Fast Food Nation

Today I saw a movie that I believe everyone needs to see: Super Size Me. It was only playing in one theater around here. In fact, the Cedar Lee Theater is almost an hour away in Cleveland.

I think two of the most anti-American industries in existence today are the tobacco industry and the food service industry… particularly the fast food service industry. Watching this movie reinforced many values I already had. More importantly however, it expanded on these values as well. I even walked out with a renewed determintation to stop eating at non-chain facilities.

Granted, the movie came from a somewhat biased viewpoint. The man comes from a lifestyle that doesn’t remotely resemble the lifestyle of an average American. He is extremely heathly and used to healthy meals. I’d be willing to bet the average American’s diet is more accustomed to “fast food.”

It doesn’t matter though: the facts speak for themselves. Personally, I would be fine with never eating fast food again. The man spends a month eating nothing but the product of my employer when I was in high school. I’m ashamed to admit I used to peddle this filth.

The movie was prompty followed by a cookout. Fresh, grilled out, minimally processed hamburger with a 6 pack. A good day over all. I even got a callback for a job.

Update (06/03/04): I have done a little research on criticisms of the film. The main arguement being brought against this film consist of: ‘if you consume 5000 calories a day and tons of sugar, with minimal excerise, what do you expect?’

I believe it was brought to attention in the beginning of the film that those in which the lawsuits were brought against need to prove that they can provide three meals a day without adverse health effects. Like I said, the facts speak for themselves. If you consumed McDonalds for three meals a day under the influence of the average Americans’ daily exercise: you will become sick!

I believe this film advocated both personal responsiblity and corporate responsibility. It is ridiculous to become dependent on fast food as a source of nutrition. No kidding. But some people do anyways and that’s ignorant.

At the same time, this film clearly shows that the corporations need to practice responsibility as well. Although they are not completely at fault, they should stop acting as if they are perfect and fess up to their own greed and corruption.


I’ve felt a little extra kick of productivity today. A few more resumes have been sent out as the job hunt continues. I have yet to hear from an interview I had last Friday, so tomorrow I suppose I will follow up on that.

On the other hand, I already have an interview next Tuesday for a resume I sent out today. Talk about response time. Although it is technically a part time internship – the pay and hours reflect that – they don’t need a very long term commitment, so I should be able to tough it out if they want me.

Progress is being made on the website, slowly but surely. I’m very happy with the result so far. The problem I had earlier with the transparent entry background has been solved as far as making it accessible for Windows Internet Explorer users. It seemed I just needed to save the file under a different PNG format. It’s always the solution that is right under your nose.

On a related note, I just found out about a petition to coax Microsoft into following up on its four year old promise to offer native support for PNG for Internet Explorer. If they ever do, this website will look just as attractive as it does on any other browser (such as what I use: Mozilla Firefox). I’m feeling left out, I was the 15,556th person to sign it.

My body is still reeling a bit from getting sick last Sunday. Stupid jello shots. I never really liked them anyway.

Wireless vs. A/C

I am sitting in my old school’s library because they still offer me free internet service (and in certain spots, such as my current position, wireless access).

This sure beats being at home going through a modem. I’ll take the 11mbps over 28.8 kbps anyday. And please, stop laughing.

However, if I were at home I would have the comfort of air conditioning. Such a dilemma.

In other news, the new redesign is pretty much finished. It seems there is an endless number of tweaks which are not necessary but still annoy me enough to be changed. Primarily, I still haven’t touched the archives page, and there is a little bit of CSS I am having a problem with concerning images.

For instance, for the life of me, I can’t get linked images to not have a border. A solution that was once so simple now escapes me. This is the code I had in my CSS:

img a:link {
border: 0px;

Also, for any non-Internet Explorer browser, I have a transparent gray background for the entries. In Internet Explorer, there is no background for the entries at all – only the black border. Although it is still pretty readable, I would like to give IE users an opaque gray background, but haven’t figured out how to do this yet. In time, my friends.

Otherwise, I just want to work on the content. Most of the static pages have content on them, but just stuff I haven’t yet taken the time to really work on. Just crappy filler so far.

Let me sweep a little bit of dust under the rug, and everything should be fine. At least mostly everything is validating now, although there is a little bit of dirty code that needs fixed.

Biggest. Hypocrite. Ever.

I used to think that I hated cell phones. Seriously. Like guns, I often saw that there were pretty much only good in cases of an emergency (or hunting?). I dunno.

But I’ve been thinking, maybe cell phones really are like guns. It’s the idiots who use them liberally that should be locked up in jail for being douchebags. Everytime I see some schmuck walking down the street with a cell phone glued to their head, I sort of want to slap them across their self-important face and explain to them how cool they don’t look. Even worse, anyone talking on a cell phone while driving should be shot on sight to prevent them from killing someone else.

Since cell phones don’t kill people, I not going to say they need to be regulated (although talking on a cell phone while driving should be outlawed). And since my new living quarters comes sans long distance, san bitchin’ phone features I can’t live without (call waiting, caller ID, etc.), and for some reason only dials by pulse, which makes dealing with automated operators a pain in the ass, I decided to do the hypocritical thing and purchase a mobile phone.

Today it came in the mail. Boxed in a bright Cingular box. The model: An LG L1200 Camera phone. I’ve been tinkering with my first cell phone like a little boy with his first new… uh… cell phone. Whatever. It’s time to take meaningless pictures of graffitti while talking to my ladyfriend while driving. Drunk.


Yes, I watched what I could of the RNC. I missed Monday night, but I saw the rest. It was predictable:

Bring out as many Republicans that don’t really represent your party to talk about terrorism.
Talk about nothing except terrorism and 9/11.
Ignore any and all domestic issues.
Lie about how great the economy is doing.
Call the millions who have lost their jobs, sank into poverty, or lost health insurance “girly-men.”
Don’t mention a thing about Osama bin forgotton.
9/11. 9/11. 9/11.
Call Kerry a flip flopper. Ignore every single time a Republican has flip flopped.
Insult anyone who has recieved a wound during wartime with purple heart bandaids.
Bring out Palpatine and Vader.
Call Kerry a tax and spend liberal. Then promise a bunch of new programs that will cost trillions. Keep taxes nice and low so we can’t pay for them.
Run for president, not re-election.
It was quite pathetic really. Bush had nothing to say about his previous 4 years of disaster. He keeps insisting that his war in Iraq, based on false pretenses that over 1,000 American soldiers have died in, was justified and that we are safer (even though terrorism has actually increased since the Iraq war and he has created a new generation of bin Ladens).

And for what? He’s cost us millions of jobs and over a thousand lives. He ignored warnings of 9/11 and proudly proclaims that we have climbed the hill.

And what do we see in the valley below? More dead soldiers. The rich get richer and the poor getting poorer. The middle class supporting all his new programs. An ever increasing deficit. The religious right taking over America.

At least Hope is on the way. And he’ll be in Akron tomorrow.