Ye cannae change the laws of physics!

Ever have a train of thought that started somewhere, then progressed a bit, then spawned two or three other thoughts, which took on a life of their own, and all of them important, all of them relevant, and each and every one really important? Now what happens when that happens recursively and begins to stack up?

Think fractals.

Then make whatever you picture that to look like much bigger.

Cram it all into my head.

Add water. Bake at 350.

So it all started when at about 11:300 on Friday, our team at work gets word that at 9pm the power to both of our Continue reading Ye cannae change the laws of physics!

And everything is… yellow.

So today I went out and saw the spankin’ new The Simpsons Movie (2007).

I must confess, I’ve never been a huge fan of the yellow-skinned animated characters – they have cased me to smile now and then, but they were not “spectacular!” and “totally rad, dude!” to me.

Maybe it’s because the comedy influences I had when in developing years ranged from the old-time USA comedians (Jack Continue reading And everything is… yellow.

Wake up and smell…

Hey y’all.

The past week or so has been pretty hectic and disruptive to my “normal” way of life.

Things are starting to settle back into their pattern – at least until I interrupt it again – hopefully this time by choice.

Right before I left my last job (and my last country! 🙂 ), my pals from the office chipped in together and got me Continue reading Wake up and smell…

The circle.

My grandmother passed on yesterday afternoon, July 16th.

She was 95 years of age, and she was one tough lady.

She came over from Germany way back, when the world was in a pretty bad state of turmoil, and she managed to do some pretty amazing things. She raised my father and my uncle – mostly on her own. From the stories I hear now, I know that they two were no easy walk in the park.

It seems that she was a “True New Yorker” – didn’t take any flak from anyone, did her own thing, and tried to have a good time.

Continue reading The circle.

Do you believe in the power of monkey cheese?

Today has been a pretty active day for me.

It started off with the nice morning Central park scoot – thanks to NYCKickScooters (see a quickie video at the bottom of this post!) and the folks at Xootr (the Mg is awesome!) – and we did the regular loop of about 6.1 miles (or about 10km!).

As if that wasn’t enough, I left the group and stayed in Central park – right off Terrace Drive, there’s a clearing that bands play in and skaters of all kinds congregate to practice and show off. Some young punk band was there filming a video clip of themselves playing “music” on the stage – and they were pretty bad.

After hanging around for a bit, I decided to head Continue reading Do you believe in the power of monkey cheese?

Didn’t I promise you fireworks?

So today, being July 4th, the day the United States of America (not very united at the time) declared independence. Hooray!

Many years afterwards, this is celebrated virtually everywhere in the US of A, as everything pretty much shuts down, parades are done, cookouts and fairs are up, hotdogs and baseball, and to close the evening’s festivities, fireworks.

I had the pleasure of going to the South Street Seaport in Manhattan, after spending a nice day out in River Edge, New Jersey, with the aunt, uncle & cousin. We had a good time, and after I got back into the city and got some Continue reading Didn’t I promise you fireworks?

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.

The quote in the title is an old Chinese proverb I found interesting, and decided to act on that.

Do you have a question that you want answered?

Are you dying to know what other people think about a certain subject, idea, or just bored?

I propose to start asking people in New York City a question or two, film them on camera, for a week. Then, compose their responses into a short clip and show it to you.

I will take suggestions for questions on this post, and if you like someone else’s suggestion, respond to their post with your vote.

What do you think?

Oh, yeah, and Happy Independence Day.