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Everyone Needs Some Chuck In Their Life

Chuck PosterBefore I introduce my next topic, I’m going to pose a few questions:

  • Did you love Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity?
  • Did you love Arrested Development?
  • Were you a fan of The O.C. before it went really far south?
  • Have you ever shopped in, worked at, or even seen a Best Buy/Circuit City/Future Shop?
  • Did you watch Sneakers and think, “Hmm, these geeks are the bee’s knees”?

If you can answer yes to any (or all) of those questions, and you haven’t been watching Chuck, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Now in its second season, Chuck stars Zachary Levi as Charles Bartowski (a.k.a. Chuck), a run of the mill Nerd Herd member at the local Buy More.  To make a long story short, an old friend in trouble at the C.I.A. hacks into his brain and inputs all of the government’s secrets, then blows up the mainframe they were originally stored in.  This leaves Chuck as the most valuable asset the C.I.A. has, and turns his life upside down.

He is given the wonderful Adam Baldwin and the stunning Yvonne Strahovski as protectors, and hilarity insues as the lovable and bumbling Chuck helps outwit a wide range of super-duper bad guys the world has to offer.

Chuck also stars a great ensemble around the main three, including Joshua Gomez as Chuck’s best friend Morgan, Sarah Lancaster as his older sister Ellie, Ryan McPartlin as Ellie’s fiance Devon (a.k.a. Captain Awesome), and more recently Tony Hale as Emmett, the new Buy More assistant manager.

If you want to catch up, might I suggest Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon?  And once you fall in love, tell your friends!

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Commentary Attacks Liberals for Attacking Palin’s Wardrobe, Skirts Real Issues

Ruben Navarrette Jr., a columnist and editorial board member for the San Diego Union-Tribune, wrote a commentary this morning for CNN.com. In it he attacks liberals for attacking Joe The Plumber and Sarah Palin, all the while avoiding the real issues of whether Palin is even qualified to be vice president.

What was Joe thinking: that we live in a democracy where everyday Americans who pay the salaries of elected officials can dare question their policies? That just isn’t done.

To prove it, the elites who run the Democratic Party — along with their surrogates in the media and organized labor — went after the plumber.

We now know that Samuel Joe Wurzelbacher owes back taxes, doesn’t have a plumbing license (he told the Associated Press he doesn’t need one because he works for someone else’s company), and may not be registered to vote.

Commenting on a CNN.com story, one condescending reader wrote that Joe the Plumber should pipe down and “get back in my bathroom and unclog the toilet.”

First off, Ruben, don’t be an assclown.  The Democrats are supposed to take heat for digging up the fact that Mr. Wurzelbacher is a great example of why our country is in the toilet?  It was either show that he is a liar and a criminal (owing back taxes is in fact a crime), or let him speak unopposed even though he has no qualifications whatsoever.  Right.  And one other thing, Ruby (can I call you Ruby?), you lose all credibility when you start quoting comments on online articles.  Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

McCain oversold it when he said Palin was the most qualified vice presidential candidate in recent history. Better than Dick Cheney? Could she be worse?

Oversold?  That’s the understatement of the year.  She is not only not the most qualified vice presidential candidate in recent history, she is by a wide margin the least. Dick Cheney, for all his faults (such as looking out for his own interests and continually fucking over the American people), was an extremely qualified candidate.  He was the Secretary of Defense during H.W.’s presidency, and was the CEO of Haliburton.  A country is nothing but a giant company in a different field, and his resume made him easily qualified for the job.  Palin, on the other hand, is a governor.  Of a tiny state far removed from the lower 48.  She is the lowest common denominator when it comes to politics, and those need to be left behind.

I could go on and on about this article, but I think I’m going to stop.  Ruben, Palin, and all the people they represent disgust me.  Quit being so goddamn selfish and look out the window; if you don’t think your fellow American needs help, then you need to go to a different country.  We don’t want you here.

October 24, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Politics | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jet City Espresso

Jet City Espresso

Jet City Espresso

Once upon a time, there was a nifty little espresso shop just south of Seattle.  Scratch that – it’s still there!

Jet City Espresso was supposed to close at the end of last month, but according to the Renton Reporter, it is going to stay open until at least the end of this month:

Jet City was supposed to vacate its Second and Main corner shop by Aug. 31, to make room for a six-story apartment and retail complex called Second and Main Apartments. But the project is behind schedule, and Natelson was granted more time. Now Jet City has until the end of September, maybe longer.

The charm takes a backseat to the fine cups of coffee they having brewing, but it’s all worth the short drive down to Renton.  If you have a chance, head down and try it out!

September 23, 2008 Posted by | Musings, News | , | 2 Comments

Merlin Mann: What Makes for a Good Blog?

Merlin Mann posted an intriguing blog post over at 43 Folders the other day, outlining the key points to keep in mind when creating a blog. My personal favorite was the seventh point:

Good blogs make you want to start your own blog. At some point, everyone wants to kill the Buddha and make their own obsessions the focus. This is good. It means you care.

I liked this one because, well, it’s what happened to me. I spent so much time reading blogs (and, in my opinion, good blogs), that I thought to myself, “Hey, why can’t I do that?” And after a few failed attempts and a still failing revision, I’ve been pretty happy with the results.

I’ve always felt the point of a blog was twofold; to bring up topics that the writer is interested in, and to bring up topics that the reader is interested in. If you aren’t getting feedback, there’s no point in it being public. Blogs of those nature should stay as text files in your documents folder. But you also can’t be writing about things you know nothing about; this will only infuriate the readers after they constantly correct you. The happy medium is where it’s at, my friends.

And that brings me back to Merlin’s point. A good blog doesn’t just spur discussion. It causes the reader to want to discuss the topic so in depth that they have to go create their own blog because a simple comment on a post just won’t do. It’s as good goal to strive for, and I hope that someday (however unlikely) I’ll be able to achieve that.

If you’re a blogger, you should definitely take the time to read the rest of Merlin’s post. If 10% of the bad blogs out there took that advice, we’d have a much more interesting Internet.

August 21, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Musings | , , , | Leave a comment

I’m back!

You thought I was a goner, didn’t you?  Yes, it has been close to three months since I last updated, but that certainly doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned my loyal readers.  Let your RSS feeds flourish with my grandiose posts!

The first thing you may notice is the dramatically different design.  I became tired of the old one, although it did do many things well.  I feel this design is much better suited for the style of blog I’m running, that of short posts and lots of links and videos.  The old design looked terrible when I didn’t write copious amounts, but this one looks good for posts of any size.

The second thing I’ve just finished working on is fixing all of my tags and categories.  When I first started this blog, I completely ignored tags and just used categories, due to my own ignorance.  I literally didn’t read the captions to each, and was using categories as tags!  Yes, I am an idiot.  Now the tags function as tags, and the categories are much more concise.  Only want to read posts where I post videos?  Then follow this link.  Or are you simply into my opinions (bless you!)?  Then use this link.  My hope is that this will be much more user-friendly.

A lot has happened in my absence, but I’m not going to go on a posting frenzy of what I failed to publish over the past few months.  I will instead attempt to get back into the groove of blogging.  This blog will never deliver on its promise of a post every day, but what I can’t give you in quantity I hope to make up for in quality.

You can still follow me on Twitter, so keep tabs on me there.

And for those of you who’ve never seen this blog before, here are my old designs:

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 1.0

The Daily Belmore 2.0

August 15, 2008 Posted by | Musings | , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter: Round Two

Twitter LogoI wanted to post real quickly to let you all know I’m on Twitter. You can follow me here (I have it set up so I have to approve you to follow me, so if I don’t personally know you this entire post might be a little useless).

This is my second attempt to use Twitter. The first time, I had heard about it from one of my countless tech podcasts and signed up immediately. Then I used it once, never gave it a second thought, and let my account go dormant for close to a year. Well now I’m back, and I hope to actually use it. If you’ve never used Twitter, I don’t blame you for not signing up and/or following me. It takes a while to wrap your head around the point of it (which I’m still not completely sure of), so no hard feelings.

Now, if you want some reasons to get on Twitter, try Merlin Mann or Andy Ihnatko. They do a great job showing the humor.

March 27, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Technology | , , , | Leave a comment

Bill Raftery > Billy Packer

Raftery > Packer

I’m sitting here eating a frozen pizza and drinking some Smithwick’s, watching the NCAA Tournament. As I’m able to switch between games (big ups to KIRO for putting two to three different games on their three channels), I’m struck with an obvious thought: Bill Raftery is awesome to listen to, and Billy Packer should be taken out back and shot like the old worthless mule he is (maybe by these women).

I don’t mean to reference the brutal art of farmland retirement to get the animal lovers up in arms, I simply mean that Billy Packer SUCKS at announcing. He does two things: he states the obvious (you should attack someone with two fouls early in the first half? I had no idea!!!), or he berates players for no reason (yo, Billy Willy, these are college kids, not 10 year NBA veterans. They’re going to make mistakes, and a good-hearted individual will not condemn them for one or two in the biggest game of their lives thus far).

I know I haven’t posted in a while, and I know this sports-related post will only be happily read by a few, but I just wanted you to know my feelings.

March 21, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Sports | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Hate The Suburbs

Names have been changed to protect the innocent my state of employment:

Coworker #1: They have a Costco in Sequim, Coworker #2?

Coworker #2: Yeah, a nice, big, new one.

#1: Ooh, sounds fancy.

#2: Mmhmm.  You know what?

#1: What?

#2: I think they have an Applebee’s now too.

#1: Wow!

Mind you, neither of these individuals were being sarcastic.

March 4, 2008 Posted by | Musings | , , , | 1 Comment

John Roderick Has A Blog

John Roderick may be a dick, but he has a way with words (mostly lyrics, but also prose).  He’s now doing a weekly blog for the Seattle Weekly, which you can find here.  Here’s a snippet of my favorite part:

In any case, this next Long Winters album is going to have a lot of lunar-eclipse-influenced disco jams on it, and the Seattle Weekly asked me to blog about it because they are running out of ideas and hoping to squeeze some free content out of people. I, for one, don’t mind because I’m mad about blogging! I was thinking the other day that, what with the incredible shortage of books and magazines in the world, I’d like to dedicate more of my precious reading hours to consuming the unedited journaling of as many amateur diarists as time permits! Hooray!

It may be ironic or hypocritical to say I loved that bit, but the fact is I completely agree with his sentiment.  In general, blogs are run and written by non-experts who have no journalism background and just want attention and to have people listen to them.  Yes, the lines are being blurred more and more often (I don’t knock the Weekly, for instance, for having it’s normal writers also blog from day to day), but the fact remains that most of what people want to say is not worth reading.  I have this blog for myself, and for anyone who wants to read it, but I don’t need the validation of 100 strangers coming here everyday like most bloggers do.

Go read a book.  Go do your homework.  Go try to make the world a better place in whatever way you know how.  If you have time to stop by here (or any other blog you like) and see what’s happening, great.  But don’t get any sort of miscommunication that what I (or any other blogger) say is more important than what you might say.  We’re all in the same boat, just pontificating to the world.  That, and linking to awesome videos of cats playing the piano:

And on a related note, I didn’t hate bloggers so much until Gizmodo pulled their prank at CES.  Since then I’ve adblocked their entire site, and have avoided all Gawker Media publications.  Morons.

February 27, 2008 Posted by | Blogroll, Musings | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rhymefest: Devil’s Pie

So I’m sitting in traffic on I-5 around Northgate (notorious for being backed up during rush hour, no matter which direction you’re going), and a song comes on that totally cheers me up.  What song would that be, you ask?  Why, Devil’s Pie by Rhymefest.  And why exactly did it cheer me up?  Because the entire track is based on samples of The Strokes’ Last Night.  You really have to give it a listen, I love it.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Music, Musings | , , , , | Leave a comment