Saturday, April 7, 2007
Friday, April 6, 2007
On the other side, you can see Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles play. I've never been there, but they tell me it's nice. Around here, football tickets are a privilege. Thursday's weather would have been great for a football game, but ungodly for baseball. In one four square-block area, we have space for all four sports teams, plus concerts and shows. Sadly, there are only two places to eat and drink. I never figured that out. It's in the middle of warehouses and industry.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
"The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," Richards was quoted as saying by British music magazine NME.
"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared," he said. "... It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive."
Richards' father, Bert, died in 2002, at 84.
"I've no pretensions about immortality," he added. "I'm the same as everyone ... just kind of lucky. I was No. 1 on the 'who's likely to die' list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list," Richards said.
In other news...
HALLE BERRY GETS A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME.
She was selected to receive the 2,333rd star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
The actress will be added to the Hollywood Boulevard landmark, right in front of the home of the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre.
The actress said: "I cannot tell you how good it feels inside me right now. I wish you all could be inside me right now to know how it feels."
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Since I am sure you have always wanted to walk through a giant simulated colon (who hasn't?) you should hit up their web site and find out when The Super Colon is coming to your town and take the day off from work to take a stool ... er ... stroll.
And no, Super Colon is not a good name for a super hero.
The point is, I think I'm up to here (pointing at my throat) with the Awareness Weeks, Months and Days that have been anointed to bring us into closer contact with various diseases and conditions with which we would otherwise be totally unaware - or so they say.
By my unofficial count, there are more "Awareness Weeks" than there are actual weeks. They include Lightning Safety Awareness Week, Brain Awareness Week and Sky Awareness Week. Aren't we all aware of the sky? How is it commemorated? Stand around outside and stare up. Now you are aware of the sky. That seems to work in contrast to Brain Awareness, which should, for some people, occupy more than a week of their year.
It is April, in case you were not aware, and April is Rape Awareness Month. OK, now what? It is also Alcohol Awareness Month. I am aware. It is Mathematics Awareness Month. I can add. It is Autism Awareness Month. I don't have a joke for that. It also celebrates Counseling Awareness Month. If I was in counseling, I think I would be aware of it. I really don't know what I am supposed to do. I am already aware of all of those things. Most of them, including Mathematics, are horrible.
Here are some things that I would like people to be aware of that seemed to have slipped by. Pick a day, week or month of your choice and celebrate with me:
I'M BEHIND YOU IN LINE AWARENESS - Check behind you. While you're writing your check and waiting for the cashier to bag your junk, I'm waiting.
BAD BREATH AWARENESS - You're standing very close and you stink. The amount one stinks is directly proportional to how close they want to stand to me.
TURN SIGNAL AWARENESS - It's that thing sticking out of the left side of your steering column. Put your cell phone down and use it.
MEN TALKING ABOUT DANCING WITH THE STARS AWARENESS - Whether you know it or not, you sound gay. Not that there's anything wrong with it. OK, the girls on the show are hotties, but once you stop talking about that and move on to the dancing part, you're out. The "I watch it with my wife" excuse is unacceptable damage control.
LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP AWARENESS - Don't be a jackass and try to maintain a relationship with someone who is a time zone away. Anybody further away than a 2-hour car ride is out of bounds. I'm enacting LDR Awareness Life as a constant reminder for myself.
RECYCLE BIN AWARENESS - Get the Goddamned copy paper out of the trash can. The recycle bin is right next to the copier.
SINGING WHILE WEARING HEADPHONES AWARENESS - Just stop.
SINGING ALONG AT CONCERTS AWARENESS - People should be made aware so that they can stop. I didn't pay 75 bucks to hear the guy next to me sing "So Much to Say".
I BLOG TOO MUCH AWARENESS - That should begin immediately for me. These things should have a time limit on per day usage.
PARTY INCOMPETENCE AWARENESS DAY- That's November 8, 2008.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
So, what's the answer? Canvas. Go here, buy some and take them with you to the grocery store. Empty the contents and take them back the next time you go. One person can make a difference, if there are enough of us.
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court rebuked the Bush administration Monday for its inaction on global warming in a decision that could lead to more fuel-efficient cars as early as next year. The court, in a 5-4 ruling in its first case on climate change, declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act.
We needed the Supreme Court to tell us that?
Whatever else comes of the decision, "this administration's legal strategy for doing nothing has been repudiated," said David Doniger, counsel for the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group involved in the case.
Other states that have adopted California's standards on emissions of greenhouse gases are: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.
Cleaner cars and less plastic. That's a start. Did anyone see that 60 Minutes piece on Sunday? Scientists have taken core samples from ice in Antarctica that tells them that greenhouse gases have increased, starting at the time of the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It's been almost two days since the broadcast and I haven't heard any anti-warming nutjobs coming out against the science this time. I guess maybe they can't argue with a core sample as easily as they can argue with Al Gore.
The report is here, and if you missed Sunday's program, it is worth the time to watch.
Monday, April 2, 2007
LONDON (AP) - EMI Group PLC said Monday a deal to allow Apple Inc. to sell the record company's songs online would not include The Beatles' catalog - dashing hopes the group's music would be available to download for the first time.
In other news, Morgan Pressel won the Kraft Nabisco LPGA event this weekend. Paula wound up 15th at 3-over and 6-over for the day. Even if Paula had shot par, it still would have been only good enough to force a playoff, so I guess you have to begrudgingly give Pressel a lot of credit. Or not.