Monday, March 14, 2005

Holly's TV Adventure

My friend, Holly, was featured on an hourlong program on the Discovery Channel, Conception to Birth. We saw her, and also her husband Peter and daughter Zoƫ. I've mentioned Holly before, and this makes her my second most famous TV friend. Fortunately, I'm married to my most famous TV friend.

Here is the current schedule for showing the program:

  • Mar 14 2005@ 12:00 AM
  • Mar 17 2005@ 09:00 PM
  • Mar 18 2005@ 12:00 AM
  • Mar 20 2005@ 04:00 PM

My presumption is that further airings can be found here.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Photos from the LA Marathon

I posted these pictures using Picasa and Hello: Posted by Hello

This is a view from one of apartment buildings in my complex. You can see the runners way down there on the street.

I'm so impressed that someone bothers to carry that so far. Or maybe they picked it up about 50 feet ago just for the cameras.

There are cameras taking pictures, which is why this runner is raising his hands.

Half the fun was watching the fans.

Cause what you need during a marathon is a little challenge.

I am told this is called a 'catepillar' as in "Honey, I'm calling you from inside the catepillar."

Saturday, March 12, 2005

I've arrived.

That's it. I've finally made the big time. I received an offer in the mail to consider membership to the Beverly Hills Country Club, whose board of governors include:
  • Buzz Aldrin
  • Jimmy Connors
  • Merv Griffin
  • Leslie Moonves
  • Jim Nabors
  • Matthew Perry
  • Tom Selleck
So, I don't need to be snide about this; I was more in shock, to be honest, but I realized that what most likely happened is that someone got a list of Google employees in Los Angeles and took a chance that I was newly rich. Turns out that I'll disappoint them. Look, I can't even afford a frickin' house in Los Angeles! But hey, thanks for the offer.

Sunday, March 06, 2005

Miscellaneous Stuff

  1. Last night we saw the an 'enhanced reading' of the opera The Tree, by Peter Wing Healey. Peter's desription of the show is:

    a tree spirit falls in love with an architect
    a developer expands his empire of sprawl
    a new city rises from the agony of death

    It was a mix of tongue in cheek with great characters, well-sung music. The story was nice, but I felt that it wavered a bit too much. That's all I really want to say. It's a good thing that I have such a wide breadth of opera experience which consists entirely of: an english-language version of The Barber of Seville for Kids, Rigoletto at the Metropolitan Opera, and Death of a Tree. Oh, and Tommy, if you count that.

    The cast was largely character actors and opera singers. The narrator was David Brisbin, whose wife, ER's Laura Innes, was in the audience. She is really quite beautiful in person.

  2. This afternoon, while walking through the Farmer's Market, I saw J. K. Simmons, from the Spider Man movies and The Ladykillers eating lunch with his family. It's starting to sink in that movie actors are very much like regular people.

  3. Today was the LA Marathon. The 30K mark passes the entire south entrance of our apartment complex, so I took many pictures. I will post some before too long.

As seen on Lessig Blog

The new FOX Blocker is a wonderful device for blocking the Fox News channel on your TV. It looks like a basic cable TV channel blocker, since as you place your order, you have to indicate which channel broadcasts FOX News. Does that mean if I give the channel number for another news station, such as MSNBC? Will it do nothing? What about if it were a different Fox channel, but not a news channel, such asFOX Sports? What about FX? Bravo? PBS? Will it filter programs that are produced by FOX but aired, in syndication, on The WB? Cause I'm not putting anything on my TV that blocks Married With Children.

This reminds me of a little story from my ski trip two weeks ago, one which I neglected to tell anyone, including my wife. On the last day, I left a little early to chill out and read the newspaper, so I went to one of the mountain's coffee houses. I was wearing my awesome Google sweatshirt. The woman behind the counter asked me if I worked for Google and I said that I did. She said she loved Google alot. "I used to have as my home page but now I have Google News as my home page." I only say: Hooray for Google.