Friday, June 27, 2008

Furry Fandom

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Sadly, I did not schedule accordingly as I've seemingly missed the EVENT of the year each time I visited.

Welcome to Anthrocon 2008.

:: General Rating of the Convention and Public Decorum ::

Anthrocon prides itself on presenting an atmosphere that is comfortable for anthropomorphics fans of all ages and from all walks of life, and Anthrocon members are expected to act accordingly. All convention areas are considered to be "PG" at all times, with the exception of events or exhibits that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is monitored by Anthrocon Security staff.

Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon. You will be asked to express your devotion to your significant other either in less conspicuous ways, or in private.

My good friend, B, introduced me to this fascinating event earlier today and thank goodness she did because now I have entertainment for the entire day. I myself have never met a so-called "anthropomorphist," (not the official term) but you can only imagine my intrigue. [Please note: Bridget is NOT a follower; she is merely fascinated by this so-called lifestyle and reads for pure entertainment.]

One anxious anthropomorphist was a week early, but he must have used that time to prepare for what he clearly acknowledges as his best week ever - Vh1 style.

Oh and don't you worry - there are volunteer opportunities if you left your costume at home. Don't be shy - let your love for the furry show.

Or not.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Small but Mighty

You know when you copy and paste a link to send someone only to find it takes up basically the whole screen? Fret no more, my friend.


It's that simple. This gem of a website takes that longer-than-Mary-Poppin's-most-famous-song-title link and turns it into a tiny URL.

Try it and you'll be talking tiny for weeks.

Ladies and Gentlemen Reading This Post

We spend a lot of time complaining. We don't take the time to stop and smell the roses because another deadline has passed or there's just not enough time. Sounds like an excuse to me.

As I was getting my hair cut the other night, I was talking to my "stylist" (makes me sound like a celebrity) and we came to the conclusion that one can only complain so much. If life is that hard or that terrible, do something about it. This got me to thinking of a great speech by Baz Luhrmann called "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)."

So listen to it
:: watch it
:: soak it in

:: live by it
because as cliche as it is, life is too short to be anything but happy.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Feelin' blue? Not today!

According to Cliff Arnall's math formula, today (aka the first official day of summer 2008) is the happiest day of the year:

O + (N xS) + Cpm/T + He

O stands for being outdoors and outdoor activity, N is connection with nature, which is in full bloom now, S is socialisation with neighbours and friends, Cpm stands for childhood positive memories, T is the mean temperature which is now usually warm, and He is holiday expected.

Therefore, O + (N xS) + Cpm/T + He says today is the happiest day of the year.

So eNjOy ToDaY!

(info courtesy of: and

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What cha listenin' to?

As I strolled to work this morning and "Good Mornin'" from Singin' in the Rain came on my iPod randomly, I couldn't help but think the response I would get if someone asked me what I was listening to. Or when I'm at the gym and I find that "That's How You Know" from Enchanted inspires me to run faster.

I am going to take a poll. I will stop each person listening to music and see what song they are listening to.

Then I'll make some new friends (or enemies, pissed I interrupted their listening experience) and find new music (or music that I would never recommend to my worst enemy).

Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy 100th, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game"

The classic song that we all know and love so well during the infamous 7th inning stretch is 100 years old this year, written by Jack Norworth.

1908 Version
Katie Casey was baseball mad,
Had the fever and had it bad.
Just to root for the home town crew,
Ev'ry sou
Katie blew.
On a Saturday her young beau
Called to see if she'd like to go
To see a show, but Miss Kate said "No, I'll tell you what you can do:"

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowds;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

Katie Casey saw all the games,
Knew the players by their first names.
Told the umpire he was wrong,
All along,
Good and strong.
When the score was just two to two,
Katie Casey knew what to do,
Just to cheer up the boys she knew,
She made the gang sing this song:

Take me out to the ball game,
Take me out with the crowds;
Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
I don't care if I never get back.
Let me root, root, root for the home team,
If they don't win, it's a shame.
For it's one, two, three strikes, you're out,
At the old ball game.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Mark says the darnest things.

:: "I work with a Jean. But she doesn't look like a Jean. More like a Carol. With a K sound"

:: "You're the Jesus of the Moment!"

:: "Don't make a pond out of spilled milk."

:: "Dad, if you're a pimp, it means you have bitches."

:: "I just feel that I need to settle."

Friday, June 13, 2008

Oh Ricky, you're so fine

[Please note: Idea inspired by M.E.D.]

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Males: When in doubt, order a burger

Going out to eat can be traumatizing enough, without having to worry about how much of your food ends up on your clothes (oh, that's just me?). Here are a few tips for guys when eating out with a female friend. And coming from a female, she's right on the money:

You eat like a man.

Hint: We like men hungry.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Typical conversation with Daddy Joe

Talking about the movie, "The Mist":

me: "were there any really famous people in it?"

him: "well, not really, but i swear someone from 'picket fences' was in it.
me: [i just look at him]
him: "wait, that's not right. wisteria avenue?"
me: [still looking]
him: "shoot. i always do this. DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES!"

Impressive. Only took him three times to get the name of the show right!

For the record, there was no one from "Desperate Housewives" in the movie.

Real Simple

Every so often, the magazine impresses me with a few good quotes:

"If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."

"I am thankful for the mess to clean after a party because it means I have been surrounded by friends."

[Nancie J. Carmody]

"Every day may not always be good, but there's something good in every day"

Friday, June 6, 2008


"I saw a vino. He was eating grapes. I was like, 'Dude! You have to wait!'"

Curious George

So I am getting out my wallet to pay the nice Dunkin' Donuts lady for my iced coffee when I glance at the one dollar bill I am about to hand over. It had purple ink printed on it. Curious, I opted to hang onto it and pay her in the millions of other singles I had.

I pulled out the purple-printed single once I was in the car and noticed that it read "Please help record this bill's life history. Currency tracking project." Near the bottom, there was a website to visit: I was intrigued. Welp, curiousity killed the cat so I headed towards a computer and jumped on the site. Ridiculously cool idea. It is really as it says - it tracks the currency as it floats around the country. I plugged in the serial number, series number and my zip code to find that the bill I had in hand originated in Wisconsin, starting March 1 and it came directly from a bank. Makes sense since this bill is basically brand new.

The bill has traveled 94 miles in 97 days and is now 84 miles from its starting location. I'm fascinated. Such a neat idea.

Now I must spend wisely for I have no clue who's getting this dolla next...

Monday, June 2, 2008

Craig who?

I don't know who Craig is, but his list is impressive.

I'm not even mad, I'm impressed...

Gotta give credit to a 19 year old smart enough to anticipate getting kicked only to have a ticket ready to re-enter sans octopus...