Sunday, September 30, 2012

..."I Used to Like Hot Wheels.... When I was Little"...

This kid’s so cute.

How can you not love the creativity and ingenuity of 9-year-old Caine Monroy?

He spent his summer building an elaborate cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited the world to play.

A short film by Nirvan, produced by Interconnected.
Caine's Arcade from Nirvan Mullick on Vimeo.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

...Sometimes I Just Wonder: Blink Twice edition

I am still working between working but things come up that get my attention, if only for a minute.

Sometimes it’s for a good reason, and sometimes not so much but a friend recently pointed out that the most excitement I express at anything these days is to blink twice in a row, hence the title.

For starters, if you pass Hernando Guanlao, give that man a hug and thank him for me. He managed to turn the front of his house (and part of his living room) into a free lending library.

No return dates, no late fees, and instead of people stealing books, they returned them and donated more.

I love this idea and would consider if I had a different living situation. And also if I didn’t hate the thought of strangers lurking around my house. I’m on another binge and need to get rid of a ton of books. I think if I sell everything I’m willing to part with for a quarter each, I could have an extra grand before Christmas. I wish I was joking. I have five full bookshelves and piles on every table and on the floor. I think I need a professional.

Kudos Mr. Guanlao.

And then Boo hiss to those Houston cops who were apparently so poorly trained that they had to shoot to death a double amputee to disarm him. The full story is here but here’s a quick summary:

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

...This Guy is Bad with Numbers...

First the 51 percent thing, now this.

What the heck was this all about?

I’m going to state this as “elegantly” as I can manage:

You, sir, are an idiot.

I’m so glad this was caught on tape because no one would believe it was ever said without the video evidence.
Who would think that someone could ever utter something so unbelievably stupid, divisive, and outright false? Especially if that someone were running for president.

How can you lead a group of people when you can’t stand nearly half the people in the group?
The thing is you can’t.

You just made it clear in your own words that you have no plans to even “worry about those people.”

So who are those people?  Those 47 percent who will vote for Obama anyway,  who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. …These are people who pay no income tax.”

Who doesn’t pay taxes?

People who are so far below the poverty line that the standard deduction leaves them with no taxable income, some seniors, and some fairly well to do folks who used some tax exemptions to whittle down to a zero balance due.  

Sunday, September 16, 2012

...This Explains It...

Tom Jones on the Midnight Special- -

My sister and I caught a replay of this entire program by accident once and before long the room sounded like a Beatles concert even though it was just the two of us.

Not hard to understand how a girl becomes a Tom Jones fan, those moves are hard to resist.

Third Rate Romance

“Give it to me, son” Love Machine


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

...This is the Post-Vacation Post...

Abbreviated versions of all the stuff I scribbled down over the last couple of weeks but didn’t post here because, yes, there are times, spaces, and places a girl can be without internet access.

Sometimes referred to as a vacation.

Needless to say I worked during my vacation, but I also cleaned up, caught up on books and movies, relaxed, and stared at a few hours of a Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta marathon.

There’s this chick that I thought had some sense fighting over that guy that used to make hits at Bad Boy Records with some girl with the most chiseled jaw and ballooned body parts I’ve ever seen on a biological woman.

And then another girl fighting a different chick in a ratty hair piece (that was on Flavor of Love, I think) over a guy that my mom kept calling "Lil Snappy."

Business as usual at VH1.

Something (sorta) different in Chicago where the teachers (average annual income: $71,000 - $76,000) went on strike over a pay increase cancellation, the potential inability to pass a standardized test and some other stuff.

I understand that some teachers are severely underpaid, but quite a few of them are incredibly overpaid. True, Pay cuts suck. I know this from personal experience, and I feel their pain, but won’t someone please think of the children?

I remember our teachers went on strike during my senior year. The school year was so late getting started, we had prom and graduation in June but were still in class until the middle of July.

On the subject of BS, best wishes to Kwame Kilpatrick. The former Detroit mayor is on trial for (alledgedly) doing a bad impersonation of Dick Cheney during his Halliburton days.

I still don’t know who Mr. Kilpatrick pissed off but they are on a mission to have him hanging, skinned and smoldering from the tallest tree in the city by early next year.

Then they’ll find some reason to take the corpse to court…. Burn, tax dollars, burn.

Speaking of bad politics, the Republican National Convention was as fascinating as it was terrifying.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

...If Cats Were as Crazy as Their People...

...They would invent this.

The funniest part of this "commercial" is really the music, but I bet the idea isn't that far from being on the market.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

...I'm Singin' in the Rain....

I have a pressing deadline,  and hope to be back up to full speed here next week.

In the meantime, please enjoy this wonderful documentary on Gene Kelly. The great American dancer and actor would have celebrated his 100th birthday on August 23.

I've mentioned before how he's been an influence in my life, and it would be safe to say he's a great part of the reason why I love musicals.... But even people that don't love musicals love Gene Kelly.

He was handsome, smart, creative, and incredibly talented.

Watch, and fall in love..
{Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer}

Kindest regards to Aldo Rodriguez for the upload. The folks at the library were probably getting suspicious of how often I was checking this video out.