Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Iconic NY Christmas Experience

I finally saw the Christmas Tree in Rockefeller Center for the first time this year. It's much bigger than I expected, and a pretty impressive site. It was even more iconic because the snowflakes were flying pretty heavy when I took this picture.

The crowds really weren't too bad in the city, but it is a bit like walking into a paparazzi storm with all the flash bulbs popping. Also, if you show any bit of hesitation - you'll get hit up by at least 50 happy couples, "Would you mind taking our picture?" Which, I don't, because I'm an amazing photographer.

Merry Christmas from east coast mark.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

East Coast Cribs

This week I gave myself an early Christmas Present, and had a flat-screen TV installed in my bedroom. Nothing helps celebrate the birth of our Lord like 40 gleaming inches of High-Definition programming.

It's actually a pretty sweet setup, with all the cords hidden in the wall, and the components neatly hidden in the next room. In the grand scheme of things, the TV itself wasn't all that expensive. What really gets you is all the extras: the wall mount, the electrician to install an outlet 6 feet up the wall, the Blu Ray player, the HD-DVR, goes on.

The other cool toy Best Buy put me on to was the Harmony 890 Universal Remote. In order to have all the components hidden in the next room, you need a remote that can send a signal through walls and cabinets. It's got a million features, and you actually plug it into your computer to program it. Additionally, there are these little sensors you apply to everything you want to control with it. Apparently it will also turn on your fireplace, dim the lights, and perhaps prepare a romantic dinner for 2.

I had purchased all these components a couple days before the Geek Squad could come out to put it all together - so my apartment looked like an electronics storage depot. Normally I'm pretty handy with the home improvement and electronics projects, but I get a bit squeamish about hanging thousands of dollars on the wall with just a few screws - so I let the pros do it.

While I was waiting for the big install day, I decided to plug in the Blu Ray player and see if it lived up to the hype. After the test run, I innocently forgot to take the DVD out before the installers got here. A few days later when the guys got everything all hooked up - they turned the power on ...and sure enough, there it was. Cocktail (and Tom Cruise) in all their gleaming bartending glory. Personally, myself and the Geek Squad guys thought this was extremely awesome. You, gentle reader, may draw your own conclusions.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

40 Inspirational Speeches in 2 Minutes

Luckily for me, the world is apparently filled with all sorts of people who never have to go to work...and can spend their days making brilliant video compilations like this one. If you watch this video, and then immediately pound a Red Bull, I guarantee you'll finish a marathon later that day. Or go home with that hot waitress. Or whatever you're into, sicko.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jim Gaffigan on Christmas

I was at Target the other night, watching the crazy people try and pick out Christmas ornaments. I said to myself, "Why are all these people drunk?"

You can stop watching after the first minute or so. Or continue through the whole thing. It's your life man.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Your Weekend Moment of Zen: The Greatest Music Video Ever?

Over the holiday break I accidentally saw the movie 'Twilight'. I know, I can hardly look myself in the mirror. However, since then I've been on a quest to find other equally ridiculous forms of entertainment. In that light, here's a treat for you - a music video that might just be the greatest thing ever:

This video has everything. Here's the play-by-play:

  • Knight wearing guyliner rides horse through stream
  • He meets a medieval lady
  • He valiantly defends her from some sparks
  • And then the sword-wielding vampire ladies come
  • Don’t point that thing at me, bitch is you crazy?
  • Bad guy split screen!
  • Hooded guy in a mask on fire!
  • Two sword ladies!
  • Wild horses wildly running
  • Good guy split screen!
  • And then the snow angels show up.
  • They’ve got candles.
  • For the lovers to drip crotch wax, you see.
  • Snowy mountains
  • Matching robes!

You get the picture. And that was only the first 1:20 or so. From there we get pirates, a ship exploding, a ghost romance, more explosions, a gang of pterodactyls, a crocodile… hold on. Yep, I'm gonna need a new pair of shorts.