Monday, August 31, 2009

Naughty bits

I'm feeling a bit ill today, but should be okay to go to work. Its just a bit of a head cold. One of those ones where you are just filled with nasty fluids. Blah, it should be gone in couple of days.

Well flickr has deleted the account that I use for posting pics of hot guys, so eye candy posts will be off line until I have a valuable photostream up and running. Sorry charlie. This isn't the first time this has happened, but these are free accounts so its not to bad.




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Friday, August 28, 2009

Braves Game

Tuesday night a friend treated Ryan and I to a Braves game. The seats were pretty damn good behind homeplate looking straight up the third base line. Atlanta's Jari Jurrjens went up against Mat Latos from San Diego and it was a pitchers dual for most game. San Diego scored 1st then the Braves tied it up. It ended after 12 innings Padres took the game by one run, playing spoiler. Spoiler is the Padres' position in life right now, I think even if they won the remainder of their schedule they still would never come close to making the playoffs. Thanks Clark I had a Great time :-)










If you look at the ear of the batter. See that white smudge, that is a 95MPH fastball.


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Edward Kennedy 1932-2009


We all knew this day was coming after the Senator's diagnoses of Brain Cancer. He put up a good fight and lived a full life. This was a man that stood by his principals, his country and the state of Massachusetts. Having grown up in Mass, I want to thank the late Senator for his services over the years. My heart and thoughts go out to his friends and Family. The Senators hard work and leadership will sorely be missed. Edward Kennedy passes at age 77.

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The Boston Globe
Beyond Camelot: His shining moments endure
By Peter S. Canellos, Globe Staff | August 26, 2009



Ted Kennedy played a leading role in perhaps the greatest political drama of the 20th century - the dawning of the New Frontier and the soul-crushing assassinations that followed - but he will be remembered by history for his legislative achievements in health care, education, civil rights, and immigration.

The fact that his tangible accomplishments transcended his mythic role in the Kennedy drama attests to the vast extent of his legislative impact. In each of four areas, he dominated legislative politics for more than four decades, spanning ten presidencies, and played a large role in transforming the government’s relationship to the people.

Bill by bill, provision by provision, he expanded government health support to millions of children and the elderly, helped millions more go to college, opened the immigration doors to millions of new Americans from continents other than Europe, and protected the civil rights bulwark of the ’60s through a long period of conservative domination.

And by the time his life ended yesterday, surrounded by loved ones in a gentle scene that contrasted sharply with the violent deaths of his brothers, Ted Kennedy had built a nuts-and-bolts legacy to stand beside that of his presidential brother as a figure of hope and his senatorial brother as a figure of compassion.

“He was always prepared, always worked hard, really managed to get things done,’’ said Michael Corgan, history professor at Boston University. “He’ll be remembered as the foremost senator of his day.’’

Much of the world, however, is only starting to catch up to Kennedy’s legislative accomplishments, having long ago closed their memory bank on him.

There are still tens of millions of detractors who tuned him out in the ’80s, when, as a symbol of liberal excess who was unable to control his appetites, he seemed to belong to the past.

There are, as well, an equal number of admirers who remember him from an even more distant past, as the young man standing up in the face of unspeakable grief, having lost a second brother to an assassin’s bullet.

“My brother need not be idealized or enlarged in death beyond what he was in life,’’ the 36-year-old senator declared, “but be remembered simply as a good and decent man who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it.’’

Many may never be able to separate him from his brothers, believing him to be either an undeserving heir or a noble keeper of the flame. And for them, his death will close the book on a long-running saga that cut a major swath through American political life.

“Most people will remember him best for his brothers, for picking up the Kennedy flag, and for a series of truly unforgettable speeches,’’ said Don Kettl, dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. “But history will likely remember him best for his legislative accomplishments and his ability to build bipartisan support to translate ambitious ideas into lasting law.’’

In fact, Ted Kennedy was always more consistent than his brothers, a pure liberal who believed in the government’s obligation to help the less fortunate. While Jack Kennedy ran for president as a centrist, and Bobby followed a zigzag path from the anticommunist right to the antiwar left, Ted was always a fixed point on the political map.

While most of his colleagues’ eyes would glaze over at the details of spending bill, Kennedy could easily recite the difference between a formula that gave benefits to families up to 30 percent above the poverty level and one that gave benefits to those 40 percent above. He could say just how many families were in that extra sliver and envision the human beings behind the statistics.

Ironically, the lasting scar on his record will be an incident in which he appeared to show insufficient concern for the life of a woman, Mary Jo Kopechne, who died while riding in his car on Chappaquiddick Island. Kennedy didn’t report the accident for eight hours.

“I think he finally put Chappaquiddick behind him not so much by doing penance but through public service,’’ said Corgan.

That assessment won’t be universally accepted. There are many who will not forgive Kennedy for Chappaquiddick, just as there were many who instantly forgave him out of respect for his family. This was his fate. Memories of deaths - of Jack’s, Bobby’s, Mary Jo Kopechne’s - shadowed him wherever he went.

He found an escape in good works. And it is for those many deeds that he will be deeply and honestly mourned.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/08/26/beyond_camelot_his_shining_moments_endure/


The Boston Globe has a good mini series about Senator Kennedy here is the link for it http://www.boston.com/news/specials/kennedy/

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

As Jon Said

About a month ago I expressed my disappointment with CNN, which I had been a longtime fan. I came across this on the Daily Show and I have to say Jon Stewart nailed my feeling. I haven't gone to Fox News as many others, I've switched to BBC America, NPR and news outlets on the web. I have to agree with Jon Stewart they have lowered intellectual level of the reporting.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
CNN's Just Sayin'
www.thedailyshow.com
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Full Episodes
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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Fresh Baked


Some you may remember that had baked some bread about a month or so ago. Well today I made two more loaves to go with the Tomato sauce and dinner. This recipe is really easy and I do not have a stand mixer so I had to manual do the mixing, making for a good arm work out. I think I have the hang of it, so I wanted to share the recipe in case any of you wanted to give it a try. It tastes amazing and the kitchen still has the lingering aroma of the fresh baked bread. All you need is a little butter maybe some of your favorite jam. As Alton Brown always says "now that is Good Eats!"





French Bread Recipe

makes 2 loaves the size I have in the pic

4 cups bread flour
2 tsp active quick rising dry yeast (one package)
2 tsp salt (kosher)
1 1/2 cups warm water (100-110 degrees)

1. Prepare the yeast using the instructions on the package. Put 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve. Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour in your mixer bowl, add the salt and mix through. Add the yeast mixture while and then pour in the warm water and with your regular mixer paddle, mix on low speed until the dough comes together in a mass. (I don't have a mixer so, I used a wooden spoon and then switched to using my hands.) Switch to the dough hook. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Dough should clear the sides but stick to the bottom. If it is too sticky, add 1 T of flour at a time. If too dry, add 1 T of water to dough to adjust. After 2 minutes, let the dough rest for 5 minutes.

2. Turn the mixer on again and mix for 3 minutes. Take the dough out and place on the counter. Remember that 1/4 cup of flour that we reserved? We’ll use it now. As you knead the dough by hand, incorporate more flour as you need. You might not need it all. Knead by hand until the dough is very satiny, smooth, tight and formed into a nice, compact ball:

Place this dough in a large lightly oiled bowl (I use olive oil). Turn dough over so that all sides have a thin coating of oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm place for 1 1/2 hours. Dough should almost double in size. Punch dough down and form back into a ball. Poke your finger on the surface – the dough should give into the pressure and slowly creep back up.

3. About 1 hour into the rest stage, preheat your oven to 450F (convection 425F). Place your pizza stone, inverted baking sheet or covered cast iron pot into the oven to heat up.

4. Ok, here’s the fun part. Cut the dough into half – you’ll shape one half at a time (keep the other piece under wraps) Pick up the dough – stretch it out until it forms a big rectangle. On your countertop dusted with flour, fold over the ends like this:

Now do a little “karate chop” lengthwise down the middle of the bread and stretch out the long ends again. Fold over in half. The karate chop helps get the middle tucked inside. Pinch all sides shut. This is important – you want to make sure that all ends including the short ends are pinched tightly to create a seal. This allows the bread to rise & expand up and out evenly. If the bread looks a little lopsided, you can try to fix it by letting it rest 5 minutes and gently stretching it out again. Just don’t knead the dough again – you’ll pop all the beautiful gas that took 1.5 hours to create!

5. Turn the bread over so that its seam side down. Cover the loaf with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat with the other dough halve. Leave the loaves to rest on your well-floured pizza peel or cutting board for 30 minutes. After resting, take a sharp paring knife and make 3-4 shallow, diagonal slashes on the surface of the loaf. This allows the steam in the bread to escape so that it expands evenly during the baking process:

When you are ready to bake, remove your baking vessel. Carefully slide the gorgeous loaf into or onto your baking vessel. I like baking one loaf at a time. The most important equipment to have is an instant read thermometer to measure temperature of the bread.

If you are using pizza stone or inverted baking sheet: You can probably fit both loaves on it at the same time if you wish. -> Get a 1/2 cup of water ready next to the stove. Open the stove, put your bread in the oven and throw the water on the oven floor. Immediately close the oven door. This creates your steam. -> Bake 20-25 minutes. Check temperature of the bread – internal should be 190-210F. Remove and let cool before cutting into it.

(I used a cast-iron skillet placed on the lower rack and inverted cookiesheet on the upper rack. But followed the method described here. Be careful of the steam when pouring the water in the skillet.)

If you are using a long cast-iron pot or covered baker: -> Before closing the lid on your pot/baker, put 1/4 cup of water directly in the pot. Cover immediately. Put pot in oven. -> Bake 10 minutes. Remove lid of pot. Bake another 14 minutes. Check temperature of the bread – internal should be 190-210F. Remove and let cool before cutting into it. Repeat with other loaf. (For convection ovens- bake 8 min covered, 10-12 min uncovered. Check temperature of bread) To re-crisp the crust, put in 375F oven for 5 minutes. Eat one loaf, share the other loaf with a friend!

http://steamykitchen.com/75-baking-the-perfect-loaf-of-french-bread.html


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Friday, August 21, 2009

More Lottery Winnings


I'm so glad that I just won $3.2 million dollars, in a lottery that I didn't enter or buy a ticket. I was surprised to see this in my Gmail inbox, they usually do a much better job at filtering SPAM. Yahoo on the other hand there was a time that I was seeing them once or twice a week. I guess, what I always find so humorous about them is the multiple email addresses, names of the people and the country which they are from. It looks like this one is from China. Anyway if you get one of these and haven't figured it out by now this is SPAM. They are on a phishing expedition for your personal information and money. If you don't believe me then be a dumb ass and reply , but don't come whining to me when they screw you over.
I hope that James and Patricia have a great weekend since I won't be replying to them, maybe they will read this blog. I'd rather take my chances with Mega-Millions at least a local school will benefit from my $3 dollars, I think the kitty is at $210 million (fingers crossed).


from Winbestar Lottery Promotion
reply-to fashbco@bluewin.ch
to winbestarlottopromot@yahoo.com
date Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 7:55 AM
subject Congratulation.You won $3,200,000.00
mailed-by bluewin.ch


Follow up message
WINBESTAR LOTTERY PROMOTION
EMAIL: WINBESTARLOTTOPROMOT@YAHOO. COM
Ref Number: 751018906-079
Batch Number: 80137/09

WINNING NOTIFICATION / FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Winbestar lottery promotion programs held on the 6th August, 2009.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 786-12464712-950 with game Number 2171539 drew lucky numbers 3 23 29 37
44 45 which consequently won. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of $3.2m

CONGRATULATIONS !!

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 100.000 company and 1.000.000
individual email addresses and names from Middle East, Asia, Africa, Canada, Europe North and south America, Oceania
and around the world. To file for your claim, please contact your claim agent;

James P. William

Rockview

jampwil3@airsoftmail. com

Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your Winning information confidential until your claims
have been processed. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this
program by some participant.

Please, note that you will be required to pay for the insurance of your winning certificate this fee is not
transferable or deductible from your lottery claim because it has been insured and cannot be tempered with. It is our
way of insuring that payment gets to our winners without been stolen or hacked while on transit to your bank account/or
mailed to you. Be notified also that all winnings must be claimed not later than 22nd August, 2009. After this date all
unclaimed winnings will be null and void. In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications remember to quote your
reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence.

Sincerely,

Patricia Andrews


Update>>> I have gotten the impression that some people may have thought that I was promoting these crooks, I'm not. I'm trying to bring awareness that these people are criminals and this is a scam. If for some reason you did send any information to these crooks, I recommend going to FBI's IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) website to report it here is the link http://www.ic3.gov/default.aspx . Don't be embarrassed, report it to the local authorities and take action to protect yourself.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

These Are My Twisted Words

Okay so they are not my words, but this is a small brightspot in my shitty day (see prior post Clutch). Once again Radiohead knows how to get their fans excited. Their latest single is available for download. The new FREE song : These Are My Twisted Words sounds pretty good and if you are a fan go download it. If you are not, here is a risk free opportunity to check them out.

These Are My Twisted Words

So here's a new song, called 'These Are My Twisted Words'.

We've been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished.
We're pretty proud of it.

There's other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we've been practicing, and which we'll probably play at this summer's concerts. Hope you like it.
Jonny

http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/

http://www.waste.uk.com/Store/waste-radiohead-twisted+words.html


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Clutch


Well this has been a piece of a shit of a year. Like everyone else I've tightened my belt and been trying to cut my expense. I've lost hours at work which hasn't helped and I'm barely able to keep my head above water. Now on top of all of this the clutch in my truck goes so that will be $1,000+ to repair. I can't complain it is the original clutch and it is 14 years old. So it was due, but why now of all times. If I could have afforded a new car payment I would have traded it in and try to take advantage of governments "CARS" program, but I can't. Though after looking into it my truck wouldn't qualify because it gets 18 MPG, so it wouldn't qualify for the full amount. Luckily I have some back up cash so I can afford the repair but that is a serious chunk out that account. Granted that is why I have it but if any other piece of shit hits the fan I'm screwed. Thank goodness there is less than 4 months left in this year, maybe 2010 will be a better year. Okay enough of my bitching and complaining I know a lot more people have more serious problems.

Co-worker: "At least you are helping to stimulate the economy."
Me: "Well who is going to stimulate my economy?"

Enough Said.




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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

So Much To Say

I came across this article today and wanted to share it, because I can relate to Beniot as another gay Dave Matthews Band Fan. I have gotten many of the same reactions from my gay friends. They just don't understand and you really do have to see Dave live to appreciate him. When asked who my favorite musician is? Are usually taken back when its not Madonna, Justin or Brittany and then they hear Dave Matthews, their next comment is, "Are you sure you are Gay?" I'm quite sure and have been for many years. When I was in Boston I made a pretty good friend Tim who is also a DMB fan, much bigger than I and he has probably been to a 100 shows, which I'm envious, if I had the money I would go to as many shows.
If you ever get the chance to see Dave in concert don't pass it up, Go. If you are gay you don't have to be a closet DMB fan.

So Much To Say



Gays may ridicule him about his fascination with the Dave Matthews Band, but author and journalist Benoit Denizet-Lewis loves the group’s front man and is not afraid to admit it.
By Benoit Denizet-Lewis
From The Advocate September 2009
So Much to Say

Back when people purchased their music in stores (and, thankfully, could not yet Twitter about it -- Just passed a hottie on the escalator at Virgin!), a former boyfriend and I went CD shopping. I don’t like shopping, especially on a Saturday when I could be watching college football, but that afternoon I practically skipped to the local record store, where he bought some obscure German CD that his hipster friends were raving about and I grabbed the latest album from my favorite group, the Dave Matthews Band.

“You’re the weirdest gay,” he muttered as I drove us home blasting DMB the whole way. “And what are you going to do now -- play beer pong with some frat boys?”

I just might, I told him, causing him to gasp in the same way he had when I’d announced earlier in the day that I would happily cheat on him if Dave Matthews ever wanted to, you know, “crash into me,” to borrow the title of one of his most popular songs. Never mind that Dave wasn’t my type (he was over 30, for one) or that he was married -- to a woman. I had still fallen madly and unexpectedly in love with him five years before at Northwestern University when my fraternity brothers dragged me to one of his shows.

The brothers and I didn’t share a musical aesthetic (they eagerly mocked my Tori Amos collection), but with the help of some unexpectedly stellar weed from New Jersey, we bonded that night over the jazzy, jam-band sound of Dave and his talented bandmates. I went out the next day and bought the group’s CD, and I was one of the first in line to buy their latest, Big Whiskey & the Groogrux King, which came out this summer.

But Dave Matthews is best appreciated in concert, and I’ve appreciated him nearly 50 times, often dragging along my gay friends, who bitch and moan until they see thousands of hot guys (some accompanied by girlfriends, sadly) dancing to music that my friends invariably end up liking. “This is actually pretty fun,” they say.

How to explain my DMB obsession? According to my former therapist, it is yet another example of my unwillingness to grow up. “You’re 30 now,” she said deliberately, as if breaking some terrible news. “Should you really be going to concerts with cute, stoned, shirtless college boys?”

“Well, if you put it like that, then definitely!” I joked, causing her to shift slightly in her seat and scribble something snooty in her notepad.

It’s tempting to psychoanalyze my obsession with Dave Matthews, but the truth is that I’ve always been an unusual gay. A friend once called me an “artsy jock,” meaning I love theater as much as I love playing and watching sports. I’ve never fit neatly into any one group, and I don’t love sports, Dave Matthews, or Tori Amos because I’m obsessed with appearing masculine, young, or supergay. I love them because I love them. Or, as a friend put it, “You love them because you have shitty taste.”

Still, I am not alone in my shitty taste. Over the years I’ve met many openly gay Dave Matthews fans (and many more Abercrombie-wearing closet cases, who communicate their interest at concerts by ignoring their girlfriends and subtly rubbing against you as they hand you a joint), and you can only imagine our excitement when we first heard the lyrics to the 1996 DMB song “So Much to Say”:



I say my hell is the closet I’m stuck inside

Can’t see the light…

Yeah yeah yeah can’t see the light

Keep it locked up inside don’t talk about it

T-t-talk about the weather

Yeah yeah yeah

Open up my head and let me out little baby…

I find sometimes it’s easy to be myself

Sometimes I find it’s better to be somebody else



Was Dave trying to tell us something, or had he written that song for his gay fans? Maybe, as some straight DMB fans insist, the song isn’t about being closeted -- it’s about the universal struggle to be ourselves. So let me end this story by being myself: My name is Benoit, and I’m addicted to the Dave Matthews Band.
Benoit Denizet-Lewis Lewis is a writer with The New York Times Magazine and the author of America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life. A collection of his previously published writing entitled American Voyeur: Dispatches from the Far Reaches of Modern Life will be published in January.
http://advocate.com/issue_story_ektid103704.asp

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

Incompetent thief

This just makes you go WTF! Ryan forwarded this posting he found on craigslist. It's funny but sad as well. I really hope that these dumbfucks leave this guy alone. It also makes you ask, Where are the Atlanta police? I know it's just a destruction of property or vandalism, and the police have more important things to investigate. But seriously these guys can't be that difficult to catch, it's obvious they that the are fucking stupid. These are a prime example of individuals that have polluted the gene-pool, maybe some will give these fools a couple bottle of Chlorine.
My heart really goes out to the guy who owns this van.

Incompetent thief... let me help you. - m4m - 34 (Grant Park)


Date: 2009-08-07, 7:28PM EDT

It's obvious by now you've has a crush on me and for five weeks, but just don't know how to properly express it to me. First, you broke out my back window at the Earl... but got cold feet and didn't steal anything. Then you tried to drill out my ignition at the King Memorial MARTA Station. I'm guessing you're new at this whole dating thing, because you couldn't close the deal. You messed up the ignition enough to cost me a thousand dollars, but couldn't get the car started because you couldn't bypass the sentry key system. Not two weeks later, you're back AGAIN... and this time tried popping the ignition out AGAIN... and here I am pulling out another grand... AGAIN... because your dumb ass can't fucking follow through.

I'm not even going to go into the fact that you keep trying to steal a modified handicapped accessible van... like that's not really going to stand out on the road or in a chop shop. I'm praying to god you're a thief in a wheelchair and this is the only car you can get into. Or maybe you're a thug with a heart of gold that is trying to get some wheels to get his grandmother around. Or maybe you're just retarded... and I'm guessing aren't too good at this whole being a thief thing.

Your incompetence is costing me a a ton of time and money... JUST STEAL THE FUCKING CAR. If you steal the car I can get the whole thing replaced a lot faster than just getting a new ignition.

So, look. Come over. I'll buy you some 40's and crack... we'll watch youtube videos on how to bypass sentry key systems. My treat.

  • Location: Grant Park
  • it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests



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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Director John Hughes Dead at 59

I really never followed his work directly, but this is a man that created some great and cheesy films that I enjoyed growing up. It wasn't until today that I realized how many that he was involved with in that I really liked. Looking back he created characters that I grew up and could relate to.
Many of these stars owed him a debt of gratitude for really jump starting careers. Hollywood will surely miss his talent as a writer, director and producer. My thoughts go out to his family and friends, Rest In Peace John.

"Life moves pretty quickly, stop and look around once in a while or you might miss it." (John Hughes, Ferris Beuller's Day Off)








'80s teen flick director John Hughes dies in NYC

By Hillel Italie, AP National Writer | August 6, 2009

NEW YORK --Writer-director John Hughes, Hollywood's youth impresario of the 1980s and '90s who captured the teen and preteen market with such favorites as "Home Alone," "The Breakfast Club" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," died Thursday, a spokeswoman said. He was 59.

Hughes died of a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattan, Michelle Bega said. He was in New York to visit family.

Jake Bloom, Hughes' longtime attorney, said he was "deeply saddened and in shock" to learn of the director's death.

A native of Lansing, Mich., who later moved to suburban Chicago and set much of his work there, Hughes rose from ad writer to comedy writer to silver screen champ with his affectionate and idealized portraits of teens, whether the romantic and sexual insecurity of "Sixteen Candles," or the J.D. Salinger-esque rebellion against conformity in "The Breakfast Club."

Hughes' ensemble comedies helped make stars out of Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and many other young performers. He also scripted the phenomenally popular "Home Alone," which made little-known Macaulay Culkin a sensation as the 8-year-old accidentally abandoned by his vacationing family, and wrote or directed such hits as "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Pretty in Pink," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and "Uncle Buck."

"I was a fan of both his work and a fan of him as a person," Culkin said. "The world has lost not only a quintessential filmmaker whose influence will be felt for generations, but a great and decent man."

Devin Ratray, best known for playing Culkin's older brother Buzz McCallister in the "Home Alone" films, said he remained close to Hughes over the years.

"He changed my life forever," Ratray said. "Nineteen years later, people from all over the world contact me telling me how much 'Home Alone' meant to them, their families, and their children."

Steve Martin played lead character Neal Page in the 1987 hit "Planes, Trains & Automobiles."

"John Hughes was a great director, but his gift was in screenwriting," Martin said. "He created deep and complex characters, rich in humanity and humor."

Other actors who got early breaks from Hughes included John Cusack ("Sixteen Candles"), Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club"), Steve Carell ("Curly Sue") and Lili Taylor ("She's Having a Baby").

Actor Matthew Broderick worked with Hughes in 1986 when he played the title character in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

"I am truly shocked and saddened by the news about my old friend John Hughes. He was a wonderful, very talented guy and my heart goes out to his family," Broderick said.

Ben Stein, who played the monotone economics teacher calling the roll and repeatedly saying "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?", said Hughes was a towering talent.

"He made a better connection with young people than anyone in Hollywood had ever made before or since," Stein said on Fox Business Network. "It's incredibly sad. He was a wonderful man, a genius, a poet. I don't think anyone has come close to him as being the poet of the youth of America in the postwar period. He was to them what Shakespeare was to the Elizabethan Age.

"You had a regular guy -- just an ordinary guy. If you met him, you would never guess he was a big Hollywood power."

As Hughes advanced into middle age, his commercial touch faded and, in Salinger style, he increasingly withdrew from public life. His last directing credit was in 1991, for "Curly Sue," and he wrote just a handful of scripts over the past decade. He was rarely interviewed or photographed.



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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

US National Parks

I came across this today Boston.com, they have been running a photo contest where readers can submit there photos of the US National Parks. I have to say they are really breath taking and will worth the time it takes to skim through them. The contest will be judged by filmmaker Ken Burns. He has created the historical documentaries (Baseball, Civil War, War, Jazz and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery) all have which aired on PBS. I have always admired his work, but I don't think I would want this job there are a lot of great photos and he will have a difficult time. Here are a few of the photos that I liked the best. I have to say that I am looking forward watching this series, it's set air on 27th of September.

This is the photo that I submitted.
Taken a trip to a national park? Share your photograph and tell us a little about your adventure. Legendary filmmaker Ken Burns will chose the winning photograph. The grand prize winner will also receive a signed copy of Ken's latest project "The National Parks: America's Best Idea." Check in with us for a chat with Burns in September.
An overcast sunrise at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine

Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Wash.

"Amphitheater" at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

See photos of US national parks http://www.boston.com/travel/getaways/us/galleries/natlparks
Share your photo http://www.boston.com/travel/getaways/us/specials/parkscallout
The rules
Twenty-five of the best entries will be selected by Boston.com staff for a finalists' gallery. Ken Burns will select the grand prize winner. In addition to the distinction of being selected as the winning photographer, she/he will also receive a copy of the film "National Parks: America's Best Idea," signed by the filmmaker.

LIMIT ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Photos must be submitted by Sept. 11, 2009, at noon (EST). The winner will be notified via e-mail on Sept. 17 at 5 (EST). Finalists will be announced on Sept. 16. Employees of the participating partners and The New York Times Co. and their affiliates are not eligible to participate. Personal information will not be shared with any third party and will only be used to contact the contest winner(s). Please view the Boston.com Privacy Policy for more information. See official rules.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Working Weekend

Damn what a weekend. I worked all weekend and it was pretty crazy. It was tax-free weekend here in Georgia, not that we really had anything that qualified at the Crate, just a lunch bag. Which is pretty cool I picked one up for myself I think it was $7 dollars after my discount. It if insulated and a lot better than the Kroger bags that was using. On top of being a duty-free weekend, we had inventory on Sunday. This was the first one that I was not directly involved in, I was the opening manager on Saturday and only manager on Sunday.

The store was busy and I was running around like a chicken that had it's head lobed off. By the time it was time to go home yesterday my feet were aching from walking and running around. They haven't hurt this bad since I was in the navy. So today I'm just going to throw them up on the ottoman and be a slug all day. I should cut the grass but it will wait until Thursday.

Yesterday I started my next chapter at the Crate, I'm no longer going to be doing inventory control, I've moved to department head, but will continue as night manager. It's not a big test I'll be taking on gadgets in the gourmet section. It seems kind of menial, but I had been asking and offering to help with departments since I had transferred to store in 2004. Final after all that time I get my chance.

I am finally starting to reap the harvest from the garden the tomatoes I've been picking for a week or so, Sunday I picked 2 yellow squashes and today a cucumber. I also noticed that there are few more yellow squashes and zucchinis that should be ready in couple of weeks. All of the pepper plants died I don't know if it was fungal or insects but they are dead. The carrots are growing and on the surface look okay, I've never tried them before so I'm not sure what to expect.

Now that you have read through all of the boring crap about my life and work, here are a couple of hotties as a reward. ;-)





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