The Evolution of the Geek

The Evolution of the Geek
The Evolution of the Geek


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 21st, 2010 — 1 Comment


In Defense of the Season Finale of “Mad Men”

Yes, even with context, the Draper-secretary engagement was still a little crazy, and the whole season was even more unclear than previous ones regarding the pacing and passing of time between weeks, making it a little jarring for the viewer. But the episode as whole was still pretty awesome. Each of the characters’ reactions to the engagement was spot on, as was the reveal of Joan’s non-abortion (and I mean, “Yes, they’re bigger,” COME ON), and the development of Peggy coming into her own, going in hard and nabbing her own client. Not to mention Betty’s unraveling with Henry (and Henry finally, finally yelling at Betty). Don’t you think all of these stories have serious implications for the next season? That’s how good television is supposed to work.

Read the whole thing. Love this show…

via In Defense of the Season Finale of “Mad Men” – The Awl.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 19th, 2010 — No Comments


What’s great about America

From Andy Warhol:

Whats great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.

via Andy Warhol on Coca-Cola.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 19th, 2010 — No Comments


Spice, Marijuana, and the Criminalization of “Gateway Drugs”

Fair and level headed thoughts on Marijuana Legalization for the state of Utah:

Utah has a choice: either we can let parents govern their children, restrain government to its proper role, and secure individual liberty for responsible adults, or we can compound one law on top of another to augment the nanny state, create further unintended consequences, and prove that the conservative, limited government types publicizing their conservative credentials in anticipation of the general election want little to do with such ideals when the campaign trail has been trod and the legislature is in session.

via Spice, Marijuana, and the Criminalization of “Gateway Drugs” | Connor’s Conundrums.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 13th, 2010 — No Comments


Retrick/Retreat

“Jack got his Halloween costume. He’s going to be a pirate this year just like Frank,” she said, which was mostly true. But Jack and I were hatching a plan of our own.

via Retrick/Retreat | Jason Santa Maria.


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 11th, 2010 — No Comments


Happy Cog

Love the style of Happy Cog’s new blog, Cognition. Simple CSS that create a really compelling site. With the option to reply via a Twitter post, or a link on your own site in place of a standard comment form is an interesting idea too.

Is this thing on?


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 8th, 2010 — No Comments


Tea Partiers

After Palin wraps up, I race to the parking lot in search of departing Medicare-motor-scooter conservatives. I come upon an elderly couple, Janice and David Wheelock, who are fairly itching to share their views.

“I’m anti-spending and anti-government,” crows David, as scooter-bound Janice looks on. “The welfare state is out of control.”

“OK,” I say. “And what do you do for a living?”

“Me?” he says proudly. “Oh, I’m a property appraiser. Have been my whole life.”

I frown. “Are either of you on Medicare?”

Silence: Then Janice, a nice enough woman, it seems, slowly raises her hand, offering a faint smile, as if to say, You got me!

“Let me get this straight,” I say to David. “You’ve been picking up a check from the government for decades, as a tax assessor, and your wife is on Medicare. How can you complain about the welfare state?”

“Well,” he says, “there’s a lot of people on welfare who don’t deserve it. Too many people are living off the government.”

“But,” I protest, “you live off the government. And have been your whole life!”

“Yeah,” he says, “but I don’t make very much.” Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it’s going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. All of them. At the voter level, the Tea Party is a movement that purports to be furious about government spending — only the reality is that the vast majority of its members are former Bush supporters who yawned through two terms of record deficits and spent the past two electoral cycles frothing not about spending but about John Kerry’s medals and Barack Obama’s Sixties associations. The average Tea Partier is sincerely against government spending — with the exception of the money spent on them. In fact, their lack of embarrassment when it comes to collecting government largesse is key to understanding what this movement is all about — and nowhere do we see that dynamic as clearly as here in Kentucky, where Rand Paul is barreling toward the Senate with the aid of conservative icons like Palin.

Via Rolling Stone


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Posted by Jake Spurlock October 2nd, 2010 — No Comments