Saturday, September 29, 2007

Out of Sync

The last week or two I feel like I have been a bit out of sync with the world around me. I have invested a good amount of time catching up with a bunch of NPR podcasts I'd fallen behind on.

My cat thinks bologna is the greatest substance on earth and is now developing a complex over the constantly appearing/disappearing laser pointer.

Tim Gunn is a national treasure. Which reminds me, the new season of Project Runway begins November 14th.

I am very much looking forward to doing the next podcast, which should appear here tomorrow evening; it will feature an interview with one of our fellow bloggers who resides in another country.

Until then...

Oh, I forgot to mention, I did score some tix to see the Boss himself, Mr. Bruce Springsteen (this will be my 9th time I believe) - November 19th!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Goth Baby Get's Airam's New Do

It's been a very long time since goth baby made an appearance but Airam's recent post regarding her changing hair styles has inspired me to break out the photoshop skills (meager as they are).


Without further ado, here he is (it's a bit rough since I did it in about 6 minutes, but funny anwyway):

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Humpday Rumblings

Here's an actual headline from Reuters "China bans sexual sounds on airwaves". Who determines what a sexual sound is?

Here's another headline that caught my attention: "Sex Pistols add two more gigs to reunion tour". Didn't they break up because the lead singer died like 30 years ago?

Elton John claimed ownership of a seized photograph of two young, naked girls. What does a gay man do with photographs of naked girls?

I love that a contestant on America's Next Top Model claims to have Asperger's Syndrome.

Here's an uncomfortable television moment:


Okay, I'll say it, Pam Anderson has hit the wall. Not that I ever thought much of her.

Perhaps we should reconsider giving driver's licenses to celebrities.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Love Is In The Air

A couple of days ago, Airam had a post called Love is... I kind of joked around in my reply but after careful consideration, I thought I would dig out a poem I wrote back in 1989 in a very similar style to Airam's post.

Love (to me)

Love…

… is the sparkle in your eyes
and the beauty of your face
it’s the feeling that I feel for you
that makes my heart race

…is the passion when we touch
it’s when our mouths collide
it’s the gentle touch of skin on skin
and when I am inside

…is the subtle whisper
at the zenith of our motions
it’s the mysteries of the unknown
and perpetual devotion

…is what I feel for you
even when we are apart
it’s the bond that lies between us
deep down within our hearts

…is every moment of time
all of which you are a part
it’s the tears of joy I cry for you
and the way you touch my heart

…is something mystical
like the world beneath the sea
love is all that matters
Love is you and me

©1989 Christopher Daniele

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Podcastic Fantastic


If you haven't yet subscribed to my podcast in iTunes, you can visit my podcast in the iTunes store and subscribe by clicking the delightfully purple podcast picture on the right.

Additionally, or alternatively, you can visit the podcast blog and listen to and/or download any of my podcasts over there. Visit by clicking on the podcast blog graphic just below.
Of course, there is a new podcast recorded this evening. Wanna listen right now? Okay then...
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Nolo Contendere

While this may be as cheesy a use for a Latin phrase as possible, I am using it anyway. The new TV season is about to kick into high gear and the godfather of network, prime time reality television just begin its 15th season (there are 2 seasons per calendar year).

A couple of years ago, a new reality show hit the networks fronted by Sylvester Stallone called The Contender. The show needed some reworking and overall, neither Stallone nor the rest of the show was the ratings magnet hoped for by the networks but truth be told, it was compelling television.

The next season, the show came back sans Stallone (except for an executive producer credit) with the great (in my opinion, the greatest - pound for pound) Sugar Ray Leonard in a more prominent role on ESPN. Again, the show was riveting (though somewhat annoying with the ESPN scroll across the bottom).

Season three recently began and already I am hooked. You see my friends, this isn't the same formulaic network flash and the pan over and over, this is gritty and hardcore boxing with very little obligatory drama. This is the real deal but there's a catch, if the sport of boxing is completely meaningless to you, there's no incentive to watch. Perhaps this is why the show failed on networks because ultimately, it's about the plight of the boxer and the human behind the fist.

While I will always be loyal to Survivor, The Amazing Race, and several others I will always look forward to The Contender and the thrill of the fight.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Identification Please

It was time to take a new ID for work, so I thought I'd mix it up and take two and pose it up:


Silly boy.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

The 700 Club

One thousand one hundred and eighty two days ago I wrote my first post here and today I write my seven hundredth. I wrote "Over the course of time I hope to share some of me with all of you and hope that in return I'll learn something about myself, you, and how or if blogging has any relevance in my never ending quest to discover the who, what, why, where, and how of me."

I don't think anyone whose ever read my blog would argue that I have shared more than just some of me and all of the dialog I've had from all of you (and many who've since left the Blogosphere) has been enriching in many ways.

I love every so often to take a brief step back and think about what blogging means to me. One of the best things, and most surprising in alot of ways, is how many genuinely wonderful people I have met. Through your words, I have had the chance to learn not only about all of you but myself, and the human condition and how it affects all of us in different ways and in similar ways.

I want you all to know how grateful I am to all of you. Everyone who blogs including those I haven't or may not ever meet. Especially to those of you who I have met and do interact with regularly. Though I've accomplished much of what I set out to do, I know that I can never stop learning about anything or anyone, especially myself.

Until 701...with Love, Respect, and Admiration.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Unintentional Sarcasm


Here's an email that I sent to all of my students in one of my classes:
Hello class,
This is a spot check to:
  • See if you are checking your [Name of College] email regularly.
  • Maintaining your inbox.
  • Remind all of you that if you send me an email from an address other than your [Name of College] email account, I will ignore it (per syllabus).
  • Please reply to this message no later than September 19th, 2007.
Here's a response by one of my students, an international student, who I am (reasonably) certain had nothing but good intentions:
Good afternoon professor. Thank you for checking in. Have a good afternoon.
Am I crazy or could the whole "Thank you for checking in" from a student to a teacher be mistaken for sarcasm? I got a good laugh from this.

Monday, September 17, 2007

The "I'm Tagged" Meme (A Variaton)


I found this while randomly trolling the blogosphere, so here goes:
Four Jobs I've Had* Advertising Sales (the infamous "Account Executive")
* Manager of Hoffritz for Cutlery (Kings Plaza Mall location)
* Telephone Solicitor
* Operations Manager for a Novelties Company
Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over* This is Spinal Tap
* Office Space
* The Wizard of Oz
* Breakfast at Tiffany's
Four TV Shows I Love to Watch* House
* The Odd Couple (Thankfully seasons 1 & 2 are now on DVD)
* General Hospital
* My many reality shows (Survivor, Amazing Race, Project Runway, etc.)
Four Places I've Been on Vacation* Hawaii
* Prince Edward Island/Nova Scotia
* The California Coastline
* Nashville, TN
Four Favorite Dishes* Pizza
* Risotto
* Sesame Beef
* Memphis Ribs from Tennessee's BBQ
Four Websites I Visit Daily* Perez Hilton (and/or TMZ)
* Google
* Truemors
* MLB (during Baseball Season)
Four Places I'd Like to Visit* Italy
* U.K.
* Australia
* Japan

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Something from Nothing

I managed to whip up another podcast wee in to the night and early morning. I hope you manage to enjoy it.

LISTEN HERE
or, listen right here:

Friday, September 14, 2007

My Magic Button


Today I am going to push my magic button and then all will be right again. Everybody I know will be happy and healthy for all of their days. All of my blogger peeps will be in full force blogging and commenting. Cuzzup will move to MA and open an successful northeast branch of Trail Boss. Everyone will skrinker about with perfect hair so that Brookem could start a new blog dedicated exclusively to good heads of hair (which we will discuss frequently over Thai food and Sam Adams). Me, ARM, and Radioactive Girl will open the first and/or best online bakery and it will be a smashing success. Airam will become principal – no, wait, that I bet would be a waste of her amazing teaching skills but she will start a weekly podcast featuring snapping pencil sounds and unintentional karaoke; needless to say all of her other needs will be met as well. Sprizee will win the car of her choice, in a custom hybrid version, and this car will never breakdown or need anything other than routine maintenance and a name other than Gretchen 2. Apple will become a customer service oriented company. Egan will become triathlete and father of the year simultaneously and score a small fortune as Apple stock goes through the roof after becoming a customer service oriented company. Egan will purchase iBooks, IPhones, and iPods for all of his blogger friends and they will remain trouble free since Apple has become a customer oriented service company.

Crap, I can't find my magic button. I better go look for it, the warranty expired yesterday and of course Apple is the manufacturer.


Note: This all started as a fantasy sequence and turned into an ugly rant on Apple. I just couldn't resist but it really is all in good natured fun. Truth is I really wish I had that button because all of you mean so much to me. I wish that I could take care of everyone I care about and protect everyone from the fucked up shit. Well, at least we all have each other…perhaps that darn button exists after all.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Leave Britney Alone!

This could very well be the greatest video footage I've seen since the Paula Abdul reality show...

Leave Britney Alone!!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Get Out of this Lab You Friggin' Creep

So, while the insanity is still there, it does begin to settle, albeit slowly as we begin week two of the fall. This particular semester finds a not uncommon set of "unusual" characters though seemingly more abundant than semesters past.

I noticed a male student siting in an unusual position at a computer workstation, head way down into the glass and a virtual fortress comprised of his belongings blocking the screen sunken below. What was particularly disturbing beyond my initial suspicion was the odd bodily movements beneath the desk.

I took the liberty of going back into the server area where I have access to monitor activity on any of the lab workstations where I discovered this guy viewing explicit gay male pornography. Uggh! I have no problem with the fact that this guy is into gay male porn, but time and a fucking place for everything dude, time and a fucking place. How fucking nuts does one have to be that they need to look at explicit material at school? Wait till you get the fuck home you horny psycho freak!

Saturday, September 08, 2007

One Down

It took until 1:30 this afternoon, but the first week of the fall semester is now in the history books. I am teaching two sections of CS100 this semester, one on Thursday evenings and the other on Saturday mornings. I took on the Saturday class because it's an 8 week accelerated course and I figured I could tough it out for 8 weeks and could use the extra cash. Of course, the last time (which was also the first time) I taught a Saturday morning accelerated class, I swore it would be the last - ne dis jamais jamais.

There was a hitch with the Saturday section. The school screwed up the start and finish time for the class and it was listed to go from 9:30am-12:20pm when if fact the actual time should be 8:30am-1:30pm. I know, a 5 hour class is nuts but remember, it's only for 8 weeks. Needless to say, I did have a good portion of the class that didn't show up until 9:3o and way against my better judgement, I had to excuse the tardiness in this situation.

As usual, the week in general was totally nuts, just completely insane. It takes me a good few weeks to have my faith restored in the intellect and potential of out youth after some of the shenanigans and sheer stupidity uncovered and discovered in week 1.

Week 1 is down, I am sitting here watching my Yankees kick ass on the Royals and drinking an ice cold Killian's Irish Red while typing this. Back to chillin'... Until next time...

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Sadness

I'm feeling kind of blue today because I recently made a new friend; a really cool person. In fact, I've met a number of great new folks recently but this one in particular has in recent weeks been having what appear to be some personal issues. I so wish there was a button I could push to make it better.

Part of me is selfish because her contribution to this community is wonderful. There was always a place to go for a laugh and that, in today's world is priceless. I hope that everything turns out for the best. I hope you know that we are all here for you. Come back soon.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Bumper Sticker


"The Best Things in Life Aren't Things" read the bumper sticker on the car in front of me while I was on my way to Whole Foods for lunch. My initial reaction was having to confront just how materialistic I am. Then there was a brief moment where I thought I better hit the brakes so I don't run into this guy about to ruin my day with his bumper sticker.

While I love the sentiment of the bumper sticker, and wanted badly after my initial reaction to have thought it out and just scream yeah, all I could think of is how pissed I am when there's nothing to watch on my plasma TV, nothing "good' to eat in the fridge, or especially when my car isn't being cooperative.

It was disturbing to me to have to confront this about myself because all I wanted was some lunch after a really rough morning at work. Up to the point where I noticed the sticker, I was laughing while listening to my satellite radio. The whole damn time I was in the store eating my sushi and drinking my bottled water, all I could think of was that friggin' bumper sticker.

You know, I wouldn't trade my friendships for anything in the world. I love to do good things, I get a great feeling when I do charity work or volunteer at the church. I really do believe in my heart that the bumper sticker does speak the truth. But I'd be lying if I denied my need for material things as I type this on my laptop computer then transmit it via my high speed wireless home network.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Miss Elaine E

I've got a firm date on my 25 year high school reunion; October 27th. I can't believe that 25 years have passed, how effing crazy is that? I've already managed to touch base with two people from high school both of whom I haven't seen in many, may years and they are planning on being there. I am psyched.

It's been a long time since I've baked my famous, yes, it's famous, three layer chocolate cake with my own Bailey's buttercream frosting. This photo is the ingredients that are used for the three chocolatey delicious layers of cake:

The photo of the ingredients for the frosting for some reason didn't come out but if it did, you would see the same stainless steel bowl that holds the flour in the above photo but instead, it would have six cups of powdered sugar. The photo would also include two sticks of butter, a bottle of Bailey's Irish Creme, Pure Vanilla Extract, and a splash of milk.

And now for the finished product:
The chocolatey goodness you see on top is chocolate shavings, Ghirardelli of course.

I listened to the new Springsteen single at least fifty times and love more each time.

I made a fuss at Walgreen's today. Them fuckers are just notorious for not having anything that they include in their sale brochure. I think it's time to file a report with whomever will take a report on this matter cause I've had enough of it.

There's a new candy bar, Nestle Crunch Crisp, that I have been trying to find, but can't as of yet. Actually, BJ's had them but only by the box and I thought having a dozen would be mighty dangerous.

Jenn and Steve are California bound. They should be there any minute if they hadn't yet arrived.

If you hadn't heard my most recent podcast, you can get it just below this post, in it, you can hear me say the word penis - more than once.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

That's Right, Another Podcast

I didn't start the day thinking this would be the day for my next podcast, but after reading Arm's latest post, I recalled a story that I thought would be perfect for the audio form.


Or, listen right here:

Moonlighting

I've made mention of the book blog here but it's Labor Day weekend and September 1st, which means it warrants mentioning again. The brainchild of Airam, Book Me In is simply a dynamic collection of book reviews by the people who read them. If you're looking for something new to read or jsut want to check out what someone else thought of a book and share your commentary, please stop by and show the love (or not). But please, stop by.

Oh, I forgot to mention, I frequent the book blog and on occasion will even write one of the reviews. Despite that fact, I urge you all to stop over and be a part of this wonderful project.