Archive for July 1st, 2008

01
Jul
08

Where In The Hell Is Matt?

From BoingBoing comes this amazing video. Matt is a 31-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he’d saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said “Hey, why don’t you stand over there and do that dance. I’ll record it.” He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It’s actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea. A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as “That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I’ll send you the link. It’s funny.” Matt’s website is here.

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01
Jul
08

Joe Horn: No Billed

A while back I posted about Joe Horn, the Pasadena, Texas man who shot and killed two burglars that he caught in the act of burglarizing a neighbor’s home. After seven months of debate and two weeks of grand jury deliberation, Joe Horn has been no billed… no charges will be brought. As one can imagine, the community is wee bit divided over the case. Some folks are claiming that the shooting was racially motivated or that Horn acted beyond the legal limits of reasonable force. Some folks are hailing the issue as a line drawn in the sand that crime will not be tolerated and that citizens will protect themselves and their property with deadly force when necessary. Is Joe a hero? Nope. A hero acts beyond normal response. If everyone acted like Joe, crime would drop and then we’d all be heroes. Can’t have that, now can we?