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May 17th, 2006
02:13 am

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insomnia
It's late. I'm dead tired, but can't seem to get to sleep. I have cut way back on the amount of soda I drink lately, and therefore my caffeine intake has gone down. Perhaps my tolerance is low and the can of mountain dew I had this afternoon did me in. My job has had me spending a lot of time in front of a computer lately, and somehow long shifts staring at the screen go hand in hand with mt. dew (to me).

Useless random trivia and stuff:

-The three races that make up the Triple Crown are the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. I heard that once, 7 years ago, and thought at the time "that'll come in handy some day, knowing that." But so far it hasn't. Still committed to memory though.

-Someone once told me that Dr. Pepper was prune flavored. Anyone know if this is true?

-I just learned that Chow Yun-Fat is in Pirates of the Carribbean 3, as an Asian Pirate Captain. 2007, you can't come soon enough.

-This week I got one of the coolest pieces yet for my Star Wars Bathroom collection. I got it cheap, and what is cool is that it's something that I believed existed, though I'd never heard of one, seen it, even heard rumor that it existed. I only speculated that it must exist. And it does. And now I have it.

-I love National Comment and listen to every new sketch as it comes out (I get it via iTunes, unless I get an advance copy sent to me from one of the writers). But more than any other sketch, I've listened to "Men-Paws" over and over again, because of the word "pooper." I hope that as we all watch NC's meteoric rise, a side benefit is that "pooper" reenters our lexicon.

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May 11th, 2006
11:41 pm

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Ok, I'm finally sick of the Vegas ad campaign "What Happens Here, Stays Here."

I think they should keep the same ads, but make the tag "Lie all you want. We'll make more."

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April 15th, 2006
02:59 pm

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O Canada
Thursday I flew from CA to Ottawa, Canada for the Canadian Improv Games (CIG) National Tournament. This is my second year teaching there, and I know a good deal of the kids since I also taught at the improv camp (Best Camp Ever!) run by CIG.

I got hassled coming through customs. Last year's trip was so uneventful, and I've travelled to canada so much in the last few years that I was caught off guard. I always bring my passport, get my story clear and have all my details, etc. But they really grilled me this time. I gave them the dates of the tournament and the immigration guy really scrutinized it. He looked up the venue website and they had a different end date than I gave him. He actually said "It says April 14. I have a hard time believing you when there is a discrepancy." I had to direct him to another website to verify that I had the dates right.

Finally, he passed me along to customs. Customs Canadienne seems to think I fit the profile of "porn smuggler" because I had to hand over my laptop and let them search it. The agent spent about 10 minutes searching my harddrive. They also made me hand over the digital camera and remove the memory card (which I've actually never done, it's been in there since I bought the camera).

It didn't occur to me until later that I don't even know what my rights are in that situation. The border guards (be they US or Canadian) just have all the power. You just have to bend over, I guess.

Current Location: La Capitale du Canada
Current Music: Margaret Cho

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March 31st, 2006
06:22 pm

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Mr. Cucumber's Hillbilly Noodle show
Check out this one night only Improv show if you're in Portland, Oregon or nearby...
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March 21st, 2006
11:10 am

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New Star Wars TV Series
I think this is gonna rock.... (via Slashdot by way of BBC News)

The series will be set between episodes three and four of the film saga. It would cover the 20 years in the life of Luke Skywalker growing up that remains a mystery to most film-goers. McCallum said there would be 'a whole bunch of new characters' and the series would be 'much more dramatic and darker.'

Young Luke Skywalker Chronicles? And I, for one, am hoping that when they say "more dramatic and darker" they mean WB-style, Dawson's Creek drama. Betting's open that Tosche Station is the "peach pit" of these kids corner of Tatooine

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March 9th, 2006
11:27 pm

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mmm... baseball.
I know the World Baseball Classic has its critics, but I like it. After Canada's surprise defeat of Team USA yesterday, the threat loomed today that they might not advance past the first round. I was thinking today that perhaps the best thing that could happen for the WBC is if America was left behind in the first round. It would be an embarrassment of sorts, and spur more pro's to participate next year. Plus I think it would throw some more of the spotlight on the non-US teams with MLB players on it (I just watched Piazza pop up to Pujols in the italy vs. Dominican Rep game, for example)

But Canada let Mexico score enough runs today that a three way tie is likely between US, CA, and Mexico that would serve the short end of the stick to the Canucks.

I like the multicultural-ism to the WBC. I find it, dare I say, very American. I know there are some fans who roll eyes over the qualification rules (if a parent or grandparent was born in a country, you can play for that country), but I like it.

Current Music: Italy vs Dominica Republic, bottom of the 2nd

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March 8th, 2006
11:33 pm

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The Lost Numbers and the Yankees
I'm to lazy to post this in any of the million of lost forums out there, so this is to no one in particular (except maybe zoomardav):

The Lost Numbers are NOT all retired Yankees numbers. There are 15 retired Yankees numbers (16 if you count #8 twice because it honors two players). The retired numbers are:

1 3 4 5 7 8 8 9 10 15 16 23 32 37 44 49

42 is retired by baseball, but the Yankees actually have the only active player to still wear 42.

5 of the 6 Lost numbers are retired yankees numbers. 5 of the 15 retired yankees numbers are Lost numbers.

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10:56 pm

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King Phillip came over for a furry lobster.
Tip of the hat to faeriez for posting about the new crustacean discovery. And how cool is it that Kiwa hirsuta gets its own Family! That species is a family of one.

I'm reminded now of the first joke I ever learned and memorized as a kid: Which of these doesn't belong?

a) a fish
b) a lobster
c) a chinese guy in a car wreck

The fish, because the other two are crustaceans ("crushed asians").

In other news, Canada beat America at America's pastime.

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March 6th, 2006
08:40 pm

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I'll mark this day in my calendar
Today, I declare myself officially a Sacramentan. Here's why...Collapse )

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March 2nd, 2006
11:16 pm

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What means spring?
There's a moment in Jack Gallagher's show (now running at B Street where I work) when he delivers a long section about being a Red Sox fan. Part of Jack's explanation of the fanaticism of Red Sox Nation comes from cold New England winters, praying for spring. He asks, "and what means spring? Baseball."

Yep. And spring has come early with the debut of the World Baseball Classic. Right now I'm watching the tape delay of Korea vs. Chinese Taipei. And boy is it tempting to stay up til 1:30am tonight to catch Japan vs China. Ichiro!

Yesterday, Stackhouse called me to confirm that I'm coming up for the M's opening day (yep), as tickets go on sale Saturday. The trio of myself, the Stack, and lightingguy will revive our tradition of going to the game together. On opening day I'll call my friend in New York, just like I always do in honor of my first game of the year, and wish him and his team a good season. And for the first time in his life or mine, his team will start the season as the champions. Here's hoping the M's make the playoffs and give me the longest season of my lifetime.

Current Music: the crack of the bat
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