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What Should Children Learn in School?

Sometimes I spend the quiet moments of my life lost in thought about questions that I anticipate being asked by my children. Lying awake in bed I stare at the ceiling and think about what they find important and interesting and try to come up with an appropriate response. An appropriate response, now there is the trick. I could use the fallback “because I said so” or defer to the “why do you think” trick and leave it at that. In fact, I sometimes think that time before I drift off to sleep might be better suited for dreams about me and her on that deserted beach, but that is a post for a different time. ;) The truth is that I have come to really enjoy these exercises. Some of these questions deal with topics that I haven’t really considered in years and years. What might have worked for the 15-year-old boy I was doesn’t always work for the guy I am today. And so in the quiet of the night I find myself mulling over all sorts of stuff. Lately I have been focusing on how to answer ques

The Allure of Baseball

I suppose that quite a few children dream about growing up to become a professional athlete. I know that I did. For many years I had a fantasy that I would one day play left or center field for the L.A. Dodgers. As a child it didn't seem to be too far fetched, it was a dream that was within reach. For many years I was among the best baseball players within my age groups, or so I was always told. It is kind of funny to look back and wonder about whether I was being told the truth or fed a line. Memories have a funny way of adapting them to what you want them to be. When I think back upon those days here is what I know to be true. I had a very strong arm and good enough fielding skills that I was always placed in the outfield. Coach usually had me bat somewhere between third and fifth in the lineup. When I was 12 years-old I led the league in homeruns, threw out two runners at the plate (from centerfield) and had a host of other cool things I could mention. All of this in conjunct

Something is Wrong

Something is wrong with me. Something is very, very, very wrong. The old body is doing all sorts of funny things, but I am not laughing. Aches, pains, creaks and whistling noises. A sore throat and a dull headache have decided to keep me company. I don't feel right, but than again I can't say that I feel horrible. Not really sure how to explain it better than that. Caught myself dancing with reckless abandon in front of the mirror. Is it just me or does Reckless Abandon sound like the type of name that Ian Fleming would come up with. He did come up with Pussy Galore and Truly Scrumptious. Anyhow, the house was empty and the music was blasting and I just lost myself in it. The rules of the blog dictate that I be honest about things like this and well, let's just say that I have a body that was built for demolition and not dance. Ask me to run through a wall, not dance in front of it and I'll be happier. Boy did I look goofy. Still there is something to be said for

Sunday Morning Music

A quick snapshot of what I have been listening to this morning. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane Ubuhle bakho - Ladysmith Black Mambazo Graceland - Paul Simon You can call me Al - Paul Simon O sole mio - Three Tenors Born To Hand Jive - Sha-Na-Na (Grease) Adagio for Strings, op.11 -Samuel Barber (video is from the 911 tribute) Requiem For A Dream Linger - The Cranberries

Coping With Sick Parents Part II

This is the intended to be tied into a post I wrote this past February called Coping With Sick Parents . When I wrote that post it occurred me that I know many people who had the misfortune of losing a parent while still in their early childhood or young teens. I felt bad for their loss as I know from my own experience just how lucky I have been. Until my mid thirties I had most of my grandparents and even at 39 I am still blessed to have two. And I feel very fortunate that my own father survived a major heart attack and triple bypass four years ago. But this isn't about my own luck. This is more about what I have seen from watching my parents help their own parents and things I have seen from my friend's struggles. So there is nothing scientific about this, just my own observations. Coming to grips with your parent's mortality can be a brutal and heartwrenching experience. For the most part age doesn't matter, meaning even if you are in your sixties it is not easy

North Pole Could be Ice-Free This Summer

I am somewhere in between those who say that global warming doesn't exist and those who say that it does and that the Earth will explode next week. My bottom line is that I think that we need to do more to live a green life than we are now. A hybrid car is in my future. Ice at the North Pole may disappear completely within the next few months for the first time in 20,000 years. Arctic sea ice is now retreating so quickly that scientists say there is now a 50-50 chance that it will have gone completely by September. The Polar regions have been the first to show the critical changes brought by global warming and it will be a hugely symbolic moment if the North Pole is left surrounded by water. The sight of ships able sailing to the Pole for the first time would be seized on by environmental groups as an example of the consequences of a failure to take action on a global scale to combat global warming. The Arctic is seen as an important indicator of the potentially catastrophic cha

More Cleaning Out The Archives

Been dusting off more stuff around here. Here are some more old posts that are getting the chance to breathe clean air again. Boy, is some of this cheesy. Love Makes You Feel Alive Besheret- The Concept of Meeting the Perfect Mate Life is Precious- Live it Well The Music Played While You are On "Hold" Random Quotes The Frustration of being Good but not Good Enough A Graphic Message- It Stinks Love Makes You Feel like a Fool I stumbled onto these quotes and decided to share them too: Casablanca Rick : Don't you sometimes wonder if it's worth all this? I mean what you're fighting for. Victor Laszlo : You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we'll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die. Rick : Well, what of it? It'll be out of its misery. Victor Laszlo : You know how you sound, Mr. Blaine? Like a man who's trying to convince himself of something he doesn't believe in his heart. Captain Renault :

My Theme Song

(This post originally appeared here but I felt like bringing it back and adding to it. ) Someone once suggested that life would be far more fun if we could walk around with a theme song. I kind of like the idea. If I could do it than I would want to have a rotation of songs to use. Granted some of these are a bit long, but what the hell. O Fortuna - Orff Hurt - Johnny Cash version Raiders Of The Lost Ark: The Raiders' March - John Williams Jaws Theme - John Williams The Empire Strikes Back: The Imperial March - John Williams Requiem for a Tower, Movement 4 The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Theme by Ennio Morricone) The Ecstasy of Gold by Ennio Morricone Bolero -Ravel Hate me [Blue October]

Maintaining The Status Quo

“ The status quo sucks. ” - George Carlin “ Everything is in a state of flux, including the status quo . ”- Robert Byrne Status Quo- Isn't that code for I have a severe cranial rectum problem- Bathroom Wall Philosopher.

Emailing Your Way Through The Friendly Skies

I have been eagerly waiting for the day when we are able to use the Internet while enjoying a plane ride. Just in case any airline execs happen to read this let me be clear that my comment about enjoying air travel is intended to be sarcastic. Air travel has quickly deteriorated into something that used to be quite fun into a major pain in the ass. We pay more and receive less for the privilege of being locked inside a flying tin can. Since this post is not designed to be a rant about flying I'll wrap up this section. But before I do let me express a few more thoughts. It is more than a little irritating to see the numerous ways you ding us for a few bucks more, especially the latest trend of charging for luggage. I'd rather you raise your fares so that you can resume offering food and other services as part of the flight. Even though I know that I am still being charged $5 bucks for a stale bagel I'll feel better not having to shell it out on board. Anyway, enough on t

In The Weeds

There was a time when they reveled in their secret world. It was their happy place. It didn’t matter what was going on in the outside world because they could always find solace and comfort in each other and their world. For a long time Johnny held a secret fear that this island of hope was a figment of his imagination and that even if it was real, it wouldn’t last. His prior experience had taught him that you couldn’t rely upon that overwhelming feeling of being in love to last. Sooner or later it would fade and reality would hit and the bright hues would be replaced by more somber and serious colors. Occasionally those happier shades would reappear, but just for brief moments in time. For a long while Johnny waited for that moment to come, but it never did. Each day he woke up with a smile knowing that June was going to be there smiling back at him. After a while he began to relax and he bought into the possibility that maybe that this time really was different. For a long while

A Quick Roundup of Recent Posts

If you haven't been around lately here is what you have missed: Sprinklers Too Much Caffeine Can't Be Good For You Untapped Sources of Energy Guitar Hero I Need A Job Like This Why Would you Have a Pet Skunk Anyway Soundtracks Feedback From The Shmata Queen Fiddling With Facebook Vocabulary Time Part 8 I'll Miss You George Carlin The Best Break Up Songs Continued And your blast from the past: The Sins of the Father Are Visited Upon the Son What Actor/Actress Would Play you in a Movie? On the Outside Looking In His Homework is My Homework


(Music accompanying the post Our House - Madness or CSN&Y . Your pick, ) Ah the joys of home ownership. People often laud the many benefits of owning your own home and on the whole I do agree with them. There is something quite pleasurable about being master of the castle, however large or small it may be. My own domicile is a very fine house. Built as part of the post WWII housing boom it has survived multiple earthquakes, riots, floods, fire and brimstone, mass hysteria etc. In short it is a house that is old enough to have a few aches and pains. A few years back we survived the chaos and mess of a kitchen remodel . It was without question one of the best things we have done to add value to this place and it made a great background for the artwork I call Hand in The Kitchen . Did I mention it is where I store my Ginsu knife . If you're still reading you're probably wondering what the hell the title means. Why would I call it sprinklers. Well, I am glad that you asked.

Too Much Caffeine Can't Be Good For You

While I certainly understand how and why this is happening it is an issue that concerns me. So many people are pushing themselves to the limit. It is a recipe for major problems. Americans are consuming caffeinated beverages as never before. In fact, energy drink sales skyrocketed in 2007. The sale of Rockstar, which contains up to 360 mg of caffeine per can, compared with 80 to 150 mg per serving for coffee, rose 38.9 percent in 2007, according to Beverage Digest. Red Bull sales rose 19 percent. All this caffeine consumption has given rise to growing numbers of "caffeinated moms." A study by an independent nonprofit research group, The National Sleep Foundation , found that more than 65 percent of moms drink caffeinated beverages to get through their day. "I can definitely say without a doubt that I am addicted to caffeine," said Sarah Kripal, mother of two from Lincoln, Nebraska. "I need about four energy drinks, three cups of coffee and a six-pack of soda

Untapped Sources of Energy

A columnist for Slate wonders if she can use her chest to power an iPod . Now this isn't the kind of information that most of us would go searching for; but you never know when you might make an appearance on Jeopardy or be stuck on a desert island in desperate need of power. And for now for your consumption: "It turns out that the physics of breast motion have been studied closely for the last two decades by a gamut of researchers, most of them women. LaJean Lawson, a former professor of exercise science at Oregon State University, has studied breast motion since 1985 and now works as a consultant for companies like Nike to develop better sports bra designs. Lawson was enthusiastic about my idea but warned it would be tricky to pull off. You would need the right breast size and the right material, she explained, and the bra itself would have to be cleverly designed. "It's just a matter of finding the sweet spot, between reducing motion to the point where it's c

Guitar Hero

I am not a musician. I don't play any instruments least of all guitar, but I have always wanted to learn how. This past weekend I discovered that I am one of the millions of people who love playing Guitar Hero . It is a video game in which you replace the joystick with a guitar and play along with popular rock tunes. While I was familiar with the game and knew basically what it was I had never had the chance to play it. Frankly until I tried it I hadn't had much if any interest at all in it. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was. For those who are curious about which version I played it was Guitar Hero Aerosmith . It wasn't easy for me, I need some practice time. Had a little trouble with Walk This Way, did better with Sweet Emotion and not too bad with Dream On. Still, it is going to be a while before anyone mistakes me for an expert. And given that I don't own a system that I can play the game on it is probably going to be a while before I get time

I Need A Job Like This

Where In The Hell Is Matt 2008 - P.S. Old Matt has been covered here a few times . P.PS. While searching for the old links I stumbled onto some old posts that I decided to air out again. I need more fiber and more time off- Another list of stuff I Repeat Myself-Or Welcome to the Department of Redundancy Department A Few Odds and Ends To Share with you She is a Butterfly

Why Would you Have a Pet Skunk Anyway

This guy has some serious issues. VAN BUREN, Ark . — A man accused of assaulting and tying up his mother because he was reportedly mad about the death of his pet skunk has been arrested in Waldron, authorities said. Authorities say 35-year-old Scott Tolles Sullivan was arrested early Saturday in Waldron. He is being held without bail in Van Buren. Authorities say he hid from police in an attic and was arrested after police shot him with a bean bag gun. Sullivan's mother, 56-year-old Maria Sullivan, called police Wednesday night after freeing herself from duct tape and rope, authorities said. Maria Sullivan told police that her son became upset when he learned that her dog killed his pet skunk.


I ran out of time to put together the post I wanted to so instead I am going to provide a brief list/links of some soundtracks that I really enjoy. My apologies for not being as detailed about the actual cuts. The Last Of The Mohicans - Theme The Last of The Mohicans - No Matter Where You Go I will Find You Theme from "Harry's Game "- Clannad Raiders of The Lost Ark Narnia Soundtrack: The Battle The Lord of the Rings - Evenstar lord of the rings main theme Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship Reunited Slash - Solo GodFather Theme - Ok, that is a version of a soundtrack. It is getting late. I'll add more to this list later.

Firefox 3

I upgraded Firefox 3 over the weekend. Thus far I am a bit underwhelmed by it. Perhaps it is because there are some weird issues that seemed to have cropped up since then. More on this in a later post.

Feedback From The Shmata Queen

Some of the 17 long time readers of this blog are aware that the president of my fan club is the semi-retired, no longer twenty-something blogger known as the Shmata Queen. Having fled the land of the burning river for sunnier parts and a brighter future she has taken it upon herself to serve not just as president but chief critic of the blog. About once a week I receive extensive feedback about the content of this blog. She has no compunction in telling Old Jack that she finds the videos to be boring, doesn't like large chunks of my music and wishes that I watched better movies. Most recently she has taken it upon herself to tell me that she is bored with posts about basketball. It doesn't matter whether it is about the NBA, NCAA or my pick-up games, she says that she is done with it. I told her that she is a cranky old broad and that she ought to loosen the top button of those jeans, because surely that is what affecting her judgment. And as you might expect I was forced

Fiddling With Facebook

I have intentionally been reluctant to get real involved with Facebook. I have such limited time that I have been hesitant to give away chunks large or small to things that don't seem to have a solid payoff for my involvement. Still, I am always interested in learning more about social networking tools that can be used for networking and reconnecting with friends and family. So with that in mind a short while back I found myself setting up shop there. The process of adding friends reminds me of the concentric circles that form on the water after skipping rocks. When I first signed up the people I sought out were those who are closest to me. In my mind there was no reason to haphazardly add names to the list. I wasn't interested in having more friends listed there than anyone else. In fact, I am still not, but over time I have found that it was impractical and unrealistic to try and limit it so dramatically. Gradually I reached out to people who weren't part of that inner

Vocabulary Time Part 8

It is vocabulary time again. Here is part one , part two , part three , part four , part five , part 6 and part seven . As always we'll try not to repeat ourselves. Also, I noticed that I made a mistake last time and didn't list the definition of the words alongside them. I'll rectify that lower down in the post. Here are your new words: Otiant - idle; resting. machicolation - n. apertures in parapet or floor of gallery for firing upon persons below. machicolate, v.t. furnish with these Secern - To discern as separate; discriminate. prothalamion -A song in celebration of a wedding; an epithalamium. a capite ad calcem - From head to heel. ad internecionem - To extermination . Abusus non tollit usum -Wrong use does not preclude proper use. ad captandum vulgus -To attract or to please the rabble. From part seven Ollendorffian - in the stilted language of foreign phrase-books. gerascophobia - a morbid, irrational fear of, or aversion to, growing old. bathysiderodr

I'll Miss You George Carlin

Updated Monday Morning Breaking news reports that George Carlin has died of heart failure at age 71. Here is a link the CNN obituary and an excerpt: "But he was probably best known for a routine that began, "I was thinking about the curse words and the swear words, the cuss words and the words that you can't say." It was a monologue, known as "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television," that got Carlin arrested and eventually led to the Supreme Court. The "Seven Dirty Words" bit, which was initially recorded for 1972's "Class Clown" album, prompted a landmark indecency case after New York's WBAI-FM radio aired it in 1973. The case was appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, where the justices ruled 5-4 that the sketch was "indecent but not obscene," giving the FCC broad leeway to determine what constituted indecency on the airwaves. "So my name is a footnote in American legal history, which I

The Best Break Up Songs Continued

Hi folks, I am still soliciting submissions to The Best Break Up Songs post from earlier this week. Here is a partial list: On My Own from Les Miserables Split Screen Sadness by John Mayer What Was it Like by Mary Chapin Carpenter Now you see me - Lee Ann Womack The Grand Tour - George Jones Who says your can't have it all - Alan Jackson Alway something there to remind me - Naked Eyes Give me some more. What else should be included here.

More Abuse by Teachers

I saw this story on CNN the other day and frankly it made my blood boil. (CNN) -- School administrators in Ohio voted Friday to begin the process of firing a middle school teacher accused of burning a cross into a student's arm and refusing to keep his religious beliefs out of the classroom. The Mount Vernon School Board passed a resolution to terminate the employment of John Freshwater, an eighth-grade science teacher for the past 21 years. Freshwater, according to an independent report, used an electrostatic device to mark a cross on the arm of one of his students, causing pain to the student the night of the incident and leaving a mark that lasted for approximately three weeks. According to the Ohio Department of Education, the student's family has filed a lawsuit. Freshwater was also reprimanded several times for refusing to move his Bible from his classroom desk and teaching creationism alongside evolution, according to the 15-page independent report. The report also

I Have Stories to Tell

My mother says that when I was in preschool the teachers would tell her that I had a very active imagination. I think that it is a fair assessment. I have stories to tell. There are a million tales percolating inside the melon that sits on my shoulders. I think that part of what I love about blogging is that it provides an outlet for that creative portion. It offers a place where I can try to tell my stories and I am quite appreciative of that. I just get off on trying to spin a yarn about this and that. There is something very intriguing about trying to find a way to use words to paint a picture. I enjoy the challenge of trying to take the story I see inside my head and export it in a fashion that others can appreciate. It is not always easy to do. If I had the time I think that I really would work on writing a book. I'd like to take my Fragments of Fiction and weave them into something more. I'd like to take them and build a layered tapestry of the tale that is in my hear

Report Cards

I just finished reading my son's final report card and I can't stop smiling at what was a glowing review. His school provides a comprehensive breakdown in which they offer a grade for various skills. Those marks were outstanding, but they aren't what made me smile. The thing that did it for me was the one page writeup his teachers provided about him. In short they said that he is a mensch, that he is a boy of great character and that is what makes me happy. Sure, it helps that he received excellent grades for his academic performance, but I really am more concerned about the intangibles. Academics are important. It is critical that he masters the skills that they pass along there. Math, science, English etc, they play a huge role. But I never doubted his ability, biased or not I know that he is smart enough to handle the work. But it is the character issues that I am most concerned about. The ability to interact with others is more than just icing on the cake. Those are

Sarcasm Seen as Evolutionary Survival Skill

Oh really. I never would have guessed. "Humans are fundamentally social animals. Our social nature means that we interact with each other in positive, friendly ways, and it also means we know how to manipulate others in a very negative way. Neurophysiologist Katherine Rankin at the University of California, San Francisco, has also recently discovered that sarcasm, which is both positively funny and negatively nasty, plays an important part in human social interaction. So what? I mean really, who cares? Oh for God's sake. Don’t you have anything better to do that read this column? According to Dr. Rankin, if you didn’t get the sarcastic tone of the previous sentences you must have some damage to your parahippocampal gyrus which is located in the right brain . People with dementia, or head injuries in that area, often lose the ability to pick up on sarcasm, and so they don’t respond in a socially appropriate ways. Presumably, this is a pathology, which in turn sugge

Some Links To Check Out

Ok, it is 3:30 and I still can't fall asleep so I decided to do an impromptu roundup. Before I get into that let me remind you that Soccer Dad is making his triumphant return as host of the next Haveil Havalim. Over at NY's Funniest Rabbi check out Today's Thoughts . Pillage Idiot has the scoop on the Mohel who Beat a Speeding Ticket . I asked for your help in compiling The Best Break Up Songs . The Rebbetzin's Husband discussed Ethnic Cleansing . A Whispering Soul is still silent. Therapy Doc discussed Dissociative Identity Disorder . Right now I'd like to identify with my bed. Frume Sarah is Objective, Reflexive, & Subjective . And now I am going to try to get some shut eye, again. If I can't manage it than I'll probably do something with Fragments of Fiction. See you in a couple of hours.

Jack & The Hulk

Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I was angry. Or should I say don't make me drink coffee late at night or you'll find me watching cheesy '70s television at 2 AM. Ok, I used to love this show, but really I'd rather be asleep. The morning will come far too soon and I'll feel like hell. Unfortunately I am wide awake, so here I am. For those of you who never had the privilege to watch Bill Bixby play the role of David Banner, here you go.

The Best Break Up Songs

Ok folks, it is time for another round of tell Jack your favorite songs . In this case I am curious to hear what your favorite break up songs are. And if you don't have a favorite break up song let me know if you have a favorite lyric.

I Was Robbed Again

It is a little more than three years since I wrote Daddy, They Have Mommy's Purse . It is the story of how some people stole money from my family and robbed my son of some of his childhood innocence. The reason I bring it up is because today I found out that I am again the victim of robbery. There is nothing like being violated to brighten your day and make you smile. I suppose that I should tell you what happened, at least to the extent that I can. This particular story involves my car, but fortunately very little money. Not unlike many people I have a small compartment that I use to hold change. It is generally filled with an assortment of nickels, dimes and quarters that I use when needed to fill parking meters or whatever. I usually make a point of filling it whenever I notice my pants pockets starting to hang six inches lower than normal. If when I walk I sound like a cat with a bell around its neck I know it is time to dump some change into the drawer. So this afternoon

CNN Reports Men Responsible For All Relationship Issues

CNN has one of the most ridiculous articles I have read in quite some time. The premise of the article is that there is a lack of equity in the division of labor around the home and that as a result women bear an unfair load. Let's grab some excerpts and see what is contained within. "I am very turned on when he's doing housework," says the 36-year-old Camden, Delaware resident, a middle school teacher. "If there's a sink full of dirty dishes, he knows I'm going to take care of that before I want to get intimate. If he wasn't helping with the housework, I would not find that very attractive." Simmons' attitude is pretty typical of married women, researchers say. They like it when their spouses share the household chores, but also find that -- paradoxically -- a husband may also create more work for them, or not contribute as much as women would like. In other words, science has once again proven what many people already suspect: Relati

The Lakers Crash and Burn

Well the freaking Celtics destroyed the Lakers. It reminds me a bit of '84, but back then the boys in purple and gold did a better job than the current edition. Funny thing, a few of the '84 Celtics have made their way into positions as general managers. Why is that funny? Because they managed to execute some personnel moves that only benefited the Celtics and did nothing for the other team. More specifically, former Celtic Kevin McHale just happens to be the G.M of the Timberwolves, you know the team that sent Kevin Garnett to the Celtics for nothin g . Let's take a look at the result of that trade. Minnesota lost their best player and finished the year with a record of 22-60 as opposed to the Celtics who rolled to a record of 66-16. Garnett made a huge difference to that team, as did the addition of Ray Allen. Remember that last season the Celtics had a record of 24-58. Anyway, they played harder, they played with more desire and more consistency than the Lakers. Bot

Keywords For The Week of June 16

I meant to run this yesterday. Here is a partial list of the keywords that were used to find the old blog. Some of these are just really bizarre. bonsai kitty worlds fastest 95 year old man meaning of obsessed meaning for penis do you swallow meaning mathematical sciences meanings origin of the liger take it, take it, now smell it if i am not for myself, then who is for me? jim croce operator lyrics meaning teachers thoughts on homework what's the meaning of led zeppelin hey hey what ca the wiggles greeting cards scooby doo audio clip saturday night live cheeseburger skit meaning of hugs election prediction model how to deal with failure woman stuffs snake down pants nesiah tovah apple computers vs. pc characters in thank you jackie robinson meaning of courtesy jack, why are there eight twisted and bent paper clips on your desk? does true love ever die? meaning of schnappi what to say to a man during phone sex how do men urinate when to leave a loveless marriage soulmates aren&#

Sometimes the Bull Wins

"Matador Jose Tomas had a lucky escape yesterday when he was gored not once, but TWICE during a bullfight in Madrid. The 32-year-old, who is widely considered one of the best bullfighters of all time, was competing at the Las Ventas bullring in the Spanish capital when he sustained his injuries. Tomas, who received medical treatment at the scene, sustained one groin injury that looked exceptionally painful." Want to see more? Click here .

Blogging About Blogging

Leora's post Why Blog? Why not! serves as the inspiration for this post. Some of my favorite posts are those in which I let myself ramble and roll about this and that. I enjoy the free association and just letting the current take me where it will. As I write this Dancing Queen is playing on iTunes. It doesn't take much imagination to picture the almost famous Ann Stacey skating in circles around the skating rink. Does this date me. Does talking about 70's disco music and the epitome of 70's music make me old. Makes me think of Austin Powers in Goldmember . They did a whole bit on the roller skating thing . One more thing film lovers, did you notice that A Fifth of Beethoven was playing in the background. Just how many people did Aunt Brenda teach how to Do the Hustle . But enough about all that, this post is supposed to be about blogging and so it shall be. Many of us bloggers get into the game with dreams of becoming legends of blogging. We shoot for the stars

5 Superpowers Science Will Give Us in Our Lifetime

Articles like this are guaranteed to get your attention because who doesn't want to know about 5 Superpowers Science Will Give Us in Our Lifetime . If you review the list you'll see comic book heroes like Wolverine, Spiderman, Ironman, Jean Grey and Sue Storm listed along with powers that they have you and you may one day get. If you ignore the insouciant tone of the writing you can see that there is some pretty cool stuff coming down the pike. But I can't help but wonder, what superpowers do I really want and do I have to settle for just one. Why can't I try to gain three or four. Do I have to promise to be good. Must I take an oath to use the powers for the common good. Hmmm.... The possibilities are endless. Related Posts: You Too Can Be Like Wolverine Which Hero Would You Want to Be? My Favorite Superheroes

Live Blogging Game 5 Lakers-Celtics

Live blogging the first quarter of the Lakers-Celtics game. Once again the Lakers are dominating the game. Once again I shake my head and my fist and beg the purple and gold to give their fans 48 minutes of this energy/intensity. I hate the celtics and can't stand the idea of losing to them. It is one thing to lose to a superior team, but they are not. They simply are not better. But they have done a better job of maintaining intensity and playing with hunger and desire. That combination puts them over the top. Truth is that I don't dislike these guys with the same intensity as I did during the '80s, but those players you loved to hate. These guys, not so much. Still that doesn't mean that I want them to lose any less. The hated ones haven't won a championship in 22 years. There is a reason for that and let's hope that they wait another 22 years. Still, the chances of that are slim. The Lakers inconsistent behavior has placed them in a very tough position.

The Jewish Role in Creating Comic Book Heroes

One more quick hit and run post. This story is running on Ynet : "The exhibit ZAP! POW! BAM! The Superhero: The Golden Age of Comic Books, 1938-1950, at My Jewish Discovery Place Children's Museum in Plantation, Florida is bringing comic book heroes back to life for a new generation of fans, the Miami Herald reported. The report mentioned that the first superhero - Superman - was created in 1938 by two Jewish boys, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Bob Kane and Bill Finger, also Jewish, created Batman in 1939. Then came Captain America in 1940 from Jewish artists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Museum Director Debbie Hochman was quoted by the Miami Herald as saying that the exhibit is a chance for children to learn not only about well-known comic book heroes and how they began but also about the people who drew them. ''They are heroes in their own right,'' she said. 'Nazis were the villains of that time' The report said the exhibit, which originated at