Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Dear Ndugu

Dear Ndugu:

A lot has happened since the last time I wrote. It is an important time in my country right now. It is an election year and we are electing a new president of our country. I don't know if you do this in your country. I don't know much about what goes on in Africa. I imagine you are sitting under a tree on the serengeti watching lions take down gazelles. Hmmm, maybe things aren't that different here than they are there. Our President said something yesterday and his opponents jumped all over him. Just like a lion taking down a gazelle. The only thing missing was the blood.
I'll write again soon.

Your friend in America,
Warren Schmidt

Thursday, August 26, 2004

British Zombie Movies

If someone said, "Hey, let's go see the latest British Zombie Movie!" I would politely say, "NO!"
But after watching the trailer for the latest BZM, I think it might be worth a trip to the cineplex! "Shaun of the Dead" a definite top 20 Clariticity pick!
See the trailer here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Hold the presses!

Evidently Utah is to die for.
The latest 'it' list from Forbes ranks Utah as the number one place in the nation to die. Ok. I would hate to be on the testing team for this one.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Princess PurpleFoot

DW had some onions removed from her foot last Friday. Wha? Onions? No, I mean bunions. Whatever.
What is a bunion anyway?
She came through with flying colors. Yes, including a purple cast.

Mayor F-bomb

Well, it looks like Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky "I'm no damn conservative" Anderson has stepped in it again. With good intentions, Mayor Rocky instituted a city wide book club recently. Sounds like a great idea. Unfortunately, the first book chosen is laced with profanity and demeaning sexual references to women. Nice. What an idiot. How do we elect people like this? I guess I'll say it again,
"SLC, you voted him in to office (twice) you get what you deserve!"

Read more about the story here.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Another one bites the dust

Another attempt to 'Apple-ize' the PC industry. The "Hip-e" computer made just for teenagers. We should start a pool to see how fast this company disappears off the radar of the PC world. When will people get it? PC buyers don't want cool. Just how many times do we have to show these people who they really are by forcing them to watch Apples' 1984 ad?
BTW, go ahead and watch this video and see if you can notice how Apple updated this classic commercial for the new millenium.

Get Real!!!

The internet bit RealNetworks in the proverbial butt yesterday.
It seems Real's half price music promotion to lure iPod users backfired right in their faces. They posted an online survey to get user feedback about how 'great' their promotion is and they had to disable anonymous comments within hours after hundreds of users flamed them. Here's a 'clean' sample:
"I already had my choice -- I chose Apple, I chose iPod, and I chose iTunes ... there's nothing better," wrote a poster who identified himself as "Ummmm Yah."

Thanks to LTK for the link.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Rah! Rah! Rah!

The Annual Princeton Review of America's colleges and universities came out today.
My Alma Mater swamped the field with 7 1st place catagories. The closest runner up had 3. Since our football team has had 2 losing years in a row it's nice to have something to cheer about. But, we'll do the toasting with milk thank you very much.

Friday, August 13, 2004

In the realm of really bad ideas...

Scary. Now you can make your own stamps with your own image. Just send in the image/photo and Stamps.com will send you usable postage stamps. I'm not so sure this is a good idea.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Kiss the 'ass' Goodbye

In a surprise move today, the DNC has announced it is changing it's mascot/logo (click here to see new mascot).
After years of 'jackass' jokes and 'donkey' references the dems have decided to get away from all that and have adopted a whole new look.
"This new image more accurately represents the heart and soul of the modern Democratic Party and the direction we are headed into the future."

Said, Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in a 12:01pm news conference.
Kerry's running mate John Edwards, who late this afternoon caught up to the Kerry candidate train after being left behind in Long Beach California when he got stuck in a stall in a train station bathroom, said,
"I love this new image! With Democratic leadership in the White House this will represent the direction of a new America! I really believe this! I really do!"

What the?

Saw this on a T-shirt today. I laughed hard. But now I'm wondering why it was so funny. Do you think this is funny? It almost seems like some crazy English you would see in Japan. Oh, and by the way, you don't suck. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Couldn't have said it better myself

The editorial in this weeks US News and World Report by the editor in chief Mortimer B. Zuckerman was perfect. You really need to read it. For me at least, it took everything I've been thinking about John Kerry for the last several months and put it all in perspective. I would quote something particularly poignant here but the entire editorial was top notch. I guess the best way I could sum it up here is that Mr. Zuckerman is basically saying to John Kerry, "Whatchu talkin abowt Willis?"

Tuesday, August 10, 2004



Double Digits

The Shelbster is the big 1-0 today. That's TEN BIG ONES.
There was a day nine years ago that I wasn't sure Shelby would be around to celebrate 10 years. I am so glad for this last decade with her. What a bright light in a dark world she is.
Luv ya Shelb! Hugs and kisses XOXOXOXOXO

Monday, August 09, 2004

Goodbye Hollywood

Judging the quality of films coming out of Hollywood recently I think I may just pass on their films for awhile. The emerging market for 'Mormon Film' has been producing some pretty good pics lately. Just last Friday DW and I saw the newest release titled, "Saints and Soldiers". It is a WWII story with a soldier of faith as the central character. The really great thing about this film is that the 'faith' part of the story isn't overtly Mormon. It's kind of a soft sell Mormon film if you will. I really enjoyed it and DW loved it.
If it's playing in your area you should definitely drop the price of a couple of tickets and take your significant other out to the movies. And, while your there, say "Goodbye Hollywood!"

Hey, you can't drive there!

Many people don't know it but the SUV's they are driving are banned on thousands of miles of California roads. Other parts of the country have this ban as well.
It seems that many of our SUV's have crossed the boundary between light and heavy trucks. Residential neighborhoods all over the country ban vehicles over 6000 pounds.
This article explains it all.
I love this quote from the article,
I think the Golden State has stumbled on a way to end this hypocrisy, and the rest of the country should take notice. Six-thousand pounds is a reasonable and established dividing line between passenger vehicles and trucks. (I even think it's an instinctual dividing line between SUVs that seem large, like the Ford Explorer, and those that seem absurdly large, like the Ford Expedition.)

So, Mr. Guadspot, how are you going to get home tonight without breaking the law!?! ;)
Thanks to Mr. Wildseed for the link!

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Brown Shoe Helicopter Underwater Rock Accelerator

You gotta get one of these! And for those of you who don't like 'Read Me' files here is this handy instructional video so you know just how to use it!!!

Sleepless in St. George

HBO is starting filming soon on a new miniseries titled, "Big Love"
It is supposedly set in a Polygamist Southern Utah town and is about a man and his three wives. Actor/Producer Tom Hanks is producing the series for HBO. Bill Paxton is set to play the husband. Jeanne Tripplehorn is set to play one of his three wives.

Mickey Gates

The Mouse House announced they are going to make PC's today. Yup that's right and the monitor has Mickey ears. Could this be the final straw that thaws out Walt and brings him back from the dead?

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

God is in the details

"The longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth - that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid?"

Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Putting the 'F' back in Freedom

You gotta check this out! The 'snobby' Clariticity film reviewers are salivating at the chance to review this pic! Could be the best film of the year. From what I hear there is already Oscar buzz. (Oscar the grouch from Sesame Street that is.)Make sure you watch the trailer!

Keanu Picasso

Who knew that Picasso painted Keanu Reeves. Or, Julia Roberts or Ronald Reagan. Check out all the other cool images submitted to the latest Photoshop contest.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Missed Opportunities

Al Qaeda has let me down.
Just when you thought you could count on them to do their 'best' uh, er or their 'worst' they didn't come through. They had a golden opportunity to 'take out' the damnocrats last week. All the fruits and nuts of the damnocrat party were uh 'partying' in Boston. One well placed dirty bomb could have taken out the lot of em. ;)
I'm surprised the networks didn't plan an attack of their own. It surely would have ensured higher television ratings.
I actually caught 'the speech' on TV Thursday evening. It was very entertaining. I held a mirror in front of my face so I could see the veins on my forehead pop in and out in unison with the vitriolic chanting of, "WE CAN DO BETTER, AND HELP IS ON THE WAY!"
I just keep thinking, how can people bold face lie like that over and over and over and over...?
Unfortunately, I'm afraid that next month at the RNC 'party' we'll be faced with some of the same. Can we just get this damn thing over with and move on to more important things like who the next JAMES BOND is going to be?

Waterloo, Idaho?

NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. BOOM! Is it a bomb or is it 'da bomb'? I'm not sure. I went to see this film because it was made by a first time filmmaker from my alma mater, BYU. This film was one of the most popular at this years SUNDANCE Film Festival.
I want to see it again but I'll only do it if I can see it with Mr. Guadspot. I honestly couldn't tell you if I think he would love it or hate it. (especially since I'm losing touch lately with what the Guadster will like or not.)