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Kitty Kevorkian

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I don’t know how many of y’all watch Last Comic Standing, but this is one of my favorite moments from the season so far, and I was very happy to find a YouTube clip of it. The comic is Sabrina Matthews, and although she didn’t make the finals, I loved her joke about suicidal cats… and her quip about her own sexuality:

Funny stuff.

An audio time capsule from my 3-year-old self

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

I’ve blogged a lot about Tommy Makem since his death two weeks ago, including a lengthy post explaining what he meant to me. But they say a picture’s worth a thousand words, and in this case, an audio clip is worth about a million of ’em. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… Brendan Loy, at 3 years old, singing about moonshine:

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The song is “The Hills of Connemara,” and I know it’s probably bad form to call myself “cute,” but good lord, is there anything more adorable than hearing a 3-year-old sing, “Run like the devil from the excise man”? :) I had no idea what any of it meant, of course; I just thought it was a fun song. But there you go: if you thought maybe I was exaggerating when I told those stories about singing rowdy Irish songs in my early childhood, now you know I wasn’t. (And if you ever wondered why I took such a liking to “Rocky Top,” maybe that question too is answered: apparently I just like songs about concealing illegal alcohol from the authorities!)

The audio clip comes from an old cassette tape, recently dug up by my mom, of my parents and I performing Irish music in our living room for my Grandma and Grandpa Loomer and my Papa Loy — all now deceased — and my Uncle Robert, sometime in 1985. You can hear a lot of Grandpa in that clip; he’s the one who played an “A” for my mom before the song, who commented “the show’s getting better, Robert,” and who cheered loudly at the end. In this later clip from the same concert, of “Place in the Choir,” you can hear Grandpa again at the end, and also Papa Loy saying “This is good, I want to hear the rest of it” when I abruptly interrupted the song to comment on our previous performance. (Hey, what do you want, I was three!) Entirely aside from the nostalgia of the music, and of hearing myself as a little kid, it’s also really cool to hear my grandfathers’ voices again. :) Anyway…

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Judging by my parents’ comments, it seems that that was the first time I ever sang along with them on “Place in the Choir.” Which is pretty funny, because it soon became one of my all-time favorites, and has always remained so — to the point where, when my mom busted out the guitar last week in the Adirondacks so we could sing a few songs in Makem’s honor, it was one of the first songs I suggested. We had some trouble remembering the verses, but here it is: the same song, by the same singers, 22 years later…


P.S. It’s possible I was 4 years old, not 3. The tape is labeled “1985,” so I’m assuming I was 3, since I didn’t turn 4 until October 30 of that year. But it could have been late 1985, in which case I would have been 4. It’s also possible the label is wrong. But in any event, I was really young.

A new Makem & Clancy fan in training?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Just wait till I have one of my own to indoctrinate… :)

Speaking of which, Becky is 19 weeks pregnant as of yesterday, which means that little Baby Loy now “measures 6 inches, head to bottom — about the length of a small zucchini.” From A(vocado) to Z(ucchini) in just three weeks! And if all goes well with the ultrasound next Monday, hopefully we’ll find out whether he’s a male zucchini or a female zucchini!

The Blair Chipmunk Project

Saturday, August 4th, 2007

Here’s a rather entertaining video from our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park showing the SHA girls — Becky, Shannon, Kristy and V — running away from the terrifying spectre of… a chipmunk.

Note also my girly giggle.

You might hear Becky saying something about “bubonic plague.” The reason is because, during the drive up, I had been reading aloud from a pamphlet outlining the various dangers campers might face in the park, and one of them was the possibility that various creatures, including chipmunks, might be infected with the plague. The girls took this remote risk a little too much to heart, methinks. :)

BTW, I’m sorry for not getting my full gallery of Denver pics up yet. Maybe later today. They’re online now! :) Of particular interest, the all-important boob picture:


I’ve split the gallery up into three sections: the Denver Zoo, our day in the Rockies, and other pics from the trip. Enjoy!

P.S. Aww, ain’t we cute?


Friday, August 3rd, 2007

Yes, you can buy the song from iTunes. :)

So fare thee well…

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

My parents won’t want to miss this video: it shows a very hippieish-looking Tommy Makem — with sideburns! — singing The Leaving of Liverpool on a rather psychedelic stage in 1973:

Bridge collapse video

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

From a security camera:

You go, Mika!

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Connecticut’s own Mika Brzezinski, formerly a news anchor at WTIC and WFSB in the Nutmeg State and now a co-host with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, made a stand for, well, actual journalism, by refusing to lead off the news with the Paris Hilton story:

Heh. (Hat tip: Becky.)


Thursday, June 28th, 2007

Bill and Hillary Soprano

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

By popular demand, here is the much-discussed Hillary Clinton campaign ad spoofing the Sopranos finale. (If you have the Sopranos finale TiVoed but haven’t watched it yet, and have somehow managed to avoid hearing anything about it, you may not want to view this clip.)


What do you think? Funny? Stupid? Weird? All of the above?

Mmm… calamari iPhone

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

As long as I’m at the Apple Store (for reasons I’ll elucidate in a new post later), I might as well point out Apple’s new TV ads for the iPhone, which comes out on June 29. I think this is the coolest one:

Will any of y’all be buying an iPhone? I won’t, because a) I can’t afford it, b) I’m under contract with Sprint until next May, and c) as cool as it looks, I’m skeptical of whether the touchscreen with no tactile feedback would work for me. Besides, I figure it’s better to wait until the initial kinks have been worked out. I’m sure iPhone ’08 or iPhone ’09 will be even cooler. :)

I’m pretty sure he broke into a full Vietnam flashback at one point

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

Even better than the fight between the Cubs pitcher and catcher is this video of the Phillip Wellman, manager of the Mississippi Braves AA team, going nuts after being ejected from a game in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Friday.

Title shamelessly stolen from the YouTube post :-)

Friday catblogging

Friday, May 18th, 2007

It’s been a long time since I had a “Friday catblogging” post, but this video is too cute to pass up. It shows Toby engaging in one of her favorite newfound pastimes, attacking my shoelaces from below while I tie my shoes on the table:

Heh. Aww.

In a related story, Robbie would like to point out that he, too, is cute:

Technically, the above photo does, in fact, qualify as “catblogging,” because Robbie was staring at a cat when I took it. ;) Hence the focused look in his eyes, and his ears being all perked up.


Friday, May 11th, 2007

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P.S. As you might guess, I made this post, and the one below, some time ago. I had them set to post automatically at noon, but I finished a little early, so I moved up the timestamp (and reset the countdown clock above).


P.P.P.S. Evidence grades are out. They’re on InsideND. I got a B! w00t! I’m very happy about that, considering.


Friday, May 11th, 2007

Pardon my French, but:

Holy shit! I’m DONE with law school!! DONE!!!

Cue Alice Cooper…

Or, if you prefer, cue Alice Cooper and the Muppets:

Never have that song’s words rung more true… well, except the part about the school blowing up. :) But yeah: “SCHOOL’S OUT! FOR! EVER!”

(I know what some of you are thinking: “But the bar exam… but bar review courses… but but but…” Blah blah blah, whatever. There’s a whole hell of a lot of partying to be done between now and when I start thinking about that crap. Right now, all I care about is… FREEDOM!!!!!!)