Clean Coal ad from the Coen Brothers

We’ve all seen these “Clean Coal” spoof ads, where the commercial makes fun of the fact that there is absolutely no way to glean clean energy from coal.  None.  Nope.  Sorry.  These commercials are sort of funny.  Ok, they are freaking awesome.  What is even better?  The Coen Brothers made this one.  You know, the guys who made No Country for Old Men, Fargo, and almost every other good movie you’ve seen.  Peep it.


Senator’s Twitting? Proof of Twitter Shark-Jumping.

McCains Twitter: Just took a nap!

McCain's Twitter: "Just took a nap!"

Twitter was fun, when it first appeared from the gods like the same way they gave us fire.  Actually, Twitter is still fun.  But it is losing its charm when Senators start busting out the 160 character announcements.  I mean, wasn’t part of the charm the fact that no one knew about it?  Even John McCain is twitting, and he’s an idiot. And during Obama’s speech Tuesday, Senators were popping the twits out from left to right, like eating pop corn too fast and getting some on the floor. Just look at some of these listed from the Huffington Post:

Rep. Bob Inglis (R-SC): Speaker just gaveled to order. Senate entering now. It’s crowded on Democratic side. Not so much on R side. Something about 255 D to 178R!

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): Quite an ovation.The warm greeting between Pres Obama & Sec Clinton makes me proud of our democracy. What a difference a year makes.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR): His introduction of the first lady is a first

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA): I agree that all government spending should have accountability an transperency.

I mean, do we care?  At all?  And, if we don’t care about what elected officials are twitting about, why do we care about what normal people are twitting about?  Its happened.  The curtains have been pulled off and the truth shown to us.  Twitter is stupid.  Good thing stupid stuff is still a lot of fun.

Is the Sarah Connor Chronicles getting too Emo?

Maybe just a little emo...

Maybe just a little emo...

I’m a big Sarah Connor Chronicles fan.  Its sort of annoying how much I love serialized television, considering how little I get to sit in front of the television.  The new episodes for the second half of the second season have been, well, a little disappointing.  I like the cyborg-on-cyborg action and all the weird time travel mayhem.  But the show has only been delivering introspective, emotionally dipped diatribes that confuse a little and bored in some spots.  Can the show survive this self-reflective trend? Producer Josh Friedman discussed the move with io9.  Here is part of the interview with a link to the full thing here:

Is it difficult starting up with dark, psychological episodes after being gone for two months? Seems that’s the case. People are worked up about the Friday night thing and the ratings and I probably underestimated that microscope in my desire to explore Sarah and her demons. To be completely honest, the network warned me not to do it but I felt (and still feel) these stories (and I consider the upcoming Some Must Sleep… as the third part of the Sarah triptych) were/are vital parts of the show. But that’s coming from the guy who believes that if you enjoy watching Weaver slaughter thirty people in one episode you’re obligated to go to their funeral in the next.

I buy that.  The show is trying to be a little bit too much Lost for me.  That level of mystery takes a few seasons to build up to.  Still, Terminator: SCC has a dynamic that few shows can compare to.

Cafferty Depresses the already Depressed.

Oh, the good ol days.  Whenever those were.

Oh, the good ol' days. Whenever those were.

Want to get really depressed?  Read the Jack Cafferty blog.  It seems like the economic mess we are in is way more horrible than we thought, or worse than he thought.

I think this time, it’s different. I have this uneasy feeling our country is in the process of changing forever, and not necessarily for the better — unless our perspective changes with it. I have kicked around longer than most people: I’m 66 years old. I remember well the ’50s and early ’60s, which were times of unbridled enthusiasm, prosperity and opportunity. The American dream was a job, a house, a car. A modest, affordable house and a car that was most likely a Chevrolet, Ford or Plymouth. People weren’t in debt buying things they couldn’t afford, and neither was the government. There were recessions along the way — relatively mild downturns of short duration — but nothing like this feels like it’s going to be.

Damn.  And here I was about to go buy Halo Wars.  I better put it back on the shelf and stock up on Chicken doodle soup, since the world is gonna burn down and stuff soon.

Man steals, Then turns into a Goat.

Seriously.  Give me all your tin-cans.

Seriously. Give me all your tin-cans.

Absolutely nothing about this original post has been changed. From ABC News:

Police in Nigeria are holding a goat on suspicion of attempted armed robbery. Vigilantes took the black and white beast to the police saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into a goat to escape arrest after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

“The group of vigilante men came to report that while they were on patrol they saw some hoodlums attempting to rob a car,” Kwara state police spokesman Tunde Mohammed told Reuters by telephone.

“They pursued them. However one of them escaped while the other turned into a goat. We cannot confirm the story, but the goat is in our custody. We cannot base our information on something mystical. It is something that has to be proved scientifically, that a human being turned into a goat.” Belief in witchcraft is widespread in parts of Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Residents came to the police station to see the goat, photographed in one national newspaper on its knees next to a pile of straw.

(Thanks Emily!)

Ape-Pets to soon be illegal. Since, you know, they keep eating people.

You can't stop true love.

So, since people are being eaten by Apes, the House is thinking about making Ape-Pets illegal.  There goes my weekend. From Politico:

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WV) announced that, at his request, the House of Representatives will consider on Monday, February 23, the Captive Primate Safety Act (H.R. 80). Consideration of the needed legislation comes just one week after a woman was critically injured in a vicious chimpanzee attack in Stamford, Connecticut – leaving no doubt that the danger of nonhuman primates in homes and to communities must be addressed.

Is it just me, or does anyone see an  Ape-Pet vs. Human war on the horizon?  Or is that just me wishing?

Mass Effect 2 Teaser Trailer equals Renewed Love Affair

So, yeah, the teaser trailer is uber-short, but its uber-awesome as well. In my mind, three things are confirmed.  1, Mass Effect 2 is coming out this year.  2, There will be some DLC coming out this summer for the first one to get us pumped for the it the sequel. 3, At some point, I will have to spend $60.  This is the kind of stimulus we can all agree on.  Watch the Mass Effect 2 Teaser now.

The Jarvis Slacks Podcast Number 17: Nate’s First Podcast Edition

This week on the Jarvis Slacks podcast, we talk to Nate Kowal (Cow + Owl), keeper of the Best Gamepad Ever blog.  We have an excellent discussion about our top five games, our favorite gaming blogs and our favorite podcasts.  Its pretty much the favorite podcast, which (if you aren’t careful) will turn into your favorite podcast ever.  Nate’s audio is a little rough, so we thank you ahead of time for being patient.  Also, this is a 100% gaming podcast.  Anyone who wants to know about my personal life or who Kenneth is in love with, I apologize.  Listen. Learn.  Enjoy.

Download the podcast here.

Listen to it here.

Check out the podcast page here.

Download it to iTunes here.

Wonder if its 1958 or 2008 right here.

News Rodeo for Thursday, Feb. 19th.

Too bad you cant make much money off irony.

Too bad you can't make much money off irony.

Welcome back to another News Rodeo!  I know you guys probably don’t care about this at all.  But if I worried what you cared about all the time, I’d probably be wearing a monkey suit and doing a black-face dance.  But let’s save the racist stuff for later!  First, Iran demonstrates to the world why we really don’t think their justice system is all that great.  Or maybe they are doing what we should do.  Remember that lady that was blinded, when her ex-dude tossed acid into her face?  Well, what’s good for the goose and all that.  From CNN:

If she gets her way, her attacker will suffer the same fate. The 31-year-old Iranian is demanding the ancient punishment of “an eye for an eye,” and, in accordance with Islamic law, she wants to blind Majid Movahedi, the man who blinded her. “I don’t want to blind him for revenge,” Bahrami said in her parents’ Tehran apartment. “I’m doing this to prevent it from happening to someone else.”

I don’t know which is worse: the fact that the guy did that, or the fact that the Iranian government actually has “Eye for an Eye” on the books.  Speaking of shit that sucks, you guys do realize we are in a recession, right?  Well, the good thing about not having any money is that they give out free food!  From the New York Times:

Once a crutch for the most needy, food pantries have responded to the deepening recession by opening their doors to what one pantry organizer described as “the next layer of people,” a rapidly expanding group of child-care workers, nurse’s aides, real estate agents and secretaries who are facing a financial crisis for the first time. Over all, demand at food banks across the country increased by 30 percent in 2008 from the previous year, according to a survey by Feeding America, which distributes more than two billion pounds of food every year. And while pantries usually see a drop in demand after the holiday season, many in upscale suburbs this year are experiencing the opposite.

What are we going to do when things get better?  Buy our own food?  I don’t think so.  Here’s hoping for a life-long recession with bailouts and bread lines for everyone!  And finally, blatant racism.

The cartoon, done by Sean Delonas, generated tons of mean looks and stares.  Al Sharpton chimmed in, and the New York Post chimmed in about Al Sharpton chimming in.

The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.

From our blog to Sean Delonas and the Post: F you too.