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Superman Rewritten

If you’re trying to develop a script for a Hollywood movie, you’ll get a lot of “Does it have to be that way?” questions from the studio executives. For example, someone might ask about one of the characters, “Does he have to stutter?” because that might make the film harder to enjoy, which would reduce […]

Naperville Riverwalk in Spring

As we head into the cold winter here in Chicago, I thought I’d post a few shots of the Naperville Riverwalk from last Spring. I’m going to miss all this for a while.

Miami Police, Supporting Terrorists?

Radley Balko points to an AP wire story about scary police-state tactics in Miami: Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant. Deputy Police Chief Frank Fernandez said officers might, for example, surround a bank […]

Nebraska Blogging

John Ruberry, a.k.a. Marathon Pundit, has been posting pictures of his Nebraska roadtrip. Just follow the link and scroll up.

Buy Nothing Day

Today is Black Friday in the United States, the start of the Christmas shopping season. It’s also Buy Nothing Day, a day of protest against consumerism promoted by Adbusters magazine. But if they’re against consumerism, I wish they’d explain what they want to replace it with. If obtaining and consuming goods and services is not […]

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!

I’m taking the day off from being pissed off about stuff. Well, not really. I’m sure I’ll still be getting pissed off. I just won’t be blogging about it. Probably.

Thanks For…

Kitties!

Cursing Tim Cavanaugh

Curse you Tim Cavanaugh! Curse you for your slurs against Chicago’s finest culinary product! This preening dickless bastard dares to impugn the wondrous food of the gods that is Chicago Pizza! That he apparently does so based solely on the claims of East Coast and foreign restaurants that claim to serve Chicago-style pizza just shows […]

Yellow People

I’m not a fan of Michelle Malkin, but the kind of abuse she gets from the liberal left is disgusting. Liberalism is supposed to be about tolerance of differences. Yet some of her opponents seem to feel that because she is a conservative, it’s okay to hurl racist and sexist slurs. Disgusting.

Wash Your Damn Hands!

Ogre repeats an old Marine joke which I’m just a little too smart to enjoy anymore: A Sailor is relieving himself in the head when a Marine walks in and steps up to the urinal beside him. After a few seconds the Sailor finishes, shakes, zips and walks over to the sink to wash his […]

First-Time Drug Sale + Gun = 55 Years

Stephen Littau has a good article on the insanely huge sentence received by Weldon Angelos, whose first-time bust for selling marijuana earned him a stunning 55-year mandatory sentence because he had a gun on him. He didn’t shoot anybody. He didn’t even brandish the gun. He just had it with him.

Ripley on Stage

A while back I was doing a product photo for something I was selling on eBay when Ripley wandered in to see what was happening.

Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3

My current camera is a Konica-Minolta DiMAGE Z3. People ask me if it’s a good camera, and I’m not sure how to answer that. Some people look at it and assume it’s a great camera because it’s larger than those tiny digital cameras that everyone seems to have in their pocket. But the truth is […]

DUI Eye Test a Fraud?

According to DUIblogger Lawrence Taylor, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test is essentially a fraud. This is the follow-the-pen eye test that cops use to test drivers for impairment, and it’s one of only three tests approved by the Department of Transportation. Taylor quotes a recent study: This summary critique demonstrates that it is scientifically […]

Abortion, Abortion, Abortion.

You know, if Samuel Alito is confirmed as the next Justice of the Supreme Court, he will be making decisions about freedom of speech, the rights of the accused, the scope of government powers under the commerce clause, the elements of procedural due process, eminent domain, the war on drugs, guns, commerce clause issues affecting […]

SpyShot! Google Blimp Test Flight

One of my spies at Google has captured this covert photo of Google testing the follow-on technology to their non-web Publication Ads technology. It’s exactly what I predicted:

Unsung No More

Now this is kind of cool. At least it is for me. I’m not sure why, but Rajagopal Sukumar over at Sast Wingees Speaketh has named me Unsung Blogger of the Week. He has posted my answers to an email interview .

Google Publication Ads

Philipp Lenssen is reporting at Google Blogoscoped that Google has launched Google Publication Ads, a service that allows advertisers to place ads in print publications. I wonder how long it will be before Google has those giant floating blimps with ads on the side like in Blade Runner? Google BlimpAds. You’ll see. Update: Really, I […]

What Kind of Soldier Would I Be?

You scored as Engineer. Military Engineer. Your job is usually overlooked, but without you nothing gets done. While you sometimes annoyed at this, and you know the only time people come to you is when there’s something wrong. You understand that you are the heart and soul of any organization with honesty and nice work […]

Standing Up to Big Canine

First they went after the drug users, then those who drink and drive, then the gun owners, then tobacco users, then fast food… Now, behold as the Chicago Tribune‘s John Kass totally loses his shit: You want a dog that weighs more than, say, 15 pounds? Then you pay $1,000 a year in fees and […]

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