Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Ethical Dilema #2: Driving Within a Parking Lot

Look, we try to be environmentally conscious here. Recently, we've been trying to ride our bike as much as possible, bring our own bags to the grocery store, and stop killing dolphins with spears.

However, sometimes we go shopping. We buy stuff. And because we're combining our trips, thereby saving overall gas consumption, we need to go to another store. Sometimes that store is across the street, other times it's in the same parking lot maybe 300 yards away. We'll use that as our barometer: 300 yards.

So, assuming you've got a bag or two and your destination is 300 yards away, is it ok or not to get in the car and drive those 300 yards knowing you could walk the distance? Or does that just make you a lazy, lazy person?

Sunday, July 20, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "Roots" Edition

No, we're not inviting Levar Burton over to discuss our latest MP3 selection, though we would be beyond excited at that prospect.

But rather, we've sort of been digging through some of our old albums as of late to remind us of when exactly we got interested in music. You know, our formative years. Last week we started with Cracker circa 1993 and while we promise won't drag this out too much further, we're going way back to the 90's yet again this week.


Bob Mould's alt-rock group Sugar is pretty much the genesis of DMS's musical interest. Their album Copper Blue was as influential as any we had throughout our pubesence. While Mould's Sugar project is probably the least famous of his work, their "The Slim" was one of our most listened to song and pretty much is the platonic ideal of what DMS's musical interest was in the 90's and it still lingers even today.

Sugar - "The Slim"

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Like Hell it Won't Cut Cans!

Take that, Peter Saarsgard!

Remember that scene in Garden State when Peter Saarsgard (seen here about to get it on with Liam Neeson in Kinsey ... lucky!) schemes for a quick $40 by returning a set of knives he just picked up straight from the aisle? And the clerk asks why he was returning it? And his reasoning to the clerk was that it wouldn't cut cans?

Well you couldn't say that about the Miracle Blade!!!

So far we've used this beauty to do the following:
a) Cut plexiglass (yesterday to install our window A/C unit)
b) Cut blinders to get them to fit our windows
c) Slice food products

Sure a hacksaw could have done a) and b) a little better, but who can afford hacksaws these days? Am I right, people? Don't tell me it's not worth 3 easy payments of $19.95 (good Lord were they easy) (and we called now, so Chef Tony (shown below, showing us his fantastic product) knocked off one whole payment)! Thanks, Chef Tony!

(Ed. note: Yes, we've already relinquished every bit of Texan in us and become thick blooded Coloradans. We bought an A/C unit because we were so hot. The high tomorrow in Fort Collins is 85 degrees. In Austin it's 99.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

So, Colorado, When Does a Person Become a Person? or, "Abortions for Some; Miniature American Flags for Others!"

I knew that we'd be moving to a swing state, but I didn't realize at the time what a swinging state it was.

This Fall, in addition to voting between Bob Barr and Cynthia McKinney (or a couple other guys) for U.S. President, we are being asked to decide on the very nature of humanity. The Colorado Supreme Court gave the go ahead on a ballot initiative that would amend the state constitution to define a fertilized egg as a person.

The amendment, if approved by voters, would extend constitutional protections from the moment of conception, guaranteeing every fertilized egg the right to life, liberty, equality of justice and due process of law.

Something tells me that this might be 2008's version of the anti-gay marriage initiatives that wound up on ballots in 2004 and probably, more than the Swift Boaters, is the reason George W. Bush is still President. Apparently, more states are going to have similar ballot initiatives in November (a few have been knocked down), but Colorado is just the first.

From the Washington Post:

And the amendment carries broader implications, critics say, such as limiting medical research involving embryos, inviting intrusive government oversight of pregnancies, and banning certain contraception, including the morning-after pill and the intrauterine device, or IUD.

We're not sure whether this will pass or not. We're still not sure what to think about Colorado and we're not sure how much Boulder and Denver can swell up against Colorado Springs and, say, Greeley to vote this thing down. To be sure, we're not even sure what we'll be voting. For such a Raging Liberal (who hates America, is an elitist, and wants nothing more than Iran to conquer Israel is voting for Barack Obama as some part of a grand Affirmative Action scheme), we're actually pretty much pro-lifers. At least, we think we are. At the same time, we (and I'm using the singular version of "we" right now) don't feel right about criminalizing doctors who perform abortions and their patients (for, say, murder). And we really don't feel right about the possibility of thrusting heaps of court cases involving the rights of the embryo into the court system.

But then again, a large part of us does believe that in fact, life does begin at conception. I mean, doesn't it? And if not then, then when? And while we don't think that's the language that belongs in the state constitution, we do believe it to be true.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "What Have I Become?" Edition

A cell phone. A blog. A Subaru Forrester. Sunday Political Roundtables. Cable. And now...

... this.

So does this mean I have to stop making fun of all these people? No, it's just means I hate myself.

Oh, and my Netflix right now? I Netflixed an episode of Frontline.


(p.s. This is just plain painful. And while it's a little bit funny because linking "McCain" and "Viagra" is humorous, it's very very sad.

OK, so, pissed off Clinton voters? You're going to vote for this guy?)


In honor of our new venture, we're taking all the way back to our formative years. Perhaps the band that defined us more than anything else in the 1990's and even today. They were ironic before trucker hats were popular.

Cracker - "Take Me Down To The Infirmary"

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Ethical Dilema: Is it Offensive to Utillize the Handicap Buttons?

(Updated! See below for awe-inspiring details!)

It's tough to know what's kosher and what's not in today's society. Today we begin a neverending series that tries to answer the tough questions about right and wrong in our society. Sure things like stealing and murder are frowned upon. But we're here to tackle the tough questions such as the following: Is it ok for a non-handicapped person to use the handicapped door opening button?

I'm not handicapped. At least, not physically. Yet I often use these convenient buttons because, well, they're convenient. They open the door for you and leave it open long enough for several able-bodied beings to pass through. Sure it's lazy, I'm not arguing that. But is it ethical? Will people give me a look when they see me, a strapping able-bodied male, utilizing one of these to save the trouble of opening it myself?

I'll leave that up to you, the readers. Vote via the comments. Update! Screw comment voting. We added a poll. Hell yeah we did. Feel free to vote anonymously.

Friday, July 04, 2008

MP3 of the Week: "Cheating on Sufjan" Edition

You know how spouses will withhold sex from their partner and then their partner cheats and uses that as an excuse? Well, that's the point we're at with Sufjan Stevens here at Dear Mr. Supercomputer.

Sufjan, since you obviously are just deciding to not produce albums anymore, you've caused us to look elsewhere for our musical and lyrical satisfaction. Our needs are not being satisfied right now and we have officially fallen for Andrew Bird.

Maybe we could reconcile one day, but due to your extreme lack of original material in the form of a proper album for the past few years, we are running away with Andrew Bird. He is to the whistle what you are to the banjo.

Andrew Bird - "Simple X"