Monday, June 29, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I leave the computer/TV for a few hours today, call my mom and find out that one of the biggest musical stars this planet will ever see died at 50. If it weren't for my Catholic mom, I would have screeched, "Holy %$*&!"
The "Holy ^%$&!" deaths have been very common the past year or so. Last year, I walked into work one day and saw every TV screen in the building telling me Heath Ledger had died. That was a shocker.
Then I'm in a New Zealand Starbucks a few months later and buried deep in the paper is the news of the sudden death of Tim Russert. Another stunner.
And then today. I'm not totally stunned because we all knew Michael Jackson was not too well, but still, he was just 50 years old.
The biggest "Holy @%$^!" death of all time - with consideration to JFK Jr. and Princess Di - for me was Phil Hartman. By all accounts a nice man and a great comedian, he was shot in his sleep by his wife, who then went on to kill herself hours later. I never expect people to be shot in their sleep, but if I were to expect it for celebrities, Phil Hartman would have been last on the list. I was dumbstruck.
Like billions of other people today, I think I'll go on YouTube and go through some of his greatest hits. It will take a while.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
It's not impossible to envision the Yankees just throwing some money at him and plucking him into their rotation, putting Joba Chamberlain back in the bullpen. Likely? Perhaps not. But certainly possible.
So here's hoping some team - preferably in the NL - gives him a shot for one last go-around. That way, he can go out the way he wants. Just don't do it in the Bronx, for all that is good and holy in this world.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|Murder in the White House - Fly Widow Interview|
This is pretty damn funny. When I first saw the tape of Obama killing the fly, I joked to myself that PETA would be very upset. Sadly, they actually had something to say about it.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
Top Movies I Have to Keep Watching if I See Them on TV
4. A Time to Kill
3. My Cousin Vinny
2. The Rock
1. A Few Good Men
Top 5 non-sports video games
5. Duck Hunt
4. Sonic the Hedgehog
3. Contra -- An insane game with the most famous cheat code in history.
2. Super Mario Brothers -- All the games have merged into one in my memory. I still love Yoshi and the timeless music.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II -- This was the arcade version, a much-improved sequel to the impossible-to-beat first TMNT game. I celebrated in the street with my friend when I beat this game -- and I'm not kidding.
Top 3 cartoons that scared me a young'n
2. Sleeping Beauty -- For whatever reason, the ending really freaked me out, especially when the evil lady at the end formed into a dragon.
1. Popeye -- Just look at him!
Top celebrity crushes (formative years)
5. Mariah Carey
4. Lisa Turtle (Lark Voorhies)
3. Summer Sanders
2. Jennifer Love Hewitt
1. Sarah Michelle Gellar
Most embarrassing songs on my iPod
5. Nobody's Home -- Avril Lavigne
4. Building a Mystery -- Sarah McLachan
3. Love Will Lead You Back -- Taylor Dane
2. Time of My Life -- Dirty Dancing (Not my fault. This song was drilled into my head since my sisters watched this movie about 4 billion times.)
1. Hit Me Baby (One More Time) -- Britney Spears
Top songs that are among my favorites you may not know
5. Dreaming of You -- The Coral
4. Mr. Writer -- Stereophonics
3. Munich -- The Editors
2. I'm Stupid -- Prime STH
1. Morning Afterglow -- Electracy: If you listened to WBRU in the late 1990's, you knew this song. How was it not a huge hit???
Top TV shows that left us too soon
5. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- A recent casualty
4. Undeclared -- A show about kids moving to college just when I was moving to college
3. 3 South -- It was funny and worthwhile, so obviously MTV canceled it.
2. Arrested Development -- I can't criticize since I didn't watch it while it was on TV either.
1. Andy Richter Controls the Universe -- A kookier, crazier, earlier version of The Office, right down to the "guy has crush on cute receptionist" theme.
Top RI foods I miss the most
5. Clam Cakes
4. Awful Awfuls
3. Doughboys -- Loved Iggy's and McCoy Stadium's doughboys. They call it fried dough down here ... morons.
2. Coffee milk -- I still get my share, but it's hard work
1. More clam cakes
Top bands/performers rock radio stations should play if they want me to change the channel
5. Ozzy Osbourne
4. Beastie Boys
2. Kid Rock
Top people with whom I'd love to have lunch
5. Bill Belichick
4. Natalie Portman
3. Kiefer Sutherland
2. Barack Hussein Obama
1. Eddie Vedder
Top personal travel destinations
Top "Why haven't I been there yet?" places
4. Bunker Hill
3. Basketball Hall of Fame
2. Block Island
1. Baseball Hall of Fame
Friday, June 5, 2009
I use it for the map.
Google Analytics tracks hits to the site, the location of those hits and how they found themselves at my tiny, tiny blog. A banner day for this blog is five hits in 24 hours. People have come here googling "words with b in the middle" and "almost famous steve sears."
I wasn't in the movie.
I've been found through the search of "jeff schaible." I can only presume it's Jeff googling himself, as he does every day. "famous people from mcallen" shows up. I have no idea why. "Man cleveage" brought someone to this site and good thing it did. I covered that topic already.
It's fun to see what random ways people use to find this site, intentionally or not. But my favorite thing is the map. It tracks the location of all my visitors and there are some interesting results.
First, I'm huge in New York. It's by far the state that visits me most. I guess it has to be Gisele from her New York apartment, keeping tabs on me in case I try to steal her husband. Next up, the great state of Massachusetts, followed by Florida and Nevada (hello, Pascone.)
The most interesting tidbit? I have more hits from Ohio and Texas the past 30 days than I do from Rhode Island. In all, I've been visited by 17 of the 50 states in this union. (The above plus California, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois and Virginia.) My goal is all 50. So if you ever find yourself in a random state, like Idaho or Arkansas, just come here for one second. That's all I ask.
Oh, and my appeal is not limited to the great people of the USA. I have fans in Great Britain, Italy, Greece, India, Canada, Paraguay, Ecuador, France and Malta. Average time on my blog for most of these countries? Zero seconds. Zero! These poor people were so horrified by what they saw, they altered time and space to vanish from my den of debauchery in no time - and I mean that literally.
Let me make it clear. I do not update this blog semi-regularly because I seek fame or fortune, though it seems both of those will be heading my way momentarily. (I know the Sears brand can play in Portugal.) I do this for my loyal fans, who have stuck with me through thick and thin. You average nearly 30 seconds a visit here. Thank you! For the time you could spend watching a beer commercial, a male enhancement commercial or a Julio Lugo at-bat, you spend your rapidly dwindling amount of seconds on this earth here.
There's no greater honor I could have. Google Analytics can never measure this.