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Greg Oden: Marketable

This isn’t anything new, but it is still awesome:

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Sports, Video | , | Leave a comment

Weezer Rocks My Socks

I must be on a 90’s kick right now, because I am currently watching “Across The Sea: Weezer Live In Japan” on Palladia (formerly Music HD) and loving it. Watching them play Across The Sea in front of a bunch of screaming Japanese kids is pretty fucking awesome, and it reminds me how much I love Pinkerton.  If you don’t own it, I don’t want to talk to you.

I’m not going to be a Weezer apologist and say I liked the last two CDs (I hated Make Believe and haven’t even bothered to give The Red Album a chance), but they can still put on a great live show. I will say, however, that if you put out two great albums and two pretty good ones after that, you’re afforded the right to throw some fluff out there.  As long as you keep touring and writing, I have no qualms. Besides, Patrick Wilson is awesome.

Now, if you aren’t a huge Weezer fan, you need to check out The Blue Album and Pinkerton, and then whip up your DVR to record this little set of live footage from the other side of the Pacific.  You can thank me later.

Weezer

November 25, 2008 Posted by | Music | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 13

Texas Tech has lost, and order has been restored.  You may be asking why Texas is number one, and that’s simply because they have played the second toughest schedule in the country (behind Utah State who has lost most of their games). Losing one game by six points to a fellow top 10 team is pretty forgivable.  Here is the entire top 10:

  1. Texas (10-1)
  2. Alabama (11-0)
  3. Utah (12-0)
  4. Oklahoma (10-1)
  5. Florida (10-1)
  6. Boise State (11-0)
  7. Texas Tech (10-1)
  8. USC (9-1)
  9. Penn State (11-1)
  10. Georgia (9-2)

I am very curious to see how the next few weeks play out; there isn’t a lot of room for error anymore.  The only thing I would change about this season to date (other than every UW game) is to have Penn State still be undefeated.  It would have been nice to give ol’ Joe Pa a shot at the title.

November 23, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Music: 1998 Sounds Great

Can you believe it’s been 10 years since Cake came out with their fabulous album Prolonging The Magic?  Neither can I.  Sheep Go To Heaven – which hit #16 on the modern rock chart in 2001 – came up on shuffle today while I was driving home, and I sang every word of it.  I love this band, and I love this song.

And good news for fans: according to Wikipedia, new albums are in the works:

The band has announced that two new albums are in the works: Live at the Crystal Palace, the band’s first live album; and a new studio album, originally due in fall 2008, but later announced to be early 2009 at the band’s Earthfest 2008 performance. John McCrea describes the studio album’s sound as “very different” from previous Cake records, also indicating that he will be playing piano much more than usual. Both will be released on Upbeat Records.

Awesome!  Just a little music post to brighten your Thursday.  Now, check out the video, and be amazed:

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Music, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Odd Pair

The pictures, not the people (From Change.gov):

Why would you choose to put two pictures side by side that are almost complete opposite angles?  And they’re showing just about the exact same moment.  Why not choose the best one?  Silly Obama-Biden staffers…

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Pictures, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

Please Fix the iPhone

Via Paul Thurrott, I bring you a fantastic web site, PleaseFixTheiPhone.com.  If you don’t own an iPhone, you don’t realize how large of a dichotomy the user interface is.  You can explore the entire Internet (except anything involving Flash and also many modern sites that have large scripts that will crash Safari); you can make and receive calls with the fantastic contacts screen (although many of your calls will drop due to the combination of the horrible AT&T network and the completely innacurate and useless signal strength meter); you can check your email (but don’t even think of copying any text to paste somewhere else); the list of plusses (and minuses) goes on and on.

So head over and vote for your most wanted fixes for the iPhone.  Just remember, unless the mighty Steve Jobs thinks anything is “broken” (which he doesn’t, as he doesn’t let Apple release imperfect products), nothing about the iPhone is going to change.

November 11, 2008 Posted by | Technology | , , | Leave a comment

Everyone Needs Some Chuck In Their Life

Chuck PosterBefore I introduce my next topic, I’m going to pose a few questions:

  • Did you love Firefly and the follow up movie Serenity?
  • Did you love Arrested Development?
  • Were you a fan of The O.C. before it went really far south?
  • Have you ever shopped in, worked at, or even seen a Best Buy/Circuit City/Future Shop?
  • Did you watch Sneakers and think, “Hmm, these geeks are the bee’s knees”?

If you can answer yes to any (or all) of those questions, and you haven’t been watching Chuck, you don’t know what you’re missing.  Now in its second season, Chuck stars Zachary Levi as Charles Bartowski (a.k.a. Chuck), a run of the mill Nerd Herd member at the local Buy More.  To make a long story short, an old friend in trouble at the C.I.A. hacks into his brain and inputs all of the government’s secrets, then blows up the mainframe they were originally stored in.  This leaves Chuck as the most valuable asset the C.I.A. has, and turns his life upside down.

He is given the wonderful Adam Baldwin and the stunning Yvonne Strahovski as protectors, and hilarity insues as the lovable and bumbling Chuck helps outwit a wide range of super-duper bad guys the world has to offer.

Chuck also stars a great ensemble around the main three, including Joshua Gomez as Chuck’s best friend Morgan, Sarah Lancaster as his older sister Ellie, Ryan McPartlin as Ellie’s fiance Devon (a.k.a. Captain Awesome), and more recently Tony Hale as Emmett, the new Buy More assistant manager.

If you want to catch up, might I suggest Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon?  And once you fall in love, tell your friends!

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Musings, Television | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Belmore Rankings: Week 11

Ready for a shocker?  I have Texas Tech at #4 and Texas at #1:

  1. Texas (9-1)
  2. Alabama (10-0)
  3. Florida (8-1)
  4. Texas Tech (10-0)
  5. Utah (10-0)
  6. Boise State (9-0)
  7. USC (8-1)
  8. Oklahoma (9-1)
  9. Georgia (8-2)
  10. Ohio State (8-2)

The reason I didn’t post my rankings last week is that Texas Tech was #5, with Texas still at #1.  Credit Texas with the ridiculous schedule to this point (or credit the Big 12, but you get my point).  Assuming both teams win out, I don’t see Texas Tech getting higher than Texas due to the schedules disparity (Tech played some cupcakes to start the season that are really hurting them in my system).  But the chances of them both winning out are not very high, and hopefully the playing field will help decide this snafu.

What I’m more interested in (due to having a week to digest the Texas/Texas Tech problem) is that two non-BCS teams are in the top 10.  In theory, they should both win out, keeping them high in the rankings.  *cough* Playoff! *cough*

Here are the top 6 conferences:

  1. Big 12
  2. Big East
  3. SEC
  4. Big Ten
  5. Mountain West
  6. ACC

November 10, 2008 Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Love Brandon Roy

The Blazers played the Rockets last night and tried really hard to lose the game, but Brandon Roy wouldn’t let them.  Although, it should be noted that the Rockets were up one at this point because Roy fouled Yao Ming on a made basket.  If it weren’t for that, this amazing shot wouldn’t be necessary:

November 7, 2008 Posted by | Sports, Video | , , , , , | Leave a comment