Friday, August 28, 2009
Several months ago I did a bit on my buddy madsimian, who regularly posts truly magnificent stuff on his tumblr blog. Well, he's achieved something I thought might never happen.
Allow me to explain.
Many years back, when I first moved to Madison, I rented for some inexplicable reason a Japanese anime DVD entitled All-Purpose Cultural Cat-Girl Nuku Nuku. It was the most bizarre thing I'd ever seen; it was about this single-dad scientist guy who puts a cat brain into a teenage girl android. She becomes a babysitter for his son, and there are strong hints that she's attracted to the father.
APCCGNN was more disturbing to me than any other anime I'd ever seen, including Legend of the Overfiend. Even though there was no nudity at all in Nuku Nuku or any naughty scenes whatsoever, the pederasty themes were so mainstream that I got really freaked out. It's all about men using science to make women that fit a sick ideal of passivity and infinite youth — vomit! (Of course, this trend has only continued in our culture, especially Japanese culture.)
Ever since I first saw APCCGNN, I've waited to see something that rivaled it for sheer bizarre confluence of mainstream kiddie-fun and incomprehensible sexual overtones. And I'm happy to report that madsimian has found it. Fire up your automatic head-scratchers and take a look at Ultimate Muscle Roller Legend!
I just don't know what to say, except: Thanks, madsimian. What a way to start my day!
Here's the intro vid for All Purpose Cultural Cat Girl Nuku Nuku. ScienceDad is strangely absent here — a nod to his invisible deus-esque omniscience?
Today I'm listening to: Silversun Pickups!
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
I can't shake the impending feeling of doom when I see people bringing loaded firearms to town hall meetings about health care. If people have guns (especially paranoid right-wing people who believe there's someone trying to restrict their freedoms) they will eventually use them. (TPCQ: "If you've got it, you have to use it, right?") Someone is going to get shot.
You'll forgive me if I don't trust these people. Sure, they have the right, but it's still a sickening example of what's wrong with political "discourse" in the United States. We're supposed to be discussing health care for the most vulnerable among us (as well as the "well off", who are often one paycheck or less away from bankruptcy if medical problems arise), but instead these people are pretending like the Dems want to send them to internment camps. (TPCQ: "It's the biggest tax increase in history!" "Actually dad it's the smallest tax increase in history." "Well anyway, I'm still outraged.")
I am reminded of what Bill Hicks said when he heard people were bringing shotguns to UFO sightings: "Doesn't there come a time in our evolution as a species where you put your guns aside? Just [bad word]ing once?" If ths keeps up, mark my words — someone is going to get shot.
Meanwhile, here's the real gem from the CNN article:
He added that because of Arizona's open carry law, it's not uncommon for protesters to pack heat at demonstrations.Wow. I suppose someone more clever than myself could work in a Public Enemy reference here.
As always, The Daily Show strikes at the heart of the lunacy with this January 2007 bit about guns in schools.
Today I'm listening to: Silversun Pickups! (Who said they were coming to Madison but in fact they're only making it to Green Bay. Sob!)
MadWomen for Peace (incl. Diane)