Urgent question!

In The Blues Brothers, isn’t the sound the rocket launcher that Carrie Fisher fires when they go back to Elwood’s apartment taken from Battlestar Galactica? The firing and explosion sound seem just like the blasters from the ships.

It would make sense – it’s the right kind of feel, and it’s just the right time, too.

Oh, and I must say – I’m very disappointed in you internet. Besides the fact that you don’t have the immediate answer to my question [1], I’m asounded – astonished! – amazed, in fact that no one retweeted my tip on the newest taste sensation out there, Inhalable Coffee.

I mean, come on – how many jokes are there about geeks and caffeine, and now someone has commercially available (mail order even) coffee you can breathe, and no-one cares? I realize it’s not in an IV or patch form, but still – this is such a breakthrough in caffeine delivery – and reportedly tasty too – and no-one else retweeted it or is even talking about it? Has caffeine gone out of style when I wasn’t watching or something? Or is it true, that since I’ve been blogging so infrequently that no-one is reading anymore?

Ah well. We’ll see if anyone reads my review of the freshest new coffee product out there next week.

[1] Isn’t it interesting how the internet has the answers to almost all your questions, but… no useful information about some of your questions. I think my brain only bothers to ask the questions that I think the internet will answer, and I just dismiss other questions. I know, I know: what I really need is a librarian instead of just the internet.

[2] P.S. I have no affiliation with – nor have I actually tried – Le Whif yet. But I will soon, especially since it’s available locally.

OBEY Cheese Friday: A Fish

This one goes out to Y-T, glen, the Stratton crowd, and everyone who knows the 4th Dimension Man.

Last Science Friday’s show on NPR was about cheese – well, at least a little. I listened with appetite, since I like cheese, but what really struck my ear was one of the public radio supporters who was mentioned during the non-commercial break. It was Shepard Fairey. Now I do like his art, and I am from the Boston area and have seen the MFA show, but I always found it a little cheesy that a street artist who started as counterculture has gone so far corporate in self-promotion that he’s turned around to be a non-advertiser (supporter, right?) of NPR. Especially during a show on cheese.

R.I.P. Andre, as well, he seemed so nice as Fezzik.

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WARNING: if you are planning on seeing District 9 (the movie), and suffer from motion sickness, USE CAUTION. The film features extensive use of steadicams. Was fun.

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Watching Moon was much more thought provoking, and a better movie overall. GERTY totally makes up for almost everything that HAL did.

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Flickr reportedly hosts “1 photo per every 2 people on the planet”. Does that represent a greater dis-proportionality of effective voice per person than ever before, or what?

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I realized one of the reasons I love summer: the smells. There are a lot more – a half-dozen very strong ones (from manure, to cooking food, to skunk, to fresh grass and pleasantly moist summer air) on my late-night highway drive tonight. They were surprisingly well defined, and lasted quite a long time even as I was speeding along with all the windows open.

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Oh, and the fish is a reference to that classic joke:

How many surrealists does it take to change a light bulb?

Haiku Wednesday

/ Blogging in haiku. /
/ Japanese doggerel, yes. /
/ But fits in a tweet. /

/ Breakfast sandwich fail. /
/ Tasty, delicious: not found. /
/ Caffeine kick in now?/

/ Am I late today? /
/ Terribly sorry doctor! Hey: /
/ Do you have a cure? /

/ Dumbledore is dead. /
/ Fun teen love angst; black flyers. /
/ Why the cornfield scene? /

/ Email, commit logs, /
/ (How do you follow the threads?) /
/ blog, tweet, chat, AIM: feeds. /

Mix 98.5 listeners aren’t as cool as I expected

I knew it! I knew it! I meant to post this two days ago, and just now I there’ll be no more Lander in the Morning (HT2UH)!

Seriously – I thought Mix 98.5 was supposed to be one of the ‘hip’ stations in the market. But a recent morning drive-time poll proved otherwise with Lander and his crew.

The question was “What movie franchise is the most popular of all time?” They actually spent so long taking reader calls (and playing a song, and doing morning DJ talk stuff), that I actually ran into my office and tried calling in to answer – I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before.

While a number of the answers were obvious – the staff guessed Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), and Star Wars (is on the list). Many listeners guessed Batman (yes, it’s a franchise, but it’s not that big), Rocky (which I understand in a historical context), Harry Potter (a good guess), Pirates of the Caribbean (which I would have dismissed personally – not enough of them yet), Jurassic Park and The Matrix. Those are all fine.

But who in the world guessed Back to the Future? And was disappointed when it didn’t win! I loved the 80’s as much or more than anyone who grew up there – but get real, honey; the time traveling Delorean was a flash in the pan, and not at all a serious contender for franchise popularity. And Lethal Weapon? Or Home Alone? Who are these people?

As Dave Barry says: I am not making this up. It really took them almost 20 minutes to find a winner. Sheesh. No wonder Lander’s moving on. (OK, I know, it’s all about contracts – but the timing is still ripe to call conspiracy theory!)

iPhone 2.0 from One Infinite Loop

With the coming of the second iPhone, many eyes in locked-in cell phone contracts turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the free data plan. The Apple store became the great activation point.

But, not everybody could get to the Apple store directly, and so a tortuous, roundabout activation trail sprang up – from the Starbucks to the Crate & Barrel… across the food court past the A&E… then by skateboard, or rollerblades, or foot across the red rope of the line, to the Apple store in your neighborhood.

Here, the fortunate ones through money, or influence, or luck, might obtain iPhones and activate them online; and from activation, to the land of fast web browsing. But the others wait in line… and waitand waitand wait.