Friday, July 28, 2006

I'm still here

When you move across country for a job, it should come as no surprise to find it cutting into your blogging time. Just wanted to quickly check in and let you know I'll be back to my usual schedule soon. I've got my first big deadline on Monday and I've really been working hard to make it. A few random things kicking around in my head:

Clerks II was hillarious! The wheels kind of fall off as they resolve the conflicts of the movie, but plot is not what I'm looking for in a Clerks movie. Beware of Pillow Pants!

Who wants to be a Superhero was a lot better than I ever expected. Didn't turn it on until about half way through and was really dissapppointed to see the cast was chosen and they were moving into their "secret lair." I only wanted to see the audition part, where people dressed as "underwear perverts" as boingboing likes to call them try to convince Stan Lee they should be on the show. They were already into the standard reality show setup of challenge then elimination, but the challenge was great. They tell the superheros the challenge is about changing into their costumes discreetly and getting to a place quickly. The real challenge is to notice a young girl who needs help along the way and to do anything for her. Only three out of thirteen superheros notice the little girl, but the best is that two of the three who notice do so because they run slow (one because she's a big girl, she goes by Fat Momma, and the other because her costume has very high heels). The other one who notices probably only does so because he's embraced the cheese of the comic book superhero and stops and poses every so often. As luck would have it he stops to pose within earshot of the girl. I loved watching the superheros who missed the girl find out what the real challenge was. Stan Lee is pretty amusing too in his over the top interactions with the heros. Don't know if they can keep it up, but I'll be watching again.

The show on after it has a lot of potential too. I'll have to look it up though cause the name is long and ridiculous, but it's some kind of sci-fi horror spoof with a bad 80s Dr. Who hospital twist. It conflicts with It's Always Sunny in Philladelphia though so hopefully I'll catch it another time.

Diggin the new peaches album and a recent release by the Rakes.

I'm finding it a little bizzare to hear about the heat wave, but live about as far south as I can go and thinking the weather's been great, not much different than Baton Rouge except with an ocean breeze.

Speaking of living in Miami, another new thing for me is living in a place with such a large Jewish community. Today in the paper there was a full-page add urging Jewish men to wear a leather box strapped to their arm in support of Israel. I'll be watching to see if that happens much.

Also been on a health/active lifestyle kick lately that shows no signs of slowing. We're both practically addicted to indoor rock climbing, going 2 or 3 times a week for over a month now, and slowly working our way up in difficulty level. Also swimming and we went kayaking once which was really great. I want to eventually buy some kayaks and use them to paddle out to snorkeling locations. This area is the worlds beach dive capital meaning you can find great snorkeling/scuba diving from the beach without a boat.

Well that was more than I intended and I left a lot out. Not sure if there will be a Friday cocktail or not. Probably depends on how my writing goes today. If I don't get to one, I suggest a crisp gin and tonic as a classic that shoudl hit the spot this warm evening.

Cheers!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles -- notstarring.com

Top 25 Rejected Movie Roles -- notstarring.com
The whole site is devoted to actors who were considered for roles in movies but for some reason it didn't work out. Some real jaw droppers here. The link goes to the top 25 as voted by people who check out the site. A few of my favorites:

Mick Jagger wanted to play Dr. Frank N Furter in the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Johnny Depp turning down the role of Lestat in Interview with the Vampire

Tom Selleck originally pursued for Indiana Jones, but was too tied up with Magnum P.I.

and O.J. Simpson passed over for The Terminator because producers didn't think he'd be taken seriously.

Search by movie or actor. I bet the Pirate's of the Carribean franchise wouldn't have worked with Jim Carrey or Michael Keaton as Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Threadless T-Shirts - Stat City by Graham Dobson

Threadless T-Shirts - Stat City by Graham Dobson

Threadless releases a statistics based t-shirt and it's sold out of men's large within a day. I'm hoping for a reprint.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

SPACE INVADERS - is people!

SPACE INVADERS - Guillaume Reymond - video / performance

67 people, 4 hours, in an empty theatre, 390 images later, = a 3 minute video of space invaders. Much more interesting that I thought it would be.

Via Neatorama

Edit: When I went to play the video again, I couldn't find it at the link above. Here is a workings as of this minute video link.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Cocktail of the Week - Get Out, You Deserve It

Unthirsty - Find your happy hour.
This week instead of mixing one at home, try out a happy hour in your area courtesy of Unthirsty. Go to the site and type in your zip code to see happy hour information in your area on a google map. It's a new site, based on user input, so if there's not much going on in your area, add your favorite. I'd love to see this populated in my area.

Cheers!

Via Saving the world, one drink at a time

Thursday, July 13, 2006

"Wear nice pants" - police tell women drinkers - Yahoo! News

"Wear nice pants" - police tell women drinkers - Yahoo! News

From an article about a police safety campaign in Suffolk England:

"If you fall over or pass out, remember your skirt or dress may ride up," the magazine says. "You could show off more than you intended -- for all our sakes, please make sure you're wearing nice pants and that you've recently had a wax."
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

The Museum of Temporary Art

The Museum of Temporary Art

Tiny artwork contained in the 33 drawer Museum of Temporary art. Works come from around the world with vary levels of description. Submissions are welcome.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday Cocktail: De la Louisiane

The Spirit World - De la Louisiane

Slight twist on the Sazerac adding Benedictine and sweet vermouth. I think I've used sweet vermouth in sazerac a few times and liked it.

Cheers!

SWAPATORIUM: All Aboard the S.S. Boogie

SWAPATORIUM: All Aboard the S.S. Boogie
Collection of dance floor photos from cruises in the late 60s and early 70s.


Thursday, July 06, 2006

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Independence Day Fireworks 2006

Independence Day Fireworks 2006 - a photoset on Flickr
We got to be up close and personal for the fireworks last night.
Independence Day 2006-10
These works were all lit by hand using flares.
Independence Day 2006-17v2
We were about 100 yards away.
Independence Day 2006-38
Our camera doesn't have a wide-angle lens so lots of the pictures only capture part of the explosion.
Independence Day 2006-37v2
But I think they turned out great.

We also have 4 videos at youtube some of which are sideways:


Tuesday, July 04, 2006

My Album Covers

Album Covers - a photoset on Flickr
East of Suez
After my recent post of Dennis Catron's collection of sexy lp cover art, I realized we had a few ourselves and a few not so sexy, but eminently worth sharing. Since space is limited in our tiny apartment, I'm going to start taking the camera with us to the thrift store for those covers that I want to remember, but albums I don't necessarily want to hear. The quality of the photo's not as good, but not too bad either. BTW, Dennis has added a some new covers to his collection.

Here are a few more highlights:
Dance Into Your Sultan's Heart Back
Love the Belly Dancing Albums
Swingin Southern Style
Great Title, reminds me of Mint Juleps in St. Francisville.
Isley Brothers - Showdown Cover
Fun covers aren't limited to any specific era.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Redesign

For some reason I got geeked up about fixing the February redesign, and went overboard. I hope you like some of the new features. The new left sidebar contains most of the fun stuff. Top left are my pictures (had been on the right. The next section of del.icio.us cocktail recipes came about because I recently subscribed to a bunch of cocktail blogs (will add those shortly) and realized that I didn't have something to say about all the recipes I'd like to share and/or remember for myself, so I found a way to just tag pages/posts in my del.icio.us that would then automatically add them to the sidebar. I'll still highlight recipes when I have something to add, or one's I make up myself, or get from books, in the main content area, but there should always be a dozen or so recipes to try in the left column. Below that is my Google calendar, which I'm using to try to track all the arts and cultural events I'd like to attend (no guarantee I'll go to any). Google calendar doesn't let me change the color yet. Then we've got the links (I'll have to add the cocktail blogs soon, but this was plenty of work for now). Over on the right I've added pictures from other people that I find amusing. If you have a flickr account and want one of your pictures to show up there, try tagging it with e33 and see if it works. There's a new subscribe button that takes you to a page to quickly add Experiment33 to many common rss readers. Then the Zoomclouds that I added a few months ago and some searching and stats stuff.

Hopefully, the left and right columns stay fixed in their position and width and the middle column will adjust itself to fit your window. You should also be able to finally see my whole banner that I made a while ago, but didn't show correctly. I've only tested in firefox and internet explorer on a pc, so any mac users or other browser folks please let me know if it doesn't look right. I am having a couple of problems that I know of, that I'll be looking into. In firefox the background color sometimes shows corectly in a dark burgundy color, but usually is white. In internet explorer the columns don't always size correctly. That's what I'm aware of.

Please comment and let me know if there's anything else not working, or that you think I should add.