Archive for August, 2009

Enough is Too Much!!

August 28, 2009

While searching for the other video, I came across two other classics.  Enjoy!

J

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics

I Love to Singa

The Bear That Wasn’t

August 27, 2009

When I started my job I was so excited and anxious to do the very best I possibly could.  This was my first office job.  Even the fact I had a desk was exciting to me.

I’m approaching 3 years here and it’s amazing how much I’ve assimilated.  I enjoy what I do and the people I work with are great, but there are days I really feel the pressure an office environment puts on a person.  Sometimes it’s like the “system” can suck the life out of you.  It can smother your personality and make you just another drone if you let it.  Dress this way, talk this way, send this memo, update this spreadsheet…

I was thinking about this today and remembered this cartoon.  It’s 10 minutes long, but has a good message.  And it’s kind of how I’ve felt lately.

Also, take a minute to appreciate Chuck Jones and the era of cartoons this came from.  They literally don’t make them like that anymore.

– J

An Update

August 27, 2009

“So J, what are you up to?”

Well, at work we’ve entered a period in the legal billing profession our firm calls Countdown.   Our fiscal year end is October 31st and the months leading up to it are full of deadlines, meetings, overtime and profanity the likes of which Joe Pesci might shout if he stubbed his toe.  The goal of countdown is to get as many bills sent out and paid as possible before the year end.   This will be my third countdown and the craziest yet.  I’ve accumulated a lot more responsibility since last year, plus trying to squeeze money out of clients in the current economy is like trying to get a decent movie out of the Wayan’s Brothers.  Hope all you want, it’s just not likely to happen.

Also, life groups will be starting up at church again soon.  I’ve taken the summer off and it’s been wonderful having an open schedule, but I did find myself missing it.  I’m going back to a group in Astoria I was part of a while back and looking forward to reconnecting with some friends and hopefully making a few more.

In the more immediate future, I’m going to see Inglorious Basterds tonight.  If I enjoy it (or hate it) enough then I might subject y’all to a review.  And this weekend there’s rumor of a poker game Friday night and Saturday I’m going to a BBQ out in Long Island.  There will be grilled shrimp, at which point there will also be a happy J.

“So J, why are you sharing your schedule with us?”

Because you asked, silly.

– J

ReCon

August 20, 2009

About a year ago I experienced a weekend of debauchery and chaos known as Dragon*Con for the first time.  Having finally recovered from the shock to the system, it’s time to go back again.  I was going to pass on it this year, but I caved to peer pressure and threats of violence against my person. 

Unfortunately, Abney Park will not be there this time.  As sad as that is, it’s offset by the fact that both Patrick Stewart and William Shatner will be.  In related news, my new goal in life is to give Shatner a hug. 

Preparations include a trip to Ricky’s NYC, a covert trip to Hot Topic*, watching at least one Star Wars/Star Trek movie and catching up on current pop culture fads so I know who the heck I’m looking at when I see cosplayers.

More to come later.  Y’all have a great day!

– J

* Fun Fact: Last year I learned that nobody is allowed to buy Con accessories at Hot Topic, yet everybody DOES buy Con accessories at Hot Topic.  It’s just not talked about.

Yes, I went there.

August 9, 2009

If you want to eat a small portion of food before your entre…

There’s an app for that.

Snapple Cap

August 5, 2009

Haven’t done one of these in a while… 

Real Fact # 690

“A chameleon shoots out its toungue to catch prey at speeds faster than a fighter jet.”

Consider yourselves enlightened.

– J

R.I.P. Mixed Tape

August 2, 2009

Today I had to explain what a cassette tape was to a child because she has never seen one.

Woah.

– J

Good Morning?

August 1, 2009

Several years ago, I decided that since every day of my life was going to begin with waking up, I might as well get used to the idea and not be so negative about it.

This philosophy has served me well.  I don’t spring out of bed singing or anything, but I’m rarely in a bad mood.  Most Saturday mornings (such as this one), I’m up at 7:30 or 8 and patiently stagger around the house until enough synapses are firing to allow the acquisition of caffeine.  During the week, I get my coffee at work, so I don’t have a coffee maker in my apartment.  On weekends I get my coffee from Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts a few blocks away.  This doesn’t bother me in the least.  I think it works well for me because it gets me up and out of the house, if only for a short walk.  In my mind, this equals some form of productivity.

To each their own I guess.  Face mornings in your own way.  But if you’re spending the first half hour of your days miserable, you might consider trying something different to make them more tolerable.

So, have you hugged a morning person today?

– J