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Matthew and Ian
11 March 2009 @ 01:26 am
A while ago, a guy who makes robots* wrote a thing

He followed up with another thing.

*well, not by himself.
 
 
Matthew and Ian
15 January 2009 @ 07:30 pm
Joe the Plumber is now Joe the Reporter, and he's covering the war in Israel.

He begins by advocating his own expulsion.
 

 

I’ll be honest with you. I don’t think journalists should be anywhere allowed war. I mean, you guys report where our troops are at. You report what’s happening day to day. You make a big deal out of it. I think it’s asinine. You know, I liked back in World War I and World War II when you’d go to the theater and you’d see your troops on, you know, the screen and everyone would be real excited and happy for’em. Now everyone’s got an opinion and wants to downer–and down soldiers. You know, American soldiers or Israeli soldiers.

I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting. You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, “Well look at this atrocity,” well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it.

He follows up by taking reporters to task for inserting their own opinion.
 

 

JOE: They’re supposed to bring the news to you unbiased. They’re supposed to actually report it and then let you make your opinion.

ROGER L. SIMON: What do you think you can provide that a seasoned journalist can’t?

JOE: What I can provide are actual real questions and get real answers. I’m not talking manufactured answers, I’m not talking soundbites…And uh, not giving it any kind of slants.That’s how news is supposed to be reported. Somewhere along the line they forgot that. As opposed to a commentary from them. 

 

He closes by taking another reporter to task for... well, I'm not sure really.
 
 

 

JOE: The story here is people are being killed and the media’s slanting it and trying to make it Hamas is, uh, as far as, that Israel’s being bad. Do you believe Israel is bad?

REPORTER: Do I believe it?

JOE: Yeah, do you?!

REPORTER: I’m Israeli, so…

JOE: So answer the question!

REPORTER: No, I don’t think Israel is bad.

JOE: Do you think Israel has every right to protect itself?

REPORTER: Yeah.

[pause]

JOE: You do?!

REPORTER: Yeah.

JOE: Have you said that on air?

REPORTER: I’m just a reporter.

 

 

"Borrowed" from here.
 
 
Matthew and Ian
06 January 2009 @ 07:47 pm
UGO bought the site from Ziff-Davis and laid off about 30 people.

The comments section is furious, but UGO didn't do themselves any favors by announcing the deal with "Please join us in celebrating this major news for 1UP."

Jeremy Parish made it through, but doesn't seem happy.
 
 
Matthew and Ian
I didn't come up here to wish Ian and Jess good luck. I came up to say that I don't need to wish them good luck.
 
Now, I guess I should explain that...
 
As some of you know, I've known Ian and Jes for quite a few years. About two years ago, I had no job and no real prospects. They let me into their home gave me a room to stay in while I got my bum self on my feet.
 
And, of course, even after I got on my feet, California rent prices being what they are... well, it works a little better if you've got three or four people to a house. (Which is how we picked up Dom.)
 
Anyway, the point is, I've seen them up close.
 
Now, I've never been married, but I have it on good authority that a marriage is about ten percent being in love and ninety percent really hard work.
 
They are in love. You don't have to live with them to see that. They've got that ten percent covered.
 
But I've also seen them when the chips are down. And there's going to be obstacles. Definitely some small ones, definitely some medium ones, and maybe some big ones. That's just life.
 
I can tell you, they're a team. Whatever life throws at them, they're going to face together. They already do. Marriage is just a technicality at this point. As a man named Ray Smuckles* once said "Just put the symbolic ring on. The real ring went on basically when you met."
 
That's why I don't have to wish them good luck. They're going to make their own good luck.

*When Jes requested an Achewood quote in the speech, she was hoping I was going to call her a "vittles bitch." No such luck.
 
 
 
Matthew and Ian
16 December 2008 @ 09:30 pm


There's a Tristan Farnon quote I like to copy and paste every now and then.

I've been living off my savings since last June. I probably have another year or so to develop something workable with Leisuretown.com before I'm bussing tables again. I need a day job, I think all artists do. Without something horrible happening to me every day, I don't have a foil to work against when I come home to make comics. Nothing comes out. No pages, no jokes or artwork. When I don't have a job, there are only two or three subjects I can talk about with any authority: masturbation and killing myself. It starts to feel like the same themes over and over. It's difficult reducing the amount of dick jokes because it feels like a desperate, transparent attempt at different material . . . I know deep down I'm probably not talented enough to move beyond the word "fart." The "best" comics I've ever done were developed while I was employed somewhere exasperating.

I've been pretty content at work for a while, but there might be some good comics coming up.

 
 
Matthew and Ian
03 November 2008 @ 05:44 pm
If there is one shocker on election night in the presidential race, cast your eyes to Georgia. 1,994,990 people voted early in Georgia. 3,301,875 total voted in Georgia's presidential race in 2004.

Let that sink in.

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2008/11/on-road-atlanta-georgia.html

Could be a big one, folks. I had what I thought was a very safe bet involving voter turnout, but I might lose that one yet.
 
 
Matthew and Ian
07 October 2008 @ 12:49 am
Maps  
They don't love you like I love you.



This is live, by the way, so it'll update all the way to the election.
 
 
 
Matthew and Ian
18 April 2008 @ 06:05 pm
There's a certain art of compromise to sharing a house with other people. Little agreements keep the whole enterprise running smoothly on a daily basis. For instance, Jess doesn't like the smell of fish. She'll put up with it for our sake, but we grill it outside when we can. Or for another example, I have a visceral dislike of monotonal former Nixon speechwriters, but will tolerate episodes of "The Fairly Oddparents" in which they do voicework.

There's some things I have to draw the line on, however. The good news is, if these scathing reviews of "Expelled" are any indication of the film's future success, I may not have to mute the commercials on Comedy Central for much longer.