Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloween Spooks

With it being my last post before Halloween, I thought I'd leave you with the best Halloween song ever! It's 'Halloween Spooks' by Lambert, Hendricks and Ross! Do you know any better Halloween songs?

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Piano Man

Noah and I went for a ride this morning and he asked if we could listen to some music. I asked him what kind of music he wanted to listen to and he said he wanted to listen to the 'piano music', as he was pointing to the Ray Charles CD I had on the backseat (the CD case had piano keys on it).....

So I explained to him that it was a Ray Charles CD, and that Ray Charles
couldn't see anything ever since he lost his eyesight when he was a really young boy and he was really good at playing the piano.

I then asked Noah:

Daddy: You know the piano and Grandma and Papa's house? Remember how hard it
is to play that piano? Imagine if you couldn't see the keys?

Noah exasperatedly says: What?!?! I can play that piano!

Then, as he hears the first piano solo, he closes his eyes and plays air piano.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

One 500 Year Old Fingerprint

Did anybody else hear about this story? A fingerprint may have increased the value of this painting by 8,000 times more than its original selling price. This 13 inch by 9 inch chalk, pen and ink piece of art was sold at Christie's Auction House in New York for $17,000 in 1998, then sold again to an art collector for $19,000 in 2007. The painting was cataloged as 'German school, early 19th century' art.

However, through a process of a process of carbon dating and infrared analysis of the artist's technique, experts have concluded that the piece of art, now being called "La Bella Principessa", was painted by Leonardo da Vinci.

Their most interesting evidence, however, is a fingerprint in the corner of the painting.... Art expert Peter Paul Biro, discovered the print of an index finger on the top left corner of the drawing using state-of-the-art multi-spectral infrared technology, and says the print is "highly comparable" to another fingerprint found on da Vinci's 'St. Jerome' painting in the Vatican.

This fingerprint could change the price of the painting from $19,000 to $150,000,000.

Could you imagine being the person that bought and sold the painting for a $2,000 profit before they found the fingerprint. That's almost as embarrassing as Steve Wynn putting his elbow through a Pablo Picasso painting.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Labor Pains

She's finally home. Lucy Marissa was born on October 24, 2009 and was able to come home on her mommy's birthday.

It was an amazing experience to witness labor. My wife was amazing, and now I know, there is no part of labor that I ever want to attempt. Especially while watching her almost rip the bed handles off of the bed during tough contractions....

To add greater emphasis to my conclusion, I watched Dr. Andrew Rochford, host of an Australian health show titles "What's Good For You", attempt to have his stomach muscles manipulated similar to contractions during labor to try and determine whether men or women had higher pain thresholds.... Here's a hint.... Men lose....

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lucy Marissa

Why was there no 7:00 A.M. post this morning?

I was delivering a baby this weekend!

Thanks to Melissa, Miranda, Dr. Barber and all of the other staff at Hoag Hospital for all of your help!

Welcome to the world Lucy Marissa!

Oh yeah, and Happy Birthday to my wife!

Friday, October 23, 2009

My New Favorite Quote

The artwork was done by a woman named Barbara in Virgina Beach. Her art is simple, but it's really cute.... Here are a couple more or her pieces....

You can go to see more of Barbara's art by clicking this link to her flickr page.....

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Never Underestimate The Power Of A Good Story

R. Kelly could have taken a few hints from this guy....

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Let's Get Motivated With George W. Bush

Let's pack up the van and get ready to go San Antonio! $19.00 to have George W. Bush motivate your whole office? Who better to motivate us than one of the most despised men in the United States of America?

I do think it's pretty awesome that Bill Clinton makes millions of dollars for speaking at events, and can send your entire office to see George W. Bush and friends for $19.00.

The Fun Theory - Update #2

Here's another Volkswagen 'The Fun Theory' commercial! Volkswagen turned a bottle bank (recycling bank) into an arcade-type game. Whenever a light on the bottle bank would flash, the recyclers would need to insert a bottle into the hole with the corresponding flashing light.... 100 points for if a bottle was inserted in the correct hole.... Again, Volkswagen installed the 'bottle bank arcade' to see if adding a little fun to recycling trash would encourage people to recycle more....

Volkswagen says that during one night, their bottle bank was used by nearly one hundred people.... That same night, the bottle bank nearby was used twice....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Amazing Hockey Shot

Did anyone else know that they've been playing professional hockey for a month now? I'm not a huge fan of hockey (note: They've been playing professional hockey for a month now and I hadn't noticed the season had started), however, trick shots excite me to no end....

This is a video of 9 year old Oliver Wahlstrom's shootout attempt in the Boston Bruins "TD Bank Mini 1-on-1" competition. It's an amazing shot.... He spins the puck up on his stick, then spins around himself and hurls the puck into the net.... Oliver currently plays in a league full of 12 year old hockey players, and I bet he embarrasses them all....

Monday, October 19, 2009

Banned Costume

Halloween is coming, and it's time to decide what costume you're going to wear.... Target stores are removing a costume from their shelves after a Southern California immigrant rights group said the costume was offensive to immigrants.

A representative for Target said the store never intended to sell the outfit, but included it in its online offerings by mistake.

Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are furious....

Friday, October 16, 2009

Go Gadget Go

My new favorite street performer..... This guy apparently performs in Sydney, Australia.... I'm assuming he makes hundreds of dollars a day. He'd make tons of money on Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.

He makes me want quit my job so I can start my own one man band. I already have a head start.... I can play a pretty mean 'Hot Cross Buns' on the recorder.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

One Man - Five Octaves

It's like he's Mariah Carey in a man's body. Watch this man sing his entire five octave range.... Incredible.... Simply incredible.....

P.S. Watch the entire video.... It's worth it....

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

It's Almost Christmas

Do you remember the good old days, when you could buy a diamond encrusted pen or a charter flight into space from Neiman Marcus?

Apparently, the economy has hit Neiman Marcus.... This year, the most expensive item in the catalog is the "His and Hers Sport Aircraft and Pilot Training For Two" for only $250,000! If you think about it though, it's extravagant, but it's not that bad of a deal..... Apparently the FAA has a new 'sport pilot license' that is easier and faster to get, and it applies to aircraft that fly lower than 10,000 feet in the air....

My favorite item is the 'Cupcake Car'. For only $25,000, you can travel up to 7 miles per hour in your very own cupcake car with matching hat!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Fun Theory - Update

In keeping with the Volkswagen 'The Fun Theory' commercial theme, Volkswagen installed a sound emitting motion sensor in a trash can in the park. Whenever someone would put a piece of trash into the trash can, it would sound like the trash can was a deep pit.... Again, Volkswagen installed the 'deep trash can' to see if adding a little fun to the tossing out the trash would encourage the park-goers to throw away more of the litter in the park....

Volkswagen says approximately 57% more trash was disposed of in the 'deep trash can' than in the trash can across the way....

The Fun Theory

Have you seen 'Big' with Tom Hanks, and the scene where Tom Hanks rocks out and plays 'Heart and Soul' on the over sized floor piano? In an ad campaign, titled 'The Fun Theory', Volkswagen installed a 'stair piano' right next to an escalator in a subway station in Stockholm, Sweden. Volkswagen installed the 'stair piano' to see if adding a little fun to the stairs will encourage the subway travelers to use the stairs rather than the escalator, promoting fun and exercise.

Volkswagen says 66% more people used the stairs after the piano was installed..... I like this marketing idea almost as much as I liked the Saturn commercials that encouraged Saturn owners to wave at each other.

P.S. Thanks to my Mother In Law for sending me this video....

Monday, October 12, 2009

Aunt Sis Blanket

We received Lucy's 'Aunt Sis' blanket in the mail on Friday, and it's beautiful. My Aunt Sis makes a quilt for every baby born into the family. Every night, as we're heading to bed, Noah can't relax until he cuddles up with his 'Aunt Sis' blanket. Here are some pictures of the beautiful quilts. It's kind of difficult to see the patterns in the pictures, but if you click on them, you can see a larger version of the pictures...

Front of Lucy's Aunt Sis Blanket

Back of Lucy's Aunt Sis Blanket

Front of Noah's Aunt Sis Blanket

Back of Noah's Aunt Sis Blanket

Friday, October 9, 2009

New York's Lottery Of Cuteness - Update

Do you remember that insanely cute commercial from New York's 'Sweet Million' Lottery? Yet again, it looks like the New York 'Sweet Million' Lottery is trying to sell us another bowl full of cute with this new commercial.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Merideth Vieira On Who Wants To Be A Horny Game Show Host?

Ugh.... Watch as Merideth Viera throws herself at a young officer in the Navy on 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'. It just keeps on getting creepier and creepier as the video goes on.

If you're too strapped for time to watch the entire video, you can skip to the following points in the video:
  • At 1:27 into the video, Merideth Viera calls the contestant a 'miracle', and then confesses that she's an 'old, horny woman'.
  • A 1:42 into the video, Merideth Viera asks the contestant a question about 'wet willies', and then tells the contestant he can stick his wet finger 'anywhere he wants'.
It was like I was watching a VH1 dating show, rather than 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Soldier And A Father

Why can't they just come home? I'm not being serious, I know why they can't come home, but seriously, I have trouble leaving my child and wife for work in the morning. I can't imagine having to leave them for a day at work, let alone a tour of duty.

This family photo that shows a little girl beside her father and his fellow soldiers in uniform as they prepare to head off for Iraq. "Four-year-old Paige Bennethum really, really didn't want her daddy to go to Iraq," said a reporter for NBC in Philadelphia. "So much so, that when Army Reservist Staff Sergeant Brett Bennethum lined up in formation at his deployment this July, she couldn't let go, and no one had the heart to pull her away."

The commanding officer allowed Paige to say goodbye as her dad prepared to ship off from Fort Dix.

Do you remember the video of the father who was serving in Iraq coming home and surprising his son? Or the video of the father who was serving in Iraq coming home and surprising his daughter?

I've got to stop looking at these things.... They break my heart every time.....

What an honor it is to have men and women give up so many things that are important to them to protect us....

Spiderman Lizard

This 'Spiderman Lizard' is the new hot item in the United Kingdom. Pet stores can't keep them in stock.... Native to Africa, the lizard's colors resemble that of the Marvel Superhero Spiderman.... Now that Marvel is owned by Disney, you're going to see them everywhere....

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

What Flavor?

What flavor of Doritos do you think this is? I bet they taste like crushed nuts.... Boom! That just happened.... I just blew your mind!

Amazing Prediction

Today marks the end of the amazingly long baseball season, with a one game playoff between the Detroit Tigers and the Minnesota Twins to determine who will win the American League Central Pennant and advance to the playoffs.

Last week, before a game between the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays, Mike Blowers was asked who he thought we should watch during the game, or his "Pick To Click".

Mike Blowers makes the following prediction:
  • Player: Matt Tuiasosopo (Recently called up to the majors)
  • Achievement: First Major League Home Run
  • Location: Second Deck in Left Center Field
  • At Bat: Second At Bat
  • Count: 3 Balls - 1 Strike
  • Pitch: Fastball
Every single part of his prediction came true! Here's the audio of the prediction and the home run call.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Noah's First Round Of Golf

Noah and I got an opportunity to play miniature golf this weekend and he was as cute as ever.... By the way, we played 36 holes, he got 2 holes in one.... I got 0 holes in one.... I must be a really good teacher.... Yeah.... That's it....

Noah stumped by the swinging log.

Noah lines up his putt.

Noah collects his golf ball after a very tricky putt.

Noah celebrating his first hole in one!

After celebrating his first hole in one, Noah has a moment of modesty.

Noah celebrating his second hole in one!

Noah celebrating his win!

Brown Widow Update

Remember those pictures of the brown widow spider that were posted here last week? I found another one.... It's abdomen was about four times the size of the other spiders that I saw last week. I hate spiders.

Here's a close up of that giant beast.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Take That Dallas Cowboys

Damn it! Chicago is now out of the running to host the Olympic games in 2016! Maybe they'd have had a different opinion if America had a few fans like this.... All we'd do is the stupid wave.... Maybe Jerry Jones can install them in Cowboys Stadium.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dog vs. Cat - Cute vs. Cute Title Fight

It's like Ali vs. Frasier! It's the 'Thrilla In Manilla' of cuteness! It's 'Bulldog Who Can't Roll Over vs. Thirsty Cat In Sink'! They might be the cutest videos of all time! You decide.... It's come down to a vote by the judges..... That's right..... It's all in your hands now....


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