Monday, July 30, 2012

Things I learned from Google's suggested searches for "Is Celebrity X"

  • People are really interested in who is gay
  • People are also very suspicious of rappers (especially with regards to possible Illuminati involvement)
  • Consequently, rappers are the most fun to ask Google questions about
  • No one seems to know who is dead and who's alive
  • Apparently Alex Turner being "nice" is something of a concern
  • The "Is Snoop Dogg a Rastafarian" question makes sense in light of his recent announcement that he is releasing a reggae album
  • Some people are amazingly stupid ("Is Robert De Niro Jewish" - are you kidding me?)
  • Others have mighty high expectations for Google - I don't think it is qualified to answer your theological questions about Kurt Cobain's place in the afterlife

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Things Google suggests to complete your search when you type: *

  • "Is Eminem" - dead, gay, married, Illuminati
  • "Is Robert De Niro" - married, Jewish, gay, 's wife black
  • "Is Lindsay Lohan" - dead, gay, gay 2012, pregnant 2012
  • "Is Gucci Mane" - in jail, Illuminati, a Blood, dead
  • "Is Jeremy Lin" - injured, Nigahiga's cousin, hurt, coming back
  • "Is Alex Turner" - nice, gay, single, left handed
  • "Is Nancy Pelosi" - on crack, married, retiring, insane
  • "Is Lil B" - gay, serious, a joke, retarded
  • "Is Kurt Cobain" - dead, alive, in hell, overrated
  • "Is Snoop Dogg" - a Crip, dead, a felon, a Rastafarian
  • "Is Kim Kardashian" - pregnant, pregnant 2012, divorce, and Kanye West dating
  • "Is Adam Sandler" - dead, married, Jewish, dead 2012
* Presented without comment until the next list, which will discuss what I learned from this exercise

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Reactions to the Dark Knight Rises (spoiler-free)

  • If you took the over on the "15 minutes of trailers" prop bet, you're getting paid
  • Before you ask, Hathaway as Catwoman doesn't ruin the whole movie
  • Despite the movie itself being two hours and forty-five minutes long, I actually believe many scenes could have been extended
  • Christopher Nolan has never made a bad movie, and it seems like only a matter of time until he starts putting Oscars on the mantle
  • It only feels cool driving home at night after seeing Batman movies if you are driving stick - automatic is no good
  • Holy shit, what a movie
  • There has probably never been a blockbuster of such acting pedigree - of the main cast, only Tom Hardy and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have not been nominated for/won Academy Awards (and neither of those two are exactly slouches)
  • I am seriously considering seeing this again this weekend
  • Bane is a fabulous villain
  • Okay, one only slightly spoiler-y reaction (highlight for text): Nolan's interpretation has been praised for its realism, and I think this really came through in that DKR emphasized the physical damage wrought on Bruce Wayne's body as a result of his actions as Batman - he physically couldn't remain Batman much longer

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Preseason college football odds to win the National Championship, as set by me

  • USC Trojans - 7:2
  • LSU Tigers - 4:1
  • Alabama Crimson Tide - 9:2
  • Oregon Ducks - 6:1
  • West Virginia Mountaineers - 8:1 (my dark horse NC pick)
  • Oklahoma Sooners - 10:1
  • Georgia Bulldogs - 12:1
  • Michigan Wolverines - 14:1
  • Iowa Hawkeyes - 50:1
  • Notre Dame Fighting Irish - 4,000,000,000:1

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Conversations I heard or participated in today at work

  • Game of Thrones (very popular topic)
  • What constitutes rape, especially with regards to male victims
  • Nine Inch Nails, generally
  • How frightened a person should be of taking Baltimore's public transit system
  • Frank Ocean's sexuality
  • The largest animals that have ever lived
  • Mermaids: Real or fake?

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Top 10 Doritos flavors

10. Fiery Buffalo
9. Cool Ranch
8. Blazin' Jalapeno
7. Cool Ranch
6. Spicy Sweet Chili
5. Cool Ranch
4. Spicy Nacho
3. Cool Ranch
2. Cool Ranch
1. Cool Ranch

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Most anticipated albums for the second half of 2012

  • Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
  • Xibalba - Hasta La Muerte
  • Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
  • The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
  • The xx - Coexist
  • GOOD Music - Cruel Summer
  • Gallows - s/t
  • Trash Talk - 119
  • United Nations
  • Fake Problems
  • letlive.
  • A Wilhelm Scream
  • The Acacia Strain
  • Against Me!
  • The National