Calvin and Hobbes

August 30, 2007 at 4:11 pm (Uncategorized)

10 greatest lines from Calvin and Hobbes:

  • “Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants won’t help.”
  • “People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”
  • “Girls are like slugs. They serve some purpose, but its hard to imagine what.”
  • “Careful. We don’t want to learn from this.”
  • It’s a magical world, Hobbes ol’ buddy. Let’s go exploring.”
  • “Its not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.”
  • “I’ve got to start listening to those quiet, nagging, doubts.”
  • “I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life…Procrastinating and rationalizing.”
  • “History is the fiction we invent to persuade ourselves that events are knowable and that life has order and direction.”
  • “Sometimes I think the surest sign intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

Believe it or not, I wrote a significant portion of my college essay regarding Calvin and Hobbes – and still got in. I can’t help but thinking that whoever read it was a fan.


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Men and Cartoons

August 30, 2007 at 2:01 pm (Uncategorized)

  • Regarding my earlier funk, this cartoon and this one makes me feel better.
  • Am I the only person on the planet without a MySpace page? (so I have a facebook page instead…)
  • Another failed attempt at eating healthy – spinach sucks. I mean it really, truly sucks, in one of those “Greedo shoots first” ways, as opposed to “Why can’t stormtroopers shoot straight” ways. And because I’m a Star Wars geek, here’s another cartoon from the same source as above.

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August 30, 2007 at 12:23 pm (Uncategorized)

Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit, Damnit.

I suppose you can’t lose something you never had. And that just kinda sucks.

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Giants players I always kinda liked – and their Major League/Bull Durham character

August 29, 2007 at 3:10 pm (Uncategorized)

  • Mark Gardner – Eddie Harris
  • Kirt Manwaring –  Jake Taylor
  • Glennalen Hill – Pedro Cerrano
  • William Van Landingham – “Nuke” LaLoosh
  • Felix Rodriguez – Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughan

If only I could find a comp for Marvin Bernard….

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You are not fat

August 29, 2007 at 2:54 pm (Uncategorized)

Seriously.  The next time one of my frankly great-looking female colleagues insists they are fat, I’m tempted to shout this out loud. I’m hardly the poster boy for the “You’re perfect the way you are” crowd, but someone weighing 120 pounds and 5’6 is not fat, and a guy (or girl) who suggests that to them is a blithering idiot . I’m an extremely “oversized” character myself, (6’0 – 260 or whereabouts) – so I suppose it may come off as a sort of cynical bitterness – but I don’t think so – this is one of those rare moments where I genuinely want to make people feel better about themselves. 😉

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One Sentence / Six Words

August 27, 2007 at 11:18 pm (Uncategorized)

One of my favorite parts of the intrawebs is the amount of well written stuff out there, if you’re willing to wade through the crap to get at it. Sites like One Sentence (tell a story in one sentence) and Wired’s Six Words effort (six words only) have a bunch of really cool lines out there. Yeah, you have 300 different variations of the “I loved her, she hated me” stories, but some shine out.

Perhaps my favorite comes from Wired, quoting a Hemingway 6-word story:

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

In that vein, here are some of my less brilliant efforts.

  • Loved her. Lost her. Oh well.
  • Tis better to have read Tennyson.
  • Heaven’s kingdom had no happy people.
  • Spelunking had sounded better in theory.
  • In the end, he chose the dog. (V2.0 – Chose the dog; never looked back).
  • Won battle. Despite cliche, won war.

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Whiny post warning

August 27, 2007 at 10:42 pm (Uncategorized)

The combination of vast quantities of liquor and myself do not always make a bad combination – there are times when I am funny, charming, and even interesting when under copious (or even minimal) quantities of booze – especially when compared to my sober self. Today was not necessarily one of those days – made an ass out of myself in front of someone I really didn’t want to. My senses led to an apology, but my capacity for self-destruction remains significant. The only good that came out of it is that I spent 35 minutes attacking the treadmill as if it had stolen my last piece of candy.

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That funny feeling

August 27, 2007 at 11:40 am (Uncategorized)

  • The great workout regime is still going – at 5 days, I may have reached a new personal best for sticking to an idea (just like this!). Lou Gerhig had nothing on me. Unfortunately, there was a croissant in the vicinity last night, and I may have “given back” my supposed good work.
  • I voluntarily watched Sweet Home Alabama last night (again). I think/know that I enjoy romantic comedies. I ought to turn in my quasi man-card before this goes any further.
  • Monday mornings seem to have a depressing way of assuring you that yes, you are in the real world, and no, you can’t wish away the aspects you don’t like. Right now, I’d prefer to be sipping a beer or two, while discussion new ways to hurl abuse at Brian Sabean (the Giants GM).

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August 24, 2007 at 7:36 pm (Uncategorized)

Some kid, coming out of a parking spot, just decided to side-end me. The left side of my car crumpled like a pinata. Good times. A nice evening spent in the company of friends and copious amounts of beer helped, but rather than being angry, I’m just annoyed that my new car is not so new anymore.

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What I’m reading

August 23, 2007 at 11:24 pm (Uncategorized)

England, England – Julian Barnes.

England isn’t what it used to be – quaint, romantic notions have given way to a place that’s undoubtedly a “has-been”, and almost certainly a “never-will” for the future, one dominated by Asia and the far east. What can you give them? Why, England of course – as they imagine it.

“Imagine being able to visit England–all of England–in a single weekend. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall, Harrods, Manchester United Football Club, the Tower of London, and even the Royal Family all within easy distance of the each other, accessible, and, best of all, each one living up to an idealized version of itself”(

– Something not quite a theme park or a museum, but a perfect replica (and thus reality) of what England is imagined to be. As always, Barnes is hilarious, but its the idea of what reality it is that makes the book particularly impressive.


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