Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Mossad? They're Bad Men. Like Shaq.

I just have to say that Arrested Development is far and away the funniest damn thing on television. It won't last as long, but I put it in the same category as Seinfeld. Which puts the count at 2.

(FYI tiny israeli: a guy I work with mentioned them today, which made me think of you.)

... Now I'm having this daydream where Mossad agents read the above sentence and mistake it for a communique from a deep cover agent and start a war or something. So, Mossad agents reading my blog: The Shibboleth is "funyun".

There, that should make sure no one takes me seriously.

Monday, December 27, 2004


For Christmas (which for me is a celebration of family/commercialism, and decidedly not the birth of the Christian Savior) I went to Lake Forest in Illinois where my aunt and uncle live, along with one of my numerous cousins and his two children, Jack and Lilly. We had a lovely xmas dinner of pork roast, some of which now resides in my fridge, and I bagged much loot, including several books, a Ralph Lauren shirt, a cat toy which Casper is currently and loudly engrossed in, and a round-trip ticked anywhere in the states (hooray!).

Sunday, after a lazy morning and afternoon, we went into Chicago to catch Spamelot!, Eric Idle's new musical lovingly ripped off from the Holy Grail movie. It was FANTASTIC, I loved it, it was simply smashing. The cast included Tim Curry as Arthur, Hank Azaria as Lancelot / French Taunter / Various Other Silly Characters, and David Hyde-Pierce as Robin / Etc. (I have a soft spot in my heart for actors with hyphenated last names, aye, so I do.) The best part, which none of you will ever see even if you go to the show, was when the set broke halfway through the second act and the producer threw Hank Azaria to the wolves, aka the audience. Hank came out and entertained us ad lib for about 10 minutes. At one point he invited questions from the audience. Inevitably someone in the front row made a horribly geeky simpsons reference that about 3 people got, to which Mr. Azaria replied in full Comic Book Guy form "Worst Reference Ever." He also did a bit of Moe, and laughingly commented "Well, this is great. I'm living the actor's nightmare."

I also got to spend a lot of time with my cousins once-removed, Jack (3) and Lilly (1). Jack is currently fascinated with Pirates, so we fought several mock battles and build a Lego pirate ship and played Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook until I was exhausted and had to take a nap. Lilly was patently adorable, which is why I let her get away with crayoning my pants.

On the whole, a wonderful weekend. Now if you'll excuse me, I have 3 days of work to do before I jet out to New York for New Year's with my sister.

Monday, December 20, 2004

Happy Festivus!

It's time to tell you bastards all my problems. Then, the feats of strength.

Actually I felt the need to update; I'm in a very non-bloggy place right now but I don't intend for this thing to die. I'll come back someday soon. Anyway, the project I've been working on continues to go well; in fact I got a rather nice Festivus Bonus from the project sponsor.

My technology mentor / project leader, Erin Rowley, (who is a man, Wilson) started a new blog. I extended him the courtesy of adding a link, and added the Book of Shenanigans to the blogroll while I was at it. Jer - this is in lieu of the giant Hershey's chocolate bar we discussed last year. As for the rest of you, a donation has been made in your name to the Human Fund.

I'm going to see Monty Python live next Monday, so I'm very excited about that, and there's the possibility of seeing the Enforcer at New Years. Go Troupe!

Monday, December 06, 2004

Erin's Belch

My boss erin just belched so loudly he hurt himself and I thought you would find that amusing. Lord knows I did :)