Monthly Archives: March 2008

Parenting in a Nuclear Shadow

I don’t have kids and I don’t live near a nuclear facility, but reading this column in the Hartford Courant gave me chills. While filling out a permission form for her daughter, the writer was struck by some of the potential realities of a nuclear disaster – dealing with reuniting with her children, selecting a location to gather at (they’re officially called “reception centers”) and what to keep in an emergency kit.

By the end, all she could do was laugh with a friend about their plans.

Maybe some of the folks in East Tennessee around Oak Ridge can relate.


Baseball’s True Opening Day Approaches

Sure, the A’s and Red Sox have played a pair of games out of their official 162 across the Pacific in Japan, but for me the real opening day will be tomorrow (Monday.) I know the Nationals will debut their brand-spanking new stadium in DC tonight, but even that won’t count in my eyes.

Day baseball on that Monday is the real deal and I’ll be listening to my Cardinals tomorrow as Mike Shannon tells me what Prince Albert and the gang are up to. Opening Day should be a national holiday.

For a look at my picks for the 2008 season, you can head over to Music City Bloggers. Hutch asked for my crystal ball perusals and I’m sure many of them will be wrong, but I sure enjoyed parsing out what little bit of diamond knowledge I’ve got. Hutch adds his selections and his picks for some of the big awards and players to watch. Check it out.

My pick to win it all – the Cleveland Indians. Pitching, power and defense may send the Tribe to the promised land of October baseball.

Coen Brothers Are Brilliant

Flipping through the grid on the tv this morning I could have kicked myself when I realized I’d missed a showing of the Coen Brothers‘ “Miller’s Crossing” from 1990.

I haven’t seen this gangster flick by the Oscar winners in quite a while and would have enjoyed watching it from start to finish. Instead I found this video that covers the brothers whole oeuvre.

The Dude Abides and Is Bonafied.

Hat tip to the Orange Yeti.

Sending Jay My Gayest Look

Jay Leno has again stirred up some folks’ ire with his recent interview with Ryan Phillipe in which he harangued the actor to show off his “gayest look” referring to a soap opera role earlier in the actor’s career. Despite repeated requests, Phillipe denied Leno the pleasure.

As a result, the web has been flooded with a flock of flippin’ birds for Jaybird Leno as netizens display their “gayest look” at the site My Gayest Look.

Pic after pic and some artists’ renderings have been added to the site to emote the dismay at the late night comedian’s repeated homophobic humor. I’ve spotted some familiar names, a famous name and a popular cat among the flippers.

Freedom of speech goes both ways.

HT to Newscoma.

UPDATE: Leno has released a public mea culpa, saying, “I certainly didn’t mean any malice. I agree it was a dumb thing to say, and I apologize.”

Penguins + Cameras = PenZen

It’s a bit gray outside this Friday morning, so I thought I would send something out to the world to perk things up a bit.

If you’re stuck on a problem or need a lift, clear your mind by honing in on a flock of penguins at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga. They’ve got a camera pointed at a rock and part of the pool the penguins live on and in. It’s live 24 hours a day. They call it Penguins’ Rock Cam.

At night, there isn’t nearly as much activity lots of standing and lying around. However, a group of them will suddenly decide to head off in one direction and then reverse and go right back to where they started on the rock. Even at night, some do dive in for a swim.

During the day, it’s easier to see the tuxedo-clad clan gliding through the water, but I do wish you could see a bit more of the pool and their underwater activities.

It amazes me how they propel themselves up out of the water and back onto the rock in an upright position and immediately begin to walk away from the edge without missing a beat. Smooth as silk. I have trouble departing from an escalator or those people movers at the airport with any semblance of grace.

Still, it’s pretty neat and I think Newscoma would approve.

And if you ever get a chance to visit the Tennessee Aquarium in person, do so. It’s a beautiful facility and the huge tanks are impressive. It’s a great way to spend a day.

Super Slow Motion Slap

Everything is better in super slo-mo, even abuse. How about a slap that would make the Three Stooges proud captured and slowed down so that every lip wobble and nose crunch is captured and preserved for our viewing pleasure.

I love technology.


Big League Back In Action


It’s finally here. Major League Baseball has its first game of the 2008 season in the books and it was a doozy of the extra inning variety. The Red Sox won over the Oakland A’s, 6-5, in 10 innings.

Of course, I’m still not sold on having the first game of the year in the Land of the Rising Sun, but that just seems to be the way things will be regardless of my opinion.

The Red Sox and A’s didn’t show off much as far as their bullpens being a strength. Both teams’ closers gave up runs and looked shaky. I didn’t see the actual first pitch, but Dice-K struggled early before finding a groove. The A’s got an early homer to take the lead. The Sox battled back against a tiring Blanton.

Jacoby Ellsbury made an outstanding grab right in front of the fence in center field.

The A’s rallied back to take a lead before Huston Street got rocked by a Pawtucket Sox player Brandon Moss filling in for an injured JD Drew. Go figure. Drew injured. Nothing unusual there.

Street struggled in the 10th too with Manny being Manny and driving in the winning runs.

Then river-dancing Jonathan Papelbon only escaped getting tagged with the loss due to a bone-headed base-running blunder by the A’s.

Game over man, but it’s only the beginning and I can’t wait for more.

These same two teams will play again and you can watch it over your breakfast tomorrow morning.

But to me, the actual start of the season will be next Monday when the majority of the teams finally take to the diamond.

Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter to one and all.

This has to be my favorite Easter funny.

So, let’s talk. How do you eat your chocolate bunny?

Do you start with the ears and work your way down?

Do you go all Hannibal Lecter and eat the face first?

Are you an ass man and go right for the fluffy tail?

Chocolate rules no matter the angle at which it is approached.

Snake Week Ends With Brady Barr Getting Bitten

We’ll end Snake Week with one story where the snake is winning for a change. This video clip from National Geographic show host Brady Barr in waist-deep water struggling with a giant python which didn’t welcome the visit. According to Barr, he got “a really bad bite.”

I’ll admit, he’s my least favorite nature show host. I lean more toward the Jeff Corwin style. Corwin is funny and gentle and tries to disrupt the animal he’s encountering as little as possible. Barr always ends up thrashing around and seeming to put the animal in huge distress.

Nothing against Barr and all the research and conservation work he’s done, but, in this case, I was in the snake’s corner.

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And thus we bring a close to the inaugural Snake Week here at the Squirrel Queen’s house.

Hope you enjoyed this reptile ride.


Snake Week Revisits Reptile Bulimia

Continuing with our ongoing theme this week, I flash back to a post from June of 2007 which featured an enormous snake and its hippo lunch which it regurgitated. No small feat swallowing a hippo nor vomiting it back out, that’s for sure.

I think it’s pretty obvious here that a hippo was injured in the making of this video clip.

My condolences to the hippo’s family.