Friday, November 30, 2007
We almost crossed paths in New York and then Baltimore, but it never quite worked out. Finally after about five years (and randomly running into one of our mutual friends in Las Vegas), Ja and J have reunited. And I have proof!
Monday, November 26, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
And there are congrats in order for Jon's brother, Matt. Looooook who's got a Fallen ad!
Monday, November 19, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Last night I attended a lecture with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh. Captivating, to say the least.
I wasn't quite sure as to why there were several armed police officers patrolling the grounds. Maybe it was to ensure that we were all properly fingerprinted and photographed
I've had my reservations with Mr. Hersh coming into the lecture. Primarily questions about how he gets his sources, and if his latest dramatic writings do in fact reflect the state of our country. Not only did he dispel my skepticism, he also gave me new insight as to what I think of the world today.
If you clicked on the link I posted with his name above, you'll notice (or may have already known) his exposure of the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam. He explained in his lecture that the soldiers that took part in the killings weren't bad people (he rally emphasized that), but instead young men put in a position where they are no longer human beings but machines. "They're on the buddy system over there," he said. "When you put someone in a position where several of his buddies were ambushed and killed, that person is going to want kill something- someone. It's just human nature, you know, revenge." He went on to say that he did not defend what these soldiers did, and admitted they were horrible acts that they had to be held accountable for. He's just saying that they aren't bad people.
Hersh used My Lai as a stepping stone to bridge the similarities with that war, and the war we're currently fighting. He wrote a very emotional piece regarding the prison at Abu Gharaib. I'll let you search for that yourself if you decide to, but be warned. It is very disturbing.
He told us a story last night about how his highly decorated friend in the Jewish military (who "hates Plaestinians and Arabs") told him that as much as he hates Arabs, they would never humiliate them by sexual assault. I'll keep this short, but Hersh describes the prison as having Arabs (young and old) left nude in their cells when it's written explicitly in the Qur'an about the teachings of nudity. Basically, it's an deep insult that we're leaving them like that, and Hersh's friend says we'll be paying for these atrocities. "Take their eye, arm, leg off, but do not humiliate them sexually."
Hersh emphasized that what we're going to see in the wake of this war is "a wave of very troubled" individuals. He reported that not only is the military handing out sleep aid Ambien, but now distributing anti-depressant Zoloft, much to the dismay of the crowd.
I'll let you decide on your own how you feel about these pressing issues, or you can just ignore that they are there. Someone asked, "Seymour, is there any hope?"
"Of course there's hope," he exclaimed.
"Read more, think more. There is definitely hope."
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Before I go to bed, let me just say that Leslie Feist has one of the most beautiful and serene voices I've ever been in concert of. Aside from her singing, her normal voice is KOST 103.5 passable.
If I could, I would run to a faraway with her vocal chords and make sweet offspring. Yes, with her vocal chords.
I'd have little J's with angelic voices. The rest of her body is welcome to join if it pleases.
But back to Feist..Her music is very exceptional (yes, she's got more than "That Apple Song"), and seeing her live verifies, at least to me, how gifted she is not only vocally, but lyrically as well.
Monday, November 12, 2007
This is exactly why we can't hold construction men in the same esteem as firefighters.
They couldn't have stamped a stereotype any harder than they did with these toys. Reminds me of that Simpsons episode...
Homer: They turned the Navy into a floating joke. They ruined all our best names like Bruce and Lance and Julian. Those were the toughest names we had! Now they're just...
Homer: Yeah, and that's another thing! I resent you people using that word. That's our word for making fun of you! We need it!
And in trying to search for that tiny screenshot, I was led to this.
Rosco: I want all of you to say hello to the Simpsons.
Steel Mill Workers: Halloooooww!
Homer: Has the whole world gone insane?
Guy: Stand still, there's a spark in your hair!
Guy #2: Get it, get it!
Guy #3: Hot stuff, comin' through
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
last couple pools of potential jurors.
What I dont understand is why everything in this room is so bland. How's about maybe some life in this room, and maybe people can look forward to getting that letter in the mail. You could tell from the group here who is intentionally trying I get dismissed by looks alone. I've seen confederate flag shirts, neckbraces, and even people wearing shorts- when there are specific signs instructing not to wear them.
I should have planned this out more thoroughly. Lynyrd Skynyrd shirt, dual arm casts, and some Hooters shorts would have done it.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Monday, November 5, 2007
First, why is it called "Dance Dance?" Why two? Does the second justify the overall silliness of the game?
Second, why do some insist on spending their days at Disneyland in the arcade?
Like I said earlier, this kid was profusely sweating. It almost looked like he just got done with a marathon.
(Note his right arm bracing the safety bar. He is also in what DDR enthusiasts call, "The Power Stance.")
(Note that now both hands are braced; stabilizing his body and allowing maximum torque for his waist to move his legs across the directional pads. I'm told that the grip he's using here on the bars is called a "Continental.")
(Note the overall intensity shown not only in his stomp, but in his facial expressions also. DDR greats must master a fine balance between skill, physical power, extraordinary hand-feet coordination, and most importantly- fierceness. "DDR Champions are not born, but made.")
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Not only did we use tape, but we used flyers from his new videography company to help stabilize the mirror to the car.
And if anyone needs his services (weddings, special events, pretty much anything), let him know! His work is awesome, just like the tape job Joe and I made.
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