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George Clooney
Due to Ted Kennedy’s untimely passing on Tuesday, there is currently a seat open in the US Senate. Who is the best man for the job?

You guessed it, George Clooney.

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     Today I Googled Ranty McRanterson to check up on things and I was shocked to find other results than our blog. It used to be that when I would Google Ranty McRanterson, there would just be a link to our website and another asking if I meant Randy McRanterson (I almost never did). But now there seem to be several new pretenders to the throne. We’re not even the first link anymore, its someone’s Twitter account whose name is Ranty McRanterson. Considering we started this blog before Twitter existed, I think we have some sort of trademark on the name. Specifically Pete, cause I’m pretty sure he came up with the name.

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     Here we are for my second strange remembered dream. This one involves the game Viva Piñata: Classic. It is a children’s game where the object is to attract various piñata species (yes, animal piñatas) and breed them, produce various goods with them, let them be food for other piñatas or to just let them sit there and be pretty. My obsession with this game began when my former roommate, Chris, purchased the game for reasons beyond me. As he played it, I constantly made fun of him. But after watching for a few hours, I decided to start my own garden and see what I could do. Let me tell you, this jaun is ridiculously addicting. I really don’t understand how it’s a children’s game because it is incredibly complex. There are over sixty species of piñata, as well as buildings to house each species, other houses to process animal products, various plants that the piñatas eat. There are also ‘evil’ piñatas that wreck your garden, but can be converted into ‘good’ piñatas that can benefit the garden. Some of the species do not get along with one another and fight, and there are various species variants. Most of this can only be discovered on the internet (Viva Piñata has its own Wiki) and it is necessary to play with a laptop open next to you in order to figure out where to go next. Anyway, I guess my obsession with the game led to one of my patented Clint’s Strange Dreams®.

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Reader1
Not to be outdone by Clint’s recent claim in a comment/demonstrated posting dominance, I decided to post for the first time in quite a while with a little public service announcement for those who have been following the Ranty McRanterson.

Google Reader is a tool that I have been using in conjunction with Gmail and Google Calendar for some time now to keep up with what is going on in the world. For those of you who aren’t aware, Google Reader is an RSS reader that allows you to track a number of websites that you normally read. I think of it as bookmarks on steroids.  Prior to Google Reader, I would have my favorite websites organized in the bookmarks toolbar of my browser, and click each one individually to check on what’s new.

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     Friday marked the season finale of the Animal Planet show Whale Wars. For those of you unacquainted with the show, it chronicles the voyages of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a group opposed to whaling, as they confront Japanese whalers off the coast of Antarctica. While watching, I was amused by their total ineptitude in trying to stop the Japanese whalers and during the course of two episodes I filled a clipboard of examples of this total lack of professionalism and experience. I will begin by giving a summary of the involved parties and then delve into my own grievances.

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This Month’s Hero: Sarah Palin
I think she's gonna cry.

I think she's gonna cry.

     So after more than a year, I’m bringing back the Hero of the Month. I would have posted about Heroes from the last year, but let’s face it, nothing really happened in the past year. For this month, I have nominated former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. Although resigning her governorship, she has managed to remain in the news cycle, mostly by making bizarre statements about a variety of different issues. Her ability to indefinitely extend her fifteen minutes of fame is commendable and deserves attention.

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     We have almost 150 posts now, spanning more than three years. I guess that’s kind of weak according to most blogger’s stats, but hey, it is what it is. Anywho, I figured we have enough posts to pull out an old gem that I particularly liked and that I think you should read. I know you’re not going to go back through all our posts and read them all, so I shall select ones that I find particularly funny and you WILL read them. So it is said, so let it be done. And yes, this is partly me being lazy. Let’s face it, this is easier than coming up with new ideas.

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