Sunday, July 27, 2008

Careful on the GIS

So tonight I screened the classic "Boys from Brazil" with Gregory Peck and Lawrence Olivier. If you don't know this book or movie, the skinny is that Mengele who was alive and on the lam when the movie came out cloned Hitler 94 times. And there were little Adolphs around the world who were growing up. The movie has everything: fine actors, Nazis, and Steve Guttenberg.

Check it out if you haven't seen it. Worth a look see. However when I was using the Google Image Search to find the poster art you see above, that's not all it came up with. You might imagine that if you search for Boys from Brazil, that perhaps in the internet land that other people might have different needs. Like this photo for example.Stay classy San Diego.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Manundrum #2

So my apologies for the infrequent blogging, grad school started back up for a summer semester and while there's been tons of stuff to write about, I didn't get to it.

This is the second in the Manundrum series, which basically are conundrums for the male species. My last one was on choosing jams or jellies. This one concerns...Shampoo. I stopped in to the local Walgreens to grab some deodorant and shampoo and was once again paralyzed in an aisle.

First, I'm a guy and therefore I don't buy conditioner separate. I appreciate the helpful properties of conditioner, but I don't like how it works. When I use stand alone conditioner it feels like it's not out of my hair after 10 rinses, so my showers take longer. This means either I want just shampoo or a 2 in 1 product. Sadly, that market was started by these guys, and I'm tired of this shampoo. The smell makes me sick given my years of Pert use. And don't I deserve a shampoo that smells of guava and elderberries?

Second, how many damn problems do people have with their hair. I'm looking at these bottles and I see:
  • Dry hair: I don't get this. Isn't this why you shower? Take more showers.
  • Oily hair: It should say for Hippies and Persons Driving their Camaros to the Jersey Shore.
  • Damaged Hair: This confuses me? Was your hair in a tragic industrial accident? Did you fall asleep in the sun for 3 days while vacationing in the Mojave?
  • Anti-Frizz: I get this. Not for me, but if you have any Jewish friends, you might need to tame the Jewfro at some point.
  • Volumizer: How does this work? Is this like steroids for your hair? And what happens when your stylist rats on you in front of Congress?
WHERE IS THE GODDAMN SHAMPOO THAT CLEANS MY HAIR AND MAKES IT SMELL NICE? I don't have any of these problems above, and if I did I'd never know.

I settled on some Herbal Essences thing that magically combines shampoo and conditioner and doesn't smell like industrial cleaner. So I'm a happy man. This is proof once again that being a girl is much tougher.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

It is true, Ithaca is Gorges

So this weekend was a busy one.

My high school friends were gathered in Charlottesville, VA to drink and be merry and celebrate the engagement of my friend Waka. He's the guy who does Lunch Box. Or used to do it once paying acting gigs came in. I missed them truly.

However, I had a higher purpose this weekend as I was off with some college friends to Ithaca, NY to gather at a lake house and remember our friend Erin who died in Ithaca 4 years ago. We drank a lot of beer and had some good conversations, which I think is what Erin would have wanted. The drive is about 6 hours from my place and my friend Steve and I started in Marshfield to see my friend Montu's baby, Kieran. Montu took a photo, and I'll caption it before I post it and you tell me if you think I'm dead on."

Steve from Quincy and Graham from Somerville have waited 6 years for this day. Their marriage was the first step on a journey to fatherhood with the adoption of their son Kieran.Christ. The funny thing was that Montu's wife was like girls love photos of guys with babies. However, I'm pretty sure this photo won't help on that front. And for the record, I'm holding Kieran's hand.

So Ithaca was great and got to see a 5 college friends who I don't get to see often enough. And we got to have dinner with Erin's parents. They were as happy that we were there as we were to be there, so it worked out well.

I decided I want a digital SLR camera. My friends Kate and Nick had an awesome Nikon and I felt like photographer even though the $700 camera was doing all the work.

That is a terrible photo.