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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Bernie Williams To Play Good Counsel Homes Benefit Show At St. George Theatre

Bernie is playing a benefit concert for Good Counsel Homes at the St. George Theatre on Saturday, October 15.  He plans to play some of his originals as well as some cover tunes – should be a good show!

 

WHERE: 

St. George Theatre

35 Hyatt Street

Staten Island, NY

WHEN:  Saturday, October 15, 2011

Showtime: 8:00pm

Tickets: $100, $75, $51, $30

Purchase via Ticket Master or call the St. George Theatre 718-442-2900 during box office hours

St. George Theatre box office hours:

Monday 9:30am – 2pm
Tuesday – Friday 9:30am – 2pm
Saturday: Closed unless show is scheduled.
Sunday: Closed unless show is scheduled.

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Awesome ‘Bern Baby Bern’ Merchandise at RAB Store

I just picked up the ‘Bern Baby Bern’ tote bag so I can take Bernie grocery shopping with us.  That’s how I roll.

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If that is not, in fact, how you roll, there are plenty of other choices like t-shirts and what not you can get this design applied to.  You can satisfy all of your ‘Bern Baby Bern’ needs at the River Ave Blues shop found here.

Bernie Williams to play Charity Softball Game and Concert in Ridgefield, CT

Two events, one day – all Bernie Williams!

Bernie is playing a charity softball game and concert at The Ridgefield Playhouse.  The game starts at 1pm on the field next to the Playhouse and the performance is later that night at 8pm.  (Wow – the concert conflicts with the time for game 2 of the ALDS!)  The game is reputed to be played by Bernie Williams and Friends, but I haven’t been able to find out exactly who that means. Read the rest of this entry

Breakfast with Amy’s Tofu Scramble

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Much to my surprise, Amy’s Tofu Scramble was a microwaved breakfast delight.  I have high tofu scramble standards and was not disappointed.  I was skeptical of the side of tomatoes, but they ended up being a welcomed addition.  If you’re vegan (or have high cholesterol or just want to try something different) and don’t mind the price tag, I’d check out Amy’s Tofu Scramble.

Bernie Williams Allusion on The West Wing

Ever watch that show The West Wing?  I watched the hell out of that show – you can’t beat Martin Sheen!!

Anyway, check out this scene – Martin Sheen’s character, President Bartlett, makes a great allusion to Bernie Williams to make a fantastic point.

President Bartlet: The center fielder for the Yankees is an accomplished classical guitarist. People who like baseball can’t like books?

From the episode Posse Comitatus, which originally aired on Wednesday May 22, 2002.

The most influential person in music over the last 25 years

The advent of digital music and the MP3 digital music format has changed music in ways its inventors could never have forseen.  Strangely, the inventors of the new medium aren’t nearly as important as the man who brought the MP3 into our lives.

The MP3 took many years and people to develop.  I once heard one of the project leaders say they thought they were done, but the A Capella intro to the song Tom’s Diner by Suzanne Vega gave them a lot of trouble.  Yet I can’t name a single member of the team or anyone else that contributed to the MP3, but Shawn Fanning’s Napster dropped the technology right into our laps.

I decided I wanted to write something about Napster after WNYC’s Sound Check gave their own The most influential person in music over the last 25 years award to Steve Jobs for the iPod.  I don’t think I was aware of compressed digital music before Napster and the idea that the means of making the MP3 portable is more important than the format itself is hard for me to swallow.  The guy who brought me the format is more important than the guy who made it easier to haul around.

Welcome to the NEW BernieWilliamsDay.org

bernie-williams-51Well, another September 13 has come and gone and STILL no Bernie Williams Day at Yankee Stadium!  Maybe 2012 will be the year…

Until then, welcome to the new BernieWilliamsDay.org!!!  Sign the petition today!

Sports Illustrated cover has ‘ass’ on it

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So Sports Illustrated’s cover has ‘ass’ on it – and it’s “sweet live ass” at that.  Huh.  I didn’t read the article and I don’t know what they’re referring to, but this strikes me as strange.

Star Wars Saga Is Changed Again – This Time For Blu Ray

Ugh, let’s get this over with.

If you’re old enough to remember when the original Star Wars Trilogy was re-released in theaters in the 1990s, then George Lucas mucking with his movies is nothing new to you.  I try to keep in mind that the man himself once said, “Movies aren’t finished, they’re abandoned,” and I can totally understand that sort of mantra, but at some point, it’s time to let go.  From what I’ve been able to find splattered across this here thingy we call the internet, here are all of the changes to the Star Wars saga in all their pointless or horrible glory.

THE PHANTOM MENACE

  • Yoda is digital now… I’m kind of OK with this one – wasn’t a big fan of the puppet’s look in this movie.

A NEW HOPE:

  • They changed the noise Obi-Wan makes when he scares the Sand People away.
  • When R2-D2 is hiding from the Sand People and Obi-Wan takes off his hood and says, “Come here, my little friend,” R2 is hiding behind a lot more rocks than he used to be… and I have no idea how he managed to wheel himself into that position
  • Greedo still shoots first, but they changed the timing again – so it’s almost like they shoot at the same time, but Greedo is the worst shot in the galaxy and has never fired a weapon ever and has no interest in claiming the reward money from Jabba the Hut that he just said he wants so bad – otherwise, he could have shot him before he said, “Going somewhere, Solo?”  Didn’t George Lucas take any basic logic courses in college?

RETURN OF THE JEDI

  • The shot of Jabba’s Palace’s door is different for no reason I understand.
  • Wicket blinks now…  I used to spend a lot of time wondering why the the Ewoks didn’t blink.
  • More Tie fighters show up during the beginning of the battle over Endor when Lando says, “Fighters coming in!”
    • I’m actually OK with this one – in this case, the more then merrier.

And finally, the most horrifying of all:

Darth Vader Yells, “Noooooo!” before throwing the Emperor.

This is fucking garbage.  It just sounds bad…  ugh.  It’s terrible.  Nuff said.

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Starbucks Gold Card

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Starbucks sent me a Gold Card as a membership upgrade – who knew such a thing existed?  It’s pretty much the same as my old Starbucks card, but it does have a few additional bells and whistles.  For example, its guady design and my name on the front.

As a vegan, there isn’t really any other coffee chain to turn to besides Starbucks when it’s time to get my soy milk and latte on, so I’m a loyal customer… but they didn’t need to send me a card with my name on it so I can prove to everyone that at least one major corporation is aware I have an addiction to their product.

Anyway, now my Red Card can suck it- it’s all about the Starbucks bling up in here!

Tapatio Kimonos Salsa Picante Potato Chips by Ruffles are vegan!

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My never ending search for vegan snacks has led me to Tapatio Kimonos Salsa Picante Potato Chips by Ruffles – they are vegan and they are awesome!

Beyond the fact that vegan snacks produced by a major corporation (however accidentally) rank high on the awesomeness scale, the Tapatio Kimonos Salsa Picante Potato Chips have a nice spicy kick to them which is paired with a hint of lemon to insure general ass-kickingness.  I highly recommend them!

Comic books in children’s media

I love comic books and I think they can be adapted for children, but there is a line.

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I grew up on all sorts of violent media:  He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, GI Joe… if I was watching it, someone was getting punched in the face.  Of course, I also loved comic books (and still do), but adapting this sort of thing to a story book is tricky.  The biggest stumbling block is that story books are generally the sort of thing that, for this particular age group, are a shared experience between parents and children, and it doesn’t need to be an uncomfortable experience.

GETTING IT WRONG:

Captain America, The First Avenger:  The Great Escape

This novelization of the movie of the same name only encapsulates one scene – when Cap finds out that his best friend from home, Bucky, has been captured by the Nazis.  (I know the ‘N’ word doesn’t get tossed around a lot in the movie, but that’s what they are… and, if you think about it, they’re sorta Super Nazis!)   Just look at this page:

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When I show this to people, they don’t even read the entire page before they look up and say, “This is ridiculous,” or “Is this real?  Did you photoshop this?”  Do you want to explain to your kid what a casualty list is?  I think not.  I love Captain America and he’s a great role model for kids (although fictional characters shouldn’t really be role models for kids), but this is going too far.

Star Wars:  The Story of Darth Vader

Because the kids have got to learn about Darth Vader somehow, right?  Better that it comes from you and they don’t pick it up on the streets.  That way, when they have to confront Darth Vader in their daily lives, it’ll be in its proper context.  Stuff like this:

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"Proper context THIS!"

Children’s literature needs more images like this.  Remember kids, train yourself to let go of all that you fear to lose, or you’ll end up like THIS!  THIS!!!

GETTING IT RIGHT:

DC Super Friends:  Heroes United

Ah, here we go:

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See, this is how it’s done – get together with Aqua Man and go tubing!  Hooray!!

I’m not sensitive and I don’t have kids, but some of this stuff is too much.  Often, I find that we insulate  kids too much from experiences that would help them grow (modern playgrounds are a good example of this), but the fall of Anakin Skywalker probably doesn’t need to get added to the story book shelf.

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