Archive for the ‘Random’ Category

I’m Normal!

Saturday, May 21st, 2011


After 2 and a half months of working out on the Wii Fit and losing over 20 pounds, Nintendo has labelled me Normal.

I celebrated by buying new pants.

The Onion takes on Cal.

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

It seems that Calipari is back to his old tricks again!

Kentucky Violated NCAA Rules While Recruiting Basketball-Playing Dog

New Look

Friday, February 26th, 2010

The goat days.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

It seems our neighborhood longs for the it’s past, gritty days when prostitutes, junkies, and criminals roomed the intersection of Milwaukee, North, and Damen. Hmm. Personally, I applaud the lack of such folks but could do without a bank on every corner. But that’s just me.

Curious about the title of this post? Here’s a clue.

Check it out.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010


The day isn’t quite complete without visiting one of my favorite blogs on the web, If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats !

Especially, check out the feature Before and After.

Musical Confessions – Part 1

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010


Last week, while Apryl and I were watching The Wedding Singer (the first time for me), there was a scene at a bar where Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” is heard on the soundtrack. While the scene was playing out, I admitted to Apryl that the Boss’ first major hit was one of my favorite songs of all time. While I’m not a massive Boss fan (I never even got into the Born to Run album!), Springsteen did have a run of albums that I deem as essential: Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River, and Nebraska. And “Hungry Heart,” originally written for The Ramones, has always been a favorite, a perfect rock/pop song that I could listen to over and over, without ever growing tired of it. How many others songs about dead beat dads rock this hard?

So, this all got me to thinking of other music confessions I have yet to make wide known:

Other favorite songs of all-time:
The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
(I prefer The Last Waltz version but this cover is also pretty amazing!)
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
Shelby Bryant – The Walk
Sam Cooke – A Change Is Going To Come
Sam Cooke and the Stirrers – The Last Mile of the Way
Desmond Dekker – Israelites
Harry Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’
Otis Redding – These Arms of Mine
Red House Painters – Michael
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
Santo and Johnny – Tear Drop

First concert:
It was either Hall and Oates or Billy Ocean. Both at Mud Island.

Favorite album:
Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man

Favorite country album:
Kris Kristofferson – Me and Bobby McGee

Favorite guitar solo:
Duane Allman and Eric Clapton on Layla

Favorite singer:
Roy Orbison

Song I’ve listened to the most times in a row
Probably, Bob Dylan and the Band’s This Wheel’s On Fire from The Basement Tapes.

Favorite Bob Dylan song:
Easy. Lay Lady Lay.

Favorite The Beatles song:
Happiness Is a Warm Gun

Favorite The Rolling Stones song:
I Am Waiting

Favorite Led Zeppelin song:
When the Levee Breaks

Favorite The Who song:
Too many. But this is a good one.

Favorite U2 song:
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)

Favorite live albums:
The Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East
Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
Grateful Dead – Live at Cornell University (Unreleased)
Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys
The Kinks – Everybody’s In Show-Biz
Charles Mingus – Mingus at Antibes
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
Otis Redding – Live at the Whisky a Go Go, Vol. 2
Panda Bear – Live at ZDB, Lisbon, Portugal
Pink Floyd – Ummagumma
The Rolling Stones – Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!
Talking Heads – The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads
Various Artists – Fillmore: The Last Days
Various Artists – Woodstock (soundtrack)
The Velvet Underground – 1969: The Velvet Underground Live
The Who – Live at Leeds (Original short version)

Still one of my favorite sentiments form a song:
“Don’t dream it, be it.” Rose Tint My World from The Rocky Horror Picture Show

– Have I mentioned that I’ve recently become a Deadhead. More on that later…

Are you ready for some MORE football?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010


Well, apparently, “some” is the operative word here. In a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal, a study discovered that during a typical NFL game, only 11 minutes are actually devoted to footage of the playing on the field. It seems 58.5% of the footage is of players just “standing around”. How is this possible? Check out the chart, which compares four NFL games broadcasted by CBS, NBC, FOX, and ESPN.

Below, Standing Around Football:

Taking madness to the next level…

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

And I mean that in the most flattering of ways. Let me explain.

Last year, I mentioned the blog Rogers Park Cheetos. For those who don’t remember (or can’t waste their time following links), Rogers Park Cheetos is a website that obsessively chronicles discarded used Cheetos bags in a North Side Chicago neighborhood. Now, while the blog was started in 2007, there hasn’t been an update since last year, June 21. Which, I suppose, the lack of recent posts could mean that folks are being more conscious of how they handle their trash. More likely, the blogger has grown tired of the burden of the upkeep of a blog. Or perhaps, the blogger has taken up a hobby that doesn’t require having an eagle-eye for neglected Frito-Lay products. Either way, there are plenty of other extremely focused websites out there to fulfill your obsessive tendencies. Below are two of my favorite recent discoveries:

Perry Mason Wiki

First up is a Wiki site completely devoted to the original lawyer show, Perry Mason which ran on CBS from 1957 – 1966. Sure, through syndication and DVD season box sets, Perry Mason will always with us. But if you want to go even further, then this Wiki is for you. Dive deeper into every aspect of the show including an Actors List, which displays every actor that made an appearance on the show as well as which episodes they appeared in. One list my father would love is the Car List which documents the make and model of every car seen in the first two seasons (more to come, as this feature is a work in progress). However, my favorite aspect of this Wiki page is the detail given to recreate the floor plan of Perry Mason’s office. This page explains the long process of overtaking such a job, which included carefully examining every episode and taking an average account of the office, as in changed slightly through the years. This page actually shows the floor plan and includes stills from the series that show the direction of various views of the office. Truly, amazing.

Next up…

Third and Delaware

If you around the age of myself than you grew up with the Conner family. I’m talking, of course, about Roseanne which ran on ABC from 1988 – 1997. Unlike the Perry Mason Wiki which showcases multiple aspects of the program, Third and Delaware is merely interested in one thing: fashion. Yep, fashion. This is a very funny, tongue-in-cheek website that “praises” the bold statements made by the Conner family’s attire, compete with their love of flannel, oversize T-shirts, and colorful yet non matching outfits. Truly, a work of madness, Third and Delaware claims to make fashion observations from every single episode. Check it out.

And finally…

Final Girl – 23:45

Finally, I leave you with one of my favorite horror blogs on the web, Final Girl. While Final Girl is an insightful often hilarious look at the horror genre, it is the the 23:45 that I wish to talk about here. Somewhere along the way, Final Girl blogger Stacie saw to freeze frame whatever horror film she was watching exactly at the 23:45 running time. And then take a still of it. Sometimes, this frozen moment in time shows central characters from the film. Other times, we get a glimpse of a tree. More times than not, whatever ends up being caught at 23:45, seems to be a perfect representation of the feeling of the film. Click here for the complete 23:45 archive.


Ban the Chester!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009


The mere fact that a blog like Rogers Park Cheetos exist seems to prove, for no other reason, that there is a blog out there for anything and everything. If you don’t feel like clicking the above link, the blog is completely composed of photos of discarded bags of cheetos found in the Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago. Unbelievably, the blog has been going strong since 2007. So what’s the deal? Could this all be the work of one trekking, littering fool? Or are cheetos just the preferred snack for punk juveniles who can’t be bothered with a trashcan.

Either way, I blame the bad influence of Chester Cheetah. Think about it, it was only two years ago that Chester turned from a sneaky yet clumsy hip cheetah (see above) to the extremely vindictive psychopath he is today.

If residents of Rogers Park want to be proactive in stopping the wasteful individual(s), I suggest they set up a series of up check points and catch the culprit(s) “orange”-handed. Just a thought…

Fetching Eva

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

For those who don’t know, Eva will fetch like a dog. When she was younger, it seemed like she would play the game for hours. And if you grew tired and stopped paying attention to her, she would push her toy with her paw under your foot making it clear that she wasn’t done playing. Well, she might not fetch as often as she once did, but every once in awhile the mood will still strike her. This is especially the case when she receives new toys like the ones in her stocking this Christmas. Below is an extremely short video of her playing fetch with a new toy monkey:

However, it’s been an old mouse toy that she had forgotten and that my dad put in her stocking that has been getting the most attention. I took a short video of her playing with it as well but it kept failing to upload on Flickr. Oh well. For the most part, Eva Cat has been sleeping about 23.5 hours of the day on the couch keeping warm.