Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 31, 2001.
When James J. Corrigan was not fighting fires, he was smelling the roses. His house in Little Neck, N.Y., was suffused with their scent. He put them in vases; gave them to his wife, Marie; handed them to neighbors. Red, pink, yellow, white â€” they all flourished in the garden by his driveway.
He even gave them to the hardened men with whom he worked.
He was a New York firefighter for 25 years, retiring as a captain in 1994. He took a job the next year as a fire and safety director in 7 World Trade Center.
Last August, Mr. Corrigan, 60, was promoted to oversee fire and safety operations for the entire complex. His youngest son, Sean, had just gotten married three days earlier, and his oldest son, Brendan, often ate lunch with his father.
After the planes hit, the Captain called Brendan: "Don't go anywhere. We don't know what else is going to happen." Then the line went dead.
While other ran to safety, Captain Corrigan stood his ground. His first thoughts went to his family, and then to the task at hand. Our world was better for his presence here, and his children will take his legacy of hard work and ultimate sacrifice into the generations beyond.
An old friend, Ted Glaessgen, left a touching memorial for all to read. I urge you to read it, it's very touching.
I never knew Captain Corrigan, but I wish I had. If only there were more men like Captain Corrigan in this world, it would be a far better place.
Captain Corrigan, may you rest in peace, and enjoy your salvation in the Lord.
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Inspiration: Good Eats - Q
And yes ... I am using homemade chili powder and rub.
Last night, I went to the Alamo Drafthouse downtown (greatest theater chain known to man) to see a double feature of Jean Claude VanDamme in BloodSport and JCVD. Included in the pre-movie warm-up was Jean Claude VanDamme playing a queer karate guy in Monaco Forever. Click the link to watch. Do you play sports? Yeesh!
Bloodsport was awesome! The 80's action sequences ... montages ... and horrible acting were so horrible, it was AWESOME! Lots of slow-mo screaming, crazy faces, asian dudes flexing their pecs. All of it was awesome! VanDamme at the apex of his karate movie career.
Then they started JCVD ... where do I begin ... it's an a-typical european art film that focuses on Jean Claude VanDamme. From the trailer, it looked like he was down and out ... lost his wife ... lost his daughter ... broke ... no money ... and forced to rob a bank just to get a little bit of cash. Oh no ... no way man ... that's not what this movie is ... not even close.
Jean Claude doesn't rob a bank. The bank he walks into is being robbed, and they make him the patsy. The make him talk to the cops, and the cops think it's the actions of a desperate man. The whole thing is in French, subtitled in English, and shot with an ungodly amount of filters to make the whole thing look dark and serious. It's so dark, it wouldn't look much different in B&W.
There is this scene in the middle where the chair Jean Claude is sitting in rises up into the stage lights, and he goes on this 8 minute rambling diatribe ... hollywood screwed him ... media doesn't care ... why is he so rich, when others aren't ... and he cries through most of it ... "I'm just not happy ... why do I have to be so successful and rich ... I did drugs ... wah wah WAH ..." It's a mish-mash of the typical liberal whining about how being rich is wrong, the world sucks, life is cruel .... wah wah WAH!!! If I wasn't there with 3 other dudes, I would have walked out right there. I've never walked out of a movie before, but that one was worth it. It only got worse ...
To put it simply, the movie is horrible. It's one of the most horrible things I have had the inhuman displeasure to suffer through. It was worse that watching Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull of suck. I felt like the boys from South Park ... I wanted to run out of the theater crying and throw up on the sidewalk.
When the douchebag from the production company or whatever came back out with his microphone, I boo'd him, gave him the finger with both hands, and left. He did his best to ignore me.
I went to Maker Faire last year, and immediately had two thoughts:
Click the pic below to see the broadcast Fox 7 did about Maker Faire featuring my BFF GothMartha.
H/T: Makezine Blog
I just got back from seeing Indian Jones and the Crystal Skull ... and I am pissed off. I'm not a big Indiana Jones fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I don't like it when movies insult my intelligence. Yeah yeah ... it's a movie ... Indiana Jones isn't real in the first place ... Blah blah, the Holy Grail doesn't exist either ...
Angry spoiler after the break. If you don't want to know the plot and shit-filled ending of the movie, avert thine eyes.
Over on the MAKE: Blog: they have an article up about making Circuitboard earrings. I find this very interesting, as I am doing something quite similar with cufflinks. I don't want to reveal it just yet, but let's just say they will be very geeky, and should be fairly unique.
The only thing lacking in the article is a description of what the maker used to attach the circuitboards to the earring posts. For my cufflinks, the best thing I have found this far is JB Weld. I can't use solder, as the item I am attaching would be destroyed by the heat. I tried Crazy Glue, but it didn't hold. My only concern is that the JB Weld won't last. I tried to post a comment asking what the maker used in his project, but the comments system is all borked, and MT just barfs out errors when you post. No wonder there aren't any comments.
Most of the time, I can't bear to read Slate, but I have found myself today agreeing wholeheartedly with the opinions in a recent article: If you like 300, are you gay? - By Matt Feeney - Slate Magazine
Now, 300 has earned more than $200 million in America alone, from an overwhelmingly male audience. What more plausibly accounts for this? That 20 million closet cases snuck off to see an illicit fantasy about bare-chested men in Hellenic Speedos, or that young men from the vast heartland of this very conservative, Christian, pro-military country flocked to see an unabashedly heroic tale of Occidental, republican military glory? To believe the latter, all you have to accept is that, in imagining the sort of heroic figures they themselves would like to be, straight men would project onto them not just excellence but physical beauty. Shouldn't a guy be able to do such a thing without being called gay?
I had an idea this year to get sponsors to place ads on the website & in the calendar to help pay for the initial printing costs of the calendar. Do you have any friends who have businesses that would like to place an ad in the calendar? The ad will be $100 and really is like 2 ads because I will put one in the printed copy of the calendar & one on the website.
If you or someone you know is interested, head over to PinUpsForVets.com and let Gina know.
Michelle Malkin is waiting for Al Sharpton to launch a campaign against the Bilboard Hot Rap Tracks Chart artists in the top 10.
Here's a snippet from the current #2 song on the chart "I'm a Flirt":
I'm a b pimpin
I don't be slippin
When it come down to these hos
I don't love em
We don't cuff em
Man that's just the way it goes
I pull up in the Phantom
All the ladies think handsome
Jewelry shining, I stay stuntin'
Thats why these niggas can't stand em
I'm a chick mag-a-net
And anything fine I'm bag-gin it
And if she got a man, I don't care
10 toes and I wanna be, cause I gotta have it
As if we need more examples of hypocrisy from the race baiters, Michelle goes through the whole top six on the chart, including the videos. Brilliant!
One of my friends, who shall remain anonymous, sent me this yesterday about the Imus kerfuffle:
This Imus thing is about the stupidest headlining story I've ever seen. I almost feel like I should report to Al Sharpton and team every single time a racist, homophobic, or sexist comment comes out of the mouth of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O'Brien and other public entertainers on the major networks. Fortunately for Howard Stern, he moved to the HBO of radio. FIRE THEM ALL!!!!
I couldn't agree more. And having Imus go on to Al Sharpton's radio show is the perfect example of life imitating art. I am referring to the South Park episode I posted a couple weeks ago.
If you watch that whole episode, you see where Stan's father says Nigger on Wheel of Fortune. He ends up visiting Jesse Jackson to apologize, and literally kiss Jesse's ass. Art imitating life, or life imitating art? It's a sad example of political correctness run-amok yet again.
Was what he said offensive? Yes. Should he be fired? No. This is America people ... This guys is a supposed comedian ... I don't find it very funny, but apparently enough people do to keep his show alive and sponsored. If people don't want to hear that kinda crap, stop listening to it. Turn the dial, and economics will take care of it.
With as much offensive crap I have to listen to every day from the media targeted towards conservatives and Christians, where are my apologies? I don't want any apologies, and I'm not asking for anyone's job. I don't listen/read/buy media crap that I don't like. If enough people would do the same as I do, maybe they will change.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin lists 10 things more news worthy than Imus.
You call yourself a salesman, you sonuvabitch?
As part of the 2996 project, I have posted a memorial of Cono E. Gallo. One of the souls lost on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center attacks in New York City, New York.
Mr. Gallo was a married, 30yr. old commodities broker with Carr Futures at 1 World Trade Center in New York City, New York. He had just returned from a vacation in Jamaica with his wife a week before the attacks.
I have managed to find a few tidbits of information about Mr. Gallo on the Internet. Several 9/11 sites are all tied up today, so I have included snapshots of some of the info below:
Ocho Rios Memories
A grand time is the only way to describe Cono Gallo's Jamaican vacation with his wife the week before the World Trade Center attack. There the two were, holding hands while climbing Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios. A reggae dancing contest? Mr. Gallo went at it solo, and was the runner-up.
The Gallos, both 30-year-olds from Maspeth, Queens, clinched a "Newlywed Game"-like couples contest at their vacation resort by giving the same correct answer to every question. (The two had been married for five years.)
What's your wife's bra size? Mr. Gallo, the contestant, was asked. "Usually a 38C," he answered, "but sometimes a 36D depending on the style of the bra."
"It was exactly right," said his wife, Vicki Nita-Gallo, a kindergarten teacher. "He had the audience hysterical. They thought it was so cute. He really paid attention to details. That's what is so fabulous about him."
Mr. Gallo, a commodities broker with Carr Futures at 1 World Trade Center, was caring and selfless, his wife said, and he believed in a true partnership. There he was, "always by my side" when she was sick, she said. And there he was again, helping out with with her Avon side business.
On the eve of Sept. 11, Mrs. Nita-Gallo left a bag full of Avon hand lotion, lip gloss and other products by the door for him to take to her customers at his office. The next morning, Mr. Gallo, who started work at 7:30 a.m. and left the house while she was still in bed, picked it up on his way out, happy to distribute the orders and collect payment.
"Everything was teamwork so we could go out and enjoy ourselves," Mrs. Nita-Gallo said. "We completed each other."
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 12, 2001.
Although I didn't know you personally, I have known your family for years. I am a lifelong resident of Greenpoint, and have eaten in the family's restaraunt on many occasions. My family and I keep you and your family in our prayers. May God hold you in the palm of His hand, and guide the Gallo family through these dark times. May God bless you all. John Luckey, friend
As someone who has lost a sibling, I know your sister and family misses you very much! I hope you have joined your loved ones in Heaven and all your suffering has been left behind.
Diane Alfieri, family friend
Cono E. Gallo
An Avid Traveler, He And Wife Were Quite a Pair
December 17, 2001
Whether it was Gomez and Morticia, cowboy and cowgirl, or female warden and her prisoner, every Halloween, Cono Gallo and his wife, Vicki, dressed as a pair at their annual party. But even in real life, they were partners to the end.
"Everything big involved teamwork," said Vicki Nita- Gallo. "The two of us were true partners, 50-50."
Gallo, 30, and his wife had arrived home from a Jamaica vacation just two days before he was lost in the World Trade Center attacks. A commodities broker at Carr Futures in Tower One, Gallo went to the office Sept. 11 to cover for a co-worker, despite his wife's pleas for him to take some extra time off.
The night before, the Gallos, of Maspeth, had visited their parents. Everyone commented on how happy they looked. "We were just at our peak of happiness," his wife said.
Though they had attended the same high school in Queens, the two were only acquaintances in their graduating class of 700 students. They later met at a birthday party for a mutual friend, dated and married in 1995.
They did everything together-chores, exercising and their favorite pastime, traveling. They had visited Gallo's extended family in Teggiano, Italy; they honeymooned in Hawaii, and they went to San Lucia, the Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean and the Bahamas.
On their recent vacation in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, they had planned to renew their vows, but it was too late to make the arrangements. Instead they entered a "newlywed" contest and took the first-place prize of Jamaican coffee and rum. They called each other "Munchkin" and acted mushy in public. And they agreed on names for their future children: Christian for a boy and Julia for a girl.
-- Nedra Rhone (Newsday)
Cono was a great man. He was the kind of guy who could put anyone at ease in just about any situation. The thing I remember most about my friend was his smile. He seemed to never be without it. He is and will be sorely missed by everyone he knew. Cono and I used to drive the same route to the train station in the morning. He was going to school with another friend, Chris, and I was driving my future wife to work. If there ever was a day when the traffic was real heavy, he would see me and then offer to drive my fiance the rest of the way so I wouldn't be late for work too. Just the little things like that made him special. When I had my oldest daughter christened, Cono's family opened their restaurant which was normally closed on Sunday, strictly for my family. We had the best time. Thank you Cono. I count myself lucky for knowing you, even though it was for a short time. You are remembered and sorely missed.
*** Posted by Tim, Lisa, Rebecca, Erica and Alyssa Sullivan on 2006-04-01 ***
According to a post at NeoThoughts the #1 Digg user X-P9 had a whiny fit after Digg founder Kevin Rose posted a reply to the current kerfuffle about Digg users who manipulate Digg to get the most stories promoted to the front page. (notice that each of those previous links is different) The whiny punk opines:
Dear Mr. Rose: So all of a sudden, my use of the BUILT-IN functionality of Digg amounts to gaming? --snip-- As a direct result of your blog this evening. I will no longer no supporting Digg going forward. I bequeath my measly number one position to whoever wants to reign.
Measley indeed ... Look dude ... you got back exactly what you were paid ... nothing. Digg is intended as a casual website where people can post random stuff they find, others can rate it, and if it gets enough support, it gets highlighted. Nobody asked you to spend endless amounts of time and go out and submit over 1500 links, of which 688 were eventually promoted to the front-page through your network of friends and cronies. You've missed the point dude, and nobody feels sorry for you. If you think you're so bad-ass at finding stuff people are interested in, go setup your own Digg, Fark, or whatever you want to call it, and put Mr. Rose out of business the capitalist way by beating him at his own game. Other than that ... STFU and go away. Thanks for playing!
Why is it that every time I leave Texas, some calamity follows me. I don't want to go down the list of relatives that have died shortly after I visited ... 9/11 happened on my first trip outside the US, and I was supposed to fly back on 9/11 ... Every trip I have made to Britain has accompanied some calamity, including 9/11, the July 7 bombings, a train derailment at a station I passed through not five minutes before ... and now this ...
Some psycho named Omed Aziz Popal decided that during my trip to San Francisco it would be a good time to go on a rampage and run-down people in San Francisco, mere blocks from where my wife and I were enjoying Chinatown. I sent Michelle Malkin some info I gathered during a news broadcast we watched here, which she posted and gave me a h/t. (Thanks Michelle!) More coverage over at Wizbang! and Pajamas Media.
I'm not going to play the "call it islamic terrorism" game quite yet, until I hear some kind of info that tends to point me in that direction. As far as I can tell, the guy is just bat-shit crazy, and you can get bat-shit crazy whether you're muslim or an infidel. For now, I'm putting him in the bat-shit crazy column. At least the SFPD stopped him before he killed anyone else. The news story we heard on the news said the first victim flew over 75 feet through the air, before landing in the grass on the side of the road. Thank Allah only one person died. If he had tried that in Texas, I wonder how many CHL holders would have shot at his dumb-ass self before he stopped. Too bad it's near impossible in CA to get a CHL ...
I'll post some of the 300 pics we've taken so far once I can manage to squeeze all 1.2GB of them out of the sad excuse for an Internet connection here at the Wingate Inn hotel I'm staying at. Looks like I have 180 more to go ...
Over at Michelle Malkin's blog, there seems to be a little pissing contest
between Karol Sheinin and Andrew Sullivan all started over this post where Karol makes the argument that torture should be used to extract information regarding an imminent terrorist attack.
Ya know ... I'm all for taking on the wacko left that has no clue how to fight terror, protect America, or even bathe ... but that's not what I go to Michelle Malkin's blog for. I'm seeing this crap more and more on the blogs I read, and quite frankly, I could not care less. It all just reminds me of juvenille pissing contests with two kids screaming "oh yeh?" "Yeh!" ... Say your piece, back it up with sound logic, and if someone calls you a 'deranged' for it, either post an update in the original post under the fold, or duke it out in the comments. I mean ... who really wants to read that crap anyways?
Update: I can't spell today ...
Check out beneath the fold to see our friend Rachel in a commercial for Samuels Jewelers. Enjoy!
A reader of mine sent me the screen capture you see below taken from this page over at msnbc.com. Sometimes those automated ad placement systems don't place ads that are in the best taste ... Last time I checked, the offensive "Luxury Hotels" ad was still in place, right below the happy little slideshow.
Ok it is story time! Yeah! This is my first post here, so I will do my best to entertain. A few weeks ago I had the grand opportunity to interact with a PETA supporter. A situation that is always good for some fun. I noticed this young, college aged girl was wearing a blue wrist band that proclaimed her support for the tax exempt, terrorist organization while I was drawing her blood at the lab I work at. Since I was at work I could not just beat her about the head with raw meat like I often do with PETA supporters.
There is an article up on CBS Health Watch that talks about the results of a recent study published in the July issue of the public-access online journal PLoS Medicine. Read the full report here, or the editorial summary here.
The report claims:
This would be the same effect as an AIDS vaccine that was 37% effective in protecting both men and women against HIV infection.
Which sounds pretty amazing, on the surface. If you dig a bit deeper, you find this nugget in the editorial summary:
They made the assumption that if circumcision is intensively promoted, all men in those countries will be circumcised in 10 years time.
Right ... So ... let me get this straight ... they think that if they "intensively promoted" circumcision, that all men in those countries will be circumcised in 10 years? I don't think so ... We don't even have all men here in the US circumcised, even though it's a very common practice. As of 2001, only 55.1% of American males are circumcised. Read the full report on that here, and here. That's not even mentioning the fact that the rate is declining ... here ... in the US.
While circumcision may be a good start in preventing the spread of AIDS, I don't think circumcision could ever have the "same effect as an AIDS vaccine that was 37% effective." That's a bit of a stretch.
I apologize for the recent lack of posts ... I'm not in the habit yet of blogging while traveling. I was in Cupertino, CA last week, and am in New York this week visiting clients. Traveling was much more fun when I was single ...
Here's a cool youtube video of a "beatboxing" parrot to hold you over until I get back. Enjoy!
I'm sure some of you have already seen it, but for those like me who haven't, you have to check out the website for the new Phillips electric "BodyGroom" shaver for men. They have a marketing website in Flash setup at http://www.shaveeverywhere.com. A female co worker showed it to me and I blew snot all over my shirt I laughed so hard. Find out what I heard after the jump ...
A post over at Michelle Malkin's caught my eye. Apparently, there is a guy in a band named the Sweater Kittenz that has the Marine brass, and the usual suspects all pissed off. When I first heard "Sweater Kittens" my thoughts went straight to the Urban Dictionary definition:
Absolutely adorable breasts molded into perfect round balls when a girl puts on a really soft and fuzzy and touchable sweater.
Just in case anyone notices, I have a new author here on the site. Allow me to introduce you to Yamesman. He's offered to write some articles here in my blog to look at topics from a different point of view. In Yamesman's first post, he talks about the Vallerie Plames leak, and the Bush administration's role. He raises a valid point. If you haven't read it yet, check it out.
This one comes from a post on Babalu Blog regarding a message that made it's way to their inbox:
No, Bush is not the best thing since plantains. Plantains are the bomb. However, the alternative to Bush is like eating plantains out of a dirty toilet.
I read a story at The Observer linked from Daily Rotten today about dolphins, trained by the US Navy, with poisonous darts attached to their bodies that they can fire "to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater" that have escaped into the wild as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Sounds great ... but I call Bullshit! So do the folks over at Wizbang! Next they'll tell us it's really sharks with frickin laser beams attached to their heads. Dr. Evil had this to say.
I've updated my site layout, and switched content management systems. I've dumped PostNuke and switched to MovableType. I had to pay a bit of cash for it, but I really like it. It's a much stronger publishing platform that allows me to run multiple sites or "blogs" as they are called. You can still get to my photo gallery by clicking the link on the right. Please let me know what you think of the new layout. I know it's kinda thin right now, but I'll be adding more.