Brooklyn Bridge

November 30, 2009 at 7:00am • 6 comments

Tourists are just about the most annoying thing about growing up and living in NYC; so much so, that I try to steer clear of touristy spots most of the time. However, when I heard that the Brooklyn Bridge was to undergo repairs in late 2009, I actually got off my butt and made a trip to see it before the repairs made it all pretty. I also combed through my photo archives to see what other photos I had of it…

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Top 10 Movie Flops of the Decade

The Hollywood Reporter lists the top 10 movie flops of the decade.

I’ve seen four of them and gave them an average rating of 1.875 stars out of five. I completely forgot that “Battlefield Earth” was part of this decade.

The Microsoft Network Beta T-shirt

November 24, 2009 at 12:00am • One comment

A number of years ago my father taught me how to shine my shoes using an old T-shirt or rag to apply the polish. As I was shining my shoes this evening, it dawned on me that the old T-shirt I was using was about 14 years old and was related to a very old service of Microsoft.

In 1995, as part of the run-up to Windows 95, Microsoft introduced something called “The Microsoft Network” as a competitor to AOL. I don’t remember the specifics, but anyone could be part of “The Microsoft Network” beta test program, and if you were, you got a T-shirt after the beta was over (in those days, the beta periods were quite short and had actual end dates).

It seems that after I wore out the T-shirt, it volunteered to continue it’s service as a shoe polish rag. So, to celebrate its nearly 15 years of service to me, I present to you The Microsoft Network beta tester T-shirt in all it’s glory. Shoe polish splotches included free of charge.

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Autocompleteme

You know when you go to Google and start typing in the search field, how it attempts to autocomplete what you’re typing with popular searches other’s have done? Well, some of them are freaking hilarious, and thankfully, someone has put together a site to show off the best ones.

I gotta warn you…don’t drink anything while reading some of these. In fact, it’s probably best to vacate your bowels prior to reading them as well.

Mmmvelopes

From the people who brought us Baconnaise comes Mmmvelopes, envelopes with bacon flavored glue.

It may not help me over my Envelopophobia, but I may start paying bills by check again.

Freedom Tower construction site to get a Subway

The Freedom Tower construction site will have its very own Subway shop. It will be built inside a shipping container-like structure and fixed atop one of the cranes, rising with the building. It will even include a bathroom.

PA spokesman Steve Coleman said having the concession near the top of the construction project would speed up the work.

“This will allow construction workers to stay in the tower throughout their shift rather than having to go up and down,” Coleman said.

Buy A Beer Company

Want to own part of Pabst? Pledge as little as $5.00, and if they raise $300 million, they’ll make an offer and you’ll get a certificate and a bottle of beer.

Woman calls 9-1-1 to report herself as drunk driver

A woman called 9-1-1 to report a drunk driver: herself.

According to the released 911 tape, Mary Strey of Granton, Wisc., called the emergency number on Oct. 24 at about 11:20 p.m. and reported “Somebody’s really drunk driving down Granton Road.” The dispatcher tried to determine which way the reported driver was headed and asked Strey “Okay are you behind them, or…”

Strey responded, “No, I am them.”

The dispatcher verified, “You am them?”

“Yes, I am them,” replied Strey.

“Okay, so you want to call and report that you’re driving drunk?” confirmed the dispatcher.

“Yes,” Strey answered.

The dispatcher then directed Strey to stop driving and pull over.

I think this is exactly where MADD needs to take their anti-drunk driving campaign next.

P.S. “You am them?” Is that how they speak in Wisconsin?

MTV erects wall to block view of U2’s free concert to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall

How ironic: U2 is holding a free concert in Berlin to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. MTV, which is organizing the concert, erected a 2-meter tall metal barrier “wall” to prevent those without tickets from seeing the concert.

The music network MTV, which organized Thursday’s concert, said it worked with the local promoter, the city and Berlin police to install a temporary fence “around the site to ensure the safety and security of the attendees at the event as well as residents and businesses in the area.”

I guess the original Berlin Wall was erected to ensure the safety and security of the residents and businesses in the area?

100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do

The New York Times has a two part series on the 100 Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do (part two is here).

I thought a lot of them were just common sense, but I’m starting to learn that common sense isn’t that common.

5. Tables should be level without anyone asking. Fix it before guests are seated.

58. Do not bring judgment with the ketchup. Or mustard. Or hot sauce. Or whatever condiment is requested.