Mark's blog

Sporadic posts about a wide variety of topics.

Obama inauguration, complete text and video: MSNBC

The video clip above is pretty amazing — and not just because of the sweet ushanka worn by George Herbert Walker Bush, or the fact that President Obama included the "pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off" reference that I suggested eleven days ago. No, the amazing...

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Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

We're ditching the commentators on the various networks and watching C-SPAN's inauguration coverage today on TV. Meanwhile, over on the computer, I am getting blown away by the astounding seven feeds of HD video streaming from CBS2Chicago.com. Breathtaking.

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Oprah Winfrey, crack cocaine, and L. Randolph Cook

The latest blockbuster National Enquirer breaking news exclusive concerns a pair of books called The Wizard of O. Apparently the first volume, My Life with Oprah: The L. Randolph Cook Interviews, is available now through a website and the second volume, The Truth...

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In other news (1/14/2009)

Subzero cold kills Hayward, Wisconsin sleepwalker — The Associated Press reports that the 51-year-old man, known to walk in his sleep, was found barefoot and wearing little clothing 190 yards from his home. "You Light Up My Life" songwriter accused of sex assualts — A...

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Print media getting smaller and smaller

Print media getting smaller and smaller

As a teenage hippie, I used to take the bus to downtown Kenosha to buy big, thick, imported vinyl LPs at One Sweet Dream, our local record store/head shop. Print media was part of the ritual too: Picking up the latest issue of Rolling Stone, folding that big, thick...

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In other news (1/13/2009)

California man arrested for trying to sell daughter, 14, for beer and meat — The Salinas Californian reports that Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, is suspected of arranging for the girl's marriage in exchange for "$16,000, 100 cases of beer, several...

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An economic stimulus package of your own: Grease is golden

An economic stimulus package of your own: Grease is golden

I was lying in bed here a few minutes ago, and there was darkness on my radio. The latest unemployment report is due out today. It is expected to be very grim, and the news reader said that employers need to see exactly how bad it is before deciding whether to cut...

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Roland Burris, Senate Trail Blazer

No matter what else I try to do today, my feeble little brain won't stop singing the song in the video above — "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Warren Zevon, shown here in his last public performance on The Late Show with David Letterman. [includeme...

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Barack Obama restaurant review: Chicago’s Dixie Kitchen

Barack Obama restaurant review: Chicago’s Dixie Kitchen

I just saw this video, one of two posted yesterday by Steve Johnson at ChicagoTribune.com. Apparently, there is no end to the man's coolness. Not only is he appearing on Check, Please!, one of my favorite TV shows (seven years ago, before anyone knew how cool it was),...

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Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic pressure cooker

I f you ask, many people will tell you that you cannot find Indian food in Racine, Wisconsin. The one Indian restaurant we did have closed a while ago, and it was not spectacular to begin with. This is too bad. Amy is intoxicated by Indian spices. We have made many...

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Snuggie, Slanket, Heat Surge: My TV monk life

Snuggie, Slanket, Heat Surge: My TV monk life

The Great Recession and its effect on our household budget have started producing some bizarre yearnings in me — especially when combined with the influence of our TV set. This began with a video that arrived here from Netflix. I don't know how it got added to our...

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Barack Obama: Jerk or Jedi?

My brain hurts. I had cable news on my television most of today, and too much of it consisted of yammering about the closest thing they could find to a hot-button story: Chip Saltsman's Christmas mix CD featuring "Barack the Magic Negro." Never mind that the story...

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New Year food, New Year traditions for good luck

New Year food, New Year traditions for good luck

As the last moments of 2008 evaporate like a mongrel's marking on the fire hydrant of hope, I'm doing a little extra-credit research into New Year food and New Year traditions — including any which might attract good luck next year. I just might be willing to eat a...

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Rick Sanchez and baby talk news

Rick Sanchez and baby talk news

Rick Sanchez has that special something. It's more complicated than simply being someone people love to hate. There is a certain rare balance of unimaginable awfulness and underlying vulnerability that makes some of the world's biggest egos simply irresistible....

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First day of winter is December 1

First day of winter is December 1

When I woke up this morning to a few new inches of snow, the temperature outside was -4°F, combined with a 23 m.p.h. breeze for a wind chill index of 28 below zero. The news anchor on WBBM 780 informed me that winter had just officially begun one minute ago. When we...

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Internet buzz magnets

A few of the keywords, topics, search terms, and items that have recently been attracting some Internet buzz: ethan bortnick (Google Trends) — According to his website, "Ethan Bortnick is a 6 Year Old Pianist and currently knows over 200 songs by memory, including...

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Snow in Wisconsin: December 19, 2008

Snow in Wisconsin: December 19, 2008

This was the view outside my window at about 9:20 this morning. I think I'm going to send it to Charles Osgood and ask him to use it as the last minute of this week's CBS Sunday Morning. The snow has since stopped, so now we're...

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Steve Dahl Show items at Chicago Tribune

First of all, yesterday at the Chicago Tribune site, there was a very touching letter from LaNell Essary Armour, Terry Armour's widow, as we approach the one-year anniversary of Terry's passing. All of us from the The Steve Dahl Show attended the birthday memorial for...

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