Sunday, May 29, 2005

EMPIRE FALLS FUCKIN' SHORT

Sunday on HBO is not the same without "Deadwood." How does "Empire Falls" fall short? Let me count the ways:

1. No "San Francisco cocksucker!"
2. No "mother fucker!" every 2 seconds.
3. No "God damn it, Trixie!"
4. No "Quit dragging that fucking leg!"
5. No "You can kiss my ass!"
6. No "Are you havin' any problems with your privates?"
7. No "Quit drooling on my nuts; it distracts me from my hard-on!"
8. No "Wu, Swigen!"
9. No "Burned my fuckin' snatch!"

I think "Empire Falls" put the BO back in HBO. Or my tastes are changing. Or maybe I should watch it before I come to any conclusions. It might be pretty fuckin' good.

Thursday, May 26, 2005

THE WINNER IS ...


THE WINNER IS ...
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
I have been trading back and forth between Valle Grande and Luchitas salsas for the past few days, and Jim Darr prevails ... at least in my humble opinion.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005

FAREWELL TO "DEADWOOD," SEASON 2


SHOT FROM THE TV SCREEN
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
As a special request from Marty (and I think it's a wonderful idea), the Nightsiders blog bids a fond farewell to our beloved "Deadwood" for another season.

It has been the source of much pleasure and discussion between Marty, Tim, Bill, Allison, Alana, John Caniglia and me for the past few months. As Marty aptly said after the finale, "Freeze my fucking head and wake me again for Season 3." (You have to cuss as much as possible whenever talking about "Deadwood." That's a rule.)

The series will be missed!

And since I've been asked to get this word into the blog, I would add, that "Deadwood" has used the word "cocksucker" more than any other television show in history, and I doubt it will ever be surpassed in my lifetime.

Photo: Crazy hotel employee Richardson uses his holy antlers to pray for William Bullock, who was squashed by a runaway horse. His reasoning? "They protected Mrs. Garret when she walked at night!"

See the "Deadwood" Web site.

PS. Leave some of your favorite lines from the show in the comment area.


Saturday, May 21, 2005

ROCK HALL FRIDAY NIGHT


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Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Ducked out of work for 20 minutes to move my car to the executive parking lot tonight and took a couple pictures of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while I had the chance.

Maybe some day I'll go inside.

Click on the picture for a bigger file then hit the "all sizes" button over the picture for an even bigger file.

Couple more new shots on the photo blog and a couple on the lomo blog, too. Links in the rail to the right.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

CREAM, SUGAR, RUBBER BAND?


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Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Joe got off a great shot last night, landing a rubber band in my coffee from 30 feet. It had to happen sooner or later.

His shot followed a tutorial session where I tried to teach Lisa, Kim and Denise how properly to shoot a rubber band. Not to be sexist, but the female approach is to bend up the index finger at the small knuckle and release, therefore effectively shooting oneself in the fingernail.

I tried to show the proper way: bend the finger downward and let the rubber band fly freely off the arch. We're still working on it. Maybe if they can hit Joe they'll stop shooting at me.

See this site for a rubber band Gatling gun.

See this site for a guide to rubber band shooting (though in my view, the photos on this site show how not to do it).

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

NEON SIGN FOR THE NEWSROOM

For those of you who read this blog from afar, you might not know:

"The Plain Dealer was named the state's best large newspaper for the fourth year in a row Sunday and received the First Amendment Award for outstanding accomplishment in pursuing freedom of information on behalf of the public.

"The General Excellence award for 2004 was among 17 first-place honors the paper and its staff received in the annual Associated Press Society of Ohio news competition. The awards were announced Sunday at a ceremony in Columbus."

Read the article. Click the picture to see bigger file.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

SCREWING UP AND BLOGGING DOWN


Connie's new friend
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
I just put up a post, and then took it right down as fast as I could.

I happened to be wandering around with my camera last night when I passed Chuck Crow's desk. He was editing photos he shot of Connie, who threw out the first pitch at last night's Tribe game.

So I took some shots of his screen and posted one of Connie blowing a kiss to the crowd watching her on the mound. Then fear struck: I realized that I had, in effect, "published" the photo before The Plain Dealer had a chance to publish it and that perhaps someone could go into the larger image file in Flickr and make a copy for their own use, compounding the problem.

So I pulled it off both Blogspot and Flickr. You read about people being fired for having blogs: I don't want to be one of them. There's only one Dooce, and that's plenty. If I get some clearance, I will put that post back up. I am not a baseball fan, but I think it's fun that Connie got the honor of first pitch. And she got to meet Slider!

PULITZER BALLOON PROBLEM SOLVED


blimp1
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
OK, I know who to call in as a substitute when the last three Pulitzer balloons finally deflate and come down.

Friday, May 13, 2005

A NEW ANGLE


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Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
The 300 zoom lens allows for a new angle on the Pulitzer balloons.

NEO NUTSIE


timcrazy
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Are you wondering about the TOUR NEO Guide special section that's only one day away from completion?

Look at this man's face, and you will know the answer. Actually, he's calm compared to the person taking the picture.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

BLOGGING THE BONA


marc2
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
It's about time we got Marc on the blog. He's part of the NEO team this week, along with Chris, Molly, Richard, David, Tim and Jon.

Look in the paper of May 27 for your guide to Northeast Ohio, officially known as "Tour NEO," with many great photos from Tom Ondrey.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

CLEVELAND AFTER DARK: DANGEROUS DUO


streetpeople
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Sometimes when you leave the PD late at night you're accosted by weird street people who ask for spare change or cigarettes.

At other times it's just Joel and Chris. That doesn't make it any less scary, however.

See more on the lomography blog.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

TESTING OUT SOME LENSES


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Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Last night Rosie had some lenses on her desk that were supposedly damaged or dirty, so she put them on the D70 to test them, with me serving as model.

I don't see any problem. I always wanted a bigger "Deadwood"-style moustache.

ANOTHER TRON DESIGN


KUNTZ & HANAK:
"Oh, joy! We're on the tron!"
Maybe if the four-sided, flush mounted tron fails to get acceptance, we can try a flat-screen version. Once the balloons are gone, we'll need something.

Click on photo to see bigger file in flickr.

SENOR BLOWOUT


SENOR BLOWOUT
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
I honestly don't know what we're going to do when the balloons totally disappear from the newsroom. They get an amazing amount of attention even when they are in the last stages of total collapse.

This one got put on Tim's computer. Then Joe put Tim's sombrero on it. Then Tim got creative and made a face. Then this guy got a name: Senor Blowout.

I think when these balloons die we'll just have to get more.

36" balloons on sale

TYLER HANAK: SENIOR LEFTOUT


SENIOR LEFTOUT
Originally uploaded by jonfobes.
Today The Plain Dealer features a special section called "Senior Standouts," which documents the accomplishments of stunningly smart and talented Northeast Ohio students. But not all of them: One of the standouts was left out because his dad is a Plain Dealer employee.

Tyler Hanak is a senior at Madison High School but was not included in our special section because of the rules, which state that no PD family member need apply. This was more a burden on Papa Joe than Tyler. So maybe we can take out some of the sting.

Tyler is salutatorian and ranked third in his class, missing the top spot by a mere .003 points. Talk about close! He is president of the Key Club, is a pole vaulter on the track team, and a two-year National Honor Society member. Last year he was ranked among the top 20 rock climbers in the state in his age group. He's also a guitar player (both bass and six-string), which is always a good thing to be.

He will attend Ohio University and major in Forensic Science. Best of luck, Tyler, though you won't need it: You're a standout!

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

PD TV: NEWSROOM JUMBOTRON PLANNED


TRON UP CLOSE
Image from Stephen

PD JUMBOTRON
Image from Stephen
Because the Pulitzer balloons have our eyes in the air all the time, The Plain Dealer has decided to install a jumbotron on the newsroom ceiling.

It would feature live or taped broadcasts, inspirational messages, breaking-news crawls and even lists of what's slated for the front page. If someone catches a bad headline, or makes a great rubber-band launch, they would be featured on the tron.

Maybe we can order HBO. "Deadwood" would look real good on the big screen.

The Plain Dealer jumbotron was designed by artist Stephen Beard. Stay tuned for further details on when we can expect to see it in the newsroom. It won't be long before you'll say, "Hey, look, I'm on the tron!"

Monday, May 02, 2005

FLICKR UPGRADE

Since I have upgraded to a flickr pro account and have massive amounts of space on their system now, you can check my flickr home page once in a while for newsroom snapshots that don't make it onto the Nightsiders blog.

Here's a link:

flickr photos

Sunday, May 01, 2005

PHOTO BLOG

With a brand new Nikon D70 sitting on my shelf (thank you, John Kuntz), I decided to set up a photo blog in the hopes that maybe some day I will take a picture worth posting there. For the time being, I've put up some shots as space-holders until something decent develops.

Photo blog