2015-10-16 Hamlet, Prince of Cumberbatch

Last night Catherine and I got to see the Lyndsey Turner Hamlet that's currently at the Barbican, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Maybe this will come across as a negative review, but I actually really liked it. I had problems with the line delivery, the acting, and the direction, but these are all minor things compared to the technical design, right?

Overall, Jane Cox's lighting rocked, and Es Devlin's scenic deisgn was also great. Christopher Shutt's sound design was the star of the sho... more->

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2015-06-01 Counterproposal

Catherine helped me pick out her engagement ring, a beautiful puzzle ring with a sapphire stone from Nelly Van Cleeff, and it finally arrived from Canada on Saturday.

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2015-05-07 Afiancement!

The short version

Catherine Cefalu proposed to me on May 2nd, in front of a large crowd of our close friends, and while it was not at all unexpected it was still completely surprising. I was astonished, in the best way. And needless to add, I said yes!

And now I will give you the full story in great detail. Brace yourself--I'm a great fan of both Victor Hugo and also the New Yorker, so there will be digressions.

Not Unexpected

In my first job after col... more->

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2015-03-19 Guide to the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest!


Sounds like a Broadway Musical! Somehow I kept thinking about the Armenian Genocide, though, which is pretty disrespectful of me, and almost certainly not what they were going for. All those melancholy grey set pieces and black and white photos of relatives, I guess? I like this song, though!

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2015-03-12 Tosca

At the Lyric Opera

March 3rd, 2015


The Lyric's version of Tosca was almost universally panned.

I loved it, myself, and I'll explain why in a bit. But the reviews were so unified in their dislike that my boss decided not to go. The fact that she is incredibly busy, a... more->

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2014-07-02 Cedar Point

On the last weekend of June I joined Cat's family for a trip to Cedar Point. Catherine, her brother Matt, Matt's girlfriend Mal, and I drove east from Chicago while her mother Ann, her sister Liz and Liz's friend Aurora, drove west from Rochester. We arrived at almost the same time in lovely Sandusky Ohio, where Catherine had booked us a cabin on the grounds of the amusement park.

Cedar Point claimed (continuously, on... more->

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2013-09-17 FIFA: Enemy Unknown

I assume that no one is reading this anymore, as I'm been doing all of my 'blogging on G+ for the past several years. That's not really a great platform, though, for a number of reasons.

Then again, this is a super-rickety structure that I built myself, while standing on it (so to speak), so it's not great either.

Anyway, you might be interested in this project I'm doing on Blogger: FIFA: Enemy Unknownmore->

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2011-11-10 Teen Crack Whores .com

Once upon a time, I worked as a web developer for a company in NYC (good old Learning Worlds!). Oftentimes I would need a theoretic example of an archetypal "bad website". You know, like, "we have to check for that, otherwise hackers will just break in and redirect it to 'teencrackwhores.com' and we wouldn't want that!"

One day, November 9th, 2001, to be precise, I actually went to teencrackwhores.com and, to my shock no one had registered it! Well, naturally I signed up for it, star... more->

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2011-09-29 The Temple

The Temple

This year there were two Temples at burning man. The big Temple, as always, was... more->
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2011-09-26 They tricked me! (:

One goal that I always have at Burning Man is to avoid being too pervy. Which is to say, there are a lot of pretty woman and a lot of good looking guys, and they aren’t always wearing a lot of clothing... but it's pretty important to remember that... more->

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