April 2005

It’s Going to be One of Those Days

by Joey deVilla on April 29, 2005

It’s going to be an interesting day. Not olnly are the future in-laws

flying in for the weekend, but it’s also Annual Performance Review Day

here at work. The picture in my library that best conveys this feeling

is the one below. Click it to see it full size.

I’m expecting a better outcome than this. Click the picture to see it at full size.

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Sith Lords Don’t Post Cat Pictures

by Joey deVilla on April 29, 2005

If Kim Jong Il can have a LiveJournal, Darth Vader can have a blog.

(Bonus: Enjoy this Eminem-inspired parody [640KB, MP3] while reading Vader’s blog!)

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Gangsta Superman (or: “Straight Outta Krypton”)

by Joey deVilla on April 29, 2005

I’m not the only one who’s recently acquired a kind of interest in Superman. Jeff Rowland, artist/writer of the webcomic Wigu, recently ran a four-part series which melds the Superman story with Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (right down to the name; in GTA:SA, the hero’s name is “CJ”, in this send-up, Clark Kent becomes “CK”).

Comic: 'Gangsta Superman' as envisioned in the webcomic 'Wigu'.

The comics:

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Kathy “Relapsed Catholic” Shaidle, whose knickers are so often in a knot that she should really switch to AntiPantis (now there’s a mental image), is annoyed at the the differences between the way Disney runs the Hong Kong and American theme parks:

“By contrast, look at what happens in the United States. At the Epcot Center in Orlando, there is a dazzling display of how life came about, popping up from a single cell in the oceans’ pure chance-plus-time evolution. Why does it go to Hong Kong and respect local religions and then hit Christians in the face back home?

Disney has been resistant to all of the Christian protests about ‘Gay Days’ at its so-called family parks. And it has produced movies that are blasphemous, so much so that Southern Baptists have boycotted Disney World.

“So to Christians in this country Disney says, ‘In your face. We’re not going to pay any attention to you.’ But for Disneyland in Hong Kong , it redesigns the whole theme park ‘to ensure prosperity’ based on a kooky Eastern fad…”

We do have the similar, goofy feng shui-like approaches to construction here too — many buildings here still don’t have a 13th floor, and triskaidekaphobia’s roots are Christian…

Bonus reading

Photo: 'Truth eats Darwin' decals.

My blog entry, Sacrelicious! (with the formatting finally cleaned up), my look at the whole “7 days vs. 4 billion years” debate.

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Thunder from Down Under

by Joey deVilla on April 28, 2005

Yeah, while the Outback Steakhouse

is a bit on the cheesy side, it’s a restaurant that to which we can

take my nephews (ages 2 and almost-4). Besides, the “Bloomin’ Onion” is

pretty good, as is the “Chocolate Thunder from Down Under”, despite the

fact that it sounds like a colloqiual term for “explosive diarrhea”…

Comic: User Friendly.

Click the picture above to read the full comic.

The above comic from User Friendly may seem silly, but similar incidents have happened in

real life. I know of at least two people who ordered a “grande latte”

in Italy only to be surprised when they got a large glass of milk.


Bonus reading material: An Aussie in America writes about her impression of the Outback Steakhouse.

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Graduate of Lib Arts, Kneel Before Zod!

by Joey deVilla on April 28, 2005

Normally, I’m a pretty egalitarian guy, but I did major in applied sciences. Hence the current Dilbert online comic amuses me to no end. If only it were around when I worked at Mackerel Interactive Multimedia, where I was a computer science grad surrounded by people who studied underwater basket weaving graphic arts…

Comic: Excerpt from Dilbert.

Oh, and I drank a lot of beer in University anyway.

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I’m Hankering for Hurka!

by Joey deVilla on April 27, 2005

Photo: Video still from 1980s Hungarian TV commericial for 'Hurka'.

I’ve got a fever…and the only prescription is more Hurka! Click the picture to see the commercial.

Otto von Bismarck is credited with saying “Laws are like sausages. It’s

better not to see them being made.” Apparently, it’s also better not to

see this 1980s Hungarian TV commerical for them either [6.4MB, MPEG].

Want more? Got a whole evening to kill? Perhaps you might find this page of 101 Hungarian TV ads from the 80s amusing.

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