parents television council, i hope your children read the shit i'm writing

posted 07/23/2006 20:06:11 by matt flesch-kincaid: 36, grade level: 13 commentscomments(0) linklink
i encourage everyone to go to the ptc site and let rescue me's sponsor,s such as wendys, visa, toyota, and staples, know that you think the ptc are close-minded, home-schooled, sheltered morons via their handy form. here's what i sent:

I am writing today to express my concern about your recent sponsorship..... oh wait, no I'm not.

I'm writing to encourage you not to listen to an exceptionally annoying, exceptionally vocal, and exceptionally delusional minority of your customers, known as the Parents Television Council (PTC) and its members. You should not allow yourself to be fooled into the idea that any sane, normal, or educated member of your customer base believes any of the insanity that comes out of PTC representatives' mouths.

The PTC represents and incredibly small portion of the US population, yet according to the FCC's own statistics generates more than 99.9% of all complaints they receive in a given year. These PTC members believe that since they are too self-involved to control what their children watch on TV, the government should do it for them, and attempt to accomplish this by using their small membership to fraudulently create a massive volume of complaints. Yet no one forces them to have cable TV in their homes, to not use TV and cable box features to control what their children watch, or god forbid, supervise their own children and their TV viewing habits. Maybe if they weren't so busy sending millions of copies of emails and letters to people they'd have time to watch what their own children were viewing on TV.

I encourage you not to listen to these ignorant, lazy, self-absorbed, idiots, who claim to speak for the American population at large. I hope you will continue to sponsor Rescue Me, and every other show on the PTC top ten worst list (available here: As a 23 year old, college graduate, with a large amount of disposable income, I hope to continue to see your delightful adds during episodes of Rescue Me, Family Guy, and everything else the PTC hates. While you might lose one of the six idiots who believes what the PTC says, you'll certainly keep me as a continuing customer. I can also distinguish the difference between reality and TV, just like I can tell the difference between the real world and video games. When the PTC finally mature and develop a method of conversation besides whining, crying, and throwing temper tantrums, they can join the rest of us in reality.

The site then responded: Dear Matt Dragon,

Thank you for taking action on behalf of America's children and grandchildren. Your emails have been sent!

Well you're very welcome PTC, I look forward to meeting your socially disabled, sheltered, home schooled, afraid of the world, gun toting, psychopath children and grandchildren and enlightening them as to how increadibly screwed up their parents and grandparents were for believing in your cause.

websites as graphs

posted 07/17/2006 08:09:54 by matt flesch-kincaid: 66, grade level: 7 commentscomments(0) linklink
a very cool java applet that will let you view the html that comprises a web site as a graph. here is's graph:

jon stewart on senator stevens on the internets

posted 07/14/2006 16:54:00 by matt flesch-kincaid: 50, grade level: 11 commentscomments(0) linklink
this is the man who is in charge of regulating e-commerce, yes that's right he's the chair of the senate commerce committee.

it's official, the world is coming to an end

posted 07/14/2006 08:02:41 by matt flesch-kincaid: 55, grade level: 9 commentscomments(0) linklink
there's now a phone that supports "myspace mobile". i think they're advertising should read something like "you know how you could still read 1 or 2 words on the hideously colored, stupid icons bouncing all over the place, steaming pile of crap that is your friends myspace page? now think about displaying that page on a tiny little phone screen....yeah you're head just exploded didn't it...yeah." i wish myspace would just up and die already, it lowers the overall classiness of the internet, and for a technology where 70% of the traffic is porn that's hard to do.

oh france, everything about you is a joke

posted 07/09/2006 22:27:29 by matt flesch-kincaid: 64, grade level: 4 commentscomments(0) linklink
joe suggested going to google, searching for "french military victories" and pressing "i'm feeling lucky" and he was right, the result is quite humorous

technorati pings

posted 07/09/2006 15:40:12 by matt flesch-kincaid: 59, grade level: 8 commentscomments(0) linklink
i think i've added support to ping technorati when i update here. btw, curl makes it impossibly difficult to understand how to send non-field data on a post, which is kinda needed to send a xml-rpc request using curl. it seems buy using the postfields option and just not putting and field names, it might work? they should really document this better.