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. . . and today's public service announcement [Feb. 2nd, 2008|10:31 pm]
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While I'm updating, I thought I'd throw in a friendly reminder to all my potential "Reagan Democrat" buddies:

John McCain's about as 'centrist' and 'progressive' as Kim Jong Il.

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The future of motoring . . . [Feb. 2nd, 2008|10:25 pm]
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. . . according to our friends from The Year 1960. Note the in-dash navigation, rear backup camera, and minivan-like ICE (in-car entertainment). Of course, not all of those predictions were as realistic (or practical) . . .



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Yeah this explains a lot [Jan. 18th, 2008|10:36 pm]
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Poor Hitler.

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(no subject) [Jan. 7th, 2008|11:48 am]
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79% Barack Obama
78% Chris Dodd
77% Bill Richardson
76% Dennis Kucinich
75% Joe Biden
75% Hillary Clinton
73% John Edwards
70% Mike Gravel
35% Rudy Giuliani
28% John McCain
25% Mitt Romney
24% Ron Paul
21% Mike Huckabee
19% Tom Tancredo
14% Fred Thompson

2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

I think the results were skewed by the failure of the quiz to ask THE most important question of the 2008 election cycle:

* How awesome would it be to have Bill Clinton as the First Gentleman of the United States (choose one)?

( ) So awesome



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Praise band concert [Dec. 7th, 2007|11:29 am]
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[mood |nervousnervous]
[music |"Stare at the Sun" - Thrice]

http://msu.facebook.com/event.php?eid=15055750491

^--- Facebookery

So yeah, the praise band I lead is doing a little concert-type-thing. It's supposed to be a "youth event"--so like, high school and college students--but I'm inviting all my friends for a variety of reasons. First, I trust your guys' ears and I'd like to get some feedback. By this summer, I want to do some semi-regular events like this around town, and I'd some of your reactions. Second, I want people who come to feel like this is a thing that people will come to, so when we do it up large this spring and summer, they'll come back and bring friends.

YES, this is a "Christian thing", so the songs will be about God and stuff. But other than the music, we're just doing a quick reading and showing a Sundance-festival-winning short film (that isn't about God). There won't be a sermon or communion or anything like that, so if it's not your thing there won't be a lot of that. It will mostly be our band playing, and we're not too bad.

My personal take on this stuff is long and complicated. Watch this space for a novella on the subject.

Peace
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X-posted T-day thing [Nov. 22nd, 2007|10:53 am]
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I actually wrote this up for the forums at www.thehuddle.com, a fantasy football dork site.

But, I figured that I update rarely enough that I should put it here, too. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving--to everyone, and to all of your families.

Today is an extra-special day to us Lions fans. Not only is it a wonderful time of eating and drinking and being with family, but it's also the only day of the year we get to be in the national spotlight. Every year the calls go out to take this game away and spread it around--but it <a href="http://www.detroitlions.com/document_display.cfm?cont_id=147421>started with the Lions in 1934</a>, and as far as I'm concerned it needs to stay with the Lions as long as men are paid to play football. Fans today forget that this game has been played for far longer than most of us have been alive. While baseball unnecessarily leans on the past, the NFL actively ignores its history. I mean, just watch the talking heads on TV debate about the "greatest ever"s: Tom Brady or Joe Montana? LaDanian Tomlinson or Emmitt Smith? It's like people think pro football is about as old as Def Leppard. I don't know about you guys, but some of my most cherished childhood memories were watching the Lions on Turkey Day. I remember sitting at the dining room table with the whole extended family, and all the men taking turns leaning way back in our seat to get a clear view of the TV in the other room (and trying not to let Grandma catch us). Going into the kitchen for "seconds", taking ten minutes, and coming back with only the score. Arguing with my grandfather over whether or not Scott Mitchell is a "lousy bum" (yikes). Thrilling as Barry Sanders or Lomas Brown or Luther Ellis won the Turkey Leg yet again, and jeering as opposing players won that stupid iron, or robot turkey, or whatever the heck they came up with after Madden left. For that matter, almost having all eleven courses come up in a rush as I watched Madded manually dissect a turducken with his bare, nasty hands. Today, as you're sipping a tasty beverage, trying to figure out how you can get fourths down the gullet, play with the kids, have the kids play on you, or whatever, watch the Lions-Packers game. Remember that your father did, too, and so did his father, and maybe even his father did too. Enjoy the game, enjoy the food, but most of all, enjoy your family. God bless. Peace blackmarlin
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Tagged by Stu [Oct. 23rd, 2007|10:50 am]
blackmarlin
Okay, here's the game:

I'm supposed to write 5 little known things about me, one of them being not so much true. Then you guess and it's fun. Then I tag 5 other people and they perpetuate the game throughout all of the interweb.

This is obnoxious, because everyone who is reading this has known me for a LONG TIME. I'm having to dig deep to find non-obvious shit.


1. In my 'tween years, I was the radio commercial personality of Robert's Wallpaper and Paint.

2. I was drinking with Jeff Smoker the night before he got kicked off the football team.

3. In middle school, I self-published a weekly Lions newsletter and tried to sell it to fellow students.

4. In elementary school, if I could manage to pretty much behave myself three days in a row, I got to play checkers against the principal.

5. I recieved a partial college scholarship from the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, a society for promoting Greek-American studies.

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Today's EE lesson [Sep. 18th, 2007|05:28 pm]
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All electronics run on a small amount of magical blue smoke.

If you let the smoke out, they won't work anymore.

R.I.P, living room TV. We Let The Smoke Out Of You Too Soon.

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Turn up the sound (but not at work) [Sep. 13th, 2007|11:18 pm]
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[music |this video, again]

For those of you title-glossing-over types . . . this ain't really work material.



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Spelling Nazi? More like Spelling Safety Patrol [Sep. 13th, 2007|11:49 am]
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[Current Location |work]

Okay, so I know I can get a bit nitpicky when it comes to other people's spelling and grammar.

But, when a display on a gas station coffee machine reads:

ALWAY'S FRESH

I think I have a right to blow a gasket.

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