I realize I haven't kept this blog up, that's mostly because FIOS blocks on port 80 which means I lose the primary "www.morinfamily.com" url. I keep saying I'll move this over to a real host and get it out of the basement but I never seem to have the attention span — my mail still goes through this domain and when I do it I want to do it quickly so I don't lose mail.So I'm curious, is anybody actually subscribed and wondering what happened? Or do I just get the occasional search engine traffic?
Entries Tagged 'News' ↓
September 17th, 2008 — News
Yeah, the cute girl singing the anthem? that was fake, too.It's not so much the lipsynching that's a big deal, it's the idea that the girl who actually sang it was not cute enough. And China does not have a problem with this, publicly stating "The audience will understand that it's in the national interest," Chen said in a video of the interview posted online Sunday night.
August 12th, 2008 — News
[BlogEntry] Farewell, George Carlin. May The Forces of Evil become confused on the way to your door.
June 23rd, 2008 — News
George Carlin died, which I suppose had to happen eventually. But it's always sad when such an iconic personality – even one when you sit back and say, "Wait, have I heard from him in the last 15 years?" — dies. It says something about the impact they had on popular culture when their loss hits people that hard, that many years later.(The line above is actually from a Carlin routine that I happened to pull out of memory.) Just last week or so, Jim Norton told a George Carlin joke on Opie and Anthony show last week: "For those of you keeping score, I'm ahead of Richard Pryor in heart attacks 2-1, but Richard's ahead of me in setting yourself on fire. It went a little something like this, Richard had a heart attack, then I had a heart attack. Then Richard set himself on fire, and I said F%^* that, I'm having another heart attack!"
April 1st, 2008 — News
I noticed in "offbeat news" this week that a former pro-wrestler, Harbody Harrison, was sentenced to life in prison for trafficking in human slaves. The best part is where it says "…and ordered to pay a $2400 fine."Now, honestly, you're sentenced to life in prison, who is gonna pay that? What are they gonna do?
March 12th, 2008 — News
March 7th, 2008 — News
January 18th, 2008 — News
Bobby Fischer has died. I don't think that people today can imagine exactly what Fischer did for chess back during the Cold War. He kicked Russia's ass in 1972 by beating their champion, Boris Spassky. And he was damned smug about it.Perhaps the best part to that story is the second half, that not so many people know about. 20 years later he came out of his seclusion to play a rematch in Yugoslavia, and again kicked Spassky's ass. That's when the problems really began, because the US had told him not to do that for one reason or another (there was some sort of embargo at the time). But if I remember this part correctly, after he won the match, the US Dept of Treasury was happy to say, "Great, when you come back into the country we're gonna take your money, you realize. What you did was illegal." So, what's Fischer do? He never comes back. He's even filmed spitting on the US order not to play. He renounces his US citizenship and disappears off the face of the earth. Turns out he went to live in Japan. I remember the story of when he was discovered a few years ago, trying to use his revoked passport to get on a flight. There was a bit in the story about the Japanese woman he was with, and how he was using her for citizenship, and Fischer's claims that all the Japanese women loved him because he was hung like a horse. I'll have to dig up that reference. 🙂 Of course he had his detractors. He was a well known anti-Semite (despite the fact that his mother was Jewish), and after Sept 11 he made some comments to the effect of "Good, that makes me happy." Quite a colorful man indeed.