Thursday, January 31, 2008
It will be interesting to see if they can hit their price point and performance benchmarks when it goes into production. I also wonder if they will be able to produce a significant quantity or if there will be 100 world wide.
The drawbacks to this are that it looks kind of stupid for starters. Also, it's a 3 wheel vehicle, so technically it's classified as a motorcycle. That means it doesn't have to meet the safety requirments of typical automobiles. That is a tactic increasingly being used by these niche auto manufacturers. Troubling.
Still, if I had $30k burning a whole in my pocket, I'd consider picking one up as a commuter vehicle.
What is the major league record for the fewest pitches thrown by a single pitcher in a complete nine inning baseball game?
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This has been rolling around the back of my mind for the last several days, and the more I think about it, the more I realize that I've got a real lack of focus in general anymore. I don't know how often I catch myself staring at my monitor doing nothing at work, or open up a file on my computer and forget what I was looking for. I even get distracted in mid sentence on occasion and can't remember what I was talking about.
I feel that the first step has been identifying the problem. Now I have to start working out how to maintain focus, or how to re-focus myself when I've lost focus. If I can find a way to maintain control over my thought patterns, maybe all of the pieces of my life that are somewhat in disarray will start falling into place. In any case, being able to think more clearly should allow me to be more efficient and find solutions to problems that I haven't been able to work out.
I'm not sure if I want any suggestions on maintaining focus or not. In general, my mind doesn't seem to operate the same way most people's do, so I have the suspicion that what works for someone else probably won't work for me. I think I'm most likely going to have to work out a solution on my own.
I had one last thing to say, but it's gone now. Oh well.
For starters, it's cold outside and I naturally spend more time indoors. But other months are cold too, so that's where the second part of my theory kicks in. November and December there are the holidays and all of the business that goes along with them. In addition to that there is more football to be watched. February is cold too, but a shorter month. Plus we always seem to have one week of unseasonably warm weather in February. October and March are warm enough to spend some more time outdoors.
My second theory is that seasonal affective disorder, or SAD :-( kicks in and in addition to effectively turning me into a hermit, makes me more grumpy and opinionated. That combined with the holidays, shorter months, etc mentioned above that are constants leads me to more time in front of the computer in January. And yes I realize that SAD is a comically stupid name, but the disorder is real none the less.
Those are the only two theories I've got so far. But either way, I'm not done with January yet. I've got a couple more posts in my hat.
So I ran the numbers in my head. Eharmony (yes I'm still thinking about that) claims to have 16 million registered members. They also claim that 60% of those are female. That means that I was rejected by 9.6 million women in one fell swoop. That's a new personal best for me. Granted, you don't get to be single at my age without experiencing a fair amount of rejection, but this really raised the bar.
I now have one remaining episode of Lost season 3 to watch before season 4 starts up tomorrow. I swear, the more I watch, the crazier that show gets. But I've come too far to give up now. The funniest quote I've heard so far is that since Jack and Claire are step siblings but don't know it, if they fall in love and get married, the island will be renamed West Virginia. I have my doubts about that happening though.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, I hate meetings. It seems that in the last couple months, my presence has been requested or required at an ever increasing number of meetings. It's really starting to wear on me. How am I supposed to get anything done when I'm always in a damn meeting? Well, I tried just ignoring some last week thinking I could have a meeting free week. I was only summoned to two of them, so I may start ignoring meeting requests. Hopefully that won't result in my dismissal.
And since this is title useless statistics, I guess I'm legally obligated to throw out some more statistics. The fed cut interest rates again today by half a point. I'm not convinced this is a good idea. It seems like a short term solution to me and I think we'd be better off in the long run just letting the economy work itself out. But that may just be my irrational side kicking in - thinking that all the shady real estate 'investors' who artificially drove up the market should just take their lumps instead of having the government try to bail them out. That's all for now.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Anyway, it got me thinking, what shows on television today will we look back on in 20 years and think they were stupid? I think Lost will probably be in that category. Heroes will probably stand the test of time. The Sopranos will still be around, but Sex In The City will be laughed at.
In general, I think anything that involves a lot of pop culture references will quickly be dated. For that reason I'm still on the fence regarding the Simpsons. It's loaded with pop culture references, but at the same time, episodes from 15 years ago are still in heavy rotation. I also think that once cyborgs finally do subdue the human race, the Terminator tv show will see a dramatic drop in the ratings.
Monday, January 28, 2008
So at this point my only recourse is to turn to strippers and prostitutes. Sure it has it's down sides - communicable diseases, toothless crack whores, etc. But then again, I think it might actually be cheaper than traditional dating and I won't have to go see any chick flicks. Seems like a fair trade off.
If that doesn't work out, I'll have to mail order a bride. I'll have to do my research though, I don't know whether it's preferable to get one from Southeast Asia or a former eastern block country. I could see myself with a sultry latin woman - eating meals comprised of different combinations of cheese and tortillas thrice daily - except that I haven't seen any latin bride catalogues or web sites.
Well, now I'm looking out the window and it's snowing like crazy and I'm beginning to wonder if I'll be able to make it home tonight. I didn't bring any skis so I'll be relying on public transportation. I also didn't bring a pillow or blanket, so I hope I don't have to spend the night at the office.
I have differing reports on the storm's progress coming in. One of the managers is saying that it will be over shortly and not to worry. Someone else is saying that it is quickly turning into a class 5 kill storm. I believe that's a term usually only used by meteorologists. The only sure thing at this point is that I'd much rather be at home playing some video games and sipping on some hot coffee. Perhaps with a blanket draped over me.
It this is my last post, you'll know that the storm got me. If that happens I'll see what I can do to blog from beyond the grave.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The food you ate was poisoned, you will die in 20 minutes.
Your wife is cheating on you.
You will be fired in 3 weeks.
Financial ruin is imminent.
The Masons are secretly controlling the world.
Elvis isn't really dead and he stole your identity.
There's a good start for your new business. Once you make your first million, be sure to send me a box of the cookies.
And so here are my predictions for this season:
1. They will find out that the island is in the Bermuda triangle. That's the only possible explanation for all the weird stuff that goes on there.
2. It will be revealed that everyone on the island is related to Jack in some way.
3. The "others" will turn out to be Scientologists. Tom Cruise will be their leader.
4. All the "survivors" will find out that they actually died in the crash and the island is actually the first circle of hell.
5. Hurley will eat a candy bar.
6. With the writers guild strike continuing indefinitely, the writing will be outsourced and the show will become a Mexican soap opera filled with hammy overacting, a guy dressed in a bee costume, and tons of gorgeous scantily clad women.
"a private meeting of members of a political party to plan action or to select
delegates for a nominating convention."
Whereas, a primary is:
"[an] election held to nominate a candidate for a particular party at a
forthcoming election for public office."
It goes on to say that a primary is more like an election and a caucus is more like a town hall meeting with lots of pretty speachifying and such. It sounds to me as though you have to be a registered party member and have an invitation to be involved in a caucus. I'm not sure, however, why Washington has both. I'm also not sure if the caucus has any bearing on nominating candidates in this state. I've already done enough political research for one day, so I'm not going to find out right now.
I don't know that it can be saved, but the first step will have to be replacing the talent competition and the interviews. Those are excruciating to watch. I don't know what to replace them with, but definitely not any Survivor-esque elimination challenges or a poker tournament. There's enough of that stupid crap on tv as is. I would not be opposed to throwing them in the octagon for some ultimate fighting. That could only help ratings. No eye gouging, low blows, or fish hooking though. Or maybe oil wrestling.
Friday, January 25, 2008
There are a couple things that bother me though. Some of the training is just so ridiculous that I think it's entirely based on bravado. Seeing how much crazy ass nonsense you will put up with. What can really be gained by swinging knives at each other at the top of a volcano while breathing toxic fumes? How much does punching trees or breaking blocks of ice with your head really improve you?
The other thing is that I would like to see how some of these martial artists would do against a different fighting style. I understand that the point of the show is to learn the different styles, and to do so they must fight in that style. But what I would suggest to the producers is that since both shows send out 2 guys, they should have one guy fight in the style they are learning, and the other guy fight by combining everything he's learned from other arts. I see a lot of styles that don't strike to the head and so the practitioners have their hands down around their waists. What would they do if they had to throw on some head gear and fight against a boxer?
Both shows have featured Savate. It may be an effective art, but leave it to the French to create the gayest looking art there is. Those guys just look like a bunch of dandies.
Even though Human Weapon came out first, it always seems like their opponents are taking it easy on them. The guys in Fight Quest really take a serious beating. I have to respect that. It is a 100% all out brawl on that show.
I'm still waiting for one of the shows to go learn Capoiera. That is a very interesting art. The practitioners are very athletic, but I'd like to see how they would do in a mixed martial art fight.
So far the fighting styles I have liked the most are Kyokushin Karate (no surprise there), Krav Maga, Sambo (Russian martial art), and good old fashioned boxing. I really couldn't care less about Ju Jitsu or really most of the other grappling arts. Rolling around with a sweaty dude just doesn't interest me. Plus it's just not interesting to watch, which is one of the reasons I've never gotten into watching ultimate fighting. Since watching these shows, I've decided that I want to take some boxing lessons.
If you haven't watched either show yet, do yourself a favor and tune in the next time one of them is on. I'd tell you when they are on, but my DVR knows so I don't have to.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Secondly, what do you plan to do with your $600? Pay off bills? Take a vacation? Buy 600 lottery tickets in attempt to parlay the good fortune into larger earnings? Buy one share of Google stock?
I will more than likely just put mine in the bank or possibly invest in the stock market. My IRA has been making me sad recently though and I'm hesitant to throw good money after bad. But then again, there is a big Martin Luther King Jr. sale going down in the stock market right now, and I'd be foolish not to buy low. I just haven't been doing my research lately and have no idea what to buy. Any good stock tips, preferably with an explanation of why it's a good investment, will be taken under advisement.
My current strategy is to buy stocks that pay a good dividend, put them on automatic dividend reinvestment, and let the magic of compounding interest carry me to prosperity. The other part of the theory being that if a stock pays a 6% dividend, it doesn't really matter if it goes up in value, but if it does, you double your gains. Again, this is all theoretical at this point. It's worked with a couple stocks so far, but I haven't done it enough to have solid data. Still, the theory is sound.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
On a completely unrelated topic, I just saw a commercial for Saw 4. I can't believe they keep cranking out those pieces of crap. Since 2 was bad and 3 was even worse, I can only imagine how bad 4 is.
And now there is a commercial for Meet The Spartans. Wow does it look stupid. Somebody must watch those parodies or they wouldn't keep making them. I've just never met someone who actually likes them. I didn't see any Wayans brothers in the preview, but I suspect some are involved. That is the only employment they can secure these days.
Finally, I was down at the gym tonight and couldn't help wondering why some people go in and don't even do enough to work up a sweat, breathe hard, or even raise their heart rate. Is it purely for show? Is it just to keep somebody else from using the equipment? I assume it's so they can feel like they are getting exercise while not actually getting any. Kind of the exercise equivalent of drinking diet pop and eating light ice cream in order to lose weight. Those people sicken me and I hate them. Particularly when I can't use the exercise bike or some other piece of equipment as a result.
And so ends my random nonsense for the night.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
We've got a lot of people in the area that have moved here from somewhere else. Why is it that they all have to talk about how much better things are where they came from. How many times have you heard things like:
You call this cold?
You call this snow?
This isn't real pizza.
This isn't a bagel.
You guys don't know what traffic really is.
And so on. Why do people come here if all they do is talk about how much better things were where they came from? Is is just part of the human condition? The grass is always greener on the other side syndrome? Is it simple one upsmanship (yest that's a real word)? Is it that we remember things as better than they really were?
Maybe I'll have to move to some small town where everyone there has lived there for their entire lives and don't have any point of reference to compare it to. Or maybe I should just punch people who say things like that. Except that then they would just say 'you call that a punch'? Maybe there is no answer other than just learning to tolerate it.
I don't know how this effects the new Batman movie. He was cast as the Joker. I don't know if they have started filming yet, or if they have finished, or if they are in the middle. I guess if they are in the middle of filming, at least he was the Joker, so they can slap enough make up on some other actor and get away with it.
Anyway, it's a shame to see someone throw their life away at such a young age.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
It turns out it was a very good show, and I would go see them again. Do yourself a favor and look up a few more of their videos.
I'm also pretty annoyed by the resurgence of the baby on board window signs. I thought we'd killed those off years ago. The only thing good to come of those is the Simpsons episode in which Homer's band - The B Sharps - write a hit barber shop tune titled Baby on Board. And I'll end with this quote from Marge Simpson, "Now people will stop intentionally ramming my car!"
This picture clears the mystery up.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The packaging claims that two pieces of gum contains the same amount of caffeine as an 8 oz energy drink, leading me to wonder what would happen if I crammed an entire package into my mouth all at once. Such an experiment might well lead to my demise, so I'll at least put it off until a Monday so I don't waste a 3 day weekend by being dead. That would be a shame.
On a completely unrelated topic, the spell checker doesn't recognize the word public's. It would seem that according to blogger, the public is not allowed to possess anything and therefore the possessive form of the word doesn't exist.
Summer Glau plays a “good” Terminator, assigned to protect teenager John
Connor from the “bad” Terminators who are trying to whack him before he can grow
up and save the world. Scientologists believe the same is true of the Tom
Cruise/Katie Holmes baby. The Terminator legend is more grounded.
In this TV version will John Conner be hunted down each week by a different
Oakland Raider lineman?
If they’re going to use different Terminators, why not have celebrity
Terminators? Wouldn’t you just love to see Ann Coulter shot with bazookas, hit
by a truck, electrocuted with a million volts, and crushed in a vice? Throw in
slow-motion and you have multiple Emmys.
That's some good stuff. Rarely do I read something which makes me laugh out loud. Kudos Ken Levine.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
1. Sledgehammer. This was a comedy in the mid-80's which never quite caught on. Sure it was a little corny, but this is the perfect opportunity to weed out all of the corn and turn it into a full fledged gut busting comedy. And if you only remember the show with the original, nails on a chalkboard laugh track, do yourself a favor and rent the DVD's which are presented without said laugh track, as nature intended.
2. The A-Team. If you've got a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team. Yes, with today's technology, they could easily fire off thousands more rounds of ammunition every episode without actually hitting anyone, and they could have even more cars flipped going off a ramp with only 2 wheels. Don't even pretend you don't want to see that.
3. Land of the Lost. That's right, I said it. Imagine how good this could have been without the stop motion animation and guys running around cheap sets in bad looking costumes. CGI could make this show a huge hit. It's just like Lost, except with dinosaurs. How could this possibly go wrong?
4. The Tick. No, not the awful live action version with Patrick Warburton. The original cartoon in all it's glory. The Tick was hilarious. Ridiculous, over the top villains, a big goofy super hero with possibly the greatest battle cry in history - Spooooooon! And don't forget his talking pet dog speak, who doesn't actually talk and only later does he find out isn't actually a dog.
5. Firefly. Cutting it down to just 5 was difficult, but in the end, I had to go with Firefly since it never really got a fair chance. I think they only made 14 episodes before it got canceled, but it was an extremely well done show. Had people actually heard about it before it was canceled, I have no doubt it would have been huge. As a matter of fact, I had never heard of it until the critically acclaimed film Serenity - based on the tv show Firefly - was released. If you like sci-fi, or just well written television in general and haven't seen it, you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Other shows that I considered but didn't quite make the top 5 cut: Perfect Strangers, Alf, Mr. Belvedere, Miami Vice, Magnum PI, and Amazing Stories. Free praise to anyone who can come up with something better than my top 5.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
*note: this is an editorial comment
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
As always, remember you heard it here first.
Monday, January 14, 2008
But since I can't talk about that game, I'll talk about the rest of the playoff games. I couldn't be happier to see the hated Cowboys lose and Terrell Owens weep like a school girl. That really is heartwarming. I didn't enjoy seeing the hated Patriots win, but since that was really a foregone conclusion, can't get too upset about that. I thought that the Jags had a pretty solid D, but Brady absolutely shredded them. It really was pretty impressive. I still hate him though.
The Colts loss was the most disappointing of the remaining games. I really like Tony Dungy and think he is a classy guy and hope that this wasn't his last game. But the biggest reason I like the Colts is because I think very highly of their owner - Jim Irsay. My Grandfather had an old war buddy that was on the USS Indianapolis which, long story really short, was sunk in WWII and the crew was left floating in shark infested waters for 5 days before being rescued. Only 316 of the 1,196 men on board survived. Well, several years ago, Jim Irsay paid out of his own pocket to have all of the remaining survivors flown out to Indianapolis for a reunion, and in addition to that, every time the Colts were in Seattle, there were a pair of tickets to the game waiting for my Grandfather's friend courtesy of Mr. Irsay. That man is a class act in my book and I've been a fan of the Colts because of him. And it is for that reason I'm sad to see the Colts eliminated. Plus the hobbled Chargers are going to be completely over matched against the unstoppable Patriot juggernaut.
To get back to the Seahawks, all I can talk about now is the off season moves. I'm still undecided on whether or not we should cut our losses with Alexander or give him one more year to earn his money. We really need some O-linemen and a tight end in the draft and I'd rather not have to use up a top pick on a running back. That being said, if Rashard Mendenhall is still available when the Hawks pick comes up, I hope they grab him. That guy is exactly what they need, a power runner with just enough speed to take it all the way if he breaks a couple tackles. Once he's wearing Seahawks blue, it will be easier to say good bye to Alexander.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
On the plus side, it did have some fantastic special effects, and tied up at least some of the loose ends from part 2. And the Flying Dutchman was pretty damn cool looking too. I guess I don't have a lot to say about it other than you might as well watch it if you've seen the first two. but if you've only seen the first one, you should probably skip it.
In other news, I'm about 10 minutes into Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. So far I'm not too hopeful that it will turn out very good, although a cute girl who's way too young for me just made an appearance. Hopefully she's a regular. But the acting isn't too impressive and at this point it seems a bit cheesy. A lot of pilots aren't too impressive though, so we'll see.
I did find out that Universal HD (channel 660) is playing Jericho and managed to catch the first 2 episodes and that looks promising. I'll have to watch a few more episodes to really get a feel for it though.
I'm also pretty happy to find that Comcast is now showing full length episodes of a lot of tv shows online. I'll have a lot of trouble staying out from in front of the tv and/or computer now.
Good news, the cute girl turned out to be a terminator sent to protect John Connor so I don't think we've seen the last of her.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I usually don't read comments left at the bottom of articles like this, but for some reason this time I did. And despite the fact that reading some of the comments has left me dumber (I have no doubt) as well as reminding me why I don't (90% of the population seems incapable of using correct spelling or grammar let alone completing a sentence that makes sense), I did find one to be quite amusing: "WOW, now Democrats are using their voting techniques to cash checks." Kudos to you my friend, that made me chuckle.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
BCS commissioners propose 2-team playoff
Facing mounting pressure to change the current BCS Championship format in college football, the BCS commissioners offered a compromise today, proposing at two-team playoff system that could be implemented as early as next season.“This isn’t the four or eight-team playoff that some people want,” said Ohio State president Gordon Gee. “But it is a fair compromise. We’re going to put the two teams in a bracket. A friggin’ bracket, people – okay? Isn’t that what everyone wants? Now please stop complaining.”The new BCS Tournament will choose the tournament participants with a selection committee in order to be even more like the popular basketball NCAA Tournament model.“It will be just like the NCAA Tournament committee,” said Gee, “only the final decision will be made by the BCS computer. Again, a very fair compromise on our part.”
All I can say is it's about time. It's a relief to see that the BCS can be reasonable and come up with this fair compromise.
I went through, and now I'm ready for the election. I don't have to watch any of the debates now. I can skip all the news coverage, and I can avoid all the sound bites. It's such a relief to not have to decide for myself anymore.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Monday, January 07, 2008
First up was the critically acclaimed Knocked Up. If you're into movies about morons sitting around telling extremely low brow "jokes", then this is the movie for you. Unfortunately I'm not into that type of movie and so I found it quite tedious and juvenile. It did have some moments of humor and even some heart, so it wasn't a total loss. I really think that the actors that played main character Katherine Heigl's (she's the one who got knocked up) sister and brother in law stole the show. Hold on while I look up their names - there we are - Leslie Mann, who (or is it whom? I think whom is grammatically correct) you may have seen in Big Daddy and Paul Rudd, who looked familiar but I couldn't tell you where I've seen him before.
Anyway, to give you an example of one of the few funny scenes, Leslie Mann suspects Paul Rudd has been cheating on her since he's been giving her hard to believe stories about where he's going. And so she buys some spyware for her computer to monitor his email. She uncovers the address of a place he is going to be one night which conflicts with the story he tells her. She busts into the house to find he's in the middle of a fantasy baseball draft and he admits that he has been lying to her because he needed some time away from her with the guys. And the movie is all downhill from there folks. Oh, and the one other thing it has going for it is the false hope it gives to dorks that under the right circumstances, and with enough alcohol, you might be able to score with a babe. I give this one 400,002 stars out of a possible one million. That's a little below average for those of you who struggle with math.
Next up was Rush Hour 3. Having enjoyed the first two movies, I ignored the bad reviews and watched this mess. Rush Hour 3 is just bad. Chris Tucker is more annoying than ever. The story is very disjointed - almost like an adult film in that it is just a collection of scenes cobbled together with just enough story to almost make sense. Except instead of sex scenes, it was Jackie Chan action scenes and annoying Chris Tucker "comedy" scenes which, by the way, all had the feel of being ad libbed. And having seen the outtakes of all 3 movies, I'm convinced that Tucker ad libs everything because he is incapable of remembering and/or pronouncing his lines. The movie is mercifully short though - approximately an hour and fifteen minutes - capped off by and abrupt ending that left me saying "that's it?" Avoid this movie.
Saving the best for last, I picked up a copy of Road To Perdition for $6.99. And just yesterday I saw it advertised for $4.99 at Circuit City, so the ban on them will be lifted long enough for all of you to go pick up a copy. I'd seen this movie before and remembered liking it, but after watching it again realized I really didn't remember much of it. That being said, it is a wonderful movie. Tom Hanks is a 30's era hit man employed by the oddly kindly old mob boss played by Paul Newman. I don't want to make this a plot summary rather than a review, so all I'm going to tell you about the rest of the plot is that Tom Hanks and his son end up on the run while Paul Newman's crazy son Daniel Craig - who you might remember as James Bond.
And based on that much, you might think this is an action packed thriller, but it's a slow paced, cerebral movie focusing on the relationship between Hanks and his son. Hanks wants a better life for his son, but as things move on, it looks like his son is destined to follow in his footsteps and turn to a life of crime. The acting is excellent all around, and Jude Law also has a nice little role - lending his talents to the Hanks and son manhunt. The ambiance is wonderful, and I really felt that the music was poignant yet understated. The whole thing was very well done and manages to tug on the heartstrings at times. Road To Perdition gets a solid 88/100.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
First, scientists are working on a way to use sunlight to convert CO2 to methanol or gasoline. Apparently the idea of recycling emissions isn't new, but has been too difficult and expensive in the past. I don't know how long it will be until this becomes a viable resource, but I'm always excited by new uses of technology to reduce pollution. It seems that the prevailing attitude among tree huggers in this country is that we should revert to pre-industrial revolution lives to save the environment. If we could just convince the environmentalists to refocus their efforts and resources to promoting technological solutions then maybe we could really start getting somewhere.
Second, the good people at DARPA have developed a chemical which, when administered via a nasal spray, counteracts the effects of sleep deprivation. Unfortunately they say that the prospects of staying awake 24/7 are unrealistic at this point, perhaps we can get there eventually. Imagine how many more video games I could play if I had that 6 or 7 extra hours in my day. What I do find a little troubling is that UCLA psychology professor Jerome Siegel refers to it as "relatively benign."
The article says that studies of narcolepsy showed that it is caused by a lack of the hormone orexin A, and from there it was an easy solution to simply find an effective way to administer orexin A to reduce the symptoms of sleep deprivation. I also assume that it is an effective cure for narcolepsy. When it becomes commercially available, I'm going to have to pick up a Costco size case of it.
To change subjects, I am developing a man-crush on both Patrick Kerney and Darryl Tapp. And the Seahawks D in general is really looking good. Today's game was a little closer than I would have preferred (until the last few minutes anyway), but I'll take it. It makes me happy to see a team like the Redskins claw their way back, really believe they are going to win, and then have their spirits completely crushed, all within a span of approximately 10 minutes. Look out Green Bay. I'm looking forward to Kerney and Tapp sacking Favre into retirement. Maybe some sort of Favre sammich which makes him never want to set foot on a football field again.
And while I'm on the topic of tv series, does anyone have an opinion on either The Terminator, or The Tudors? I haven't seen The Terminator yet, but have my doubts. I have seen one, maybe 2 episodes of the Tudors and wasn't too impressed. I don't know if I just haven't given it enough of a chance yet though.
Oh, and someone - I think Lyndsay - recommended Prison Break but I haven't watched that yet either. I just can't imagine how they can make a series out of that. It seems like they would break out and then the show would be over. Either that or they never break out, in which case it should just be called Prison.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
I met you at the bar last night, and we hit it off. Ya we were both a little buzzed, but you seemed as into me as I was into you. Things got to things, we made out a bit, and you ended up going home with me on the back of my motorcycle, which was awesome because that doesn't usually happen to me. I luckily had the extra helmet with me and let you wear my bike jacket while suffering the cold on the way home. I was feeling pretty happy and lucky to say the least.
This is where things got crazy.
I don't know if you slipped, or thought I was taking you home to kill you, or if your're just plain crazy and had a change of heart, but all of a sudden you let go of me MID-TURN and went flying into the bushes at about 10-15mph near the park by my house. I was so freaked out!!! when I looked back to see you fumbling in the bushes I could only PRAY TO GOD that you didn't hit the asphalt or something worse.
I really thought ou must have been hurt at least a bit, but as I turned around to come check on you, you took off into the unlit park running full speed with my helmet and jacket still on! I parked my bike and looked for you for over 2 hours calling your name until I was so cold I had to go home or risk freezing to death.
Im sorry for what happened and I really hope your're ok, really I do, but seriously WTF. Running into a forested park in the middle of the night like that....I really can't begin to guess what you were thinking, and you weren't that drunk, but i suppose my "crazy-bitch o' meter" wasn't working at the bar that night, and from the speed you took off I can only surmise that your're not that hurt. I would like my expensive bike gear back though, I hope it kept you warm during your psychotic episode, but it IS mine and I kinda need it to get around in the winter. If you could return it to the bar for me, check in with your shrink, and promise to never come near me again that would be great, cause you scared the #*$% outta me and are costing me alot of money.
Very cold/poor motorcycle rider who will never let women near his bike again.
Please be advised that I also am quite fond of these things when mixed with chocolate:
I wish there was a point to all this, but alas, no. One devious co-worker has stocked his candy bowl with peanut butter cups and dark chocolate junior mints and at the moment it is taking every ounce of will power I can muster to keep from devouring them all.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Other than that, the game wasn't too exciting in the second half. I don't like Oklahoma, and I've disliked them for so long that I don't even remember why I don't like them anymore, but you can only watch a team being manhandled for so long before it starts getting boring.
It was still many times more interesting than Hawaii getting crushed in the Sugar Bowl, but they had it coming. They had no business being in that game with as soft a schedule as they played. I hope that the Bowl bigwigs learn from that mistake and don't let teams play in big bowls without playing at least one good team all year.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
But at this point I would like to pitch an exciting new game show to whatever network executives are reading this. I will readily admit that this idea has been shamelessly stolen from a coworker who's job is being outsourced, but it is too brilliant not to share. I bring you Job or No Job.
It works just like Deal or No Deal except for the fact that this would be entertaining. You round up people who are in danger of losing their job, or are unemployed, let them choose a briefcase containing a job description, and then they would choose from the remaining briefcases which jobs to eliminate. Periodically, the human resources director would offer the contestant a job in exchange for the one in the briefcase he/she chose at the beginning. If you've ever been subjected to Deal or No Deal, I'm sure you get the idea by now.
Howie Mandel: There are still a lot of jobs remaining up on the board. CEO with an annual salary of $500k is still up there. So is testing experimental medication - $10 an hour.
Contestant: I'm confident that I've got one of the good jobs in my briefcase.
Howie: Well, let's see what HR has to say (picking up the phone) .... ok .... I don't think he's going to be happy with that ... I'll let him know. (hanging up the phone and turning to the contestant) The HR director says he will offer you the position of night janitor with an annual salary of $19k for your briefcase. So job, or no job?
Contestant: I'll have to discuss it with my wife. Honey, it's a pretty low ball offer, I think I can do better.
Wife: You've been saying you can do better for 6 months. Just take what you can get and get your lazy ass off the couch.
Contestant: Howie, this may cause some strife at home, but I think I can do better. No job.
So even with this short glimpse, I'm sure you can already see the possibilities. This show would no doubt be a huge hit. All you network execs can now begin lining up to hammer out a deal with my agent. We can get this on the air in no time.
On to the business at hand. I was struck by another brilliant idea today. This idea is similar to the iron man triathlon in the sense that it combines uninteresting sports, but unlike the triathlon, this particular combination results in quality entertainment or so I imagine. I believe that competitive eating and long distance running should be united at last. Now you may be wondering, do you eat and then run, or do you run and then eat? Well, the way I see this working is that you start out by running, but there are eating stations along the route which you must complete before continuing with the run.
So you might start out by running a 5k, and then you would stop and have to down 10 hot dogs before continuing. Then after another 5k, you would have to stop for a competition to see how many chicken wings you could down in 5 minutes. In order to prevent people from taking it easy on the timed eating, only the top 25% could continue. And of course vomiting would result in a disqualification.
Now I haven't nailed down all of the rules just yet, but I think you get the basic idea of how this would go down. And perhaps finishing off the whole event with some jumping jacks might be fun, but then again maybe not. The prize for the winner, in addition to a free ambulance ride and whatever medical attention might be required, and of course the glory that would go along with winning, would be the coveted iron gut trophy. A cast iron trophy of a man or woman (there would of course be separate events) doubled over in pain clutching his/her gut.
If you are interested in competing in the inaugural event, reserve your spot now as they are filling up quickly.