Tuesday, July 29, 2008

throw yourself a party

jason wanted a 35th birthday party. so we made one for him! click here or on the pictures above to jump to the album with all the great shots.

find something new with cuil

there's a new search engine in town and it's called cuil.

it's designed to rival things like google, msn, and yahoo!, and so far there's two things i know:
  1. it works great
  2. it's really nice to look at.

tons to report!

there's been a lot of non-personal stuff happening on the blog lately...i owe some posts that cover the goings-on of the family, and they are soon-to-come.

look for things like:
  • the sazaki visit from tokyo, when we hosted our dear friends tak, yumiko, kohei, and hannah on their visit from japan.
  • then there was the evening at the stadium, but this time it was cathy and jackson at the ballpark. somewhere there are pictures for me to post.
  • jason's 35th birthday! another bash up at the house, with food, friends, kids, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and more food.
  • camping. this time the campgrounds were spectacular. 2 private acres, level grounds that bordered beautiful woods. first-class bathrooms, food, and grill. (ok, i am describing my backyard.) verdict from jen, scott, jackson, sean, chase, and me is that pitching some tents out on the edge of my property rocks! we want to do it again. this time we probably won't have the same weather: the coolest lightning and thunder show for much of the night.
photos and videos are being collected, so stay tuned.

Monday, July 28, 2008

banned by ben & jerry's!

what a crime. jane and eric and barbara and rob and cathy and i went to dinner in the city on friday night, and just before we ate i received a disappointing email.

jane and eric's brilliant video submission to a ben & jerry's 30th anniversary contest was denied! is this corporate stodginess, or are ben and jerry simply too old to enjoy a good laugh? i hope the former, as the ice cream hippies are from my long island neck of the woods, and used to come to my high school and fill us up with free frozen dairy every spring.

here's the winning (imho) video, and hit this link for hysterical outtakes on Eric's Law Blog.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

fonts personified

if you are a typeface junkie like me, you'll find this funny. i don't expect everyone to get the humor, though.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

@ history

the house that ruth built. the cathedral. the midsummer classic. the all-stars. fan or not, there's no denying the legacy of the new york yankees, their infamous ballpark, baseball in america, and the hall-of-famers that have shaped the game, and inspired the lives of kids and adults around the world with their talent and passion.

last night i had the privilege of attending the 2008 all star game in the bronx with jackson (the biggest fan i know), and even though i work with the yankees, have logged hundreds of hours at the stadium in recent years, and have seen old-timer games, world series games, and have traveled the nooks and crannies of the greatest baseball monument of all time, there's nothing like bringing your kid to the ballpark and paying tribute to the great american pastime, in the final year of the one and only yankee stadium.

we did all the requisites: ate dirty-water dogs, played catch on the roof of the parking lot, waited in line under the train tracks on river avenue, sat in the bleachers behind the bullpen, yelled at manny ramirez, got popcorn, dippin-dots, lemon ice, shared real tremont avenue bronx pizza with the fans sitting behind us, bought one of those giant foam #1 finger gloves, and kept score with our little golf pencils until too many players on the roster made our scorecard a confused mess. like troopers, we stayed till the end of the 15-inning game, somewhere mid way between 1 and 2 am.

it was great to watch the all stars play, but the greatest moment for me was watching the heroes of the game...an unprecedented collection of baseball legends...come into the cathedral that is yankee stadium and pay tribute one last time. from yogi and whitey, to willie, hank, ozzie and reggie, and all the rest — this was a night to remember.

Monday, July 14, 2008

weekend update

again, a busy weekend! and as usual, chock-full of visitors.

friday night pahmer came by for some late-night hanging. we did just that...caught up on life, toured the house, and took a walk deep into the backyard.

saturday jerry and jeff came over to do some keynote work. then kropp came up, and he and jaden and i had lunch and chilled on the deck.

saturday night cathy and i went out with jen and jason. we got to see their great new house, then a quick stop at the pleasantville music festival to catch some of joan osbourne's set and see the waxlers, then dinner at le jardin du roi for yummy french bistro and some bordeaux.

sunday marion and alan came up for the day. pool, sun, lunch, then a ride on the harley for me, then dinner, then way too much guitar hero.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

obadiah joy!

my good friend obadiah emailed me today, to let me in on his big news...
he's engaged to be married, and i was honored to be on his short list of recipients.

you may know him from his fame in the stark corporation -- here's his press photo:

mr. obadiah stane

but i know him better than that, and on his good days i call him dave:

happy engagement to dave and naz!

historia de un letrero (the story of a sign)

Fourth annual Short Film Online Competition - Cannes 2008. The NFB, in association with the Cannes Short Film Corner and partner YouTube, is proud to announce that the winner of the NFB Online Competition Cannes 2008 is Alonso Alvarez Barreda for his short film Historia de un Letrero (The Story of a Sign) produced in Mexico/U.S.A.

Director : Alonso Alvarez Barreda
Running Time : 04:50
Year : 2007
Country : Mexico/ U.S.A
Category : Short film

With a stroke of the pen, a stranger transforms the afternoon for another man in this emotionally stirring short film by Alonso Alvarez.


Alonso Alvarez Barreda was born in Mexico City in 1984. He met Alejandro Monteverde, who was still in film school, and since then Alejandro became his friend and mentor. Alonso wrote, produced and directed his first short film, called El Algodonero. His second short film, Historia de un Letrero, was named best short film in the Festival Internacional de Cine en Corto and also won the Hispanoamerican jury award in the Short Shorts Film Festival in Mexico City. It has also been an official selection at the San Diego Latino Film Festival, Cine Festival in San Antonio, Texas, Short Shorts Film Festival Monterrey and Morelos, and in the Short Film Corner in Cannes.

Currently, Historia de un Letrero is part of the regular programming on National TV in Mexico. Alonso lives in Los Angeles.

Friday, July 4, 2008

happy birthday

it's friday morning, the fourth of july. happy birthday america. (and happy 93rd birthday helen!)

something is up for me lately, where i have been realizing how much we take for granted when it comes to our country, our opportunity, our freedom, and what potential we can realize thanks to those that have helped shape our nation.

there's a lot more to this, like how we got to where we are, the land and lives we stole from the native americans, the political shenanigans, power struggles, violence, war, conspiracy, slavery, dishonesty (i could go on and on)...and then on the other side of these remarks are the sheer will and optimism of some of our great leaders and citizens, who have created an enviroment for us to thrive.

so here's a toast to the usa, and a reminder to look at the greatness of our country and the positive values we stand for. we should strive to uphold those values and maintain them ethically -- something we aren't doing very much of these days.

walt helps the cause

the wall street journal's walt mossberg and kara swisher are number 2 and number 3 in popular tech-reporting these days (after the new york times's david pogue, i.m.h.o.). of course the tech blogs like the giz and engadget are way-cooler, but we're talkin' mass-market here.

this week, walt wrote a great little piece on his website about switching from a pc to a mac. click here to read it.

it's not freaky geeky evangelism (the likes of which you get from me if you are a windows la-hoo-za-her); it's just good, practical tips to help you make the transition.

and as long as we are discussing walt and kara, did you know that kara interviewed me in 2005 and published a little diddy in the wsj about violight!? that's right.