Monday, April 30, 2007

The Mormons on PBS' "American Experience"

I'll be watching the most excellent PBS series Frontline tonight as they present part one of a two part show entitled The Mormons. I will watch in the interest of fairness - I don't much object to anyone's religion as long as they care for the sick, the elderly and kids. Oh, and no animal sacrifice or pledging your earthly assets to be selected as one of the "chosen." That last part tends to eliminate a lot of your wackier groups.

Living in Massachusetts I have just endured four years of the most pompous of political weenie boys as Governor, namely Willard (like the rat) "Mitt" Romney. I've written about Mr. Romney's self-image before. He has some pretty shitty sleazy friends. There are others who write about him more succinctly than I. Oh how I wish they wrote more often...

From a review in the Boston Globe it is my understanding that Mr. Romney appears only in news footage, but given that he is holding up his religion during his presidential campaign in the way that JFK held up his Catholic faith - I think the Mormons are due an airing out. Many in Massachusetts want to know more about the secret underwear. I doubt PBS will delve into that, but I'm open to learning more.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Petty & Meaningless I know

YES, I KNOW - These are meaningless statistics at this point in the season, but I love nothing more than a rousing Yankee defeat at Yankee Stadium (7-4) and then a gander at dismal Yankee standings. I don't know if it fully qualifies as schadenfreude, but whatever it is, it makes me feel good all over.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

The Expression Says Freedom

What a thrill for Stephen Hawking to be weightless at last. I hope he gets to space, but I'm guessing 25 seconds of freedom at a time is going to see him through for quite some time.

Friday, April 27, 2007

My Friend Cynthia, Lawyer of the Year!

My dear friend Cynthia Keliher was named "Legal Professional of the Year" at the CoreNet Global New England Region annual meeting last night. CoreNet is a big hoo hah corporate real estate & related professional organization. It was a huge event at the Seaport Hotel on the waterfront attended by real estate developers, moguls, lawyers and giant corporations - so it was a thrill and a treat to see a special friend receive a major award presented by her peers.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Without Comment

I do love a bit of suburban irony, thus I took the time out of my busy commute to the office to photograph this lovely station wagon with the skull trailer hitch cover. Awesome.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

I Love Jon Stewart

There was a whole lot of hoo hah over Jon Stewart's interview with Senator John McCain on the Daily Show last night. My take: They know each other (McCain is a frequent guest), they like each other, they went head to head for 15 minutes and no blood was shed. WTF? Why is everyone so itchy about it? I don't usually check the message boards on Comedy Central, but since NPR woke me up with the story this morning I figured I'd take a peek. OMG the operatives are totally burning up the boards with "McCain is owed an apology" demands. That is nonsense - Jon Stewart simply asked questions that no "real" newsman will ask. The intro question alone should earn him a Pulitzer, or at least a Peabody. Judge for yourself - one clip below, others located at Comedy Central.







To balance the comedy factor, tonight I watched inspired journalism on Bill Moyers Journal in a segment entitled "Buying the War - How did the mainstream press get it so wrong?" It pained me to the core to listen to media wonks try to explain how they let the build up to the war go unchecked. The piece is worth checking out online (or check your local PBS listings for the repeat.)

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Coen Brothers: Worth Waiting For

Coens ready for 'Man,' 'Burn'
Brothers pact with Focus, Working Title

By Dade Hayes

Joel and Ethan Coen have set "A Serious Man" -- a dark comedy in the vein of "Fargo" -- with Focus Features and Working Title. Both brothers are slated to be credited as writers, producers and directors.

"Serious Man" is the second of a two-pic pact the brothers made with Focus and Working Title. It will follow "Burn After Reading," set to start shooting this summer. Brad Pitt recently joined George Clooney and Frances McDormand in that pic. Plot details on both films are under wraps.

The Coens are wrapping post work on Cannes entry "No Country for Old Men" for Miramax and Paramount Vantage. Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will exec produce the two films. Past Coen pics at the company include "Fargo," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and "The Man Who Wasn't There."

Working Title has supplied Focus with a few titles in recent years, notably "Pride & Prejudice" and the current "Hot Fuzz." UTA brokered the deal on behalf of the Coens.
Read the full article at:

http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117963633.html

Monday, April 23, 2007

Firmly in WTF Territory, but I Want One!

It is with pleasure that I turn you on to the amazing work by Mike Eaton at www.donutart.com - yeah, that's Donut Art dot com. And it totally frigging rules.

I want everything you see here. I LOVE the Warholesque prints - and hello, felt donuts. I may have an original made so I can put catnip in it for Badcat & T-Bone.

Just sayin'




Sunday, April 22, 2007

Red Sox Sweep!

Awesome three game series concluded at Fenway with a great final win over the Yankees. It is the first time the Sox have swept the Yanks at Fenway Park in 17 years. It wouldn't matter if it was the first time since last year - any win over the Yankees is sweet - a sweep is sweeter still.

Sweet highlight: 4 solo homeruns in the third, which were enhanced by Mike Lowell's three run shot in the seventh.

I'll try to remember this later in the season when the team name changes from "my beloved Sox" to "the rotten bums."

Go team.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Saturday in a Nutshell

1. Sick as a dog with a miserable cold.

2. Tom grilled for the first time this year (salmon - delish!)

3. Red Sox crushed the Yankees again today.

Without number three, number one would have been unbearable and number two would likely have gone unnoticed. One more with the Yankees tomorrow. Must rest now.

What's Up With the Green Shirts?

The second most frequently asked question about last night's Red Sox game (after "What is A-Rod taking?") was "What's up with the green shirts?"

The shirts were officially licensed this year so the Sox could wear them on St. Patrick's Day, but last night they wore them because late Celtics legend Red Auerbach was honored during the pre-game. Another Celetic's legend, Bob Cousy, threw out the first pitch - and that's really nice, but those shirts are ugly.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Red Sox Win! Red Sox Win!

Wearing the UGLIEST uniform shirts and hats EVER - my Red Sox pulled one out of their hats tonight, defeating the Yankees 7-6 at Fenway Park. Newbie pitcher Hideki Okajima pulls out the save to the delight of Red Sox nation everywhere. Nice start to the series boys, now don't screw it up.

J.D. Drew watches Coco Crisp (legs) flip over the bullpen wall as he attempted to rob Alex Rodriguez of his second homerun of the game. The three-run shot gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead in the fifth. (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin)

Catholic Church Ends Limbo

That was the mini headline on Yahoo! when I got home tonight. Interesting (?) theological thinking behind the apparent wish to abolish the concept of Limbo. I'll take it as a sign of progress that some fine relgious minds have seen fit to revisit the concept of infants who die without being baptized not going straight to heaven. I mean really - WTF?

Thursday, April 19, 2007

April is the Saddest Month

On the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, a day before the anniversary of the Columbine killings and still reeling from the horrible events at Virginia Tech I tried to think of happy events that occurred in April. I couldn't think of anything, but that's why we have "the Google." I didn't find much to be happy about, but here are three things:

1934 - Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, "Stand Up and Cheer"


1956 - Grace Kelly marries Monaco's Prince Rainier III

1967 - "Casino Royale" premieres (featuring Woody Allen as "Jimmy Bond")

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

When Things are too Sad

Lead with the cats. Or redirect to Cute Overload or Stuff on My Cat (or the new Stuff on my Mutt.) I'm still too sad about what happened at Virginia Tech to say anything nice in this space. Here are some snapshots in lieu of words.

Sometimes T-Bone and Badcat share the sun.

Sometimes Badcat just gives me "the look."

Sometimes Badcat just likes to stare.

Monday, April 16, 2007

There are No Words

There are no words, only tears and prayers for the entire Virginia Tech community. How utterly devestating. My deespest sympathies to everyone there.

I will rant about guns at a later date.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Happy Birthday Saturday

Not Happy Birthday to me - it was for Me and Tommy's friend David who was celebrating 50 years with good friends and family at a pub at the edge of the North End in Boston - with toasts and laughs and all happy things that you wish for when kicking off the second half of your life.

Happy Birthday David! Feliz compleanos!

David and his bride Robyn (with a present older than him!)

Preppy bastards!

David & brother Daniel.

David proposes a birthday toast!

David, sister-in-law Berta & Daniel.

Reed Foehl at the Lizard Lounge

Tom and I joined friends Sarah and Scot for a lively supper at the Forest Café in Cambridge, MA tonight. Two words - excellent margaritas. Most excellent. The food was an interesting combination of Cambridge and Tex Mex. I had the super-spicy smoked pork adobado - and orangey, Tabasco-ey treat. We walked in at the perfect time as we were seated immediately and then the whole world showed up asked for a table. I love that - I don't feel pressured to hurry up and eat, but I don't slow down either.

We chose the Forest Café due to its proximity to the Lizard Lounge. Sarah and Scot forwarded a link to Reed Foehl's website and MySpace page so I could listen to his music. I found it quite beautiful and figured what the heck - now that smoking is banned, it is actually pleasant to go out and hear music. Except for all those annoying people. But maybe that's just me...

Reed's special guest was Gregory Alan Isakov - quite a soulful singer/guitarist whose opening set I truly enjoyed. Gregory came on at about 9:45pm - and after two margaritas - he had to be good for me to stay awake. Since both artists were travleling light it was an easy transition for Reed Foehl to come on at 10:15ish. The crowd was very excited, and in their rush to get close, completely blocked my view - so here is a photo of the people who annoyed me.

Don't get me started on the wardrobe - even the Fug Girls would be shocked at at the fashion hardship I had to endure.

A very nice young man seated next to me (named Brian Beaucher) was also a victim of the attack the badly dressed tall people. Gah. He was much nicer than me~

I enjoyed Reed's set nevertheless and arrived home feeling happy and tired and full up on good music.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

Fare Thee Well, Kurt Vonnegut

American Author Kurt Vonnegut has died at age 84. I don't remember how I came to read Slaughterhouse Five in the 9th grade - it was definitely not part of the curriculum, but the high school had a great libary. I snickered through Breakfast of Champions during band practice and Cat's Cradle during debate practice. Hmm, when I read that I realize that Mr. Vonnegut was busy writing about the end of the world and I was in full dork mode.

You shall be missed sir. Fare thee well.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Please Vote for Me!

Slideshare.net is having a "World's Best Presentation Contest" and I want an X-Box. Please vote for me! I realize that this is not the world's best presentation, but it is all I'm offering.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Like Friday the 13th Only Tuesday!

I started a post early this morning with these phrases:

Today, on this special day, Red Sox opening day, a day when, at least for a few hours, much of Boston acts like the fantasy town of tight-knit brothers we wish it could be. We all root for the home team, we pray for no snow, anything other than a rout, and maybe a parking space near Fenway. I wish that everyone finds time to sneak a few minutes in front of a TV or radio to see or hear a few minutes of the game (tickets to opening day wouldn't suck either, as long as you brought your parka.)

I was really sort of hopeful in a lame kind of way. It was opening day, another chance to hope or dream that "this might be the year."

Thank God it was a draft, because then I got to work.

Damn if the world wasn't upside down today. Every call was an angry one, every email had a "tone" that was not wholly pleasing, every request was without a please, a thank you or clear direction. Every request a demand. In short the day was totally screwed.

But then the Red Sox won 14-3 and some of the assiness faded. It flared up, but then it leveled out. (After some additional flare ups.)

So for tomorrow, everybody chill - the hometeam won opening day. Get a grip for tomorrow Dice-K is pitching his first home game. We need all the good karma we can get.

Kevin Youkilis indicates that Jason Variitek should "go left."

Jason did "go left" to beat the tag.

Up top: I have no idea how Mike Timlin's body does what it does.
All photos belong to the Boston Globe and the photographers (Barry Chin & Matthew Lee.)

Monday, April 09, 2007

Best Line from a Blog

"ersatz superiority"

Best line from the Fug Girls' monthly occasional round-up of idiotic emails answered by Intern George. I have to work that into a meeting today.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Happy Easter

HBO reveals its corporate bastard sly sense of humor by launching the 7th and final season of The Sopranos tonight. And it's about damn time.

In honor of the occasion I prepared a special "Sopranos supper" which included haricot vert (swanky string beans) and what I'm calling Satriale's Lasagna. It's a thick lasagna with a layer of sweet Italian sausage, a layer of thinly sliced roma tomatoes and fresh basil, and a layer of crimini mushrooms - of course the dish features plenty of ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and a garlicy basil tomato sauce.

Looking forward to the Sopranos and to the return of Entourage. Thoughts tomorrow (if the shows are comment-worthy.)

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Boston Saturday

The Casners had some errands in town, so Tom and I went in to point them in the direction of their needs and then we went on photo safari.

Bronze detail over a doorway in Boston.

Look up!

The new InterContinental Hotel in Boston. Very cool architecture.

The normally reserved Thomas Magno.

Madge commands you to buy her shoddy wares NOW. Right now.

We went for lunch at Neptune Oyster in the North End.

We consumed many oysters from Martha's Vineyard and Wellfleet as an appetizer.

This is a photo of the best lobster roll I have ever had. The best. And I have had a lot of lobster rolls in my life.



Friday, April 06, 2007

Friday Night Bites: The Harvest

Dear Friends Jame, Liz and AJ Casner are visiting from St. Thomas. Tonight we went for supper in Cambridge at The Harvest. Jamie's college friend Bill Brady joined us and it was a rollicking good time. Lovely food, lively conversation and delightful, unhurried service. Bravo Harvest. Jamie grins.

Liz is dubious, Bill is amused.

Thomas being devilishly handsome.

A.J. looking forward to oysters.

Me and Tom - camera in the hands of Bill.


We finished the evening at the utterly delicious Rialto for a sip of prosecco or fine wine. It was a lovely, foodie evening.