Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Word: Elegant (adj)
Definition: First rate, has nothing to do with the beau monde (fashionable society)

Usage:
"How is the chowdah?"
"Elegant."

or

"Why don't we take the day off and go see the Red Sox?"
"Elegant."

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday!

The answer to last week's tester: His son.

This week’s challenge:
You have an eight-gallon tank of water, which is completely full, an empty five-gallon tank, and an empty three-gallon tank. Without throwing any water away, how could you put exactly four gallons in the eight-gallon tank and four gallons in the five-gallon tank?


Feel free to post answers in the comments section, or return next Tuesday to find out what the answer is. (Note: there might be 2 answers to this tough one….)

Your time...starts...NOW!

Of course, there'll be no answers given or even attempted cuz nobody is interested in having their brain challenged apparently.

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Monday Morning Chuckle

Get your week started off with a laugh!

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Lost, Season 4, Episode 9 "The Shape of Things to Come" (4/24/2008)

Benjamin Linus: For some time, Ben has been in control of the island situation. Despite Jack’s or John’s thoughts to the contrary, Ben is in complete control. Ben had warned the Losties that calling the freighter was going to be a bad idea and that they were not there to rescue them. We have seen that come to be true. Ben’s can of whoop-ass after he teleported was amazing. Is there anything that guy can’t do? Well, I guess one thing would be to save his daughter, as he watched Alex get killed by Charles Widmore’s lead mercenary on the raid, Martin Christopher Keamy. However, Ben did not think she would be killed because of some unwritten rules in this battle between Ben and Widmore…rules we have not been made aware of yet, but it’s the same rules that Ben was abiding by when he chose to not kill Widmore after showing up in his bedroom in London He tells Charles that he is going to find and kill his daughter Penelope (Penny) so that they are even after Widmore “killed” Alex. On a separte note: how about that telescoping whacking stick that Ben has?? Wicked cool.

Charles Widmore: It appears that he did in fact put Desmond on that around the world boat race, along with all of the other contestants, in the hopes that someone would find the island. How did he lose the ability to find it? How did he come to claim it as his to begin with? These questions are slowly becoming a focal point of where we’ll be headed with this great story. With Ben now threatening Penny (and knowing that Desmond is on the island, which will bring Penny to him), it will be interesting to see what, if anything, Widmore does from this point forward. Obviously he knows that Ben can tele-travel, so it would seem his much to fear. He still enjoys his McCutcheon Whiskey. Tells Ben: “I know who you are, what you are. I know everything you have you took from me….that island’s mine, Benjamin. It always was. It will be again.” What????

SMonster: WOW! Was that friggin awesome, or what? Okay, the massive SMonster attack on the mercenaries was cool, but how did Ben do that? Does he control it? Or is it an island anomaly that Dharma at some point learned to manipulate, something Ben has since been able to do, or was it created as a defense system? Was Ben sending it out all of the previous times, or is it also able to work on its own?

Jack: After Daniel admits that the Freighters were not there to rescue the Losties, you could see the hope leave his eyes. But the question I have is: what is ailing Jack? When did he get this illness? Is it possible that someone is making him sick on purpose? Funny to have him say to Kate that he wrote his own prescription, seeing that in the future he was told by a pharmacist, in reference to his pain medication addiction, that they could not accept prescriptions he has written himself.

Sayid: At some point after returning from the island, Sayid marries Nadia, his love from Iraq (you will remember that she bought a house in California, and it was John Locke, then working as a house inspector, who gave her the all-OK about her house). Seeing Ben at Nadia’s funeral in Tikrit (October 2005) astounded Sayid, but when Ben convinced Sayid that it was Widmore’s men who killed her in California, he was ready to work for Ben in taking down people working for Widmore (which we saw this season in The Economist).

John: Brought his tribe to the abandoned Others village to keep them safe, and now it seems nearly every one of them has been killed. And John is STILL under Ben’s control. And also it seems that John is not very alert: how long has Ben been sitting on the piano bench with the shotgun inside it??

Sawyer: After the attack and death of Alex, he decides to head back to the beach, and takes Claire and Aaron with him.

Hurley: Hurley's knowledge of where to find Jacob's cabin makes him an important person for Ben and Locke to use in their quest to find Jacob and find out how to handle the incursion of Widmore's men. Hurley tells Sawyer and Clair to go to the beach without him and he will go with Ben and Locke.

Jacob: Who is he??? Where he is??

Bernard: Knows Morse Code. NICE!

Claire: Well, I’m not sure how she survived her house being blown to bits, but I’m glad she did. Still, that would’ve lent credence to why Kate would’ve brought Aaron back as one of the Oceanic 6. I guess we have to wait to find out why that eventually happens.

Danielle Rousseau: Well, sorry to report, but it appears that she is dead and we won’t get any of her back-story. That is a bummer because it seems like it would've been a good one.

Alex: Well, I’m not sure why they had to kill her off other than to fuel Ben’s anger. But I don’t think was actually needed as he’s already angry enough. I liked Alex and HATE that they chose to kill her off.

Funny lines:
1. While playing risk, Hurley says “Australia’s the key to the whole game”. (Is this some sort of clue?)

Interesting:
1. The code to the fence to alert if there has been an intruder compromise: 1623 (note: 16 and 23 are two of the numbers)
2. Ben teleported to Tunisia, which is where we first saw Charlotte Staples Lewis. She was there looking at the polar bear bones, and the polar bear had been wearing a Dharma collar. It would seem that Tunisia was one of the places that they used to test teleporting from the Orchid Station.
3. When Ben teleported, he was wearing an Orchid Station jacket with the name Halliwax on it. That would be Edgar Halliwax (from the Orchid Video), aka Mark Wickmund (the Pearl Station video), aka Marvin Candle (the Swan Station video). By wearing the Halliwax jacket it would imply that the Orchid Station is indeed an place that allows not only teleportation of consciousness, but also of body. (That confirms the Orchid Video with Bunny #15 appearing in it.)
4. Ben checks into hotel in Tunisia as Dean Moriarty. This is also the name of the lead character in Jack Kerouac’s book On the Road.
5. Vincent! Well, he wasn’t in the show long, but he did find the body of Ray, the freighter's body, floating in the surf.
6. Which leads me to: who killed the doc?? Or, does the time distortion of the island make it so that the doctor is still alive on the boat, but the island being ahead-of-time means that the doctor does die in the future and maybe his body is tossed overboard from the freighter. Make sense?
7. The juxtaposition of Ben and Charles looking for something and being told by the other that they’ll never find it: Ben telling Charles he’ll never find the island, and Charles telling Ben he’ll never find Penny.

Final questions:
1. When Ben was a kid on the island, there were the “hostiles” on the island that they were trying to protect themselves from. Bear with me: what would happen if Widmore was the leader of the hostiles, and when Ben took control of the hostiles (and wiped out Dharma at the same time), he could’ve booted Widmore off the island, leaving him with no way to re-locate it as it is hidden from common radar, view, etc. Widmore could’ve been on the island from before Dharma, and possibly as far back as when the big four-toed statue was made, but is now on the outside trying to locate it. When he tells Ben, “You took what was mine”, it could be that the island was Widmore’s home before Ben took it over. Or maybe he tried to infiltrate Dharma to find the island, teaming up with the Hanso Foundation, which led Ben to wipe out Dharma. Lots of possibilities. Still not sure what "rules" he broke in reference to killing Alex. We'll find out, I'm sure

Check out this website for some really great screen shots: http://losteastereggs.blogspot.com/

Tune in May 1, 2008 at 10pm for “Something Nice Back Home”.

Until then, if you get into trouble, press 1623.

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Pain In The Gas

I’m out cruising around today, picking up stuff for the house. I see this sign:


Just another mile down the street, I see this:


In Bangor, things are not looking any better:


On my way home, one more brutal gas sign:


With these gas prices skyrocketing out of control, I just gotta ask...

What The Fuck?????

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

I'm Mesmerized

Living in Eastern Maine allows me to watch CBMT, a Candian television channel out of Montreal. Just like American TV, they have weekly dramas, comedies (Little Mosque on the Prairie), local and national news, NHL, and something that mesmerizes me everytime I channel-surf by it....curling. Yes, curling. I'm probably retarded, but if I find curling, I'm glued until the broadcast is over. Totally transtupified. I don't even understand the damn sport, but I watch it. And I know the thing they throw is called a 'rock'.

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So, there you have it. Curling.

Don't get me started on candlepin bowling...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Birthday Wishes

Don't forget to swing by Musings of of a Sci-Fi Fanatic's site and wish him a happy birthday.

Don't tell him I told you that he's 40......

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Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Word: Sulla (N)
Definition: cellar or basement

Usage:
Usually preceeded by "down". Holman Day wrote a fine verse about an old feller who breaks his wife's pet jug--and nearly his own neck--when he goes down sulla to fetch his nightly cider. She is very concerned--about the jug.

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

EARTH DAY






Shouldn't this be celebrated every day?




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Test Your Knowledge Tuesday!

The answer to last week's tester: 96 games must be played. All teams, except the champion team, will lose a game exactly once.

This week’s challenge:
A man is looking at a photograph of someone. His friend asks who it is. The man replies in verse, “Brothers and sisters, I have none. But that man’s father is my father’s son.” Who was in the photograph?

Feel free to post answers in the comments section, or return next Tuesday to find out what the answer is.

Your time...starts...NOW!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Damn...Bruins got Crushed

Well, the hockey season is over for my Boston Bruins. The Montreal Canadians absolutely dominated the B's all night, and crushed them 5-0.

What an embarrassing way to end the season.

But, the Bruins did take a mediocre season and turn it into an exciting (except for tonights blowout) series, taking the Habs to 7 games. The Bruins are going to be a much better team next year, so watch out every-other-team in the NHL.

Time to look forward to next hockey season, though. And in order to see that, I see I'll have to look through a summer filled with Red Sox games!!

Go Sox!

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today is a Special Day, Ladies

Ladies, I’m pleased to announce that today, Sunday, April 20th, is “Think About Me While You’re Having Sex” day! What better way to make your guy happy than to scream out my name during your Big-O. Or your “faked” Big-O. Whatever it is, just remember to think about me. It'll certainly make your experience a whole lot better.

It’s also 420, so smoke ‘em if you ‘em.

“I’m feeling thankful for the small things today…Happy, Happy Birthday to me…”

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

BOSTON BRUINS!!!!

Well, I am currently in a state of ecstatic euphoria. The Boston Bruins…my favorite hockey team…have actually come back from a 3 games to 1 deficit against the Montreal Canadians in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs to tie the series at 3-3. The last two games have seen a resurgent Boston team fighting to make it to the next round. And boy are the playing fucking great hockey, I’m telling you!!


With my birthday being tomorrow, tonight’s win was a nice early birthday gift from my boys in black and gold. Yes…they did it for me. haha

Now it’s down to the final game of the series. Game 7. Monday night in Montreal.

Do not…I repeat, DO NOT…call me Monday night anytime between 7pm and 10pm.

If the Bruins win, however, I will accept calls of congratulations between 10pm and 10:05pm.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Phrase: Longer than a hard winter (Adj phrase)
Definition: Said of something protracted

Usage:

"The preacher goes on and on, don't he?"
"Yes, that sermon was longer than a hard winter. My roast was burned time we got home."
"We have a microwave."

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)


As I see it, this past wintah was longah than a hahd wintah. And I'm glad that the snow is gone and the tree buds and grass are appearing. That makes me feel wicked good, ayuh.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Test Your Knowledge Tuesday!

The answer to last week's tester: Johannes won, Rene came in second, Louis came in third.

This week challenge:
97 baseball teams participate in an annual state tournament. The champion is choses for this tournament by the usual elimination scheme. That is, the 97 teams are divided into pairs, and the two teams of each pair play against each other. The loser of each pair is eliminated, and the the remaining teams are paired up again, etc.

How many games must be played to determine a champion?


Feel free to post answers in the comments section, or return next Tuesday to find out what the answer is.

Your time...starts...NOW!

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Hey Ma! The New James Album, Hey Ma, Finally Arrived!

It FINALLY arrived in the mail today, and within seconds the mailing envelope was ripped to shreds, and the new James CD, Hey Ma, was spinning on my laptop.

The wait was worth it.

This new album by James sound less studio-y, and more rough around the edges. A nice, and welcome, change of pace for this awesome band out of Britain. While Millionaires (1999) and Pleased to Meet You (2001) were good albums with some amazing songs, they weren’t quite James albums, if that makes any sense. James’ reformation last year after a few years off seems to have reinvigorated the band.

Hey Ma is comprised of 11 songs. The opening song, Bubbles, is just amazing. It starts similar to Out to Get You (from Laid), but leaves behind the slow build for a faster beat. “I’m alive”, Tim Booth sings, a statement meant to imply that James never went away, but only rested for a while, maybe? The title track is an anti-war song, a territory James has been in before (Mother, from Gold Mother). This time, however, though the lyrics reflect the sadness of loss associated with any war, the music is upbeat and hopeful. Whiteboy is a fun rocker, along the lines of Laid. A fun song that never gets old.

Other great songs are Boom Boom (a slap at critics, perhaps?), Semaphore (an Out to Get You like sound...simply gorgeous), Of Monsters & Heroes & Men and I Wanna Go Home.

Two songs, Waterfall and Upside are the two weaker ones on the disc, but not horrible songs by any stretch of the imagination.

If you like James, you will definitely dig this new release. Overall, it’s an album similar to Laid (my favorite album by this band, and one of my top 5 albums of all time) in it’s presentation and style. Though not nearly as strong as Laid, Hey Ma is a very welcome addition to the James family of releases. If you’re in the United States, you’ll have to order it (I used amazon.uk) or see if your local record shop can order it for you. James does not have a distributor deal in the US, so you have to get their music imported these days. It’s too bad because they are far better than a great majority of bands/singers who find their way to US radio.

Just like REM seems to have found new life after a couple of years off and using a new producer, James too has come back strong after some time off. James, it’s really cool to have you back. I would someday love to see you live.

I would also love to find a girl in Maine who wants to come over and listen to James with me! I’m not sure that girl exists in Maine…seems nobody’s heard of James up he-yah. Boo hoo for me.

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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Word: Gawmy (Adj)
Definition: clumsy, awkward
Also: Gawm (N)
Definition: oafish person

This is an ubiquitous and essential Downeast term.

Usage: When Winston dropped the fishing trip's supply of beer down the well, his brother called him a gawmy bahstud, as he was.

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Amazon.uk Ships Really Slow...or How I Learned to Be Patient Waiting for the New James Album to Arrive

Update from amazon.uk: my copy of James' new Hey Ma album shipped on April 6, 2008. It's expected delivery is Monday, April 14.

Are you kidding me?? Get that effing CD here! NOW! I'm jonesing for new James....

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Test Your Knowledge Tuesday!

The answer to last week's tester: Fifty-eight minutes. Although his net progress each minute is one foot, he reaches the top on the fifty-eighth minute just before he would normally slip back two feet.

This week challenge:
Isaac and Albert were excitedly describing the result of the Third Annual International Science Fair Extravaganza in Sweden. There were three contestants, Louis, Renee and Johannes. Isaac reported that Louis won the fair, while Rene came in second. Albert, on the other hand, reported that Johannes won the fair, while Louis came in second.

In fact, neither Isaac nor Albert had given a correct report of the results of the science fair. Each of them had given one correct statement and one false statement. What was the actual placing of the three contestants?


Feel free to post answers in the comments section, or return next Tuesday to find out what the answer is.

Your time...starts...NOW!


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Monday, April 07, 2008

Things I'm Excited About

1. The new album by James was released in the UK today. Hey Ma should be arriving in my mail tomorrow or the next day. (UPS...don't let me down.) Once I receive it and listen to it, I'll let you know what I think.

2. My best friend is getting married. My best friend is a girl. Weird, I know. Guys and girls aren't supposed to be best friends. But, it works for us. Anyway, she got engaged on St Patty's Day to a really super cool and laid back dude. They're gonna be happy together, and I'm psyched for both of them.

3. The Boston Bruins made the NHL playoffs. I can't see them getting out of the first round vs the Canadians, but I'm cheering for them to do so. And to win the Stanley Cup this year.

4. Being back home after my 9 day trip to Philly. It was a blast! Saw great friends in Rhode Island, super duper friends in Philly, and friends in Allentown during my excursion. But, I am happy to be back home. Ahhhhhhhhh.....home.

and last but not least......

5. College basketball is finally going to be fucking DONE for the year. I hate college and pro basketball. It's just not my thing. I would rather watch the snowpile at the end of my driveway melt than watch a single minute of a college or pro basketball game. I will be the happiest person on Earth when the final game in the March Madness thing is over tonight. I may be the only person within the United States who does not have a bracket sheet going. Not. A. One.

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Friday, April 04, 2008

REM Accelerate


Tying in neatly with Wednesday's Word (below), I would like to tell you about REM's new album, Exhilerator. I mean, Accelerate.



The album is really really really good. Not quite great (great REM albums are Murmer and my favorite, Automatic for the People), but a welcome return to the rock n roll side of REM that really presented itself back in the days of Life’s Rich Pagaent.

The disc spins through 11 songs in about 34 minutes. Wow! Gone from this release are the flourishes and long instrumental parts that have filled so much of their last three albums. That’s not a bash at those releases, although Around the Sun (their last studio album) still to this day is one I really don’t play. I’m just pointing out that Accelerate is exactly what its title implies: a fast moving collection of songs that get to their point, lyrically and musically, without wasting any time. And it works.

I think my favorite thing about this release is that they’ve finally…FINALLY…put Mike Mills’ vocals back into the songs. For the last three releases it sounded like all of the backing vocals were just Michael Stipe overdubs. Mike Mills voice has always been such a big a part of the REM sound, I never understood why they buried his vocals.

A lot of this reawakening of REMs rock sound has to go to producer Jacknife Lee, recommended to them by pal Bono. He has pulled the rock sound that has been hibernating in REM back to the forefront. Although to be fair, if you heard REM’s live album that was released last year, or if you’ve seen them live (3 times for me), you know that when in the live setting, they do rock the house. But that power has been missing on the recent studio recordings.

If you’re an REM fan, you will more than likely love this return to form for the band. If you’re not a fan, well, I don’t know what to tell you. Though I do think you’d probably like the singles “Supernatural Superserious”, and “Living Well Is the Best Revenge”.

With REM’s latest release already enjoying a lot of speaker time in both my stereo, laptop and mp3 player, I know wait anxiously for my copy of James’ Hey Ma to arrive next week in the mail. Their new album, and first studio album in 5+ years is being released on Monday, April 7 in the UK. I pre-ordered by copy on amazon.uk and will be waiting by my door for the UPS delivery to come next week.

In addition to spending a week in Philly visiting old friends and hanging with my disc golf chummies, REM releases a new CD, their best in years. James is releasing their first studio album in 5 years. next week. This is turning out to be a really great birthday month for me so far (my birthday is April 20…that’s right…4/20).


Wonder what other great things the month has in store….

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Wednesday's Word
formerly known as the "What're Words For..."

Word: Exhilerater (N)
Definition: accelerator

Usage:
"Let up on the exhilerator, will you, Maggie, while I try to do something with this cussed automatic choke? I wish whoever invented the thing was in hell."
"Ayuh, just something else to frig up."

(Definition from: "How To Talk Yankee", by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

It’s the End of this Blog as We Know It, and I Feel Fine

Happy were the days when I would give thought to what I wanted to post on this blog. Something would come up that caught my attention and I’d blog about it. I blogged about Maine terms. I blogged about food. I blogged about sports. I blogged about music. I blogged about LOST. I even blogged about finding a humongous vibrator on a Philadelphia street corner.

April, however, will be bringing about a change. I’ve decided that the traffic to my site is so low, it’s just not worth keeping up my little corner of the Internet world.

Fools may say “Oh quit whining and keep blogging”. But, sometimes you just know when it’s time to bring something to a close. And I think this is the time for TFKoP to wrap up and shut-down.

Day after day I’ve been giving this some thought, and now just seems like the right time to do this. So, dear readers, this is the where the curtain falls down, and you can now all leave the theater.

(For the FULL impact of this story, read the first word ONLY of each of the above four paragraphs)

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Test Your Knowledge Tuesday

The answer to last week's tester: Three. In the worst case, the first two socks you take out will consist of one black sock and one white sock. The next sock you take out is guaranteed to match one or the other.

This week challenge:
A mountain goat attempts to scale a cliff sixty feet high. Every minute, the goat bounds upward three feet but slips back two. How long does it take for the goat to reach the top?


Feel free to post answers in the comments section, or return next Tuesday to find out what the answer is.

Your time...starts...NOW!

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