Tuesday, July 29, 2008

ESPN - TitleTown USA

As if it wasn't already clear that this was a stupid idea, the result clearly shows how ridiculous the whole exercise was. "Titletown, USA" has no professional sports teams, no major colleges, and most people have probably never even heard of it. This whole thing was just straight up contrived ESPN bullshit.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Sountrack of my Life

So I was tagged by Toast with this labor intensive meme he got from Furious. Normally, I shy away from blogging anytime it starts to resemble work in any way, as you may have gathered from the frequency of my posts, but this time, I'm kind of bored, so I'll give this a shot.

Basically, you start at the year of your birth, and pick the best album for each year. Unlike some of these other guys, I'm not even going to try to remember what I may have liked at the time, I'm just going to go with what I think now. So here we go:

1972 - Eagles - Eagles. Just because I had to pick something to get this thing started. Wow, what a crappy year for music.

1973 - Aerosmith - Aerosmith. Again, just because I have to pick something, if I didn't know they 80s and 90s would go much better, I'd quit about now.

1974 - Endless Summer - Beach Boys Apparently, the 70s had less good music than I originally thought. I'm really glad I was not yet old enough to care.

1975 - A Night at the Opera - Queen. How did people actually survive the 70s?

1976 - Hotel California - The Eagles I really don't like The Eagles as much as it may seem at this point.

1977 - The Stranger - Billy Joel. Finally found one that I didn't feel like I was just picking because I had to.

1978 - Van Halen - Van Halen. Getting slightly easier now. Unfortunately, while I expect there will be more good choices soon, that also means I have to choose between them.

1979 - Off the Wall - Michael Jackson. Whatever happened to this guy?

1980 - Back in Black - AC/DC. I'm not a huge AC/DC fan, but this one belongs on here.

1981 - I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts. Ok, so I said I wasn't going to try to remember what I liked at the time, but for 1981, I couldn't find anything I liked more than a song or two on, but I had this back then and really liked it, though it does absolutely nothing for me now.

1982 - ThrillerMichael Jackson. Can't go wrong with the best selling album of all time.

1983 - Madonna - Madonna. I bought this on cassette at a gas station on some long trip we went on when I was a kid.

1984 - Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution. Who doesn't love Prince?

1985 - Radio - LL Cool J. See, he has been here for years.

1986 - Licensed to Ill - The Beastie Boys. This was an easy one. I believe I can still recite the entire album from memory. Anyway, I didn't even look at the rest of the list for this year.

1987 - Appetite for Destruction - Guns N' Roses.

1988 - TIE: ...And Justice for All - Metallica and Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A. and Eazy-Duz-It - Eazy-E. How can I pick between those three?

1989 - As Nasty As They Wanna Be - 2 Live Crew.

1990 - Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J. Don't call it a comeback.

1991 - Metallica ("The Black Album") - Metallica.

1992 - The Predator - Ice Cube. And I won't choke like the Buffalo Bills...

1993 - Doggystyle - Snoop Doggy Dogg.

1994 - Dookie - Green Day. Not much I liked to pick from here.

1995 - Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette.

1996 - Load - Metallica.

1997 - Big Willie Style - Will Smith.

1998 - Greatest Hits Live - Journey. I've tried to avoid greatest hits or compilations so far, but I couldn't come up with anything else, and I'm running out of meme steam.

1999 - Hooray for Boobies - The Bloodhound Gang. I picked this one because you were supposed to stick your tongue through the CD to make it look like a boobie.

2000 - The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem.

Ok, that's all I can do. I don't listen to much music these days, especially anything new, and everything I see on the recent pages is barely recognizable at best. So the meme has beaten me, I give up.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

I haven't watched this show since the last time I posted about it. After watching part of it again tonight, I realize that this is a show I need to stay away from, as it only makes me depressed to realize how stupid people are.

The first question I saw was "What is the minimum number of letters required to make a word in the English language?" The guy did thankfully get it right, but only after peeking at the answer of the fifth grader beside him, which is I guess some kind of lifeline in this show. Jeff Foxworthy did make fun of him a little for it, but not nearly enough, as far as I'm concerned. He then counted on his fingers for a while before finally answering correctly how many days are in January, June and September combined, but at least he got it. Then came the question about which amount (in US currency) is greatest, half a trillion, 600 billion, or 999 million. This time he seemed pretty sure, and was reading through each one before giving his answer. He amazingly figured that half a trillion is 500 billion, so 600 billion is greater, then he sounded like he was about to say that obviously 999 was greater, when I guess he really noticed that million for the first time. Well, nothing wrong with that, he didn't read the question completely at first. But the sad part here was, he really seemed thrown by this revelation, and it took him time to recover before he thankfully did come up with the right answer. The next question was, "Which of the 50 state capitals lies at the greatest latitude?" The guy was pretty sure of himself this time and pretty quickly answered Maine. Now I don't know if the show is strict enough to tell him that Maine isn't the capital of anything, since it's obviously wrong for other reasons. But the thing that pissed me off here was that they guy got to continue because the little girl answered the question correctly. I stopped paying attention at that point, but looked up to see that he quit on the next question, though he could have continued if he would have taken the little girl's answer, which was correct.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Forgivable Five

Tracy put up a fun little meme -

Question - what five famous people would you want listed in the contract that your significant other had to forgive you if, you know, you just happened to meet them and you just happened to hit it off and they just happened to express interest in some hot, shallow monkey sex?


My actual list wouldn't have any famous people, but that wouldn't be fun for anyone but me and Michelline. And really, this isn't set in stone, it could change from day to day, depending on who crosses my path. So here we go, in no particular order.

1. Jessica Alba
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She's actual a little less full-figured than I normally go for, but there's something about her.

2. Katherine Heigl
katherine heigl
After seeing Knocked Up, I developed a kind of a thing for her. She also vaguely reminds me of a really sexy lady I work with (who's definitely on my non-famous list).

3. Lara Logan
New York Marriot Marquis Hotel
I saw her on The Daily Show and wow, I would've thought she was an actress or a model if I hadn't been told. Smart, beautiful and a sexy accent. Here, just watch the clip if you haven't seen it.


4. Marina Sirtis
Marina Sirtis
She'd have to use her Troi accent, though. That reminds me of the Star Trek episode where Barclay was using the holodeck to run his fantasies of Troi and Crusher. If you really had a holodeck, would you bother with that "goddess of empathy" crap? It would be all XXX, all the time. I probably would have been drummed out of Starfleet.

5. JK Rowling
JK Rowling
I've always thought she was sexy. Smart and a good sense of humor certainly helps too.

Honorable mention

Demi Moore
Demi Moore
After seeing her in No Small Affair with Jon Cryer, before she got famous, I had a little movie crush on her.

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd
She's another one who's a little skinnier than I normally go for, but damn, she's hot. I think the first time I saw her may have been in that ST:TNG episode with Wesley.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

I Watch Movies

So, I just watched this Jodie Foster movie, The Brave One, and it was ok, nothing special, but there were a couple of things that really annoyed me about it. First, this woman is so afraid after being attacked that she can't even walk through a hallway without being scared to death, and she absolutely has to have a gun RIGHT NOW and can't even wait through the waiting period. However, she's not too afraid to follow a strange man, who she knows to have a gun, into the bowels of Chinatown with at least $1000 in cash on her. Somehow, that doesn't really make any sense to me. She's also a magnet for crime, which was a little ridiculous.

And I know it's not really fair to type cast someone, but the other annoying thing about the movie is that they expect us to believe that Naveen Andrews' character can get beaten to death by a few punk gang members. We all saw Sayid kill someone with his feet, while his hands were tied behind his back, and it was perfectly believable. So if your movie needs someone to get beaten to death, find someone else.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

People are Stupid

What kind of a moron do you need to be to think that being multilingual could possibly be a bad thing?

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

"/tmp/upload/3bb5c612404fc33164f8f3720ab59a7146279c073eb8f100adb4c4dbfd78ec971/Michelline ready for surgery.jpg"Michelline's roux-en-y gastric bypass is done. We got to the hospital this morning around 5 AM and she had the surgery from 7:30 to 9:00. According to the surgeon, it was very routine, no problems or leaks. She's been sleeping now ever since coming out of surgery. We're hoping to say goodbye to diabetes, high blood pressure, back pain and 80 or 90 pounds (not to mention the $10800.00 check I wrote this morning).

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Saturday, July 05, 2008

Fourth of July Meme

Tagged by Toast with this patriotic meme.

1. Are you "proud to be an American"?

Of course I'm proud to be an American...where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I'd gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today, 'cause there ain't no doubt I love this land.

2. Favorite Founding Father?

Probably have to go with Ben Franklin. He seems like a pretty interesting guy even without the founding father stuff.

3. Favorite president?

I'll go with Franklin Pierce, because we share the same birthday.

4. Biggest "Patriotic Moment"?

Probably some time in the 1992 Olympics watching the Dream Team.

5. Favorite patriotic song?

Living in America

6. Favorite American cuisine?

Pizza, and fuck anyone who says that isn't American.

7. Happiest political moment of your life?

I'll answer this one in about six and a half months.

8. Best fireworks display you've ever seen?

Probably something at Disney World, but that doesn't really fit the theme, I guess.

9. America's gift to the world?

Easy, football. And fuck them if they don't appreciate it.

10. Favorite Bill of Rights right?

The Second. Without it, all those gun nuts, who love to talk about their guns non stop, and look at pictures of guns as if they were porn, would have to keep those things to themselves, and then we wouldn't be able to so easily identify them as crazy people we should stay away from.

11. Favorite American Holiday?

I was born on Thanksgiving, so I'll go with that.

12. Favorite D.C. monument?

I don't know, but the knowledge that there will never be a Bush monument makes me pretty happy.

13. Your dream for America's future?

That we actually strive to uphold the American values that made this country great.

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