Thursday, February 16, 2006

Snow pictures and pictures and... pictures


Can I start off a picture set without pics of kitties? Nope. Look at Hambone peeking.

"The Many Faces of Flapjack" or
"The Ghosts of Flapjack" or
"I Really Need To Practice Taking Pictures With A Steady Hand"

my volleyball team at Jillian's b-day drinky thing, minus Meredith and Ash (Steve, Mike, Jillian, me)

There's Meredith.... and Esra. both blurry. ok, blurry shots are kinda cool.

the official drink of team Kwyjbo (Jager) - trust me, it was not my choice.

Jillian blatantly gropes Steve. Steve smiles.

form your own caption. a lot filled with rubble is a remarkably common sight in NYC.

playing with the new camera phone at battery park. Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island visible. sorta.

same sort of shot, no effects used.

a bit of an in-between'er. 4pm in Battery Park is a magical time.

One of the turkeys that lives in Battery Park. yep. he lives there. no word on what he does when in snows or when the wind blows 60+ mph like it's doing today.

my first view of the blizzard from Esra's living room window. bottom left is a picnic table.

and then from her kitchen window.

and bedroom window. there were a dozen or so pictures I took that morning from her windows. I'll spare you what amount to basically the same shot over & over.

plotting all of the fun I will have. insert diabolical laugh here.

Esra contemplates digging someone's van out of the snow. just for fun.

camera happy on my favorite weather day of the year.

One of the East Village's bazillion community parks.

the view down Houston. east.

Called into action to battle the snow, I hop into the nearest vehicle.

I like to do what I can.

Heee Heeeeeeeeee!

I think there's a snowball in the air somewhere just out of frame.

the view from my office window of battery park and subway construction. unfortunately, not visible is a 17th century fort wall recently discovered.

And the Statue of Liberty of course.

One of the statues in front of the American Indian Museum across from Bowling Green.

Another of the statues.

parents and kids play in the Washington Square Park circle.

snow melt cascades off of a building across from Liberty Plaza, near WTC.

another view. sadly the snow melt isn't showing up so well in the photo.

watch a film Esra was in but.......

.....Last month, I finally got a chance to see a film Esra was in. I'd heard about the film but sadly, I assumed I probably wouldn't get a chance to see it since Esra didn't have a copy and her friend Daniela, who directed the film, was in Germany at the time doing some additional work on the sound for the film. Months passed and I'd almost forgotten about it when lo and behold, Daniela was back and having a screening party for the film. Most Excellent, I thought - my actress girlfriend on the big screen doing her actressy thing for all (more importantly, me) to see. (yes, sometimes I think parenthetically)
.....The night of the screening party came - not without a bit of self-conscious nervousness on Esra's part for the fact that I was going to see her on screen. We arrived, wine in hand, then wine and hors d'oeuvres in bellies, we socialized a bit and then... before I knew it, it was movie time.
.....I say, before I knew it but it wasn't really before -I- knew it, it was before my bladder knew it because not ten minutes into the film, I realized I had to go to the bathroom. Damn wine. Ok, there's 30 people in the apartment and I have a choice viewing spot - IF I dont move. The bathroom was at the other end of the apartment so my chances of going to the bathroom from where I was were pretty slim. Hmm. Ok. determine a safe point, plot wise to go, then go fast and hurry back. Ready.... go. I dont really need to explain what ended up happening, do I? Yep. I went to the bathroom.... for the full scene that Esra was in. Did Esra notice this fact? C'mon, of course she did. Was I her favorite person in the world after the film? UMmmmmNo. No, I wasn't. Not even a little bit. Not even a little little bit.
.....She forgave me of course and was empathetic to the plight of the small-bladder-affected but was still, understandably, a little hurt and embarassed ("did your boyfriend really leave for just the scene you were in??"). Scrambling to make things better, I swore that hell or high water, I Would See This Film. And now, a month later, I finally have my chance. And so do you! Details below even. It really is a great film... I enjoyed it muchly, as will you - give it a view and Do vote, please. Daniela & Co. put a lot of time, work and money into this great project and... and... a historical note for you NY-locale-buffs: it's the last film to contain any sort of footage shot at the Fulton Fish Market. exciting, huh? Ok, maybe that part's just sentimentally exciting for the mobsters that ran the market. and fish.

help "Captivated" get into a top-ten festival....

"Captivated" has been accepted into this year's Cinequest Viewer's Voice Competition. Viewers download the film, watch it, and vote. One winner with the highest voting score will then be showcased at this year's Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, CA.

YOU as an audience get to decide if "Captivated" goes to Cinequest! So, I'm counting on your vote!! You have to register in order for the vote to count. There are a few steps involved, but I've laid them out below to make it easy:

---1. On your Windows PC, go to: and register.
---2. Go to "Captivated" entry page: and click "Watch the Film"
---3. Click "Yes" to the Open Media Network (OMN Browser) download. This will install OMN and download the film!
---4. When the OMN browser (big blue window) pops up, you will see the film download in progress. Downloading will take a few minutes, so while you wait...
---5. Click on "HOME" -" Sign in" (at the very bottom right) and "Sign Up" to use the OMN browser (this is a second, separate registration process). Now you're ready to vote.* (in case, "movie" won't show up on its own - Click on: GUIDE (upper bar) and write in SEARCH (lower left): Captivated. (tap below: ALL FIELDS). Then, "Captivated" will show up and you can download it.
---6. When the download is complete, go to "MY DOWNLOADS" - "DOWNLOADED" in the OMN browser and double-click on "Captivated." The film will begin.
---7. While you watch the film, you can vote 5 stars at the bottom and leave comments. *More information on how to download and vote is available at:

--The film should be up for the next two weeks before the voting period is over, so please vote as soon as you can.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Beer Pong was invented by the Devil

Beer Pong was invented by the Devil

-----I played beer pong for the first time last night and I am now unquestioningly convinced that beer pong was, in fact, invented by the devil. I'd seen the game played in various bars around the city but never wanted to be that guy who suggested to friends "hey! let's play that game. Yeah, the one with the beer and the cups and ... Oh yeah, balls!! c'mon! who doesn't love a good game played with balls??!". Last night, after my team's volleyball match, I was that guy - minus all the enthusiastic emphasis on "balls" of course. We had somehow found ourselves at what should probably only be described as a "beer pong bar". As my team is fond of doing and as wisely directed by medical professionals everywhere, we drinks many inhebriating beverages after our volleyball matches. Beer after sports? Strange, I know - that's just how we roll - dont question it. But beer with sports?? Interesting. (sidenote: I kicked so much volleyball ass last night, everyone walked out in diapers)

-----As we began to play this mythical beer pong game, something quickly dawned on me - beer pong is highly dangerous and should be outlawed in most US States and territories. (definitely the territories) It is an abomination to any semblance of common sense you may have thought you had. A game designed by a cruel and spiteful evil entity with the sole purpose of making people drink FAST ...and making sure each player drinks at least a pitcher of beer in a very short time.

-----For those who haven't played, the quick rules of the game are this: Your team and your opponents' have ten cups half filled with beer. You try to throw a ball into their cups to make them drink the now ping-pong-ball-dirtied-beer, they try the same at your cups. the last team with cups standing drinks all the remaining beer. There are other rules but you will quickly find yourself too drunk to remember them.

-----It is a game that blends the mind-blowingly intense excitement of throwing crumpled up paper into a trashcan with the pathological compulsion to drink for more than just "drinking's sake". Why? Because "it's fun!!" Yes, fun like russian roulette is fun. Fun like pounding shots so you can see a stack of little empty glasses is fun. It's remarkably similiar to a game I just invented called: "you drink!" "ok, now YOU drink!" "ok ok... now YOU drink!! hee hee" "OK, done..! now you drink!". Sadly, my game is woefully devoid of balls.

-----If you've ever suffered at the hands of this game, this picture of a 100 cup variation of the game will make your stomach grumble and shake it's stomachy fists at you for ever playing. (yes, your stomach has angry fists). My favorite parts from the wikipedia Beer Pong entry: having a remarkably simple premise, the game has a great depth of skill and strategy with different kinds of shots, cooperative planning, and a large element of confrontational psychology. These elements combined with the debilitating effects of alcohol creates a complex alluring game, or as some say, a sport. ........... There may be up to two officials observing one game [who] should be unbiased individuals competent in the rules of the game (just like Russian roulette should have unbiased officials) ............ [empty cups] should never be stacked upon each other, as dirt and dust from the bottom of the cups can contaminate the cups for the next game. Newbies to beer pong are notorious for committing this act. (Oops, it seems we were newbies all night) ........... Mesquite, Nevada held the World Series of Beer Pong from January 2 - 6, 2006. (Ergo, Mesquite, Nevada had absolutely nothing better to do from Jan. 2-6, 2006)
....see also: Beer distribution and formations
....see also:
....see also: this
picture of a beer pong referee
...and of course, the
online video game, beer pong so you can practice at work.

-----For as much as I just talked a lotta shite about beer pong, we actually had a great night (imagine that: drinking + a lot of = great night) Still... next time, I think I'll opt for an officiating role.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Listicle 7.L

#=---The Superbowl halftime show you should have watched. And still should. really. unless they took the link down. (featured video, top right. not the dogs)

#=---The first rule of Death Cheese Club is .... never join anything called the Death Cheese Club. and definitely NO Indian dancing! (trailer # 2 and music video # 1 are priceless).

#=---Things I Learn From My Patients, from the Student Doctor Network Forums.

#=---if only all poetry could involve flying saucers and zombies. really though, great stuff.

#=---just 'cause you probably need to see this again. or for the first time, slacker.