Ladies and gentlemen, I have a new least-favorite commercial.  Old Spice (Proctor & Gamble) is the offender this time.

Does beastiality really sell soap?  I hope not.

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Did anyone else watch Rick Warren interview Barack Obama and John McCain?

I’m no huge Obamaniac, but I came a away with a bad feeling about John McCain.  His answers seemed contrived and it sounded several times like he threw out some Christian catch phrases a bit disingenuously. But then again, it’s not about me.

What were your impressions?

Ah, the Olympics are upon us and the world turns its gaze towards China and the awesome athletic prowess of Michael Phelps and Glen Eller. Never heard of Glen Eller, you say? Well, let me tell you about Glen “The Glide” Eller (nickname mine, but I think it will catch on).

Mr. Eller is one bad-a with a shotgun, as he brought home the gold this year in shooting, winning the gold in double trap, a non-sport, which is the point of my post. There are several so-called “sports” in the Olympics that have no business being there because they aren’t a sport, they’re just hobbies. Do they take a lot of skill? Absolutely. Hand-eye coordination? You bet. But those things don’t make an activity a sport. If all you need to qualify your hobby as a sport is skill, technical know-how and hand-eye coordination, then quiting, knitting and cross-stich need to be added to the list of events for London 2012.  I wonder if they would do one of those annoying biomentary pieces for Olympic quilters? Fighting back from multiple index finger injuries and the loss of her cat, Horace, Gretchen Fincklemeyer comes into these games as a force to be reckoned with…back to you, Bob Costas.

Take my quick quiz to see if you can correctly distinguish sports from non-sports:

Which of the following Olympic events is a sport, and thus deserves to remain a part of the Olympic games?
a. Shooting
b. Sailing
c. NASCAR
d. Equestrian
e. None of the Above

If you answered a,b,c or d, you’re wrong. These are hobbies that rely on the power or strength of a machine or animal to accomplish the intended results. Not right. Not wrong. Just different (and not sports).

If you answered None of the Above, you are correct. Happy hobbying.

He’s French-Canadian and that’s not his real voice?  FreeCreditReport.com isn’t really free, but just another “prey on poor people” scam? This changes everything.

Read about it here.

Finally, Italian cinema comes to the mainstream. This just works on so many levels.

8/1 – UPDATE: ScottyP took photos at Obama’s event.  Here’s the link.

If you haven’t seen the latest Jib-Jab video, check it out. It inspired this blog post title.

On to the point of this post — Obama was in Rolla today. Did anyone go? What were your impressions?

UPDATE: This looks pretty awesome. I can already tell that Tom Riddle as a kid is going to be creepy.

I’m a full-fledged Harry Potter fan. Does that make me a nerd (or the anti-Christ)? Anyway, per MuggleNet, the teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is supposed to be released on AOL (those corporate jerks) tonight at 8 p.m. Central Time.

I’m sure someone will post iut on YouTube, so I’ll update this post as soon as it’s available. In the meantime I leave you with a few pics of the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where I might have, sort of dressed up.

Enjoy.

Gryffindor and Slytherin

Gryffindor and Slytherin

Walburga Black (the screaming portrait of Sirius's mother)

Walburga Black (the screaming portrait of Sirius's mother)

Professor Trelawny

Professor Trelawny

Kreacher

Kreacher

More later.