Friday, July 30, 2010

"Hate List"

In Emily’s last (ever?) blog post, she shared her “hate list.”

Since imitation in the sincerest form of flattery, here is my list:

  • The collective works of Tyler Perry.
  • “Shirts and skins.” Dude, you’re all sweaty and you’re posting up. I have zero interest in guarding you and having my shirt sop up all your nastiness. Pop a shirt on.
  • Religion as driving force behind violence, bigotry, or as an obstacle to science/logic.
  • Skinny jeans + dudes.
  • That people dismiss all the good in Rocky V, just because Sly’s son wines for most of the movie. Fast forward all the scenes with the kid and I promise you, it’s the best 35-minute movie around.
  • The New York Jets.
  • Writing unique cover letters.
  • People who clap at movie theatres.
  • Captchas. You know those stupid challenge-response tests that are required on sites all over the place? I understand their purpose, but it always takes me multiple tries. I hate them.
  • Car mechanics.
  • Drivers with dogs in their laps.
  • The way my wife swoons whenever Tim Riggins brushes the hair from his face.

And last but definitely not least, my biggest pet peeve. It absolutely drives me nuts…

  • When people say that they “could care less.” Really? So you care then. Good, I’ll continue telling you my five-year plan for fantasy baseball keeper league dominance.

    Oh, you don’t care? I’ll shut up then… it’s “COULDN’T care less” people! I am 100 percent certain that the world would be a better place if we all remembered this.

(Yeah... that's two blog posts in one day. So what? I'm a blogging machine).

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I’ll keep this brief because I don’t have anything new to add to the discussion; the Stieg Larsson thriller is a NY Times bestseller and, as is so often the case, I was late to the party…

“How can you be sure of that?”
“Because this isn’t some damned locked-room mystery novel …”


The mystery is rather conventional: murder, isolated area, a wealthy/eccentric family with skeletons in the closet, etc. The characters were not, with Lisabeth Salander -- kick-ass rebel heroine and gothic symbol of female empowerment -- and the twisted Vanger clan leading the charge.

As advertised, it’s an addictive, "I-can’t-put-this-down-before-I-finish" novel, but it’s worth today’s morning drowsiness.

I give it 4-out-of-5 Schaibles.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

30-Day Challenge: August

One of the blogs I read fairly regularly has a regular feature he calls a 30-day challenge.

It’s such a good idea, that I am going to rip it off. So what do you think, which of the following should I try for August?

(These may seem tough, but they’re supposed to be challenging).

  • Read 10 books
  • Cook dinner four days per week (four more times than I currently do)
  • Run 90 miles over the month
  • Go vegetarian (except for at a wedding I am going to since I already RSVP’d for steak)
  • Spend as little money as possible
  • Actually learn to play the guitar that’s collecting dust in our second bedroom
  • Go left-handed instead of right
What do y’all think? I am open to other suggestions.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sail away on the Block Island Ferry...

The wife and I, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of our nuptials, spent the last four days on Block Island.

This was my third time visiting Rhode Island’s Jamaica. Emily has family there, so we had a place to stay and a chauffeur. They’re good people.

Highlights:
  • Four days of perfect weather
  • No work
  • Emily on a bike
  • My first taste of lobster
  • Good chat
  • Many beers
  • Meeting Macy (Emily’s second cousin), a ten-month old heart breaker with jet blue eyes
  • Achieving transcendent knowing/ nirvana
Lowlights:
  • I go back to work tomorrow

Sunday, July 25, 2010

One year ago...

Married. One year and counting.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Che Guevara

Che GuevaraI’ve always been a bit of a history buff, but would have had to plead ignorance on Che Guevara’s significance, and why militant hippies don his likeness on their t-shirts.

I can’t remember him even being mentioned during high school. If he was in the curriculum, it was skipped by my teachers or ignored by me.

To figure out what all the fuss is about, I read Jon Lee Anderson’s massive biography Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life.

So after 900 pages, what do I think of Che? Well, he’s a bit of a paradox. He’s both someone whose social indignation and passion, I can emphasize with and understand, while also someone whose rhetoric and cold actions were terrifying.

I won’t be rocking a Che Guevara tee anytime soon.

Well, that subject matter was a bit heavy for a blog where I usually share ill-informed movie opinions or trite observations.

We now return to our regular programming…

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Jeff’s Movie Review: Inception (2010)

OK… I’m going to keep this short and sweet since it’s been months since I’ve last blogged, I’m probably rusty, and I wouldn’t want to bore you.

The wife and I saw Inception yesterday, and loved it.


Quick hits:
  • I’m not really getting all the “you’ll have to see thins more than once” talk. I mean, there’s a lot going on sure, but I thought it was very clear. I will be seeing this again, but not because I didn’t get it… because it’s great.
  • I wish I could dream as lucidly as that.
  • When it went to black before the credits, the entire theatre groaned. If you can get that sort of reaction, you’re probably doing something right.
  • Christopher Nolan has done plenty right… dude has made some fantastic movies: Memento, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and now Inception? These are some of my favorite movies… I guess I need to check out Following and Insomnia.
For the DVD cover:

“The most intellectually and viscerally engaging film in years. A masterpiece from Hollywood’s most innovative dreamer.”

Rating:

Five “Schaibles” - yeah, that's right.