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Happy Birthday Katie!

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I play on iPhone with my finger. None of that iPad with stylus crap.

This year was a lesson in endurance, or lack thereof. I watched 64 movies in the five six months and only 25 in the last seven. However I did just watch my 30 hour of Breaking Bad in roughly a month, so, substitute goods I guess.

The Pledge
The Resident
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
One Flew Over The Coo Coo Nest
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The Ides of March
Reservoir Dogs
Night of the Living Dead
30 Days of Night
The Mist
Paranormal Activity 3
Pan’s Labyrinth
Straw Dogs (1971)
Red State
Halloween (2007)
Red Dragon
Rosemary’s Baby
Halloween H20: Later
The Blair Witch Project
Iron Man 2
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Bad Teacher
Deer Hunter
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cedar Rapids
Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The Descendants 
The Artist
The Beginners
The Help
The Debt
2 Days In New York
Margin Call
The Shape of Things
Tucker and Dale vs Evil
We Need to Talk About Kevin
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Midnight In Paris
Schindler’s List
Another Earth
Transformers 3: The Dark Side of the Moon
Take Shelter
Leon: The Professional
Fright Night (2011)
Little Shop of Horrors
The Thing (2011)
12 Angry Men
Martha Marcy May Marlene
The Hunger Games
The Cabin In The Woods
The French Connection
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
The Avengers
Citizen Kane
The Amazing Spider-man
21 Jump Street
Terminator Salvation
The Dark Knight Rises
The Bourne Legacy
The Marinovich Project

89 total. My favorites included Drive, Rosemary’s Baby, Traffic, Transsiberian, The Debt, Take Shelter, The Debt, and Cabin in the Woods with Drive and Take Shelter as the true standouts.

It’s going to be huge!

gambing website,, is offering nearly identical odds that The Dark Knight Rises will…

1) Break the all-time opening weekend box-office record (43.5%)

2) have the second biggest opening at the box-office in 2012 (45.0%)

Where Marvel’s The Avengers’ $207,438,708 is the number to beat. Yet to be released films such as The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2) stand in the way of these two figures adding up to 100% (as does the sizable juice that these sites skim off of all their markets).

My friend, Elizabeth, is the editor of the children’s science magazine Muse. She also has an wonderfully written and regularly updated science blog called inkfish.

I’d encourage you to check it out. If you really like it, which you will, go ahead and show your support by signing up for the RSS feed, making comments, etc.

Currently she is also in the running for a blog award. Voting is now open. Vote for inkfish!

The Color Run - Chicago

It was our first race ever and we had an absolute blast. I’ll be cleaning paint out of my ears for weeks but it was totally worth it. What a fun morning!

Fish Memory available at Shirt.Woot

Too perfect. Just snagged one for Katie.

(via shirtoid)

Summer 2007 I decided to start making a comprehensive list of all the movies I have ever seen. Today the list reached 1000. The only thing more “me” than a list of movies is a collection of stats that describe a list of movies. So here they are.

1000 movies
34 Best Picture Winners
196 Released Before I Was Born
13 Over 3 Hours Long
Total Runtime of 77 days 11 hrs and 21 min
252 Seen Since September 1st, 2009 (the Katie effect)

Movie Distribution by Year

Now let’s see if I can get to 2000 before I turn 40!

What artist was born and then buried in the small town of 9 mile (population 300) and recently included among Rolling Stone’s top 15 artists? Don’t know? Neither did Katie and I. But we didn’t need to because by the time that came up as the final question of trivia we had already amassed an insurmountable lead. Katie suggested we try bar trivia as a team of two at F O’Mahony’s, just down the street. I’d say it was an unqualified success. We walked away with the grand prize, 3 bottles of booze (pictured). Will team “Smell the Glove” repeat next week? A: Bob Marley

Before his stand up routine, Aziz Ansari solicited $1500 bids to vote on whether the content of the show would be that of his smiley and goofy self, or a rough and angry alter-ego (not wholly unlike his Funny People character, Randy, which he has been known to bring out from time to time). I accidentally put too many zeros on my check, and he decided that $15,000 was enough for me to now have complete creative control of his routine for the evening. The resulting show was terrible. A wonderful lesson in the pitfalls of commissioning art.

Had a dream that Katie and I were gliding through the air trying to infiltrate an heavily guarded fortress. We came up short and fell in the moat where we were attacked by alligators. I did my best to fend them off but we quickly became overwhelmed. At that point I told Katie, “This is your dream. You need to control it and move us to safety. If you can’t get that done very quickly I am going to have to just wake us up.”

When I couldn’t wait any longer I did just that, forcefully squinted my eyes shut until I woke up, then I turned over to Katie and started pushing on her shoulder, hair, and cheek trying to wake her up so she would not be devoured by the alligators. Eventually I just reached up and pried her eyelids open. She abruptly woke up, very confused, and looked at me like I was out of my mind. And I was. It was only at that moment that I came to my senses and remembered that shared dreaming isn’t a real thing.

I didn’t say another word, just rolled over and went back to sleep. Katie has no memory of being woken up. Thank goodness. was pretty jazzed that one of the few African American players did something highlight worthy yesterday, MLB’s Jackie Robinson day. Sadly the odds were not in their favor going into the day.

It is fantastic that 65 years after Jackie Robinson played his first game Matt Kemp is tearing it up as one of the best players in the game. However after 65 years how satisfied are we with the fact that just 8% of MLB players are of African American descent? 5% of pitchers, 0% of catchers, 11% of infielders, and 29% of outfielders according to 2010 data collected by UCF’s Richard Lapchick.

Clearly the first is worth celebrating, as are all those who have played since. It just seems like we can do better.

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My iPhone knows I’m laughing harder than I am letting on

Had a dream that I was up working all last night. Woke up exhausted.