I've inundated my friends and family for years with commentaries on everything from foreign currency transactions to the menu at Taco Bell. Some of my commentaries are funny or insightful. Some are me ranting about something I'm annoyed about. All of them come with "Frank's Blog Guarantee" - if you think I've wasted your time with a blog entry, you have the right to kick me in the shins as hard as you want.
Frank Buckles of West Virginia passed away earlier today as a result of natural causes. He was 110 years old. Mr. Buckles held the distinction of being the last American veteran of World War I. We, as a nation, have officially lost an important generation. His legacy, and the legacy of those who served with him, will live on for generations. The full obituary for Mr. Buckles is available here from the Associated Press.
I published my picks for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards earlier this month. I only made picks in 18 of the 24 categories. Of those, I was right with 10 of them. It wasn't my best year ever as far as Oscar picks go. However, getting 10 out of 18 right isn't too shabby either.
I was flipping through the wedding announcements in my local newspaper the other day. I was aghast when I saw one of the young women whose nuptials were published. I will spare the details since this blog is a public forum. Instead, I'll simply say this: some brides are seriously tempting fate by wearing white.
The Space Shuttle Discovery arrived at the International Space Station this afternoon as part of the STS-133 mission. This will be the last time that Discovery will dock at the station since the shuttle program is now being phased out. Discovery was the first shuttle to ever dock at the International Space Station and now it's time for her to retire. It has been an amazing 27 year long career for her.
Once upon a time, when I was young and naive, the world made sense to me. Maybe if I drink enough, the world will once again make sense. Or least I won't care as much about all of the bloody nonsense. This is my random thought for the day.
Google launched Google Weddings recently. It's designed to use the existing free Google tools to simplify wedding planning. Google Docs provides a budget template, Picasa provides photos albums, and so on. They even have partners like Boutiques.com to help find the perfect wedding dress and Google Googles for your smart phone to help brides get more details on things they see in print. Yes, Google Weddings really does do everything possible to simplify wedding planning. My first reaction is that this just seems a bit odd to use Google to plan a wedding. However, I'm also painfully aware of the fact that I'm a guy. As such, my first thoughts about weddings in general are to simplify them by running away as quickly as I possibly can. Unless, of course, there's a cool wedding cake at the reception along with lots and lots of booze. In which case, that's an all together different story.
The Borders Bookstore near me is closing due to their recent bankruptcy filing. I swung by the place the other day, think I'd pick up something from their closing sale. The place was packed. There was a line to get into the store - their 4,000+ square foot store, I might add. All I could think was, "If the place was this busy before, they wouldn't have gone into bankruptcy."
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that eight hospitals in southeastern Michigan are expected to hire 14,000 people between them over the coming months. This is expected to include everyone from doctors and nurses to chaplains, medical billing coders, and information technology specialists. Evidentially, Heidi Montag is coming to Detroit for another round of plastic surgery.
Taylor Swift was in the Bahamas recently. I'm not sure what the purpose of her visit was - whether it was a vacation or business - but I do know that I like this photo of her there. With this photo, Taylor Swift very well may be the new spokesperson for the Islands of the Bahamas. I know I certainly want to head there after seeing this photo. Thank you, Taylor Swift, for helping me make my vacation plans.
Congratulations go out today to Irina Shayk. This 25 year old Russian swimsuit model has landed on the cover of the Sport Illustrated swimsuit issue, which puts her in elite company in the modeling world. I figure the best way that I can commemorate her accomplishment is by blowing off work to ogle pictures of her on-line. I'm sure my clients won't mind a delay for Irina Shayk's sake.
Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Today, we commemorate the Feast of St. Valentine - a martyred priest of the early Christian Church who was killed by a pagan king for preforming marriages. In recognition of this, the Catholic Church recognizes him as the Patron Saint of Cheesy Greeting Cards and Overpriced Flowers. Okay - I might have made up that last part. Regardless, I want to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day.
I almost forgot, but today is Mistress Day. It's the day before Valentine's Day when, hypothetically speaking, a married man might find an excuse to do something special with his mistress before treating his wife to Valentine's Day. Since I have neither a wife nor a mistress, the occasion slipped my mind. Regardless, I'm in an especially snarky mood this evening. Therefore, I could not help but make a Mistress Day post.
All that I really want is a robot that can go to boring meeting for me, like the new Anybots. It's a simple gadget, the next step in teleconferencing, if you will. My robot will see and hear everything that happens in said meeting and project a (possibly pre-recorded) video image of me on its screen.
It delivers all of the benefits of being in a meeting without actually being in the meeting.
Yes, I'm a man of very simple tastes. All I want is an Anybot.
I saw a trampoline coffee table this afternoon. It's perfect for those individuals who look at the middle of their coffee tables and think, "My God, I wish I could jump up and down on my coffee table." My life will never again be the same as it was this morning. The trampoline coffee table by Alberto Bonomi is available here.
It's almost time for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. Every nominee this year is incredible. Of course, only one of them will be able to walk away with the Oscar. I am proud to present my predictions for this year's Academy Awards. Overall, I believe it is going to be a big night for The King's Speech. However, I do not think it will be able to dominate every category. These, therefore, are the films that I predict will win an Oscar in each of the various categories. Leading Actor Colin Firth for The King's Speech
Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo for The Kid's Are Alright