Friday, February 29, 2008

Quote for 2/29/08

"Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views."
William F. Buckley, Jr.

I couldn't resist posting this quote. Especially not today. I'm not sure how many great quotes I'll have for 2/29 of any particular year...

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Happy Leap Year

I love February 29th. Just because it doesn't come around every year.
I thought about it all day at work as I signed and dated the paperwork. 2/29/08. And there are so few 2/29's of any date since they only come around every 4 years. How special the units we made today must be...

I often wonder about how people who are born on Leap Year go about getting their driver's license. They only get 1 birthday every 4 years. So, do they have to wait until the people who were born on 2/28 or 3/1 are 64 before they get theirs?

Just kidding...

In any event, this should be a good enough reason as any to celebrate something. And when I see the snow falling, and hear about the freezing rain that's approaching, I figure some of us could use a little revelry to take our minds off of the nasty mess outside.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Quote for 2/28/08

"We all have the means to bestow on others the most lavish gifts; love, joy,
peace, hope, kindness, acceptance, encouragement, laughter, forgiveness, time. There is not enough money to buy them, and not too little money to give them. The more you spend, the wealthier you become; yet nothing will cost you more than what you freely possess to give."
Eden Eliot

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Geeks will be geeks

Just thought I'd let everyone know that in addition to our most recent episode of Geek-n-Tell, I have just finished posting a 3 minute Behind the Scenes video of our last recording session.
Go check it out.

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Quote for 2/27/08

"Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things."
Russell Baker

I can't resist posting some additional thoughts on this one below.

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What can ya do?

OK, the Quote I have posted above has me thinking.

In case you hadn't noticed, there's an election coming up this year.

I'm not very happy with my choices.
From the one side, I don't hear much of anything that I would typically support. Which really sucks since that's the party I'm registerd to.
On the other side, I hear a bunch of rantings about "Change". But I'm not sure that the changes they would implement would be a good thing for our society, culture or economy. I'm not convinced that their changes would actually be progress, as they wish to imply. I get the feeling that it's all just experimental social engineering.

And if it all goes horribly wrong, as I suspect it would, then what? Who picks up the pieces? What kind of change becomes the new rallying cry for the next election?

Just thought I'd ask...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quote for 2/26/08

"Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances."
Wayne Dyer


Oooooo, this one just seems to go so well with yesterdays post...

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Mr. Nice Guy

Yeah, that's me.
Just thought I'd share this pic of my Branding with everyone.

Looks good, doesn't it? It's kinda funny how the ink from the template that Z used has been burned into the brand. I like it.

And...

This pic of me. Just because it's such a novel shot.


If yinz didn't already know what a nice guy I am, you'd think I was a hitman or something...
Or maybe The Punisher (as the T-shirt might indicate).

OK, on a side note. JT has posted another episode of Geek-n-Tell. It's a real modge-podge of recordings, including our discussion of the cult-fav movie, Highlander. As for our previously mentioned Escapes from NY and LA. We're gonna pretend that particular review never happened. Kinda like the producers of the Highlaner movies did with the second one. Just forget it ever existed.
Oh, and the really cool thing about this newest post; I have behind-the-scenes video from that session that I'll be posting in the next day or two. It'll be much less intense than the Branding video.

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

M+ gets Branded, again...

Is something burning?

Yes! That would be my flesh!
But I'm not complaining...

Here it is people, the video of my newest Branding:



It's not the greatest quality, but it certainly does capture the essence of the procedure. And we all loved the audio capture. The sizzling of the individual strikes comes through quite well.
Now, after the branding heals, and Z heals from her surgery, I'll be able to get the sword and greek text inked into this design. This one is gonna look just as awesome as the first one.

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Call me weird

But not for the obvious reasons (those of you who know me or read my blog regularly).

Yes, you might consider it weird that I would make note of this fact, but today is the official 1st anniversary of my divorce...

And just how do I plan on celebrating?
By paying my female body-artiste to burn me with a piece of red-hot metal. Nine times, no less.
I'm getting my next set of branding done tonight. I expect to have pics and video of the event. So, stay tuned.

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Quote for 2/21/08

"This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no
possible service to him."
William Lyon Phelps

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Straight as an arrow

I know, I'm breaking my own self-initiated media fast by posting this now, but it couldn't wait til tomorrow.

During tonight's discussion with our Youth Group, the topic of comedy, comedic timing, and things related to it, came up. I had mentioned that as far as comedy team-ups go, I'm JT's "straight man". I was stunned to discover that nobody but JT and myself had any idea what a "straight man" was. They all thought I was about to make some sort of joke about homosexuality. And the worst part of it was that I couldn't even cite examples to everyone. Not because I couldn't come up with any, but because I doubt that anyone but JT and I would've known who I was even talking about.
Sometimes it sucks to have to deal with people whose cultural awareness only extends back to last week. Unlike all of you, my faithful readers, who would've understood completely if I had refered to myself as Bud Abbott to JT's Lou Costello, or Hardy to JT's Laurel, or even Martin to JT's Lewis.
Go figure...

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Quote for 2/16/08

"A quote is just a tattoo on the tongue."
William F. DeVault

Interesting...
So what would be the equivalent of a branding?
I'm goin' somewhere with this one people. Just read the next post

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Modifiers of a different sort

As most of you already know, I have a deep affection for words. Especially adjectives or otherwise descriptive modifiers. But that's not what this post is about. This one, as you may have been able to guess from the above Quote, is about modifiers to my body. My left shoulder to be precise.
No pics yet. I haven't had anything done, just yet. But next week it begins all over again. Allow me to explain.
Yesterday, JT, Emo Bob and myself got to spend some time together. It was exceptionally satisfying for me since I haven't seen the Boy in almost a month - since his mother has seen fit to ground him from visiting me whenever he gets himself into some kinda trouble with her. But anyways, we started our evening off at the Golden Corral. We gorged our happy faces with an assortment of wonderful foods. We even did dessert!
From there we proceeded to Z Spot Studio so I could talk to my atiste, Z, about my next phase of "body modifications" - as they are now being refered to. Unfortunately for me, Z wasn't in. She works only by appointment now, since she has Carpal Tunnel. But, fortunately for me, Dave - Z's resident piercing expert - called her so we could talk.
I explained what I want to have done next. This time around I want to have another branding - not as big as the Cross that you see in my profile pic - but bigger in the sense that she told me it would take nine strikes with the "iron". Which is really intense since you can watch the video of my first branding and see that it only took five. But I understand why it'll take nine strikes. I'm having an Alpha and an Omega branded beside each other with enough space between them to ink something there after they've healed. The ink I plan on getting will be a sword that runs up-n-down between the Alpha and Omega. And then the Greek script of Hebrews 4:12 ("The word of God is living and powerful and sharper than every two-edged sword") around it all. Sounds cool, doesn't it? By doing this, I will retore balance to my body - at least, that's what Z says.
And the timing couldn't be better for us both. Z is going to be having surgery for her Carpal Tunnel in two weeks. So I'm going back next Friday (that would be February 22 - for anyone who would care to witness this event), at 6:30 to have the brandings done. That means we both have plenty of time to heal before we move on to the ink.
I AM SO GEEKED ABOUT THIS !!!

OK, our evening didn't end there though. We returned to our church to do anther episode of Geek-N-Tell. This time we watched Highlander; The Immortal Edition. Which, I suppose, is just a fancy way of saying The Director's Cut.
It is unfortunate that you'll probably be able to download this episode before JT finishes editting our episode from last week. But I'm sure you won't mind. JT is doing the best he can to reduce our 56 minutes worth of blathering into 20-25 minutes of something that makes a little sense. No small task considering the way our conversation jumped around last week.
And I will say this on his behalf also; Don't applaud, just throw money...
He's got donate buttons on the blog so anyone who enjoys our labors can support our attempts to buy better equipment - or, at least to buy our own equipment so we won't always have to record at church.
Sorry for the shameless plug...
Anyways, we wrapped up another great evening. And now I'm looking forward to next Friday.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Quote for 2/14/08

"Be that self which one truly is."
Soren Kierkegaard

This is such an awesome quote.

That's all I got for it.

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Not this year

Well...
It's Valentines Day once again. But I'm not going to rant about how it's just another greeting card holiday being pushed on us by the greeting card, jewelry, lingerie and chocolate industries. I'm beyond that.
I'll admit, having been in a relationship last year at this time made things pleasant for me. But I still hold to my position that we ought to show those that we truly love all the love we deeply hold for them on a daily basis. Do I fail at this? Of course, or else I might have remained in the relationship I was in last year. Or, not - because there were other factors for why that one came apart. But I'm still convinced that a few trinkets of jewelry, a sentimental card, and a box of chocolates are no substitute for the everyday assurances that the someone that your with has you in their heart always.
Give someone a hug today. Tell someone you love them. Don't let those you care about wonder about your feelings for them. Show yourself to them, today, and each day afterwards. I promise, you won't be disappointed.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Squishing chipmunks

I'm sure that title has everybody wondering...

I've been training to do something different at work for the last couple of weeks. It's been enjoyable since I'm always happy to learn something new.
Well, with the new training comes new machinery to learn how to operate. One of which is called a Sonic Welder. I don't really know what it does, except to say that it's a press type device that seals, sonically - and without chemicals or heat, two pieces of plastic. And that's the machine that is the inspiration for this post.
You see, when I push the buttons to activate the machine and seal the plastic parts I'm working with, it makes this brief squeaking noise. And when one of my co-workers - who is not familiar with what I'm currently doing - asked me what that noise was, I told her what I was doing. But I followed it up by saying that it kinda sounds like I'm squishing chipmunks. She agreed. But then another of our co-workers chimed in;
C-W: "And you know what squishing chipmunks sound like... how? You've had some experience with it?"
M+: "I plea the 5th!"

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Quote for 2/12/08

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."
John Ruskin

This guy must not have (had) a driver's license...

Just thought I toss this one out there in light of today's weather.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

We're back at it

Well, JT and I did another Geek-n-Tell night. No Emo Bob since he's still grounded. But it seems that our Geek-n-Tell podcast isn't going to remain as it was originally intended. At present, the original idea of our M & T Show podcast has been taken over by our Geek-n-Tell podcast. Which is OK by me since I was having a hard time trying to figure out how I was going to come up with material for two podcasts. Now it is no longer an issue.
We began our night with dinner. Vincents. My how delicious this was...

It's been awhile since I've been to Vincents. This first slice was a long awaited treat for me.

Afterwards, we returned to church to watch Escape from New York and Escape from LA. I'm not going to discuss anything about them here since we talk about them in the podcast. JT should have it posted sometime on Monday.
But this time we didn't stay focused on the movies. We let the conversation ramble off into whichever direction it wanted to go. And boy, does our "geek cred" shine in this one. We talked for almost an hour about a lot of different stuff. But don't worry, we're not expecting everyone to listen to us ramble on for that long. JT will edit it down to a more reasonable amount of time.
OK, that's all I have to say for tonight. I'm gonna go post my pics to our Geek-n-Tell blog.

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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Quote for 2/9/08

"We are what we believe we are."
C. S. Lewis

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Friday, February 08, 2008

Now that was rather unusual

Since I'm by myself this weekend, I decided to treat myself out to dinner. So I went to the Golden Corral. While I was there, I happened to overhear a conversation at the table next to me. Something that one of the two guys said just made me bust out laughing. Something to do with the upcoming elections, and if Hillary gets elected the rest of the world would have to be scared to death for at least one week out of every month.
Anyways, after I laughed at this sentiment, the two guys decided to invite me into their conversation. Or should I say that the one who was leading the direction of the conversation invited me into it. Topics ranged from a great many things, but nothing truly substantive. We really just skimmed the surface of each of the topics. And yet I felt as if I was meant to be having this conversation.
As it turned out the guy who invited me into the discussion has been unemployed for a few months and doesn't really have any prospects at the moment. As we talked he mentioned having a few degrees. So I offered up Respironics. I know for a fact that there are several positions open throughout our organization, and wondered if he might be qualified for any of them.
He was somewhat hesitant, but I told him to check out the website to see if there was anything that catches his eye. He took down my name so he could say that I refered him. And I was OK with that since I could stand to get a little bonus if he gets hired.
When we left, I felt as if I had found out why I was supposed to be having that conversation. Lately I have been living in a place of being open to be used by God in whatever way He sees fit. I've grown accustomed to just letting the Spirit lead me to wherever I'm supposed to be - like the table next to these two guys. And it's been amazing to see some of the things that are happening. I've been so richly blessed lately by seeing how God is using my willingness to just be available. And the more I open myself up to be used, the more God uses me. And the more willing I am to be open, the better it gets each time.
Now, I'm not saying that I know that this guy is gonna get a job at Respironics. But at least I've given him something to look into that he hadn't considered before. And that may have been all he really needed tonight.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008

It makes me wonder

It's kinda strange that 3 different people hit my blog today wondering "is suicide is the Unforgivable Sin?" (or some such question). At least, that's what my sitemeter tells me. It is a topic that I've posted about before. And I've seen it show up on various searches since I originally shared my thoughts on the subject. But three times in one day? Makes me wonder if there's an epidemic or just a lot of people who are concerned about their eternal soul.
I'm used to people hitting my blog as they search for ways of coping with unrequited love. Siince that, too, is something I've posted about. And I've seen it get hit several times in a day. That one I understand, but suicide or committing the Unforgivable Sin?
Perhaps this is more of a statement on the condition of the world. Are we so filled with fear by the goings-on throughout the world, that we worry about the Last Days (as so many believe that we're living in)? Or are we seeing a spiritual awakening that is manifesting itself in a genuine concern for whether someone has crossed over some unseen line that will dictate their eternal destiny?
I really don't know. But whichever it is, I hope that my thoughts have been able to help them to find the answers that they're looking for.

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Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Quote for 2/6/08

"You must have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by; but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by."
James M. Barrie

Or perhaps, some hours are so golden because we allow others to slip by?

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Quotes from 1/2008

Sorry, but there was only one quote for the entire month since my computer died on Christmas.

Quote for 1/28/08

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Brothers

Had an unexpected visit from Emo Bob today.
I bought the "boy wonder" a "pay-as-you-go" cell phone two weeks ago. But the genius left the charger and manuals at my house before returning to his mother's - and subsequently, getting himself grounded for the next two weeks.
Anyways, him and his mother stopped by tonight to pick-up an armouir that's been sitting in my living room since she left. Unfortunately, Cowboy didn't take both back seats out of the van. So they couldn't get the armouir to fit.
Needless to say, the armouir is still sitting in my living room.
But none of this has anything to do with the title of this post. So I'll move on to that now that the background information has been processed.
In coming to visit, Emo Bob and his mother brought the baby with them. His name is Sammy, but I can't resist calling him Stewie. And when you look at the pic below, I'm sure you'll understand why - unless of course, you've never seen Stewie from Family Guy.



So this is Emo Bob and Stewie; brothers, at least by half. I have to admit, I kinda like the little guy. He's cute and well tempered, and he chuckles whenever he sees me.
Ya know, you'd think it'd be harder for me to handle my Ex coming around with the kid that resulted from her infidelity. But I'm actually pretty cool with it. I guess this just goes to show how well I've been able to avoid the kind of resentment that can well-up after a divorce.
Makes me thankful to God for helping me get through the rough spots.

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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Su - weeeeet !!!

NY Giants: 17
NE Patriots: 14

Still more proof that Jesus loves me.

And on less of a gloating note;
Weren't some of the commercials awesome.
The E-Trade baby was hilarious, both times. The Doritos mousetrap/giant mouse made JT wish he could've been the guy in the mouse suit. The Career Builder wishing on a star commercial was sooooo not right, but sooooo funny. And the flying Bud Light guy, ouch!
I'm gonna hafta go to myspace and check out all of them again. I suggested that maybe JT and I could do a Geek-n-Tell post about the commercials later this week. We'll se what happens.

In any event, it was an incredible game. I'm glad I got to watch it with a bunch of friends at church. But now I'm gonna have a hard time figuring out what to do on a Sunday afternoon. At least until August.

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Go Giants !!!

I just wanted to say, with today being the big day, The Super Bowl, I'm really hoping that the Giants can upset the Patriot's winning season.
It isn't that I don't like the Patriots, or that I don't respect how great they are as a team. Nor is it a matter of feeling that they're too arrogant about how good they are. I'm more upset about the hype that seems to surround them.
I keep hearing that this is the best team in NFL history. And I'll be completely honest here, I don't think they could hold a candle to the undefeated Miami Dolphins of 72. And I certainly don't think they could've handled the Steeler dynasty of the late 70's. It was a different game back then. It was meaner back then, much more physical. There weren't as many rules to circumvent the hardcore beating that a brutal defense could dish out to a QB or a key receiver - and we all know that Randy Moss becomes fairly ineffective once he's taken a good hit.
Don't get me wrong. The Pats are a great team. But I really hope the Giants can put an end to all the hype that has been heaped on them. I know it's not their doing. I know it's the sports writers and everything else. But I also think it'd be nice to see the underdog take it all away.
Go Giants !!!

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Friday, February 01, 2008

Coooool, isn't the right word for it

For those of you who might be wondering why I'm posting at this time of the morning. It's because I woke up to this...





Perhaps some of you woke up to something similar?
In any event, I had to take a PTO day since this kind of ice makes it impossible for me to get off of my street. It wouldn't be so bad, but I live right in the middle of a hill. And I used to be able to go down the hill to get out onto Old Wm. Penn Hwy. But theres a culvert over a creek at the bottom of my street that collapsed back in the summer, and the boro never got around to fixing it. So now I'm trapped in my driveway until the temperature rises enough to thaw the road.
And I was actually gonna try for Perfect Attendance this year. Oh well, I guess I'll get back to my CD's now that I have an extra 8 hours. I might even take a nap today. WOOHOO !!!

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