Ryan completed the Broadway Bomb on Saturday October 15th. An 8-1/2 mile, 146 block skateboard race in traffic from 110th and Broadway to The Charging Bull in NYC's Financial District.
Ryan stated, "For those .. wondering, the winner finished in 31 minutes and change...that's pretty much flying and is faster than taking a subway. Let's just say I came around the 30's out of 40, at around 52 minutes. It's been a pretty fun couple of events to get involved with. I'm sore, but glad I did it."
Yes, the elder statesman of The Wheezer Society is Steve Lindstedt. Today he celebrates his 51st birthday, or as Amicarella would say, "612 months". Happy Birthday Mr Lindstedt! Vueeeex!
Imagine... John Lennon would be 65 today. Wow. The is a website at Bagism.com that seems to be the defacto John Lennon tribute website. There is an interesting area on the site called "Cease & Desist" which tells the tale of the website's creator and his original John Lennon website and his dealings with the Lennon Estate. Happy Birthday, John.
On my Amazon "Buy" list - Droidmaker: George Lucas and the Digital Revolution. Money can buy a lot of privacy. But little in the film business was ever more private than George Lucas’ Computer Division, the fog-shrouded Marin county laboratory where he used his Star Wars windfall to forever change what we see on the screen, and how we see it. DROIDMAKER takes you inside those walls for the first-ever look at the secrets, the myths, and ultimately, the reality of Lucasfilm.
Amazon.com is now selling short stories, alternate chapters and novel excerpts for 49 cents each. Customers can either print out the Amazon Shorts directly from a web page, download, or have the text e-mailed to them directly.
One of my favorite television shows is Arrested Development. How about Arrested Development on your iPod? FOX has created a free podcast content for Arrested Development that is available for free download on their site or from Apple's iTunes Store
HBO is distributing Entourage cards that provide users with benefits at restaurants, clubs and retailers in six different cities. The first round of cards were given to local DJs, club promoters and trendsetters in six cities, while partner brands helped distribute the rest. Cardholders go to an HBO microsite, where they enter in their email address and cell phone number to receive weekly notices of events and special offers
"And a lean, silent figure slowly fades into the gathering darkness, aware at last that in this world, with great power there must also come -- great responsibility!" Amazing Fantasy #15
The quote, "With great power comes great responsibility." was used in the Spiderman 2 movie and has been bantered about in different variations. In a recent blog post, comic guru Mark Evanier asked the question, "Can someone give me an answer? And if you're saying it was a known quote before that, could we have a source, please?" He received dozens of answers and even more 'sources' of the quote. The answer that comes nearest to being believable is the explanation from Earl Wells, who wrote, "As far as I know, the quote that comes closest to the line in the Spider-Man story is from a speech that FDR was going to deliver at the Jefferson Day Dinner in 1945; he died the day before: "Today we have learned in the agony of war that great power involves great responsibility." (From Nothing to Fear, ed. by Ben D. Zevin, p. 464 of the 1961 Popular Library paperback; the book was originally published in 1946 by the World Publishing Company.)"
It's interesting that FDR, as well as most politicians didn't write his own speeches, so it likely a speech writer crafted the words. Which is ironic since that is what writers do for movies, television and - gee, politicians today. Craft their words. Just ask my friend Bryce Zabel. He's a movie and television writer. He also has been writing a blog for some time, so be sure to check it out.
Recently the wife and I stumbled into a used bookstore. In the humor section I found a couple of gems, one in particular is by the late humorist and former disc jockey Al Boliska called 'The Mahareeshi Says....'
"No problem is so big or so complicated that it cannot be run away from"
"Behind every great man stands an amazed mother-in-law"
"The trouble with politic jokes is that they sometimes get elected"
"The ostrich cannot see very well and will swallow almost anything. To politicians, that describes their ideal voter"
"A man who says that marriage is a "50-50" proposition doesn't understand two things:
"The man who can smile when everything around him is going wrong is a golf caddy."