Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WMATA Metro pocket guide 1995

While cleaning my files, I came across this old DC metro map from 1995.

Since then they've added new stops, so this map would probably not be too helpful, but it's still cool to look at.

WMATA Metro Pocket Guide 1995

WMATA Metro Pocket Guide 1995

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Friday, April 20, 2012


My seven year old boy loves to read. He reads everything. The cool thing is to hear his interpretation of words and sentences.

A few days ago, as we were leaving Home Depot, my son asked his mom what "prosecuted" meant. She explained that it is when a person is fined for something they do and can they be sent to jail.

"So that means if you poop you'll get fined and sent to jail?" he asked.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dreaming of a bad haircut

A few nights ago, I had a dream of one of my best friends. It's rare that I dream of him, but when I do, the dreams are usually quite comical. This one is no different. Remember, it's a dream.

I could over hear HK talking to one of our other friends behind the cubical walls. Our friends were complimenting his haircut and how good it turned out.

Another friend of ours added to the discussion, "How did they cut your hair, with that odd shaped head."

At that point, I joined the conversation and defended my friend, HK, "We all have odd shaped heads." When I closely examined his haircut, I began to understand why our friends were commenting on his buzz cut.

The clipper managed to miss a few areas leaving strands of hair on the head. Then in my dream, HK was transforming into Fire Marshall Bill.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Baby videos don't influence your child's congnitive development

When my son was born, my wife and I played classical music, sat our infant in front of the TV and played the Baby Einstein videos, and read Dr. Seuss books every night. We even bought black and white toys and books in hope that it would help with our child's brain development.

However, a recent study by neuroscientist Sandra Aamodt, PhD and Professor Sam Wang found that there is little scientific evidence that all these things have an effect on a child's congnitive development.

So all that money we spent on videos, books and toys were for nothing? It's hard to believe that all those things hasn't helped our child be smart, because he is actually ahead in his class. 

As reported in Natural Awakenings, the authors maintain that the child's brain "raises itself" and that the child's individualism determines its path in life.

I have to agree that my son from when he was in my wife's belly definately had a personality. His first few days outside his mommy's womb, I knew he was going to be a challenge--he cried a lot and was never really satisfied.

The article summarizes the five "scientifically backed tips" offered by the scientists behind the study that can influence a child's brain development, which includes: don't stress during pregnancy; switch off the baby videos; teach a second language; foster self-control; and encourage study breaks. You can read the complete article HERE

Sources: "How a Brain Grows: Five Ways to Aid Development," Lisa Marshall, Natural Awakenings, February 2012.;

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Sunday, April 15, 2012

"I'm a victim of soicumstance"

I think I first came to know who The Three Stooges were when I was about eight or nine years old. I would wake up at around 4 AM and watch TBS.

I recall the feeling of waking up that early, walking down the carpet covered hallway to the cold tile, and turning on the old floor RCA TV. I remember the noice the TV would make as it slowly powered on. I would then wrap myself like a mummy, lay on the cold tile, and watch TBS until the housekeeper stumbled into the kitchen to make coffee.

It was hard for me to really get into the slapstick comedy routine of The Three Stooges. I knew it was entertaining, but I also knew it was dangerous.

Eventually, I came to appreciate slapstick and physical comedy. Perhaps watching The Three Stooges prepared me for comedies like The Naked Gun, Ace Ventura and TV shows like Family Matters.

So, who was my favorite Stooge? That's a hard one. Everyone loves Curly, but I liked Shemp.

Here's a trivia I didn't know:

The original lineup was Moe, Larry and Shemp. Shemp left to pursue a solo career and was replaced by his brother, Curly. Curly then had a stroke and Shemp returned to the original lineup.  After Shemp died of a heart attack, four different people completed the trio.

So what did I think about the new Three Stooges movie? It was a good attempt by the Farrelly brothers. They incorporate some memorable slapstick acts and quotes. There were several scenes that I just burst out laughing, but at the same time I found myself thinking this could have been much much better. Had the new stooges reenacted those memorable scenes, maybe it would have been better.

Regardless, the movie was funny and Sofia Vergara makes it that much more enjoyable to watch.

Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, April 14, 2012

College Paper on the Ford's Theatre in D.C.

College Paper

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Appreciating Ford's Theatre

Two blocks north from the National Museum of Natural History, on 10th Street, people gather in line to enter the historical Ford's Theatre. The theatre, tucked by the surrounding historical buildings, is located in the downtown area of Washington, D.C. At first arrival to this part of town might bring some concern on security, but the area is protected by the national security of the surrounding federal buildings.

The theatre is located at least three blocks from four different Metro (subway) stations. The National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of American Art are two blocks east of the theatre on F Street, and the Hard Rock Café is just adjacent from the theatre. Souvenir shops are popular on this street block. In fact, it is easy to find a five inch Washington Monument for three dollars or three D.C. printed t-shirts for ten dollars at one of these souvenir shops.

Booth had an earlier plot, a month earlier, to kidnap the president but failed. The president had changed his plans to stay in the White House instead of going to a hospital in the outskirts of Washington, D.C. to watch a play.

Booth's anger turned to hatred when Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Virginia on the ninth of April -- five days before the president's assassination. That same day, President Lincoln addressed the press from the White House. John Wilkes Booth was present at the press conference. In the speech, Lincoln mentioned the idea of letting certain black vote. Filled with hatred, Booth turned his plans of kidnapping the president to killing him. He believed that by assassinating the president it would be a victory for the Confederacy.

Ford realized his theatre was at a downward spiral to close. The theatre use to attract people and it was expected to succeed, but various disasters contributed to the barrier of success. One of its disasters was the fire of 1863, but Ford's determination and dedication to the theatre reopened months later. A friend of John T. Ford, who worked with the Lincoln administration, recommended inviting the president and the general to the theatre. With the two gaining popularity after the successful war, it was no doubt that their attendance would bring popularity to the theatre.

On the morning of Apri114, Booth learned that the President and the General were going to attend the evening production of Our American Cousin. He gathered with his fellow conspirators to plot a plan to assassinate not only the President and General but also the Vice President and Secretary of State. All the attacks were to be simultaneous at 10:15 p.m.

When the public heard the news of the president and general's attendance to the theatre, ticket purchasing was quick. Although the maximum occupancy of the theatre was 1,500, it is said that more than 2,000 people filled the aisles and corners of both levels of the theatre. People were waiting to see the two most powerful people of the time, and Ford was benefiting from the people's delight.

Ford tried to delay the play until his guests would arrive, but the anxious audience were growing tired of waiting. Some even doubted their arrival. Relying on his watch, Ford signaled the stage manager to start the production no later than 8:30 p.m. The guest arrived minutes after the play had started. General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife were unable to attend; instead, they went to visit their children in New Jersey. In his place, General Henry Rathbone and Clara Harris accompanied President Lincoln and his wife Mary to the theatre. The two couple walked through the back up the stairs onto the second level of the theatre. As the audience grew aware of his arrival, the production stopped and everyone raised and the orchestra played, "Hail to the Chief."

While the President was watching the production, Booth was at the tavern, next to the theatre, drinking — it was common for actors of the theatre to come to the tavern and have a drink. What is ironic is that the president's coachman, valet and bodyguard were also drinking at the salon. Historians believe the three men were at the tavern drinking when the president was assassinated.

A year before John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Lincoln, Robert Lincoln - - the son of Abraham and Mary -- was saved by Edwin Booth -- the brother of John. Robert was at a railroad station in Jersey City waiting to purchase a place in a sleeping car when the train began to move. Since he was leaning onto the car of the train, his body twisted when the train moved.

To own a T-shirt which reads, "HARD ROCK CAFE - Washington, D.C.," is every tourists goal to own.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Confessions of a Gym Dweeb Part 15


If you're like me, you notice the same people at the around the same time at your gym. They, like you, have made it a habit to go to the gym, and because of this you might feel a little more comfortable with your surroundings and the people working out next to you. Right?

A couple months go, I decided to increase the weights on the circuit equipment. Doing so tired me quickly after the first 15 minutes, but I didn't realize it until I was eight minutes doing cardio on the strider.

I usually start my 15 minutes on the elliptical strider on an incline and resistance of 8 and 25, respectively, and slowly decrease it based on my stamina.

I got on the elliptical strider and began to, well, stride.

I then noticed the redhead girl, who I see at the gym every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, getting on the strider next to me. She quickly meets my speed, and we're both striding along; probably on different paths, because mine soon got a bit bumpy.

When I stride, I usually keep my eyes occupied by people watching and glancing at the various TVs. That day, my eyes decided to focus on the TV in front of me.

Stride. Focus. Stride. Focus. Stride. Focus. Tilting back. Stride. Tilting back more. Oh sh*t!

I quickly grabbed the handles and struggled to regain my stride.

I turned to the redhead to see if she noticed my folly, but she continued to look forward. I turned to the other side to see if all was cool.  No one seemed to have noticed--come on, it was quite obvious. Or was it?  I mean, I'd understand if I were to have fallen--that would have gotten the attention from a lot of people. 

I regained my step and continued to stride.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Make it count"

Check out this video by film maker Casey Neistat. The video starts with Casey unboxing the Nike Fuelband and pointing at the product slogan "Life is a sport, make it count." The viewer is then informed that he was hired by Nike to make a movie about what it meant to "make it count." Instead of using the money to make the movie, he and his friend traveled the world.

Smart advertising.

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