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A tale of six cities

December 31, 2006 | By exurbankevin | 2 Comments | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin.

I’ve lived in the Valley since 1983, longer than I lived in Canada. I loved growing up in Calgary and having a centralized location for shopping, musuems, entertainment and other attractions, and it’s one thing that I’ve sorely missed in the Phoenix area. The only city in the Phoenix area with a downtown that approaches • Read More »

December 30, 2006 | By exurbankevin | 6 Comments | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

I veer from the beliefs of many conservatives, and indeed, some of my friends on this very blog, in that I do not support the death penalty as a punishment for the worst crimes commited in our society. Even conforting the execution of someone so utterly lacking in common human values as Saddam Hussein presents • Read More »

Programming note

December 29, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Programming note | Filed in: Kevin, Military.

If you’re interested in current events and the military, Strategypage.com should be on your daily must-read list. Created by Jim Dunnigan, the father of the modern wargame, it gives a quick, no-holds barred look at military affairs all around the globe. And now they have a podcast, too.

Oh, those wacky Finns

December 28, 2006 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Humor, Kevin.

Who else would come up with something like this? It must have something to do with soaking up the radiation that leaks thru the Van Allen Belts…

Give ’em hell, Harry

December 28, 2006 | By exurbankevin | 1 Comment | Filed in: Kevin, Military.

Prince Harry has been the wild child of the royal family, from the marijuana problems to the Nazi Halloween costume to, um, some extracurricular activities in school. But when it came time for him to serve in the military, he chose the Army rather than the Navy, and enlisted with the Blues And Royals. And • Read More »

A Decent Life.

December 28, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on A Decent Life. | Filed in: Jon, Politics.

“As a leader in the Congress, and then in the White House, President Ford demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and decency.” — Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) “…a man of distinction, honor and decency.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.) “He was a decent man who left a great track record of good service to our • Read More »

Sometimes, the good guys win

December 22, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Sometimes, the good guys win | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

Michael Yon is a national treasure, a worthy successor to the combat reporting legacy of Ernie Pyle and David Burnett. He’s willing to go the front lines, where the story is happening, not soak up daily press briefings in the Green Zone. He understands that combat means more than jostling for the best space at • Read More »

Mistaken Identity?

December 21, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Mistaken Identity? | Filed in: Culture, Kevin, Television.

One of the troubling things I’ve noticed about the new game show “Identity” is how it reinforces stereotypes. I don’t think I look like a photojournalist, and without a shooter’s vest on me, there’d be no real way to tell. And just how does an online marketing manager look, anyhow? The contestant’s choices in the • Read More »

If it ain’t baroque,

December 21, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on If it ain’t baroque, | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

…don’t fix it. It’s the time of year when bits and snippets of Handel’s “Messiah” pop up everywhere. It’s one of the most – performed pieces of classical music in the world, with interpretations that run the gamut from the tedious to the unspeakable to my personal favourite, a live performance done by a chamber • Read More »

It’s an honour just to be nominated

December 18, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on It’s an honour just to be nominated | Filed in: Kevin, MSM and New Media.

I understand the thinking behind Time magazine designating “You” (meaning, us) as The Person Of The Year. Jeff Jarvis raises some good points on how uninspiring this choice is. “This year’s cover reveals that the notion — or they would like to think, institution — of a single person of the year in the single • Read More »

And water is wet, and the sky is blue

December 15, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on And water is wet, and the sky is blue | Filed in: Arizona, Kevin, Politics.

Officials at the city of Chandler are worried that recent gang activity in the area will hurt their attempts to revitalize the downtown. Ya think? Have you ever driven the streets around downtown Chandler? They make the area between 7th Street and 24th Street and McDowell and the railway tracks look like Paradise Valley. I • Read More »

…you’d better not cry

December 15, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on …you’d better not cry | Filed in: Humor, Kevin.

even if you’ve got a Jart through a limb. The Ten Deadliest Toys, Ever.

Rock me, (for free) Amadeus

December 14, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Rock me, (for free) Amadeus | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

In a move that’s sure to draw the wrath of the RIAA, the International Mozart Foundation has released all of Mozart’s scores for free on the internet. The individual performances are still the property of the artists, but the days of paying for a copy of the libretto for Don Giovanni are over.

Language Tips Of The Day

December 13, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Language Tips Of The Day | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, language.

Impress your coworkers with “Those Doritos® are nothing but libberwort[1].” or find the courage to announce to your wife that you’re an unrepentant gynotikolobomassophile[2].All these, and more, here. 1. “Food or drink that makes one idle and stupid, food of no nutritional value, `junk food’.” 2. “One who likes to nibble on a woman’s earlobes.”

The worst of the worst

December 12, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on The worst of the worst | Filed in: Humor, Kevin.

…Christmas specials, that is. I think they got it right. “What’s the difference between the 24-hour flu and a Kathie Lee Gifford Christmas special? Twenty-three hours.”

Programming note

December 12, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Programming note | Filed in: Kevin, Music.

Hugh Hewitt mentioned on his show yesterday that he will have Dr. David Allen White on his radio show for the entire December 22nd broadcast, discussing The Messiah. Due to the insanity of our local station putting on two overgrown frat boys in drive time instead of Hugh, my recommendation would be to sign up • Read More »

Holiday Music

December 12, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on Holiday Music | Filed in: Music, Todd.

It’s hard to believe that anyone would ever want to re-issue Christmas with the Chipmunks, but sadly, it has been done.  What’s the world come to? As for me, I like my Christmas music Vince Guaraldi style – “Christmas Time Is Here” always puts me in the mood.  A holiday classic. I was thinking of • Read More »

Because into every life,

December 12, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Because into every life, | Filed in: Humor, Kevin, Politics.

… a little kitsch must fall, I give you.. Rappin’ Ronnie. Enjoy.

Language Tip of the Day.

December 11, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on Language Tip of the Day. | Filed in: Jon, language.

It’s I couldn’t care less not I could care lessIf you say that I could care less, it actually means you care quite a bit. (It’s touching, really.) However, if your goal is to prove your adolescent-strength indifference, say I couldn’t care less. Please adjust your language accordingly.

More than just a great name

December 10, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on More than just a great name | Filed in: Kevin, Military.

Yes, Jonah, the Black Watch is a great name for a military unit. They also have the 3rd coolest tartan out there (after the Crawford and Edinburgh tartans, of course) and a first-rate drum and pipe band. They’re also one of the toughest units in the British Army. And this is just another example of • Read More »

‘Lo, one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear…

December 8, 2006 | By admindude | 1 Comment | Filed in: Culture, Humor, Jon, MSM and New Media, Religion.

…and blood and egg nog came flowing out’ METCHOSIN, B.C. (CP) — A Vancouver Island artist has put an effigy of a crucified Santa Claus on his front lawn, causing some neighbours to complain it’s traumatizing their children. Jimmy Wright said the figure is intended to be a comment on society’s growing appetite for consumer • Read More »

Remember.

December 7, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on Remember. | Filed in: Jon, Military.

Doris “Dorie” Miller was a Mess Attendant working on the USS West Virginia. And, like on most mornings, he was up early planning on an exciting day of hauling trash, washing dishes and prepping food for the battleship’s cook. While collecting the crew’s laundry, the General Quarters alarm was sounded. Ships have drills all the • Read More »

Birds of a feather

December 6, 2006 | By exurbankevin | Comments Off on Birds of a feather | Filed in: Kevin, Politics.

I guess Michael Moore gave Jimmy Carter some tips on how to “punch up” your writing the last time they met: “President Carter’s book on the Middle East, a title too inflammatory to even print, is not based on unvarnished analyses; it is replete with factual errors, copied materials not cited, superficialities, glaring omissions, and • Read More »

Language Tip of the Day.

December 6, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on Language Tip of the Day. | Filed in: Jon, language.

It’s Flesh It Out, not Flush It OutIf you want to fully develop an idea, you flesh it out, as a model maker adds “flesh” to a skeleton. The only things you want to flush out are dirty radiators and toilets. Please adjust your language accordingly.

Language Tip of the Day.

December 5, 2006 | By admindude | Comments Off on Language Tip of the Day. | Filed in: Jon, language.

Being a word geek, the little things bug me. A lot. And the purpose of a blog is to pass that annoyance onto you, the reader. So today I proudly initiate a periodic post topic titled the Language Tip of the Day. Enjoy!It’s ET cetera, not EK ceteraIn Latin, et means “and” while cetera means • Read More »