Friday, December 22

Seals

I have created an official seal for the Daily Dave 2.0. Here it is. It's a powerful, manly icon that reflects both (a) my strong work ethic, (b) my rugged good looks and (c) my love of the word "logorrhea." I have even snuck in a few words form the rallying cry of the French Revolution, information that I can remember clearly from college courses I took more than a decade ago, even though, on any given day, my memory is so porous that I can't remember where I parked my car in the deck, or what our company's mileage reimbursement rate is, or what I ate for dinner the previous night. These are all clear signs that I have become senile at the age of 34, which does not necessarily pertain to the spiffy new seal that you'll see at the end of this paragraph.
Abso-fucking-lutely fantastic, right? It's artwork like this that renews my faith in the future of humankind.

I have also prepared an emergency backup seal, purely for sarcastic uses. It will be displayed with a mixture of pride and disdain. This seal is sarcastic and self-deprecating because, as Daily Dave readers already know, my blogging philosophy for the past few years has been: "Blog carefully and don't perturb the corporate overlords." The Daily Dave 2.0 is self-censored for my protection.

Thursday, December 21

I'm Featured In Entertainment Weekly

Of course, when I say I'm featured in Entertainment Weekly, it means that my name is listed on the Entertainment Weekly blog because I answered last week's trivia question correctly. This is just one tiny step toward my dream job: being the person who writes EW's pithy "What To Watch" column each week.

Last Friday, the Entertainment Weekly PopWatch Blog asked what Paula Abdul, Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Sophie Okonedo, and Gene Simmons all have in common. The answer is that they are all Jewish.

Check out this blog post to see the list of winners, which includes me. As a winner, I receive ... well, nothing. Not even a t-shirt. But it's an honor nonetheless.

Happy Hanukkah! May all your candles be bright, and all your Entertainment Weekly trivia contest answers be right!

Sunday, December 17

I Heart LatkeFest

Once again, supermensch Alan Snel invited friends and family to his house to celebrate the start of Hanukkah. His LatkeFest '06 was a blast: his house was packed with great people, delicious treats and a variety of tasty latkes. Sadly, Britt and I could not stay long, as Britt's recovering from a nasty cough and I'm coming down with something.

Here are some LatkeFest photos:

Everyone loads up on latkes
Everyone loads up on latkes

Oh captain, my captain!
The Captain prepares to celebrate

Britt, Josh and Ellen
Josh and Ellen enjoy some latkes, while Britt snacks on ... spanikopita? Hey, LatkeFest is about more than latkes!


More about LatkeFest: More photos are available on my Flickr photostream. Also, Alan has already written about LatkeFest on his blog, Bike Stories. And I expect Jeff Houck will post something later today on his blog, Side Salad.

Wednesday, December 13

Peter Boyle

I think I shall watch "Young Frankenstein" tonight. RIP Peter Boyle.

Tuesday, December 12

More Photos

Our latest travel photos are now online. Enjoy!

Of Michael And Music: I Miss My Brother

This is cross-posted on the Mike Simanoff Memorial Blog:

Whenever I pick up a new book, or listen to a new album, I always wonder if Michael would approve.

Music was one thing Michael and I had in common, even though our tastes differed. When I was in college, I introduced Michael to the Indigo Girls with a mix tape of live and rare songs. Since then, Michael always returned the favor, exposing me to songs, singers and bands I may never have discovered on my own: XTC, Sufjan Stevens, the Decemberists, Beulah, Wilco, and so on.

The last e-mail message I ever received from Michael was about music.

A few days ago, Ben Saitz were chatting on e-mail and trying to figure out what Michael would have thought of the Beatles' new "Love" CD. Would he see it as a respectful tribute that finds new meanings and connections in the Beatles' classics, or a greed-inspired mash-up of songs that robs the material of its original grace and poetry?

We'll never know. But I'm pretty sure Michael would have sided with the Beatles purists, mainly because (a) that's the stance he typically would have taken and (b) I kind of liked "Love," and Michael and I generally had opposing viewpoints about these kinds of albums.

Let's open this up to discussion. What music have you heard since Michael died that you wish you could have shared with him? Movies, books, TV shows too -- what do you miss discussing with Michael?

The Latest News From NARSAD

NARSAD is the organization we asked people to support after Michael died. I got the following update from them earlier today. It looks like all of our donations are being used well.

The Latest News from NARSAD
(Great Neck, N.Y., Dec. 12, 2006) - The holidays are upon us and NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association has some end-of-the-year tidings to share with its supporters:
  • The organization has given a record number of grants this year to scientists throughout the world to improve our understanding of psychiatric illnesses and to develop new treatments for these conditions.
  • Some of the world's most innovative investigators in psychiatry were awarded NARSAD's prestigious prizes for career achievement in brain and behavioral research at our recent New York City gala.
  • Medscape, a leading medical news website, recently profiled three NARSAD Scientific Council members, Drs. Carpenter, Coyle, and Seeman, for their insights about schizophrenia.
  • Summaries of several of NARSAD's scientific symposia, held throughout the counthttp://beta.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifry, are now available to the public on our website.
  • The Schizophrenia Research Forum, an online forum for research about schizophrenia partially supported by NARSAD, has celebrated its first birthday!
And in other news...NARSAD-supported researchers have continued to advance the frontiers of research into memory, neurological degenerative diseases, depression, and autism, all with the goal of improving the lives of people living with mental illness.

As you consider your charitable giving this time of year, remember that all these research activities by NARSAD would not be possible without donor support. Acting now will have an even greater impact thanks to a challenge grant from the Essel Foundation, which has pledged to match every contribution to NARSAD dollar for dollar. But to make the match, donations must be received by December 31st.

Click here to make a secure online donation and join us in our fight against severe mental illnesses.

Cross-posted at the Mike Simanoff Memorial Blog.

Monday, December 11

Wishlist!

Wondering what I want this holiday season? I'd like the usual: peace on earth, and goodwill for all men and women. Also, I'd like all the stuff I've bookmarked here.

Britt & Dave's Holidaymix 2006, Now On iTunes

Pancakes?

I love pancakes. I am reporting the following film to the Pancake Anti-Defamation League:



I'm happy to see that at least one of the Hanson kids has found gainful employment. Thanks to Michael Fechter for bringing this to my attention.

Sunday, December 10

Britt & Dave's Holidaymix 2006

Britt and I have updated our holiday playlist for 2006. Some of the songs have been carried over from our 2005 holiday mix, and others are new songs we've discovered. Here's the complete playlist:

  1. Missile Tow, Mosquitos
  2. Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, Barenaked Ladies
  3. Happy Joyous Hanukah, The Klezmatics
  4. Christmas In America, Melissa Etheridge
  5. Christmas in Hollis, Run-D.M.C.
  6. Applesauce vs. Sour Cream, The LeeVees
  7. Jingle Bells, Barenaked Ladies
  8. Winter Wonderland, Eurythmics
  9. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Frank Sinatra & Cyndi Lauper
  10. Swingin' Dreidel, Kenny Ellis
  11. Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid
  12. Feast of Lights, They Might Be Giants
  13. Hanukkah Blessings, Barenaked Ladies
  14. River, Aimee Mann
  15. Rock of Ages, Kenny Ellis
  16. Hanuka Bell, The Klezmatics
  17. Goyim Friends, The LeeVees
  18. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, John Mellencamp
  19. Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John Lennon
  20. Christmas Time Is Here (from A Charlie Brown Christmas), Vince Guaraldi Trio
  21. Hanukkah Swingin' Holiday, Kenny Ellis
  22. Peace On Earth, U2

Enjoy.

Monday, December 4

Today's Memo: Passengers

To: The Couple Sitting In 2E and 2F
From: Dave
Date: Monday, Dec. 4, 2006
Subject: Ewww

Stop making out. Now. I don't want to see straight people playing tongue hockey. It's not that I have a problem with it: some of my best friends are heterosexuals. I just don't want to see you flaunting your lifestyle in public.