O’Reilly would have cut her mic

| Aug. 28, 2008

According to The Daily Show, Obama’s youngest is a bit of a chatterbox.

(fast-forward to 1:25 for the interrupting)

timtoon.com will be offline for awhile

| Aug. 25, 2008

I’ve appreciated the hosting deal I’ve gotten from Hollister Internet all these years, but by now the deluge of spam has just been too much to bear. Maybe it had something to do with me putting my email address on my front page. Hrm. Also, my little blog has started to outgrow its original server space, which is why I’m moving my site to a new host. They won’t be able to beat Hollinet’s prices, but hopefully the new guys will be able to do something about the spam signal-to-noise ratio of <1%.

timtoon.com is a-changin’

UPDATE: Just as soon as I get my home internet working again. Thanks for that, Earthlink Verizon.

That’s how they get you!

| Aug. 24, 2008

I try to avoid foods with high-fructose corn syrup in them, not because I’m a health nut (you should see the things I try to eat), but because I don’t want all of my food to have the same cloying, artificial taste of sugarized corn. I want my orange juice to taste like oranges, my granola bars like granola and my cilantro to taste like ass. (I don’t like cilantro.) This is why I get juice with no HFCS in it, jam made with real fruit, and prefer soda with nutritious cane sugar. So imagine my surprise when a friend of mine pointed out how Ralphs still sneaks HFCS into my diet. How? They add it to my bread. Children’s bread, Mandrake!

Who watches old toy commercials?

| Aug. 22, 2008

People who are editing the Watchmen movie, that’s who. I just got off the phone with a rep from Warner Bros. about my Veidt toy ad. He told me that “the editorial staff just loves it”! They liked the tone of it, and it’s sounding more and more like it’ll end up somewhere in the movie, as long as the film isn’t cut too short. I had uploaded a DV version to their media server just the otherday, but the reason for today’s call was they need a higher-quality version. I’m taking this as a very good sign, provided I can get them the ‘quality’ version of the ad. Oh, if only I had shot this on Betacam!

*My apologies to Paul, who is apparently tired of hearing about this.

Just a sweet, sweet fantasy

| Aug. 19, 2008

I have less than a week to use my one song credit for the iTunes store and I still haven’t decided what song I want to buy. I would spend it on Positively 4th Street if I didn’t already have it, since I find that song positively hilarious. This guy’s some friend!

But I have a feeling my money’s going to be on this.

What can I say, I’m a Tom Tom Club fan.

I need to upgrade this bitch

| Aug. 18, 2008

I think it’s about time I upgraded my website.

I mean I like the green/white/yellow color scheme… but it makes the whole thing look more than a little, er, 1998. I don’t want to fall into that design trap of 2007 where every site looked like Apple’s everything was shiny shiny with pointless Web 2.0 badges and ‘wet floor’ reflections, and I don’t want it to look like the 2008 trend of having a site covered in a mess of splatters and spray paint, like Jackson Pollock threw up all over Banksy. I want a site that looks modern and which will feature what it is I’m working on, and the blog part of my site pushed back so my fears and failings aren’t quite so, erm, prominent.

Is this all there is?

| Aug. 17, 2008

I was picking out my tenth pizza from the Ralphs frozen food section when it hit me. I had just signed up for fall classes at Santa Monica City College that day, and I realized I was still eating the same thing now as I was the first time I was a student. I came to LA a student at UCLA and a decade later ended up a student attending a city college, with precious little to show for in between.

I have to keep telling myself this is all just part of starting over at level one, but it’s small comfort.

A parable about Russia invading Georgia from Robert Hunter

| Aug. 15, 2008

BBC News interviewed Robert Hunter, former ambassador to NATO, this afternoon and he had a few choice phrases to use condemning Russia for its invasion of the nation of Georgia.

We are now at the endgame of this dastardly attack by Russia into Georgia. If the Russians know what’s good for them, they will try to wrap this up as fast as possible, and be responsive now to the leadership of the European Union and the French President Sarkozy, to get some peacekeepers in to find a way to disengage forces and for Russians to go home. I think one has to recognize that the country that stands to be the big loser in all of this is not the United States, not even Georgia with its tragedy, but Russia itself.

In the Soviet Union, they had a phrase, called “correlation of forces” — don’t give me all the words, tell me who’s got the big clout. Russia doesn’t have a big clout, it’s got a lot of oil and gas. They don’t have a lot more. One of the dramas of the Beijing Olympics this last week was here’s little Georgia, being attacked by Russia, took them four days to do what they did militarily, while off in China, you see the future of Asia with this extraordinary potential in front of them. Russia needs the outside world. This isn’t like 1921 under Lenin or ’45 under Stalin. If Russia doesn’t behave itself, it’s going to isolate itself and it’s going to pay a huge price for this little adventure they allowed themselves to get into.

Now for a little find/replace… and voilà! Instant parable:

We are now at the endgame of this dastardly attack by [America] into [Iraq]. If the [America]ns know what’s good for them, they will try to wrap this up as fast as possible, and be responsive now to the leadership of the European Union and [NATO], to get some peacekeepers in to find a way to disengage forces and for [America]ns to go home. I think one has to recognize that the country that stands to be the big loser in all of this is not [Russia], not even [Iraq] with its tragedy, but [America] itself.

In the Soviet Union, they had a phrase, called “correlation of forces” — don’t give me all the words, tell me who’s got the big clout. [America] doesn’t have a big clout, it’s got [a need for] a lot of oil and gas. They don’t have a lot more. One of the dramas of the Beijing Olympics this last week was here’s little [Iraq], [still] being attacked by [America], took them four [years] to do what they did militarily, while off in China, you see the future of Asia with this extraordinary potential in front of them. [America] needs the outside world. This isn’t like [1933] under [The New Deal] or ’45 under [Roosevelt]. If [America] doesn’t behave itself, it’s going to isolate itself and it’s going to pay a huge price for this little adventure they allowed themselves to get into.

Thank you for your valuable and not at all ironic insight, Mr. Hunter!

TyPo

| Aug. 13, 2008

I wanted to TiVo any shows featuring one of the musicians behind Dark Side of the Moon but ended up with ten episodes of The Gilmore Girls instead.

This is just like the time I wanted to watch Quadrophenia and got episodes of Dr. Who.

Buttoned Up

| Aug. 10, 2008

Thanks to CafePress, I have two new buttons.

Watchmen & Invisibles

I’m sure any geek can guess the first one, but with all those weird comics you read, are you going to tell me you don’t know what the second one means…?

It’s written all over your frontal lobes, love.

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