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Archive for April, 2008


Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Somebody backs up the ‘death’ story.

and Wired is running it now, too.

What a shame. I was really hoping it was just a hoax perpetrated by some reddit ass.

I’m pretty sure that Dr. Hofmann’s legacy will never die, and lord help us all if it does. I was pretty disheartened to not be able to celebrate bicycle day this year, and this comes as a rough hit, as he was supposed to be continuing his research. Hopefully some wonderful people will do it in his honor.

I still hold that the blogosphere should have waited until the news ran it; hearsay is a bitch.


‘Albert Hofmann is dead’, discoverer of LSD, a hoax!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

At very least, it sure would seem like it.

Albert Hofmann is dead. (via DoseNation).

I think it would have been prudent to simply wait for the news to break the story. CNN has nothing. MSNBC only has one article, about wine, that references him. The BBC has three articles about him, but none pertaining to his death. There is nothing, nada on the wire.

It has definitely hit the blogosphere. Its ramped up on reddit too (This guy says he has personal, inside information to back it up). They were citing wikipedia, which at the time was saying (January 11, 1906 – April 29, 2008), and was referencing the reddit page as its source (circular citations!?). It has since been changed by the hordes of wikipedia nuts out there.


Movie Review: Flight of the Living Dead

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I had anticipated the theatrical release of Diary of the Dead, only to find out it was extremely limited and in my disappointment, watched this in a fit of anger. I was even more disappointed. Despite Tom Savini’s involvement, was a poor excuse for a zombie flick. Really, they should have took advantage of having Tom aboard, but did not.

And I got to thinking about zombie movies when I was reminded of ‘Flight of the Living Dead‘. After a few minutes, I [censored] and several hours later was in possession of it.

Flight of the Living Dead opens pseudo-psychedelic James Bond-esque style, song and all. We are quickly introduced to the cast including the Captain, who is on his last flight, a couple of stewardesses who are excited about partying in Paris (the plane is headed there, I guess), two couples with some lame internal conflicts, an international criminal of some sort chained to a cop, and three scientists who are craftily either getting drunk or plotting against one another. And Tiger Woods. I mean Billy Foreman. Whatever. The plane is, needless to say, carrying some sort of ‘strange medical top-secret cargo’ brought aboard by aforementioned scientists. Queue a badass storm and you can sort of figure out how it goes from there.

The dialogue is fairly witty, and mostly used to move the plot along and/or insert a joke. Aside from the super-malaria bug at the root of this whole shtick, and probably some piss-poor flying by the pilot, the movie wasn’t too unreal to dislodge my suspension of disbelief (some of the sad acting did at times, but not with anything to do, well, with the plot). While there is some random side-play going on that I don’t get (and sort of goes nowhere), they did manage to work in subtle jokes. Of course, most of the action is caused by poor and impulsive decision making, a busted radio and zombies.

Of course, zombies! I would dare say that the biggest question pertains to the zombies (if the zombies suck in a zombie movie, why bother, right?). The zombies are, well, amazing: they’re bloody, deathly, strong and quick. Think 28 Days Later.


Conclusion: worth your while, although it could stand to lose fifteen minutes. Far better than Snakes on a Plane. It’s gory, funny at times, and the plot is actually better than it sounds. Hell, they even have rock guitar solos during the actions sequences! Check it out.


Also: read this.


Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

I am tired of hearing about Jeremiah Wright. Enough Already. Please. Seriously. Argh.

I have over 50 items in my reader, since this morning, focusing on this douchebag.



Maybe it is time to go make some quick cash.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

LOL: If you’ve ever interacted with Guatemalan soldiers, you know that they are having little trouble recruiting from the ranks.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

I Freakin’ love CATO:

Finn: “They believe in…”

Reality: We are not in the belief business. Our policy recommendations are grounded in domestic, international, and historical evidence regarding the best ways of meeting the public’s educational needs and aspirations.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

As much as I love literature, both reading and writing it, I am no fan of writers. I’m fairly certain that if I were to attend an ‘expo’, ‘fair’, ‘festival’ of books/writing/etc. my head would implode. I’ll catch the highlights and save myself the trouble of having to re-inflate it.


happiness is…

Monday, April 28th, 2008


a carbomb.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

I’m fond of criminals and troublemakers. If ever I needed an example of why, Newsweek plops one in my lap: Karl Rove writes an honest, pointed open letter to Obama

And you know what? He’s right.


Monday, April 28th, 2008

Atlas Shrugged, the movie?!

Oh boy.