Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A recent study was done on out how surnames in Great Britain have changed from 1881 until now.
The top five names, Smith, Jones, Williams, Brown, Taylor and Davies, have not changed in 127 years, and have not changed in order.
But I'm saddened to report some names have all but disappeared.
- The name Cock has been clipped from 3,211 in 1881 to 785 today.
- Balls shriveled from 2,904 to 1,299.
- Deaths were killed from 1,133 to 60.
- People named Smellie decreased by 70 percent.
- Dafts by 51 percent.
- Gotobeds by 42 percent.
- Shufflebottoms by 40 percent.
- And sadly, Cockshotts by 34 percent.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I found out tonight that my Songs For the Soul imix is the #1 rated imix on itunes. I have no idea how long this will last but the mix features some of my favorite musicians, including my good friend Jeffrey Dean Foster, and me.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
High School Girl #1: Maggie fucked Ben.I wonder if Ben and Maggie know their sex lives are being discussed at loud volumes in public places and then blogged about by douchebag bloggers?
High School Girl #2: She did?
High School Girl #1: Yeah, disgusting. Maggie lost her virginity to Ben.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Today kicks off Dine in Brooklyn! Today through April 3 about 200 restaurants are offering three-course meals for $23. Some are even offering $23 for two! Not bad at all.
A full list of restaurants and a map can be found here.
Below is a list of the participating restaurants in The Ridge and whether they're serving Brunch, Lunch, or Dinner.
101 Restaurant & Bar L, D
10018 4th Avenue
8424 3rd Avenue
Arirang Hibachi Steakhouse and Sushi Bar D
8812-8814 4th Avenue
Austin’s Steakhouse L
8915 5th Avenue
Bally Bunion Bar & Restaurant D
Irish / American
9510 3rd Avenue
Cappuccino Café L, D
7721 3rd Avenue
Casa Calamari Pizza & Pasta L, D
8602 3rd Avenue
Casa Pepe Restaurant B, L, D
Spanish / Mexican
114 Bay Ridge Avenue
Cebu Bar & Bistro B, L, D
8801 3rd Avenue
Chadwick’s Restaurant D
8822 3rd Avenue
Chianti Restaurant D
8530 3rd Avenue
Colandrea New Corner Restaurant, Inc. L, D
7201 8th Avenue
9519 3rd Avenue
Gino’s Restaurant D
7414 5th Avenue
Goodfella’s Restaurant & Bar D
9606 3rd Avenue
Greenhouse Café L, D
7717 3rd Avenue
Hunter’sSteak & AleHouse L, D
9404 4th Avenue
J.T.’s Restaurant D
9703 3rd Avenue
Los Pollitos D
7302 3rd Avenue
Mambo Italiano Restaurant L, D
8803 3rd Avenue
Nouvelle Restaurant L, D
8716 3rd Avenue
The Pearl Room B, L, D
8201 3rd Avenue
Petit Oven L, D
276 Bay Ridge Avenue
Ponte Vecchio L
8810 4th Avenue
Ristorante Vaccaro L, D
6718 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Saint Germain D
8303 3rd Avenue
Sancho’s L, D
7410 3rd Avenue
Sofia Ristorante Italiano L, D
8406 3rd Avenue
Tanoreen L, D
7704 3rd Avenue
Tuscany Grill D
8620 3rd Avenue
Vesuvio Restaurant L, D
7305 3rd Avenue
Yellow Hook Grille D
7003 3rd Avenue
I never thought I'd ever write these words but here goes:
The Foxy Lady strip club in Providence will hold a job fair this Saturday.
They're looking to fill around 30 positions, from strippers and waitresses to disc jockeys and bartenders, at that club and two others in Massachusetts.
And there's an article in today's New York Times entitled:
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Looking for a free meal? Then hie thee down to Henry Harde's at 9314 3rd Ave this Friday between 5:30 and 8:30 for free wine and cheese.
Wine will be provided by Henry Harde. Cheese will be provided by Robicelli's.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
If you're me, and say your prayers you're not, it doesn't get much better for a Jersey boy than Jon Stewart and Bruce Springsteen. And that's exactly what I'm going to get tonight on The Daily Show. Bruce Springsteen is the guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
He's going to play Working on a Dream from the new cd of the same name.
My song, Bring Me Back Home, is now available on itunes!
If you can spare the $0.99, please download it. If you could also rate it (ooo, 5 stars would be fantastic) and write a short review I'll be eternally thankful.
All of this will help me get on the itunes radar and hopefully be a featured artist.
Thanks so much. And if you can help me spread the word that would be great.
You can use the lame link below to go right to the song. Seriously, can't Apple come up with a better link?
UPDATE: 8:20 pm. Natasha Richardson has died at the age of 45. It's so very very sad.
UPDATE: at 1:30 pm, Natasha was taken off life support.
UPDATE: 1:30 pm, NYC. TMZ is reporting that when Natasha was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital
she was "unconscious," her pupils "non-reactive," her skin was "pale" and she was suffering from "major head trauma."More and more online sites are reporting that she is brain dead and the family will take her off life support.
UPDATE: 1:30 am, NYC. Rumors are swirling about Natasha's condition. From brain swelling, to brain dead, to dead. No one knows yet.
Natasha Richardson was critically injured in a skiing accident. She fell during a supervised lesson on a beginners run and suffered a brain injury. The Money Times is reporting that she was taken off life support and is dead. I hope it's not true. Natasha was a beautiful and talented woman. More to come.
The look on her mom's face as she enters the hospital isn't good.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Out with KB Toys. In with Fabco Shoes.
I was working out today at the 86th St. NYSC and watched them put up the banner announcing the arrival of Fabco Shoes.
Self-proclaimed as the #1 Family Shoe Chain in NY/NJ, Fabco will be moving in right next to the Nine West Outlet.
If Fabco's shoes are as fabulous as their fancy website, Fabco will soon be Outco.
Monday, March 16, 2009
The Bee Hive Hairdresser reports today that sultry Alyssa Milano will be doing a book signing for her book “Safe at Home” at the Book Mark Shoppe (the extra "p" and "e" make it classy) right here in The Ridge.
BHB ponders the
mix of guidos, baseball fans, the “Track 4 special needs” educated people and sad middle aged fat guys who haven’t gotten laid in ten years that will be lined up for this event.I, for one, qualify in 3 out of the 4 categories...even though I'm not quite sure what a Track 4 special needs educated person is.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Oh my. I'm still reeling from tonight's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Jon hammered Jim Cramer and CNBC for putting entertainment above journalism in what was billed as the "the weeklong feud of the century."
This was no funny-face/fart joke show. Jon was as serious as a financial meltdown. "I understand that you want to make finance entertaining, but it's not a fucking game," Jon told Cramer. The line drew applause, not so much, I think, from "oooo, our guy won a point" but from relief that finally someone was saying what we've all been thinking.
It was clear Jon is pissed off at CNBC and unfortunately for Jim Cramer, he had to bare the brunt of it. At least Cramer had the testies to come on the show. But Jon let him have it. He said Cramer was "disingenuous at best and criminal at worst" -- in a giant fraud that had been played on investors.
For his part, Cramer looked nervous and contrite. I thought he was going to break down and cry. It was uncomfortable and mesmerizing.
Now why can't real journalists be this tough and prepared? Why does it have to be a comedian to show them how it should be done?
The full episode will be on The Daily Show website soon. I can't wait to watch the whole interview.
UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan has written a great article about the show on The Daily Dish. You can read it here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Tonight! Stewart V. Cramer!A battle to the death. Two men will enter the studio. Only two men will walk out.
The much over-hyped "feud" between Jon Stewart and Jim Cramer comes to a head tonight as Jim Cramer appears on the Daily Show. Tune in tonight to watch these two titans clash in the Donnybrook of 2009.
Posted by Mark at 2:41 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Amy VanDeventer. Smart, frugal shopper? Or a recession's worst nightmare?
There's an article about how people are going to extremes to save money during this economy. Amy VanDeventer is going to extremes.
Before the economy tanked, she was still wearing maternity clothes from her last pregnancy, clipping coupons and using hand-me-downs to dress her daughters, ages 2 and 3. Now, she's salvaging bagel scraps left on their plates for pizza toppings and cutting lotion bottles in half so she can scrape out the last drops.She's really saving money but aren't you suppose to feed a recession? Or starve a recession?
If everyone in my neighborhood gives up going to Starbucks, the store will not make enough money to stay open. Starbucks will have to close the store because it's not making any money and the employees will most likely have to go on unemployment.
But no one knows where the end will be, or if they'll be the next person with a pink slip, or if they'll have enough money to pay for life's necessities.
It's a difficult path to tread. I wish I knew the answer.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Spring is in the air in The Ridge today. So, too, is daylight savings. It's never as much fun as getting that extra hour of sleep, but we get more daylight later in the day. Whoo hoo!
So don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour tonight before you go to bed.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Electronic Cigarette - defined by Wikipedia, as an e-cig, ecig, nicstic, electronic cigarette or electric cigarette which is has newly been termed as a mechatronic version of a cigarette. The New ECig – looks, feels and tastes like regular cigarettes and is available in a range of colors, nicotine strengths & flavors. What makes Electronic Cigarettes different from traditional smoking is the fact that they contain no tar, no harmful chemicals, no cancer causing agents and can be legally smoked in places where cigarette smoking is prohibited.Fancy italics and bold mine.
Well, if it's defined by Wikipedia then it must be credible.
And contains no harmful chemicals and no cancer causing agents. Funny, I thought it mentioned nicotine. Hold on, let me read a bit more on their site. Oh okay, here are the ingredients -
Contains only water, propylene glycol, nicotine, a scent that emulates real cigarette flavor and a membrane to suspend the ingredients.Nicotine? Why, I thought nicotine was bad. Let me read some more.
Nicotine itself is not believed to have toxicological effects, offers some therapeutic uses.Wow. Who knew? Nicotine is safe. Hooray! Let me just cross reference with those dolts over at the American Heart Association.
Nicotine is an addictive drug. It causes changes in the brain that make people want to use it more and more. In addition, addictive drugs cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine addiction has historically been one of the hardest addictions to break.That doesn't sound right.
The 1988 Surgeon General's Report, "Nicotine Addiction," concluded ~Oh what does the Surgeon General know!? What other pleasures can I get from Nicotine, which is not believed to have toxicological effects.
- Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are addicting.
- Nicotine is the drug that causes addiction.
- Nicotine causes a short-term increase in blood pressure.
- It also causes the arteries to narrow.
- The smoke includes carbon monoxide, which reduces the amount of oxygen the blood can carry.
- depressed mood
- difficulty concentrating
- decreased heart rate
- increased appetite or weight gain
Nicotine is not harmful. It says so on Smokeanywhere.com. So go ahead. Light up an electronic cigarette.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
A couple of weeks ago I was in Cleveland to see one of my shows. It was a wonderful production.
But the city? Oy my gosh. What a dump. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was great. And the Cleveland Clinic is one of the best hospitals in the country. But the city...
And then today I saw the Forbes list of the Ten Most Miserable Cities in the U.S. Cleveland comes in at #4.
- Stockton, Calif
- Memphis, Tenn
- Chicago, Ill.
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Modesto, Calif
- Flint, Mich.
- Detroit, Mich
- Buffalo, N.Y
- Miami, Fla.
- St. Louis, Mo.
Monday, March 2, 2009
The on-again off-again bodega on the corner of 82nd and 5th has opened again. Lots of banners and grand opening signs.
This comes as good news to those unable or unwilling to walk the three extra doors to the other market/deli on the block, or to 81st and 5th, where there are three more deli/markets.
The big news of the day here in The Ridge is the snow. Lots of it. So much that the New York City public school system announced a snow day for the first time in five years.
The snow made for a fairly empty NYSC this morning. It was me and about five other people. I stopped by the Rite-Aid and it was slow and there's hardly anyone in Starbucks.
The temperature isn't so bad, but the wind is gusting, pushing the mercury well beyond Witch's Tit.
Photo Courtesy: Me