Monthly Archives: December 2008

Rockin’ in the New Year with The PoPCY

I failed on my deadline to post the Fifth Day of Christmas II but hey, I am fudging the rules since the Twelve Days of Christmas run from the December 26th (Boxing Day) until January 6th (Epiphany or Three Kings … Continue reading

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Rio on Classic Albums

Back when we had Dish TV with VH-1 Classic, I got hooked on Classic Albums because I’m a sucker to hear the story behind the creation of certain landmark albums. Even if I didn’t like the artists, the program still left … Continue reading

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1993: The Fourth Day of Christmas II, Movie Day 3

If Christmas 1992 was when my life hit rock bottom (grammatical errors and all with the link), then the following year defined what one unit from “zero” equalled. Turns out that my deep-seated problems of living in Central Illinois weren’t … Continue reading

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1988: The Third Day of Christmas II, San Diego Part Two

So with Disneyland completed, Christmas Break 1988 was off to an awesome recovery, canceling out the unpleasant beginning known as The Drive. Christmas preparations resumed in San Diego by Mom taking us to the closest mall in Poway (the ‘burb … Continue reading

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1988: The Third Day of Christmas II, San Diego Part One

It took me two Christmas Breaks in college to finally realize that a month off was probably a couple weeks too long. For my friends, I figured their experiences were more pleasant. Most of them were returning to their homes, … Continue reading

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1983: The Second Day of Christmas II, Houston II

My first Christmas in Houston was predominantly dreadful. Other than my grand-parents visiting, everything else sucked. I didn’t like the private high school I was attending. I didn’t have any friends who lived close by. My grades were mediocre. I … Continue reading

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1978: The First Day of Christmas II

Last year I kicked off my holiday (or was it holidaily?) series The Six Days of Christmas as a personal exercise in reminiscing. It received one positive response and zero complaints, so by the very spurious logic of the NeoCon movement, … Continue reading

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RIP Eartha Kitt

Most obituaries will obviously start off with her stint as Catwoman from the Sixties which is how I was introduced to her during my childhood (Batman was syndicated then, I’m not that old). The casting of another actress for the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Paul

Here’s to the first long-term friend I made at Marquette! After 22 years Paul still speaks to me despite “ruining” his life for introducing him to his wife Helen. Actually, his parents would blame me for this in all probability. … Continue reading

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Face/Off “reality” happens in the US

Although the French succeeded before America did, I’m hoping the recipient was a more sympathetic candidate than France’s first. My friend Bryant, who lived there for a few years, gave me the details the news stories didn’t bother to state; … Continue reading

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Winter returns to Austin

OK, last week, I shot off my mouth and spoke too soon about Winter being effectively “over” down in Texas. Yesterday was another great day with nice weather. We drove downtown to drop off a bunch of materials for the … Continue reading

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Quantum of Solace

Of all the franchise reboots Hollywood has executed, Bond is so far the best one. Batman is a far second because Batman Begins didn’t have many expectations to exceed after Burton and Schumacher’s celluloid guano. In the long run, Heath … Continue reading

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RIP Bettie Page

Although I was never a fan of hers, I did learn and understand her influence on contemporary artists like the late Dave Stevens. Originally, I used to think she was fictitious, some kind of ideal from the past that Baby … Continue reading

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“Oh, you’re off to work?…

…I’ll just make sure the bed remains here while it’s warm.” I can always count on Molly for such an unselfish offer as Austin recovers from its two-day December freeze.

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Did Hawking ever propose or suspect this?

Now I have to accelerate my reading of Dr. Plait’s latest book Death from the Skies after learning about the confirmed black hole at the center of our galaxy. Chapter five explains them and what would happen (based upon what scientists … Continue reading

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“Winter” in Austin should be over tomorrow

We sure had it rough down here in Central Texas today with the sleet, cold rain and temperatures below 32 F (0 C). However, it didn’t bother me for long because the weather will be right back to the low … Continue reading

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The (computer) mouse turns 40

On this day, Dr. Douglas Engelbart gave a demonstration of this enhancement for computers at the Fall Joint Computer Conference. How I indirectly thank him practically every day of my life since the late Eighties. The other night, Somara and I were … Continue reading

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