Just Remembered to Update...

Catching up on the e-mail that I remembered I hadn't read, I came across this song; and for some reason, it reminded me that I hadn't updated the blog in awhile.

So I thought I'd put an entry in, before I forgot it, again.






....and then I forgot to include a link to Tom Rush's website. (cue the rimshot)

Learning Japanese

Been quizzing the daughter on her Japanese vocabulary lately. I don't know if I'll ever get it, but I think she's getting there. You say tomato, I say tomato.

I'd like to add the following; the air around here is just kuuki, and the weather is tenki.
..and it's time to paatei....

Seriously.

June 23rd Serenity Screening @ Alamo Drafthouse Downtown, Drafthouse closing that week

The link for the event:
http://austin.cantstoptheserenity.com/

Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
Alamo Drafthouse Downtown
Time and Special Guests TBA
Schedule of Events TBA

Can't Stop the Serenity 2006 raised over $65,000 for Equality Now, and we are looking to raise $100,000 in 2007!

For more information about the screening, visit our Theatre page (coming soon). We are in need of volunteers. See our Get Involved! page, as well as our News section below to keep apprised of our volunteer opportunties and descriptions. We are also looking for individuals and businesses to donate items to be used for our raffle and silent auctions. Based on donations and sponsorships, we will try to offer door prizes. More information about that will be available in our News and Theatre section.

Long on talk, very short on pertinent information (such as availability of tickets)

The calendar for the theatre holding the event:
http://www.originalalamo.com/Calendar.aspx?l=2

Which does not (at this writing) have any events for the month of June at the Drafthouse Downtown.

As a side note, This event will occur 4 days prior to the closing of the Downtown Alamo Drafthouse, the "Original Alamo". It will be reopening on 6th street in the newly remodeled Ritz theatre. http://originalalamo.blogspot.com/2007/04/its-official-final-day-at-alamo-is-june.html

I've never been fond of the downtown location for the Drafthouse, and I think the Ritz will be a nice step up for them. On the other hand, the Drafthouse has been at it's current location for 10 years now, so it's closing will be a bit of an event. One that I'm also hoping to attend.

It's at this point in the post that I'd like to mention that Tim League completely stole this whole "restaurant in a theatre" idea from me, and the move to the Ritz proves it. It was at an office party held in the building that was/will be the Ritz, about 17 years ago, that I first conceived of the idea.

Three beers down, playing pool with a few co-workers, I look up and notice that the 'screenwall' of the former theatre dominates the room, screaming for something to be shown on it. And it suddenly hit me, why not? Why not serve food and drinks, maybe even play pool, while watching a film?

The difference between Tim and I is, I just talked about it, he went out and did it.
Congrats on 10 years Tim. Here's hoping for 10 more that are just as successful.



Still not much information on the Can't Stop the Serenity page; however, the event is now up at Alamo Drafthouse downtown (if you look closely at the date on the calendar, you'll notice it's only one of three tributes to Joss on that day. Seems it's his birthday or something...) The Last Night at the Alamo event is also posted.

Ron Paul Wins MSNBC Debate Poll

Not even MSNBC is bothering to report this (the only mainstream news outlet that is reporting it appears to be the The Chattanoogan) But Ron Paul won the straw poll following the MSNBC debate.

MSNBC is, in fact, interpreting their results to tell us that Romney "won". Why are they intentionally mis-representing their own results?



Ron Paul Wins MSNBC Debate Poll

Ron Paul steps into national spotlight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2007

ARLINGTON, VA – Congressman Ron Paul finished first in the MSNBC poll following the GOP primary debate last night held at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California. Dr. Paul received 43 percent, beating the second-place finisher by five points, and crushing the rest of the field.

"Last night, Americans met Ron Paul and loved what they heard," said Ron Paul 2008 campaign chairman Kent Snyder. "Dr. Paul's message of freedom and limited government resonates with Republicans hungry for a return to their party’s core values."

"Ron Paul is the only true conservative in the GOP race. Americans saw that last night," continued Snyder. "The campaign looks forward to further debates and opportunities so even more Americans will discover Dr. Paul's message of freedom, peace and prosperity."

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We need Dr. Paul as the Republican nominee for president.

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...And if you missed his performance on MSNBC the other night, here is reprise of his portion, as well as some other highlights:


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Loyalty Day

May first has been National Loyalty Day since 1921. One wouldn't know this by observation, I didn't see one extra flag on display today, even though displaying the flag is the encouraged method of observing the day.

I didn't even bother to display my flag, something I generally look for excuses to do. Of course, I don't display the Stars and Stripes, but instead declare my allegiance to the original concepts behind the formation of the American union. I fly the Gadsden flag, and declare my intentions to be independent with the slogan "Don't Tread on Me". I have always found the story behind the evolution of the flag to be inspirational.

On the other end of the spectrum, the word loyalty has a chilling effect when I think about it these days. I seem to hear it most from nationalists calling for the average citizen to show their allegiance to their gov't, right or wrong. Like children mouthing the pledge every morning, but having no understanding of the meaning behind the words of the pledge (James Clavell's The Children's Story paints a pretty clear picture of just how frightening this can be) calling for loyalty without question or reason destroys whatever value the concept of loyalty might contain.

Loyalty, like respect, has to be earned; and once betrayed, is nearly impossible to regain. The sitting president can sign a proclamation every year calling for displays of loyalty to the U.S. government, and it will mean nothing in the long run if he continues to betray the trust of the people of the United States, as far too many of his predecessors have also done.

Total Recall: Alzheimer's-like Mice Regain Memory

"Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists report the successful restoration of memory in mice"
Good news for any of us who have watched loved ones turn into strangers in recent years, while suffering from this disease. Here's hoping that a therapy can be developed for humans out of this research.


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