Friday, December 29, 2006
Monday, December 25, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Friday, December 15, 2006
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Friday, December 01, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
a) Never heard of Tartan Films.
b) Rarely see obese speed-eaters. Usually, they look about 98 lbs. soaking wet.
c) Not just cats, but gigantic cats.
d) A man who shoots fire out of his penis? What's so special about that? Can't everyone?
e) Huh???!?! Did I drop acid before reading this story?
Monday, November 13, 2006
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Monday, October 23, 2006
I saw this on Celebritology this morning and haven't stopped smiling about it yet! Brought back memories of Captain 20, Ultraman, Bozo, and Johnny Sokko and His Flying Robot. The best part is that Chrissy now knows what I'm talking about when I say, "Nobody bothers me! Nobody bothers me, either!" She still thinks I'm crazy, but whatchoo gonna do?
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Thursday, July 06, 2006
Monday, July 03, 2006
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
This is Farrah-on-Letterman/Cruise-on-Oprah-level weirdness. I'm talking Howard-Dean-scream weird. Actually, it reminds me of Ashcroft singing, "Let the Eagle Soar." Eeee... Wonder if she was boozin' it up before this show. Or maybe she started doing drugs. Who knows?
Monday, June 19, 2006
This is an amazing article that about a man who was born with a defective gene that made his hearing all but gone by the time he started school. He really has an incredible perspective on life in general. I think that people's attitudes really have a lot to do with how they happy they are in life. Some people are bound and determined to be miserable and no matter what happens to the, by God, they are going to be miserable! In any case, I was very moved by Mr. Swiller's story. I would recommend that anyone read it.
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Then, this morning, we were meeting Chrissy's cousin Denise and Aunt Fran for breakfast at a restaurant she highly recommended. Then we were going to visit her Aunt Kay, who is in a physical rehab center recovering from breaking a pelvis bone in a fall. If she follows orders, she should be able to go gome in a few weeks, but she's pretty stubborn. She's already had one setback because she was trying to do too much herself.
But I digress. We went to a restaurant in Maple Shade, NJ, called Maritsa's. We had forgotten it was Father's Day, and had to wait a little bit for a table. No problem. After a bit, we got seated. The waitress took our order, including our usual "pork roll well done," and the wait began. After about 15-20 minutes, we started seeing people around us finish their meals and leave, and other patrons being seated and ordering. Then, we started seeing the new patrons getting their food! So we snagged the passing waitress and asked if it would be much longer, and were told (with no apology) that "he" was real busy and backed up and it wouldn't be long. Another 10-15 minutes later, Denise got up and asked the manager how much longer it would be, because she had to leave for work soon. She was assured that it would be any minute. Another 10 minutes or so later, we decided that if one more table that was seated after us got served before us, we would leave. No sooner did we decide that, then the table next to us got served. So we get up to leave. As we pass the counter, the owner/manager sees us and says, "Oh, wait, your food is up!" We turned to each other, trying to decide if we should stay, when the owner's son (and the cook of the restaurant) says, "You want it well done or you want it raw? Get the hell out of here!" I said, "Forget it. Let's leave." I guess the owner decided to back his son and said, "You always complain! We don't want you here! Leave and don't come back!" So long story short (too late), if you're ever in Maple Shade, NJ, don't ever got to Maritsa's on Main Street. The service is slow and apathetic and the owners and cooks are rude.
Friday, June 16, 2006
In other news, Ben Roethlisberger is an idiot. If you haven't heard, he was riding his motorcycle without a helmet and crashed. He claims now that he will be more careful in the future and wear his helmet. More likely, Cower told him that if he doesn't stop riding or at least wear a helmet, he's off the team. That's what I would do if I were his coach...
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
"I want to talk to you today about time... and television... and the relevance of one to the other. Let's talk first about TIME. There is, in each of us, just enough ego that we tend to regard time as something which is synonymous with our individual lifetime. We measure time in terms of our own experience. For some among you, the past 20 years represent, quite literally, a lifetime. For your younger brothers and sisters, it's even more than that, it's history. For your parents, your grandparents and me, it's the blink of an eye. One of the most jarring aspects of getting older is the sudden retaliation that time does indeed pass just as quickly as our parents once said it did. Even within some of the younger amongst you here today, there is the gnawing sense that not all of life's treasures lie ahead of you-that there is also something of value in what is past. You should be warned that it becomes increasingly easy, as you get older, to drown in nostalgia. In fact, you can almost measure where you are in life by the degree to which you have begun looking back rather than ahead. Some, among the very old, lose themselves completely in the past, presumably on the grounds that they no longer care, or dare to look ahead. Some, among the very young, lose themselves entirely in the future, perhaps in the expectation that there is always some promise in the unknown. Both are illusions. John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens while you're making plans." Time doesn't pass. We do, hurtling across the face of a continuum. More than 75 years ago my father bought a small bronze, which I took into my home after he died. It's the figure of a lithe young woman, head back, hair streaming out behind her, her whole body balanced on the ball of one foot, frozen in the act of running, endlessly running. The bronze is entitled "Fleeting Time." But time doesn't race by any more than that bronze has moved in the past 75 years. She stands absolutely still, frozen in the illusion of motion; and my entire family, my mother, my father, my wife, her mother and father, our children and I have raced past the motionless figure of Time, believing all the while that she was running and we were standing still.
"Life is what happens while you're making plans."
"The passing of a generation, the span of a lifetime, the difference between youth and middle-age, or the passage from middle-age to what is poetically referred to as the winter of our lives, passes as quickly as a sigh. And as we sweep past the figure of Time, we in the profession of television perfect the art of measuring Time in teaspoons. I'll come back to that image in a few moments.
"Have you ever wondered why it is that the human race is so intolerant of excellence, so unforgiving of originality? We tend to reserve our highest praise and our richest rewards for those whom we can understand. We encourage banality because it threatens none of our preconceptions. We raise conformity to the level of high achievement by offering it as society's best alternative to anarchy; and perhaps it is. But we tend to be truly comfortable with excellence only when its practitioners are dead, or very old, or engaged in some activity which we are free to ignore.
"One of the greatest crimes against society is to threaten the status quo with new ideas. New ideas force us to unravel and re-weave the fabric of our lives. The need for change, after all, implies that there is something lacking, or even wrong, with the way we are. In repressive and totalitarian societies change is either suppressed or, eventually, achieved by violence and imprisonment at the least. In democratic societies like our own, change is the product of gradualism. The ideas of an old Socialist like Norman Thomas, for example, suggested changes far too extreme and far too abrupt to be acceptable when they were first proposed more than 70 years ago. Now, many of them, like social security itself for example, have become such an indispensable part of our society that it would amount to political suicide for anyone to propose dismantling that system. Those then would seem to be the alternatives: abrupt change, imposed by force, quickly, and therefore almost violently, or gradual change that awaits the benediction of a democratic process that is so long, and frequently so tedious that some of the best ideas are stupefied by the endless journey toward consensus.
"And so they come together, these two thoughts: excellence and Time. How to achieve the first, under the assault of the second? How, as a society, we can transcend mediocrity without resorting to revolution? To propose television as an answer to mediocrity is to invite ridicule. Television embodies mediocrity. Its economic framework is designed to appeal to the greatest possible number with the lowest common denominator. Insofar as it even matters who watches a program, it's only a question of meeting Madison Avenue's demand for a particular demographic. Yours, as it turns out. And that is as true of television news and sports as it is of entertainment programming on television. And yet, I do propose television as both the medium for excellence and the means toward telescoping Time.
"We are, as I suggested a few minutes ago, guilty in television of measuring Time in teaspoons. On television news in particular, we tend to find ourselves in a headlong race to be first with the obvious. We are obsessed with immediacy. We gauge the importance of an event by two criteria: who said it or did it, and how recently was it said or done. We thrive on confrontation. And since ours is a society in which elections take place every two years, we have an endless parade of "outs" to challenge the plans and claims of the "ins." What is lost in the constant exchange of political sloganeering is both a sense of context and national purpose. Consider, for example, the national debate over immigration policy. It's all reduced to simplistic concepts: secure borders, the jobs Americans won't do, singing our national anthem in English or Spanish. Absolute success for either side in this debate would be catastrophic to our national interest; but compromise-which must and will be the only path to a solution-does not easily lend itself to powerful slogans of the left or the right. Clever slogans can induce us to elect bad leaders, and initially to support flawed policies. But you can't sustain either on slogans.
"We wonder, as we look back on the past twenty-some odd years of your lifetime, whether we have lost our sense of direction. There's nothing wrong with the system. We simply have to ask ourselves more often, as journalists, as an electorate, WHY something is important. We've become so obsessed with facts that we sometimes lose all touch with the truth. Ultimately, of course, Time provides context. It's usually a far truer glass through which to view events than a television camera. But Time is an expensive prism through which to gain a proper perspective of events. The wisdom we gain after the passage of Time is frequently irrelevant to the particular even that once might have benefitted from that wisdom, unless that wisdom is applied in a fresh way that makes it relevant. Listen to what Walk Whitman had to say about the universality of human experience, and consider how uniquely qualified television could be to spread that message:
"It avails not," Whitman wrote more than 120 years ago,
"It avails not, time nor place - distance avails not,
I am with you, you men and women of a generation, or ever so many generations hence.
Just as you feel when you look on the river and sky, so I felt.
Just as any of you in one of a living crowd, I was one of a crowd.
Just as any of you are refresh'd by the gladness of the river and bright flow, I was refresh'd.
Just as you stand and lean on the rail, yet hurry with the swift current, I stood yet was hurried,
What is it then between us?
What is the count of the scores of hundreds of years between us?
Whatever it is, it avails not - distance avails not, and place avails not."
"So wrote Whitman in 'Crossing Brooklyn Ferry.' There is a universality of man that spans distance and Time. And, for the first time in history, it is a universality that can be seen and heard in almost every home in America. Film and videotape span Time; we can hear and see what happened in the past. Satellite transmissions span distance. We have the technology to hear and see what is happening in the remotest corners of the earth. We need only apply excellence and make it understandable, to revolutionize our era, quickly and without violence.
"What a challenge.
What an opportunity.
You have all the tools.
Now seize the moment!"
Friday, May 26, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
McPheever - Good first song. Better than she performed it before. Still didn't care for her "Over the Rainbow." I think she does better with the perky, bouncy, fun songs. Lousy last song. Bad song and she was pitchy at the beginning and the end. She did ok in the middle, but she was hampered by bad material.
Taylor - Great first song. Much better than Kat. Second song, his vocals were better than the first time he sang it, but the first time had better energy. Lousy last song. Not quite as bad as Kat's song, but bad. He did a much better job with it, though. He took a lousy song and made it into a bad song.
Overall, I can't see any way that Katherine wins. Unless the voting process is compromised. Given that Taylor has never been in the bottom group and Katharine has been multiple times, and given that I don't think the people that voted for Elliott will vote for Kat, and given that he did much better last night (not to mention he's had 8 more years stage experience), I think Taylor will win easily. If it's a 51 to 49% vote, it's fixed. It should be a clear majority in Taylor's favor. Of course, if the voting process were legitimate, it wouldn't have been so close last week. No way was that legit. Doesn't pass the sniff test.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Katharine - Looked great, especially on the first song. I didn't care for the second song. I'm not sure why the judges were so gaga over it. I don't like the sitting-on-the-floor thing again and I thought she tried to hard on it. I also didn't care for her expressions when they criticized her. She came across to me as very arrogant for the 2nd week in a row. I think she thinks she should win and is surprised when someone indicates that she's not the best.
Taylor - Shaky first song, but it helped when he got up and danced with Paula. Fantastic second song. I have been waiting since his audition for him to sing Joe Cocker. Third song was also good, but I am surprised he didn't rock it out. I think he and McPheever would both have benefitted from an upbeat song that got the crowd fired up and got them moving.
Overall, I wasn't overly impressed with the performances last night. Solid, but not spectacular. Nothing wowed me. Unfortunately, I think it is Elliott's night to go tonight. I think it should be Katharine, but I don't think Elliott did well enough to oust her. Actually, I've been getting more and more skeptical of the voting process over the past week, culminating in Chris getting the boot, and I think regardless of the votes, the producers want Kat in the finals. So it will be her versus Taylor. It should be Taylor versus Chris with Chris winning. Alas, it is not to be. There is no doubt in my mind that Taylor should win. If Katharine wins, there is definitely something screwy, and Chrissy and I both agree we will probably not watch next year. We shall see...
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Well, I went to my 20-year old niece's college graduation yesterday. It was a beautiful day and I am so proud of her! The ceremony was very nice. They had a large canopy set up. There were flags from every state or country of the graduating students draped around the inside of the canopy. It was very nice.
Ted Koppel was the guest speaker. I was pleasantly surprised at how funny he was! He even made a joke about his hair looking like a rug. His speech was wonderful, too. Very poignant and thought-provoking. I'm hoping I can get a transcript of it at some point. If I can get it electronically, I'll post it.
My sister and her husband had a party afterwards for Marisa. I couldn't get over how much work they had done on the house! It looked incredible! The food was great, naturally. They had a local band called Lionize. They played reggae and were surprisingly good! Especially for, as Marisa put it, rich white nerds. They weren't really, but they certainly didn't look like reggae musicians.
Friday, May 12, 2006
To Mr. Brett Ratner,
I humbly apologize for any misgivings I ever had about your ability to direct this movie. Although, I must brag that I was one of the ones who reminded everyone that you quite ably directed Red Dragon. In any case, thank you in advance for a great movie!
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Taylor - Kicked some serious ass. Picked the right songs. Had the right energy for the first one and held it back just right for the second. Should have no problem. My only serious problem with the night was Simon's comments to Taylor. I think, just as he disliked Bucky because of his dislike of country music, he doesn't like Taylor because of his dislike of Taylor's "dancing." I think it works for Taylor, though, because it is genuine and not put-on. He doesn't move for show, but because the music moves him. I think the audience feels that and enjoys it. Simon doesn't.
Elliott - I thought he did the best of the night. Amazing. I was worried about his song choices because I hadn't heard of either one, but he knocked it out of the park! I found the songs online afterwards, and I must say I enjoyed Elliott's versions better than Elvis'!
Chris - Did great also! Great job on the first song. Held back a little on the second, but as he said, that's how the song was written.
McPheever - I think she's going to go tonight. I think on the first song(s), she should have stuck with Hound Dog. I was worried when I saw she was doing Hound Dog, but I thought she was better with that part than with All Shook Up. I think it was desperate of her to mix songs and it showed. Wasn't a good performance. I think the second performance was a little more her speed, but still a little shakey. I think she's going. It was definitely the guys' night.
We shall see!
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
McPheever - Did ok, but I agree with the judges. The song was too big for her. She struggled a bit. There were 2 big reasons viewers may have liked her.
Elliot - Did fantastic. One of the best performances of the night. Paula was nuts for breaking down in tears for it, but I loved how Simon was laughing at her while she was doing it.
Pickler - Not a great performance. She is struggling a bit. I think her days are numbered. Looked great, though. And she's still adorable enough that I think she'll make it 1 more week, but she'll be bottom 3.
Paris - Again, good for a 17-year old, but the song was too much for her. I think she'll be bottom 3, but will make it through.
Taylor - Not his best performance, but I think his general popularity and stage presence will pull him through.
Chris - Kicked ass. Excellent song choice. I am worried, though, since he did the slow sensitive song last week and was 2nd from the bottom. But I think he was tied with Elliott for best performance of the night.
Overall, I'm going for the upset. I'm picking McPheever to go home. I think there are a lot of people who get the same feeling from her that Chrissy does (and I get glimpses of occasionally) - there's a little something not right. Maybe something under the surface that she might not be as nice as she appears. Also, a bit spoiled & arrogant, maybe? Not as bad as Ayla, but it's there. I think she may have put off some of the female viewers with those boobs. (Meow
Thursday, March 23, 2006
Saturday, March 18, 2006
First off, the Redskins are going bat-shit in free agency! First Randel El, then Lloyd, Archuletta, Carter and Collins. Now, if Al Saunders can whip the offense in to shape and everyone can stay healthy! We know Williams can keep the defense kicking ass... Oh, and we need a punter and a kicker.
Bill Lester became one of the first African-American drivers to qualify for a premiere-cup NASCAR race in almost 20 years! Wow! He's starting in 19th place, which is not too shabby. Hopefully it won't be another 20. Kick ass, Bill!
TV. I can't believe the Shield is already on its last episode of the season! Fifth season and it is still kicking ass! It's all over too quickly, though. Only 11 eps this season. Not enough! Also on f/x is a new show called "Black. White." Very interesting show. Two families, one black and one white, are put in make-up to appear as though they have traded races. They go out and experience a small sample of life as the opposite race. Then the makeup comes off and they live in the same house for six weeks. Not by any means do they get the full experience of a race, but it is interesting to hear their perceptions of events when they discuss them. Highly recommended. I have recently become addicted to 24. The damn advertising worked on me this season. I watched the first four hours consecutively when I was laid up with my back. I was addicted by the end of the first hour. Just today, I bought Season One. I caught the premiere this week of a new show called The Loop. Frickin... Hilarious! Oh my God... To quote Dr. Evil, "I haven't laughed like that since I was a little girl." I'll save Idol for another post.
How much do we take for granted in this country? I was reading the other day about the lander making its run preparing to land on the surface of Mars. On... the... surface... of... MARS!! How amazing is that??!? What is wrong with us that this story is not on the front page of every newspaper in the free world? It's so unbelievable!
Guess that's all for now.