

Ask not what the building can do for you.....

engrish, sign, smoking, building, japan

....but rather what can you do for the building?

TV Previews

funny pictures
moar funny pictures

The best joke I read all weekend

"When people in Dubai are asked to pray for rain, it ends up raining in Iran"--
Nasser Hashempour, vice president of the Iranian Business Council in Dubai.

LOL, eh? It's from a fascinating article in the NYT Sunday Magazine. The article is ostensibly about how the US is co-opting private firms into sanctioning Iran, but, to this ignorant Okie at least, it is most interesting for describing the Iran-Dubai connection.

Some further excerpts:

"Dubai now has as many Iranians as it does its own citizens."

"Since 2003, the number of Iranians in the United Arab Emirates has doubled to more than 450,000, he told me, and the number of Iranian businesses quadrupled to almost 10,000. Most are in Dubai, giving it the world’s second-largest concentration of Iranian expatriates (after California)."

"Iranians now have an estimated $300 billion in assets in tiny Dubai alone."

"Dubai and Iran are now so economically interdependent, local analysts told me, that the city-state has become to Iran something like what Hong Kong is to China."

Monday, November 03, 2008

AI & Sheedy: together again for the very first time

Wow. Pistons trade Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess to Denver for AI. Incredible. Having Rasheed Wallace and Iverson on the same team is combustible. They can be kind of a cussin', fussin' NBA version of Butch and Sundance. It could be like putting on Waiting for Godot with a cast of Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock. In other words it could be very, very fun. Plus the Pistons are clearing a ton of cap room. Iverson is getting 20 million but is in the last year of his contract, while Billups has 3 years at 36 million left on his. Could Joe Dumars really be thinking LeBron?

Off the Schneid

Yes the Thunder now has a W people, 88-85 over the T-wolves. It's not pretty here in Loud City though. In three games they have yet to reach the 90 point mark,their overall shooting percentage is 41.9%, and their assists to turnovers ratio is approximately 1 (16.3 assists to 15.3 turnovers).

We are going to see the Thunder play the Celtics on Wednesday. Maybe they will hit 90?

Captain Louis Renault Award

This month's award goes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, who is shocked to discover that Bobby Mugabe's crew is using their donated millions for causes other than AIDs, tuberculosis or malaria. They are asking for their money back. I hope they are not holding their breath.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

It's hard to let go

Here at Chez Angus we have taken the tragic death of one of our favorite writers, David F. Wallace pretty hard. Since his death, a lot more info has come out about what his life was like, and this article from Rolling Stone is really good, telling his personal story and covering the circumstances around his death.

Here is a link to a DFW essay on tennis (from Esquire magazine). My favorite quote from this piece is:

"Michael Chang, twenty-three and number five in the world, sort of looks like two different people stitched crudely together: a normal upper body perched atop hugely muscular and totally hairless legs. He has a mushroom-shaped head, inky-black hair, and an expression of deep and intractable unhappiness, as unhappy a face as I’ve seen outside a graduate creative-writing program."

Here is a link to his classic piece, "Consider the Lobster".

UPDATE: Harper's has made public all of DFW's writing for them. Link is here.

The Movie they should have made

I like most Will Farrell movies, but this is what Step Brothers should have been, people!!