Friday, July 07, 2006

A Foreign Affair

A Foreign Affair details the journey Western men undertake to find a foreign wife. Well written and an intriguing subject. Anybody up for a little trip to Eastern Europe?

Monday, June 26, 2006

Shut up Al Gore!

If MY humble review didn't convince you, then this may.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

The Business is of Chewy

If you're into entrepreneuralism, check out Guy Kawasaki's video on the Art of the Start. He says everything better than I could.

On another note, I think we need another Gospel. Yeah, we have the standard four: Mattius, Markius, Lukifer, und Jon. And we also have the crazy: Thomas, Mary, Barabus, Ryu and Jos. (Thank you Da Vinci Code for that act of blasphemy and ruining all of our lives!!)

Alas, I've decided there needs to be one more voice to this otherwise salacious cachophony of a Venetian Boys Choir. His is a story that starts like no others and tells a tale of intrigue, betrayal and adventure. With these ever faithful words "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" our furry scribe recounts the Gospel according to Chewbacca.

Yes! Only Chewy was there when Jesus defeated an uprising on the moon of Endor and when Jesus met his darkside clone. Only Chewy was there for the miracle known as Ewoks. For it was Jesus who created these little cherubs out of fish and bread. And Chewy was there when Jesus defeated Jon Luc Piccard in a run through the American Gladiator Gauntlet. All this without steroids or HGH. And Chewy even inspires us with Chewbaca 3:16 "AARRRGGG". Ahhh... the memories.

Ok... that was kind of silly. But there's been sillier.

Mitesh out!

PS... Clerks 2 is coming out.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Some people are just more special than us...

Andre is, well... something special.


Dare we take any advice from anyone?

Maybe we'll listen to Stewie!

There's also Colbert @ Knox College.

Well, you are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what’s going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say “yes.” And if you’re lucky, you’ll find people who will say “yes” back.

Now will saying “yes” get you in trouble at times? Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”

And that’s The Word.

Monday, June 12, 2006

Bejeweled -- I hate thee...

You ever achieve a goal faster than you expected? And not only faster, but also shatter your goal with meteoric levels?

I play bejeweled ... a lot. Its a nice little game on my cell phone that passes boring minutes when traveling by subway or listening to people. I even use it to duck out of work to play on the toilet bowl.

Bejeweled, if you haven't played before, is matching colors in horizontal or vertical lines. Then getting them to combo. Each time you combo, you gain time. This is clever and unexpect, so obviously I felt confused and scared. After playing though I gained a modicum of proficiency. In about a month's time I gained a score of 3000. This was phenomenal considering a I was lingering around 1000 most of the time and peaked at 2400 before. At this time, I decided I would give up the game when I get a score greater than 10,000. I jokingly said this thinking it would take me the rest of the year to do this. In this sense, I would have had several bouts of boredom with the game and incrimentally increased my skill as well.

Eventually, I broke the 3000 mark and found my self at 3600. Everything was moving as planned. My average score was about 2200. Not bad. Then in a short time I passed that score and got 3900. Again my average was in the 2000s. Soon though, I discovered something. My basic tactic had evolved as follows:
1. I did something! Horray!
2. Get the nearest ones to you
3. Setup for the coolest patterns (I didn't mention this before, but chains of 4, chains of 5, L shapes and T shapes all count... and I suspect they count more.)

I knew chains were kick ass. They not only gave me more points, but more time. I realized if I just made chains at the bottom the random nature of the top will create plenty of combos. Eventually, my score leaped to 4000 then to 4900. I took a little break and played another game. Then came back and in a few weeks I broke my record. Some where in 5000s. Then I broke 6000 soon there after. Eventually I had 6800 and lingered there. I still thought it would be a while till I broke it. And this record stood for about two weeks. But no! I had to pick it up today. Things were going smoothly. Most games last about 7 minutes now that I average about 4000. (At first games lasted about 3 minutes).

In the interim from my last strategy revelation, I realized that taking a break and pausing the game is great for getting a better score. So in the middle of this game I was perplexed as to how much time I had vs. how drained I felt from the game. I looked at my score and realized I was probably gonna break my score. I was flowing pretty well and I was above 7000 already. So I took a little breather and came back. I continued and I had my eye on and off the score. When I still had an abundance of time left at 9400, I knew it was going to happen. I always get a little panicky at this point because I might just fuck up and just fall short. But then I passed it. 10,000 accomplished. Horray. Or not really. I was a filled with melancholy at the achievement. I expected the goal to really last longer. To have to 'figure' something else out. But it happened. Then I went on to 11,000 then 12,000 ... 13,000 14, 15... And then I ended with a score of 17, 660. I have to say I am quite proud of this accomplishment. But I can't really say I want to play ever again. Mainly b/c this game isn't suppose to take 1/2 hour of my time. Yeah I could set 50,000 as a new 'goal' but I don't think I want that goal. So the search is on for another cell phone based casual game. Anyone have any suggestions? Maybe Bowling?

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

666 -- The Number of the Beast

Today is 6-6-06. You've probably seen all those eerie pics up around town for "The Omen". At first that really sketched me out especially when I was driving at 60 mph on the 59th St. Bridge. But then a friend clued me in.

It also turns out to be Nation Day of Slayer. And while I didn't skip work or murder my neighbor's dog, I did listen to some Slayer. Totally rocks!

If you can't do that, I suggest you watch Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast". I love this video. I swear somebody they went to high school with was like "Hey! That songs pretty awesome. You should make a video... I can do that. You know. Remember the ummm, video I made of us drinking by the 7-11? Yeah... I joined the A/V club after that." So it is the most rocking video ever. And then at one point there's two ballroom dancers doing their thing. And I'm pretty sure the bassist was talking to the guys one day. "Hey our video is going to kick ass. But you know my sister. She and her boyfriend are ballroom dancers and it would really mean a lot to them if they could get some exposure. I think our video would help. You think we could get them in? Huh?" Like I said, best video ever. Better than Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy".

So 6-6-06 is like a crazy day for some people. Women are afraid to give birth to their sons on this day, some are looking forward to doing it all the little children in the neighborhood were singing nursery ryhmes in hauting minor keys. It was freaking me out. Don't freak me out.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Al Gore - Not A Robit No More

Al Gore. We've know you as:
Vice President
Protector of the Space
Time Continuum
(it's in the Constitution!)

But now you've out done yourself. You're fighting the invading army of GLOBAL WARMING!!!

In An Inconvenient Truth, Gore succinctly and meticulously lays out the ever growing threat of global warming. And he does this with a new found southern charm and an impassioned confidence.

Yes... I said charm, believe it or not.

His hard-nosed science is interspersed with self-deprecating humor, poking fun at the insular mindedness of the old guards and his own naïveté. All this with a hint of "Well, shucks. I'm from Teeeennn-es-eee" in his voice.

His awareness of the science is far deeper than the average person's. (Who'd have guess that the earth is a nonlinear dynamic system? not I!) I'm grateful he's been able to do his homework. But for Zombie Jesus' sake, will you post your slides on the website! I could easily take contention with his presentation of data and his penchant for skimming over the complex messages of scientific work. But that is easily forgivable is the greater light of his noble pursuit.

And yes... it is noble. For once we may have a candidate that feels like he has to be running for president to change the way the world works and not to prove himself to daddy. Its certainly what the Dems have been dying for and something, I feel, America needs. He's embraced his own voice in this movie. I hope he doesn't suffer a bout of laryngitis.

This movie is a way for him to test the waters without getting too wet. And he has, as all heroes must, put the mission before himself; so even if he dies trying to pass the torch, he will die with no regrets. But with that said, I think everyone should see this movie. We witness the transformation of a man as he unfolds his passion for serving humanity.

I only have two hopes for him. First, whoever kept him on message for this film is one of his trusted confidants through the campaign trail. As long as he doesn't have too many voices attempting to drown out his impassioned message, he stands the chance of making a lasting impact on the political, economic and technological world (again).

Secondly, I hope he develops some more charisma. Even though he is charming, I felt his charm was scripted. If he develops a genuine willingness to play with his audience and dissenters (dissenters... no! There can be any of those! Can there? Maybe.) he'll charm the methophorical pants off America. (And I hope we're wearing a lacy thong!) When his sense of charm finally spills over into his identity, he'll finally be charismatic. Maybe a year and a half is time enough to refine that quality.

But if we don't elect him (and not saying he's earned my vote, just my ear) we can always romanticize over what could have been... or maybe elect his head in 3008!

(Psssttt... I hope this was a joy for all Futurama fans. I wish I had something with the news monster... AWWWW--- EFF IT! Here he is!)