Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Some Cake for Joy

Joy did a cool thing on her blog and I thought since I was a lazy ass there, I'd pay tribute by stealing her idea and using it here (sorry darling, but it is the sincerest form of flattery and you are well worth flattering my dear).

I'm so friggin lazy at this moment, I'm not even gonna navigate over there to be sure I get this right very pathetic, I know), but the deal as I recall is grab a line from a movie (preferrably a famous one) and replace one word in it with the word "cake".

Here's what I got:

"We've got cake in our trousers. It's really quite frightening." from This is Spinal Tap

"You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been cake, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley." from On the Waterfront

"You know, I'm a rather brilliant surgeon. Perhaps I can help you with that cake." from Young Frankenstein

"It hits you like a thousand knives stabbing you all over your body. You can't breathe. You can't think. At least, not about anything but the cake. Which is why I'm not looking forward to jumping in there after you." from Titanic

"Anyone else would have left you by now, but I'm sticking with you. And if I have to ride your ass like Zorro, you're gonna show me the cake." from Jerry Maguire

Monday, September 29, 2008

Blogger's Block?

It seems I have a touch of Blogger's Block. I suspect it's driven by my 11+ day bout with the common cold along with a totally different work schedule this semester plus some responsibilities I've been shirking and have had to step up of late.

The Yankees have ended their season without making it to postseason play for the first time in well more than a decade. I'm picking either the Cubs or the Dodgers to go all the way.

I received a funny voice mail from Egan a CBS executive named Tim asking about how I enjoyed the premiere of the new season of Survivor.

My cat also has a crush on EM.

We'll see if the Pats can get it back in gear this coming weekend after an early, but needed, bye week.

16 minutes ago I learned that there is a "La Paz" in Mexico after assuming when I first heard the mention that they were referring to Bolivia's capital city.

Bye.

Friday, September 26, 2008

VacaDay

I got the day off today. I have "too much" vacation time - we can only carry over 480 hours and hey "swipe" it at the end of October and April. Everything over 480 hours moves from vacation time to sick time.

It's a silly thing but I always end up having way more than 480 hours and scramble to use as much of it as possible in the last weeks before swipe time. Today I need the time to prepare for the Verizon technician who'll be installing FIOS tomorrow.

My cold is still lingering, it's quite gruesome. Fuck that!

I need to watch everything off my current DVR from DISH network before it gets disconnected for the FIOS DVR. I gotta go for now :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shaby Bower EdnesdayWay

Today we had a baby shower at work for Popi in student development - fun, fun. We have baby showers for everyone, inluding males whose others are ready to pop. Hey, any excuse for a friggin' party!

I think I may have to get the podcast kicking again by going back into interview mode.

My darling friend Joy wants to to see what my pirate name will be. Joy rocks, so here goes:


My pirate name is:


Dread Pirate Flint


Like the famous Dread Pirate Roberts, you have a keen head for how to make a profit. Like the rock flint, you're hard and sharp. But, also like flint, you're easily chipped, and sparky. Arr!

part of the fidius.org network

Monday, September 22, 2008

The Head Cold from Where all Head Colds Come From

I've had this head cold since Friday. I kind of felt it coming on but then, I was sitting down in the afternoon and sneezed, and that was it, full-on.

I am home sick today which gave me some time to get some rest, which I clearly needed, and while still feeling somewhat crappy, I am improving.

Some quick movie reviews:
  • Captivity - what Hostel wasn't.
  • Mad Money - worth a rental.
  • The Bucket List - terrific.
  • The Eye - too Lifetime-ish for me.
  • Next - Good flick
  • I Am Legend - forget the film, read the book.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Spiral Viral

Came across a couple of YouTube videos that can't be missed because they are just too good.

The first, I learned of through Sprizee...it's a video for the new Keane single called "Spiralling" and it's quite brilliant (in a Roger Corman kind of way). Here it is:


The second is a video that one the students in my online class posted on the discussion board. The topic was related to social networking and as you would imagine, Facebook gets many mentions. This video hails from the U.K. and is an interesting, super funny take on Facebook:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Where the Hell Have I Been?

Wrapped up in a few projects for the most part. It's rare for me to be away from the blog for more than a day and with no posts since Sunday, even I was wondering where I was.

I started, and finished, a "quick and dirty" video production to kick of the capital campaign at my church. It started life as, "Can you maybe put together a simple PowerPoint?" Of course this is me, and of course, I got carried away (at least as carried away as I could in the short time available). I may upload it to YouTube if you are interested in seeing it, jsut for the sake of wondering where the hell I've been :)

Oh, if any of you reading this are even considering voting for McCain/Palin, please, either reconsider or just don't vote.

I gotta run, back later. 530.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Blabbering as the Pats Go 2-0

  • 19-10 Pats over the Jets in game 2. It's a whole different game with the young and inexperienced Matt Cassel at the helm.
  • Regarding the Vagina car, I pulled off the picture. After reading my dear Joy's comment I went back to look and while I think it's unique and interesting in an odd way, there is definitely something vulgar about it in your face like that and that is the reason I took it down. If you wanna see it, click here and if you want to read more about it, click here.
  • Couple of quick movie reviews: Next starring Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore and Jessica Biel - this was a nice surprise with lots of action and an interesting story line. Click the film title if you are interested in more details.
  • The Eye, starring the other Jessica, Alba that is, was a poorly constructed remake of a film that was only 5 years old. The plot had potential but the screenplay was a bit weak and the acting even weaker.
  • I've been watching "The Office" from the series beginning and have gotten through seasons 1 and 2 and am currently about a third into season 3. I am glad to be doing this because I have missed so many of them and thus far, there isn't a clunker in the bunch.
  • I've officially retired my original Roomba and have replaced him with a new model that seems to be greatly improved. Old Roomba was a fighter but in the end, cat hair and my laziness did him in. The new guy seems a bit more resilient on first test runs with some design improvements that seem like they should make a great difference - he's also considerable quieter.
  • 530

Saturday, September 13, 2008

E-Blurb-Us Unum

  • I think I shot my load with the title and even then, it's mediocre at best!
  • The excessive rain this summer has really put a damper in my grilling.
  • Ever since Brookem brought up Chelsea Handler I have been watching her show on E!. I'm still not 100% sold on her yet but I do watch daily and find that's she's growing on me more and more the more I watch her.
  • I am going to try my best to get a haircut (#3 buzz) tomorrow.
  • Teaching a class online has been an interesting challenge. I may over time publish some of the discussion board material that has been pleasantly surprising and interesting to read.
  • Have you all seen this car: (I've removed the photo of the Vagina Beetle but will post a link to it in the next post)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Whatever Happened to MTV

It's almost odd that MTV celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Video Music Awards at a time when they show so few videos. MTV actually stands for "Music Television" and when they first started out, and for a number of years afterward, the bulk of their programming was showing music videos.

Over time, they've found all sorts of (crappy) shit to put on instead of music videos. Yet, they still have some governing body that decides who should be awarded for their efforts in music video.

Sad as it may be, against my better judgement, I chose to watch the VMA's (via DVR, hadda be that way), and was just so disappointed at the incredible lack of talent that passes for talent in the current landscape of music. Even sadder, one performer who I like, dumbed down his act by adding an incohesive and incoherent rapper to the fray and arguably the performer with the best pure voice, Christina Aguilera, chose to lip sync so that she can do a choreographed dance routine - so very disappointing.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

trainofthought

head aches eyes water not from allergies sadness runs through me there is much work to be done and I don't always feel like doing it. five three zero. i can't believe that kiss is gonna tour the us next year, old men in makeup and high heels - lol. fios getting installed on the 27th and i am contemplating a new computer.

i have no idea why i hit enter not once but twice. i just added to my workload by committing to preparing a slide presentation for church. headaches really blow! am i crazy for wanting a vacation? i need to take a deep breath - - there, better.

there goes that enter key again. five thirty. what bothers you more, physical pain or emotional pain? i need to go now, sorry if i rambled. wait, i'm not sorry, it's my blog and i'll ramble if I wish - rather, thanks for beign here despite the ramble that is if the ramble frazzles you.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Speaking of Stupidity

A student came to me with the following predicament, I quote him precisely, "I need to print the first part of the language thing and it keeps printing the second part."

Profile of student: Male, age 50-55, can't say if he was born in this country but has lived here and spoken the language for more than half his life, and been a student at the college and used the printers enough times to know what was going on (I don't wanna spoil it yet).

I went over to the workspace where he was sitting and he showed me the 20+ copies he printed out, lifted one and pointed out, "you see, it's just the second part it keeps printing and I need to get the first part to (then he pointed at the first part on the screen in frustration),

I asked him to hand me the page in his hand, he did, I turned it over and said, "the first part is on the other side, you know, page one..."

Am I being a hardass here?

Sunday, September 07, 2008

A Dog Called Bear


This was my dog, back in the later part of the seventies, her name was "Bear". Bear was a stray that my brother found around the police station, and she basically followed him home.

She was an odd one with many quirks but overall, adapted okay. Bear was especially afraid of my dad, who never had a good relationship with dogs and Bear was no exception. Every time my dad called her, much less looked at her, she pee'd. Eventually this led my dad to bring her to a shelter when we weren't looking but not before we grew totally attached to her, despite her oddities.

All Dressed Up

One more from the photo archive, this is me at my sister's wedding in 1987 with my "date". Date is in quotes because she was my "date" but not my date. her name is Lisa and we were great pals. I lost touch with her years ago and miss her so if anyone knows the whereabouts of Lisa Kallman, last address I have for her was in Colorado (she was a ski bum), put her in touch - I'd love to catch up.



Useless fact: I bought a car from Lisa's dad - a 1976 Mercury Monarch; for $200.00.

UPDATE: I FOUND HER ON FACEBOOK :)

Have Bass, Will Be Goofy

I never really learned how to play. It started off somewhat promising, I had been teaching myself how to read music and while slow, was progressing until my pal introduced me to tablature.

Within a week or two, I could play like 4 or 5 songs so I gave up on sheet music then eventually gave up on the bass.



This photo was shot in my room at my parent's house in Brooklyn. The walls were painted dark blue and I pretty much had heavy metal posters covering just about every inch of them.

I named my bass Suzanne. Eventually, I sold her to Lisa, she stole my heart and owned my bass. Oh how the years pass.

Radio Days

The most fun I had in college was working at the Radio Station both as a "jock" (disc jockey), and for one year I was production director.

The photo below comes from the 1986 yearbook. I was on the air when the photographer came in unannounced, despite the "On-Air" light, snapped the picture then left. After I got the record spinning and the mic off, I shouted every curse in the book at that bastard.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Politics Again, I Can't Help It

I haven't fully researched this, but I am reasonably sure that when the label "conservative" was attached to the (currently stupid) Republican party, it had nothing to do with religion, morals, or ethics rather the fiscal ideologies and economic policies.
While not pillar of morality, not even close, I do consider myself a proud Christian yet I do not see a place for the bible in politics. In this country, the Constitution is the bible for which the basis of political decisions should be made; that's it.
Besides, McCain, the nominee of the Republican party is anything but a moral representative of the Christian right (then neither are most of their big mouths, just Google that fat waste of human life that breathes our air each day called Rush Limbaugh) so stop with all the moral bullshit and tell me how you are going to give a shit about the things that matter, like the middle class and the poor, like public education, like healthcare, oh yeah, fuel costs for people that are affected by fuel costs.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Palin-Drone

It started out that I wanted to rip this c$#t a new one but she's so fucking repulsive that the idea of the 172 year old geezer and this ditz in the white house makes my blood boil. It would be too easy to go off on this ticket about how wrong they are so I'll just leave it at that. It pains me to think that people, and I am so saddened to even think, that I care about are going to vote for it. I also understand that those probably feel the same about my vote for the Obama/Biden ticket and I guess when all is said and done, what I resepect and care about these people outweighs the fact that we don't agree on something (albeit a pretty darn big thing).

The move, talk about anything but politics.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Planting Seeds

Today I planted some seeds, rather firmly I might add, beginning a grassroots effort to a leaner, greener, faculty. More specifically, an effort to create solutions that will lead to cutting paper usage by two-thirds as well as other consumable products such as toner and overall usage of energy hungry equipment.

I've been trying to champion these efforts toward more efficient printing for about 10 years and finally, people are starting to listen. I seem to have an entire department on my side and on board, we begin implementing changes tomorrow. I have also been invited to speak at the Allied Health division meeting to talk about some ideas and bring the rest of that division on board.

If we can measure some results over the course of this semester and perhaps the spring, I think we might have a good basis to bring on more of the college until hopefully, we are all on board. I have feelings of excitement.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

First Day of Class Observations

After 10+ years of teaching professionally, this marks the first time I've taught a credit class in the daytime. I've always been able to make observations about the differences in the two populations (evening vs. day), many of them are obvious, but the experience of being in front of them, as their instructor (I've given a number of lectures and workshops in a guest role) - painted a clearer picture (which I'm certain will unravel over the course of the next 15 weeks).

Right off the bat, one observation that makes me unhappy is the percentage of my students who are young enough to be my offspring. This may not be so alarming at the elementary level but at the college level - aye caramba! (and I don't consider myself old by any means, well, maybe my one or two means).

Stepping out of my own classroom (for now) and onto the whole campus:

There are a few of them that have a cockiness about them that seems to warrant a punch from someone other than me.

Two words for some of the parents of said COLLEGE students, "LET THE FUCK GO!" I know, you're saying to yourself (unless you are one of these parents), that's 4 words but trust me,they won't be able to tell the difference. Apparently they couldn't care less that FEDERAL LAW prohibits us from conversing about their child to them even if they "PAY THE GODDAMN TUITION!"

Why when given the chance to register for classes all summer do these numb nuts wait until school actually begins to try to register then get pissed that they have to wait in lines, aren't enough open classes, and heaven forbid, need to take a placement test. If I were making the call I would not allow late registration, I don't think that level of irresponsibility should be encouraged. In consideration for the few that are forced to register late for legitimate reasons beyond their control, I would like to see the college offer a series of core courses that run a 12 week session beginning in the third week of the semester. This doesn't penalize the teachers and students who are trying to get things started by having them be interrupted with latecomers who think they are entitled to additional time to make up the work they missed.

Okay, enough.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Quickee Post

I've been quite swamped with work this weekend prepping for classes. I had months to do this and just took my sweet ass time so I deserve no sympathy whatsoever, just a swift kick in the behind (which would be less painful than the torture of the prep work I am doing).

In the news, while it's not all said and done, and it's not all rosy, it seems that Gustav came and went for the most part with a lot less damage than it could have been. Here't to the folks in that area getting back into it all soon (special shout out to my friend Michelle).

R.I.P. Killer Kowalski

I am so effing tired....tomorrow the craziness begins. Time to break out the shirt and tie again.

Bye for now.