Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
"If you could pick one company in the world to get something done in East Dallas with a cool $12-million building, it'd be Whole Foods. And when that loses, we both said, 'It's over.'
This is a huge disappointment for me personally (the current contender for Wally's is just a few blocks down from there) and for me as a citizen of Dallas. But it seems that no matter how tasty a bowl a soup a developer wants to bring to East Dallas, some douchenozzle will drop a deuce in that same bowl.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Christ they must be paying a lot to get two of the most cynical and anti-star types in the history of everything.
Please little 8lb 6oz baby jebus let him be the first off.
I feel like I'm taking crazy pills.
Monday, February 18, 2008
20. ILAN MITCHELL-SMITH: Shortest nerd career in history. After playing "Wyatt Donnelly" in "Weird Science, Mitchell-Smith is now a professor of English at Angelo State University.
19. TIMOTHY BUSFIELD: Yes, that's Busfield as "Arnold Poindexter" in "Revenge of the Nerds." Bonus points for being whiney yuppie in "thirtysomething."
18. SARAH JESSICA PARKER: "Rusty" in "Footloose" got her nerd start on TV's Square Pegs.
17. CRISPIN GLOVER: Hello? Hello? "George McFly" in "Back to the Future."
16. PATRICK DEMPSEY: Long before he was "McMuffin" or whatever the hell women call him now, he was "Ronald Miller" in "Can't Buy Me Love."
15. GABE JARRET: Don't even tell me he was acting when he played "Mitch" in "Real Genius."
14. JOHN CUSACK: "Bryce" in "Sixteen Candles" but also nerd-like roles in "Better Off Dead," "Hot Pursuit" and "One Crazy Summer."
13. JOAN CUSACK: Her character in "Sixteen Candles" is known simply as "Geek Girl #1."
12. MARTIN SHORT: If there was a nerdy amigo among the "Three Amigos," it was Short, who also geeked out for "Inner Space."
11. JOHN CRYER: Debate all you want if Duckie was a nerd in "Pretty in Pink." But then consider "Morgan Stewart's Coming Home" and "Hiding Out."
10. ANDREW McCARTHY: He's a "sensitive turd" in "Class." And he's stuck wearing a wig in the final, re-shot scene of "Pretty in Pink." And don't get me started again about "Mannequin."
9. BRIAN BACKER: "Rat" in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." (Loved the Popeye t-shirt.)
8. HAROLD RAMIS: Big-time geek roles in "Ghostbusters," "Stripes," "Baby Boom" and "Stealing Home."
7. COREY HAIM: Everybody in "Lucas" deserves an honorable mention on this list. 6. GEDDE WATANABE: Long Duk Dong. Need I say more? OK, "Volunteers" and "Gung Ho."
5. ROBERT CARRADINE: Possibly one of the single-greatest nerd performances of all time as "Louis Skolnick" in "Revenge of the Nerds." But also his only nerd role. And it's watered down by his tough-guy turn in "Big Red One."
4. ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL: Farmer Ted still ends up with the hot girl in "Sixteen Candles" and "Weird Science." But in "The Breakfast Club," he's the only one who doesn't hook up (and gets stuck writing the paper.)
3. PEE WEE HERMAN: He turned nerd-dom into a franchise.
2. RICK MORANIS: Three nearly impossible-to-equal
nerd movies: "Ghostbusters," "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Honey, I Shrunk the
Kids." Only his role in "Streets of Fire" keeps him out of the No. 1 spot.
1. CURTIS ARMSTRONG: "Booger" in "Revenge of the Nerds" was even better teamed with John Cusack in "Better Off Dead." And don't forget his turn as "Miles" in "Risky Business."
Saturday, February 16, 2008
- Maredsous 10 - great flavor, great color, great punch. As far as I know, it can only be had on tap at Gezellig.
- Hairy Eyeball - this seasonal from Lagunitas opened up my beer world, a sentimental favorite.
- Terminal Gravity IPA - became my favorite of the Oregon IPAs. I'm all out. sniff
- Hop Rod Rye - My favorite beer from my walkabout. Available locally at Whole Foods.
- Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA - finishes ahead of 90 just cause I can drink more of it at a sitting.
- Maredsous 8 - I know there are better Belgian beers. But this is the one I drink the most.
- Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA - Hoppy + High ABV = crazy shenanigans
- Yuengling Lager - America's best American beer. A must drink when I go back to Jersey.
- Franziskaner Hefe - my favorite Hefe. Paulaner and Hoegaarden just don't do much for me.
- Sierra Nevada Pale Ale - America's best generally available beer. A near perfect balance of hoppiness and maltiness.
And my bottom 5 (Not including AYBs)
- Stella Artois - sorry Meesh
- Heineken - ugh. really??
- Corona - Spanish for burro piss.
- Fat Tire - drank so much of it before I developed my taste for hops, it no longer does much for me. Not a bad beer, just one I generally turn my beer snob nose up at.
- Schmitz Gay - tastes too much like a strawberry daiquiri and Clorox.
The King of Kong is one of those documentaries like Grizzly Man or American Movie that tend to inspire a great deal of pity for it's characters -- and not in a good way. The audience is left thinking how these people are able to function in society but also relieved that they know no one like them.
The King of Kong is largely the story of one man who achieved some level of greatness in the early 80s (I know the feeling) and his machinations to keep himself on the top of the classic arcade totem pole. This guy is the douchenozzle known as Billy Mitchell. This is the kind of dude that found a look in 1982 and has stuck with it through two Bush presidencies.
The Other side of the story is Steve Wiebe -- the super nice guy challenger -- who struggles against the "classic arcade game establishment" to gain acceptance for himself and his own records.
I don't want to give to much of the story away since I want each and every one of you to see it. But this is highly entertaining although you will want to shower the Billy Mitchell cheese off of you after watching it.
Instead of my usual list of movie milestones, I leave you with a list of Billy Mitchell quotes:
- Not even Helen of Troy had that much attention.
- World Record headquarters, can I help you?
- Well maybe they'd like it if i lost. I should try losing some time.
- Well, Billy Mitchell always has a plan.
Well one list item:
- Academy Award nomination for Mr. Awesome for being so fucking awesome and sounding like Christopher Walken.
King Wally says check it out.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Lost Podcast with Jay and Jack
Thursday, February 14, 2008
The money quote from WF:
Ultimately, we decided to explore the idea of a new structure, and we recognized that this would mean navigating the existing restrictions and asking for neighborhood and city support on a new design that would serve the neighborhood and allow us to run an efficient store at the same time.
However, all current indicators, combined with our experience in building new stores in the past, have led us to believe strongly that we can expect a very long and complex process to acquire the Planned Development District amendment we would need to build a new store.
Strong work Dallas!
Not wanting to give up his early "Larry Bird Rights" -- which I believe is the right to have one of the worst mustaches in the history of the NBA, but I could be wrong about that -- Devean George has put the kibosh on the worst trade in Dallas major sports history since the Rangers sent Ron Darling and Walt Terrel to the Mets for Lee "Fucking" Mazzilli. Remember, the Rangers are still techinically a major sports franchise.
Read about it here.
And in the background of all this hub-bub, the Stars will go for a franchise record eighth win in a row. If only someone besides me cared.
Sorry to get so sportsy, but I'm not exactly some guy in the next cubicle over. Shit, I haven't even been in a cubicle in nine months.
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
After dragging my feet and feeling like less than a man (as if I'm even half a man to begin with), I finally filed for unemployment online. For the past two months I was sure that I would be getting a job "any day now". Well, that didn't exactly happen. Admittedly, I haven't exactly been beating down every door for a job. Shit, I barely make it out of bed most days. So I'm now a deadbeat and this pretty much confirms that I will be voting for Obama since I'm now in the Democratic constituency.
I was going through my post list and found this unpublished post from my walkabout. On day one, I was headed right into this very impressive thunderstorm and took some video. Around that time, Blogger added the ability to post video. I gave it a try with this video, but it wasn't working well. So I forgot about it. Well, I found it and here it is.
I'm also thinking it's almost time for another walkabout. Or maybe I'm just craving me some lobster chowder.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Expect the posts to contain 50% more snark.
Oh, and it looks like we'll get 5 more Lost episodes created. Yeah I'm a nerd. But it's the best show on TV until Battlestar Galactica comes back.
Wow, I have a serious problem. Why has no one staged an intervention??
Upon walking in, I was delighted to find myself in the bottom decile, by age, of all people in the restaurant, including staff. I still got it.
I really wanted some chicken fried steak, but saddly it was not CFS day. So I went with one of their other staples, plain ol' fried chicken. My sides included green beans and sour cream mashed potatoes.
The chicken was good, but seriously not anywhere near as good as Popeyes. I love the spicy. The sides I would rate better than average. The potatoes tasted real and not from a box.
To cap off my meal, I had a nice slice of peach pie. The HPC is also well know for it's pies so this was gonna be quite a treat. Well, not so fast. The peaches tasted like they were from a can and the crust, while texturally well done, had little flavor.
This may be a great cafeteria. But there's a reason the cafeteria has gone the way of the do-do. It's a food concept who's time was gone long ago.
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Monday, February 11, 2008
I chose poorly.
The first palpable realization that I had made the wrong choice was when I learned that the Simpson Movie was BlueRay. Then I found out that season three of Lost was also BlueRay.
But the final nail in my HD DVD came today in the form of an email from Netflix.
As you may have heard, most of the major movie studios have recently decided to release their high-definition movies exclusively in the Blu-ray format. In order to provide the best selection of high-definition titles for our members, we have decided to go exclusively with Blu-ray as well.
So, does anyone want a usesless HD DVD player???
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
So, if anyone wants to join me in some carrot cake and a nice port, let me know.
Or maybe you know where I can get some better carrot cake than Truluck's.
Anyone need a ride??
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
The first exciting thing was it started to hail as I was leaving my house. Thinking better of it, I headed back home to wait out the hail.
I eventually made it to the DPS closest to my house -- Jupiter and NWHWY -- and was handed a ticket. It said "A048 -- wait 9 minutes". Really?? 9 minutes??? cause the magic voice telling me who is being served next is at A150 and the nice lady who handed me the ticket said it will wrap around at A199.
I foolishly waited around until A165 -- which took 30 minutes btw -- and gave up. Fuckit! I'll just renew online and keep my creepy Dateline NBC worthy picture.
Well, my license has now officially expired, so I can't do it online. So tomorrow or the next day I may head up to a less busy DPS station in the northern burbs and renew my license.
We got some nice accumulation over about a two minute period.
This stone narrowly grazed my foot. It's about the size of a marble. Cool huh? I probably should have put a dime next to it for comparison. But it may have melted by the time I got back.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
It looks pretty much normal now. There's still a little swelling on the ankle itself. But the foot is normal and most of the purple is gone. For the most part, it no longer bothers me. I can walk on it, but I doubt I'll be able to play on it this week -- hopefully next week for a few points.