Friday, February 6, 2009

What does this even mean?

Campbell Brown's role at CNN is to "tell it like it T-I-S" and sometimes it works for me, and sometimes she sounds like Andy Rooney. Today she has a quick editorial about members of Congress going to retreats (as if they don't see each other in D.C.) in these economic times. (Editorial here.)

This quote has me a little confused:

And at the very least, members of Congress, don't any of you get how bad this looks, how terrible the optics are?

What the fuck are "the optics?" If they are the way this looks, she just FUCKING said that in the same sentence... "don't you see how bad this looks and how terrible this looks?" Someone please take away her thesaurus for a few days.

Or at least explain "optics" to me. Maybe I'm dumb. It's happened before.

Can't tell if this is brilliant or evil

Why not both?!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Probably not.


The second stupidest thing at the mall today

Someone somewhere made a decision to merchandise this ensemble with green file folders in the background. I guess green signifies spring, and maybe the file folders signify "wear to work" but it reminds me of Trading Spaces when an unlucky couple would end up with a wall covered in hay. Or file folders.

By the way, the stupidest thing at the mall today is the free t-shirt offer from Juicy Couture. A free woman's t-shirt with a purchase of $250 or more in regular priced merchandise. I wonder how quickly they will run out.

Lyric of the day

"Baby cried the day the circus came to town"

- Don't Cry Out Loud by Peter Allen and, I don't know, let's say Carole Bayer Sager

Oh snap of the day

At a concert last week in Seattle, legendary crooner Etta James slammed Beyonce for serenading President Obama with her signature song.

"I tell you that woman he had singing for him, singing my song, she gonna get her ass whupped," James told an audience at the Paramount Theatre, sarcastically calling her "The great Beyonce."

James didn't finish there.

"I can't stand Beyonce," she spit out on an audio clip posted on, adding that Beyonce "had no business ... singing my song that I been singing forever."

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I win again!

Today's 419 scam:

Your Email has won you $250,000.00 from the Microsoft Online lottery,please contant Mr James Mark for your winngs via Email with the following:1. Full Name.2. Country.3. Contact Address.4.Mobile 5. Fax Number.6. Marital Status.7. Occupation...8. Age...9. Sex..10. Amount Won.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

I love 419 scam emails

Here is today's email. He's being used as an "escape goat"... bless his heart.

My name is JEROME KERVIEL, a STOCKBROKER in charge of VANILLA FUTURES HEDGING FOR EUROPEAN EQUITY MARKETS with Societe Generale Bank Paris France. I got your contact through cross border business information centre situated here in Paris and picked interest on you after going through your profile for a mutual benefit.

I don’t know if you have been conversant with invents lately as regards to my case with my bank (Societe Generale), if you are unaware, please point your cursor on the following TIMESONLINE associate web-link to be better briefed:


From the above, you will understand that I was accused of losing 7.1 Billion Dollars of my bank in a bad investment I made illegally while serving my bank.

The truth of the matter is that I was used as an escape goat to cover my superiors who happens to be the master minders over the deal. Our bank Societe Generale has insurance premium worth three times the sum reported to be lost, with French National Insurance Commission and they sees no other way of claiming the sum to favor the bank financially other than using me to cover the plot. The deal was successful following a reward of USD 32,500,000:00 (Thirty Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) to me.

The above sum was successfully secured into a security/finance company here in France according to my superior’s directives, but I do not have an international contact to assist me in accommodating the funds until I am able to file in my resignation and contact you back to take my share.

So I write to seek your assistance to accommodate and invest the sum as stated above for me temporarily while I prepare to take my resignation in the near future. I have been warned by my superiors not to lodge the said sum into an account that will bear my name as that will jeopardize the whole transaction and possibly expose all.

If you are interested to help me accommodate and invest this sum, please provide me with your name and address in full including your telephone numbers, so I may forward to my lawyers in South Wales United Kingdom for your introduction, as I would not like to make myself noticed in this transaction for security and confidential reasons, and is for this purpose I have nominated you to be my trustee for the receivership and investment of the funds on my behalf. Although my lawyers would want to verify and screen the authenticity of your profile due to the sensitive nature of the transaction before further details of it can be relayed to you.

I plead for your ultimate cooperation in this venture and am looking forward to your urgent reply.


Jerome Kerviel.

The views from my walk at lunch

I think you'll agree it's a beautiful day here.

Sam Adams interview with Out

The interview is here.

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The view from my walk to get coffee

Quote of the day

In order to ensure harmony, Libras avoid everyone.


Monday, February 2, 2009

Perfect score

CNN's really simple Oscar trivia game.

The view from my ride home: secret #38 (on bus #44)

I didn't write this, but thought it was worth sharing.

When I'm in an altered state of mind I miss him even more


Boomer with the toy.

And Boomer playing catch.

Charlotte and Harry in Orlando

Charlotte spinning. I feel old.

And here's Harry.

Playing catch up on last week: driving to Laura's

I-4 west bound from Daytona to Orlando. Boring, but in a good way. Not over-run with outlet malls or tourist attractions. Yet.

"You gotta spend some time with me"
Music: Death Cab for Cutie "I Will Possess Your Heart"

Mailmen get over yourselves

As long as it's free...

The views from my morning commute

Gracie watching me get ready to go. I think she's wary of me leaving for another trip.

And this greeted me on my walk to the bus. A great morning here.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

People and pets I saw on my trip

John; Pam, Chad, Ella, Henry & Luna; Kim, John, Faye, Jack & Nightlite; Jill; Mike; Jackie, Matt & Baxter; Christopher; Vinay; and Gracie, Carl & Brandon all in the greater metro Atlanta area.

Greg, Jeremy, Vilma, Christina (and son Liam), Tony, Matt, Ken, Rob, Lindsay, Joe, Bruce and Scott at work in Atlanta.

Mom & Nana; Laura, Henry, Charlotte & Boomer; Dad & Nan; and Mark & Lisa in the central Florida area.

I document this not to impress anyone, just to remind myself.

Reasons not to envy my trip to Florida

1. The train about 10 yards from my bed.

2. The local news of Orlando.

3. The not-always-exciting company (dad and grandma sleeping during Days of Our Lives).

Home with my babies

Here's me with Gracie.

The view from my flight home (the last of 3 legs)

The best part of flying home from the east is being welcomed by Mt. Hood.