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Friday, December 31, 2004

It's Official

UPS is lame. Very lame. I was mistaken about missing the delivery, they actually never attempted delivery on my digital camera. They actually just left it on the semi. Apparently, to UPS, second business day shipping means: "Whenever we feel like it."

Is UPS cool or not?

Do you ever really look forward to receivnig a package from UPS? And you watch the tracking number, and figure out when you are going to receive it? At that point, you are totally jazzed. That's how I was this morning, totally jazzed. I knew that today was going to be the day that I received my digital camera. Unfortunately, I missed the delivery. Because the office of the apartment that I live in was closed today, UPS did not deliver it to them either. Luckily, I was able to get off work early, at 3:31 to be exact. I call UPS at 3:46. I want to know if they'll be able to make another attempt to deliver my much-anticipated camera today. UPS tells me that they'll try, and that they will be calling me back within an hour to give me an update. Thirty-one minutes have passed, no contact from UPS. This is it UPS. Today I find out if you totally rock, or if you don't rock so much...

Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Least Important Things I'll Do On My Week Off

5. Play Halo 2 - Somehow a day is better when you get to shoot up, blow up, and slice up aliens.
4. Finish Christmas shopping - There are two things in this world that I am great at, playing Street Fighter II and shopping efficiently. I could finish my Christmas shopping in two hours, I'm that good.
3. Read How To Win Friends and Influence People for the third time - This is a book that you should read as much as you watch Billy Madison, and that's a LOT!
2. two words: breakfast tacos
1. Celebrate Festivus on December 23rd (from l-r: Demimboy, Chad Anderson w/mullet, and my brother holding what is probably a Leslie Nielson movie, from Festivus III, courtesy of the Elrick's basement )

I'm not sure what the Festivus activities will consist of this year, but that's all right, it just leaves us all more open to Festivus Miracles!


Tuesday, November 16, 2004

things to watch

1. Scrubs.
Scrubs is the funniest show on television. Watching Scrubs this year is like watching Michael Jordan during the 1991-1992 season. The show is in its prime and it's a beautiful thing.

2. University of Illinois men's basketball
The Fighting Illini have a killer squad this year. With all five starters returning and the backcourt of Dee Brown and Derron Williams, they will kick butt and take names like Marines in Fallujah.

3. MLB "Hot Stove League" season
The Chicago Cubs desperately need to unload Sammy Sosa and add hitting to their stellar pitching staff. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are looking to reload for a 2005 Championship run. Who will be the big winner? What uniforms will Carlos Beltran, Adrian Beltre and Randy Johnson be wearing come April?

4. Nintendo DS , available November 21
Nintendo's new handheld game player is poised to be the next generation of Nintendo's line of portable gaming dominance. Nintendo be up against its stiffest challenge yet in the more powerful Sony PSP, but Nintendo has already taken 2 million pre-orders for the DS. This makes one wonder if the PSP might be Sony's next MiniDisc.


Monday, November 08, 2004

Quote of the Day

"No, I'm bored talking with you. I'm bored, I'll call you back!"- Jude Law as Jerome in Gattaca

This quote pretty much describes how I feel about news and the internet right now. As much as the election stressed me out, I think I have an election-sized hole in my internet reading life (I'm not the only one check out "Posting Slowdown" @ The silent fool.)
. A week ago the internet was a treasure trove of breaking news on the election. I was keeping an eye on upwards of ten different sites, and each one had a take that was worth reading. Today my browsing has reverted back to a toggle between the triumvirate of web greatness: The Drudge Report , ChicagoSports.com , and ESPN.com .

About five years ago, I had a Professor that said that the internet was "A mile wide, and an inch deep". Even then, that was an asininely narrow-minded assessment of the internet, but that's probably the level of utilization that I'm receiving from it these days. Feel free to respond with interesting nuggets that you've come across on the world wide web that may lift me out of my internet/news doldrums.

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

One Last Shot at Kerry

This lil nugget courtesy of Rush Limbaugh: "If Kerry were decent, he'd give Bush all his secret good ideas. "

Makes sense to me, if Kerry can make everything right, then by golly, those are things we need to know!

In Billy Madison, it was one of the Madison servants that let Billy know: "Mr. Madison there's no Penguin!" Now I'm letting you know, Kerry never had any plans.

And that's it. From here on out, I'll do the best to wipe him from my memory.

Currently Reading

Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger

When books are made into movies, the people that have read the book are usually disappointed by the movie. I know from experience. So this time around, I'm going to buck the trend. I've already seen the movie, and I loved it. I loved it like the Germans love David Hasselhoff. I now realize that no movie producer or screenwriter can live up to our own expectations of how our beloved books should be. Somehow we all think of ourselves on a level with Francis Ford Coppola, we would've done such a better job. Reading the book after watching the movie is the perfect solution. You can maximize the utility derived from each experience. So far, I'm enjoying the extra detail that the book brings, but I understand that the movie brings things to the table that the book could not (soundtrack, score, excellent acting performances). Just like Jay-Z and R. Kelly together: "The Best of Both Worlds"


Saturday, October 30, 2004

A Cubs Fan's Take On the World Series

The Red Sox beat down of the Cardinals in the World Series was so thorough, St. Louis and everything associated with it is humiliated. Even rapper and Cardinals superfan Nelly has auctioned off all of his St. Louis Cardinals paraphernalia and he now also refuses to peform his classic "Country Grammar" because it includes the lyric "I'm from the Lou and I'm proud".

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Who Could Vote for Kerry?



He is scary. If he becomes president, I will be sorely disappointed. I have found Hugh Hewitt's website to be the best source of intelligent optimism regarding the election. I can't put into words how ridiculous Kerry is, Hugh does a much better job.


Monday, October 25, 2004

Everybody's Tech Support Is In India

People just don't get it. Today, I actually had someone from India complain about the tech support in India. It's a fact of life folks. If you need help, people in India got your back. It's like that song lyric, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, nobody wants to die." Everybody wants American tech support, nobody wants to pay for it.

Follow this link , for a great bit from Late Night with Conan O'Brien regarding Indian tech support

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Droppin Knowledge #73

Ashlee Simpson got caught lip-syncing on SNL last night. You have to think when something goes that wrong in the sound booth, that someone did that to her on purpose. To sound guy, it might even be worth losing your job to completely embarrass her. I remember Britney Spears crashing and burning on SNL a number of times, but at least she came by it honestly.

I don't know what is worse, lip-syncing pop singers, or the Chicago Bears quarterbacks. Quinn and Craig Krenzel combined for a whopping ninety-one yards passing against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rex Grossman injury is hurting us more I than initially thought it would.

My favorite former Caedmon's Call member, Derek Webb (not a lip-syncer), has a new album coming out on November 9th. Check out one of the new tracks, "Reputation", for free here.

Thursday, October 21, 2004

If Sports Were Like Reality TV

If sports were like realty tv shows, today you would be seeing commercials hyping the MLB playoffs. The commercials would go something like this:

FIRST IMAGE: Boston Red Sox celebrating at Yankee Stadium after their dramatic victory in game 7 of the ALCS
VOICE OVER THE IMAGES: The Red Sox thought they had completed the greatest comeback of all time, and they thought they had rid themselves of their archnemesis, but boy are they in for a surprise!
NEXT IMAGE: Shadows of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and company menacingly stepping out of a dugout.
VOICE OVER THE IMAGES: There's some people that still have another thing or two to say about comebacks. Tune in to FOX Friday night for the twist of the century!

FADE TO FOX LOGO

This is a funny scenario to think of, but with the way that Reality TV is pervading every facet of our pop culture, is one of the original Reality TV dramas (sports) the next frontier? Or has David Stern and the NBA already crossed that line? You can't script October, but can you meddle with it?

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Debbie Downer - Election Edition

Has anybody noticed that John Kerry bears a striking resemblence to a current beloved Saturday Night Live character? That's right, Debbie Downer !


THE ECONOMY
"America’s economy is getting stronger. I am optimistic about our future, not only because of what I see today, but because of what I know we have overcome.”
- President George W. Bush

"America's economic growth over the past twelve months is the fastest in almost 20 years. Unemployment is at 5.6 percent, the same figure as during Clinton's 1996 re-election campaign. Voters realize that the Democrat double standard for the economy is at odds with reality."
-Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA)

"Americans are working harder, earning less, and paying more for health care, college, and taxes. Corporate profits are soaring, the government keeps expanding, but the opportunities for our middle-class are shrinking. Wah waaah"
- Debbie Downer/Kerry website


NATIONAL SECURITY

"We will defend the peace by opposing and preventing violence by terrorists and outlaw regimes. We will preserve the peace by fostering an era of good relations among the world’s great powers. And we will extend the peace by seeking to extend the benefits of freedom and prosperity across the globe."
- Bush endorsed National Security Strategy of the United States of America

"It's official our leadership has walked away from more than a century of American leadership in the world to embrace a new - and dangerously ineffective - American disregard for the world. They bully instead of persuade. They act alone when they could assemble a team. They confuse leadership with going it alone. They fail to understand that real leadership means standing by your principles and rallying others to join you. Wah wah waaaah"
- Debbie Downer/ Kerry website

FELINE AIDS
" It's the number 1 killer of American domestic cats! Wah wah"
- John Kerry

I could go on, but to paraphrase another SNL character, Dieter, "My story bores me, now is the time on SPROCKETS when we dance."

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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Thursday Thoughts

QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Everyone has a plan until they get hit."
- Mike Tyson

Tyson said this in his prime, when he was going through opponents like Ken Jennings through a season of Jeopardy. It spoke to tenacity and aggression trumping the best laid plans. Ironically, Tyson's plans to get out of debt were probably dashed by a fourth round knockout at the hands of Danny Williams a few months ago . It used to be one of my favorite quotes, and while it may not be meaningless today, it certainly has a different meaning to me, and Tyson.

WEEKEND CHALLENGE

Can I spend three hours this weekend being productive instead of watching football? I don't have to cut out football altogether, but I'd like to see what I could accomplish if I used three hours of my normal five to six to do something else. Updates to follow...


Monday, October 11, 2004

One Reason College Is Better Than Work

Last night I was sick. Not terribly ill, but sick enough to not feel up to doing anything but conk out at 9pm. Ideally, I would have slept until I woke up, and spent the rest of the day pampering myself. Unfortunately, my line of business frowns on sick days. A sick day is equivalent to shooting myself in the foot. So I woke up and went to work, and ended up feeling better nonetheless. Not ideal, but not bad.

The problem is I had no control over the situation. I was going to work. I had already convinced myself before the question "Should I take a sick day?" came into my head. If I was in college and I wanted to skip a couple classes, I'd skip them. In college, I was responsible for my performance, and I was the one that was most affected by my performance, and it always worked out.

It almost makes me think that I would like to be a sole propietor, but right now I don't have any ideas, or any capital, or as Napoleon Dynamite would say "I don't have any skills".

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Oklahoma 12 Texas 0

Quick thoughts on the Red River Shootout:
* First time Texas has been shutout in over twenty years.
* Valiant effort by the Texas defense, they stepped up and were physical, even if the offense wasted their efforts.
* Derrick Johnson is the best linebacker in the country.
* The outcome of this game, while unsettling, is better than a 65-13 drubbing (last year's game).
* Adrian Peterson is better than Cedric Benson.
* Texas' offense was totally unprepared for this game.

Conclusion:
Texas was in this game up until the last five minutes. It doesn't matter though, a loss is a loss. A fifth loss in a row to your hated rival adds to the sting. This game will probably eliminate Texas from the Big 12 championship hunt. Texas fans will be calling for Mack Brown's head , and for good reason. But this season is not a disaster yet. If Texas runs the table, which they very well may, they will probably get a shot at a BCS invite (making Mack safe for another year). If Texas loses again this year, and is faced with the Holiday Bowl again, Mack should definitely be fired.

Thursday, October 07, 2004

What' s On My Nomad

Magazines are always asking celebrities "What's on your iPod?" Invariably, the celebrity will respond with a few songs from pretentious, artsy bands that nobody has ever heard of, in an effort to make themselves look cool and cutting- edge. I don't have an iPod. I would walk across hot coals before I would buy an iPod over a Dell DJ . I do, however, have a Creative Nomad Muvo. It won't hold thousands of songs, it'll hold about 25. That's just enough songs for a good workout, with an allowance for skipping some songs that I regret putting on it.

Anyways, Here's what's actually on my Nomad right now. For better or worse, these are the songs I thought I would want to listen to and a brief explanation of each:

1. Guster , "Happier" - favorite lyric, the hook "You've wasted every moment of your Saturdays and your Sundays."
2. dc Talk , "In the Light" - this is a good cover of the Charlie Peacock song, and my favorite part of the song is Charlie's brief appearance at the end.
3. Jars of Clay, "The Eleventh Hour (live)" - "I won't give up, I'm giving you a chance to blow my mind" , one of my current faves.
4. Jars of Clay, "Revolution (live)" - skipped this one last time I worked out, won't make the next playlist.
5. Jars of Clay, "Flood (live)" - One of the great modern rock songs. If you listen to a halfway decent modern rock radio station, they still play this song. Perfect for any workout.
6. Jars of Clay, "Crazy Times (live)" - I used to think crazy times was just a flood knockoff, but this live version is actually better than the live flood from Jars' Furthermore cd
7. Jars of Clay, "Redemption" - One too many Jars' songs, I had just bought Furthermore and copied this one onto the Nomad sight unseen (or hear unheard?). It will be purged off the Nomad for future usages.
8. Guster, "Fa Fa" - The first Guster song I remember from the first time my brother played me the cd. Still one of my favorites.
9. dc Talk, "Jesus Freak" - Toby Mac's raps makes this song, that and the chorus. As the centerpiece of the album that moved dctalk more towards rock, it's funny that the best parts of the best song are the rap sequences.
10. Alice Deejay, "Better Off Alone" - this song just has a few lyrics, the rest is beats and beeps. Surprisingly good though, in A Night At The Roxbuy kind of way.
11. Guster , "Barrel of a Gun" - best part "4,3,2,1 Went out the barrel of a gun" I can't hear this song without thinking of all the Guster fans counting down "4,3,2,1" on their fingers at the Guster concerts.
12. dcTalk "Between You and Me" - I was in a dcTalk mood
13. Grits, "Ooh Ahh" - This has been on the Nomad for over 10 months, and shows no signs of going anywhere. Favorite lyric (tie) "The bliss between giving my all and giving up" or "Bad characteristics covered in Christ's blood"
14. Blessid Union of Souls, "Light in Your Eyes" - Good song, but I realized once I was listening to it, that I'm not in the mood for it.
15. Audioslave, "Like A Stone" - Won't make the next list
16. dcTalk "Supernatural" - 2 too many dcTalk songs
17. dcTalk "The Hardway" - 3 too many dcTalk songs, if this was the first dcTalk on the nomad, it'd be perfect, but by this time, I'm all dctalk'd out.
18. Nelly, "Air Force Ones" - This is my favorite song about shoes, by far. Air Force Ones are classic shoes, and this is a classic song about shoes.
19. The Roots, "Seed 2.0" - The video for this song was on all the time at Central State when I would workout at their weight room. I may buy the album from Wal-Mart (for the editing).
20. Public Enemy feat. Anthrax, "Bring Tha Noize" - I downloaded this during my Public Enemy phase, not near as cool as "Welcome to the Terrordome"
21. Craig Mack featuring Puff Daddy, Notorious B.I.G. and others "Flava In Ya Ear (remix)" - Really crappy, makes me like rap music less.

I realized after writing down my current playlist, that many people may not have heard of these bands. I now wonder if I'm as bad as the celebrities in magazines. I also wonder who cares what I'm listening to, but then, who cares what Drew Barrymore is listening to.

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Awkward Moments

Today I made the mistake of assuming that everyone in America knows that Wednesday is referred to as "Hump Day". I think it was in the second grade that I first learned this, but apparently, there are people that have gone their whole life without this knowledge. I was on the phone with a customer, and as I sometimes have to do, I was filling in the down times with small talk while I was finding something on the computer. I said "How's your hump day?" The customer, who was a female, seemed taken aback. I continued, "You know Hump Day, after we get through today, the week is downhill to the weekend. You've never heard that expression?". No, she had not heard that expression before. Oh.

So for the uneducated, a better explanation of Hump Day:

hump day: Wednesday, the middle of the work week, over the hump.
example, "Brian says if you can get through hump day, the rest of the week is easy. "

from Wayne Magnuson's English Idioms

Monday, October 04, 2004

Monday Night Football Thoughts

The Austin area is at DEFCON 3 in preparation for the Red River Shootout (University of Texas vs. Oklahoma University's annual football game). At this point, people are finalizing their travel plans, incessantly discusssing possible outcomes of the game, and sports radio stations are altering their reguarly scheduled programming to make room for more UT-OU coverage. It's cool, because for one week people's minds are at least partially off of all the other things that are going on in the world.

This is really a huge rivalry. I grew up with Cubs-Cardinals, Bears-Packers, and Notre Dame-Michigan, but they don't even come close. The only rivalry that is on par with this is Ohio State-Michigan. I remember working at a mall in southwest Ohio, and seeing just about everybody in the mall gathered around Sears' television screens to watch Ohio State knock off Michigan. It was as if man was landing on the moon for the first time. The crazy thing was, these weren't even the hardcore fans. The hardcore fans would never be caught in a mall when the game of the year was going on. These were just the casual observer fans, and they were all there, glued to the televisions.

Speaking of football craziness, I'm really looking forward to Friday Night Lights coming out in theaters Friday. I will definitely catch it at some point this weekend. It appears as if it may be to football movies what Hoosiers is to basketball movies, except better because it's set in Texas and not Indiana.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Ready for 2005

Reasons to look forward to 2005/ be glad 2004 is over:

10. Extra day in February has made 2004 unusually long
9. Tired of the Presidential campaign
8. The Olympics made 2004 irretrievably lame
7. 2004 Major League Baseball Season = extreme disappointment
6. One year closer to having a cool nickname for the decade (waiting for "the teens" starting in 2010)
5. Season 4 of 24 kicks off January 2005
4. Star Wars Episode III
3. First year that I'll be able to rent a car at all car rental companies (after 25th birthday in March)
2. So undisciplined, waiting for New Year's Resolutions for attempts at self-improvement
1. Looking forward to resurgence of FUBU clothing line

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Swan's Saturday Sports

The Chicago Cubs sealed their fate today with an 8-6 loss to the Atlanta Braves. The loss dashed the Cubs miniscule hopes of winning the National League Wild Card. For the 96th year in a row, wait til next year

The Texas Longhorns bashed in the Baylor Bears heads today (44-14), just as everyone expected. Three of the Horns four victories have come against complete stiffs (Baylor, Rice, North Texas). Next week, of course, is the Red River Shootout and the hated Oklahoma Sooners, definitely not stiffs. The question is this, will the Longhorns cupcake schedule leave them well-rested for the Sooners, or did the lack of serious competition make them soft and a step slow? We'll know next week.

Notre Dame is losing badly to Purdue, hopefully this not the end of the Irish resurgence. USC and Stanford will be tough, but even four losses is better than last year's seven. Let's just hope they beat everybody else.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Quote of the Day

"This election is going to rely on the undecided,and who is more undecided than stoned slackers? Ice cream or pretzels? Ice cream or pretzels? What's it going to be?"
- Jon Stewart, on "The O'Reilly Factor"

Which reminds me, what's the deal with undecided voters? Make up your minds! These campaigns go on forever, what exactly is it that you are looking or waiting for?

You Can Never Trust the Bullpen or Why Do the Reds Still Care?

My beloved Chicago Cubs lost a heartbreaker today. They were within one out of staying atop the National League Wild Card standings but LaTroy Hawkins gave up a triple and then a double, and the Cubs then went on to lose in extra innings (of course). I thought that this year might be the year the Cubs pull through and prove me and the their other millions of beleaguered fans wrong. But now I am afraid that the injuries that beset the Cubs earlier in the year, and the poor bullpen that has dogged them all season long, will team together in the end to make me have to quote Rob Schneider's immortal character from The Waterboy, "Oh no! We suck again!"

Monday, September 27, 2004

Monday Observations

5. Summer is on its last legs here in central Texas. Just when I thought the obscene heat would never go away, it kept on being extremely hot, but now I think it is finally going to relent. Which leads to...

4. Fall was my favorite season in the midwest.
In the midwest fall is a season that you feel, smell, and see - ADVANTAGE MIDWEST FALL

Texas fall is only notable because it's not ridiculously hot, but unlike the midwest you don't have a horrendously miserable Winter ready to sneak up on you any day - ADVANTAGE TEXAS FALL

3. The Bears have lost their starting quarterback , Rex Grossman, to a season-ending injury. Devastating. So now the Bears will probably not win many games, but the Bears weren't supposed to win very many games in the first place. Not as devastating a setback as I first thought.

2. When one is trying to avoid unhealthy foods, grocery shopping is one of the least enjoyable types of shopping.

1. No matter what work cafeterias do to spice up their image and make it seem that their food is more palatable, the food still tastes like crusty cafeteria food .

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Boiler Room review

The Plot
Rebellius youth (Giovanni Ribisi) tries to win affection of cranky father by getting a legitimate job as a stock broker, but he begins to wonder if his job and his millionaire co-workers are as legitimate as he originally thought...Moral dilemmas and dysfunctional family bonding shouting matches ensue!


The Good
Ribisi's Volvo Wagon - No explanation necessary

Ben Affleck's character - his rants were like a mixture of Jim Rome and Donald Trump. He was like Rome because he was cool and he knew it, and he was like Trump because he kept talking about how rich he was (has to be Rome and Trump, because Trump is never cool). Even if you think Affleck is lame, which I do, you have to admit he pulled everything together for this role.

Ribisi quoting NOTORIOUS B.I.G. ("you either sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot") - white guys that are into rap works (see Michael Bolton character in Office Space). I think it's because they either come off cool, or goofy. And either of those is all right, compelling you know.


The Bad

Vin Diesel, Scott Caan, and Ribisi's other co-workers that aren't worth the time it would take me to look up their names on IMDB - Vin Diesel is the big dope that the audience is supposed to sympathize with, just like he is in every movie. Scott Caan is the hot-head jerk, just like he is in every movie. Everyone else doesn't even matter.

the language - gratuitous f-bombs, innapropriate and unprofessional in work environments, but maybe that's what they were going for.

the brokers nights on the town - they consume liquor, beat up a guy, trash talk real brokers, and get dissed by homosexuals. Waste of movie time.


What in the World?!?

Jamie Kennedy's character - was he even really in this movie? I'm starting to wonder. His only lines were snoop dogg-like -izzle rants. I'm thinking that he just sneaked onto the set and hung out. His role in this movie may well have been the first Jamie Kennedy Experiment skit.

The Bottom Line

This movie has its moments. If you work in sales, or corporate America at all, you will be able to relate with it on some levels. In fact, it should make you feel better about the way things are at work. Watch this movie if: (1) It's on television and (2) if you're at the video store and somehow your decision comes down to Boiler Room vs. Rollerball (Or other movie of its ilk). That's actually too harsh of an assessment, I'll give this 2 1/2 stars out of 5. You will watch this and be entertained, but you may question things afterwards.


Thursday, September 23, 2004

more on kerry windsurfing

I mentioned John Kerry's penchant for windsurfing before (see "4 More Drops of Knowledge" post). I am not the only one that has noticed. From Foxnews:

"The Bush-Cheney camp launched an ad Wednesday titled, 'Windsurfing,' which features Kerry windsurfing — one of his favorite pastimes — left and right. The Republican camp says the Democrat's position on Iraq, education and health care shift 'whichever way the wind blows.'
'In which direction would John Kerry lead?' asks the ad."

- Windsurfing Kerry

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

good news at work

I found out today that tomorrow our team gets to go to the Alamo Drafthouse to watch Boiler Room and have a fajita buffet. This is good news for a number of reasons: I will get to miss a half day of work, I like free fajitas, and I will get a chance to see Boiler Room again. It has probably been about three years since I last saw Boiler Room so I wonder if I will like it as much as I did the first time that I saw it.

Boiler Room was the movie that turned me on to the coolness of Volvo wagons. Giovanni Ribisi's character drives one in it, and I've been into them ever since.

Speaking of Giovanni Ribisi, I saw Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow this past weekend. It was quite good. I wouldn't go as far as Roger Ebert did, and give it four stars, but I definitely think it's worth the price of admission (especially if the price of admission is a $2.75 matinee). It won't change your life, but it's certainly better than most of the movies out in theaters right now.

Monday, September 20, 2004

What's Wrong With This Picture?

I have a running joke with a number of people about how every Men's Health issue is the same. Every cover contains the words: "Sex", "Abs", "Muscles" , "Lose Weight". The funny thing is, when you subscribe, they take off all the words that are designed to catch your eye. I guess they just figure, "Well, we got 'em now. No sense beating a dead horse. They know we've got tips on sex, abs, muscles, and losing weight."




Men's Health Posted by Hello

wrong again

Well, I was way off on my Ryder Cup take. The Euros smashed our face in. Makes me glad I never made a post about the U.S. Basketball team.

Saturday, September 18, 2004

the reason the ryder cup is more cool than the olympics

The Ryder Cup is a golf tournament that pits the best players from the United States vs. the best European golfers. The Olympics gives the United States a chance to humble individual countries, the Ryder Cup gives the United States a chance to humble a whole continenent! Also, when America loses an event in the Olympics, the reaction is something like " I can't belive we lost to stinkin' Puerto Rico!", but when America loses the Ryder Cup the reaction is "They were drawing from 25 countries, we were drawing from 1!" Hopefully we won't have to utilize that last line this year though, because right about now (11:42 CST ) it looks as though the Americans are waking up, and catching up.

See ESPN for updates:
Ryder Cup Updates

Friday, September 17, 2004

The Frozen Tundra of Lambert Field

A while back John Kerry was in Wisconsin, and he mistakenly said "Lambert Field" instead of Lambeau field. I had not heard about this, but today Jim Rome completely pummeled Kerry because of it. This is surprising, because Rome generally leans to the left, but even he was appaled at how Kerry is so out of touch with regular Americans. Apparently Richie Rich Kerry is too engrossed with his yuppie activities (see "4 More Drops of Knowledge" below) to relate to the common man when it comes to the most popular sport in America, and one of America's most legendary stadiums.

See Links for Lambert:
The Packer Faithful

Football Fans for Truth


Thursday, September 16, 2004

BOB FM

I think I've found a radio station that I like. It's called BOB FM and it plays a wide variety of music. I would say that, up to this point, most radio stations in Austin fit nicely into a couple of categories:
(1) The Lil' John stations - the urban stations have now decided to focus solely on playing songs by lil john (and songs with appearances by lil john)
(2) Lame Country stations - because 95% of country music is lame, and there's a number of these, because this is Texas, and I think it's mandatory to listen to country music while driving a huge pickup truck (and there are TONS of huge pickup trucks) either that or
(3) Crazy Mexican Music channels - I haven't heard a lot , but I really have no idea what is going on with Tejano music these days, the songs are indescribably odd.
(4) Delila stations - These stations are adult contemporary stations that are either playing Delila (of Delila after Dark) or a Delila knockoff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Bob FM plays all sorts of different music, kind of like the random selections of music that I have on my computer (from Bigstar to Nirvana to Newsboys to Wyclef Jean and so on). So Bob FM ( http://www.thecoast.com/ )is a welcome change of pace.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Wednesday Observations

* Why do people drive their motorcycles to work when there's a 20% chance of rain? I saw many motorcycles today at my work parking lot. So what people are thinking is that the payoff, the joy they get from riding their motorcycle to work is worth the inconvenience of riding home in a rainstorm. "Hmm, 1 in 5 chance that I'll be completely miserable on my ride home...yeah that's worth it."

* On Jim Rome: As much as I enjoy his program, he is in the habit of beating topics to death. No matter what the topic is, chances are you can shut off his program, come back 10 minutes later, and he'll be saying the same things he was saying 10 minutes ago.


Monday, September 13, 2004

Becker

Is there a reason that Becker is on WGN all the time? Is there anything worse than turning to WGN expecting to see a Cubs game and finding Becker? Wait, maybe there is, turning to WGN expecting to see a Cubs game and finding Will&Grace. Yes, WGN has certainly cornered the market on showing the worst reruns the most.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Banishing Back Pain

A couple weeks ago I was moving some furniture, and the next day I woke up with some back pain. I had been able to avoid back pain pretty much all of my life, but I guess it's a sign of my aging, and also a sign that I need to get in shape...Anyways, here's what I learned about nursing a painful lower back, hopefully it will help you if you ever find yourself in a similar situation.

1. Exercises -
DON'T - bench press, biceps curls, and shoulder press. I made the mistake of having workouts involving these exercises and I paid for it with worse pain.
DO - pelvic tilts, crunches, knee to shoulder exercises, wall sits. You need to strengthen your core to get back into the swing of things

2. Therapy -
NOT SO GREAT - ICY HOT and Thermacare patches overpriced and awkward. They'll make your back more sticky than give you any kind of relief.

GREAT - Heating pad, hot baths, hot showers, hot tub. More relief, and less stickiness.

3. Pills -
GOOD - Ibuprofen, Vitamin C
BAD - didn't take any bad ones


Onward and forward, Daylyn and I have joined a 6-week "AB LAB" class. So, hopefully I will strengthen my core and fend off future back pain episodes.


More Whining About the Cost of Sports ...

3 years ago... i was in college in ohio, and i could listen to every single chicago cubs game, and every single chicago bears game on the internet for free...

present day...i live in texas, so i am once again having to live without many cubs and bears television broadcasts, but now, i cannot listen to either of my beloved teams for free over the internet. major league baseball and the national football league have both struck deals with the devil (real networks), and have barred local radio stations from broadcasting games over the internet.

apparently, mlb and the nfl believe that there are enough fans willing to throw down $34.95 for internet broadcasts to justify disillusioning regional expatriates. Making fans pay to listen to radio broadcasts on their computer is lame.


Saturday, September 04, 2004

and i thought i liked football...

central texas has gone longhorn football crazy. you know those shirts that say "golf is life..the rest is just details"? when it comes to football, it really is life for a majority of the population here. go anywhere in the greater hill country area, and the ratio of people wearing longhorn garb, to people not wearing longhorn garb is about 5 to 1. i was walking to my van in the dell parking lot, and no lie, i saw a guy that had his painted. it was half burnt orange, and half white. he was an actual, real-life, face painter at work. the sad thing is, i like the longhorns. maybe not as much as the next guy, but i do have more than a casual interest in them. the laws of supply and demand teamed with the rabid fandom of the local residents has made attending a longhorn game an expenditure akin to a small appliance. and for me, the utility derived from a 3 hour long football game is too low to warrant the $59/ ticket that it would cost me (or even the $29.95 to watch this week's game on pay per view). the really sad thing, is that the mob of texas fans that are devouring tickets and pay per viewings at any cost are helping to make Mack Brown (their favorite scapegoat and the crutch of longhorn football) a very rich man. Ah, the perils of supply, demand, and texas football fans' insatiability.




4 more drops of knowledge

In honor of Brett Favre, and the number of "more years" W will be elected to come November - here's 4 random knowledge drops...

4. How come every time that John Kerry takes a day off from campaigning, and they show him on the news, he's partaking of a yuppie quasi-extreme sport? In the winter he was dissing secret service members for getting in his way on the snowboarding slopes, and the other day I saw him windsurfing while wearing old navy board shorts... can you say 3/4 life crisis?

3. The return of the NFL and College Football is the perfect way to forget the lameness that is the Olympics

2. i've heard 3 people refer to the weekend preceding the first monday of september as "memorial day weekend" -- memorial day is in may, labor day is in september - Get it right or pay the price.

1. what's the deal with the delegates at political conventions? is there some kind of Chotchkies-like flair requirement? or a prize for the person in the goofiest outfit to be shown repeatedly on national television?


Tuesday, August 31, 2004

the evolution of droppin' knowledge

Hey this is the first post of the Droppin' Knowledge blog. Props to my mother and dkendall for having blogs, and wired magazine for hyping blogs. I'm sure in the coming months, much knowledge will be dropped in this space, so don't miss it!