Eclectic Boogaloo

A general mish-mash of thought, plan, and action, or the lack thereof.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Damn you, Tom Douglass!

A brief moment spent scanning Tom's blog could have been good clean fun. Instead, I stumbled upon his review/recommendation of the game HSX - Hollywood Stock Exchange. I will now infect the rest of you with the idea:

This isn't your usual stock exchange game. Instead of the usual real-world securities, you are trading movies, actors, and directors. The prices fluctuate based on market activity, and are periodically adjusted based on real-world box office numbers. If you can accurately predict the 4-week box office take, you can stand to make a profit. It is incredibly addicting. So when you stop by, put in my username (bizob) as the person who recommended you.

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Friday, March 10, 2006

Another week...

...another weekend that will pass too quickly.

This week was generally unremarkable except for some interesting times after-hours, and the fact that the boss was out, so I got a lot accomplished, and was still able to leave work earlier than usual. Go me.

This week was Boston Restaurant Week. Ashley and I went to Harvest Restaurant near Harvard. The food was good, the wine was great, and the company was spectacular. While very good, the restaurant paled in comparison to Canoe. Of course, that may have something to do with the personal connection with the chef and the absolutely outstanding waitstaff there.

Last night, I accompanied Ashley and her friend from Michigan, Sam, to a "C Function" at MIT. These are cultural events sponsored by the Sloan School of Management, and usually involve food, beverages, and dancing. A good time was had by all. The food and dancing were both great.

Tonight promises to be another spectacular show at The Tribe. Besides, if it's free, it's for me!

Tomorrow, I will be in Rhode Island doing my duty as a board member of The Obscure Company. I guess I haven't mentioned that crew, yet, have I? They raised money for the American Cancer Society while I was there via their signature event: the Obscure Company Sit-a-thon. Think a walk-a-thon, or bowl-a-thon, or do-anything-a-thon, and then take the inverse. Eight grueling hours of sitting on couches in Roger Williams Park. It sounds ludicrous, but it raises thousands of dollars. Sweet. Anyway, I was asked to serve as a member of the Board of Directors in order to help guide the Company on its way to becoming a fully-fledged charitable organization and providing services to the surrounding community.

Sunday is somewhat up in the air, but Ashley's cousin and her roommate will be visiting us for their spring break, so I'm sure we'll find something interesting to do. If nothing else, I'll be in the Jam at ImprovBoston again.

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Sunday, March 05, 2006

How 'bout them apples?

I hate when other people do this, but here we go: this is the second time I'm writing this, due to a computer crash as I finished the other one. Don't you always wonder what wittiness was present in the first draft that will be eliminated in the second because I'm too tired to go as in depth? Yeah, me too. Now, the quick version:

Thursday: I saw some good shows at The Tribe. The highlights were Michelle and Selina's Oscar Moments, and Blue Screen. Hilarious. Blue screen was especially creative and witty. They enacted a complete movie, including dramatic shots, soundtrack, etc.

Friday: Went out with a bunch of co-workers. Had a few drinks, including Bass, Harpoon UFO, Sauza, Sauza, and Sauza. Got the phone number of an incredibly beautiful girl - the prettiest in the four bars we patronized (Cactus Club, The Pour House, Whiskey, and Pizzeria Uno). Sometimes I surprise myself. And yes, it was her real number. Dominate!

Saturday: The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). Eight hours of standardized goodness (or, if you test like I do - like it's a Grand Prix - 5 hours with a 3 hour break in the middle for lunch). The morning was the Communications and Literacy test - cakewalk. The afternoon was the history subject test. This was a collection of some of the most obscure questions about colonial U.S. history followed by some of the most general and easy questions about post-Revolutionary U.S. history, world history, economics, and geography. There were also 2 essay questions that I completely rocked. Dominate! Still, I'm unsure about the outcome of the history exam - if I pass, sweet; if not, I'll have a better idea of what to expect and take a mulligan.

Sunday: Laundry. Oh, and I just got back from Improv Boston where I once again participated in the Sunday Jam. This time around, I got a few different scenes with several different performers. This was much better than last week, at least as far as my performance was concerned, but I still feel as though I'm not quite up to par with some of the other performers. Practice will lead to sweet, sweet perfection.

Alright, hopefully this will post this time, otherwise you'll get the short-short version.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Revisionist History

Hey gang,

I'm going back and adding posts in the past where there once were none. This could get confusing, especially if you've read everything here (you know who you are), and are now wondering why you've missed so much. I will refrain (for now) from monkeying with any of the old postings. It has been suggested that I should mark these new old postings in some way, so I shall. Most likely, I will simply add a note at the end similar to this:

Note: This posting is not actually a contemporary account of the events described herein. All attempts have been made to preserve the factual nature of the happenings here, but truth is not in any way guaranteed.

Sure, that's kind of long and stupid, but it's what I just made up on the fly, so that is what it shall be.

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Monday, February 27, 2006

A new beginning?

So, once again, I find myself starting a new weblog. I can only assume that this venture will end in failure as have all the rest, but perhaps my residing in Boston and attempting to actually get out will evoke experiences from the mundane which I can then write about.

The first plan of action is actually to find and repost old posting from old blogs here in this one space. That way I don't have to go searching through 3 different sites in order to find something I once wrote. I'll give it a try, but if I can't get the dates to stick, I'll just erase them and this paragraph.

So stay tuned fellow adventurers. I only hope that you are giddy with the anticipation of what this might hold.

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Sunday, February 26, 2006

It's like taking flying lessons, then bumping into Orville Wright at the airport.

So those of you who know me, know that Improv is totally my HJ right now. I'm taking classes down at The Tribe (...gather 'round). Well, tonight, I decided to go hang out at Improv Boston. You see, they have this Sunday Night Jam where anybody can sign up to perform after the 2 regular acts have had their fun. So I went to get a little practice (and my fix).

I get there, and there's a bunch of people there, and I notice that it's a significantly older crowd than usually shows up at The Tribe. In particular, there's this ANCIENT guy walking around with a video camera. "Strange," I think, but hey, maybe he's some old improv groupie.

Then the show starts. After the opening warm-up, the first group comes out. They start out and then introduce someone who has been helping them work on some new stuff this week. The old guy stands up, starts to teeter across the stage, and they introduce him: David Shepherd. DAVID FUCKING SHEPHERD!

For those of you who don't know. There once was a woman - Viola Spolin. She begat Paul Sills who knew David Shepherd. Together, they begat The Compass Players. The Compass Players then begat Second City which begat Alan Arkin, Del Close, Joan Rivers, Fred Willard, Peter Boyle, Harold Ramis, John Belushi, Bill Murray, John Candy, Dan Akroyd, Eugene Levy, Gilda Radner, George Wendt, Shelley Long, Dan Castellaneta, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Tim Meadows, Bob Odenkirk, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Tina Fey, Stephnie Weir, and dozens of others. Needless to say, this guy is influential. Now, he actually bolted before Second City, but he and Sills came up with the whole philosophy of improv comedy, thus establishing the pattern for all we know about modern American comedy.

Of course, he didn't stick around past the two main troupes, so he missed my stage debut, but I'm sure he'll hear about me soon enough...

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Sunday, January 01, 2006

New Year's Eve


So New Year's was fun. Not fun in an "I can't find my way home until tomorrow" kind of way, but fun nonetheless. I went out with Ross, his friend Anna, and some of her friends. It was... interesting... I only had about 2 drinks all night, despite how that picture below makes things look.

I did learn one thing, however, and that was this: Radiohead is cool. Actually, I guess I learned a couple of things. Although Radiohead (and also Coldplay) is cool, and a band that covers both of their stuff in inherently intriguing, spending New Year's Eve listening to this band does not lend itself to mindless hedonistic excitement. The band was okay, but it just didn't really get you pumped for midnight.

Apparently other people realized this, as the bar we went to was practically empty. I haven't seen a place that empty since 7:00 p.m. the night before Thanksgiving during a blizzard.

Anyhow, the night wasn't a total loss, as I scored at least one free drink for someone, and I made a new friend. Welcome to knowing me - there is no escape.

On a side note, I don't like baby-sitting drunks. If you're going to get that trashed, please at least TRY to maintain some decorum in public. I mean seriously...

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Note: This posting is not actually a contemporary account of the events described herein. All attempts have been made to preserve the factual nature of the happenings here, but truth is not in any way guaranteed.