Archive for December, 2007


Louching toward Absinthium

December 21, 2007

So I’m halfway through this absinthe article at Salon when it hits me: absinthe martini!

But one trip to Google told me it had already been invented.

Still, I’m going to try it. Gin, absinthe, grand marnier and an orange twist? Could work!


Torture: A, B or C

December 19, 2007

If you saw someone torturing someone else, what would you do?

a) walk away

b) join in–as long as the guy on the table is a Muslim terror suspect

c) demand that it stop and start kicking ass if it doesn’t

You can count me among the “c” guys. There are people right here in my hometown, seemingly normal Americans, who think torture is just fine. People who think that I, who would not tolerate it, am outrageously wrong about this.

When the fuck did we start condoning state sanctioned torture? Raise your hand right now if you’re for torture. I’ll make a list of people whom I would not let walk my dog, let alone have any position of responsibility or judgement. A list of moral retards.

You’ll notice, by the way, that this very reasonable position of mine precludes me from voting for any Republican running for president in 2008. (Correction: Excepting John McCain! The only one of the bunch to have actually been tortured himself.)

Think about it. Our fathers and grandfathers fought world wars, faced Hitler and his Nazi ideology–yet they didn’t resort to state sanctioned torture. They must be ashamed of us. Here we are, so frightened of a few thousand religious crazies with box cutters and shoe bombs that we’re busting out the waterboarding equipment.

Anyone who wants to trade their souls for some perceived security is a chickenshit motherfucker who should be kept far away from small children and sharp objects.

Angry? Me? Yeah. When someone tells me they’re in favor of, you know, torturing people, I get angry. Maybe that’s just me.


Been Busy?

December 19, 2007

so I’ve had a few things going on lately, most of which I have probably mentioned already. For those of you who think it’s been sheer laziness which has reduced the blogging volume around here, think again! Here’s what’s cooking in Scott-ville:

  • I’ve been appointed as an adjunct instructor to the Marquette University College of Professional Studies. Starting in January, I’m to teach a three credit course entitled Organization and Leadership 179: Multimedia. I’m very excited about this, as I love teaching.
  • I’m getting married! I know–you knew that. But did you know that I’m moving at the end of the month? True! Me and my clan are moving in with Karen and her family. We’ve painted, we’ve bought new beds, we’ve ordered a new couch, we’ve got the bathroom being remodeled this week, we’ve negotiated a hundred small decisions and details…and now it’s time to actually move. I’m excited.
  • My two latest articles at Lifehacker were well-received. Plus they got me a contract from Popular Photography, who want me to contribute photography tips. I’m so busy I still haven’t signed it. It’s on my to-do list.
  • Speaking of photography, I’ve done more than just write about it. My photography business has taken off quite a bit this year, and I’m currently booking weddings for 2008.
  • Plus there’s other things that I can’t even think of now! But trust me: they are all interesting, lucrative, status-giving and otherwise impressive.


December 14, 2007

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(I said I was sorry!)


Shangri-la beneath the summer moon

December 13, 2007

I know, everyone’s heard about it already. But I’m just so tickled about the Led Zeppelin concert in London the other day. For several days prior, the world seemed to be wringing its collective hands, fretting over whether Zep could still rock or not. We were reminded of the original members’ advancing age, and the fact that they hadn’t played together (or much at all in some cases) for twenty years.

I was delighted to hear that Led Zeppelin totally rocked the hizouse at London’s O2 arena. But we don’t have to take journalists’ word for it anymore! Several songs from the concert are making the rounds of youtube. Dig it.



December 9, 2007

Act One: Me at the Tijuana border. A customs guy looks at his x-ray machine and calls to me: “Sir? Is that tequila?” I reluctantly admit that it is not. Thus were my Green Fairy hopes dashed back in the summer of 2005.

Act Two: My parents make a small purchase for me while vacationing in Greece. Somehow they send it to me later in the mail. It tastes like anise, and it doesn’t make me go off the deep end, produce great works of art or literature–or kill anyone.

Act Three: The whole thing appears to be legal now. Perhaps I’ll try some of these newly available varieties. But perhaps not. Legality sort of sucks the mystery out of it and leaves you with nothing but green, licorice-flavored booze.


Canadian Serial Killer Sentenced

December 9, 2007

I’ve been following this case off and on for quite some time now. Warning: it’s not for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach. The executive summary is that the guy’s a serial killer, thought to have murdered 49 women in the Vancouver area.

I suppose in a few years someone will make a horror movie about him. I won’t go to see it.