Friday, September 14, 2007

Doctor Who, Doctor What?

You know, out of all the many bizarre and unbelievable elements in the new Doctor Who - a tunnel to the center of the earth, an ancient prison floating around a black hole, a void of nothingness between dimensions that can be inhabited, a Cyberman that cries oil, a living human face inside a slab of concrete, multiple eteceteras - the oddest thing about the new Doctor Who series is all the black people. Black people make up only 2% of the British population, and yet if one were to make a judgment based on episodes of Doctor Who, you'd think the show was filmed in...Brazil or something (a lot of mulattos in Brazil).

Doctor Who is hypersensitive to political correctness, and I guess that makes sense considering series producer Russell Davies is a homosexual. I'm sure it's lovely for black Britons to see "themselves" on TV (I myself am overjoyed at the fact that the Doctor is white), but it is a bit excessive to focus on 2% of the population the way they do. Indian and Pakistani outnumber blacks in the UK, yet there are significantly less of them on Doctor Who (although there are some, so kudos on that).

If that's the worst racial issue the BBC has to deal with on their shows, they're in good shape. I just couldn't help commenting on it. Looks like the BBC has a bit of the ol' jungle fever, eh?

I apologize for that last remark, although the black women on the BBC are certainly hot. One day I'll write about the BBC's amazing stable of sexy females and the surprisingly healthy body weight they all have, but that's not for today. I don't want to spend too much time analyzing society through television.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Stand-up Round-up

Over Labor Day weekend, I went with my gal pal Justin to see some of the region's top (and bottom) comics. The acts included Blake From Sales (the audio from that night is on his comprehensive website), Ed McGonigal (you may know him if you listen to Opie & Anthony and care about the Virus tour), Chris McDevitt (couldn't even be bothered not to have allergies), Randy Latini (could sometimes, apparently, be heard on The Scotty and Alex Show before the show got cancelled as of yesterday), Danny Ozark (I'm running out of parenthetical comments), possibly someone else I can't remember, and the great Bob Levy (if you've heard of him, he really is great).

Here's Danny Ozark tearing up an audience of ten or so people:

Chris McDevitt is a professional comic and thus has little soundbytes on YouTube, which I like to call Chris McNuggets*:

*Don't groan at me you asshole

The aforementioned Bob Levy, who really knows how to command a crowd. And call them gay mother fuckers.

When I was looking for a clip of Ed McGonigal, I came across this, which is probably better than his stand-up routine:

Justin thought Ed was the worst of the bunch, but I didn't think Ed was that bad. In fact, I think Ed is pretty good when he isn't bombing. Ta-da.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

You don't say

Rick Gano, AP:
Guillen's made a name for himself not only for his managing style and success but for controversial comments and opinions that often have caused controversy.
You'd think they would have editors or something.

Unrelated, but Ozzie Guillen's contract probably should not have been extended by the White Sox. Ah well, it gives the Royals an opportunity to look down on someone for a change.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

You know, technology

When Apple released the iBook, nearly everyone killed them for not including disk drives. I know that I, too, was incredulous. "No disk drive?," I proclaimed. "Why, that's preposterous." Lo and behold, all these years later disks are as prominent as vinyl records, and everyone is using flash storage devices that connect to the computer via USB ports. What did iBooks have? Oh yes, they had USB ports. Apple was genius.

However, USB ports can't last forever. It's only a matter of time before something else replaces them, something faster and more powerful and even more useful. While this sounds great in terms of what we can accomplish as a society (presumably more work, more war, and more porn), it is creating a problem with me, especially because I do not have my thumb on the pulse of future tech like Apple does.

If I build a robot to carry forth my bidding now and into the deep future, I want it to be able to make use of the latest technology. Today's head crushing technology will seem quaint by tomorrow's standards, and I don't want my robot to be left behind with cars that run on leaded gasoline. Can you imagine if I built a robot in 1997? I hope so, because I'm not going to take the time to write about what it would have been like.

Well, anyway, one good thing about the exponential advancement of technology is that if my robot ever rebels against me, its master and creator, I can always go into hiding for five to ten years and wait for it to go obsolete. Then I can strike at its cold, mechanical heart.

Now all I have to do is learn how to build basic robotics and go from there.