Chris Reeve was not really "my" Superman. (Know what I mean? In the way that each generation of British kids defined themselves by who "their" Doctor Who was.) As a tyke, I had reruns of "The Adventures of Superman," the George Reeves series, every afternoon, right after the local Cartoon Carnival (which ran only Warner… Continue reading Christopher Reeve
I finally broke down and got a cell phone this week. It was necessary because I borrowed the wife’s phone over the weekend and the antenna nub broke off in my pocket. It was a 4 year old phone so it wouldn’t have been worth fixing. Besides, with the new bairn in the house, we… Continue reading Finally Tethered to the Wireless Umbilical
Been away so long I hardly knew my face… Various events in our lives have necessitated my absence from this page, as once was documented in my companion blog, "Bringing Ivan Home." Always meant to come back here, though. As a stopgap, here’s a fun link we can all enjoy. Lileks.com is a treasure trove… Continue reading The Link That Made Me Come Back:
Impressing your friends with your Oscar savvy I did promise this a while back now, didn’t I. Alright, here are a few things you can use next time the Oscars roll around: Documentary Feature and Short Subject awards. Other observers have picked up on this independently, so it should no longer be a surprise. The… Continue reading More Oscar Observations
Giving Up Beer for Lent; Drnk_McDermott makes a huge sacrifice: A RateBeer Feature I wrote this about my experiences trying to "do without" like a good Catholic boy, and posted it to the Ratebeer.com website. Enjoy.
So of course Sean Penn is getting some pipe for his clearly unprepared Oscar acceptance speech, which opened with "One thing actors know, besides the fact that there were no WMD’s…" But waitaminit! There were no WMD’s! And people who suggested there weren’t were being called traitors! Who’s turned out to be smarter: George W.… Continue reading Oscar, oscar, oscar pt. 2
Despite my affected cynicism, I’m just a sucker for the Academy Awards. I usually think of myself as being able to reliably pick the minor and technical awards based on previous observations (which I’ll summarize below). But had I gotten up the gumption to enter, say, the Outguess Ebert contest, I would never have thought… Continue reading Oscar, Oscar?, Oscar!
So today’s the day the place I work at merged with Moore Wallace and changed its stock ticker from DNY to RRD. To commemorate the event, our office was invited to the posh lounge to watch our new CEO ring the opening bell at the new York Stock Exchange, an honor already bestowed to the… Continue reading A Flash at the Bell
I realize that I’m just adding to the frenzy by commenting on Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl, but as an allegedly cultural observer, I must! I MUST!!! I actually did not see the incident in question; I looked away from the screen for that instant or two. What I did see was the amazing… Continue reading Feeding the Boobage Beast
At the first of the year, I have to suspect that drugstore pharmacists have the most thankless job around. January has now become the time that millions of workers and retirees see their prescription drug benefits switched to a new provider or a new cost-cutting plan–cost-cutting for the company providing it, that is. While waiting… Continue reading Another reason I’m not in retail