Saturday, May 31, 2008

Killer Cranes

Remember my review of "Spider-Man 3"? I complained about one scene where Spider-Man battles a berserk crane, since that seemed like a pretty lame opponent:
In a movie in which we already had three villains (Venom, Sandman and the New Goblin), we really had to have a scene with an out-of-control crane?? At first I thought the crane might tie into another plotline, but no, it's just an out-of-control crane. (The one redeeming part of this scene was that the crane destroys my brother's office building.)

Now, after two deadly crane accidents in New York in less than three months, I'd say the movie was amazingly prescient.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Awesome Alert

I can't really file this under the Chuman category, but this article does include monkeys *and* robots; thereby making it possibly the coolest piece of journalism ever.

Sadly, the New York Times made an error in punctuating the headline. It should have been: "Monkeys Control a Mechanical Arm...With Their Thoughts. WTF?!"

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What Does It All Mean?

I've heard that if you see shoes hanging from a telephone line, it means you've entered a drug-dealing area.

But what does it mean if the shoes in question are Homer Simpson slippers? (As I witnessed today on my street.)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

BuboBlog News Analysis!

Okay, what's with this trend of people eating money on TV?

There's a commercial for Quizno's where a woman eats a five-dollar bill.


Even more disturbing is a KFC commercial for a new chicken sandwich. The ad wizards who did the commercial decided to put a subliminal dollar bill within the lettuce of the sandwich. Is this effective? Do I really want to eat money? Where has this money been?

Oh No, Dr. Jones

We went to see "Indiana Jones and the Something About a Crystal Skull" tonight. I have to say, it didn't quite live up to expectations.

The action scenes were well orchestrated and thrilling. And Harrison Ford didn't seem overly old or ridiculous. But something was a little off.

For one, I think the "civilian" scenes, when Indy is in his professor guise, were a little too campy. They have a dreamy look to them that I'm sure was very deliberate, but they just came off as hokey. Especially the final scene.

Another problem, and this requires a *SPOILER WARNING*...

All of the Indiana Jones movies have had a big dose of the supernatural. But what made it palatable before was that it was steeped in our culture's Judeo-Christian beliefs. So even if kooky stuff was happening with the Ark of the Covenant and melting faces, etc., you knew that it was based on stuff that we as a people actually believe in (or, at least, our politicians say we do).

With this movie (and, to a lesser extant, with "Temple of Doom"), the mythology is outside the Judeo-Christian tradition. In fact, it's some crap about aliens from another dimension. It didn't really fit the franchise and threw the whole story line into a sci-fi realm. It was kind of like that Tintin where they find those alien statues in the cave ("Flight 714")...pretty much the worst Tintin ever (unless we're counting the one with grossly offensive African caricatures).

I'm not saying it was terrible. But I don't think it's a worthy addition to the franchise. BuboBlog gives it **1/2 stars (out of four).

Friday, May 23, 2008

It's Almost...Too Quiet

We got a new dishwashing machine, and yesterday we were marveling at how quiet it is (especially compared with our old one, which was too loud to run while we were watching TV or listening to music).

Until today, when we realized it was so quiet because...it wasn't actually turned on.

UPDATE: Turns out it's actually quite loud. Well, shoot.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Riding the Metro

We had a great tourguide for our latest trip to D.C. (BuboBlog District of Columbia Correspondent Liz) and got to see some new neighborhoods.

On Saturday we rode the Metro and visited U Street, a hip area filled with restaurants and clubs. Riding the D.C. Metro is always a little funny because it's basically Bart -- only slightly nicer. Bart was first, though, so I feel like we can claim to be the Disneyland to their Disneyworld.

D.C. metro planners also seem to have a problem with excessively long station names. The one we got off on U Street was called "U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo" station. What a mouthful!

And maybe I'm revealing my own ignorance here, but I didn't even know there was a civil war between Africa and America. I feel like I would have heard about this.

A Long Walk

You may remember when I blogged about how those barbarians in New York don't yet have countdown clocks on their walk signals.

Well, walking around the Washington D.C. area this weekend, I see that they've taken to the countdown clocks with a vengeance.

In fact, they appear to have taken the concept TOO FAR!

Instead of counting down from the last moment when you can safely start crossing the street, D.C. countdown signals often start counting down from a minute. I even saw one in Georgetown that counted down from like 75 seconds. What good is that? For people who think, "Hmm...I might like to cross the street in a bit, but first I'll stop in and get a sandwich."

Playing 'Solitaire'

We just got back from D.C., where we saw the premiere of my latest one-act, "Solitaire."

It was really cool. Definitely one of the best productions of anything I've ever written. With some of the lines, I wasn't sure if they would work on-stage, but the actors totally pulled them off -- using acting!

My play ended the night after two other one-acts. Afterwards, there was a reception and a lot of people came up to me and said really nice things about the play. They also had apparently Googled my name and thought I was a professor at NYU or something. I had to tell them I was a different guy. Fortunately I loaded up on brownies and boxed wine before they could call security and ask me to leave.

Anyway, I think Kelly took some pictures so I'll try to post those.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Homeless Meters

Have you read about these new homeless meters that they plan to put up in San Francisco? They work like parking meters, only you stick change in there for homeless charities -- rather than giving it to panhandlers.

I'm excited to see this concept in action. I can imagine me winking at a guy begging for change, pulling out a calfskin coin purse and then -- PSYCH!! -- sticking the coins in a nearby meter.

It sounds just like a Mentos commercial!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Stimulating the Economy!

We bought a new car over the weekend (okay, not really "new," more like previously not owned by us)...a model called a Mazda6.

I feel like we should have gotten some kind of hybrid, but since we hardly ever drive, it didn't really make sense cost-wise. Plus it's probably not very eco-friendly to produce a massive battery system (with all the future toxic waste that entails) if it's not really needed. But maybe I'm just trying to make myself feel better.

I will say, we got a lot of pressure at one of the dealers to buy an SUV (especially after they saw that Kelly was El Preginente). Apparently there are a lot of them sitting on dealer lots right now. Given the price of gas, I wonder who is still purchasing SUVs. But then I also wonder who is still naming their children Madison (and it was the fifth most popular name last year).

Saturday, May 10, 2008

'Happiest Baby'

Someone was kind enough to give us a book about raising "The Happiest Baby on the Block."

What they didn't take into account was our neighborhood — there ain't no other babies on this block. So we got this challenge IN THE BAG!

Next time we'll make it more sporting by trying to have "The Happiest Meth-Fiend Prostitute on the Block."

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Odd...

Apparently Lake Tahoe is the No. 1 vacation spot in the U.S.

At least according to some new survey. Big Sur was No. 2 and San Francisco was third.

While it's cool to see Northern Cali dominate like that, what's up? I mean, isn't Tahoe basically the Niagara Falls of the West?

Here's the top 10:
1. Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nevada
2. Big Sur, Calif.
3. San Francisco
4. Poipu, Hawaii
5. Sedona, Ariz.
6. New Orleans
7. Carmel, Calif.
8. Napa, Calif.
9. Lahaina, Hawaii
10. La Jolla, Calif.

Not that I'm hating, since we spent our honeymoon in Tahoe. Before it was cool...

Monday, May 05, 2008

No Promises

I spotted this sign on Fillmore Street. This store claims to have everything...or possibly less than everything. I didn't go inside to check.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

I Did It!

So I've been writing a script for Script Frenzy, which challenges people to write a screen or stage play of at least 100 pages in one month. Anyway, I passed the 100-page mark tonight at 11:55 p.m., so I won the challenge! (Barely.)

Is the script any good? No comment.