Wednesday, May 30, 2007

"Is art the mirror of life, or what?" -- Woody Allen

Every once in a while I run across some terrific links from other bloggers. I got this one from Wil Wheaton's links, that eventually took me to the following video.

Let me just say: BRILLIANT. Somebody placed a videocamera on the conveyor belt of a Sushi bar in Tokyo. If it doesn't capture the human condition, I don't know what would. Did I say brilliant?

The initial pass shows a lot of people reacting to the camera when they discover it, but catching the background people is also pretty revealing.

I hope you enjoy it for the artistic appeal as well as the sociological ones. I sure do.

It's Wednesday, so this is for Linda

I ran across this Jesuit silliness, so really, it also applies to Achi:

The Jedi's are like the Jesuits of the world. You can read the article, called The Gospel According to Luke Skywalker and tell me what you think.

It has a scary picture of Jar Jar, so proceed at your own risk.

TODAY'S PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:If you don't read the Curt Jester, you should give him a shot. Meanwhile, there's a new episode of That Catholic Show coming up next Monday.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I am decidedly unfunny

That doesn't bode well for me at the moment.

Maybe verbalizing it will make things better. Does one verbalize in writing or is it a spoken thing only?

Meanwhile, in other writing projects, I have an editor from Prentiss Hall calling me and leaving me messages. Blast it. I'll never make money going to an editor. On the other hand, I don't have time for marketing.

I don't think anybody ever got rich off of prepositional phrases. Of course, dangling participles are a whole other issue.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Episode 3 of That Catholic Show

Here ya go! Another fun episode. Watch out, you might learn something.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Father Krunk needs your help!

He's up against Clark Howard in a karaoke contest at Q-100 and needs your vote!

Go to the link,, look for karaoke, and vote for Father Bailey!


Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Yet another meme

The game is to check off the movies you've seen. Besides being an interminable list, and a pain to post, I find myself embarrassed by some of the stuff I've watched in the name of entertainment. Read that as you will. I'd love to see your numbers in the comments. (The comments in parenthesis are mine)

(x) Grease
(x ) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
( ) Starsky and Hutch
(x ) Neverending Story (sheer torture)
(x ) Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane

Total: 7 of 9 (heh, heh-heh)

(x) The Princess Bride (brilliant! the book is even better, if you can believe it)
( ) Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
(x ) Napoleon Dynamite (I'm not sure it counts if I screamed at its absurdity the whole time and fell asleep in the same spot three times)
( ) Labyrinth
( ) Saw
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise
( ) White Oleander
( ) 50 First Dates
(x ) The Princess Diaries
(x ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total all together: 11 of 20

( ) Scream
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
( ) Scary Movie
( ) Scary Movie 2
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie (that would be why I never saw the others)
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp
( ) American Pie Naked Mile

Total all together:12 of 32

(x ) Harry Potter 1
( x) Harry Potter 2
(x ) Harry Potter 3
(x ) Harry Potter 4
( ) Resident Evil 1
( ) Resident Evil 2
(x) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch

Total all together: 17 of 42

(x ) Finding Nemo
(x ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
(x ) The Grinch
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
( ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
(x) 13 Going on 30
(x ) I, Robot
( ) Robots

Total all together: 21 of 53

( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(x ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
(x ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
(x ) Never Been Kissed
(x ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
(x ) King Kong

Total all together: 26 of 65

(x ) A Cinderella Story
(x) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
(x) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving Christmas
(x ) Flubber

Total all together: 30 of 77

( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(x ) Practical Magic
(x ) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(x ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total all together: 33 of 87

( x) The Day After Tomorrow
(x) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
(x ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street
(x) Sixteen Candles
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x ) The Longest Yard
( ) Gridiron Gang
( ) The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask

Total all together: 39 of 104

( ) Bad Boys
(x ) Bad Boys 2 (only to catch 1.2 seconds of Danny Trujillo)
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
(x ) Ocean's Eleven
( ) Ocean's Twelve
(x) Bourne Identity
(x) Bourne Supremacy
( ) Lone Star
(x ) Bedazzled
(x ) Predator
( ) Predator II
( ) The Fog
( x) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George

Total all together: 46 of 120

(x) Independence Day (I love Will Smith, I can't stand that other schmuck)
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
( ) Christine
(x) ET
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Boss' Daughter
(x ) Maid in Manhattan
( ) War of the Worlds
(x ) Rush Hour

Total all together: 50 of 131

( ) Swimfan
(x ) Miracle on 34th street
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
(x ) K-Pax
(x ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
(x) Ice Castles (cheese, anyone?)
( ) Boogeyman
(x ) The 40-Year-Old Virgin (I'll deny it)

Total all together: 55 of 141

(x ) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x ) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x ) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x ) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(x ) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(x ) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total all together: 61 of 147

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
( ) Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
( ) Devils Rejects
(x ) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History
( ) Thr3e

Total all together: 62 of 157

( ) The Jackal
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
(x ) Full Metal Jacket (for a film class, I would never subject myself to this on purpose)
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x ) Monsters, Inc.
(x) Titanic
(x ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
( ) Shaun Of the Dead
(x ) Willard (I still have nightmares)

Total all together: 67 of 167

( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
(x ) Hulk
( ) Dawn of the Dead
(x) Hook
( ) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( ) 28 days Later
( ) Orgazmo
( ) Phantasm
(x ) Waterworld

Total all together: 70 of 177

( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
( ) The Hills Have Eyes
( ) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
( ) Army of Darkness

Total all together: 70 of 187

(x ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace (awful)
(x ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones (awfuller)
(x ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith (awfullest)
(x) Star Wars A New Hope (it's called STAR WARS, just STAR WARS)
(x) Star Wars The Empire Strikes Back
(x ) Star Wars Return of the Jedi (terrible hallmark moment at the end)
( ) Ewoks: The Caravan of Courage
( ) Ewoks: The Battle for Endor

Total all together:76 of 195

( ) The Matrix
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
( ) Evil Dead
( ) Evil Dead 2
( ) Team America: World Police
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( ) Hannibal
( ) Red Dragon
(x ) Anger Management

Total: 77 of 206

I've seen a total of 77 films on this list. I don't know if that makes me a loser or what.

Sunday, May 13, 2007


Happy Birthday to the beautiful Aliza!

I love this picture--we both totally blew off her mother's attack about dog hair on her pretty white dress.

Happy Mother's Day

To all the Special Moms:

Mami, Hilda, Critter, Mary Alice, Mary, Isa, Tia Tony, Aleida, Ana, Nat, Martiviri, Jennifer, Julie, Leonie, Miss Annie, Tammy, Tracy, and Hormiga!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

May 12 of 12 version 2.0

Here we go with another 12 of 12---this one late because the pictures didn't post right. Anyway, it wouldn't be Mother's Day Weekend if John didn't design some way to make me have to work instead of hiding in my room relaxing. Oh well, in the end, the forest is cleaned up and the yard is neater than when we started (not that I don't still have to weed what I so optimistically call the rose bushes).

Anyway, here we go:

A Bobcat gets delivered to the house at 7:50 AM. Somehow, that's not a good sign.

Then, I walk outside to discover they are cutting down another Bradford Pear. Good riddance, I say, those stinky trees! There was much discussion of pulling ropes and leverage and physics...

I just noticed that the truck was precariously close to a potentially falling problem (more on the truck another time--we jack-knifed the trailer and dented the rear panel--oops).

Anyway, the Big Kahuna (the one who in previous posts was seen climbing a tree) has now attacked the tree with a chainsaw.
But go figure, they felled the tree where they wanted it. No children or eaves were harmed in this process.

Meanwhile the wenches tackled the forest that had grown in the pool. I failed to take a picture of it, but we did find some squirrel bones. Hmmm. Remember that clean-up, Linda?

After a long day of weeding, The Missing One camped out in the living room with a Harry Potter marathon (and dinner at Red Lobster with Daddy).
While I went with the goobers to Sonic, in the rain, where we made the waitress or whatever she's called bring us our order...
And we sang silly songs and then we went to the theater to watch Superman.

And even though I'm an old broad, I still think Toby Maguire is hot.

PS--I know I said Superman. You know you understood me to mean Spiderman. Get over it. It's just a bunch of guys in tights. After all, Brandon Routh is pretty hot, too.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

That Catholic Show, episode 2

Here we go again folks. Episode 2. Makes me wanna snack on some antelope.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

I made it to the 21st Century

Here are my first ever YouTube uploads. I feel so...modern.

Monday, May 07, 2007

I'm soooo behind

I posted a Monday Musings over at Rosary Army. It's a lame post--I'm a slacker, get over it. The article is weak, not the point--lest you want to interpret my disgust with the lapse in brilliance with a lapse in faith.

The Missing One is home. Happy to have her back--wish some of her stuff went missing. Ordinarily, she has no problem accumulating crap. I am astounded by 9 months accumulation packed into her bedroom and office, this is a new record. There is a kind of cosmic retaliation going on--or is it karma. it seems that her missing roommate made it easy for her to expand all over the room. Evidently, Little Sister has, too, and thus the terrestrial space race has begun.

It doesn't matter who is going to win, I choose to close the door and be done with it. The best comment of the weekend? "I am donning a HAZMAT Suit and cleaning the bathroom."

In other, there is no other news. My life is consumed by the homefront. I'll make another promise to post pictures, with the full intention of never getting around to it.

Friday, May 04, 2007

a person's a person, no matter how small

But, when is a person, not a person at all?

Today's bit of weird and confusing news has a group in Austria (note Europe, and not that other cool place in the middle of the pacific) that is lobbying to grant "personhood" to chimps.

Yeah. Cue the theme of Planet of the Apes, the good one, with Roddy McDowall.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

wishful thinking...

Maybe not the greatest thing to post above the premiere of the brilliantest podshow ever, but one cannot escape heritage, a sense of humor, and Roberto's particular brand of egging on. Needless to say, we made spectacles of ourselves in the middle of Little Havana on a late Wednesday night.

I am forgoing posting the most beautiful Confirmandi in the whole world to please the Missing One, who by all counts should be in the picture, too. As Prufrock says, "In a minute there is time" because the old geezer has been dead for at least 10 months, so the announcement will be coming forthright and we'll find ourselves embroiled in the Road Trip of the Century.

Until then....