Something Worthwhile on MySpace? Impossible!

And yet, there it is: Sid and Marty Krofft’s MySpace page, complete with “Krofft Kwikies,” 4-5 minutes versions of the original episodes of all your favorites: HR Pufnstuf, Land of the Lost and more. And yes, the special effects on Land of the Lost are just as freakin’ hawesome as you remember.
This is going to kill the rest of my lunch break….
The first Land of the Lost “kwikie” is embedded below.

Found via io9, the cool sci-fi blog.

Obama the Bike Geek?


Politics really piss (pisses? what’s the conjugation there?) me off sometimes. This picture of Barack Obama taking his kids for a bike ride has been roundly mocked as “nerdy” or “geeky.” The reasons given: the helmet and the tucked in polo. What the hell is the guy supposed to do? If he wasn’t wearing a helmet, he’d get absolutely blasted. No one looks good in a bike helmet. (Side note: it seems odd that he only has one strap going under his chin. All bike helmets I’ve seen have a triangle shape coming down from the helmet, meeting under the earlobe, then a single strap from there under the chin. Strange.) I suppose you could argue his fashion sense for tucking in a polo, especially into jeans, but damn people, I wear a freakin tucked in polo nearly every day at work. It’d look pretty sloppy if it wasn’t tucked in.
It’s unbelievable to me that this kind of shit is what people are focused on while the dollar is tanking, gas prices are through the roof, and soldiers are dying in Iraq. But please, let’s go ahead and criticize the man for wearing a fucking helmet and tucking in his shirt instead of focusing on the issues.

Bike geek side note: some people have noticed that the bike didn’t seem to fit him particularly well. I’m not totally sure on that, but I’m not an expert. In one of the pictures, his leg does seem to be almost fully extended at the bottom of the pedal stroke, so he might raise the seat only slightly. More likely, he probably just needed a slightly taller frame, and he would have been good to go.

Update: And yes, I am White and Nerdy.

Earth Day

From Michael Pollan’s piece in the New York Times:

The “cheap-energy mind,” as Wendell Berry called it, is the mind that asks, “Why bother?” because it is helpless to imagine — much less attempt — a different sort of life, one less divided, less reliant.

Go read, then at least make an attempt at imagining a different sort of life.

Amazon Rocks Again!

So not only is my Guitar Hero 3 for Wii arriving later today, but it was also a “lightning deal” on Amazon today. For $10 less than what I paid for it yesterday. Luckily, they were nice enough to give me a refund of the $10 after I called them up to request it.
Did I mention it’s getting here today? I’m on my way home now to go mow the lawn before it gets here.


Good: Evan, after having back-to-back sleepless nights thanks to a 102 degree fever, finally got a reasonable night’s sleep last night, allowing his parents to sleep a little better too.
Bad: I got paged for work at 4:30am.
Bad: My adopted daughter from the playground is moving to France in July. They had said there was a possibility of moving to Brussels in the next couple of years, but not Paris, not July! I will miss them.
Good: Guitar Hero 3, in spite of me choosing Super-saver shipping from Amazon, is being delivered today! Squee!