Saturday, February 26, 2005

Whoring myself

I've finished a new website for a client; The site features parodies of corporate NASCAR sponsors. NOTE! These parodies are slightly naughty and should not be viewed by those of a produish dispoisition. If you like what you see, buy a damn shirt, if you hate this sort of thing but have a "friend" who does, send them the link.

Any hey, while I have the attention of your eyeballs, let me know if you like the design of the site.

Wicked cool animated desktop

At the last LAN party I attended (Hey,I suck at Crimson Skies- thank you) I fired up a cool screensaver/desktop that I found somewhere called Drempels. The cool thing is that it can generate a personal, swirling acid-trip underneath your desktop icons. The program is only about 500k so go download it and play around.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

I am not a patient man...

So, Constanting wasn't too bad at all. Not life changing, it was a good solid film. Having seen it I thought that there was only one film left to look forward to: Kingdom of Heaven. This monster looks good, reeeeeeal good. A film about the crusades that looks like it has a broad scope and brutal action. After Troy and Alexander, I've been loosing my faith in the historical epic.

But wait! I have just learned of a VERY cool looking film called Beowulf and Grendle. Its based on the ancient Anglo-Saxon story and filmed entirely in Iceland. No CGI, and costumes that look absolutely awesome. Take a look, the site has lots of goodies. When will we get a look at it? I have no idea, but I shall be keeping my eyes on this gem. Oh yes I shall...

Thanks to Erika for the heads up on this. Are there other films I haven;t heard about but should? I'm not omniscient you know (at least not yet) If you know of a cool film I might like, fire me an email:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Landspeeder on ebay, my knees...getting weak

If ANYONE out there has two grand burning a hole in their pocket, contact me immedietly!! Some clever fanboy tool-using monkey has made his own Star Wars landspeeder based on a Harley Davidson gold cart (I know, the fact the HD makes golf carts wierds me out too). It's up for sale on ebay.

Aparently he has to sell it because he wants to make a replica of the Enterprise shuttle Gallileo. God bless you sir.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Extra funny


The All Seeing Eye

If you haven't heard about the Jeff Gannon/Jim Guckert affair recently I would suggest doing a quick search on Google News or head over to to get the details of this most amazing story.

To summarize, Two years ago a clean-cut man named Jeff Gannon came to the White House press office and said he was a reporter for a website called Talon News. Rather then get a 'hard pass', which required an extensive FBI background check, he got a daily pass, which requires almost no background check.

Once in, he started to do what reporters often do; take notes, record statements by the press secretary and President and ask questions. But something was wrong. The pack knows its own and the press didn't like the scent of this guy. And those who watch such press events began to notice that Jim didn't ever ask the administration tough questions. Indeed, his questions were rather softball or just outright pro-Bush. The reports on the Talon "News" website were almost direct copies of White House press releases. Talon News it turned out, was owned by a minor Republican party member. Someone smelled a rat.

And that is when the All Seeing Eye of the Blog/Internet community began to focus on Jeff. And when that happens, there is no where to hide. It seems Jeff Gannon was really Jim Guckert. Jeff was an alias. His journalistic credentials also seemed suspect (read: almost nonexistent). His website was shown to be basically a propaganda machine. People started checking into Jim/Jeff to see what else he had been doing and found what some would call 'dirt'.

It seems that Jim had paid to have several websites made advertising his 'services'. These services pretty clearly spelled out that he was available as a male escort. Basically, a prostitute. He is listed in several other gay escort locator services as well.

Jim quit Talon News and has been trying to defend himself, but telling white lies and twisting words is harder to do when every word you say can be checked on and verified. For instance, he claimed he got the press pass because he met the criteria for a reporter. He worked for a 'regularly published' news outlet, Talon News. But he got the pass before Talon news produced one story, and the GOPUSA website that started Talon news can't be considered a news group, as its is clearly a Republican only website (hardly an impartial press entity).

At its ugliest, you could sum up the situation thusly; How does a gay prostitute using a fake name pass through security screens to join a public Q & A session with the leader of the free world? Equally sensational is the possibility, suggested by members of Congress and major news organizations, that the White House deliberately helped set up Guckert with credentials and privileged information.

The Conservatives are trying to fight back by pointing out how these "attack bloggers" are disseminating Guckerts dirty laundry, which has nothing to do with his job as a journalist.

This is where, for me, the situation splits into two issues. One is the story of Gannon the reporter/propagandist. Right now the All Seeing Eye is following the money. Who paid this guy? I wouldn't be surprised is he turns out to be yet another paid mouthpiece for the Bush administration. And THAT is an important story. The press is not there to serve at the behest of the President. When the administration has to pay to get favorable coverage of its policies, those policies ain't that good.

The second issue is Guckerts "past mistakes" as he calls them. (Oddly, these websites and profiles aren't years old, they're still active today). The truth is that no one's life and past can survive microscopic analysis. No one can enter the political arena and come out squeaky clean. That's not the issue.

I don't view Jim Guckert as a bad person for being gay. And I personally don't have a serious problem with prostitution when it is entered into willingly. What angers me is that Guckert has worked for a conservative website that posts anti-gay stories. His party and the president campaigned on an anti-gay platform. This is a guy who doesn't practice what his ideology preaches. He doesn't seem to understand that his own people hate him. His own party wants to create a constitutional amendment to limit his rights. His own military (Guckert was a Marine) won't knowingly let him serve his country. And if his fellow Marines had known he was gay, he likely would have suffered terrible abuse at their hands.

Guckert hasn't spoken in his own defense about the gay prostitution issue. He is closeted and that part of his life may be something he views as a personal or moral flaw. Many gays suffer from self-loathing. It's too bad that he can't look to his fellow Republicans for any support or understanding.