Friday, February 29, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "I Dare You" Edition

Go head, Hillary Clinton campaign. I dare you.

Do it.

C'mon do it.

Sue the Texas Democratic Party.

Do it.

I dare you.

I double dare you.

Your campaign took years setting up a Super Tuesday system that would have presumably wiped out any possible contender for your nomination.

You were so convinced you'd knock out everyone else that you didn't bother strategizing any post-Feb 5 states.

You were so convinced that you didn't need any small states that you didn't bother trying to win Kansas and other Midwest states.

You supposedly care so much about Texas, that you don't know how the primary/caucus works.

You've been stacking the deck for years for this moment and yet you find yourself down.

So you start grasping at straws. You lower the bar. You "go nuclear."

And now, you threaten with legal action because there's a better-than-average chance you're going to lose Texas, thanks in part by the complicated primary/caucus system.

So do it. Please do it. Sue us. Tear the Democratic party to pieces. Let that be your legacy.

I dare you.

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Spoon - "The Underdog"

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Barack Obama - San Marcos - 2/27/08

This past Wednesday night, Dear Mr. Supercomputer and company ventured down to San Marcos for a Barack Obama rally. While we weren't able to get nearly as close as when we saw him last year, this had more gravity.



This coming Tuesday, Texas has the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to essentially crown the Democratic nominee for President. So be sure to vote, and then caucus that night. Because in Texas, you can vote twice!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Classy New Look of DMS

Sure, you noticed the new logo atop this here blog.

But did you notice..... THIS?!



Mwa ha ha ha!!!

im in ur bookmarks bein ur favrite!!!!!1

Let's check it out again, a bit bigger this time.



Oh yeah. That's what I'm talking about. It took hours of work and neglecting my children but it is so worth it.

See, the "D" stands for "Dear." As in "Dear Mr. Supercomputer." And the rest was lifted from Google as a slap in their face. They've got competition now.

Now, in order for this monumental shift in the trajectory of mankind to be truly complete, you'll have to update your bookmarks so as to reveal the "D" in all its true glory. Make it so.

(p.s. I also changed the text background but you can't tell. I can't even tell. But it's wayyyyy better. Trust me.)

(p.p.s I changed the icon to make it look a little more sinister:

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Better.)

(p.p.p.s. The least popular running segment on DMS, the MP3 of the Week, just got way cooler too. We learned how to embed the player. And I by "how to" I mean "copy and paste." This is the week that DMS goes from a little personal blog to an Internet changing iconoclastic destroyer of worlds.)

Friday, February 22, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "Catching Up" Edition

Man oh man. What a week. It's been a while since we've brought you new and fresh information and perspective. Let's just say we were wiped by the raucous Levar Burton Birthday Bash. Up ahead, some awesome new internet goodies, a few confessions, but first, the news.

McCain Tries to Woo Conservatives by Participating in a Lobbyist Scandal. Is this the best possible thing that could have happened to McCain? Now he gets to say that the New York Times is out to get him. He looks like he actually kind of likes lobbyists. And he gives the wink-wink impression that a 72 year old might be able to have sex. No more questions about the vitality of this member of the Greatest Generation.

Hillary Gives Best Debate Performance Yet, Drops 4 Points in the Polls. People seem to think that Hilary did well in the debate here in Austin last night. I suppose that's true, but Obama is getting better too. And it's getting easier to see him as Commander in Chief. Texas is getting tight. The problem with California is that Obama only had a week to roost there. He caught up valiantly there, but didn't have the time to surpass. Here, he's got two more weeks. There's a massive rally in Austin tonight (wasn't able to procure a baby-sitter or Mother-in-law in time) and if he wins Texas, it's probably over. I will take back every mean thing I've ever said about the state in which we reside if that happens.

Speaking of Texas, You Can Vote Twice. We had a lengthy conversation with someone from the Obama campaign discussing this weird primary-caucus thing that Texas does. We already early voted, but we all can vote again on the actual primary day of March 4th at our precinct's caucus. That's fantastic! So go vote, and then vote again. The Obamans are calling it the Texas Two-Step. Go here to read more.

Remind Me to Kick Kirk Watson in the Nuts. You a-hole. You looked like one of those people on "Jay-walking." Thanks for all those Austin bike lanes and all, but just crawl into a hole somewhere. Good God I can't watch this thing. It makes me sick. You just got beat by Chris Matthews, and he didn't have to work that hard.

And So Begins the "Please Don't Leave, Lebron" Campaign. Our own Cleveland Cavs made a splash by getting a bunch of overpriced one-dimensional players in exchanged for a bunch of overpriced one-dimensional players. On second thought, scratch that, Larry Hughes is a no-dimensional player. Lebron is excited. Others, less so. And it will be sad if this site goes away.

Even if heylarryhughespleasestoptakingsomanybadshots.com Goes Away, We Still Have stuffwhitepeoplelike.com. Yes, this is one of the best blogs of all time. Good Lord, are we that white? Wes Anderson flicks? Arrested Development? Are we that predictable? Truly hilarious stuff.

And lastly, we leave you with the mp3 of the week.

The Shout Out Louds - "Tonight I Have to Leave It"

Saturday, February 16, 2008

I Almost Forgot the Big Birthday Today

Happy Birthday, Levar Burton!



We're Going to Have a "Bunker Mentality" This Weekend

The part of Single Mother on Welfare will be played this weekend by Dear Mr. Supercomputer.

It's been 12 hours and we're still standing. But we've made two pots of coffee.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Endorsements

It's time for a few new DMS-approved endorsements.

  • Blog. The Update Transformation. Jonny G (shown below, enjoying ACL Fest, was writing blogs back before we knew what a blog was. Way back in 1998, a phenomenon entitled simply The Update swept across Waco, then Texas, then the entire continental United States. Back before describing the minutiae of your life was en vogue, Jonny G was filling our inboxes with the blithe drivel from his daily life. And we loved him for it.
  • Concert. Radiohead in Dallas. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at noon.
  • Remake of a Movie. Speed, by Team Banana Pants. If you haven't done so yet, vote for their flick. Sure it's a friend's and I'm biased, but it also rules.
  • Television. PBS. All we've watched this week is programming from KLRU, the local PBS station. On Monday we learned about Mormons. On Tuesday we learned more about Mormons (and just so you know, we still don't know the difference between a Latter Day Saint and a Jehovah's Witness). Tonight we learned about African Americans on African American Lives 2. Did you know that Don Cheadle is almost 20% European?! Well, neither did he. You could tell he was crushed. I'm not sure when the special on W.A.S.P.s will run, but we'll let you know.
  • Beer. Pacifico Clara. Cool, crisp, imported, and an especially long bottle neck that makes it hard to get out of the fridge.
  • Album. Muscle n' Flo by Menomena. Yes, it was in our top 10 list for 2007, but the more we listen to it, the more we are enamored by it. It's kind of like 2006 Midlake's Van Occupanther in that it bled over into 2007 in its greatness. Muscle n' Flo reminds us a lot of TV on the Radio's best efforts.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidate. Barack Obama. Yes we can. And, um, if anyone knows how to get tickets to the debate at UT-Austin, let us know..... so we can sell them to this guy.

Monday, February 11, 2008

"Pop Quiz Hotshot"

A couple friends made this spectacular remake of Speed in honor of the new Michael Gondry movie, Be Kind, Rewind and an associated contest with its release.



Vote for it here! Give it 10 stars (that's way better than 5 stars)! You do have to register, but you can opt out of the email notices. It takes 25 seconds. I timed myself.

On a personal note, I think it captures the suspense of the original, and the acting is only enhanced.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Radiohead Greatest Hits Album? or An Imploration From DMS

Apparently so. Without the bands consent, EMI is going to release a Radiohead Greatest Hits album. Radiohead is probably the least likely band in the world to release one on their own and probably the worst band in the world to make one.

While we don't have a problem with Greatest Hits albums - so long as they put them off until the band has decent archive behind them, unlike some people - and we don't have too much of a problem with EMI wanting to make a quick buck off the band's recent endeavors and upcoming tour, particulalry since EMI released the incredible, but highly experimental and single-unfriendly Kid A, I can't imagine this "album" being any kind of enjoyable. Can you imagine "High and Dry" and "Idioteque" on the same album? "Creep" and "Everything In Its Right Place?" "The Bends" and "Motion Picture Soundtrack?"

Greatest Hits albums are tempting for people who like the music but aren't ready to go back and invest $70 in the band's previous albums. I understand that. But consider thing a review before ever hearing the album: this will be a wretched compilation. If you're not willing to invest in every album, that's fine. Just go but Paranoid Android or something. Or The Bends. Or Kid A. You'll like it better than some hodge-podge of songs that EMI decides to jam together on a double CD. That's a promise from DMS to you, the loyal reader.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Could Puerto Rico Decide Who's Our Next President


There's a rather humorous scenario floating around the political world these days: Puerto Rico may very well be the deciding factor in the Democratic presidential nomination process.

Super Tuesday gave no indication of a winner. Obama is expected to do well in the "Crabcake Primaries" and Clinton is expected to do well in the Texas and Ohio primaries. But it's hard to imagine either winning any of these so convincingly as to force their opponent into dropping out of the race. In fact, with Clinton loaning herself $5 million (I wonder if she teared up when she signed the checks - sorry.... low blow....) I can't imagine her not sticking it out until the end. And with Obama's wealth of enthusiastic supporters I can't see him pulling out prematurely either. And with all these proportionally assigned delegates, it seems neither will be able to pull too far ahead.

Enter Puerto Rico.

  • It's the last primary state (June 7).
  • It has a delegate count of 63 (larger than the difference of delegates accumulated on Super Tuesday).
  • It's winner-take-all (holy crap).
It's a fun mental exercise to think about Puerto Rico having a larger role in determining our next president than, say, California. While the nomination will likely be decided by then - Howard Dean wants it decided by April, and if it's not, he'll body-slam you - there is a better-than-negligible chance it could be decided by the mother of all U.S. Territories. Maybe then it could finally become a state.

And I think if it does indeed come down to Puerto Rico, the Democratic party must recreate this scene.

Monday, February 04, 2008