Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Round-Up and Video Clips

Chuck Candy

Firstly, today was a wild day here at League of Melbotis. JimD sent a link from my Chuck E. Cheese post to Whitney Matheson at Pop Candy. (Matheson is the same blogger who recently asked my Devo question...) Matheson posted the link, and my hit count jumped from its usual 45 hits or so a day (that includes a lot of folks accidentally hitting the site) to about 1800 at last count.

That's a lot of people hearing about my tight slacks and aversion to messy children.

Anyhow, I welcome all the new folks who might stop by. We always appreciate new visitors here at The League, and we hope you enjoy your stay. Please feel free to poke around, ask questions, and generally make yourself at home.

It's always fun getting some visitors who aren't usually at the site. I totally recommend going back and reading the comments section as several other Chuck E. Cheese alumni piped up with similar tales. Great stuff.

Bankston on MSNBC

My former roommate, Kevin Bankston, appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" this evening arguing for the Electronic Frontier Foundation's lawsuit against the government for illegal wiretapping.

You have to understand how weird it is to see the same guy using the same tone with Keith olbermann that he once used to argue that it was MY turn to clean the living room.

I'd rather we not actually debate the topic here, as this isn't that kind of blog, but be a little weirded out that the guy with whom I share a multitude of embarrassing memories is now an important attorney-guy/ pundit.

Old times, old crimes.

Nimoy and New Trek in Austin

It seems the Alamo Drafthouse is a bit bigger deal than I realized. There was a showing of Star Trek II, Wrath of Khan at the Alamo this week with, supposedly, a few minutes of the new Trek sent by the studio. The Alamo surprised the audience with a guest appearance by none other than Leonard Nimoy (that's Spock to you non-nerds), the sort of proto-celeb to us in geek-kind.

In 6th grade, and I wish I were making this up, I had gerbils named "Leonard Nimoy" and "Richard Nixon". Let us speak on this no further.

Well, THEN Paramount pulled the coolest switcheroo in geek history by showing the entirety of the new Trek movie to the assembled.

Read it here in the NYT.

DAMMIT, MAN!!! Sadly, I probably would have missed it had I been in town because I did just watch Star Trek II on cable. Twice.

Spock is my homeboy.


I'm probably way late on this, but... it sort of sums up my feelings on a lot of why I can't fully embrace Twitter as a social tool.

Easter Fun

Some times the simple ideas are the best


I saw very little of Minneapolis while there. I can say the conference was pretty cool, and I learned a lot. Too much stuff going on during any hour, so I missed stuff that I couldn't split in two or three to visit.

There was snow on the ground when I arrived, but it all melted by the time I walked around a very little bit on Sunday. After that, I never really left the office.

Anyhow, I'm back. And I'm going to catch up on some sleep.


mcsteans said...

Ok...when I watched the Twitter video? (nicely summing up my own feelings btw) There was a text ad that popped up on the bottom of the screen for.....

Chuck E. Cheese.

I am not even kidding.

The League said...

Probably not a coincidence. Google/YouTube is probably scanning the page for words to link to ads. Google owns both YouTube and Blogger, so... make of that what you will.

I guess I'm saying that Google knows what you're doinga nd thinking at all times, and there's nothing creepy about that at all.

J.S. said...

I know we're not supposed to argue politics on here, but I have to say that Bankston did a good job during his interview, and, despite the fact that, in general, I'm an Obama supporter, I'm in agreement with pretty much everything Kevin said during his interview.
The Obama administration is just going the wrong way on this issue.

The League said...

You broke the law of the League, dude. I now get to put spiders in your bed.

NTT said...

Congrats on the USA Today link. The League is now "pop culture"!

Your ex-roommate did a very good job. I'm a proud supporter of the EFF and have donated to their fund. Everyone should learn what amazing advocacy work the EFF does on behalf of all citizens here in the United States. They have fought against the draconian applications of the DMCA clause under the Copyright Act, pursued liability against Sony for the DRM rootkit fiasco and taken the charge against the illegal NSA spying. The Obama administration is dead wrong on this issue and the NSA actions are clearly against the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

The League said...

I confess to being a bit stunned to hear that there was not a reversal on this one and am glad I can say I know the guy who is challenging the ruling.

Keep donating to EFF. Kevin can use the dough. I hope he's not still eating nothing but Papa John's, Totino's pizzas and Hamburger Helper the way he did when we all cohabitated.

Anonymous said...

I think Kevin needs to incorporate into his public t.v. persona, the little round short brimmed black hat he used to wear all the time, like Pauli from the Rocky movies.

He comes across as well spoken and in control of the facts. Look out Obama, Bankston is gunning for you.


The League said...

LOL. Genius. Yeah, he did a good job.

When are we going to get you to become a pundit, Peabo? Or run for dog catcher or something?

NTT said...

We all should donate to the EFF. They are the last line of defense against OMAC and SkyNET joining together to take over the world.

Fantomenos said...

I love that the google ads on the left are 4 for coupons to "The Chuck" and 1 for a tennis program for kids.

Oh, and I assume everyone's seen this cartoon, but it sums up the twitter thing pretty well.