Stuff about me or my family.
Way back in the history times when I was a child in the suburbs of Buffalo, I had a small TV in my bedroom. With the bent rabbit ears, I could pick up a small handful of channels and the clearest was WNED PBS, channel 17. As part of their “cultural offerings”, the channel showed British Comedies each evening ending with an episode of “Benny Hill” at 10 and “Dave Allen at Large” at 10:30.
Benny Hill’s antics – and his scantily clad Angels – may have gotten all of the attention, but I connected with more Dave Allen’s brand of intimate, laid back, yet deeply challenging humor. At the age of nine or ten, I often didn’t understand what he was talking about, but adored the quiet passion which which he said it.
He had a powerful ability to lovingly mock the institutions of authority, especially religion, while maintaining a genuine respect the people that formed them. Like all great comics, he ran the gamut from serious and complex to silly and shallow, but his body of work has a clear, overarching message: it’s a pretty damn good thing to be alive, so enjoy yourself and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.
This wonderful biography captures much of the feelings that I have, although my exposure to him was quite small.
If you’ve never seen him, do yourself a favor and follow some of the related links. If you’re an old fan, I hope this brings a smile to your face.
This has got to be a familiar situation to some of you.
It’s Ash Wednesday! Last year we reviewed all of the Evil Dead movies, but as things are more hectic this year, we decided to go with a simple, solemn viewing of “Evil Dead 2”.
To add to the festivities, Entertainment Earth has announced an amazing, full sized Ashy Slashy Puppet Prop Replica (pictured) from the amazing Ash vs. Evil Dead series! It’s not coming out until July, but preorders are open.
In the past we’ve shared quotes from the films to spread the wisdom of Ash. This time, let’s delve into the TV show:
Ash on Puppets
Puppets? I hate puppets! Even stunningly handsome ones.
Ash on Traveling
Yes, I’m upset. Yes, I’m behind the wheel. Yes I’m drunk, and maybe my license isn’t the fancy kind from the DMV, but at least I’m drunk!
Ash on Coincidence
You’re the one that grew up your entire life looking for that book and you never found it. Me on the other hand, can’t fart without tripping over that thing, and I fart a lot!
Ash on Exercise
Brand spanking new hand, or…brand new ‘spanking’ hand!
Ash on Meditation
Ruby: I’m not dead you dumb bastard.
Ash: Oh wow, that was weird you were really still for a minute.
Ash on Racial Etiquette
Hey! He’s not “the Mexican” okay? He’s Pablo. “Pablo the Mexican.”
Ash on Education
Okay, uhh…obviously I know exactly what’s going on but, for the sake of these people, maybe you should explain.
Ash on Romance
Linda, from the moment I saw you I realized, that you were one of the only Lindas for me.
Ash on Nostalgia
Wow. Last time I was here I was hopin’ to get laid. Didn’t quite work out that way. I did cut my own hand off with a chainsaw, though. Fun weekend.
So, however you celebrate the glory that is Ash, we hope that you do so surrounded by loving family, strong walls and very few deadites.
I was minding my own business when my wife asked, “Can a bunch of people try and squeeze into your car?” Apparently the high-school is having a scavenger hunt and somehow stuffing innocent Smart Cars full of teenagers is an integral part of it. It took some convincing, but I gave in. Here’s the result:
That’s 2009 Smart ForTwo Passion with nine teenagers stuffed inside. I told them that they could have doubled that if they used toddlers, but they seemed happy enough.
I spent much of December in Southern India for business. I was awash in culture and history yet the most amazing thing I experienced the entire time was the traffic. It’s impossible to accurately describe the semi-organized mayhem, the constant multiaxial motion and the utter and complete lack of fucks-given. Here’s a 10 minute video that’s a pale, sad shadow of what I experienced:
Several years ago we supported an odd little Indiegogo project: the Panono 360° Camera. The group has worked doggedly since to produce the device and strengthen their company. It’s been a long, sometimes frustrating road, but the camera arrived today and some things are worth waiting for! Here’s our first shot:
No, the subject matter isn’t particularly impressive, but the technology definitely is. The camera, about the size of a softball, packs in 36 cameras for a total resolution of 108 megapixels. The images are uploaded to a cloud service where they’re stitched and made available for sharing.
Expect a full review soon! I’ll be visiting Southern India in December, I expect the unit to get quite a workout!
Our Extra-Life 2016 Marathon is over! All told, with various breaks for jobs, prior engagements and at least one scheduled SAT exam, we had involvement from nearly twenty people and raised $873.55 to help sick kids!
Although the marathon is over, you can still donate, if you like! Please click on a team member to do so!
This year was more subdued than previous years, yet still a blast.
We want to thank everybody that helped with this and hope to see them all next year!
We’re about four hours into our Extra-Life 2016 Marathon! There will be some drop-ins later, but we’ve squeezed 16 people into our home and raised over $800 so far!
You can still donate, if you like! Please click on a team member to do so! We’ve playing a lot of classic console games, portable games and board games. There was also an odd digression into completing somebody’s engineering homework…