Thursday, November 27, 2008

Naked Radcliffe Craves Onstage "Boost"

Daniel Radcliffe, the "Harry Potter" star who is currently making his Broadway debut in the acclaimed revival of Equus, will appear on Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" in December.

James Lipton will chat with the young actor on the Dec. 1 broadcast of the Emmy-nominated series. Broadcast time is 8 PM ET; check local listings. (watch excerpt below)

Equus, which co-stars Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths, is playing a limited engagement at the Broadhurst Theatre through Feb. 8, 2009.

In Equus, "psychiatrist Martin Dysart investigates the blinding of six horses, a savage act committed by an unassuming 17-year-old stable boy, Alan Strang, whose family life is rife with bigotry and religious fervor. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own." Playwright Shaffer based the play on a true story told to him by a friend.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Henry Merritt "Hank" Paulson Jr.

The first time I heard of Hank Paulson, I was foggy mentally and could only think of Pat Paulsen, of the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour ... you know, the one who ran for president in his weekly time spot. (see photo left). As I continued to find out about him, I figured that we would have probably been better with Pat rather than Hank.

However, when I finally saw him in a news conference, I said.. OMG! It is Col. Klink!

With no offense to the fine actor who superbly portrayed the bumbling, clueless Nazi, remove the Nazi Uniform and the Nazi political mindset, and you have Paulson. He is clueless and in my opinion, is making our already unstable, failing economy worse. Flailing between ideas much like McCain did when he put his Presidential campaign on hold, his inability to communicate his intentions, or even the current problem to the American Public, this man needs to leave Washington via a mob ready with tar and feathers.

Rachel Maddow this evening on her MSNBC show called Hank Paulson Mr. Magoo. I can see where she is going with that.

I still think we would have been better with Pat Paulsen.

Disturbing thought.

Looks like everything I have planted so far has come up!

Raised Beds

Lettuce & Herbs

Click pictures for better view.

2008-09 Garden Update

Today I made some small pots using a potmaker, pictured at right, that I purchased with my seed from Jung Seed, Inc. (see Online Shopping links to the right.).

These little pots turned out very nice.

Made with an old newspaper (Miami Herald), they measure 2.5-3 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter.

The pots on the right, with the white plastic underliner will be Ground Cherries (also referred to in some locales as Cape Gooseberries. The four pots on the left hand side rear are tomatoes (Best Boy) and the 12 pots in front are a mix variety of shallots.

Thanksgiving Madness

Pardoned Turkey Going to Disneyland

WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) --

United Airlines says it will help the turkey that dodges Thanksgiving dinner at the White House make its getaway to Disneyland this week.

The airline will strap the lucky bird into a first-class seat Wednesday for a non-stop flight from Washington to LAX where it will be whisked to Orange County and a date as grand marshal of the annual Thanksgiving parade at Disneyland.

President Bush is set to issue the traditional Thanksgiving pardon Wednesday, freeing the bird and a companion for the holidays.

A United spokesman told Crain's Chicago Business Disney annually buys out the entire first-class cabin for the turkey delegation, which includes the caged turkey and a group from the National Turkey Federation.

Monday, November 24, 2008

I HATE computer mice

Maybe because I'm a southpaw is the reason I have always found it difficult to use a mouse. After using one on my new Apple iMAC these past 6 months, I have developed soreness in my hand and wrist. This soreness was extremely painful and was so when I used a mouse at work and when I had a desktop computer last.

Having been a avid laptop user, I have always loved the pointing device. I especially like the IMB Thinkpad "red dot" device, which has all but disappeared, however, the Glidepoint device built in to all laptops now, are still better than any computer mouse on the market.

Last week, I ordered a Cirque Easy Cat. I last had one when I found their website back in the 1990's. I never could convince any employer to allow me to install one on my work computer, even if I paid for it. My iMAC accepted this Easy Cat seamlessly, without any additional drivers to install. When it arrived today, I just plugged it in and it worked.

I recommend this product to anyone who either finds mice uncomfortable to use or to anyone who would like to use a computer without much effort. To click on anything, you just lightly tap the pad. The light triangle (see picture upper right) is your right click and the outer edge on the right-hand side can be used to scroll on the page. If tapping isn't your thing, the Easy Cat has both right and left buttons.

The cost on the Cique website is: PS/2 port: $39.95. USB unit (which I got) $44.59. The Easy Cat comes in both Black and White.

Cirque's Easy Cat features

Blooms of Plunkett

Blooms of Plunkett
A Banana tree in the backyard in full bloom