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January 19, 2008 2:12 PM   Subscribe

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes.
posted by telstar (64 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
KA-Ching!
posted by doctorschlock at 2:21 PM on January 19, 2008


Nice
posted by Bugbread at 2:35 PM on January 19, 2008


haha this is so great.
posted by revfitz at 2:36 PM on January 19, 2008


No description in the FPP. No problem, it happens. Surely there's one on the page linked to, right? Nope.

Sigh. I don't understand why bloggers do this shit. You want me to watch the content on your blog, yet you're too lazy to tell me what you expect me to sit through?

my internet rage is flaring up again, somebody fetch me the gold bond
posted by Mikey-San at 2:37 PM on January 19, 2008 [14 favorites]


Pfft, cheapass ripoff of Armando Ianucci's Time Trumpet original, feat. Tony Blair and David Cameron.
posted by Burger-Eating Invasion Monkey at 2:39 PM on January 19, 2008 [4 favorites]


The Republican Ghouls talking about "change" would be comical if it weren't so sad, repulsive and scary.

I don't think "doubl[ing] Guantanamo", staying in Iraq for "100 years", a further 4% GDP tax cut for the richest 1% and bringing the constitution in line with "the word of the Living God" are the kinds of change most people are thinking of. (although lets never underestimate the stupidity of the electorate)
posted by T.D. Strange at 2:41 PM on January 19, 2008 [2 favorites]



Meantime the media is successfully ignoring the two who actually walk the walk when it comes to "change"- Paul and Kucinich.
posted by Jay Reimenschneider at 2:42 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Conservatives are no more compassionate?
posted by Free word order! at 2:47 PM on January 19, 2008


Very nice. Like arguing set to Beethoven's Fifth Symphony (where have I heard that before) for the coffee achiever generation.

Definitely better in the second half once the synchronization gets going. But let's see it done to Sheryl Crow's "A Change Will Do You Good," huh?
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:55 PM on January 19, 2008


Also, it sounds like rush hour on the New York subway.
posted by fourcheesemac at 2:55 PM on January 19, 2008


What springs to mind is that so many politicians call for change because what has been in place for the past 7 years is so bad...change, then, appeals, though of course you may not agree with this or that candidate as the person to bring the right sort of changes. Or put another way: when you--America--are losing the game, change the rules.
posted by Postroad at 2:57 PM on January 19, 2008


well my mind is going through them changes.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:04 PM on January 19, 2008


don't know whether to giggle or weep. but thanks for posting nonetheless.
posted by CitizenD at 3:04 PM on January 19, 2008


mikey-san, try boudreaux's butt cream...and shaddup, k? sheesh.
posted by CitizenD at 3:06 PM on January 19, 2008


Heh. Change is sure to happen no matter who is elected because Dumbya can't succeed himself. Empty promise.
posted by Cranberry at 3:19 PM on January 19, 2008


change doesn't sound like a real word to me any more, because I've heard it so much in this campaign. Don't any of the politicians have a thesaurus?
posted by empath at 3:19 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


:)
posted by caddis at 3:20 PM on January 19, 2008


At first I was going to snark that linking to a blog with a YouTube video and nothing else still constitutes a SLYTP, but then the song sync kicked in when I began typing and I giggled. Nice video.
posted by p3on at 3:20 PM on January 19, 2008


But telstar, you've got one too many "ch-"s in your post headline. You're screwing up the rhythm, man, adding that extra beat!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:21 PM on January 19, 2008


They are all such dreadful, predictable, sad people.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 3:23 PM on January 19, 2008


Meantime the media is successfully ignoring the two who actually walk the walk when it comes to "change"- Paul and Kucinich.

How's that spam blimp coming along.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:31 PM on January 19, 2008 [6 favorites]



How's that spam blimp coming along.


I heard a UFO took it out.
posted by rhizome23 at 3:35 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


very amusing, reminds me of the Guiliani "9/11" one, possibly from the same blog. But please please please let us know in the description when it's a video link. Then I know not to open it. I can't be the only one whose antiquated system crashes at video links (especially these embedded ones-- at least with YT I can get the hell out of there as soon as I see the URL before the clip starts to load). I know I'm a dinosaur, but really.
posted by nax at 3:51 PM on January 19, 2008


No description in the FPP. [...] Sigh. I don't understand why bloggers do this shit.

Yeah. Also, what's with people who refuse to tell me the punchline first, so I can decide whether it'll be worth my time to listen to the whole joke? I hate when people pull that crap.
posted by ook at 4:03 PM on January 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


Ah, I enjoyed that quite a bit. Sucks that it turns out it the creator ripped the idea wholesale.
posted by defenestration at 4:12 PM on January 19, 2008


Yeah. Also, what's with people who refuse to tell me the punchline first, so I can decide whether it'll be worth my time to listen to the whole joke? I hate when people pull that crap.

There's a difference between revealing the punch line and giving you the courtesy of telling you what kind of show you're going to see.
posted by Mikey-San at 4:28 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


What kind of show am I going to see?
You've led me to a link, just a link from YT.
I'm s'posed to just click? No way, that ain't me!
I got to know exactly what I'm gonna see.
I got to know exactly what I'm gonna see.
Just as surely as one goes to two, then to three,
I got to know exactly what I'm gonna see!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:50 PM on January 19, 2008 [2 favorites]


You have an extra "ch" in there.
posted by chococat at 4:50 PM on January 19, 2008


Mikey-San, I thought you were kidding at first.
Here's what you do when you're not sure what the link is, if you opt to go a different path than "don't bother clicking it."

1. Click the link.
2. See that it's a youtube video.

Sweet! Ok, so now we know what the OP linked to; a youtube video. Now, there's no description of what the youtube video is, so once again we can opt to not bother clicking it or:

1. Click play.
2. Watch the video.

OH MAN I GET IT NOW.
posted by CitrusFreak12 at 4:50 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


You have an extra "ch" in there.

FIRST!!!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:55 PM on January 19, 2008


oops, sorry.
posted by chococat at 5:10 PM on January 19, 2008


's cool, chococat! I think we should all start adding extra "ch"s now. It's "ch"s into infinity! And beyond!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:14 PM on January 19, 2008


Meantime the media is successfully ignoring the two who actually walk the walk when it comes to "change"- Paul and Kucinich.

Don't forget Mike Gravel! I can imagine him as the best president since Jefferson. First State of the Union address? He walks in, stands at the podium silent for 30 seconds, then throws a huge rock right down the aisle before leaving to massive applause.

Actually I think Huckabee might make some changes too, but PLEASE NO.
posted by TheOnlyCoolTim at 5:15 PM on January 19, 2008 [1 favorite]


Then I know not to open it. I can't be the only one whose antiquated system crashes at video links (especially these embedded ones-- at least with YT I can get the hell out of there as soon as I see the URL before the clip starts to load). I know I'm a dinosaur, but really.
posted by nax



Use Firefox, install no script and flashblock. Wave goodbye to unknown links crashing your system.
posted by iamabot at 5:19 PM on January 19, 2008


The server was overwhelmed the first several times I tried it. I wish someone had put a link where I could go straight to the YouTube , maybe in a "more inside" type of thingy.
posted by msalt at 5:41 PM on January 19, 2008


A clip of Bowie doing a duet with John Ashcroft on "Let The Eagle Soar".
THAT would blow my mind.
posted by Dizzy at 6:27 PM on January 19, 2008


Hillary and all those men--no question which one has actually gone through the change.
posted by leftcoastbob at 6:28 PM on January 19, 2008


How's that spam blimp coming along.

Paul came in second in NV. He might do better if his opponent wasn't a Mormon, Romney won Mormons in NV by 94%. Insane.

People seem to like Crazy libertarians out there, but there are a lot of Mormons in those states.
posted by delmoi at 6:59 PM on January 19, 2008


Hillary and all those men--no question which one has actually gone through the change.

Wow. Just... wow. Really?
posted by sugarfish at 7:37 PM on January 19, 2008


How's that spam blimp coming along.

Clinches the tightly contested fifth place spot in SC with 4%. Beats Giuliani (2%) and Hunter (0%). Hunter and Thompson dropping out.

The Libertopian Spam Machine rolls floats on!

Fortunately, this means that after the Ron Paul LOVE-OLUTION, we'll only need to execute 96% of the population of SC for being Constitution-hating traitors.
posted by swell at 8:23 PM on January 19, 2008


I could swear I've seen this before.
Or something exactly like it.
posted by loiseau at 9:06 PM on January 19, 2008


I love it. Thanks.
posted by fiercecupcake at 10:55 PM on January 19, 2008


There is an explanation: apparently, all the leading candidates are homeless.
posted by IAmHumblerThanYou at 11:06 PM on January 19, 2008


I don't like SLYT's that link directly to YT either. Which is why I linked to a page on Sadly, No! And splainin' it out beforehand woulda ruined it, doncha think?

See there's this whole irony thing that the candidates have been pounding the word change so hard, that anyone should instantly know what any post prominently featuring the word "change" is about, right? Um...right...?

I had further fun by pretending that they were all talking about small change. The jingly stuff in your pocket.

(Sorry about the extra "ch")
posted by telstar at 11:07 PM on January 19, 2008


I think the theme for the next debate should be "Life On Mars?"
posted by burnmp3s at 11:24 PM on January 19, 2008 [3 favorites]


It amuses me, and maybe makes me a bit smug, that I don't know exactly who most of those faces are. Living abroad is fun that way, especially when not having broadcast teevee.
posted by Goofyy at 11:28 PM on January 19, 2008


Living abroad is fun that way, especially when not having broadcast teevee.

I have to concur with Goofyy here. The past 13 years with virtually no exposure to US TV has been very, very good for my soul. When I do go back to the states for visits, I am invariably appalled and/or mystified by broadcast television there. It is truly bizarre, and oddly horrifying.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:22 AM on January 20, 2008


I don't like SLYT's that link directly to YT either. Which is why I linked to a page on Sadly, No!

OK, I know I'm new here, but I just don't see how linking to a blog with a single link YouTube post is better than a SLYT. (It's not as if the blog added anything.)
Just makes it a 2-click SLYT.
posted by msalt at 2:47 AM on January 20, 2008


that I don't know exactly who most of those faces are.

If you think that Muricans know who half these assholes are, you're sadly mistaken.

but I just don't see how linking to a blog with a single link YouTube post is better than a SLYT. (It's not as if the blog added anything.

I don't see either. Except for maybe being able to read the text comments below the video primer screen first, to get a clue as to the content. Also that the video doesn't fire up automagically on load. Little things like that.
posted by telstar at 2:58 AM on January 20, 2008


Goofyy: It amuses me, and maybe makes me a bit smug, that I don't know exactly who most of those faces are. Living abroad is fun that way, especially when not having broadcast teevee.

hoo boy. Not sure I'd be bragging that I have no clue who is running to be the purported leader of the free world. I hope you either educate yourself, or don't vote. (not that avoiding tv is bad, but being uninformed, not so much)

That said, mr. nax was telling me about an arctic explorer he was reading about (he's into that) who got lost in spring of 1914 and didn't find his way out until winter of 1918. Missed the entire First World War. No clue that it was happening.

Another interesting "no news" insight was on maybe npr? some analyst pointed out how relatively cordial and issue-focused this campaign has been, on both sides. He speculated that this was because the late night tv hosts were muzzled by the writers' strike, and therefore people were getting their information from the news and from the campaigns, and not just zeroing in on the stupid sound bytes and misspeaks that make good laugh fodder.
posted by nax at 6:55 AM on January 20, 2008


the free world.

The what now?????
posted by fcummins at 8:59 AM on January 20, 2008


fcummins: point taken. Going off to a corner to cry now.
posted by nax at 9:37 AM on January 20, 2008


How do we make money making change?

Volume.
posted by darkstar at 10:08 AM on January 20, 2008


America is asking for change.
posted by moonmilk at 11:38 AM on January 20, 2008


Change -- one year from today!

01.20.09 -- The End Of An Error!
posted by ericb at 11:56 AM on January 20, 2008


arctic explorer who got lost in spring of 1914 and didn't find his way out until winter of 1918. Missed the entire First World War

That would be Ernest Shackleton; his expedition on the ship Endurance actually left England the day it entered World War I. The 28 men on board were stranded in the Antarctic for 2 years; none died. Amazing story.

However, Shackleton didn't miss WWI. He returned in 1917 and enlisted, served in Argentina (PR duty) and was on an expedition that landed in Russia two weeks before the November 11, 1918 Armistice.
posted by msalt at 12:41 PM on January 20, 2008


hoo boy. Not sure I'd be bragging that I have no clue who is running

As a non-American I think I know all of the main presidential candidates from both sides and roughly what they stand for. Don't have any idea what they look like apart from Clinton and Obama though.
posted by markr at 10:26 PM on January 20, 2008


Metafilter: As a non-American I think
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:40 AM on January 21, 2008 [1 favorite]


No, not Shackleton. This was MacMillan, Ekblaw, and Tanquary. Mr. nax found me the link.
posted by nax at 9:15 AM on January 21, 2008


Missed the entire First World War. No clue that it was happening.

Donald B. MacMillan (a "favorite son" of Provincetown, MA) who led the Crocker Land Expedition in the Artic served in the Navy during both World War I and World War II.
posted by ericb at 2:07 PM on January 21, 2008


The woman with the big glasses frame made me laugh !

.
funny how this could be such a um watershed election yet its so boring.

maybe a plain old brass tacks white man is the antidote.
posted by celerystick at 6:21 PM on January 21, 2008


maybe a plain old brass tacks white man is the antidote.

I think the type you're thinking of doesn't exist anymore. Television and the manufacture of image, soundbite culture and a lot else has certainly driven that type into extinction.

If they ever really existed at all.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:10 PM on January 21, 2008


No, not Shackleton. This was MacMillan, Ekblaw, and Tanquary.

Oops, /antarctic/artic. Sorry. I couldn't have imagined that there were two different expeditions at the beginning of WWI who were stranded for YEARS in the polar ice and survived. Remind me not to complain about the winter weather.
posted by msalt at 12:07 AM on January 22, 2008


no worries msalt. It's mr nax who knows the difference. me? Just a lot of cold, crazy explorers! I thought Shackleton at first too. Interesting that ericb brought up the Provincetown connection. My husband latched onto it because the other two were from *my* hometown.
posted by nax at 7:17 AM on January 22, 2008


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