March 19, 2008

ken leeeee!

Filed under: Uncategorized — blogsdon @ 7:29 am

Here’s what’s cracklin.

Bulgaria’s “Music Idol” has its own William Hung, by the name of Ken Lee.

Ken Leeeee! Tulibu dibu douchoooo!
(and here’s her second appearance video, complete with live band)

  • Aaaand, you should probably watch the Most Viewed Youtube Video of Today, which is Barack Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech. Can you even remember a time when US politicians used to give inspiring speeches like this? It’s 37 min long (maybe a tad too long to watch at work), so here’s the 9 minute highlight version and the transcript.
  • I like this bit:

    We can play Rev. Wright’s sermons on every channel, every day and talk about them from now until the election, and make the only question in this campaign whether or not the American people think that I somehow believe or sympathize with his most offensive words.

    We can pounce on some gaffe by a Hillary supporter as evidence that she’s playing the race card, or we can speculate on whether white men will all flock to John McCain in the general election regardless of his policies.

    We can do that.

    But if we do, I can tell you that in the next election, we’ll be talking about some other distraction. And then another one. And then another one. And nothing will change.

    That is one option. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, “Not this time.” This time we want to talk about the crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children and Asian children and Hispanic children and Native American children.

    This time we want to reject the cynicism that tells us that these kids can’t learn; that those kids who don’t look like us are somebody else’s problem. The children of America are not those kids, they are our kids, and we will not let them fall behind in a 21st Century economy. Not this time.

    This time we want to talk about how the lines in the emergency room are filled with whites and blacks and Hispanics who do not have health care, who don’t have the power on their own to overcome the special interests in Washington, but who can take them on if we do it together.

    This time we want to talk about the shuttered mills that once provided a decent life for men and women of every race, and the homes for sale that once belonged to Americans from every religion, every region, every walk of life.

    This time we want to talk about the fact that the real problem is not that someone who doesn’t look like you might take your job; it’s that the corporation you work for will ship it overseas for nothing more than a profit.

    This time we want to talk about the men and women of every color and creed who serve together, and fight together, and bleed together under the same proud flag.

    -Barack Obama, March 18, 2008

    Videos like this make me sometimes wonder if I was meant to be an engineer. Or a dog-owner.

    Will this movie be good? I think Robert Downey Jr. just might save it.

  • Arthur C. Clarke died. He wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey and said such clever things as:
  • “It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.”

    “There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.”

    “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”

    “CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn’t want to give up power.”

    “It may be that the old astrologers had the truth exactly reversed, when they believed that the stars controlled the destinies of men. The time may come when men control the destinies of stars.”

  • Facebook is going to have a chat window in two weeks. That’s right, chatting in real time! My friends and I usually just update our “Status” back and forth while refreshing our browser window. This makes it way easier!

    Follow the link to see a video demonstration.

  • A couple good Freakonomics links:

    Do High-End Sex Workers Have it Easier?
    (Answer: Kinda.)

    How Can the Achievement Gap Be Closed?
    (Answer: Um, there’s a lot of these. Many involve scientifically evaluating education reform instead of the usual cardiac test: “In our hearts, this feels right.”)

  • Interview with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park creators. Great interview complete with audio clips.
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