Archive for November, 2006

Public Office

I did my clothes shopping last night, and the bane of my clothes shopping existence continues. It is impossible to find pants in my size, especially when I’m looking for a certain style. The guy at Dillard’s told me that I should drink more beer until I have a 40-inch waistline, because then I can […]

Detour

I like cruising down the dirt roads of the internet to see what pops up. Dead sites, deleted threads, random things from the Internet Archive and somehow by doing this I ended up on a zed-list celebrity gossip site that had paparazzi pictures of Britney Spears no-no spot. In an interesting bifurcation of thought I […]

Wardrobe

I finally have to wear adult clothes to work, and alas, I don’t really know where to go to get them. Recommendations have included outlet shopping [which I’ll probably hit this weekend] and a variety of places that are too expensive for my taste. Although The Gap sounds like it might hold possibilities and there […]

Eyes Wide Suck

I watched the classic Christmas movie Eyes Wide Shut while wrapping gifts last night. Man does that movie suck. It was the only film left in my Stanley Kubrick Collection that I hadn’t made it all the way through. I’d usually get about ten minutes in and then glaze over. I did get most of […]

Heralding

I liberated this idea and made little books of my shorter poems. I didn’t want to invest too much time into it, and since I’ve been going through another Eric Gill phase I thought to make it a limited edition. It is a limited edition of 25 +1 and I’m going to sell them at […]

House Hunting

I can now certainly afford a house in Cleveland. Whether I can afford a house in Tremont is another matter. I’ve done some research in the past [1, 2] and the prognosis wasn’t good. There is an upcoming Tremont-wide open house that might be a good chance for me to find something, but it still […]

Birthday Present

Today is my 26th birthday anniversary. Today I also gave my two weeks notice at my place of employment. I finally have a new job after two years of looking! Actually I had two new jobs. On Thursday I received two job offers within a few hours of each other. One in New York City […]

Notre Dame versus Army

This weekend marks the tenth anniversary of my first Notre Dame game: Lou Holtz’s last home game as head coach of Notre Dame, and the last home game in the old stadium. And my 16th birthday present. After ten years I’m now a Notre Dame alumnus and supplying my Uncle Corbin with tickets instead of […]

Vegan Snickerdoodles

I made vegan snickerdoodles last night. I used this recipe. Although they didn’t turn out as tasty as classic snickerdoodles, they are still good. The recipe itself could use a little work. The ingredients list says baking powder, but the directions say baking soda [I used the soda], and it makes about 2 dozen cookies, […]

Cartographer

Almost a year ago I made my first Google Map for the redesign of the TWiFi site. I didn’t touch the API again until I finally started redesigning Tremonter a few months back. The idea for creating a neighborhood map for Tremont had been rattling around in my head since I first started the site, […]

Vehicular Homicide

It was almost death by vehicular homicide this morning on the way to work. I was cut-off almost side-swiped by a bumper-sticker ribbon-magnet engulfed old-school Chevrolet Suburban. Only my lightning reflexes and good brakes saved me from being sardined into the median wall. Since I was only the distance to the front of my car […]

The Royal Tenenbaums

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #157: Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. As I pointed out in my review of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, I don’t like Wes Anderson’s films. This creates a slight problem for me, since he’s got a contract with Criterion Co. to have his films [the […]

Dictum

Today is poem revision day. Currently Revised: •Starting easy: A title change, now Reveille. •Tightened up Cartography. •Grammatical fixes and less active wording in Oubliette. •Reformatted Crash and somehow fouled up the font size throughout my entire site? Stupid pre tag. Stupid autoadjusting text-size IE browser. What a waste of time. • Significant revisions to […]

Armada

I joined the iPod armada the other day. Ever since I heard about the impending release of the 2nd generation Shuffle, I’ve wanted one. The mp3 player has finally reached the exact size/memory/price point that I wanted, so I picked one up. At $80, for 1GB of storage capacity and an egregiously long battery life […]

Samurai I: Miyamoto Musashi

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #14: Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai I: Miyamoto Musashi. Miyamoto Musashi is the first installment of Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai Trilogy, an action-packed series of films that follows the life of Japan’s greatest warrior as he grows into his legend. This initial film shows a very different Musashi from […]

White Ubiquity Void

Years ago, I read an essay about the cultural construction of whiteness in America; the author’s claim was that whiteness is defined as a void, easier to discuss in terms of what it is not, rather than what it is. I can’t remember if this was mentioned in the essay, but I believe this loss […]

Reverse Chronological Weekend

This was another ridiculous weekend of music, art and poetry in Cleveland. Last night I went to C-Space and listened to a few local women poets followed by the double-barreled feature shotgun that is Alixa + Naima [MySpace page]. The poem Being Human [read it here], made me tear up. I snagged their CD and […]

Airport Purgatory

Wherever you go, there you are. Liam and precocious offspring. Pan-seared duck breast Thai delivery at 9pm at night. Upper West Side nice as always. Police locks on doors tell a ten year old different story. All airports look the same; still get slightly nauseous during descent. They shut off the air flow: hot and […]

Thank You For Flying

It is no surprise to me how badly airlines are doing as an industry. I fly only infrequently, but the new airport security measures since that fright in the UK a few months ago, the expense of tickets and the racket of surcharges if you need to make a reservation change make me want to […]