Monday, June 23, 2008

Irony & Sarcasm

A lot of humor these days.................well, good humor at least................ has a lot of irony and sarcasm embedded in it.

Like rain on your wedding day,
Like a free ride when you've already paid,
Like good advice that you just didn't take,
.....................and 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.........

............and like sublimely quoting a very popular song that probably no one will actually know.....

Either way, intelligent humor takes more than a mediocre mind to be worthwhile.
Its a fact -- stupid people don't like smart humor.

Because they don't understand it!! DUH!!

Besides, research shows that sarcasm is indeed widely believed to be an evolutionary survival skill. It takes intelligence to understand sarcasm and dumb people just don't get sarcastic humor.

Anywayz - today we mourn the passing of one of the great comedic geniuses of our time -
George Carlin.

While he was capable of incredibly versatile acting, he was known for his outrageous comedy.
Anyone who knows anything about comedians knows his famous routine, "7 Words"
It was all about the 7 words that are taboo to say on public radio/TV :
shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits


This was before Richard Pryor or Eddie Murphy - both legends as well.

Oh well............either way, RIP George Carlin.

But, here's a story that even George would find beautiful irony in:

A convicted sex offender won a $57 million lottery!!!



Not only is this guy a registered sex offender, but he was also guilty of breaking and entering.

How's THAT for irony, eh?????

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Kudos To Honda

I drive a Honda Civic.

Not exactly a chick-magnet or something that will turn heads when I rev the gas at a stop light, but, I'm a fan of Hondas.

This is my 2nd Civic and a lot of my family and friends drive Hondas as well.
They're safe, they're reliable and resale value is fantastic.

Those reasons alone had gotten me to have a lot of respect for the company, but now I have another huge one:

Honda just rolled out their new zero-emission hydrogen car.
It runs on hydrogen and electricity and emits nothing but pure, clean H2O.

Now it seems like you always hear about car companies with hydrogen-powered cars, but Honda has officially put them into production -- with a few dozen given to people in California to test drive for a while.

I'm not trying to sound like a commercial for the company, but I'm once again very impressed by their initiative and it just makes me a bigger fan since I'm kinda into saving the environment.

I personally recycle all the paper, cardboard, glass, plastic and aluminum that I can.
I even recycle my plastic bags, and I've already replaced several of my standard lightbulbs with CFLs. I keep my AC temp a little higher, and my heat temp a little lower. I shut off lights and appliances when they're not being used, and I take mass transportation.

OK OK I know I've made my point.....................I'm no hippie, but c'mon -- we only have 1 world and we've been fucking it up for so long now that we have to start changing our ways, and thanks to Honda, there's now a realistic way to make driving a lot less of a pollutant than it currently is.

Good job, Mr. Honda!!

.....and now.........some humor....

Monday, June 9, 2008

Men's Health Urbanathlon

For those wondering what my little poll is on the right...............

I'm contemplating entering the 2008 Men's Health Urbanathlon.

Its pretty much a run/obstacle course in NYC in September that is designed to really test your fitness.

The total length of the course is 8.1 miles, BUT that includes
52 stories of stairs!!

Thats right -- part of the race includes running up and then back down 52 floors worth of stairs.

Then there's also Marine hurdles, Jersey barricades, Culvert Crawls, The Wall, and hurdling over New York City taxis.

Sound like fun or what!??!?

So.......................take my little poll on the right and tell me what you think.
Its totally anonymous, so I can't see who selected what, or even who voted at all.

So do you think I should do it????????????????????

Monday, June 2, 2008

Nothing Like a Good Book

Contrary to what some may think of me, I actually do try to read every once in a while.

Now when I say read, I'm excluding magazines and websites, which I'm ALWAYS reading.......

No, instead, when I say read, I mean a real solid BOOK.
YES - like one with actual paper pages.

Just this weekend, I finished reading this book:

Its one of the first books in a long time that I felt compelled to finish because of how endearing I found it to be. Its somewhat of a memoir about four men that met through their love of baseball and how the friendships they formed with each other transcended their brief careers in the sport. Ted Williams -- a legend to anyone who knows anything about baseball -- is one of the four and a centerpiece to their relationships with each other.

Yes, of course, there's a lot of baseball speak, but that just forms the basis of describing the strong bond that these guys formed and how all their vastly different personalities melded together into a beautifully touching life-story.

Anyway..........I loved it.
Thanks, Day!!

So, next on my list.......................

I've had this one lying around for a while now and never really touched it, but I seem to have found a new desire to read more, so I'm trying to make it last as long as I can.
Truman Capote supposedly went crazy after he wrote this book.
.....not surprising since its a true-to-life account of a gruesome shotgun murder of a family of 4 as told by the men who did it.
We'll see how good it really is..............................

Anyway, I figure I'd leave with something that amazed me.
You may have heard of flying fish.
They call them flying fish because they can jump out the water for long distances...
but THIS sucker is the realest flying fish I've ever seen!!
This, to me, is either a crazy fluke of evolution or a leap forward for it.
Either way, I've never seen anything like it, so enjoy!!