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Working on it…

April 30, 2010

This is the temporary home for BTQ until I straighten this mess out.  Thanks for hanging in there.

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How are you dealing with the tv writers’ strike?

December 15, 2007

Now that most network tv shows are running out of new episodes, thanks to the writers’ strike, I’m realizing that I have a lot of free time. I don’t watch as much television as I used to, but there are several shows I watch every week. Or did, that is.

So I have saved up about forty hours’ worth of various shows on my dvr. I wasn’t planning on having a storehouse at first, but I started the season taping a few shows and have just let those build up. I just bought the 30 Rock first season on dvd. (I’ve seen them all, but it was on sale and I’m really looking forward to the commentaries.) And then Amazon.com was running a big sale on the first three seasons of The Wire, so I got that. I haven’t watched The Wire, other than a couple of episodes, but have always been wanting to check it out without trying to jump in on season four.

I didn’t really have a point to all this. But I was curious if anyone had any other suggestions. Apparently, I’m not substituting blogging for tv…yet. We’ll see how long the strike lasts.

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Oh, I forgot…

December 15, 2007

BTQ turned four last week.

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Random question after looking at a map of the world

December 15, 2007

Why has there never been a band called “St. Vincent and the Grenadines“? I picture them as a ’50s doo-wop group.

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In Defense of Jessica Simpson

December 15, 2007

I’ve seen this Macy’s ad a few times now:

It’s a bunch of celebrities, including Martha Stewart, Donald Trump, Emeril, and P. Diddy, decorating a Macy’s store for the holidays. Near the end, Jessica Simpson trips over an electric cord and pulls the plug from the outlet. This act cuts the power and the store goes dark until Jessica, chided by Martha Stewart, realizes her “mistake” and plugs the cord back in.The first couple of times I saw the commercial, I had the expected reaction that Jessica Simpson is such a ditzy clutz, ha-ha-ha. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized how stupid it would be to route an entire department store’s power needs — ramped up for the tree and other holiday extras — through a single cord plugged into a standard outlet, without so much as a surge protector. And then, to compound the idiocy, they run the cord across a walking path, essentially inviting exactly the mishap that occurred! It wasn’t Jessica’s fault! I think that bitch Martha set her up.

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Is “Happy Holidays” a Promise or a Threat?

December 15, 2007

If you ever feel a little blue this time of year, you really need to read Megan Seling’s devastatingly awesome essay on depression in The Stranger. In fact, you ought to read it regardless, although I wouldn’t recommend reading it while sitting alone in a restaurant having dinner on a Friday night. It made me want to write about depression, but I couldn’t do it justice after Seling’s piece. Anyway, check it out. And if you find yourself feeling down this winter, feel free to send an email, and we’ll chat. (Because then they’ll know what depression really is? — ed. You’re not helping.)

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Book Recommendations?

November 22, 2007

I recently came into possession of a free book download credit from Audible.com. I know some people don’t like audiobooks, but I don’t mind being read to, especially for free. But I can’t decide what to get. The Audible website isn’t as easy to browse as a book store. And the selection is wide, but not deep. That is, it has a lot of popular books in many genres, but not so many obscure ones. Anyway, your suggestions are most appreciated.

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