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animal advent ala emberley day 22
2014.12.22


  ...of the moment  
After an indulgently late night of a video game, I was kind of hoping to sleep in more but my upstairs neighbors (The McStompersons) are apparently in training for the national pacing competition. Dang!

animal advent ala emberley day 21
2014.12.21


  ...of the moment  
"Thanks again for driving me, Jay. 'YOU'FF ARRRRRIFFED AT YOU-RE DEST-ONATION.' Geet it? Because ve're in a jherrman car!"
"I have lived a long full life. I will drive us into a wall."
--Phil and Jay, 'Modern Family'

animal advent ala emberley day 20
2014.12.20


  ...of the moment  
Fantastic. My life needs more narration.

It was a lovely show (with one of the finest pilot episodes produced) but I'm kind of amazed memories of "Cheers" still keeps dedicated tourist stores alive in Boston.

animal advent ala emberley day 19
2014.12.19


  ...of the moment  
Enjoyable and very aware take down of the word 'classy'
Listening to 80s holiday themed hiphop as I rap presents. Wonder if anyone ever formed a Sucka MC support group.

animal advent ala emberley day 18
2014.12.18


animal advent ala emberley day 17
2014.12.17


  ...of the moment  
"The gulf between words and thoughts is unbridgeable, and yet we must bridge it constantly."
--Nicholson Baker, "The Way the World Works"
"The New Yorker is one of the three great contributions the United States has made to world civilization. The other two are, of course, Some Like It Hot and the iPhone."
--Nicholson Baker, "The Way the World Works"
"In wars it is the minorities that are generally right."
--Arthur Ponsonby
"The mills of God grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding small."
--Longfellow
"You know the music, time to dance."
--Orbital Drop Shock Troppers, in "Halo 3, ODST", as quoted by Nicholson Baker
Reading the terrific comic "Andre the Giant: Life and Legend".

I had no idea Hulk Hogan's character's name in Rocky III was "Thunderlips". That's... kind of hilarious.

animal advent ala emberley day 16
2014.12.16


  ...of the moment  
I liked the question-centric and true-to-life nature of this video about roommates. (PG13)

animal advent ala emberley day 15
2014.12.15


  ...of the moment  
Why can't I shake this image of a person with one of those zen garden desk toys, furiously scraping the tiny rake through the sand, shoving around the little rocks and muttering "Peace! Tranquility! Peace! Tranquility! GAH!"

animal advent ala emberley day 14
2014.12.14


animal advent ala emberley day 13
2014.12.13


  ...of the moment  
"More wine and madder music."
--Tom's Mom
12-13-14; last one of these for a while!
Bananagrams!

animal advent ala emberley day 12
2014.12.12


  ...of the moment  
Three things I learned playing at Johnny D's:
1. The "musician's entrance" there is knocking on the door of their kitchen, and if you need to you can stow gear in the corner there.
2. For this kind of event, music stands and charts are ok. And "charts" is the cool word for "sheet music".
3. If you need to mic a sousaphone, just drop a mic down the bell, fishing-line style.
"That is the greatest fallacy, the wisdom of old men. They do not grow wise. They grow careful."
--Ernest Hemingway

animal advent ala emberley day 11
2014.12.11


  ...of the moment  
Lots of cool and accessible analysis of 30 years of David Letterman Top-10 Lists. My only argument is I've heard that the final #1 entry for each list, while often indeed the zingiest, is often not meant to be the out and out funniest, they often go for the biggest laugh around #4 or #3. Or so I've heard; it's probably too subjective to really analyze.
An interesting way to bring up kids with video games...
Interesting argument in favor of the Harvard Jerk Lawyer and the $4 chinese resturant overcharge.
Edelman's blog does seem to have a legitimate consumer protection angle but still... unless you argue that this kind of nuttiness is the only way of getting the attention of a small business, it was too much zero compromise.

animal advent ala emberley day 10
2014.12.10


  ...of the moment  
"The ambiguities and complexities of the human mind are what give fiction and perhaps all of art its power."
--Alan Lightman
"When the cosmos was smaller and denser, the universe itself began as a single, giant atom, whose gradual disintegration into smaller and smaller pieces formed nebulae, stars, and finally cosmic rays."
--Alan Lightman
"The universe of ideas is just as little independent of the nature of our experiences as clothes are of the form of the human body."
--Albert Einstein
"Our entire much-praised technological progress, and civilization generally, could be compared to an axe in the hand of a pathological criminal."
--Albert Einstein
I wonder if doing the "Daily Jumble" might help with some of the problems I have with inelastic thinking.
Boston Christmas Cavalcade for the Homeless I'm going to be playing at this thing! Chandler Travis likes me as a backup tuba. Who ever thought I'd be playing Johnny D's???

Woodshed-ing stuff, getting ready for Johnny D's -
Damn it feels good to be a tubist.
At least a ton better than a "guy who used to play tuba".

animal advent ala emberley day 9
2014.12.09


  ...of the moment  
At least you don't have to shovel rain.
Harvard Business School Professor sounds like a big jerk.
This Kulfi Cardamom-Malai bar at Apple Cinema's (in Fresh Pond) Bollywood movie night may literally be the best ice cream treat I've ever had.
Wow, the Alewife Greenway Bike Path was COMPLETELY flooded, like 4-8" at least. I've never seen that happen before.