Monday, July 28, 2008
Do The Time Warp
We treated Dina to a celebratory dinner tonight in honor of her new gig at a local school district ("special projects": creating an alien-human hybrid capable of ace-ing standardized tests and telekenisis, or something). A Cheesecake Factory recently opened up near here, so that's where we went.
In the lobby was a sign advertising National Cheesecake Day and CF's 30th anniversary. This Wednesday, 7/30, the restaurant invites you to go back in time thirty years, price-wise at least.
Any slice of cheesecake at 1978 prices. That's a buck-fifty. Dine-in only, so get there early.
Now, if only I could recapture the video game skills I had as a nine-year-old...
What People Are We?
We were at an In-N-Out Burger in Ventura, having lunch. Good times right there. Then a woman came in with five or six little girls, mostly well behaved, but one of the littlest had a meltdown over whoknowswhat? A barrette, someone stole her purple pony, cheeseburgers go straight to her hips? Anything really (and it's not important to the story).
The mom took the child aside and said (according to Dina who was eavesdropping),"We are not a people who throw tantrums in public."
"We are not a people who" is appropriate for so many occasions.
We are not a people who:
- shoot first and ask questions later
- chew our toenails
- import exotic wildlife for culinary experimentation
- floss with tinsel
- listen to other people's conversations and then mock their parenting skills -- no wait, we are those people
Try it today.
Labels: I'm Just Saying
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
- Free Music from the iTunes Music Store
Every Tuesday business card-sized coupons go into the CD racks offering a free download from iTunes. This week: Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis (yeah, wouldn't have thought of that duet, but it works) and "Rainy Day Blues." This on top of the 2-3 free songs iTMS gives away every week.
- Free drink July 25-26
Got a registered Starbucks gift card? Bring it on down for a complimentary Vivanno™ "healthful beverage with a refreshingly great taste that has nothing to hide." Granted, it's not my usual, but I expect it to be nice, nonetheless.
iCamp II: iPhoto Boogaloo
Next year we might sign up for the Music and Presentation days.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Phil was teamed up with T.J. and Anthony. They shot a bunch of video (they were supposed to come up with a "plan" before shooting ... so much for that idea), then composed and edited it in iMovie and created a title page in iDVD before burning discs.
Here's the result.
(If it plays choppy, let it load all the way before pushing the play button.)
Tomorrow is iPhoto day. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The "Episode One" You've Been Waiting For
The First Episode of Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog by mastermind Joss Whedon is online now through the weekend.
Introducing Dr. Horrible, who dreams of joining the Evil League of Evil and someday striking up a relationship with Penny, the girl from the laundromat.
Presenting Penny, the girl from the laundromat, who wants to help the homeless, which Dr. Evil says are symptomatic of an imperfect metaphor.
Meet Moist, Dr. H's roommate with the power to make things very, very damp.
And last but not least -- well maybe least, we'll see how things go -- Captain Hammer, Dr. H's nemesis and "Corporate Tool."
Singing! Dancing! Viewer Mail! How can you resist?
The second ep premieres tomorrow, with numero three-o due on Saturday. All three will disappear from the web after Sunday. Hopefully they'll reappear on DVD soon. (They're on iTunes for pay, but online now for free.)
Monday, July 14, 2008
I was only able to spend time with him twice, but his grace and friendliness is something that will stay with me (and set the standard for grace and friendliness) for the rest of my life.
For more on his life and legacy, see John Bloom's obit at the Door website.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Strange Things Are Afoot at the 7-11
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Forgiving Mark Harmon
When he had his Chicago Hope comeback I wasn't a fan (though I did like the show in general).
As NCIS agent Gibbs, though, he's found his way into my good graces. Great show. Great character. Great slaps upside the head. If you haven't watched NCIS, give it a try. Good fun.
*He also married TV's Mindy, but since they've been married 21 years, and Dina and I almost as long, I think it's fair to check off that boat as having sailed.
Saturday, July 05, 2008
We interrupt this blog for the following announcement from The Simpsons:
Warden: You kiddin'? Look -- [shows painting] he painted a unicorn in outer space. I'm asking you: What's it breathin'?Which reminds me: while on our trip to San Diego, we stopped at the Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park. Here are a few pix of Phil.
Warden: Ain't no air in space.
Homer: There's an air-in-space museum.
(Episode CABF05: Pokey Mom)
- Dina and Phil in a kit plane
- Dina and Phil by the Apollo 9 orbital craft
- Phil by an astronaut spacesuit
(the last time Phil posed with an astronaut space suit he was about 8 months old and looked like this)
A special Staf Trek exhibit was on display at the museum. Phil got to sit in the original Captain's Chair. Let the argements begin: who fills the chair better: Kirk or Capt. Phil?
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Knights Tournament at LegoLand
It looked like this.
There are five levels of intensity for the ride. Because Phil is a few inches short of the height requirement for the upper three, Level Two ("The Bear") was the most-intense we qualified for and the one we rode every time. Level One was called "The Monkey;" as far as I could tell that one never turned the chair sideways or parallel to the ground. Phil and I decided there should also be a Level Zero ("The Guppy") where you sit stationary and swing your legs for a minute.
The music, by the way, comes from a give-away set of film score samples composed by Christopher Franke, a one-time member of Tangerine Dream who also did all the music for (one of my all-time favorite shows) Babylon 5. Check out his website for more.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
"Oh, wait. I have that on my Mac."
And at Burbank airport this afternoon, the Mac was able to get free-wifi (limited to foxnews.com, but it was enough to let us know about the afternoon's hijinks down at LAX) when Dina's PC couldn't.
It was a good vacation. Expect plenty of photos and such in the next few days.
One last Mac vs. PC thing. Anyone got a PC-based DVD-burning solution for my in-laws? (Yeah, the Mac's got it, but they don't have one.)