Sunday, December 29, 2013

Micro movie review

American Hustle: The highly fictional I'm sure story of a couple of con-artists and their involvement with a very ambitious FBI agent using them for his own purposes, the Abscam operation. Highly entertaining, if a bit long. The plot doesn't always hold together (especially as to the law), and the con-man's wife's personality is very inconsistent. But it's still an enjoyable film.

Friday, December 27, 2013

From the Worldwide Communication Is Cheap file

Our housecleaner went back to Colombia for 5 weeks for dental work (it's much cheaper than here). Her sister is now here as her substitute. I believe her sister just called her in Colombia for instructions.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Animal headline of the day

Deer makes appearance at Pa. sporting goods store

Micro movie review

Philomena: Judi Dench plays a woman looking for the son she was forced to give up for adoption (and forced to work in a convent for having) in 1950's Ireland. This is based on a true story. A bit of a tearjerker, fairly well done. It certainly showcased the abuses of the Catholic Church and some of its later efforts to cover-up what it had done.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Today's news round-up

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Another Christmas flash mob

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Plat du jour

Sure is the car? I don't know.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Friday, November 08, 2013

Plat du jour--guest submission

why, oh why, oh why, oh --
why did i ever leave Ohio?

From Wonderful Town.

I know why I left Ohio.

Found by Joanne.

Monday, November 04, 2013

Animal headline of the day

Ohio zoo using beagle to detect bear pregnancies

Sounds good, but is it correct?

From Americans Against the Tea Party on Facebook.

An excellent illustration of our screwed up tax system, but I have to wonder how that last number was calculated.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Plat du jour

Is it still 2006 in the UK?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Semi-random thoughts

  • I'm always a little angry when someone writes "Here, here!" It's "Hear, hear!"
  • When burlesque performers have moving sales they post things like, "I will mostly have clothes, shoes, costumes, a few tables, wired shelves and a 6 ft tall carrot." UPDATE: I realize I have actually sat on that carrot (it's like a pillow). She had it at one of her shows.
  • I could never be a plumber. For one thing, my arms aren't long enough.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jelly Belly chairman funds anti-trans effort; NCTE wants to talk to him

Jelly Belly Chairman Rowland: Meet With Us

LGBT Groups Take On Jelly Belly Chairman For Anti-Transgender Referendum Donation

Animal headline of the day

Iowa college says squirrel vandalized bicycle

West African thugs active

Pirates seize two Americans off Nigeria's coast

Today's news round-up

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

Attention New York City tourists

Just one update. We filled up Staten Island with our garbage, so now we take it to New Jersey.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Autumnal Equinox!

The sun is directly over the equator, and it is now officially fall. (I guess it's the Vernal Equinox in the southern hemisphere, as they enter spring there.)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Semi-random thoughts

  • Fresh Direct sends an e-mail after they pack your order, listing the quantity ordered and the quantity being delivered for each item, the exact weight for the pay by weight items, etc. My current e-mail states that I ordered 2 red peppers, but they're only going to deliver 1.95.
  • I just put in my application for a Medicare Advantage plan. Even though my prescription costs will be higher, I estimate I will be saving around $10,000 per year (after taxes) over my current individual health insurance.
  • From the Jumping the Gun Department: An e-mail from McAfee with the subject "Renew Your McAfee Security Today" says "Security Expires Soon." My subscription expires on March 16, 2014.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Public service announcement

Estimated taxes are due tomorrow.

Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30, Officials 0

I can accept a loss when the other team out-plays us. But when mistakes (and I do mean plural) by the officials in the final seconds of the game deprive us of the chance to try for the win, that's unacceptable. (Arizona State 32, Wisconsin 30, Officials 0)

UPDATE: Pac-12 reprimands officials

Monday, September 09, 2013

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today's news round-up

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Semi-random thoughts

  • I'm used to seeing e-mails that start, "Dear [firstname]," but "Hi Default Value," that's a new one.
  • One of the downsides to a cordless mouse is when you go too far, it falls all the way to the floor.
  • I got my 2014-2015 monthly planner recently. I already had 11 events to put in. One of them was actually in 2015.

Animal headline of the day

1,200 Calif. chickens to retire on the East Coast

UPDATE: Rescued Hens Fly Cross-Country, No Flapping Required, to Find New Lives

Monday, September 02, 2013

Micro movie review

Blue Jasmine: Aside from a sure Oscar nomination for Cate Blanchett, pointless.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Animal headline of the day

2 kittens that stopped NYC subway service found
Who says New York City doesn't have a heart?

Louisiana chimpanzee wins 1st prize in art contest
When I saw this headline, I assumed the chimp was competing against humans.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Today's news round-up--Nothing very good

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Semi-random thoughts

  • Fedex hates me. I firmly believe they looked at a map of the upper east side of Manhattan and said, where can we put our drop boxes so they're all 9 blocks away from Caprice? It's this beautiful semi-circle with Central Park on one side.
  • I received an e-mail asking me to sign a petition directed to a Catholic bishop in Wisconsin. I'm sure he is really going to be swayed by a Jewish atheist from New York. Not. 
  • Today I had my annual bone density scan. Getting strapped into position was serious (if brief) bondage fun.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Plat du jour

Happy anniversary to my glob!

Today is the eighth anniversary of this blog. As of this writing it's had 120,728 visitors! I must be doing something right.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Semi-random thoughts

  • When I get a phone call, and I don't recognize the number, I'm going to let it go to voicemail. So if anyone really wants to talk to me, they have to leave me a message.
  • It would be impossible for my wife and me to ever break up--we're such a good team. Tonight she asked me to remind her to put more Tylenol in her pill case when we got home. When we did get home all I could remember was that I was supposed to remind her of something. But that was enough for her to remember what it was.
  • Retired WQXR host Lloyd Moss died last weekend. I loved listening to him. I wrote a post when he retired.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Current status

I'm on vacation in the Berkshires. Don't expect me to post very much for the next 8 days or so.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ghost town

The Upper East Side is empty on summer weekends. Lots of parking, no lines in the supermarket. Of course, I'll also be away the next two weekends.Photo: The Upper East Side is empty on summer weekends. Lots of parking, no lines in the supermarket. Of course, I'll also be away the next two weekends.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Gov. Perry, don't fuck with New York

Recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been trying to lure New York-based businesses to move to his state. Comedian Lewis Black responded via The Daily Show:

Today's news round-up

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Happy St. Swithin's Day!

It's St. Swithin's Day, which British folklore says will predict the next 40 days' weather. If you believe this, and it's raining, start building an ark fast.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Bastille Day!

It's Bastille Day, which marks the beginning of the French Revolution in 1789--their 4th of July.

And happy anniversary to Helen and Rachel, and happy birthday to Johanna!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

A handful of OK TFLNs from the last couple days

(617): I just stood still on a stair at the train station expecting it to go down automatically like an escalator... Today's going to be a good day

(905): Why is my fridge empty save for a basketball???

(306): the bad thing about being great at twerking is that I'm powerless to stop myself from doing it when I'm drunk and in public.

(801): Girls at BYU need to learn how to handle a penis. I swear my date last night was trying to pull it off my body to use later.

Cartoon of the day

Rhymes with Orange

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Again, Fossella :rolleyes:

With two NY politicians who resigned after sex scandals now trying comebacks, I suppose it was inevitable that someone would dredge up former Congressmember Vito Fossella. I've blogged about him several times over the years, the most recent here. He's still being sensible--but still makes no promises about a possible comeback in the future. Hopefully, both Weiner and Spitzer will lose, and that will discourage Fossella. But I'm not holding my breath.

Today's news round-up

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Just a couple good TFLNs today

(425): Waking up at a teachers house is a very confusing thing

(707): Would jacking off with Benadryl cream be good or bad for the poison oak on my dick?

Headline of the day

Knife-Wielding Thief Steals $56 of Toilet Paper from Fairway Market: Cops

Wouldn't it have been easier just to steal some Kaopectate?

Today's news round-up--it's all good

Keep checking back. I add things to this during the day.

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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

It's TFLN time

(978): So your brother is gay after all... Just caught him making out with my brother... Apparently he's gay too

(631): He is so sweet! He thanks me for sending him dirty pix. I should keep him.

(713): Like, you've got the smoothest dick in the west. Do you moisturize?
(1-713): Yes I do

(630): I woke up in a tow truck cuddling plan b. Can you pick me up?

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Monday, July 08, 2013

Not much in the TFLN department today

(775): The lady at walmart just said she is so happy im still alive....Was i that drunk on the 4th? Dont answer that

(512): Had a turkey baster with clean pee in it in my pants to pass a drug test, and the bottom fell off, so yeah I'm pretty pissed.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

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Two weeks of TFLNs

(360): A baby just tried to pull out his mom's huge tits at work today and nearly succeeded. I was silently cheering for the little guy.

(646): I'm at a restaurant. I am NOT about to discuss my asshole over the phone.

(804): the last time I drank tequila I ended up riding your skateboard nude down the street... so yeah, I'll have a few shots.

(570): Just fucked up my mustache shaving, gonna have to take it off because now it makes me look like a pedophile
(1-570): FYI your old mustache made you look like a pedophile

(423): Stripper just cleaned my glasses with her nipple...

(215): I told you alcohol was flammable, but you didn't believe me until you tried to extinguish your sparkler by submerging it in vodka and the bottle burst into flames.

(240): You also thought the cure to hiccups was drowning yourself (and you were right)

(407): When you're a bigshot ER surgeon and I'm a starving artist, I want you to remember who held your hair last night.


(416): Happy Birhtday!
(289): Dad, it's 3am and it's not my birthday... wherever you are, go home

(614): I am slightly proud of the fact his mom turns on the dryer located behind the spare bedroom EVERY time we visit!

(618): Those drunk pictures you took of me? My mom is showing those to my grandparents.

(570): If you really loved me, you'd support my weed habit.
(1-570): As the person who squeezed you out of my vagina, the answer is no.


(785): Woke up in the middle of my kitchen clutching a cheesy gordita crunch

(612): I woke up with my panties in the cat food dish, and everything covered in honey and bruises.

(305): I woke up with my name tag for work still on my shirt. It was a rough night.

(703): Are you alive?
(1-703): I woke up under the pier.

(727): Sorry about waking up naked in your bed this morning.

(212): Hey guys guess what I found in my bed this morning? I wish it was a man..but it was a potato

(720): We are no longer allowed to have pre 4th party week. I woke up with a donut stuck to my face and 'MILF' written in black marker on my stomach.
(1-720): Mother of the Year

(978): But I did spend part of my morning scrubbing your cum off my grandmothers piano.


(972): Hungover, threw up in a cosmetic case in my car this morning.  This is real life.

(518): I am in the bathroom at work, pooing while eating pretzels. Hungover Fridays are in full effect

(337): How's the hangover?
(1-337): I've been begging my dog to mercy kill me for over an hour. He has this look like he might do it, you know, as my best friend should.

(713): I woke up with a massive hangover and realized I still had an entire bottle of tequila in my yeah, working on tomorrow's hangover.

(306): I swear to god, my hangover cure is a green tea and a 15 minute twerkout. works every time


(405): No foreplay. Missionary. Too quick. And he owns a fedora.
(405): I almost fell asleep reading that.
(405): I almost fell asleep fucking it.

(406): The golf course isn't that incognito for sex.

(850): so...the lady doing my pedi totally noticed the human bite marks on my calf. Who says marriage ends your sex life? Love u!


(630): Prop 8 repealed and I FINALLY got my period. Good day for America!!!