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Xbox 360 Elite

June 28th, 2009

Yesterday, we joined the ranks of Xbox 360 owners.  Even more exclusively, we are a proud owner of an Xbox 360 Elite console.  We received it as a joint birthday gift yesterday from my mother (Lindsey’s birthday is tomorrow, mine is in October).  As an added gift, Chris & Kelly purchased The Orange Box for Lindsey’s birthday.  To complete our day, we rounded up all of the games we no longer cared about and traded them in for a brand new second controller from GameStop!

We already had Halo 3, as I purchased the Legendary Edition last year, forseeing a time when I would have a 360.  We had Crackdown, but it was one of the games we traded in for the new controller.  We have Fable II, as it came with the Elite.

This puts our game list, so far, at:

Halo 3, Fable II, and The Orange Box (which includes Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal).

Once we had it set up, Lindsey started trying to find a new gamer tag.  After about half an hour of attempts, she finally found one she was happy with.  She went through her setup process, and relinquished the controls to me.  I spent about 5 minutes searching for a gamer tag before I found one that worked for me, then I finished my setup process.  Afterwards, we set up Netflix to stream movies to the 360, and got started!

It’s been a blast so far.  We’ve spent the whole day playing Halo 3, Portal, and various Live Arcade games and demos.  Our Xbox Live Gamertag pages are in our links section to the right of the page.  See you guys on Xbox Live!

-Because I said so

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Lindsey’s Surprise Birthday Party

June 28th, 2009

Lindsey’s birthday is tomorrow (Monday, June 29th), but I threw her birthday party yesterday (Saturday, June 27th).  The party was a surprise, and went off fairly well.  I took Lindsey out to run some errands, and left her copy of the house key under the mat for one of my friends.  They came by, let everyone in, put the cake in the freezer, and waited for our return, where they yelled “Surprise!”.  Unfortunately, only three people were ON TIME, so it was a rather disappointing yell, but it was a surprise nonetheless!  Lindsey’s reaction was, “How the hell did you guys get in my apartment!?”

We had pizza, an amazing cake from Cold Stone Creamery, and, eventually, some of our friends!  We ate the pizza.  We ate the cake.  Then we opened the presents.

I got her a Mario bobblehead and a Yoshi bobblehead to go with her Bowser bobblehead.

Chris and Kelly (leftybrown & mrsleftybrown) got Lindsey a game, The Orange Box, for the Xbox 360.  But wait!  We don’t own a 360!

Except for the one my mother got us for her birthday and mine (mine isn’t until October, so it’s an early gift).  Unfortunately, the Xbox 360 Elite only comes with one controller.  This is where Chris & Kelly really saved the day.  They suggested we head in to GameStop with some games we didn’t want, and do a trade-in.  We grabbed eight or nine games, and were on our way.  They offered to pick up the balance, but luckily, it wasn’t necessary!  Our trade-in value was over $53, which was just a dollar and change short of a brand new Xbox 360 Elite controller!

Back to playing now.  Bye bye.

-Because I said so

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Episode 23 Recap

June 27th, 2009

The MehCast was missed for a couple of weeks because of life issues, but we came back last night and had a blast!  We unfortunately had to talk about the deaths of Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson.  We discussed our brand new kitten, Moogle, the Iran protests, Lindsey’s birthday (coming up on Monday! don’t forget to say Happy Birthday!), iPhone 3.0 software, and a bunch of movie and video game news!

Our weekly picks:

Song of the Week (Chris): Michael Jackson - P.Y.T.

Song of the Week (Lindsey): Michael Jackson - Rock With You

TV Show of the Week (Chris): America’s Got Talent

TV Show of the Week (Lindsey): The Tudors

Movie of the Week (Chris): Airplane!

Movie fo the Week (Lindsey): Moonwalker (Michael Jackson)

iPhone App of the Week (Chris): TweetDeck

iPhone App of the Week (Lindsey): Balance

Video Game of the Week (Chris): Virtua Tennis

Video Game of the Week (Lindsey): Yosumin!

See you this coming Friday, the 3rd of July, at 7:00pm PST,!

-Because I said so

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Episode 22 Recap

June 27th, 2009

Holy crap, we forgot a recap for Episode 22!  Episode 22 saw heavy E3 coverage, as well as the death of David Carradine.  There was a lot of movie news, a bit of tv/music news, and the announcement of a new game from Midway, MORAL KOMBAT!

Our weekly picks:

Song of the Week (Chris): The Beatles - Helter Skelter

Song of the Week (Lindsey): Sir Mix-A-Lot - Put ‘Em On The Glass

TV Show of the Week (Chris): Merlin

TV Show of the Week (Lindsey): The Soup

Movie of the Week (Chris): Star Trek!

Movie fo the Week (Lindsey): Equilibrium

iPhone App of the Week (Chris): Fandango

iPhone App of the Week (Lindsey): Yellow Pages Mobile

Video Game of the Week (Chris): Fifa Soccer 2007

Video Game of the Week (Lindsey): Toe Jam & Earl

-Because I said so

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June 26th, 2009

Holy crap, we skipped two weeks of shows!  We tried, but just weren’t able to get it right the last two weeks.  Third time’s the charm, though, and we WILL be broadcasting tonight at 7:00pm PST (10:00pm EST).  Check us out at  We’ve really missed doing the show for the last two weeks, and we’re really looking forward to getting back on the air tonight!  We’ve had a very eventful, stressful, and time consuming few months, and unfortunately, not only had it affected our MehCast schedule, but our blog output as well.  We’ve gotten ourselves back on track with our blog output, and now we’re getting back on track with the MehCast, so be sure to be there, TONIGHT!

If you’re not there, we’ll know, and it will make us quite sad.  Have you ever seen a 6′1″, 220 pound Middle Eastern man with a big, manly, super manly, awesome beard cry?  It’s pretty weird.  I wouldn’t recommend it.  SO MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T HAPPEN!

-Becuase I said so

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Michael Jackson, In Memoriam

June 25th, 2009

There are very few people in the world who do not recognize the name “Michael Jackson”.  He has made a monumental mark on our cultural landscape; one that will not soon be forgotten.  In a career spanning 49 years, starting with his brothers in the Jackson 5 and on to his inimitable solo career, Michael Jackson has received 13 Grammy Awards, spawned 13 number one singles (more than any other male artist in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100), and has sold over 750 million albums around the world.  He earned the title “King of Pop”, was one of only a few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and has been acknowledged by the Guinness World Records committee for multiple world records, including “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time”.  He was known as an incredible innovator in music, and is responsible for many musical trends that have become commonplace today.

Michael Jackson, one of the most famous men in the world, has died, at the age of 50, by way of cardiac arrest.  We humbly extend our condolences to the Jackson family, and hope that his children will be well looked after.

Good bye, Michael.  Thank you for years of entertainment.

-Because I said so

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Iranian Election

June 18th, 2009

The last week has seen a veritable flood of support on Twitter for the Iranian presidential election protests occurring in Iran.  In brief, the incumbent president, Ahmadinejad defeated his opponent, Mousavi, by a very large margin (63% to 33%).  Many people have claimed that the election was rigged, and that the process was corrupt, sparking large and heated protests in Tehran, the capitol of Iran.  Ahmadinejad has been a very controversial figure here in the West, having denied the holocaust, expressed wishes for the destruction of Israel, pushed forward with a nuclear program that most of the world believes to be for weapon development, trampled human rights, and more.  His opponent, Mousavi, is being hailed as a revolutionary reformist, who wishes to modernize and Westernize the country, bringing freedoms to the people.  I’ll speak to his personality momentarily.  My first topic is the huge support he is receiving after his “loss” in the presidential elections.

Many people are supporting the protesters in their attempts to overturn Ahmadinejad’s re-election and expose election rigging.  Exposing election rigging and government corruption is admirable, but those who believe Mousavi will be able to bring instant change and freedom to Iran are sadly mistaken.  The government of Iran has a very complex structure, with unbalanced power.  Here is a flowchart of the government’s power structure:

Power Structure Flowchart

Power Structure Flowchart, courtesy of the BBC

The electorate (all people over 15 years old) votes for the President, members of Parliament, and the Assembly of Experts.  The President chooses the members of the Cabinet, and they must be approved by Parliament.  The Guardian Council consists of twelve members.  Six theologians are appointed by the Supreme Leader, and six jurists are nominated by the judiciary and approved by Parliament.  The Guardian Council has the ability to veto any candidate for President, Parliament, and the Assembly of Experts.  The Assembly of Experts is the body that appoints the Supreme Leader.  The Supreme Leader is the top of Iran’s political power structure.  He appoints the head of the judiciary, six members of the Guardian Council, the commanders of all of the armed forces, and the heads of radio and tv broadcasting.  He also confirms the president’s election.

The Guardian Council must approve all bills passed by parliament and can veto them if they consider them to be against the constitution or Islamic law.  The members are appointed by the Supreme Leader and the Head of the Judiciary (who is, himself, appointed by the Supreme Leader).  It is a council that can easily be said to be fully appointed by the Supreme Leader himself.  It is a very powerful tool in the hands of the Supreme Leader, as it can veto any candidate for elected institutions, giving the Supreme Leader his own choice of candidates, leading to his own choice of elected officials.

Perhaps this makes it a bit more clear why the presidential elections in Iran are not what people should be outraged about.  Perhaps the outrage should be directed at the structure itself, and its clearly unbalanced nature.  The president is not in control of the country.  The Supreme Leader is.  Swapping one president for another changes very little.

My second topic is the “revolutionary reformist” himself, Mousavi.  Many people have forgotten, or have chosen to forget, that Mousavi served as Prime Minister (while the post still existed) in the 1980s.  He severed ties with Great Britain when they refused to disavow Salman Rushdie (writer of The Satanic Verses, which resulted in a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini, calling for Rushdie’s death).  He was a member of the leadership council for Hezbollah when it was created in 1982 (hey, I was born in 1982!).  Mousavi, while he does deny the holocaust, refuses to recognize Israel’s sovereignty.  He defended the seizure of over 50 American hostages at the United States embassy in Tehran in 1979.  Since the position of Prime Minister was dispelled, he has served as an advisor to the Supreme Leader, as well as a member of the Supreme Cultural Revolution Council, which monitors artistic expression.

With such a record, how can his current claims for reform be taken seriously?  He has been one of the strongest supporters of the very things he now claims to be against.

This is far from a full in-depth examination of the Iranian political system and its participants, but perhaps it will shed a little light on the situation for those who don’t know much about it.  Just remember, who the president is doesn’t matter as much as who the Supreme Leader is.  The only solution at this point is a full revolution.  The theocracy must be overthrown completely for any meaningful or lasting change to occur.  Anything less is pointless and ineffective.

-Because I said so

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Countdown

June 18th, 2009

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, a film adaptation of the book with the same title, will appear in theaters in 28 days!  If you haven’t seen the first five movies, but plan on seeing this one, then please, I beg of you, watch the first five movies before going to the sixth.  If you haven’t read the books, then you need the first five movies to provide a great deal of back story and character development that will help you understand the dynamics in the sixth movie.  If you have read the books, the movies vary slightly from the books, and it will be helpful for you to connect with the characters and become accustomed to the environments presented in the films.

The countdown begins!

-Because I said so

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MehCast Update

June 18th, 2009

We are very sorry that Episode 23 was put off last week!  Lindsey had a last minute work event to attend, and it just isn’t the same without both of us there.  It doesn’t feel right to us to do it alone.  Throw on a busy weekend with a new pet, and the show just got left behind.  Coming up this week (June 19th), we have our one year engagement anniversary on Friday, so we will not be broadcasting that night.  We will be broadcasting Episode 23 of the MehCast on Sunday, June 21st, at 7:00pm PST (10:00pm EST) @  Sorry for our erratic schedule over the last couple of months!  Once we get past this week, we should be back on a regular weekly schedule for a good long time!

Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you on Sunday!

-Because I said so

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The Adventures of AT&T and Apple: Mystery of the Assholes and the First Generation iPhone

June 18th, 2009

I own a first generation iPhone.  I don’t qualify for an upgrade price until October of 2010, so I will continue to own a first generation iPhone for quite a while, I believe.  I have, generally, had no problems with my phone, and have held it very close to my heart since my wife bought it for me in February of 2008.  My love for my phone hasn’t diminished.

My love for Apple and AT&T has been shattered.

As an owner of a first generation product that is, arguably, still only in its second generation of development (or generation 2.5, if you must), I still expect a considerable level of product support from the manufacturer (Apple) and the content provider (AT&T).  I was looking forward to the 3.0 OS update very eagerly, as it meant I could finally MMS, among other things.  One of the things I gave up when getting the iPhone was MMS, and it was something I used often, so it was the primary feature I wanted to regain.

Oh, but wait!  What’s that, AT&T and Apple?  The iPhone 3.0 software does not provide MMS functionality for first generation iPhones? You’ve left cab money on the dresser for me to make my way home?  You have an important meeting in the morning?  You’ll call me?  Ok, that all sounds perfectly reasonable!

Fuck you Apple.

Fuck you AT&T.

-Because I said so

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