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July 2006

I am a grumpy monkey

spock.jpgMy right ear has a propensity to acquire water. It is annoying though usually it lasts less than a day and just means that I can't hear all that well out of my right ear from time to time.

Yesterday, water somehow got into my ear. No biggie, right? So I thought, however, over the course of the day my ear started to hurt. A lot. I think this water on the ear has turned into an ear infection, which sucks. It was so bad that I couldn't sleep at all last night (since I was up I went to CVS at 4am and got some Swimmer's Ear drops which helped). I'm hoping that the water will find its own way out of my ear by the end of the day tomorrow. If it doesn't I'll have to go to the doctor and have them chop off my ear or something.

Chicks dig one eared dudes, right?

This is just sad

scarlet.jpgAfter a very full day yesterday (of which I shall blog about shortly) I laid my head down for some much needed slumber.

Off to sleepyland I went and into the Kingdom of Dreams went my head. Now, in dreams anything is possible. Flying is popular, and I know some people who have drawn out action sequences. I don't usually remember my dreams, though if they are anything like my waking thoughts they are sure to be disturbing.

Last night I had a dream and I woke up recalling fragments of it. This dream involved myself and some lovely lady I had never met before (no, not Scarlett Johansson, though she certainly is lovely) and we were in some kind of a bar. I had ordered this woman (just some everyday woman who I was attracted to, not a celebrity or anything) a drink and she was about to drink it. Just before she took a sip I asked her if she would consider going out with me. She thought about the offer for a moment, looked at me and said no.

In response I downed the drink I had ordered for her and left.

Rejected in one of your own dreams. How sad is that?

The Amazing Screw-On Head

Barry just emailed me a link to The Amazing Screw-On Head, a new show on SciFi which is described thusly:

In this hilarious send-up of Lovecraftian horror and steampunk adventure, President Abraham Lincoln's top spy is a bodyless head known only as Screw-On Head.

When arch-fiend Emperor Zombie steals an artifact that will enable him to threaten all life on Earth, the task of stopping him is assigned to Screw-on Head. Fortunately, Screw-On Head is not alone on this perilous quest. He is aided by his multitalented manservant, Mr. Groin, and by his talking canine cohort, Mr. Dog.

Can this unorthodox trio stop Emperor Zombie in time? Does Screw-On Head have a body awesome enough to stop the horrors that have been unleashed? Where can we get a talking dog?

It premiers tonight at 10:30, and this is a reminder to me that I should watch it, though I can also watch it online for free but my TV is bigger than my computer screen.

Blankbaby out.

Sony Reader Video Review by PC Magazine

sonyreader.jpgI knew that the Sony Reader had to be mine when I first saw it. I mean, it involves technology and reading plus a dash of E Ink.

The only sliver of doubt I had about the whole thing was that it is a Sony product. Sony isn't known for embracing open standards and I don't want to spend $400 on a eBook reader that only reads some archaic Sony format that no one (other than Sony) uses. Plus I figured the only way to add memory to this mofo was with Memory sticks and the seed of doubt was planted.

Now, I had heard rumblings that my doubts were unfounded. I watched video review and once again I have my credit card at the ready. Not only will the Sony Reader accept SD Cards (of which I have a few laying about) it will also read PDF's. Sweet. The only problem? It probably won't be out until October.

People Stop Fighting Philadelphia City Hall - New York Times

It is no secret that I am a big fan of Philadelphia's City Hall, and it would seem I'm not the only one. Check out this New York Times article:

Three decades to put up one building might be considered long enough. For Philadelphia's remarkable City Hall, it has been an additional century - and counting - without anyone being able to see it as intended: a towering Victorian confection in gleaming white.

It is a nice, and quick, overview of the history of this amazing building. Every time I walk by it I still just stare at it and I have been walking by it at least 3 times a week for almost 4 years.

Sofa king


Those of you are privy to my interior decoration woes know that I have been on the look out for a couch (though my search has been very laid-back, as most of my life is). Friday, before heading out to Terry's bachelor party, Dan and I went to Ikea. Dan (who has stopped blogging, so no link for him!) recently moved and he needed some chairs for his table and I wanted to look at desks and sofas.

Now, the couch pictured above does not conform to my normal stylistic tastes, however, when I sat on it I knew it had to be mine. This thing is comfy and really what more can one ask from a couch?

The only thing is that the color above (which I like) is $100 more than other colors. What's up with that, Ikea?

Match Point

matchpoint.jpgEarlier today I did a little shopping and in my travels I saw that Match Point is out on DVD. I meant to see this movie when it was in the theater but I never got around to it (I'm a busy man). I then made up my mind that I would watch it tonight thanks to the magic of On Demand.

I demanded that my TV play the movie for me and play the movie it did (and so I watched it).

If I didn't know that this was a Woodie Allen movie I wouldn't have guessed it. The normal tips that you are watching an Allen movie (it is set in NYC, Woodie Allen is in it, or if he isn't there is a character that is him) were missing though the themes (love, money, and sex) were par for the course.

Overall, I thought this movie was very well done (though I think that Jonathan Rhys Meyers is kind of creepy looking, which works in this movie). The ending leaves you hanging a bit, but it ties in well with the theme of 'I'd rather be lucky than talented.'

I know many people aren't big fans of Woodie but who doesn't feel like this every once and awhile?