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December 29, 2008

2008 Year in Review

Filed under: Entertainment,General,humor — CPav @ 7:01 pm
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The good folks at Jib-Jab have created a great animated year in review, sung to a familiar song. Take a look below.

December 26, 2008

Pop Culture Quiz

Filed under: Entertainment,General — CPav @ 11:17 pm

As we set forth into the endless reviews of the year just past, USA Today helps evaluate how plugged in to pop culture we’ve been over the past 12. Take the Pop Culture Quiz, and let us know how you do in the comments section. I got 11/15.

Boxing Day Wows and Woes

Filed under: General — CPav @ 11:15 pm

We here at PavCo Multimedia Synergistics hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas and a bountiful Boxing Day. Mrs. PavCo found a couple of great bargains pre-1 p.m. at Macy’s (a $600 comforter set for $99 and a bunch of oversized bath towels for $5), and PavCo Jr. #1 ransacked the local GameStop to supplement the 50 billion games we got for the new XBox 360, ensuring that PavCo Sr. will never get to play his Lego Batman game.

Unfortunately, I spent $30 on a HDMi cable to connect the 360 to the HDTV, without checking to see if the HDTV had a HDMi jack (Best Buy return zone here we come!) and discovered that Paul Simon’s “Lyrics” book is exactly that, and nothing more. No insight into what was going on when the lyrics were written, just the lyrics themselves. I did get a really neat Indiana Jones replica journal (to go with the DC Comics “museum in a box” that I got for Christmas), and some tasty Ghiardelli limited-edition chocolates for half price, so that helped mitigate the disappointment a bit.

November 20, 2008

Star Wars / John Williams Salute

One of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time, and extremely simplistic; one vocalist, Corey Vidal, takes a number of John Williams scores, writes Star Wars-related lyrics to them, and sings them all in four-part harmony.

“Star Wars” – an a cappella tribute to John Williams

October 6, 2008

Decorating Tip

Filed under: General — CPav @ 9:59 pm

Who says you have to spend a fortune on decorating? Take a look at what you can do with a steady hand and a sharpie

July 9, 2008

Incredible Photo Blog

Filed under: General — CPav @ 6:28 am
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So we here at PavCo had a corporate outing on Sunday, and went to the St. Louis Zoo, one of the crown jewels in the St. Louis experience.  It’s a fabulous experience, and it’s (mostly) free, which ranks it even higher on the PavCo list of things to do.  But that’s neither here nor there.  (Actually, it’s there; if it were here, it would put us in all kinds of violations of our hometown’s zoning ordinances.)

Anyhoo…

Mrs. PavCo made the mistake of handing me the camera at one point, which meant that for the rest of the afternoon, everyone was waiting on me, as I stood motionless, the Kodak to my eye, waiting for the perfect shot of a chimpanzee indulging in an afternoon banana, or a peacock preening, or a group of prairie dogs…prairie dogging.  And I got some pretty good shots.  I impressed myself which, admittedly, isn’t hard to do.

And then I saw Jerry Mercier’s photo blog.  It was recommended to me by a mutual friend (actually, my friend, his relation), and I took a look, and was blown away.  For anyone whose idea of America is mini malls and soccer fields, you’ve got to take a look at Jerry’s work, which highlights amazing sights in America’s Badlands.  Please take a look, and let all your friends know about it.  Heck, let your enemies know.  Maybe they’ll change their opinion of you.

Jerry Mercier’s blog is available at http://jerrymercier.blogspot.com/.

 
 
 
The 300 Project: 2/119

May 4, 2008

ONYD: The Widow Penalty

Speaking of This American Life, the 3/28 radio broadcast brought the story of the Widow Penalty to my attention.

The Widow Penalty is an interpretation of an Immigration law which says that if an immigrant is married to an American citizen for less than two years, and the citizen spouse dies before the immigrant’s green card application is processed, the surviving non-citizen can be deported because they’re no longer married to a citizen.

Read those words very carefully, because the deciding factor here is the speed at which the government processes the request. If they process the request quickly, it’s a non-issue. If they delay precipitously and the married couple passes their two-year anniversary, again, the Widow penalty is taken out of play. It’s only when the government delays somewhat and the spouse has the bad fortune of becoming widowed without having reached their second anniversary that the government will deny the green card application because the applicant is no longer the spouse of a citizen.

There are currently approximately 85 women affected by the Widow Penalty, including the wife of an Army contractor killed in Iraq and a man who saved two teenagers from drowning in a riptide in San Francisco.

If this wasn’t one big ONYD, then the case of Carla Freeman would deserve the label; After being denied her green card by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service under the Widow Penalty, Freeman left the country, but appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit Court. She won. But the USCIS ignored the court’s ruling and refused to review her application.

More details on the Widow Penalty and Brent Renison’s class action lawsuit on behalf of 80 of the women currently affected by the Widow Penalty can be found here and here.

The This American Life episode which brought this to my attention, titled “The Audacity of Government”, can be listened to or downloaded here.

The 300 Project: 11/86

Great Farkin’ Headline

Filed under: General,humor,Politics — CPav @ 12:55 am
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More political commentary and a review of Iron Man tomorrow (or later today), but I just had to share this great headline from the funny, irreverent Fark.com:

In a pretty clear omen from the gods, Hillary Clinton’s Kentucky Derby pick finished a close second, collapsed and was killed on the spot

The 300 Project: 4/79

April 21, 2008

Turn it Off! TURN IT OFF!!!!

Filed under: General,TV — CPav @ 7:52 pm
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When Spawnette of PavCo came home a few weeks ago with news of her latest school project, participating in Turn it Off Week, it was met with mixed reactions here at PavCo world headquarters. I was on board (I try to be as supportive as possible, especially if I don’t have to get off the couch), but Mrs. PavCo pointed out that, given her ongoing health issues, she couldn’t guarantee that she would be in a position to participate. That, and she just loves her some Judge Judy. The remainder of the Board of Directors, Spawn 1 and Spawn 2, issued eloquent dissertations on the hollowness of flashy but meaningless gestures and the increasing futility of “turning off” in the modern technological world. Alright. What they actually did is snort and say “Yeah, right.” But a CEO can dream.

So it’s me and Spawnette. No television or video games (console or computer-based) from midnight this morning through midnight on Sunday. We can (obviously) use the computer to blog, or read headlines. She has a limited number of school-related web sites that she can play certain games on, but other than that, no games or video.

I figured it would be a snap. Then I looked at the calendar and, more important, the tv schedule. The return of Robin Sparkles on How I Met Your Mother. The return of Lost on Thursday. The Pennsylvania primary fight tomorrow night. Despair flashed through me. However would I persevere?

Then I looked at the bright, upturned face of my youngest child, and knew that I could soldier on. If she could do it, I could do it. After all, we’re all in this together, all the generations. And we’ll get through it together. She will be my rock, my strength, my touchstone.

Actually, she’ll be the death of me; all she’s done so far is complain (when she wasn’t brooding on the swingset or helping the neighbors retrieve a wayward dog), and it hasn’t even been one full day yet. But you know what I said about the dreams of a CEO…

The 300 Project: 8/68

April 19, 2008

To Don’t List

Filed under: General,Politics — CPav @ 9:47 am
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“A former pentagon official said this week that before the start of the war in Iraq, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave the Bush administration a “list of horribles”, things he believed could go wrong. Which the Bush administration mistook for a “to do” list.”

–Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update

(The list actually exists, and its history and the administration’s response is detailed in an excerpt here, from War and Decision by Douglas Feith. In a footnote, it is noted that a similar list could have been drafted with the “horribles” which might result from Saddam Hussein staying in power.)

The 300 Project: 7/67

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