I can’t believe…

2 October 2009

…that I actually have a reasonable, relatively sane Republican representative, but even he can’t get our unreasonable, insane Republican governor to get behind light rail.

…that the Twilight Zone started 50 years ago today.  I’m not scifi fan, but I sure love that show.

…that the Saints and Jayhawks both have undefeated football teams, and it’s already October!

…that this is the first photo of a molecule.

…that this creepy-ass footage is real.

…how badly my new backgammon app kicks my ass.

…that I have two weddings to go to tomorrow (congrats, Kate, Justin, Tania, & Gordon!).  Good thing we don’t start beating the Jets til 3 on Sunday!


The Facebook

14 July 2009

UPDATED, Dammit!

As a newbie to it, and older than the typical user, I’m sure, I’m applying the obligatory “The” to show my cluelessness.  Still, I have a few observations that I’d like to make:

  • It’s pretty fun, and, as Adrastos noted, a big time-vacuum (I told him I thought I was “networking”).  But I’ve managed to find my first boss from the Silver Plow in Tulsa.  I was 15 and he was 25 and got me beer and took me to midnight movies and generally made me feel cool.  Treated me with respect, but put me in my place a time or two too.  And that was 25 years ago, so it obviously made an impression.
  • I’ve also learned that many of my high school friends are a lot different from me.  That’s to be expected, and it’s a good thing, but it was still a little jarring to see a buddy from the old days with his whole family wearing “Consistent Conservative” t-shirts.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  • But it’s also brought back some memories that I’d rather had stayed dormant.  One of the joys of going off to college, and then again to grad school, and then again to a job, is that you can leave the screwups behind and start over, trying to avoid them the second time around.  Now this thing comes along to shove that crap right in my face.  Therefore, I present the following haiku:

Long repressed misdeeds

Old shame and guilt, returning

All thanks to FaceBook

Ah, well, to everyone in my past, I’ll overlook any of your youthful indiscretions and cruelties if you’ll forgive mine.  I’m different now, I promise.

UPDATE:  I almost forgot, my most compelling innovation:  Instead of calling it “friending” people, I think we should call it EFPIEMing people.  This, of course, stands not for our friends, but “Every Fucking Person I’ve Ever Met.”


HammHawk’s Friday Raves

3 July 2009

Menage a Trois red.  Seems like every time I drink this, I like it more than anything else.  Don’t be a blend snob.

FuckYouPenguin.  New URL, same phenomenal writing.

Get Fuzzy.  E likes it even more than I do (as in, she’s a freak for it), but is there any doubt this is the best strip going?

Rambla.  Best tapas I’ve had in a loooong time.

Backgammon.  E & I’ve been playing a lot lately, and it’s just a wonderful game.  Played all my life, and it never gets old.

Harvey Milk.  Now we’ve seen Milk and the documentary it’s based on.  That guy was awesome.


Recommended viewing

28 May 2009

UPDATED BELOW

UPDATED AGAIN

I’m a good speller, but I wouldn’t count spelling as a hobby or anything, let alone an obsession.  I went to the city bee when I was in 6th grade, and I still remember that I went out on attorney (spelled it attourney).  Seemed like a good idea at the time.

Anyway, one of my favorite documentaries is Spellbound (not the Hitchcock movie).  We re-watched it with some guys who were in town last weekend, and it’s just great.  The tension is strong, and the looks at the different kids’ parents and home lives is fascinating.  We’ve been following up on the subsequent lives of the featured kids lately, and that’s been interesting too.

Well, the other night we just happened to catch the end of last year’s national spelling bee.  It was a blast, and not just because Erin Andrews covers it.  Watching those kids’ minds whirl as they try to get words I’ve never heard was as compelling as any NBA playoff game (I mean that as a compliment [complement?]).

The best exchange:

The eventual winner, Sameer, who was a really appealing guy, gets numnah.  To Sameer, to us at home, and clearly to the audience, who erupted in laughter, it sounded like the “official pronouncer” said numnut.  After a while, he learns what the word really is, and says, “That’s a relief.”

Now, I see that this year’s bee is on ABC tonight.  I’ll record it, and I recommend it.  There are sure to be plenty of gripping moments.

UPDATE:  Did you watch it?  Did you watch it???  Congratulations to Kavya Shivashankar.

Fun stuff, I thought.  Still, it’s a little weird that the BBC headline is

US girl named spelling bee queen

seeing as how it’s the US national spelling bee.

UPDATE II:  As usual, McSweeney’s nails it.


Long time coming… What’s up with HammHawk?

14 May 2009

It always amazes me when I see how long these unanticipated hiatuses (hiati?) end up becoming.  I love having a place to write, but the rest seems to get in the way.  So here’s a quick recap to try to get things moving again:

DSC_0020JazzFest.  Loved it, as always.  Here are my pix.  It was a treat to finally see Bobby Lounge.  And right before the Bingo Show.  Awesome.  Favorite t-shirt:  “Also available in sober.”  I missed the first Friday for some work stuff and realized afterward that I think it was the first day I’d missed entirely in about 8 years.  Never again.  I’m even fine with the Bon Jovis of the world because I tend to skip the big stages, and they create more room for me elsewhere, and help bring in the rubes who pay the bills.

DSC_0068MacAttack.  After years of regretting our switch to PCs, we went Mac.  I got the 24″ iMac, and E got the MacBook.  I’m loving it so far.  We’ll see if file issues emerge, but the greatest thing is the Time Capsule.  I don’t think I’ll need the “go back in time” feature, but having a new wireless router and external HD in one is mighty sweet.  Damn, the pictures sure look cool on this thing.  Thanks to A&G, but I’d love anyone else’s advice on applications.  I’m eschewing Safari, Mail, iPhoto, iCal, and iWork for Firefox, Thunderbird, Picasa, Google Calendar, and Office, but I’m open to suggestions.

DSC_0080Work.  I’ll be chair next year, which I’m not particularly looking forward to, but which has given me the license and incentive to say no or to quit other things.  Like many of us, I get overextended, and this is giving me the chance to regain a little focus.  Mainly, I’m just glad to have a job.

DSC_0002Politics.  I have several unsubmitted editorials that I’ll use this space for soon.  Plenty to be fired up about, but at least we have some semblance of sanity and intelligence in the White House, if not in Red Stick.  I’m fairly pleased with Obama so far.  Although like many progressives I take issue with some of the privacy stuff and so forth, I feel like we’re still getting talked to like adults, and that goes a long way for me.  Rational explanations make disagreeable decisions less so.

DSC_0262Health.  My ass still bothers me.  They said 6 months, but it’s really stopped getting better now, so I don’t know if it will resume a positive trajectory, if this is as good as it gets, or if I’ll need to get the thing taken out.  Today I go to get a skin thing taken out (I’ll spare you, but I could have made some nice horror movie footage if I’d thought to film this thing).

DSC_0114Other Stuff.

  • Saw the new Star Trek.  I’m no Trekie (I heard Treker is the more PC term now), but I enjoyed it.
  • Coquette is very good, but my veggie “entree” was a light snack, IMHO.
  • The folks are coming in tomorrow for a visit.  Been a while; we’ll have to do it up.
  • If you haven’t visited this brilliant site, you must.
  • I missed yet another geek dinner, but I appreciated the invite.  Thanks to the good people who still consider me a blogger, despite the rarity of my posts.
  • This Wooten guns-on-campuses bill makes me sick.
  • So does the Stacy Head-Tracie Washington stuff, on many levels.

DSC_0138Alright, now I have to write.  Thanks, and I’m glad to have the summer to catch up with y’all!


Some week-ending quick hits

6 February 2009

Mencia:  Kudos to the many bloggers whom I credit for sounding the alarm about that prick.  I don’t know where the line is between acceptable and not acceptable, but he crossed it.  I’m not saying he shouldn’t be allowed to, only that we don’t have to feature him.  Thanks, Orpheus.

Mencia II:  The bummer is that because the krewe explained that it “safety was a consideration,” he can go around the country saying that it’s so dangerous here he can’t even be safe in a parade.  But maybe because the quality of his humor falls somewhere between Dane Cook and that Cable Guy, no one will be there to hear it. BTW, anybody know what happened to this?

Chris Paul’s New Shoes:  Will the pope approve of CP3’s new kicks, since they seem simultaneously to honor the debauchery that is Mardi Gras and his Christian faith?  Religion, in unimaginably sinful NOLA?  Oh, that’s right, Mardi Gras is a Christian event.  h/t Mike (bet I can tell where you got em)

Did He Get an MD or a PhD?  I didn’t even know Bon Jovi was a doctor, but there it is right there in the schedule for May 2 at JazzFest:  “Dr. John, Bon Jovi.”  Oh wait, there’s an H there, and a comma.  Must be two acts.

Last Weekend’s Highlight:  Great job, Editor B and a bunch of other great folks for their efforts on the Beyond Jena forum.  It was a great event, and we all got a lot out of it, especially the many students who came.

This Weekend’s Highlight:  Tomorrow is Krewe du Vieux, and I’m happy to see that Michael will stop scrutinizing the base among us and join the fold.  I’ll bring the initiation sheep.


Stuff I’ve been meaning to post…

19 March 2008

Dilbert & Religion:

Thank you for taking time out from feeding the poor to complain about comic strips. I know Jesus would have played it the same way.

–Scott Adams (Dilbert)

I don’t typically read Scott Adams’s blog, but this post is great.

Obama & McCain: I’m really bummed I didn’t get around to ordering a green O’Bama shirt in time for St. Pat’s (maybe they’ll be cheaper now), but his speech today, I believe, will be remembered long after he’s gone. Folks, this could be a real turning point in the nation’s dealings with race. It may lose him the election by causing subtly racist moderates to finally have their reason to jump ship, but it’ll force a bunch of folks to face some ugly truths.

Incidentally, if you weren’t scared enough of McCain before (I’ve been guilty as considering him a relatively minor threat, but I thought the same about W way back when, so I’m guilty), consider that he actively solicited the support of John Hagee, who said this:

All hurricanes are acts of God because God controls the heavens. I believe that New Orleans had a level of sin that was offensive to God and they were recipients of the judgment of God for that.

In that interview, he goes on to say that there was to be a parade with homosexual sex at unprecedented levels. The lack of rationality that goes into these kinds of statements (like, what about Rita? No storm hits a god-fearing region?) just blows me away, so to speak. What a prick.

HomeStretch: Like some respected not-really-lent-type others, I’ve been on the wagon for Lent. E did this a few years ago, but I decided to join her this time. It sucks, but I’ve learned some things. More on that later. Believe me, this level of masochism deserves its own post. If you see someone puking on Chris Owens Sunday, that’ll be me.

T-Mac Watch: Tomorrow E and I are going to watch the Hornets kick the Rockets’ asses and end that streak and take over 1st in the West. Big prize to anyone who helps me incorporate my hatred of McGrady into a concise sign. Remember these words:

If I don’t feel like it’s going to be safe, if I’m on that team, I will think about not going.

That was the first thing I thought about [regarding the game being held in New Orleans next season]. I thought about how much safety and security there’s going to be for the players. I don’t think it’s the right city right now. Safety has to come first.

BTW, I’ve never personally seen a player take over a game the way Chris Paul did last night. G & I thought we were toast, and we were already lamenting how we gave away a game to a mediocre team (even if 2 KU players are on the team), when Paul became superman and decided he WOULD NOT LET US LOSE. So tomorrow we play to end the streak and take over 1st in the West and in the division. I’m drooling.

BTW2, I’ve been elated to see JuJu come alive and get some game, becoming a crowd favorite in the process. I think he’s going to be an impact player, and I hope we can keep him. Also, props to Bonzi, who I’d been critical of before last night. Jeez, I love the Hornets. Keep supporting them folks! I need them here for my fix!

Super-Duper Sunday: Man, was the weather great, and our “dead city” showed its unique spirit and a great time. Too many pix here.

Family: How old do you get before your family starts giving guilt trips about your personal weaknesses? Just wondering.

More later.

Update:  I didn’t realize Houston played Boston tonight.  Not sure if I should root against Houston (I guess I will, for NO’s sake and for KU’s Paul Pierce), or for Houston (have I mentioned I hate Tracy McGrady) so we can end their streak instead of Beantown.