One morbid way to spend the evening: Querying the Iraq Coalition Casualty Count database to see if a long-lost friend from college turns up. I hope you made it out of the active duty ranks before all this started, Chris.
Kind of mesmerizing: Keepon--a robot developed to "perform emotional and attentional interaction with children"--dancing to Spoon's I Turn My Camera On. So this is what they are up to at my alma mater these days!
On a normal day, having to drive all over Virginia to visit customer sites would be kind of annoying, but not today. All that time on the road meant that I could spend some quality time with the windows down, blaring Singles Going Steady and Throb Throb up and down the length of Route 7. The song I really wanted to hear while driving around was Roadrunner, which I don't have around, unfortunately. "I don't feel so bad now in the car/Don't feel so alone, got the radio on."
Sure, some people are complaining about the call against Strawberry in the waning minutes, but I won't be one of them. It came down to that call because Maryland let Butler force them to play their game, rather than the other way around. Oh well, there is always next year. And I can take solace in Duke getting bounced in the first round and Virginia getting bounced in the same round as the Terps!
It's such a simple recipe for happiness: A Terps win combined with Duke getting bounced from the NCAA Tournament. To top it off, the VCU victory over Duke produced this video clip of Greg Paulus flopping to the floor in an attempt to draw a charge. The beauty of this video is beyond description. I've watched this clip almost 20 times now. I may watch it 20 more times this evening. Prior to this, my favorite basketball clip of this year was of Deron Washington's nether region almost smacking Paulus' face as Washington jumps OVER his head. Look at that jump! Still, move over Deron, because Paulus has been taking lessons from the Gilardino School of Diving.
After watching The Host*, we encountered these onion rings while looking for a snack. Be careful what you wish for! Yes, that is a paper towel dispenser that those rings are stacked upon.
*Good clean, monster movie fun! No pussy footing around with the monster either, just blammo, it's MONSTER TIME.
Gang of Four - To Hell With Poverty
OK, so I'm not getting out and shooting. I'm still using this time to go back and do some scanning and archiving of old photos. I'm think this is from 2003, since I remember discussing TV On The Radio's debut EP at the barbecue, but I could be getting barbecues mixed up. Actually, now I'm thinking I may have this mixed up with an earlier barbecue. Someone else is going to have to clear up the date on this for me, my memory isn't working.
Update: After conferring with friends, the photo is from May of 2001. I was getting it mixed up with a barebecue at the same place in 2003 or 2004.
Jonathan Fire*Eater - Bipolar Summer