Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Brothers Bloom

A fellow film-fan and I were talking this evening about how little we were looking forward to the summer movie season. While I am anticipating Funny People and Public Enemies, there is also a bunch of crap I just don't need (see exhibits a, b, and c). That's why I was pretty excited to find that the movie gods have finally put two of my favorites Mark Ruffalo and Adrian Brody together in The Brothers Bloom.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Public Service Announcement

Because of what I do, please frequently ask me what they are supposed to do with their burnt out compact fluorescent light bulbs (or CFLs). By now, most people have gotten the message that you don't want to just throw them out (due to the small amounts of mercury they contain).

The easiest way to dispose of them is to take them to any Home Depot store (here's their store finder). They have partnered with EPA to start a CFL recycling program. You should also be able to take them to your local municipal waste collection, but you should investigate when they are open (you can start at EPA's website or here).

So, what do you do if you break a CFL? Here's EPA's take. You don't need to call a Haz Waste crew (though I do have my 40-hr Hazardous Waste Operator training up to date), but you should take some precautions.

Saturday, April 11, 2009's just like a mini-mall...

This has been spotted various places, but in case you haven't seen it, it is certainly worth two minutes.

And if it tickles your fancy, this spooky remix is pretty solid.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

National Champions!

New Blog

Check out Graham's Portland blog (PDX Lost & Found) has been added to our friend's blogs list.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

How Many Tys Does it Take to Win the National Championship?

I'm really hoping the answer is three.

1. Tyler Zeller (looking much tougher than he usually does)

2. Tywan Lawson (on the left)
and of course
3. Tyler "Pyscho T" Hansbrough
Obama's bracket hasn't worked out as well as he hoped. That's okay by me because his champion is still in the mix. I definitely enjoyed the decisive win over Oklahoma last weekend.

I am definitely nervous about tonight's game. Can Carolina beat all of the remaining teams? Definitely. Are they the best team of the bunch? Probably. Does that mean they will win? Certainly not. Last year's debacle was proof enough that even a really good team can collapse.

I am not counting out Villanova---they have some great guards, and we are going to be on top of our game to keep up with them. If we manage to get by them, I think I may be more nervous about Michigan State than UConn....mostly for psychological reasons. We beat MSU earlier in the year in this same venue by 35 points, so I should not be nervous, right? Well, for one, MSU was without key player Suton. For another, Carolina might get lazy, assuming this game will be easy. MSU has gotten much better over the season, and we could be in trouble. But enough talk of the still hypothetical title game. We have to beat a great team to even get there.

Unfortunately I am not going to get to see all of the game tonight because we are going to see Minneapolis rockers The Hold Steady tonight. I suspect I may be hanging out in the bar, and I think The Hold Steady would be okay with that.