Saturday, July 24, 2010

Plat du jour

I assume they were too late to get just UR2L8.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Semi-random thoughts

  • My wife and I got each other the same anniversary card. Yeah, we've been married a long time.
  • There was just an article in the NY Times about Facebook's handling of deceased account holders. A few hours after reading that a dead friend of mine popped up on the friends' list on my profile page.
  • I have found a way to keep two different Yahoo e-mail accounts open simultaneously.  You have to use different browsers. I downloaded Google Chrome and now I don't have to keep logging in and out to go between my female and male accounts.

End of an era

I have ended my subscription to Newsday. I think I started reading it when the Long Island-based newspaper created "New York Newsday" in 1985. Their advertising slogan was "Truth, Justice and the Comics." It tried to position itself between the (comic-less) New York Times and the city's tabloids, The Daily News and the Post. Popularly, New York Newsday was called "the tabloid in a tutu."

That worked fine for me. I got a paper that had good news coverage, excellent columnists (Jimmy Breslin, Jim Dwyer, Frank DeCaro, Liz Smith, Dear Abby and Ann Landers)--and the comics, which I did miss just reading the Times. (By then I refused to buy either the Post or the News to read their comics--they were both quite conservative politically.) It even was easy to read on the subway.

Unfortunately, it did not work with a lot of other people, and in the mid-90's they gave up on New York Newsday. They reverted to an expanded version of their old Queens edition. It had less coverage of the city itself, but it still was a good newspaper, and I continued my subscription.

Things went downhill from there, as it did for all newspapers. I think they had a small bureau in Washington, or at least one reporter, but that was dropped. The columnists left voluntarily or were dropped. The comics went from three pages to two, and the strips that remained were printed so small that some were very hard to read. In 2005 they shrank their New York City bureau, and their New York City news coverage, significantly.

I continued my subscription mostly out of inertia. I've been getting most of my news via the internet. In recent years about the only things I got from Newsday were the (tiny) comics, Broadway show reviews, an inferior advice column, and, a couple of  times a week, two pages of NYC entertainment news. I dropped Sunday delivery a while ago, because a third of the time there were sections missing--usually including the comics, all of which I could get on the internet.

Newsday has become a shadow of its former self, and I don't want to spend money for memories of what once was. Now I'll get all of my comics electronically. I will continue to read the NY Times business and sports sections (my wife gets the rest of the paper), and rely on the internet for the rest of my news. An era has passed.

Yes, it's time for more Texts From Last Night

(828): I'm in the grocery store cradling a box of wine like it's my firstborn, so of course this would be the first and only time I've ever seen my boss outside of the office.
http://tfl.nu/0hvj

(760): when i came out to my mom, it was over brunch. i was eating a banana. not exactly my smartest breakfast choice.
http://tfl.nu/5xpe

(917): Listen, this was just a tiny lapse of judgement.
(347): I'm pretty sure that's not a synonym for pregnancy.
http://tfl.nu/2bcu

(310): she screamed"i told you already! counter clockwise spiral and the clockwise spiral!!" right in the middle of sex
(1-310): wow, i never thought dating a choreographer would be so harsh
http://tfl.nu/mhlr

(555): Woke up to a bouquet of flowers in my toilet bowl. Drunk hubby loves me.
http://tfl.nu/aho3

(480): Why hello there Olivia! How are you today on this fine and most wonderful morning full of magic and adventure and awesomeness?
(774): Someone just got laid.
http://tfl.nu/ub8q

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Keeping up with Texts From Last Night

(970): Not cool at all. Last night I organized my condoms by expiration date. I need to get laid.
http://tfl.nu/9pof

(908): You need to find a way to go down on me and lick my toes at the same time
(1-908): I'll google it
http://tfl.nu/bsan

(617): I was on hold waiting for customer service at verizon so we obviously we had enough time to have sex, i just put the phone on speaker
http://tfl.nu/yzaq

(585): Why was I handcuffed to the roof?
(518): It was easier then trying to explain why you couldn't fly
http://tfl.nu/nk88

(914): I just peed next to my dog in the yard. Unparalleled forms of bonding going on over here.
http://tfl.nu/s43y

(757): Just puked in the monkey exhibit at the zoo. They ate it. I don't want a pet monkey anymore.
http://tfl.nu/pqxc

Plat du jour

Do NOT get into an accident with this guy.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

This week's best Texts From Last Night

(415): My mom and I were trying to explain to my sister what an uncircumcised penis looks like. We had some minor disagreements.
http://tfl.nu/vs0n

(978): went for icecream. accidentally deepthroated it. my mom gave me a dirty look, but the kid behind the counter looked impressed
http://tfl.nu/x5dq

(850): So he thinks I sent him a picture of my boob last night, but it was really just a close up of my arm.
http://tfl.nu/5svr

(714): It's too hard to jack off and hold an ipad at the same time
http://tfl.nu/v4kt

(804): she said and I quote "NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!" and closed her legs.
http://tfl.nu/jax9

(235): I just don't get it. Video games don't suck his dick.
http://tfl.nu/7zv4

(323): it's fine if we fail the bar, we were never going to satisfy the moral character requirement anyway
http://tfl.nu/ikbt

(773): I'm pretty sure this isn't my phone, but I do like these nude pics
http://tfl.nu/o0a3

(202): Those motion detector trash cans don't work fast enough to catch puke.
http://tfl.nu/as75

(314): Im still in bed and cant move and i only had Two beers and a shot last night... how did I make it in college?
(1-314): God gave us a 4 year grace period.
http://tfl.nu/2ues

(469): you know it's bad when you need sunglasses to open the refrigerator
http://tfl.nu/bsby

(253): waking up outside has become so normal, the paper boy knows to set the paper next to me
http://tfl.nu/vccm

(330): would really like to know how the teddy bear got super glued to my testicles.
http://tfl.nu/usa7