My Daughter Doesn't Think I'm Talented


Like most kids, my daughter loves her bedtime books. She just turned three and as she’s gotten older her books are progressively starting to contain more and more dialogue between characters. I realized I had been focusing on pronunciation when I read to her and haven’t been really getting into the character work. Tonight I decided to change all of that with a dramatic reading of Moonbeam Bear: A Bedtime Story.

Mind you, I’m a classically trained actor at one of the top acting schools in the country so I was getting pretty excited about impressing my daughter with some serious character work. I could feel the butterflies as my first character line approached. I muster up the courage and do my best Moonbeam Bear. Halfway through my sentence my daughter says, “Daddy, please don’t talk like that.”

Alas, it was worse than that time I was booed off stage at the Apollo, ironically enough for doing a dramatic reading of Moonbeam Bear.

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Facebook Adds "Set as Homepage" Checkbox to Login Page


Facebook wants you to know that it doesn’t think you’re seeing enough of each other. Tonight when I went to login to Facebook I noticed a new (at least it was new to me) checkbox option to set Facebook as your homepage.

Up next, a checkbox to allow Facebook to have access to your webcam so your friends can see you as you walk by the computer and ignore them.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today…Nirvana Played 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Live for the First Time


Nirvana – “Smells like teen spirit” played live for the first time with different lyrics at the OK Hotel, Seattle, WA 1991-04-17

Chances are if you are in any part of your 30s this song had some sort of significant impact on your life when it first came out. I still remember where I was the first time I heard this song on the radio. Enjoy.

Butch Vig talks about the first time he heard the song:

Underwater Microphones Capture the Sound of Japan's 9.0 Magnitude Earthquake


This is what the devastating earthquake in Japan sounded like in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands located 900 miles away from the epicenter of the quake.

Scientists at the NOAA Vents Program at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University heard the March 11, 2011 Honshu, Japan earthquake using a hydrophone located near the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.

It’s a pretty terrifying, awe-inspiring sound to say the least.

Guy Arrested by NYPD for Cracking Jokes at Another Guy Getting a Ridiculous $150 Summons


All of this hits close to home right now since just last week I was issued a $150 summons by the NYPD for being on my cell phone while in my car in the mall parking lot. Yes, I was pulled over and ticketed while going 5 mph in the mall parking lot with lights and sirens and everything. The bright side I guess was that I was able to bite my tongue enough to not get arrested.

Here’s the setup for what happened to this guy according to the videographer on YouTube.

Here’s the scene:
We were enjoying the nice spring weather from our balcony. A friend was visiting on his bike, and he rode up on the sidewalk from the street to our front door. In NYC this is illegal. You are supposed to stop in the street, get off the bike and walk it on the sidewalk. Although he was merely coming from the street up to our front door, those few second were illegal. NYPD rolls up and tickets him for this ($150 fine or appear in court!).

Meanwhile our neighbor walks by while this scene is unfolding. They exchange some banter. We all laughed. He keeps walking.

From there everything escalates… Seems completely unnecessary to me…

At the end of the day, he was charged with harassment, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Welcome to an afternoon with the NYPD

While the video is compelling and utterly ridiculous it’s pretty annoying to watch since the person doing the filming seems to be using an iPhone and records in portrait mode rather than landscape mode which is what makes the video tall and skinny.

Misery Bear Guaranteed to Make Your Day 52% Better


If you thought you had a bad day then you haven’t met Misery Bear, he just can’t seem to catch a break.

E-book Sales Triple While Paper Books Go the Way of the 8-Track


For those of you that even remember what the hell an 8-track is you may be remembering paper books in much the same way within the next 10 years.

While e-book sales more than tripled over the past year paper books and magazines declined by almost 25% across the board.

Year-to-date 2011 vs YTD 2010: E-Books increased by 169.4% while all categories combined of print Trade books declined by 24.8%

How many of you still buy paper books/magazines and how many of you have switched to digital only copies of your favorite reading materials?