-Finished up the el-cheapo Dover Thrift edition of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations. I started the book without even realizing it was in year 2 of the 10-year Great Books reading program. Aurelius was a Roman Caeser and stoic philosopher from the second century. His Meditations are little tidbits on life, mostly focused on death. Yes, that sentence is accurate.
-After my own extended meditations on the subject, I have decided I will never “do Twitter.” It just seems really stupid to me. If you want to hear about my boring life, you can call or email me. I’ll be sure to give you too much information.
-I’m not in the habit of censoring comments, but this one was left in an inappropriate place:
US SUPREME COURT DOCKETS 08A505 08A524 08-570 08A391 08A407 Constitution”Natural Born Citizen” qualification for Pres-VP, born on US soil to US CITIZENS. Qualification for US Senators-Reps “CITIZEN” only. US Senate Resolution 511 30Apr2008. Obama is not a “natural born citizen”, his father was a Kenyan British Subject when Obama was born. Obama’s website FIGHT THE SMEARS admits it -factcheck.org
So I’m publishing it here. The comment was left by “Old Glory.” Well, whatever. If anyone wants to embarrass themselves pursuing this dead end, you can do so in this thread.
-On a completely different note, I’m never watching Chris Matthews again.
-Nor “Vantage Point,” which makes the Kris Kristofferson classic “Millenium” look, well, watchable. Hitchcockian? Whatever, Vantage Point sucked.
-I appear somewhere in Seth Stoh’s January 13th podcast talking about the new Burger Tour and some Twins stuff. It’s about a six minute interview. If and when I get permission to edit out just my interview, I’ll post it. Or maybe not, there’s a wicked echo at points in the interview and I did the interview from a rather loud restaurant to boot. Seth and I step over each other a few times, which was probably my fault (as I could barely hear anything). Big thanks to Seth for having me on. My interview starts around 38 minutes.
-Finished “Stand-Up Comedy: The Book” by Judy Carter. Working comics and wannabes could probably find a lot of value from the workshops contained therein, but there’s a greater lesson available to all of us from Judy Carter’s experiences as a working comic: Cut down on the setup and get to the punchline.
-Special thanks to the guys from the BigTenRoundtable for helping acquire a ridiculous number of autographs at TwinsFest this year.