Archive for March, 2005

SPARKS: A Spark in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

I loved Sparks, and most people have probably never heard of them. You might enjoy this cleverly designed (albeit initially annoying) site. If I recall, my buddy Mark had mentioned they were from So Cal – probably verifiable on the site, if I take the time to explore it all.

A Million Butterflies

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Experienced a rather interesting phenomenon here in Lake Forest today.

After I put in a few hours at work this morning, I walked outside around noon to head home and noticed an extraordinary number of butterflies heading in a westerly direction. There was no real wind to speak of, but it looked almost as if they were migrating. I didn’t know butterflies migrated. Didn’t give it much thought, and figured they were blowing in from the strawberry fields adjacent to the office.

Well, 6 hours later, when I headed up to Home Depot, they were still flocking!!! And everyone I spoke with had also noticed them and thought it rather odd. Perhaps it was triggered by the cessation of all the rain we’ve had this season, and the resulting preponderance of flowers showing up on almost anything that grows around here. Hell, even Death Valley has rolling fields of blossoms.

I haven’t had the news on, but I am curious to see how widespread the butterfly migration was, or even if they will still be on the move tomorrow…

Did you see them in your area today? Leave me a comment.

Nostalgia Central – Music

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Welcome to the Time Machine . . .

Most families own a box or a scrapbook full of tokens and mementoes of their lives. Every object unlocks an attic in the mind, a storehouse of reminiscence. Nostalgia Central is a scrapbook providing a trip from the Swinging Sixties, via the Mirror-balled Seventies, to the Day-Glo Eighties.

Tragedy… or an Opportunity?

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

US News Article | Reuters.com:

TEXAS CITY, Texas (Reuters) – An explosion rocked BP’s huge refinery in Texas City, Texas, on Wednesday, the company said, and local television reported that four people were killed in the blast.

Another 10 people were rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, according to the televised report.

The BP refinery, the third largest refinery in the country, has a throughput of 470,000 barrels per day.

‘Our firemen are on scene assessing the situation and we have no further information at this time,’ said a spokeswoman for the Texas City Fire Department.

Clouds of black smoke were billowing from several fires at the plant. One refinery expert said the site appeared to be part of the refinery used to make gasoline.

BP’s Bill Stephens said the explosion was on the west end of the complex but could not confirm what units were affected.

You know when a report like this hits the wires, the salesman pack their bags and head for the scene of the crime. While this may be somewhat morbid, that’s how certain types of business become successful.

Just a thought.

Psychedelic Albums

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Reviews, ratings and reader polls of Psychedelic Rock, Folk and Krautrock albums past and present.

Nevashut

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Commercial or entertainment. In either case, its something else that has been outsourced to New Delhi.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Interesting observation by one of the enlightened posters on the Fluor message board.

“Fluor ceased being an engineering and construction company with a sales and marketing department a long time ago. They have become a sales and marketing company that happens to sell and market engineering and construction.”

I tend to agree… in case you care.

Upright Citizens Brigade

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Explore the world of improvisation comedians and their interests.

fugly

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

Application of the universal extreme interpretation of an adjective; example: “she wasn’t just regular ugly, she was fugly”.

Famous Film Goof- ups

Tuesday, March 15th, 2005

Everyone loves identifying continuity problems in movies. See how many of these you spotted before reading about them here.

The W.B.R. Mission Statement

Saturday, March 12th, 2005

“With the utmost of all good intentions and increasingly innovative tactics, we are to serve, firstly and foremostly, the utter well-being of those few most worthy of profit-sharing, without the use of illegal maneuvers, or otherwise governmentally frowned-upon, sleight-of-hand tricks, at least to the best of knowledge of those who may have the power to alter our manner of business conduct or personnel involved. Stockholders as well, possibly, if there’s time, our Artists themselves are guaranteed the maximum of pleasure in their dealings with us, and We, as a Company, part of a Corporation, are to appear Blameless in all eventualities, should such ludicrous allegations be proposed on the behalf of anyone, anything, anyplace, etc., God Himself included.”

Now where the hell did my son get an idea that having a Mission Statement would actually ad value to his success? Maybe he listened to me more than I thought he did. Oh, the humanity.

Microsoft Gets Groove, Guru

Friday, March 11th, 2005

“Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) has acquired another small software company, the latest in a series of buys that have added to its portfolio in security , services and, in the case of its most recent deal, collaboration. With the acquisition of Groove Networks, Microsoft gets not only a company but also a big name in technology — Groove’s Ray Ozzie, who will now be working for Microsoft.

The companies, which did not disclose financial terms of the deal, said the acquisition will fold together Groove’s collaboration products and Microsoft’s Office suite to allow better productivity from dispersed workgroups. In keeping with the nature of the technology, the companies said Groove’s work force and home base will remain in Beverly, Massachusetts, as will Ozzie, who will now report to Microsoft chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates and collaborate with Microsoft’s Information Worker Group. “

Everything comes together in the end…

A Robert W. Morgan Boss-ography

Thursday, March 10th, 2005

‘Robert W. Morgan was to Los Angeles radio what Johnny Carson was to national TV. It would be hard to imagine morning drive in Los Angeles without Robert W. Morgan.’

Robert W. Morgan entertained the Los Angeles radio audience for over three decades. His unique sense of timing, wit and charm earned him a place of honor in the entertainment industry. He won almost every major award the industry has to offer including Charter membership in the National Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, along with Larry King, Ted Turner, Art Linkletter and Gary Owens. He received Billboard Magazine’s Air Personality of The Year Award, and a Star on the World Famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

I recall Robert being one of the radio icons I grew up with as a kid and enjoyed this tribute to the man. Thanks to those responsible.

IPEX – Technology Has Arrived

Saturday, March 5th, 2005

According to the New York Daily News: …next month, Victoria’s Secret will launch IPEX, a model meant to inspire sighs of relief. According to VS, the bra provides total support and coverage – particularly at the all-important center of the cup – without lumpy padding. The bra is also completely seamless, for a smooth look under fitted tops, and, best of all, is feather-light. After two years of designing and tweaking, the IPEX bra will be available Tuesday in Victoria’s Secret stores – when official spokesbabe Gisele will make an appearance, at 1:30 p.m., in Military Square in Times Square. (Thanks, Dave Barry)

I remember when IPEX was the codename for an integrated, project-execution database being internally developed by a major, global engineering and construction firm over a whole-bunch of years; but it never seemed to get the “support” it needed from the right internal organizations. It was only when the Haarlem office embraced the technology, and actually put it into practice, that it made an impact on the company.

Will have to keep an eye on this campaign to see where it goes.

Test Date Set

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Exam scheduled for Monday, April 18 at 1pm in Los Angeles…

Just Say No to Reality

Friday, March 4th, 2005

Let it hereby be known, that I have taken a solemn oath to never, ever again, sit and watch the mindless crap that’s spewing across the airwaves and satellite signals to be displayed with all its annoying high-definition pathos, under the name of “reality programming”.

I find that pointing a camera at people in everyday situations, and instructing them to ignore the camera as they pour out their heart and soul about how their parents were both put in prison while they lived out of a car at the age of 17 and had nothing to their name; to people who have absolutely no interest in caring what is being said, but rather about how they will come across to the rest of their teammates and hopefully not be the weakest link in the chain and get fired by the toupee-jock known as Trump… ceases to maintain my interest. Just like the poorly constructed, run on sentence that you maybe just read.

No matter what real-life situation insanity you might conjur up out of a fever dream, there is some producer ready to put it on film, and sell it to a network.

And the absolutely amazing thing to me is that people get HOOKED to watching each and every episode; as if it matters in their life; as if it was the unfolding of personal stories from someone in their family. Just who out there identifies with the people on Maury Povich’s schockfest anyway? It’a ain’t entertainment, Mo!

It’s a big world and everyone has a right to watch or not watch what they wish.

I have just made it my choice to shun the shit. Give me a sitcom, or drama or movie that actually has a plot, characters, complexity and intelligence. I feel like popping in my Napolean Dynamite DVD.