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He’s not undead, just unsober…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Not a zombie. Just a drunk.

First step: We teach the rural Germans about Halloween. Second step: We teach them to leave the zombies alone. They’ll need this information some day.

(Via The Morning News)

Hey, I know that guy.

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | No Comments

I’ve been following the flap over the new NYC Taxi logo for the last week. (Series starts here, if you’re so inclined to play along.)

The logo the city decided on really is an abomination. Design should never be decided on by a committee. It never ends well. (And this is a perfect example of that.) So the Times asked designers to weigh in. Some offered alternatives, with mixed results. Why people decide they need to get fancy is beyond me. If you’re in NY and need a cab, you’re looking for a yellow car with a lantern on top. Everything else is just window dressing at best, and confusion for the international visitors at worst. However, I get that the yellow part might be problematic for the colorblind, so a logo for the cabs isn’t the worst thing. That said, simple is best.

Then the Times asked readers to submit logo ideas. Eight designs have come in so far. I had discussions yesterday with two different people on the design suggestions (which means I looked at that page a lot yesterday). Didn’t notice until someone posted on our intranet today, though, that the top design was submitted by one of our creative directors here at work. (D’oh! Way to read for details, Anne.) His design’s my second-favorite of the reader-submitted versions. (He’s right — it would look good on a t-shirt.) Sorry, Scotty, but Richard R. nails it. He’s got my vote for best design out of all submitted, designer and reader. It’s got everything you need: the word “taxi,” the rates and even the official NYC logo. Extra bonus: a nice little reminder of the Checker cab days. Well, done.

Now let’s hope the city sees the brilliance in it and scraps the one they’ve chosen. (I know — fat chance. But I can hope for the best.)

Light(house) at the end of the construction tunnel

Monday, October 22nd, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan, You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Hooray! After years of renovation, the North Point Lighthouse is finally almost ready to open. Construction on the keeper’s quarters finishes this month. There’s a formal ribbon cutting/dedication for media, dignitaries, etc. and an open house for volunteers in mid-November. Hopefully everything will be open to the general public shortly thereafter. Landscaping won’t be done until spring, but that’s ok. It’ll look a zillion times better without dumpsters and construction equipment in the yard, so no one will really notice until then.

Guess I’d better get to brushing up on my lighthouse history, or I’ll be the world’s least-useful docent.

We’ll miss you, Max

Sunday, October 21st, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

RIP, Packers legend, Max McGee.

I only met Max once (he was funny and nice and chatted with me like we’d knew each other), but he was the voice of my Sunday afternoons for about 20 years. I didn’t know him at all, other than as a local celeb, but this still kind of feels like someone I know has died. My condolences to his family and friends. He’ll be missed.

Two stories involving moms

Tuesday, October 16th, 2007 | Bloggity goodness, You Call This News? | No Comments

There’s really no connection between these two items, except that someone’s mom was involved in both, and I think they’re both interesting. But since it’s my blog, that’s a good enough reason to make them both part of the same post. (I’m drunk with power. Can’t you tell?)

Mom ships 80,000 cans of Silly String to troops
If only they were going to use the Silly String instead of guns to fight the war. No one dies. Everything is brightly colored when you’re finished. And worst case scenario, you have to do a little repainting where the Silly String stained things. Sure beats the other kind of war.

A little customer service goes a long, long way
I’ve always liked Zappos and I’ve ordered from them before with good results. This story ensures they’ll be the first place I look next time I’m thinking of getting some new shoes. I feel good supporting companies with that kind of class.

He’s certainly got opinions

Monday, October 15th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 2 Comments

Steven Colbert writes Maureen Dowd’s column this week. Very entertaining.

Somehow I think that whenever I see Fred Thompson on Law & Order from now on, I’ll think “Appalachian catfish wrestler.”

Last call…kind of

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 | Cocktail Hour, You Call This News? | 4 Comments

If you’re a fan of Art Altenburg’s Concertina Bar, you’ll want to get over there in the next couple weeks. Sure, the bar will still be there after that, but Art won’t be and the new owner’s letting in accordians. (Are there no standards any more? Sheesh.) (Kidding. I really don’t care.) (But for those of you who are wondering what the difference is: concertina vs. accordion.) (Ok. I’m done with parentheses now.) (Or maybe now.)

I haven’t been to Art’s in ages, but I think I’ll need to make a stop in before Art leaves. Just won’t be the same without him.

If I were ever going to propose to someone…

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

in a photo booth would so be the way to do it.

White flour?

Friday, September 28th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 7 Comments

This story about Knoxville’s response to a Klan rally cracked me up. That’s fantastic.

(Link shamelessly stolen from Vidiot.)

Yay, TV!

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I just watched my friend Tony win $1400 on Cash Cab: After Dark on the Discovery Channel. (It’s CC:AD episode #8 if you’re lookin’ for a replay.)

Way to go, Tony (and Sam for the shout-out help).

Follow-up questions for Tony:
1) How long is your cab ride delayed by filling out forms and waivers and such?
2) Did you invite Ben to come try his luck at your trivia game? :)

Maybe it’s a contest for their readers

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

Someone’s asleep at the copy desk

(Thanks to coworker, Dennis, for the tip.)

We should get the day off

Monday, September 24th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 8 Comments

Happy National Punctuation Day!

Lennie gets his street

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 4 Comments

From today’s New York Times:

“A section of 53rd Street in Midtown was named for the actor Jerry Orbach yesterday, six months after his widow started a campaign for the honor. The Transportation Department unveiled the street sign at the intersection of 53rd Street and Eighth Avenue, where Mr. Orbach lived in an apartment for more than 20 years. Mr. Orbach, best known for playing Detective Lennie Briscoe on television’s ‘Law & Order,’ died in December 2004 at age 69.”

Yay! I was hoping that would go through.

Guess we know where future generations of Fantastiks cast members can go to get their photos taken. :)

Meet the Natives

Thursday, September 13th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

I sure hope Britain’s Channel 4 decides to put this documentary miniseries on dvd some day. I would love to see it. It’s quite the interesting little anthropological experiment.

But Prince Philip? Really? Oh, dear.

(via The Morning News)

September 11

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

First: Happy birthday, Mr. Timmy. Hope it’s a good one. Since you’re not here, Christyl & I can’t come by for our annual “chase Pajamas around the apartment” fest. You’ll have to put her pink boa on her and chase her around for us. (Though with those stitches in your leg, maybe you’d better just pet her and throw her a Milk Bone or something.)

Second (and far sadder): 110 Stories. DC and Pennsylvania, I’m thinking of you all, too.

And only 19 years later!

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 | You Call This News? | No Comments

Gawker’s correction of the week

Thanks to m@ for the heads up. The comments are priceless.

Brilliant, but underrated

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 3 Comments

Lesser-known novels from both sides of the Atlantic that you should consider reading, chosen by critics and authors.

I’ve not heard of most of the books chosen by the English, but I’ve read a few of the American choices (in fact, I’m reading Ali Smith’s The Accidental right now). So far, the ones I’ve read have all been worth the time. I’m hoping I’ll find a few others out of these lists that pique my interest. One can never have too many books to read. (However, when it comes to moving day, “too many books” is an entirely different thing.)

(Via The Morning News)

A sad day for Irish music

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007 | You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I just got news that Tommy Makem passed away Wednesday. It’s a horrible loss to the Irish music community (and just the community in general, as he was a genuinely nice man), but there’s a little part of me that is happy in the knowledge that he’s no longer suffering with the cancer.

Rest well, Tommy. We sure will miss seeing you every August at the Fest.

(For those of you in the Dover, NH area, there will be a wake Mon-Wed and a funeral mass on Thurs. And for those of you in Ireland, I’m sure there will be plans for a memorial there also. I just don’t know what they are.)

Could always be worse

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007 | Design-y Bits, You Call This News? | 1 Comment

I was thinking my week was delighting in kicking me more often than it should and I was a little bummed about it. Then I saw the news of the bridge collapse up in Minneapolis and decided maybe my week wasn’t really all that bad. Thoughts and condolences go out to everyone involved in that. So far, the fatalities are remarkably few, considering the damage in the photos I’ve seen. Let’s hope it stays that way.

Update on Grandma: She’s still in ICU and still on a ventilator and sedated, but according to her respiratory therapist, she’s doing well with her breathing exercises and is doing some of the breathing on her own. No word yet on when she’ll be off her antibiotics or the vent, but the nurses I saw seemed pretty optimistic and made it sound like her pneumonia was getting better, so I’m taking that as a good sign.

Oh, and one last thing for Christyl: Since I keep forgetting to show you the necklace I got, it’s this panorama of Prague one. Lovely, no? I so want more of her stuff.

I have another theory

Thursday, July 26th, 2007 | You Call This News? | 11 Comments

Maybe Oscar the cat doesn’t predict death. Maybe he’s a serial killer. A tiny, furry serial killer. They should check the people who died, see if any of them have refused to open cat food cans for him recently.

Update: Yes! Someone made an Oscar lolcat!

Wait — this is going to lead to a dangerous trend in lolnews, isn’t it?