Complaints Dept.

While doing some research for a project some of you might be familiar with, I ran across this quote.

No one is funny in Tommy Boy. There are no memorable lines. None of the characters is interesting except for the enigmatic figure played by Rob Lowe, who seems to have wandered over from Hamlet.

I found this on the Wikipedia article on Tommy Boy. It’s from Roger Ebert’s review of the film. Now, I don’t think anything will top the extra strength delusional required for his “Videogames can’t be art because thery’re interactive.” idiocy, but this is near the top. No memorable lines? Really? Then what the hell have my friends and I been quoting for the last ten years? Rob Lowe? Seriously?

But you can say this about the man. When he’s wrong, he’s REALLY wrong.


As an addendum to my last post, it seems like NPR is now just daring people to say something. While listening to Fresh Air on my way back to work from lunch, I listened to a nearly ten-minute glowing review of The Riches, a show whose season premiere is tonight on FX. Immediately afterward, the national announcer lets us know that Fresh Air is sponsored by none other than The Riches, premiering tonight on FX.

What made it even more hilarious is that the local announcer then came on to talk about how because NPR doesn’t have to air commercials, they have more time for more in-depth coverage. Sheesh.

So after hearing about a singer/songwriter Bon Iver on NPR this morning, I decided to check out NPR’s music website to, as advised, hear more. I was utterly flummoxed to then see that the music was sponsored by Pabst Blue Ribbon. Seriously. I watched a full sized ad for Pabst Blue Ribbon before listening to something on NPR.


NPR has been advertising free in theory only for a long time, so I guess I shouldn’t be shocked. I can name longstanding corporate sponsors of NPR off the top of my head. And I’ve actually long held the belief that they should just come to grips with reality and drop the pretense anyway. But it was nonetheless jarring to realize that my experience listening to a segment on NPR’s website wasn’t different in any meaningful way from watching a show on NBC’s website.

But then again, this is the group that fired it’s CEO because they were afraid his digital initiatives (podcasts and such) where taking away listeners, while at the same time celebrating the fact that it’s listenership is at an all time high. This is what happens when you let hippies run a business.


The men’s room behind my office is out of order. I’ve always wondered why the phrase is used to mean “broken.” Out of order shouldn’t mean the room is unusable, just that things aren’t where they should be. Like a synonym for messy. Though I guess if someone walked in and found the sink on the ceiling or something, that would certainly meet both criteria.

It’s hard to imagine that there are those who still see the PC as ascendant, and not merely one option available to gamers, an option fraught with costs in time and treasure that not every person feels like fucking enduring when they get home from work.

Via today’s Penny Arcade. Without realizing it, Tycho has hit on exactly the difference between the groups of people who are going crazy in forums about whatever this week’s gaming injustice might be…they are people without jobs. Once you have a job and start caring about things that have actualy value to your life, you kind of gloss over meaningless crap like this. People who rant and rave on message board clearly have not just come home from work exhausted. Ranting on messageboards IS their work.