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Category: 10 things

03/02/08 09:14 - 24ºF - ID#43527

10 Things I like about u2 in 3D

1. The cast (u2--duh).

2. It's a concert, and just a concert. No interviews, no backstage stuff--just the band onstage and the crowd.

3. The crowd. The film was shot in stadiums, and you constantly feel like you are surrounded by tens of thousands of other fans.

4. The angles. They used a million cameras, placed everywhere. Extra-wide, extra-close, and everything in between.

5. It's in 3D, and pretty realistic 3D at that.

6. The glasses. I like wearing glasses.

7. My company. I went to see the film with new friends and old, estrippers and non-estrippers. And even my dear wife, who doesn't even like u2 that much.

8. The restraint. At first I was a little bit disappointed that they didn't end with "40," but now I am glad they didn't. Some things have to be live.

9. They didn't clean it up too much. Bono wasn't pitch perfect all of the time, but there was no overdub. It's not about being perfect, it's about being real.

10. It felt like I was there. And being at a u2 concert is about as good as it gets.
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Category: stats

02/29/08 12:54 - 27ºF - ID#43507

Statistics

I am way far away from being in the top 50 in terms of views, but I am the #19 commenter on estrip.

I am also #19 in terms of comment receivers.

I am #42 in terms of journals written.

What does this tell me?

I guess I give and recieve more than thte average number of comments, despite getting less than average number of views. This could mean that people are less likely to read my journal, but if they do read it, it will inspire comment. The other reason I may be behind in vies is because I have been posting for less than a year. But how often are old posts really viewed? I guess a bunch, or that estrip used to get more views, because there really is nobody new on the top 50 views list.

It also tells me that I am far more likely to comment than to journal. This fits--I am a reactionary person by nature.

Finally, I can see that I am wasting my time thinking about this. I should be reading my book an researching kitchen people and cleaning up my house and getting the oil changed in my truck.
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Category: war

02/28/08 09:47 - 9ºF - ID#43492

$3,000,000,000,000

In the long term, this war we are in will cost over 3 trillion dollars.

This is assuming two things:

a. We won't go bankrupt trying to pay this enormous debt.

and

b. We will care for our veterans.

So the estimate MIGHT not be accurate, but it seems to be a moral imperitive to care for veterans, so we should plan on trying.

I trillion is a lot of money. It's a thousand billion. And a billion is a thousand million, and a million is still a lot of money.

I'm not sure that helps you comprehend the money we are spending. Look at this page for a more visual discription:



Here is the last picture from the page (although it's better if you check out the whole series)


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"This pile [of stacked dollar bills] is 125 feet wide, 200 feet deep, and 450 feet tall.

450 feet is the height of a 38-story building. It's the hieght of the Millenium Wheel in London. It is also the height of the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas and the Louisiana State Capitol Building. "

The little dots in the corner are a man and a car, to provide a little bit of scale.

Of course, that is only the cost in 2006. The projected, long term cost is 3 trillion--ten times that. (and that is a best case scenario)

I hope you like paying taxes. Because we've spent a lot of money that we don't have.

Me? I think I am going to invest in a time machine.


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02/27/08 03:26 - 13ºF - ID#43484

Myron Cope has died

Probably doesn't mean much to you, but Cope meant a lot to Pittsburghers like me.


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02/26/08 09:30 - 30ºF - ID#43466

Just to make Jim jealous


My brother sent this photo from Ohio, where he goes to University of Dayton.

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He had to wait over 5 hours to be in the front row.


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02/23/08 05:17 - 27ºF - ID#43439

Invite: Monday Birthday in the Burbs


Why Williamsville? Because that is where there is an 3D digital theater.

Why a 3D digital theater? Because that is where u2 is in 3D.

The schedule: Beer at the Brewpub at Main and Transit @8:15

u23d at the Regal Imax @9:40.

Anybody who wishes to celebrate my birthday and/or watch u2 and/or drink beer is welcome to join. If you want to co-ordinate rides, use the comment box.





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02/22/08 10:26 - 22ºF - ID#43425

I said I would post yesterday

but I didn't.

Had my visit at P.S. 6, regarding T.

This kid is a good kid one-on-one with adults, but unless a grown up gives him one-on-one attention, he tends to let his life be dominated by his peers. It's a lot of bullying and stuff like that, he gets it and he gives it. And he's just been suspended for swearing at a teacher.

The teacher and principal were thrilled that I called them. It's so sad--nobody came at all for parent/teacher conferences. I know that Buffalo public schools don't have the best reputation, but this teacher and this principal knew what was up, and T's class only had 18 students. The problem is that his Dad is in Iraq (I don't think people think of what it does to families when a war happens) and Mom is, er, disengaged. So T, in 6th grade, spends a lot of time caring for his sister.

We should not act surprised when kids join gangs.

Still, there is some cause for optimism. The teachers and I are on the same team, and there is a good social worker that can help a ton, if we get Mom's signature. I'm going to lean on this kid hard to behave in school and work with him on his school stuff.

One of the things that I realized a while ago was that the number one thing that makes a difference in a kids life is if there is an adult that cares what happens to them. If you aren't working with some kid (and it really isn't "work" hanging out with a kid), I reccomend doing so. I can help make it happen, too.
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02/20/08 03:12 - 19ºF - ID#43404

I bought it.

I am such a consumer. A bunch of my recent posts have been about products. Products don't make you happy. Not even laptops. Especially not laptops, since they belong to the computer family and computers generally make me frustrated.


Anyway, I won't be buying too much more stuff. Unless a ton of Birthday money comes in.

I will post again tomorrow. It will be about:

turning 30

or

visiting a kid's school (he is failing because he keeps getting in trouble)

or

My sermon, which I will hopefully finish (It's about water, fighting, and how Jesus worked for reconciliation as he made an outcast a leader)

or

leadership in general (I've been trying to figure out how to do that well)

or

hanging out with young, upscale, and gay (mostly) episcopalians for soup and discussion of C.S. Lewis (I didn't think they would like him . . .)


You can vote on which one I will post about, but I may just choose the one that strikes me at the time.

Peace.
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02/15/08 11:08 - 24ºF - ID#43342

laptop survey

I have a computer at home and a computer at work. I don't travel too much, and while I would love to work at Cafe Aroma, I don't do it all that much. It would also be nice to have a laptop for presentations, which I do now and then.

Should I purchase an inexpensive laptop?

I know many of you have them and love 'em. Does anybody regret the purchase? Does anybody not have one and definitely not want one (anyone that isn't married to me, that is)
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Category: tv

02/13/08 10:44 - 19ºF - ID#43320

She's going to be on!

Tina Fey hosts a new Saturday Night Live this Saturday night.

I love it.
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