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Jul. 6th, 2013 02:27 pm
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Wanted to get some USA feels and '80s nostalgia, so I rented MIAMI VICE. Michael Mann brings just the right amount of what made Miami Vice great in its day, and applies more of what he's learned since that era. Jamie Foxx was flawless, and Colin Farrell was alright. If there's anything I could complain about, it's the weird, "Everyone wants to get with the Asian chick" vibe that goes throughout the film I mean, basically everyone loses their professional perspective at some point because they're all bonkers to get with a very cold, very severe-looking Asian mob accountant. I mean, Gong Li killed it. She was very good. But I just don't see why #1 baddie, #2 baddie, and Crockett ALL had to have a thing for her.

Another part that bothered me was some continuity stuff: In one scene, prior to meeting a major player, Sonny and Rico are frisked for weapons, but not two minutes later, Sonny produces a hand grenade. I guess he had it in his underpants, and the frisker mistook it for his brass balls.

After that, I realized I shouldn't take the continuity too seriously, but there's a whole bit in the climax where the Miami/Dade Police Department appear to have TRANSPORTER TECHNOLOGY, because they're in the middle of a very fast boat journey in one scene, racing toward a deal and then, BAM, they're infiltrating a trailer park, outfitted with SWAT kit.

It is, all in all, a fun movie with a lot of suspense. Several UK citizens people play Americans, which is always a little weird for me, but then Naomie Harris gets in a shower with Jamie Foxx and I forgot about most of it.

aw, yeah

Jul. 19th, 2012 02:44 pm
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"Oingo Boingo Radio
To start things off, we'll play a song that exemplifies the musical style of Oingo Boingo which features a subtle use of paired vocal harmony, mild rhythmic syncopation, repetitive melodic phrasing, extensive vamping and minor key tonality."


It's really nice to have access to Pandora again. 

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Jun. 19th, 2012 02:45 pm
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So today I ended up getting on the Bike Car instead of the normal one. I think I was supposed to be one more toward the rear. My brother in law and a mutual friend were somewhere else. 
I was seated neighboring someone who was having some digestive problems. Either the guy in front of me, or the one behind me, was farting. 
Noxious fumes roiled throughout the local airspace with a thickness and effectiveness I'd only thought possible with weaponized aerosols. 
I know everyone farts, but I was seriously considering telling the guy to put a cork in it, if I could isolated it to the fore or aft passenger.

I should have felt bad for the guy, but I was actually getting angry. 

Meanwhile, my stomach has been iffy for a week. But I've not been nearly-killing passers-by.
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I'm using an 8GB USB keychain drive for my Xbox 360 GamerTag account and some Rock Band content, so I can bring it to work and play during lunch without using up the company's 20GB HDD's storage space.

The 8GB unit was 3000 yen three months ago. I have been keeping an eye out for 16GB so I can carry more stuff around - I've got way too much Rock Band DLC, and I'd like to drag my music game data to my sister's place, so I can play there as well.

Locally the prices on 16GB USB drives has been unwavering in the nearly 6000 yen mark for months. Months. Today I've found myself scoping Amazon to order stuff to have it waiting for me at my sister's when I go to visit. It dawned on me that there may be a price difference. Lo and behold! Amazon's displaying really cheap prices. So cheap that I may even get a 32GB unit and enjoy the extra partition to sneakernet stuff from various machines and then use the 360's media features (sometimes my home wireless network appears asthmatic).

Japan really does ass-bash its consumer population. It's just nuts.
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Report: US industry employment count rises marginally // News:
Employment within the US games sector has risen slightly on last year thanks to the opening of a number of new games studios dedicated to social and online gaming, research has found.

A census of North American gaming companies found that employee numbers have risen from 44,400 in 2008, to 44,806 in the US. Of that small rise, many come from an unusually large number of new studios, particularly social and online ones, which have sprung up to counterbalance the closures felt throughout the rest of the industry.

Meanwhile Canadian companies have seen "explosive" growth throughout the year, said the report, with the establishment of new studios and the expansions of existing ones contributing to a 30 per cent increase - to 12,480 - in the region's employee count.

The findings come from the third annual Game Developer Census compiled by Game Developer Research.

California remained North America's heavyweight area, with 20,815 developers employed there (46 per cent of the US total). Washington was the second most popular with 4500 employees, and Texas third with over 2600.

However, anecdotal evidence uncovered by the research indicated American game development was becoming less clustered around urban centres.
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January 2006A nightmarish neighbor: noisy, nosy, now in jail / Police say they hauled guns, ammo, drugs from his home:
For three years, Bertone, who once worked for the city Housing Authority and ran for the Board of Supervisors in 2000, has wreaked all sorts of havoc in an otherwise quiet community in the southeastern part of the city known as Little Hollywood, officials and his neighbors said Wednesday.

Bertone, 54, doesn't just play loud music, authorities say. At all hours of the day and night, he has blasted police radio broadcasts, shrill oscillating tones, Spanish dance tunes and other noise from speakers he installed on the outside of his home at 336 Lathrop Ave. Police said they could hear the racket from 100 yards away.

Bertone isn't just a nosy neighbor, they add.

Police said he hooked up floodlights and six cameras that swept the block. Inside his home, he could monitor his neighbors' movements on four video screens.
Flash forward to November 2006 - SAN FRANCISCO / Blaze guts home of ex-noisy neighbor / Fire called accident -- owner plans to leave neighborhood:
The home of a San Francisco man who once tormented his neighbors by tracking them with surveillance cameras and blaring music from the roof went up in flames Wednesday, in what firefighters called an accidental blaze.

The two-alarm fire broke out just after noon near the water heater in Don Bertone's home at 336 Lathrop Ave., in a southeastern neighborhood known as Little Hollywood. Firefighters believe heat from the appliance ignited fumes from a nearby can of gasoline.

LEAST ACCIDENTAL FIRE EVAR.

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Oct. 6th, 2009 03:30 pm
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Decided to download Google Earth to my iPod, then proceeded to enter my sister's home address in its search function.

The globe spun, slowed, then twisted lazily inward, zooming in on the address nestled in the low California hills, showing the street leading up to it which has been the last leg of so many visits, the driveway I've parked in, and the house where my sister and Lee provide safe harbor against the jetlag and fatigue, plying me effortlessly with coffee, baked treats in the coziest breakfast nook in the world, and endless love and acceptance. I am so overwhelmed with sudden homesickness, it has brought me to the edge of tears. I wonder what exactly is technology enabling, in my case.
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Luckless Predator Only Attracted to Undercover Cops | Threat Level | Wired.com:
By Kevin Poulsen Email Author |  August 14, 2009 | 2:51 pm |

It’s official. There’s nobody in the chat rooms but pedophiles and undercover police.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld the conviction of an Indiana man whose online efforts to proposition underage girls led him to not one, not two, but three undercover cops, none of whom apparently knew about the others.

The case began in August 2006, when aspiring sexual predator James Daniel started an online conversation with Amanda_13, a fake 13-year-old girl voiced by Sergeant Richard Howard of the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

After several highly explicit chats, Daniel asked Amanda_13 to meet him at a park in Valparaiso, Indiana, to have sex. When he showed up, he was arrested for inducing an individual under 18 to engage in criminal sexual activity.

When Secret Service agents searched Daniel’s computer, they found logs of chats with two other apparent minors, who described themselves as 13 and 15 years old, respectively. Federal prosecutors introduced the chats at Daniel’s trial as evidence of his perverted motives.

Supposedly, it was only after Daniel was convicted that the feds realized that one of those girls, daisy13_Indiana, was also a cop working the very same Secret Service operation. They informed Daniel’s attorney, who appealed on the grounds that the government improperly withheld information that would have proven entrapment.

The case became even more bizarre when the three-judge appellate panel reviewing the conviction saw the screen name of the third supposed teenager, blonddt, and recognized it from an earlier case.

“To our surprise, the government was unaware until this panel told it at oral argument that the other screen name, blonddt, was also an officer from the Indiana operation,” wrote Judge Diane Wood (.pdf) on Thursday.

Despite the prosecutorial missteps, the panel upheld Daniel’s conviction, ruling that the additional chat logs still showed his intent to commit a crime. Daniel is serving a sentence of 17-and-a-half years in prison, followed by supervised release for life.

There’s no evidence in the record that he ever succeeded in talking with a real underage girl.

mma

Jul. 28th, 2009 04:30 pm
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Cheick Kongo-Frank Mir rumored for UFC 107 - ESPN:
According to MMAJunkie, Frank Mir might meet Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 on Dec. 12 in Memphis, Tenn. If so, Mir may well get the sharpest striking test of his career to date.
No, no, no. Round 1 submission. Kongo on the ground is a fish out of water, and Mir's submission game is tight.
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The wife and I have a tendency to forget our own wedding anniversary. We think it's kind of cute that neither one of us is interested in "marking chalk lines on the prison walls." (I kid. It's love.) The other day I showed her a wedding picture which I'd not looked closely at in a while, and mentioned how it made me feel unusually old. She looked at herself and said, "Yes, wow, I look so young. When was this, 20 years ago?!"I said, "Um... it's our wedding day.  So it's been 12 years. You remember at least that we've not been married 20 years, right?"

We're not big on keeping close track. Or math.

Still, some anniversaries should not be passed without recognition, but I've managed just that, again: As of this week, I've been in Japan for 8 years.
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So the judge in the cyber-bullying case has overturned the jury's "guilty" judgment, acquitting the defendant of the criminal charges. I didn't even know judges could /do/ that. What's the point of the jury trial, then?

The lawyer had this to say:

Steward wouldn’t say how much the case had cost his client, only noting that her parents had taken care of his fee, which was “significantly lower” than what he normally charged.

He said that Drew and her family have since moved out of Missouri, due to the harassment they received, noting that she’s been “an internet punching bag for almost three years” having been “tried, convicted and lynched by bloggers” and others who didn’t know all the facts of the case.

Not the most considerate choice of words, (a) because unlike the target of her abuse Drew is actually still alive, and (b) lynching refers to hanging, which is how her victim killed herself.


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Obama vows to reform monstrous tax code | Reuters:
As a counterpoint to Obama's defense of his policies, protests were held in Washington, Chicago, Boston and other cities. Organizers said the protests were inspired by the 1773 Boston Tea Party rebellion against British colonial taxes, which helped spark the American revolution.

The "tea party" protesters demonstrated against taxes, government bailouts and Obama's budget proposal.

Rallies were planned at state legislatures across the South, the most conservative region of the United States. In Mississippi, around 2,000 people gathered on the steps of the state capitol in Jackson.

"Our biggest thing is to protest the overspending of our government. They are not looking at the people. They are just automatically dipping into our pockets," said Julia Hodges, an organizer of the Tax Day Tea Party in Mississippi.
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Ben & Jerry created "Yes Pecan!" ice cream flavor for Obama.

For George W. they created "_________".

- Grape Depression
- Abu Grape
- Cluster Fudge
- Nut'n Accomplished
- Iraqi Road
- Chock 'n Awe
- Wire Tapioca
- Impeach Cobbler
- Guantanmallow
- imPeachmint
- Good Riddance You Lousy Motherfucker... Swirl
- Heck of a Job, Brownie!
- Neocon Politan
- RockyRoad to Fascism
- The Reese's-cession
- Cookie D'oh!
- The Housing Crunch
- Nougalar Proliferation
- Death by Chocolate... and Torture
- Credit Crunch
- Country Pumpkin
- Chunky Monkey in Chief
- George Bush Doesn't Care About Dark Chocolate
- WM Delicious
- Chocolate Chimp
- Bloody Sundae
- Caramel Preemptive Stripe
- I broke the law and am responsible for the  deaths of thousands... with nuts
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Guantanamo judge refuses Obama's request for delay | Reuters:
But the judge, Army Colonel James Pohl, said the law underpinning the tribunals gives the presiding judges sole authority to delay cases. He ruled that postponing proceedings against Abd al Rahim al Nashiri would harm the public interest in a speedy trial.

The White House was consulting with the Pentagon and Justice Department on a response, said spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Nashiri is charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to crash an explosives-laden boat against the side of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden in 2000. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors and Nashiri would face execution if convicted. His arraignment is set for February 9.
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Obama 1/6 Action Figure :: DID Corporation.: I want to get one of these. And maybe the G. W. Bush figure wearing the flightsuit. And then make them battle it out!
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Octuplets stun doctors at California hospital | Reuters:
By Dan Whitcomb

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California woman shocked doctors by giving birth on Monday to octuplets, believed to be only the second set of eight babies born in the United States.

The six boys and two girls were doing well and were in stable condition in the neonatal intensive care unit, said Dr. Karen Maples at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower.

But two needed some help to breath with ventilators, she told a press conference.

The eight babies were born nine weeks prematurely by Caesarean section over a five-minute period, stunning a 46-member medical team that was expecting only seven babies.

They weighed between 1 pound 8 ounces (680 grams) and 3 pounds 4 ounces (1.47 kg) and doctors initially identified them by the letters A through H as they were born.

"We decided to proceed with the delivery in anticipation of seven babies. We had done some drills, some preliminary dry runs," Maples said.
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