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Monday, August 11, 2014

Christian Mingle: The Movie

Posted by on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 10:52 AM

My reactions...

1. It actually doesn't look that much worse/more painful/appallingly sexist than most romantic comedies*.

2. It's sad to see how far Morgan Fairchild has fallen.

3. If they had edited a CGI/hologram George Burns into this movie—reprising his role as God in the 1977 hit movie Oh, God!—I would totally go see it.

4. Written and directed by Corbin Bernsen?

5. There has to have been a porn parody of Christian Mingle: The Movie in production already because "Find God's Snatch For You" is really obvious, right?

*Not a compliment.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Come To Las Vegas

Posted by on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

The same religious conservatives who were shitting their pants about that Superbowl Butterfinger MMF threesome ad are going to lose their minds when they see this—I mean, the man and woman checking in for the weekend? They're not wearing wedding rings, people. Also, too, that hot guy at the end who convinces that unmarried straight dude to choose to be gay...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Seattle Police Still Have Drones

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Shawn Musgrave reports for VICE:

In February 2013, after vocal community opposition to police use of drones, Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced that he had grounded the program and ordered its two Draganflyer X-6 units be “returned to the vendor.”

More than a year later, Seattle Police Department still has not shipped its two drones back.

In response to a freedom of information request for documents that would confirm the decommissioning, SPD Interim Chief Harry Bailey wrote back last Friday: "As of the date of this correspondence the Seattle Police Department has not returned the unmanned aerial surveillance drones and therefore does not have any responsive documents in regards to packing slips, receipts for shipping, etc."

Judging by what former police spokesman Sean Whitcomb told Anna one year ago, it sounds like SPD wants to get the $82,000 it spent on the drones back by returning them to the vendor, but the drones had already been used too much. Couldn't the drones be, say, sold or given to a group of researchers, and failing that, dismantled and dumped in the trash or recycled? Why is it so difficult for SPD to get rid of a couple of deactivated robots? (Unless... no... they've become sentient?!!)

Here's longtime activist Dorli Rainey last year at a drone protest:

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Given the lapses in judgement we've seen from the police lately, she's right to be skeptical. SPD did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment, but I'll update if I hear back.

UPDATE: SPD's Detective Mark Jamieson tells me "there’s been no movement" on getting the drones returned since last year and says the drones "have not been used since the program was ended last February." I asked where the drones are now, but he wouldn't say, and about the current status of SPD's efforts to get rid of them—he said he'd have to check.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sarah Palin Turns 50

Posted by on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 3:50 PM

And all her RWNJ friends got together and made her a birthday video. Bookmark this in case someone you love swallows poison and there isn't any syrup of ipecac handy. Via JoeMyGod.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Washington State Won't Be a Drone Test Site

Posted by on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 6:00 AM

This home of alleged Amazon delivery drones and serious Boeing drone lobbying had filed an application to become an FAA test site for unmanned aerial vehicles.

No deal.

The six winners, chosen from a field of 25, included Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base near Rome, N.Y., which will fly some tests from Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and Virginia Tech, which will fly in Virginia and has an agreement with Rutgers University in New Jersey for testing there as well. Virginia Tech plans to conduct “failure mode” testing — finding out what happens if the aircraft’s control link is lost.

The other winners were the University of Alaska, which plans to test in Hawaii and Oregon as well as Alaska, the State of Nevada, the North Dakota Department of Commerce, and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Michael P. Huerta, the administrator of the F.A.A., said the sites provided diverse geography, climate and air traffic density.

The aim is to begin integrating drones into the national airspace by 2015.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In Which Bruce Willis Is a Prick to Some Commercial Radio Bloke

Posted by on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Okay, I'm sure actors get tired of doing these things all the time, but jeez, Bruce. This guy is obviously a tool (I think it's actually a prerequisite to getting a job in commercial radio), but he has to pay for being him for the rest of his life simply by being him. You get to get paid for the rest of your life with things like having great ladies like Mary-Louise Parker (try to) cover for you when you're being a prick. And that's just the tip of the iceberg, you richie-rich! Are you bummed because Red 2 got beat on its opening weekend by The Conjuring, Despicable Me 2, Turbo, and Grown Ups 2? (That last one has to hurt.)

My favorite part is when Bruce says, "Has any actor ever told you this, James? This part is not acting, what we're doing now. You might be. But we're just selling the film now. Sales." And he says "sales" just like some inside-sales guy that you overhear at that restaurant the you know you're going to regret making reservations at by the time the bill comes. Then he says "I would slash my hooves." What does that even mean? I Googled it, but all that came back was posts about this interview. Then the poor schmuck cuts the interview short and sounds like he's gonna cry. AHAHAHAHA. Sigh.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Very Important Flaming Lips Poll

Posted by on Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Do you like the Flaming Lips? Which album is the best? Please help us determine which Flaming Lips album Anna Minard should listen to (for the first time) for her wonderful Never Heard of 'Em column next week!

Vote wisely, right over here >>

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Do You Want to Open a Place That Goes Out of Business in About Three Months?

Posted by on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 3:07 PM

Because this little banana shack is vacant again.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Fuck the Golden Globes

Posted by on Sun, Jan 13, 2013 at 7:03 PM

If you want more celebrity bullshit posts, post 'em. And please note that the two Seahawks posts were by regular actual employees of The Stranger, and one of them was so disdainful as to actually constitute a Golden Globes post.

And the Seahawks game was more important: There's a Golden Globes every year. The Seahawks do not make the post-season every year.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Thursday Night: Let's Talk About SPD's Flying, Photographing Drones

Posted by on Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 8:58 AM

When you think of drones, you probably think of the RC airplanes that kill people in faraway lands.

Fortunately, killer drones aren't included the Seattle Police Department's plan to use the unmanned aerial aircraft for police work. SPD says they'll use the two drones to monitor crime scenes and track missing persons, but some Seattle residents and the ACLU of Washington are concerned about drones compromising peoples' privacy (e.g., the identities of domestic violence victims being captured on tape and then subject to public disclosure requests).

So, to dispel misconceptions about their drone program, SPD brass are hosting a Q&A this Thursday, October 25th at Garfield Community Center from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

There, you'll have the opportunity to ask the SPD questions about its plans to police from the city's skies, and Assistant Chief Paul McDonagh will be on hand to alleviate (or further aggravate) your concerns about the department's drone program.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Memories of the Space Age

Posted by on Thu, May 3, 2012 at 8:33 AM

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Space Station Dub

Posted by on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 9:00 AM

What I see...

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What I hear...

Alter Echo's dub is for world-weary androids of the next century. It is a frightening dub in the galactic sense, and yet possesses in the depths of its electronic furies a calm and beauty that can only be described as the gleam you might see along the rusting shell of a space station rotating through the blue aura of earth's thinning stratosphere.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meet Dextre the Magnificent

Posted by on Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 8:28 AM

A brand new race...

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As seen in the above picture, Dextre is truly a technological marvel, wielding long arms capable of handling both small tools and large modules with precision dexterity.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"It's a food product, essentially."

Posted by on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:33 AM

TPM:

On Monday night, O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly and Fox News host Megyn Kelly sat down to discuss what really happened at UC Davis on Friday and whether campus police acted appropriately in showering a group of sitting students with pepper spray. Their conclusion? No big deal.

“Pepper spray, that just burns your eyes, right?” O’Reilly asked Kelly.

“Right,” Kelly said. “I mean, its like a derivative of actual pepper. It’s a food product, essentially.”

Twitter explodes:

"Mustard gas: it's a hot dog condiment, essentially!"

"Stabbing: It's just acupuncture, essentially!"

"Waterboarding: It's a really high-powered shower, essentially!"

"Arranged marriage: it's just your parents being concerned about your love life, essentially."

"Forest fires: They're tree candles, essentially!"

"Beheadings: They're really close haircuts, essentially!"

There's more at #fakemegynkelly

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