Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The names in this exchange are fictional.
Player 1: Hey coach. Remember when you gave Steve $300 for graduation last year?
Coach: It was not $300. Trust me.
Player 2: Whatever. It was a lot of money.
Player 1: Well, this year, you have to give that same amount to the whole team!
Coach: (Silent stare, trying to look mean...)
Player 2: Actually, if me, James and Ryan don't get more money than everyone else, something is wrong with you.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
In an effort to summarize the book in one paragraph, I grabbed this quote from the free eBook copy, which you can find at the link above.
"Here we are, sixty something human minds. We've been migrated – while still awake – right out of our own heads using an amazing combination of nanotechnology and electron spin resonance mapping, and we're now running as software in an operating system designed to virtualize multiple physics models and provide a simulation of reality that doesn't let us go mad from sensory deprivation! And this whole package is about the size of a fingertip, crammed into a starship the size of your grandmother's old Walkman, in orbit around a brown dwarf just over three light-years from home, on its way to plug into a network router created by incredibly ancient alien intelligences, and you can tell me that the idea of a fundamental change in the human condition is nonsense?"
The duck, fish and deer Fleur de Lis is a popular sign on most pickup trucks down in these parts. Here's a photo of one on a t-shirt, taken this past weekend by a fellow coach as we stopped to eat one night somewhere in the New Orleans area.
Monday, December 29, 2008
The 25 songs that make up this one tune are:
- Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain - Low
- Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
- Alicia Keys - No One
- Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major - Lollipop
- Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
- Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown - No Air
- Sara Bareilles - Love Song
- Usher Featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club
- Chris Brown - With You
- Chris Brown - Forever
- Ray J & Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
- Rihanna - Take a Bow
- Coldplay - Viva La Vida
- Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
- T.I. - Whatever You Like
- Rihanna - Disturbia
- Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
- Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
- Chris Brown Featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss
- Ne-Yo - Closer
- Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
- Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
- Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes
- Pink - So What
- Finger Eleven - Paralyzer
United States of Pop, 2007 is available here. Also really cool.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Sideways - Citizen Cope
Mountain - Lucero
Singer Songwriter - Okkervil River
Cherbourg - Beirut
Stay Positive - The Hold Steady
The Crook Of My Good Arm - Pale Young Gentlemen
St. Nick On the Fourth in a Fervor - Ha Ha Tonka
She Wakes When She Dreams - Lucero
Lord, I'm Discouraged - The Hold Steady
Salina - The Avett Brothers
Buriedfed - Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson
Backwards with Time - The Avett Brothers
Postcards from Hell - The Wood Brothers
What I Wouldn't Do - She Swings, She Sways
The Ballad of the RAA - The Rural Alberta Advantage
Sing Me No Hymns - Lucero
The River - Anathallo
Your Little Hoodrat Friend - The Hold Steady
Murder in the City - The Avett Brothers
Saturday, December 27, 2008
My last name is:
- the #14,731 ranked last name in the United States
- most popular in the state of Pennsylvania (499 people)
Friday, December 26, 2008
Yes, that second one is from a soccer game. It is in installment 1 if you want to read about it. Wish the fans of the team I coach would be as intimidating as this one.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
The photo below is of her on her first run on the treadmill, guided by my wife, her father and a fist full of treats at the ready.
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
One of my favorite jazz performances of all time. Takes me back to a rooftop in Troy, NY where I spent many a night with a bottle of wine and my stereo overlooking the city and chillin to Miles.
Newest find. Nice.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I couldn't find a real video made by Sufjan for this song so I chose this independent project since it had pretty good sound quality.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Here is the Ben Folds tune. Beautiful.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host -
by the Divine Power of God -
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Folk always told me that my heart would grow
The older the man, yeah, the stronger the stone
Am I losing my mind?
Am I growing backwards with time?
Some say with age that a purpose comes clear
I see the opposite happening here
Are we losing the fight?
Are we growing backwards with time?
I was young and love was fun
Now it's so serious
Now all the fun has equal pain
There's something wrong with this
For all I know there's more I don't
Oh the little I have learned
For every year of knowledge gained
Is a negative year I've earned
Folk always told me that my heart would grow
The older the man, yeah, the stronger the stone
Am I losing my mind?
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Player: Coach, I have relatives in Lake Charles and my mom wants to know if I can spend the night there rather than take the bus back. I told her you would probably say no.
Coach: I'm not sure what the policy is. I can check.
Player: Well...the answer is "no" right?
Coach: No, I said I was not sure.
Player: Yeah, but, you can just say "no."
Player: I mean...I want you to say "no."
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Other Coach: Cause your mom cooked dinner for the team. I felt bad I couldn't make it.
Coach (me): My mom lives in Massachusetts. "Will's mom" was a reference to the player...not me.
Other Coach: Oh. Right. Makes sense now.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
"In an unexpected judicial turnaround, the Supreme Court this week reversed its 2000 ruling in the landmark case of Bush v. Gore, stripping George W. Bush of his earlier political victory, and declaring Albert Arnold Gore the 43rd president of the United States of America. ... Gore will serve as commander in chief from Dec. 10 to Jan. 20. "
Update: The full family photo is also a rare thing since we are spread out over the country. So that one is really cool as well.
Monday, December 15, 2008
"When the new season begins next month in Argentina (the clausura), so too will the use of an intriguing innovation: Referees in the top division will be equipped with a can of aerosol spray. On free kicks, they will step off 10 yards and mark the distance with a white line that will vanish in less than a minute. "
Sounds like a great idea to me.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Check out this amazing browser plugin for viewing high-resolution panoramas and high-dynamic-range images from Microsoft Research. Download the plugin and cruise around some sample images. The detail and clarity are amazing. HD View by Microsoft Research.
Here's a site that uses the technology: xRez. Awesome. Really, it is worth installing the plug-in to allow for exploring these HD images.
"Recent advances in camera and sensor technology and software for stitching images together has led to the creation of images containing billions of pixels (gigapixels). These images are often panoramic, that is, they cover very wide fields of view. Since monitors typically contain only one to two million pixels, it is only possible to actually see 1/1000th of such image data at once. Also, viewing very wide fields of view require unwrapping of an image projected onto a curved surface (think of a map of the world) which can cause distortions. "
I have embedded an image from xRez below, which you can scroll through and zoom in on if you install the plug-in.
Friday, December 12, 2008
- Scott McNealy banning Powerpoint at Sun
- Authors who do their best work standing up
- Malcolm Gladwell avoids desks, and "rotates" between a series of comfortable, and often noisily public, spots where he writes
Thursday, December 11, 2008
This was taken during warm-ups on our game this past Monday (12/8).
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
It will be very interesting to compare Colbert from 6 months ago to a Colbert six months from now.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
But they burn down to nothing
And she keeps coming up with
Excuses and half-truths and fortified wine
Monday, December 08, 2008
In recent news, the Onion reports that American Airlines is charging you if you are even thinking about flying, flying another airline or even staying home.
The tool is awesome. Here are the top 10 restaurants that we have spent money at in the last 2 years:
Sunday, December 07, 2008
It can be a pretty awesome weapon. Literally...
Saturday, December 06, 2008
- Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" = I want to do it.
- Frank Sinatra, "Strangers in the Night" = I'm drunk and I want to do it with you.
- Radiohead, "Creep" = I'm filled with self-loathing, and, though outwardly I hate everything you represent, I want to do it with you.
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
But a v8 engine is a good start for me.
Think I’ll drive to find a place,
To be surly.
I don’t know what the world may want,
But some words of wisdom could comfort us.
Think I’ll leave that up to someone wiser.
Monday, November 17, 2008
i've been dusted in the dark up in penetration park. i've been plastered. i've been shaking hard and searching in a dirty storefront church...she said it's funny even true love gets troubled by stillwater and washed up in the mississippi river.
2. Click a Trick
One of the exercises she needed to do during graduation included her laying down in the middle of the checkout area of PetSmart and us leaving her there, out of our sight. We then had to call her from a the other end of the store. It was amazing...in the midst of the checkout line, she just laid there looking around until we called her. I am guessing that those of you who do know her find this story hard to believe.
Here is the proud graduate!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
They are not technically made by Wallbangers, but that's pretty much what these are.
"No more watering a dead tree, no more fire hazard, no more vacuuming up pine needles well into April. Finally, a truly green Christmas tree: reduce, reuse, recycle....These life-size, self-adhesive vinyl trees can be applied directly to the wall by either removing the paper back or simply pinning it"
Here's one with Wallbanger ornaments.
More cool photos from The Big Picture. These are micro though, with images of microscopic items, all measured in microns. One micron is a millionth of a meter - human hair is approximately 100 microns thick. This is an image of a snow crystal. It looks like a piece of machinery.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I found the following two sets of photographs interesting and I thought I would share them with those of you who are interested.
The Big Picture: 35 photographs of Barack taken over the last year.
Behind the Scenes on Flickr: Photos on election night posted by the Obama campaign on Flickr.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
To those -- to those who would tear the world down: We will defeat you. To those who seek peace and security: We support you. And to all those who have wondered if America's beacon still burns as bright: Tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals: democracy, liberty, opportunity and unyielding hope.I don't know if I have ever watched a speech and been as inspired as I was last night. I voted for Barack Obama. I had no idea that he would be able to deliver an acceptance speech that struck me as one of the most impressive displays of leadership, eloquence and inspiration that I have experienced in my life. As he was speaking, I was unable to sit still. Tears came to my eyes - something that one hour earlier I had said to my wife that I did not think I could relate to when I saw people similarly affected. Last night was a historical moment, and I think that regardless of your politics, it will be a moment that none of us will forget for a very long time, if ever.
Full transcript of Barack Obama's acceptance speech can be found here.
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
Here's a photo of my friend Mark after a few martinis at a jazz club in NYC. He was going solo on a bottle of red and I was actually downing White Russians if I remember correctly. Although, that martini glass looks might suspicious...
Changing back into my jeans and T-shirt, I took a first stab at evaluating my brief adventure in exhibitionism. What had I gained? I had an envelope stuffed with $150 of well-earned cash that might go toward an extra hour of therapy, or a new pair of shoes. I had a beautiful pink flower pinned to my hair and a teensy, matching thong still taped to my pelvis. I also had two slightly irritated nipples, a minor buzz from the sake Koko gave me after dinner, and a bizarre story sure to entertain my friends and, if necessary, provoke my parents.Kottke goes on to provide you with a link to a NYC restaruant if you happen to be one of my northern readers.
Here is a beautiful song from Sigur Rós to start your week with. It's on repeat here this morning.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
One of the interesting quirks about Bonsai is the fact that they always seem to hire relatively young women (probably in college) and then outfit them in clothes that are fairly revealing. Its been a long running joke when we talk about the place with friends. Apparently, they are ready to take their risqué culture to the next level. Their Grand Opening ceremony this upcoming weekend will feature a nude model on the bar, from which diners will be invited to grab the catch of the day. Check out the press release in the local entertainment newspaper.
1. Maradona making a pitch to step in as the head coach of Argentina's national team. If you are like me and remember watching him and his gang in the stands at the last world cup...it just makes you laugh. Would anyone take this man seriously? I don't care how good of a player you are, it doesn't always make you a good coach.
2. The post discusses Maradona's appearance in the news as a result of a thief stealing his "whizzinator" from a museum. This device is used to help you fake urine tests. The hopeful coach of Argentina used to employ this device when he played for his club Napoli.
Check out the post here, and follow the links to the product details when you are not at work.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
"That's the problem with Microsoft's ads. They're still #1 and the bigger company, but by referencing Apple's successful ad campaign, they're acting like Apple is #1. (John Gruber made this same point the other day.) The ads fail because they serve to remind people that Apple comes up with good ideas that Microsoft then takes and shapes into something that so-called "normal people" can use or understand."
Monday, October 20, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
like the ocean, no talk and all action
1. There are a lot of Hejduk Haters out there and for folks who appreciate the finer skills of professional soccer players, I can see why. He is not an elegant player by any means. Ever wonder how his touch on the ball can be so bad? Well, he stocks up on espresso before the opening whistle...and pretty much all day. Seriously, watch the first minute of this and be amazed.
2. Furthermore, Frankie goes on to describe how the team dopes up on caffeine before the game! Holy cow. For those of you who might question this, you are right. Caffeine is one of the substances that the NCAA tests for (or used to at least) back when I was in college.
3. Frankie is a Marley fan, and writes Marley quotes like the one above on the team whiteboard. Pretty cool quote actually.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Coach: Hey (Player 1) so last week you said you've never missed a PK in your life? Get on the line.
Player 1: Well, I've only ever taken 3. One was in the state finals though.
Player 2: ...and that was 4 years ago.
We ended up not winning this round of PKs. So we were second best this weekend.
This glimpse of brilliance is better than a long look at mediocrity
Saturday, October 11, 2008
And when I say "for the second time" I mean it literally. We have played two games where we have scored in the first minute, and we gave up a goals in both games 2 minutes later.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Monday, October 06, 2008
I need to figure out my defense. Historically, we are a team that is very stingy on giving up goals. That doesn't seem to be the case at the moment and I am not sure if that is simply because we are playing a higher level of competition or if some sort of adjustment needs to be made. I'll be working on it as soon as we hit the practice field again.
I gave the guys Tuesday off and am camped out at the airport at 4:30 this morning on my way to DC for a couple of days. Our next tournament is a local Lafayette one and I think it will prove to be extremely difficult.
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Saturday, October 04, 2008
2. Buttons – The Weeks
3. High Heeled Stomp – The Figs
4. Where & When – Hayden
5. Okay – KaiserCartel
6. Stuck for the Summer – Two Hours Traffic
7. Second Chance – Liam Finn
8. Swept Away - The Avett Brothers
9. No Water – Hearts of Palm
10. Heima (Studio Version ) - Sigur Rós
11. Rocky Took A Lover – BellX1
12. Your Love Is Strong – Jon Foreman
13. 5 Years Time – Noah and the Whale
14. Modern Mystery - Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin
15. Soft Rock Star – Metric
16. Jezebel – Two Hours Traffic
17. Jigsaw Falling Into Place – Radiohead
18. Omaha - Tapes 'n Tapes
19. Black Sheep Boy - Okkervil River
20. Caroline - Old Crow Medicine Show
21. Compacto - Curumin
Thursday, October 02, 2008
1. At my confirmation in 7th grade I was convinced that God would deem me unworthy during the critical part of the ceremony. When the "laying on of hands" occurred, I was sure that was the moment when judgment would occur. Sure enough, the next thing I remember was being outside and someone giving me water. Talk about a guilt complex.
2. A Jewish friend of mine died when I was a teenager. The funeral included a ceremonial rite that had the participants, myself included, fill the grave at the end of the ceremony. For anyone who has not experienced this, it basically consists of contributing one shovel full to the grave. This caught me completely off guard, was followed by me imagining my friend being buried alive, and then I was out.
3. This past week - I was at a walk in clinic for my wife, who had a really high fever (she is better now). At some point, the doctor was showing her x-rays of her chest to show that everything looked ok. For some reason, similar to people's reaction to the sight of blood, I started to pass out. In the end, I did not, but it was damn close! Not sure what it was. I hadn't eaten any real food that day and I've been exhausted as of late...so maybe it was just the combined factors. Who knows. Funny thing though.
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Sam (name is fictional): Coach, I want to run free, like a bird.
We finally had our first game of the season, 1 month late due to the storms. We tied a team from New Orleans 1-1. It was our first game in a new competitive level and the guys played well. We only had 3 subs, ended up with 2 injured, had driven 3 hours to make a morning game...so all in all, a tie on the road in those conditions is not a bad result.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
I take the exit row seriously and always check two things. If I have to open the exit door, do I throw it indoors or out? And when I exit on the wing, do I go towards the front or back. For some reason the information never sticks...so I always check.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
In daylight she looked desperate.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
“Failures are divided into two classes --those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” - John Charles SalakLately I've been feeling that I lack the time to step back and let everything just be at peace. Having time to think and relax is really important to me. It recharges me mentally and spiritually as much as sleep does physically.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
"Want to come back to my planet?"
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
At the end of the road the is a weekend in NYC, tickets to Wicked, my brother's birthday, a Yankees game and the grand opening of my sister in law's museum. Should be an action packed trip!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So three things I learned from this:
- How to correctly pronounce anathema
- The definition of anathema. I wanted to be sure I understood it completely: "to be formally set apart" with its roots taken from a Greek term (Ανάθεμα) which originally referred to lifting something up as an offering to the gods.
- Sarah Palin will not have the support of America's largest feminist organization.
Monday, September 15, 2008
It's just God hugging us closer.
I had to do some digging in order to find out a way to embed this video as NBC's website was not cooperating with me. So I did a quick search or two and found someone who succeeded where I could not (The Huffington Post).
In case you missed it, Tina Fey appeared as Sarah Palin on SNL this past weekend and the resemblance is uncanny. And if you are prepared to laugh at Palin's position on climate change, experience in foreign affairs, etc. then this is also really funny. If laughing at a bitter Hilary Clinton is more your speed, this clip does the damage. All around, it is a good way to start your Monday after learning that the stock market is in serious turmoil.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
1. Small boot shaped line: The state I live in.
2. Big red mark as big as the Gulf of Mexico: Hurricane Ike (former wave)
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Most everyone is passing me a link to some sort of storm tracking website. Well, I now have one to pass back to them. Check out Umbrella Today? and never worry about being prepared again. Be sure to check it on Friday and Saturday to see if you should have evacuated or not. Or maybe someone should actually create that website: Evacuate Today?