Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Gosh, if this is also one of Google's famed hoaxes, well, that's just plain mean ... Official Gmail Blog: Typing in Indian Languages.
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Oh that wacky Google is at it again. It's almost April Fools' Day, when our favorite non-evil tech company always comes up with some funny shenanigans.

Although this year's Google Mini isn't nearly as funny as some of the past hoaxes, such as 2002's PigeonRank™ clusters of low cost pigeons computing the relative value of web pages (a play on PageRank), 2005's Google Gulp line of "smart drinks", 2006's Google Romance, or my personal favorite, 2007's Gmail Paper - the ability to request a physical copy of any message which they'll send to you in the mail.

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Monday, March 30, 2009
Here's the Boston Globe article about last night's hockey game: "It's the Terriers -- by a nose".
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Sunday, March 29, 2009
20090316_terriers.pngUgh, I'm sick of college basketball. Other than for betting, who really cares about the Final Four?! Besides, it's still hockey season. And Boston University has had quite the weekend.

Last night the Terriers beat Ohio State 8-3, and tonight took out the University of New Hampshire on a power-play goal with 14.4 seconds left.

BU's in the Frozen Four! They haven't done that since 1997 (when I was a junior).

Here's a full look at ESPN.com's 2009 NCAA Men's Hockey Bracket.

The Terriers play Vermont next, on April 9 at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center, at either 5 or 8:30 p.m. (on ESPN2). The winner of that game goes on to the Nation Championship on April 11 at 7 p.m. (on ESPN).

For the record, BU has won four national titles, the last in 1995 (my freshman year).
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20090329_shawnee.pngWe had a fantastic day yesterday skiing at Shawnee Peak in Bridgton for their final weekend of the season.

Oddly, it was the first time we'd gone skiing all year, and the first time Liz had been skiing since "The Incident" back at Ski Dubai, which was two years ago tomorrow (see Why I'll Never go to Ski Dubai Again).

It was great to see my little cousins (two of the "Flower Power" kids from our wedding) and to ski with them, as well. They're both such interesting and nice little people. Good skiers, too!

I wish I had photos to share, but I left my camera in the car when it was foggy in the morning. Luckily for us the afternoon was sunny and probably fifty degrees.

A perfect day.

posted by Josh at 9:39 PM | 0 comments
Friday, March 27, 2009
Well, it looks like Las Vegas Boulevard South is free of the urban blight of a foreclosed-upon $11 billion mixed-use complex, as this afternoon MGM Mirage ponied up the cash to keep CityCenter going: "MGM makes payment to keep CityCenter".

But this story, my friends, is far from over.
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Hey, remember that Vegas project that Dubai was investing in with MGM, CityCenter?



Well it looks like it's going to hell in a handcart. On Monday Dubai World, the investment arm of the Dubai royal family, sued partner MGM Mirage. That's never good.

Now they've hired bankruptcy counsel, and will likely default on a $220 million payment due today.

posted by Josh at 7:10 AM | 0 comments
Thursday, March 26, 2009
So what decade is this? I mean, what do we call it? The last one I knew a name for was "the Nineties" and that was ten years ago. Some people have tried to call this decade "the Aughts" like back a hundred years ago, when people called 1905 "Nineteen aught-five".

I only ask this because last night Liz and I were talking, and I mentioned the soon-to-be 2000-and-teens. I pondered aloud, will those be the "Twenty-teens"?

But what about 2010, 2011 and 2012, I asked her, do we still call those the "Twenty-teens"?

"No," she said, "I think those will be the 'Twenty-tweens'."

Oh, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers would be so proud ...
posted by Josh at 7:53 AM | 0 comments
Oops. We missed the New Kids on the Block at the Cumberland County Civic Center last night.


But honestly, twenty-three years later, don't you think it's time they changed their name? I mean, at what point are we going to be able to call them "Old Men on the Block"?

posted by Josh at 7:43 AM | 1 comments
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Just read a fascinating story over at Newsweek: "The Gitmo Guard Who Converted to Islam".
posted by Josh at 1:29 PM | 0 comments
20090324_exxon.pngTwenty years ago today the Exxon Valdez tanker ran aground and spilled 10.8 million gallons of oil in Alaska's Prince William Sound.

The spill is pretty much the most devastating man-made environmental disasters ever to occur at sea.

I was going to buy gas today, I usually go to the Exxon station in South Portland. But today I might go to Hugo Chavez's Citgo instead.
posted by Josh at 6:40 AM | 0 comments
Monday, March 23, 2009
No more Curt Schilling for the Red Sox. Apparently he announced his retirement on his blog today. (I can't seem to get it to load right now, as probably the entire New England internet is trying right now.)

It's sad, but not entirely unexpected, I guess. I mean, getting paid $8 million last year for nothing was kind of a rip off, but man, game two of the 2004 World Series ... how can you beat that?

posted by Josh at 12:55 PM | 0 comments
Saturday, March 21, 2009
20090316_terriers.pngSo the Boston University Men's Ice Hockey team beat rival Boston College last night, 3-2, in the Hockey East semifinals.

Apparently all three of BU's goals came within a 44-second span.


Liz and I had talked about going last night, we could have easily made it to Boston by 8 pm, but instead we opted for a dinner out in Brunswick.

But I guess we have another shot tonight, they play for the Hockey East Championship against UMass Lowell at 7 pm.
posted by Josh at 9:36 AM | 0 comments
Friday, March 20, 2009
So the other day I learned that my work computer blocks Twitter, so I couldn't follow my brother's vacation Twitter from Walt Disney World (see No Tweets For You!).

Now today he and my parents are again at Walt Disney World, and again my work computer has thwarted me.

See, they just emailed me a photo from a Kodak Incredible Picture Lab through Kodakgallery.com (presumably from the Imagination! pavilion at Epcot, which is sponsored by Kodak) which requires the latest Flash player from Adobe.

And guess what? My friggin' work computer does not have the latest Flash player from Adobe.

So I download it. I go to install it. Oops! I do not have the proper administrative privileges to install the plugin.


I am so jealous/frustrated on so many levels right now.
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Thursday, March 19, 2009
Man, when we lived in Dubai I said it'd be fun (or at least, funny) to have professional baseball players try and play cricket.

And now they did it.

Well, I should say Manny Ramírez did it.


Yes, in the long litany of shit I'm just not clever enough to make up, yesterday Manny Ramírez learned cricket from Australian star Shaun Marsh: "Ramirez back in action".
posted by Josh at 7:41 AM | 1 comments
I'm sure you've seen this already, but I just have to point out this might the first time I've ever said, "Wow, that's badass" about the US House of Representatives: "House sets up vote on taxing AIG bonuses".
posted by Josh at 7:11 AM | 0 comments
Awww, Mötley Crüe was at the Cumberland County Civic Center last night!


Mmm, two umlauts means it's good.

But don't worry, the New Kids On The Block will be there next Wednesday.


It must be "Bad 80s Band Reunion Month" or something.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The New York Times has an article about whoopie pies today: "Whoopie! Cookie, Pie or Cake, It's Having Its Moment".

You know, up until about 2002 I didn't realize that whoopie pies were so very regional. See, that was when they were featured on Oprah's show, and my bad bad then-girlfriend was watching it and called me at work. Actually, she was at work, too, in the same building. See? Watching Oprah at work - she was bad. Bad.

Anyway, the article also mentions the Magnolia Bakery, which I guess was first featured in Sex and the City but the rest of us know from SNL's Lazy Sunday digital short. You know, the rap song about going to the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie:

    But first my hunger pains are stickin’ like duct tape.
    Let’s hit up Magnolia and mack on some cupcakes.
    No doubt that bakery’s got all the bomb frosting.
    I love those cupcakes like McAdams loves Gosling.

Mmm, after all of this talk I really could go for a whoopie pie.
posted by Josh at 10:01 AM | 0 comments
Not to be a cynic, but ... what the hell, I'm good at it.

Last night the USA played Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Over at Yahoo! Sports Jeff Passan wrote a good article about it: "Red, white and blue, through and through".

He starts off with a story about a spectator at the game, a spectator who is US Army Sergeant and brought with him an American flag that's been in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The thing is, Puerto Rico is part of the United States - it's a self-governing unincorporated territory.

Puerto Ricans have US citizenship (even if it was only so they could be drafted into the military for World War I, but I digress).

Puerto Ricans have US passports.

Puerto Ricans are going to have a freakin' State Quarter this year.

So my question - isn't this a bit like the United States playing the United States?
posted by Josh at 8:38 AM | 0 comments
20090318_redsox.pngThis article is a week old, but since it's about baseball's off-season dealings there's no real expiration date. And since it's pretty interesting, I'll share it.

Here's ESPN.com's Jayson Stark's: "Boston's moves could pay big dividends".

Pretty much the gist is how the New York Yankees are paying CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett something like $432 million for many, many years, while the Boston Red Sox are only paying John Smoltz, Brad Penny, Takashi Saito and Rocco Baldelli $12.5 million guaranteed dollars (additional money is available in incentives).

I was going to try and draw some comparison between brash, flashy New Yorkers throwing their money around, and the more intellectual, precise Bostonians, but then I remembered the Celtics. Danny Ainge thinks he's Steinbrenner over there.

(But hey, it worked!)
posted by Josh at 6:21 AM | 0 comments
Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Have you seen the new ARod photos from Details Magazine?

Yes, that hated third-baseman and steroid user is doing something weird and offputting ... again.

This time he's kissing himself in a mirror.


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Let's go dye something green, eh?
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20090317_TT.pngNot to inundate you with all things Disney, but today is the 10th anniversary of the official grand opening of Epcot's Test Track.

The first time I went on it was in March of 1999, right before its official grand opening.

That was the year I flew out from Los Angeles to meet my brother and his college friends. Crazy trip, I took a redeye Friday night after after work, got in to Orlando at some ungodly 5 or 6 am hour, took a shuttle to the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, found their tent (yes, tent), shook it, woke them up, got cleaned up, and did a 16 hour day at the theme parks.


Back to Test Track. Wasn't impressed with it then, still not today. "But it goes 64.8 miles per hour!" So what, I do too, everyday on the highway.

But I could just be bitter. I miss the original World of Motion.
posted by Josh at 6:38 AM | 2 comments
Monday, March 16, 2009
20090316_terriers.pngIn case you missed it, Boston University beat UMaine last night in the third game of the three-game Hockey East quarterfinals: "BU finally KO's Maine".

Now they go on to face Boston College on Friday at the TD Banknorth Garden.
posted by Josh at 10:10 AM | 2 comments
Oh friggin' hell!

Just tried to access my brother's Twitter page and apparently it's blocked by my workplace's "smart filter".


Awesome. Friggin' awesome.

I can't be in Florida, now I can't even read about it.

Are you kidding me?!
posted by Josh at 9:00 AM | 0 comments
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Yesterday Portland Press Herald writer and iFriend Justin Ellis had a good line about the naming of the Portland International Jetport:

    "Can we please not call it that until we have more international flights coming though? Also, is it just me or does Jetport have the wrong tone? You expect to see Tony Stark at a Jetport."

Right on, right on. Reminds me of the second Newlywed in Dubai post ever (see Safe in Dubai, pt. 1):

    "I use the full name only because it's the biggest joke in the universe. 'International Jetport'. Jeesh. The place only goes up to Gate #11 - and I don't think I've ever seen gates #1-5. It's the smallest airport I've ever been to. It makes Burbank (or the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport, or the Bob Hope Airport, or whatever the hell they're calling it now) look like Chicago O'Hare."

Of course, that was before Iron Man came out, back when most of you wouldn't get a Tony Stark reference. Not that I even harped on the "Jetport" part. But it does sound a little Tomorrowland, doesn't it? A little 1950s retro-future. Buck Rogers and stuff. Like its full name used to be "Portand International Jetport 2000".

Speaking of, I wonder if we could get the FAA/IATA airport code changed to "PIJ"? I just checked, it's available. Pocatello Regional Airport in Pocatello, Idaho is "PIH" and Glasgow Prestwick International Airport in Scotland is "PIK", but no "PIJ" is listed.

The "PWM" is from the original name "Portland-Westbrook-Municipal", by the way. You know, before the wide array of international jets began frequenting the airport on a regular basis and thus the name just had to be updated ...
posted by Josh at 4:44 PM | 2 comments
Well, my brother is in Walt Disney World right now, the lucky punk.


Specifically he's at Disney's Animal Kingdom this very minute. A half-an-hour ago they saw a steel band outside of the Finding Nemo stage show. Last night they saw the wreck of Pleasure Island. Their luggage is lost.

I haven't talked to him yet, but I know this all through his Twitter page.

And now you can follow along, too.
posted by Josh at 11:44 AM | 0 comments
Friday, March 13, 2009
Just found this other photo of the newly redesigned iPod shuffle.

Doesn't this almost seem TOO small?

Like breakable, losable small?
posted by Josh at 2:50 PM | 4 comments
Huh, somehow I missed an article in yesterday's New York Times by one of my favorite professors from Boston University, "How Not to End Another President’s War (L.B.J. Edition)".

Robert Dallek is one of the foremost scholars on LBJ, although now he's also branched out with several books on JFK, FDR, Truman, Nixon, Regan and the bunch. He's got to have authored near twenty books now. One of them I've always meant to read, something about the making and unmaking of Presidents. (Possible hint for an upcoming birthday, perhaps?)
posted by Josh at 9:24 AM | 0 comments
You've got to be kidding me! This is either sad, hilarious, or genius. Maybe all three? "Dodgers ‘curious’ about free agent Pedro Martinez".

So if my calculations are right, when the Los Angeles Dodgers eventually sign Pedro Martinez they will have employed, at one point or another, the entire roster of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox, save for David Ortiz and Kevin Millar.

And Millar only has a minor league deal with the Blue Jays, I bet they could get him for cheap ...
posted by Josh at 7:06 AM | 0 comments
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Oh no! The Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai has closed!!!

Hard Rock Cafe Logo

We spent more than a few dinners there, but you know that from before, right?
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Apple just introduced a new iPod shuffle today?!?

And it's smaller than the old clippy one?!


shuffle photo 1
The new one and the old one. You might not be able to tell, but it's actually smaller than a AA battery!

shuffle photo 2

shuffle photo 3

shuffle photo 3
Dang. I mean, I like my clippy iPod shuffle, but this is pretty badass.
posted by Josh at 11:58 AM | 2 comments
And this is why I love baseball: It's not always the team with the biggest names or best players that wins. Twice.

I mean, can you name a baseball player from the Netherlands?!

Yes, I think I might just need a Netherlands WBC jersey after this ...

"Honkballing Dutch deliver KO blow for ages"
posted by Josh at 10:43 AM | 0 comments
Have you seen anything about the shanty town going up in Sacramento?

This is one of the scariest things I've seen about the Recession yet. It's an honest-to-God Hooverville.

(I've said it before and I'll say it again for the record, I didn't vote for Schwarzenegger in 2003, nor did I vote for any of the other 133 joke candidates. I voted for the Lieutenant Governor, who, you know, had political experience and junk. Silly me.)
posted by Josh at 6:55 AM | 0 comments
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Did you see the Time article "The 10 Most Endangered Newspapers in America"?

Number five is the Boston Globe.


Wow, I can't picture a world without the Globe.

posted by Josh at 7:07 AM | 3 comments
A couple of quick stories today. First, how in the world did I miss this one?!

Remember when the Atlantis, The Palm hotel opened back in November with a $20 million party of fireworks and a whole host of celebrities from Oprah to Kylie Minogue to Charlize Theron to Wesley Snipes?


Yeah well it turns out that Wesley Snipes, who was recently convicted and sentenced to three years in jail for not filing income tax, is currently out on bail, and only allowed to travel abroad only to London and Bangkok for film commitments.

And then photos of him at the Atlantis party showed up, and now we get this: "Judge Yanks Snipes' Passport".


Next we have the answer to an age old question - what happens when you flip the bird in Dubai?

I was always told it was bad, but I didn't think it was this bad. The article itself isn't that interesting, besides the first sentence (emphasis mine): "A deputy CEO of a real estate group has been cleared of charges for pulling his middle finger in public, a crime punishable by deportation."


You think the boys at immigration on the US side would laugh at you when you told them you were kicked out of a country for flipping someone off?

Next, a more serious story, Dubai has banned smoking shisha (you know, hookah pipes): "Dubai Municipality bans smoking shisha in public".

People over there must be livid - this is a key part of local custom. It'd be a little like taking away their coffee, or not letting them drive at 200 miles per hour on city streets.

Then we have sports - the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens just finished. In the inaugural women's event Australia beat New Zealand in overtime on Sunday.

I wonder how women playing rugby went over with the locals? Or are they all still pissy because they can't smoke in public?

For the men's event Wales won.

Next, for fun, apparently David Hasselhoff is currently is spending some time in Dubai.

Lastly, a story that harkens back to what put Dubai on the map. No, I don't mean terribly phallic mega-skyscrapers, I mean sex-in-public.

And apparently someone has done it again.

This guy is screwed though - apparently he's claimed in court that no one was watching him when he had consensual sex with his female partner on Jumeirah beach.

You just admitted it! You idiot!

What can you say, he's from Myanmar. Those Brits did lying and being smarmy so much better.

Wonder if those two ever got married back in England ...
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Monday, March 09, 2009
I just had the best drive into work - it started snowing.

How awesome is that?

(And no, I'm not even being facetious!)

I love that in Maine we can have 60° F (15.5° C) weather on Sunday, then snow on Monday morning. Every day is a meteorological grab-bag, you just never know what you're going to get ...
posted by Josh at 8:15 AM | 0 comments
I know that it'll be nice to have the sun out for longer in the afternoon but man is it dark out in the morning now that we've switched clocks.

Weather.com says that sunrise is at 7:03 am, sunset is 6:39 pm.

This morning was so dark that our crazy cat who's usually my alarm clock at 6 am was still asleep on my feet when my alarm went off. In fact, I woke him up. Had I been in a more jovial mood I might have called attention to this switch in roles.

But it was dark and I was tired.
posted by Josh at 6:45 AM | 0 comments
20090309_barbie.pngFifty years ago today the Barbie doll was first released. 

Wait, she's fifty?  I dunno, looks to me like she's had some plastic surgery ...

Har har har ...
posted by Josh at 6:41 AM | 0 comments
Saturday, March 07, 2009
It's Saturday morning, I feel like cartoons! If only they'd made one about Watchmen ...

diddly-doop, diddly-doop, diddle-doop ...

posted by Josh at 7:53 AM | 0 comments
Friday, March 06, 2009
20090306_watchmen.pngSo about twelve hours from now, if all goes as scheduled, we'll be watching the Watchmen movie. 6:40 showing at the Cinemagic Westbrook.

I'm trying to not get overly excited for this movie, as the 12-issue, 400-some-odd page comic book on which the film is based is quite sprawling. There are ample ways in which the film could be screwed up. Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, Darren Aronofsky and others have tried to make this and failed.

But still, I'm pretty excited.

Somehow, in preparing to go to this movie, I'm reminded of another movie that fanboys united were drooling over just about ten years ago. Hindsight being what it is, I guess we all should have been worried when we learned the full title was Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But we were young, naive.

In May of 1999 I was just a year out of college and working at Disney Animation, in the story department of what would eventually be named The Emperor's New Groove. I think at that time we might have been calling it Kingdom in the Sun, or possibly my personal favorite Production 1331. (No, amazingly enough "The Emperor's New Groove" was not the first name we kicked around. Imagine that.)

Anyway, the AMC Theatres in Burbank had an Episode 1 showing right around noon, so somehow the story artists convinced the department manager that they needed to see the movie as soon as possible. She agreed. Why they needed me, their trusty production assistant, to come along was never fully explained. Guess I could have taken notes if someone said something pertinent to the llama-based cartoon they were supposed to be writing at the time.

As we all know, Episode 1 was one of the worst movies ever to be shot on film. In fact, I think the real reason George Lucas shot the last two movies in that series on digital video was that Eastman Kodak and Fujifilm teamed up and decided never to sell another frame of 35 mm film to Lucasfilm. But I digress.

The worst part of the Episode 1 experience, I mean, besides watching that God-aweful piece of junk (Midichlorians make people Jedis? Are you serious?!) was returning to work at 2 or 3 pm. Disney Animation, at that time, was still one of the largest installments of movie nerds on the planet. Especially Star Wars nerds.

We were silent.

The few people who did ask us how it was were fended off with non-statements such as, "You can wait to hear about it, the Force is strong in you."

Lying to the wide-eyed Star Wars nerds turned my stomach.

Then again, so did Jar-Jar. My ever-present desire to cause no harm to the animation artists almost caused me to write a building-wide email pleading everyone to stay home that night, rewatch A New Hope with a loved-one.

Of course, that was before midnight screenings, and the blogosphere, so I'm sure right now on the internet there are many, many reviews of Watchmen out there. Spoilers, if you will. Which is why, for the next twelve hours, I'm only reading news from ESPN.com and Yahoo! Sports.
posted by Josh at 6:38 AM | 3 comments
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Last night I discovered that John Locke mentioned the Temple in season one season finale of Lost, right before the smoke monster tried to pull him into its rabbit hole (see "You'll Blow The Temple.").

Well this morning I went to abc.com to re-watch that episode and double check it.

After a few too many 30 second ads for Hamburger Helper I found it - at about 46:35 (not sure if it's the same timecode on the DVDs, they might excise the "previously on Lost" bit).

It sounds like an overdub, and Kate is saying something else at the same time, but it's there. I swear to you.

Here are some screen captures, in case you too want to go scout for it yourself ...


posted by Josh at 7:30 AM | 0 comments
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
The other night I caught a rerun of an old episode of Lost. It was the final episode of season one, actually, "Exodus part 2".

Fortuitously it was a part with the smoke monster, one of my favorite mysteries in Lost - one that Liz hates. She likes the flashbacks and the character development stuff, but is not down at all with the sci-fi / time travel shit.

Anyway, the scene from the other night is where John Locke, Kate, Jack and Hurley are coming back from the Black Rock with the dynamite. They hear Smokey, everyone runs away except for Locke, who runs towards the exploding ground.

That changes when Locke looks at the beast - or security system - or whatever. He turns and runs, but Smokey grabs him. But luckily Kate and Jack have the dynamite.

So just when Kate is about to toss the 'splosives, John says, "No, don't do it, you'll blow the temple".


"You'll blow the temple."

Now, I don't follow the Lost gossip and chatter on the internet tubes, but I wonder if anyone has seen this? Because I don't recall hearing much (if anything) about the Temple prior to this season five, when Montand lost his arm and Rousseau's husband lost his mind.

Anyway, I wonder what other undiscovered tidbits are peppered in the early seasons ...
posted by Josh at 8:38 PM | 0 comments
Listened to the Big Jab on my way to work this morning, apparently they're partners with the new NBA D-League team in Portland and are part of the contest to name the team. They just announced our choices:

  • Maine Beacons
  • Maine Crushers
  • Maine Claws
  • Maine Destroyers
  • Maine Red Claws
  • Maine Swarm
  • Maine Traps


That's it? That's all they got?


Personally I prefer "NBA Maine Basketball".

Anyway, you will soon be able to vote via www.nbamaine.com (it's not working as of press time), or call 207-210-6655 or send in the ballot from the Portland Press Herald.

I guess "Beacons" is okay. Although I bet "Crushers" could have a good logo ...
posted by Josh at 8:35 AM | 2 comments
So remember last month when Liz and I went to brunch with local reporter extraordinaire Justin Ellis (see I'm A Twit!)?

Well on our way to dine at Local 188 we walked by the State Theater, and we discussed what a sad state it is that they place is closed.

Imagine my surprise when on Monday Justin had an article about the theater: "It's a shame, the state of the old State".

Yes, I'd like to think that Liz and I had something to do with the gestation of this story ...
posted by Josh at 7:01 AM | 0 comments
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
20090303_dodgers.pngWord from ESPNDeportes.com is that Manny Ramirez is close to signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Nooo ....

See "Sources: Manny, Dodgers close in".
posted by Josh at 10:26 PM | 0 comments
Did you see this story from today's Portland Press Herald: "Moviemakers hope to film in Maine"?

Just what I was talking about this morning. Well, I guess it doesn't have anything to do with sexual orientation. But still ...
posted by Josh at 4:53 PM | 0 comments
So for a month and a half I've been kicking around an idea in my head.

First, you have to be aware of California's Prop 8 which passed in November. That vote changed the state constitution to read: "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."

Next you have to be aware of the recent bill introduced in the Maine Legislature to recognize marriages between same-sex couples in the state. (See the Kennebec Journal: "New Try on Gay Marriage").

Then we throw in last week's study from from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, that says that the Maine state economy would get a $60 million boost over three years if same-sex couples are allowed to marry in the state ("Financial impact of gay vows studied").

So sure, $60 million is a lot of flamboyant weddings. But I was thinking bigger. Way bigger.

Hollywood big.

Think about it - Hollywood studios are a multi-billion dollar a year industry - I think I read somewhere around $26.7 billion last year. These days actors and actresses live anywhere they want, fly to the set, then leave. The real money in the film industry is with the whole ensemble of people it takes to make a movie - you know, makeup people, costumers, set designers, grips, key grips, dolly grips, best boys, gaffers, assistant directors, casting directors, production coordinators, production assistants, script supervisors, script coordinators, location managers ... then there's studio executives, creative executives, development executives, support staff ... pretty much everyone who lives in Los Angeles county.

And the thing is lots of studios are run by, let's face it, gay dudes. (Ever hear of the "velvet mafia"?)

So this is my plan: simultaneously pass massive tax rebates for filming in the state and a law that recognizes marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples. Boom. All of the 818 and 310 area codes would move here in a heartbeat.

You like living on the coast? We've got 5000-some-odd miles of it. Winter ski trips? Lots of mountains around here, pal. And several of Portland's gourmet restaurants make the top 50 list each year.

Plus you can be gay and we won't give a shit, unlike those stuck-up conservatives in California with their whole "marriage between a man and a woman".

Forget them!

I think it's a smart idea. But the timing has to be now - Massachusetts and Connecticut already recognize marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples under state law, and legislation is being introduced this year in New Hampshire, Vermont and Rhode Island as well. (Liberal New England, much?)

Count me in for Hollywood, Maine. Anyone else?
posted by Josh at 6:55 AM | 0 comments
Monday, March 02, 2009
In case you missed it last Tuesday, here's Brian Williams and Martin Fletcher from NBC Nightly News talking about Dubai:

posted by Josh at 2:26 PM | 0 comments
Sunday, March 01, 2009
20090301_twitter_MM.pngSo for the last month I've been shitting on Twitter here. When in the world does anyone want a play-by-play of someone's life?!

I mean, I'm bored-to-tears about my own life most of the time, why do I want to see what other people are doing?

Then it hit me - Disney theme parks.

As you know, I'm a stupidly insane Disney fan, as is my brother. We have a sort of Edwards Brothers Shorthand to Disney theme parks that is either amusing or just plain sad, depending on your tolerance for such things.

20090301_disneyland.pngExample: my brother went to California in November, and while he was there he and his college roommate went to Disneyland, the lucky bastard.

While at the happiest place on earth my brother proceeded to text message the hell out of me. He sent something like eight or nine messages over the course of four and a half hours.

(Which probably isn't nearly as bad as what the kids are doing these days, but keep in mind this year I turn a third of a century old - so I ain't no kid. A text message ever thirty minutes is a lot to me).

Anyway, his messages were awesome, things like "Nemo! Then buzz fastpass, food and return to space mtn." and "Just saw a fat person in a scooter! Wait... 20 fat people in scooters!" and "Longest wait - 10 minutes on big thunder mtn! We've done nine rides in four hours! What's the record?"

Jealously by text is a sad, sad thing.

But now, in two weeks, my brother's going to Walt Disney World in Florida for a long weekend (again, lucky bastard). I'm actually conserving text messages this month for the likely onslaught of "Spaceship Earth at Epcot looks so much better without the large Mickey Hand over it" and "I miss Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, damn you Pooh!" and "Ooooh, SpectroMagic Parade!"

But then I got to thinking, he could set up a twitter account, and since he has an iPhone (argh, l-u-c-k-y b-a-s-t-e-r-d!) he can twitter the hell out of it. And, if I want to turn several shades of green, I can read all about his adventures.

And then I can twitter back, "Going 2 Mr. Suds to do laundry. Fun Sunday morning."

Yep, my life rocks.

Well, I gots to go. Time to do laundry.

posted by Josh at 8:50 AM | 0 comments
Check out this video made by Apple in 1987 for their Knowledge Navigator concept product.

While it's horribly, horribly boring (I challenge you to watch all six minutes, I couldn't), it's amazing how many of the concepts like webcams, video chat and multitouch ended up in modern day Apple products.

But still, so boring.
posted by Josh at 8:26 AM | 0 comments