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21st December 2008
by Michael

Awe. Some.

Catch this super-awesome video clip of Emm Gryner performing The WaitressesChristmas Wrapping” at the Andy Kim Christmas show in Toronto!  “Christmas Wrapping” is arguably my favorite modern Christmas song, and Emm is definitely my favorite artist of the new millennium.  What a joy to her her perform it.  The Waitresses were a new wave band from the early 80’s, whose wry, sardonic songs were perfectly delivered by their lead singer Patty Donahue.  Patty tragically died at the oh-so young age of 40 from lung cancer, but hearing Emm perform a song Patty so effortlessly made magical is a beautiful tribute, and brings a tear to my eye and a big smile to my face.  You go, Emm!

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20th December 2008
by Scot

Imortalized in comics once again

I got a new haircut. Yeah, it’s a “fo-mo” or “faux-hawk” or whatever you want to call it. But despite its passé and perhaps cheesy status, it looks good on me.

My officemate/geek-crush Michael Klein follows an online comic strip called Laugh-Out-Loud Cats by Adam Koford. It’s pretty brilliant, looking like Pogo or The Katzenjammer Kids, but with hobo kitties speaking dialogue like a lolcat.

A day after he saw my new haircut, Michael K. send Michael C. and me the latest Koford comic with a note that read, “Look! It’s you guys!” Indeed, it is.

posted in Art, Celebrity, Comics, Kitties, OMGWTFBBQ!?, Vanity, Web | at 10:40 am | 2 Comments
11th December 2008
by Michael

Peanuts, Mothra and a Muffin Buffalo!

Two things I love were discovered last night!

First on Fabulon, I saw a video of the Japanese pop duo from the 60’s, The Peanuts.

I’ve never seen them except for their even more fabulous appearances in the Mothra movies, where they played a pair of singing fairies!

Pretty groovy.

Then while watching last week’s episode of “Pushing Daisies” one of my current favorite shows to watch which is sadly being cancelled, I was thrilled to see Beth Grant (who I have loved in many small roles over the years, most notably as Kitty Farmer in Donnie Darko) featured as a rival baker who specialized in muffins.  It wasn’t until she referred to herself as the Muffin Buffalo that I realized that she’d played this character before… but not on “Pushing Daisies,” but on the late, great “Wonderfalls!” What a terrific bit of crossover magic!

Bryan Fuller, originator of both series, has already featured Diana Scarwid in both shows, and I have now learned that he is hoping that “Wonderfalls” lead, Jaye (played by Caroline Dhavernas) might drop by “Pushing Daisies!”  Here is a clip of Beth Grant playing Muffin Buffalo’s Mary Ann Marie Beetle from “Wonderfalls”:

And finally, just because, a brief clip of Kristin Chenoweth and Ellen Greene performing an impromptu duet of They Might be Giants’ “Birdhouse in Your Soul” from “Pushing Daisies.”

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30th November 2008
by Scot

New Library Service Ideas

Came across this blog post today. Got me thinking about how differently her experience would be if we had online communities on the library web site. As Web Services Manager for the Boston Public Library, its something I think we really need, but I sure hadn’t considered the direct user interaction she’s got in mind! Maybe we need to provide chat rooms too.


Since this post has been picked up by a few other blogs, I really guess I better be sure to point out that it’s entirely tongue in cheek. Well, not entirely. We do want to offer more user-participatory services on the BPL web site. But dating services and personals are not part of our current goals.

See? 😉   😉   😉   😉

posted in Blogging, Libraries, Web, Whacky People, Work | at 10:10 am | 1 Comment
28th November 2008
by Michael

Reflections in Chinatown


Originally uploaded by mcolford

My Mom and Scottie reflected in the window of a Chinatown shop featuring duck and squid.

posted in Boston, Family, Nonsense | at 7:51 am | 0 Comments
27th November 2008
by Michael


I usually don’t go for these holiday inspired blog posts… oh, it’s thanksgiving, what am I thankful for, but this morning, I guess I’m in a reflective mood.  I don’t often stop and think about what I am truly thankful for in my life and that’s probably not a good thing.  It’s so easy to take the blessings in one’s life for granted, and today, I’m going to take a step back and acknowledge the things I am most thankful for.

When you’re healthy, it’s so easy to take your health for granted.  I have been fortunate enough to be pretty healthy my entire life.  Sure, as a fortysomething-year-old man I should lose a few pounds, eat better, be more active, etc.  But I did quit smoking this year (last January) and I feel really thankful about that!

Friends and Family are such a blessing.  My family is happy and healthy.  Everyone is doing well.  I am especially thankful that my parents, both in their mid-eighties, are doing so well.  And as a gay man, friends are so important, and I’ve got great friends from so many different areas of my life.

Six months ago, my friends and family would be shocked to hear me give thanks to my job… but it’s true.  Of course, in this economic climate I’m thankful to have a job at all, but never in my wildest dreams since becoming a librarian did I think I would ever have this big a job.  And for the first time since I started this job, things are really looking up.  A new leader has really rejuventated by interest in my career, and although things are still pretty difficult in many ways, I’m so hopeful for the future.

Having been a homeowner for a couple of years now, I have to say I am grateful that we’ve got such a comfortable home and great condo-mates.  As Scot often reminds me, we could definitely spend a little more time focused on our home, and that’s something I think I’d like to try and do in the coming year.

In that home I have to give thanks to our kitties, Gertrudis and Parker.  The joy these cats bring me is sometimes astounding.  Gertrudis has been with me for over 14 years, and she is truly part of my family.  And I’m so thankful that we were able to provide a home for Parker and that he seems to have alleviated some of Gertrudis’ anxiety about being the only cat in the house (when she remembers to stop fighting with him.)

Finally, and most importantly, I am so thankful for my husband, Scot.  First that here in Massachusetts I can actually have a husband, and secondly, but more importantly, that he’s someone as kind, understanding, complex, and beautiful as Scot.  I don’t tell him this nearly enough, but it comes from my heart… I love you, Scottie, and I am so grateful that you are a part of my life.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

posted in Family, Friends, Gooey Stuff, Holidays, Personal | at 9:46 am | 0 Comments
20th November 2008
by Scot

Round Peg, Square Hole

No, this isn’t Parker, though it looks like his butt sticking out when his head is hidden.

18th November 2008
by Scot

And now for something completely different…

Chickens breaking up a bunny fight.

posted in Animals that aren't cats | at 11:41 pm | 1 Comment
12th November 2008
by Scot

Rhoda as Tallulah? Awesome.


I’m just ecstatic hearing that Valerie Harper (yeah, Mary’s Rhoda) is playing Tallulah Bankhead in a new play entitled Looped. Apparently, the title comes from the idea that the whole play takes place during an ADR session for Tallu’s classing Hammer horror film, Die! Die! My Darling!

I lost some respect for Valerie after she walked off the set of a show named after her. Jeesh, during the first season, even. Pretty freaking sad if you can replace her with Sandy Duncan and still manage to keep the series running for five more seasons. And that union president race against Laura Ingalls got pretty nasty. But this just may make up for all of that.

What? You haven’t seen Die! Die! My Darling!? Holy frijoles, get over here quick. I’m itching to watch it again, especially since Tallu plays a bible-thumping vegetarian who — once upon a time — was a … well, a loose, jazz-loving woman. Okay, she was a whore. And Stephanie Powers plays the mod girl Tallu kidnaps. And a very young Donald Sutherland plays the retarded groundskeeper. What’s not to love?!

10th November 2008
by Michael

Coolest Library?

McKim Building, Boston Public Library

I meant to post this a couple of weeks ago and never got around to it.  The Boston Public Library, where we work, has been voted one of MSN City Guides’ Top 10 Coolest Public Libraries.   Of course, they’re really only talking about the McKim Building, which faces Copley Square and is pretty amazing from an art and architecture point-of-view.  What I’ll really be jazzed about is the day the BPL is chosen for the top 10 coolest public libraries because of the services it provides.  Still, the very fact that there is a Top 10 Coolest Public Libraries list is pretty cool.

posted in Nonsense | at 8:10 am | 0 Comments
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