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2nd-Aug-2010 05:31 pm - Brief Update, Old Guy Radio
Haven't really posted or commented much in the last week or so. Part of it is the new work schedule - other part is our horrible summer weather, combined with multiple extended power outages caused by horrible, tree-snapping thunderstorms.

Other than that, am doing well. And, after one month of driving, continue to recommend the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. Am getting roughly 30 MPG in pretty spirited driving.

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Realize it's been awhile since I've posted. Took a different job within my company, that has placed me in a different job location and on a radically different work schedule. And while the job is rewarding and the new schedule has many benefits, it has posed quite a challenge to my very confused body clock. I'm finally now getting around to posting pictures from my vacation. Click here for photos. The sequences include:
  • The Cabin in Flagstaff, where we stayed

  • The Grand Canyon, taken from the South rim, on the main viewing points on the western half of the park

  • Oak Creek Canyon and the road to Sedona

I do not, however, have many photos of either the Red Rocks, or the wildfire that later kept me out of my cabin and away from my precious things. I was all clicked out by that point, not havig much patience or interest in photography. Rest assured, no harm came. I was able to gather back my stuff, and even recovered some of my precious foodstuffs and potables.

Had a good 4th of July that would have been better if my team didn't stink. Rooting for a better outcome when I take my dad to the game Weds. vs. the Padres.
We got cable at the end of 1988. Around the time I was prepping for my Bar Mitzvah - I was more likely to distract myself with Mike Tyson's Punch-Out than MTV. I mostly only watched the mainstream videos.

Every so often, as I got a little more mature as a listener, I would stay up later to watch 120 mins... and not just the headbanger stuff. One of the bands I really liked was Concrete Blonde...

Concrete Blonde - Joey

Concrete Blonde - Everybody Knows

"Joey" was their biggest hit, a song about singer Johnette Napolitano's relationship with an alcoholic. "Everybody Knows" a cover of the Leonard Cohen song, from the movie "Pump Up the Volume". I find Napolitano a compelling vocalist, with both her voice and ability to manipulate it. Comparing Cohen's spare arrangement to Concrete Blonde's lush version - I much prefer the Cover. I imagine Cohen intended a flat effect, but I find Napolitano's interpretation far more compelling.

I don't feel like they have an especially deep catalog, but I think these two songs in particular are pretty timeless (though the Joey video is pretty hackneyed) Given the national news these days, "Everybody Knows" doesn't sound more than a week old, does it...
23rd-Jun-2010 03:05 pm - Home!
For those wondering, am finally home.

Landed in Baltimore yesterday around 1600 EST, hung out with my siblings. All was well. Went to drive home and my car died on me.

Fortunately, wasn't too far from their place, so big sis and brother-in-law (he's married to younger sis) picked me up and brought me back to big sis while the car got towed.

I'm a few $$$ lighter thanks to rescheduled flights and broke down cars, but at least I'm back home and the car is working again.
8th-Jun-2010 11:31 pm - Merry Strasburgmas
So, it turns out the kid is pretty good. His curveball makes me physically ill. This is awesome.
6th-Jun-2010 07:27 pm - Oh my aching back...
I appear to have done something to offend...

Was at a birthday party for the twin three-year-olds of a family friend. Don't know what I did or when, but suddenly, my lower back seems to have caught fire.

Actually, I'm back at home and doing quite fine now. You know, as long as I don't move. Otherwise, it's burning pain from my left hip joint into the center of my lower back.

Today's strategy involves Motrin PM, Icy Hot, and sleep...
27th-May-2010 11:13 pm - That Huge TV Meme - Part III
TV Meme - Day 3 and Conclusion.

In discussing credit sequences, I would be remiss if I didn't also bring up the closing credits to TWiB (This Week in Baseball) featuring the fanfare tune "Gathering Crowds" which played over a montage of highlights closing on a tracking shot of the spin of a curveball in slow motion.

On to my - dare I say it - final answers:

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24th-May-2010 11:43 pm - That Huge TV Meme - Part I
There's a 30 Question, 1/day meme going around re:Television shows. Well, I believe in instant gratification, so I'll be posting in three parts, for 10 answers per:

Though I mostly only talk about BtVS in this space, some readers may be surprised to learn that I am, first and foremost, a sitcom guy.

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23rd-May-2010 10:23 pm - Classic 8-Bit
Am I the only person hopelessly addicted to Super Mario Bros. Crossover?
13th-May-2010 08:45 pm - Hockey Playoffs, Fandoms
It occurs that I should elaborate on yesterday's post. (Suck it, Crosby!)

I was linked to a post in musesfool on sports fans and schadenfruede - itself a comment on the Slate article "Why we root for underdogs."

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Too bad I'm too lazy to refine this into a study of actual merit/quality. Somebody could do some quality school work on this theme.
9th-May-2010 10:41 pm - Ubiquitous Commercial Fandom
Is it weird that my current favorite ship is "Flo, the Progressive Insurance Vendor"/"Old Spice 'I'm on a Horse' Guy"
28th-Apr-2010 08:38 pm - Hockey Playoffs
What's red, white and blue, and plays golf in May?
15th-Apr-2010 07:27 pm - Things that I am Caring About Today
1. NHL Playoffs are underway.

2. Hot Tub Time Machine. Not a great movie or anything. Could have been better, done more with the premise, no Back To the Future. But still fun to watch. Sebastian Stan amuses me.

3. Still using my Netbook as a daily machine while I wait for a replacement motherboard for my desktop PC. This is suboptimal.
My cousin will be making her debut at Carnegie Hall on Friday, April 23rd. She'll be singing with renowned professional choir Musica Sacra in Mozart's Mass in C Minor.

Date: Friday, April 23, 2010
Time: 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Carnegie Hall, New York

My cousin is a lovely singer, with a long background in music and this is her first major gig since moving to NYC quite some time ago. I'm very proud of her. While I understand most people aren't particularly inclined or otherwise free to see her show - I'm not averse to a bit of shameless plugging for the family.
6th-Apr-2010 10:51 pm - Computer Update
Have taken in my computer to be looked at - initial diagnosis is that the motherboard failed. Waiting for full assessment, and then I get to decide whether I want to fix that or cannibalize for parts and just get a new machine. Yay.

In other news, "The Good Wife" is a really good show. I very much enjoyed tonight's episode.
4th-Apr-2010 01:58 pm - Vista Fail
Tried to wake up my computer from sleep mode the other day - monitor never came back on.

Connected monitor to a different computer, and it works. So apparently, I have a situation where my PC, on boot up, is not recognizing the presence of a monitor. (DVI Without any sort of display, this makes troubleshooting extremely hard.

Anybody ever heard of this one?
1st-Apr-2010 06:55 pm - Passover
Honestly, I really can't tell the difference with this new and improved pizza from Domino's.
17th-Mar-2010 09:02 pm - NCAA Tourney Bracket Reminder
Reminder. You have until Thursday, Noon EST to sign up for the NCAA Bracket Challenge. See this post for more info.

Be there, or Elijah Dukes will cut you.
16th-Mar-2010 11:15 pm - NCAA Tourney
Reminder. You have until Thursday, Noon EST to sign up for the NCAA Bracket Challenge. See this post for more info.

Be there, or Ovi will check you into the boards.
28th-Feb-2010 07:43 pm - CAN 3, USA 2
Caps, Hockey
I hate Sidney Crosby.
23rd-Feb-2010 07:20 pm - Olympians, More Hockey
Caps, Hockey
From the Slate article, Cold Reality, by a former ice skater who tried out for but did not make the U.S. team in the 1980s...
You may be wondering what I learned from my competitive experiences. I learned that Olympians are people, too: They're just better and stronger than the rest of us in almost every conceivable way. They do indeed "want it" more, and they don't care how much it hurts. They're muscular and fit as fiddles. They commit to the sport day after day, year after year, without any guarantee that all that hard work will pay off. On game day, they excel. They remain composed and even manage to smile. And maybe there's something even more, some elusive, magical X-factor … but I've obviously never figured it out.

That's what I watch for... to see athletes achieving the pinnacle of human performance. As someone who is just a touch undisciplined, unfocused, and not entirely ambitious, I really admire those qualities in our greatest athletes.

Also, I admire this: (hint, can somebody Icon this for me?)

Watching Alexander Ovechkin blast Jaromir Jagr cannot get old for me. It feels like justice...
(See video highlight, of the whole play, including Evgeni Malkin's goal.)

I am still really looking forward to that Canada-Russia game. It should be a blast. Seriously folks, if you're only going to watch one hockey game this year, or possibly even in your life, it's probably this one.

Unless you can get the Miracle on Ice on tape...
21st-Feb-2010 10:01 pm - Olympic Hockey: USA 5, Canada 3
Caps, Hockey
Do you believe in insignificant upsets! Yes!!!

Edited to Add (02/22): So it turns out, not entirely insignificant - the seeding of the medal rounds mean the US must only beat SUI and CZE/FIN to make the Gold Medal game. Canada will now have to beat GER, RUS and SWE/SVK.
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