Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
This is a promo for FIFA Street 3. I had thought that this was doctored but I now only believe that it is partially digitized. If you surf around the street 3 site, there are raw cuts of the moves in this video.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Cajun man wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a little math test. Here's your first question, the foreman said. "Without using numbers, represent the number 9."
"Without numbers?" the Cajun says, "Dat is easy." And proceeds to draw three trees.
"What's this?" the boss asks.
"Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine," says the Cajun.
"Fair enough," says the boss "Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99."
The Cajun stares into space for awhile, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. "Ere you go."
The boss scratches his head and says, "How on earth do you get that to represent 99?"
"Each of da trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree. Dat is 99."
The boss is getting worried that he's going to actually have to hire this Cajun, so he says, "All right, last question. Same rules again, but represent the number 100."
The Cajun stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, "Ere you go. One hundred."
The boss looks at the attempt. "You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!"
The Cajun leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says, "A little dog came along and crap by each tree. So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, which makes one hundred.....So, when I start?!"
Sunday, January 27, 2008
MMW is a band that I picked up on in college and I go through phases where I listen to these guys, but you just can't go wrong with a double base, hammond organ and drums. So here is a video of their tune Uninvisible. If this is your first introduction to them, I recommend checking out some more of their music when you get a chance.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
This is actually a picture I took in Canada. Seeing as Canada is a primary part/source of the Cajun culture here, this seems like a fair item to add to the 'cajun signs' collection. I really like this photograph and if you visit us, don't be surprised if you find this somewhere in our house.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Turns out, a British TV show, Soccer AM, does a crossbar challenge with professional teams at different levels. Here is an older clip of Arsenal taking a crack.
If you search for Crossbar Challenge videos, you'll find a lot of interesting teams taking on the challenge. The latest version is from a team named Torquay United who play in a lower division in English football. It's fun to watch. I won't ruin it for you but I will say this: This one has more moments that made me laugh then the Arsenal video.
"Over the course of 18 games last year, 67 different players suited up for the full U.S. national team, including nine debutantes."
That is a lot of players. Personally, I like the way Bradley has rotated and tested out a huge group of players that we probably never would have seen on an Arena squad. However, I would think that with qualifying for 2010 starting to ramp up, it is time to settle into a consistency and team building phase. It will be very interesting to see if this happens, and who this happens with. Next game is February 6th against Mexico! And it tempting in its location...only 3 hours away in Houston.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
If this was the Cold War we could keep each other warm, I said on the first occasion that I met Marie. We were crawling through the hatch that was the missile silo door, and I don't think that she really thought that much of me.
I never had to learn to love her like I learned to love the Bomb. She just came along and started to ignore me. But as we waited for the Big One I started singing her my songs, And I think she started feeling something for me.
We passed the time with crosswords that she thought to bring inside, What five letters spell 'apocalypse' she asked me. I won her over saying 'W.W.I.I.I.' She smiled and we both knew that she'd misjudged me.
Oh Marie it was so easy to fall in love with you. It felt almost like a home of sorts or something. And you would keep the warhead missile silo good as new, And I'd watch you with my thumb above the button.
Then one night you found me in my army issue cot, And you told me of your flash of inspiration. You said fusion was the broken heart that's lonely's only thought, And all night long you drove me wild with your equations.
Oh Marie, do you remember all the time we used to take? We'd make our love and then ransack the rations. I think about you leaving now and the avalanche cascades, And my eyes get washed away in chain reactions.
Oh Marie, if you would stay then we could stick pins in the map, Of all the places where you thought that love would be found. But I would only need one pin to show where my heart's at, In a top secret location three hundred feet under the ground.
We could hold each other close and stay up every night, Looking up into the dark like it's the night sky, And pretend this giant missile is an old oak tree instead And carve our name in hearts into the warhead.
Oh Marie, there's something tells me things just won't work out above, That our love would live a half-life on the surface. So at night while you are sleeping I hold you closer just because, As our time grows short I get a little nervous.
I think about the Big One, W.W.I.I.I. Would we ever really care the world had ended? You could hold me here forever like you're holding me tonight, I look at that great big red button and I'm tempted.
What was he thinking?!?!?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
Since the election season is heating up, I thought I would pull out a this recent photo from Hot Springs, Arkansas that was taken this past Thanksgiving. If you did not know, Bill Clinton was raised in Hot Springs so any time we visit my wife's parents (who live in Hot Springs Village), we end up driving by his old house on our way to Starbucks. It is tough to miss the house...
Sunday, January 20, 2008
This picture doesn't do the damage any justice...but I wasn't able to find any other photo of Coughlin from the game besides this one.
First off, big win for the US as they get some revenge for their recent loss against Sweden. I thought the team had some definite bright spots in their offensive build-up. It wasn't consistent, but there were some connections being made in that game that were really encouraging.
- Brad Guzan looked really good in goal, making some spectacular saves to keep the shutout. He definitely made a case to be the number 2 goalie.
- Landon looked really good on the outside mid. It is impressive that he now leads the US men's program in all time goals and all time assists...and he does so at only 25. But, I hate the fact that most of the goals I have seen have come from PK's. It would be interesting to see where he stands if you removed the goals from the PK spot. I bet some enterprising soccer fan out there can figure that out for us. Maybe a search around Google would reveal the answer...
- Jozy Altidore looked dangerous, and did so in contrast to Twellman.
- It was good to see Jimmy Conrad back in the mix. I like him in the back.
I need to give Jozy some props on her "come" command. Carlee and I have tested her out across the length of this baseball field, from left to right field. She breaks out in a full sprint to get to the person calling her. It is awesome. To put the icing on the cake, in puppy class today, one of the exercises was "blind comes" - where Jozy would be engaged with the instructor on one side of the store and we would be on the other yelling for her to come (hidden down an aisle). The instructor couldn't keep up with her as she went sprinting around the store to come to us. It was another good week of puppy training.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
1. Goal #2: A reasonably good impression of the Cantona celebration by Ibrahimovic of Inter.
2. Goal "3: A stunningly awesome volley from Kevin Nolan of Bolton. He picks this one out of the air, over his shoulder, and beats the keeper (who happens to be American Brad Friedel). It's ok though, Blackburn ended up winning 2-1. This goal is fantastic.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
There must be a better way to get a high quality iPhoto or iMovie uploaded to the web so that I can share it. For now, one small step at a time...I am slowly learning how to use this new machine.
I always take something away from watching these types of things. There is so much for me to learn when it comes to coaching soccer and I would love to spend more time on improving my abilities.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Arcade Fire's website, specifically the interactive Neon Bible site is wicked cool if you have time to check it out. Be sure to click around if you decided to check it out.
...I know I am not incredibly fast. I believe that most of my speed on the field has to do with intelligent positioning and anticipation of the game (read: I may not be faster but I think I am more intelligent). However, if a race is to be had, I wouldn't write me off that easily. That is, until I saw Mark run the 40 in 4.8 seconds after eating bell pepper stew and having consumed an unknown number of beers while watching LSU win the national championship. I will admit, it was an impressive display. And it was caught on film (you can see me and my wife in the background of the photo). All that to say, Mark is fast and this is a long overdue introduction to my friend's site (Life of Mark) which made it into the side bar a few weeks ago. Mark happens to be the referee who appeared in this post in March of 2007...and whose wedding was featured here and here. He also happens to be one of the top 100 up and coming referees in the country and was just recently announced as a 2009 National Referee Candidate. Pretty cool.
2. Seashell * Seabear
3. Flux * Bloc Party
4. Nantes * Beirut
5. Fear No Pain * Willy Mason
6. I Sing I Swim * Seabear
7. All The Night Without Love * Elvis Perkins
8. Kissing Families * Silversun Pickups
9. Apologies * Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
10. People Have a Way * Matt Pond PA
11. The Cure for Pain * Jon Foreman
12. Rain * Bishop Allen
13. This Year's Love * David Gray
14. World Shut Your Mouth * Death Cab for Cutie
15. Falling or Flying * Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
16. A Sunday Smile * Beirut
17. Rhododendrons * Bloc Party
18. Unless It's Kicks * Okkervil River
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Things a Soccer Fan's Friend Should Never, Ever Do
1. Buy him a Wallbanger.
2. Forward him links to every transfer rumor involving Ronaldinho and Ronaldo.
3. Claim Michael Caine can "hang with those other guys" in Victory.
4. Start calling everyone by their Brazilian name.
5. Buy him blue cleats so he can join the local park game.
6. Use his Besiktas scarf to clean up the toilet.
7. Start a conversation with: "Hey, can you explain the offsides rule again?"
8. Pull this prank at his local pub.
9. Give him a copy of Ladybugs because it's a soccer movie.
10. Try and understand qualifying for the Champions League and UEFA Cup.
11. Talk about "Fergie" and not have it mean the Manchester United gaffer.
Monday, January 14, 2008
"We were hoping for some romance
All we found was more despair"
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Today may have been one of our best dog days ever...except for the fact that Jozy wouldn't leave us alone as we were eating our first crawfish of the season tonight. Why was it the best? Well, it was week 3 of puppy class and Jozy had a breakthrough in playing with other dogs. She wrestled with a great dane puppy for about 5 minutes and also wrestled with a staffordshire bull terrier. It was really awesome to see her interact with and enjoy other dogs, playing and rolling around the floor of Petsmart. It was amazing and I was really proud of her.
The photo above shows Jozy during week 2 of class. The blue cloth barrier is the training ring and we were waiting for her classmates to show up.
Tomorrow, as her reward, she is scheduled to be spayed!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
When that came out of his mouth, I pretty much lost any interest in Thompson. Here though, is the shocker. After the debate, Fox switched to their focus group who watched the debate and asked for opinions. There was an overwhelming majority who thought Thompson won the debate. They liked how aggressive he was. They liked his humor. A few mentioned that his comments seemed inappropriate but they were definitely in the minority. It was pretty surprising to me that someone could hear that virgin statement and walk away thinking this is a good presidential candidate. I'm a registered independent with confessed Democratic leanings. I will definitely listen to the Republican party and see if there is a candidate I like. Fred Thompson and that focus group are definitely not on the same page as me.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
Please remove all liquids and gels from your bags. All laptops must be out in a bin. Please remove all of your cell phones from your pockets and have your photo id's ready. All Buckeye fans must identify themselves.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
1. I needed word processing software but don't want to use MS Word or Pages because I just don't want to pay for this type of software anymore. Open source solutions should work. Thus, I downloaded OpenOffice and installed it on the machine. For a newb, just downloading and installing software on OS X is a challenge. I felt stunted to say the least. Example: Downloading Firefox and getting it to run from the executable directly seems to have been a chore. I am still not sure I got it right. Sigh. I guess I need to do some more basic reading on this thing. In the end though, OpenOffice was installed successfully and the end goal reached: First Monthly Mix of 2008 created on the iMac (will be published tomorrow). Now, learning OpenOffice is another story. If you just want to write a few paragraphs, no problem. If you use table formatting to create CD covers, it can take a while to get back up to speed.
2. Browsing the internet is still a challenge. I found Safari pretty slow and also found that it kept timing out with images showing up mostly as question marks. I decided to try Firefox instead and it seems to be slightly better. However, page load times and download speeds are still sub-par. I am beginning to suspect 1 of 2 things. Either the Netgear router we have has compatibility issues with OS X, or there is some sort of bandwidth/connection limit that we are hitting now that we have our Tivo, printer, stereo, 2 laptops and 1 desktop connected to our wireless network. The latter theory is doubtful because the iMac seems to be the only device with issues at the moment. I am thinking it is a compatibility issue.
3. It took me 2 weeks to find right click. Mac forums are about to become a regular reading site in my day to day life. After I read the right post, I realize I should have found this in about 10 minutes. No one to blame hear but myself. There are other keyboard shortcuts that have yet o reveal themselves but I am patient.
4. Monthly Mix: I needed to burn audio CD's without using iTunes because the man thinks I am trying to steal music if I burn more than 6 or so CD's and iTunes blocks my play lists. After searching for a while, it appears that no audio burning software (other than iTunes) comes default installed so I found SimplyBurns. It has worked great. A bunch of copies of the opening mix of 2008 were made tonight and are now getting ready for distribution.
5. Digital Photos: I was able to get our Digital Rebel XTi hooked up no problem and download photos on the first try. For Christmas, I bought Carlee a Nikon Coolpix S51 so that we could have a small digital camera convenient for everyday and travel use. It is starting to look like it may no be compatabile with OS X 10.5.1 yet...but I gave up after about 30 minutes of searching online. Verdict is still out.
All in all, I find these challenges interesting and am not really frustrated, but I am a little surprised by my slow learning curve. I recognize that I am just an old dog with tons of old tricks to relearn.
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Friday, January 04, 2008
Option 1: Take earlier flight, fly coach, middle seat, but get home in time to have dinner with your wife.
Option 2: Leave as scheduled, get free upgrade to first class but don't get in until 10 pm - no dinner with wife.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
- So I am here for 2 days...why did I pack 3 pairs of shoes?
- Have you ever forgotten to bring your toothbrush and had to use a hotel's? Hurts right? Now imagine what using a hotel's free razor is going to feel like tomorrow morning for me. I am almost tempted to shave now and bleed out on the pillow...but then again, it is 1 AM.
If you don't love goal compilations with cheesy music, I don't know what your problem is. Here are the best goals from the MLS from this past year. I think the LA goal at 2:33 into this video is one of the best passing build ups I have seen in a while.
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Happy New Year to all of the Blades of Blue readers out there. I hope 2008 brings its own unique adventure to all of you. Thanks for stopping by.