Wednesday, February 21, 2007

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Thursday, February 08, 2007

the genius of Gary Larson

i dont really know the typical age of a mikeandtim reader, but i would be willing to bet it is somewhere in the 30 year old range on average. this means that most of you folks have a pretty good idea of who Gary Larson is and his accomplishments. if you do not, perhaps you should be learned. dont say mike and/or andTim have never learned you anything. follow that?

please see picture at right. it gives you an idea of a typical "The Far Side" comic. we have a farmer, some animals, and the thought of what life would be like if animals were more like humans than we think. the fact that he would think to have a farmer give a sheep an "airplane" ride cracks me up. check out the stoic face of both the cow and horse, just hoping to be chosen next for the ride. without analyzing this comic too much, i just think this fella is hilarious.
something you may not know about Gary Larson is that he has a very strong passion for environmental concerns. (insert sigh by andTim here). the calendar that i have on my desk has multiple adverts for Conservation International and Mr. Larson himself had a short letter on a page stating his position on supporting environmental conservation and being an activist. he mentions that it is rather fitting considering the financial success he has had by poking fun at animals and the environment, so he feels the need to give back. pretty interesting thought. anyway, i think that if i could choose my ideal way to make a living it would be to come up with silly little comics like these...only mine would be less funny, less artistic, and less funny.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Super Blah

The Super Bowl bores me. I am neither a Colts or Bears fan. In fact- my team has never played in the Super Bowl. (This has recently changed from the Texans to the Saints for a variety of reasons- passing on Reggie Bush in the draft, Saints' focus on offensive football, moving to LA, etc) The commercials continue to get dumber and dumber, guys waiting to see stereotypes of guys acting like idiots, and then laughing. ("Hidden beers in the office walls!"- terrible)

The funny thing is, we get all excited for the game every year and every year I just feel like, "Eh, whatever... where are the chips and salsa?". 95% of women and probably 75% of men really don't care about the outcome of the game or even WATCH more than half of the actual plays. I mean- what kind of sporting event is it if people WAIT FOR TIMEOUTS so they can run to the TV and watch the commercials? (Which are eternally predictable... commercials with talking animals, commercials with men acting like animals, token Office Space theme rip-off, token "epic product launch" from Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Nike, Coke, etc, annoying promotionals for new Network shows that will suck.)

There are the token arguments.. "It's not just the game... it's become a cultural touchstone", "It's a great excuse to get together with friends and eat fatty food", "It's an American icon" - I don't buy it. A few years ago I hung out with the girl I was dating at the time, cooked dinner, and watched a movie during the Super Bowl. It was great. Meaningful time spent in conversation, eating healthy food, not making small talk and playing armchair quarterback. ("I can't believe they ran a draw on 3rd and 6!!!", etc from some moron like me who didn't even play football.)

The question at hand is... "Will I watch anyway?" and yes... I will. I feel like it is one of those additional homework assignments that you do in high school to make up for a poorly completed or missed assignment. ("Go home watch 60 Minutes and describe Andy Rooney's tone and diction. Does his nose hair detract from his delivery? Discuss...") If you don't do it, the teacher will know, even if you try and fake it. Everyone I do business with will know that I haven't watched the Super Bowl... even if I try and fake it. So I am doing this for the sake of increasing sales in our region, which is my job.

My prediction for those who care? Colts 28, Bears 10.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

save a llama, save the world

the llama. it is a wonder, is it not? the answer = yes. allow me to direct you to an article in which llamas have been sited to single-talon-edly save the mother earth.

the first line of the article is: "If terrorists ever unleashed a biological weapon, unusual molecules normally found in the blood of llamas could quickly help warn of the attack, scientists now report."

if that doesnt instantly get you interested in the rest of the story, then you are officially a llama-hater. yeah, thats right. you. you are a llama hater/hayta if you dont click the following link...

I love the llama (click here)

the article above clearly spells out how scientists have proven the superiority and incredibleness of the llama. now you understand why we are so big on the llama.