As you may know, I'm a huge Simpsons fan. I know a lot of facts about the show and if you're a big fan you probably do too. I knew some of the facts in this video, but not all of them. If you love The Simpsons, you'll love this video.
Like any good Wisconsin Badger alum, I'm a big fan of the school's marching band. I've always loved the 5th quarter and band leader Mike Leckrone is a legend. However, I have to tip my cap (if I was actually wearing one) to the band from one of the other schools in the Big Ten.
It was annoying when the Badgers lost to Ohio State earlier this year in football, but this performance by the Ohio State band recently is pretty amazing. You don't have to watch the whole thing. Just fast forward to about 4:35 and watch how the band turns into a giant Michael Jackson and even does a moonwalk.
I've never been a big "hang out with the guys" kinda guy. I like my guy friends, but I really don't need to hang out at a bar with them on a regular basis. In fact, my two best friends don't live in Madison. A quick phone call to either Keith or Larry as I'm running an errand usually does the trick for me. I don't have to spend too much time, but we get a chance to catch up and have a laugh.
However, I may be changing my tune soon. Apparently a study shows it's actually healthy for guys to hang out with other guys. An Oxford professor says that while "talking with mates" on a daily basis is useful, guys should hang out twice a week and "do stuff".
I bet when my wife sees this she'll be pushing me out of the house more or better yet she'll be looking for a study that says women need to hang out with their friends at least three nights a week.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Jul 23 2013 9:03AM
For Madison Magazine's Restaurant Week my wife Lindsay, my son Joshua and I went to The Wise located inside Hotel Red. This is an upscale and very modern looking restaurant space and I wondered if Joshua (who is just 9 months old) would be out of place.
To be on the safe side, we opted to sit outside. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our server, Chris has a 10 month old so he didn't think twice about Joshua flinging a few Cheerios on the floor.
I'm sure Joshua was more than a little jealous of our meals. Lindsay started off with the gazpacho. It had just the right amount of kick to it plus a side of crisp veggie relish. I tasted it and loved it. Joshua liked the Cheerios better. I chose a garden salad which featured a Dancing Honey Bee and lavender dressing. I'm not familiar with Dancing Honey Bee, but it was delicious.
Lindsay went with the scallops for the main course. It was served with an heirloom tomato and avocado salad with passion fruit vinaigrette.
Joshua did enjoy a few bites of the tomatoes as well as the scallops. I also had a few bites and the scallops melted in my mouth.
I went with the short ribs for a main course. The ribs were slow cooked in a Guinness & pomegranate demi with potatoes drizzled with a garlic & peppercorn oil. Both Lindsay and Joshua tasted the ribs and loved them. I didn't really want to share.
Joshua got his first taste of cake when he had a bite of Lindsay's citrus olive cake. It was served with homemade blueberry jam and mascarpone cheese. Yes, he loved it! I went with the raspberry and truffle torte. I was going to give Joshua a bit, but I didn't want him to become totally addicted to chocolate...yet.
by Jonathan's Jabberings,posted Apr 16 2013 7:49AM
I often get annoyed with Facebook posts because there are no editors. Not every thought we have is brilliant or even should be shared. However, there was quite an inspirational piece written by comedian Patton Oswalt yesterday on his Facebook page. I've always been a big fan of comedian Patton Oswalt. Some of his stand-up material is a little crude, but he's quite clever. Here's what he had to say about the events yesterday in Boston:
Boston. Fucking horrible.
I remember, when 9/11 went down, my reaction was, "Well, I've had it with humanity."
But I was wrong. I don't know what's going to be revealed to be behind all of this mayhem. One human insect or a poisonous mass of broken sociopaths.
But here's what I DO know. If it's one person or a HUNDRED people, that number is not even a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a percent of the population on this planet. You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. (Thanks FAKE Gallery founder and owner Paul Kozlowski for pointing this out to me). This is a giant planet and we're lucky to live on it but there are prices and penalties incurred for the daily miracle of existence. One of them is, every once in awhile, the wiring of a tiny sliver of the species gets snarled and they're pointed towards darkness.
But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago.
So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."