Dec 27, 2008

My Buddy And Me

Little Sammy has been quite a cuddlebug over the holidays.

Dec 26, 2008

Sweet Stocking Stuffer

This box of yummy Phillies cookies was given to me as a Christmas present.

Dec 25, 2008

Dec 24, 2008

Puppy Present

Sammy loves his Christmas present, but he had a difficult time carrying it through the doorway.

Dec 23, 2008

Christmas Gifts For The Crapper

One of my grandmother's friends gave this to her for Christmas.  It's a roll of toilet paper dipped in wax, with a cloth ribbon with a seashell glued to it tied in a bow.  I am quite disturbed by this.

Dec 11, 2008

A Christmas Cockapoo

Little Sammy is lounging on the recliner in his Santa hat.

Dec 10, 2008

If Marilyn Monroe Owned A PSP

Sony Playstation Portable advertisement
TBWA Madrid (2008)
This scan of a Sony PSP ad was recently shared by The Arab Aquarius.  I haven't come across it in a gaming magazine, and I'm pretty sure I would have noticed it if I had.  The idea is that she's so fascinated by game that she is completely oblivious to the gust of air coming up from the subway grating.

Nov 28, 2008

Turkey Day With The Pup

Sammy and I at my grandparent's on Thanksgiving.  He's being very calm and patient considering all the food in the kitchen.

Nov 27, 2008

Can I Refill Your Eggnog For You?

Happy Thanksgiving
Grandpa is very fond of eggnog during the holiday season.

Nov 2, 2008

Eat Fresh

Check out the great big nerd behind the hoagie counter working his way through college.

Oct 25, 2008

From Hazleton to the World Series

It's very cool to see Joe Maddon reach the World Series, but this Hazletonian is strictly a Phillies fan.
Source: ESPN

Oct 12, 2008

Pumpkin Patch Saturday

Burger's Farm Market
St Johns Road - Drums, PA

Oct 11, 2008

Sad Pumpkin

Burger's Farm Market
St Johns Road - Drums, PA

Oct 10, 2008

God Damn Right, It's A Beautiful Day

Charlie Bartlett
MGM (2008)
Somehow, the team Charlie Bartlett managed to take a screenplay about a rich kid who partners with a bully to sell drugs and counseling services from a high school bathroom and turn it into a sweet and heartwarming story.  Anton Yelchin plays the title character with warmth and speaks with a cadence that reminded me of Ferris Bueller comforting Cameron, and the soundtrack is a perfect match for tone of the film, including two incredible Eels tracks: Mr. E's Beautiful Blues and Hey Man Now You're Really Living.

Sep 23, 2008

Pumpkin Waffles

Bloomsburg Fair
These things are very addictive!

Sep 21, 2008

The Bloomsburg Fair Midway

Bloomsburg Fair
I haven't been on any of the rides at the fair since I was sixteen, but I always enjoy taking some time to walk around the midway, have some food, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the carnival.  This truly is one of my favorite places to be in the world.

Aug 16, 2008

The Retaking Of Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace
Honolulu, HI
For the second time this year, a Hawaiian independence group staged a takeover of Iolani Palace in protest of the 1893 illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.  The group of approximately 20 members of the Kingdom Of Hawaii Nation Ministry Trust held the grounds for a few hours before they were arrested.

I visited Iolani Palace when I was eight years old.  It was the home of six Hawaiian monarchs: King Kamehameha III, King Kamehameha IV, King Kamehameha V, King Lunalilo, King Kalākaua and finally Queen Liliʻuokalani before the fall of the House of Kalākaua.  Afterward, it was used as the capitol building for the territory, and later the state of Hawaii until 1969.  In 1978, the building was restored and opened to the public as a museum.

As a man with native Hawaiian ancestry, I am firmly in support of Hawaiian sovereignty. It's going to take a little more than good intentions and security t-shirt to get the job done, but I respect the effort and the message.

Honolulu Star Bulletin - August 16th, 2008

Aug 9, 2008

STP By The Lehigh River

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club / Stone Temple Pilots
Musikfest - Straub Riverplace - Bethlehem, PA
Stone Temple Pilots has been one of my favorite bands since I was in middle school.  Last night's show was a part of their reunion tour, and they performed an excellent set.  Black Rebel Motorcycle Club was also very good, but I was a bit disappointed in the venue.  It may have been the quietest rock concert I've ever been to.  In fairness, it was an outdoor stage and we had lawn seats, so I'm sure it was better closer to the stage.

Aug 7, 2008

Do The Day, And Let The Day Do You

Duma Key
Stephen King (2008)
I can't recommend this highly enough - one of the most interesting and creative stories that I've read in a long time.  Jerome Wireman might be favorite Stephen King character ever.

Jul 21, 2008

Try Throwing A Two-Seam Fastball With This

Dollar City
Terrace Plaza - Hazleton, PA
This gave me the strangest visual.

Jul 20, 2008

Sense of Right Alliance

Dollar City
Terrace Plaza - Hazleton, PA
I want to see a superhero movie starring this group.  Imagine Batman teaming up with Superman, Symbiote Spider-Man, the Green Power Ranger, Shrek and Lightning McQueen (with a yellow paint job) teaming up to form the Sense Of Right Alliance to save the world.

Jul 7, 2008


Kung Fu Panda Arch Card
McDonald's (2008)
Stopped for a late ice cream last night and found that they've got these awesome Kung Fu Panda gift cards.  The minimum to load on a card is $5, so I did that first and then used it to pay for the ice cream.

Jul 5, 2008

Three Generations

Mom is on the left.  Pop Pop is on the right.  I am the goober in the middle.  Spending time with them always makes me feel tall.

Jul 1, 2008

A Ticket To Win Tickets

Philadelphia Phillies Instant Lottery Ticket
Pennsylvania Lottery (2008)
My grandparents put one of these tickets in my birthday card.  I didn't win, but they have a Second Chance Drawing to win Phillies season tickets, a trip to Spring Training, and other baseball prizes that would make for a pretty awesome birthday surprise!

Jun 29, 2008

Wall-E and The Incredible Hulk

Wall-E and The Incredible Hulk
Garden Drive In - Hunlock Creek, PA
I grew up going to the Laurel Drive-In in Hazleton.  It's still in operation, and we still go to it from time to time, but the Garden Drive-In has two screens, so there's more of a selection to choose from.  Last night, we went to see a double feature of Pixar's latest animated feature, Wall-E, and Edward Norton starring in The Incredible Hulk.

If I'm being honest, I went mostly for Wall-E and stayed for The Incredible Hulk because it didn't cost anything extra.  Don't get me wrong, it was alright, but my fandom of comic books is a passing interest at best.  I didn't read them too often when I was growing up.  In fact, most of my experience with comics is from the 1990 Marvel Universe tradings cards.  But enough about comics for now.  We have a masterpiece to talk about.

Wall-E isn't just good - it's absolutely incredible.  If it's not the greatest animated film I have ever seen, it's definitely in the running.  I think the majority of the viewing audience will come out of this thinking that it's a grim prediction of humanity's future, with the environmental destruction of Earth and humans living their entire lives on a hoverchair in a spaceship with their faces in front of a screen.  Frankly, I thought it was an optimistic look at the future.  I'm not saying the world that humans are coming back to in Wall-E is good.  In fact, I have no doubt that this is exactly what we're doing to the planet.  I just strongly doubt that humans will still be around to sift through the garbage, and if they are, I doubt they'd be peaceful adult babies in space, but warlike animals scraping out whatever life they can.  Regardless, Wall-E is a fantastic animated film that everyone, of all ages, should see.

Jun 24, 2008

The Match That Didn't Happen

ECW World Championship Match preview (2007)
This match was scheduled to take place this time last year at the WWE Vengeance: Night Of Champions pay-per-view.  It didn't happen as a result of the Chris Benoit murder/suicide.  Benoit wrestled for over 20 years and he worked a style that was particularly abusive to his head.  An autopsy revealed that Benoit had severe CTE and damage to his brain stem and all four lobes of his brain.  This damage was so severe that his brain resembled that of an 85 year old Alzheimer's patient.  It has been speculated by doctors and other experts in the field that the severity of his brain damage was enough to cause dementia, which may have been behind this horrible tragedy.

I hope that World Wrestling Entertainment and the industry work harder to protect the health and well-being of the performers.  No diving headbutt or chair shot is important enough to put a human being's health and safety at risk.  It can never be known for sure if brain damage was the sole cause of the violent behavior that led to the death of three people, but it's something that must be taken seriously.  Things cannot continue as they've always been.

Jun 1, 2008

A Bird From A Pirate Ship

I found this cheerful little bird cawing next to the Galleon at Knoebels yesterday.

May 30, 2008

Knoebels Coin

Playland Arcade
Knoebels Amusement Resort - Elysburg, PA
There is a Harvard Metal Typer at the Knoebels arcade.  This coin machine came out in the early 1950's and are still in operation at amusement parks throughout the country.  My grandparents have one from the boardwalk at Wildwood from before my father was born.

May 23, 2008

Burger Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull

Indy Double Whopper
Burger King (2008)
After you go see Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, stop at Burger King for this delicious limited edition burger.  The Indy Double Whopper is made with two Whopper patties topped with bacon, pepperjack cheese and spicy Cajun mayonnaise.

If you order it as a meal, your french fry carton will include a promotional game piece.  There are two skulls, and if you scratch off the right one, you win the prize underneath.  The grand prizes include a million dollars, a trip to Peru or a new Hummer H2.

I won a free Croissantwich.  It's no Hummer, but I'll take it.  Also, as tempting as it might be, there are no prizes offered for scratching off the face of Shia LaBeouf.

May 22, 2008

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom by Atari

Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom
Atari (1985)

This was my favorite arcade game when I was growing up.  You play as Indy (obviously), and the game plays in three waves.  In the first wave, you climb through a mountain rescuing children from cages.  In the second wave, you steer a mine cart down a series of tracks.  In the third stage, you are in Mola Ram's palace to recover the Sankara Stone.  These three waves repeat three times before you confront Mola Ram on the rope bridge.  Following this, you enter a bonus stage called Fortune & Glory where you collect little golden idols while the Maharajá chases you around with a voodoo doll.

It's been ported to several home consoles and computers, but none of them do the game justice.  The arcade rom emulates perfectly on Mame, though it has never been released on an arcade compilation disc for any modern consoles.  The Internet Archive has a page that allows you to play the game through Mame directly on their website, but it ran too slowly when I tried it.

Go check out Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in the theater.  Then, come home and jam out with an arcade classic.

Links: Twin Galaxies, Gaming History, Arcade Museum, Full Game Playthrough (Hard), Emu Paradise

Apr 29, 2008

Vintage Mac

I found a vintage Mac Tonight t-shirt on eBay and it fits!

Apr 28, 2008

Chocolate Cherry DDP

Diet Dr. Pepper
Limited Edition Cherry Chocolate
This is a really good soda.  Dr. Pepper always had a bit of a cherry flavor.  The chocolate is creamy, smooth and not overly sweet.  I hope they make this a permanent addition to the lineup.

Apr 27, 2008

The Boss Asked Me To Change The Sign

Middle Road - Nanticoke, PA
We do have 'em too.  They're right by the register for .79 cents a pop.  Come on in and buy a banana.

Apr 3, 2008

Ape Law 29:6

Planet Of The Apes
20th Century Fox (1968)
One of the greatest movies ever filmed was released nationwide 40 years ago today.  I feel that it may be difficult for someone to fully appreciate how excellent this movie is today because it's almost impossible to avoid all of the parodies and references made to it, but it really is a fantastic story.

In honor of it's 40th birthday, here is the twenty-ninth scroll, sixth verse of Ape Law that Cornelius shared with George Taylor at the end of the film:

“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn.
Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed.
Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land.
Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours.
Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.”

Mar 15, 2008

Filming The Wrestler

Baker Theater
Blackwell St. - Dover, NJ
I was able to sneak this photo while I was working as a crowd extra in the filming of The Wrestler this past weekend.  That's Mickey Rourke on the left as Randy "The Ram" Robinson shaking hands with Crestwood's own Jon Trosky as the referee.  Trosky wrestles on the indy scene as "Supreme" Lee Great.  Between them in the background is former WCW and WWE wrestler Ernest "The Cat" Miller playing the role of The Ayatollah.

Mar 14, 2008

Director of The Wrestler

I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work on the filming of The Wrestler.  At the end of the day, director Darren Aronofsky took a moment to speak with us and take photos.

Mar 5, 2008

Jeff Farmer Hates When Things Don't Go His Way

Jumpin' Jeff Farmer
International Pro Wrestling
Oklahoma local television - late 80's
To prevent anyone from believing that this video was shot in the future and sent back in time, the editors have helpfully added that this was recorded earlier.

Source: Honeydew Wilkins

Mar 3, 2008

McDonaldland Cookies

McDonaldland Cookies
I haven't come across these since I was a kid in the 80's, but the McDonald's near the mall in my hometown had them for sale.  They're shortbread cookies in the shape of Birdie, Grimace, the Hamburgler, the Fry Kids and Ronald McDonald.  They have a faint lemon flavor and are sweet, but not too sweet.

Feb 10, 2008