Monday, May 22, 2006

C-Dog Family Additions

As many of you know, Mrs. C-Dog gave birth to twins on Saturday, May 20th. All are healthy and happy, at least when not turning bright red and howling.

It's been kind of a roller coaster so, if you're one of the many people to whom I've forgotten to send pictures, just drop me a line -- cdogzilla [at] yahoo [dot] com -- and I'll make sure to get some out to you as soon as possible. (If you're one of my flickr contacts, you can also see them here ... let me know if you'd like to be added as a contact as that is where most pictures will go as opposed to mass emails.)

If you're one of those who had a wager at your local parimutuel or just like stats: Blake Connor was born 9:53am, 6lbs, 19.5" with a little light reddish brown hair; Amelia Claire was born 9:55am, 6lbs 8ozs, 19.5" with slightly more, slightly darker hair.

Thanks for all the well wishes and support, we truly appreciate every bit of it!

Friday, May 19, 2006


All I can think is that there must have been some Helena Bonham Carter-ish proto-chimps back when the proto-humans were broadening their horizons, so to speak.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bear vs. Monkey

I don't know why but this article made me think that it's time to update Rock-Paper-Scissors and do Bear-Monkey-Shark or something like that. Bear obviously beats Monkey. Monkey would beat Shark (sharks would be helpless in the jungle, totally unable to swing through the trees -- and I never heard of Shark Kung Fu). Bear vs. Shark is tricky though ... can anything beat Bear? Bears can swim and, if dolphins can beat sharks, I'm sure a bear would maul a shark. Maybe the game should be Bear-Monkey-Ditka?

Saturday, May 13, 2006

"Troubadors are personae non gratae around here."

As Bonedaddy alerted us a month or so back, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, and Chloe from 24 were singing it up on the streets in tonight's Gilmore Girls. Thurston Moore looks goofier than ever.

Friday, May 12, 2006

New Monkey!

Kipunjis: closer to baboons than mangabeys (the last "new monkey").

Thursday, May 11, 2006

I Feel Sick

Balance of power, rule of law, separation of church and state ... those were the good old days.

There's no such thing as "bypassing" the law! There is a fundamental problem with a President saying he gets to pick and choose which laws apply to him. We have a Supreme Court (who don't seem to understand their role any better than he does, but that's another sad story) that decides if laws are constititutional or not, the President doesn't get to do that. And, this should be fairly obvious to a sixth grader after the first week of social studies class, shouldn't need to get legal scholars to debate the issue.

The President is not above the law. We have a Constitution that was written expressly to prevent what this President is doing and yet still it's like it's an open question whether he has the powers he claims he has. He does not. Sadly, Congress and the Supreme Court have no respect the Constitution either, so here we are.

(I'm taking a page from Steinbrenner's book. When A-Rod commits costly errors, Big Stein bashes him in the press and refers to him as "the third basemen," as if his name is too distasteful to let pass his lips. That's how I feel about "this President," so ashamed I can't bring myself to utter his name.)

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


There's something oddly Jack La Lanne-ish about Rocky Balboa these days ...

Female Doctor Next?

Billie Piper apparently would like the role and may have a good shot at it. I think she'd do well. And there is a precedent for a Time Lord regenerating in the form of someone else -- back when Romana regenerated during the 4th Doctor era.

No hurry to boot Tennant though, I hope. He's settling in as well as Eccleston did ... and those weren't easy footsteps to follow in.

It's been a bear getting a complete episode off usenet and YouTube has been a spotty resource as well. Keeping an eye out now to Sci-Fi will pick up the second season. They're doing a woeful job promoting the show and the ratings don't look that hot, despite the fact it's the best thing they've got going.

Monday, May 8, 2006

Of Egg Creams and Phosphates

The egg cream is documented but not the vanilla phosphate? I suspect the ones we got at Shelly's Deli were just seltzer and vanilla syrup but it would be nice to confirm it.

Gorilla Babies

4 New Baby Gorillas Meet the Public at the Bronx Zoo

(Thanks to Mrs. C-Dog for the heads up!)

Friday, May 5, 2006

From Doctor #9 to Prisoner #6

From Doctor #9 to Prisoner #6
Christopher Eccleston will play the McGoohan role in the new Prisoner series. He was brilliant as the Doctor. HD, if you weren't already looking forward to this, I think the Eccleston casting means it's safe to start now.

As far as the Doctor goes, Tennant has not dropped the ball. I've seen the first two episodes and a large chunk of "School Reunion" (which featured the return of Sarah Jane Smith and K-9 [about to get his own animated series, btw] as well as Anthony Stewart Head in a decidedly un-Gilesish role) and I think the series is actually getting better!
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