Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time

So how exactly does one expect life to go after they've done this to themselves? Lots of lucrative job offers? Classy women? Stable home life?

Wouldn't it be great to sit down with this guy over a cup of coffee and discuss the ramifications of Alito's Supreme Court confirmation or the subversive effect Hamas is having in Middle Eastern politics? Maybe ask what he thought of Brokeback Mountain.

Or maybe not.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

Waiting For That Other Shoe To Drop

One of the biggest concerns on every mind over here in Germany is if/when they'll be moved somewhere else because of plans to reduce the U.S. military prescence in Europe.

Well, some details came out today.

Baumholder, where I work, isn't mentioned. Guess I get to stay here a little while longer.

Or maybe they'll announce it's closing tomorrow...

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Honk Honk

Here's the best car commercial you'll see for awhile, courtesy of Honda.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Even More Pretty Pictures / Pretty Sounds

Another site has decided to go with fifteen more videos than the fifty I linked to the other day.

Check them out at m3 online.

If any of my students from today see this, you might be shocked to find Sigur Ros at the top of this new list. In fact, Sigur Ros are on the list a couple of times. Yes, that Sigur Ros.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Pretty Pictures / Pretty Sounds

Have some spare time and bandwidth? Then you could do worse than to check out a few of the videos listed on the Docopenhagen list of Top 50 Music Videos of 2005.

Personal faves (when I'm in a romantic mood): The Strokes' "Juice Box" (call me a softie) and Oasis' "Let There Be Love" (very Beatlesque).

Sunday, January 15, 2006

Sign Language

That photo is on the cover of today's Stars and Stripes. It's a picture taken last September of a Marine who'd just been injured in a roadside bombing showing what he thought of the bomber.

Now while I can certainly sympathize with the Marine's feelings at the time and don't blame him for the gesture, I do hope that photo doesn't become the iconic image that everyone remembers this war by. I mean it's certainly not the kiss from World War II, now is it?

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

You Must Be Kidding Me

From The Wall Street Journal:

Insisting that God "certainly needs to be involved" in the Supreme Court confirmation process, three Christian ministers today blessed the doors of the hearing room where Senate Judiciary Committee members will begin considering the nomination of Judge Samuel Alito on Monday.

Capitol Hill police barred them from entering the room to continue what they called a consecration service. But in a bit of one-upsmanship, the three announced that they had let themselves in a day earlier, touching holy oil to the seats where Judge Alito, the senators, witnesses, Senate staffers and the press will sit, and praying for each of the 13 committee members by name.

"We did adequately apply oil to all the seats," said the Rev. Rob Schenck, who identified himself as an evangelical Christian and as president of the National Clergy Council in Washington.

Read more if you can stand it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

As If You Had Free Time

Got a few minutes, few hours, few days worth of unspent time? Me neither.

But if I did, then I might spend a few of those at goodexperience.com. They've got links to a whole slew of free (!!) online games just ripe for the clicking.

Friday, January 06, 2006

An Engagement

I don't know what you got for Christmas, but I got engaged.

Marcela and I have decided to get married sometime much later this year -- probably between Christmas and the new year. Exact time and place are up in the air. Suggestions are welcome.

And for the record, yes, I did plan-out a really cute / semi-elaborate proposal, and yes, that plan went all to hell. It's a funny story, and if you get us a nice wedding gift, you'll get to hear it. I might even tell it to you anyway because it makes me look like an awfully sweet guy and Marcela shows that she's very understanding even when the knight in shining armor can't get his act straight.

Oh, and the picture above was taken maybe five minutes after she agreed that spending her life with me wouldn't be such a bad thing. You can probably make out a bit of relief on my face.