Socket Packet Protocol Justice Socket Packet Rocket!

I finally finished watching 24. What an amazing accomplishment. All four seasons, at the expense of studying, having a life, and on occasion, food and drink.

Why do I watch the show?

Is it the great writing?
(Open me up another socket! We’ve got too many active protocols! You’ve got to trust me! (and repeat).)

Is the the drama?
(Tony: Man, I can’t believe that only this morning Jack and Audry were planning their future together. It’s only noon, and he’s already tortured and killed her husband, and he’s about to torture her brother.
Michelle: I still love you, Tony!
Chloe: Hey, weren’t you guys once married? That’s got to be awkward for you. Well, I just wanted to say that. I’m going to be bickering with Edgar if you need me.)

Maybe it’s the great plotlines.
(Evil Terrorist Ringleader: OK boys, here’s the plan for tomorrow. We blow up a train in order to rob this guy of his suitcase, which has a device that can meltdown nuclear power plants. Then we kidnap the Secratary of State and his daughter to distract the feds while we implement this. All this, however, is only to misdirect their attention so that we can steal a stealth aircraft and shoot down air force one. Once air force one is down, we search through the wreckage and steal the ‘football,’ the suitcase containing the nuclear codes, so that we can steal a nuke, load it onto a preassembled Soviet stealth missile we’ve got in Iowa, and launch it at Los Angeles. Once the nuke goes off, it should trigger the old shoe to hit the marble and make it roll down the stairs, catapulting the old man off the diving board and into the bathtub, where the cage will fall, triumphantly trapping the infidel capitalist American mouse on the cheese square.)

Whatever it was, I’m glad it’s over. Until season Five begins…

Katrina, Gaza, and the Moon

Let’s get this straight:

Hurricane Katrina destroys New Orleans, causing many deaths, and billions of dollars in damages. Recovery estimates reach the hundred billions, and may continue to rise even higher. Israel’s delegation in Washington prudently decides not to raise the issue of resettlement costs (a measly one billion) of Gaza evacuees.

Meanwhile, Bush signs off on a 100 billion dollar plan to put four guys on the moon for 7 days in 2018?

Dr. Cox, Terrorist

I find it oddly disconcerting when actors I know from different TV shows pop up in small roles in movies. They actually made a joke about this in Scrubs, in an episode where it’s revealed that Janitor was once a small bit actor, and played the traffic cop who chases after Richard Kimble on the subway in The Fugitive. Of course, the joke was, that the actor who plays Janitor was actually the actor from the movie.

Anyways, Dr. Cox from Scrubs keeps on popping up in different movies that I’ve been seeing lately, and for some reason it bothers me more than the others, possibly because he plays such a specific personality on the TV show, and strays from it so drastically in the movies. In Office Space he plays one of the consultants (Jim and Jim? Jon and Jon? I remember there was some joke like that. I think it was Bill and Bill.) who interview everybody in the office to try to make cuts (I don’t know about you, but I am a HUGE Michael Bolton fan…). He’s also one of the renegade marines in The Rock. He’s one of the first to die; I think Sean Connery’s charactor sets him on fire or something. The thing that bothers me, is guess, is that in the movie he’s so obviously Ed Harris’ flunky, and Dr. Cox is NOBODY’s flunky.

I feel like my blog is losing focus. What do you think?

Sikhism

So, apparently, I’m a Sikh. But at least I’m 93% Orthodox Jew. Take this test here. Hat Tip: Godol Hador

1. Sikhism (98%)
2. Orthodox Judaism (93%)
3. Islam (83%)
4. Reform Judaism (83%)
5. Bah�’� Faith (78%)
6. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (70%)
7. Jainism (62%)
8. Hinduism (61%)
9. Liberal Quakers (57%)
10. Eastern Orthodox (55%)
11. Roman Catholic (55%)
12. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (55%)
13. Unitarian Universalism (53%)
14. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (53%)
15. Jehovah’s Witness (51%)
16. Orthodox Quaker (49%)
17. Seventh Day Adventist (48%)
18. Neo-Pagan (46%)
19. Mahayana Buddhism (46%)
20. Theravada Buddhism (36%)
21. Scientology (35%)
22. New Age (30%)
23. New Thought (30%)
24. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (26%)
25. Secular Humanism (24%)
26. Taoism (23%)
27. Nontheist (21%)

AIM (Those Bastards)

Has anybody noticed that with the new AIM software, when you sign in it browses away from whatever page you were reading, and goes to the AOL homepage? How friggin’ annoying is that? I guess nobody clicked on their AIM Today window in the old version, and they figured if they just took up more than your screen, and actually took away the thing you were already reading/looking at, they’re have more hits. Bastards.