Monday, November 24, 2008

Press The YouTube...FOR GLORY!!!

I meant to post this earlier this week, but I got busy. I've started to really take a shine to How I Met You Mother. I first I didn't think much of the show, but it's really starting to grow on me. Case in point: The funniest thing I've seen on TV in a long time:



SO much funny here. Neil Patrick Harris' facial expressions when the building displays its "features" are priceless. And of course, "Press it! Press it...FOR GLORY!!!" I laughed till I stopped.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

New Star Trek Trailer Kicks All Kinds Of @$$

High def trailer here. The best part is: Trekkies HATE it.

I've never been a huge Star Trek fan. I do enjoy a lot of it, but most of time I found it waaaay to sterile and utopian. I DID enjoy Star Trek II and VI (movies) and Deep Space 9, but most of the other stuff was kind of "meh". But this trailer of the new Star Trek reboot movie is what I need to like Star Trek again. Make it grittier. Make it less "perfect". Make it FUN. The trekkies (hardcore trek fans) HATE that.



Dear Trek nerds,

This movie is not for you. It's an attempt to make Star Trek interesting again for people who don't know or care what a "nacelle" is. This movie is for MissSpeech, or any one else who hates sci-fi BECAUSE OF STAR TREK.

I hope this movie is successful, just to spite you.

Love,

The GreatMoose

Obama Shows Some Potential

Ugh, it almost made me vomit to say that, but The Chosen One has done something (or will do, hopefully) something right. He's come out in favor of Net Neutrality. Now, you might be thinking, "GreatMoose, why in the name of Posiedon's Crusty Beard would I care?" Well, the answer citizen, is that without Net Neutrality, we could potentially wind up with internet access (arguably the most important utility we have) looking something like this:



So, now you're thinking, "GreatMoose, I still don't care." Well, you should. Your blog with those pictures of your new baby? Sorry, no one will ever see it, unless you pony up the dough. Your favorite obscure website with funny movies or comics? Buh-bye. That little e-store that only you know about (but has some KILLER deals on shoes/DVDs/bling)? Be like it never existed in the first place. Unless they pay up, that is. You see where I'm going with this?

Essentially what net Neutrality does is codify into law something that has been understood amoung Internet Service Providers since the internet (thanks, Al Gore!) began: The ISPs carry eachothers' data, and don't play favorites. It's a freedom of information thing, and it's important.

Seriously, look at that picture again and think about it. How scary is THAT?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Upcoming WWII Russian front Anime

It's called Pervoi Otryad or First Squad, and it apparently takes palce on the Russian front during World War II. No idea what it's actually about, but it sure looks cool. Could do with out the techno music, though. Glad to see some more WWII anime, there's not a whole lot out there.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Behold! The New Enterprise!

The first image of the new Star Trek reboot has been leaked! And it is win. Behold:

Thursday, November 06, 2008

This Photo Explains A Lot



I don't care who you are or who you voted for, that's pretty cool.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Well, Damn. Michael Crichton Dead At 66.

Seems as if the author of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain, Sphere, and many others has died of cancer. That sucks.

His bibliography:

The Andromeda Strain (1969)
The Terminal Man (1972)
The Great Train Robbery (1975)
Eaters of the Dead (1976)
Congo (1980)
Sphere (1987)
Jurassic Park (1990)
Rising Sun (1992)
Disclosure (1994)
The Lost World (1995)
Airframe (1996)
Twister: The Original Screenplay (1996)
Timeline (1999)
Prey (2002)
State Of Fear (2004)
Next (2006)

Some quotes:

"A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there... And at the end of your life, your whole existence has that same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day."
-- Michael Crichton

"Our planet is four and a half billion years old. There has been life on this planet for nearly that long. Three point eight billion years. The first bacteria. And, later, the first multicellular animals, then the first complex creatures, in the sea, on the land. Then the great sweeping ages of animals - the amphibians, the dinosaurs, the mammals, each lasting millions upon millions of years. Great dynasties of creatures arising, flourishing, dying away. All this happening against a background of continuous and violent upheaval, mountain ranges thrust up and eroded away, cometary impacts, volcanic eruptions, oceans rising and falling, whole continents moving . . . Endless constant and violent change... The planet has survived everything, in its time. It will certainly survive us."

-- Michael Crichton, "Jurassic Park

And very appropriate for this elections season:

"All major changes are like death. You can't see to the other side until you are there."-- Michael Crichton, "Jurassic Park"

FREEDOM!! (not really!)

Election Droppings Post

I'll update this thread periodically with thoughts on what happened last night, and what it might mean for America. First, even though I didn't vote for him, I'm kinda proud of Obama. He's done what I never thought I'd see. Here's hoping that he can put to bed the whole "racist America" thing. Maybe now african-americans won't feel so put upon. I mean, Obama's supposed to be the one that's going to change everything for them, so if he doesn't pull it off, it's not whitey's fault. MissSpeech gave that little insight this morning (she's so smart). I'll say this: until he does something unconstitutional and/or morally wrong, I will support him. He is our President, and deserve a certain amount of respect. But the GreatMoose will be watching.

Heck, maybe it's a good thing. He's made a whole bunch of people very happy, and honestly, democratic presidents don't really bother me. What bothers me is the democrat controlled congress. THAT's a problem. Hopefully it'll get fixed in 2010. It's been said that the best government for the US is a democrat president and republican congress, and I tend to believe that. Remember, Republicans are usually better when we're NOT in power. We're more cohesive, have better ideas, and get more done.

On checking the various websites this morning, I came across this cartoon. It struck me pretty hard, but I think it has a great message:



It's going to be OK, folks. Let's see what this guy can do.

Another good one:

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Well, It's Pretty Much Done



Obama has it pretty much locked up. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the GOP over the next few years.

It Is President Voting Time Day! For Great Democracy!

This is one of my favorite days of the year (well, 4 years, but who's counting?). I love Election day, even with all its warts, it's pretty dang fun. I'll be following the results all day, and be posting here if anything of note happens. In the meantime, here's some sites to keep you occupied:

Five Thirty-Eight: a site that keeps track of all the numbers, and statistically analyzes them for you.

RealClearPolitics: All the hard info you'll ever need for the election.

Fark: Where the elite meet to talk about something or other...

I've added an RSS feed from 538.com so you can watch the results as they develop.

Oh, AND GO VOTE! Or the terrorists win.