[Most Recent Entries]
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|Monday, September 14th, 2009|
|I'm Not A Teenager Anymore (again)
In 1997 the Social Security Administration changed the year of my birth to 199
6. They did not tell me they had done this and I had no reason to ask, so the error went undetected for several years. When I called the mistake to their attention, they conceded that the number had been issued in 1982 and that the original birth year was 196
6 and that there was a history of earnings going back to 1984, but they would not change it until the file had been approved, signed, lost, found, transshipped, misrouted, rerouted, stapled, folded, spindled, and mutilated. Also, I had to supply an ever changing list of documents, some of which (including my US Passport) were later determined to be insufficient proof that I was not a child, but simply childish.
Now, 3 weeks after my "13th" birthday and 3 years after the start of this mess, I am told that the records have been corrected and that I'm old again. I was also told this 2 years ago so this might not stick, but for now I'm an adult.
|Thursday, August 28th, 2008|
|Place your bets...
Every year I make NFL playoff predictions. I was sure that I was the only one in the country who did this, so I either kept them to myself or told them to heather, who didn't care. This year I am making them public for the first time.( Cut, for those who don't careCollapse )
Let the mocking commence!
|Wednesday, August 27th, 2008|
|Wednesday, July 30th, 2008|
|Wednesday, September 5th, 2007|
|Movies I Have Recently Seen
Mr Bean's Holiday:
It was head and shoulders above "Bean," the steaming pile of celluloid that Hollywood shat out in 1997. I really like Mr. Bean, but I really like Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton and The Pink Panther. If you enjoy the TV series, you'll probably like this movie. It's flawed and the ending is absurd, so wait for the DVD. If you don't like the series, you won't like the movie, but you probably knew that.Wizards of the Demon Sword:
A no budget Sword & Sorcery film; the kind I like. Peter Jackson spent more on the opening credits for LOTR than was spent on all of this movie. The acting was poor and the dialog made George Lucas sound like David Mamet. However, the story was pretty good and some bits were actually quite clever; I enjoyed it.Snakes on A Plane:
It will come as no surprise that I hated this. I expected some license to be taken. I didn't mind the Jabberjaw like sharks in "Deep Blue Sea." I was okay with HBO's rewrite of Roman History. However: Snakes aren't shiny. Snakes don't fly through the air to bite their victim. Copperhead bites aren't normally fatal to adults, even if untreated. Cobra bites kill small children very quickly. These technicalities aside, it took over an hour and a half to tell a 20 minute story. There was no sense of suspense, menace or danger. There were just snakes popping out of dark places. It was as exciting as someone saying "BOO!" for an hour. The 1981 film "Venom" is no masterpiece, but it does show you can make a scary movie about a snake.
|Monday, April 30th, 2007|
|The Cruelest Month
I had nearly forgotten that April is National Poetry Month. Below is my contribution.
the simplest form
is difficult to master
five seven then five
|Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007|
|Are my 15 minutes up now?
Some time ago, a woman contacted me about using a picture I made
for the cover of her book. For utterly uninteresing reasons, I ended up having to remake the image from scratch. It was a rush job and I can see several things wrong with it, but the author was happy with it. The book has now been published, and she still claims to be happy with it.
Below is the cover. The lettering and the blue at the top were done by some one else. The three guys, the clouds and the hills are my fault.
|Wednesday, December 6th, 2006|
|Wednesday, March 29th, 2006|
|RIP Stanisław Lem
Stanisław Lem died Monday. He wrote reviews of books that never existed, fairy tales for robots and chronicled the exploits of Ijon Tichy. I will miss him.New York Times Obituary Current Mood: sad
|Tuesday, March 21st, 2006|
|World Poetry Day
It's World Poetry Day
today. My contribution follows.
On a day dedicated to the poem,
The bard said, "I will show 'em
That limericks not bawdy,
Or in anyway naughty,
Will make most readers say 'Ho-hum.'"
|Wednesday, December 7th, 2005|
Last night I was watching The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
(1956). Gregory Peck was carrying a wounded soldier through the jungle when he comes upon a medic played by DeForest Kelley. Kelley says to Peck "This man is dead, Captain."
|Tuesday, September 13th, 2005|
|How Tim McGraw has made me a better curmudgeon
More than once I have said that I want to be a curmudgeon when I grow up. At first this seemed like a simple task; I would just need to get crankier as I aged. Eventually the crankiness would reach the point of supersaturation and begin to crystallize. It would take time, but it was an achievable goal.
Then I met Emmett Watson.
Once while chatting with him he mentioned that he was unhappy that the place at which he wanted to lunch had closed. Having not heard of the restaurant in question I asked him where it was and when it had closed. The restaurant had been closed for almost eight years, but to Emmett the discontent was as fresh as if he had just tried to go there. I knew then that I had a long way to go.
During halftime on Monday Night Football they show highlights of Sunday's games. For several years they have shown this while playing music by some hip-hop artist like Destiny's Child or Nelly, or sometimes a burned out rock band like Aerosmith. I liked the highlights; I hated the music. This season they are using Tim McGraw's "I Like It, I Love It" with the lyrics changed to mention various players and teams. It sucks.
I had never pondered the issue of which I disliked more, country or hip-hop. Since I like blue grass, I probably would have said I disliked hip-hop more. I would have been wrong. During the highlights last night, I found myself thinking "I liked it better when they had rappers." This is something I never thought I would think. Tim McGraw made me nostalgic for something I hated. This I am sure is the next step along the crusty, ossified road to full curmudgeonhood.
|Friday, August 19th, 2005|
|Okay, time to finally post something
On an unrelated note, I finally managed to find a place to get a book I've been looking for for 2 years without spending $80.00 (It's been out of print since 1987.) Bagchee.com
has tons of Indian & South Asian books. If you want to read up on Kushan history & culture (and who doesn't?) or want Thomas Egenes' two-volume primer on Sanskrit (and who doesn't?) then I'd recommend it.