jesse leo dot com - 2018 edition
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4/24/18 -- Ok the Venom trailer really warrants a discussion.
4/23/18 -- Aaaaahhhh... Blue skies and 60's. After the longest winter in recent memory it seems that spring has finally sprung. With the gorgeous weather I'm reminded of how our cats truly feel about us - they disappear for long stretches of time, popping in once in a while for a bowl of kibble. Basically between May and November we feed feral cats.

-- You never knew about a group of South Korean old lady freedivers. And neither did I... but I kinda love them.
4/19/18 -- The little-known backstory behind Nothing Compares 2U. I never knew any of this stuff.

-- Saw Hamilton through the good graces of my sister (Kate: you're off the hook for birthday/Christmas for the next decade or so), and yeah... the Kool Aid has been drank (drunk?). How could it have possibly lived up to that impossible amount of hype? Somehow, yes, it's just that good. It's the music. Great number after great number after great number. And now, having returned to our dreary day-to-day post-Hamilton existence, we find ourselves using that silly lottery app in hopes of scoring more tickets.

Put it on your bucket list, folks. Even if you're not a Broadway kinda person.

4/13/18 -- Synchronized bedding is a thing.

-- Obligatory dance break!

-- The MLB fastball: it will probably never get any faster.
4/11/18 -- Oh to have been a fly on the wall at the El Mocambo (wherever the hell that is) on this night, way back when. My God... A Youtube commenter begged out loud "Please take Kim Kardashian and give us back SRV!" Amen to that.

-- Your first crush Molly Ringwald revisits 'The Breakfast Club' after I don't know how many years... Nostalgic, eye-opening, and extremely well-written.
4/10/18 -- OK, Han Solo movie. Now you've got my attention...

-- Fleetwood Mac has fired Lindsey Buckingham. Wait, what?

-- Leave Aidan alone on the computer for a while and you'll see him make his usual stops: Youtube for Super Mario videos (the tragically bad 80's cartoon starring Captain Lou Albano), and Google Images for photos of crows and lions, etc. And now there's a bizarre fixation on the Legend of Zelda cartoon (another late 80's abomination) - specifically video clips of Link begging a reluctant Princess Zelda for a kiss. Is this some awkward manifestation of our boy's sexual maturation?
4/6/18 -- A mystery at the library!

-- Apple reportedly starting over with its Mac Pro line... this isn't a machine that the average mortal like you and I would/could ever buy, it's targeted towards big-time design pros and film editing gurus. But it's fun to marvel and drool over them, and of course the Mac Pro frequently appears in my lottery fantasies. Along with that house on St John.
3/30/18 -- Duck!
3/29/18 -- Chickens can be beautiful. Even if they have large talons.
3/27/18 -- This person clearly has a problem. But great writing, though, eh? "For me, regret is baked into the gaming experience, right along with that sweet rush of anticipation I feel every single time I log on." Man, that's gorgeous. Tragic but gorgeous. I too have felt the overwhelming allure, back when WoW was at its peak. I stared down into the abyss, but thankfully was able to walk away.

I'll still casually game nowadays, of course. 9:58pm on a Friday after a rough work week, you just might see me blasting Nazis while nursing a Fresh as Helles. But by 10:14 I'm practically passed out at the keyboard. And at this stage of life, that suits me just fine.

3/26/18 -- He's TWELVE! He drives us nuts but we love him to death. Especially on his special, special day. He's fast on his way to becoming a hoodlum, but to me he'll always be little nakey-Jakey, wave-rider and zombie enthusiast.
3/21/18 -- And here we have a trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor. #requiredviewing
3/15/18 -- Much-needed dose of warm & fuzzies: Steve-O adopts Wendy the street dog. If you're not familiar with him, Steve-O soared to fame during the 90's doing moronic stunts on the Jackass and Wildboyz MTV programs. I remember the disclaimer at the beginning of every Wildboyz episode, something like "... we love animals and would never hurt them." But still... Nice to see he's grown up a bit, gone are the days of dipping his testicles into a tank filled with electric eels.
3/13/18 -- The first Fantastic Beasts 2 trailer has dropped! Heeeeeeey Juuuude...

-- As if Black Panther wasn't cool enough on its own, black athletes have now made the Wakanda Forever salute into a thing. If you see me do it at you, please reciprocate - don't leave a brutha hangin'!
3/5/18 -- Bending over. You're doing it wrong .
3/2/18 -- Fascinating story of a retired couple who found a way to game the Michigan lottery (via Kottke). Long read but totally worth it.
3/1/18 -- Jupiter's big red spot is vanishing? I want my money back.
2/28/18 -- 2018 Underwater Photography Contest winners. Dazzling.

-- We blinked, and the boy turned 14. Typically this would be the age of the first girlfriend, a weekend schedule overflowing with soccer/football/basketball practices, gearing up for Friday night school dances, sleepovers at hooligan friend's houses, prowling the neighborhoods on his bike (way past dinnertime!), and so on. Maybe these things aren't in the cards for him, and that's ok.

He's golden. Just the way he is.

2/22/18 -- You can stop watching the Olympics now, the best moment you're likely to see in PyeongChang, or in any other Olympic games for that matter has already happened. Speakers up! Unlike glamorous (and dare I say underachieving?) downhill racers or too-cool-for-school snowboarders, this one isn't grabbing headlines due to the relative obscurity of the sport. But just... wow.
2/21/18 -- Played hooky and dragged the boys to the Museum of Natural History yesterday. In the span of a few hours you can only really scratch the surface, but man that stuff never gets old to me. And I even caught A and J enjoying themselves when they thought no one was looking. By the afternoon, temps were in the 60's (!), so how could we not throw in a Central Park walkabout? In moderate doses, a day in NYC ain't half bad.
2/15/18 -- Shaun White, three-time Olympic champion... and evidently just another pervy sleazeball.

-- Another day, another school shot up... Bring on the thoughts and prayers ... for all the good we've seen them do.
2/8/18 -- Trust me, you'll want to read this Quincy Jones interview.
2/7/18 -- Jessica Jones season 2 coming next month. Anything to make March less miserable than it usually is.
2/5/18 -- I'd had a bad day (week, month, year) and needed a quick & easy pick-me-up. I looked to Youtube, and it did not disappoint.
2/4/18 -- I guess Justin Timberlake is doing the halftime show today. But why bother watching? You've already seen the best damn halftime show you'll ever see in your life.
2/2/18 -- Something to ponder while watching the big game this Sunday.

-- If you've spent any time around Aidan lately, you know that his cursing has become a big deal. I'm remembering the scene from A Christmas Story when Ralphie's mom is on the phone with another mom, snitching about where Ralphie learned the "F Word".

Ralphie's Mom: Do you know where he heard that word?

Other Kid's Mom: Probably from his father!

I'm not entirely innocent here, I'll admit. But Aidan often uses words and phrases that I haven't dropped since grade school (though he's inspired me, I may start calling people "Jerkass" again). So I'm thinking he's picking a lot of this stuff up on the bus and/or school hallways. I guess it's inevitable. And next year he'll be at the High School, Lawd help us...

1/26/18 -- By now you're probably sick of me raving about all of the G Love performances we attend, but last year's show at the Brooklyn Bowl was such fun that we needed a repeat! So Saturday afternoon we're running into the city for a few hours of dancin' and maybe a cold beverage or two...

You can keep your stadium concerts - close up, intimate venues are where it's at.
1/25/18 -- Was debating the best all-time dunk the other day, and I've decided it was actually this Shannon Brown missed attempt back in 2010. It almost looks fake - instead of the normal downward arch, he just kept going up. And up. And up. Yes, the ball clanked off the rim, but he got the foul call. Not to mention my unending respect.

-- Tortured Faces of International Tournament Chess Players. Love this.
1/24/18 -- Reason #4,358 why we need In-N-Out Burger to come to the east coast...
1/22/18 -- A new space drama conceived by Apple and produced by Ronald D. Moore? Yes, please.
1/18/18 -- 8 second book review: The Midnight Line, by Lee Child. Compelling enough for me to forgive the stinker that was Night School. But after so many books, where are we going with this? I know Reacher ain't exactly the settle down type, but he can't just keep wandering around forever.

-- After I don't know how many years of exceptional writing (and annoying ads), The Awl is shutting down :(
1/17/18 -- Mother: if you're reading this, the Birthday Light is ON! We're treating you to lunch this weekend, whether you like it or not. Have a great day!
1/11/18 -- 3 Cheetah brothers vs a large flightless bird. This doesn't end well.

-- A few moments of jellyfish zen to start the day off properly.
1/10/18 -- First the Coffee House, and now the Bank Street Book Nook is closing its doors. Basically my two favorite downtown entities are both gone within a six month span... Hey don't look at me, I did my part - over the years I was constantly forsaking Amazon and shopping local, in fact did a large chunka my holiday shopping at the Book Nook. **SIGH**

And speaking of Amazon, Jeff Bezos is officially the wealthiest person in history. Remember back in the 90's when Amazon was just an online bookseller? Now you can click a mouse and two hours later a drone will drop a 4-pack of toilet paper and a Kindle on your doorstep. All the more reason to visit your local ma and pop shop. Jeff doesn't need your cash.

1/6/18 -- Barbara Dacey, the great MVY Radio DJ of the past 32 years, did her last show yesterday. WMVY is one of my go-to stations each and every workday, and Barbara's coarse yet somehow soothing voice has long been my comfort food.

-- Was bragging to anyone who would listen that I made it through 2017 without getting sick... nope, not once. An icon of health. Yep, that's me... and then of course I spend the first few days of 2018 sick as a dog and praying for my maker to end the pain... some virus or something has made the rounds in our house, cruelly picking us off one by one.

-- There's cold and then there's this... and if the weatherman is to be believed, tonight will be the coldest any of us have ever experienced in our lives. Is it spring yet?
1/3/18 -- Some genius redid the Kylo Ren / Luke Skywalker fight scene as a 16-bit Konami game. I'm kind of freaking out right now. Spoilers abound, obvi.
1/2/18 -- A David Bowie book club?
1/1/18 -- So here we are... a new year, a fresh start, a blank slate, blah blah blah... There were a lot of wonderful moments during 2017, but lumping it all together and examining the thing as a whole, the overwhelming sentiment is negativity. Forget eating better, quitting nail biting, or learning to play the harpsichord. Let's hope for a 2018 devoid of anxiety and despair, shall we? A reasonable and achievable resolution.
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