Friday, December 28, 2007

Nice!

I was excited to see that I have my own personal bathroom at the San Francisco Centre movie theater.

BuboBlog Analysis!

The end of "Atonement" got me thinking, this is really the year of the Non-Hollywood Movie Ending. I mean, in addition to "Atonement," there's "Charlie Wilson's War," "No Country for Old Men," "The Mist," "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" (that also might win for Non-Hollywood Movie Title)...I'm sure there are others I'm forgetting.

It seems like endings are either post-modern or just plain bleak. Oh, and let's not overlook the "Sopranos" series finale.

Hopefully in 2008, we'll get back to the formula: (a) shit blows up (b) bad guy dies (c) good guy gets with hot lady.

BuboBlog Reviews 'Atonement'

We went to see "Atonement" tonight. Good movie, I'd say, though I'm not sure I'd have liked it if I hadn't read the book. I imagine it would be pretty boring and then once the "twist ending" comes, you'd feel a bit cheated. (One woman walked out of the theater after the ending was revealed. Kelly thinks she just had to go to the bathroom, but I imagine her saying, "That's bulls**t!")

The thing is, I'd say it was about as well adapted to the screen as such a story could be. I like the director, Joe Wright, as you know from my review in 2005 of "Pride & Prejudice" (a review that critics said was excessively gay).

I was wondering if they were going to avoid using the "c-word" in the movie version, you know, to dial it down for mainstream audiences. Heck no. In fact, I think they use it even more often — and I'm pretty sure I've never seen that word projected on screen that big before.

*SPOILER ALERT* It also occurred to me that this movie could enter the pantheon of films ("Sixth Sense," "The Others," "Vanilla Sky") where the main character(s) are actually dead for a good portion of the movie without the audience realizing it. I was pretty sure they'd never be able to use that twist again on screen, but there you go.

Anyway, I give it: *** (out of 4).

Final thought: How long before they produce the inevitable porn version, "Abonement."

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Well, At Least Now I Know

This handy Web site tells you how many five-year-olds you could handle in a fight. Sadly, I would only be able to beat up 19 five-year-olds.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Haverford in the News

Apparently Haverford is going to dispense with loans and just give students grants instead. Sweet!

I was reading the Philadelphia Inquirer story about this, and it seems unfortunate that they chose to refer to Haverford as "far less endowed" than other colleges.* The Inquirer must be doing some amazing investigative reporting these days...if you know what I mean.


* Thanks to BuboBlog correspondent Jon for noting this.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

White Christmas?

A fire started this morning a couple blocks from our place. No one was hurt, but they were still working on putting it out when I walked home tonight.

When I came upon the scene, I thought maybe it had snowed in one tiny spot of San Francisco. However, I think it was just the foam the firefighters used. Who knew they used so much!

I was tempted to do some snow angels, but the stuff smelled a little funny and I started to get woozy.

(As always, the scene is captured in perfect clarity by my cellphone camera.)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

CSI: Bubble Lounge

Last night we went to a friend's birthday party at a champagne bar/nightclub called the Bubble Lounge.

The DJ was playing some pretty cool tunes (mostly hip-hop), so a group of us went out onto the dance floor. The dance area is in the basement of the club -- in a low-ceilinged, cavernous room -- so it started to feel a little claustrophobic as the dance floor filled up.

Then, something weird happened. The room filled with a terrible smell -- like rotten eggs. I looked down and saw this plastic thing on the ground, which turned out to be a stink bomb. Apparently someone had thrown it on the floor to create mischief.

What's funny is, I'd always heard of stink bombs but never actually seen one in action. Stink bombs were just one of those things that I'd read about and had to take on faith that really existed (like a sextant or opium). It seems odd that I would be 34 years old at a trendy nightclub before experiencing a real stink bomb.

Suffice to say, the stink bomb was not da bomb -- at least when it came to promoting dancing. People cleared off the floor, and the club's staff appeared with flashlights to investigate.

Kelly, not possessing a sense of smell, was able to lead the men to the ruptured bomb without any discomfort on her part. It made me think that she might have a promising career in waste management.

I'm not sure if they ever caught the perpetrator, so you just have to wonder who would do that. A rival of the DJ who wanted to interrupt his crazy dope rhythms? Or maybe a guy who saw his lady cozying up with another fellow on the dance floor? Of course, there would have to be malice aforethought because who brings a stink bomb to a club?

Actually, maybe if others settled their nightclub disputes like this, there would be a lot less shooting. I suspect the rapper Shyne would not be in jail right now if he had just thrown a stink bomb to protect P. Diddy at that club in New York.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Haverford Woman Gets 'Lucky'

Apparently the magazine Lucky does a feature on "real-life" people each month and talks about their favorite outfits. Well, according to an expose on the blog Jezebel, this month's person didn't really pick the outfit she wore or say the stuff she was quoted as saying.

This is all relevant to BuboBlog because the girl is a Haverford alum.

Even if the magazine tweaked her quotes, she does sound pretty fabulous. From the Jezebel blog:
Witness Courtney Childs Lewis. She's 25 and yet has three names already; she's consultant at Avenue A Razorfish and Haverford Alum who regularly travels to Paris on business, and yet if you ran into her in Paris you'd totally think you saw Gemma Ward. And don't get me started on all the excessively trendy/unflattering clothing choices only a hideously beautiful 25-year-old on a raw food and coke diet can pull off that she tries to foist upon the hapless Lucky-buying masses: shiny pointy ankle boots, those weird tuxedo pants, chic-formless jacket over chic-formless shirt accented by chic neckscarf....

I don't really know what a lot of that stuff meant or who Gemma Ward is, but she seems pretty cool.

However, Courtney has a blog, in which she distanced herself from the Lucky article:
This is not my “foolproof” outfit nor did any of those words exit my mouth ;)

Nice to see emoticons are still popular among today's youth.

Haverford also apparently loosened up its rule about not accepting any good-looking people. Why wasn't I alerted to this in the alumni magazine?

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Walk the Walk

The Brookings Institution released a study of the most walkable cities in the U.S.

San Francisco was No. 3, after Washington and Boston.

I definitely agree with Boston being one of the most walkable cities in the U.S., but Washington? Really? My feeling of Washington (pictured) is that it's a sprawling city, with a few walkable areas, but it's certainly not easy to walk from one part to another -- not without hopping on the Metro.

Well, it turns out they didn't really measure how walkable cities were as a whole. They looked at how many walkable areas were in each metro area and then measured how many of these areas there were per capita. They also didn't factor in how big each individual walkable area was.

That makes no sense. If I live in a town of 10,000 people, with one small walkable downtown area surrounded by strip malls and housing developments, would that mean I'm in a more walker-friendly area than a city of 100,000 with eight walkable neighborhoods stitched together? No, that's stupid.

And so, the Brookings Institution study is stupid. No offense D.C., but you are not more walkable than Boston or S.F. -- and certainly not New York (which ranked No. 10, just above San Diego and Los Angeles).

Heck, even Atlanta ranked No. 14, which the Journal-Constitution crows about in this article. That's not a good sign.

Here's the whole list:

1. Washington

2. Boston

3. San Francisco

4. Denver

5. Portland

6. Seattle

7. Chicago

8. Miami

9. Pittsburgh

10. New York

11. San Diego

12. Los Angeles

13. Philadelphia

14. Atlanta

15. Baltimore

16. St. Louis

17. Minneapolis

18. Detroit

19. Columbus

20. Las Vegas

21. Houston

22. San Antonio

23. Kansas City

24. Orlando

25. Dallas

26. Phoenix

27. Sacramento

28. Cincinnati

29. Cleveland

30. Tampa

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

See If You Can Spot the Unicorn

Apparently Debra Lafave, the former middle-school teacher who had sex with a student, has been arrested again for violating her probation.

My only comment on this case: That is possibly the greatest shirt ever featured in a mugshot.


And yes, I'm including Nick Nolte.

Headline Fun

This isn't quite as amusing as the Ed Jew headlines, but when I came to work this morning, there was news that Harry You had been fired as CEO of a company called BearingPoint.

Some of the headlines:
BearingPoint Names Harbach To Succeed You as CEO

BearingPoint Replaces You as Chief, Promotes Harbach

These headlines reminded me of the choose-your-own-adventure books I used to read: "You find yourself in a swamp facing an anaconda!"