Tuesday, March 28, 2006

"Cazzata Melenga!"



'Sopranos' Star Feels Heat For Pulling Trigger On Tony

NEW YORK -- The actor who plays Uncle Junior on "The Sopranos" isn't feeling the love from fans since his character shot Tony.

Dominic Chianese told "Live With Regis and Kelly" that one man came up to him in an airport and said, "I hate you!"

Chianese filmed the scene last May and kept it a secret even from his wife.
James Galdolfini was the only other actor who knew.

Chianese said only the cinematographer and director were on the set for the scene.

Associated Press
March 22, 2006

Monday, March 20, 2006

A real ghost caught on film

Finally, the pictures have been developed and so we now have photographic proof that Bachelor's Grove Cemetery in Suburban Cook County is indeed haunted. For years, ghost hunters -- amateur and professional alike -- have been reporting abnormal levels of paranormal activity at this ramshackle wooded burial ground 30 miles outside Chicago.

A practicing skeptic at the time, I grabbed my trusty Instamatic as some friends of ours set off with us on a daring exploration to this purported purgatory just a few short months ago. Be advised, the content of these photos is very dramatic but evidence of authentic haunting is overwhelming. Roll over the picture below with your mouse to see what scared us so that fateful day we dared to venture into Bachelor's Grove Cemetery.

Make your own playlist:

I cribbed most of the ideas for the following personal music playlist from another Blog. In my defense, the songs chosen are my own picks. If you'd like to play the home game, post your playlist here in the comments section when you're done. I should warn you, it took me two hours to get this list just right.

1. A favorite political track.
"Ohio" Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
2. One of those tracks that will make you tap your feet no matter what.
"All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down" The Mavericks.
3. The song you'd use to tell someone you love them.
"By Your Side" Sade.
4. A likeable song from a Broadway musical or a film soundtrack.
"Shake a Tail Feather" the Blues Brothers.
5. A song with lyrics that forced you to sit down and think.
"The Lucky One" Alison Krauss.
6. A song you like that a 5-year-old would like too.
"Bannanaphone" Raffi.
7. A song that makes you drive too fast.
"Respect Yourself" Staple Singers.
8. A great song covered by someone else.
"Landslide" Dixie Chicks.
9. A song that both you and your grandparents would like.
"For Sentimental Reasons" Nat Cole.
10. A song you really liked when you were 14-16 that you don't hate now.
"Under the Bridge" Red Hot Chili Peppers.
11. A break-up song.
"Best I Ever Had" Vertical Horizon.
12. The song playing under the credits of your life's movie soundtrack.
"Say Hello Wave Goodbye" David Gray.
13. An awesome live track.
"Do You Feel Like We Do" Peter Frampton.
14. An a cappella song.
"Ave Maria" traditional.
15. A good song that no one could guess that you liked.
"Prayer of Saint Francis" Sarah McLachlan.
16. A song you wish you could play, on the instrument of your choice.
"Irish Rover" traditional Irish folk song.
17. A favorite artist duo collaboration.
"If You Love Me" Van Morrison and BB King.
18. A song you'll listen to but is too cheesy to be a classic.
"Signs" Five Man Electrical Band.
19. A song you love that a friend introduced you to.
"Winona" Matthew Sweet.
20. A song you wouldn't play in front of your Mom
"Let's Talk About Sex" Salt-N-Pepa.
21. Song that you like but would play loud to annoy the neighbors.
"Fat Bottom Girls" Queen.
22. A favorite song that's in a foreign language.
"Zoot Suit Riot (Spanish)" Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
23. A favorite track from an outfit considered a "super-group."
"Handle With Care" Traveling Wilburys.
24. A song that makes you want to drink more beer.
"Wild Rover" traditional Irish folk song.
25. Your favorite song at this moment in time.
"Ripple" Grateful Dead.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Exactly how many in twelve legions?

"Or do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defense?" - Matthew 26:53.

This quote of Jesus was mentioned in chapel this morning at work. Twelve legions? That's a lot I bet. I wonder, more exactly, how many angels would make up twelve legions?

It seems to be anywhere between sixty-thousand and ninety-six thousand angels.

According to the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, traditional Roman legions -- the most widely-accepted and popular "legions" in Christ's time -- contained five, six or eight thousand infantry soldiers.

That would mean God the Father, at the behest of his only begotten Son, would send just fewer than half of the number of angel/soldiers needed to fight an angel-to-man battle with the Roman Army's twenty-eight legions of fighting regulars.

Obviously there would be some handicapping involved here because angels undoubtedly possess some kind of super powers even though the Romans were a tough-as-nails fighting machine. I wonder of Christian historians have ever sat down with Roman Army experts to figure out how such a battle might have played out.

Define: Rejoinder

n. a quick reply to a question or remark, especially a witty or critical one.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Glimpse

READING: "How to get your point across in 30 seconds or less" by Milo Frank.
IN WAITING: "The lord of the rings" by J.R.R. Tolkien.
LISTENING TO: "Ripple" by Grateful Dead, "Irish Hymn" by Kevin Max.
ANTICIPATING: Going back to days.
DREADING: Learning to work with the attitudes of dayshifters.
MISSING: My Pop and weekends where they're supposed to be.
ALSO MISSING: Warm weather fun. Having only a few responsibilities.
WISHING FOR: A vacation and a bit of peace.
ACCOMPLISHED: Finally got the finishing touches done to the living room paint job.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Is his manhood hanging out? You decide.

A large, front-page photo in a recent edition of the Bryan-College Station Eagle has caused an uproar among some of the locals down in Texas. It appears one of the college baller's junk is hanging out. The staff vehemently denies that's what it is but I'm not so sure. What do you think of this photo?

How NOT to get suspended from high school

I'm seeing more and more news stories about kids getting suspended from high school because of Web content posted on their personal sights. I'm sure you've heard of Myspace.com. It's Blogging in a sense for teenagers. They post a bunch of pictures, change their background and use it to write inside jokes to each other. I poke fun at Myspace.com users but it is a nifty idea.

Anyhow, some local students here where I live were apparently suspended for part of their sports seasons because administrators got ahold of some url's with images of these students consuming alcoholic beverages at a recent party. First of all, I can't stand school administrators because for some reason they acquire these huge egos that make them think they can lord over everything and everyone within their domain. It just seems this pompous belief is more of a complex than it is a true concern for students, but hey, that's just my opinion. We just had common sense.

But what were these kids thinking? Posting pictures of themselves drinking on a public Website? Dumb, dumb, dumb. When I was in school we hadn't yet been introduced to the wonders of cyberspace. Even if we had and if I had friends who liked to drink back then, I am fairly confident we wouldn't have taken pictures and put them on display.

In the link above you can see a still image that was obscured to protect the identity of two such teens. It appears they were drinking bottles of Corona, but I don't see any limes or salt in the bottles. Yecch! I think that is punishment enough.

My mouse has ADHD

Does any know why my mouse keeps sticking? I have a Microsoft wireless mouse. The batteries are usually fresh and it worked fine for three years. Recently, the cursor will stick on whatever link was last clicked -- it's so annoying because I then have to right click to get the cursor unstuck but when I do, I have to contend with the right-click menu that has every right to appear at such a time. It takes so much longer to navigate this way.

Another season on the balcony

So here's a recent addition to my gallery of balcony images. I'm trying to get one in all seasons. It was too dark out to get a regular good old-fashioned photo so I photoshoped the crap out of it.