Tuesday, September 30, 2008
movie a few years back, the 1978 made for TV movie starring Will Shatner based upon this tragedy, and a 1996 David Cronenberg film based upon the 1973 JG Ballard novel. It's is also another term for a cardiac arrest , it was the name of the first episode of Life on Mars, a niche computer magazine, Darby Crash was the lead singer of the Germs, it was tthe title of albums by: Human League, Dave Mathews Bland, and Billy "Crash" Craddock. It is also a british car game, a grafitti artist, and a dead wrestler that people said I looked liked.
Don't forget the Gwen Stefani song or the Propellerheads song.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
We'll start with the guy on the playing cards, you may recognize him when he's dancing , balancing , juggling , playing an instrument , or playing with cards of his very own. He typically represents the Court Jester. Then we have the obvious, the Price is Right game, the album and song by Steve Miller, and the eternal Pvt Joker USMC.
Enjoy some Wolfmother.
* Picture taken from here. It is from a deck of cards dating back to 1930.
Jimmy Reiher, Jr a professional wrestler. It's a slang term for many many things including poop, the M2 Browning machine gun, the F-102 Delta Dagger fighter plane, Ann Arbor Michigan, the Devil, DUI in California, the Ford Model B, and flipping someone off with both hands. And of course the list of songs, albums , and bands is fairly impressive.
I'l be making some changes to this over the next couple of days. I've gotten bored with these little 5 minute throw them together things. They'll get more meat to them. Heck let's start right now, enjoy!
Saturday, September 27, 2008
It is also an Argentinian film, an Italian electronic music group, an English pop band, the name of the Black Sabbath box set, it is also a song by a band from an obscure set of books written in 16th century France - really. It is also a method of testing and a theory, it's a method of phreaking (which is highly illegal), a whole bunch of geeky stuff like corporations and comic books characters, but the really cool one if that it is one of many nick-names for the Nuclear Football.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I base this argument on a few assumptions, correct me if I am mistaken.
1) Any playoff format I've seen proposed will either allow for every BCS conference champ, every conference champ, or the top 4, 6, or 8 ranked teams.
2A) USC will win the Pac-10 anyway. I am assuming that one conference loss will not be enough to take the Pac-10 title from USC. Because they lost to a team that will lose more than one conference game and because USC will either have a better conference record or a better overall record than any other team in the Pac-10. If they lose again, like in '06, then we'll talk about the impact of this game differently. But that won't change what the game meant when it was played, nor what it means right now.
2B) USC will finish in the top 4, 6, or 8 in the polls if they end the season with just this one loss. They beat Ohio St, and if Ohio St wins out and USC wins out there is no way you can drop USC low enough to be out of almost any playoff format. USC has a cupcake schedule and should win out. We said that at 7pm last night too, but that does not change anything. People are also confident that Ohio St will win out and take the Big Ten. From USC's point of view Ohio St winning the Big Ten is all they need, even if the Buckeyes drop a conference game.
I do not think these 2-3 things are much of a stretch, and if they aren't then what does this game mean if we eliminate the BCS and go to a playoff format? It removes the meaning from this upset. I can even safely say that USC could lose a 2nd conference game and still have a 50/50 shot at winning their conference. That would really only eliminate them from a 4 team playoff format and possibly a 6 team, but it would still keep them in any format of 8 or more teams.
So I ask you to really look at the effect's that a playoff would have in the regular season. Understand the emphasis that would be placed upon winning the conference and not just having the best season you can. With the way things are currently set up USC is just looking at the Rose Bowl now, and hoping somebody else loses in an upset bigger than they did. As of right now the Big 12 and SEC undefeateds are in control of their own destiny. Even with one loss the winner of either conference can claim a tougher schedule than either USC.
Taking that argument one step further. Both teams knew what they were playing for last night. Both knew that USC had little to gain and much to lose, while Oregon St had much to gain and nothing to lose. Insert the game into a playoff formatted world and that game does not have the impact that it does now. So we must ask the question, "Does Oregon St step up and play as hard as they did if this game does not ruin USC's season?" That is a fair question. The Beavers played their hearts out last night, does that happen if losing this game cost's USC nothing?
One month in, and in their first conference game USC has seriously hurt their chances at playing for the National Championship. In a playoff based college football world, this would not be case. Say what you will about the BCS, the "regular season's value" argument cannot be ignored.
Yes, we start with Neil Diamond, then we go to a car by Nissan, a brand of Keyboards, a type of blind rivet used in the aerospace industry, and a Chinese automaker. It's the name in a bunch of towns, including three in Pennsylvania, any one of three Don Cherry's, the nickname of an English Football team, three different types of tress and two other disambiguations:
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The force, a children's novel, a transformer (from the Beast Wars Series), a UK Horror film magazine, a British indie band, one of DC's greatest Super-Villains, and TWO subdisambiguations:
Dark Side of the Moon
The Dark Side of the Sun
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
So on top of Morris Day's homies, we also have two towns, a Yugoslavian rock band, a Movie, a TV Series, Time Warner the media conglomerate, a bicycle manufacturer, a British computer retailer, and an Indian education and test preparation company.
Plus 4 sub-disambiguations:
Oh EE Oh EE Oh!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
My first reaction is that they dialed down the scoring a bit. They did not dial it down enough, we definitely should have seen some 3's last night. The judges already have their favorites but we'll save that until after tonight.
Let me thank my Editor right now, her notes played a big part in this. and it's her fault I watch this show.
Cody. Little Zach is stuck in the middle of the pack and his going first hurt him. They did a great job and I want to hate him but I can't. His crush on Julianne humanizes him to a point that it makes me almost tolerate him. He was better than Maurice, and once he works on his footwork he'll be a real threat to win.
Misty. Did they even watch her dance? 4th? Give me a break she had the best dance of the night. Slumping shoulders was her biggest crime. The score was the judges. She will win this. She reminds me most of Layla Ali. Great personality, and once she lets loose she will destroy the competition.
Warren. Wow, he moved much better than I thought. I really didn't think he'd have the foot work needed. That being said, no way he actually did a Cha-Cha! Go re-watch it, then watch anyone else's cha-cha, and tell me he actually did the dance. Not his fault, but the judges should count this against him.
Brooke. She was very good, but she did look like she kept forgetting the moves. She was much better than I expected and will play the 40ish mother of 4 card very well. Toni, Misty, and Lance were all better though.
Ted. I love Ted. I hope he stay son the show as long as possible, but come on! He was awkward, stiff, and had the Jason Taylor Hand of Doom. He's going to poke an eye out with that thing. (Sorry Jeff.)
Maurice. Although better than expected he was still s
"Warren Sapp gets Kym Johnson. He will make fun of her accent in the first episode. He will last to the second episode." WRONG! See above.
"Warren Sapp - Dead duck" -again, wow was I wrong.
About Jeff: "Or well, we'll enjoy his 3 dances." Did I say 3? I meant 1. really.
"Moving around a professional kitchen is like dancing..." hahahahahahahah What moron said that?
"The hottie curse will hit BB." -Yeah 40+ Mother of 4, she ain't going anywhere as long as the kids are in each "practice clip".
"This pair is my call for first dead. Toni has no audience left, her "Q" rating is in the gutter" Toni is going to be spending lots of quality time in your living room.
About Suasn and Tony: "Unless she sucks badly they go far." She sucks.
About Maurice and Cheryl: "She can take Maurice to the top, if he has the personality for it." Although I think he'll come crashing down to earth about halfway through, he has the personality.
The judges, and some fans, don't realize it, but it's Misty's show to lose.
Bye Jeff! We will miss you.
Obviously a flower, but also an Oasis Song/Album, and also the name of a song by both Jamiroqui and Jeff Buckley. We also have a boat, a neo-pagan poet, a Movie, a type of cloud, and a South Korean stationary company.
Monday, September 22, 2008
There will be weekly re-caps.
Toni Braxton - Former VH1 project. She'd have had a reality show if they did those things 10-15 years ago. Supposedly did some Broadway but she has been MIA for a while.
Rocco Dispirito - Moving around a professional Kitchen is like dancing. I hate saying that, hate it. I already hate this guy due to my hatred of the Food Network. I know he's not on Food Network, but I have still never heard of them, and I almost always root against these people. Despite his graduating from BU, he's out in my book. He'll be that competitor that I hate but always moves on. There is one each season.
Maurice Green - One blog I read and love (AA) claimed, dismissively, that ex-athletes always seem to win. Dancing is about one thing first and foremost: footwork. The athletes that have won have had good footwork going in due to their sport. And those that have come close to winning fall in the same boat. Sprinting may or may not be enough in itself.
Kim Kardashian - As mentioned with Brooke Burke, one of these chicks is going down early. (Done giggling?) And it may not be the worse dancer. Why is she famous again?
Cloris Leachman - She will rock the pity vote hard. Unless she sucks horribly she will make it to the 2 dance portion of the show (past the half-way mark).
Cody Linley - This kid could be dangerous. He is a little Zac Efrom clone (the blonde mimbo from High School Musical) and if he can dance at all the old women will swoon over him in a highly inappropriate but unspoken of way. (What? I just spoke of it? Ooops.)
Susan Lucci - Again with the pity vote, plus the Soap Opera crowd is the target audience of this show. She is a juggernaut going in and can pull off a Marie Osmond type run very easily.
Misty May-Treanor - My early favorite. Again with the footwork, she has it. Moving on sand will translate very well into moving on the dance floor. A fierce competitor with a great personality, she should win. Plus, she is just the right amount of attractive, not too hot, but still beautiful. Guys, she will look better in a dress than she does in her volleyball uni, promise.
Ted McGinley - Awesome! The guys forced to watch this show will love him. He rules. Personality? Check. He may not last but we'll love every second he is there.
Jeffrey Ross - I hope he has the positivity needed for this show. It's corny, but the positive attitude is a big part of the appeal of this show. People are trying to win but they also become friends. If he can turn his jerkiness aside, similar to Adam Carola last season, then he'll do ok. Or well, we'll enjoy his 3 dances.
Warren Sapp - Dead duck. He doesn't have the footwork that Jason Taylor had. He's a "big boned" DL not a speed DL like Taylor. He'll be fun, the guy has a great personality. That and he'll try hard, this counts for a ton on this show.
That is half the story. Their partners matter greatly. And can be the difference between winning and losing.
Lance gets an newcomer, Lacey Schwimmer. No relation to David. She apparently has done very well on So you think you can Dance. I don't watch that dancing show so I'm forced to trust Wikipedia (*crosses fingers*).
Toni gets Alec Marzo, and while he is damn good, you have to be to be married to Edyta. This pair is my call for first dead. Toni has no audience left, her "Q" rating is in the gutter and this show is like the NFL, you can't get into game shape during the season. You can't build an audience during the show large enough to help you win. You need to bring some people in with you. But who knew who Helio was? Helio has 1,000x the charm that Toni does. He's oozes charisma, unless she has it hidden well, she's done.
Brooke gets Derek Hough. this guy is a winner. He could compete successfully at almost anything. He hides it well but he wants to win. That will not be enough. The hottie curse will hit BB.
Rocco gets Karina Smirnoff. This is the wildcard pair. Moving around a professional kitchen is like dancing and he will take to it well because Karina is a damn good teacher. They will surprise most. And I will hate him for no good reason. Agian irrational hatred, any sports fan can understand this.
Maurice gets Cheryl Burke. Cheryl is the Patriots of DWTS, she wins and people love her or hate her. But she is probably the best at this competition. She can take Maurice to the top, if he has the personality for it.
Kim gets Mark Ballas. Mark is also very good and comes from a family of dancers. He can dance and teach. That combined with KK's reality show will, sadly, bring them past the halfway mark.
Cloris gets Corky Ballas. Corky is Mark's dad. He can teach dance. This is the darling couple and no one will want to see them go, but they are going to leave early. They will be adorable though.
Cody gets Julianne Hough. Ah Julianne, Mormons aren't supposed to dress and dance like that, but that does not stop you? They could surprise people because as I mentioned above he's has potential. Julianne is always very good, almost as good as Cheryl.
Susan gets Tony Dovolani. Tony is smooth as hell and Susan has a large and tailored fan base. This is the power couple. Unless she sucks badly they go far. He's too good and she is too popular. This show is like a home game for her. She's new to the game but she still has home court advantage because the audience all know her and love her.
Misty gets Maksim Chmerkovskiy. He nearly won with Mel B. Add his skill with Misty's competitiveness and her athleticism being the proper type to help her learn to dance and you have the Winners. They will smoke everyone. Oh yeah and Misty has a personality that America has only partially seen and that they will fall in love with.
Ted gets Inna Brayer. One thing people love about DWTS are the contestants that have no chance but will honestly try. They will make you laugh and enjoy them. We always feel bad for the pro dancer that gets stuck with these people. They will have a short but very enjoyable runs It is bittersweet. Imagine playing on the Kansas City Royals, you suck, but then imagine enjoying it, and then having it end quickly.
Jeff gets Edyta Sliwinska. Edyta is awesome and has abs that rival any Olympic athlete. When wondering if this show is a sport, look at her abs and ask yourself if she could do more sit-ups than Michael Phelps, the answer is yes. As for how they will do see, Ted and Inna.
Warren Sapp gets Kym Johnson. He will make fun of her accent in the first episode. He will last to the second episode. Again, see Ted and Inna.
So that's the breakdown. Misty and Maksim win, and everyone is fighting for second place. My money on the other two finalist will be Susan and that chef guy.
Have you ever read the translation? Holy crap those were some arrogant and long-winded bastards. And the darn thing never had a point. I was expecting a "Donde está la biblioteca" in ancient languages, or possibly a "passez s'il vous plaît le fromage". No I get to read talk about sons of gods, gods of the sun, and sons of the sons of the god of the Sun.
More. Boring. Than. Beowulf.
Want the cliff notes version:
The inscription on the Rosetta Stone is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.
I can't believe that thing inspired 3 songs, 2 bands, a translation software that they annoy me at the mall with.
Oh and the ancient Egyptians they had a priestly language and a common language....bigots!
So a random decree was found and that broke open the world of the Ancient Egyptians to us. I guess Bureaucrats have a purpose after all. Just wait a thousand years for when whoever decides to dig up th UN. Some jerk will love reading that snoozefest.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
To read the full article please go visit the Steroid Hall of Fame's new home over at Third String Quarter Back.
Texxs is too god for one China, so they have a China Grove as well. China is also a Tori Amos song, and that thing you eat off of. It's Syndrom is also a wonderful slang term for Nuclear Meltdown. And for those wanting to get technical we can also go to PRC.
China by Bluebelle
When shopping for presents in China,
The beautiful silks are not minor,
But from watches to shoes,
You'll find labels amuse
You, as fakes all lay claim to "designer."
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Favorite nation of both Terry Gilliam, John Updike, and Men at Work. Wax on, Wax off.
Brazil by SheilaB (Sheila B. Blume)
Your fantasies you may fulfill
In the beautiful land of Brazil,
Where the Amazon flows,
And the coffee bean grows,
And the samba will give you a thrill.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Talk Like a Pirate
and for your visual pleasure:
I promise I will do better next year.
Washington High School.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Austria, Australia by mino (Paul Cowan)
Though Austria's name might sound just
Like Australia's, remember, you must
Keep them straight. Rule of thumb?
Well, one's got Kylie's bum,
While the other's just got Mozart's bust.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So far it looks like no one has decided to tune in regularly but that's ok. Once I give SHOF their own place I have no doubts that it will attract some regular readers. Now do I make it's own blog or as part of a sports blog.....
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
No, I am not going to sing further, but I hope the song gets stuck in your head.
Sure it may just be a bunch of places and animals named after Canada, but it's a long damn list. And we get bonus Disambiguations:
BONUS TIME: Limerick
Canada by Scott Campisi
From New York, an Italian signore
Headed northward in search of amore.
Here in Canada's chill
He found love; better still:
He found beer, he found hockey and more, eh?
That picture, you ask? It is the Canadarm!
Monday, September 15, 2008
Prussia, older than older and I never really knew what the hell it was all about. It's gives us three spawn disambiguations, Preussisch, Borussia, and Prussian blue.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Remember that summer? When McGwire and Sammy Sosa together brought baseball back from the cancellation of the 1994 World Series? It was the summer my mother cared about baseball. It was cute watching McGwire try to do Sosa's complicated home run hand jive. At the time, it felt pure and it felt right. No one thought twice about McGwire's huge arms. We were blissfully ignorant of all issues steroids, as far as baseball was concerned. We did enjoy it, we loved it, and we thought we were watching something special and wonderful.
To read the full article please go visit the Steroid Hall of Fame's new home over at Third String Quarter Back.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I :heart: DP
Yeah I went there. Believe, I have found some scary things no Wikipedia in the few weeks I have been at this. SCARY. Anyway, this will get bookmarked for future double post joke material. Deal. And enjoy, without a summary.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Originally written: March 28, 2008.
Let's run an experiment shall we?
Pedro the Lion
Puddle of Mudd
Joy Division (She's Lost Control)
TV and Movies:
A Hungarian Movie
A movie about Joy Division
The Spy agency from Get Smart
an episode of House
And then a bunch of science stuff....
Good experiments need a control,
Because meaningful data's your goal.
Please make sure to arrange
For one test with no change,
So you'll know if the change plays a role.
That's it for Limerick week. It ends because the site I'm getting my limericks from is working systematically and is only at the very beginnings of the letter "D". As the get farther and as I do A, B, of C disambiguation I'll look to see if there are any good limericks to use. I'll also look for other cool tie-ins.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Today we ride in style:
Tell me that thing does not look cool. So of course we have your granpa's Caddy, a norwegian punk band, a spanish pop band, 2 cities each in the US (more, but not listed), Canada, and France, the classic Bruce Springsteen song, a wine from the Bordeaux region of France, a French explorer, a variation on a card game I'd never heard of before, and of course a Seinfeld episode. Oh yeah that beast picture above, a company called Cadillac-Gage.
BONUS: Limerick Time again:
There once was a golfer named Paddy
Who bought his assistant (a laddie)
A motorized cart
That was state-of-the-art:
For his caddy, the Caddy of caddies.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Yes I choose this because of the limerick. This one is lame and I apologize, it really is a list of songs, half of which suck. Enjoy!
BONUS: Limerick time:
I'm addicted to liquor, but abler,
Through help from my wife, to seem stabler.
Co-dependence is great!
I've a marvelous mate
Who's a ready and willing enabler.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The original standards were set in my first piece and a follow up piece I did an hour later after a Google search revealed someone doing something similar. The other blog is no longer around and I wasn't going to let it sway me anyway.
Great on the field
Impact off the field because of Drug use
Retired or Banned (at least effectively)
Rodney Harrison is borderline great on the field. He's the best there is right now at his position, but is he Canton bound? I'm not sure. He is not retired nor has he been baned. Jose Canseco was also not "great", although he was the first ever member of the 40/40 club. If his career ended with a little more dignity he'd be in Cooperstown.
Great on the Field (a good argument for real HOF, or best there currently or at the time at his position)
Impact off the field because of drugs (what did we learn from them)
Retired or Served a Suspension due to the use. (I won't speculate on current players that have yet to be busted. But if you have been busted you're fair game. If you're retired then I have no problem with rumors.)
Baseball = Bad
Football = It's ok you aren't a bad guy.
Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you, from my very own New England Patriots, the NFL's "dirtiest" player Rodney Harrison.
To read the full article please go visit the Steroid Hall of Fame's new home over at Third String Quarter Back.
So you drink, your a ton of people, a robot, an arena in Washington DC, an airport, a roller coaster, a gay guy. a breakfast clubber, the one laptop dude, and a band.
BONUS: Oh yeah it's limerick time.
At the bar I said, "Listen here, 'tender —
I'm about to embark on a bender.
Just keep filling my glass
Till I'm drunk off my ass
And I don't know my name, age or gender."
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Today we have a band, a comic strip, 2 tv series a radio series and a move based upon the comic strip, a brownie, Clint Eastwood, a creepy reference, and a reggae singer. Wow what a day.
BONUS: Limerick time:
The name Blondie? You've got to be wary
Since two meanings that title can carry:
It's the comic strip life
Of D. Bumstead and wife,
Or a pop group that stars Deborah Harry.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Here we have programming, cancer causing. a couple of movies, a band, an album, a record label, and few other random things. Remember kids, smoking is bad.
BONUS: Limerick time again. as it will be all week and then randomly from there on out.
It's basically built for beginners;
All-purpose — suits saints and suits sinners;
Describes the construction.
Teach BASIC to budding code-spinners.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
They assemble, speak with british accents, are a lesbian activist group, a punk rock band, an O.C. episode, an Arena Football team, a medieval vigilante society, and that is just using the word's plural form!
BONUS: Limerick about the british accents:
The Avengers? I cannot conceal
Why this program, to me, was ideal:
Not the writing or sets
Or Cold Warrior threats.
I refer to, of course, Mrs. Peel!