“Why hello, ladies!”

Thanks to Mike van de Water for the find!


“Heat Vision and Jack”, the Jack Black/Owen Wilson show that could’ve been

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In today’s world of Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming services, Heat Vision and Jack would have found a home and an audience. However, in 1999, when the only options were the major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox) or syndication, it never stood a chance.

There was a lot of talent behind the show:

The show was about the highly improbable, sci-fi flavored adventures of Jack Austin and Heat Vision:

  • Jack is a former astronaut who was exposed to “inappropriate levels” of solar radiation. As a result, he gained a superpower: exposure to sunlight makes him the world’s smartest man. He’s on the run from NASA, who want to extract his brain for their own nefarious purposes.
  • Heat Vision is Jack’s unemployed roommate, whose mind was transferred into his motorcycle when the series villain, Ron Silver, fired a brain-stealing ray gun at him.
  • Ron Silver is both an actor and a black ops agent for NASA, charged with the task of recovering Jack’s brain. He is ruthless and seemingly indestructible.

Heat Vision and Jack was ridiculous, great fun. Thankfully, it’s been uploaded to YouTube:

And just in case you can’t get enough of that theme song:


“Exponential Threat”: The COVID-19-themed ad that the Trump/Pence campaign doesn’t want you to see

The Trump/Pence campaign — that’s right, they want another four years to make an even bigger mess — don’t want you to see this ad featuring the evolution of Trump’s statements on COVID-19 between January 20 (No biggie) to March 22 (Totally under control):

In fact, they’re so against your seeing it that they released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations immediately remove the ad from rotation.

In case you needed more, here’s an (admittedly incomplete) list of Trump statements on the novel coronavirus and COID-19:



Even Darth Vader practices social distancing

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Thanks to Jason Amburgey for the find!


The “Trolley Problem“, 2020 edition

Not familiar with the thought experiment known as the Trolley Problem? Here’s an explainer:

For the longest time, the Trolley Problem was considered an abstract philosophical brain-teaser without any practical applications, but the prospect of autonomous, self driving vehicles changed that. For more about this change, see this Atlantic article: Would You Pull the Trolley Switch? Does it Matter?


Which COVID-19 quarantiner are you?

I’m definitely the guy in the upper center.


Why are Ron Paul and Rand Paul still a thing? (And Ayn Rand, for that matter?)

On March 16th, former Texas Congressman, libertarian, and America’s worst Ayn Rand fan (which puts him up against a lot of competition) Ron Paul published an article titled The Coronavirus Hoax. It thesis is that COVID-19 may be a ploy to scare the populace into giving up freedoms in exchange for the promise to be saved by the government, a recurring theme in the monotonous litany that Randroids ceaselessly spout.

In it, he said that the reports of COVID-19’s death rate being higher than the flu as “a claim without any scientific basis,” claimed that Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases, was “chief fearmonger of the Trump Administration,” and concluded his screed with the line “People should ask themselves whether this coronavirus ‘pandemic’ could be a big hoax.”

Republican Senator and Florida Man (in every sense of the phrase) Marco Rubio and Rand Paul having lunch together, during which time Paul was waiting for the results of his COVID-19 test. Marco, you’ve got to pick better lunch buddies.
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In a bit of irony that’s so story-like that it’ll make you suspect that we’re just characters in a novel whose writer has become bored and decided to “really liven things up,” Ron Paul’s son Rand Paul, a Republican Senator for the state of Kentucky, tested positive for COVID-19.

(And in case you still didn’t know, Rand Paul’s first name comes from Ayn Rand, because Randroids are like that. You’ll find more than a few children in Silicon Valley named after the polemicist-pretending-to-be-a-philosopher whose original name was Alisa Rosenbaum.)

Rand Paul’s office has been rather vague on when he took the test, and what he did, where he went, and whom he was in contact with between taking the test and getting the positive result, which is worrisome.

By the bye, you might not be aware that both Pauls have medical degrees. Ron was an OB-GYN and flight surgeon, and Rand was an opthalmologist. You’d think that they would know better about viruses and pandemics, but nothing about Randroids surprises me anymore.

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