Saturday, April 30, 2011

Small fish, meet big pond: QPR

So exciting. These were fun and I'm all about fun. Welcome back, premier league prattle.

When I was a little kid I liked the mid-90's premier league version of Queens Park Rangers because they have a goofy uber-english name. Now they'll be goofin all the way to the bank next year as the almost-certain winners of the second tier.

Location: West London. Much like west Auburn, the home of the city's pampered elite. Becoming the third team from the single London borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (along with Chelsea & Fulham). Specifically they're in Shepherd's Bush. Hehe. Bush.

Nickname: The Hoops. That's what they call horizontal stripes. Adorable.

Stately, Non-Commercial Stadium Name: Loftus Road. I'm told that stadium tours can be booked through the club!

Crest: I'm afraid if I touch it, my hand will get slapped. Here's the old one.

What they'll bring to the table (metaphorically!): Another poorly-supported distraction for rich people? I don't know. All I could find in the way of famous fans were members of obscure bands called Depeche Mode, Deep Purple, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, and The Cure. Also too the non-George-Michael member of Wham! They have decent players and are owned by the dude that runs Formula One racing or something. Honestly, I'm not that excited.

What they'll bring to the table (literally!): I'm guessing they'll have enough money boned into them by the bigwigs that they'll make a meager existence in the premier league for a couple of years at least.

That WAS fun!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Monday, April 25, 2011

3E approves



2011 SEC helmets football schedule

click it!

I think the basketball for Kentucky is my favorite.

found it here

Friday, April 22, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

just good clean fun.

mmmm something something something... mmm

this just in

probably should click it

Two Auburn-related thoughts

1. Harvey Updyke totally faked his "assault." There are all sorts of reasons to think this is true (mostly related to the laughably implausible details of his "attack" and "injuries"), but the biggest, to me, is that this is where he went to get a snack:

The guy hates Auburn enough to commit a tree-killing and brag about it on the radio, but gets his gas at a place called Tiger Express? I find that difficult to believe. See also.

2. Kiehl Frazier will be the starting quarterback by the end of next season. I don't see Trotter and Brosley doing anything that a particularly capable freshman can't do, and Frazier's skill set matches Gus Malzahn's offense a lot better than the other guys do. If Malzahn could win with the relatively untalented Chris Todd, then he can win with a very talented pure freshman.

Two specific things just happened that make me think that. First, Gene Chizik said that Auburn won't name a starter until the fall, and that freshmen have as much of a chance as anyone. Second, and more important in my decision-making, is the commitment of that 5-star quarterback Zeke Pike. I think the coaches know that Frazier is going to be starting as a freshman, and I think Pike knows it, too. The coaches and Pike both think Frazier will be around for only four years (or less), so Pike feels like he isn't going to be in a position where he has to unseat an established starter if he wants to play for more than one year.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Baby gender clothing

Why have young children’s clothing styles changed so dramatically? How did we end up with two “teams”—boys in blue and girls in pink?

“It’s really a story of what happened to neutral clothing,” says Paoletti, who has explored the meaning of children’s clothing for 30 years. For centuries, she says, children wore dainty white dresses up to age 6. “What was once a matter of practicality—you dress your baby in white dresses and diapers; white cotton can be bleached—became a matter of ‘Oh my God, if I dress my baby in the wrong thing, they’ll grow up perverted,’ ” Paoletti says.

The march toward gender-specific clothes was neither linear nor rapid. Pink and blue arrived, along with other pastels, as colors for babies in the mid-19th century, yet the two colors were not promoted as gender signifiers until just before World War I—and even then, it took time for popular culture to sort things out.

Read more:
When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Friday links

1. Time: Current time around the World and standard time zones map of the world

2. Involuntary Collaborations: I buy other people's landscape paintings at yard sales and Goodwill and put monsters in them.



Tuesday, April 12, 2011

talk talk talk tuesday

Why is it just video this, video that? Nobody ever TALKS around here anymore. Well I say nuts to that!

Actually, let's just have a video. Did you know that the original lyrics were "hail 3E, our he-goat overlords?" However, since that's weird and only vaguely true, the record company made forced the band to change them.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Saturday, April 09, 2011

But don't play with me, 'cause you're playing with fire

Fun fact: The original lyrics were "But you should pledge 3E, 'cause they're real cool guys." Unfortunately, Tri Epsilon would not be founded for another 37 years, so nobody knew what they were talking about, and RCA forced them to change the words.

Friday, April 08, 2011


The economic analysis in this report shows the S.B. 1070 approach would have devastating economic consequences if its goals were accomplished. When undocumented workers are taken out of the economy, the jobs they support through their labor, consumption, and tax payments disappear as well. Particularly during a time of profound economic uncertainty, the type of economic dislocation envisioned by S.B. 1070-type policies runs directly counter to the interests of our nation as we continue to struggle to distance ourselves from the ravages of the Great Recession.

Conversely, our analysis shows that legalizing undocumented immigrants in Arizona would yield a significant positive economic impact. Based on the historical results of the last legalization program under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, our analysis shows a similar program would increase wages not only for immigrants but also for their native-born co-workers. This would generate more tax revenue and more consumer and business spending, supporting additional jobs throughout the economy.
A Rising Tide or a Shrinking Pie | Spiders Are Wonderful

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

I prefer the second one

Apparently, my blogging on this site is like Ursula K. Le Guin.

The most recent chapter of my dissertation that I sent to my adviser indicates that I write like George Orwell.

So, there you go.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

I can't believe I never heard of Officer Bubbles before

The dude is suing YouTube for hosting the videos that show him being such a dick.