Monday, August 31, 2009

Quote of the Week- John Hughes

Today we remember the famed film director John Hughes whose films included "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles" with one of his memorable quips (Hughes died several weeks ago):

"I find that screen kissing wears thin very quickly."

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space- Hot Dogs

For those who care, the dogs in this photo are reportedly named Stella and Henry. I wonder if one of them bites?!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Quote of the Week- George Bernard Shaw

Today's quip from the late great English playwright George Bernard Shaw who penned "Pygmallion." I found it in a graphic novel collection of the disturbing, yet brilliant "Elephantmen" comic book series:

"The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of humanity."

Quote of the Day- Sylvia Plath

I consider this to be quiet ironic since this poet committed suicide in her twenties:

"But life is long. And, it is the long run that balances the short flare of interest and passion."

Friday, August 14, 2009

Dead or Alive (4 of 12)- Richard Dawson

Today's spotlight is on former "Family Feud" game show host Richard Dawson. We are asking folks if you think he is dead or alive (Of course, we know the answer!).

Dawson was born on Nov. 20, 1932, in Gosport, England.

He acted in "Hogan's Heroes" in 1965 and then became a panelist on "Match Game 73" in 1973.

Dawson started hosting "Family Feud" in 1976 where he became famous for kissing female contestants.

He then co-starred with Ahnuld in "The Running Man" (1987) where he played a mad tv game show host.

And, Dawson was portrayed by Michael E. Rodgers in the film "Auto Focus" about the life of his "Hogan's Heroes" co-star Bob Crane, who was a sex addict who died under mysterious circumstances in 1978.

Dawson hasn't been heard from much in recent years, but that doesn't mean he is dead (or does it?!).

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

More Silly Photos to Fill Space-Band Aid!

I am still recovering from gall bladder surgery folks!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space- Chicken

Yes, this chicken does not have any feathers!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Quote of the Week- Jerry Garcia

This quote of the week goes out to my cousin Stella who is getting married soon. She is a huge Grateful Dead fan.

But, needless to say chef and author Anthony Bourdain is not, and he said so during a recent episode of the savvy NPR music show "Sound Opinions" (see entry in our sister blog "The Daily Vampire").

Here is this week's quip from the late Jerry Garcia. 'Course, it's about drugs. Harold and Khumar would be proud!:

"And, as far as I'm concerned, it's like I say, drugs are not the problem. Other stuff is the problem."

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beers of the Islamic World (4 of 6) Petra Beer from Jordan

There is an image of Barada Beer from Syria on our sister blog "The Daily Vampire."

So far, I've been able to locate images of beers from Turkey and Egypt as well.

I have a feeling it's going to be hard to find an Afghan beer though!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Silly Photo to Fill Space_ Jaws Lite

He does look a bit more intimidating than "Jabberjaw!"

Quote of the Week-Fidel Castro

This week we quote great dictators. Here is a quip from Fidel Castro the (former) president of Cuba:

"The universities are available only to those who share my revolutionary beliefs."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Know Your Mayors (Entry 9)_ Tom Menino of Boston

A recent issue of "The New Republic" said that Boston's Democratic Mayor Tom Menino, now in his fourth term, faces challenges from two members of city council, including Michael Falherty and Sam Yoon.

Here are some other fun facts about the mayor.

_Born in Boston on Dec. 27, 1942.

-Mayor since 1993. Menino inherited post from Ray Flynn, who was appointed to be the ambassador to the Vatican by Bill Clinton.

_57 percent of Bostonians claimed to have met the mayor.

-First Italian-American mayor of Boston.

-Formed Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York.

-Brought Democratic National Convention to Boston in 2004 when Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) was the presidential candidate.

-Hospitalized several times since taking office, mainly for kidney stones.

_Goals have included better education, affordable housing and lowering crime.

_Helped make Boston the third greenest city in America.