Wednesday, March 18, 2009

What’s in a name? A trophy, obviously

Two days 'til tipoff! (Unless you're a fan of Alabama State or Morehead State--then the party starts sooner.)

But for those of us still craving some competitive action involving brackets and seeds, I present to you the 2009 Name of the Year competition.

Who could resist the epic battle between Nutritious Love and Tequila Minsky--an upset in the offing, if you ask me. Or dark horse Glorious Johnson vs. Parris Duffus?

Visit and vote. It's what Zeppy O'Green would want you to do on this fine St. Patrick's Day.

Friday, March 13, 2009

March Madness

A cliche? Yes. But how can you argue its accuracy when THIS happens?

Six overtimes, nearly 250 points. That's 70 minutes of basketball. One and three-quarters of a game. And it... is... awesome.

(note: Kansas did lose in a big upset Thursday, but let's not get into that.)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

How bad is the recession?

Bad enough that the bartender at the actual "Cheers" bar in Boston has lost its job. And just to make it a little more painful, the technology that so enthused our economy in the '90s now makes it possible for no-name bloggers to spread the news online. From the Huffington Post:

BOSTON — Eddie Doyle was the guy who really did know everybody's name, at least when he started working at the tavern that inspired the television show "Cheers."

To the tens of thousands of tourists that later passed through, Doyle remained behind the bar to offer a smile, a beer and tips about where to find the Boston that wasn't shown on TV.

Now Doyle is out of a job, laid off from "Cheers" after 35 years. The bar's owner has said a tough economy and sagging business forced the move, which was one of several layoffs.

Doyle said he's not bitter, just surprised and a little sad.

"This bar, for me ... it was not just another job," Doyle said. "It was the perfect job."

Being both a bartender and a Doyle, I feel for the guy. And damn, if the people helping us drown our sorrows are being sent to the bread line, calamity is truly upon us. Good luck, Eddie.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Yet more ways to strain your eyeballs

Still working on those India photos, I swear. There are just a ton of them. Look, here is a down payment.

Pasty whiteness meets pristine white marble at the Taj Mahal.

So there you go. Just be patient.

Now, on to the main event. Today a Kindle app was released for the iPhone. I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, it's always good for writers to have more platforms for their words. On the other hand, who wants to read a book on a 3.5-inch screen?

Actually, I know someone who does this. And she is normal in every other way, so maybe I'm just out to lunch on hot new trends. It wouldn't be the first time, writes the guy who once wondered what the point of blogs was.

So I guess I shouldn't judge. At the very least, this app is a step in the right direction from iFart and HoldOn!.