December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:21 pm

Happy New Year from the House by the Parkway.

December 30, 2011

The Glass Harp.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 11:05 pm

I am captivated by the haunting sounds of the glass harp, which are created by rubbing one’s fingers around the rims of glasses filled with the amount of water necessary to produce a particular pitch.

I was wondering what goes in to adding just the right amount of water to each of the glasses. Ya gotta love the internet, because my question was answered in the video below.

I gather that in 1761 Benjamin Franklin didn’t want to take the time to put water in all those glasses, so he invented the glass harmonica, which you can see being played here.

December 29, 2011

A Bullshit Ball.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:06 pm

Let me just say this: If I read or hear one more breathless news story about the “energy efficient” Times Square new Year’s Eve ball, I may puke.

An “energy efficient” ball? Gimme a farookin’ break. Jesus H. Christ! We’re talking about Times Square here, a place that is known for its dazzling display of lights and which, for that reason, has historically attracted tourists from all over the world – not just on New Year’s Eve, but all year ‘round.

The dropping of the ball at midnight on Times Square has been the highlight of New Year’s Eve for as long as I can remember, so this year we need an “energy efficient” ball? Why? We are told, “The upgrade [i.e. the “energy efficient” ball] means an 88 percent reduction in energy use and 573 tons less of carbon dioxide from the ball’s previous lighting source.”

Excuuuuuuuse me, but I rather liked the bygone balls, which were powered by the “previous lighting source” – yeah, the balls that sported a gazillion lights, real lights, hot, bright New Year’s Eve lights. I don’t buy into the political correctness or the Al Gorean junk science that positively correlates carbon dioxide emissions with dead polar bears.

If this nonsense continues, perhaps we’ll be ringing in 2013 by candlelight in Times Square while we eat salt-free snacks, prepared, of course, without trans-fats.

December 28, 2011

Attention, Jersey Peeps.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 5:31 pm

Jersey Blogger, Chris Wysocki of WyBlog fame, reminds us that the Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act (SB 2664, aka telecom deregulation) has a chance for passage in the New Jersey State Senate before the end of the lame duck legislative session on January 9. As he notes, “It’s now or never.”

Chris writes:

The “Market Competition and Consumer Choice Act” (SB 2664) removes requirements for the Board of Public Utilities to micromanage every telecom business decision. Thanks to archaic rules established back when Marconi was an apprentice lineman the BPU has to approve even the smallest change to any phone or cable service offering. Link

If you believe that free-market competition is the way to go in the telecom industry, let your State Senator know.

December 27, 2011

A Turd Gets His.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 2:55 pm

Positively heartwarming.

December 25, 2011

Christmas 2011.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 8:28 am

To all who feel that the House by the Parkway is worth a moment or two of your valuable time, a very Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2012.

December 24, 2011

Bill Whittle — Loud and Clear.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 4:35 pm

If The One gets another four years, game over, peeps.

h/t Fausta, via iOTW.

December 23, 2011

Posts I Almost Never Read (Not that You Care, or Even Should, For that Matter).

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 10:11 pm

I was tempted to title this “Posts I Never Read,” but I have learned that one never says “never.” Now, if you are a frequent writer of any of the types of posts in the following list, please don’t take it personally, as I’m sure that lots of people like to read things that cause my eyes to glaze over. In addition, if you are one of the people who like to read the stuff that I ignore, please don’t take offense. No doubt I like to read stuff that would make you want to barf.

Anyway, here are the types of posts that will get a fast “move-along” click from me:

1. Posts that detail the writer’s latest dream. Snoozeville. Who cares?

2. Posts that discuss, in any way, football, baseball, hockey (oy!), or basketball. Especially basketball, which is decidedly a dumb game.

3. Posts that are very long, unless the first two paragraphs are real grabbers. I recall reading somewhere, a long time ago, that a person who reads lots of blogs has about sixty seconds to devote to reading any particular blog post. I tend to fall into that category, although there are lots of exceptions, depending on the blogger and the subject matter.

4. Song parodies. Once in a blue moon they’re clever, but even the very rare clever ones just don’t move me.

5. Any parody of “The Night Before Christmas.” Enough, already!

6. Any video of “The View.” The Stupid on that program is frightening.

7. Posts that delve deeply into the world of cyber-geekery. I don’t hate them; I just don’t understand them. Hence, “click.”

If you have gotten this far, you can add to your list of posts you almost never read, the posts by bloggers who think anyone really gives a shit what they almost never read. Of course, those who didn’t get this far probably already have posts by bloggers writing about what blogs they almost never read on their list of posts they almost never read.

Having re-read this post, I think I would add it to my list.

December 22, 2011

Fun With Beethoven’s 5th.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 6:46 pm

Check out Frank Vignola and Vinny Raniolo, with some help from Glenn Tosto, playing around with Beethoven’s 5th. It may be lighthearted, and they make it look easy, but don’t let that fool you. There is some serious guitar mastery going on there.

I think Beethoven would approve.

December 20, 2011

Hanukkah, 2011.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 12:54 pm

Happy Hanukkah from the House by the Parkway to all my Jooish pals.

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