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I slept through New Year’s (st)Rocking eve. Ann recorded it, and we both watched Jennifer Lopez sing and dance in her catsuit. Ann called it body film. I wrote the following December 31, 2005:

Happy New Year to all, even Mariah Carey, who is wearing next to nothing on a frigid New York evening.

There are worse traditions.

Anyway, going through my old archives from that period, I got a little nostalgic for the blogs I used to read, such as Dincocrat, Dave Friedman, and others. I’ll take some time at some point and relink to a few old faves who still blog. Friedman has disappeared, and his email no longer works. I’ll bet I can conjure him up. Check the post tags. Give me 30 days.

There you are. Red Guy in a Blue State here. Dude. Email me.

I hope that works.

Back to New Year’s Eve:

I have mixed feelings on Clarke’s appearances on the annual show after his stroke. One one hand, it is courageous. On the other hand, he’s hard to understand. Given the choice, I think he should rightly stay as long as he wishes, if for no reason more than future generations need to know that people aren’t useless after they become less than perfect. Would we still elect a president who is in a wheelchair?

Still, some things don’t last forever, and J-Lo should consider an evening gown.

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Ann has begun a her first blog, entitled  Dwellings. I have thought that she should blog for quite some time; she has a voice. It is also therapeutic. She started it on Blogspot a few days ago, which I found ironic- I just migrated my old postings from Typepad to WordPress. I told her that she should migrate to Worpress because I was familiar with it and could help her with tags, etc.

Long story short, not a good move. She’s happy with the Blogger interface, and WordPress won’t let her duplicate her theme, or even a close approximation. So a simple migration becomes a project. We don’t need more projects around here. I’d rather learn Blogger than have her learn WordPress when we have a night of Elf Work ahead of us, and the lightest week of the year to look forward to to catch our breaths. Why is nothing simple?

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Why do web log authors feel compelled to refer to their spouse by some cutesy derivative of the blog name? Does anyone really think that Glenn Reynolds actually calls Mrs. Reynolds "Instawife" to her face? Why did he start that trend? From here on in, I promise to refer to Ann as "Ann." I toyed with referring to her as the Red Shmoogly Boogly Cupcake, but I think "Ann" will do. Call me boring. Or Phil.

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A Blog About Bad Blogs

If you want a quick giggle, check out www.shittyblogs.com, where they blog about crummy blogs. I found them when I googled Hot Abercrombie Chick, 5% because I didn’t think she was for real and 95% to see if she had any more pictures up.
Hey, at least I’m honest.

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Live Photo Blogging

One of my daily reads, Andrew Clem, has posted a compendium of his prodigious photographic work on his blog.
For the past few days I’ve been feverishly reorganizing my online photo gallery, and today added a bunch (19) of new "photos" (from video, actually) from Peru two years ago. I’ve set it up in a more hierarchical fashion, with mini-montages as previews, so you can pick and choose which photos you want to look at. It’s all explained at: http://andrewclem.com/Archives/Post.php?2006/01/27la.html
His work is excellent. If you like good photography, by all means check it out.

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Tagged for 5 Neurotic Habits

Emily of Portia Rediscovered (and if you are a single male, what are you doing reading this? Introduce yourself to her) has tagged me for this 5 neurotic habits thing. The rules:
“The first player of this game starts with the topic “five weird habits of yourself,” and people who get tagged need to write an entry about their five weird habits as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next five people to be tagged and link to their web journals. Don’t forget to leave a comment in their blog or journal that says “You are tagged” (assuming they take comments) and tell them to read yours.”
OK. So my five (only five?) weird habits.
  1. Maps fascinate me.  I can stare at a map for a Rain man-esque period of time. I have no idea why.
  2. I have a benign obsession with the lottery and what I’d do if I were to win a fortune. I have an excel spreadsheet somewhere with jackpots listed in increments of $5 million, the after tax annuity value, and a list of ventures I would undertake based on different amounts. Given our proximity to Connecticut, if we go for a "drive in the country," I’ll buy a Powerball ticket, which is not available in New York.
  3. Whenever I travel, I buy the local team’s baseball cap. I own over 300 baseball caps. In general, I am a gigantic baseball fan and if you name a year I can tell you who won that season’s World Series, over whom, and in how many games. I know so much arcane minutiae about baseball statistics that my friends will call me long distance to settle a bet at a bar. I can also study the diagram of a baseball stadium for the same amount of time as a map.
  4. I can catch food thrown across the room in my mouth if you are anywhere close to the strike zone. This amuses my nephews no end. I suppose this doesn’t qualify as a habit but look at all the stuff I gave you in #3. OK, fine. Here’s a better one: I shave with Noxzema. Don’t knock it until you try it.
  5. If I go a half a day without checking my email I feel naked. I feel the same way if I run out for a loaf of bread and forget to bring my cell phone.
In turn, I shall tag:
Chad of Cake or Death? was already tagged, so I’ll pass it to
Dave of Soul of Wit, although I doubt he’s likely to want to.
There. I have now participated in a web journal chain letter. I feel kinda dirty. Thanks to Emily for thinking of me.

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Typepad Glitches

I have been informed that people are unable to comment and/or track back to my posts. I have attempted to fix this on my preferences to no avail; there is still no comment link on my posts. I have informed Typepad of this, as well as my ever growing frustration with their service, so hopefully it will be resolved shortly.
Update: Fixed!

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