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    Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
    4:09 pm
    Doorknob Santa Update
    Still there.
    Saturday, December 6th, 2008
    11:18 pm
    In which I make a rare concession to the spirit of the season



    Actually, I'm just curious to find out how long before it disappears.
    Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
    9:44 pm
    A modest little Ditty

    I used to think Emily Dickinson was a Retard
    what with her goofy capital-Letter Habits
    until I learned that the Germans capitalize their Nouns
    so maybe she was just honoring her Heritage.
    ("Dickinson" is a German Name, right?)
    Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
    2:00 pm
    One of the ways Shatner gets you those cheep hotel tix

    The Best Western Convention Center is currently involved in a labor dispute which has an organized branch west of the hotel on 38th Street. This hotel will continue to operate throughout this period; however, guests are likely to encounter picket lines upon entering the hotel.


    Current Mood: smirky
    Monday, September 8th, 2008
    8:48 pm
    Labor Day 2008: The Photos
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/21107425@N00/tags/laborday2008/

    Sorry for the lack of order. Flickr wants money to activate things like a sort widget or more than three named photosets, but I would rather buy beer. Or books. Yeah, books.
    Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
    10:18 pm
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
    2:35 pm
    Email to Intuit Customer Support

    I just received a marketing email offering $10 off Quicken 2009.

    After the steaming pile of electronic offal that was Quicken 2008, you folks have a lot of nerve offering its successor at any price greater than "free".

    Good day.
    Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
    3:36 pm
    impending tee-vee bliss
    "The Shield" returns in two weeks... and the FX site has gobs of goosebump-inducing previews and trailers and whatnot. I can't wait!

    The previous season, released over a year ago, appeared on French television several weeks before the American premiere, which of course meant I was theoretically able to acquire it over the internets. No such luck this year, but FX has about 10-15 minutes of the premiere available in the form of scattered clips.

    Improbably, they chose a Beck song as backdrop for the promos. But it works.
    Thursday, July 24th, 2008
    8:32 am
    "Friendly greetings"?
    As a moderately enlightened soul I try to avoid using "gay" as a pejorative, or really for any purpose other than to denote literal homosexuality or, uh, happiness.

    But it must be said that this is the gayest thing I've read in quite some time.
    Saturday, July 19th, 2008
    9:53 pm
    Friday, July 18th, 2008
    12:10 pm
    Monday, July 7th, 2008
    2:33 pm
    surprise! new big sister!
    Zoe has to share her mother (i.e. my sis) all of a sudden and is NOT happy about it:





    Ha ha ha ha ha.
    Sunday, July 6th, 2008
    12:30 am
    Boston Fireworks
    Thanks to cow-orkers G for the invitation to his building's private rooftop gathering and J for taking the photos.








    Friday, July 4th, 2008
    1:13 pm
    Saturday, June 28th, 2008
    12:20 pm
    First Saw V poster!
    I can't wait :D

    Saw V First Teaser Poster

    Critics who dismiss this series as "torture porn" only betray their own inability to pay attention. This group unfortunately includes Sylvester Stallone, who is justifiably proud of the effort he made to bring a larger significance to the glorious mayhem of Rambo's coup de grace earlier this year, but unjustifiably named Saw as the type of movie he was trying to rise above in the process.

    Yes, each year the Saw folks think up new horrors to make even me cringe and squirm (for which I admire them greatly), but at its core these films consistently address the same themes as their higher-brow counterparts in all other media: justice, revenge, love and sacrifice, human resilience in the face of tragedy. And in terms of plotting and continuity they have striven for, and largely achieved, an intricacy and consistency that is completely foreign to the 1980's horror series titans.

    So I'll be there in October with my $10 ticket and $8 pop-corn. Count on it
    Friday, June 27th, 2008
    2:13 pm
    yay, my turn to meme!
    (2 am : edited again w/minor corrections)
    (4 pm: edited b/c I forgot to underline)

    1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
    2) Italicize those you intend to read (as in the book is bought and sitting on my shelf).
    3) Underline the books you LOVE.
    4) Strike out the ones you thought SUCKED.

    D_MAN'S MODIFICATIONS:
    Partial markup means partial truth. For instance, half bolded means I read half of it, etc.

    1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    2. The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    4. Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
    5. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    6. The Bible
    7. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    8. Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    9. His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman  (This is a trilogy. LOVED first book, 2nd OK, 3rd jaw-droppingly bad.)
    10. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    11. Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
    12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    13. Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    14. Complete Works of Shakespeare
    15. Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    16. The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    17. Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
    18. Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    19. The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
    20. Middlemarch - George Eliot
    21. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    22. The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    23. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
    24. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
    25. The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    26. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    27. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    28. Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    29. Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    30. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    31. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    32. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    33. Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
    34. Emma - Jane Austen
    35. Persuasion - Jane Austen
    36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe // redundant with #33 :P
    37. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    38. Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
    39. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    40. Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    41. Animal Farm - George Orwell
    42. The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez I read this in Costa Rica on spring break my senior year of college. One of my best reading memories ever.
    44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
    45. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
    46. Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
    47. Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    48. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood (on theBookmooch wishlist)
    49. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    50. Atonement - Ian McEwan
    51. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    52. Dune - Frank Herbert (couldn't get more than halfway through)
    53. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    54. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
    55. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
    56. The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    57. A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    58. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
    60. Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    61. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    62. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    63. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    64. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
    65. Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    66. On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    67. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    68. Bridget Jones' Diary - Helen Fielding
    69. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
    70. Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    71. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    72. Dracula - Bram Stoker
    73. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    74. Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    75. Ulysses - James Joyce
    76. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    77. Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    78. Germinal - Emile Zola
    79. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
    80. Possession - AS Byatt
    81. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    82. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    83. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    84. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
    85. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    86. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    87. Charlotte's Web - EB White
    88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    90. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    91. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    92. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    93. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    94. Watership Down - Richard Adams
    95. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
    96. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    97. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
    98. Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    100. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
    Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
    5:52 pm
    Monday, June 23rd, 2008
    2:51 pm
    Requiem for George Carlin
    Shit
    Piss
    Fuck
    Cunt
    Cock-Sucker
    Mother-Fucker
    and Tits.

    Amen.
    Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
    11:40 pm
    futbol
    I went into Boston this afternoon to watch the Italy-Spain soccer matchup with my Italian cow-orker.

    Spain won on penalty kicks after the 0-0 tie persisted through both overtime periods. What a bummer.
    Saturday, June 14th, 2008
    8:09 pm
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