Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Micro movie review

War Horse--over-simplified, dumbed-down, sentimentality. The play is much better.

Monday, December 26, 2011

TFLN time

(316): There are 144 bottles of wine in my mother's pantry. She just shrugged her shoulders and said it was for the wine pong tournament on Christmas Day.
(603): Someone just told me I could double date with them and their dog as my date. This is why the suicide rates are so high at the holidays.
(715): tried doing a cartwheel after 10 beers. Guess who has a dislocated shoulder.
(218): No, no... it's pale and surrounded by awkward, curly, red hair.  It's the Ronald McDonald of penises.
(310): I was expecting a blowjob when she shoved me in the bathroom but instead she shaved my pubes into a mustache for my penis. I am still satisfied.
(610): You're just mad because I look hotter in my mug shot than you do in yours

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Semi-random thoughts

  • For years I've been saying that Iraq would be three separate countries within 15 years of us getting out. Now I wonder if it will be 15 months.
  • I recently got a visitor to my blog from Mongolia. I think that's a first.
  • My wife asked me to add a couple of tags to her key ring--her new gym membership card and a Godiva Chocolate frequent buyers card.

Somalia acts against its own thugs

43 Pirates Arrested, Extensive Shore-Based Anti-Piracy Operations Continue in Somalia

It remains to be seen if this actually does anything significant.

The TFLN round-up

(408): You are right.  The scrape marks on her ass are from her breaking the doggy door by crawling through it.
(724): My booty call just put me down for a reference for her job at the hospital. What am I supposed to say? She gives great bj's?
(360): Gonna send a picture of my negative pregnancy test with the message "Merry Christmas" to the guys I've been sleeping with. That alone, will put a huge dent in my shopping list of gifts for people.
(619): The bouncer was being really rude for no reason. Steph PICKED him up and physically MOVED him from our path on the way out.
(1-619): Well thats the pro of going out drinking with a pro body builder. Even if its a girl.
(218): You kept showing everyone at the bar your bra to prove it matched your shoes.
(712): I looked up while we were having sex to see him covering my pillow pet's eyes with his free hand.  I think I'm in love
(859): if you ever get a chance to, fuck in a lecture hall. great acoustics. highly recommend it.
(712): That's because "bed time" is my sex playlist.  If you're trying to fall asleep use "nap time"
(517): I'm bringing vagina and cookies. You'll be fine.


I wonder if drivers compete for this route just so they can make this joke.
Commuter to 10 bus driver: Are you a 10?
Driver: Hope so... At least an eight.

--X10 Bus Stop

via Overheard in New York, Dec 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Two more days of them

(971): he's hot he just has too much baggage, and has really fucking skinny ankles which freaks me out
(916): you aren't having sex with his ankles, As long as knee caps and above are good, i'd go for it
(503): I keep having to have that awkward "I don't want to have sex with you" convo. I thought wearing sweatpants was suppose to prevent this situation..
(717): Just so you know, this text is a buffer between the two guys I'm sexting. Can't get that shit messed up.
(724): Unless you have figured out how to blow me through the phone don't drunk dial me.

Monday, December 19, 2011

The week's best TFLNs

(269): I have a completly random but serious question. Can I make a paper mache mold of you ass and turn it into a pinata filled with airplane bottles of liquor? Its for my art class
(580): Girl on the bus just slammed her book shut, turned to me and said "I'm way to fucking high to be studying"
(530): it wasn't a normal cookie, i figured that out 45 minutes into my exam
(+61): I apparently started to text you last night. All it said was 'the whole clam'. I hope that means something to you.
(517): btw theres a pine tree in the downstairs shower. the guys thought it would be a great free air freshener.
(503): All I wanted was a quiet evening to masturbate and eat cake and instead you ruined it by bringing girls over.
(248): Your cat is quite the conversationalist after some tequila and shrooms
(+33): We're discussing which museums we should go to when we shroom.  How ill would Picasso be?
(519): I was riding her and she yelled "fuck me" then someone in the room next door yelled "you don't have to say it if youre doing it."
(952): Yes, you can 69 in a fiat. But I think I have permanent nerve damage
(301): Do you think if you have sex with a girl twin, her twin brother feels it to? Woke up at her house and they both have a look of disappointment on their faces.
(251): How do I tell my child he was conceived on a barstool in South Alabama?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Quote the day (if the day were Wednesday)

The unsuccessful Republican 2010 senatorial candidate from Delaware, Tea Party idiot Christine O'Donnell, endorsed Mitt Romney, saying,
He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.

Perhaps she's hired Yogi Berra as a speechwriter.

Don't contribute to the homo- and transphobic Salvation Army

I've put this on Facebook, but I don't think I've ever said it here. I certainly haven't this year.

Why You Shouldn't Donate to the Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Somali thugs receive U.S. justice

Somali pirates get life in U.S. court

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Boo, Postal Service

CVS sent me a nice 20% off coupon. It is good on the 10th and 11th. It came today, the 13th. Does anyone wonder why the Postal Service is in trouble?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

TFLN time

(269): P.S. I just watched The Muppets. I feel like I just got a sadness enema.
(682): I just told a kid I was in a wheelchair because Santa shot me due to me being on the naughty list. You should have seen this little bastards face
(970): Can't. I took a Viagra to make sure I wouldnt leave the room so I might actually study.
(412): There's strippers and [beer] every where so ether you gave me the wrong address or this is the coolest birthday party thrown for a seven year old ever.
(567): For future reference, Twizzlers CAN leave welts.
(443): You guys can't keep having sex with them and cleaning their house! They're never going to take you seriously!
(562): guy in front of me at the pharmacy just asked the pharmacist for 2 Plan B's and replied with, "If your wondering, then yes I did have a threesome. It was amazing".
(201): My dog just threw up a condom. Sorry for accusing you of not wearing one, I found it now.

Best Overheard in New York of the day

Guy #1 to friend pouring sugar in his coffee: Would you like some coffee with you sugar?
Guy #2: Would you like some up with your shut-the-fuck?

via Overheard in New York, Dec 10, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

Plat du jour

The latest TFLNs

(580): So I was about the only one NOT pregaming or stoned at my aunt's funeral... Maybe thats why I'm the black sheep.
(606): only in a texas roadhouse would someone whistle while I was breastfeeding.
(708): Just saw a guy walking down the street carrying a giant inflatable penis
(773): Just arrived at our party
(586): It was fun until the stripper told me it was her first day and started crying.
(508): wanna tell me why theres a glass of water stuffed with tamptons in the freezer?

Somali thugs hindered twice

NATO Warship Intercepts Pirates

Turkish Navy Disrupt suspected Somali pirates off Kenya coast

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Today's collection of TFLNs

(914): You told the cop at mobil to keep it real and look both ways before crossing the street.
(210): If you're wondering where your left shoe is you lost it in a bet with a homeless guy last night
(520): One thing noone tells you about getting put in the drunk tank is do it barefoot. You get free flipflops.
(615): A total of 95 cents was stuck to my ass the next morning.
(740): I was lying there too hungover to move when my dog jumped onto my bed and set half a calzone on my pillow. Best. Dog. Ever.
(530): sorry for the naked aussie man in your room last night, he got lost on his way to the bathroom


"MythBusters" cannonball rips through house, van
Photo By Doug Duran, Bay Area News Group

Monday, December 05, 2011

Holiday sales, yes; holiday trees, no

As much as I dislike religion, and as much as I wish the Constitution required government to be secular and not neutral, calling something a "holiday tree" is just plain wrong. As far as I know, the only holiday this time of year that has a tree in its observance is Christmas. As long as the other holidays get an equal opportunity for public recognition, I have no problem with governmental entities calling their trees "Christmas trees."

On the other hand, I see nothing wrong with stores having "holiday sales." If they want to market to people of all religions, they would be wise to do so.

Just a couple of decent TFLNs today

(682): I haven't seen him since I gave him a hand job in the hospital. I like to think I contributed to his speedy recovery.

(216): I didn't just get this from the chlamydia fairy.. You should probably get tested.

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Semi-random thoughts

  • Calamity Chang is ending?/suspending? her monthly Beatles Burlesque show at Public Assembly. This is one of my favorite shows, with a live band fronted by singer Broadway Brassy doing Beatles (and occasional other Brit) songs. The burlesquers strip to their music. It's one of my favorite shows, and I'll really miss it.
  • After the top-10 ranked Wisconsin men's basketball team lost its second game in row (sound familiar?), I thought it might turn out to be a completely disastrous week sports-wise. But the football team came through and (just barely) beat Michigan State for the Big Ten championship. Now I'm looking forward to the Rose Bowl.
  • wants me to review my purchase. Well, OK. The toilet paper is soft on my ass.

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Plat du jour

Uh, this isn't Ireland.

Friday, December 02, 2011

Best comic of the day

And, before I go to bed, some TFLNs

(508): Best part of being a cop: When I showed up at Thanksgiving with stitches in my head I could tell them I was "protecting and serving" not "drinking and falling down". Career validated.
(620): And I'm not sure if that's how you pluralize penis. Never planned on needing to know that in my life.
(219): Remind me to switch to jello when you decide to do shots off my ass. It's so much easier to clean than this pudding.
(405): No clues in my phone. Only dialed call: my own social security number. And that was before 10:00pm.
(760): I found you laying in the kitchen with a bottle of vodka and a slice of bologna on your face. You said you were having a spa day.
(303): The next time you try to involve a tickle me Elmo in my orgasm, I'm leaving you
(646): Siri just reminded me to pickup Plan B

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Plat du jour

She sells insurance, I think.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Only 29 days until no more Xmas music

I don't mind most of Christmas, but the ubiquitous music just grates.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Uh, Postal Service?

I wonder how much it would cost to send St. Patrick's Day back to Ireland?

Plat du jour

Friday, November 25, 2011

TFLNs, Thanksgiving edition

(630): Thanksgiving. This year's theme: I am thankful that I still have a liver.

(817): she made a facebook for her toddler.. his likes include lil wayne and ice luge. He has more friends than i do. I mean, Seriously? there's not enough booze in the world to make thanksgiveing bearable

(303): I come back home for break and my room is full of weed either my parents really love me or they are having more fun then I am in college

(973): Can you send me a picture of you not naked, my mom wants to see what you look like

(561): I'm sexting at the thanksgiving dinner table...this is a new holiday tradition.

Plus a couple of non-Thanksgiving ones:

(646): You should be proud. How many people can say they GAVE a stripper an std?

(218): If I should ask "why am I still single?" could someone please remind me of shooting mike and ikes out of my nose at the bartender last Saturday. many thanks

Montee Ball for the Heisman!

I'm now following @MoneyBall28 on Twitter, helping to push Montee to the Heisman! On Wisconsin! #monteeball

One more reason to stay out of Walmart

Woman pepper sprays other Walmart Black Friday shoppers

Battle for Black Friday deals includes pepper spray, shootings

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Plat du jour--guest submission

Found by Carolyn Ann.

The latest TFLNs

(412): My roommate says its rare that you can be tear gassed before you lose your virginity so i feel accomplished in life

(502): Instead of politely asking me to shave, he passive-aggressively left me a groupon for a bikini wax. So I passive-aggresively fucked his roommate. And his roommate didn't mind my bush when he went down on me. Anyway, do you want the groupon or not?

(301): he fucked me to the beat of the construction going on outside my house. i will never look at jackhammers the same ever again.

(719): Advice for you. Never grate cheese on your counter then not cleanup the scraps, then have your bf over and endup having sex on the counter. Theres literally cheese melted in and around my ass.

(610): Don't text me with that hand

(845): Just got motor boated by a horse in the street

(214): I did the walk of shame wearing his scrubs. Fucking med school students is the way to go.

(469): Well the walls are thin and I can hear the couple next door having sex. I think their dog is somehow involved.

(607): It looks like sephora exploded on his dick, so i assumed I was the second girl that gave him head that night.

(517): I hate when people see you passed out in your front yard and call 911. Like what, you can't take a nap face down on your steps at 4pm?

(+44): You did a line of free coke with an obese Slovenian unlicensed cab driver in the toilets of the most questionable strip club in the country. New low man.
(1+44): When you put it like that, I'm inclined to agree.

Friday, November 18, 2011

I've got another birthday coming up

I know this because Livejournal sent me an e-mail reminder.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Semi-random thoughts

  • I'm really happy they're bringing back Billy Crystal to host the Oscars broadcast. He was their best emcee since Johnny Carson. Maybe even better.
  • Since the battery in my Droid phone sometimes lasts only about 8 hours, I always carry a spare. One evening it ran out when I was at a bar, so I put in the charged one. A guy saw this, and asked, "You can do that?" with a look of pure envy. An iPhone user, I guess.
  • Facebook now gives me the choice to have my news feed in chronological order--just like the good old days, before they tried to improve things by putting what they consider the top stories first.
  • Last week a Bleacher Report columnist wrote (obviously before the news about the alleged child molestation at Penn State got out) that the Wisconsin football team was "waiting on a miracle" to have even a chance to get to the Big Ten championship game. By the time the Badgers took to the field against Minnesota Saturday afternoon, the miracle had already occurred. Wisconsin needed both Penn State and Ohio State to lose a game, in addition to the Badgers winning its last three games (including the final regular season game against Penn State). Both the Nittany Lions and the Buckeyes lost, in two very close games. The Badgers' chances look quite good at this point. 

Plat du jour--guest submission

Found by Joanne, who said it was "Something we all want."

Friday, November 11, 2011

Catching up on the TFLNs

(651): I cant tell which is worse. That its only my third time doing laundry this year or that its the first time ive done it sober.

(508): So I managed to get the bitch who has been copying off me all semester in History to copy the names of Pokemon towns off my test.

(604): i wish you were under my bed. you sexy russian fur trapper.
(1-604): please. text the right number. youve been sending me these all night.

(317): Apparently I was the fucked up drunk guy greeting people at the hotel in the lobby last night.

(416): this is getting really bad. i thought the chandelier in the dining room was one of those claws from the claw games in an arcade and i spent the past five minutes jumping left to right so the claw wouldn't grab me

(515): You tried to put a condom on my dog, then he ate it.

(920): Just found an "inspected with pride" sticker on or around my vagina

(914): I know that was a dream because I woke up and there was no pizza
(917): The hookers weren't a dream get tested

Plat du jour

One of the 1%.

Happy Nerd New Year! And happy anniversary to me

It's 11/11/11, Nerd New Year according to some.

It's also the 13th anniversary of the first time I went out as Caprice. No Bat Mitzvah jokes, please.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Plat du jour--guest submission

Similar to 3 KIDS, and 3BRATS. Found by Carolyn Ann.

Monday, November 07, 2011

The latest Texts From Last Night

(860): Legitimate logistical did you pee in your duct tape dress?

(425): We were making condiment sandwiches, then her husband kept trying to get me to sleep with her. I hate being the only lesbian at the party.

(402): doing laundry. just found my fishnets from Friday. the ENTIRE crotch is torn out. guess that answers the "did we have sex in the cab" question.....

(903): As a general rule, drunkenness and gymnastics do not mix.

(516): why is my underwear the only thing i was wearing that smells like vodka?

(815): im sober
(920): you just pulled your sweatpants out of your bag and thanked them for being alive

(717): He just asked me if I wanted a ride on the "bologna pony." I never wanna have sex again...

(570): Just so you know, if you are not feeling well today it's cause you drank a gatorade bottle full of highlighter fluid.

Gay couples aren't just like straight ones

Asking who’s the “man” and who’s the “woman” in a gay relationship is like going to a Chinese restaurant and asking which chopstick is the fork.

I got this from Apathy Angel, but it seems to have been around for a while.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Texts from Halloween

(630): wearing my roomate's scarf as a dress...halloween 2011 ladies and gentlemen

(587): My goal tonight is to get arrested because what cop can say they have ever arrested a giant sperm before. God I love halloween

(405): He didn't dress up but kept finding random pieces of costumes on the floor at each club. He was an 80s hair band warrior at the end of the night.

(413): he's dressed up as pikachu 3 fucking years in a row and gotten laid each time. i don't understand

(714): Cops said there's a crazy dude with a mask in my neighborhood. Don't get stabbed.
(1-714): If he was naked that was me.

(828): Turns out puking in your mask makes it even harder to see out of the mask..

(703): Of course I lose my iPhone but still manage to hold on to the ruler for my dirty teacher costume

(360): There's a middle eastern man wearing a cow costume with tequila coming out of his udders, but I'm not sober enough to feel uncomfortable with it.

(954): in literally every picture i'm wearing less and less of my costume.

(410): That white girl was surprised to see orange pubes around my black cock. Happy Halloween!

(310): Do you think the neighbors will know I was the one giving out the penis shaped lollipops to the children?

(419): who was wearing the fake mustache? I just found one in my cleavage

(814): My bullwhip has saved my life tonight and gotten me laid. I'm gonna be Indiana Jones every Halloween!

(774): Fucked Zombie Jesus at a Halloween party. I need Plan B before I give birth to the Antichrist.

(714): Blow job bear ended up in my bed last night. She didn't live up to her costume.

(810): my goal was to make out with as many people dressed as batman as possible. I have my priorities.

(250): I went out as a member of the house of Gryfindor and came home as Snooki

(801): P.S. The slutty NASCAR driver costume will be saved and used year round for role play.

(517): Not sure if it is a new high or new low, but i left a basket on the porch of the sorority I woke up at. It had a description of the Minnie Mouse I woke up next to, and Plan B.

Plus a few non-Halloween ones:

(575): You tried to initiate "Occupy McDonald's" when the cashier didn't give you enough ketchup.

(860): at one point he couldn't find his underwear so he put on my catsuit to go to the bathroom

(256): I NEVER left your party last night of anyone asks
(747): Yeah, I didn't wake up handcuffed to my bed either.

(519): I've always wanted to pass out in a bathtub
(1-519): I think most people do. Your only real mistake was turning the water on first.

(360): Hypothetically, if a stripper with braces bites you on the cleavage and it leaves an open wound, do you need a tetanus shot?

Not a difficult concept

Source: Brian Ellis on Facebook

Happy Palindrome Day!

It's 11/02/2011.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Also known as the Crossdressers' National Holiday. I prefer to think of it as Amateurs' Night.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Typical Big Ten football

Wisconsin beat Nebraska. Nebraska beat Michigan State. Michigan State beat Wisconsin.

We beat each other to a pulp.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

TFLNs definitely slow down on Tuesday

There are only two worth repeating today.

(240): Apparently you can coat check a keg.

(512): That's the last time you suggest we can get our tab wiped by out-drinking the bartender.
(210): It was my card, so what do you care that you lost?
(512): Is your card paying for my plan b?

Plat du jour

Monday, October 24, 2011

I think maybe Monday is when all the weekend TFLNs show up

(480): His wife found out about our affair the same day he got fired for it.

(704): Besides asking our teacher if he enjoyed being fisted did I have any other tragic moments last night?

(617): What time did you start drinking?
(978): Maybe.
(617): Maybe isn't a time...

(401): i spent an hour trying to convince my psychiatrist that the fact that i showed up for my appointment drunk was progress, and she does not agree

(630): Upon further investigation it turns out it wasn't blood, but chocolate frosting from the cupcake I shoved in my pocket to "save for later"

Semi-random thoughts

  • A high school athlete's "commitment" to attend a certain college should be renamed. They are so often changed they should be called "leanings."
  • The Wisconsin football team's hopes for a national championship ended in the last few seconds of the game against Michigan State on Saturday. It was fun while it lasted, even though it was never more than a long shot. At least they can still win the Big Ten Championship and go to the Rose Bowl. Go Badgers!
  • I hate websites that give the time of an entry in relative terms, like "1 hour ago." They are inexact and require unnecessary work on my part. If something is listed as happening "14 hours ago," I have to do the calculation myself. A computer could do the calculation much faster. I'm sure the website designer's excuse for not doing this is that they would have to know what time zone I'm in, but is that so difficult?    

Plat du jour--guest submission

Found by Joanne.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Back to Texts From Last Night after a long, long time

(651): raced the clock twice to day to see if i could get off before my computer died and before i left for my noon bar crawl... win, win
(608): lets go back to having secrets in our friendship

(404): The walk of shame out of a freshman dorm isn't so bad when you're 25, nobody questions you because they think youre gonna bust them for having weed

(530): Anything that comes outta your cooch is bound to be breathtaking
(530): That could use a little rephrasing

(978): I wonder if they have a "21st birthday" section in the hospital..

(704): My phone saved "first signs of pregnancy" as a most visited search.

(781): One of my students in my 8am class brought me a Tim Hortons cup with a bloody Mary in it. Clearly, I didn't manage to look not drunk when I ran into him at Denny's at 4am. Who decided to let me teach?

(210): My financial advisor filed my girlfriend's abortion under "investments" so my wife wouldn't find out

(509): walked into class wearing my zorro costume. some girl just said "oh my god, i fucked zorro this weekend." I found her.

(231): Uuh, dude you came running out of the bar screaming you didn't want to hear that song, ran face first into a truck, spun around 3 times and hit the sidewalk. I tried to catch you.

(+61): i turned my shower on this morning and passionfruit pulp came out. how did you even do that?

(512): Just rescued a super cute pair of Gucci heels off the sorority lawn on my way to work. Things are worth two paychecks. Fuck trust fund kids.

Living with bobcats LV

Here's the round-up from the second half of September:

Connecticut: Tolland's Resident Bobcat, Large Bobcat Thought Mountain Lion Spotted in Brookfield, School Takes Precautions After Bobcat Sightings

California: Bobcat spotted in Brand Park in Glendale, Bobcat reportedly spotted near Burbank golf course, Bobcat family spotted in Northwest Fresno, Bobcats are sizing up LCF, Bobcat suspected of nabbing family pets

New York: Possible bobcat spotted near Seneca Elementary

OV bobcat is ready to pounce, No charges for man who shot bobcat

Idaho: The truth about wildlife in Boise

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A blast from the past: Britannia rules the waves

UK navy seizes pirate 'mothership'

I also liked a bit of related news in the last paragraph:
British and U.S. forces freed the cargo ship [the Montecristo] in a dramatic rescue last week after retrieving a message in a bottle tossed by hostages from a porthole alerting ships nearby that the crew was safely sealed inside an armored area.

A message in a bottle. How high tech.

90,000 visitors!

Tuesday evening this blog received its 90,000th visitor. It was someone in Philadelphia Googling "Pennsylvania bobcat."

Yay, me.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Plat du jour--guest submission

New York biologist? biographer?

Found by Joanne.

Monday, October 10, 2011

It looks like the thugs got another one


I know I'm 2 or 3 weeks behind on this but I did want to remark on a bit of political news that occurred. Former Sen. Rick Santorum, now a Repugnant presidential hopeful, asked Google to remove the top response one gets when one Googles his name. Which is:
Santorum 1. The frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex. 2. Senator Rick Santorum.
(It's actually a link to, a site created by sex columnist Dan Savage in response to Santorum's likening of homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality.)

Google declined, which is its normal response to requests to modify its results.

What really disturbs me about Santorum's request is that he apparently has no idea how search engines such as Google work. (Incidentally, one gets the same result looking for "Santorum" on most, if not all, of the most popular search sites.) These are tools that practically everyone who uses the internet uses frequently. To me it means Santorum is out of touch with how most Americans, whom he wants to lead, actually function. It reminds me how President Bush the First had no idea supermarkets used laser scanners to ring up people's groceries.

Also I am amused by this quote of Santorum's:
If you're a responsible business, you don't let things like that happen in your business that have an impact on the country.
If he really thinks this, he should also be criticizing all of the businesses that build plants in foreign countries or otherwise outsource the jobs of Americans.

(BTW, since I do have some idea of how search engines work, I know very well that my linking to Savage's site, and not linking to Santorum's campaign site, helps keep Savage's one on the top of Google's listings. Take that, homophobe Santorum.)

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Plat du jour

Media high definition? Head of media? Media hot dog? I dunno.

Friday, October 07, 2011

Semi-random thoughts

Some of these thoughts occured a while ago.
  • Serena Williams is just plain obnoxious. She's the one who's "out-of-control" (her description of a referee who applied the verbal interference rule against her). No matter how many titles she wins, she'll never be a champion to me. 
  • Five Napkin Burgers, with half-a-dozen restaurants along the east coast, is guilty of false advertising. They give you only one napkin--which is all that is necessary for its excellent hamburgers.
  • WQXR, the classical music radio station of New York City, is now a listener-supported public station. Like all public radio and television stations they have periodic fundraising drives, which interrupt their regular programming. Nobody likes to tune in to hear music and get people asking for contributions. WQXR, though, has come up with a way to capitalize on this dislike--they offer to cut their on-air drive by one hour for every $8,000 they raise before the drive starts. 
  • I went to refill my back-up Metrocard, and the machine informed me my card would be expiring shortly, and offered to transfer the money I had on it to a new one. As far as I know, this is something new. In the past, I always went to an agent to do this--though I only remember doing it a couple times. When you got 20% additional for purchases over a certain amount, it was pretty easy to keep your card at an even amount of $2.25 fares. (It was even easier when the fare was only $2.00.) When a card was close to expiring, I just used it until it was empty, and then bought a new one. Now that you only get 15%, it's practically impossible to do this--there's always some odd amount left of the card.   

Friday, September 30, 2011

Plat du jour

It certainly is. This was on a tiny Smart Car.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Plat du jour--guest submission

I didn't realize vampires drive.

Found by Joanne.


So what do you do about the other eight nails?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Plat du jour

212 is one of the area codes for NYC. So?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Yawn headline of the day

Pope defends traditional values

This is like saying "The sun rises in the east."

Thursday, September 22, 2011

From the Jumping the Gun Department

I see there's a Facebook account for a friend of a friend's unborn daughter. But I can't see what's on it (ultrasound photos?) because the privacy is set high.

Animal headline of the day

Squirrel Causes Three-Car Pile-up on Washington Street

Monday, September 19, 2011

Plat du jour--guest submission

A dentist, I assume.

Another one found by Joanne

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Catching up on Overheard in New York

My favorites from the last month:

Gangster chess player: You're cute, but let's see how smart you are.
30-something career woman: I'd play you, but I'm on a lunch break from my job. Checkmate.

--Union Square

Eight-year-old boy, showing his dad game he is playing: Daddy, daddy, she won't come!
Dad: Keep going, she will come eventually.

--F Train

Guy #1 at bar: I was driving all day today. My groin is really tired.
Guy #2 at bar: How were you driving?!?!

--Heartland Brewery

Enthusiastic cowboy-hat wearing teen tourist, indicating subway car: We need one a these in Texas!
Friend, sullenly: We got no place to go in Texas.

--1 Train

From Overheard in New York

Somali thugs try something new

British Tourist, Kidnapped in Kenya, May Be in Central Somalia

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Public service announcement

Estimated taxes are due tomorrow.

(I, however, am not sending in a thing because I've done enough of my 2010 taxes to know that I greatly overpaid for last year.)

Thuggery spreads to the other side of the continent

23 sailors kidnapped in tanker attack in W. Africa

Sunday, September 11, 2011

9/11, ten years after

I worked across the street from the World Trade Center. I was there on 9/11. I have written of my experiences previously, so there's no need to do it again.

There are recent developments I could write about, such as Mayor Bloomberg's call to stop using the term "ground zero" for the World Trade Center (which I applaud), to a movement to put the twin towers on New York license plates (to which I object), but they are relatively trivial. I prefer to write about something much more important.

My feelings today are a mixture of resignation and hope. Resignation that we continue to let the media and politicians exploit the attacks for their own purposes. Hope that perhaps, with the opening of the memorial, we will be able to de-emphasize the mourning of the families of the victims, and view the events of 9/11 in a less-emotional perspective.

Before the attacks, most Americans felt safe, at least from foreign attack. On 9/11, their beliefs were shattered. They wanted to feel safe again. In less than a day, Mayor Giuliani's control-freak management style went from laughing stock to just-what-the-doctor-ordered. He went from lame-duck mayor, four months from political oblivion, to a national figure with presidential potential. His performance has become legend--literally. I have heard a Circle Line tour guide tell people that Giuliani escaped from the city's emergency control center in 7 World Trade only moments before it fell. In truth, he never set foot in the ridiculously-located place any time that day, and the entire building was evacuated long before it collapsed.

Lamentable as it was, Giuliani's political resurrection was far from the worst effect of the attack. It enabled the federal government, via the Patriot Act, to greatly undermine our privacy. Our phone calls, especially international ones, are under electronic surveillance. So are our e-mails. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the government's expanded powers. Yet most Americans seem quite content to give up their freedom from government spying, in exchange for feeling safer.

Now, ten years later, perhaps the nation can move beyond the mourning by the families of the lost. Perhaps now we can start to objectively analyze the huge loss of privacy that Americans have suffered in exchange for the hope of increased safety. Perhaps now we can come to the realization that the terrorists win when they maneuver us into giving up our freedoms.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Micro movie review

Contagion--catch this one.

Happy Consecutive Day!

I almost missed this.

It's 9/10/11.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Another classical flash mob

I wish there were more shots of the musicians arriving. Somehow the harps, tympani, even the conductor's podium just appeared.

HT to The Bilerico Project

Monday, September 05, 2011

Semi-random thoughts

  • I was looking for a tiny brush to clean out the holes in a plastic spatula. I found some on Amazon, designed to clean out baby bottle parts. Now Amazon is suggesting I buy all kinds of baby bottle apparatus.
  • I have installed WordPerfect version 15 (I don't care if they call it X5). This is at least my 6th version since I switched from DOS to Windows. Now I'll be able to read .docx documents, and edit PDF files. People keep chiding me about sticking with WordPerfect, but I like it. My only problem comes from file conversion issues like .docx files.
  • It is sometimes surprisingly difficult to determine what state a news website is covering. A good number have it nowhere in their logos, their about us pages, even on their contact us pages--an amazing number give only e-mail addresses. There have been occasions when the only way I could figure it out was from the addresses in the advertisements.
  • It's always sad when a restaurant you've enjoyed for many years starts going downhill.
  • I saw a headline that said "Germany Dominates Austria" and I wondered if I had somehow gotten a newspaper from the 1930's. But it was only the soccer column in the New York Times' sports section.

Micro movie review

The Debt: Gripping? Yes. Believable? Well...

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Plat du jour

Either BELARUS was taken, or they can't spell.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

My new hair

This is my new hair. Everyone seems to love it. I was afraid it might not be businessy enough for my bar association board, but people raved about it there.

These are also my new glasses. At least they're new since June.

The picture is pretty good. It's not quite as good as the old one, which I think was taken at the absolutely perfect angle (and showed me with a very nice, non-posed smile), but it's close.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene is heading my way--though I have to wonder if it will still officially be a hurricane when it gets here. According to, the highest windspeed predicted for my zipcode is only 47mph.

I'm certainly not evacuating. While New York City has ordered everyone out of the lowest-lying areas, "Zone 1," I'm not even close to the highest evacuation zone--"Zone 3." I'm sure I'll be quite safe right at home.

I did get some extra cash, and filled up a bathtub with water, just in case the electricity goes out. (You read that right--buildings over a certain height here need water tanks on the roof to supply water to the higher floors, and the tanks are filled by electric pumps. So, no electricity, no water, at least not after the tank empties.) I know I have plenty of batteries and some candles, and an emergency radio I can power with a hand crank.

I also checked the emergency food supply my wife put together a while ago. I was a bit shocked to find what was in there. I don't care how many cans of peaches and green beans there are, I think I want more than a 1.3oz can of tuna each day in the protein department. So I went to the supermarket (an hour before it closed), and got some cans of chunky soup.

They shut down the entire NYC mass transit system at noon today--which I think was a bit early. While I realize it can take 6 to 8 hours to move all of the trains to safe locations, I don't see anything in the weather forecast that would interfere with the trains very much before at least midnight. Mayor Bloomberg and company are being over-cautious, after the major criticism they received about the city's poor response to a snow storm last winter. I also have to wonder if Bloomberg realizes that many people do actually go to work on Saturday, and had no way to get home this afternoon.

It did start to rain a half an hour or so ago, not terribly hard from what I hear through the window--though they have added a tornado watch to the things people have to worry about. The rain seems to have tapered off. The forecast says there's a 100% chance of it continuing for the next 9 hours or so, before the probability starts to decrease. But then the winds will pick up, with the maximum 47mpg at 8:00am, and remaining near that until noon. We'll see how good the prediction is.

UPDATE 1:22am Sunday, 9/25: It looks like the website is having problems, and the wind is going to be much heavier than it says. Accuweather now says 68mph on the front side at 10am, 71mph on the backside at 2pm. This storm is going to be worse than I thought.

Semi-random thoughts

  • One day, for half the afternoon I was in and out, running errands, and the summer relief doorman was always jumping up to open the door or scrambling to grab the elevator for me, always super-polite. What he failed to do was the important thing: to give me the package I've been waiting for, which was delivered in the morning.
  • Another doorman failure to deliver: upon returning Monday morning from my Sunday night outing, the doorman gave me a package that must have come on Saturday. It contained make-up, which I could have used Sunday, but the Saturday night doorman failed to give it to me. 
  • My blog recently got a hit from someone in Abbottobad, Pakistan. That's where Osama Bin Laden was hiding.
  • When I get a campaign mailing that doesn't mention the candidate's party affiliation, I know it's about a Republican.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Maybe add another jerk

Well, maybe only a semi-jerk.

Pataki Visit Stirs Speculation About Presidential Bid

Pataki to visit Iowa ahead of possible 2012 bid

He is what passes for a moderate Republican these days. This means he has zero chance of winning his party's nomination. Also, there is the factor that I kept saying about him four years ago: He is a household name only in the Pataki household. Practically no one outside of New York, and not all that many inside New York, has any idea who he is, save for a few professional politicians.

I will say this for him, though: I doubt there is a better public speaker in politics. In 2002 he spoke at the reopening of my then-employer's building across the street from the World Trade Center, and I was really struck by how well he communicated, even though I disagreed with a great deal of what he was saying.

UPDATE: Former Governor George Pataki Won’t Enter 2012 Presidential Race

Earthquake? What earthquake?

I didn't feel anything, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The only time I ever felt an earthquake was in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1968 or 69.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Micro movie review

The Help: Start engraving the Oscars.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

One jerk eliminated

Of course, all of the Repugnant candidates seem to be jerks of the greater or lesser variety.

Ex-Minn. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ends White House bid

Official announcement

I am no longer a blonde.

I have switched to raven black. I tried black hair many years ago, and I didn't like it. I stayed away from it ever since, going from brown, to brown with auburn highlights, to medium blond with highlights and lowlights. I got the black wig for a costume last spring. People liked it. I started wearing it occasionally. People kept liking it. I began to like it, especially after I got my haircutter to trim the bangs. Now I've decided it's my regular look.

I'll post a picture when I get a decent one.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Now we are 6

Six years ago today I started this blog. There have been 2,067 posts, drawing nearly 87,000 visitors. I haven't had time to blog much the last few weeks, but this should improve a bit before too long.

Happy anniversary to my glob!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Micro movie review

Cowboys and Aliens: More totally ridiculous fun

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Plat du jour

Stickers? I dunno.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Plat du jour

We know what s/he's on.