Eaglie's Aviary

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

You know, I realized that, before college, I never really bothered with Mardi Gras. It's not all that big in Chicago. It's big in New Orleans and on college campuses.

See, in Chicago, the most important holiday is St. Patrick's Day. I've always celebrated St. Patrick's day. Back when I was really young, leprechauns would hide candy and small gifts for me... you dirty dirty person! I don't make pooping leprechaun jokes when I come over to your house!

Anyway, a true Chicagoan celebrates St. Patrick's Day the hardest... but this year, this Mardi Gras, take a little time out and raise a glass today to New "Make Levees, Not War" Orleans. They deserve it.

Please click this webpage and imagine it with Auld Lang Syne playing in the background.

The Berghoff's Restaurant

Odd thing is, it closes today... Mardi Gras. So appropriate.

So, here's to you, mighty Berghoff!

Im Himmel gibt's kein Bier,
Drum trinken wir es hier!
Denn sind wir nicht mehr hier,
Dann trinken die andern unser Bier!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Forget Film, Games Do Sci-Fi Best

An absolutely superb article, if only for the Serenity reference (it's not just for that, though).

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Sorry 'bout yesterday. I was pretty inconsolable. Which also tells you that Andy the Tech Guy is officially a staff member here so he can post every once in a while if he wants.

In other news, I discovered Satire Wire, a good Onion-like site. However, it shut down quite a while ago. But not before posting an amazingly creative story about our favorite lake:


Saturday, February 25, 2006

I heard on the news a few hours ago Don Knotts had died. Barney Fife... one of the greatest characters in the history of television...

Needless to say, I was crushed. Eaglie's inconsolable right now. That's why this is Andy writing.

A little known fact: I was named after The Andy Griffith Show.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

I just found an article on how Serenity was a conservative movie, just like Passion of the Christ, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Team America: World Police.

Conservative is the new Gay (seriously, don't ask me about the title... the writer's Canadian)

I want to hurt some human beings now. I really don't know the author's political leanings (she's Canadian, again, so even a conservative would sound a little liberal to us). Whatever that is, she completely misinterpreted Serenity, so I have a few things to say:

1. Serenity is Libertarian in its leanings, but it's moreso actually just a great character study. Mal most certainly acts like a Libertarian, but out of the nine crew members, they range from gun nuts to blue-collar workers to scholars to a practically Jesuit shepherd. It condemns political extremism while asking for people's beliefs and rights to be respected. And should I mention that Joss Whedon, the creator, actually leans left?

2. Say what you will about Passion of the Christ (I personally still find some of the jokes about it funny), but it was a movie based on RELIGIOUS BELIEFS, not political. Fun fact: Mel Gibson's belief that Christ SPOILER!!!!!! suffered a hell of a lot for us is possible to find in both leftists and rightists.

3. Lord of the Rings and Narnia? Anything with remotely religious themes nowadays is branded "conservative," right?

4. Team America hates everybody.

Why couldn't I rant like this the other day for my class rant? =*(

I'll yield the floor now to STARSONG from the fireflyfans.net forum:

"Anyhow, as already noted, the characters we love are quite different. Were they all yanked back to 2007 USA and shoved kicking and screaming into te voting booth, Mal would likely pull the lever for the Libertarian (being one for high ideals and lost causes) or *possibly* Republican if he trusted his local reps enough, Inara and Simon both strike me as folks who'd vote Democrat or possibly Libertarian (Simon perhaps much more likely to do the latter after the whole River thing, but that's hard to say), Jayne would vote for whoever the NRA told him to, and River would just make funny crayon drawings on the ballot while nonchalantly spilling off every skeleton in every Washington-dwellers closet. In iambic pentamter."

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Yup, Serenity/Firefly is still around:

Sail the Sky MP3-Postcard

For years, we've had the Evil Overlord List and the Evil on a Budget articles... now, we have the useless superpowers list:

From Keepers of Lists.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Where else can you get Koala Loaf other than here?

Sunday, February 19, 2006

SNL still has a few moments.

(Thanks to Miramontes)

They say that this year's Olympics is setting high marks and records for viewership across the world. You know the other weird thing about this year? The United States, for the first time since maybe the fall of the Berlin Wall, is not dominating medal standings. Germany and Norway are leading us in medals garnered (though the US still is tied for the most gold medals).

Viewership up, US down? Maybe us losing is what the Olympics needed. A little drama comes back to the sport.

Ever play Worms?

Well, now, you can Conquer Antarctica instead!

(Stolen from BagOfNothing.Com)

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Anyone know whether someone has used a "something rotten in the state of Denmark" line about the Islam cartoons yet?

Well then... Andy the Tech Guy screwed up. Right now, I have no updateable website (at the minute). The license expired on my FTP/Control Panel, cPanelx (I didn't know that would happen... FuitAdNet didn't really make note of that), and so now, Andy and I have to figure out what we need to do to set up the site without cPanel, since it costs around $1000 (3 zeroes, yes) for a 3-year license. Problem is, cPanel locked out all the indexes on us, which makes regular FTP a little more difficult. Await with bated breath, my friends.

In other news, I haven't made one Cheney Shot Someone joke. Aren't you all proud?

UPDATE: I still don't know... I think we should still have a license for cPanelx. Andy'll call our host on Friday (or sometime next week).


Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentine's Day to my readers!

Love ya all!

(BTW, that song is a treat for just today. It gets removed Wednesday.)

Monday, February 13, 2006

Might as well celebrate the Olympics the right way.

Yup, the West is still fighting for the right to satire that just kinda sucks. Islam isn't happy.

Islam-West divide 'grows deeper'

HEY, they managed to sneak in a mention of our old friends, Destroy Israel, Destroy George Bush, and Destroy America! That's comforting to hear alongside Destroy Denmark!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Okay, this sounds INSANELY cool (giving me a vibe of the old game Shadowbane, actually), even though I suspect it'll rouse some opposition for possible racism (which is sad):

Africa, the MMOG

A new sport, one I think America is ready for: THUNDERBALL!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

Wow, dolphins truly are a lot like us.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

And now... the replay...


My rating this year? They sucked. What the hell with that Emerald Nuts ad?

Only Shaq and Hugh Hefner saved them.


Congo rats, Steelers (winners, 21-10)! Don't worry, not many hard feelings for beating the Bears earlier this season! Seriously!


Two minute warning!

God, I just remember the good ol' digital voice telling me that in NFL '95.

Steelers 21, Seahawks 10


Steelers 14, Seahawks 10.

Did anyone else notice how many Steeler fans are at this game? The Seahawks get audible booes for their efforts. Not cool, at a Super Bowl.


Steelers 7, Seahawks 3, Rolling Stones Still On Tour.

Would you have wanted to be in the "Tongue" seating area for the Stones?

Anyone think Shaquille O'Neal crying is inherently funny?

Steelers 7, Seahawks 3. I forgot that the point for the coin toss doesn't count in the Super Bowl.

Seahawks have won the coin toss!

Seahawks 1, Steelers 0!

Oh, Stevie Wonder, why are these weird "hip" people singing instead of you?

At Pregame, the score is Seahawks 0, Steelers 0.

I didn't know the 49ers were playing today?!

Oh, damn... it's ESPN's historical highlights.

Apparently, it's on ABC. Too late, peoples.


Hey, gusy! It's Superbowl Sunday! Betcha you already knew that (4-3 odds)!

If you keep up with me, you'll have up-to-the minute updates (something like every 27 minutes and 47 seconds).

By the way, right now, I can't remember what channel it's airing on. If someone tells me before I find out myself, they'll get a namedrop on this blog... ready, set, GO!


The battle for satire continues.

It's a sad situation to see people dying over a set of cartoons. I admit, the cartoons weren't that funny, but do people need to die because of that?

Bad joke, Eaglie, bad joke.

Satire should never cause bloodshed. Admittedly, the cartoons were mean in many ways, but satire is meant to make people think. Now, what are they doing? Setting fire to embassies. Hello, irony.

P.S. my old post's link to the cartoons has disappeared, and I'm too lazy at the minute to look up a new URL for it.

UPDATE: I wasn't so lazy afterall!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

By the way, one last Groundhog Day update:

Early Spring for Chicagoland!





By the way, Happy Groundhog's Day, readers! Don't throw out your parkas!

Wow, I've found myself in a bit of political debate recently. Might as well continue the trend, since satire and the Internet are both under attack.

The End of the Internet?

And yes, I don't doubt the biases of The Nation. However, it's still a good read, even if you think it's entirely made up. Personally, I doubt it would happen, but I don't doubt companies will try to make the Net pay-to-play. It's just... people won't let them.

Hackers are many times stronger than money.

The Ultimate Showdown between satire and moral outrage has begun:

Offending Cartoons Reprinted from the Washington Post
Anger as papers reprint cartoons of Muhammad from the Guardian
Muhammad cartoon editor is sacked from BBC News

And here are the cartoons they're talking about.