Old Columbia Pike, after it had been cleared of snow.
Last night, while channel surfing during a commercial break, I caught a few minutes of Dennis Miller's new show on CNBC. I saw his newslet segment, which was really just a continuation of what he did on SNL and HBO. Using his time-tested formula, he ran through a bunch of recent stories, and dropped a snarky, one-liner loaded with an obscure reference for each one. The problem was that not a single line produced a real laugh from my roomates.
The style of his comments didn't seem too different, but his delivery was incredibly flat. It didn't matter whether his comments were clever or funny on paper, because with that leaden presentation, he wasn't getting any laughs from our house. His delivery during the news segment was worse than Colin Quinn. Let me say that again, worse than Colin Quinn.
The gas station at the corner of Columbia Pike and Lincolnia Road after last year's blizzard.
The long driveway of my old place in Annandale, which I no longer have to shovel.
Although I usually use a Nikon, I do have a thing for toy cameras, including the Lomo Action Sampler. I wouldn't use one for anything important, but they are fun to play with. Here's a small gallery of pictures taken with my Action Sampler.
Over the past weekend, when I haven't been patronizing one of Arlington's many fine drinking establishments, I spent a little time fooling around with Orkut. Orkut is a social network coded by Orkut Buyukkokten, an engineer at Google. I'd never used Friendster* or Tribes before, but in the interest of killing some time, I gave Orkut a try.
It wasn't long until the beta nature of the site became evident. Friends of mine began disappearing from the system, users reported that posts were being deleted as well, and people began finding holes in the design of the site. A few hours ago, Orkut took his eponymous site down for some rework. I'm not sold on the social networking thing yet, since I seem to be just connecting with people I already now, but I suppose I'll give Orkut another try when it is back up.
*For a point of comparison, I logged onto Friendster for the first time this afternoon. I didn't spend much time on Friendster because of the long load times that made the site practically unusable, and I doubt I'll be going back there again.
Update: Here's some more information on Orkut, Google plus some reactions to it.
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A rugby match in Pittsburgh.
I know one team was from Carnegie Mellon, which is my alma mater, but I can't recall who they were playing. It was pouring rain throughout the game, and the field quickly became a mud pit.
A Beefeater leading a tour of the Tower of London.
Coco (left) and Starcrunch (right) of Man or Astroman?, performing in Pittsburgh.
Some ruins, somewhere in Ireland.
I can't recall the name of these particular ruins. I visited a bunch of them during a few day trips into the countryside, but that was way back in 1998, and I seem to have forgotten the name of everything I visited, except for New Grange. Let me know if you know where this is, because I don't know anymore.
Kate and John on a street corner in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Another sign painted on a building in Fells Point, Baltimore.
Yesterday, D.C. had its meaningless primary, which Dean won handily, although he really didn't have much competition, since Lieberman, Clark, Kerry, Gephardt and Edwards all decided to pass on D.C., which isn't surprising, since all of its delegates are awarded during the D.C. Democratic Caucus, which happens on February 14. I was a little disapointed in the showing by Vermin Supreme, who I figured would have been able to garner a little more of the rodent vote in a city that is overrun by them. Not too suprisingly, Paris Hilton failed to garner any votes, since she just began her campaign yesterday.
I visited Tiny Factory to check out their t-shirts, and instantly fell in love with their bright red Kumite t-shirt. Unfortunately, that shirt only comes in medium, which means I would probably tear it trying to get it on, unless their medium runs in a largish direction. Think of your audience of potential buyers who skew towards the larger sizes, guys! [via Gothamist]
On a side note, visiting the Tiny Factory site gave me Small Factory's Valentine as an earworm.
A faded ad on the side of a building in the Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore.
I've grown tired of the D.C. photos, which means you are most likely bored out of your mind. In the interest of moving on, the next week or so will probably be a pretty random bunch of photos, after which I may settle down into a theme again. Or not.
The Washington Monument during its renovation.
During the renovation, I liked the way that Michael Graves' scaffolding made it look like the monument was made out of blocks of lucite.
Mission of Burma. Photo by Diane Bergamasco.
The Korean War Memorial on the National Mall.
K Street, underneath the Whitehurst Freeway in Georgetown.
Here's a panorama of the view from the Kennedy Center's balcony looking towards the city. Because it is 1500 pixels wide, I'm just linking it rather than posting it to the site. It's stitched together from 13 seperate images, and yes, I really do need a fourteenth one on the right, but it's a little late for that.
Detra Battle Sparrow performing at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage.
Like the earlier pictures at the Hirshorn, this is from a summer day a few years ago that we went into D.C. to see the Open City exhibition. Yes, in this photo, Hart is wearing an ancient Powell Peralta t-shirt that he has been wearing since he was in middle school.
Eric, just after falling while rollerblading in Cleveland Park.
Sorry about the lack of posting over the past few days, but my network at home hasn't been working properly.