Thursday, January 31, 2008

Turtle Doves


In my last post, I posed the following question "What the fuck is a "turtle dove" and do they only come in pairs?" The delightful Airam responded whimsically, "Isn't a turtle dove one of them animals that came into existence when a turtle accidentally had sex with a dove?" The following all came to me after reading that, while laughing almost uncontrollably as I creepily typed…
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Timmy the "12 step" Turtle walking home from a meeting feeling particularly depressed somehow loses all faith and in a moment of weakness, steps into a bar and goes on a bender. Next thing he knows, he's waking up next to Donna "Don't call me slutty" the Dove with no recollection of how or what.

Timmy eases his way out of the bed and slips out to try and move forward and start a new chapter of sobriety.

About six months later, Timmy hears a knock on the door and was surprised to find of all things, a rather lovely little dove who was either pregnant or had a penchant for fatty (yet high in protein as well) bloodworms.

"Timmy Turtle" shouted Donna. Timmy responded, "Yeah, yeah, who's asking?" "It's me, Donna." "Very nice to meet you Donna, what can I do for you at this ungodly hour of the morning?" said Timmy. Donna huffed several times then her feathers began to ruffle as she yelped "Timmy, you've already done something and now look carefully at me and see just what you've done. It's not like I've been devouring buckets of bloodworms these last six months. Think back, think the Jungle Pub over on Seventh and Foster, think my place afterward Mr. Slow (Gin Fizz) and Easy."

Timmy scratched his shell and took a peak at his sobriety calendar and literally took a shit where he stood and then began to stutter loudly, that is, as loudly as a turtle could stutter after realizing he knocked up a bird. "You, you, b-b-b-bender, D-D-D…." "I guess you ended up jerking the wrong bird," said Donna.

FADE TO BLACK

What will become of Timmy and Donna? And what kind of offspring will a Turtle and a Dove produce? Stay tuned for the dramatic conclusion on The Second Day of Christmas. Until then, goodnight.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Rambling Bullets

  • Odd how the one time in the whole presidential race that Rudy Giuliani is eloquent was his anouncement to bow out of the race.
  • What the fuck is a "turlte dove" and do they ony come in pairs?
  • As of April 1st of this year, car insurance rates in MA will be deregulated for the first time in 30+ years.
  • My calves hurt therefore I am...out of shape.
  • Note to Bed, Bath & Beyond and Linens and Things, why not just mark everything down 20% and not flood my mailbox and newspapers with 20% off coupons.
  • Have you caught the show "The Moment of Truth" yet? Never ceases to amaze me what people will do for money.
  • I hope you are all enjoying my podcasts. I love making them and it appears that some of you are downloading them...thanks!
  • I got this email from a colleague:
Dear Lynn and Chris,
You two should be the gold standard for all MassBay interactions. I ran into Terry and Wayne after I left our session and I told them both that Chris, you are a born teacher. Having experienced Lynn's unusual devotion, I already knew that about her.
Next time I'll bring fruit! No more pastries!
Best,
Marjorie

  • It's nice to be appreciated.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Podcast: I Think I'm Turning Japanese

Barack Obama gets a mega-endorsement.
The Japanese get days off for a broken heart.
Some selections from "The Music of My Years" (1990-1994).
Poking fun at Bush.

OR, LISTEN RIGHT HERE:

Monday, January 28, 2008

In The News

I went and picked up some food for lunch and as I am coming back into the building and starving, looking forward to get back into my office and eat, one of my colleagues whom I passed by yells out my name saying that her mother just called her cell phone to say that our school was just on the noon news with breaking news - apparently there had been a stabbing on the Wellesley campus (we work in Framingham). Lots of stirring around and speculation abound, the college informed us of a particular version of the story while the initial version on the news channel's web site was somewhat conflicting (yet disturbing nonetheless). As of 9:48pm, while I type this, I know no more...I hope we can all move past this and that no damage was done.
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The following op-ed piece appeared in Sunday's NY Times and I speak about it in my next podcast, which you should have access to tomorrow (production delays this evening).

January 27, 2008 Op-Ed Contributor
A President Like My Father
By CAROLINE KENNEDYOver the years, I’ve been deeply moved by the people who’ve told me they wished they could feel inspired and hopeful about America the way people did when my father was president. This sense is even more profound today. That is why I am supporting a presidential candidate in the Democratic primaries, Barack Obama.

My reasons are patriotic, political and personal, and the three are intertwined. All my life, people have told me that my father changed their lives, that they got involved in public service or politics because he asked them to. And the generation he inspired has passed that spirit on to its children. I meet young people who were born long after John F. Kennedy was president, yet who ask me how to live out his ideals.

Sometimes it takes a while to recognize that someone has a special ability to get us to believe in ourselves, to tie that belief to our highest ideals and imagine that together we can do great things. In those rare moments, when such a person comes along, we need to put aside our plans and reach for what we know is possible.

We have that kind of opportunity with Senator Obama. It isn’t that the other candidates are not experienced or knowledgeable. But this year, that may not be enough. We need a change in the leadership of this country — just as we did in 1960.

Most of us would prefer to base our voting decision on policy differences. However, the candidates’ goals are similar. They have all laid out detailed plans on everything from strengthening our middle class to investing in early childhood education. So qualities of leadership, character and judgment play a larger role than usual.

Senator Obama has demonstrated these qualities throughout his more than two decades of public service, not just in the United States Senate but in Illinois, where he helped turn around struggling communities, taught constitutional law and was an elected state official for eight years. And Senator Obama is showing the same qualities today. He has built a movement that is changing the face of politics in this country, and he has demonstrated a special gift for inspiring young people — known for a willingness to volunteer, but an aversion to politics — to become engaged in the political process.

I have spent the past five years working in the New York City public schools and have three teenage children of my own. There is a generation coming of age that is hopeful, hard-working, innovative and imaginative. But too many of them are also hopeless, defeated and disengaged. As parents, we have a responsibility to help our children to believe in themselves and in their power to shape their future. Senator Obama is inspiring my children, my parents’ grandchildren, with that sense of possibility.

Senator Obama is running a dignified and honest campaign. He has spoken eloquently about the role of faith in his life, and opened a window into his character in two compelling books. And when it comes to judgment, Barack Obama made the right call on the most important issue of our time by opposing the war in Iraq from the beginning.

I want a president who understands that his responsibility is to articulate a vision and encourage others to achieve it; who holds himself, and those around him, to the highest ethical standards; who appeals to the hopes of those who still believe in the American Dream, and those around the world who still believe in the American ideal; and who can lift our spirits, and make us believe again that our country needs every one of us to get involved.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans.

Caroline Kennedy is the author of “A Patriot’s Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.”

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Election Demographics

I wrote an entire post that related to the title but deleted it because I wasn't satisfied with my wording and how it can be taken out of context. Suffice it to say that I believe strongly that candidates should be targeting the entire American public and the American public should be voting on the platform, not the gender, race, or other physical characteristic of the candidate.

Hey, did you hear that a satellite is in the process of falling from the sky, can't be controlled, and may strike earth?

I can't for the life of me figure out the allure of the graphic novel. I can't even figure out how to read one (not that I have any desire to do so).

From the "I'm Mortified" files: Today I made a really horrible mistake, it really was a complete accident. I as at the local Shaw's supermarket and after shopping, place my 27 items atop the conveyor awaiting my turn. As the conveyor began to move, I handed my Shaw's card to the cashier so that I can be sure to get my fake discounts and the cashier said the following bone-chilling words to me: "just so you know for next time sir, this is the express line - 10 items or less." I hate when people do that so much, I curse them and wish all sorts of hateful shit on them and here I am, doing it myself. I can honestly say that it was a total accident, I really failed to pay attention and I even offered to move my stuff back into my wagon and switch - it happened, I can't take it back but I did apologize.

Three words: FUZE Banana Colada

Sorry that I couldn't get my shit together for a podcast tonight. Perhaps I'll have something for you tomorrow. Until then, peace.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

From the Photo Archive


This photo dates back to, I believe, 1989ish. I am the hairy hottie at the far right in case you couldn't figure that out. What makes this picture extra special is the lady on the left. Carol DeCoursey left this earth way too soon but she's never left me; she was such a fun lady with a big heart and a great spirit.


This is my boy Oliver chilling out in his slipper. It once was my slipper but he really wanted it bad, so now it's his.


This is either a real close up of tulip from my front yard last season or a flower in the Halifax Public Gardens - I am really not certain.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Mumble Me a Post Batman

Rarely is there pain greater than that of the knowledge that someone you care about is hurting. I think deep down, many of us know that pain.

My cat is afraid, very afraid of my tape measure.

I want to wake up and not feel like Bill Murray's character in Groundhog Day.

Ambient noise is often the foundation for observation.

I'm done for now, I need to go searching for me.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Tanks for the Mitzvah (Dagesh?)

Unless you come from Brooklyn or are very well versed in Hasidic sects of Orthodox Judaism, this picture will not mean anything to you. If you have any interest in what a Mitzvah Tank is, click here.

I got this picture emailed to me by my old pal Rob. Rob and I worked together in the thick of a richly diverse population of Jewish culture and and the very extreme, radical edge of Judaism, lies the lubavitchers and the...unusual (so many other words come to mind, this is the PC one) Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn.

I know that laughter and comedy isn't the PC nor the desired end product (of the faithful lubavitchers), but having grown up where I did and having observed this sect...when I cracked open that email and saw this picture only three things needed to be done:
  1. Laugh my ass off
  2. Email Rob
  3. and Post the picture here
Thanks Rob for the laughs and the memories. And, of course, no disrespect is intended.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tasteless Celebrity Death Pool

Death, especially like Heath Ledger's, isn't all that funny. I feel for his family. There are a number of celebs out there though that tend to cheat death regularly and/or are constantly dancing with the devil...SO, I pose the question, who's next? Yes, I know it's tasteless and perhaps a bit obnoxious, but I simply do not give a fuck right now....
  1. Britney Spears
  2. Lindsay Lohan
  3. Whitney Houston
  4. Amy Winehouse
  5. Courtney Love
  6. Kate Moss
  7. Pete Doherty
  8. Michael Jackson
  9. Andy Dick
  10. Artie Lange
While I myself do not do drugs at all and barely drink, I have not been taking great care of myself of late. I need to lose about 20 pounds or so and get my ass back into some form of exercise. I have what they refer to as "risk factors" and while not old, I am no longer young...time to get down and get busy!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Eight Hundred

Welcome to the 800th post on From A Whisper To A Scream. It's pretty cool to think about all that I've experienced here in Bloggerville from it's beginning. It started when my friend Jill mentioned that she had started one and began to discuss her blog and her experiences blogging.

I got hooked pretty easily and began to meet new people and read about their lives and their stories. It wasn't long before it started feeling like a real community as people were surprisingly open about their lives.

Bloggers started disappearing and others came on board. Just like in a real community, people move away and all that remains is the memory of their stay....Daisy, I still remember you. Melika, you too. Jessica, How's college..finishing up soon right? Corndoggerel - I hope you're doing well.

Those of you still here, I've come to rely on you. There are things I sometimes need to say and I know that when I say them here, I won't be judged, I can just say it and count on you to be fair, even if it's something you don't like or agree with.

I've learned of those of you stop by without commenting (lurkers as I've recently learned you are referred to). Lurk away my lovelies, this place is for you too.

To those of you I have bonded with in ways I would never have thought possible at the start, I am so grateful to all of you for sharing this community and making it a truly special place. Airam, Brookem, Egan, Radioactive Girl, Armalicious, and Sprizee...wow, what can I say other that just tell you how important to me you all are and how grateful I am to all of you.

To everyone here in bloggerville, keep on being you. I look forward to what's left to learn. I'll leave it at that for now since I'm still barely coherent, it's a kind of funk I am in of late but I'm not gonna drag on about it or let it get to me, there's to much to be grateful for.

Peace.

Update:
More awake than when I first typed this, I feel it necessary to mention a few more folks I've met here in Bloggerville. Mike and Jenn. When I first met them, Mike was living in England, Jenn is California. They got closer, eventually met, fell in love, and now are married and living in California. Their story is quite elaborate and wonderful but also very real. Both had to endure more red tape than one can even begin to imagine and it's a great story of determination and love.

Then there's Jammie...you rock!

Who else...Kate, I wish you would blog more. Melissa, you disappeared a while ago but were fun to read - I still remember you as the Marlboro Girl at Jill's Halloween party. There are others, and all of you have had an impact somehow on me...thank you.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Podcast: Headache and Music

  • A bit o'chit chat about the Winter Reunion 2008 and why my head hurts.
  • Another segment of "The Music of My Years" (1984-1989)
Got a minute to make a phone call? Leave me a voice comment using the neat little gadget over at the right. And, if you prefer, you can listen to the podcast right here on this page:

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winter Reunion 2008

Last night was the 2008 edition of our Winter Reunion. We started this a number of years ago after life, families, and distance made seeing each other rare. We vowed to get together each year, which at some point became twice a year and now it's something we all look forward to.

The hosts for this installment was John and Jane; great hosts, great people, and better friends you could not ask for.

Wanna see a few pictures? Okay, here are two:





Oh, I almost forgot, I shot a bit of video. This is deep into the night as Karaoke was just getting started...the warmup song:

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lenten Devotional Guide 2008

An annual tradition at my church is a book of devotions authored by the parishioners and inspired by the scriptures read on each day of lent. What follows is my submission for this years guide - before it hits the press.

In the Genesis reading, we begin to learn of the story of Joseph, the one made popular to the mainstream as the basis for an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Two key themes of the story are jealousy and forgiveness.

On jealousy, I suspect we have all seen first hand the damage that jealousy can lead to and I suspect that many of us have had such feelings and such repercussions. Think about that which you may have felt this painful emotion. Think of other emotions that jealousy feeds; none of them are positive. Worse yet, it is not uncommon to act on jealousy and in doing so, cause irreparable damage and often unwarranted. In my own life, I have destroyed personal relationships because of jealousy. Reading the Genesis story and seeing the actions of Joseph’s brothers, and where those jealousies lead, it’s real and it is dangerous. Fortunately, this particular story ends in one of strength and courage because of Joseph’s ability to forgive what may have seemed to most as unforgivable.

On forgiveness, as Christians, we have no greater example than that of Jesus Christ himself who even forgave those who crucified him. Are any of you able to forgive at that level? For me personally, forgiveness is one of the hardest things for me to grasp – I’ve never been able to let go so easily, it’s something I have always struggled with. Imagine forgiveness without conditions, does it even seem possible? I often question how I can summon the courage to ask forgiveness when I find it so hard to give.

I will close by offering a quote by theologian Reinhold Niebuhr that puts it all into a prayerful and meditative context:

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime,
Therefore, we are saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any
immediate context of history;
Therefore, we are saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone.
Therefore, we are saved by love.
No virtuous act is quite a virtuous from the standpoint of our friend
or foe as from our own;
Therefore, we are saved by the final form of love which is
forgiveness.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Inspired By You

My greatest inspirations in my life have been the people around me. I am affected by everything and I feel when I am affected. I recently read this post and was imediately affected (as you will be too). Without any time to accept or try to understand the emotions that had been touched, I opened up Microsft Word and typed the following right off the top of my head. Tori, I dedicate this to you, you are a hero in my eyes:

I want to ride with you on a roller coaster, in the front car of course. On a roller coaster ride, there is nothing else happening in the world in that moment except for the ride and the thrill.

I want to be with you on a ship far enough into the ocean so that all you can see from all sides is the ocean and the sky. It is here where it’s so easily recognizable how small we are in the grand scheme of things and if we are so small, then our problems and ills must be even smaller.

I’d like to sit with you atop a cloud if that were possible. Not only would I experience the great joy of conversation and company with my beloved friend, but on the tops of clouds is where the angels are. And while you clearly possess the soul of an angel, being amongst them will be a comfort in this time of uncertainty and frustration.

While I have never been in your presence I can feel you sometimes. When I think of your courage and strength, your wit and patience, your intense passion for life I know that I am blessed just to be in the same world with you.

I wish I could take away all that tries to take away from you. All I can do is be here, and so, I am.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Bees Wax and Domino Theory


At 7:35, it's definitely long, but let me tell you - quite impressive. I remember as a kid doing that domino thing and thinking, cool. Of course, that was with about 15 dominoes...this video demonstration is really extraordinary and I particularly love the integration of the music to the theme.


Bonus Bullets:
  • I planned on offering up a few bullet points that were on my mind but I am a blank right now, so Ciao.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Mashed Postatoes

Are you familiar with Lurking? I wasn't until Egan's enlightening post. Read it and the comments, it's interesting.

A former colleague was killed this past Sunday night. Very sad. I did a photo shoot, of all things with Bob for some PR materials for the college a few years back and the guy just kept it going with laughter.

Several years back when then Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan called the markets "irrationally exuberant" I disagreed with him wholeheartedly. However, since that day, the markets have been just that, in my own opinion. I'm no market genius or anything and I've made some irrational decisions where investments are concerned. However, I've never had a year since I started investing where my overall returns didn't beat the market.

Currently, my favorite dog breeds are:
  1. Golden Retriever
  2. German Shepherd
  3. Standard Poodle
  4. Pug
  5. Border Collie
Are you familiar with Pandora? The awesomely awesome Brookem turned me onto it and I am officially hooked. If you are into music, you will love it.

In anticipation of the upcoming winter reunion at Chez DeCoursey, here's a picture taken at last winter's reunion at Chez Mineo:

That's Re-Re and Ni-Ni at the mic on the left, Jane is seated, and Rob on the mic on the right.

That's all f-f-folks!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

American Insanity Returns

It's almost hard to believe that American Idol returns for a 7th season, but it's true. Even harder to believe, or maybe have to believe, how mentally challenged the population of this country really is.

Granted, there's a good amount of people that go in knowing they are talentless and all they are there for is to steal some TV time and intentionally be an ass. But, there are just an amazing amount of mentally crippled psychopaths out there and a good percentage of them seem to audition for American Idol.

Harsh? Perhaps. Look, I'm the first to admit that I love watching this shit, nothing like a good train wreck for some good old fashioned entertainment. I need to go boil my ears in preparation for tomorrow night's episode.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Snow Day

An overnight Nor'Easter led to school being closed and a day off today. I spent more time than I would have liked (not that I'd like any time doing this) moving snow. My snow thrower wasn't being all that cooperative initially but it eventually did what it was supposed to do.

Back on my birthday last month, I posted an unusual song called Birthday Song by The Necrophiliac Creatures of Evil. It was fun to find the song but I thought nothing of it after that until today when I received a comment on that post by their singer, Raze Raven 13 - how cool is that?

After moving all that snow, I thought I'd cozy up to a movie, so I watched Marie Antionette. I had two specific motivations for watching this film, my love for Sofia Coppola’s film making and my crush on Sofia Coppola. Marie Antionette was another very well made film, meticulous in the Coppola style with sets, costumes, and cinematography that was bordering on brilliant. The problem for me with this film is that it is a period piece and about a period in time for which I find boring, disgusting, and ridiculous.
Despite my disgust for 18th century France, which made the story uninteresting to me, it is clear to me that this film was successful in capturing the essence of what Coppola’s screenplay extracts from history. I managed to stick with the entire two hours only because of the precision of the film itself, there was always something interesting to look at.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Reign Over Me

Before I get into this, I just want to invite you to listen to my podcast "Three from The Road", posted yesterday.

Also, I gotta say how jazzed I am at the New England Patriots victory yesterday and congratulations to the San Diego Chargers for defeating the Indianapolis Colts this afternoon.

I watched the movie Reign Over Me, starring Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle, yesterday. I have no idea how it was reviewed or performed in at the box office, but I can tell you that this is a really well made movie and features some terrific acting performances not only by the two stars, but rounded out by just about the entire cast.


Sandler's dramatic skills have evolved leaps and bounds and acting next to the brilliant Cheadle only gives additional credibility to Sandler's work in this film. I strongly recomend this movie but with a warning that it it very sad. The story revolved around Sandler's character, who lost his wife and three daughter's on 9/11. There is an effective back story revolving around Cheadle's character who is struggling with losing himself and his personality in his work and his family life. Jada Pinkett Smith ekes out a passable performance as Cheadle's characters wife.
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Brookem - My thoughts and prayers are with you, your grandfather, and your whole family.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Podcast: Three from The Road

The first podcast of 2008, experimental style.

of course, you can also listen right here:

Friday, January 11, 2008

Don't Call it a Meme

I found these 5 questions somewhere and gave them a go-ish:

1. Under what conditions can you have the perfect nap?

A nap is one of the great joys in life. I first learned to appreciate a good nap, commonly referred to as a power nap, when I lived in a little apartment in downtown Framingham close enough to work to shoot home for a 20 minute power nap at lunch time. Those power naps were rejuvenating and delightful. It's rare I catch a nap at all these days, the perfect conditions are fairly simple, solitude and the ability to stop thinking long enough to fall asleep. It is easier when darkness is available and the sound of raindrops falling on the roof sweeten the pot.

2. Under what conditions can you let most of your guard down?

It's tough for me to let my guard down. I constantly find myself playing out risk/reward scenarios. I know that there's a spontaneous spirit within but he's been knocked down a peg or two over the years, so much so that I'm not sure how to answer this question right now. I will give it more thought and perhaps come back and try it again.

3. Under what conditions can you do your best writing?

Based on past experience it's either when one of my emotions, usually, but not limited to, love or sadness are in a heightened state.

4. Under what conditions would you give away everything you own?

When they would no longer serve me any purpose.

5. Under what conditions would you kiss a stranger?

There have been times when there were no conditions whatsoever. Now, there must be either an anti-fungal, anti-itch, anti-viral, or antibiotic involved. Tequila, specifically Patron, is also a plus.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tennis Racquet Fungus

I captured a screen shot from my Outlook Email screen at work because I wanted you to see exactly what I saw in my junk mail folder today:

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Paparazzi

Celebrity, at least from the outside, can easily be admired and revered. And clearly, there seem to be some quite impressive perks. However, while I see why it would be unreasonable for (some of) them to have complete privacy, I do think that as humans, they deserve the same "inalienable" rights and and respect for (some measure of) privacy as everyone.

That being said, there are plenty of celebrities who are just way out there and asking for it. And, there are some who do their thing, and try hard to keep to themselves, yet they still get stalked by these creepy scum of the earth demonic shutterbugs commonly referred to as paparazzi.

I truly believe that any celebrity being stalked by these maggots should have the complete legal right to defend themselves from their presence and force them to flee using any means necessary and I really mean, any means necessary.

Go get a real job you fuckyfucks and leave people alone.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Sad Parenting and Minutiae

Some (nutcase) named Katie called into the Howard Stern show this morning and spoke of her 15-year-old daughter who is 5'4” and 285lbs. Evidently, child protective services is all over her for encouraging her daughter to “purge” after she goes on food binges.

What? I couldn't believe it and I was listening live - this Katie actually told her daughter that after she stuffs her face, to have a heave. Who the heck is her guru? I hope that child protective services takes her daughter away, perhaps then the poor girl could get the help she needs.

Hey mom, here's a thought or three: A shrink, better grocery shopping habits, "fat camp". How can this woman be so darn clueless? She actually bragged about how her daughter has lost 15lbs. since taking her "advice". I am mortified! I pray that this girl gets the help she needs despite her insane mother.

**DISCLAIMER: I write this not as any kind of expert on parenting and with the understanding that parenting is probably the single hardest responsibility of all. For me, this case is simply one of common sense and/or lack of it.

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  • Woolite, you know, the detergent for "delicate" clothing. They advertise on their website an "He" version for front loading washers but lo and behold, I can't find it anywhere locally.
  • Classless move on the part of The Boston Globe. This past Sunday's "Parade" section featured a cover story/interview on the recently murdered Benazir Bhutto. Here's the classless part, there is no mention of her being dead.
  • That bonehead Dr. Phil needs to crawl back into his pie hole and shut his trap.
  • Congratulations to "Goose" Gossage for his well deserved and long overdue election into the hall of fame.
  • Only 11 more days until our "friends reunion".
  • Have you noticed the neat little "Leave Me a Message" gadget on the right? I would love to hear your voice.

Monday, January 07, 2008

High as F#&K

Howard Stern played this song this morning and I was laughing so hard I had to stop driving until I regained my composure. I watched the video below when I got to the office - very funny.



You can download the MP3 version of the song (along with a few others, none as funny as this one though) here.

He's got a somewhat humorous set of top 5 lists here.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

El Presidente Proximo

I watched the debates last evening and was easily able to draw a very important conclusion. The Republican candidates are all idiots and the Democratic candidates are not (referring only to the four Democrats invited to debate).

The Idiots:

  1. Romney - First he spends 4 years fucking up the state in which I live, now he wants to fuck up the entire country.
  2. McCain - Dude, I get it, I respect your military service and ma sad that you got fucked over as a POW. However, you are three days older than dirt, retire and go away, you do not have what it takes and clearly have no grasp of things like health care or immigration.
  3. Paul - He's a physician, so there must be a brain lodged in that skull somewhere. However, he is a republican from Texas; we know how that worked out last time.
  4. Huckabee - What a total fucknut this moron is. He looks like one of those fat guys who lost alot of weight really fast and now there's something missing - almost like he looks kind of freaky and probably looks better fat. Oh, he is that guy - not that that has anything to do with him being a fucknut.
  5. Thompson - He actually appeared to have some intelligence and responded reasonably well. Of course, he is an actor. Remember that puppet actor who sucked back in the 80's? Go back to TV dude.
  6. Giuliani - A die hard Yankees fan, so not all bad. He was a terrific mayor of New York City, mainly because his Republican fundamentals took a back seat to his leadership skills and business acumen (brilliantly chronicled in his book Leadership). Having seen him in action first hand and having read his book, it's just not going to work on the grand scale of running our country and there's no evidence this guy has any understanding of diplomacy. Besides, he's showing just how republican he is of late and that is not a good thing.
The Non-Idiots:
  1. Clinton - Iowa was both a reality check and a gut check for Hillary. I think she needs to put all of this into perspective and move along. I have been supporting Clinton thus far and I really think the best ticket for our country right now would be Clinton/Obama. can you imagine the first woman and the first African-American in the White House, at the same time? Beyond that, I think their platforms balance each other out really well and serving as veep would be a good stepping stone for the young Obama.
  2. Edwards - I supported him back in 2004. He's smart and passionate and I do admire that he's distanced himself from SIG's. If somehow he pulls off the nomination, I think he'd do a fine job.
  3. Richardson - Not sure about the hair piece but seems to be reasonably intelligent. Not a big fan but will take him in a heart beat over any of "the idiots".
  4. Obama - Bright guy, young, but there is something refreshing about him. I didn't trust him at all early on but have grown to respect him. See Clinton above for more.
Now of course these are my opinions only and if any of them offend you, tough. I know that there are actually Republicans out there and some who even like some of "the idiots", your prerogative and you can even call the democrats idiots if you like. Let's not make this personal though, okay? Have at it...

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Lou Gehrig and Film Making in the 1940's

I'm not sure why as a life long New York Yankees fan it took me until today to see this film, a truly wonderful story of the life of a classy, gifted athlete and human being whose life was tragically cut short by the disease we currently refer to by his own name, Lou Gehrig.

The film was made in 1942, just a year after Gehrig's death. Not the peak of high-tech film making and a time where movies could only be seen on a big screen. I think the nature of how films were made and who they were made for probably had something to do with the things about the film that I didn't like, all related to the directing and editing choices, none related to the story or acting with the exception of the shifting of words on Gehrig's classic and beautiful speech of July 4th, 1939 at Yankee Stadium.

Watching the film as someone who isn't old enough to remember anything about the period in which the film takes place, I found it interesting to observe the social atmosphere of the day and the complexity of what is sometimes referred to as a "simpler time". I tried to look at the complete cast of characters, especially Gehrig's parents, poor German immigrants, and how their backgrounds influenced Gehrig's upbringing in relation the period in time in which they lived and attempt to put it into the perspective of the lives of my parents and my upbringing.

I haven't seen enough films made during this time to adequately or fairly offer any criticism and ultimately, what I loved about this film so far outweighed what I didn't like that it's barely relevant. One of the obvious things I couldn't help but take away is that Gehrig's life was so tragically cut short at the very young age of 37 - a significant thing to see at age 43 and yet another reminder to aspire to live life to the fullest and not take things for granted.

Friday, January 04, 2008

A Thought and Righting A Wrong

A Thought
As I was working on a colleagues computer it occurred to me that the expression "ugly as sin" means absolutely nothing to a satan worshipper.

Righting A Wrong
Yesterday afternoon, amidst a hectic day of sorts, an adjunct professor came to my desk and presented me with a CD-ROM, a "homemade" looking one with sharpie writing on it and asked if I could install the software in the room that he would be teaching in for the spring.

Instead of being anything close to professional, my usual, I was a real dick to him. Now he appeared a but huffy as well but he really wasn't being a dick, he simply didn't deserve to be treated the way I treated him.

Of course, it was about 9:00 pm, the first time I really had a chance to be alone with my thoughts, when I realized this and it was someone whom I had never worked with, but I did have his email address and the need to offer an apology.

So, I wrote him a note apologizing for my behaviour to which he responded not only with forgiveness, but an apology of his own for his "scruffiness". Perhaps I am growing up after all, I think that in the past I not only wouldn't have taken the time to apologize but also the time to realize, accept, and admit that I was rude. Granted, rudeness isn't something I'm known for but we all have our moments, I am just glad that I was able to take the time to recognize this moment and to want to make it right and take the action to do so.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Cupcake, Muffins, and the Truth


As I was devouring my triple chocolate muffin for breakfast this morning, the "age-old" question popped into my mind once more and I proceeded to type into Google search box, "what's the difference between a muffin and a cupcake?"

It quickly became evident that the question is in fact "age-old" in that there are many inquisitors and nearly as many versions of a small core group or responses. Here's a brief summary:

  1. Cupcakes have frosting, muffins don't.
  2. Cupcakes are a dessert item, muffins are a breakfast item.
  3. References to different "cooking processes" (this I found particularly peculiar).
  4. References to moisture content (muffins are dryer, cupcakes are moister).
  5. This is a good one, "most American muffins fall into the bread category (based on formulation/recipe) while cupcakes, as the name implies, are smaller versions of cakes."
  6. When the ratio of fat, sugar, and eggs roughly double, in comparison to the "basic muffin recipe", then we are in "cake territory".
There are several others, but these six are at the core of, let's just say a whole lot of responses to the question. It got me thinking and I have come to the only conclusion that I choose to deem intelligent and honest.

While it could be argued that any of the above or other responses may or may not be true, the reality is that where it counts, on the surface, there is no difference, at least not any more. At one time, in the early days of muffins and cupcakes, perhaps there was a distinct line in the sand that delineated which was which, this is no longer true.

Ultimately, it's a matter of perception. If I tell you that I had a cupcake for breakfast, it can easily be perceived that I have a sweet tooth and ate something unhealthy. However, if I ate a "triple-chocolate muffin" (as I did today) and simply told you that I ate a muffin, you won't give it a second thought.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Director's Cut

Saw II was better than Saw so I was guessing that maybe Saw III would be worth watching. I can't say that I hated it, but I was ultimately disappointed.

Part of the problem is me. Me and my buddy Mike used to go to Royal video on Avenue U and rent up to 5 horror films in a day and just go nuts in between smoking pot and dealing with the munchies at the 7-11. In those days, gore was great with or without a story.

I am an adult now and if I am going to invest 90 to 120 minutes or more into any work of fiction, I need a story and and need it to be told well. I was happy that there was a story and dare I say it wasn't a bad one either. However, this script was poorly executed and that burden lies exclusively on the director.

Before I slaughter director Darren Lynn Bousman, I first need to speak my piece on the writing. Three words, depth of characters. Three films into a storyline using the same main characters and we just don't know enough about who they are and what drives them to do these bizarre things they do. I'm not saying I need to have it all but gimme something substantial over the course of the film(s).

Now to Bousman, this is 2007, and when you have a story, which you did here, there is far less of a need for obligatory gore or gore for gore's sake. The use of the torture devices happens to be a great film idea and these devices are so elaborate that sound effects and human imagination would provide a far greater impact than the visual gore that you chose to film.

In the end, I stuck with the film and was glad to be able to come away with a pretty good story and while it wasn't told the way I would tell it or more importantly, how I would have liked it to be told, I don't regret the 100 minutes I invested in watching it.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Resolution

I don't make resolutions, but I do have hope.

I would love to see the idea of a "blogger summit" become a reality. Imagine the lot of us all in one place at one time, close enough to have a real hug, how great would that be?

How great would it be if even just once, I turned on the evening news and the lead story was positive?

Wouldn't it be nice if we could make real progress on the Millennium Development Goals.

I hope the next time you find yourself crying a river of tears, that they are tears of joy.

Is it possible that the first step to world peace is finding peace within and then sharing it with someone?

If all your dreams coming true is just too unrealistic, than can I hope for at least one of them to come true?

I have no clue where 2008 is going to lead me, but I am certain that having all of you on the journey with me with make it worth taking.

Much love.