Tondar's Daily Rant

Prepare yourself for the writings of Tondar the Destroyer, Baron of Atlanta, Rightful Heir to the Throne of Spain, from whom all babies come. As his will be blogged, so let it be done.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY

Wheel goes round, landing on a leap of fate
Life redirected in ways unexpected
Sometimes the odd number wins
The way the big wheel spins
FRIDAY NIGHT LYRICS

Dreamline by Rush
Words by neil peart, music by geddy lee and alex lifeson

He’s got a road map of jupiter
A radar fix on the stars
All along the highway
She’s got a liquid-crystal compass
A picture book of the rivers
Under the sahara

They travel in the time of the prophets
On a desert highway straight to the heart of the sun
Like lovers and hereos, and the restless part of everyone
We’re only at home when we’re on the run
On the run

He’s got a star map of hollywood
A list of cheap motels
All along the freeway
She’s got a sister out in vegas
The promise of a decent job
Far away from her hometown

They travel on the road to redemption
A highway out of yesterday -- that tomorrow will bring
Like lovers and heroes, birds in the last days of spring
We’re only at home when we’re on the wing
On the wing

When we are young
Wandering the face of the earth
Wondering what our dreams might be worth
Learning that we’re only immortal --
For a limited time

Time is a gypsy caravan
Steals away in the night
To leave you stranded in dreamland
Distance is a long-range filter
Memory a flickering light
Left behind in the heartland

We travel in the dark of the new moon
A starry highway traced on the map of the sky
Like lovers and heroes, lonely as the eagle’s cry
We’re only at home when we’re on the fly
On the fly

We travel on the road to adventure
On a desert highway straight to the heart of the sun
Like lovers and hereos, and the restless part of everyone
We’re only at home when we’re on the run
On the run...
QUOTE OF THE WEEK

From Seth...

The setup:
So last time at my place with my sister's friends, they all showed up and got on their separate cell phones the whole time before one girl broke down and cried in my bathroom?
Jason just called to see what I'm up to tonight, so I told him...
The Quotes:
Seth: "I'm going up to East Lansing to see Abby in the Vagina Monologues; wanna come?"
Jason: "Oh, is that your word for Abby's friends?"

Friday, February 16, 2007

SPRINGER QUOTES OF THE DAY

"Once I got pregnant, this dude's Crayola stopped working."

"I am bipolar. I need to get laid."

Thursday, February 15, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY


Tim Hardaway, you don't know what hate is!
THE PROBLEM WITH TONNAROO TOO

Last weekend the kids traveled into Nashville for Tonnaroo Too. And though it was a good time, some of the magic of the old days was missing. With a trainwreck of a Friday night, and most of our Saturday wasted, it seems the time just flew by too quickly.

In the end, I guess it was to be expected. As we get older, we begin our own lives and to keep our worlds in balance we must devote increasingly more time to their maintenance. We carry the scars of olde with us but we are constantly addressing new wounds. Thus, when we return to a prior time and place, the differences become accentuated as the necessities and obsessions of contemporary work, decorating, sleep, cleanliness, faith, music, love and their corresponding schedules weigh us down in different directions. In other words; the baggage brought to Tonnaroo weighed more than our desire to compromise in the interest of olde school fun. Nobody in particular is to blame. And we certainly hit our stride by the time we went honky-tonking. But next time I think if we are going to play the bigboy games than we should set out logistically to act like bigboys from the beginning (all in the interest of fun, of course).

Of course maybe I'm full of crap and should just bite the bullet and buy the fucking Sponge Bob Square Cups!
FRENCH CUSTOMER SERVICE

Seth finds room to hate on the French...

"What's worse than a cable company? A FRENCH cable company!

This is from my mom's blog. You can picture the keys of her keyboard taking a pounding, not to mention my father -- kept from his precious Internet -- storming around the apartment ready to kill the next frog who speaks with him."
THE LATEST MEDIA CIRCUS

I don't know if you saw it in the news lately, but John Amaechi is gay. And even worse...

Tim Hardaway says he hates 'gay people'

I wanted to say big freakin' deal to all of it. In some ways Hardaway has a point, however I doubt he truly understands hate as only Heathcliff could explain:

"I have no pity! I have no pity! The more the worms writhe, the more I yearn to crush out their entrails! It is a moral teething; and I grind with greater energy in proportion to the increase of pain."


That is fucked up. That is hate. And that is very far from Hardaway's point of view. Plus, given Hardaway's quick apology, it is obvious he does not even know what he is talking about, considering how he goes out of his way to repair his image and make himself an available media entity in the future. If he were truly full of hatred he would not give a rats-ass. Thus his hyperbole should simply be ignored.

But honestly, if you want to see some interesting thoughts on the Amaechi situation check out the excerpts of his book on ESPN. But before getting too carried away with the "seriousness" of him coming out, take a look at the facts that The Onion uncovered...

"According to Amaechi, who spent most of his NBA career on the bench and only averaged six points and two rebounds per game, he knew at an early age that he was different from all the "normal players" when he went undrafted out of college, was unnoticed during his first season in which he only played 28 games, and was never involved with guns, drugs, or shifty agents. Amaechi claims he never once had the urge to record a sub-par rap album."

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY


Just like Cupid, if Cupid put his fist through the wall everytime you asked him to do the dishes.
THE NEW BLOGGER

What the crap, indeed! In case you haven't noticed I have been having problems with The Daily Rant lately as I was forced to convert to the New Blogger. Of course the transition was unsuccessful as theDarchives were reduced and my justifications went all askew.

Anyways, before I put the time back into restoring my linky-dinks and things, I just wanted to run this new format by y'all and see what you think. Let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for better blog-reading.
PIC OF THE DAY

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end...

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Tondar's boss upon entering the Oldsmodar:

"Fooking-shit man! It smells like you just sit in this thing and drink?"

Of course he was kidding, but it was enough to tondar ole Tondar.
BONUS YOUTUBE OF THE WEEK

It's not St. Valentine's day without Elton John and Kiki Dee. However, between the Space Diapers and Mr. Big, they come close...


See Tres, you're not the only one wearing rock & roll sweaters.
RETURN TO TRADITION

James welcomes the return of the Tridentine Mass...



"Looks like I might see a Latin Mass in my lifetime. I've been reading up on the Tridentine Mass, and I like some of the traditional aspects of it, though I do agree that having the whole thing in Latin is probably not a good idea, given that nobody speaks it anymore. Still, we might see a greater return to the traditional Mass, which I think is good. I think there has been too much Protestantization of the mass, which erodes its sacred nature. Remember singing the Nicean Creed at St. Marys? Nauseating."


Actually, many of the great churches of Italy still perform the Mass in Latin (St. Peter's, Santa. Maria Del Fiore in Florence (Il Duomo). However, I agree with James and would welcome the return of the Latin. Hopefully, it would remove some of the chit-chat and destractions that sometimes characterize the more liberal churches I have attended. Of course, on the other hand, it could be an excuse for people to zone out even further in the television age. However, since the Pope is simply restoring the option, it will now be available for people like James and myself that find Latin adds to the sacred experience.

Monday, February 12, 2007

PIC OF THE DAY


The world outside don't like us much, cuz they ain't got our classy touch.
PIGPEN ON THE MEDIUM THREE AND DR. Z

From Pigpen...

The problems with the domestic auto industry are much more numerous than what's happening with/to Dr. Z (who got a TON of criticism in Germany for appearing in the commercials - German executive don't engage in those types of endeavors). Part of the problem is old style thinking within Det, we'll build it and they'll buy it. That is true to an extent, outsiders like to argue that the recent struggles are attributed to the SUV vs. gas prices, although the sales volumes aren't reporting the radical drop that is/was expected. The japanese initially gained a foothold by combating this type of thinking as well have offering an immediate alternative to the poor milage vehicles of the 70's. They also setup design studios in NY and LA to "tap" into the american styling (because as everyone knows on NY and LA are the only places worth anything culuturally). The other major coup that the japanese got in on was buyer targeting, look at a Honda Civic from the 70's and notice how that model has evolved over 30 years, this is no mistake. The plan was to get the 20 somethings into something affordable and reliable and then gain their loyalty, then develop the brand to follow the generation's ascent through life/careers/increased earnings and be there to suit the higher and higher levels of taste/sophistication/spending. This led to the maturation of the "civic", but also to the launch of Lexus, Acura & Infinity as luxury brands. Meanwhile Detroit plodded along with their target consumers buying their respective brands, as well as having too many brands to manage efficiently (i.e. GM). GM saw this happening and also had more sense than the other two to try and stave off obsolescence, to which the result was a joint effort with Toyota in the 1980's that led to the first japanese mfg site in this country; NUMMI in San Fran which produced that death trap of a car, the Fiero. Shortly there after GM also joined up with Suzuki to build CAMI in Ontario. NUMMI is now predominately Toyota, but CAMI remains GM albiet GM vehicles for non-North American sales.

One also cannot discount the impact that a unionized workforce will have on a domestic economy, the "New Domestics" as they're termed do not employ a unionized work force. This probably will change sometime in the future, the Mercede's plant in Alabama is embroiled in a fight with the UAW because the UAW is trying to get into the plant via a proxy vote (some loop hole that allows the shop to unionize without the standard 100% support). I can see this taking hold else where if Mercede's loses on this one. Getting back on track, the union workforce generates the necesscity for the employer to compensate to fufil the contract, they do this ofcourse by either cutting non-union jobs (boo-hiss) or raising prices (boo-hiss). I've been over this before, if the union needs higher wages, the price of the vehicle rises or the quality suffers because of component cost cutting (low cost countries). If the prices rise then Joe lunch box must fork out more which makes him think that GM/Ford/your name here is raking in a bonanza of cash, thus making him and his union think that they are entitled to more wage. Ofcourse the people running the union are aware that this typically isn't the case, but the average guy turing screws is led to believe that it is. Without belaboring the issue, lets just say that we know this already as semi intelligent people.

What the new domestics have done is utilize a non-union workforce and make them feel that they don't need the union to look out for their interests because it's in the employers best interest to look out for the employee, we all know that that is a little idealistic and too sugary, but it's the general concept.

Lets also bear in mind the no one spends more money annually on R&D then Detroit, too little too late, money down a rat hole, misappropriation of fund or great innovation through solid investment, you decide. What can be deined is that more innovation comes from the Detroit stallwarts than anywhere else, they get eclipsed by the foreign knack for honing and perfecting the technology once it has been proven. We as critics get hung up on Ford blunder v2.0 and GM blunder v2.1 to realize that Toyota never even shows up till v4.0. GM has been commited to making an electric car for almost 25 years, Toyota comes riding 15 years later with a perfected design that is based on the early GM work. This isn't exclusive to GM or Toyota, but it is a good illustration of what's happening in the industry.

Also let's be a little more logical when it comes to the hybrid entity known as DCX, they aren't american and they aren't german. To generalize is to be blind to the the idiosyncracies (sp?). Yes, they were bought/bailed out by Daimler. Daimler had money and a thirst for a share of the American market. GM and Ford have been in that arena for the better part of 30 years, they've both owned significant shares of both auto and non-auto companies in Europe and elsewhere for many years. When the shoe is on the other foot then we as american's get all agitated. It's very apparent that the homegrown designers and influences are the main force behind the latest offerings in the car market, coupled with distinctly american vehicles such as minivan's (dying) and pickup trucks (sustaining). You've all been to Europe, if DCX was Europe to the bone we'd be seeing lots of wagon looking things on the road (Dodge Magnum is an enigma in this arguement).

I could continue into some type of Unibomber manifesto, but suffice it to say the problems are much more numerous that just buying out an auto maker or axing jobs or procuring components from off shore suppliers. Saying that the US automakers problems are wholly due to the japanese is akin to stating that the Civil War was faught only over slavery. It's part of the story, but not nearly all of it.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

YOUTUBE OF THE WEEK

This best describes the first night of Tonnaroo Too...

"Boy, that escalated quickly. I mean that really got outta hand fast."
"It jumped up a notch."
PICS OF THE DAY


James was impressed by what he found in Spidertown.


Shoulda seen this one coming.


Ridin' high on a calimatxo disaster.


Turns out alcohol is still a depressant.