January 8, 2010

The Weeklies #114

The Weekly Downer. After being off since December 22nd, I went back to work on Monday. That sucked just a little bit. Okay. A lot.

The Weekly Politician. On New Year's Eve, a citizen of Newark, New Jersey tweeted that her 65 year old father needed some help shoveling some of the snow they received. Newark mayor Cory Booker just happened to be online. He tweeted back, "I will do it myself where does he live?" And you know what? He drove over and did just that.

The Weekly Read. Jason Pinter's a good writer. His novels - so far all a part of his Henry Parker saga involving a young crime-solving NYC reporter - aren't overly complicated, but he's got a good sense of humor and can always come up with a compelling plot. The Stolen was no different than his previous two. If you're looking for a decent mystery, Pinter's worth a shot.

The Weekly Music and Movie. I want to hate Disney. I really do. But I can't so long as the produce movies like The Princess and the Frog. Beth and I took Mia to see it over the weekend and it was absolutely fantastic. Equally great is the music, written by Randy Newman. Both the movie and music are a hell of a lot of fun, enough to make momentarily forget that I'm supposed to loathe Disney.

The Weekly Time Waster. Libra.

The Weekly Worst Piece of Crap on TV. Jersey Shore.

The Weekly Schadenfreude. Anyone who watches Jersey Shore (myself included).

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical. It's 2010. What one technological marvel did you expect by 2010 that hasn't materialized?

Posted by Chris at January 8, 2010 7:39 AM

Flying cars. I am so tired of traffic jams.

Posted by: Debbie at January 8, 2010 7:57 AM

I didn't know about that Newark politician - what an awesome nugget of information.

An "insta-charge" for my macbook. I could really use just a jolt of power to buy me an hour of time.

Posted by: Cass at January 8, 2010 8:22 AM

Rosie the housekeeping Robot!

Posted by: Maribeth at January 8, 2010 8:22 AM

I really, really thought there'd be a faster way to get places. Like a speedy train or something. Or super sonic flight. Sigh.

Posted by: k8 at January 8, 2010 9:37 AM

Routine space travel. Really.

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 8, 2010 9:42 AM

I never really believed in a faster method of personal transport (flying cars, jetpacks,etc.), since I think that would end up being even more chaotic than land-based transportation. What I've always been looking for: the Dick Tracy wrist radio. We've come close with cell phones, but I'd look silly with an iPhone strapped to my wrist.

Posted by: J at January 8, 2010 9:54 AM

I honestly thought most people would have high-res video phones at home by now.

Posted by: Fraulein N at January 8, 2010 10:27 AM

Bachelor chow. I don't cook, ok?

Posted by: alektra at January 8, 2010 10:50 AM

I hadn't heard the Newark mayor story, but that's really cool. It's nice to hear about positive things people do.

Posted by: Kelly at January 8, 2010 11:33 AM

For those who want flying cars, all I can say is The Fifth Element. I do not think it would solve anything. And I had no technological expectations. I am not the visionary in any part of my life, I am the implementor.

Posted by: MidLifeMama at January 8, 2010 1:36 PM

it's cliche but i grew up in the 70's, watched the Jetsons then and teaching my child the wonders that is the Jetsons now, so JETPACKS! (food meal pills i can do without, but that Rosie robot would be nice, too, now that i think about it....)

Posted by: Wendy at January 8, 2010 1:58 PM

That is so cool about the mayor! What a wonderful thing to do for someone else.

I really thought we would have heated roads or something so that this snow wouldn't affect our driving and cause major, and sometimes fatal, accidents.

Although, I do agree Rosie the Robot maid would be wonderful to have!!

Posted by: Krush at January 8, 2010 3:02 PM

What one technological marvel did you expect by 2010 that hasn't materialized?

I have been ranting since the day that I got my GPS for my car and motorcycle: Why oh why can't they make a GPS unit that has a radar detector built in? I hate having things stuck all over my windshield and seeing them stuck all over motorcycles too. Why can't we get one unit that does it all? I know they're illegal in VA, but have a disable feature for those honest folks!

Posted by: Rose Winters at January 8, 2010 4:16 PM

Hooray for a politician NOT being a jerkface! I mean, I'm sure it was for a photo op and all or something, but still :)

Posted by: Heather at January 8, 2010 4:31 PM

Faster and more efficient travel - both commuting to and from work and traveling long distances. Bring on the hover cars and jetpacks!!

Posted by: Jen at January 8, 2010 5:53 PM

I can only focus on the fact you think Jersey Shore is a piece of crap! That show is comedy gold! I dated/hung out with guys just like that in the 80s and they haven't changed much except muscles weren't such a big thing back then.

Posted by: NancyJ at January 8, 2010 6:00 PM

In the words of Lewis Black, "No flying cars! NO. FLYING. CARS." (He's a hilarious-as-fuck comedian, check him out!)

Other than that, you know how on the Jetsons, where they walk through that tube and are all of a sudden showered, dressed, and ready? Yeah, I'd love that.

Posted by: Stephanie at January 8, 2010 6:20 PM

I cannot get over the fact that you liked let alone loved The Princess and the Frog. I took my 11yr. old and thought it was too scary. All that voo-doo. The dark "shadow people" and above all Granny frenching the snake was just too too much. Gross.

By 2010 I thought we would be more Jetsony. Of course, I didn't really focus on being this old or any of what I am today.

Have a fabulous weekend.

Posted by: debb at January 8, 2010 6:42 PM

a transporter ... not really, but i still want one!

Posted by: Lisa at January 9, 2010 12:03 AM

That thing whereby, it would save time therefore I would work less...

Posted by: Nat at January 9, 2010 12:47 AM

the story about the mayor makes me happy :)

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