Oct
23
2014
1

Marvel’s Age of Ultron counter-leak gambit.

Interesting point here from Reason on the leaked Marvel Age of Ultron trailer:

The trailer wasn’t supposed to be released this week at all. Marvel had originally planned to release the trailer next Tuesday, in conjunction with a new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, a TV show with close ties to Marvel’s ever-expanding Avengers movie universe. After a low-resolution version of the trailer leaked, some copies were pulled at the request of Disney, which owns Marvel.

[snip]

…within about two hours of the leaked version hitting the web, Marvel went ahead and posted the official version. So much for carefully stage-managed corporate PR, eh? But this is one of the reasons why Marvel is doing such great business these days. They’re not fighting the fans, not trying to control the crowd. The company is accepting the reality of the Internet—that a leak can’t really be contained—and giving fans what they want.

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Oct
21
2014
3

So… Umm. Something nonpolitical. Erm. :brightly: Hey! I bought Goat Simulator!

…and, yeah, Goat Simulator really is as stupid-awesome as it looks.

Although I suspect that people don’t play it for several thousand hours.

Oct
15
2014
3
Oct
04
2014
3

‘Inside Out’ Trailer.

Anybody but Pixar, I’d raise an eyebrow.

 

And Pixar doesn’t quite bat 1.000 these days, at that.  Still… not safe to bet that they can’t pull it off.

Oct
01
2014
2

‘Angel.’

Sorry, but I gotta stop playing Irish music.  It’s taking over my head.  It that means going with the schmaltz, so be it.

 

 

AngelSarah McLachlan

Sep
26
2014
2

‘Shanachie.’

I love this band and I don’t know a damned thing about them besides their name (Sheena).

Sep
22
2014
2

Democrats putting down down payment on Greg Orman in Kansas-SEN race.

I think that it’s adorable that the Kansas Democratic party thinks that it can simply assign Orman a DSCC operative and claim that it doesn’t mean anything:

Independent candidate Greg Orman isn’t saying which party he would caucus with if he wins election to the U.S. Senate in Kansas, but he has now hired a veteran Democratic aide to serve as a spokesman.

Orman’s addition of former Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee aide Mike Phillips to his campaign team has Republicans claiming the candidate is showing his true colors.

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Sep
19
2014
1

I just finished (in one sitting) “How to Fight Presidents…”

“… Defending Yourself Against the Badasses Who Ran This Country.

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Sep
16
2014
3

‘Beast of Burden.’

Beast Of Burden, The Rolling Stones

I’ve had the dang band’s songs stuck in my head all day. Stupid Two for Tuesday classic rock promotions.

Sep
02
2014
1

Field Poll: Barack Obama’s appeal going sharply downward in California.

45/42 favorable ratings. In California.  This is not good news for Democrats, going into the formal 2014 election season: I mean, imagine how Obama’s doing elsewhere.

Mark DiCamillo, director of the Field Poll, said the trend is ominous for Obama, because the latest declines come from his base.

Support among California Democrats dropped 8 percentage points to 68 percent over the last three months. Approval was down 11 points in Los Angeles County and 7 points in the Bay Area, usually liberal strongholds.

“These are constituencies that have been strong followers,” DiCamillo said. But there’s “frustration in the president not getting his way in affecting policy in Washington.”

…and the word I bolded there is interesting. At first I thought that either DiCamillo or the reporter who wrote the article got the word wrong: it should be ‘effecting.’  But then I remembered: when a Democratic President is weak* it’s never his fault.  There are a lot of people out there with a vested interest in pretending that Barack Obama is a mere hapless spectator in the legislative process, mostly because then they don’t have to deal with the actual truth.  Which is, of course, that Barack Obama wants to direct the process; he’s just stunningly incompetent at it**. (more…)

Aug
31
2014
1

Oh, yeah, Happy Labor Day.

I have to wonder how much of it is due to us needing a holiday at about this point on the calendar. End of summer, and all that. Certainly it’s not doing the job that its creators thought that it’d be doing, and ain’t that a shame…

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