Monday, January 21, 2008

Resolutions

Wife here. So I'm not really into making New Year's Resolutions. Maybe because I believe it when people tell me that I'm fine just the way I am. Or maybe because I got tired of forgetting about them until the following New Year's Eve. Either way I don't really make them and when I do I try to keep it small. Like this year my goals are to learn to make corn tortillas (maybe then my Mexican mother-in-law will love me) and to finish school (or at least the degree on which I am currently working). I also gave up soda effective January 1, 2008 but that is less a resolution and more a bet I have with a coworker.
But I have come up with some resolutions that I want to keep for the rest of my life. I figure that if I can avoid these things then I will pass along at least a decent legacy to whomever or whatever I leave behind.

1. I want to never get to the point where I wear sweatpants in public.
2. I want my children's' paternity to never be in question, a la Anna Nicole Smith.
3. I want to never have my butt on the evening news when they are talking about the obesity epidemic. You know, the news stories where you only ever see people's backsides and never their faces because if they knew you were taping them, they would rip the camera out of the camera man's hands and eat his face.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Album Covers

My good friend Tyler pointed out a fun new online game for us. We'll call it making the band.

1. First, get the name of your band: this will be the first article title on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random

2. Get the title of your album: the last four words of the very last quote:
http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3

3. The third picture, no matter what it is, is your album cover:
http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/


After that you take your results and photoshop (or in my sad case Publisher) them together to make an album cover. So here's my first four:


Panasonic Jazz Festival--What can you say about them, besides "honestly another compilation album?" But "Wanting What You Have" is by far their best compilation.


Casekirchen--Leading the frontier of Turkmenistani techno thrash metal their offering "not been said before" is surprisingly moving and introspective.


Sanglakh Range--This New Delhi Christian trio comes to us again with their anti-evolution album "that Darwin was adopted". And that's the nicest thing they have to say about him.


Tréflaouénan--Attempting their first English album, the French Celtic rockers offer up their Opus "shall not betray thee"




Okay that was a really fun game. I could waste hours doing it. Check out some of Tyler's albums they're funnier than mine.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Beneath the Planet of the Apes

I know I haven't provided you guys with your Forbes Fix in a long while, and I'm sure that many of you, like heroin addicts, are going into horrible symptoms of withdrawal. It's difficult I'm sure, I saw that Seinfeld. Yet for my part, I'll follow the example of many men throughout history and blame our long absence on my sister-in-law. In-laws are great for that kind of thing.

In truth we were lucky enough to have Wife's sister come out and visit us this Christmas. I think this represents a fundamental paradigm shift in our relationships with Wife's family that I can only hope continues. In lieu of our frequent trips to the Mountain West, they should now come and visit us! Otherwise how will our cats ever truly know their extended family?

Well with Michelle's visit we had an excuse to go and visit some of the cooler parts of the Albany area. For those of you who have never been here, you need to understand that this area makes the middle of nowhere look heavily urbanized. Because it's largely landlocked with the exception of the Hudson River, there never was a compelling region for it to develop into a hub of transportation. Indeed getting to the Albany airport (and I use the term generously) typically involves three changeovers and one horse drawn carriage ride.



That said the area has some of the best skiing in the east; yes I know that doesn't say much, I'd prefer all our Rocky Mountain readers to stop snickering. Yet because of the interesting nature of my childhood I never got to ski when I was growing up here as a child. So I figured at least with the Ellsworth's in town I could finally go to one of the mountains and if not ski at least go tubing. Sounds fun right? Well alas it was not to be. Criticizing my idea as stupid they displayed the snobbery I've come to expect from Rocky Mountain elitist and told me that they wanted nothing to do with my east coast bunny hills.

(At this point I'm sobbing on the keyboard)

So instead we went to one of the cooler natural features in New York, the limestone caves known as Howes' Cavern. While they're heavily touristized (to coin a phrase), there's something really intriguing about caves in general and especially those with an underground lake.




I did discover difficulties that perhaps you as my reading audience can help me overcome. Subterranean photography is difficult, you merely have to look at the pictures I took of this cave system to see that. How can you preserve the orientation of your camera when you review the photos so you know how to rotate them? Secondly what's the best camera configuration to take pictures in darkened caves? Please help me, I'm at a loss.

Howe Caverns





Also, check out our latest poll. I just added it. Pick the two people that you would most like to run on the US presidential ballot. I know I didn't put a complete list of all the potential president and vp candidates but I'm lazy, so just be happy I updated the poll.

Also check out the newly organized links section. Should make it easier for you guys to link to people you know.

Lastly, here's one of my favorite all time videos: