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Friday, December 21, 2007

Where Have All The Drug Dealers Gone?

If you don't already know, Washington Square Park is undergoing huge renovations. The biggest project being that they are moving the fountain so that it is aligned with the arch. Crazy? Perhaps. So they have already fenced off most of the park which leaves me to wonder "Where Have All The Drug Dealers Gone" Maybe Paula Cole can give me an answer? Well, I saw some of them this morning looking like deer kicked out of the woods. They didn't know where to go. They were circling the park looking lost. Now they will hang out on the sidewalk harassing students and others passing by. Not good!

So I had such a wonderful Birthday yesterday and the celebrations will continue through the weekend. Thanks to everyone for their wishes, calls, emails, etc.. It meant a lot to me.

Today is the last day before winter break. I am so looking forward to two weeks off! I know many of us need to learn how to properly wrap presents. Well this kid will teach us step by step after the first step after the second step after the...wait, WHAT? Now I'm no expert, but the wrapping job he does looks just awful. Someone should let him know. That's not how you wrap a gift.

This clip lead me to search youtube for "How to Wrap"'s something that came up

Oooooh...How to wrap a widgy bar??

Oh, Thanks Melissa

And now I must post a higlight reel of clips from my personal favorite Christmas Movie:

Sorry, I went a little YouTube crazy today. So what are your plans for the holidays? What's on your wish list?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

I'm Officially 27!!!!

That's right. As many of you know, today I am celebrating 27 great years of life. Sound the trumpets and the noisemakers, put down the giftwrapping, and take a minute to wish me a Happy Birthday and take a look at the following list of famous people I share a birthday with:

1537 - King John III of Sweden (d. 1592)
1629 - Pieter de Hooch, Dutch painter (d. 1684)
1841 - Ferdinand Buisson, French pacifist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (d. 1932)
1901 - Robert Van de Graaff, American physicist and inventor (d. 1967)
1902 - Sidney Hook, American philosopher (d. 1989)
1927 - Kim Young-sam, President of South Korea
1945 - Peter Criss, American drummer and singer (Kiss)
1946 - Uri Geller, Israeli psychic
1946 - John Spencer, American actor (d. 2005)
1946 - Dick Wolf, American television series creator
1954 - Michael Badalucco, American actor
1963 - Infanta Elena of Spain, Duchess of Lugo
1966 - Chris Robinson, American singer (Black Crowes)

Wow...the most exciting person who shares is a birthday with me is...umm...Uri Geller? I bet he can tell what I'm thinking right this moment. Maybe I have the same powers Uri Geller has!!!!

I have scheduled a hair cut at this curly salon in Morristown and I am planning on taking some photos before and after to see the difference. I have been letting my hair grow out so we shall see what kind of magic (if any) they can do. I'm noticing a magic theme today and while we're talking about magic let me wish Brad Ross (Mr. Magic himself) a happy birthday. His birthday was yesterday and if you want some fun go check out his site ( Book him today! I should be an agent. I knew it.

And now, a special birthday YouTube treat:

I might just have to pick up the Mr. Wizard DVD. Classic stuff.

When Parents Go Wild..a new Fox special:

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'm back

Hey everyone,

Sorry for my short disappearance. I got really sick on Friday night after the wedding and have been slowly recovering. I really have to get well for my big birthday tomorrow and for Florida. I was home sick on Monday and Tuesday so I had some time to rest up and catch up on some tv and movies. I haven't been following the news while at home and apparently here's what I missed!!!

A woman groped a man playing santa at a mall in CT!

Activists are angry about santa hats being put on whales!

Whew! I'm glad I was able to catch up on the important headlines.

I encourage you to head over to JibJab as they posted more movies in which you can insert your heads! If you haven't already noticed, I love these things!

My DVD pick of the week...

I bet you can watch it more than Once though.

While I was sick in bed I finished Cormac McCarthy's The Road. It is a gripping story that will make you cry and is brilliantly written. I encourage you to pick up a copy and share it with your loved ones.

Oh yeah, I want to fix up my cubicle space like this.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Baby it's Coooold Outside!

It's cold out bundle up and grab a cup o joe to go! And remember, America doesn't run on Dunkin, America gets fat on Dunkin. Mia and Robert got married on Friday and it was a wonderful ceremony and reception. It was great seeing everyone and I got some really great footage which I look forward to editing. Friday night I started feeling awful, with stomach pain and sore muscles. This sick feeling continued through the weekend ( Elissa and I missed Asha's yearly holiday party)and I am still feeling it today especially as I rode the train this morning. Hopefully I'll be able to make it through the day.

Are you a Netflix subscriber? Well I have been for awhile and Brendan recently made me aware of the watch instantly feature. I get two dvds at a time and who knew that every month I get 14 hours of watching movies instantly online. It's really great! Just go to the netflix site and click on the watch instantly tab. The choices are somewhat limited but I managed to find a lot I wanted to see.

Hope you are in for a great week!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I Am Legend

I am currently immersed in post-apocalyptic stories. I am reading Cormac McCarthy's The Road and last night saw I Am Legend. I am really really enjoying The Road and I highly recommend it. I'm hesitant to recommend I Am Legend. Some will like it, others won't. Let me start out with the things I didn't like about the movie. The story is the main problem. I don't want to spoil anything but the story goes nowhere. It's too bad that this is the case, because the action and scare factor of this movie is great. The best thing about this movie and the reason I would recommend it, are the shots of post-apocalyptic New York City. I also will admit that both Elissa and I were nearly jumping out of our seats during certain very intense scenes. So if you want to watch some fluff, be scared, and see Will Smith's shapely bod...check out I Am Legend this weekend.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Creative Visualization

So I strongly believe in ESP...

Extra-Sensory Perception (ESP) is the purported ability to acquire information by paranormal means independent of any known physical senses or deduction from previous experience. The term was coined by Duke University researcher J. B. Rhine to denote psychic abilities such as telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance. ESP is also sometimes casually referred to as a sixth sense. The term implies sources of information currently unexplained by science. Popular belief in ESP is widespread.[1][2][3]

While on the train in this morning I was thinking about Michael Berger and how I hadn't seen him on the subway in awhile. I had a strong feeling that I would see him again today but when I got on the subway car he wasn't there. I arrived at West 3rd street, stepped out of my car and there was Mr. Berger. Weird huh? It freaked me out but things like this happen often to many people.

Today is our holiday party so at 4:00pm I will be heading over for some snacks and work fun! Then Elissa and I are off to see a special screening of I Am Legend. It's getting mixed reviews but for the most part critics enjoyed it. I saw Will filming this movie when they closed off Washington Square for what is apparently a huge vampire scene. I can't wait!

I mentioned that I saw Juno last weekend. Well I bought the soundtrack on itunes because the cd isn't being released until January. The soundtrack is phenomenal! I listend to it on the train and am looking forward to hearing it again later.

Here's a little something special for you on this warm Wednesday!

Not only do interns like heckling Bill Clinton, but aparently so do robots

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Diet Squirt

Diet Squirt, a Fresca-like drink that I purchased last week just because it was called Diet Squirt. I looked on Wikipedia and found this:

Squirt is a caffeine-free citrus-flavored soft drink created in 1938 by Herb Bishop. Bishop gave Squirt its name because the drink seemed to "squirt" into your mouth like a freshly squeezed grapefruit. Squirt is naturally flavored and contains grapefruit juice (less than 1%). Another version, Ruby-Red Squirt, which is a citrus-berry flavor and contains caffeine, was created in 1993.

A Diet Squirt was also introduced. Diet Squirt is similar to Fresca. In 1983, Diet Squirt became the first soft drink in the United States to be sweetened with aspartame. Diet Squirt is carbonated with a white tint to it. A vitamin-C-enriched Diet Squirt Plus was briefly marketed in the mid 1980s.

Wal-Mart sells a product similar to Squirt, named simply "Grapefruit." Unlike other Wal-Mart-branded sodas which are available chain-wide, the availability of Grapefruit is apparently limited to markets in which Squirt is popular.

Ownership of the Squirt brand has changed hands several times and is currently owned by the British Cadbury Schweppes. In the United States the brand is produced under the authority of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc.

I think perhaps they should change the name of this soda. What do you think?

Out on DVD today:
Bourne Ultimatum
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
LOST Season 3

Wii is an amazing thing. Here's a video that proves just how great it can be:

Monday, December 10, 2007

Crowds, Juno, Latkes, Oh My!

It seems that either the sign outside of Atlanta Bread Company is constantly being targeted by witty teens or letters are always falling off. This one got my attention and I snapped a quick photo of it. So go ahead, war up with some cocoa and coffee.

Wow, this past weekend was so much fun. It started with a great dinner with Liz and Brendan at Spring Street Natural. I highly recommend it. Now that the holiday season is well underway one must remember the thousands of tourists coming to New York City. I remembered this when we got into Penn Station and were greeted by wall to wall people waiting for their trains. We could hardly navigate through the crowds it was so jam packed and the sidewalks were a similar situation. After dinner, we went to see Juno, the new movie directed by Jason Reitman. I would definitely recommend this film. Brendan introduced us to the Nerd Rope and we made sure to give each preview a thumbs up or down. Elissa and I had a blast.

Sunday was a great Hanukkah celebration with the Williams family. I always have a great time with them and this time there was hot oil and lots o' latkes. Yes, it was a latke making frenzy. The Food Netork should have been there to cover it. Rachel made the classic latke and I took a risky route and made the sweet potato latke (thanks to Briana for her great recipe). All of the latkes turned out great and were delicious. All of the food was really good as it always is and we even got Godiva Gelt! We exchanged presents and the evening was really wonderful!

Tonight is my grad school orientation. Then some holiday parties this week and I'm out on Friday for Mia's wedding.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Good Morning Cubicle!

I figured there was no better way to start off this friday than with some old classic sesame street clips. The second edition of Sesame: Old School was just released on DVD.

I've mentioned it before and I'll plug it again, the Late Show With David Letterman writers have a great strike blog. I wonder when the writers strike will end. There's a photo of paul shaffer sporting a grey beard. Maybe he's going to Sundance this year?
I'm at work and sitting in my new space! I forgot how much you can hear sitting in the middle of a room. You can hear everything everyone near me is saying, even those employees in offices around me. So much for any privacy.

Hanukkah is well underway and this weekend holds many fun adventures! I hear there may be some snow in the forcast as well. While I'm on the topic of snow I want to mention that the folks at JibJab have provided us with more fun videos in which we can insert faces of our loved ones. So pull out some photos of your family and the old scanner and let the chaos ensue...or just use recent digital photos. Either way, it's a fun way to wish those you care about a happy holiday season.

Ready for your Friday Sing Along?

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The cube

The cube

Moving Day

Today is the day I move out of our office and into the hallway! I wanted to take some photos of what the room was like yesterday...a flurry of activity. I see this move as being temporary for a number of reasons and it's really interesting to listen to people go on and on about the move. It's really putting people in a foul mood and a number (more than 5) of staff members really seem agitated. Well, 'tis the season.

I'm just happy that break is coming up and many many celebrations. The temperature has dropped and the new year is just around the corner. In movie news, No Country For Old Men picked up a National Board of Review award for Best Picture of the Year and my favorite, Tim Burton, was nominated for best director for Sweeney Todd. You can see the other winners here. It is thought by some that the National Board of Review picks for these awards has something to do with who is nominated for Academy Awards. Is this true? Keep an eye on the NBR list and come Oscar time, let's compare.

And now for something I know you will enjoy. Recently on MARTHA, the folks put together a segment with bloopers over the years. I enjoyed this and hope you will too!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Is a Cubicle Life Worth Living?

Devang and I are being transported to a new workspace. We'll be surrounded by 3 grey walls and will be a part of basically every conversation that takes place on our side of the floor. I'm not one to complain so I won't.

I've been searching for some cool cubicle toys and I found a great site. If you are having difficulty buying gifts for the person who has everything, you have to check out this site!

Last night was the first night of Hanukkah! It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to more crazy nights. Well, not really crazy. Speaking of crazy, there was some really big news on The Today Show this morning. Jenna Bush called her parents on Ellen!!! Can you believe it???!! What exciting news!!! Thanks Matt and Meredith for feeding us the important stuff.

Short post today and probably tomorrow as we are all moving. Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Elf Yourself

I had a blast with this last year and thanks to Elizabeth reminding me, you can have fun with it as well!!!

Elf Yourself

Monday, December 3, 2007

A Clips and Quips Reunion

Elissa and I took the train into the city yesterday to meet up with Boaz at the Golden Compass premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater. It was like old times as Boaz and I interviewed the film's stars with the added bonus of having my incredible girlfriend there with us. We had a lot of fun! I will definitely post the segment when it's finished. The three of us then went out to dinner at a Thai restaurant . Not only was it delicious but it was really reasonably priced. $7.50 or less for most of the entrees. That's cheaper that McDonalds.

This weekend was really exciting because we got our first snow storm! Well I don't know if you can call it a storm but we got around 2 inches in NJ. Not quite enough to build a snowman but everything looked so nice covered in white.

If I worked on a train I would have a blast making the announcements over the loud speaker. That's probably the only part of the job I would enjoy. Last night on the train one of the workers said the following into the loud speaker. "Attention this message is for the ladies on this train. Attention this message is ONLY for the ladies... It is raining pretty hard outside so take out your umbrellas because sugar melts in the rain" He had a really good audience and laughs could be heard throughout the train cars.

And once again Leno follows Letterman's lead.