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December 31, 2006
I'm a few days late on this, but here are the top 10 movies of 2006 (plus ties), based on exclusive cin-o-matic critic ratings:
It's that time of year again. Time to get velvet pants at ridiculous discounts.
In The Bag:
CK grey stretch cotton blend velvet flat front trousers, via bluefly, $47.99.
Clothing with animals having sex has always been extremely appealing to me, and moose getting it on are certainly no exception.
Under Heavy Consideration:
Moose love wool hat, via Jack Spade. $65.00.
How you know the execution of Saddam Hussein didn't go so well: The hangmen chanted "Moktada! Moktada! Moktada!" as the trapdoor was about to open.December 29, 2006
My buddii Adam Sellkii picked mii up a Wii yesterday and I had mii first Wii experience. Now that I'm back from
Urgent Care I can tallii it up:
December 28, 2006
Thank you, Mr. Ford:
Know Your Footballs!
Yo WaPo: This is clearly a pro football, not a college football. Forget the different shape and missing white stripes, the text "National Footb..." is maybe a clue.
In my wildest dreams I didn't think Shrub's presidency would unravel so fast, that the curtain would be pulled back and everyone would see Oz wasn't just a midget, but a buck-ass naked midget. So fucking sweet. Now I'm off to go shopping more, as Shrub pleaded yesterday.
In The Bag:
LIFEPOD HIP FLASK, via Flight 001. $28. Useful for kids' Christmas plays and presidential press conferences.December 19, 2006
In dack.com's continuing effort to recycle old content, here's a happy holiday wish from Playmobil Santa Claus:
YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLWLcO0lwi4December 18, 2006
Special Note: Apologies for anyone who had to witness my ridiculous dancing to Naughty By Nature's OPP at the Wild Onion on Saturday night.
Already the hands-down winner of dack.com's "World's Worst Pundit" award, Thomas Friedman is now the reigning champ of the "World's Ugliest Tie" prize. Yesterday on Meet the Press he actually wore this technicolor monstrosity:
Click to watch the tie in action, and see Tom make yet another vacuous point, undeserving of hand gestures, or of being broadcast.
In The Bag:
Darth Vader Episode V FX Lightsaber, via amazon.com. With realistic power-up and power-down glowing light effects, and digitally recorded and motion sensor controlled authentic sound effects such as power-up, power-down, idle, movement sounds, and clash sounds. (Readers can decide if this gift if for a Star Wars-geek son, or Star Wars-geek dad.)
Other stuff In The Bag. Youth jerseys and helmets:
This one is OK, I guess:
This one hurts:
This one is absolutely killing me:
December 15, 2006
dack.com movie rating (0-10): 4
Captain's Log: Stardate 2006.12.12
I'm a few days late on this, but all hail TV Land for bringing back Old Trek. Even if I didn't have childhood memories of Klingons and tribbles
and Joan Collins I'd still *love* this show.
There's justice in the world:
A judge rejected a request by two fraternity brothers to halt the DVD release of the hit spoof movie Borat. West Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman also refused to order the removal of a scene that includes the two men, who claim they had been duped into misbehaving on camera.
Highly recommended: "The Atheist Delusion"
Excellent Flash movie based on Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion."December 8, 2006
The war in Iraq didn't just fuck Iraq. It's also apparently fucking Jordan and Syria, too:
Uneasy Havens Await Those Who Flee IraqDecember 6, 2006
My new hero. Australian golfer Paul Gow. PGA Tour-quality player. Family man. Drunkard.
After finishing 8th at PGA Tour Q School, Aussie Paul Gow was interviewed by Golf Channel's Curt Byrum:
Curt Byrum: When we talked to you at the end of the Nationwide year this year you were pretty beat up. How did you get it turned around and play so well here?
(Hat tip: Richard Warzecha)
In The Bag:
Kick-ass DSquared2 boot, via Zappos.November 30, 2006
Great Salon piece breaks down what's real and what's not in Borat.
dack.com book rating (0-10): 8
"Mind-blowing in their mind-blowingness," you ask? OK. Page 10:
A mural of the World Trade Center adorned one of the entrances (to Saddam's palace). The Twin Towers were framed within the outstretched wings of a bald eagle. Each branch of the U.S. military -- the army, air force, marines, and navy -- had its seal on a different corner of the mural. In the middle were the logos of the New York City Police and Fire departments, and atop the towers were the words THANK GOD FOR THE COALITION FORCES & FREEDOM FIGHTERS AT HOME AND ABROAD.
(Excuse me while I puke.)
Movie Math: Elementary Lesson
dack.com is a huge fan of Earnest Sewn, especially when their jeans have a 35.5" inseam! Under consideration:
Earnest Sewn navy cotton 'Fulton' straight leg jeans. $126. Via bluefly.November 29, 2006
Way to go, US troops!
If we didn't kill girls and babies over there, we'd have to kill girls and babies over here.
U.S. Troops Kill 5 Girls in Assault on Insurgents
See also: Iraq is a total goatfuck? Blame the Iraqis. God what a joke.November 28, 2006
I'm spending my first significant time as a contributor on YouTube (I'm putting all my movies online), and I'm shocked at the quality of the experience. Hopefully the Google Guys can fix the broken signup page, the error messages when there aren't errors, the 500 server error messages, and loads of broken images. The site feels like it's held together with duct tape and bubble gum. It is, however, the only way to fly to get your shit out there to the masses demanding blood-spurting decapitations, animated Playmobil blowjobs, and freak-dancing Barbie dolls.
Speaking of YouTube, they just announced a deal with Verizon to show their most popular videos on cell phones.
Wow, have we come a long way. Me and a buddy were one of the first to make movies for cell phones back in 2000, and the best we could do were stick figure snuff films (all with head removal).
November 27, 2006
Argh. Due to some server re-jiggering I'm being forced to abandon my beloved PINE and use either a desktop email client or gmail. I am bitter, angry, and just generally in a disconsolate funk about it. If anyone knows about a support group for this kind of thing, please let me know.
Just found this article comparing PINE to gmail. Guy works at Google, tried gmail for 5 weeks, and returned to PINE. Even with all gmail's cool features, that outcome would be predicted.November 16, 2006
This would qualify and ES (that's Extreme Schadenfreude for the uninitiated) if it weren't so tragic, but remember the silly-ass idea that Iraq would become a beacon for democracy in the Middle East?
I definitely remember David Rees hilariously mocking the idea days before the invasion:
Anyhow, it ain't working out that way:
Sectarian Strife in Iraq Imperils Entire Region, Analysts WarnNovember 15, 2006
Lacking the Energy to Write Weblog
While my wife is on an 8-day shopping excursion in The Land of the Rising Sun (pictured above, left), I've been on solo duty in The Land of the Rising Son (pictured above, right). He likes to wake up at 6:30. (And crap his pants.) If he could talk, he'd probably say he misses his mommy, and is tired of having pizza for dinner.November 10, 2006
Frat Boys Don't Liiiike
Two University of South Carolina frat boys are suing 20th Century Fox for their appearance in Borat. The third frat boy, not party to the suit, apparently realizes it's not Sacha Baron Cohen's fault he's a flaming idiot.
(I was a frat boy, too, once. But only a slow, smoldering idiot.)November 9, 2006
Someone Pinch Me
What's next? News that Dick Cheney shot himself in the face?
Now that the Republicans managed to lose *both* the House and the Senate, I was wondering ... what impact did all the GOP's manufactured noise about John Kerry's flubbed joke actually have? Is there a number less than absolute fucking zero?November 8, 2006
By any measure, the result was a sobering defeat for a White House and a political party that had just two years ago, with Mr. Bush's re-election, claimed a mandate to shape both foreign and domestic policy and set out to establish long-term dominance for the Republican Party.
The Great Shrub Repudiation was as strong here in Minnesota than anywhere in America (except for maybe Santorum in PA). Mark Kennedy, who was a virtual Bush Boy while in the House, was utterly destroyed by Amy Klobuchar for US Senate. You know it's bad when CNN could call the race even before any votes were counted:
November 7, 2006
Praise Jebus! The day is finally here!
If I see/hear one more political ad I'm going to go back to Dunn Brothers and throw a ceramic coffee cup at that guy's nutsack.
Overheard on Minnesota Public Radio yesterday afternoon: "... drug-fueled homosexual trysts." Try to use that phrase in a sentence today, preferably in a meeting.November 3, 2006
So I'm now sitting next to some jackass at Dunn Brothers coffeehouse, and if I hear him say either "It is what it is." or "At the end of the day..." one more time he's going to get a scalding hot cup of Kenya AA "Tembo" tossed at his nutsack.November 2, 2006
God, if you do in fact exist, please help us.
October 30, 2006
Separated at birth?
Osama Bin Laden and Borat! director Larry Charles?
Attention Mike Judge fans: Idiocracy, his latest
critically acclaimed movie that was released in 3 theaters two months ago, will be available on DVD January 9, 2007.
One of my favorite restaurants in the Twin Cities is Chino Latino, and not just because they serve great food and top it off with evil fortune cookies, but because they put stuff like this on the bottom of their sushi menu:
October 26, 2006
Extreme Schadenfreude doesn't get any more Extreme Schadenfreude-y:
War Now Works Against GOP
All Hail Italy!
So I'm at my consulting gig today and get asked to show a UI element I like on "that shopping site you always talk about." So I browse to the Italian clothing site yoox.com, randomly click on Diesel, and then get presented with possibly the most beautiful thing I've ever seen:
Diesel tank top. 92% Nylon, 8% Elastane, 100% lovely. Price: don't know, don't careOctober 24, 2006
This blog has been so lame lately because I took a trip to San Diego, and here's the scoop:
dack.com rating: 9
Sunny and 70 every day, with zero humidity. Someone please tell me why I live in Minnesota, because I don't know. Tomorrow's forecast: 47 and partly cloudy ... and that's a *good* day.
Torrey Pines South
dack.com rating: 4
Redesigned by Rees Jones in 2001. Site of the Buick Open every February. Site of the 2008 U.S. Open. Blah, blah, blah. The city of San Diego should be embarrassed about charging tourists like me (or anyone else) $130 to play this golf course. Sure, there are some special holes, like #3 and #4, but its conditioning was worse than just about any muni I've ever played. As one of my playing partners said (who was a 60+ crabby local and paid just $25 green fees), "The entire goddamn course is ground under repair!" Not far from the truth.
What also struck me was the hostility of the locals to what's been done to their golf course; basically that it's set up for one week in February and the rest of the year it's a dump.
Torrey Pines North
dack.com rating: 5
On a much brighter note, whenever I'm in Southern California I make a stop by by friends at allyn scura eyewear.
dack.com rating: 10
I picked me up a pair of their latest design, the Parker, as modeled by Michael Caine in The Ipcress File:
October 20, 2006
Extreme Schadenfreude for Friday:
Bush Faces a Battery of Ugly Choices on War
As tragic and wrong and criminal and dumb as the war was, at least it seems like it's not going to get escalated.
Wow, is history going to completely ream these bastards or what?
Upon Further Review
I missed the initial airing of the Project Runway season finale Wednesday night, but upon further review via DVR (twice), I'd conclude Uli got screwed. Jeffrey was clearly the most talented designer of the bunch, but Uli's final collection -- contrary to what the hack Michael Kors says -- was more consistent, and didn't include any duds. Michael was third, and a distant, way-the-fuck-back fourth was Laura. I thought some of her dresses, with feathers and sleeves like wings, might actually take flight.October 12, 2006
Is there a hotter (in an ice-cold kinda way) swinging
chick of the '60s than Catherine Deneuve? Anyone? I was reminded of her greatness last night while watching the "erotic masterpiece" (yes on both
de Jour (playing in October on FLIX and Showtime ... highly recommended.)
On the extreme other end of the beauty and erotic scale, more pictures from Dack's Packer Weekend. Here is a 300lb. hairy, sweaty, shirtless guy with a giant paper mache helmet, and some random woman pretending to suck his nipple:
A few minutes later he rode the mechanical bull:
October 9, 2006
This Helps Ease The Pain (A Little)
In The Bag:
Hand-knit green and gold and beer can hat, via a little old lady outside Lambeau Field. $20.
(The coolest In The Bag feature of all-time?)October 6, 2006
I don't know whether to file this under Extreme Shadenfreude or Hallelujah!
Evangelicals Fear the Loss of Their TeenagersOctober 5, 2006
'Last Throes' Watch
4 More GIs Killed, 21 Since SaturdayOctober 4, 2006
If You Love Me You'll Buy This*
OK. So the hairstyle looks a little '80s, the device itself looks a little '70s, and the readouts look like they belong on the bridge of the Starship Enterprise (original, not the lame-ass Next Generation), BUT this is the coolest damn thing you can ever have hanging on your wall (except for this). The Geochron doesn't just tell time, but indicates exactly where the sun is shining around the world at any moment. I've seen this in action and it's just the coolest. So buy it already. (I'll take the Original Kilburg model with the black goatskin finish, please.)October 2, 2006
The Wrong Lessons. So. Totally. Wrong.
A powerful, largely invisible influence on Bush's Iraq policy was former secretary of state Kissinger.
There's something especially appropriate about war criminals taking advice from a war criminal ... who picks his nose in public. Christ. THE VIETNAM WAR WAS NOT FUCKING WINNABLE! Even the "idiot" French figured that out back in 1954, a failure nose-picker is re-fighting it, and people in power are actually listening to him.
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