Linkfest Roundup

Most blogs don’t deal with the ordinary comings and goings of their posters. Most blogs are simply a collection of links about cool things to see and do and buy, etc. In that vein, today’s post is about some cool things I’ve found recently:

  • Courtesy of my wife C, the first cool thing is the Harry Potter theme park, set to open in Orlando, FL in 2009 as part of the Universal Studios complex. I’m tempted to go stand in line now.
  • According to the Mad Professor, the new Griffin iTrip Pocket is the gadget to have in order to play your nano through your FM stereo in the car. Do you remember when cars only had AM stations and listening to your own music was unheard of?
  • Speaking of AM stations, back a hundred years ago, WAKY graced the airwaves here in Louisville. Well, now they’re back (albeit a bit further south in Radcliff) and they’re on the FM dial now. Leslie Stewart has a brief piece in the LEO this week about this WAKY nostalgia and I have to say I’m enamored with the station myself.
  • I don’t really need reasons to not have children. I can come up with several on my own. The first would be the little snot nose brat who just pushed the duress alarm in the women’s room causing public safety to have to come over and turn it off. Second would be the little punk who messed up the sand mandala being created in Kansas City’s Union Station.
  • I don’t hate children…but I do hate the Yankees, especially George Steinbrenner. Mother Jones reports that Steinbrenner is now keeping people in their seats to be force-fed patriotism with the playing of God Bless America. This is an offense against the several people, not the least of which are those who a) don’t believe in God, b) are not Americans, and c) have toLOLcats use the bathroom after 6 1/2 innings of watching the Yankees lose. I’m not anti-patriotic music. Just last week, I was commended for my singing of the national anthem before the Louisville Bats game by a couple of ladies sitting near me. Being told when to sit and stay put is reminiscent of ghettos in Nazi Germany and “colored” lunch counters.
  • The latest net craze (or maybe not the latest, maybe I’m just slow on the uptake) seems to be something called LOLcats. These are apparently pictures of cats (or other animals, or objects, or…well, I could go on) with poor grammatical text that is supposed to induce laughter (hence, the LOL). So, for your edification, I present a link to I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? that has collected some LOLcats. I’m guessing that you can also Google LOLcats and find many more if you find them enjoyable.

That does it for the Linkfest Roundup. See you in the funny papers!

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It’s finally Friday!

I know…you’re thinking, “well, he hasn’t posted a damn thing since last Friday, so what’s the big deal?!”  Well, I’ve been busy.  It’s weird because I thought when school let out that I would have more free time, but it seems I’m always busy doing something.  Mowing the lawn, taking down the back fence, getting sick, getting well, parties (no, wait…there were no parties…must’ve been a fever-induced hallucination), concerts (there were concerts!), movies, friends visiting.  You know…the usual.  Anyway, so I’m here now, enjoy!

As I referred to earlier, I’ve been doing lots of things.  Movies, Events, and Concerts pages have all been updated since last you were here.  Also, I’d like to take the time out of this post to let everyone know that today is the 30th Anniversary of the film Star Wars.  It has been an integral part of my life and I just want to say: May the Force be with you!  When you’re a Jedi like I am, you get to say those sorts of things.  I’d also like to recommend a show on the History Channel on Memorial Day, two shows actually…there is a StarWars Tech show at 8pm on the History Channel which may have limited appeal for most of you, but Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed (9pm) promises to be an outstanding piece of television.  For more, you can visit this link at StarWars.com

And since it’s Friday…the Friday Five:

1. If you were a nocturnal animal, what nocturnal animal would you be? I don’t know that many nocturnal animals…so I’m gonna go with an owl.  Owl pellets aside, owls are pretty darn cool and they just seem to be very well fitted for a nocturnal lifestyle.  Plus, I like the idea of swooping down silently on prey, but maintaining an air of arrogant haughtiness that suggests that eating mice is beneath me.

2. Which is better: to obey the law to avoid punishment, to obey the law because the law makes sense, or to obey the law because everyone should? Well, I think it depends on the law.  Some laws you obey to avoid punishment, like the speed limit.  I think you ought to be able to drive as fast as you want all the time, but I don’t because I can’t afford the tickets.  Some laws make sense like seatbelt laws.  Those laws I obey because they make sense.  Some laws should be obeyed because everyone should obey them…like not riding your bike on the sidewalk if you’re over the age of 11 or not passing on the right.

3. Who is your favorite all time movie villian? Darth Vader.  There is no discussion.  Darth Vader, hands down.

4. Are any kind of ethics involved in wearing a hat? I think there are certain places you shouldn’t wear a hat, like to the ballet or to a fancy restaurant.  However, football games and holiday parties are acceptable.  It also depends on the hat.  You can get away with a fedora in a lot of places that a jester hat would not be appropriate.

5. When is the best time for you to take a 20 minute nap? Why? Anytime is a good time for a 20 minute nap, but I think ideally it would be right when I get home from work.  If I stopped to take a 20 minute nap, then my evenings would be more relaxed…but sometimes you don’t get that option.  Also, a 20 minute nap at about 3 pm most days would really help towards a more productive workplace.  A 20 minute nap helps you recharge.  I would vote for a president based on their dedication to a nationwide “siesta.”

See you in the funny papers!

Odds and Ends

It’s Friday and I have a jumble of things in my head. I thought I’d go ahead and let most of them out onto the screen for your edification.

  • There is an article in the LEO this week by Stephen George that is excellent. It chronicles not driving a car for a month. This means walking, biking, busing, or hitching a ride with a friend. Because I am an avid supporter of riding my bike just about everywhere, I highly recommend it. I think you’d be surprised at how able you are to adopt a “less-car” attitude. If you don’t, maybe at the very least you’ll be nicer to those of us who are saving the gallons of gasoline for you. As well, I think that I may be riding the city bus for the first time on Sunday. We’ll see how it goes. It will certainly be a consciousness exercise if nothing else.
  • How about my boys of Beantown? The Red Sox are up 9.5 on the Yankees after sweeping a twinbill from the Tigers from the Motor City yesterday. That gives them the best record in baseball and a huge lead on taking the pennant this year.
  • I’m in the process of replacing the fence in the backyard. The stockade style that is slowly deteriorating around the edges is giving way to a new dog-eared picket which will hopefully make everything in the yard that much better. Pictures to come, I’m sure.
  • I’m currently reading a really good book called “Running and Being” by Dr. George Sheehan. In it, he talks about finding your Play in life. His Play happened to be long-distance running. I’m not sure what my Play is yet, but it’s important that we all find it. I’m certain that it will change your life immeasurably.
  • Finally, a political note…I was unsure why the USA had anything to do with the World Bank, so I looked it up. Thank goodness for the Internet. Apparently, the president of the World Bank is nominated for a 5-year term by the president of the US and elected by its board of governors, even though the World Bank is part of the United Nations governance system. As of 11/2006, the US held 16.4% of the voting rights in the World Bank, and since all major decisions require an 85% majority vote, you can see how the US would be able to pretty much control everything. I’m certain that the idea of the World Bank was a good one back in 1945, but now, it fairly reeks…possibly even Denmark-ian. And now you know…and knowing is half the battle.

See you in the funny papers!

Save Ferris!

Okay, so those of you who don’t know me don’t know that I’m a pretty straight-laced guy. I didn’t drink in high school, I was a virgin ’til I got married, I’ve never taken recreational drugs of any kind, hell, I’ve never even smoked.  I’m the kind of guy who shows up every day to do his job and goes home at the end of the day to watch “Jeopardy!” with my wife.  Ferris Bueller at the Cubs gameThe most reckless thing I do is drive over the speed limit.  But today…today was my Ferris Bueller moment.

This morning I got a message from my friend S.  He said they were going to the Louisville Bats game at 11 a.m. as part of a work reward program.  Now, I’ve just come back from vacation and my boss isn’t around and the receptionist is out, so it’s not the ideal day for me to be taking a “long lunch.”   But, I talked myself into it.

It was perfect.  Just like the movie, we sat out in the sun…enjoying a Bats victory.  I saw the Mayor (yes, Mayor Jerry!) taking in the game from the luxury box one section over.  I even caught a foul ball…first foul ball ever at a game.  It was as if the stars had aligned and I was predestined to be sitting at the Bats game.  It was, literally, my moment in the sun.   It was pretty much the pinnacle of an otherwise mundane day.  If only I had worn the leopard print vest, that would’ve been perfect.

See you in the funny papers!

Vacation at the Beach

For those of you who have wondered where I’ve been lately…I’m at the beach. Literally. Like, I can throw a baseball and hit the beach from here. So, I’m not doing much writing, but I’m watching a lot of movies and taking some pictures. The pictures are up…the movies are not reviewed yet and the movies are reviewed on the Movies page.

I’m relaxed and not working at the moment…sorry you’re not me! *laughing*

See you in the funny papers!

A dream

Elle marchait les pieds nusA woman stood on the beach. She looked back at the last remaining vestiges of her ship, a broken hull splintered on the shore. The final slow waves of the withering storm washed gracefully against the shattered wood. She turned slowly on the sand and walked into the misty jungle, the fog slowly enveloping her as she disappeared among the trees. As she entered the jungle, the humidity weighed upon her, driving her feet deep into the mud. She stumbled again and again as the undergrowth grew thicker, far beneath the canopy that separated her from the sky. Finally, she could move no further, her body wracked with exhaustion from the previous night’s storm and the long journey into this lonely paradise when suddenly she came upon a cliff overlooking a bright blue pool of water. She stood there among the bramble thicket, her hair smeared across her face from exertion, her sweat-soaked clothes clinging to her form. She stared down into the pool and saw herself, a silhouette against the sky, laced with trees. The woman jumped into the water, her arms flailing as she plummeted through the air. The splash of her body was the last sound she made as she slowly sank to the bottom of the pool.

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We are different, in essence, from other men. If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon. ~Emil Zatopek

You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming. ~Frank Shorter

I did it. I ran the half marathon again this year and I finished in the near miraculous time of 2:32:23. I’m still awaiting pictures, but when they’re here, you’ll be able to see me in all of my fashionable glory. And now, that I’ve run two half marathons, I have the half marathon bug. I spent most of yesterday looking up half marathons in other states to see about running there. I’m researching the Indianapolis Half in October. That seems like it would be really nice. But I’d like to try something exotic…like the Bar Harbor Half in Maine. It runs through Acadia National Park. Now, that would be cool. Thanks to my mom and my godmother for their support at the end of the race. And, if you ever have the chance to sit in traffic with them, enjoy it to the fullest, because once my godmother starts really driving…you’ll have to hang on for dear life.

In other wonderful news, the semester is over and I am only awaiting my grades. My exam on Monday was interesting to say the least. I’m wondering just how much bullshit I can write, before I begin to question whether I even know what I’m talking about. But it’s done now and we’ll see how it goes. I’m taking the summer off and then I start my senior thesis in the fall. I’m actually looking forward to that process. I think it’s going to be very interesting.

Finally, if you haven’t checked out the Movies, Books, Concerts, Events pages lately, they’ve probably been updated. Especially the Movies one. The Independent Film Channel is wonderful, I highly recommend it for a variety of films.

See you in the funny papers!