Wednesday, April 11, 2007

R.I.P. Kurt

I just wanted to say that Mr. Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers of all time. I hope that all of his family and friends celebrate his great life. Sir, you will be missed. Thanks for all of your creativity and exceptional work.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Super Bowl Meal



The pork shoulder was prepared by Rien Fertel. I think it was his first attempt, and I can say that it was a succesful one.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Urban Cowboy for the conservative evangelical


This puts a new meaning to Urban Cowboy

I saw this guy while I was walking around the other day.

I love the fact that he is a religious cowboy. I bet he voted for Bush!


This is one of the last of the graffittis left that remember John. Now even the one that was on the Young Ave. Deli is gone. This one is at the busstop near U of M and RPTracks.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Italy: Rome, Siena, Pisa, Florence

I have just gotten back from a 10 day trip to Italy. It was a great time. I went with my girlfriend and her family. We got to Rome in the middle of the day and checked into the hotel on the Piazza Barberini. Rome is a very big place. It could be any other huge city except for the fact that there are ancient ruins and places of historical significance around every corner.
We did a pretty good job of hitting all of the main sights in the few days that we had there. We saw the Vatican museum and St. Peter's Cathedral on our first real day there. We walk around Piazza Navona and looked at the fountains. There was also a carnival in the piazza, which was nice.
The Vatican really puts things in perspective. It is definitely an awe inspiring sight. I can see why so many people are Catholic. They definitely have the market cornered on really big and ridiculously ornate churches. before the Vatican was actually what we think of as the Vatican, it was were Caligula, Nero, and a few other despots held their crazy forms of entertaiment. It was also were Peter, disciple of Jesus, was crucified. The last thing he ever saw apparently was the huge obelisk that still stands today in the square outside his church. I think that that is pretty impressive.
Micheangelo's Pieta is inside the church. It is a beautiful sculpture that shows Mary holding a dead Jesus on her knees. It was actually damaged once by a crazy man with a sledge hammer, and before the guards could get the man under control and pick up all the pieces, the tourists had taken all of bits that fell off of the statue. We are talking about a priceless piece of art here. The Pope eventually had to ask for anyone that had taken a piece to please return it, and they would be forgiven for taking it. All of the pieces were returned with the exception of Mary's nose. A chunk of marble was carved out of the back of the statue and shaped into a new nose. It wasn't really a big deal because the backside of the statue is actually unsculpted, but if you know anyone with a suspicious marble nose in their mantle, you might want to see where it came from.
There are several Bernini sculptures inside the cathedral, which are simply amazing, along with frescos by Raphael. Raphael also did some interesting work inside the papal apartments of Julius II, which depict all the famous philosophers from ancient Greece with the faces of painters and sculptors of the time. The Sistine Chapel was great too, but mainly because the statistical improbability of it being such an excellent work of art are dumbfounding. Michelangelo had never painted before, yet he somehow managed to produce a masterpiece his first time around.
I will get into the rest of Rome and the trip on another occasion very soon, but I must go now because I have be somewhere.
LOVENOLA

Monday, November 28, 2005

Long time

Sorry about the serious lapse in posts. I hope that everyone is doing well. I will get a little more free time soon, so expect more then. If you want to see what I've been writting about, you can check www.thedailyhelmsman.com. It has my articles every Wednesday and most Fridays. You can also check out the archives and search for James Coleman, that should show you the older ones. Anyway, I hope that everybody is doing well. Most of all, I want to say hello to all my New Orleans friends. Where ya' at? Ya' heard me! And good luck to all the students, especially the Tulane ones, that are going to be starting classes before they know it. love nola.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Ready to go

I am leaving for New Orleans tomorrow, and if anyone from there would like me to stop by their house then drop me a line. I really don't know what to expect. I know that it is safe. I am really more worried about my house being so nasty and all my stuff being moldy and disgusting. I'm also not looking forward to dealing with the landlord. If you ever move to New Orleans remember to stay away from Riverlake properties. They are devious. I really won't be surprised to see my stuff out on the front lawn when we get home.
Enough of that though. Last week someone finally filmed a giant squid. I am pretty excited about that. I still haven't been able to find the video online though. If anybody has it, please put a link in the comments for everyone else. Thanks ahead of time. It is amazing to me that this enormous squid has somehow eluded the cameras for so long.
In other water related news, scientists have tracked a great white shark over 10,000 miles from Australia to Africa. It's a big deal because it links the two populations of sharks. I know that most people don't care, but I do find it fascinating that an animal could go that far.
I know that these past few posts have been a little out of character for the blog, but it has been a weird time. I haven't really been able to deal with politics lately. It's not that I've lost the stomach for it. It's more that the government seems that it is being run with such gross incompetence that it isn't even laughable anymore. I would describe it as scary. Anyway, I hope that you are all doing well.
LOVENOLA

Monday, October 03, 2005

Memphis Report

Howdy Ya'll
I has been awhile since I last posted. So much has gone on. I'm not going to try to explain it all, but I can give you a quick rundown. I have enrolled at the University of Memphis and gotten a job there writing for the paper. That has been good. My articles come out on Wednesday and sometimes Friday. You can pick up a paper at school if you are reading this in Memphis, or you can read them online at www.dailyhelmsman.com I am having a good time doing it, and classes are ok. I plan on graduating in the spring. I am trying to figure out what to do with my phone. It hasn't been working well, which I'm sure you can tell if you've tried to call me.
I'm living with my girlfriends family. I don't do that well living with my family, but I'm sure that I'll have to go home eventually. I am driving this weekend to NOLA to get my stuff from my real home. I miss it. I miss all the people most of all. What can you do? Anyway, keeping my chin up, trying to get life started again in the old home place. There are a lot of people here that I knew in high school, so it makes it a little easier to get by. Hope that this entry finds everyone well. LOVENOLA