Old-Fashioned No More

Just a random musing here: Wendy’s commercials used to be wholesome and innocuous, usually staring founder Dave Thomas, such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWjgg8gdKOA

With Dave Thomas’s passing, Wendy’s marketing has taken on a new, shall I say, flavor:

Now what would Dave Thomas think about that? My, how times have changed.

A Change of Heart

Jerry Sanders, the Republican mayor of San Diego, who has a lesbian daughter, has reversed course and now supports gay marriage. Watch this incredibly moving announcement:

All I can think of while watching this is contrasting the father-of-a-lesbian Republican mayor’s heartfelt and poignant message with the less-than heartfelt messages of the father-of-a-lesbian Republican vice president.

Score one for reason, equality, and social justice.

(Nod: The DailyDish)

Abe on a Plane

How fun, yet creepy, is this?

California Dreamin’

Bob Herbert at the New York Times has an editorial today discussing the proposed California initiative to split the state’s electoral votes by congressional district.

The proponents of the initiative understand completely that a constitutional crisis could damage the nation’s democratic process and undermine the legitimacy of a presidential election. In their view that’s preferable to a Republican defeat.

The interesting tidbit in the article is this:

Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor and one of the nation’s pre-eminent constitutional scholars, believes the initiative is blatantly unconstitutional. “Entirely apart from the politics,” he said, “this clearly violates Article II of the Constitution, which very explicitly requires that the electors for president be selected ‘in such manner as the Legislature’ of the state directs.”

Yep. California voters can’t change how the state allocates electoral votes. The legislature has to. Here it is, Article II, Section I, of the U.S. Constitution:

Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress

This isn’t going to go away without a fight. Let’s hope reason and constitutionality win.

A Good Laugh

This Family Guy clip is loaded with humorous references, from Top Gun to airplane pilot and safety announcements to Star Wars to President Bush on September 11th. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Gartfu0cU

Happy Birthday, :-)

Today :-) turns 25.

Title Sequence: “Hostage”

Caution: Language at the very end may be offensive to some viewers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkE_Mqw1R-8

Designed by: Laurent Brett, Specimen France
Year: 2005

The Last 100 Years

A Ladies Home Journal article in 1900 made predictions for the future. One blog gives some commentary on our progress since the predictions.

(Nod: The Daily Dish)

YouTube Emmy Roundup

Leave it to these goof balls to come up with the highlight of the evening:

And unlike the motion picture academy, the television academy awards best main title design. This year’s winner, “Dexter”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgo57OBKFOA

And finally, what awards show can be complete without some controversy? This time it was censoring an anti-war message. It might have been because Sally Field used the word “god-damn,” but apparently that word is allowed to be said on TV.

A More Perfect Union

constitution

Today the U.S. Constitution turns 220 years old. This document has weathered domestic strife, endured countless criticisms, and has undergone many recent interpretations and setbacks, but it has survived as a shining beacon of American ideals.

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

James Madison or Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Papers, No. 51

Title Sequence: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Designed by: Danny Yount
Year: 2005

Blowback

Three generations of America’s Middle East involvement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ezz6XVECZA

And yet Rudy Giuliani questions America’s foreign policy consequences.

CD Holes

Fun things to do with the hole in the middle of a CD, like this:

cd hole

One for the Record Books

…until something else comes along. But for now, the Dubai Tower is both the tallest building and tallest free-standing structure in the world:

The Burj Dubai tower is now 555 metres (1,831.5 feet) tall and has surpassed the 553-metre- (1,824.9-feet) CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, which held the record for the world’s tallest free-standing structure since 1976, developers Emaar Properties said in a statement. […]

The developer announced in July that Burj Dubai, Arabic for Dubai Tower, had exceeded Taiwan’s Taipei 101 which is 508 metres (1,676.4 feet) tall, to become the tallest building in the world.

The building’s maximum height? It’s a secret.

An Example for All of Us

…on getting along with others who are different than we:

They’re an odd couple in every sense but a monkey and a pigeon have become inseparable at an animal sanctuary in China.The 12-week-old macaque who was abandoned by his mother was close to death when it was rescued on Neilingding Island, in Goangdong Province.

After being taken to an animal hospital his health began to improve but he seemed spiritless until he developed a friendship with a white pigeon.

monkeypigeon

Cue the “awwwww”s.

(Photo: Photoshot)

Branding Terrorism

Media Circus has an interesting commentary on the branding of terrorist organizations:

Ellen Butters [graphic designer]: This logo has the opposite problem. All the elements are integrated too much, to the point that you can’t tell what they are anymore. From a distance, you can’t really tell that those are fists, or that those are guns.

David Friedman [photographer]: True, but I don’t see any other terrorist logos with the fists straight out like that. So at least there’s some brand identity.

(Nod: The Daily Dish)

Title Sequence: “The Man with the Golden Arm”

Designed by: Saul Bass
Year: 1955

Socialist Spiders

Scientists are baffled at this giant web of spiders in Texas:

giant spider web

The spiders have collectivized. Who knew spiders were socialists?

A variety of spider species built on one another’s work to create a sprawling web that blanketed hundreds of yards of trees and shrubs at a north Texas park, according to entomologists who studied the unusual formation.Heavy rains early this summer created prime feeding conditions for the spiders, which worked collectively to spin a web that nearly covered a pond ripe with mosquitoes and other insects.

I wonder what it sounds like when you get close to the webs. With that many little creatures roaming around, there ought to be a cool sound. Rather, a creepy sound.

(Photo: Donna Garde / Texas Parks and Wildlife)

Title Sequence: “Thank You for Smoking”

Designed by: Shadowplay Studio
Year: 2006

Title Sequence: “Stranger than Fiction”

Designed by: MK12
Year: 2006

Flash Earth

Here’s an extremely cool, well-programmed, and astoundingly powerful tool to keep you occupied for a while: Flash Earth. Enjoy!

Title Sequence: “The Incredibles”

Designed by: Unknown
Year: 2004

“The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

The title to the new Indiana Jones film has been announced: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Not sure I like it yet seems too long. But Steven Spielberg and George Lucas didn’t call me to ask for my input.

The length of the title “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the same as “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” but much longer than “Temple of Doom” and “Last Crusade.” So it could work as compared to “Raiders.” The difference, though, was that when “Raiders” was first released, it was simply known as “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Today for alphabetization and consistency purposes, the movies is now known as “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark.” Too long also. But like I said, no one called me to check with me first. Too bad.

Back in early August, six titles were registered with the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA):

  • Indiana Jones and the City of Gods
  • Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds
  • Indiana Jones and the Fourth Corner of the Earth
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold
  • Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant

None of them seem too particularly grabbing, but we’ll soon see how the movie turns out. And apparently there’s a new cast member according to this picture: Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood, Indy’s girlfriend from “Raiders.” Curious.

The Bigger the Better

I thought the 160 GB iPod classic was pretty astounding in how much storage room was available on the device, even though it’s a hard-drive-based device. Well, a researcher at the IBM labs says in a few years, his technology can give us a 500+ GB iPod Nano. I don’t know what anyone would do with all that room for storage, but hey, that’s not the point! From the New York Times:

Now, if an idea that Stuart S. P. Parkin is kicking around in an I.B.M. lab here is on the money, electronic devices could hold 10 to 100 times the data in the same amount of space. That means the iPod that today can hold up to 200 hours of video could store every single TV program broadcast during a week on 120 channels.

“Darkness Falls Across the Land”

Apparently I have some subconscious cult attraction to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Second post in a week! The first was the prison reenactment. This time it’s Legos.

I love YouTube.