Monday, March 30, 2009

Open Letter to McDonald's: Stop hogging the dipping sauce!

Dear McDonald's 
(CEO Jim Skinner and President and COO Ralph Alvarez),

I'm sad to say that at the moment, I am NOT "lovin' it." After a recent trip to a local McDonald's (5516 Lamar: Austin, Texas) it has come to my attention that you feel the need to formally ration the dipping sauces which you disperse. 
Over the years I have seen small attempts at this by way of certain stores posting homemade signs or charging 25 cents per "extra" dipping sauce containers, but I have never seen such a formal notice as the "Dippin' Sauce Guide," declaring exactly how many dipping sauces customers are allotted depending on how many nuggets they purchased.

This both confused and saddened me. I have grown up on McDonald's. I've literally eaten it at least once a week for more than 15 years (and have still managed to NOT become "supersized"). I've defended the integrity of McDonald's food to many a friend and foe over the years, and I have always stood by its side-- only to be betrayed by my fast food friend's extreme selfishness.

One of my favorite things about McDonald's has to be the Sweet & Sour sauce. I eat it on nuggets, fries, and even my burgers on occasion. But now, McDonald's is telling me that unless I purchase an item containing nuggets, I am no longer entitled to the same dipping sauce that someone who purchased nuggets is.

How does it make sense to say that I, who purchased a Quarter Pounder w/Cheese Extra Value Meal for $6 cannot have a dipping sauce when someone who purchased a $3 Happy Meal can?

To take it further: do you really believe that 2 dipping sauce containers is enough for 10 nuggets? And 6 dipping sauces for 50 nuggets?!

And please don't blame it on the recession or "current economic climate." McDonald's posted higher than expected earnings of more than $985 million last quarter. McD can afford the sauce.

I guess my main point is: share the wealth, no matter what food we purchase. And by "wealth," I mean "dipping sauce."

My dollar is the same as another's dollar weather it is spent on 4 McNuggets or one McDouble.

Thank you for your time, and I appreciate in advance your speedy and satisfying response.

Sweetly and Sourly,

Adam Rucker

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Where the Wild Things Are

I'm sure I'm not the first to show you the trailer for Spike Jonze's upcoming film "Where the Wild Things Are," (based on the beloved children's book of the same name, of which I have absolutely no recollection except for the cover image) as I saw it posted on no less than 7 of my friends' Facebook pages exclaiming "I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS MOVIE!!!"


I admit the trailer does look pretty fantastical, but I can't help but wonder if it's gonna be one of those movies that the preview for it is actually better than the movie itself.

Because let's be honest: scenes with the giant Barney-sized monsters playing with the little boy in the forest are bound to get awkward when they're longer than these 2 second flashes.

Nevertheless, I'll probably see it. Even though it's not out till OCTOBER.

Good grief.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

New Erin McCarley music video: "Love, Save the Empty"

Check out Erin McCarley's new music video for the title track from her CD, "Love, Save the Empty," shot in the streets of Paris by Steve Hoover.Click HERE to by "Love, Save the Empty" on Amazon! Or iTunes.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Cool Word Clouds!

Check out these cool word clouds I made on Wordle.net using CaniPleaseJustSay.com as the source! (The first two are my faves.)



Make your own word clouds out of any Web site or text at Wordle.net!

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There's a new game in town: Letterblox

You've seen my talk before about some of my favorite addictive online games like Bubble Spinner and Balloono, but now OMGPOP (formerly iminlikewithyou.com) has released a new game, Letterblox, and it is beginning to take over my life.The premise is rather simple: you have 2 minutes to come up with as many 3-6 letter word combinations from the letters given. You accrue points for each word. Sounds easy, but seriously yall: it is HARD! I have actually yet to win a game, yet I still keep playing knowing that I'll get better and it might even help my vocabulary... right?

Anyway, check out Letterblox on OMGPOP.com and friend me there on the username "ajruck" and we can match up against each other. You'll probably win.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Celebrate Spring Break at Disney!

So I'm here at my friend Jenny's in Orlando spending Spring Break at Walt Disney World!

Here's a few pics from my trip so far.. More to come!

This is the awesome Lynx city bus that I rode from the airport to Downtown Disney for $2!Big Thunder Mountain Railroad!
Jenny! Thanks for giving me a roof to sleep under!Captain Hook, Me, and a very midriff-baring Smee.
And finally I just saw this REALLY creepy picture of Zac Efron and V-Hudge imitating Prince Philip and Aurora (Sleeping Beauty). Looks more like they're wanting to be in some medieval version of "Twilight." Sorry that's the last thing you see. Anyway, that's all for now from the Disney front!

Happy Spring Break!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

This is why Facebook and I broke up..

So the next wave of big Facebook changes just hit my account today and I'll just say I don't love the changes, but I don't hate them either. Clearly competition from other very popular social media sites (TWITTER) has caused Facebook to try to adapt and evolve so as not to suffer the tragic fate of the dodo bird.What confuses me though is that people like Twitter because of its simplicity. Users have one homepage that contains all the information relevant to them, and they needn't travel to any other page. But when Facebook tried to incorporate this live-updating model into their format, they simply added it to everything else they already had.

Facebook has gone from a fairly straight-forward 1 page/person layout to multiple pages with multiple tabs and now a live-updating Twitter-like homepage on top. It's just like a tornado came through and spread everything out among 100 different locations and we have to figure out how to sift through the rubble.

All I want is to be able to easily stalk the people of my choosing.

That's all.

By trying to simplify itself, Facebook has become more complicated than ever, providing me with even more proof that the decision I made almost 6 months ago to break up with Facebook was the right decision.
We're just better apart.
So forget Facebook and come try something new and exciting! Sign up and follow me @twitter.com/adamrucker

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Is Kelly Clarkson Pregnant?

Are you kidding me? No.

The following article was written in the New York Daily News following Kelly's appearance on "American Idol" last night. (With my comments interspersed.)

BY Lauren Johnston
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

It's the Internet buzz phrase of the day: Is Kelly Clarkson pregnant?

Umm. I've been on the Internet all day and it's definitely NOT the buzz phrase of the day.

The original "American Idol" winner returned to the Fox stage last night to perform her latest single "My Life Would Suck Without You" before a panel of her former judges: Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul.

The Grammy-winning songstress - clad in a form-fitting black mini-dress, knee-high black boots, tights and a shimmery sequined shrug - rocked out the song from her new album "All I Ever Wanted" and strode confidently across the stage.

"Strode confidently across the stage" is a bit redundant considering she's a Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum superstar. I would hope she looked a little more confident than Anoop Desai.She looked a bit curvier than she did at the Grammy awards in February, and immediately the rumors started to fly.

Who says she looked curvier? You? The reporter? We don't care. Among whom did the rumors fly? Are you making this up so you can have a story? (That's what my reporting teacher would have written in red all over my assignment had I said that.)

But a Clarkson rep at her record label RCA - a division of Sony Music - tells the Daily News the buzz is dead wrong: "She is not pregnant."

The singer chatted with host Ryan Seacrest on stage, who asked if her new song was written with a special someone in mind - to which said no, adding she is not currently in a relationship.

But that didn't stop the fans from speculating.

What fans? Speculating about what? Her curves? Or her relationship?

Clarkson wowed the "Idol" fans at Wednesday night's results show, performing after hip-hop star Kanye West.

Asked by Seacrest how it felt to return to her old stomping grounds, she said, "I feel like I'm going to be judged."

Kinda like you're judging her right now by saying she's so fat that she must be pregnant?

If Abdul's dancing along to her tune was any indication, she would have greenlighted her to the next round.

Paula Abdul will literally dance to anything, including silence. It's just the side effects of being on so many "medications."
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The above article is reason #473 I got out of journalism. Ms. Johnston, the writer, seriously went to school and got a degree to learn how to write a story on whether or not Kelly Clarkson is pregnant.

This is also why I don't understand how people don't understand why newspapers are failing. They are literally paying someone to write stories like the above, speculating whether or not young, minorly overweight female stars are pregant, and a previously unnecessary story of theirs: "'Idol' judge Paula Abdul wackier than usual?"


Has anyone, including Johnston herself ever heard of a girl gaining a few pounds while they're off work? (And by 'off work' for Kelly, I mean she has so much money that she doesn't NEED to work all the time.) If you've seen Kelly Clarkson at all in the last two years you'd know she's looked like that for the last two years.
Unless she is literally an elephant, whose gestation period is about 22 months, I'm gonna go ahead and conclude that she is not pregnant.People just need to chill the crap out and appreciate Kelly Clarkson for what she is: a beautiful and amazing singer, who the last time I checked wasn't on drugs, wasn't taking naked pictures, wasn't a complete [mean person], didn't have an eating disorder, and wasn't wasting her money on bling and alcohol.

But leave it to the "news" to point out the moment she looks like she might NOT be starving herself like everyone else in Hollywood.

At least they play those Dove "Real Beauty" ads during the commercial breaks to make up for it.

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sundae Sunday #4: I won Family Feud!

This week's topics of discussion: winning Family Feud at the University of Texas, George Foreman Grills, secret notes I left on my car, annoying water bottles, and small plastic lion figurines from the zoo!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

True Life: I'm addicted to Bubble Spinner

So about a month ago, a professor of mine tweeted about the wondrous online game, Bubble Spinner and how addicting it was. I was intrigued because I've always liked regular old bubble shooter games, but this put an entirely new "spin" on it. ZZZZING!

The bubbles rotate like a wheel when you shoot them, making the game very tricky and at times extremely frustrating. It took all of about .2 seconds for me to become addicted to it, which isn't very surprising since it comes from the Web site, addictinggames.com.

But more than just providing hours of mindless entertainment, Bubble Spinner has also taught me valuable life lessons which prompted my following tweet:And the very wise subsequent response:Just goes to show you, there is a lesson to be learned in everything.

So there you have it. Go play Bubble Spinner and become addicted along with me.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

What is wrong with you, Yellow Tubes?

My favorite weird piece of art featuring long yellow tubes tied to an apparatus, which I refer to as "Yellow Tubes," at the Blanton Art Museum on the University of Texas at Austin campus, is apparently under a bit of construction. (How's that for a long lead sentence?!)The ordinarily playground-like feature was tied up and roped off with caution tape as I walked by today, answering the question "Is there any possible way to make this sculpture look more bad?"

Maybe the museum is just finally tired of its looming around in their backyard. The tubes really don't serve a purpose besides allowing annoying people to annoyingly run through them.

Could this be the end of UT's Yellow Tubes?

Only time will tell, but for now play the video below to relive Yellow Tubes in its hey day and to watch me be an annoying person running through them.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Jimmy Kimmel Rips The Bachelor

Even if you don't watch "The Bachelor," which, I totally don't, at all, you probably know by now that the latest, Jason Mesnick, turned out to be a total dirtbag. Last night on the 2 hour season finale, Jason proposed to my fellow Dallasite, Melissa. Then 5 minutes later on the "After the Rose" show (which was taped 6 weeks after filming "The Bachelor") Jason decided to dump her on national TV "because he had to." Oh, and then 5 minutes later he asked the original girl he dumped on the finale to give him a second chance. And she did.Class. Acts.

Now listen, I'm all about everyone being happy and doing what they feel is best for them, but I don't buy the crap that he HAD to break up with her on TV. Considering that 99% of the other bachelors broke up with their picks before their seasons ended as well without doing it on TV, I find it hard to believe that he was forced to do so. All you really have to do is call your fiance while you aren't on TV and break up with her and that will accomplish it not being on TV.

Crazy.

Anyway, Jimmy Kimmel ripped him pretty good on his show afterward and that's what this whole post is basically about. So check it out!

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Watch me get a haircut!

For yesterday's Sundae Sunday I decided to let the viewers assist me in cutting my ridiculously long hair. Other topics of the day: TOMS shoes, Oreos, and my trip to San Antonio! Enjoy.

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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Box Office: Miley Cyrus > Jonas Brothers

This past weekend was opening weekend for "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" in local movie theaters near you. You might remember a similar flick opening around this time last year, "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour."

Now the box office tallies are coming in and I have to say I'm a little surprised at the numbers. Jonas Brothers opened in 2nd place behind Tyler Perry's "Madea Goes to Jail" with $12.7 million dollars. This is good, but it isn't even half of Hannah's $31 million opening weekend last year. The Hannah Montana concert was also shown in less than half the number of theaters they're currently showing Jonas in.What gives? My guess is that some kids/families may have opted out of the movie version of the concert because most Jonas fans have already seen them in person (I have friends, *cough* Jenny and Victoria, who have seen them at least 8 times in concert. But then again, they still went to the movie opening at midnight and were featured on the local news for it. Much love J&V!). The Brothers have been in a constant state of touring for the past 3 years, hitting many cities several times a year.

Could we be hitting a Jonas saturation point?

I still haven't gotten to see the new Madea movie yet, but rest assured I have committed to making that happen by the end of this week or else I have to send everyone that reads this blog a Krispy Kreme donut.

And in other box office-related news: it concerns me beyond belief to see that "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" is still in the top 10. Seriously America?
Discuss amongst yourselves..

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