penny arcade jesus throws the horns

Just making it official

So, in case you didn't notice, I'm done here.  This journal is closed, although it won't be deleted.

At the beginning of the year I thought I might try to update at least semi-regularly, but there's just too much else I'm doing to make LJ a priority.

I'm keeping the account because I do still follow my friends.  If you'd like to keep up with me, look me up on Facebook and LinkedIn.

I also blog at The Libertarian Standard and (much less frequently) at A Thousand Cuts.

I still love you guys!  Feel free to drop in at my other sites and say hi.
mac hall holy balls

Wanna see me naked?

Now that I have your attention (because I know most of you have given up on me by now), I can assure you I will not be appearing naked and causing any sudden urges to tear your eyes out.

I do, however, want to direct you to my fantasy football league on Yahoo!.  This will be a head-to-head league this year because it's just more fun.  I have room for up to 12 teams, although I may cut it off earlier if it looks like I won't max it out before the season starts.  But I need participants!  So make with the clicky and sign up.
Password: heartless
dilbert stupidity

Duke Nukem Forget It.

I LOL'd:

It looks like DNF might turn out to be a DNF*.

ZoomRumor has it Duke Nukem Forever developer 3D Realms is shutting down. Shacknews today cites ‘a reliable source close to the company' who said the developer, along with the recently resurrected Apogee name, is finished and employees from both have already been let go.

I stopped caring about this game probably 10 years ago, but it was amusing for the periodic "it's almost finished" rumors that would sweep through the game industry media, only to be forgotten again after the 242nd terse comment from 3D Realms principal George Broussard: "It'll come out when it's done."

Well, it's done, all right.
dilbert morons of tomorrow

I bet he didn't even read the book

Because I like posting flamebait, here's Matthew Yglesias, on a column by Carol Baum comparing the financial CEOs to the protagonists in Atlas Shrugged:

Atlas Shrugged is a stupid book, Ayn Rand is a stupid woman, and John Galt’s ideas are stupid. That said, none of them are nearly this stupid. Rand’s novel isn’t about a world in which executives who build companies based on a lot of incorrect decisions, then pay themselves millions of dollars while bankrupting their firms, then come to the government hat-in-hand asking for bailouts, then find that the bailers-out want to attach some strings to their hundreds of billions of dollars in public funds and then go to hide out in Galt’s Gulch. That doesn’t make any sense at all.

Rand-bashing aside, Yglesias is correct.

To inject flamebait of my own, I've read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged (albeit many years ago) and while I think Rand has compelling ideas and understand why many libertarians are drawn to her philosophy, I really don't . . . get it.  She is not, in my opinion, a particularly great fiction writer.
dilbert morons of tomorrow

but see, blacks aren't really people

Homer, Louisiana police chief Russell Mills, after one of his officers shot and killed a 73-year-old mute black man:

"If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names," said Mills, who is white. "I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested.

"We're not out there trying to abuse and harass people -- we're trying to protect the law-abiding citizens locked behind their doors in fear."

Oh, but abusing and harassing black people—that's just good police work.  I guess we should at least thank Mills for the tacit admission that cops engage in racial profiling.
dilbert stupidity

vacant-eyed pretty things

Tycho over at Penny Arcade pretty much nails a one-line review of Joss Whedon's Dollhouse:

It's a science fiction retelling of MTV's The Real World, and it works about as well as you would expect.

Not only that, Tycho has pretty much nailed me as a viewer of Dollhouse: I keep watching in the hope that Whedon knows exactly what he's doing and that the show will begin to engage me in the same way Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly did.  After all, Firefly didn't hook me until a second and third viewing, and that was unfortunately long after it had been canceled and released on DVD.

I'd hate for Dollhouse to meet the same fate, to be tossed in the dustbin too early by FOX, only to discover later that it was much more than the sum of its parts.  But the first two episodes have provided no inkling—zip-zilch-nada—that it will ever rise above its first impressions.

It's flat-out terrible.  I can even see the justification, as at least one of my friends have, for labeling it misogynistic.  As a vehicle for Eliza Dushku, Tru Calling held far greater promise; for one, it didn't expect her to perfect her Vacant-Eyed Pretty Thing stare (admittedly, it's a look she wears very well).  In Dollhouse, that's her default look, until her mind is imprinted with a new personality—or rather, an amalgamation of personalities, all with specific skills and memories.  Then she's sent out on whatever "assignments" the Dollhouse's clients request: hostage negotiator, say, or an outdoors enthusiast.  As for the latter, she really played little more than a rock-climbing prostitute.  As for character: how can we care about someone whose character changes every week?  She's never the same person.  It's not like The Pretender, where Jarod was his own person who was just very, very good at role-playing.  Echo (the code name for Dushku's "active") is just a cipher until some computer geek reprograms her.  Supposedly she becomes self-aware as the series progresses, and I can see how searching for her own identity could make an engaging story, but so far it's just not there.

In the meantime, I keep watching.  And hoping against hope.