The Office returns....

Found this on YouTube.

Yes, I know it's a commercial, but I really* want some of my favorite shows to come back on, and this is one of them.

There is a spoiler in this clip, so if you don't want to know who got the job at corporate, don't watch the clip.

Looks like the first four episodes will be an hour long. Seems small consolation considering I got *six months* until my FAVORITE show is back on.

I'm not that surprised....

TMZ has some video up that reminds me of my favorite exchange from The Breakfast Club.
Vernon: You think about this...when you get old, these kids; when I get old, they're gonna be runnin' the country.
Carl: Yeah?
Vernon: Now this is the thought that wakes me up in the middle of the night...That when I get older, these kids are gonna take care of me.
Carl: I wouldn't count on it!
Hat Tip: Jezebel, own of my new favorite guilty pleasures....

In light of the peccadillos of Sen. Craig

I present...the Onion.

NSFW, by the way. Lots of graphic discussion.

Granted, it's from nearly 10 years ago, but I can't help but think of Sen. Craig's repeated statements that HE'S NOT GAY when reading it.

Great. And?

His behavior *does,* however, speak great volumes about how his opinion and views of "gay marriage" have, in part, developed.

And that's just sad.


Gamera to Champaign:

Change is good.


One billboard does not a Tokyo make.

I still can't figure how this one is any different from the one in front of the Assembly Hall....

Happy Belated Blog Birthday

So, I started this blog about 2 years ago. I missed my blog birthday last year and apparently I missed it again this year (it was the 23rd). However, in searching for the real date, I re-read my first post:
Definitely going to be local and political and, upon occasion, pointless.

Just like me, I guess.
I think that and my "meandering mix of serious and not" were pretty accurate, don't you?

This weekend I'm heading to Danville to balloon with friends on Friday. Plus I've got some pool time planned and definitely grilling out.

I haven't been moblogging lately because I think the cel phone pictures can be kinda grainy, but I'm gonna give it another try this weekend. I'm hoping you all will give me some feedback on whether or not the pictures are even comprehendable.

And to close, I saw the Simpson's last weekend and this has been running through my head all week....


They're back....

moon_grrl pretty much sums up my feelings right now, but one of the benefits of the annual student return is that a lot of stuff is going on.

First, the Champaign Park District is offering Shakespeare in the Park at Hessel this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm.


Second, the Sweetcorn Festival is this weekend in Downtown Urbana this Friday and all day Saturday. So you can grab some sweetcorn, a few beers and


Did I mention it was free?

Finally, there's one more event this week---Mertz and jphlip's last tag team set at Soma this Thursday night.

All this *kinda* makes up for the puke all over the sidewalks....


All Growed Up

This weekend is reunion weekend. My friends from college are in town to play cards, drink alcohol, and hang out. Every year I seem to have to learn the same lesson---I am not 21 anymore nor should I attempt to drink like I am. We'll see if I have learned this one finally.

Tonight is drinks out downtown somewhere. I think we are gonna start at the Squire and then see what happens. Tomorrow is an all-day grill-out backyard lounge-about with adult beverages. I believe there are ribs in the works.

In addition, a friend is bringing her daughter down to the U of I to move in on Saturday morning. My friend is quite stressed out bringing her baby here, but I am somewhat helping her to be less worried. She knows I'm here to help out if her daughter needs anything and I can answer any questions---like where the hell is something is on campus or in town. I think I'm going to take my friend out for a drink after the move-in. My guess is she'll need it.


Other weirdness still sorta related to advertising

So, this Pick-Up Artist show has intrigued me because I want to know what the fuck they are being taught. And I found a few interesting video clips (not today, *just* in case anyone was wondering) that shed a little light on the professional PUA (pick-up artist).

First, sagefool sent me a link to The Science of Insulting Women. This is one aspect of the whole interaction that wouldn't work on me. I only am interested in guys that are interested in me. I may *admire* guys that aren't into me, but I won't pursue them. You know that book, He's Just Not That Into You? Well, I really only want to date guys that are into me. Why would I waste my time chasing someone who *isn't* into me? And if you *insult* me, I wouldn't think you are into me.

Anywhoo, I also found this link to Neil Strauss's interview on Jimmy Kimmel. His book, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, is all about how he learned from professionals like Mystery, the guy on VH1's show that I'm currently watching.

Finally, I found this video which actually has two guys from the show on it, Mystery and Matador.

I'm intrigued with the show's premise, which is to take guys who truly need help relating to women and help them. I'm just not sure whether it's help that they are getting.

I'm going to keep watching and see where it goes. Right now, it's seems like they are learning to create a brand, approach, and open.

Summer blues....

So...I've been helping some friends out lately. They have a pool. It's an above-ground pool with a deck. They moved into the house a few years ago and it already had the pool. Last year, they had it up and running.

Unfortunately, at the end of last summer, the handle on the filter broke. And then, the cover wasn't on real tight so it got a bunch of leaves and water on it. When it got warm this year, one of my friends' daughters pulled off the cover and the crap fell in the pool.

And then sat---for a couple of months.

So...me and about 5 other people have been cleaning out the pool.

Before (that white stuff is shock sitting on top of the algae:


Sunday was my friends' son's 4th birthday party. We got to spend all day enjoying the pool and grilling out and chatting and having an awesome time. We had about 20 people in the pool at one time walking in one direction yelling "WHIRLPOOL!!!!" And we had a great game of Marco Polo for a bit.

I know it's nearing the end of summer and all, but I'm hoping I'll still get in a little pool time before fall, one of my favorite seasons, sets in.

There was *also* an incident involving a rather large bag of pre-soaked charcoal and fire, but I'll save that for when sagefool gets me the video. *That's* going win some money someday.



A friend sent me a link to Blackle.
Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.


In January 2007 a blog post titled Black Google Would Save 750 Megawatt-hours a Year proposed the theory that a black version of the Google search engine would save a fair bit of energy due to the popularity of the search engine. Since then there has been skepticism about the significance of the energy savings that can be achieved and the cost in terms of readability of black web pages.

We believe that there is value in the concept because even if the energy savings are small, they all add up. Secondly we feel that seeing Blackle every time we load our web browser reminds us that we need to keep taking small steps to save energy.

Treehugger.com has other green tips and links if you are interested.

Advertising weirdness

One of my favorite things to do on a Sunday is lay around all day and watch junk TV and nap. With snacks. Can't forget the snacks.

That is how I spent this past Sunday. Eating a ton of watermelon and watching mindless TV.

And I caught a couple new shows. The first was Scott Baio Is 45...and Still Single. It is quite shocking that he's still single since he's cheated on every single girlfriend he's every had and can't relate to a woman unless he's commenting on her "nice rack."

The second was The Pick-Up Artist which is about a bunch a guys who want to be trained by professional pick-up artists to meet girls in a bar. It's a competition and a guy gets voted off each week. The first show entailed the 8 contestants trying to pick up girls in a bar. Carnage ensues. Then the Pick-Up Artists go into the bar and show them how it's *really* done....

So here's the weirdness. All throughout *both* shows, eHarmony is advertising like crazy. Now, maybe I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that a marriage-oriented dating service created by a religious fundamentalist might not be hitting its target market in these slots.

But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe guys tuning in to Scott Baio to see the strippers his friends hire for him *are* interested in marriage....


Dumpster Diving

So it's that time of year---when you drive around town and see perfectly good furniture and other household items just laying by the curb or sitting next to dumpsters.

Plus, the Dump and Run sale isn't far off either.

Today, on my way home from a catering, I saw a guy who putting a computer desk in the back of his truck---where he already had a couple others he'd picked up.

Bet you could sell those puppies in about a week or two. Turning dumpster diving---a hobby at best---into a money-making endeavor. All you'd need is a little storage, time to scavenge, and the desire to move furniture in muggy, 90-degree heat.