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Friday, October 31, 2008

HAPPYY HALLLOOOOWWEEEEN!


Hey Ghouls! I hope you have a happy and safe Halloween this year. Don't forget the long johns because it's going to be cold out there. Many people have been asking what I am doing for Halloween and I knew I was going somewhere but didn't know the name of it. Now I do. I am going to Ulster County! The place we are going to looks really really cool. Check it out here. Hours of fun and screams, I'm sure. Plus, and I was really excited about this. There's a SIDESHOW!!


I love pumpkin ice cream, but corn ice cream? I'm not so sure about.


It's a special halloween for this homeowner in Hollywood.




Okay so I was going to leave you with Jerry Seinfeld's Halloween routine but I found something better. A kid, doing the Jerry Seinfeld Halloween routine. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Podcast #1: The Fringe Guys



Grab your fun assessories and get ready! That's right, it was a late night last night but I managed to edit together my first podcast. You can listen to it by clicking here:Listen to this episode

I finally was able to reconnect with Adam last night and was really great. He's the one that started me on this blogging rampage and be sure to check out his posts at www.yesbutnobutyes.com. He goes by Echowood.

I have so many ideas right now and so little time to execute them. We'll see how many of them I can get done even if it means staying up until 1:00am like I did last night to finish the podcast.

If you didn't see Obama on the Daily Show last night, be sure to check it out by clicking here.

Did you hear that Google is cutting back on their employee perks...what?? no more caviar at the salad bar?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This or That?



I took the above photo awhile back with my cellphone and I had forgotten about it. It proved that Uncle Traveling Matt is still alive and well.

I'm sure you have all heard about the book, Eat This, Not That! A diet that tells you to eat an apple, not a bowl of ice cream. Well I was watching The Biggest Loser at the gym last night (how appropriate) and they had a challenge called This or That. Two delicious snacks were revealed and team members had to decide which was the healthier option. Let's play one round right now eh? Okay, you tell me what the healthier breakfast would be.

1) A whole wheat bagel with lite cream cheese
or
2) An english muffin with ham, egg, and cheese?

**Answer will appear at the end of the blog to be sure you read the whole post.

I love stories like this one. Parents bring their kids to see High School Musical and are treated to the first few minutes of Sex Drive before the projectionist realizes they forgot to switch reels. Aparently there is nudity in the first few minutes also which makes this story even funnier. Mommy, is that Zak Efron's...

Scalpel, needle, water! Get me water! We're losing her...




Yes, you are seeing correctly. Those are Cabbage Patch Dolls.

Okay, it's time to reveal the answer to the This or That Challenge! The healthier option is.... the english muffing with ham, egg, and cheese!

Take it away boys...

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Podcasting


I have always wanted to delve into the world of podcasting but never wanted to just do a podcast that had me rambling on about nothing or me coming up with characters I would play and then interview. My fellow readers, I am about to start podcasting and I am really excited. As you may know, I created a blog for NYU Arts and Science Alumni. I encourage you to check it out. I am happy to announce that in the near future there will be podcasts of interviews with interesting alumni right on the blog for everyone to listen to! Stay tuned for more on this.

David Wain has been very kind to Boaz and me over the years so I would like to plug his new movie, Rolemodels, which looks very funny and is getting great reviews. Way to go David! Rolemodels opens in theaters November 7th. For more fun be sure to visit David's website at www.davidwain.com. And if you missed David's piece in New York Magazine, click here to read it. It's hysterical.

Well, I won't be eating here.

Have a great day! I leave you with this:

Monday, October 27, 2008

If you build it, they will come.


Picture this... It's dark outside, a slight chill in the air. You get in your car and drive to Alstede Farm where at night, you can try to get through the corn maze with your flashlights and then take a hayride in the dark to a pumpkin patch to find pumpkins. This is exactly what Elise and I did on Friday night and it was a blast. They had a big fire going and families were gathered around making s'mores. There was apple cider and music. It was definitely a good time. Good old country fun.

I finally got around to watching Fringe this weekend and I watched all six episodes. I'm hooked. It's an excellent show and I'm looking forward to an interview I'm doing with two guys who come up with the scientific stuff for the show. Can't wait. In the 5th episode, the actor who played Joseph Meegar looked familiar and I realized it was Ebon Moss-Bachrach. I believe that I used to go to Stratton tennis camp with his brother so it was cool to see him.

Did you see this list of celebrities who have gun permits?

Short post today! But please take a moment to enjoy this:

See more Natalie Portman videos at Funny or Die

Friday, October 24, 2008

I want a Whatnot!!


Okay, so it's a chilly Friday morning in the East and I am keeping warm by the fireplace, cup of mulled apple cider in one hand and the newspaper in the other. It's quiet and peaceful here by the fire and I wish you could be here with me.

I haven't been to FAO Schwartz in quite some time but now, now I have a reason to go!!!! The Muppet Whatnot Workshop! That's right, for $90 you can build your own Muppet and have it shipped to you. This is every Muppet fan's dream, well, next to meeting Jim Henson. I am really excited about this.


Is it going to be a reality show or fox news program that will make Sarah Palin a television star? Perhaps she'll get a hunting show or cooking show or talk show. The possibilities are endless.


The New York Times got it right.

Did you catch this interview in the New York Times with Frank Bruni, restaurant critic?


I'm looking forward to some fun weekend activities and hope the rain holds off. Have a great one.

I'm not sure whether I mentioned that I'm going to be Superman for Halloween this year. And on that note, I leave you with this:

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Missing You, Lost

I cannot wait until Lost returns. Watching the Season 5 trailer made me salivate. Check it out:



Hey all you Top Chef fans in NYC, be sure to check out the truck while it's in Union Square.

I was excited to learn that the Museum of Natural History is unleashing a skating rink. I wonder if underneath there will be a frozen Wooly Mammouth.

You may have heard that the Republican National Committee has spent more than $150,000 to clothe and accessorize vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and her family.

The records also document a couple of big-time shopping trips to Neiman Marcus in Minneapolis, including one $75,062.63 spree in early September. The RNC also spent $4,716.49 on hair and makeup through September after reporting no such costs in August.

The RNC also bought the entire family a trip to Universal Studios and individual rifles. Watch out Rocky and Bullwinkle!

Many people ask me, Evan, what do I tell a cop if I get pulled over for speeding. I usually just tell them to tell the truth and apologize. But I've been thinking lately, what about blaming it on Beyonce?

I'm really excited for Halloween. What are you dressing as?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Chin buffet



MM.MM.MMMM.. The Chin Buffet. I won't be eating there but I'm curious what it's abou...wait, what. Oh, my producers just told me it's supposed to say "China Buffet". Thanks, Marty.

So get this. Actually, I'm not sure I quite get the entire picture myself. It's called hashing and there's a New York City chapter. What is it you ask? Well, according to their website:

Hashing . . . it's a mixture of athleticism and sociability, hedonism and hard work; a refreshing break from the nine-to-five routine. Hashing is an exhilaratingly fun combination of r*nning, orienteering, and partying, where bands of Harriers and Harriettes chase Hares on eight-to-ten kilometer-long trails through town, country, jungle, and desert, all in search of exercise, camaraderie, and good times. The trail is set by another Hasher called the Hare. The Hare marks the trail in flour or chalk. Periodically the Hare ends the trail with a "check", and starts the trail again somewhere nearby. The Hashers - called a Pack - try to find the continuation of the trail. The idea is that the fast r*nners will get to the check before the slower r*nners; will expend a lot of time and energy finding the continuation of the trail; this will allow the slower r*nners to catch up; and the whole pack - fast and slow - will finish the r*n at about the same time. There is an explanation conducted by the Hare of the marks used at the start of each r*n. The length of the trail varies from too short to too long. Forty-five minutes for a good r*n, one and a half hours for a lousy one. Bring money on the r*n, you can often get a cab if you're lost or just want to pack it in.

Sounds like fun right? Well after the hash, everyone ends up at a bar for drinks and pizza. Want more information? Check out their website! Thanks to Meredith for letting me know about this.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Time for me to vent...


I'm tired of hearing people complain they are cold in the office...if you are cold, put on a jacket or a sweater to get warm. Apparently last night, they turned on the heat so when I got to work this morning, it felt like I had walked into a furnace. I can complain too. It's too hot. But I have no way of cooling off. There's no air conditioning or window in my office. My small fan just blows around hot stagnant air. Do you want me to take my shirt off? Is that what I am supposed to do to get comfortable? I guess so. I just called in a maintenance request because no one else is in the office yet. Hopefully that will help. In the meantime, I'm going shirtless.

Something's fishy here...

Name that immediately comes to mind for no particular reason, Palin.

Palin, while in NY, gave only one news interview and it was with My9 news???

Must...coool...offf



I'm going to come out and say it, Frank Caliendo annoys me. I won't watch his show on TBS for this reason. The advertisements are annoying and if I want to watch Jack Nicholson, I'll rent About Schmidt.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Being Sick Is No Fun


On Thursday at work I suddenly started feeling achy and immediately knew I was in for the worst. A weekend spent in bed and sleeping and I'm starting to feel better but am still recovering from whatever it was that entered my system. In addition to getting a lot of sleep in, I am pleased to say that I am all caught up on Dexter. What a great show. If you haven't seen it, I really encourage you to watch. I also watched, ahem, The Love Guru, which I actually found to be somewhat enjoyable. I'm a sucker for those Mike Myers musical numbers and cameo appearances. I also had the pleasure of watching The Fall, produced and brilliantly directed by Tarsem.

It was freezing this morning in New Jersey and the frost on my windshield didn't make it any better.

Yikes! NBC is going to make major cuts in spending.

And then there was this...



Sure, SNL is now a major stop for politicians and movie stars promoting themselves, but does Sarah really think this made her look good? If anything, I think it made her look like a huge joke.

Who even knew that spy pigeons existed?

I'm looking forward to Charlie Kaufman's new film, Synecdoche, New York.

It seems like every week another Broadway show announces it will close. Well, this time it's Spamalot. So if you want to catch it, grab your coconut shells and gallop down to the Shubert Theater.

Have a great Monday.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Reaction Shots Speak Louder Than Words

I watched the first couple of debates on PBS because I didn't like all of the crap CNN HD was putting up on the screen. Last night however, I'm glad I watched the debate on CNN HD because for most of the debate they showed the split screen allowing us to see each of the candidates reactions. That, to me, was the most interesting thing about last night's debate. McCain's reactions really stood out and said a lot. It doesn't appear as though anyone coached him on nonverbal communication.

This doesn't help either:



And in the news today:

But zis iz zhe way we do it in Paris!

Don't get me wrong, I love pizza..but I love Kermit The Frog even more and couldn't ever eat this.

Jake Bronstein is at it again. This time, he put Indiana Jones hats around four different cities just in time for the DVD release. Pretty impressive.

Have you seen this somewhat new Axe commercial? I find it disturbing...



And I have posted this commercial before but it remains one of my top five favorites:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dancing With The Political Stars

I'd like to start things off by sharing this video with you. If you haven't seen it already, you are in for a real treat. Enjoy!

When I first heard about the show, Whatever Martha! With Alexis Stewart and her friend, Jennifer Koppelman Hutt, I thought it was a joke. Martha Stewart's daughter and her friend shooting the breeze and making fun of Martha. Well, I happened to catch the show last night and I must say it was extremely entertaining. Hearing her rip on her mother is quite enjoyable. Here's a sneak peek:




Have you ever wanted to be an NBC Page? Well I, along with many others have tried in the past to become an NBC Page and I'm convinced they have some wacky system. I recall in my interview being asked about why I like GE (General Electric) and a bunch of other ridiculous questions. Perhaps my mentioning the many fraud charges against GE didn't help.

What are you dressing as for Halloween? I went into Halloween Adventure during my lunch break yesterday and was overwhelmed with the two floors of costumes, props, wigs, you name it they have it. I might go back today and try on some fun things.

The announcement came yesterday from your best friend, Steve Jobs about the new MacBooks. What do you think?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

In the sky...it's a bird, it's a plane, it's RADIOMAN


I used to be obsessed with Craig Schwartz AKA Radioman. You've probably seen him in hundreds of movies playing a homeless man but didn't realize it. I first met Craig when I was working at Letterman. He would wait outside of the stage door and when Late Show guests would arrive, a majority of them greeted Radioman with such enthusiasm. I used to call Craig's movie production hotline (212-714-8045) to find out where all the latest films were being shot and I believe the line is still active. I encourage you to call because the message is usually funny and he usually ends with a line like "See you later you miserable movie whores". If you'd like to check out Craig's website, click here.

The reason I bring up Radioman is because he is in Body of Lies. I think Ridley Scott must have promised Radioman a spot in the movie because it's an odd moment towards the end of the film. Russel Crowe and Leo are talking in their car and then the camera cuts to a bench with a homeless man sitting up (Radioman) and then goes back to Russel and Leo. It's a bizarre and seemingly unnecessary shot. If you ever have the chance to meet Craig Schwartz, he is one fascinating and very funny guy.

I want a Podcar!

I'm going to try to get to The Hunt this year as I know a bunch of people who are going and I've always wanted to attend.

Whoops, there goes the podium:


Have a great day!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Beerfest 2008




This past weekend, Erin and Vin hosted Beerfest 2008 which was a lot of fun. The food was great as was the company. I'm thinking about investing in a portable karaoke machine that I can just bring take to parties and set up because it seems that by the end of every party, people are singing. Very niiice. I very much enjoy reading the Scordo blog which can be found here.

Happy Columbus Day! I hope you are enjoying reading this on your day off while I must work. I heard a very interesting conversation on the subway this morning. Two older African American men were talking loudly. One of them appeared to be homeless and the conversation went like this:

Homeless man: Did you know that Christopher Columbus didn't discover America?
Other man: He didn't
HM: Hell no. It was a black man that discovered America.
OM: Oh yea?
HM: Yeah. You see, Columbus' crew was all black. It was the black man in the crows nest that saw that land and shouted "Land Ho".
OM: Really?
HM: Yeah. Columbus saw the land in the morning when it was light out but the black man saw the f*****g land the night before in the darkness. So a black man is the one that discovered America.


This site made me pee my pants..

While I'm on the subject of urine:



Did any of you take part in the 2008 Food TV New York Wine and Food Festival? I'm bummed that I wasn't able to take part in any of the festivities. It looked great!

For those who have the day off, enjoy your day off. For those of us who are at work, enjoy work!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Ladies waiting for the sex and the city bus tour. People will pay for anything.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Weekend Schmeekend


I don't have class on Monday night because of the holiday and I for some reason, thought that because I didn't have class, I didn't have work. I was wrong. We don't get it off even though government offices and public schools are closed. So I figure on Monday, I'll make lunch plans with Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria.

I finally got around to watching Speed Racer the other night and I was surprised. It wasn't that bad. In fact, it was like candy for the eye. Great sets, colors, and effects. Speeeeeeed Raceeeeeer.

Did you catch the Thursday night, Saturday Night Live special last night? I thought it was pretty funny. It's a lot funnier when it's all political.

So there have been rumors that on Tuesday, Apple will release their new MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It looks like it's going to happen.

I knew I'd eventually find the perfect Halloween Costume...

Can't agree on who gets the house? Why not split it in half? No, really.

Have you seen this?


Alright my fellow prisoners, have a wonderful weekend and I'll be back on Monday morning.

Take it away Evan Almighty Band...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I almost hit a German biker with my cab door


That's right, last night I went to go see a press screening of Body of Lies (I will let you know what I thought of it in a bit). Trying to get the 9:30pm bus back to NJ I quickly hopped into a cab and headed to Port Authority. The clock was quickly approaching departure time. The cab pulled over into the cab lanes outside of Port Authority. I swiped my credit card and opened my door. All of a sudden, I hear some guy yelling and see this guy on his bike stop short a few inches from my door. He was biking between my cab and the cab sitting next to me. He was wearing no helmet and if he wasn't paying attention or was any less skilled with the use of his breaks, he would have been on the ground. He started screaming at me with his German accent and I screamed back. But I was too determined to catch the bus so I quickly fled to my gate. I hope you are reading this, German bike rider with no helmet. Why are you riding your bike between cabs in front of the Port Authority? What is wrong with you? I was just getting out of the cab (curbside) and you yell at me?

Let me get back to the movie, Body of Lies. It's one of those terrorist/CIA flicks that jumps back and forth to locations around the world. It's brilliantly directed by Ridley Scott and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Leonardo carries this movie completely. Russel Crowe doesn't do much for me. The most impressive thing about his performance is that he gained 50 pounds for the film. The other brilliant performance in this film is given by Mark Strong. He is excellent. If you're looking for an action packed thriller I recommend this one. I actually found this movie to be quiet disturbing and terrifying because it all seems so real and it is. Body of Lies is based on a novel of the same name by author David Ignatius, a veteran journalist who covered the CIA and Middle Eastern affairs for 10 years for The Wall Street Journal before joining The Washington Post, where he is currently an associate editor and columnist. The film is very well paced and goes by very quickly. The major disappointment for me was the ending. For some reason, I went into the film expecting a surprise ending and wanted more of a twist. Bottom line: On the Evan Almighty scale of 1-10 I give Body of Lies a 7.

I took a walk to Whole Foods yesterday for lunch and I spotted Sarah Silverman having lunch at a table on the sidewalk at Think. I'm a big fan of Sarah so this was definitely an exciting sighting. Exciting sighting, I like that.

Umm okay, so robots are pretty cool right? Well this just freaked me out a bit:


Tarantino is at work on his next film...

Nice move Google.

I moved into a new office at work and they are putting together a desk so I have to cut this post short...

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Tuesday, Tuesday, Tuesday

While watching the 11:00PM news last night on NBC Chuck was reporting on a story about reptiles when there was a sudden beeping and he let us know that there was a fire alarm going off. Then he smoothly continued finishing the story. It was a nice moment.

I had a great class last night. The VP of nonfiction programming for a major cable channel came in to speak to us about programming and what he looks for when taking on new projects. He also made us raise our right hand and swear not to tell (or blog) about any of the clips he was going to show us as he showed us some things in the works. Nope, not going to tell you.

I have a wonderful group of friends but this morning I was also thinking about the wonderful group of street friends that I have. I take the same walking route to work every morning once I get off the subway and I pass the same people every day. These are my street friends. I don't know their names, their occupations, where they live...I don't really know anything about them. But I see them every morning and it's very nice. Do you have street friends?


Nick and Norah's Infinate Playlist might be bringing more customers to Veselka!

The economy is in shambles and now this.

The Visitor is now out on DVD..be sure to see this film!

I'm thrilled that Anne Hathaway has signed for the role of The White Queen in the Disney version of Alice In Wonderland directed by Tim Burton. I'm a big fan of Hathaway's and think it's funny that she used to come see me perform in my high school musicals.

And now I leave you with my clip of the day. I wonder who I need to write to to get tickets for this show?

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cooking With Liquid Nitrogen

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Over the weekend I caught Food Detectives which taught me that a) bar snacks are okay to eat and are not covered in bacteria except for cheese and crackers. I'll be sure to stay away from those at the next party and b) cooking with liquid nitrogen can be fun! Not only can you shatter raspberries but you can also grind up foods such as olives into a powder to make a great meat rub. I love this show and check out one of my favorite food blogs, Ideas in Food.



Did you hear about the Fisher-price doll that apparently speaks messages of hate when it should be speaking baby talk?

Check this out...the first short film filmed entirely with a cell phone:



I think it was the piece of dark chocolate I ate last night that kept me up for awhile and when that happens...well, late night karaoke.

Rate this performance at The Sims On Stage

Friday, October 3, 2008

YADIRF..that's Friday backwards!

The weekend is just about here and you better grab a light jacket or sweater this morning because it is definitely starting to feel like fall. I'm looking forward to some more apple and pumpkin picking soon. The weekend weather is supposed to be perfect and part of it will be spent writing a paper. I'm sure many if not all of you watched the debate last night, but did you stay up to watch Ben Folds on Conan? It was awesome to be able to see Sam rocking out on drums. Very cool. If you missed it, don't worry. I'm providing a link. Click here to watch it online. The new album is really quite good and I'm bummed I missed the New York City performances.

There were a bunch of empty seats on the bus this morning but for some reason the last woman onto the bus chose to sit next to me. I look forward to a day without someone next to me on the bus and I thought today was going to be the one day this week. I started to get comfortable, spread out my legs but my comfort was cut short when this lady sat down. I was cornered. I couldn't get out so I just went to sleep. She was shifting a lot and I felt it. I am hoping that in the near future, I will be able to eliminate "commuting" from my vocabulary.

Did you hear about this guy who smeared peanut butter all over a fellow student who was allergic to peanuts? This is an awful story but I'm curious: crunchy or creamy?

Broadway will be dimming the lights tonight at 8PM for a minute in memory of Paul Newman.

Ciao WaMu!


Have a great weekend everyone! And hey, give me a call. Okay, take it away Lil O'Reilly...

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Tonight's The Night

Be sure to tune in tonight for the VP debate: Biden Vs.Palin. Should be very interesting to see what happens. I found out yesterday about a really exciting opportunity that has now been given to me and I am ready to take it and run. I've got some great ideas and I know it's going to be a rewarding and educational experience.

During my lunch break yesterday I escorted Erin to Best Buy to look at laptops. One of the blue shirted employees eventually came over to help Erin and answer any questions she had about the laptops. Now, I'm sure you already know this but probably 99.5% of Best Buy employees don't know anything about the products. There are some who are very knowledgeable however. Many will tell you a computer is great and durable and make up the number of battery life hours it has. They'll tell you a lot of people come in asking about the model you are interested in and that their sister's boyfriend's uncle has the same one and loves it. Meanwhile, they have never even set foot in the laptop section because they are usually working the DVDs. So I say, what's the point of even asking for help? Do your research online and then go in knowing what you want.

Have you seen the new Levi's campaign? Uhhh...

I am very much looking forward to the new animated HBO series, The Life and Times of Tim. It looks hysterical and here's just a taste:



Have you seen this video urging people to vote?



Madonna apparently jumps rope in her show and I'm wondering...does she Punk Rope?

Fascinated by Limos? Check out these bad boys.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Way To Normal

I gave the new Ben Folds album, Way To Normal a listen yesterday and it's really good. It's so cool to have Sam with me wherever I go! His drumming is excellent and the songs are great. Be sure to go pick up your copy today. It's hard to believe that October is here already. I love anything pumpkin. Pumpkin ice cream, cookies, beer, cake, soup... all this talk of pumpkin is making me hungry. Here's a recipe for pumpkin-apple muffins.


A dog owner saved his dog from being eaten by a shark..wow.

Nude portrait of Sarah Palin hangs at the Old Town Ale House.

Remember all that fuss about the Montauk monster? Well apparently more monsters have been washing up. Publicity stunt? Perhaps.

Project Ferris Bueller is scheduled to take place at this year's Village Halloween Party. That's right, get ready to Twist and Shout as the big parade scene is reenacted. Want to join in the fun? Click here.

The tree huts are here!

First Jesus is at the gym and now Mary is in the window.



I think we all need a Watermill.