Tuesday, May 22, 2007

there's a light in the valley

Brian Tamaki sees the dark shadow of Satan, in the form of secularism, looming across New Zealand ...

... meanwhile, Satan is sitting at home on the couch watching South Park and drinking a beer, because while the dark shadow of evil - in the form of Brian Tamaki - looms across New Zealand, his work here is done.

In other news ...
  • The Transformers movie looks like it actually might turn out to be good, based on the trailers they've released so far. I'm guessing die-hard fans will hate it, since they seem to have ditched half the original premise and just kept the transforming robots and the names.
  • A Nancy Drew movie should be a good thing, but won't be because they're making it for 3-year olds. Heck, in this day and age resurrecting a tough, independent, teenage girl detective should be a no-brainer, god knows there's enough decent TV shows based on similar premises. Instead, it looks like they are making something that you half expect Hilary Duff to star in. Bastards. And where the hell is our Famous Five movie already? In fact, fuck the Famous Five, where the hell is our Three Investigators movie?? Actually, it turns out it's here. There is even a trailer. In German. Which won't even load. Goddamn.
  • Heath Ledger as The Joker? Who'd a thunk it, but he actually looks half decent (you'll have to scroll down a little to find the picture). And of course, check out I believe in Harvey Dent and I believe in Harvey Dent too. I still wish they'd made Batman Year 1, but the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale interpretation is turning out rather well ...

Thursday, May 17, 2007

you wear nothing, but you wear it so well

Things that irritate me #4627:

"Tax cuts will act as incentive for people to work more"

This is one of the those supposedly intuitive ideas that I could never for the life of me understand. If you cut taxes, workers have more incentives to work as they receive more money in the hand, since less of it is going to our fat, old, nanny-cow of a government. Or something.

But it's ridiculous.

The majority of workers in this country have bugger-all control of how many hours they work. Or they're on a fixed salary, and get nothing if they work harder except a limp handshake and maybe a couple of movie tickets.

Who the hell, except economists and the OCD, sits down and works out how much tax they're going to pay if they do overtime this week (christ, does overtime even exist anymore??)? Who turns down a promotion because they'll suddenly be earning 39c for every dollar over $60,000? Personally half the reason for my job moves during my career has been about 60% money and 40% pride/prestige. Reducing all human activities to money is the greatest failure of economic theory, if you ask me, which you don't, and that quite frankly is why you have so many damn problems.

Hell, let's argue the other way - if you raise taxes people will work harder, because now that I have less money in the hand, I need to earn more to pay for my house, that LCD tv and the second helipad I've been meaning to build. With the government taking 50% of my income, I'll need to work 15 more hours a week! Instant growth!

Sweet zombie jesus, I'm a fiscal genius.

I'm actually agnostic about whether tax cuts in general stimulate long-term sustainable growth (as opposed to short term spending splurges. Arguably the best time to cut taxes will be straight after the next real estate crash). Show me some pretty graphs and long-term research and I could fall either way. I respect (even if I disagree) with the idea that you should cut taxes and government spending purely because people are a better judge of what their money should be spent on. But feed me up with stupid arguments and I'll just be inclined to think you're just a blithering moron.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

bare-boned and crazy


Sexy Vader - So, so wrong.

Army Tests Fighting 'Bot - some people obviously need to watch Terminator again. This particular droid of death has the relatively unthreatenging name of MULE (Multifunction Utility Logistics and Equipment). Slightly less cuddly is it's big brother - Crusher. Obviously they ain't no pansies at DARPA. One thing is for certain though: giant, killer robots will always be cool.

Fighter-controlled jet is tested
- More Skynet-esqe silliness.

Breast cancer not linked to abortion - 'nuff said.

The poverty/terror myth
- interesting article from Fortune Magazine

The HD-DVD crack furoe:
Man I'm starting to hate copyright laws ... do us all a favour people, and pick up a copy of Dean Baker's The Conservative Nanny State. It's even downloadable on the internet for free (free as in the author is happy for you to do it), though I'm too lazy to chase down the link for you.

You always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask:
Can urinating on your feet in the shower cure athlete's foot? Oh come on, like you weren't curious.

What happens if a werewolf bites a vampire? What's the minimum daily requirement of blood for a vampire? Can you get zombified by having sex with a zombie? Hmm. When exactly was the last time you were turned on by a zombie?

if I've gone overboard: letters to the ether

Fuck it, the Herald might be smart enough not unleash my passions upon the unsuspecting public, but you poor bastards will not escape my wrath. Below then, is my last unpublished letter to the editor:

When the opening headline in the Herald proclaims "Jealous gunman who massacred 32 ... was a new immigrant" one wonders how much further into the gutter journalism can fall. What was so important about the gunman's immigration status or what kind of visa he had? In the context of this particular story it would make exactly as much sense to highlight his height, or the colour of his hair, or what kind of aftershave he habitually wore. By making his nationality a defining factor you manage to impute that somehow the massacre was caused by it.

To add insult to injury you can't even get your facts correct - unless, of course, by "new" you meant "had lived in America since he was eight years old, fifteen years ago", and by "Chinese" you meant "Korean".