Does the fact that I laugh at these make me a bad person?
If you think about it, we are making fun of 2 groups of people with this photo:
#1) the poor guy who grabbed his helmet in frustration during an Ohio State football game
#2) the creators of inspirational posters everywhere
A Michigan fan made this poster. And Michigan was destroyed by Ohio State this year. Hello, my good friend, Karma. Karma - some people call you "a bitch", but I don't think that is fair. I think you, Karma, are fair.
Bonus points for the person who can name the guy in the failure picture. You could lie to me because I really have no idea.
Happy Tuesday, everybody.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
So I have seen these mock-inspirational-posters before. Usually I laugh my ass off at them. But this one is just scary. That is not really funny as much as it is horrifying. For example, this is funny:
It is mean, but it is funny.
Tonight, Megan and I are going to see the movie Role Models. This is my second time seeing this movie, but Megan's first. This movie really makes me laugh. There is one scene in particular that makes me laugh: Elizabeth Banks's character is trying to have a sincere conversation with Paul Rudd's character and Paul Rudd's character starts quoting lines from movies. It starts out relatively sincerely, then gets more and more absurd. Another scene that made me wet-my-pants a little bit: Jane Lynch and Ken Marino playing with the bagel dog at the end of the movie.
Hooray for date night.
In Summary: "bagel dogs" are funny, "failure" is mean and funny, "bad parenting" is letting your child slide through a grater.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
This is the first time in a long time I have Googled my own image. I am glad to see this one is making it up the charts. I took this photo in Oregon. I was traveling for IBM at the time. For some reason, the hotel where I was staying made me "Guest of the Day". They gave me a basket of fruit & candy. They put my name on a plaque. It was random and great. So I took a picture.
Way back when I started this blog, this used to be the picture that came up when you Googled "Ben Bartley".
It has now moved down to fourth position. I am not sure why it moved down to fourth position. It is a much cooler picture... and definitely not me.
Monday, November 17, 2008
It is good to be a dog. There is nothing better than fanning your privates. There are some days I would like to be PugPuggy. For example, when I saw this picture that Megan took:
That looks comfortable... except for her head being on the floor instead of her bed. I don't get it.
But most days, I am excited I am not PugPuggy. For example, I would be pissed if I ate Science Diet every day. Also, I like having thumbs. I am glad I am not scared of the vacuum cleaner. PugPuggy's biggest enemies (in order)
1) vacuum cleaner
2) lawn mower
4) her tail
6) Simon Cowell... no wait, that is me
And that is my stupid blog entry for today.
In summary, PugPuggy hates the vacuum cleaner, I like having thumbs and fanning your privates is great.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
Sunday, Megan & I returned from beautiful Union, Missouri. It was the final wedding of 2008. My cousin Brad got married to Michelle. Here are the happy couple on a boat:
And here is a poorly-lit picture happy couple & their groomsmen. Forgive my camera's inability to pick-up light.
We had fun in Missouri, but both of us have been fighting a cold ever since we got home.
Doing this blog entry, I realized I never wrote the blog about my grandpa who died. Going back to Union reminded me I need to write about him. That will come next week.
Monday, November 3, 2008
I filmed another short this weekend. I don't think "filmed" is the correct verb, since there was no film involved. I shoot entirely digital, so there is no film involved... there is not shooting, either. I think the correct word is "taping". But that makes it sound like we are 1) making an episode of Happy Days or 2) mending a tweaked ankle.
When creating a short movie on mini-DV tape, what is the right word in this sentence:
"I ________ another short this weekend."
I was up until 2 AM trying to get the house put back together after the shoot. We had 3 cast, 5 crew, 4 visitors and a pug at the shoot. It was a good party. Everyone did a great job and I am stoked to get this thing into post.
Halloween was fun. The Dancing Banana was a big hit. An even bigger hit was Megan's lamp costume. It was so popular, people even copied her costume at a party. A guy dressed as a cat burglar put a lamp-shade on his head and extension cord out of his pants and (WHAM!), instant lamp costume. My friend Katherine had a party. It was fun. I drank a couple of her beakers of green potion. The rest of the night was blurry.
This is the week of birthdays. November 6th is my nephew, Jackson. November 7th is my buddy, Scott Chester. November 8th is my buddy, Joe Parsons. I think that is right. I always get those 3 mixed up.
Next weekend, we are off to St. Louis for another wedding. This is the last wedding of 2008. It has been a good year for weddings.
That is it. I am sleepy.