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On February 28, 2007
At 1:50 pm
Comments : 11

Today’s a special day over here at JBall. Yes, it’s the last day where there will only be 12 months in the archive box of my sidebar. Tomorrow we begin Year 2.0! The official anniversary is later in the month so I’ll write more about that then. As a matter of fact, I have an exciting month ahead which will hopefully translate into interesting posts. Otherwise, more boredom and tedium for us all. But here are some of the March highlights:

  • Exciting holiday of Purim in just a few days. Watch Becca go insane as she bakes four kinds of cookies in 24 hours!
  • German houseguests stay in Becca’s teeny NY closet apartment for five days!
  • That bastion of responsible citizenship, Jury Duty!
  • The aforementioned anniversary special post in which Becca explains why she started blogging in the first place! And when she’ll stop! (hint: when she’s dead)

I know, why leave your computer at all with a schedule like this one? In the meantime, let’s look back, shall we, and follow up some of the posts from the past which you’ve no doubt forgotten and/or no longer care about. I did indeed see Music & Lyrics with Pious B. It was craptacular! Badly acted! Predictably plotted! Lacking in chemistry between the stars! Sprinkled with implausible details! And the very worst part: they cut out the scene on my street which was the very reason I went to see this slice of cheese in the first place! Sheezus. The only thing that saved it was Adam (Fountains of Wayne/Ivy) Schlesinger’s music. Can this guy get the music of the past few decades right or what? Oh and this mock 80’s video. Yes, that’s Hugh Grant as the second singer.

I especially liked the use of the phrase “you’re gold and silver” which I now realize was weirdly prevalent in 80’s music.

And I managed to finagle an invitation from Pious B to her family’s Purim meal (it’s called a se’udah, more on that later in the Purim post). Pi’s family are like the Kennedys: young, glamorous, numerous, and successful. And I get to eat at the compound, go me!

Anyway, to get the “new year of JBall” started, I’ve revamped the About page since people seem to actually be looking at it these days and it’s a bit outmoded. There’s now a handy FAQ which is a thing that people on the Internets seem to like. The questions were gleaned from things people actually ask me and things I’ve observed from people’s confused behavior on the site. Be confused no longer!

And now, onward to March.


11 Comments for this post

  1. Pious B says:

    If we’re the Kennedys, I suppose that makes me the equivalent of Rosemary in birth order. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but she was lobotomized and put into a home.

  2. Lydia says:

    The mock video from M&L was so funny. I loved the hallway scene in it.

  3. Becca says:

    Pi, at least Rosemary lived to a ripe old age.

    Lydia, I fear my office neighbors are going to come and throw CD’s at me if I play this video one more time.

  4. JF says:

    I think your new About page is more wonderful than the previous. I couldn’t find how to post any comment, probably because of, or in spite of my modest knowledge of wordpress 2.0 (only – I hate the idea of upgrading anything). I like your way of asking the questions and also giving the answers, I guess you understand. I don’t know who in the world is David Nabaldian (please don’t edit this), but I’ll come back to explore your blog roll.

  5. Soxy says:

    I’ve always wondered what the heck a RSS feed was.

    The Jewball really does know all!

  6. Becca says:

    JF, merci! Actually, I admit that your “About” page made me feel really inferior. Then I couldn’t stop. Some of those questions were indeed asked by other people by e-mail or comment and others I just deduced by watching people do things like check for updates on iPod Song of the Week on Sunday afternoon when I almost never change it until the evening.

    And I have the comments turned off by default on my pages, it’s not a function of 2.1, it’s in my design. I don’t know, I just like them that way. But upgrading was one of the scariest things I ever did and it did at first go wrong. But as you can see, all ended up OK. I haven’t seen any improvements, though.

    Poor David Nabaldian. Maybe he needs a “Who in the World Am I and How Do You Spell My Name?” page.

    BTW, comment to everyone: get Firefox 2.0, it checks your spelling no matter where you are!

    And, no, it’s true, no one asked me what an RSS feed was, but I can read Soxy’s mind right over the Internet.

  7. Sarpon says:

    But nothing in the “About” page answered my burning quesiton, which was, did they use a butt double for Hugh Grant in that video?

    I suppose RSS feed is not, as I had supposed, what one would feed an RUS.

  8. mb says:

    That video made me laugh and laugh and laugh.

    I still have no clue what an RSS feed is, and I’m too lazy to go look.

  9. Becca says:

    Sarpon, I couldn’t believe that was his butt either. I think that every time I watch it. Which is often.

    MB, it’s a way to gather all the regularly updated sites you visit (newspapers, blogs, etc.) and it scans every so often to see if they have new posts. You can read them all together on one page or click a link and go to the site it came from.

  10. KP says:

    I’m so out of the jball loop, but I am excited about Year 2!

  11. spds says:


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