Monthly Archives: May 2006

Late night rants and raves

Every once in a while I stop and think about the world we live in and how it's tied into information. Sending, receiving, manipulating, and collecting information. That's what we're about. Unless you live in a section of the country or world that either doesn't care about daily information stimulation (satisfied with just living), too stubborn to hop on the bus with the rest of us (old-school), or live a life that doesn't require the daily/hourly fix of information (farmer or Quaker).

Here are some information tidbits from the last couple of days (no links or pictues):

  • Adoptions are up, especially from Africa. Couples who adopt children from poverty situations, I look up to and respect deeply.
  • Britney Spears almost dropped her infant son while walking NY. I do feel sorry for her and the scrutiny she has to go through. Celebrity or not, she can't even walk to her car without a complete review of her motherhood abilities.
  • Gas prices are at or hovering around $3. I drive a vehicle that gets 28-35mpg and I think we're in the beginning of the end of fossil fueled cars (another 20-30 years).
  • There was a local news story about a family in New Hampshire living in a house that was condemned for the deplorable living conditions but at the same time contained animals ranging from alligators to snakes to lizards, which were removed and apparently were well taken care of. And they had a 7-year-old daughter that was living right next to these dangerous reptiles and was taken away by child services.
  • Paul McCartney is getting divorced and might have to pay his wife 280-350 million of his estimated 1.5 billion dollar fortune. Sometimes it bums me out to see my childhood rock stars get old. Watch The Beatles movie "Help" and you'll see some young, talented, good-looking lads with the whole world ahead of them.
  • There's young men and women still getting killed in Iraq. And Iraq's next door neighbor, Iran, is telling the rest of the world we'll do what we want and it's is our right. In the U.S., military options are on the table, hopefully never to come to fruition.
  • "The Da Vinci Code" movie got luke-warm reviews across the board. Never read the book but I hear the Catholic church is not represented in a good light.
  • In Mass. on friday (the 19th), a tanker truck overturned on the Mass Turnpike and shut down the highway for the day because it was carrying liquid methane. A 22-mile stretch was shut off including rush hour. Total traffic mayhem, but we survived and there was no leakage, casualties, or explosions.

I could go on forever with more information bits and pieces. Some of us live for this stuff. It's part of our everyday fabric.

It wasn't like this when I was kid. Give me a sunny day and my bike, and I was satisfied.


Britney getting stupid; The Duke rides again; Finally! Wild, Wild, West on DVD

Hey there good looking...Britney announced Tuesday night (on Letterman) she's pregnant again. What is up with that girl?! And to top it off she's pregnant by that boob-brain Kevin Federdope. This dude now has 4 children (out of wedlock) and has the maturity level of a 5 year old. Miss Spears career is pretty much done since it was based on her looks/body. Not that she can't bounce back from having 2 kids but I think she was struggling to keep her weight down b4 she was prego. Why am I writing this?

John Ford and The Duke
PBS is broadcasting a special on my favorite movie star and the relationship he had with legendary director John Ford. My favorite Duke movies: 'The Searchers,' 'The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,' 'The Barbary Coast,' 'Hondo,' 'They Were Expendable,' and 'True Grit.' There you go pilgrim.

The Wild, Wild, West TV show finally on DVD
Season 1, which was black & white, will be released on June 6. Awesome show. The 'Star Trek' of 1960s westerns. Robert Conrad is Captain Kirk. Good looking and gets all the women while beatin' the crap out of 20 men at a time while using really cool gadgets. Doesn't get any better.

Bosox-Yanks; Weird numbers; Master(s) of their domain

Big PapiThe Red Sox and New York Yankees start a 3-game series tonight in NY with Josh Beckett (rightie) facing Randy Johnson (leftie). It will be interesting to watch how the Yankees, actually Johnson, pitch to David Ortiz. One NY newspaper suggested putting him on his arse as a strategy. Ortiz is a big guy. With a pretty big arse. May I suggest a different strategy? Pitch him high and tight. And good luck.

Wierd football jersey numbers over the years
Sports Illustrated's web site is always running great lists of things like worst NFL draft picks, or best old-school uniforms, etc. This list is pretty interesting (to sports fans): Unorthodox NFL Jersey NUmbers. My favorite: Bronco Nagurski of the Chicago Bears (in the 1930s) who wore #3 as a rusher and linebacker.

Those dudes that run Augusta
Augusta National golf course which hosts The Masters golf tournament has a new leader: Billy Payne. The outgoing leader, Hootie Johnson, kept a long-standing tradition of keeping women members out. I guess Billy is going to prolong the idiotic tradition. What is up down there Georgia? I guess they haven't gotten past women getting the right to vote in 1920.