Monday, January 31, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Droid is from Android


I got a new phone, although not because I drunkenly smashed my old one. It is fancy! I am a big fan so far.

"In the meantime, thanks, ants. Thants."

"What are birds? We just don't know."

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

So...

I just finished RE-reading Gravity's Rainbow. That's twice. Your erection is understandable.

RIP George Plimpton!

This is America. Nobody deserves to be treated as a black man!

This is what Nancy Grace wants to be.


Judge Rules White Girl Will Be Tried As Black Adult

"he would sometimes spot his opponents 15 points for a game up to 21 and during every point, recall a painful experience from his childhood."

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist is one of my favorite TV shows ever, and there's no good reason it shouldn't still exist. Via the youtube you can find many. Also, Jonathan Katz has multiple sclerosis.
He was the New York ping pong champion in 1964.

He is a close personal friend of renowned playwright David Mamet, with whom he attended Goddard College. Katz co-wrote House of Games with Mamet and had small roles in the Mamet directed films Things Change, Homicide, The Spanish Prisoner and State and Main. They used to travel around college to college hustling people over games of ping pong. Katz would let Mamet beat him. They would pretend to play for money then Mamet would say "If you want to play me, you have to beat my friend first." To keep the game moderately close, he would sometimes spot his opponents 15 points for a game up to 21 and during every point, recall a painful experience from his childhood.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Atlanta

Since big-time professional sports arrived in 1966, teams sailing under the Atlanta flag have completed 149 seasons. (We won’t count baseball in 1994, when the World Series was canceled by a players’ strike, or the 2004-2005 NHL campaign, which was scrubbed due to a lockout.) Only one has yielded a championship. That’s a batting average of .007, which is nice if you’re James Bond, less nice if you’ve invested financial and emotional capital in any of those 148 misses.
Atlanta's Sad Sports History

Metal Monday



Metal Monday bonus: The awesome Map of Metal.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Seeing Caleb Hanie reminded me of great gunslingas of Colorado State past...

...and that discussion begins and ends with Bradlee Van Pelt.



Apologies for the soundtrack but the two options were that or a video with the actual live commentary from Pam Ward.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday game

Blow Things Up. I like these kinds of games, even relatively easy ones like this.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wikipedia Wednesday

1. Dunning-Kruger effect: "The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their own ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence. Competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding."

2. Narcotizing Dysfunction: "Because the individual is assailed with information of issues and problems and they are knowledgeable about or discuss these issues, they believe they are helping in the solution. Society has confused knowing about an issue with doing something about it. Society’s conscience is clear as they think they have done something to remediate the issue. However, being informed and concerned is not a replacement for action."

3. List of animals with fraudulent diplomas: "Oreo C. Collins (born circa 2007) is a tuxedo cat who gained notoriety when she received a diploma from Jefferson High School Online in 2009, although her age was misrepresented in order to qualify. The sting was an investigative operation by the Better Business Bureau of Central Georgia headed by Kelvin Collins, Oreo's owner. Representatives from the school cited the cat's "formal and professional appearance" as grounds for accepting his otherwise suspect academic credentials."

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Cooking

Earlier, you will have ground 3 3/4 lbs of fish with a mortar and pestle-heads, tails bones, and all-and forced them through a coarse sieve. Do not use a grinder, blender, or cuisinart. The sieve of La Tour Lambert is an elegant sock of meshed copper wire, with a fitted ashwood plunger. It is kept immaculately bright. Its apertures are shrewdly gauged to crumble the bones without pulverizing the flesh. Into the strained fish,mix small amounts of salt, white pepper, nutmeg, and chopped truffles--fresh ones, if possible. (See truffle.)

Stir fish and liquid into an even paste.

Two hours before, you will have refrigerated 1 cup of the heaviest cream available. Here, of course, access to a cow is a blessing.

The breathtakingly viscid cream of La Tour Lambert is kept in specially excavated cellars. Those without one use the town chiller, in the middle depths--cool but not cold--of the cave mentioned earlier. Often I have watched the attendant women entering and emerging from that room, dusky figures in cowls, shawls, and long gray gowns, bearing earthenware jugs like offerings to a saint.
Country Cooking from Central France: Roast Boned Rolled Stuffed Shoulder of Lamb (Farce Double)

Monday, January 17, 2011

More More Metal Monday

Who needs vocals?

More Metal Monday

Too much singin and not enough yellin on the new albums, but this one has grown on me a little bit.

Arguably the stupidest thing written after the BCS title game

Charles Hollis, "Hot Corner: Here is some recruiting advice for Oregon's Chip Kelly:"
Oregon was so close to beating Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game, so whatever the Ducks are doing is working just fine. But don't expect them to play for a national title again any time soon. Just too much trick football.

Take your pick from Monday's game: Fake extra-point conversion, the reverse (or fake reverses) on back-to-back kickoff returns, or the crazy fake punt they converted into a first down.

What they need are fewer tricks and more big, fast defensive linemen, big and physical offensive linemen, and a couple of fast wide receivers wouldn't hurt.
First, two out of those three fake plays worked, which Hollis actually recognizes. I don't think Les Miles has had much trouble with the trick plays this year, and he's doing alright, without retards accusing him of using too many trick plays and not relying just on talent to win. And doesn't Gus Malzahn have a bit of a reputation for trickery and misdirection?

Second, his advice to the coach at Oregon is just "recruit better"? That's like telling someone trying out for the NBA to "just be taller." The best team in the Pacific Northwest is rarely (never?) going to be more talented than the best team in the South. That's just the way it is, with population and team history and such.

Additionally, while it's always nice to have better players, I don't think talent is Oregon's problem. They did play just about even with the best offensive and defensive players in America, and their starting running back is the nation's leading rusher and 2010 Heisman third-placer. Since 2007, Oregon has had three recruiting classes in the top twenty. They're not the most talented team in the country, but Oregon has some NFL talent. And you know what? If it were just about talent then Texas would have been playing Florida for the national title.

Third, Oregon did better on defense than the average SEC team did in handling the Auburn offense, one of the best in conference history. A lot of that has to do with having so much time to prepare, the poor field, Newton getting banged up, etc etc. You know what it didn't have anything to do with? Trick plays! Statistically, Oregon's defense played better than most SEC teams against Auburn. Only Mississippi State held Auburn to fewer points, and that was early in the season before Auburn really got going.

Metal Monday

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday game link

Hyperpype. It is spelled with two Ys and the music is distracting.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

3E Presents: Catchphrase Friday

You want to be the coolest cat on the block? You've got to have a catchphrase! With the weekend coming up, 3E is here to help. We know everybody wants to make you work hard when you're getting winded just polishing off other people's empties. So the next time somebody wants to make you ride a mechanical bull, or move out of the way for the bathroom, just hit them with a catchphrase:

"Sorry, but I got a condition -- real bad case of dignity."

Be the coolest guy around this Friday, 'cause it's Catchphrase Friday.

Harry Potter edited

Purely in the interests of science, I have replaced the word "wand" with "wang" in the first Harry Potter Book
Let's see the results...

"Why aren't you supposed to do magic?" asked Harry.
"Oh, well -- I was at Hogwarts meself but I -- er -- got expelled, ter tell yeh the truth. In me third year. They snapped me wang in half an' everything

A magic wang... this was what Harry had been really looking forward to.

Harry took the wang. He felt a sudden warmth in his fingers. He raised the wang above his head, brought it swishing down through the dusty air and a stream of red and gold sparks shot from the end like a firework, throwing dancing spots of light on to the walls

He bent down and pulled his wang out of the troll's nose. It was covered in what looked like lumpy gray glue.

'Get - off - me!' Harry gasped. For a few seconds they struggled, Harry pulling at his uncles sausage-like fingers with his left hand, his right maintaining a firm grip on his raised wang.
Link

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Supermax

James, who is in his twenties, has been beaten all his life, first by family members: “I was punched, kicked, slapped, bitten, thrown against the wall.” He began seeing mental-health workers at four and taking psychiatric medication at seven. He said he was bipolar and had many other disorders. When a doctor took him off his meds at age eighteen, he got into “selling drugs, robbing people, fighting, burglaries.” He received a twelve-year sentence for robbery. Of the four years James had been in prison when I met him, he had spent all but five months in solitary confinement. The isolation is “mental torture, even for people who are able to control themselves,” he said. It included periods alone in a cell “with no blankets, no clothes, butt-naked, mace covering me.” Everything James told me was confirmed by other inmates and prison employees.

James’s story illustrates an irony in the negative reaction of many Americans to the mistreatment of “war on terrorism” prisoners at Guantánamo. To little public outcry, tens of thousands of American citizens are being held in equivalent or worse conditions in this country’s super-harsh, super-maximum security, solitary-confinement prisons, or in comparable units of traditional prisons. The Obama administration— somewhat unsteadily—plans to shut down the Guantánamo detention center and ship its inmates to one or more supermaxes in the United States, as though this would mark a substantive change. In the supermaxes inmates suffer weeks, months, years, or even decades of mind-destroying isolation, usually without meaningful recourse to challenge the conditions of their captivity. Prisoners may be regularly beaten in cell extractions, and they receive meager health services. The isolation frequently leads to insane behavior including self-injury and suicide attempts.
The Worst of the Worst: Supermax Torture in America

Friday, January 07, 2011

hey

hey do you want some ether

cause I got some in this rag here

oh okay no

just let me know if you do

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Bowl prep

Auburn is practicing at Scottsdale Community College. You know what their mascot is?



That's right: The Fighting Artichokes.

Monday, January 03, 2011

metal monday

where we at

CRISIS games (Tha Captainz Pix listed firzt):

12/21: Louisville v Southern Miss
12/27: Ga Tech v Air Force
12/28: Iowa v Missouri
12/29: Arizona v Okie St
12/30: Tennessee v UNC
12/31: Clemson v USF
12/31: Florida St v South Carolina
01/01: Penn St v Florida
01/01: Michigan v Miss St
Bolded the winners. That puts Tha Captain at three wins, Tha Charlie at six. BUT!
01/03: Va Tech v Stanford
01/04: The Ohio St v Arkansas
01/07: TAMU v LSU
We have three games left. If Tha Captain puts the team on his back, cross the plane, touchdown, then we go to the tiebreaker. If Samford takes care of business tonight, or if either SEC Western Division representative wins, then that's it.

Of course, the real winners are the good people of Birmingham, Alabama, who will be hosting the potential tie-breaker match next weekend.

Saturday, January 01, 2011