Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Nickel Creek

I gots some new favorite music. I used to buy a ton of CD's... and by a ton of CD's I mean a lot. Anyway, that sort of trailed off once I started having access to a T1 line and Napster. After that fizzled out, I never got back into the habit so it is actually a pretty rare occasion when I buy a CD. I think I am going to rush out to my nearest Best Buy and get Nickel Creek's "Why Should the Fire Die?" I saw their video for When In Rome on CMT... awesome stuff. Much better than the shit that they play on MTV.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Dick's Sporting Goods missed a major opportunity

I am a marketing genius. I know this because as I was watching TV the other day (not the only thing that I do) I saw a commercial for Dick's Sporting Goods. The commercial involved approximately five high school girls talking about the individual sports they play... "I'm a forward for Eagles Soccer" "I am a striker for Rams volleyball"... or something like that. Anyway, near the end of the commercial is a montage of all these high school girls saying "I need more power" "I need more speed" "I need more hops" etc, etc. After that there is the logo for Dick's and some anonymous announcer telling us all the great things we can buy at Dick's. So me, being my typical marketing genius self thought that it would be a really AWESOME idea if after all these high school girls told us that they "need more power", "they need more speed", "they need more traction" they should tell us that "I need more Dick's", "I need more Dick's", "I need more Dick's". I should go to work immediately for the firm that handles Abercrombie and Fitch's marketing.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Jags Falcons game

It seems to me like the preseason is where nothing can be right. Either your team is good... or excellent... and all you hear is how the preseason means nothing. Or your team struggles and gets bashed for that. Vic Ketchman wrote "Savvy football people don't get worked up about preseason games. Be savvy". Yet, if you read the writeups of last night's game, you would think that Jacksonville is doomed for the season. And could the ESPN broadcast team of Joe Theisman, Paul Maguire and Mike Patrick suck NFL player's dicks any harder?! Holy Christ, talk about Shlup-Shlup-Shlup. If I hear them fall all over themselves to complement every single player on the field one more time, I'm going to peel my toenails back slowly. Let's hope Jacksonville gets passed up for those Sunday night games. Anyway, obviously it would have been better to win last night, but I thought there were a lot of highlights and other than the fact that Jacksonville seems to be unable to stop the run, I think things are looking good for the season.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Apparently Idahoans never study logic

Have you seen this craziness? Don't get me wrong, I think the Cindy Sheehan thing is really just a PR stunt gone rampant (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) , but the idea that a TV station wouldn't show her TV ad because there's no proof that there aren't WMD in Iraq seems ludicrous. I mean, unless I'm mistaken Bush himself has admitted that there aren't any WMD in Iraq. And how do you get proof that something does NOT exist? Logically impossible! So much for the left-wing media!

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Sweet Vindication!

Looks like the NCAA, stopped, thought about it, and realized that they had truly stepped in it. Now, of course, they have opened themselves up to appeals from everyone under the sun. Nice job, jackasses. Don't mess with the Noles! (Unless you're the University of Miami, who seemingly gets to do that)

Pat Robertson

...Never ceases to amaze me with his ability to one-up his previous asinine comments. In this article, he calls for the US to assassinate Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected president of Venezuela. Why? To prevent it from becoming "a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism." What a jackass. First, communist infiltration? Let's be clear, Chavez is a leftist friend of Fidel Castro, but is anyone really concerned about communist infiltration anymore? Doesn't that seem, like, so 30 years ago? And even better, MUSLIM EXTREMISM? Venezuela is an ardently Catholic country (like 96% of the population) - maybe the Vatican is going to be next!
I'd like to be able to purely blame Robertson for this, but he's harnessing the rhetoric of the Bush Administration, which has used "Muslim Extremism" as a punching bag to promote their own objectives around the world. So I'm not surprised that Pat Robertson is doing the same.

Update [2:12pm]: Venezuela takes Pat Robertson seriously!

Update Redux [4:00pm, next day]: Pat Robertson trips over himself from furiously backpedaling!

Update x3 [7:42pm]: Pat Robertson apologizes, admits he actually said what was clearly on videotape.

Monday, August 22, 2005

So I was watching TV the other day and I saw an advertising spot for Slim Jim snacks. The spot included something called the fairy snapmother which looked like a wannabee Henry Rollins with fairy wings and some clown that rode his dirtbike off a ramp into a puddle of mud. All through the ill balanced lens of some home video camcorder. After the clown landed in the puddle of mud all his buddies clapped and cheered and the fairy snapmother implored me to "Snap Into A Slim Jim". Maybe someone should tell them that Jackass was cancelled four years ago.

So I was watching TV the other day and I saw an advertising spot for Sneaux Shoes. The spot included Steve-O... formerly of Jackass drinking sour milk out of his shoes. It also included Steve-O launching himself over... and into... several plastic garbage bins. After that, Steve-O told me that these were "Damn fine shoes", or something like that. Maybe someone should tell them that Jackass was cancelled four years ago.

Friday, August 19, 2005

One good reason not to move to New Orleans

Good heavens. Beads aren't enough to make me move to New Orleans. Read to the end, it's the best part!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Now this is just getting a little out of hand! P Puffy Combs Diddy. Fuck It... I'm going to start calling him Trunkie!

XBox 360 vs PS3

All right, I've been meaning to talk about this for a while. The new Microsoft XBox 360 looks ready for a release somewhere around the Holiday shopping season. This would be the first "next generation" game console released since... well... the original XBox. Sony has been sitting with a great market share from their PS2; however, I think their arrogance is about to catch up with them. I've read quite a few articles where Sony reps have been quoted as saying that they're not concerned about the XBox 360 being released almost a full year ahead of the next generation Playstation. They believe that the consumers will stay loyal to the product and will wait.

Well I've got news for them. I consider myself a pretty average gamer as far as demographics go. I'm not hardcore enough to own two systems which is why I do not own an XBox. I'm also fairly loyal to Sony in that I would wait a FEW months for a new Sony console to come out. However, after all the initial hype dies down from the XBox 360 launch and you can walk into a Target and see 10 XBox 360s all ready to be taken home... and NO Sony PS3... that is where my loyalty will end. And chances are that in 6 months or 8 months or whatever when the PS3 comes out, I won't buy it. And I think there is going to be a HUGE number of people that will do that. And you can certainly expect Sony's market share to disappear after that. Only time will tell, but I believe that Sony is relying too much on the loyalty people have for their consoles. Maybe someone should remind them of how loyal people were to Nintendo in the early 90's.

Funniest news story evar!

Check this out - and make sure that you read to the bottom!

More Jaguars stuff

So last night I watched the "NFL Network" on cable (it's new - just for the season?), and they happened to have a Jaguars practice on FOR AN HOUR. Now, I love the Jaguars, but watching a summer camp day was NOT interesting. The commentators just kept making jokes about the heat. The best part was when Paul Spicer took a camera crew through the parking lot and talked about all the players' cars. The rookie punter had an old Camry - Spicer was like, "we'll see what he gets once the season gets started."

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Good Housing Article

Here is a good article that takes a more moderate view of the red-hot housing market than Paul Krugman's. I'm actually glad to see that Miami is almost in the top ten metro areas (West Palm and Fort Lauderdale are 2 and 7 respectively). As expensive as I thought Miami was, a lot of analysts in South Florida still viewed the market as a bargain... which makes sense only when you compare it California! Of course all of this is coming from the point of view of someone who is safely in a house that they have purchased! So viva double digit housing price increases.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Thoughts on Saturday's Jaguars game

Finally, some football to talk about. Anyway, I thought Saturday's preseason opener against the Dolphins looked promising. I know, I know, the first team offense looked pretty bad, but keep in mind, they didn't have Fred Taylor and there is still the need for the offense to gel with the new coordinator and scheme. Jacksonville definitely has the talent to win a lot of games this year. I just hope they can avoid injury which seemed to be what plagued them during their early success.

Also, some good news coming from LA. It looks as though while LA is eager to receive an NFL franchise, LA Mayor Villaraigosa has made it clear that no public funds will be spent on either building a new stadium or renovating the Coliseum. Besides LA already has a semi-professional team in USC. Why do they even need the NFL?

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Headlines

Maybe I'm being overly politically correct, but does this seem like a responsible headline? I mean, what if I wrote something like "ONCE YOU GO BLACK YOU NEVER GO BACK" about the latest Jack Black movie, would that be over the top? I'm not bitching, I'm genuinely interested. I don't know what to think.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Everyone who knows me, knows of my love for the Big Aristotle, so it will be interesting to see how he reacts to his Punk'd-ing. It will also be interesting to see how the Heat do next year with their new acquisitions. Chemistry is everything, but it seems like with Shaq, Dwyane Wade, and Udonis Haslem there aren't that many pieces that remain for a championship team. If for nothing else, it will be interesting to watch Jason William who was pretty electrifying for the four or so months that he was at Florida.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Please... for the love of God... just make Terrell Owens go away. How can someone so totally dominate football coverage when not even a pass has been thrown his way. Well, I'll tell you how... by being a complete ASSHOLE!!! I don't normally wish harm on others, but please, just let him shred his ACL in the first preseason game so we don't have to hear from him for at least a year. I'm just kidding by the way... I don't want any bad karma.

Otherwise football season is right around the corner. I'm excited about Jacksonville's prospects this year. I think the team will go where Byron Leftwich and Fred Taylor take them; however, there is the looming fear that this will be the last year they are the Jacksonville Jaguars... and then what? Bucs Fan? Dolphins Fan? Screw that... I'm rooting for the Patriots. Or whoever is good at that point.

Update:
Terrell Owens Trade Rumors. If you don't want to read the article... I'll sum it up for you. The Eagles don't want TO and noone else does either. But it's a pretty funny look at the possibilities for other teams, or lack thereof.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Funny stuff

Any time someone wants to make fun of James Dobson, it's okay by me. Thus, I present to you: this.

Love for the Seminoles

I have to fully support our governor (Jeb!) and the Florida State Seminoles on this one. The 'Noles are by far one of the least offensive Native-American mascots. I can see going after the Cleveland Indians or the Washington Redskins... but a mascot that the tribe itself supports?! Come on! Anyway... I'm all for the Fighting Whities!

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The beginning of the end?

Paul Krugman has a very interesting piece today on the housing bubble. I don't know how I feel about this. As someone with a very cheap home in Krugman's "Flatland" I have nothing to lose if the bubble bursts and everything to gain because if I want to move in the next couple of years I need housing values to deflate beforehand, and not after, so that I can buy a nice house in a more exciting town. However, my mother's house is her only real retirement asset, so I worry about her. I'll have to afford a REALLY nice house if my mother is going to have to come live with me. :)

P.S. Sorry that I haven't posted lately - I'm back from travelling! More regular posts now that the semester is beginning.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Tony Blair Kicks Ass

Tony Blair kicks ass. I hope that when he is done being Prime Minister, or President, or King of England, or whatever the hell he is, that he comes over to the US and runs for president. I'd vote for him. I'm sure he sounded very polite when he told Islamic extremists that their asses would soon be deported. But in all sincerity I agree with this. I can't understand how people support legislation to criminalize hate speech towards minorities, yet would disagree with this policy. To me it's the same animal. A very wise man recently told me that just threatening someone is actually considered assault. So why then if you threaten a government (and actually more specifically, the people of a certain government) is that not considered a serious enough offense to warrant being thrown out of the country... or at least arrested?

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

MTV's Real World Austin

For those that don't watch MTV's "The Real World", it's a pretty sweet set-up. The cornerstone of MTV's reality line up, it revolves around seven strangers who are put up in a pimped out house. The show has had seasons in New York, Chicago, Miami (which I would love to see now), and now Austin. One of this season's cast members, Danny, has had just about the worst season on the Real World of anyone I can ever remember. Well, actually, so far he's probably had about the worst season of ANY reality show ever. The first five or so episodes have revolved around him recovering from surgery to repair a busted orbital socket after he got clocked in the face by some thug and now he has to deal with the fact that his mom died of a heart attack while he was in Austin. They're leaving it up in the air about whether or not he'll even return to Austin after he flies home for the funeral. I'm not so sure I would be too keen on visiting the great state of Texas ever again if I went through what this poor kid has gone through. Oh well, at least he's getting laid by the hottest chick on the show.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

All right... I am recommited to... committing more time to the blog. I have been slack recently and I understand that. Anyway, onto the post. I find it hard to believe that I am one of the few people who believe that spending yourself into a high level of debt (especially using home equity) is a bad thing. I consider myself fairly fiscally responsible and it surprises me how easily people will spend beyond their means. I think the funniest thing is that I am actually one of the less frugal of my friends.

So there it is, my first post in a while. Less slacking... more blogging!

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