Thursday, November 30, 2006

Shiny objects

I find a lot of things interesting. And thus I get easily distracted. Here is what's on my mind--or entertaining it ever so slightly:
  • 50 Greatest Commercials of the 80's: all gathered, complete with YouTube files, in one place. Hours of fun, :30 seconds at a time. (update: 50 more)
  • FlickrDown lets you download entire photo sets, or a photographer's entire oeuvre, on Flickr. Particularly useful for downloading hot high school reunion pics.
  • Ben Folds continues to r-o-c-k in the USA, most recently at a NYC gig that I was able to enjoy. My buddy Bob J. long ago summed up why Ben's music resonates better than I ever could.
  • Cover songs - better, faster, more!
  • Finally, my nephew knows what he likes:

    Bob Dylan & Ben

    I predict great things for him.

Monday, October 30, 2006

The definition of transfix

It's no great proclamation that people will post anything on YouTube. But when you find a video of a professional colleague flawlessly shooting jumpshots on a ramshackle court, well then attention must be paid.

Friday, September 29, 2006

I tell anyone who'll listen

  • That your money should be in an online savings account like Banks give you 1.22% interest on average, while these online banks give you over 5% and more liquidity than a baby's diaper. I don't know why more people don't do this. Maybe because it all sounds like a spam subject line: MAKE MORE MONEY ONLINE - $$$/MONTH!!!

    Footnote: I was parking my money in an ING Direct account, but their rates haven't kept up with the competition. Shop around if you're still using them. If you're a USAA member, their rates beat the competition Abu Gharib-style.

  • That the East Lyme High School Class of 1996 reunion is Friday, November 24th. It will be good times.

  • Reading Leaving Microsoft to Change the World will make you want to stop whatever you're doing and start doing something that matters. Failing that, you'll want to support the good work of Room to Read.

  • Aquafresh Extreme Clean toothpaste makes my mouth an exciting place to be.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Watermelon is not art

It is delicious.

Banquet managers of the world, please treat it as such.

The last two weddings we've attended have used watermelons as a fruit platter centerpiece and, criminally, not included wedges for eating.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

When marrying in Jersey...

Huppah Loompa ...vendors are going to milk you dry, dairy cow-style. Still, I highly recommend these companies not only for their below-average prices but for their above-average talent and pleasing demeanors:

Milan Photography - if you like the photojournalism approach, he's your man. Milan (his lack of last name adds to his aura) and his assistant took over 2,000 pictures, and he personally designs each album. No cookie cutter templates, and you get to use more than 100 pictures in the final book. He's the best-kept secret of the Jersey wedding business.

Villanovisions Video - Having seen plenty of slow-paced, dimly-lit wedding videos over time, I was anti-video. That is until I saw what Villano did at four of our friends' weddings. He gets the right shots and makes the right edits so that the final video entertains as it breezes by.

Inkspun - for calligraphy on envelopes or place cards, I dare you to find a better deal.

These vendors need no recommendation--all are firmly established as Jersey wedding money-making machines--but if you're going to splurge on something, then consider:

But the details are where the magic happens. We probably got more compliments on having beverage plate clips during our cocktail hour than for anything else.

So yes, you're going get milked, but by working with these people, you won't mind all that lactation.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

To love, honor, and cherish

I'm getting married on Monday. And bring your umbrella and poncho, because the forecast calls for love.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Found at an urban airport

An autographed glossy of Walter "Killer" Kowalski, posted here in the hope that its original owner can find some closure.

Killer Kowalski

Sunday, May 28, 2006

One year of blog

It's been exactly one year since my first post here. This calls for a celebration. For the next hour, drinks are on me, and appetizers are half-price.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Everybody has a story

Hundreds of people come in and out of your life each day. There are the constants that you're tight with, and those who pass by casually, never making an impression. And then there are the ones you see all the time but never really connect with. They are as mysterious as they are familiar; you don't know their story, but you wonder sometimes what goes on in their world.

For instance, if you're the guy who delivers the mail at my office, you perform a Beatles lip sync revue at nights under the stage name of Harry Casper.

What else goes on when I'm not around?

Monday, April 03, 2006

Comedy circa 1994

I made this using Paintbrush on Windows 3.1 sometime in the mid-90's:

The laughs have yet to cease.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Kings of their castles

Making your way in the world today, it has been said, takes everything you've got. And working for the man will take whatever's left over. But working for yourself isn't any easier, and so I salute these acquaintances for doing it day in and day out, sometimes on the side but mainly full time:
May these links boost your Google site rankings and keep the wheels of commerce headed out on your highways.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Ladies of Song from A to Z

I know a man who once tried to record an album solely of songs about specific women. He got far, but a few letters/ladies eluded him. Below I offer his playlist and ask you, the blogosphere, to fill in the blanks or offer alternate tracks.

Ground rule: the name must be in the title, they needn't be love songs, but wherever possible, the singer should be male.

A Allison Elvis Costello Angie
B Barbara Ann The Beach Boys Billie Jean
C Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond Cecila
D Donna The Misfits
E Come on Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners Eleanor Rigby
F Fran

G Gloria The Doors

I Goodnight Irene Leadbelly
J Sweet Jane Lou Reed
Hey Jude
K Kate Ben Folds
L Layla Derek & the Dominos Lady Madonna
M Maybelline Chuck Berry Michelle, Maggie May

Nikita, Nancy Whiskey
O Ophelia The Band

P Polly Nirvana
Q Queen Jane Approximately
Bob Dylan

R Roxanne The Police Help Me Rhonda
S Sussudio Phil Collins
T (Tina's Got A) Big 'Ole Butt LL Cool J

V Victoria
W Windy The Association

Y Oh Yoko John Lennon
Z Legend of Zelda theme Nintendo

Cast your ballots in the comments below.

Update: two commenters have more than filled in the gaps.

Friday, January 13, 2006


I've written short plays for school before, but I could never write dialogue this insightful, telling and true:
MALE: Whatcha gonna do with all that junk; all that junk inside your trunk?

FEMALE: I'm a get get get get you drunk, Get you love drunk off my humps.
To paraphrase James Lipton, if you have not bought the Black Eyed Peas' CD, buy it, turn off the lights, listen to it, it will change your life!