Tag: stupidity

Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Uh Oh SpaghettiOs, Pearl Harbor Day Edition

Advertising, Funny Stuff
You'd think that by now companies would have learned how to effectively manage their social media presence. You'd be wrong. The latest corporate gaffe comes courtesy everybody's favorite canned, sauce-drenched, pasta-like product, SpaghettiOs. OK, so let's talk about this for a second. While I'm all for remembering the Pearl Harbor attack of December 7, 1941, the jovial nature of this image doesn't really fit the solemn tone of the day. Really, SpaghettiOs, if you can't be bothered to alter your mascot so it doesn't have its tongue sticking out and a goofy smile, maybe just stick with a text message? Anyway, here's a few more tragedies that we might expect SpaghettiOs to commemorate in the future. First is the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln: And for a more cont...
Idiot of the Week: Braylon Edwards

Idiot of the Week: Braylon Edwards

Sports
Ah, another million-dollar athlete with a ten-cent head.  Braylon Edwards of the New York Jets is quickly on his way to wearing out his welcome despite having only been on the team less than a year.  He already avoided one suspension for a misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct charge stemming from a fight outside a Cleveland night club in '09. It remains to be seen if he can avoid the wrath of Goodell on this one, but I thought I'd help him out with a bit of community service:
I’d Like to Thank All the Little People

I’d Like to Thank All the Little People

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It's been a few years since I heard from a Who's Who scammer, but it turns out today is my lucky day!  None other than Mr. J.M. Blakely (VP, Research Division) has extended the once-in-a-day opportunity to be part of Strathmore's Who's Who Registry & Global Network for Outstanding Professionals! Did you see that?  I'm an outstanding professional.  I need to add that to my business cards.  I mean if random pictures of a building, a pen, and some business guy cursing God aren't enough to convince you of Strathmore's legitimacy, I don't know what will. Here's their little sales pitch, in case you're interested: Dear Gray Flannel Suit, It is my pleasure to inform you that on January 24th, 2010 your information was reviewed and accepted for inclusion in the 2010 edition of our
“A gut wrenching day for The ClayNation”

“A gut wrenching day for The ClayNation”

People
I'll start off by stating that I don't care that Clay Aiken has finally decided to let us in on the painfully obvious - he's gay.  I'm offended not by his sexual orientation (I am a huge fan of Queen and Judas Priest after all), but rather by his mediocre and boring music.  But while Aiken's revelation met with a resounding "meh" from most of the American public, there is a subset of the population - self-titled ClayMates - who have had a hard time keeping the old stiff upper lip, as it were. Here's a sampling of dispatches from deep inside ClayNation - The Clayboard forums.  Read and weep, my friends: "This is a gut wrenching day for The ClayNation. Somebody wake me up, I hope its a dream." - strollynn63 "I wish him well and hope he gets some peace of mind now BUT I feel he lied to
The sad, inevitable death of Pandora

The sad, inevitable death of Pandora

Internet
Music lovers will have one less place to discover new music if the worst comes to pass, and internet radio pioneer Pandora shuts down as threatened.  And that would be a damn shame for me, as I've discovered a lot of wonderful new artists and songs through the service. For those who haven't used the (free) site, Pandora basically works like this - you create a "station" by entering an artist or a song you like.  The site, taking advantage of the Music Genome Project, streams random tracks that share similar qualities to your selection.  As each song plays, you can issue a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down", and that further fine-tunes what you hear. It's a fantastic idea, and as I said I've found a lot of great stuff using it.  But its existence is now threatened, thanks to a 2007 ruling f
How much would you pay for this?

How much would you pay for this?

Funny Stuff
I can certainly appreciate the audiophile mentality. Paying top dollar for good musical equipment is not wasted money in my opinion. Usually. And then there's the Denon AKDL1 Dedicated Link Cable, modestly priced at $500. You heard that right, $500 for a 59-inch copper cable. Let that sink in for a minute. And then check out some of the product reviews on Amazon.com. Here's a few of my favorites: This Cable Improved my Health! Thank you Denon. I suffer from a rare R/F allergy which makes it nearly impossible for me to leave my lead lined sarcophagus (unless there is a power outage). Generally i can only listen to music on an accoustic gramaphone and hence my library consists entirely of John Phillips Suza. That all changed when i got the Denon AKDL1 dream maker. No random ...
MSG just can’t get any dumber

MSG just can’t get any dumber

Sports
I had to read the headline twice to make sure it wasn't a typo, but apparently the NHL is looking to have MSG removed as owner of the New York Rangers.  MSG sued the NHL last September, claiming that when the league took over promotional efforts for the Rangers they violated antitrust laws.  So league commish Gary Bettman went mushroom cloud on MSG in retaliation and wants to kick them out. I didn't see his name listed in the article, but I wouldn't be at all surprised to see that James Dolan is involved in this somehow.   Sorry Knicks fans, I searched Google and I didn't find anything about the NBA trying to duplicate the NHL's efforts.  If anything, Dolan would have more time to focus on the Knicks if he lost the Rangers.  Scary.
Sharon Stone: Idiot of the week

Sharon Stone: Idiot of the week

Rants
I know it's only Thursday, but I feel pretty confident about this selection. You see, it seems Ms. Stone caused a bit of a brouhaha with her comments about the recent earthquake in China. She displayed her tact and political acumen when she uttered the following pearl of wisdom: "I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else...And then all this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and I thought, is that karma - when you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?" No dipshit, the earthquake (and resulting deaths of almost 70,000 Chinese so far) is not karma. It's a tragic geological event that has impacted a whole lot of people who have absolutely nothing to do with the treatment of Tibet by the Chines...
And the idiot of the week is…

And the idiot of the week is…

Funny Stuff, People
District Judge Robert Patterson Jr., who admitted (without embarrassment, presumably) that he found the "magical world" of the Harry Potter book series "hard to follow, filled with strange names and words that would be gibberish in any other context." (Judge Patterson, by the way, presided over the recently concluded copyright trial involving J.K. Rowling and RDR Books, would-be publishers of the Harry Potter Lexicon.) Now this is a first - an adult actually claiming that Harry Potter is too confusing. And not just any adult, but one who presumably graduated from law school at some point and is capable of reading and comprehending rather complex legal briefs and literature. And a quick check reveals that, indeed, the Hon. Judge Patterson graduated from Harvard and Columbia Law. Of cours...