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very cool new wordpress plugin

16-Jul-08

well, new to me. it’s wp fancyzoom. it makes the thumbnails of all the pictures on the site zoom out in a fancy new way, much like the name implies. try it out: our firstpicture very very cool. most of the pages listed to the right have pictures, and they all work this way now. […]

i(phone) shoulda known better

11-Jul-08

after all of the hype about the new iphone 2.0 software, and the app store, and all the goodies awaiting me, i went to work today having told kirk to update his iphone when itunes showed the update. usually i’m pretty sensible about these things. if yesterday you had asked me what to do, i […]

wall-e

01-Jul-08

more often than not (especially as i get older) my criteria for going to an actual movie theater to see a movie is: “is it something i must see on the big screen?” “trumbo” the movie opened this past weekend. i saw the play several times, starting from workshop performances. kirk’s former boss at the […]

etcetera

20-Jun-08

» versions of “gypsy” i have seen/heard prior to last night: — the rosalind russell movie version — the bette midler tv version — the bernadette peters broadway version — the ethel merman broadway cast recording — the genesius theatre version in kirk’s boyhood home of reading, pa kirk could add: — the tyne daly […]

john mccain and his golf gear

06-Jun-08

here’s a screengrab of the homepage of john mccain’s campaign website: so — one of the most important topics to be discussed with america on john mccain’s campaign homepage is…golf gear? really you can’t make these things up. this guy is so tone-deaf. or the people running his campaign are. flog some campaign yard signs, […]

hot water for dehydrated babies

05-Jun-08

the banality, bad planning, and hilarity of john mccain’s speech on tuesday has been discussed to death. but i want to focus on one particular line that had kirk and me hooting with laughter. and of course there’s a long hilarious discussion on digg. hopefully by november this guy will, at a minimum, learn to […]

could it really be true?

02-Jun-08

could tomorrow be the day that hillary clinton withdraws from the race? i’m watching this closely. as one of her constituents, i’m looking to see how she gets out of the race, and how well and strongly and effectively she supports obama. she really needs to be graceful, and supportive, and needs to do her […]

walkscore.com

25-May-08

walkscore.com — great idea for a google maps mashup site. you type in your address, and it gives an overall ranking of your living quarters on a scale from 1 to 100, in terms of walking distance to types of businesses. here’s my walk score: love it. i guess my distance from a movie theater […]

time for hillary clinton to go

24-May-08

more accurately, it’s time for her to be made to go. these latest remarks, citing robert kennedy’s assassination as a reason to stay in the race, are beyond the pale. you can’t tell me this was just a slip. nothing the clintons do is without purpose. the superdelegates need to step up and end this […]

goodbye florent

23-May-08

great photo essay in the times about florent, the groundbreaking restaurant in the meatpacking district, narrated by the man himself. it’s going away, like mchales, cbgb’s, le madeleine, and any other of the long list of victims of gentrification and skyrocketing rents. much of what makes the city “new york” are these individual places, and […]

stupid stupid stimulus check boondoggle

14-May-08

kirk sent me an email that purported to give the schedule that the irs will follow when mailing out the stimulus checks this spring. did i say spring? i did. more on that later. so the email said that they would mail on a schedule according to the last two digits in your social security […]

i’m moving to oregon

13-May-08

…so i can vote for steve novick, who opens a beer with his hook hand in his campaign commercial. now there’s a politician i can get excited about. plus oregon has great weather, lots of organic vegetables, and is a great place as long as you don’t leave portland or eugene.

this and that catchup

11-May-08

it’s been a while, so here are a few short takes: » kirk was in the hospital overnight on wednesday for some tests. he’s had dizziness, general fatigue, and chest tightness for a few weeks now, and our doctor wanted to rule out the big stuff — heart problems, blood clots, lung problems, etc. thankfully […]

kirk sings “fifty percent” from “ballroom”

03-May-08

Get the latest Flash Player to see this player. [Javascript required to view Flash movie, please turn it on and refresh this page] the genesius theatre in reading, pa., where kirk first learned stagecraft, had a benefit at the end of february 2008. it was called “he sang…she sang” — men sang songs usually associated […]

thank goodness

29-Apr-08

the media has gotten obama to denounce the last uppity black man in his life. now maybe they’ll be satisfied and move on to things of consequence. like, say, health care, the economy, the middle east, iraq, and iran.

obama “outraged” with wright’s comments

29-Apr-08

from the article: In his harshest criticism yet of his former minister, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama said he was “outraged” by Wright’s comments at the National Press Club Monday, and “saddened by the spectacle.” personally, i’m guessing that wright chose to fall on his sword to a degree — to get out there and […]

what’s going on in the white house?

24-Apr-08

from swampland, a blog at time.com, via the washington post, comes a story about the decision to torture detainees: Nineteen of those documents were withheld from disclosure specifically because the Bush administration decided they are covered by a “presidential communications privilege,” according to the filings, made in federal court in Manhattan. Some were “authored or […]

ricketts [glen state park] rankings

23-Apr-08

kirk and i spent three nights at ricketts glen state park in north central pennsylvania this past weekend through tuesday. what an incredibly awesome place. we’ve been before, but this time we especially enjoyed every minute of the peace and quiet, especially on monday night, when we were the only campers in the park. and […]

unsolicited recommendation: salvatores of soho

13-Apr-08

had dinner at salvatores of soho on friday night. the name’s a bit misleading — the restaurant isn’t in soho. it’s in riverdale. maybe salvatore is from soho, and he came to riverdale to open a restaurant. not sure. anyway. they have excellent basic red-sauce italian food. great pizza. a well-planned menu with lots of […]

unsolicited recommendation: orsay on 75th & lex

28-Mar-08

had dinner last night at orsay, in new york city on 75th st. and lexington avenue. i’m usually not one to venture onto the upper east side of manhattan. the transportation is awkward if you live on the west side, which we do. the extreme upper west side. but last night, kirk chose this restaurant […]