Thursday, April 27, 2006
More recently, Family Guy's Stewie Griffin performed a tribute to Shatner's version in an episode. I hadn't realized that Stewie's performance is a nearly identical parody of Shatner's song until I saw both videos.
Both of these links appeared in Gene Weingarten's chat last month, and I kept forgetting to post them. They're SFW but turn your speakers down a little or plug in your headphones -- both songs start playing as soon as the pages load.
Friday, April 21, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
While I'm not leaving New York for the next month or so, my brother is in Busan, South Korea this week on a business trip. Unfortunately, his office didn't spring for business-class seats for him and his boss, so he had to spend 15 hours in "steerage," as he puts it. I'm a little jealous, though, since I haven't been out of the country in almost two years and I've let my passport expire. My office doesn't have any overseas trips planned for my group, so there's no urgency to get it renewed. I'm always hopeful that someone in the London office will screw up and break something, requiring my assistance to fix it. And if I had to stay at the St. Martin's Lane hotel again and drink a few pints at the Bishop of Norwich pub, well, that's necessary to keep me in the right frame of mind to fix the problem.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I really like Jason Whitlock's sportswriting, and I've enjoyed his guest appearances on "PTI." I just think he's way out of his element this week.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Also, this afternoon I got my new camera, a Canon SD550. It's last year's model, so it's not bleeding edge, but it's new enough for me. Considering I was willing to buy a new camera when I was in Tokyo two years ago, I think I waited long enough to get one. Look for new photos soon, most of which will probably be of the cats.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Also, here's a mash-up of Vin Scully's commentary from Game 6 of the 1986 World Series and a replay of the game on the video game RBI Baseball. It's about eight minutes long, but even for non-baseball fans it's fun to watch.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
I also looked at dressers and found a few that were affordable and would look good in my bedroom. That's another purchase that will allow me to get rid of some of the "poor man" plastic drawers I've had forever, and might be even more important than the living room table. I'm getting along OK without a table, but the lack of a dresser is going to hurt in a few weeks when I break out my spring and summer wardrobe. I'll need a place to put all my polo shirts and shorts, and I don't think there's enough room on the shelf in my closet.
My reward for finally getting out and at least looking at furniture was a trip to the Virgin Megastore in Union Square, where they're having a $10 CD and DVD sale. Here's what I picked up:
Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run
Radiohead, OK Computer
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
Queen, Classic Queen
I had hoped to do better, but there wasn't as much that I actually wanted as I thought when I stopped in the store last night. But that way I kept my spending in check. If I'd bought everything I considered buying, I'd have spent two or three times as much. And I'd probably have needed another CD rack at home.
Thursday, April 06, 2006
For the record, the closest I got to the National Spelling Bee was finishing fifth in a Pennsylvania regional bee in 1988. I won a dictionary for advancing from the district bee to the regional one. I think my prize as a distant runner-up was a medal and a free pizza lunch.
And before anyone posts it in the comments, I haven't seen Spellbound yet. It's on my Netflix list.
Monday, April 03, 2006
I took the train to
On Saturday morning we ran some errands and went shopping at guys’ stores: Best Buy, Lowe’s,
We went to a BBQ joint near Avirat’s house for dinner. It wasn’t a chain restaurant, but someone had evidently been to Red, Hot, and Blue and Corky’s, or other similar BBQ restaurants, because the décor was photos of blues artists and posters from blues festivals. But the food was excellent.
Our first stop was a microbrew bar in Yocumville, somewhere outside of
On Sunday we got up late and didn’t have time to do much besides stop for a quick lunch on the way back to the train station. I spent a beautiful Sunday afternoon relaxing on the train reading Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer, which my college friend Jon sent to me just before the Super Bowl. The cats were excited to see me safely home again after I abandoned them for the weekend (I did have a friend check on them yesterday).
And tonight, Robot Chicken returned. The “Superman” reference in the opening was hysterical.