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Friday, February 20, 2009

6th Floor Blog's Academy Awards

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Today's contributors are: Sara, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Oscars

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Presenting 6th Floor Blog's Oscar nominees for must-see movies!


The Dark Knight


It seems like this movie only got recognition because Heath Ledger died after doing an excellent job portraying the Joker, but it was really an excellent movie. I'd even venture to say the best Batman movie ever.


I agree. It was a great movie; suspense, action, excitement. It borrowed from the comics obviously, but it was an original story, and a compelling one.


Quantum of Solace


Spectacular or not, you have to go see a Bond movie.


Action, explosion, gadgets, cars. It's hard to make a bad Bond movie, and that means it's always worth seeing.


The only thing to debate is if you liked the Bond Girl, or if the movie didn't have enough over the top explosions.


Wanted


This is certainly not a serious movie, and as such would never ever be considered a 'great' movie, but I sure enjoyed watching it.


Sometimes complete ridiculousness, like curving bullets, is fun. All the silly stuff they do such as Angelina Jolie (and that's almost enough of a reason to see a movie in it of herself) scooping up the cowering 'hero' with her car., is just zany. Sometimes it's more fun to just say 'screw physics'.


That was my entire college philosophy!


Cloverfield


We may be biased about this one, being in New York, but I felt this was a rather compelling movie, despite all the crazy cult hype.


The problem was people looking for a monster movie or comparing it to Godzilla. It wasn't about the monster, it was about the journey of the characters through the city while the monster attacked.


The reason they didn't just run for the border was a little bit of a stretch, but after you accept that, it was interesting. I enjoyed the different way it was filmed, as if from the camera the guy carried around the whole movie.


Now that was a little contrived. Who would keep carrying the damn thing around at that point? It must've been an awesome camera, but still, good movie.


Iron Man


I liked Iron Man. I know some didn't, but it was a good comic book movie, and he had some excellent cars.


It was half Iron Man, half Tony Stark. I think it was rather well done for an origin story movie. I'd like to see more.


He'll be in the Avengers movie right? When's that come out?


2011.


Damn.


Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Frank's Hot

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Frank's Hot


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Frank walks into Starbucks to meet Ann, Tabitha and Scott.


When you called me and told me to come hang out at Starbucks, you should've told me it was warm out. I'm dying in this winter coat!” Frank exclaims, flinging his coat on a chair and sitting down.


You have heard of checking the weather right? They publish this sort of information.”


Or you could've turned around and gone back upstairs once you realized it was warm today.”


I didn't think to check, I figured it was February. And cold. And once I was outside, no way I was headed all the way back upstairs.”


True, you're late as it is.”


Hey! Frank made it! Howyadoingbuddy?” Scott says, walking over from behind the counter.


I'm hot.”


That's what she said!”


Tabitha punches Scott in the arm.


Ow! You been working out or something?”


Just the practice I get from punching you. You seem to be saying an extraordinary amount of punch-worthy things lately.”


Your normal Cappuccino Frank?”


Nah, I gotta have something cold. How about one of those new Tazo-lattes?”


Sure.”


Of course, a blender drink.” Scott mutters under his breath, walking away.


You guys want to watch the Oscars on Sunday?”


Sure. I'm hoping Milk does well, I liked that movie.”


I haven't really seen any of those movies. I was talking about this with Sara, I don't think these are ever really the 'best' movies of the year. They only consider a small subset of movies,always the 'artsy' ones.”


I almost never have seen many of the nominees, I watch movies for entertainment.”


I think most people do. I'd rather read a book for a great story, there is only so much you can do in a two hour movie.”


I'm going to make myself a list of the real best movies of the year. “


Oooh..I'll help you with that.” Scott says, dropping off Frank's drink.


You're working.”


Tonight then. I'm sure Sara wants to help anyway.”



Monday, February 16, 2009

6th Floor Blog Goes to the Movies: Taking Woodstock

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Goes to the Movies: Taking Woodstock

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Sara and Frank stroll into the 6th floor Wednesday night and Ann looks up from her book.


Where have you guys been?”


I got these two free tickets to see a pre-release screening of a movie. Sounded cool, so I took Frank.”

Aww, a date. How cute.”


He was just the only one around when I got home today to go with me.”


The benefits of not having a 'real' job!”


What was the movie?”


Taking Woodstock, directed by Ang Lee.”


It was surprisingly good. Based on the autobiography of Elliot Tiber.”


His parents owned a failing motel upstate, and he helped get the Woodstock people to come play there.”


There was plenty of raving nudity and drug use too. The whole movie was like a 'free love' rave.”


Seems to be how I'd think of Woodstock.”


I was surprised how much I liked it actually. Woodstock wasn't really my scene. And he never even made it to the stage!”


That amused me too. And how the Turnpike was backed up for miles that they had to close it. You know they're having a Woodstock 2009 right?”


It can't be the same. You can't recapture that peaceful mania.”


There would be too much security, too much worry, too many restrictions.”


The police would be there in force, arresting thousands of people. No way people would be skinny dipping, doing drugs, and having sex all over the place these days.”


No way. Like I said, no way you can recapture that. It's pure nostalgia.”



Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hot Chocolate Festival

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha

Subject: Hot Chocolate Festival

It's that time of month again.”


Pills are in the medicine cabinet.”

No no..not that time of month. This time of month!” Sara holds up her City Bakery cup.


Hot chocolate festival! Which one is that?!”


Arabian Nights hot chocolate.”


Sounds intriguing.”


I think it's..”


No no, let me guess. I'd say it'd have to be some sort of middle eastern spice. Maybe some cardamom? Saffron? Tumeric?”


Very possibly. Something citrusy. Orange peel maybe. Or I guess it could be saffron. What do I know?”


I want to go for Sunken Treasure Hot Chocolate.”


Hershey kiss at the bottom of the cup?”


Maybe. Can I have a sip Sara?”


Oops..sorry. All done.”



Monday, February 9, 2009

6th Floor Super Bowl

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Super Bowl Sunday


Quick note before I get on with the post. I've connected with a domain, so now the official link of the blog is www.ceetar.com/6thfloorblog. Likely switching to wordpress, but working on getting the starts of an acceptable theme setup, so as of now, that link redirects. But it won't. I've commissioned Sara to start tweaking some stuff, for instance, the width of the site. It was stupid and small prior, and I always felt like things were getting squished. I should've done this a while ago. I also need to fix the header graphic now, as it looks tiny.


Vegas was a blast, but I'm glad I got the red-eye and am here for Super Bowl Sunday! Woo, go Steelers!”


I think I'm going with the underdog story in the Cardinals.”


I'm just hoping it ends. Some cool commercials, like last year, couldn't hurt.”


Good football, good snacks.. That's all I need.”


I've already resolved myself that football is over, and there is no way the game will be as good as last year.”


Baseball season! Baseball! Pitchers and catchers report in like two weeks!”


Rather giddy aren't you? You'd think you'd have learned by now, yet every spring you get your hopes up, and every October you're a miserable wreck of a person for two weeks.”


Bah! This year IS the year. You just wait and see.”



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I dunno Scott. That game was pretty exciting.”


Last year was better.”


Two Super Bowls for Ben Roethlisberger now. Are we going to get Eli-Ben comparisons again about how the Giants should’ve taken him?”


No, I think Eli’s fine. I’m sure some idiots will bring that up on WFAN, but Eli won last year, he didn’t have a great post season this year, but I don’t think anyone’s worried.”


So, how lame was the 3D glasses thing?


Hated it. The commercials weren’t bad, the the idea that they actually sent out millions of glasses around the country?”


Would’ve been lamer if Tabitha hadn’t spotted the glasses and picked them up for us.”


That’s true. Kudos Tab. Maybe I’ll even watch Chuck tonight to make the most use of them.”


There were some funny commercials..but in general I think this year failed. Maybe the economy caused the ad agencies to let some of their people go?”


You’d think they’d be smart enough to keep the funny guys though.”


You know what the big-wigs thing is funny, and what’s actually funny are usually completely different things.”


It’s the old adage: Most people end up doing the job that’s one level above what they’re good at.”


That can't be true. It implies that most people are doing things they're not good at.”


Explains the state of our country though.”


Hard to argue that.”



Friday, February 6, 2009

Snow Storm

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Snow Storm


I think the snow is out to get me.” Scott announces as he shows up at Catalina’s to meet everyone for dinner.


Scott drapes his snow-laden jacket over the back of the chair and sits.


Every direction I turned, the snow was coming right at me!”


Yeah. It’s a little rough out there today.”


I’m glad we decided on Catalina’s and not somewhere else. I’m freezing just from walking this short distance from the 6th Floor.”


It’s not as cold as it could be, but it’s hard to see more than 10 feet in front of you.”


I almost feel bad for the tourists. All the street signs are plastered with snow; it’s hard to know where you’re going.”


Getting lost in New York and seeing new and exciting things is a rite of passage.”


Rite of passage? I don’t know if I’d agree with that assessment.”


Well, at least they’ll be able to run home confirming that New York in the winter is a weather disaster and a frigid uninhabitable nightmare.”


That’s blown out of proportion. It’s not like New York is Maine. Sure we get some nasty, ice-cold days, but I think tourists lump us in with Upstate New York and ‘New England Winters’ too much.”


I prefer this to some of those sticky, 100 degree summer days.”


The city smells better in the winter.”


Hard to argue that one. Ignoring the occasional syrup smell anyway.”

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Take the Red Pill

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Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Takes the Red Pill


I feel like re-watching the Matrix Trilogy.

It’s been a while. You guys in?”


Nah.”


Wasn’t a huge fan of the endings, but I’ll start at least.”


I’m always in for the Matrix. Give me that red pill.”


Blue pill is probably a safer bet.”


Come on! That’s no fun.”


He’s right. If Neo took the blue pill.. We’d have no movie!”

“Have you ever stopped to think…Maybe you already took the blue pill?”


What?”


If you take the blue pill, everything goes back to normal. You don't get unlocked from the Matrix. You forget it even existed. So if you took it...you'd forget even taking it.”


I'd like to think I wouldn't have taken the blue pill if given the chance, so that means I haven't already taken it.”


Taking the blue pill doesn't solve anything though. In the Matrix, Neo is searching for answers. Taking the blue pill doesn't provide him that. It may make him forget the questions, but inevitably he'll just think up those questions again.”


Can you take the blue pill more than once?”


I guess so. After a while, Morpheus would probably get tired of him showing up though. Might just whack him.”


Morpheus: You again? Here, let me write you a prescription.”


Okay, I'm hitting play. Get over here.”



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

6th Floor Super Bowl Snacks

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor's Snack Post

I want to talk about something to you that's very important to me.” Billy says solemnly, looking at Scott and Tabitha sitting on the couch across from him.


What kind of snacks are we having on Saturday? And what type of food for dinner?”


Scott snickers.

Ann and I are going shopping tomorrow. We'll get a bunch of chips and frozen appetizers and the like.”


Get some of those little, wrapped hot dog things.”


Pigs in a blanket?”

Yes! Those!”


I saw this delicious recipe for Guinness brownies. We should make those!”


Beer brownies?” Tabitha makes a face. “That's on you.”


Well, first we'll need some Guinness.”


That's a given.”

One for the brownies, one to drink while you make the brownies?”


Yeah! I like the way you think Tabitha.”


I'm just hoping for good commercials anyway. Like last year.”


No changing the topic. Should we order food on Sunday?”


You know food always takes a decade to get here on Super Bowl Sunday.”


We could order early.”


Order at the start of the second inning..”


Quarter.”

Whatever. And then it should be ready for half time right? Who's performing this year?”


Springsteen.”


Springsteen? Geeze, they're sure playing it safe these days.”


Springsteen's good though..”


He is..but it's still safe. Just don't think that's the right reason to pick a band.”


Any other snack requests?”


No, I trust your judgment.”


You do?”


No. But I trust you'll shop early and I'll be able to bitch about your choices early enough to get more stuff.”


Tabitha rolls her eyes.





Monday, January 26, 2009

Frank's Escape

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Frank's Escape

“I'm so tired of the cold!” Tabitha shouts from the couch, curled up in a ball in a blanket and drinking hot chocolate.


“Relax Tab, it's not that cold out.”


“I hear it's well below freezing in Buffalo today.”


“Contrary to belief, knowing that's it's colder elsewhere doesn't make it warmer here.”


“That's very deep. Maybe you just need another blanket.”


“If you give her more blankets, she may drown!”


“At least Frank's warm.”


“Frank's warm? Wait..where is he?”


“Vegas.”


“VEGAS?! And no one told me? You know how I hate being left in the dark.”


“Sorry, he made us promise not to tell you right away.”


“I shouldn't be surprised. Can I call him and berate him? He's probably still asleep given west coast time.”


“Go for it, he'll probably get a kick out of you being annoyed.”


“Sometimes I think he goes on these trips as much to get a rise out of you as for any other reason.”


“Ugh, so when is he coming back?”


“Dunno. Later?”


“You never ask the important questions.”


“I'm sure he'll be back for the Super Bowl.”


“Well Tabitha, you don't look cold anymore.”


“This really gets the blood boiling huh?”


“If Frank keeps pulling stunts like this we may be able to save on heating.”


Thursday, January 22, 2009

6th Floor Chatter

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Chatter


I saw the most ridiculous thing today.”


Scott's new haircut?”


My new haircut is dashing. Don't be acting jealous now.”


This woman was pushing a stroller and talking on her cellphone. No big deal, no, but then she got to the stairs, and now she's talking on the phone while trying to bounce the stroller up the stairs.”


Some people just have no common sense.”


Did you go over and help her?”


Some guy did, as she got up the first 2-3 steps.”


I saw something that pissed me off too.”


Your face?”


Lame. No, I was in a lobby downtown on my laptop and drinking coffee, and they had those automated doors. This suit must've been waiting for a ride or something because he kept peering outside, and every time he did this he'd walk by the magic eye, opening the door. This flushed out all the heat and attacked everyone sitting nearby with a gust of cold air. Infuriating.”


Magic eye? You mean motion sensor right?”


Magic eye sounds cooler.”


Like those squinty image in an image things?”


Sure.”


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inaugural Inauguration Post

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Inauguration


So the inauguration's tomorrow. Should be interesting.”


Probably not.”


“You don’t think so Sara? It’s a historic day.”


Historic doesn’t mean interesting. Maybe I’m just jaded, but I don’t find political speeches very exciting. Blah Blah..we’re moving forward..Change…we can..yes.”


Aww, is someone a grumpy pants today?” Scott says, playfully punching Sara in the shoulder.


So are we watching the inauguration?”


“I was planning on watching.”


Working. Can't.”



This Afternoon..



Drinking game? There must be one right?”


Of course! Do we really want to drink?”


Silly question.”


It's still morning.”


Does that matter?”


Not really.”


I haven't gone to bed yet. So it's technically my night.”


I hate your schedule.”


Okay! Let's do this! Primer shots!” Frank grabs a bottle of tequila.


Ann groans. “This isn't going to end well.”


I'll get our beers.” Billy says, as it nears noon.


Drink to the future!” Scott proclaims, as Obama comes up to take his oath.



Later..



Did you end up watching Sara?”


Yeah, I did. After they sent around an email banning people from streaming it because too many people were streaming video hogging resources, they put it up on the big LCDs we have hanging to monitor servers.”


Turned out to be a pretty powerful speech.”


Sure, I mean, he's had months to work on it.”


There were a bazillion people there! How could they even hear or see?”


I don't know, they showed people in the crowd taking pictures and videos. I couldn't help thinking that all they'd get was a small grainy image. Are they really ever going to watch that again?”


Nah, they'll upload it to their computer and it'd sit there. Occasionally people will see it and ask what it is. They'll have to explain it's the inauguration.”


I think the American flags will give it away.”


True, that's a good point. Still not New York Times worthy images though.”


And the pictures you take are?”


I'd like to think with a good camera and some opportunity, I could take pictures just as well as anyone else.”


Keep dreaming dude.”



Monday, January 19, 2009

Frank's Date

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today's contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Frank's Date


It's 12:30 on Friday night/Saturday morning when the apartment door opens and Frank comes in quietly, probably expecting most of his roommates to be asleep.

Such is not the case.


Frankie! How'd it go? You do her?”


Crude Scott. Did you like her? It's late, you must've had a good time. You going to date her again?”


Where'd you take her to eat?”


What's her name? Where'd you meet her? What's she like? Blonde?”


Can't a guy unwind from his date without the third degree? I'm surprised Sara's not here grilling me as well.”


She was going to, but...” Ann gestures to the couch where Sara is fast asleep.


Ahh. How'd you find out I had a date anyway? I didn't tell anyone.”


You turned down drinking.”


And then I noticed you'd shaved and left your razor out. You never shave Friday evening.”


I smelled your cologne when I came home. I didn't think you'd put that on to go play poker or pick up takeout.”


What is this? CSI: 6th Floor?”


You going to answer our questions, or leave us hanging here?”


If you're all so deductive, maybe you should already be able to figure it out!”


Come on!” Ann whines. “Gossip!”

Is it gossip if it's about myself?”


Irrelevant. Answer the questions.”


Her name's Rose. This is actually our second date, I must've slipped by you on the first.” Frank sticks out his tongue. “We went to an Italian place in the Village, I had a four cheese lasagna, she had Chicken Francese.

No, she's a Brunette.”


That's all you get, I'm going to do some work now.”


Frank pushes through the rest of them grouped around them and heads to his room.


Seemed a little annoyed.”


Guess he didn't get any.”


He didn't bring home any leftovers...” Billy pouts.