Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Halloween Party

Last night I attended a Halloween party and for the first time in 15 years or so, even wore a costume, albeit a cheesy store bought last minute costume, but a costume by definition nonetheless. This is the obligatory sentence where I mention my cute 6 year old who is scared of her own shadow, and even more scared of a bleeding skull head fountain just off the entranceway. Fortunately, the little one went to sleep quickly enough to allow dad some party time.

Among the usual pleasantries that a good party offers, this one offered the entertainment value of many clever costumes. Of particular note in the costume area, the winners of the costume contest, the "Wizard of Oz" featuring Dorothy, the Scarecrow (whose smile could light up a room), the Cowardly Lion (whose hair look like that of a chick I dated in the eighties), and the Tin Man (who in my opinion had the best costume). Other terrific costumes included a hauntingly accurate portrayal of our retarded president, one night stand (our lovely host Jill), Mr. & Mrs. Devil (Mr. Devil mentioned that his wife actually took a class in makeup for this-they were quite extraordinary, and red), Guns & Roses (a clever parody featuring Linda & Rich), a Geisha (Jill's Grandma), a lint roller (the delightful Kate), and amongst many others, the Marlboro Girl (a "smoking hot" portrayal by Melisa).

It was especially nice to put faces to names and blogs. Kate, Melisa, and Bryan are all people whose blogs I've read but never met (until of course, last night). Thank you Jill for the invite and to all the Jeffrey's who made the party happen. Thanks for the haunted house idea and the tour of your new digs, and for the realization of my age (it was the first time I ever saw an ice luge).

The party rocked! Happy Halloween to all!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Boston Red Sox - World Champions

Today, I bow to the enemy. I am a lifelong NY Yankees (or as my friend Jill would call them, the NY Satans) fan and like most Yankee fans, were extremely disappointed with the end result. However, as an honest and die hard baseball fan, I look at these World Champion Red Sox and see what a what a real championship team looks like. This year, and not even for the whole year, it happened down the stretch or sometime just before, they had the one thing that they've been missing for so long, true team spirit.

Today, I look at guys like Johnny Damon (truly one of my favorite ball players), Jason Varitek, Trot Nixon, Derek Lowe (the Sox best Post Season Pitcher who was cast off by his own team and only got a chance in a desperate moment), Curt Schilling (the best thing to happen to the Sox, maybe ever), Orlando Cabrera, and others who saw a childhood dream come to fruition. I'm sure any of these guys would say that just getting to the big leagues was the realization of that dream but they've shown those of us who've watched this game that they have a certain spark, an aura, something that makes them just a little more special than the average player. These men deserve this moment because they earned it.

For the lifelong fans of this team, not the morons who wear the Yankees suck shirts or the Jeter swallow shirts, but for the baseball fans who come to cheer for their hometown team, for better or worse, hoping that maybe, just maybe they can get it together and take home the big prize. Every ball club goes through cycles of rebuilding but over the last 86 years, the Sox have had a number of terrific teams. In my lifetime, the teams of the mid to late 1970's had some of the best talent the game has ever known. Clearly, the team of the last two seasons were a force to be reckoned with and in my opinion, the one of the best, and most dangerous offensive forces in the game. Like I said earlier, this year they found the missing link - teamwork.

Today, I must admit to being proud of this team and happy for them and their fans. I applaud the World Champion Boston Red Sox and all of their dedicated fans. May you all enjoy this victory and be safe.

Until next time, May God Bless You All!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Busenhalter

Several friends, colleagues, and former colleagues have gotten together and assembled an online magazine that I strongly recommend to all.

I won't bother to describe or explain what Busenhalter is because they have done so at their site so eloquently. I can tell you that the first issue is brilliant and it not only deserves your time and attention, I am certain that some of you will become regular readers (Hint: Joy). Without further ado, I invite you to click on the logo below and be transported to this wonderful venture.


Monday, October 25, 2004

Biker Baby!

This is Goth Baby's twin brother "Biker Baby" courtesy of too much free time and my minimal, but dangerous PhotoShop skills.


Hey Baby, wanna go for a formula?

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Where am I ?

Since last I posted I have come down with s nasty cold that I am still suffering from. Oh how I need lozenges.

Also, my brother came up from NYC. He is starting a new business and I built 3 new computers for him and set up a network. IT was fun cause we got to hang out for a few days and stay up late like a couple of computer geeks.

Saturday night was a great time at the Fall Festival at church. It was a stray from the usual Christmas Fair and it turned out to be a great night with good food, good libations, good music, and good people.

I'm really worn out from three straight very late nights (into early mornings) getting these computers going. Hopefully, over the next few days I'll get back in the swing of things; I have much to post about.

Until then...have fun and eat your veggies.

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Consumed

I have been completely consumed with baseball to the point where I am now feeling sick. I'm either experiencing unexplainable allergy symptoms or the beginning of a cold or something. I'll hopefully be back soon with observations on baseball, politics, music, and string cheese.

Monday, October 18, 2004

"Who's on First?" (With a twist)

One of my colleagues emailed this to me with a "thought you'd appreciate this." I took that as an "I had no Idea what this means, but since you're the computer geek, you may be able to find the humor in this senseless logic." Well, she was right, I think it's very funny and felt compelled to share it with you all.

Had Bud Abbott and Lou Costello lived in the computer era, "Who's on First?" might have taken another approach:
"I RECOMMEND AN OFFICE WITH WINDOWS!"

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one
ABBOTT: Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look in the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What have you got?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
ABBOTT: Yes.
COSTELLO: For my office?
ABBOTT: Yes..
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, lets just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT: Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't start with some straight answers. OK, forget that. Can I watch movies on the Internet?
ABBOTT: Yes, you want Real One.
COSTELLO: Maybe a real one, maybe a cartoon. What I watch is none of your business. Just tell me what I need!
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: If it's a long movie I also want to see reel 2, 3 & 4. Can I watch them?
ABBOTT: Of course.
COSTELLO: Great! With what?
ABBOTT: Real One.
COSTELLO: OK, I'm at my computer and I want to watch a movie. What do I do?
ABBOTT: You click the blue "1".
COSTELLO: I click the blue one what?
ABBOTT: The blue "1".
COSTELLO: Is that different from the blue w?
ABBOTT: The blue "1" is Real One and the blue "W" is Word.
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: But there's three words in "office for windows"!
ABBOTT: No, just one. But it's the most popular Word in the world.
COSTELLO: It is?
ABBOTT: Yes, but to be fair, there aren't many other Words left. It pretty much wiped out all the other Words out there.
COSTELLO: And that word is real one?
ABBOTT: Real One has nothing to do with Word. Real One isn't even part of Office.
COSTELLO: STOP! Don't start that again. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT: Why not? THEY OWN IT!

A FEW DAYS LATER . .

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on "START"..........

Sunday, October 17, 2004

A Quote from Carville

"Back in 2000 a Republican friend warned me that if I voted for Al Gore and he won, the stock market would fall, we'd lose millions of jobs, and our military would be totally over- stretched. You know what? I did vote for Gore, he did win, and I'll be darned if all those things didn't come true!"- James Carville

Saturday, October 16, 2004

I'm a Honey Bear


Thanks to my latest obsession (which I thought I was over) but/and thanks to Joy, who had this on her blog - I took yet another personality type quiz. Here is my result:


Take the 100 Acre Personality Quiz!

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

(Another) Personality Crisis

An apparent obsession with and awareness of personality tests led me to one called The Big Five, which "...measures what many psychologists consider to be the five fundamental dimensions of personality."

If you want to learn more about the use of the test itself, check this out: The Big 5 Personality Test

If you wish to take the same test I took, go here: Take the Big 5 Personality Test - Word Test

Finally, here are my results (along with some additional background on the test and my commentary):

The Big Five is currently the most accepted personality model in the scientific community. The Big Five emerged from the work of multiple independent scientists/researchers starting in the 1950s who using different techniques obtained similar results. Those results were that there are five distinct personality traits/dimensions. Here are your results on each dimension:

Extroversion results were high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity. (I definitely have a tendency to talk too much. I don't agree that I'm so ridiculously extroverted that I compromise my individuality.)

Friendliness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly selfish, uncooperative, and difficult at the expense of the well being of others. (Not sure about who they're speaking of here. Sometimes I think I'm friendly to a fault, though I do tend to be suspicious of people and their intentions.)

Orderliness results were medium which suggests you are moderately organized, hard working, and reliable while still remaining flexible, efficient, and fun.

Emotional Stability results were moderately low which suggests you are worrying, insecure, emotional, and anxious. (I do panic often and suffer from anxiety disorder.)

Openmindedness results were moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly practical, conservative, and conventional at the expense of curiosity, possibility, and progress. (I'm not so sure this is as accurate as it could be nor is it as inaccurate as I'd like it to be - I'll leave it at that.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

The Dullest Blog in the World

I'm not sure how I stumbled across this blog but I can tell you that I simply do not remember the last time I laughed as hard as I did when I read it - I've yet to hit the archives because I just bubble up with laughter just getting to the front page.

Check it out:

Monday, October 11, 2004

Three Things...

I saw this on Sister Sunshine’s Diary and blatantly stole it.

Name 3 things....

1....your ideal salad has on it.
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • One of the following cheeses: Gorgonzola, Feta, or Goat
2....you do religiously in the morning.
  • Pee
  • Damn the sun
  • Wish hateful shit on the alarm clock
3....you look forward to doing in your spare time.
  • Soaking up a good book
  • Avoiding anything needed to be done around the house
  • Blogging
4....you've never done before, but think you will at some point in your life.
  • Travel across the Atlantic
  • Write a book
  • Bungee Jump (not really sure if I ever will, but I think about it often - I've even written a poem on my perception of the experience)
5....you love to do while on vacation.
  • See things from the perspectives of a native (not a tour guide)
  • Learn about the history of where I am
  • Find time to do absolutely nothing but relax
6....you took pictures of in the last month.
  • Nothing, I left my digital camera at my friend's house in Brooklyn (200+ miles away) back in August.
7....you have to do before the end of the day.
  • Cook dinner for the family (I'll be attempting to buck this by offering to take the family to a restaurant)
  • Watch Fear Factor - it is Monday and I am addicted to The Reality Television
  • Go buy a new Iron (current one leaks) and ironing Board (current one looks like it could've had a V-8)
8....you like about your best friend.
  • Does not judge me for any reason, simply accepts me for who I am
  • Knows that fun is really a four letter word (B E E R)
  • Loves music as much as I do

Friday, October 08, 2004

The Color of My Personality

and you're a prima ballerina on a spring afternoon
change on into the wolfman howlin' at the moon
all about that personality crisis you got it while it was hot
but now frustration and heartache is what you got


Before I go any further, for this post I must acknowledge that I am stealing Michael's format by opening the post with a piece of a song. When I started the post, I couldn't get this song out of my head, so I felt compelled to start with the verse that's been ringing in my head for the last few hours (I love the NY DOLLS, and pretty much anything that David Johannsen does).

Color Quiz is a test where 8 boxes of different colors are displayed and you are asked to select them in the order in which they “make you feel best”. After the first round, there is a time delay, and then a second round of the same color selection process. At the end of both rounds, a report is generated telling you all about your personality. Hmmmm. What follows are the results from my test. I won't bother pointing out the accuracies nor the inaccuracies. I think it'll be more fun to hear back from those of you who know me, think you know me, and are getting to know me.

Here are the results:

Your Existing Situation
Sensuous. Inclined to luxuriate in things which give gratification to the senses, but rejects anything tasteless, vulgar, or coarse.

Your Stress Sources
Seeks independence and freedom from any restriction and therefore avoids obligations or anything which might prove hampering. He is being subjected to considerable pressure and wants to escape from it so that he can obtain what he needs, but tends to lack the necessary strength of purpose to succeed in this.

Your Restrained Characteristics
Willing to participate and to allow himself to become involved, but tries to fend off conflict and disturbance in order to reduce tension.
Emotionally inhibited. Feels forced to compromise, making it difficult for him to form a stable emotional attachment.

Your Desired Objective
Seeks success, stimulation, and a life full of experience. Wants to develop freely and to shake off the shackles of self-doubt, to win, and to live intensely. Likes contacts with others and is enthusiastic by nature. Receptive to anything new, modern, or intriguing; has many interests and wants to expand his fields of activity. Optimistic about the future.

Your Actual Problem
The tensions induced by trying to cope with conditions which are really beyond his capabilities, or his reserves of strength, have led to considerable anxiety and a sense of personal (but unadmitted) inadequacy. He attempts to remedy this by intense activity and by insistence on getting his own way. Faulty self-control can lead to ungovernable displays of anger.

Your Actual Problem #2
Fights against restriction or limitation, and insists on developing freely as a result of his own efforts.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Booklist 2004 - Part 6

It's been a while since the last book list post so for those of you who are newer to the blog or those of you who've ignored the previous lists and are suddenly curious... As of this writing, I have read 51 books this year and am in the midst of two right now. I set myself a goal to read more books this year after having read an average of 20 or so books in each of the last few years while watching hundreds of movies. I wanted 2004 to get more into the books and ease up a bit on the movies (I've seen 45 thus far). Anyway, back in July, I started these posts to provide you all with a list of the books I've been reading this year along with some commentary (and a neat little link to Amazon.com where you can read some more or purchase the book for yourself).

And now, the list continues:


34. Oh, The Things I Know! by Al Franken

I enjoyed this book as it is a quick read and a change of pace from the political writings that Franken is becoming better known for. Having successfully carved out a niche with his brilliant political wit (often exposing the conservative dingbats for the “idiots” they are), this book falls short of preconceptions. However, if you can put aside those preconceptions, and not expect Franken’s earlier Saturday Night Live persona Stuart Smalley, you may just get a laugh or two from this brief read.

35. Oxymoronica by Dr. Mardy Grothe

If you enjoy exploring language, in particular, the English language, you are going to enjoy this book. A straightforward look at the oxymoron as a tool, it’s use, particularly by people of historical interest or other fame, and the interesting twist Grothe adds with the idea of the term “oxymoronica - (OK-se-mor-ON-uh-ca) noun, plural: Any variety of tantalizing, self-contradictory statements or observations that on the surface appear false or illogical, but at a deeper level are true, often profoundly true. See also oxymoron, paradox.”

36. The Thomas Berryman Number by James Patterson

If you’ve read these book posts, you know how I feel about Patterson. I decided that I waned to go back into his catalog and read his entire body of work starting from, well, the beginning of course. In this, his first book, Patterson takes his lead character through an exhausting series of murder and intrigue. Throw in a love interest and you have all of the necessary elements tied neatly together with a fast paced storyline that clearly is just the beginning of Patterson developing the style that will eventually make the Alex Cross series so incredible.

37. The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

I wrote an entire post about this book on July 1st. You can refer to the archives on the right to access it. In short, it was an amazing book.

38. Perfect I’m Not by David Wells

Most of what I would say about this book is expressed in the many commentaries you’ll find on Amazon.com. I am a fan of baseball and a fan of David Wells. Wells has intensity on the field that sometimes gives him the mystique of a heroic sports figure and sometimes that of a childish fool. Through all of it, Wells apologizes for nothing and remains true to himself. All in all, an interesting story about an interesting man but not without its flaws.

39. The Season of the Machete by James Patterson

Patterson’s second book and the first of the many I’ve read that I can honestly say I didn’t like. The story was scattered and the characters didn’t really gel. I felt zero attachment to anything that happens in this story.

40. The Giver by Lois Lowry

I discovered this book completely by accident which is what makes it all the more special to me. I was at an conference related to Academic Computing and in reviewing a college’s use of an Internet based system to present the “one book” learning concept – found this book.

Though written for the “young adult”, don’t prejudge this book by its intended audience. I’m sure you’ll agree that people of all ages can learn life lessons at any age. This is a powerful story with powerful characters that is sure to stimulate your mind and conceptions of a perfect world.

41. The Pleasure of My Company by Steve Martin

Ever wonder if your collective neuroses are preventing you from living the live you want to live and finding the love of your life? Meet Daniel Pecan Cambridge, he’s crazier than you, far deeper into his neuroses than you are into yours, and yet, somehow exists in his own world.

This story made me laugh but also made me think hard because we see the Cambridge character through his own eyes while often getting a glimpse of how he is perceived by the narrowed world that surrounds him.

42. Song of Susannah by Stephen King

The sixth book in the Dark Tower series chronicles Susannah Dean, “a crippled, black, schizophrenic, civil rights activist-turned-gunslinger whose body has been hijacked by a white, pregnant demon from a parallel world that keeps a seven-volume story bracingly strong as it veers toward its Armageddon-like conclusion.”

After the very long awaited fifth book, the incredible “Wolves of the Calla”, King slows the pace slightly as we await the conclusion in book seven. Since these book reviews are getting more and more difficult for me, I am going to refer you to a review on the Amazon.com link that mirrors my own opinions without me having to find my own words to express them (yes, it’s something of a copout but I am tired already):

Reviewer: A. Hart (MI)
I was never incredibly compelled by Susannah/Detta/Odetta in the previous books but this one changed my opinion of her. Susannah is incredibly strong, and her struggle with Mia is haunting. Mia is actually a very interesting character. I don't fear her, I don't really like her, but I pity her. However, I felt that the Mia's story and the truth of her "chap" was a bit contrived. Especially his name and his purpose (no spoilers here, but if you read it, you may roll your eyes like I did.)
I also love the pairing of Eddie and Roland. I think Eddie makes Roland feel as if he is still a part of his old ka-tet of long ago, and they bring out the strength in each other.
Jake, Callahan, and Oy's mini-tet was also interesting, and I wish there had been more of them in this novel, but I have a feeling they'll hold an incredibly important role in the next book. The change in Jake is fascinating. He knows his purpose now, and he is no longer a boy. He has been to war and seen death and he is hardened but not emotionless. Also, I am incredibly attached to Oy at this point. I think that King's inclusion of himself in this book was brilliant. I can't wait to see what role he'll play in the last novel.
I also enjoyed the poetry at the end of each chapter. Kind of summed things up.
Over all, this prelude to the final battle is full of suspense and intrigue. I found it haunting and intriguing. Bring on the final battle! I can hardly wait.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

BushPecker


To think people ripped on Clinton for his infidelities

Sprizee Presents...

Here are the long-awaited comical "Goth Baby" entries submitted by the lovely, talented, and entertaining Sprizee.