October 3rd, 2011

#2976: Ebert gave Gigli 2.5 stars?

And people still take him seriously as a film critic?

Today's Irregular Webcomic mentions the movie and has a link to its Wikipedia entry, so I checked it out. I knew already that it was the worst movie in history, but I was incredulous to learn that the vaunted Ebert gave it 2.5 stars.

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3,895 units sold. Chevrolet has sold less than 4,000 Volts since the model first went up for sale, out of a predicted 10,000.

"To be fair, GM has claimed that sales would falter during the summer because of a pre-planned shutdown of the automaker's Hamtramck assembly plant." GM seems to think that because they can build 833 per month, they would sell 833 per month.

September's sales: 723. Which leaves an extra 110 laying around somewhere just from September alone. "Cars.com shows over 2,600 units available in a nation-wide search of new vehicle listings."

Nssan has apparently sold twice the number of Leafs, which are all-electric, but that's still under 10,000 units. (Well under.)

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This is the first I've heard of this. NASA is apparently building a heavy-lift booster that will use liquid-fueled engines. Since the Obama administration nixed the Ares platform, NASA's working on building a system from off-the-shelf components.

...gee, that suggestion sounds awfully familiar to me.

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Sending people to jail because they purposely sent their kids to the wrong school. These are people who are trapped in the failed socialized educational system, who have no other options, who are forced to send their kids to the nearest school regardless of how crappy it may be.

"Educational theft" is what the government calls it when someone lies about his residency in order to send his kid to a better school.

"Only in a world where irony is dead could people not marvel at concerned parents being prosecuted for stealing a free public education for their children. "

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DOOM! and it leads off with a link to this story about Greece missing its deficit targets.

Which led to a 258 drop in the Dow today, of course. (Incidentally, the Dow is down nearly 2,000 points since July.)

Congress considers another round of Smoot-Hawley as a way of reducing unemployment. Earth to assholes: READ YOUR FUCKING HISTORY, YOU SHITHEADS!

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Pakistan is going to be the focus of the war that's a-comin'. What? War always follows an economic depression, and if you think we're not in one now I'll gladly relieve you of all your surplus money so you can get on the same page as the rest of us.

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Grand slam over on Market Ticker today:

Unemployment is still the biggest problem facing our economy. BTW, there's a link to a page which explains what it costs to manufacture an Ipad--and total manufacturing costs are around $11 per unit. That's everything--labor, energy, etc. Of course it also takes at least $250 worth of parts to build one; but putting those parts together is $11 per unit. Holy crap. (That means perhaps $20-30 per unit if built in the US. But we can't have that, now can we?)

Time to end "mark-to-fantasy" and let the banks fail.

Morgan-Stanley being sold short at $5. The "sell-by" date is in three weeks. Someone thinks things are about to get really, really shitty, and is putting his money where his mouth is.

"Oh, It's Not Just Morgan Stanley Either". Yeah, it's only down 8%. CitiBank is down 9.5%.

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Last night I finished reading the entirety of Suzuka. Longtime readers of the Fungus may recall that I was buying the books some years ago; well, I picked up where I left off over at MangaReader.net and--over the course of several days--read to the end. I'd still like to get the rest of the books, I think--so I don't have to re-translate the lousy translation and try to figure out what's happening on the murkily-scanned pages--but it's not really a priority right now.

B Gata H Kei is winding down. How do I know? Yamada and Kosuda finally got it on.

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Today would have been my sister's 53rd birthday. I'm successfully resisting the urge to go sing "Happy Birthday" to the urn, even though that's the kind of thing she would have found funny.

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I need to go pick up license plates for the bike, and I have to go shopping, and I don't feel like doing any of it. Why am I so unmotivated?

....Og works a 50+ hour week, then spends his weekend doing more work, and says it "feels good". My big accomplishment for the entire weekend was getting the grass cut. *whimper*