April 30th, 2008

Safety Dance

PotUSA Beats the Odds!

I picked up the latest Presidents of the United States of America (PotUSA) album recently. I'd heard one song off of it and really do love their first album. I was trepidacious though as their follow-up albums weren't as good, it had been years since their last album and they'd broken up in the meantime. Despite this, because of the song I'd heard on the radio, I had hopes for this album.
My optimism was rewarded! The album rocks. They've gotten back to the very silly nature and solid sound of their first album. It doesn't sound like they're just trying to capitalize on earlier success, they've put enough good material together over enough time that they've come out with a fine record. They have more variety of sound without losing the PotUSA feel of the songs. The later songs on the album have an almost big band feel to them, or at least a passing similarity to bands like the Squirrel Nut Zippers: a fine, modern Jump band.
Now to see if the new REM album is any good.
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Angry Tiger

This... I can't quite believe it, even of Fox

Apparently Fox put up a graphic of Lincoln and Douglass to illustrate Hillary Clinton challenging Barak Obama to a "Lincoln-Douglas style" debate. Only instead of pictures of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, they put up a graphic of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

Every time I think Fox "News" can't possibly get any worse, they prove me wrong. What the hell is wrong with them? How do they manage to stay on the air? I'm normally an optimistic guy, but things like this make me despair for humanity. I then have to spend lots of time reminding myself that these people are a minority, that demographics and history trend away from Fox and its level of stupidity. They're on the losing side of history or they wouldn't have to "stand astride it, yelling STOP". Fortunately, all they manage is to slow things down occasionally.
Forbidden Cast

I'm Not Iron Man

But I can get a powered exo-skeleton! Well, as soon as they start making them for taller people. The most amusing part of the article to me? This thing is wrapped around you and they're calling it the Robot Suit Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) exoskeleton. HAL? Really? I'm going to strap myself into a powered machine named after an insane computer. To make it even better, the company is CYBERDYNE. No news if they'll be starting Skynet soon.