Wednesday, November 29, 2006

New York State of Mind

Off to NYC today. Work. This time of year in New York is magical, except for all the people...especially the amateurs.

(Note: I commuted from Philadelphia to NYC every day for a couple of years, and besides that being horribly tiring, the worst was this time of year when every amateur on the East Coast headed to the city. The don't know how to get on Amtrak, they don't know how to get off Amtrak, they don't know how to use the escalators in Penn Station, they don't know how to use Metra, and they don't know how to walk in a straight line. Um, did I mention that I'm looking forward to going. Now, by the time I wrote this...I'm not. LOL.)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Everyone Needs a Worry Stone

Everyone needs a worry stone. I have a very, very smooth white one. I've been rubbing it with my thumb a bunch today for no real reason other than it feels smooth. And I'm not worried today.'s working.

Monday, November 27, 2006

The Dark is Afraid of Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris Random Fact Generator. Dang, these things really make me laugh. [via]

Going Riding

It's pretty chilly this morning in Philadelphia. But I'm going riding. It's supposed to be 60 degrees all week here. And I have a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie to work off (I'm afraid the egg nog is going to stick with me longer).

UPDATE: Went riding. Didn't grind. Dragged ass. Was cold. And hot. Tired turkey. Try tomorrow.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Sweaty Palms

This video of Dan Osman gives me sweaty palms every time I watch him scale a 400+ ft. wall freestyle. Craziness. I can't get atop my 6ft. ladder without worrying. Of course, I listen to my inner fear, which says "Gravity is a bitch." Unfortunately, Dan Osman didn't get the memo.

Cut and Run Is the Right Thing To Do

I found Michael Moore's letter - Cut and Run, the Only Brave Thing to Do - very compelling. Funny, because I put on my Michael-Moore-as-Che-Guevara t-shirt this morning. Viva la conclusion!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Call me crazy, but I'm looking forward to mashed potatoes more than I am turkey today. Ah, it's the little things. Have a great day, all.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Family Planning

Bill has an interesting way of looking at things. Here's a family planning sign. Hmmm...

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Thanksgiving Calculator

I saw this Thanksgiving Calculator on Make Magazine. How funny. It works on Excel and OpenOffice. Calculate away.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Free Hugs

This is just excellent. Who couldn't use a hug? Here's what it's all about.

Leonid Stadnik's Big Hands

This spray print of Leonid Stadnik's hand (ACTUAL SIZE!) was on the train platform at Paoli, PA. If I were a better photographer I would have put my own hand down over it. But suffice to say that Leonid has big hands. Big. And you know what they say: Big hands, big handprint.

Stupid Traffic Pyramids Are Toast

Another in the loony bin...your name on toast. Christ...and it's going to work...although I watched it since last night and it's only a few hundred dollars in. I swear, if this ends up working, I'm going to start burning all the saints and gods faces (okay, maybe not Allah) into grilled cheese and sell them on eBay.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Lots of Travel

I was in NYC for the past couple days at a client i'm leaving tonight to drive part of the way to Dayton, OH (I'll probably get to around Pittsburgh before I get some sleep tonight...the rest in the morning). Going to my uncle's 50th wedding anniversary party. He's 78 or so, and can still kick ass on guys one-third his age. I'll take some pix and have some (moderately) interesting things to say on my return late Sunday. Meanwhile, I'm rooting for Michigan tomorrow, even though I'll be in Buckeye territory. Yikes!

UGH: Bo no mo.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

ForkYou.Tv is live

I just finished watching Episode 1 of ForkYou.Tv, and it was some kind of entertaining. ForkYou is a collaboration between Marisa of Apartment 2024 and Scott at Blankbaby. And they work well together. The first show, We Sushi So You Don't Have To, is both informative and funny (I love the bit about the fish and ice). There are few vlogs that can hold my interest beyond a minute (unless it's the new Amanda Congdon show, in which case it's about 5 seconds). ForkYou is going on my "required watching" list. Check it out.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

An Idea I Should Have Had

Dorm furniture for hire.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Look at What You've Started Now, Charlie Brown

Seeing all these leaves on this car outside our office reminded me of when Lucy said, "Look at what you've started now, Charlie Brown."

I Watched Harvard-Penn on Saturday

I went to the Harvard-Penn football game on Saturday. It was a beautiful day, 72 degrees and sunny...and I said, "Thank you, global warming." Clifton Dawson broke the long-standing Ivy League rushing record that day, even though his team didn't fare so well. That's Dawson, Number 33, receiving congratulations from a teammate after he broke the record.

Going Karen Carpenter

No, not the eating part (although I could use a little of that). It's that Rainy Days and Mondays is running through my head.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Toys That Didn't Make It

From the twisted mind of BH Int'l comes this compendium of Toys That Didn't Make It.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Let's Stitch Frank

Hey, I just found out that I have my own sew-it-yourself kit: Let’s Stitch Frank! The dog you've all been waiting for! Frank is the first stuffed animal friend in our new line of sew-it-yourself Let’s Stitch kits.

This Is Grating

This guy sleeps on a sewer grate on 18th Street just south of Market Street in Philadelphia. We have a great community effort in Philadelphia with Project H.O.M.E. (tagline: None of us are home until all of us are home.), but I'm sure they need more. Imagine what could be done with just a tiny slice of that Iraq War money.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Trees Ablaze

I was dazzled by the way the sun hit the tops of the trees this morning while I waited for my train at 7:05 am. What a gorgeous day. We peddaled off 20+ miles on a day that is approaching 70 degrees.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Satan or Casey

This Satan or Casey bumper sticker was my favorite from last night. And check out the one on the left. It happened.

Na, na, na, na....hey, hey, goodbye

The good guys won. I'm a happy guy.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Pick me out a winner, Bobby

I voted this morning at 7:15. The line was long at my voting place, and I had to wait about 30 minutes. No one, not one single person, used the electronic voting machine they had set up. We had to "fill in the dots." I heard the voice of Roy Hobbs in The Natural saying, "Pick me out a winner, Bobby." I think the Democrats are going to be hitting with Wonder Boy today.

Here's my voting acknowledgment.

And here's a door hanger that was on our office building this morning. I followed the instructions. ;-)

We're Going to Get It Right This Time

I cannot believe how jazzed I am that Election Day is here. I'm leaving to vote in five minutes...and I believe we're going to get it right this time. I loved Michael Moore's letter yesterday: From Right Wing to Right Thing. Bring on the numbers, baby!

Monday, November 06, 2006

One More Day

I cannot wait for tomorrow. It's election day. And as Joe Hoeffel (where did you go, Joe?) used to say, "Change is gonna come."

Sunday, November 05, 2006

I Saw Borat Yesterday

I saw Borat yesterday in a packed theater at 4:30 in the afternoon. The place went nuts throughout the film. Friggin' funny movie. Trailer here.

UPDATE: I see that Borat was the top film for the weekend, bringing in $26.4 million inn limited release. V-e-e-e-r-y n-i-i-i-c-e.

Go Watch This Video

The Tattered Coat has a video that gave me chills (in the good way) this morning. Go watch it. NOW. What are you waiting for? Tuesday is going to be a beautiful day.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Barenaked Ladies in Philadelphia

We had a suite last night at the Spectrum to see the Barenaked Ladies. It was a really great show...those guys really enjoy what they do and play off the crowd. Now, if I had a million dollars...

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Zoom. Zoom. Zoom.

Another view from up high in NYC. This is what I always think of when I consider New York - cars ready to go zoom.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

A View from My Balcony

I was in NYC for the past couple of days, back at the Affinia 50, my favorite hotel in the city. I somehow ended up getting an upgrade to a really, really great room that had a wraparound balcony. And even though I have a mighty dose of acrophobia, I went out and snapped a few shots (I'll post a few more tomorrow). This shot is looking east on 50th toward the East River.