2009 was a a pretty awesome year, in retrospect. I am grateful for having such wonderful friends and getting to do what I love doing every single day. Here is to hoping 2010 can be just as good, if not better.
I’m glad this photo year in review is catching on. It’s fun!
2009 was an amazing year. If you had told me where I’d end the year, based upon what I started, I’d have been in shock. I’m think I’m better off at the end of this year than I was at the end of 2008; undoubtedly a good thing.
A few light resolutions:
1. Dress Better - In the photos I’ve posted, I’m wearing the same damned sweater in 3 of them. I’m all for saving money, and it’s not a particularly bad looking sweater, but COME ON JOE, GET SOME NEW DAMN CLOTHES.
2. Impulsive? Me? - I was never, ever impulsive until I loosened up this year. Now I think need find a healthy middle ground, especially after a few drinks. I haven’t woken up next to any regrets, but I’ve certainly woke up having some.
3. The Future is Coming, Get Used To It - I became overly concerned with the future several times this year. Most of the time, it wasn’t to anyone’s benefit. The future is coming, and there always will be future until I’m dead, so I better get used to it. Relax.
“What nobody in authority thinks us grown-up enough to be told is this: We had better get used to being the civilians who are under a relentless and planned assault from the pledged supporters of a wicked theocratic ideology. These people will kill themselves to attack hotels, weddings, buses, subways, cinemas, and trains. They consider Jews, Christians, Hindus, women, homosexuals, and dissident Muslims (to give only the main instances) to be divinely mandated slaughter victims. Our civil aviation is only the most psychologically frightening symbol of a plethora of potential targets. The future murderers will generally not be from refugee camps or slums (though they are being indoctrinated every day in our prisons); they will frequently be from educated backgrounds, and they will often not be from overseas at all. They are already in our suburbs and even in our military. We can expect to take casualties. The battle will go on for the rest of our lives.”—Christopher Hitchens, making me depressed in his recent Slate article. He’s right, unfortunately.
Why do you think it is harder to make a small audience laugh?
Ari had an interesting explanation for laughter in my 101. He claimed that laughter originated as a tribal response to indicate to the rest of the group that a surprise is non-threatening. I don’t know if it’s true, but we can all recognize laughter as a group action, and it would make sense for that reaction to be lessened in smaller groups.
Additionally, I think a small audience has a few social factors against it. The audience is either going to be completely green or super hardcore. The show will be at a less-than-great location at probably a less-than-great time.
This guy totally breaks down why the Phantom Menace is such an awful, awful film. It’s long and way too detailed, but it’s really interesting and pretty funny. Don’t let the voice fool you; it’s done for effect.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”—
The 3 Rules of the Trizz, and other highlights from my life.
At the Chris Gethard show last night, Chris had the coolest kid in his high school, Danny, as a guest. Afterwards at the bar he, shared wisdom that can only be learned through years of being the coolest person anyone knows. Amongst his valued kernels of knowledge was ‘Trizz’
A ‘trizz’ is a threesome with 2 guys and 1 girl. It is, apparently, one of the deepest bonds one man can share with another. Like any other art or craft, there are rules.
1. At no point does the trizz become a joke. You must maintain seriousness with your male friend at all times.
2. You must make the girl feel weird for not wanting it. Act as if it’s the most normal thing in the world and you’re surprised she has no interest.
3. The male emotionally closest with the girl must initiate and escalate all action. Otherwise, intent is confused and a power struggle may erupt during the act.
Other highlights of this weekend:
- Learning how to get ‘extra services’ from strippers, courtesy of Don.
- Seeing Will Hines chug a mixture of Robotussin and Horseradish in his soaking wet underwear.
- Watching Rocky, The Best of Dana Carvey, and the Best of Dan Akroyd.
If you’re reading this, you’d probably love this movie. With all the terrible and hack comedies that get produced each year, Mystery Team is a breath of fresh air. Imagine the opposite of ‘Epic Movie’ style crap: There are no pop culture references, no out of place dance numbers, and most importantly, encounters with vomit and excrement are treated with the respect they deserve. Every laugh is earned.
More than that, though, this is a movie that cares deeply about itself. The characters don’t spend the whole movie sniping at each other with one liners or scoffing at their very existence. Mystery Team’s Jason, Duncan and Charlie are exactly the kind of kids who would be friends with each other in the real world, and are utterly delighted by it.
On a somewhat amusing side note, I was in an improv practice probably a year and a half ago with DC as the coach. My partner and I improvised a scene about kid detectives taking down Columbian drug smugglers who murdered their parents. After the scene, DC commented how we had just improvised the movie they were making. From that point on, I’ve been excited to see Mystery Team.
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New Advice: Skip Mammograms In 40s, Start In 50s (11/17/2009) New Mammogram Guidelines Causing Confusion, Anger (11/18/2009) Senate Votes 58-42 To Cut Medicare In Health Bill (12/3/2009) Mammogram Report A Subject In Health Debate (11/23/2009) Medical Experts Weigh In On Mammogram Controversy (11/18/2009) Schwarzenegger Signs Mammogram Inspection Bill (10/12/2009) David Goldstein Investigates Mammogram Machines (4/16/2008) A state program that provides mammogram services to low-income women is temporarily stopping new enrollments, and plans to raise the eligibility age when it restarts seven months later.
The Every Woman Counts program will be suspended Jan. 1, and when it starts up again July 2, 2010, California Department of Public Health director Dr. Mark Horton says it won’t serve women under the age of 50.
Previously, to be eligible for the program women had to be 40 years old.
Horton blamed declining state tobacco tax revenues and increasing demand for screenings for the cuts.
When I first heard about that government-sponsored report saying women only need mammograms starting at the age of 50 instead of 40, I remember thinking that it was a bs “discovery” being used by the government to cut corners for what they need to provide people in a tough economy. Thus, this news that a government-sponsored program cut back mammograms is no surprise, but it makes me nervous for the women who depend on these programs for health care and who could have gotten checked in time to catch breast cancer. I wonder if those scientists can sleep at night.
And that’s the problem with government care. There will always be a balance between the moral imperative placed on government as the provider of care, and the cost of providing said care. You cannot simply ‘tax the rich’ forever to pay for more and more (morally sound, no doubt) programs.
Cancer screening is a prime target to cut costs, because while the individual benefit for cancer screening is huge, there is little aggregate benefit or cost saving.
and am having a serious case of the “my life has slammed head first into a brick wall”-sies. It’s all I can do to keep my mind off the thousands of youths wheeling around energized cities, drinking from the giant frosty margarita with salt on the rim that is independent life.
Just in case this entry isn’t quite riddled with self pity, I’ve compiled a list of celebrities who have achieved quite a bit, and were born the same year as me. This will hopefully be an effective form of motivation.
1.) Lady Gaga—Yup, a fellow product of 1986. Whether or not you enjoy her neo-egyptian hair and gaudy performances, there’s no doubt that this whippersnapper has accomplished quite a bit in the past year. And as for the hermaphrodite argument well, who cares. If it’s true, then she’s just set the bar astronomically high for both teams.
2.) Zachary Condon—the cherubic crooner and frontman of Beirut, who is actually 8 months older than I am. Which is great, because I still have 8 months to catch up in terms of achievement. Although nothing I will ever do will be as wonderful as Beiruts balkan-esque tones.
3.) Megan Fox—she’s topical, so I felt like I had to include her. And as much as I think she’s overrated (in terms of talent, not attractiveness), and quite the mouthy strumpet, her face is on the covers of magazines and mine isn’t.
4.) Shia Labeouf—his last name is french for beef and he’s still famous.
5.) Ellen Page—okay, so she’s actually a year younger than me. Which makes it a little worse. But if I were into women, she’d be on top of my list. I’m not into women and she’s still pretty high up on my list.
So there you are, self. These kids are out there doing cool shit. So what if your parents watch a lot of Glenn Beck. There’s no reason not to grab a big slice of life, a la mode, the day after its baked when it’s at the cusp of it’s sugary goodness.
Sounds like someone needs to listen to Andrew W.K.