This video is a great way to start off the 2010 countdown as we enter the new year.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
This video is a great way to start off the 2010 countdown as we enter the new year.
The phrase "the bee's knees", meaning "the height of excellence", became popular in the U.S. in the 1920s, along with "the cat's whiskers" (possibly from the use of these in radio crystal sets), "the cat's pajamas" (pyjamas were still new enough to be daring), and similar phrases which made less sense and didn't endure: "the eel's ankle", "the elephant's instep", "the snake's hip". Stories in circulation about the phrase's origin include: "b's and e's", short for "be-alls and end-alls"; and a corruption of "business".Be on the look out for me dropping the phrase "the snake's hip" or the "eel's ankle" in the upcoming weeks.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Jump off the ladder
Pack up your clothes
Nothing's the matter
Up in the bedroom
Your sister's bangs
She cut them herself
Santa is here
Sleighbells are ringing
They are all singing
K-Mart is closed
So is the bakery
Everyone's at home
This song still sits at the top of my list of modern Christmas songs and has yet to be dethroned.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Jozy loved it so much that she had to pull it off and see what it tasted like...
Eleven different colors are used in the adidas “JABULANI,” the eleventh adidas World Cup ball. These 11 colors represent the 11 players in every team, the 11 official languages of South Africa and the 11 South African tribes that make the country one of the most ethnologically diverse countries on the African continent. The colorful design brings together the tremendous diversity of the country in harmonious unity. Four triangle-shaped design elements on a white background lend the ball a unique appearance in African spirit.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Our iPhone application for soccer coaches made the local news this week as the iPhone app of the week. Check it out!
If you're interested in fine tuning your soccer coaching skills, check out our blog.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
I wonder how these will turn out. Each time I look at this design I have a different opinion. Sometimes I think they look pretty damn cool, sometimes I think someone in China might be laughing at this silly American. Take a look at the UPS tracking. Pretty amazing to see how far my shoes have run already (China, Hong Kong, Korea, Alaska).
In related news, I just completed 6 weeks of back to back travel (except for Thanksgiving) for my job. At this point, I will be settling into a steady and manageable pattern moving forward with no more travel until January. The last 2 months have been busy...and these sneakers are not the only well traveled pair of shoes that I own at this point - I just hit Platinum status on Continental this past month.
Friday, November 27, 2009
1. Andres Iniesta, Spain
2. David Silva, Spain
3. Giorgos Samaras, Greece
4. James McFadden, Birmingham
5. Xavi Hernandez, Barcelona
6. Aaron Lennon, Tottenham
7. Wilson Palacios, Tottenham
8. Diego Milito, Inter
9. Carlos Marchena, Valencia
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
"What are you still doing there? You better get outta there William."Gary loved his family, worked hard, had a great sense of humor and will be missed by all of us. The ceremony was beautiful and lots of his family and friends got up to say a few words. You can read his obituary here. Also, you can go view a slideshow made by his family here.
Here's to Gary, my father's brother, our shelter from the storm.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Here's a photo taken by my friend when we went to the Drive By Truckers show 2 weeks ago in Austin. We were only a few feet from the stage and the show totally rocked. These guys are great live. If you have never heard of this band, they are totally worth checking out.
Here's a tune called Marry Me from Decoration Day. Enjoy.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
After making sure Jozy got to terrorize a few ghosts and ghouls who came to our door, we went out to dinner tonight and then took this family portrait after we got back. As you can see, both Jozy and I were decked out in orange, with Carlee in the complementary black to celebrate the holiday. Happy Halloween!
Here's a view of Lafayette Parish in an aerial satellite view with the recipients of the $44M in funding that has been distributed to the parish to date.
This set of data was recently used by Sunlight Labs to feed into the iPhone Layar app to create an augmented reality application that displays recovery.gov data on your iPhone.
What an awesome example of how data standardization and transparency can combine to create new ways to view and share data. Just think of the possibilities of being able to stream environmental and public health data into applications like this in the future...the data could be sent to regulating agency staff out in the field, surveying companies, construction companies or the general public.
Testing out Google Wave as I chill out out the couch today. Looks like it might be a really effective collaboration tool. As a result, I sent out some invitations to some people I work with to see if it helps with communication for some of the teams I am on that are geographically dispersed. Playback features, inline editing, the ability to respond to mid-stream thoughts, and the option of adding new participants to a dialogue...all pretty sweet. Anyone else playing with Wave?
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Sunday, October 25, 2009
adidas has released a package that includes genuine soccer balls from the last 10 world cups. Holy cow. Pure awesome. Good thing my birthday is coming up so that I can buy this for myself and use them all at my next practice. I mean, its only $900. So worth it.
Found on The Original Winger
These photos are from last week. Jozy is clearly excited about the success of the team. Giving high 5's to everyone she can.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Today was our first weekend of harvesting at EarthShare Gardens in Lafayette. EarthShare is a community supported organic garden that we just recently joined (after being on the waiting list for about a year). It was pretty cool. We showed up and were directed to a pile of produce, picked out which pile we wanted and then browsed through the stocks of fresh herbs and other vegetables that were ready to take home. Our booty consisted of:
- Butterut Squash
- Some sort of Pepper Basil
- Habenaro peppers
- Lemon balm
- Garlic chives
- Green eggplant
- Purple eggplant
- Orange Mint
- Onion tops
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Fall has arrived in Lafayette and with our windows open in order to relish the cool weather, our house has dropped to chilly 64 degrees. Women and dogs have nothing left to do but huddle together for warmth in the face of the elements....
Saturday, October 17, 2009
- Liverpool fan hits beach ball on field.
- Sunderland player takes shot.
- Liverpool keep is well positioned to make save.
- Shot hits beach ball.
- Deflection causes goal.
- Liverpool loses.
Update: I added two more photos that show the same view behind the goal as the ball goes in.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
It's been a little while since the last mix. This one is one of 2 that could come from the recent set of music that I have been listening to the last month or so. As always, if you are not a regular, let me know if you want a copy.
2. Dominos - The Big Pink
3. All Is Love - Karen O and the Kids
4. Joy - Phish
5. Born to Be Your Man - Birdmonster
6. Forgive Me - Le Loup
7. Silence Summons You - Animal Kingdom
8. Kandi - One eskimO
9. Faith - Joseph Arthur & The Lonely Astronauts
10. Just Breathe - Pearl Jam
11. Run - Ben Kweller
12. Traffic Jam - Vega4
13. No Surprises - Radiohead
14. The Fixer - Pearl Jam
15. Stanislaus - Sea Wolf
16. Day to Day - Birdmonster
17. Penn Station - The Felice Brothers
18. Argentina - The Jones Street Boys
19. Crystalised - The xx
20. Tennessee - Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons
21. Together - Rabbit
22. How It Ends - Devotchka
Saturday, October 03, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Here's a video about the guys preparing as the first game approaches.
By the way, in case you didn't hear, the new Pearl Jam album (Backspacer) was released a couple days ago. If the rest of it is as good as the first single, The Fixer, this may be one of the better PJ albums in a while.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Bobby hung himself from a cell in the tombs
Judy jumped in front of a subway train
Eddie got slit in the jugular vein
And Eddie, I miss you more than all the others
And I salute you brother
Those are people who died, died
They were all my friends, and they died
Thursday, September 17, 2009
I would love to go to NY and attend this. Confirmed speakers include thought leaders from IBM, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), Craigslist, The Economist, Google, PBS, Sony, Starbucks and more.
Unfortunately it costs $3000 to register. If you want to sponsor my registration, let me know.
From the conference site:
The surge of new technologies and social media innovations in today's environment is significantly altering the future media landscape for marketers. Consumer behaviour is changing and the way marketers reach their audience must also change. Marketers are searching for new ways to not only reach their customers, but to understand them, to peer inside their minds. As the level of consumer understanding increases, so can the knowledge of how best to reach them. However the plethora of tools at a marketers disposal is not easy to navigate and real learning comes from a real understanding of the future of media convergence.
Media Convergence forum gathers a unique speaking faculty of thought leaders, marketing psychologists, technology experts, futurists, media and marketing professionals to look into the future to consider the ideas, technologies and tactics that tomorrow's best organisations will adopt.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Pretty interesting read. Here is a snippet or two:
There are two types of schedule, which I'll call the manager's schedule and the maker's schedule. The manager's schedule is for bosses. It's embodied in the traditional appointment book, with each day cut into one hour intervals. You can block off several hours for a single task if you need to, but by default you change what you're doing every hour.
When you're operating on the maker's schedule, meetings are a disaster. A single meeting can blow a whole afternoon, by breaking it into two pieces each too small to do anything hard in...For someone on the maker's schedule, having a meeting is like throwing an exception. It doesn't merely cause you to switch from one task to another; it changes the mode in which you work.
Sunday, September 06, 2009
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Players 1, 2 and 3: Coach, can we go to the bathroom real quick?
Coach: You better hurry. And next time, take care of that before we start warming up.
Player 4 (with hand raised): That's what I did. I went to the bathroom right before we started!
Coach: ...and there's no need to brag about it.
Friday, September 04, 2009
We pulled into Plano, TX this evening for the annual Labor Day tournament here. It has been 2 years since I've been to the tournament and this arrival comes with a brand new team for the fall season. Here is the schedule for the weekend. Wish us luck and check back soon for updates! We take on the Houston Galactics tomorrow at 9 AM.
Friday, August 28, 2009
And here is a snapshot of the exchange on Facebook. Pretty funny stuff.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
That happened this past weekend. Today, Jozy scored his first goal (have yet to find the video). He is off to a good start.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Ok...actually, my wife and I are founding members and Jozy is just passionate about the game. The primary benefit of being a member is that we will get early access to World Cup tickets for US MNT games (if they qualify).
Friday, August 21, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Barney Frank's Town Hall Snaps|
Life of Mark has the literal town hall scene for your viewing pleasure.
And for a nice double header, watch as Colbert has his way with the insanity of punditry in this modern day and age.
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|The Word - Must-Be TV|
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
One of the key themes in the article that I always try to be cognizant of is consistency. Here is a brief excerpt:
Increasing consistency...is easy to say but often difficult to accomplish. One common mistake is to make a rule that is applied strictly for some athletes and less so for a star athlete. This is a classic example of the kind of inconsistency that leads to a loss of credibility...I have frequently advised coaches not to establish rules or expectations that they are unable to enforce. If you know that you can't be consistent in your behavior, don't pretend or you will lose credibility with your athletes.Establishing rules and expectations that are unenforceable has always bothered me. If you are going to establish a rule or a policy, be ready to apply it - whether it be to your best player or your least talented. Most importantly, be ready to do it when you need that player most. Otherwise, your credibility is shot.
Personally, anytime I catch myself starting to elaborate on a policy or rule related to my team, I make sure to focus on the concept of how I will allow for the uniqueness of each situation, keeping the door for an adaptable response that fits the nuances of whatever the context may be. In my opinion, it is possible to do this and still maintain discipline and provide adequate direction for a team.
Coach: Guys, practice today at 6:30, Field 22. Wear Grey.Sometimes kids joke around with me about missing practice, but that was primarily last year's team (so far). This particular exchange is dead on serious. I'll be watching for additional symptoms on the team pretty closely today. The last thing I need is a whole team with swine flu as I head into the last couple weeks before our first tournament.
Player: Coach, I can't make I have the swine flu.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms
Saturday, August 08, 2009
Friday, August 07, 2009
Players (group of):
Yoga rocks!Coach: I just went to my first class at Reds the other day.
I love yoga.
Yup! at Reds!
Player 1 (to Player 2): You really do yoga?
Player 2: Yeah man, yoga rocks cause there are hot girls there!
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
(This is one of those times when I really wish I had a camera phone. Damn Blackberry...)
Monday, July 27, 2009
I promised myself that I wouldn't post about the next mix I made until I finally got to the post office to mail some out. In about 30 minutes or less, I am headed to the post office on my way to the airport so I figure I am safe at this point...
2. Last Time * The Jones Street Boys
3. Satellite * TV On The Radio
4. Daylight * Matt and Kim
5. The Runaway * The National
6. One Red Thread * Blind Pilot
7. Your Ex-Lover Is Dead * Stars
8. I'll Fight * Wilco
9. Don't Wanna Cry * Pete Yorn
10. Sanitarium * PT Walkley
11. A Lot of Moving * The Avett Brothers
12. Buildings & Mountains * Republic Tigers
13. Oh Night * The Jones Street Boys
14. Autumn Beds * Modest Mouse
15. So Far Around The Bend * The National
16. Nights Like These * Lucero
17. Quiet Little Voices * We Were Promised Jetpacks
18. Off I Go * Greg Laswell
19. Daydreaming * PT Walkley
20. Girl in the War (with String Quartet) * Josh Ritter
21. Hurt Feelings * Flight of the Conchords
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saw this bumper sticker on the back of a Hummer today. Funny to see money and guns as equally as high on the priority list as the freedom that our current administration is apparently stealing.
I think bumper stickers are a key factor in contributing to my road rage. My neighbor has this one on two of his cars:
"Annoy a liberal."
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Today's choice was Johnson's Boucanière. What is a boucanière? It is a cajun term for a smokehouse. Johnson's has been open for about a year in Lafayette and carries on the tradition of Johnson's Grocery which used to operate out of Eunice.
I just randomly picked this place out to go to today based on a quick search for plate lunches in town online. And it was a great find. First of all, the food was great. I had a pulled pork sandwich with two sides and a piece of bread pudding for desert. All for under $12 I think. Great homemade bbq sauce on the sandwhich and the service was super friendly.
I am not 100% sure how much the food was because as it turns out, Johnson's also carries CD's from local mucisions in town so I added that to my lunch tab. Picked up this disc from Linzay Young and Joel Savoy. You know you are in a local place when you grab the CD and the woman who serves you food says, Joel dropped off those copies himself!
I'll be headed back to Johnson's Boucanière in the future. The owner Lori tells me that throwing some smoked sausage on top of the pulled pork is to die for (still trying to figure out if I heard that right). Johnson's Boucanière is located at 1111 St. John's Street and is open from Tuesday-Friday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M and Saturday 7:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Coach: Hello everyone! My name is Will and I am the coach of the team for this upcoming year. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am 35 years old...wait, is that right?Talk about first impressions.
My Wife (shouting from the back of the room): You're 33!
Coach: Right. ...and I forget my age and am bad at math.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Love their disclaimer at the bottom of the website:
Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors).
Me: So my ankle has been hurting to the point where I cannot play soccer lately.
Therapist: Ok. I'm going to check your lateral movement.
Therapist: Interesting. You don't have a lot of left to right movement in your ankle.
Me: In a good way or bad way?
Therapist: Well, most soccer players have good lateral movement. It helps their touch on the ball. Maybe you just aren't very good.
As some of you probably know, my wife and I have been talking about renovating our kitchen for the last 3 years. Well, we are finally breaking through our lack of momentum and moving forward. The project has turned into a much bigger deal then just the kitchen. Here is the defined scope at a high level:
- Tear down the wall between our kitchen and living room and leave a island (or peninsula) in its place. Essentially, this makes 2 rooms into one space and will open up half the house.
- Tear down all wood paneling in the kitchen and living room and float sheet rock.
- New cabinets.
- New kitchen floor.
- New counter top.
- Tray ceiling in the living room.
- New stove top and double oven.
- Redo the laundry closet - add laundry sink, new walls, new cabinets.
- New lighting all around.
- New molding, painting and lots of odd jobs throughout. I am thinking about trying to move our air conditioning unit to the attic since it is so loud.
1. New sleeping positions such as this one.
2. A more relaxed posture as she stares out the back window (previously she used to be fully alert).
Note the contrast to her pre-teen posture...