Archive for December, 2006

Here Today Gone

I’ve been in Cleveland less than 48 hours and I’m heading off for a New Year’s in Canada. Eventually I’ll have a couple of regular weeks to establish some sort of routine, but until then it is party time, excellent.

Christmas Unwrapped

Well, I’m back in Cleveland after a few days in Indiana. Three Christmas gifts I’m excited about include my new sweet-ass pots and pans set, my ironing board, and my subscription to Paste [it comes with a comp CD every month!] The top Christmas moment was on Boxing Day when I came into the family […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #252: John Cassavetes’ Faces. I think, maybe, that the correct reaction [at least in terms of the reaction Cassavetes was aiming for] to Faces is supposed to be loathing. It is a long, torturous journey through the darkest parts of married adult life, and there are […]

That Guy

I did a cheap hack of this YouTube WordPress plugin to make it function like a subscription to my vid feed. I’m sure there is a better way to hack it, but until I have a chance to sit down and examine it, the result on the sidebar will have to do. I’m currently redesigning […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #251: John Cassavetes’ Shadows. I said I was dreading the Cassavetes films that I was going to have to watch as a part of my somewhat manic determination to watch all of the films in the Criterion Collection, so, of course, I ordered the two I’ve […]

Work [out]

I signed up for a membership at the gym two blocks from my workplace yesterday and got up at 5:30am this morning and rode the 23 in for my first workout. I feel like I’m in the worst shape of my life, and I likely am, so I made sure to take it easy. There […]

Video Post

I’ve been utilizing YouTube more often lately. I took some video at Poetry at the Lit the other night and below is a vid I took of The Ex at the Grog Shop on Saturday. You can watch all of my vids here. I just need to find a YouTube version of the Flickr RSS […]

Right Path

I love my new job. I work with a great and diverse group of folks. an Uzbeki, a Russian, an Indian, a Brit, and a 1st-generation American whose parents came from Palestine. The work is also great. My bosses also have their act together, progressive skill-building initiatives and just a general understanding that when employees […]

At first,

     At first, a hip sway a bough bending in the wind reiteration. Fishmarket lovers wrapped in classifieds fingernail collarbone leg slide naked, up past our bedtimes. Our laughter has sticky fingers and a sudden sunrise. When I look at her I feel like a man. That old crutch called objectify. Still,      when she talks I […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #51: Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen this film and this time it gave me the creepy crawlies. This is satire done right, and the fact that after 20 years reality has nearly caught up with its prescience is what makes me feel […]

M. Hulot’s Holiday

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #110: Jacques Tati’s M. Hulot’s Holiday. I have a theory that the quality of a country’s comedy is inversely proportionate to the quality of its cuisine. Thus, the genius of Monty Python and the horrid dish known as Toad in the Hole have the same sort […]

Match Tip

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Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #16: Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island. Unintentional Mifunefest concludes with Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island. Most folks say that this is the best of the three films, and I have to agree at least in terms of plot and characterization. I think […]

Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple

A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #15: Hiroshi Inagaki’s Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple. Unintentional Mifunefest continues with the crepuscularly spectacular Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple. Even as a middle portion of a trilogy this film is strong enough to stand on its own. The lack of firm resolution might […]

Fin For The Season

That, my friends, is it. No more shopping until I see some crocuses. Although I do wish I could wrap a bit more. I’m finally getting pretty good at it. I think I’d better mail my Christmas cards this weekend, too. And start gloating to the people who haven’t even started yet. Which is what […]

Monkey Restaurant

My new job is awesome, but it keeps me busier than a monkey restaurant. I’ve also had meetings every night this week, and I have to leave in about 20 minutes and go to another one, and then go watch Parts and Labor this evening at Pat’s. Last night was The Cleveland Foundation holiday party […]

Repeal Day

I celebrated Repeal Day at the Velvet Tango Room yesterday with a Rusty Nail, a bouquet of Bourbon Daisies and some complimentary sushi from Ginza.

First Day

The first day at my new gig was pretty much as I expected, lots of meeting people and paperwork, but I did get to start out on some mock-up designs for one of our clients. The only bad thing that happened was the RTA. I’d had luck in the past with it, but that was […]


A part of this viewing list: Criterion Collection Spine #52: Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo. You might know the remake of this film better than Yojimbo itself. Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leone retold it as A Fistful of Dollars. I’ve not actually seen A Fistful of Dollars, but this is the second time I’ve seen Yojimbo. While […]

Casino Royale

Just as I was getting bored yesterday Rafeeq called me up because he needed a ride to Cracker Park to pick up some shoes. Rafeeq is good for me because he helps me loosen and lighten up. So we got valet parking for my car, which, if you’ve seen my car, is hilarious. We got […]

Dust Bowl

I don’t know what’s up lately, but I’ve been hitting a wall at about 8:30 every night. Last night I stopped for some deep-fried tacos from Big Guy’s and a few brews from Hotz’s and was back home in time to toss in Yojimbo. I had every intention of going to The Lit after this, […]