Friday, May 28, 2010

Every Four Years, It's Time for a New..

...Name!.  So, with the World Cup starting in 13 days (or so, depending on when you click..), time to get into the vibe and get your Brazilian name happening.  Didn't know you had one?  Well.....checking back to my postings from the 2006 World Cup, seems the Brazilian Name Generator is still working.

So, join me "Darkildo" and start exercising your lungs ince you'll be blowing one of these horns of the Devil soon.


Morning After on day before Memorial Day

If you're slinking around the house on this upcoming Sunday morning, you could do worse than to tune in to 91.3 FM (ONLY if you're within 20 miles of Newark) or punch a few keys and click to and listen to 3 hours of carefully chosen and mixed music by yours truly.  The Morning After is a radio show broadcast each Sunday morning from 9:00 until 12:00 from the bowels of the Perkins student center at the University of Delaware.

For this week's show, I've got stacks of CD's from Brad Mehldau, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bettye LaVette, Drive By Truckers, Danny Gatton, Kings Go Forth, Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne, Trombone Shorty, Bonnie Raitt, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, joey DeFrancesco, and some surprises.  There's always at least one song, one artist that may surprise you.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Slovenija - World Cup 2010

Since the Motherland is not making an appearance this year in South Africa for the World Cup, I'm going with Slovenija (o.k., Slovenia...) as my sentimental favorite for this year.  My grandmother, who lived to be 99 and was as sharp at that age as she was in her 50's, was born and raised in what is the modern version of Slovenija, so there is a relative connection with my choice for this World Cup.   Slovenija will be playing in Group C, along with England, the U.S., and Algeria.  Only 2 teams form each group advance to the next level and each team within the group plays each other to get to that decisive moment.

How can can you NOT root for a team affectionately described (by ) as ".. a competent team of far-flung grafters well-drilled in the art of attrition."?

So, onward Zmajceki!  First match is v. Algeria on June the 13th.


Friday, May 21, 2010

Passage, Tipping Point, Fork in Road..

...take your pick.
It's been a wild and woolly 2+ weeks getting ready for, going through, and then closing shop on graduation from a truly fine institution up in Pittsburgh.  We didn't get the pleasure of listening to the wit and insight of one Bill Cosby, but Ian Rawson, Managing Director of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti did just fine.  As usual, Carnegie Mellon's Event staff did a superb job, even arranging through some complicated algorithm for a supremely gorgeous day.  Well,  at least according to President Jared Cohon's assessment of the Provost's role in the day's sunshine and low 70's temps.  Who were we to disagree?

Like most parents these days, the Ever-Loving Wife and I were nervous before my daughter went to college, when she chose a college, when she was at college, and now, naturally, that she's out of college in this "sputtering-can't-get-into-the-right-gear" economy.  But, we are quite happy as to her experiences and especially to the multitude things that Carnegie-Mellon U. did for her.  It was more than the right decision for her to attend CMU; it was a trans formative experience.  With the exception of The HUB, the financial services branch of the university and a place that sends shudders & chills to both students and parents alike, I can't imagine a university with as many capable, interested, caring, humorous, and insightful people in every position there.  From administration, to health services, to the fine Professors and associated teaching staff, to event organization staffs, CMU is top notch (again, except for The Hub, which, I believe, was referred to in Dante's little tome).  The end result is that CMU attracts high-caliber, diverse, motivated, and interesting students.  All of the right ingredients make for a most interesting ever-evolving stew.

The fact that CMU is located in the always-interesting Pittsburgh simply completes the story.  I can't speak for my daughter, but yours truly will be missing visits to Carnegie Mellon U and to Pittsburgh.  We all grew up as a family the last four years.

Now, if only life going forward can offer (and my daughter can recognize the offers!) as many learning opportunities?!!!?  Then, maybe parental worries would dissipate....

...yeah, right.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Steven Jobs Won't Let Me......

Well, if I had an iPad, I could make that claim.

Luckily, I have a pile of books and a Kindle by my bedside which allows me to be blessed by the Patron Saint of Snoring as I easily nod off each night.

Why....if I had an iPad I may not be able to hold unto my job, my ever-loving wife would leave me for an iPad-less strapping well-rested man, and my kids would abandon me for my total lack of devotion and attention.

Damn you Steve Jobs!  Your electronic bling-bling promises to ruin many a life!

Previous iPad rants are here and here.


Friday, May 07, 2010

Other Side of the Atlantic

Usually, at election time, when ridiculous photos are published of candidates and election celebrants, the tag line most always refers to (snicker snicker) some USA voting result.  It's good to know that public display of election lunacy is taking place on the other side of the Atlantic as well.

...and in this case in Britain...the loser is that guy with the huge County Fair prize banner attached to his chest.


Avenue C on WVUD

An opportunity came up for me to take temporary residence in the bowels of U of D's Perkins Hall.   I'll be sitting in as D.J.tonight for WVUD's nightly jazz show, Avenue C.  I'll be playing some Dr. Lonnie Smith, Philly's own Joey DeFrancesco, Kat Edmonson, and some surprises that I'm not yet aware of.    Perhaps even a spot of Danny Gatton, in one of his jazz moments.   Two hours of a different take on jazz, tonight.

You can check it out on the internet here, from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm, tonight.


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