The Governator

You know our country is going to hell in a hand-basket when Arnold Schwarzenegger is elected Governor of California. Yes, “The Terminator” is now “The Governator”. I guess it was a “Total Recall” vote that led to his victory. I think its sad that the public has taken their greatest privledge in this country and reduced it to a popularity vote rather than a vote for the best person who can do the job. I only hope the people of California know what they have done.

Rush Limbaugh Is Dumb

Rush Limbaugh made some really dumb comments about my fellow Syracuse University alum Donovan McNabb. While this is exactly the type of headlines and outlandish commentary ESPN wanted when they hired Rush for their NFL Primetime program, I think it illustrates a bigger issue in the media these days. Media outlets are suffering because of the erosion of audiences (i.e: as Bruce said: “57 Channels and Nothing On”) and they need to do outrageous things in order to attract audiences and encourage people to take time out of their day to tune in.

I always felt that having a blow-fish like Rush Limbaugh on an football program is just wrong, but ABC is known for taking some weird risks as they did a few years ago by having Dennis Miller in the Monday Night Football booth. Just let Chris Berman and his gang do their thing. They are the best, they do not need a jackass like Rush Limbaugh on their program.

RSS

i have discovered rss, as some people call real simple syndication, where you can have data feeds incorperated into your web site or blog. its pretty neat and enables you to add updated info and data to your site. ah, the power of xml.

Frustration with the Job Search

i have been getting supremely frustrated with my job search. i do not think i have ever experienced anything quite like this. at least i know i am not alone since the unemployment rate is the highest its been in years. it is also reassuring that it was economic reasons that put me in this situation rather than performance issues. i know, or have heard of, many extremely talented people with backgrounds far more impressive than mine who have been out of work. a friend told me that the rececession in the early 1990’s cut the fat from corporations, while this recession (we are still in a recession, even though the economists say otherwise) has been more widespread and i think he is right. i will continue to plug along and i am confident that something will happen and i will catch a break sometime soon! click here to go to my resume.

Finding Nemo

My daughter Rebecca is obsessed with Nemo from the movie Finding Nemo which was developed by Pixar and Disney. We have taken her to see the movie three times and she has made it to the end only once. And the most amazing thing is that the character Nemo is barely in the movie! Nemo, Elmo, Dora….the characters that a 2 year old obsesses about!

Blackout

The NYC area is recovering from the huge blackout. Where I am living (Central NJ), we were not really effected by the blackout. There was a “brown out” when all the power went down around 4:15PM on Thursday but then everything turned back on and it was as usual. The weird thing was that I was planning on visiting friends in NYC that evening as a friend was in town from Singapore. I thought about traveling into NYC early that day, but decided against it. I am sooooo glad I did not travel in early, because I would have been stuck in NYC. Literally “Escape from NY“. The video footage of the people waiting to board the NY/NJ ferry was insane, as were the photos of people sleeping on the steps of the US Post Office on 34th Street (Opposite MSG). Overall, I am very happy that I decided to stay around a little longer, because I would not have been happy to be stuck in NYC. I think this is one of my biggest problems with the NYC area…the fact that if something goes wrong, it can cause a near riot and a completely unfathomable situation. Is it really worth it?

Order of the Phoenix

I finished the fifth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Overall, it was an extremely long book and was a bit tedious…however, the ending is fantastic and the last three/four chapters made up for the rest of the book. It definitely will make for great reading as the series winds down with years 6 and 7!

Sox Trade Deadline Moves

The Red Sox made some good moves at the trading deadline to improve their pitching staff, including adding Scott Williamson from Cincinnati and Jeff Suppan from Pittsburgh…adding to their previous addition of Byung-Hyun Kim. I think they will catch the Yankees but it will not be easy.