Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Something So Wrong

Dr. Paul Meier mentioned Paul Simon’s song “Something So Right” as a good picture of someone who tries to avoid pain in life and, inevitably, finds more pain. It is funny how, in life, people tend to attract what they don’t want.

I had a dear friend who grew up in an abusive household. And so who did she wind up with? Guys who beat her, abused her, and mistreated her. She was miserable, but couldn’t really see herself being happy. When she met someone who treated her like royalty, she ran away from him and into the arms of another abuser. How sad...

You’ve got the cool water
When the fever runs high
You’ve got the look of love light in your eyes
And I was in crazy motion
’til you calmed me down
It took a little time
But you calmed me down

When something goes wrong
I’m the first to admit it
I’m the first to admit it
And the last one to know

when something goes right
Well it’s likely to lose me, mm
It’s apt to confuse me
It’s such an unusual sight
Oh, I can’t, I can’t get used to something so right
Something so right

They’ve got a wall in China
It’s a thousand miles long
To keep out the foreigners they made it strong
And I’ve got a wall around me
That you can’t even see
It took a little time
To get next to me

When something goes wrong
I’m the first to admit it
I’m the first to admit it
And the last one to know

when something goes right
Well it’s likely to lose me, mm
It’s apt to confuse me
because it’s such an unusual sight
Oh, I swear, I can’t get used to something so right
Something so right

Some people never say the words “I love you”
It’s not their style
to be so bold
Some people never say those words “I love you”
But like a child they’re longing to be told, mm

When something goes wrong
I’m the first to admit it
I’m the first to admit it
And the last one to know
when something goes right
Well it’s likely to lose me, mm
It’s apt to confuse me
because it’s such an unusual sight
I swear, I can’t, I can’t get used to something so right
Something so right

Isn’t that such an accurate portrayal of life? But it doesn’t have to be that way, does it? I am taking a note from my buddy Charlie Peacock’s songbook... his song “Personal Revolution” is a point-of-interest on the GPS of life that I’m ready to follow.

How about you?

Monday, April 28, 2008

Be Informed... Cautious... Smart... Sure...

I had one of those experiences everyone hates...

I had some oysters that wound up declaring war against my digestive tract. After shots of anti-diarrheal medication and a few dozen trips to the commode, I finally recovered.

Gulf oysters are great... but you need to make sure you have all the information you need before sitting down for a meal that could give you a bad experience... and possibly kill you.






Come out of your shell!




Gas Pains...

It is official... the price of gasoline has jumped over the $4.00 point in California and pundits including Mike Macintosh are predicting that a new 80¢ federal gas tax (with added local taxes) will put it over $5.00 before anyone knows it.

In today’s New York Times, truckers circled the Capitol in a horn-blaring caravan to protest the high cost of diesel fuel required to transport... well, everything we need including food and clothing.

Meanwhile, the presidential candidates are chiming in about the whole gas thing.

  • Senator John McCain wants to suspend the 18.4¢ per gallon federal excise tax on gasoline... but only over the summer
    .
  • Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to do the same
    .
  • Senator Barack Obama derided the proposal on the grounds that it could do more harm than good

If you missed today’s protest and still want an opportunity to let the world know how you feel about high gas prices, click here to see our designs.

Handicapping

Every office in America has a pool to pick the winners for each season of each major sporting event. Are you one of those who puts their five dollars in never to see it again? Yeah… I thought so. And I am tired of it too. So, I took a peeky-peek at nfl picks.

For the best handicapping, check out nfl picks.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Ballad of Emmett Till Coming to Chicago

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April 26 thru June 1

@

The Goodman Theatre
170 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL. 60601

Tickets are limited

Please call the box office at 312.443.3800 to purchase tickets

featuring:

Joseph Anthony Byrd, John Wesley, Deidrie Henry, Karen Aldridge, Samuel G. Roberson, Jr., Phillip James Brannon, Morocco Omari, Cliff Chamberlain, Kristina Johnson, Chris Sullivan, Kirk Anderson, Brian McCaskill, and myself Nambi E. Kelley as Ruthie May Crawford

Click link below for the Goodman backstage blog:

http://www.goodmantheatre.org/Season/EmmettTill/Journal.aspx


The Goodman Theatre, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit theater, has won international renown for the quality of productions, the depth and diversity of artistic leadership, and the excellence of its many community and educational programs. The Goodman is committed to producing both classic and contemporary works, giving full voice to a wide range of artists and visions.

Central to that mission is the Goodman Artistic Collective, a diverse group of outstanding theater artists whose distinctive visions have given the Goodman an artistic identity of uncommon richness and variety. By dedicating itself to three guiding principles—quality, diversity, and community—Goodman Theatre seeks to be the premier cultural organization in Chicago, providing productions and programs that make an essential contribution to the quality of life in our city.

The Goodman Theatre is located in the heart of Chicago’s vibrant downtown Theatre District. For more information about the theatre, please click here for the theatre’s list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Soon We’ll Swoon for the June Moon

June is the month for weddings… which means you should be making your preliminary plans for that happy day. Of course, there are some of us who are just hoping we can get a date between now and June… but for those who have wedding plans, there is nothing more important than the Wedding Invitations.

Now, you might remember the dilemma that George Costanza had in that classic episode of Seinfeld. His fiancée licked the cheap wedding invitations and dropped dead. Well, this won’t happen to you when you get your invitations from 1st Class Wedding Invitations. Not only won’t their Wedding Invitations cause you or your fiancée to die, but they are customizable.

When you visit the web site, you will be presented with hundreds of original designs. No matter what you have in mind for your special day: something cute, something colorful… something religious, or something ethnic. Regardless, you are guaranteed to find the wedding invitation that you will absolutely love.

I went to the site thinking perhaps something romantic would work. Actually, I wanted something with a Superbowl theme but, well… you know. So, we saw this “Romeo and Juliet” design that just screamed romantic. It features the famous painting on Ecru cardstock… divine!The site allows you to select a verse, a quote, a font type and color… with numerous options to give you the perfect design for your wedding.

Now, if only I can get Megan Fox to return my phone calls...


Jail Time for Blade?

Say it ain’t so...



A federal judge has sentenced actor Wesley Snipes, known for his roles in action-adventure films such as the Blade trilogy and Demolition Man, to three years in prison for tax evasion (plus, a year of probation as the proverbial cherry on top).

In addition to the jail time, Snipes will have to pay up to $17 million in back taxes plus penalties and interest.

Of course, the legal system allows for an appeal... and there is the possibility that the jail time could go bye bye. But then again... Snipes’ next starring role could possibly be...



Read the full story (and some additional information about Snipes in general) at the Los Angeles Times.

Moe and Shemp’s Pool Party

Lost candid footage from the 1920’s...


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

R.I.P. Mister Frick


Werner Groebli

Ice Skating’s Frick

1916 - 2008

R.I.P. Syke Dyke


Syke Dyke (a/k/a Robert Reed), keyboardist for the Washington DC go-go band Trouble Funk, has exited the planet.

Go-Go music never really caught on because it is more suited for live performance and not for recordings.

Still, those who caught Trouble Funk and other related bands (including EU which had a hit with “Doin’ Da Butt”) know that this unique genre of music will definitely have your body parts moving.

Rest in peace mister keyboard playah!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Hero Song

Andy and Ellen’s Nightmare...

Ben Stein Expelled...

How Low-Fat Milk is Made

Friday, April 18, 2008

1930’s Predictions for 21st Century Fashion

Thanks David for turning us on to this video clip from the 1930’s where they predicted how fashion would look in the 21st Century.

Ooh... S W I S H!

Personally, I'd like to wear what dude is wearing... with the tin can strapped to my side for holding candy. Yum!


You're Hired! Now, Go Collect Unemployment...

An interesting item in The New York Times about people who lost their Wall Street jobs... before their first full day at work.

This is yet another side effect of the current economic crisis in America and, as the article mentions, these Ivy League graduates may have some difficulties getting a paycheck coming in.

The young woman pictured on the right is one of those whose financial career crashed and burned before it started. The article states that she may have other options.

We hope so.

R.I.P. Chris Gaffney


We received word from Variety that roots rock musician Chris Gaffney died yesterday in Newport Beach, California, at the far too young age of 57.

Gaffney performed solo as well as with groups including the Hacienda Brothers and with Dave Alvin's band.

He is survived by his wife Julie; a daughter; two brothers; and a sister... for all of whom our prayers have gone up.

If you would like to read additional details, check the article in the Los Angeles Times.

The $60,000 VW May Return

Being a Volkswagen fan for many years, I was intrigued by the idea of the Phaeton, a high-end VW that competes with more pricey German vehicles. Unfortunately, the price (and reported electrical problems) put the kaibosh on the car here in the USA.

What made the Phaeton worth $60,000? Well, the development process for the older brother to the Passat resulted in the development of over 100 individual patents specific to the Phaeton. The vehicle’s distinctive features included a draftless four-zone climate system, a unique air compressor suspension system, the VW 4-motion all wheel drive, and the ability to dynamically select your preferred ride type from comfort to sport.

Phaeton also had the “Klavier Lack” option in which the vehicle would be double painted and sanded in-between the first and second paint applications for a classy exterior look.

Well, according to Left Lane, the Phaeton has been redesigned for 2008 and is doing quite well in Europe. It could return to the U.S. market in 2010 at the earliest. Maybe, by that time, I can afford to buy one.

Just kidding...

For those of you still scratching your heads over the idea of a high-end Volkswagen, check out the U.K. VW Phaeton Web Site.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Comida con el Raton

One of my colleagues was complaining about his lunch... a single sized “imitation” pizza from a place we refer to as the bac-a-teria. That inspired me to invite a friend out for a real lunch... pizza baked to perfection with pepperoni, sweet peppers, and basil.

We were enjoying ourselves until my friend gasped. She jumped straight up in the air without changing from the seated position and shrieked, “A rat!”

No one else in the restaurant, including a family of five at the table next to us, noticed a rat the size of a Jack Russell Terrier running across the floor of the restaurant. It dashed toward the kitchen, hopping over the feet of one of the waiters who nonchalantly looked down and kept serving as if nothing had happened. My friend wanted to get up and leave... but this was really good pizza!

Apparently rats like more than just pizza. Take a look at the video below:

Next time, I think we will be getting our pizza from the bac-a-teria.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Add This To My Gift List

The Few. The Proud. The Ironmen?

Given the imminent release of the Robert Downey Jr. movie Ironman, it is interesting that the military is developing a similar suit for our troops.

You can read more details (and see video clips) at BBC by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Is There a Doctor in the House?

A doctor is needed to help remove Barack Obama’s foot from his mouth.

All Obama supporters are probably kicking themselves over his now infamous comments about poor folks clinging to guns and religion.

And, of course, Hillary has been going on about it like it is World War Three or something. Meanwhile, gasoline is over $4.00 a gallon in some places and over 4,000 brave men and women have died in the Persian Gulf... but stop the presses!

Well, Obama is not the only one to open his mouth and change feet. And we are not specifically talking about Hillary.

You may have read in The New York Times where Kentucky Republican Congressman Geoff Davis referred to Senator Obama as...

That Boy...

Oh, yes he did!

So, it seems that lips are slipping all over the place... and we could watch the Battle Royale over who said what to or about or in reference to whom... or we can deal with the real issues that are plaguing Americans.

So say we all!

The T-5000 Will Terminate Terrorists but Keep You Safe

You remember our blog on that device that allows TSA to see through your clothing? Well, the British have a device that presumably works better... but allows you to maintain your dignity (and doesn’t provoke laughter from TSA agents.

CBS did a story about this new device, the T-5000.

No, it isn’t a terminator. At least, I hope it isn’t. If it is... we hope it looks more like Summer Glau than Arnold Schwarzenegger.

But seriously folks, this camera is so sensitive that it can tell whether the substance in your pocket is sugar or cocaine -- and from a distance of 40 feet. Yet, it does not expose your “naughty bits.”

The camera sees objects that emit Terahertz, or T-rays. Human beings and many inanimate objects emit T-rays, a form of low level energy naturally emitted from all materials, including rocks, plants, animals and people. They can pass through smoke, clouds and many solid materials like clothing, and in some cases, even walls, the company claims.

Check out this video, compliments of CBS:

Monday, April 14, 2008

Make an Anatomically Correct Brain Cake - wikiHow


How to Make an Anatomically Correct Brain Cake


from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit

If ever you're in the mood, or in the company of neuroscientists with something to celebrate, you may have need to create an anatomically correct brain cake.

Steps


  1. Choose an illustration as your pattern. Look for something without a lot of detail, but enough to create the major brain areas. Google Images (http://images.google.com) should return a few options. Print and cut out a pattern that is the correct size for your cake.
  2. Bake your cake. Be aware when you're planning to present your cake, the final cake will be 1.5-2" (4-5cm) wider then your template. Two 9" (23cm) rounds were sufficient for the cake in these pictures. Bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Let it cool completely. Meanwhile...
  3. Make at least 1 batch of marshmallow fondant (depending on the size of your cake), and color it with food coloring. 4 drops of red, 4 drops of yellow, and 2 drops of green makes a good grey matter color. The marshmallow fondant article does not recommend using any butter or shortening for greasing hands and work spaces, but a slightly shiny texture is not undesirable here, so use as much as you want because it gets very sticky.
  4. Assemble your cake. Stack each layer with a small amount of filling. Don't over do it with the filling or they may slide around. Do not frost the outside of your cake.
  5. Position your pattern on top of the cake, and score the cake with a knife to leave the outline of your pattern in the cake.
  6. Remove the pattern and carefully carve the cake into the shape of your pattern. You can cut each piece off in sections to make it easier. Don't worry if it's not perfect, since everything will eventually be covered with frosting and fondant. Slightly round the sharp edges.
  7. Frost your cake completely.
  8. Powder your work surface with a good amount of corn starch. Pinch off a lemon-sized ball of marshmallow fondant and roll it out to about 1/4-1/8" (3-6mm) thick.
  9. Work one cortex (area) at a time.
    • Wrinkle, mold, stretch, and otherwise manhandle the rolled fondant into grey matter, and then use your rounded form to do the final shaping of the cortex. Use your cut-out pattern as a guide and take your time. You can always mash it back into a ball, add some water and start over.
    • Carefully place the finished piece onto the frosted cake. Trim any excess with a pizza cutter.
    • Repeat for each cortex.
    • When you come to the cerebellum (the walnut-shaped structure near the back of the brain), roll a lime-size ball of fondant very thin, 1/8" (3mm) thick. Fold back and forth like a fan and then flatten slightly for the desired effect.

  10. Add the brain stem. Roll out your fondant and lay it on flat. Trim excess with a pizza cutter. Once you've covered the entire cake you're done!


Tips


  • Pipe names of brain regions using colored frosting.
  • Use chocolate chips to make an EEG grid. Pipe on the numbers. A plastic bag filled with 1 tablespoon of white frosting makes a great fine-tipped pastry bag in a pinch. Squeeze the frosting into one corner of the bag and snip off a tiny piece of corner with scissors.
  • Use shortening or butter to grease hands and work surface while making marshmallow fondant.
  • Grease the fondant ball with shortening or butter and wrap it tightly in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out. Keep the extra wrapped up while molding brain regions.
  • If your fondant becomes dry, work in some water a few drops at a time.


Things You'll Need


  • 2 9" Round cake pans
  • Boxed cake mix
  • 1 to 2 batches of marshmallow fondant
  • Long, sharp knife
  • Frosting
  • Corn starch
  • Rounded form (upside down glass bowl, easter egg cake pan)
  • Pizza cutter
  • Colored frosting for piping (optional)
  • Chocolate chips (optional)


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Funny Video from SNL

Dirty Soap?


Have you seen the clip on BBC about how soap operas from India are very popular in Afghanistan... yet, they are controversial because they show things that are uncomfortable for Afghani viewers... like a woman’s bare shoulders.

I hope they never get American soaps exported over there...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Historic Win in Augusta

For the first time in 30 years, a South African won the Masters in Augusta, Georgia.

Four months after surgery to remove a tumor from his back, Trevor Immelman came out ahead of Tiger Woods and other superstars to win his first green jacket.

Congratulations!

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Stooge Blooper

The Three Stooges did so many crazy stunts, it is almost unthinkable that they actually screwed up from time to time. But, look at the following clip where Moe clearly twists his ankle in his high heels... skipping on the opposite foot a couple times in an attempt to regain his balance... and then busting his a$$ after falling across the bed.



The funny thing, Shemp and Larry just carried on without missing a beat. What showmanship!

Friday, April 11, 2008

Save The Date

Howard University to Host MSNBC Special on Race

Tune in at 9 p.m. to MSNBC for a live three-hour special on race and racial reconciliation in America broadcast from my alma mater, Howard University. You can also watch online by visiting MSNBC.

The special will feature the premiere of “Meeting David Wilson,” a young African-American man’s journey of self-discovery from his upbringing in Newark to his ancestral roots in North Carolina dating back to slavery. Following the documentary, there will be a live on-air town hall discussion hosted by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams with contributor Tiki Barber.

Featured on the panel will be Howard University faculty member Greg E. Carr, Ph.D., associate professor of Afro-American Studies, whose research and work in developing curriculum and instructional strategies to improve African-American male educational performance has informed several major educational reform Initiatives.

Other panelists scheduled to appear will include, Tom Joyner, Michael Eric Dyson, Malaak Compton-Rock, Kriss Turner, Kevin Powell, Mike Barnicle, Tim Wise, and Rev. Buster Soaries.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Another One Bites The Dust

News flash! This just in...

Dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit... dit...

Mark Penn, Chief Strategist for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, has agreed to step aside as chief strategist in the wake of revelations that he lobbied on behalf of a trade treaty that Mrs. Clinton opposes.

I am thinking it will soon be time for someone to sing that Carol Burnett closing number...

Earth Day 2008

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

R.I.P. Charlton Heston


The New York Times alert just landed in my inbox.

Charlton Heston has exited the planet.

Heston portrayed many memorable characters including:

  • Moses
  • Michaelangelo
  • El Cid
  • Ben-Hur

It was the character Ben-Hur for which Heston won the 1959 best actor Oscar®.

Heston was 84 and will be missed.

For More Details:

http://www.nytimes.com/?emc=na

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

Many of you might remember that Tom Cruise movie about the Vietnam Veteran who winds up a bitter cripple after being wounded in combat?

Well, actually, just about any Vietnam related film will either show you veterans who were mentally and/or physically affected by combat in Southeast Asia.. or, the events that caused their tragic circumstances.

Anyway, according to The New York Times, we will probably see more mental health problems among veterans of the Iraq conflict.

Many top military leaders, including Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs (pictured), warn that we could be wearing down our troops and, as a result, this country’s overall readiness to defend ourselves against hostile actions (like 9/11) or even forces of nature (like Katrina). Well, okay... the Joint Chiefs didn’t mention Katrina...

But, wait... we not only have injured men coming back from Iraq but, for the first time in history, women with injuries.

I remember seeing a woman on the documentary produced by James Gandolfini’s company. She had one arm blown off and was in tears over the fact that she can’t pick up her infant.

That woman, and other brave warriors, will have years of therapy to recover from their wounds... physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

What will happen to the over one-half-million men and women who have served over there?

Hopefully, we will have learned some lessons and will be better equipped to serve our brave troops than we were in the 1960’s.

Why Brian Welch Walked Away

Friday, April 4, 2008

$13.6 Million a Year

I read in The New York Times that the Clintons (Bill and Hillary, that is) earned $109-million in the last eight years.

I could live on that...

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