Archive for July, 2007

Why I love my wife reason #327

Carl’s a local watering hole, has old Trivial Pursuit cards on the table to distract you while you are waiting for your orders. This turned out to be more entertaining than it had any right to be, thanks to a great answer from my lovely wife.

Q: In the Arts: In 1948 The Miss America pageant banned what kind of acts?

Deb (without any delay): ping-pong ball

correct answer: animal acts

The cat’s eating turducken, or why the terrorists really hate America

Greenbean just tore into a can of Turducken cat food.

It was either that, or the can of California Roll.

Still smells like cat food though.

Social networking round 2

A few years ago, it was Friendster… now in the last two weeks, I’ve got a dozen new connections on LinkedIn and Facebook (I think/hope my friends have enough good taste to have skipped the myspace phase.)

I mostly play along. In the years since I created my profile I really haven’t reaped any value from Friendster (I’m not looking to “hook up” which I’d guess was 99% of the value.) I suppose the added event planning aspects of Facebook might actually be useful, we’ll see. It’s sadly obvious that I’m a bit older than their real target demographic. It’s not going to reach critical mass among my curmudgeonly friends. At least we had pointy lawn darts and realistic toy guns.

Blogging inhibitions

I’m not sure what is causing me to be so wary lately. Every time I think of something I’d like to post, I can think of at least one reason why I shouldn’t.

Can’t post about work, because people from work will read it, probably not to my advantage.
Can’t post about family, who knows who will read it, probably not to my advantage.
Can’t post about my political/religions views, who knows who will read it, probably not to my advantage.
Can’t post about any shenanigans I might be up to, yada, yada…

Going password protected is just a pain in the ass. I only read blogs via my RSS reader (Google Reader) and won’t put up with reading password protected blogs.

So… call me if you want to hear the good stuff.

My highlighted AFI Top 100

Chris had a good idea for presenting his relation with the AFI Top 100, so I’ll copy it: seen it, tried to see it, haven’t:

  1. “Citizen Kane,” 1941.
  2. “The Godfather,” 1972.
  3. “Casablanca,” 1942.
  4. “Raging Bull,” 1980.
  5. “Singin’ in the Rain,” 1952. (saw many parts of this, but not the entire thing)
  6. “Gone With the Wind,” 1939. (Forced to watch in school while making a rug out of yarn. Yarn was more fun.)
  7. “Lawrence of Arabia,” 1962.
  8. “Schindler’s List,” 1993.
  9. “Vertigo,” 1958.
  10. “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939. (Have not seen. Will never see.)
  11. “City Lights,” 1931.
  12. “The Searchers,” 1956.
  13. “Star Wars,” 1977.
  14. “Psycho,” 1960.
  15. “2001: A Space Odyssey,” 1968.
  16. “Sunset Blvd.”, 1950.
  17. “The Graduate,” 1967. (an older female ex-coworker’s favorite movie… She told me Mrs. Robinson was her role model. Hrrm.)
  18. “The General,” 1927.
  19. “On the Waterfront,” 1954. (downloaded, have yet to watch.)
  20. It’s a Wonderful Life,” 1946.
  21. “Chinatown,” 1974.
  22. “Some Like It Hot,” 1959.
  23. “The Grapes of Wrath,” 1940.
  24. “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” 1982. (meh^2)
  25. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” 1962.
  26. “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” 1939.
  27. “High Noon,” 1952.
  28. “All About Eve,” 1950. (I assume this isn’t a vintage porno… the name sure seems like it though)
  29. “Double Indemnity,” 1944.
  30. “Apocalypse Now,” 1979. (Deb and I have watched this 50+ times. Our favorite movie.)
  31. “The Maltese Falcon,” 1941.
  32. “The Godfather Part II,” 1974. (should be higher than the first)
  33. “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” 1975.
  34. “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” 1937.
  35. “Annie Hall,” 1977.
  36. “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” 1957.
  37. “The Best Years of Our Lives,” 1946.
  38. “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,” 1948.
  39. “Dr. Strangelove,” 1964. (Slim Pickens second best movie role)
  40. “The Sound of Music,” 1965. (Stupid Catholic school… forced to watch like A Clockwork Orange.)
  41. “King Kong,” 1933.
  42. “Bonnie and Clyde,” 1967.
  43. “Midnight Cowboy,” 1969.
  44. “The Philadelphia Story,” 1940.
  45. “Shane,” 1953.
  46. “It Happened One Night,” 1934.
  47. “A Streetcar Named Desire,” 1951.
  48. “Rear Window,” 1954.
  49. “Intolerance,” 1916.
  50. “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” 2001.
  51. “West Side Story,” 1961. (another Catholic school forced watching… on Video Disc)
  52. “Taxi Driver,” 1976.
  53. “The Deer Hunter,” 1978. (Filmed in Pittsburgh, except deer hunting scene filmed in Washington state. Why?)
  54. “M-A-S-H,” 1970.
  55. “North by Northwest,” 1959.
  56. “Jaws,” 1975.
  57. “Rocky,” 1976.
  58. “The Gold Rush,” 1925.
  59. “Nashville,” 1975.
  60. “Duck Soup,” 1933.
  61. “Sullivan’s Travels,” 1941.
  62. “American Graffiti,” 1973.
  63. “Cabaret,” 1972.
  64. “Network,” 1976.
  65. “The African Queen,” 1951.
  66. “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” 1981.
  67. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, 1966.
  68. “Unforgiven,” 1992.
  69. “Tootsie,” 1982.
  70. “A Clockwork Orange,” 1971. (a weird movie to watch with your mom… especially after proclaiming “I love this movie”)
  71. “Saving Private Ryan,” 1998. (also: Shaving Ryan’s Privates)
  72. “The Shawshank Redemption,” 1994.
  73. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” 1969.
  74. “The Silence of the Lambs,” 1991.
  75. “In the Heat of the Night,” 1967.
  76. “Forrest Gump,” 1994.
  77. “All the President’s Men,” 1976.
  78. “Modern Times,” 1936.
  79. “The Wild Bunch,” 1969.
  80. “The Apartment, 1960.
  81. “Spartacus,” 1960. (“do you like movies about gladiators?”)
  82. “Sunrise,” 1927.
  83. “Titanic,” 1997. (how is this here? x 2)
  84. “Easy Rider,” 1969.
  85. “A Night at the Opera,” 1935.
  86. “Platoon,” 1986.
  87. “12 Angry Men,” 1957.
  88. “Bringing Up Baby,” 1938.
  89. “The Sixth Sense,” 1999.
  90. “Swing Time,” 1936.
  91. “Sophie’s Choice,” 1982.
  92. “Goodfellas,” 1990.
  93. “The French Connection,” 1971.
  94. “Pulp Fiction,” 1994.
  95. “The Last Picture Show,” 1971. (Dad’s favorite. Possibly unrelated… Cybill Shepherd naked.)
  96. “Do the Right Thing,” 1989.
  97. “Blade Runner,” 1982.
  98. “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” 1942.
  99. “Toy Story,” 1995.
  100. “Ben-Hur,” 1959.

Score: 61 (one better than you, Chris)

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