Archive for October, 2006

October 30, 2006

Jennifer and I tried to get in to see Wicked Sunday using the 2-hour-before-curtain lottery. Didn’t win. (24 tickets for about 100 people).

On the way home we talked about the characters of the witches, and while I object to what seems to be an attempt to humanize the Wicked Witch of the West (I don’t know how it ends yet), I had to agree that Glinda was kind of a jerk in The Wizard of Oz. Letting Dorothy go on that hazardous and technically unnecessary journey … and then saying Dorothy “had to learn it for herself” (even though she didn’t learn it, and Glinda had to tell her).

Anyway, between carving pumpkins today, Jenn found this cartoon on the Web that seems to sum things up quite nicely.




October 26, 2006


This t-shirt has been banned. removed it from my account. They said:

“We recently learned that your account contains material which may not be in compliance with our policies. Specifically, designing, manufacturing, marketing and/or selling products that may infringe the rights of a third party, including, copyrights (e.g., an image of a television cartoon character), trademarks (e.g., the logo of a company), “rights in gross” (e.g., the exclusive right of the U.S. Olympic Committee to use the “Olympic Rings”), and rights of privacy and publicity (e.g., a photo of a celebrity) are prohibited.”

My first thought was, do they think Bill is a cartoon character? But in fact, not only is use of the olympic rings prohibited but you can’t use the word “olympics.” They are both trademarks. See here for instance:

So hang onto your t-shirts. They are collector’s items….and illegal.


Star Wars or Web 2.0?

October 25, 2006

Here’s the ultimate FF quiz: Which of these terms are Web 2.0 applications – and which are the names of Star Wars characters?

See how you fare at And may the Force be with you.

Results: I may not be a rocket scientis, but I scored a 32.

Apparently that indicates it’s time I moved out of my parents’ basement. 

New sit-down Olympic event

October 19, 2006

Requires no batteries!

Do you know what’s real and what’s not?

 My score was 7 out of 10. Apparently I have a good grasp of reality.


The latest in chapeaux …

October 17, 2006

Hatboxes will be big business again:

Amy and her pal, Norman Jewison

October 16, 2006

Here’s Amy standing on the stage at the Bader Theatre at Victoria College while the Registrar gives a spiel about her receiving scholarship for last year.  Looking on is Chancellor Norman Jewison.  As they shook hands a minute later, Norm offered Amy the part of Muriel Everet in his upcoming film, “The North Koreans are bombing, the North Koreans are bombing”.

Amy and her pal Norman Jewison

Mini-Golf Challenge

October 12, 2006

I shot a 54. What about you?


Last minute Thanksgiving post

October 10, 2006

Here are 10 things for which all members of the Fearsome Foursome should feel truly thankful:

1. After all these years, Bowlerama is inexplicably still in business.

2. IMDB.

3. UTS entrance exam much easier 40 years ago than today.

4. Elimination of two-fare zone system on TTC.

5. Despite secretly observing us for years, Weird Al has never attempted to get in touch.

6. Group of Several girls we never got to go out with no longer look so attractive.

7. 25 years ago, US courts overruled Walt Disney Co. and declared taping off TV legal.

8. Jeff only accepts assignments in cities with easy access to ping-pong tables.

9. Hollywood’s biggest-budget blockbusters are just the sort of movies we happen to love best.

10. “Thanks for Going Greyhound.” 

Please feel free to add more to this post.

Girl for Geoff?

October 7, 2006

Mmm, fembots …

Excellent Christmas gift

October 6, 2006

Only $16.49 at the link provided. Don’t say I don’t provide useful stuff on this blog …

… Bill