Thursday, December 29, 2005

Why Am I Always The Last...

... to hear about this stuff?

Turns out, Sarah and I were thinking of going to L.A. dafka around that weekend!

Is L.A. anywhere near Long Beach?

(P.S. Check out an audio podcast featuring a crapload of my Bat Ayin rabbi homies... why are they being interviewed? What do they have to do with the Jewlicious at the Beach conference? Mmmmm....)

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Get Off My Train!!!

Well, looks like he'll finally have the Train all to himself...

Vincent Schiavelli died yesterday at age 57 (from MSN News).

That freaking sucks. I really liked him. He was an awesome character actor, probably one of my all-time favorites.

I mean, c'mon -- he was the "Get Off My Train!!!" guy from Ghost!!! Not to mention his unforgettable support to Christopher Lloyd's John Bigboote in Buckaroo Banzai...

Rest in peace, Vic. In a Hollywood where whiny, sissy-boy crybabies like Hayden Christiansen get to play the Evil Dark Lord of All the Universe, your type of quirk, eccentricity and professionalism will be sorely, sorely missed.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Shnookie Woogums' Chanukah

Gosh, our baby is yummy. Add a bath, a few pieces of gelt, and some burning candles into the mix -- and that's a recipe for endless Chanukah fun.

Click above for the album. And happy Chanukah!

Sunday, December 25, 2005

Happy Holidays... Florida Style

Yes, those are pink flamingos pulling Santa's sleigh. Yes, those flamingos all have big, brown antlers. Yes, the lead flamingo has a red, shiny nose.

And yes, there is a blue tarp on the roof of the house in the background, from 16-month-old hurricane damage.

Happy Holidays from suburban central Florida, folks.

(Thanks, Mom, for snapping this one up)

Monday, December 19, 2005

The Glass is Half-Full... Right?

Peep this comic, which I found courtesy of browsing around MCA's links section.

Freakin' awesome!

"All The Women Are Strong, The Men Are Good Looking..."

"... and all the children are above average."

Went to see A Prairie Home Companion at Town Hall on W. 43rd Street last motzei Shabbos.

Pretty good show. Pretty Christmas-y show, all things told, including audience sing-alongs which Sarah and I, well, didn't sing along with. It was definitely a thrill to see Garrison Keillor in person, and to see a live radio show being broadcast to millions of people. Especially impressive (and funny) was the sound-FX guy (pictured above, to the far left)... but then, I've always been a pushover for sound-FX guys, and though it seems an odd occupation to have, I definitely aspire to that level of creativity/ingenuity/eccentricity in my life's work, whatever that may turn out to be.

Check out the broadcast here. Hear that histrionic-sounding guffaw echoing from the audience as Garrison and The Wailin' Jennys start in on their rendition of Sting's "Fields of Gold?" Guess who that is?

It turned out that, much to the audience's confoundment, they were not performing it as a joke, and they actually did a halfway-respectable job turning it around into a halfway-decent meditation... however, the washed-up, balding, Tantric-sex-having, adult-contemporary fucker who wrote it will still never escape my eternal wrath for having written it in the first place. 'Nuff said.

Hope Garrison's predictions about the transit strike come true -- I'd love a couple of extra days at home!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Are You an Artist or Poet?

If your answer is "yes" to either of these, according to a recent study at the Newcastle University's School of Biology, then you are probably gettin' more "play" than any of your non-artist/non-poet friends.

In the words of the study's head researcher:

"...Very creative types lead a bohemian lifestyle and tend to act on more sexual impulses and opportunities, often purely for experience's sake, than the average person would. Moreover, it's common to find that this sexual behaviour is tolerated in creative people. Partners, even long-term ones, are less likely to expect loyalty and fidelity from them."

Maybe that's why I know so few frum arteests.

Forget about whether or not this study actually rings true for creative types (which is certainly debatable). Also, forget about the preposterous notion that creative types all live bohemian lifestyles. I just want to know one thing:

Why is this a topic that deserves scientific inquiry?

(Link from Artkrush)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Twinkle Twinkle

I'm currently working my butt off in Las Vegas, which is why I haven't posted stuff in a while. So even though this isn't Jewishly themed, I got it in my inbox, it's really cute, and it uses Flash, so I thought I'd share it.

P.S. Nominations are now open for the 2005 Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards -- feel free to give The Pig of Death at least one shout, even if it's been kinda sucky lately... I promise (bli neder) it will get better one day...

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

What Would Jesus Douche?

Jewschool always seems to get the good stuff first. Ah well.

Makes me proud to be a Silverman.

Happy Holidays!