Thursday, November 30, 2006

50 Questions

I see everyone else is doing this today, so I'll join the crowd. Especially since I can never find anything to post about these days.

50 Questions:

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

Why would anyone remember something like this? I have no idea.

2. How much cash do you have on you?

None at the moment, I don't carry much cash, but for a few hours today, I did have $1425 on me in cash.

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?


4. Favorite planet?

I guess the trendy answer would be Pluto to spit in the faces of people who tell us it's not a planet anymore, but I'm not that rebellious, so I'll go with the fictional planet of Kobol, birthplace of humanity.

5. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?

I don't have any idea, since my phone is upstairs and I'm not going to go get it just to answer this question. Odds are it's my wife, though because not too many people call me.

6. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?

Shaggy - Wasn't Me.

7. What shirt are you wearing?

Florida State shirt, as difficult as that is to admit.

8. Do you label yourself?

No, but if other people want to, I'm fine with it.

9. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently wearing?

Not wearing any at the moment.

10. Bright or Dark Room?

I like it light, but not bright.

11. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?

Lots of people took it before me, and I don't know all of them, or any all that well.

12. What does your watch look like?

Like a watch. Hands, and whatnot.

13. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Watching The Wire, one of the best shows on TV.

14. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?

I have no idea, I'm sure it was from my daughter, though. Texting seems to be more popular with the kids.

15. Where is your nearest 7-11?

All of ours were switched to Gate stations several years ago, so I'm really not sure.

16. What's a word that you say a lot?


17. Who told you he/she loved you last?

My son.

18. Last furry thing you touched?

My dog's not real furry, but he has fur, so I guess he's it.

19. How many drugs have you done in the last three days?

I took some Excedrin yesterday.

20. How many rolls of film do you need developed?

Do people still use film? Why?

21. Favorite age you have been so far?

I don't know, 22 maybe.

22. Your worst enemy?

I don't have any enemies.

23. What is your current desktop picture?

A collage of pictures of my son.

24. What was the last thing you said to someone?

"Good Night" to my son, unless talking to the dog counts, then it was probably "good boy" or something.

25. If you had to choose between a million bucks or to be able to fly what would it be?

Assuming that being able to fly would be a pretty lucrative talent somehow, I'd go with that.

26. Do you like someone?

Like? Or like like? If it's like, I like lots of people, if it's like like, then I didn't realize this thing was for teenage girls and I'd quit right now, but I've already put so much effort into it. But I do like like my wife.

27. The last song you listened to?

Some Christmas song in the car.

28. What time of day were you born?

I ask my mom this occasionally, but I always forget, I think it was in the morning.

29. What’s your favorite number?


30. Where did you live in 1987?

10260 Colonial Court South

31. Are you jealous of anyone?

I have a pretty good life, other people may have things that I'm slightly jealous of, but I wouldn't trade places with anyone else.

32. Is anyone jealous of you?

I doubt it.

33. Where were you when 9/11 happened?

When did it happen, again? Seriously, I was at work.

34. What do you do when vending machines steal your money?

Not much.

35. Do you consider yourself kind?

Not particularly.

36. If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be?

I have one, it's supposed to be on my butt, but it's actually on my lower back. I was a little drunk at the time.

37. If you could be fluent in any other language, what would it be?

Whichever one could make me the most money.

38. Would you move for the person you loved?

Probably, maybe we'll see.

39. Are you touchy feely?

Not really.

40. What’s your life motto?

This isn't a serious question, is it? People don't really have life mottoes, do they? God, I hope not.

41. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

All the time? In the shower? In bed? There's nothing I have on all the time. Someone needs to write better questions.

42. What’s your favourite town/city?

I don't really have one, we go to Orlando a lot, but mostly just because it's close and cheap fun.

43. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?


44. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

A long time ago, before writing letters on paper and mailing them became obsolete.

45. Can you change the oil on a car?

I've never done it, but I've got a good idea how to, and I don't think I'd have a problem.

46. Your first love: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

I really don't remember.

47. How far back do you know about your ancestry?

I know who three of my grandparents were, and a couple of great grandmothers and that's it. I've never been terribly interested in that kind of thing.

48. The last time you dressed fancy, what did you wear and why did you dress fancy?I wore a tuxedo on a cruise on formal night.

49. Does anything hurt on your body right now?Not right now.

50. Have you been burned by love?

I guess, but I wouldn't change anything because I like how things ended up.

That took a lot longer than I thought it would.

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Parents Warned PSP Could Hold Porn

I realize some people aren't too tech savvy, but if you don't realize that the PSP can hold porn, then you obviously just don't have any idea what a PSP is, and if you don't know that, what the fuck are you doing buying it for your kid? You should also be aware that your kids can get porn on their iPods, cellphones, and pretty much any other device with a display and some means to accept data from outside sources. Your kids may also hide porn under their beds, or in a fort in the woods, or any one of a million other places that existed before personal electronics were everywhere, and yes, even before the internet. Actually, as a parent, you should pretty much just assume that your kids are going to see some porn no matter what you try to do to prevent it. However, if you've raised them well enough, this probably won't really damage them at all. Unfortunately, I would guess that the parents that would freak out the most about their kids seeing porn would also have the kids that would respond to seeing it the worst.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Mom Allegedly Microwaves Baby

I'm against the death penalty, only because I don't think it's administered fairly, and I think the chance of an innocent person being executed is too high, and I don't think even one innocent person being executed is acceptable. But stories like this one make me remember why I'd be in favor of it otherwise.

I don't know if this woman did this to her child, or if someone else did it, but the fact that there are people in the world who would put a baby in a microwave is evidence enough for me that some people just deserve to be dead.

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America, Not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on

Uh, we do? Great, where do I vote on that? Hopefully we can get rid of this practice altogether.

Seriously, though, this article is quite possibly the dumbest thing I've ever read. The only somewhat reasonable argument (and it's quite a stretch anyway) to have anyone put their hand on any holy book while taking any oath is for them to feel somehow more bound by that oath since they have some high regard for that book. If that isn't the case then, what's the point of the thing? If the guy taking the oath has no belief in the book he's taking the oath on, then why use it at all? Prager's point seems to be (and I'm guessing since it doesn't really make any sense) that the book is important to America, so that somehow taking his oath with it binds him to us somehow. First of all, I don't remember when we all decided that The Bible was "The official holy book of the US Government." And second, I thought the oath itself was what made him bound to do his duty to us, along with the trust that was placed in him when he was elected.

Another point of Prager's argument is that no one else has ever done this before, that other non Christians have taken their oaths on the Bible without any problem. I haven't actually checked if this is true (and I doubt Prager has either), but I'll assume that it is for the sake of argument. Of course no one else has done this, when their constituency is made up of people as stupid as Dennis Prager who will make a fuss over it when it means absolutely nothing.

Prager also points out that Ellison can get away with this because he is Muslim, and apparently, America's top priority is to avoid offending Mulsims (if that's true, we might want to work on it a little harder). I'm not sure what America he lives in, but where I live, it's perfectly acceptable to hate Muslims, because you know, they (yes, all of them) like to blow stuff up, especially American infidels. Hell, Muslim is the new Black. You can hate them all day long, and get away with it by using the excuse that they're terrorists. And because a lot of people in America are as stupid as Dennis Prager, it's perfectly acceptable.

Ellison's doing so will embolden Islamic extremists and make new ones, as Islamists, rightly or wrongly, see the first sign of the realization of their greatest goal -- the Islamicization of America.

So America is going to be Islamicized? I thought that we were supposed to all be Mexicans in a few years because of all the illegal immigration. Well, I guess xenophobia is flexible to multiple threats.

The oath itself is a meaningless ritual, I can think of plenty of congressmen that took the oath (on The Bible, I assume) and didn't fulfill it. Hell, this past congress might have a record number of these guys. And the book the oath is taken with is a meaningless part of this meaningless ritual. If Ellison had simply replaced the Bible he was using with the Koran and not told anyone, I bet no one would have even noticed. Hell, he probably could have replaced it with The Da Vinci Code, and no one would know. Maybe if people like Prager paid a little more attention to the content of the oath, and held the person accountable to it, rather than freaking out about the props in the ceremony, we might not have to waste our time with such petty bickering.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

This was pretty good. Different and funny, if a little bit predictable at times. I realized that
Maggie Gyllenhaal looks like my cousin, in the face anyway.

The funniest thing though, was what my wife overheard from some people behind us as we were leaving:

"Wasn't that Dustin Hoffman? He was in Meet the Parents."

Yeah, that was him, and it was actually Meet the Fockers, but I'm pretty sure he's been in a few other things as well. Shit like that makes me feel old.

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

NFL Week 12

So, I didn't bother to post my picks last week, since I've been disgusted with my performance lately and really didn't put much thought into them. So, of course, I went 13-3 and won the pool. That puts me at 97-63 for the year, which isn't so bad.

Miami at Detroit - I had originally picked Detroit here, just because they sometimes play better than expected on Thanksgiving, but now it looks like Kevin Jones is out and the Dolphins are playing better lately, so I like them here.

Tampa Bay at Dallas - Dallas could have a let down in the short week following a big win over the Colts, but that won't be enough for the Bucs to beat them.

Denver at Kansas City - Denver is doing well this year, but I think the Chiefs can get it done at home.

Pittsburgh at Baltimore - Pittsburgh might win a couple of more games this year, but I'll just have to get those wrong because I'm not picking them again, especially not against a good team like the Ravens.

Cincinnati at Cleveland - Tough year for the Bengals, but I think they're still easily the best team in Ohio.

San Francisco at St. Louis - San Francisco has been playing better lately, and St. Louis hasn't looked so good. I'll take the 49ers in an upset.

Arizona at Minnesota - Minnesota is coming back to Earth after a pretty good start, and the Cardinals may have gotten some confidence after breaking their losing streak, I'll take the upset here as well.

Houston at New York Jets - Houston has won some games they shouldn't have, but this won't be one of them.

New Orleans at Atlanta - I think the Saints are starting to realize that they're the Saints, and with the Falcons looking to get things back on track, I like them at home.

Washington at Carolina - I picked the Panthers to go to the NFC Championship game, and I think they're finally starting to play well. They shouldn't have a problem with a bad Redskin team.

Jacksonville at Buffalo - Jacksonville may have a rough time going on the road in the cold on a short week after a big Monday Night win, but I just don't like Buffalo at all, so I'll take the Jaguars.

Oakland at San Diego - I think the Chargers are really good, and determined to make sure they don't blow any oppurtunities like they did last year. They shouldn't have any trouble with a terrible Raiders team, Chargers 41-7.

New York Giants at Tennessee - The trendy pick here is to take the Titans, since the Giants have lost two in a row, but as much as I would like to, I don't see it. I like the Giants.

Chicago at New England - I think Chicago is not the best 9-1 team ever, but I think they're better than this year's Patriots. I'll take the Bears on the road.

Philadelphia at Indianapolis - The Eagles didn't have a good shot at this one before McNabb got hurt, now they have no shot.

Green Bay at Seattle - With Favre banged up, and Hasselback and Alexander back for the Seahawks, I think any chance the Packers had is gone. Seahawks 21-13.

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Monday, November 20, 2006

Murdoch cancels OJ Simpson plans

As much as I was intrigued by this, it's a good decision. That guy has no business getting any more attention, especially by basically laughing at our justice system and rubbing it in that he got away with it.

However, what the article fails to mention is that the TV show will be replaced with one called "If we hadn't canceled it, here's what it would have looked like."

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Baby boomers aren't happy with what's on television

So what? First of all, there are a lot of people in the world, who aren't baby boomers, I'm not sure where this notion that everything had to cater to them comes from, but it's pretty ridiculous. And secondly, if they can't find anything good on TV these days, then they're just not looking very hard. There are a lot of good shows on now, more than I can ever remember in the past. And I'm getting tired of this concept that people have to be able to relate to a show to enjoy it. I've heard that a lot in criticism of Studio 60 in particular, that it's too insidery, and people can't relate to it. So what? My top 5 favorite shows are:

Battlestar Galactica
The Wire
Rescue Me

I've never been in a plane crash, been stranded on an island with a mysterious smoke monster and a bunch of crazy people. I've never been in space, or on the run from a race of cybernetic robots. I've never been to Baltimore, never been a cop or a drug dealer, or a drug addict. I've never been to New York, never been a firefighter. And I certainly don't have any superpowers. But somehow, I still manage to enjoy all those shows (along with many others). Anyway, there is plenty on TV that anyone can relate to, and if you can't find something you like, you're just not trying hard enough.

And, as I'm sure Toast will point out, there is still plenty on TV that does cater to baby boomers.

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Fox News Preps News Satire Show

So, how is this any different than what they do now?

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Saturday, November 18, 2006

I hope this doesn't go on for three and a half hours

Michigan just scored early, so Brent Musburger felt compelled to tell us that "somewhere, somehow, Bo Schembechler is smiling." So apparently, it only took him a day or so to get over the inconvenience of being dead, and now he's focused right back in on football.

I just hope that when Ohio State scores, he remembers to say, "somewhere, somehow, Bo Schembechler is frowning."

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Friday, November 17, 2006

Bo Schembechler Dies

As if there wasn't enough already this weekend for the idiots on ESPN and sports talk radio to use to hype the game on Saturday, now we have to have the cliche added to it all where Michigan will be all fired up to win it for Bo. Oh well, I guess they were going to annoy me either way, so at least they'll have more variety to the hype now.

And on the bright side, anything that keeps the droolers on ESPN from talking about Tiki Barber for five minutes is ok.

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

NFL - Week 10

I had another lousy week last week, going only 6-8. I'm not even getting in the pool this week, at this point it just feels like a waste of $5. I did pick the Democrats in both the House and Senate, so I'll take those 2 wins to put me at .500 for the week with 8-8. I fully expect to go undefeated this week, since I didn't enter the pool.

Cleveland at Atlanta - The Falcons are too good to lose at home to the Browns.

Washington at Philadelphia - I'd really like to take the Redskins here, but I just don't see it.

San Diego at Cincinnati - I think Cincinnati pulls this one out to keep their season alive a little longer.

San Francisco at Detroit - I'll take the Lions just since they're at home.

Baltimore at Tennessee - I think this is a special year for the Ravens, they shouldn't have any trouble with the Titans.

Buffalo at Indianapolis - The Colts stay undefeated.

Houston at Jacksonville - The Jaguars look to avenge the ass kicking they got earlier this season, and I think they get it done.

Kansas City at Miami - I don't like either of these teams, so I'll take the Dolphins at home.

Green Bay at Minnesota - I think Minnesota is ready to sink back into obscurity after an ok start, but playing the Packers gives them a week of reprieve.

New York Jets at New England - The Patriots will take out their frustrations on the Jets from their loss to the Colts last week.

Denver at Oakland - Oakland has the worst offense I've ever seen. Since I don't think Plummer is going to get picked off 8 times, I think the Broncos are ok here.

Dallas at Arizona - The Cowboys need to get their shit together if they want to make the playoffs. They need to go at least 6-2 in the second half, and they have a tough game against the Colts next week, so they have to win here, and I think they do.

New Orleans at Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh is done. For some reason they're favored in this game, and I can't figure out why. They were also favored last week which I couldn't understand. I guess they're still riding their championship. I look for them to lose again. Maybe the worst defending champion ever.

St. Louis at Seattle - I'll take the Rams here, I really don't like the Seneca Wallace led Seahawks who only won last week since they played the Raiders.

Chicago at New York Giants - The Giants are pretty banged up, and the Bears are looking to bounce back from a tough loss. I think they get it done.

Tampa Bay at Carolina - The Panthers have had 2 weeks to let the ass kicking they got from the Cowboys snk in, and I think they'll take out their frustrations on the Bucs.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

NFL - Week 9

I'm much happier making my picks this week now that the Cowboys are back on track and headed for the Superbowl, led by the next Joe Montana, Tony Romo. The only time I've won the pool all year was when I picked a lot of upsets, so I'm trying that again.

Houston at New York Giants - Unfortunately the Giants are on a roll, and while I hope they get derailed soon, it won't be this week.

New Orleans at Tampa Bay - The Saints are good this year, and the Bucs aren't, but they do seem to be playing much better lately, and the Saints have come back to Earth a bit, so I'll pick the Bucs in an upset.

Green Bay at Buffalo - The Packers are probably my favorite bad team this year, and I just really hate the Bills for some reason, so I'll go with the Pack.

Dallas at Washington - Well, the Cowboys are headed to the Superbowl, and the Redskins are terrible, so I like Dallas.

Miami at Chicago - Chicago is too good. They're going to lose eventually, but it won't be this week.

Tennessee at Jacksonville - The Titans are bad, the Jags are pretty banged up, but they should still be able to handle Tennessee.

Atlanta at Detroit - Detroit sucks. Atlanta is rolling, I'll take the Falcons.

Cincinnati at Baltimore - I'd like to pick the Bengals here, but they haven't been playing particulary well, I'll take the Ravens at home.

Kansas City at St. Louis - This game is going to suck. I'll take the Rams.

Minnesota at San Francisco - This game will suck worse than the last one, I like the Vikings.

Denver at Pittsburgh - Acoording to Yahoo, the Steelers are favored in this game, but I can't figure out any reason why they would be. Denver is playing very well, the Steelers look like crap, I'll take the Broncos.

Cleveland at San Diego - I don't think I've picked the Browns all year, and I'm not going to start now.

Indianapolis at New England - This should be a really good game, and I have no idea who is going to win, so I'll take a wild stab and say the Colts, 31-30.

Oakland at Seattle - Here's my big upset, though it isn't so big with Alexander and Hasselback out. Oakland is on a little winning streak, and as much as they suck, they get the Seahawks at the right time. I'll take the Raiders, 21 - 17.

Another lousy week last week, though I did squeak out .500, which still leaves me with only one losing week this season. And I'm still at a respectable 70 - 44 for the season.

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

TV - Thoughts

I got a lot (relatively, since I only have about 3 readers left) of response from my TV posts, so I thought I might continue giving my thoughts on the shows I watch as we go through the seasons. If you're not all caught up, don't read anymore as I will probably give things away.

Battlestar Galactica - They sure don't fuck around when they execute you for treason, that looks like a tough way to go. I think Tigh is going to start feeling pretty guilty about Ellen since all the remaining collaborators got a pass.

Jericho - Please quit with the fucking small town drama. There is apparently a nuclear war going on, that's your major plot. All the other little crap should be there, but it should be the background, not the focus. Jake's relationships with everyone, horse thieves, the brother cheating on his wife, Jake's past in Jericho, these things should all be minor stuff. Jake's past after he left Jericho, Hawkins' story whatever it is, the outside world, those should be the focus. Pretty much anything they could still have in the plot if there wasn't a nuclear war should be minor points.

Friday Night Lights - Would someone please tell these idiot fucking writers that football games are not always decided on the last play. It's bad enough that this is done in just about every sports movie ever, but it can almost be excused in that case, but in a TV show, where it happens every other week, it's just too much. The rest of the show is pretty good, and I hate seeing it marred by this crap.

Boston Legal - Enough with Jerry Espensen. I really like the character, but if they wanted him to be on every week, they shouldn't have fired him.

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