Friday Linkage

A man who rose to fame covering Bob Marley songs and riding the coattails of Lauryn Hill’s amazing voice will probably be the next President of Haiti. Why? Because Presidential elections there probably have the same student-council election vibe that they do here in the ‘States.

Hey, if the good ol’ U.S. of A can elect a man with zero executive experience to the land’s highest office on the strength of his ability to give a speech and celebrity status, who are we to tell Haiti they can’t do the same? Sean Penn, of all people, questioned Wyclef’s motives. The musician tried to allay Penn’s concerns by saying,

I just want Sean Penn to fully understand I am a Haitian, born in Haiti and I’ve been coming to my country ever since (I was) a child. He might just want to pick up the phone and meet, so he fully understands the man.

Oh, OK that should make Spicoli feel a lot better.

America’s sweetheart has converted to Hinduism. So America’s most beloved hooker is now a Hindu while her white trick in shining armor is a Buddhist. In the words of the often imitated but never duplicated Darth Vader, “The circle is now complete”.


I hope none of my ancestors came back as the oysters that produced those pearls

Next time you think about using your car horn when you’re in H-town, consider this.

A federal judge’s decision to strike down California’s Proposition 8 should encourage polygamists nationwide to push for the legalization of their chosen way of life.

The Guardian interviews Tariq Aziz.

Could this be a viable alternative? I smell cow manure, oh wait…

There are throwbacks whose idea of a good time is the beheading of infidels and there are throwbacks whose idea of a swell time differs just a tad.

Texas is #4 in the preseason Coaches’ poll? Methinks that’s a bit high considering it’s a “rebuilding” year…

Photo credit: Touchstone Pictures

Taiwan Loves Jesús

[Photo credit: AP]

Steve Jobs for President

Comedian Bill Maher and I are poles apart insofar as worldviews are concerned. He scoffs at the possibility of there being a Creator, I have been born again.

That does not mean that we have to disagree on everything. Showing that he’s not a shill for the current administration he has declared that Apple CEO Steve Jobs (below, after being Shepard Fairey’d) might be better suited to run America than President Obama.

I’m not an Apple fanboy though I do own an iPod and it is a great product.  What kind of platform would Jobs run on? MacOS, perhaps?

Not sure about Jobs’ politics but based on this email exchange with a blogger, “freedom” seems to be a dominant motif in his philosophy. The blogger asked Jobs if Bob Dylan was a 20-year-old at the present time, would he think that the iPad (insert joke here) had the “faintest thing to do with revolution?” The blogger then ends with “Revolutions are about freedom”.

Jobs’ response reveals his commitment to liberate the masses from various things,

Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is.

Freedom from porn?!?! Judging by the fact that Americans drop more of their hard-earned money on porn than on pro-football, baseball and basketball combined, if Jobs ran, he wouldn’t make it out of the primaries.

If Pres. Obama said that he wanted to liberate people from porn, he’d lose his base and people on the right would even find fault with this noble endeavor. Possibly muttering something about this being another example of how socialist the man is. Lest we forget, the Soviet Union and China was and is, respectively, anti-porn so POTUS wanting people to be free from porn only shows how much of a Marxist-Leninist, not to mention Maoist he really is.

Politics…

Steve Jobs Will Turn Your Life Inside Out

No, this is not a reference to the legions of Macvangelists whose lives have been transformed by Jobs’ irresistibly trendy products. I know that hiding behind the “Macs are just a better product” facade lies the sordid truth, they have given their hearts over to Jobs (below).

“Come to me, all you who are weary and PC-burdened, and I will give you rest”

No, no I’m referring to you standing over the pit of PC land if you you dare to leak anything that is in development at Apple HQ. That would be bad enough but how forfeit is the guy’s life who leaves behind (gasp!) a prototype for the next iPhone at some seedy saloon?

Well, a software engineer named Gray Powell did it, read about it here.

Given Jobs’ legendary penchant for secrecy, how is he going to react? I don’t know but for some reason Romans 1:18 comes to mind. Here it is from the Mac Version,

The wrath of Jobs will be revealed from Cupertino against all the carelessness and slovenliness of software engineers who leave prototype iPhones at bars…

I hope Powell didn’t lose his job over this (according to the Gizmodo piece he might still be there), but it’s safe to say that he might have gotten in some trouble for this fracas.

After all, it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living Jobs.

On a somewhat related note, who knew Jobs had a puritanical streak?

Facebook Unfriending

I think it’s safe to say that Facebook (Feisbuk to my paisanos) has become the top social networking site. MySpace? Pffft, so 15 minutes ago. Recent months have seen a MySpace to Facebook migration worthy of a flock of Canada Geese (below).

Canada Geese

To the more hip amongst us mortals, Facebook has jumped the shark, and perhaps greener pastures (devoid of bourgeoisie influences) are to be sought.

I use Facebook and find it entertaining as well as a veritable time vacuum. Mostly I use Feisbuk as a Twitter page: posting amusing/ridiculous/interesting links as well as providing unnecessary updates during Texas football games and Mexican National Team fútbol matches. Not to mention keeping up with relatives back in the old country.

Surely, Facebook isn’t perfect, for example an “unlike” button (right) Unlike Buttonwould be nice, but it is a good way to keep in touch with people. I feel that besides an “unlike” button, something else is missing from Facebook: An “Unfriend” Notification.

When you request someone to be your “friend”, you get a notification that said person has approved your request. So why not be notified when a “friend” removes you from their “friend” list?

Speaking of “unfriending”, I realize that social networking is still in its infant stages (no matter what the hipsters say) insofar as customs are concerned. In other words, not enough time has elapsed for the light of etiquette to shine in every nook and cranny of the Facebook microcosm.

I understand that people “unfriend” for a slew of reasons: whittling of a massive “friends” list, feuding with the “unfriended” etc.

The question remains: Should an “unfriend” notification be sent to the exiled? In the same vein: What are good reasons to “unfriend” someone?

To see a good reason to “unfriend” someone check out this video, the “unfriend” comes at the end:

A Metro Commuter’s Final Fantasy

metro

Yours truly rides to work in one of these beasts every day. I would like to sit here and pontificate that it’s all for mother Gaia blah blah blah, but it’s not. Sure it’s a nice side effect that I’m not contributing an infinitesimally small amount of pollution to an already hazy Houston skyline, but the main reason I take public transportation to work is to avoid the morass that is Houston traffic.

For this I’m thankful.

This being said, getting into one of these rigs every day has certain disadvantages. One such drawback is having to listen to fellow riders share their most intimate details as they carelessly yak away on their cell phones.

From the tool that shared his secrets on how to lure the ladies into his lecherous lair, to the dear woman who just had to inform her husband (and us all) that she wasn’t going to give him her paycheck. (Girl power!)

To the party girl who thought that sharing her story of her nude adventures with her sister-in-law would add a little sizzle to our otherwise worthless lives. I could do a whole post on the things overheard in fellow riders’ cellphone conversations, but I won’t.

Well there is that guy who calls his entire Contacts list until he settles on someone who is just as bored as he is. By such time, the rest of us are ready to chuck him out the window.

Don’t think for a second that while enduring one of these chats I have not fantasized about owning one of those cell phone jammer things and letting it loose on these public offenders.

Yeah, I know that they’re illegal and that their use carries hefty penalties.

According to this story, “Police put in tight Jam: Cellphone jammers might silence annoying public chat, but they also risk officers’ safety”, the FCC will dock you $11K if you get caught the first time.

Judging by the following bit from the story, I’m not the only who has these fantasies,

Hand-held jammers, which are easily purchased online for about $200, are becoming increasingly common in the U.S., where people are eager to silence chatty public transit users.

Nice to know that you’re not alone…

Philly Fan takes Bottle to the Head

While I understand the euphoria that follows when one’s team wins a championship, I cannot understand the bacchanalian revelry that erupts after such a win.

Back in 1999 when I was at Texas and the Longhorns upset #3 Nebraska in Austin (see game-winning catch below), fellow students took to the streets, climbed on buses, got electrocuted in campus fountains and charmined trees throughout campus. We all got a little crazy but no one was hurt.

This year, the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series (props to former Astro Brad Lidge) and their fans, notorious for crazy behavior, took to the streets in celebration. Thankfully no cars were barbecued, no one lost their life but thanks to YouTube we were given a special glimpse into some specifics.

Take this guy who takes a well-thrown bottle to the head at around the 7-second mark:

Hope it was worth it…

One of the Best Videos You’ll Ever Watch

Didn’t watch last night’s debate because I had better things to do, but even if that had not been the case, I would have watched either the Mexico-Canada match or Game 5 of the NLCS (I like my bread and circus as much as the next person).

I acknowledge that the title is a bit presumptous but that was my immediate thought after watching the vid.

Enjoy!

(H/t: A Slice of Polis via Tim)

Jones AT&T Stadium at its Best

The Texas Tech Red Raiders play their unique brand of football at some joint called Jones-AT&T Stadium. The stadium recently flooded and shots were taken.

Seizing the moment, some industrious soul put his Photoshop skills to work:

The pic (from disco tech! via shaggy bevo forums) deliciously cracks on Texas’ opponents, for example:

  • The Manginokrakken about to devour Texas Tech Coach Mike Leach’s pirate ship
  • The Aggie Corps of Cadets guy who forgot that Martika wrote a song about him.
  • Not sure who the flummoxed Aggie with the backward hat is, but the fact that he’s sporting his lid like that is funny enough, as for the bewilderment, that’s par for the course.
  • The Aggie (mid right) who thought that his truck was U-571, straight board shut!
  • Of course the Katrina looter, rocking a skullet of all things, with a Heineken in his back pocket making his alma mater proud is priceless, but…
  • Not nearly as priceless as Big Game (so-called) Bob Stoops about to eat his visor
  • Last, but certainly not least is the standard bearer for this masterpiece, the OU crying kid

And who says we’re not using technology to worthwhile ends?

Take a Hike Ike

Had to go with something less tired and trite than “I don’t like Ike”. Though Ike did force most of our employers here in the Houston area to give us Friday off.

Here’s a satellite picture of Hurricane Ike (courtesy of the good folks at ABC 13 here in H-town)

This thing is ginormous (it almost covers the entire Gulf of Mexico!)

The 10AM National Hurricane Center forecast had the eye going about 0.5 mi from our church. The forecast has since then shifted to the east of the Bayou City.

Something I’ve wondered about praying when a hurricane is coming. If you pray for a hurricane not to hit your town, isn’t your prayer an imprecatory prayer since the storm will hit another person’s town? (Let’s leave out the fact that maybe the other person is also praying for the storm not to hit their town)

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