Monday, August 30, 2010

Oh, This So Sucks!

Damn! The one time I actually wish I lived in L.A. Or, at least in So. Cal. The various Creative Directors of each God of War game together, under one roof, discussing their different visions and how they came about adding to the man, the myth, the legend -- Kratos, the God of War!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Another Awesome Show From HBO -- Damn!

I don't know how they keep churning them out, but god bless 'em!

Premiering in just under a month on September 19th, "Boardwalk Empire" is a show from "The Sopranos" head writer, Terence Winter, set in 1920's Atlantic City during the early days of Prohibition. Steve Buscemi plays Enoch "Nucky" Thomson, the county's treasurer and real man running things behind the scenes. Seeing the "Noble Experiment" as a golden opportunity rather than a hindrance, he quickly gets in bed with several nasty out-of-town gangsters like the notorious Big Jim Colosimo and Arnold Rothstein--as well as relative newcomers to the crime biz, ones Lucky Luciano and Al Capone--to use the 18th Amendment as their personal piggy bank.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Wait, Do I Have Synesthesia? Or Am I Just Looney Tunes?

This is blowing my mind right now. After all these years thinking myself "normal," I've been forced to reevaluate all I thought I knew about my cognitive preconceptions. I was talking to Lisa the other day about how the number 5 was always my favorite number ever since I was little because: one, it was a boy like me; and, two, it was a sensible and well-behaved number. Which is how I wanted to be in school.

Lisa looked at me like I had two heads and said: "Wait, wait, wait . . . back up. The number 5 is a boy?" She couldn't understand what I meant, and I couldn't understand why she couldn't understand.

"Don't you have genders for your numbers?" I asked.

I think she actually turned pale and gave me a funny look. "Uh, like . . . noooooo?"

Suddenly my whole world came crashing down. "So I guess this means letters don't have gender for you, either?"

Her concerned expression only confirmed my sinking feeling. Yes, I was a freak! Luckily, she didn't think I was crazy at all and actually thought it was kind of cute, if not downright hilarious. But it was a shock to me to realize that I had this thing I did that perhaps not many others do.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Highlander On Blu-ray -- Oh HELLS To The YEAH!!!

I don't know how I missed this notice yesterday, but IGN.com is reporting that, on November 2 this year (incidentally, my brother's birthday -- too bad he's not as big of a fan as I am), Lionsgate will finally release a Blu-ray edition of the very first Highlander movie starring Christophe Lambert.


You can read more of the details by clicking on this link.

They're also releasing Highlander 2 on Blu-ray as well, but that's not even worth contemplating right now. Because, as you know, the very first movie that came out in 1986 is DA SHIT!!! I absolutely love this film above all others. It is my be all and end all of my entire 30-odd years of movie watching. I've owned several versions of this film going all the way back to the original crappy VHS copy which I purchased in 1993, and ending with the Anchor Bay "Immortal Edition" DVD from a few years back. The last one, I had thought at the time, was the EPITOME of what this movie should look and sound like. But I was wrong. Oh so wrong.


When The Boss Calls Out Sick

An old college buddy of mine posted up this FedEx commercial on Facebook. I thought it was hilarious enough to share. It's actually two separate commercials tacked on to make one, but the funny is still apparent:

Monday, August 23, 2010

Various and Sundry

Didn't have any specific reason for updating today, so I thought I'd throw together a bunch of various observations about what's going on in my life these days. Didn't feel like throwing all this up on Facebook, since that place is pretentious and crowded lately, and I just need a break from that scene.

So, what's been going on? Well . . .

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Hypocrisy Is Strong In This One

LOL! I love The Daily Show. Jon Stewart and crew should charge us admission to watch them make utter and complete fools on a continual basis out of those ignorant bigots over on FOX News. The show could be about nothing but this and I would happily watch. Check out this clip from the latest episode, and tell me he did not get them but good! Especially watch for that one dumbass, Eric Bolling, with his index cards and yellow highlighted "facts". Yes, "facts" that just happen to have question marks after them:



I've decided not to say anything here on the blog over this ridiculous issue re: the Cultural Center/Mosque *near* Ground Zero. I've said enough on Facebook, for better or worse. So this video will have to suffice as my officially endorsed mouthpiece to the thoughts churning around furiously inside my head this week.

And of course, because this is Jon Stewart, it's full of the funny.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Mary Robinette Kowal Has Big Brass Ones

Bigger than mine, I tell ya! (LOL! Don't mind me, I told her I would use this as my blog title)

Tonight I attended the "Fantastic Fiction" reading series at KGB bar here in NYC, during which the erudite and lovely Mary Robinette Kowal read from her newly published first novel, Shades of Milk and Honey -- a Jane Austen semi-pastiche set in the Victorian age where magic abounds. Her reading of the novel was superb and a true highlight of the night, but made even more impressive by the fact that she affected a British accent in the dramatization of a select passage from the book. When she made the announcement before the reading, I must admit I mentally winced and prepared my ears for an assault most foul. But I have to say, she was quite good. Quite good, indeed! I was thoroughly impressed. I could only stand there in awe as she pulled off this singular feat, knowing full well that--should the day come when I myself may have to stand in front of a crowd and read from my latest work--I could never be quite so bold.



Before the night's readings kicked off, Ms. Kowal went around the room to personally greet each attendee and to hand out these neat Asian-inspired handheld fans as a free token of her appreciation. Wow, talk about Class with a capital "C"! In addition to taking a quick photo with myself and Tarrell, she also autographed a copy of her novel to my wife and I when I announced that her book would be the gateway drug I could use to convince Lisa to finally read something in the Fantasy genre. Oh yeah!





Tarrell and I also got to meet the amazingly talented Nora Jemisin (pictured on the far right, above), author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms and current guest blogger on John Scalzi's juggernaut online blog, Whatever. In fact, both Mary and Nora are guest blogging on the site for the next month or so while Scalzi takes a much needed hiatus. You should check it out sometime.

In addition to Ms. Kowal, Laura Anne Gilman was also on hand to read a passage from the first novel in her ongoing and very popular urban fantasy series, "Cosa Nostradamus":



You have to excuse the extreme grain off the camera on my new iPhone 4. It's a great camera, don't get me wrong, but the lights at KGB were turned down very, very low for dramatic atmosphere. It's a wonder I got any pics at all.



All in all we had a fantastic time tonight -- just look at how crowded it got! There's nothing better than listening to exciting new writers read from their latest works amongst a crowd of both SF professionals and fans alike, all of us crammed into a small converted East Village loft in the dead of Summer. Nothing better at all!

Thanks to my crit group friend, Carole, for buying me that drink. And a very special thanks goes out to the hosts of the reading series, Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel, as well as to the bartenders at KGB for continuously plying me with non-stop rounds of the tasty Russian imported dark lager, Baltika:



Cheers to you all!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Somewhere In Fly Land, There's A Wanted Poster Out For My Arrest

If flies have their own little nation, then I've just been brought up on war crimes for mass genocide by the fly tribunal!

My, my, my . . . and after just mentioning in this thread about how I abhor killing even insects.

See, I don't know how this happened. But for some reason, around this exact same time of year, I get a huge fly infestation in my kitchen. I have no idea where they come from, since my windows have screens on them. But they all seem to hang out on my blinds in order to catch the day's sun, and don't really bother anyone . . . unless you happen to move the blinds. Which I did.

Now, these flies are weird. They're not normal flies. These flies have green backs, and they are not very coordinated. They don't fly much, and when disturbed immediately return back to their original resting spots just mere seconds later. This, of course, makes them extremely easy to kill. Last year was the first time they showed up in my kitchen. I thought somehow that these were baby flies, and that a pregnant fly must have gotten caught inside my kitchen and this infestation was the result. I even found a dead moth caught in my blinds that seemed to prove this point. And since I didn't want to kill these flies, and also since they were so easy to herd, I merely opened the windows wide and shooed them out into the great outdoors beyond -- to mix and mingle with other flies and be merry. Sure, it was a pain in the ass because some would inevitably fly back in while I was pushing others out. But, by the end of the afternoon, they were all gone and I could rest easy. I never did have a fly problem again.

Until now.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 13

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
Day 6 -- Ruin'd!
Day 7 -- Turkish Delight.
Day 8 -- Into the City, Again.
Day 9 -- This Wasn't in the Da Vinci Code!
Day 11 -- Live! at the Acropolis.



Once again, you are not missing a day -- there is no Day 12. As with the sea day between Day 9 and Day 11, not much of anything happened on our third sea day of the cruise. It was one of our two formal days aboard the Equinox, however, so Lisa and I got all decked out for a nice fancy dinner rather than opt for room service in our cabin like we did the previous formal night.







We tried checking out one of the evening shows at the theater--an act that was ripping off Cirque du Solei--but it was a bust, so we left even before it really got started. Back at the room, we watched a few vids on the netbook and then called it a night.

We had a big day planned ahead, and were excited to get it started . . .


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 11

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
Day 6 -- Ruin'd!
Day 7 -- Turkish Delight.
Day 8 -- Into the City, Again.
Day 9 -- This Wasn't in the Da Vinci Code!



No, you didn't miss a report. Day 11 does in fact follow directly after Day 9 of our cruise. I decided to skip the day at sea we spent sailing the stretch of the Aegean between Kusadasi and Athens. Nothing of import happened that day, except that I lounged out on the deck and read. Lisa attended a few classes in the spa on holistic healing and Chinese reflexology. We also met our small group of friends for drinks at the open-air bar on the aft deck later that evening before dinner. All in all, it was quite the relaxing day, but of very little activity.

The next morning we sailed into Piraeus port, luckily a real port that we could dock at and would have no need to transfer on to shore tenders. We had an ambitious day planned ahead -- a drive with our group of friends all the way out to Corinth to see the ancient ruins there, and then back to Athens to take in even more ancient ruins. Yes . . . ruins, ruins, and even more ruins! Some of us were getting pretty sick of seeing old crumbling stones.

Some of us -- but not me! To me this was an exciting day. I always dreamed of going to Athens someday, and now I was finally here.

Unfortunately the reality didn't quite live up to the dream.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 9

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
Day 6 -- Ruin'd!
Day 7 -- Turkish Delight.
Day 8 -- Into the City, Again.



DAY 9 -- This Wasn't in the Da Vinci Code!
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As I stated in my last entry, Day 9 found us having left Istanbul behind. During the night we sailed south along Turkey's coast and toward the resort town of Kusadasi. Now, we weren't headed there to check out ocean fronting condos or to sunbathe (although this town has some truly awesome beaches!). No, Kusadasi is a fun place I would like to visit for a vacation of maybe 2 or 3 days -- but this wasn't why we were going there. It was for Ephesus, a major port city back during the Roman Empire when the sea extended around 60 miles farther inland. Now a major archaeological site, Ephesus had once been the empire's second largest city behind Rome.



Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 8

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
Day 6 -- Ruin'd!
Day 7 -- Turkish Delight.


DAY 8 -- Into the City, Again.
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Back when Constantinople was under the control of the Byzantine emperors, the local Greek population used to refer to traveling toward the thriving metropolis as going eis teen polin, or: "into the city". Once the Ottomans took over, the Turkish population transformed the phrase until it sounded something more akin to what we call the city today: Istanbul. It was rather appropriate seeing as, twice in as many days now, we ourselves would be heading back "into the city".




Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 7

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
Day 6 -- Ruin'd!


DAY 7 -- Turkish Delight.
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Sometime while we slept, our ship sailed through the Dardanelles and exited out onto the Sea of Marmara. By the time we woke up late the next morning, the Bosphorus--and Istanbul spread out on either side of it--was just coming into view under a gloomy veil of mist and heavy rain clouds.






The Equinox docked at the entrance to the strait across from the Golden Horn on the European side of the city, and just before and to the right of the Galata bridge.




Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 6

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
Day 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.


DAY 6 -- Ruin'd!
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When I awoke shortly after daybreak the next morning, it came as a mild shock when I stepped onto our balcony and found that we were already docked at Mykonos. Shock, I say, because not only were we not supposed to arrive quite this early yet, but we were told we would have to take tender boats to reach the shore when we did. I didn't even know Mykonos had a dock capable of tethering such a huge cruiser as the Equinox. But, who was I to look a gift horse in the mouth? This meant we would save precious time foregoing the ferry and simply walk straight down the gangway onto dry land. Marvelous!


Monday, August 9, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 5

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
Day 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.


DAY 5 -- Our (Very Brief) Adventure in the Lost City of Atlantis.
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Since we had such a late anchor in Santorini, Lisa and I took our sweet time waking up the next day.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

500 Blog Entries . . . My How Time Flies!

On August 24 last year I wrote this blog entry commemorating the 1st anniversary of The Bimillennial Man, which coincidentally also happened to be my 300th entry at the time.

Well today, not even 1 year after that, I've somehow managed to reach the 500 milestone. Boy, I never would have thought it would take me less than a year to write up 200 entries. What on Earth did I find to talk about THAT many times?

But I just wanted to say: thanks for being there with me every step of the way. I mean it.

That is all for now.

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 4

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.
Day 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.


DAY 4 -- Into the Wild Blue Yonder.
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Our cruise ship, the "Equinox" took its sweet time leaving the Tyrrhenian Sea and the rest of Italy behind. We disembarked from Rome the day before at just a little past 6:00 pm, and by early morning the next day we were just nearing the toe of Italy's "boot" and entering the Strait of Messina. I awoke sometime around 8:30 to find Stromboli--one of the world's most continuously active volcanoes--looming large and in charge just outside our starboard-side balcony.



As you can see, the haze in the air this morning was thick, but even still I was able to spy houses there at the base of the volcano. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to chance living so close to a huge and angry beast like Stromboli. I swear, sometimes I think human beings can be extraordinarily fatalistic!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

My Latest Story Is Now Up And Readable!

Well, actually, this is one of my older stories. But after shopping it around for almost a year now, someone's finally bought and published my sci-fi short "Minutemen."  That somebody being Afterburn SF magazine, the same folks who were kind enough to publish one of my first fiction sales ever, "Enemy of My Enemy," back in early 2009.

"Minutemen" came about after me daydreaming, as I often do, about consciousness and orders of magnitude thereof. As a kid, one day I came to the determined resolution that even tiny creatures like ants and roaches had a conscious, and that therefore I should not kill them. Even to this day it is hard for me not to empathize with living creatures of any kind -- be they insect, animal, or even human. And while I do occasionally exercise a bit of pest control around the house, I still feel bad when I do. Spiders, however, I *never* kill. I like spiders. They're calm, patient, and strike only when they must. They prefer to live in dark corners and to be forgotten about, which is fine by me.

In any event, ever since I was a child I would wonder what the tiny bugs are thinking. Do they feel pain? Do they see us bigger folk as gods? Do they sit around the cockroach version of a campfire and tell stories about us? And, in turn, is there some great, omnipotent being out there in the universe that regards us the same way as we do ants? Are we just one big collective annoyance to God, scurrying across His cosmic linoleum kitchen floor? Or are we, instead, instruments of His own agenda? Tools, in fact, that are bereft of His all-encompassing empathy?

Perhaps all of the above. If so, I can't think of any greater irony in the universe, can you?

And so, I bring you the latest incarnation of all this interesting daydreaming. I hope you read the story and like it, even if it's a little weird for your tastes. "Minutemen" is the tale of Earth's first line of defense against a mysterious interplanetary enemy invasion.

And the title, if you can figure it out, is a triple pun . . .

CLICK HERE to read the story.

And please, please, PLEASE leave me a comment letting me know what you think. I live for feedback, if you must know.

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 3

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:
Day 1 -- When in Rome.
Day 2 -- Bad Sun Rising.


DAY 3 -- Let Me Take You On A Sea Cruise.
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The next morning started off innocently enough. We knew we had to be out of our room to meet the bus by 11:30. So rather than pack what little needed to be stuffed back in our suitcases, we went down to the basement to have a nice breakfast, compliments of the hotel. While we were there, we met up with one of the cruisers we had befriended. He was the one who'd arranged the transfer that would take the lot of us (all 14 of us staying in Rome) to Civitavecchia where our ship was docked. We told him we would meet him and his wife down in the lobby by 11:15, then finished up the rest of our breakfast. We got back to the room around 10:45 and started to throw things into our bags.

Plenty of time, right? WRONG!


Friday, August 6, 2010

Uh Oh . . . Now They Done Did It!

I shouldn't have seen this, I really shouldn't. Because now I'm hooked!



Now mind you, I knew all about Apple's iBooks app--the eReader program for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch to rival Kindle--long before now, but I never could believe in the promise of reading books on such a small device as my iPhone 4. That is until today!

After reading on John Scalzi's blog that his latest novella, "The God Engines" was out for purchase on the app, I finally relented and downloaded it for free (the app, not the book). And, wow, what a great program this is! It comes with Winnie the Pooh already pre-loaded, and even that alone was enough to convince me that, despite the small screen, the resolution on the new iPhone 4 makes the words really pop out at you.





So, I've been reading "The God Engines" and I have to say, I think this may just be the answer to my prayers. See, I'm a man who loves to read, but absolutely HATES carrying books around everywhere I go. Especially when I commute on the crowded NYC subways every day. But having this palm-sized handy device--which I carry with me all the time anyway--able to take over the task of being my portable library is like a godsend on the 4 train during rush hour. The iPhone 4 is so easy to hold up, and the words so easy to read, that now I'm afraid I might have to stop buying hardcopy books. Not completely, mind you, because I still love collecting my favorite titles. But this may just cut my physical book purchasing down by 60% in the future. Yes, by that much!

In fact, the only thing stopping me from adopting this new book-buying philosophy right this minute is the still lacking selection being offered by Apple. But, of course, this will change in time. They keep expanding every week it seems. Pretty soon, they're going to eclipse the Kindle. Mark my words!

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 2

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010 for our 5th anniversary. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions.

If you missed a prior trip report, or would like a refresher, please click on the appropriate link below:

Day 1 -- When in Rome.


As I mentioned in the previous entry, we arrived in Rome two days prior to our sail date on board Celebrity's "Equinox". Our first day was a whirlwind tour through the streets of Rome, trying to see as much of the northern and western halves of the historic city as we could -- which included the Vatican and Spanish Steps areas.

For our second day, we had even more planned. A trip to the Roman forum, the Palatine hill, and the Colosseum was in store for the early afternoon. But our morning was completely free. Well rested now, we had ourselves a late leisurely breakfast, sent out some postcards to loved ones back in the States, and then took a walk to the nearby Piazza Navona -- a beautiful, medieval plaza with no less than three marvelous working fountains.





By the time afternoon rolled around, we were ready to see even more of the sites this wonderful city had to offer. Unfortunately, that glowing hot disc in the sky decided to move just a little closer to the Earth this day . . .

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Mediterranean Cruise Report -- Day 1

Welcome to my recollections of the wonderful cruise my wife and I took during the month of July, 2010. This will be an ongoing series replete with anecdotes, history, pics, and even videos taken as we experienced all that our various ports of call had to offer. As usual, click on the pics to view larger versions, and don't forget to also click on the "Vimeo" vids to view the brief live-action clips.

Just a quick recap of the details for those of you who need such things: My wife and I signed up for an 11-night cruise across the eastern Mediterranean, which left from Rome on July 5th. The ship was one of Celebrity Cruises' newest models -- the "Equinox". If anyone reading would like a recommendation for a great, elegant cruise ship to sail on, and in a part of the world that's NOT the Caribbean, I cannot praise this ship highly enough.

But before I can get to that, I must first tell the story of what came before we boarded our ship:

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Brace Yourselves!

Over the course of the next several days I'll be posting a day-by-day summation of our fantabulous 14-day journey AROUND DA WORLD!!!

Okay, maybe just a small corner of the world. Like, the Mediterranean and parts thereabouts, but at times it sure felt like we were seeing the whole world.

In any case, each daily report will come chock full of triumphs, let downs, rejections, dead ends, witty witticisms (are there any other kind?), and tons upon tons of pics and vids -- some of which you might have seen already if you've checked out my Facebook photo albums lately.

It's going to be a huge undertaking, but rest assure that I'm the man for the job. And, because this is me, know too that some (if not all) of these entries will be quite lengthy. Just wanted to give you fair warning. In other words, you might want to clear you morning schedules.

Look for the first of these entries starting tomorrow or the day after. If all goes well, I'll post a new one at the start of each new day. So, as such, you might want to check in from time to time to get the full scoop. Or, you can just tell me to sod off and check them all out at the end of the cycle.

I pity you if you choose that route, I really do.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Trending This Week . . .

I don't usually do this, preferring to leave such things to my Facebook account . . . but this one time I will ignore better judgment and bring to you on this here blog the latest funny vid of the week that's been making the rounds. A month ago it was that ridiculous "Double Rainbow" vid. Remember that craze? Click on the link if you need a refresher.

Well, now the craze is the "Woman wakes up to find an intruder in her bed" vid. This was taken from a real live news story on WAFF48 out of Alabama, in which a would-be rapist climbed through a second-story window and tried to attack a young woman asleep in her bed. This normally wouldn't be funny news, but OH MAN you have *got* to see the woman's brother when he's interviewed at the 1:00 minute mark. I swear, it's friggin HILARIOUS!



Now, as these crazy Interwebs trends go, somebody already went ahead and remixed the interview into a catchy auto-tune beat. It, too, is equally hilarious:



I implore you all to check out both vids. Yes, you'll feel dumber in the process by doing so, but sometimes you just have to sacrifice a few thousand brain cells to the gods of Internet hijinks. Oh, but don't blame me if--like a horrible car wreck you can't take your eyes off of--you find yourself returning to that second vid over and over again.

It's okay, I won't think any less of you if you do. It'll be our little secret.

Promise.

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