Add Carney Vale to the list of "totally worth five bucks" Xbox 360 games. This is a Community Games title developed by the Gambit game lab, whose Kendall Square offices I've had the pleasure to visit by way of the various local events they host. It's a fine morsel, gleamingly polished, where you use minimal controls and simple 2D physics to fling an acrobat around a circus, collecting goodies and avoiding baddies. Try the demo and see if it hooks you.

It was interesting to see Obama inauguration-themed coverage, decor, and vaguely related downloadable-content ads (including one for the film "All the President's Men") all over the 360's desktop yesterday. Three years ago this concept wouldn't have made sense to me for multiple reasons.
"Good job everybody."

Also:

• Is this the first time a sitting U.S. president gave a shout-out to nonreligious Americans in a major speech? (He used the word 'non-believers', which I also approve of.)

• I was glad that there didn't seem to be much chanting after his speech. The time for that stuff is done; now is the time to get to work.
• I am really excited about Obama's staff picks, because demonstrating astute and practical team-building skills helps validate his ability to lead.

• I am really excited about the pushback against the Rick Warren choice, largely (I think I'm safe to assume) from Obama supporters, because it proves that my fellow citizens won't let up the pressure just because their guy got in - even when the one to put pressure on is their guy.

This news made me wince when I first heard it. I'm willing to give Team O the benefit of the doubt, and expect our man to give one hell of an inaugural address using this book as a springboard. But at this point, gee whiz does it smell a tad hubristic; I can't help but think what my reaction would be if, like, Bush had made the same announcement in December 2004.
This one wasn't about McCain, so maybe this dream-theme is winding down. Again, very realistic, though my dream-self's emotional state was ramped way up.

I was seated at a table in some sort of dining hall with my parents, talking about the election. (In real life, I haven't spoken to them since October, and I've been thinking lately about how this inevitable conversation might go.) The flow of conversation led me to describe an effect that really touched me, how a lot of right-wing bloggers seemed to go through a kind of soft transformation through Obama's acceptance speech. I started to describe how even Charles Bloody Johnson made a post asking his readership of frothing, tail-chasing hyenas to chill out and soak in the moment of transcendence that their country had just passed through, electing a black president.

All this is true. In my dream, however, I couldn't actually express any of this, because I was spontaneously overcome with emotion, and began choking back tears. Other conversations around us ceased and strangers turned to look as I tried to describe this, but I was completely breaking down. I woke up on the verge of crying.
It occurred to me last night that, if you use the same metrics that I do, Obama just squeaks under the bar for qualifying as a fellow Gen-X-er. He was 19 on Jan 1, 1981, and therefore was a teenager during some part of the 1980s no matter how you slice it, even if only for a few months.

So, there you have it.

Still dreaming

Wednesday, 12 November 2008 10:59
I am still having election dreams. They fit into the current timeline; early this morning I stubbornly hallucinated that I was following along with John McCain's continuing adventures, following his defeat. Unlike before, my mood about it was more merely curious than anxious.

Come to think of it, all my election dreams have been McCain-centered. I just can't let him go. Why, John. Whydja do it.

(This was maybe triggered by a pretty good 90-minute Frontline doc about Lee Atwater that I watched last night. It's being rerun about 50 times this week; check your local listings.)

Blank slates

Thursday, 6 November 2008 18:32
I just realized that I didn't check in on any righty-blogs since before the election. Inspiration struck to not visit the obvious (and stoopider) sites, but instead to drop in on my favorite Internet Lost Soul, James Lileks. And he had this to say (emphasis mine):
I’m approaching the new administration with a blank slate. I have no desire to walk around frowning in perpetual grumptitude, and it would be intellectually dishonest to prejudge everything that happens before it happens, or see the smallest act in terms of some broad preconceived idea. I thought that was an impressive victory speech, and if someone offers to earn your support, well, take him up on it.
This. I do hope there's a lot of this going around.

(That post also has some fine screenshots and funny commentary about an ancient low-budget Dick Tracy flick. Worth looking at if you're a movie dork like me.)

Healthy.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008 15:00
So, the country is set to walk a sane path again - can you believe it? - and I had my last PT session today, as well as a flu shot. My hip isn't popping (nearly as much) any more and I'm told the relevant muscles are much stronger than they were a month ago. Yay.

As for the other stuff: I'm no fanboy, and I'm already working on a healthy dose of skepticism about all of this. But. What I saw last night is that it is possible to sell a national population on Hope, even when Fear is so cheap and abundant. I suppose I'm saying that it's the voting public I'm really impressed and hopeful about, moreso than the president-elect - though all props to him and his for making it happen.

As far as I can tell, Obama's true campaign platform was less "My policies are the best" and more "This is who we can be". And a majority of Americans said: OK, I'm game. Let's try this. I'm feeling quite optimistic that a stronger, saner national self-image will, eventually, result in good policies. We all have a lot of work to do, but it really feels now like - begging your pardon - yes, we can do it now.

...and I would like to see one of his first actions in office be to start rewinding those terrible double-secret executive powers that Cheney and pals set up. And I am not sure how to best communicate this to his office. More writing congressfolk, I guess.
People like me who enjoy the thrill of being horrified and disgusted at Sarah Palin, and have a nasty and selfish part of their id that wants her ticket to win so that she'll continue filling us with delicious and highest-quality outrage for years to come, can rest easy. I figure that her 2008 RNC speech will do for her what Obama's 2004 DNC speech did for him.

I'm not saying that it will propel her into the white house in 2012; more that it gave her a tremendous memetic fuel supply, enough to keep her on-stage as long as she wishes. This is a woman who is not going to pack up and go back to Alaska after the election. She's here to stay, for at least one or two more cycles. She's gonna have a tough row to hoe given the fact that the GOP is redefining itself even as I type this and it's hard to say what her base will look like in four years, but there absolutely will be a base waiting for her if she wants it.

I dunno her personally; maybe she'll get discouraged, or have an honest change of heart, and voluntarily withdraw from national politics. But I bet that she won't. Win-win!
I hereby nominate "Obamacon" at the Word of the Election.

I saw Andrew Sullivan use it a lot to describe self-identifying conservatives who, like himself, support Obama. But now I'm seeing a lot of people using it, and often regarding themselves, as well. Good.

Election dreams

Thursday, 30 October 2008 13:29
Anyone else been having election dreams yet? Two nights ago I found myself at Election Day, and things were rapidly turning around for McCain...
So, this, yesterday, from Palin:
Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You’ve heard about some of these pet projects they really don’t make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not.
Yes, as McCain has been mockingly referring to planetaria as "overhead projectors" and a waste of money in national debates, Palin in speeches sneers at fundamental biological research techniques because they involve running experiments on icky bugs. And anyway, if those eggheads in Paris's Institut de Fru-Fru Sodomé are into it, then it's nothing that Americans would want anything to do with, right?

My friends. Are you scared of the light? Aching for an embrace of the comforting darkness, a state where one just didn't need to know about the world beyond arm's length? Weeping for the chance to keep your children's brains smooth and unfurrowed by a world that seems to become more complex every day?

Then McCain-Palin is the ticket for you. And may your God love you and hold you in his bosom, pressing your eyes closed against his warm flesh, for all eternity.
According to the remnants of the Republican base, if you vote, you are worthy of derision. Not surprising, given that Keep In the Vote! is an official part of the party platform this cycle.

I really hope that we're witnessing the GOP shitting the bed. I sincerely wish for the rise of a non-fucknut conservative party in the United States after this. (On second thought, as long as I'm wishing, it might be pretty good if the GOP stuck around as a filter for all the mouth-breathers to fall into instead of joining all teh latte elists what use big college words in the new party.)
If you've registered to vote,
and someone at the polls says you are ineligible,
tell them to take a flying fuck at a rolling donut.

If anyone tells you that voting happens
on any day after Tuesday, Nov. 4,
tell them to take a flying fuck at the moooooon.
A person visits their doctor:

Help, doctor! Angry green spots have appeared all over my skin! What does this mean!

Meh. Your skin is, what, five percent of your total body mass? One percent? It can't be that much. And the green spots cover up, what, maybe ten percent of that?

Pff, whatever. Nothing to worry about. Go home.



It's hard to imagine that I was thinking out loud about enrolling as a Republican, not long ago. This coincided with the time when I last admired McCain. I had some thoughts about working to better the party from within, but declaring allegiance to it now would basically be signing a document that says "I love only myself. The world can burn. Fuck you."
OK, I'm good for one more.

Dum de dum. )

Oops! I shut off comments by accident!! They work again, sorry.
Michelle Malkin finds herself needing to calm down her own readership with assurances that Obama was recently seen speaking in front of the Ohio state flag, not a special "Obama flag" that is a harbinger of his founding New Zimbabwe upon taking power.

It's like even the top layers of crazy have weathered away from the Right's support-bucket. Nothing but rich and pungent Deep Crazy left here.

(I think I need another break from the internet. I dunno yet if I'm gonna do the debates.)

About ACORN

Wednesday, 15 October 2008 11:43
Rachel Maddow presents a good summary of the ACORN foo-rah and why it's a total crock:

I hadn't heard of Ms. Maddow before [livejournal.com profile] toddalcott started linking to her recently. I really like her stuff now.
Hee hee hee. (Teh funny is fuller if you grew up in the U.S. while watchin TV over the last few decades.)

I like the practical message, too. As a commenter on another LJ said, this rather justifies moveon.org's existence.

(I've written off my own parents as being completely irrational due to deep-seated swarthiphobia (literally - they are so, so scared), but I know at least one person close to me whose parents live in a swing state and are still undecided, and their education is an ongoing project...)

(My mom was telling me how she and dad went to a Todd Palin rally in Newport last weekend. He's a rather soft-spoken man, apparently, and they had to strain to hear him.)

O wants U

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 19:54
The Obama campaign called me. [livejournal.com profile] classicaljunkie said, "Ha ha! It is because you re-registered as 'Unenrolled', sucka!" But actually they were more focusing on the fact I'd given them some ca$h recently, and wanted to know if maybe I felt like a little canvassing.

I said: NO WAI! But I told them I'd pass along word of their need. So, yeah, if you've got some free time to help make sure the country is prised from the clammy grip of the Neocons and their stooges next month, do visit http://my.barackobama.com.

(Heh heh, my paid account expired, and let us find a good omen in that my Moonbat icon is one of the ones that didn't get locked out...)

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