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October 27, 2005

Drinking Buddy Bald Eagle

Drinking Buddy Bald Eagle

No clever captions necessary.

Visit the Bald Eagle section of the Reclining Pig store now!

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October 25, 2005

Bald Eagle 2.0

New in the Bald Eagle section of the Reclining Pig store:

The World's Strongest Bald Eagle

Currently available in Fitted T-shirt, Ringer T, and Women's Tank Top.

The World's Strongest Bald Eagle

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October 24, 2005

Lots of movie reviews

Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
This is one of the best movies of the year, and certainly the funniest. Also the silliest, cutest, and most clever. How that dog can make so many hilarious faces using only 2 eyes and a brow is a true miracle of animation. The voices are great, including Helena Bonham Carter in another sweet and not at all creepy role for animation and Ralph Fiennes as a comical bad guy and my favorite, Nicholas Smith, as the Reverend ("Beware the mooooon.") The jokes are funny, the bunnies are so cute, and the take-offs on monster movies are brilliant.

Here's a movie that takes itself way too seriously, evidenced by an obtrusively swelling score, oh-so-emotional slow motion shots, deliberate pacing and unnecessary voice-overs. It's unnecessarily self-important, considering that the final few minutes seem to agree that the events portrayed in the prior 80 minutes will be "gotten over" and forgotten before long. I'm sure that to Claire Danes' shopgirl, the events were very serious, but as an audience member, I would have preferred a little more of the comic relief from Jason Schwartzman's goofy character.

A History of Violence
In the end, it doesn't add up to all that much, and the beginning is a little slow, but at least it provides an entertaining story and a couple surprises. And it is at the top of the scenes-of-the-year list with several amazing fight scenes. Viggo Mortensen is believable as both the whimpy guy who's put violence behind him and the maniac who's a killing machine.

Good Night and Good Luck
Too much documentary, too much political message, too preachy, not enough entertainment. Also, not enough context for those of us who aren't old enough to have lived through the Communist witch-hunt. Besides that, it was expertly directed and well acted, and it does exactly what it sets out to do very well.

The Squid and the Whale
This is a very well written and well acted (especially by Jeff Daniels as a self-absorbed elitist and terrible parent) tale of a divorce and its effects on the two children. It has moments of humor, but to me, it was relentlessly disturbing and ultimately depressing. I prefer to just watch Viggo Mortensen beat the crap out of bad guys or claymation rabbits and dogs do anything.

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October 22, 2005

Bald Eagle is here!

Ladies and gentleman, boys and girls... Presenting the newest addition to the Reclining Pig store: Mr. Bald Eagle. Patriotic and beloved by all, he is sure to be the biggest thing since, well, since Reclining Pig.

Buy your Eagle shirts now!

And watch for Bald Eagle Lifting Weights, Bald Eagle Drinking Beer, and Bald Eagle on Cell Phone -- all coming soon.

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October 21, 2005

Tales from the Lottery

Is it just me or are there always interesting stories about the lottery and lottery winners? This week's gigantic Powerball lottery brings a couple more...

How stupid can people get?
Answer: very. I read a story earlier this year about a lottery drawing in which an abnormally high number of people matched all but one number. Fearing foul play, the lottery people investigated. It turned out hundreds of people had played the same lottery numbers because they'd found them on a fortune cookie fortune. (The fortune writers apparently only use a few different sets of lucky numbers when printing thousands of fortunes.) What these lucky second-place winners didn't seem to realize, though, was that had they won the jackpot, they would have had to share it with all the other brainiacs who picked those numbers.
Now comes an even more incredible (actually, sadly, very credible) story about the Powerball lottery. About 840 geniuses played the same numbers -- a mythical set of numbers with great power -- from the TV show Lost. On the show, one of the characters won the lottery using the numbers, and the numbers have become one of the big mysteries of the series. Of course, you knew a bunch of weak-minded souls would go out and bet those numbers. Had the numbers miraculously come up in the Powerball lottery, each of these "winners" would have taken home a few thousand of the 340 million dollar prize.

Finally, in "rich get richer" news, New Hampshire senator Judd Gregg was one of the 47 runners-up in the lottery, winning over $850 thousand. What is amazing, considering his public servant status and his well-known millionaire status, is that he has not yet pledged to give all of the winnings to charity. In New Hampshire, we Live Free or Die, and no one's gonna tell me what to do with my hard-earned lottery winnings.

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October 20, 2005

TV Season review

Just in time for November sweeps, it's my review of the TV season so far...

It is truly impressive how consistently intense, supsenseful, and surprising this show has been in its first few episodes. If they can keep it up, this could be the most exciting season of any TV show ever. The lead actor is great and I know he had to spend hours in makeup every day working on that ridiculous tattoo. OK, it requires a bit of suspension of disbelief, but it's worth it.

I fear this will be the last season, which is sad, because it's just getting funnier and funnier. I'm not surprised people don't watch this show -- it requires serious concentration to catch all the jokes, gags, puns, and riffs. But it pays off. A lawyer named Bob Loblaw (say it fast). A Sunday brunch at a restaurant called "Skip Church's" and a Friday night drink at a bar called "Miss Temple's". A man bragging that he was both an "analyst" and a "therapist" and putting on his business card "anal-rapist". Laugh out loud funny every week.

Other new shows I'm watching:
Invasion -- The best of the new alien shows. Gets the creepy mood just right and seems to be moving just fast enough, with just enough mystery.
How I Met Your Mother -- This one's borderline, but I like the optimistic tone and I have an irrational liking for Neal Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser).
The Adam Carolla Project -- It's on TLC and it's Adam Carolla (who, despite The Man Show, is actually very funny) and a team of misfits renovating a house. It's really funny, and also quite a happy tone that I like.

Returning shows:
Lost -- Well-crafted yet frustrating as always, so I've given up and just decided to keep watching and stop caring that nothing's happening and there are no answers.
Smallville -- I'm a sucker for Superman. I'm the type to get excited that they're having Aquaman on tonight's episode and he'll be wearing orange and green, just like on the old Superfriends cartoons.
Gilmore Girls -- This show is as outstanding as ever. Well written with story arcs that really seem to flow naturally. Rory and Lorelai being estranged is great, especially since you know by the end of the season they'll have a huge thawing/reunion. However, the writers have turned the one decent male character (Luke) into one of the testosterone-lacking Milquetoasts all men fear we are already for watching this show.

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October 19, 2005

Owly's Pet Peeves

Remember Owly the Inquisitive Owl? He stopped by to drop off his list of Top 10 Pet Peeves. (PS - Owly clothes available here.) Owly T-shirt for Kids

Owly's Top 10 Pet Peeves
10. Tall people in the front at concerts
9. People asking him how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
8. Cell phone use in the forest
7. The sun makes it hard to sleep during the daytime
6. $9 cocktails that are too weak
5. No news about owls in the newspaper
4. Not having hands
3. Why Batman? Why not Owlman?
2. When you eat a mouse and it has something gross in its stomach
1. People who don't use turn signals

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October 17, 2005 is here!

OK, well, it's kind of here. At least, it's started to become here. But you can all set your bookmarks and come back often to see the progress. Enjoy.

Prepare for the future of the Internets!

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October 06, 2005

Sumo in Vegas, Baby!

I am off to Las Vegas this weekend for the big Vegas Sumo tournament! I will be seeing sights like this:

Now those are what I call Whales!

And how can I not play blackjack (or is it burakkujakku?) on a table that looks like this?

Asashoryu -- Blackjack Yokozuna

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October 05, 2005

Good things come to those who wait.

A few months back, I think I was searching for a picture of pigs swimming and couldn't find a good one.

Serendipity brought me this in the news today...

Look at those pigs swim!

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October 04, 2005

Pictures from my company retreat

Went on a company retreat a few weeks ago...

Spider-Josh, Spider-Josh, does whatever a spider...
Here I am making like Crazy Climber. Yes, I made it to the top.

Product Marketing team or Big Chill for the 90's -- you be the judge
With some people on my team: (from left) Kristina, Eileen, Debbie, Me, and Chris.

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October 03, 2005


Note to self: Never go see another movie based on a play.

The movie PROOF is another example of a play adapted and expanded into a screenplay, but maintaining the same stage dialogue that renders it unnatural and uninvolving as a film. You can't fault the adapter (whether it's the original playwright or not) for keeping the dialogue -- it's the dialogue that made the play successful in the first place. But where stage audiences expect people to speak in metaphysical truths and bring emotional power to every single scene, in a movie it always just makes me say "people don't really talk like that."

There are 3 themes to Proof. The first is a sort of suspense-filled thriller about an actual mathematical proof. There are those people who will say a mathematical proof cannot provide suspense or even interest. I'd have to side with those people. A small part of the movie is a love story between Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Gyllenhall. This was the part I thought worked the best, but was underplayed (on purpose, I suppose, as it's only there to bring out the 2 main themes.)

The main theme is the question of whether the main character has inherited her father's tendency toward madness, whether she is in fact crazy herself. Though played very well by Gyllenhall and Hope Davis as Paltrow's sister, Paltrow never seems to show the fear herself. She is a little too confident that she isn't crazy and does more reacting to the betrayal of her boyfriend and her sister than to any inward conflict.

The people who probably most appreciate adaptations of plays are movie actors and actresses, because they get to display more "art" with stage dialogue. The performances here, except for Anthony Hopkins, who doesn't show much madness or genius as the father, are very good. Hope Davis is great as the sister who worries about her sister, but isn't close enough to do much about it. And Gwyneth Paltrow is terrific, just barely failing to hide her feelings of guilt and relief at the death of her father.

However, as an MIT graduate, I can confidently say there are not any theoretical mathematicians as good looking as Gwyneth Paltrow or Jake Gyllenhall. Sorry, doesn't happen.

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