Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Memory Day: Snapshots

This picture was taken 24 years ago, in February 1992.

Boy Scout Troop 131 was marching in the annual George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria and repeating the pithy slogan, "East is east, west is west, 131 is the best," solely because no one could think of any words that rhymed with "south".

I was carrying the Alexandria City Flag here, not out of civic pride, but because one of the adult leaders said I was too small to do it and predicted that I would get tired before the end of the parade. I survived.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Vote BU 2016

Having trouble deciding who to vote for in the upcoming election? Take a look at the BU party platform and consider voting for me! When I'm elected as 45th President, these are the changes you can expect to see enacted:

  1. Arnold Schwarzenegger will be my Vice President.

  2. Representatives of the great state of Virginia will get 1 extra vote in each roll call.

  3. Evite will no longer include a "Maybe" option on invitations.

  4. Funding will be provided to immediately reshoot the endings of Dexter and How I Met Your Mother, with updated DVDs distributed to anyone negatively affected by the original endings.

  5. All bicycles will be equipped with regulators that force them to stop at road crossings.

  6. All small, shaggy, barky, drooly dogs will be replaced with Maine Coons.

  7. Personal Bluetooth speakers will be banned on the Appalachian Trail.

  8. Kanye West must pass a diction test before releasing another album.

  9. Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota will be merged into a single low-population state (Mondahota), with the associated reduction in Senators.

  10. Mobile apps will no longer be allowed to translate perfectly useful timestamps into "4 hours ago".

  11. The "shaky cam" technique in movies will be banned.

  12. Facebook will always show you the Most Recent posts.

  13. Coldplay's Fix You will no longer be allowed in TV soundtracks.

  14. Supreme Court vacancies will be filled by one of those animals that can accurately predict sports winners, starting with Paul the Octopus.

  15. Every time Google cancels one of its applications, they must immediately add 10 new cities to their Google Fiber initiative.

  16. Microbreweries will only be allowed to brew 1 IPA at a time.

  17. The opening ceremonies of the Olympics will not last longer than 1 hour. To expedite the proceedings, all athletes will be chased by frightful pumas as they march in country by country.

  18. All movie studios must stop making superhero movies immediately and indefinitely.

  19. All service stations must be converted into either a Sheetz or a Wawa.

  20. All procedural delaying tactics in the House or Senate, such as filibustering, must be performed while naked.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Wrap-up

On Friday night, we braved the heat to go to Wolf Trap for a Thao Nguyen / Sufjan Stevens concert. Reflecting our status as old people with disposable income, we got pleasant box seats to avoid warring with all of the fratty youngsters that show up on the lawn five minutes before the show and try to squeeze their blankets into a two square foot area. The view from the box and ease of access was definitely worth the added cost, and I would do it again.

The opening segment by Thao was okay -- good, quirky arrangements marred by a muddy sound mixing and forgettable lead vocals. Rebecca tried to get me into Thao when we first started dating, but I could never get over how off-key it sounded. Her voice has greatly improved over the years, but it's still not my favourite.

The Sufjan portion was very strong, full of creative energy that bordered on ridiculous. Usually when I listen to a Sufjan CD, it just sounds like a few members of the Early Renaissance Music Ensemble got lost during the parade, but the live show really pulled the music together. If the CDs were more like the live show, I'd definitely like them more. The only flaw in the production was the potentially migraine-inducing lights shined directly at the audience during every other song, which could be construed as either an artistic choice or a clever form of bootleg video prevention.

On Saturday night, we went over to the Smiths for leftover steaks and game night. We played a new game, Apotheca, which was good enough that I would consider buying a copy myself.

Sunday was, as usual, a chore day. We cleaned and realigned the treadmill and had a low-key but satisfying dinner at the V. We ended the day with the first episode of the second season of Fargo, which looks like it's going to be good.

How was your weekend?

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Stuff In My Drawers Day

Here's a cartoon I drew 24 years ago as a high school freshman. It depicts the assembly line process used to make a doofus. If you knew any doofuses growing up, they probably came from this machine.

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