Thursday, May 31, 2007

Jeopardy Won by Warrant Frontman

It looked like a walk in the park for our boy Mehrun. His two opponents could not have spurred more confidence in his eventual success. The woman, with her chemically shaped hair and curious makeup, looked like a secretary in a New Jersey chiropracter's office. And the construction worker from Virginia, looked like the lead singer of a hair metal cover band. Then Mehrun came out sporting a red blazer and I felt like I was betting on Secretariat at the Belmont. (Personal side note: My friend Poog, is getting married in October, and my friend Angry, has suggested that we all wear red blazers to the wedding and to all our friends' future weddings. Further personal side note: another friend, has suggested that at our first bachelor party (prob not Poog's - the chick wouldn't approve), we all buy a bottle of Jack Daniels, lock ourselves in a single hotel room, air our grievances to each other, and then beat the crap out of one another.) Then Mehrun came storming out of the box and I felt like Charlie upon meeting Willie Wonka.

But then things took an unusual turn.

Mehrun went multiple categories without answering a single question. When he finally did ring in, he got one one wrong!?!?!?!?... he hadn't done that since his first day, he was unravelling. Then Sebastian Bach caught a daily double, down about $3,000, and risked $6,000!!! (he only had about $9,000 at the time, he deserves allot of credit for the gamble). Anyway, he answered correctly (on an exceedingly easy question), and won on a very difficult final jeopardy question, that both he and Mehrun answered incorrectly.

This unfortunate occurrence, coupled with Billy Donovan's signing with the Magic, has me on the ropes in terms of my predictions (not to mention the DC Madam debacle), I'm even starting to think I may be a jinx. Anyway, I'm going to head out and watch the rest of the Pistons/Cavs game...goooooo Pistons...also go Hillary, Mitt and McCain!!!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Under Construction

A friend of mine recently wrote his first article for NBC It seems to be pretty clever analysis of a sport called baseball. I'm not really familiar with the game, but he has a team from Boston leading the way, so it can't be very highly regarded. Anyway, he'll be writing a weekly column for NBC so I definitely recommend checking it out.

An exchange I had with him (in addition to one I had with another friend of mine) prompted me to alter the format of this blog. Unfortunately due to some unexplained computer problems - Proving Once again theRe is No such thing as a free lunch - I have yet to complete the needed changes. Over the next couple days, I will find and add blogs I think are worthy of the illustrious distinction of being called, Your Favorite Blogger's Favorite Blogger's Favorite Blogs. They'll likely cover a variety of fields and will hopefully be of interest to anyone that is of interest.

Otherwise, Mehrun Etebari has been running the show on Jeopardy lately. Today he Cliff Clavin'd a stiff from Baltimore and a former four-time Jeopardy champ, all while wearing a green suit. Plus he displays the perfect mix of excitement and modesty when each whopping new cash total is announced. Over 5 days he's won upwards of $125,000. Needless to say, I'm excited about the Etebari reign.

Friday, May 25, 2007

The Coolest Shit Going

If you aren't interested in this website, I honestly don't know what you're doing reading this blog. So far I've watched a presentation on the possibility of eliminating aging as a biological certainty (by a Cambridge researcher), a presentation by Richard Dawkins on militant atheism, and one by Malcolm Gladwell on how spaghetti sauce makes us happy. I even watch the commercials at the beginning and end of each video because I feel indebted to the website for such great programming. Be back soon.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

I'm the Asshole

I'm putting together an account of the weekends debauchery but haven't had the time to complete it. In the mean time, I find it fascinating that Ron Paul is occupying 4 of the top 6 rated videos on YouTube this week. The youth vote will eventually realize its potential through the power of the internet and I wonder if the '08 presidential election will be that time.

Otherwise, the douche bag who won jeopardy deserves to be beaten with a shillelagh for his performance on today's show. In the midst of a "run-away" (otherwise known as a Cliff Clavin) with three questions left to go, under a minute left to play, and control of the board, he stalled in an attempt to ensure his opponents would not reach his halfway point. It took him a good 15 seconds before he chose a new category topic (or perhaps before even he realized he wasn't a big enough douche to continue the charade). I swear to God I can pick out people who would engage in such behavior within minutes of knowing them, and I shall never respect such individuals, never.

Regardless, the real salient point here is that it is ridiculous that in a time of micro-editing Jeopardy still has a time limit rather than just cutting the dead air time out and making sure each board is cleared before proceeding. I've mentioned this before and it pisses me off that this change has yet to be made.

The other thing I wanted to mention is the strangest natural disaster I've ever read about. Enjoy.

Monday, May 21, 2007

For Fuck's Sake

A friend of mine told me I was the only person, he knows, who uses the above phrase and I figured it'd make a good headline. Anyway, I had an outrageous weekend and I'll write about it tomorrow but I've treated my body like elementary school students treat the new kid lately and really need to pack it in for the evening. I haven't posted much at all recently and that is going to change, stat.

Two things I did want to mention include this link, which is a great story about drinking alone (I'm genuinely impressed with how well it was written) and is part of a magazine entitled Modern Drunkard Magazine. I am so excited about that concept I can't even control myself. And this link, which is a touch too conspiratorial for my nature but is nevertheless interesting and I do think net neutrality has been drastically under reported by the "mainstream media." Be back tomorrow.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Tribute to a friend

A friend of mine was killed in the Iraq war recently. This is a very thorough article about a good man and a good friend. I am not one to glorify the dead - I believe it to be a disservice to their lives - but I can say with all honesty that Colby was one of the most genuine people I've ever encountered and the world would be a better place if there were more people like Colby in it. I'll post soon with some other stuff but for now R.I.P. Colby James Umbrell.

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

A Couple Links of Varying Levity

I've been watching the most recent season of South Park (here) and really recommend giving it a look. The show has always been satirical in nature but this season has really been top notch in its assessment of current events. Also, the two episodes from season ten named Cartoon Wars, are interesting not only for for the show's take on the Muhammad cartoons (which apparently were censored by Comedy Central) but also for the show's self-reflection, which is just as biting as their critique of everything else.

Otherwise, this weeks This American Life (the Habeas Schmabeas episode) is really eye opening. If you've been paying any attention to the on-going saga of the Guantanamo Bay detainees I highly recommend taking a listen, it's important.

An interesting juxtaposition is this video which shows what (potentially) happens when a government undermines justice to exact revenge.

Something to think about.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

The DC Madam Top 10

I am so excited for this story, I can't even control myself. 132 women working as high-end call girls in DC for 13 years and now the Madam is going to name names? This could be the super bowl of political hypocrisy. Already on the mat is former Bush administration "Aid's Czar" Randall Tobias who was endowed with the responsibility of promoting abstinence and monogamy as the most effective way to curtail the spread of HIV/AIDS. And there is so much more to come. In honor of this gem of a story, I have decided to put together a top 10 list of politicians likely to be named by Palfrey on Thursday.

10. Rick Santorum, the former junior senator from Pennsylvania is my sleeper pick in the hooker draft. Santorum is known for his conservative social views and is certainly one of the slimiest characters ever to grace the halls of the capital.

9. Joseph Biden, after getting caught cheating on a paper at Syracuse law school Biden was caught plagiarizing a speech from a British MP during his run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988. The guy also has a smoking-jacket kind of feel to him that reeks of...well, never mind.

8. Edward Kennedy, he may have been blacked out but we've all made some questionable decisions when we've had a couple.

7. Bob Packwood, yes Bob certainly does, to the tune of 29 women who claimed some form of sexual abuse at the hands of Packwood. He must have had Palfrey on speed dial.

6. Pat Robertson, televangelist and 1988 Republican presidential hopeful, Robertson has been accused, under oath, of entertaining prostitutes in his earlier years and is not unlikely to have horrified prostitutes in his later years.

5. Bob Livingston, exposed during Larry Flynt's witch hunt (which was really more like a fish in a barrel hunt), Livingston resigned after women came forward exposing his infidelity.

4. Bob Barr, also a victim of Flynt, Barr married his second wife within 1 month of his divorce to his first wife. Barr also sports one of the shadiest mustaches in the history of facial hair.

3. Henry Hyde, the former chair of the House International Relations Committee, Hyde describe a four-year affair that he had at the age of 41 to be a youthful indiscretion. According to this I have another 15 years to be a scumbag.

2. Newt Gingrich, there's not a snowball's chance in hell that Gingrich kept his greasy paws off of the hookers

1. Bill Clinton, although it may depend on what the definition of "is" is, Clinton was, is, and will always be in a class of his own when it comes to the ladies er the prostitutes er the interns.