Monday, January 26, 2009

A Less Cool Post than Gabi's

Hey, guys. I can't do the Super Bowl party this year. Sorry for the late notice, but hopefully people can all still get together somewhere...

Live From Inauguration

This is the coolest inaugural photo I've seen. It's over 1400 mega-pixels, stitched from many smaller photos, so you can zoom in on anything.

I saw some cool stuff that day. But this might be a highlight:
I mean, it was early. I was tired too.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

next post

i love fish as much as the next guy, but stasis = blog death.
here's a picture of some goats climbing trees:

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Survivor Stephen

As a friend of the Family, I thought I'd post this video of Stephen here for those who haven't already seen it.

For some reason the video isn't embedding here, so click the heading to view.

Go Fish!

Friday, January 16, 2009

One Last Moment of Reflection

Before we send him off into that great sunset of galactic incompetence... I'd like to take a walk down memory lane, and savor some of the endearing moments of singular ineptitude. I give you, the top 25 Bush-isms 2000-2008. I encourage you to pick a favorite. I nominate #4 the inability of OB/GYNs to "practice their love." but telling shut-ins I love you is a very close second...

1. "Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."—Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004

2. "I know how hard it is for you to put food on your family."—Greater Nashua, N.H., Chamber of Commerce, Jan. 27, 2000

3. "Rarely is the question asked: Is our children learning?"—Florence, S.C., Jan. 11, 2000

4. "Too many good docs are getting out of the business. Too many OB/GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across the country."—Poplar Bluff, Mo., Sept. 6, 2004

5. "Neither in French nor in English nor in Mexican."—declining to answer reporters' questions at the Summit of the Americas, Quebec City, Canada, April 21, 2001

6. "You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test.''—Townsend, Tenn., Feb. 21, 2001

7. "I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense."—Washington, D.C., April 18, 2006

8. "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda."—Greece, N.Y., May 24, 2005

9. "I've heard he's been called Bush's poodle. He's bigger than that."—discussing former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as quoted by the Sun newspaper, June 27, 2007

10. "And so, General, I want to thank you for your service. And I appreciate the fact that you really snatched defeat out of the jaws of those who are trying to defeat us in Iraq."—meeting with Army Gen. Ray Odierno, Washington, D.C., March 3, 2008

11. "We ought to make the pie higher."—South Carolina Republican debate, Feb. 15, 2000

12. "There's an old saying in Tennessee—I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee—that says, fool me once, shame on—shame on you. Fool me—you can't get fooled again."—Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

13. "And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."—speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007

14. "We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers."—Houston, Sept. 6, 2000

15. "It's important for us to explain to our nation that life is important. It's not only life of babies, but it's life of children living in, you know, the dark dungeons of the Internet."—Arlington Heights, Ill., Oct. 24, 2000

16. "One of the great things about books is sometimes there are some fantastic pictures."—U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 3, 2000

17. "People say, 'How can I help on this war against terror? How can I fight evil?' You can do so by mentoring a child; by going into a shut-in's house and say I love you."—Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2002

18. "Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and don't do it, that's trustworthiness."—CNN online chat, Aug. 30, 2000

19. "I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep on the soil of a friend."—on the prospect of visiting Denmark, Washington, D.C., June 29, 2005

20. "I think it's really important for this great state of baseball to reach out to people of all walks of life to make sure that the sport is inclusive. The best way to do it is to convince little kids how to—the beauty of playing baseball."—Washington, D.C., Feb. 13, 2006

21. "Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream."—LaCrosse, Wis., Oct. 18, 2000

22. "You know, when I campaigned here in 2000, I said, I want to be a war president. No president wants to be a war president, but I am one."—Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 26, 2006

23. "There's a huge trust. I see it all the time when people come up to me and say, 'I don't want you to let me down again.' "—Boston, Oct. 3, 2000

24. "They misunderestimated me."—Bentonville, Ark., Nov. 6, 2000

25. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."—Washington, D.C., May 12, 2008

Ladies and Gents, your JJ8 2008-2009 Israel Moto:

Bird Test

This killed me. (excerpt from NYTimes)

All commercial airplane engines are required to pass a “bird strike” test before they can be certified for use. Engine manufacturers, including CFM International, which produced the engines on the US Airways Airbus A320 involved in Thursday’s sudden landing, test the engines physically and through computer simulation.

In the physical tests, the engines are revved to full power inside a test facility and absorb various kinds of birds, from those the size of sparrows to those the size of herons, one at a time. (The birds are already dead.) The engines also ingest multiple birds meant to simulate a collision with a flock, said Matthew Perra, a spokesman for the engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.

To pass the test, engines must keep operating after the collision, maintaining enough power to take off, fly around the airport and land the plane safely, he said. That is because a jet with two engines has to be able to take off on 50 percent power.

I guess it makes perfect sense. But where do they get the dead birds? Are they picking them up off the side of the road? Do they buy them from bird farms and kill them? What about using fake birds? Can you picture people starting up a jet engine and then releasing dead birds into it? Is it wrong of me to find this so funny?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

DimSum Engagement

May your lives together be as non-biodegradable as the fish balls! Congrats Sol/Ash, Josh/Katie & Jon/Renana. Huzzah!

Friday, January 9, 2009


HOTTIE$ GALORE presents:


January 15th, 16th, 17th. 8:30pm.

at The Kraine Theater. (85 E. 4th btwn Bowery and 2nd, downstairs from KGB Bar)

tix $12
please reserve at

The Palm Tree Expedition

I don't know. Could any of those guys be the great great grandfather of this brave explorer?

The Nimrod Expedition

I kid you not.  Anyone look familiar?

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!

Please help me come to terms with my 30th birthday!

The where:
Jimmy's No. 43
(43 E. 7th Street, btwn. 2nd/3rd Ave)

The when:
9:00PM until 9:ooAM

The why:
Debauchery and sheet cake are the only things that are going to get me out of my twenties. Also, there is much to celebrate--weddings, engagements, the new year...

The how (to reach me while I'm in the States):

Looking forward to see you all soon!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

message for the cat

athas, the neighborhood wants to let kitty know:

p.s. can you believe the blog is 2 years old??
p.p.s. we'll put up a wedding picture or two soon
p.p.p.s slippey!!