Saturday, May 31, 2008

Muxtape Stumbler

"Welcome to Muxtape Stumbler, our sole intention is to help you discover new music by finding Muxtapes (online mixtapes) that contain bands you already know.

A Muxtape is an online mixtape, everyone can create one, so if you havn't already go to and create at "

Friday, May 30, 2008


I'm watching Doom on TV right now.  The only good thing about this movie is that it stars the beautiful Rosamund Pike.  More pics of her here.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

"When was the last time you thought of Brains from Thunderbirds? When was the last time you heard Rhythm is a Dancer by Snap? When was the the last time you saw an advert this good?

A new TV ad for drench water featuring Brains from Thunderbirds dancing to 90s Classic ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ by SNAP! "


Where babies come from in Germany

Worth the click!

Monday, May 26, 2008

Bicycle ride

Went for a nice long bicycle ride up to, through, and around Central Park, and then down the West side highway.  I have not really learned to tolerate and respectfully avoid pedestrians along crosswalks quite yet.  I always break and give them enough room to cross, or skillfully swerve through groups of people, in my mind at least.  I can tell that many of them get scared as I'm passing them because they're not sure where exactly it is that I'm headed.  I should really brake sooner and leave more space as I pass them.  It's because I'm still too anxious with excitement when I'm flying down the NYC streets on my bicycle.  

Show me the money

Well, it has finally and inevitably happened.  I have depleted my checking account 2 months into my New York city move.  Me being the way I am, one who feels unmotivated to do anything unless there is a crisis situation, I have finally reached that crisis financial situation.  It should be said that this has never happened in my entire life before and I do have money invested but I don't want to liquidate my assets just to survive.  I'm actually in trouble of having a check bounce and not just any check; I wrote a $100 check for a friend's wedding reception which I attended on Saturday night.  I would forever be deemed a deadbeat if that check is allowed to bounce.  Tomorrow I will make moves on securing some type of full-time employment.  NYC is a huge financial drain not fathomable to a person charting out expenses on an excel spreadsheet before making the move into the city. 
Now, there is the serious question of what type of employment to delve into as I have worked in 2 differing industries since I formally joined the workforce several years ago.  Needless to say, both industries led me to no consolation of having found a suitable career path for myself.  I have been thinking about bar tending for a while so as to postpone the inevitable act of deciding on a career commitment.  It would buy me some more time while I finished up my degree.  You have to take a course to become a bartender which doesn't quite sit right with me.  I feel like I would really be admitting defeat in the sense that I would be formally committing myself to this transient profession by signing up for and taking a class.  I'll debate doing this further while I sip my morning coffee tomorrow which always brings me a surge of motivation and hopefulness. 

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sometimes I look at my friends' friendster profiles, looking at pictures of them and other people, even though I refuse to create a friendster, facebook, or myspace profile for myself.

This morning when I poured the half and half into my coffee the mixture looked liked miso soup.  I think the half and half has gone bad.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mets Win 7 to 4!

The first game of the Mets-Yanks subway series took place today after a rain-out yesterday.  The Mets hammered it home with the long ball and took the first game emphatically from the Yanks.  Johan Santana was stellar and the Mets' bats were solid.  Billy Wagner closed it out with a solid 4 out 2 inning save.  Great game!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

"I like a woman who wants to rule the world…but she has to be okay with me wanting to destroy it."

— my co-worker on the "type" he is attracted to.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Researchers Seek to Demystify the Metabolic Magic of Sled Dogs

Just read an article in the New York Times Science section about military funded researchers at Oklahoma State and Texas A&M university who are studying the metabolism of sled dogs who run the Iditarod race in Alaska.  The military spending is clearly in the eternal pursuit of building the super soldier for our military.  The dogs are interesting though.  Apparently they change their metabolism right before they start running the 1,100 mile long race and go from a metabolism that is similar to ours to one similar to that of a person at rest.  They burn less fat and glycogen during this period and thus don't reach that feeling of burn out as easily as we do.  These dogs run 100 miles per day and average 230 calories burnt per pound of weight.  In contrast a cyclist in the Tour de France will burn 100 calories per pound of weight.  The dogs' ability to burn more calories without resorting to the fat and glycogen stores ensures that they don't chew up their reserves and thus avoid the worst aspects of fatigue.
The article first made me marvel at the sled dogs, a perfect machine created by nature.  Then it made me disgusted as to how our government might use this research to alter the physiology of our soldiers to make them "run" longer and harder.  I suppose a lot of our medical and technological breakthroughs must have come in this way.
Published: May 6, 2008
Scientists are studying sled dogs that run the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in an attempt to understand why the dogs are "fatigue-proof."

The 75 Skills Every Man Should Master

A man can be expert in nothing, but he must be practiced in many things. Skills. You don't have to master them all at once. You simply have to collect and develop a certain number of skills as the years tick by. People count on you to come through. That's why you need these, to start.

By Tom Chiarella
Esquire Magazine

Hackers' posts on epilepsy forum cause migraines, seizures

May 7, 7:29 PM EDT

"Hackers' posts on epilepsy forum cause migraines, seizures "

AP Technology Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Computer attacks typically don't inflict physical pain on their victims.

But in a rare example of an attack apparently motivated by malice rather than money, hackers recently bombarded the Epilepsy Foundation's Web site with hundreds of pictures and links to pages with rapidly flashing images.

The breach triggered severe migraines and near-seizure reactions in some site visitors who viewed the images. People with photosensitive epilepsy can get seizures when they're exposed to flickering images, a response also caused by some video games and cartoons.

The attack happened when hackers exploited a security hole in the foundation's publishing software that allowed them to quickly make numerous posts and overwhelm the site's support forums.

Within the hackers' posts were small flashing pictures and links - masquerading as helpful - to pages that exploded with kaleidoscopic images pulsating with different colors.

"They were out to create seizures," said Ken Lowenberg, senior director of Web and print publishing for the foundation.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Chaiten volcano eruption - Chile

A cloud of smoke and ashes produced by intensified eruption of the Chaiten volcano are seen over Chaiten on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, in southern Chile. The eruption spewed incandescent material and blated ash some 20 miles (30 kilometers) into the Andean sky, forcing authorities to a complete evacuation of the area.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Guy Ritchie Makes A Kick Ass Nike Commercial

"Advertising is officially changing for the better. Thank the lord.

Companies are coughing up top dollar to hire amazing talents to create ad campaigns that people won't fast-forward through using DVR devices.

This is the first in a series of mini-movies that Guy Ritchie will create for Nike. Follow his creations on Nike's Youtube Channel."

-via The Bastardly

Monday, May 05, 2008

Back from South Beach

I just got back from South Beach, Miami after a 5 day bachelor party for one of my friends.  What a trip!  There were beautiful women everywhere.  Details to follow...
"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."
Ray Bradbury