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Adrift in January

It’s 2012 and I have found myself in the weird position of being alone for the month of January!  What’s that, you say?  What do I mean?  Well, Larry is in NYC now and will be staying there through mid-February.  The first reason is that he went back early this month to be there for when his sister gave birth.  Happily, everything went well and Larry is now an uncle to a cute little girl named Stacy.  Welcome Stacy to your very happy family!  Also, his Strategy Farm bosses got a slew of new work and they asked him to come back for it and help.  Turns out there will be at least a month of work and so there he stays.  It’s good because the opportunities out here in LA have been very scarce, so I’m glad he can get his hands dirty and make some money again.  He can also build up his resume some more.  It does suck though to be chilling out alone.  Thank god I like video games so damn much.  And books.

Speaking of which, wow, I am reading two books right now that are incredible.  The first is Stephen King’ latest titled 11/22/63, a time-travel story that centers around the Kennedy Assassination and the conceit of “what if you could go back in time and stop Lee Harvey Oswald?”  I’m about 200 pages in and that part hasn’t even started yet.  The main character decides to test-drive the time travel rules he’s bound to by intercepting a tragedy that occurred to a friend of his back in 1958.  Of course, things don’t always work out the way you or he hopes, but in the course of the story, he runs into a few of the kids from Derry….DERRY, the city from Stephen King’s novel IT, which I coincidentally just read.  I love Stephen King.  The other book I’m reading is George R. R. Martin’s second in the Song of Fire & Ice saga, A Clash of Kings.  These books of his are so compelling and I’m utterly hooked.  I’ve been watching the HBO series via On Demand the last few nights and the producers did a masterful job bringing the first book, Game of Thrones, to life.  There’s a quote from within the book I can’t wait to see in the series, as it’s delivered from a very scheming, conniving, and powerful character to a virtuous, and ultimately foolish, opponent, concerning the way politics works/worked:  “In the game of thrones, you win or you die.”  The speaker is NOT fucking around when it’s being said.  And I bet Newt Gingrich would be happy enough to say these words to Mitt Romney.  🙂

So while I read, watch TV, and play videogames this January, I figure I should update and blog again.  When last I dropped in, it was right before I headed back to New York City for a week so that I could work and be with Larry while he visited with his sister a few weeks before giving birth.  It was wonderful going back and getting to see the tree at Rockefeller, all my team and coworkers/friends at 30 Rock and the CNBC facility at Englewood Cliffs.  I realized I miss being there a little bit, but only a little bit.  Santa Monica life is charmed.  Then for Christmas through New Year’s, we were back in LA and celebrated the holidays with Mom & Harv as well as my stister, Stacie and her family.  New Year’s was fun spending it with Wendy & Jay, and then before we knew it, it’s 2012 and back to work like nothing was amiss.

2012.  Yikes.  I read one of those books about the many different theories of what will kill us or cause the Earth’s destruction at the end of this year.  Massive solar flares.  Interstellar collisions.  Polar shifts.  Volcanic activity.  Our own tendency to self-destruct.  And hell, I’ve seen the AWESOME movie.  Yes, I said awesome.  Looks like Larry & I will have a front-row seat to California, and specifically Santa Monica & Venice, falling right into the ocean.  Totally sucks.  But if you’re going to either suffer in a post-apocalyptic world or go out early…what would you rather do?  Nuclear winter is totally overrated.

I hate when I don’t post for a while.  I feel the need to just word-vomit all over the screen.  How about I end for now, but make a pact with myself to keep at it again. I was doing good and I still haven’t lost the feeling.  I am going to look up different good and interesting blogging assignments/topics to keep myself entertained, as I really do like writing.  I swear.   Oh, and do go visit my Picasaweb site to see a slew of pictures I’ve taken in the meantime.  Here are a few to tide you over….

Larry’s Office of Clocks Project:

06-Dec-2011 16:04, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 400
 
06-Dec-2011 16:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 16:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
 
06-Dec-2011 17:02, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
06-Dec-2011 18:01, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 250
06-Dec-2011 20:21, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 7.152mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 4.5, 10.262mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
06-Dec-2011 20:22, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 320
 
06-Dec-2011 20:23, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
 

 Thanksgiving 2011 in Duarte:

24-Nov-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 100
24-Nov-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 160
 
24-Nov-2011 14:38, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 200
 
24-Nov-2011 15:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 

A 5K through the Universal Studios Backlot:

04-Dec-2011 08:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.5, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 08:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 08:53, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:16, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 3.2, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 400
04-Dec-2011 09:18, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:19, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 11.381mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 12.281001mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
 
04-Dec-2011 09:26, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 200
04-Dec-2011 09:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
04-Dec-2011 09:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 

Back in NYC (in the last pic, you can see how big the Freedom Tower has grown:

18-Dec-2011 11:35, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.998mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
18-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
18-Dec-2011 13:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.04 sec, ISO 800
 
18-Dec-2011 14:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
18-Dec-2011 14:43, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 200
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
 
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.316mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
18-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 5.0, 14.316mm, 0.1 sec, ISO 1600
18-Dec-2011 17:41, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.5, 5.174mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
 

Back at 30 Rock:

19-Dec-2011 07:45, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 400
19-Dec-2011 07:46, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 640
19-Dec-2011 10:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 320
 
19-Dec-2011 11:24, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.2, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 250
19-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.8, 4.3mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 250
19-Dec-2011 11:36, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 320
 

At 30 Rock for the Company Holiday Party on the SNL Stage, Studio 8H:

20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
20-Dec-2011 09:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 500
 
20-Dec-2011 09:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 400
20-Dec-2011 10:05, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
20-Dec-2011 10:06, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.025 sec, ISO 200
 
20-Dec-2011 10:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 800
20-Dec-2011 10:07, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
 

Christmas with the Folks:

25-Dec-2011 14:25, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1600
25-Dec-2011 14:27, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 800
25-Dec-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 200
 
25-Dec-2011 14:28, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.05 sec, ISO 1250
25-Dec-2011 14:29, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.067 sec, ISO 400
25-Dec-2011 14:30, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
 
25-Dec-2011 14:32, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.033 sec, ISO 400
25-Dec-2011 14:55, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800
25-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400
 
25-Dec-2011 14:56, Canon Canon PowerShot ELPH 500 HS, 2.0, 4.3mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 640
 

Snow Day?!

So it seems that NYC and the whole Northeast is about to get pounded by some snow!  About time.  I’ve been cheated now for two winters from a decent snow fall.  Heck, in Colorado Springs we’d have fantastic snows all the way from November through to May or even June.  And they were good, honest snows, full of Americana spirit.  Here?  It’s a bunch of commie liberal pink-o puff snow that has no substance.  Damn Democrats.  Yeah, I don’t know, I’m sure Democrats will get blamed for this somehow by the Republicans while Republicans will mock Democrats and their "global warming" craziness.  Or neither will happen and I’m just a shithead.  Sounds plausible

Anyways, it’s Sunday night and I’m looking out my window and while it’s nice and clear of snow now, the snow is falling pretty good and trying it’s best to stick.  I have no doubt when I wake up in the morning tomorrow there’ll be plenty of stuck snow.

Went with Larry down to the southern tip of Manhattan again to finish the walk around Battery Park up to the World Trade Center site.  It had been brutally interrupted by Work (!) a few weekends ago and now seemed as nice a day as any to do it.  It’s a ghost-town down there though on weekends.  And you know what’s disappointing?  How little work or progress seems to have been made on the Freedom Tower that is being built on the site.  Apparently it’s been built high enough to be above ground level, but you could have fooled me.  It’s nothing I could see.  I am interested to see some progress as it would seem almost reassuring.  It’s been nearly 8 years now since it happened and you’d think there’d be something there.  I look forward to its eventual state, as the final rendering looks to be very nice:
proposed wtc site

It was a nice walk to have this afternoon.  We then walked around SoHo a bit, checking out the Museum of Modern Art store where there is a LOT of really cool shit that I really wanted to buy.  All sorts of ‘modern’ takes on kitchen things and stuff that just looked cool.  Me likey.  I did end up buying a Muji business card holder for $5.  Very basic, very clean, and something I’ve wanted for a while.  We then stopped by the Design within Reach store.  YEAH RIGHT!  Whose reach????  I saw these cool modern bar stools that I had the nerve to sit on……$1700 – EACH.  W…T….F!!!!!  After casually looking around and saying eff this, it was off to the Apple Store to drool over all that cool shite.  Seriously, want lots of money to just buy all their neat computers and iPods and such.  After feeling woozy from too much coffee, we ran in and got a slice of pizza – YUM.  And finally made it back to the Upper West Side where Larry & I went to Fairway, the city’s most nuts grocery store.  Apparently it’s the best prices too, which accounts for the chaos.  But seriously, it’s nuts.  And Larry made a delicious chicken with Bells seasoning, mashed potatoes and asparagus with gravy.  IT WAS AWESOME.   How great is it to be with someone who can cook like no one’s business!?

And so now it’s Sunday night and tomorrow it’ll be interesting to see if I’m working from home because of the snow.  Yes, I could walk to work.  But if it’s like super snowy, who wants to do that?????  I bet my boss would make me come in though.  I mean, I have no real excuse not to.  But I just want to sit at my awesome windows and stare outside!  🙂 

I’ll do my best to keep up to date on this blog from now on.  In the meantime, feel free to check out my picasaweb.google.com/hobiewan site.  Lots of my recent pics are all there as it just is too much effort and time to do that photoweb stuff all myself when Google does it so much better! 

Peace!

A link to my Pics

Hey there Hi there Ho there!
I’d post more here but it’s late and I be tired.  Anyways, I found a much easier way to post plenty of my pictures and that is through the magical world of Picasa!  So here is a link to my personal Picasa site where you can see the recent groups of pics I’ve been taking, including Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and the New Place!!!!

http://picasaweb.google.com/hobiewan76

Talk at ya later!

Lots o’ photos

I went and posted pretty much a month and a half’s worth of photos I’ve been sitting on, finally.  They’re over at the regular hobiebarnes.com site. 

I also killed the Shooting Gallery.  No need and I was getting tons of user requests from spammers.  Bah!

And if you missed seeing the Beyonce / Paul Rudd SNL sketch, my apologies, as I see that it is no longer available.  Bastards!  OH wait, that’s my employer I’m talking about!  But why the hell isn’t that on Hulu?  It’s effin’ hilarious, much moreso than the Joe Biden cold open.  C’mon now.

Pics: Opera and more

So if you read my post below, you’ll see I went to the Lincoln Center to see some of dat dem dere Opera those uppity folks drink snooty drinks at. HA! I am so totally one of those snooty folks.

Here’s a link to my ever-trusty website that still serves as my photo repository. Don’t know if people have figured that out who are blocked from seeing this LiveJournal site, but if they haven’t figured it out, they’re soooo missing out. And here are some that you’ll see there if you deign to click the link:

At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln CenterAt the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center
At the Avery Fisher Theater in Lincoln Center14-Jun-2008 19:44, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
Right before the concert, Tosca, beganRight before the concert, Tosca, began
Right before the concert, Tosca, began14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!
Shelly and Me - I wasn't quite ready. iPhone actually has a bit of delay when taking a pic!14-Jun-2008 20:00, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one picThat's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic
That's better, although I should probably composite the two of these so both of our smile faces are in one pic14-Jun-2008 20:01, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
The lights literally darken....The lights literally darken....
The lights literally darken....14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8
 
Just to show the side balconiesJust to show the side balconies
Just to show the side balconies14-Jun-2008 20:02, Apple iPhone, 2.8