February 25, 2007

I walked 5.77 miles

Nice day today. High 40s.

I went out for a walk. Ended up going all the way to Malden Square.

(Walked right past what used to be the Granada Theatre, Sherm)

Measured my route on http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/. 5.77 miles.

[ some interesting info about the Grenada Theatre ]

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:30 PM

Out of Control

Posted by jackhodgson at 05:28 PM

PC does the weather

John Hodgman made a brief appearance on ZeFranks's The Show on Thursday.

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:11 AM

February 24, 2007

20 Greatest Guitar Riffs on YouTube

Oh man, this is gonna keep me busy for awhile.

This guy has compiled a list of the YouTube videos of Guitar World's list of the 20 Greatest Guitar solos. I've listened to a couple so far, and they're good stuff.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:39 PM

Metaphysical Lottery Question

aka, Schrodinger's cat

Last evening I was in a convenience store, chatting with the clerk. He pointed out to me that the local lottery was up to $177 million. He said the drawing was in an hour, and I better not miss out.

Usually when I play lottery tickets I buy $5 worth, and I let the computer pick the numbers for me. But last night I passed altogether on buying any tickets.

Just now I was in another store, and I asked the guy whether anyone had won the prize last night. And he said no, the prize was now up to $210 million.

I joked that I had "made the right decision" last night. I said it was really like I had just won $5 in the lottery.

So here's the question:

Did I a win 'cause I "won" the $5 that I saved? Or, did I lose 'cause one of the numbers that the machine would have picked for me last night might have won? and thus I actually lost $200mill?

What do you think? Tell me in the comments.

Posted by jackhodgson at 05:37 PM

Sherm's house

The Homestead

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:35 PM

It's a Tumblelog

I'm experimenting with a new kind of "weblog". It's called a Tumblelog. As near as I can figure it, it's a blog for very short, simple entries.

Visit mine here: http://jackhodgson.tumblr.com/

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:35 PM

February 23, 2007

Free Hugs

Chris Brogan wrote: "I could watch this video 1,000 times."

I was dubious, but he was right.

Posted by jackhodgson at 04:11 PM

February 20, 2007

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:29 AM

February 19, 2007

Studio 60 nearly done

Here's a good analysis of what went wrong with this oh-so-promising Aaron Sorkin show.


Tonight might be the last episode of "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," Aaron Sorkin's much-anticipated, then much-derided drama for NBC.

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:29 AM

February 18, 2007

Walking Wounded

My sister Beth pulled a "Sherman"* and slipped-tumbled down a short flight of icy steps. Ouch!

(* If you really want to know what this means, ask in comments, I'm sure they'll love to explain it.)

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:14 PM

February 15, 2007

Farewell to two more champions

It's been pretty certain, since the end of last season, that Trot Nixon would not be returning to the Redsox in '07. And about a month ago he signed with the Indians. We'll miss the original DirtDog, and we wish him well.

Today, the Redsox announced that Lenny Dinardo is going to Oakland.

So the remaining World Championship players are now down to 8 out of 38.

Posted by jackhodgson at 09:00 AM

February 14, 2007

So Far

Tuesday Afternoon

Wed Morninng

Wed Afternoon

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:07 PM

Anna on hold

Can someone explain to me why they need to do this?


Anna Nicole Smith's body must be held for DNA testing in the paternity dispute involving the former Playboy Playmate's partner, her 5-month old daughter and another man, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Circuit Judge Lawrence Korda granted the request in a brief meeting in his chambers with attorneys for photographer Larry Birkhead, who claims to be the baby's father.

How does testing the mom's DNA tell us anything about who the dad is?

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:35 AM

Was it good for you too?

I'm not sure, but I think that this may be illegal in six states.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:40 AM

BMW owners have more sex?

At first I was gonna send this via email as an "attaboy" to my friend RickF...


Berlin - BMW drivers have more sex than owners of any other cars and are much more active than Porsche drivers, a new German car magazine has found.

The German magazine Men's Car found in a survey of 2 253 motorists aged 20 to 50 published in its inaugural May issue that male BMW drivers say they have sex on average 2,2 times each week while Porsche drivers have sex 1,4 times per week.

... until I read more closely to see that "male BMW drivers say they have sex on average 2,2 times each week..." (emphasis added).

So I guess what it really means is they're just better liars.


Lazarus Long: "Everybody lies about sex."

Posted by jackhodgson at 08:32 AM

February 13, 2007

A ZeFrank Classic

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:50 PM

Big Storm

A monster approaches from the west.

[ Click img for bigger ]

Posted by jackhodgson at 03:34 PM

Afternoon naps may boost heart health

Well then, I'm gonna live to be 1000.


The next health trend might come out of nursery school instead of the gym: A study of nearly 24,000 people found that those who regularly took midday naps were nearly 40% less likely to die from heart disease than non-nappers.

Researchers suggest that siestas might protect the heart by lowering levels of stress hormones.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:59 AM

Alton Bay Ice Airport

I've been blogging over at UCAP about the cool airport out on the ice on Lake Winnipausaukee.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:07 AM

February 12, 2007

Five years of touch-typing

I recently reached the fifth anniversary of my going cold-turkey to learn how to touch-type.

It was one of the best self-improvement things I'd done in years.

During twenty years of daily hunt-and-peck typing I had become the fastest two-finger typist I knew. But now I can't imagine typing that old way.

When I was teaching myself, I memorized the location and finger assignments for each letter/key. I could tell you where the whole alphabet was.

But it's really strange that now, I type better than ever, but I couldn't tell you where any of the letters are. It's spooky, my fingers just seem to know.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:21 AM

February 10, 2007

"Warm" again

Since Randy told us that it's been below ZERO for days up in the Twin Cities, I've been reluctant to whine too much about the temp here.

But just to complete the thought, today it rose above freezing in Boston for the first time in 7 days. It stayed that way for about 2 hrs, then dove back below again.

Posted by jackhodgson at 11:03 PM

A Famous Hodgson

Email from Sherry, a Hodgson from elsewhere in America, tells me of Benny Hodgson who was a bugler killed at the Little Big Horn.

Scroll down on this page for a pic of Benny's grave, and search the comments for info about the bugler's personality and a possible Benny Hodgson biography.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:33 PM

Trying out Twitter

Merlin Mann tipped me over the edge into trying this thing. I'm running Twitterific and trying to post snippets throughout the day.

My twitter name is jackhodgson. Add me to your watch list. And send me your name in comments, I'll watch you.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:14 AM

February 09, 2007

Redsox Spring TV schedule

From the NESN website:

Wed. Feb 28 Minnesota Twins vs. Red Sox 7:00 PM
Sat. March 3 Philadelphia Phillies vs. Red Sox 1:00 PM
Wed. March 7 Red Sox vs. New York Mets 1:00 PM
Sun. March 11 Baltimore Orioles vs. Red Sox 1:00 PM
Mon. March 12 New York Yankees vs. Red Sox 7:00 PM
Sat. March 17 Cincinnati Reds vs. Red Sox 1:00 PM
Sun. March 18 Red Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles 1:00 PM
Sun. March 25 Florida Marlins vs. Red Sox 1:00 PM
Wed. March 28 Red Sox vs. Minnesota Twins 7:00 PM

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:52 PM

ZeFrank's Memory Game

An animated version of the legendary Concentration game.

Posted by jackhodgson at 03:57 PM

Sir Ian on Acting

It's pretending.

Posted by jackhodgson at 10:07 AM

February 08, 2007

The legendary Peter Sellers

[Thanks Jeb]

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:37 PM

Baby it's cold outside

Just for the record. The last time it was above freezing here in the Boston area was on Feb 3 at 5am. Five days and counting.

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:18 PM

February 07, 2007

The Greatest Chase Ever

I really have to get back to work. Leave the YouTube surfing to Jo Ann. But here's one more:

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:37 PM

Alec Baldwin highlights

This is why I can't quit this show.

Posted by jackhodgson at 02:21 PM

Josh Wolf has been in jail for 6 months

Josh's blog:

It was over six months ago that I found myself led out of a courtroom bound in handcuffs and shackles and taken to a Federal Prison in Dublin. As of today I’ve spent over 168 days in here and given Judge Alsup’s recent ruling it doesn’t seem likely that I’ll be getting out any time soon.

Posted by jackhodgson at 01:59 PM

February 03, 2007

"'Til Death" is awesome

Just in case you haven't discovered it yet, the new sitcom 'Til Death with Brad Garrett (Everyone Loves Raymond) and Joely Fisher (Ellen) is terrific. Check it out.

For the TiVo deprived, it's Thurs at 8 on Fox.

Posted by jackhodgson at 12:17 PM

February 02, 2007

What was that again?

Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow this morning, predicting the early arrival of spring.

Posted by jackhodgson at 07:59 AM