Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Roots at 9:30 Club

December 30, 2009

The legendary Roots Crew! Shit's hot no matter how you slice it, and with several guest appearances that shit got hotter. Black Thought even said the people upstairs should throw some ice cubes down to cool things off. Ha! Shit's HOT!

Sometimes they got slow, sometimes they got fast, sometimes they jammed to five different songs within five minutes. They had that Roots blend of hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul, rock and since they were in D.C., a little go-go. They started out with "How I Got Over" from their new album, and I remember "Here I Come" with Dice Raw's first appearance, "I Got You" with a local artist singing Erykah Badu's chorus, "Game Theory", "Break You Off", "Sacrifice", "Take It There", "Thought @ Work", and other hits.

Guitarist/singer "Captain" Kirk Douglas pelted out a suite of "Sweet Child O' Mine," "Mannish Boy," "Who Do You Love" and "Immigrant Song," among others. Later they came back with "The Seed 2.0" for the encore. I just wish Wale showed up for our show instead of the night before... and that we didn't miss the last metro train back.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Secret to Investing with Success

MotleyFool:
One of the best ways to learn how to invest successfully is to study how others have invested successfully in the past. This means reading the letters of master investors like Warren Buffett and Bruce Berkowitz as well as studying companies -- such as Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Altria (NYSE: MO) -- that have produced incredible returns for longtime investors.

Company Return, 2000 to 2009
Medifast (NYSE: MED) 9,244%
Green Mtn. Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR) 7,342%
XTO Energy (NYSE: XTO) 6,988%
Hansen Natural (Nasdaq: HANS) 6,563%
Bally Technologies 5,407%
Southwestern Energy 5,269%
Terra Nitrogen (NYSE: TNH) 4,752%
Contango Oil & Gas 4,452%
Clean Harbors 4,424%
Amedisys 4,208%

Data from Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s (Dec. 15, 2009).

More:
» Motley Fool: "The Greatest Company in the World"
» Flowchart: Investment or Gamble?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Japan's Boyfriend Pillow

This thing has been around for a few years now, but it's still hilarious...

BBC:
Japan's single women are being offered the ultimate sleeping partner - a comfort to cuddle up to, but one which does not snore or make demands.

The Boyfriend's Arm Pillow, shaped like a man's torso with one sturdy arm, has been on sale since December and has so far been snapped up by 1,000 singles.

Manufacturer Kameo said the pillow's shape also keeps the body balanced.

One woman, Junko Suzuki, told AP: "It makes me relaxed... I can hold the arm and feel something warm at my side".

Ms. Suzuki, who is separated from her husband, says the pillow has other advantages.

"It keeps holding me all the way through. I think this is great because this does not betray me," she told AP.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Redskins Trick Plays

The Redskins pulled off a great fake field goal in Week 10 against the Denver Broncos. It was a great game, not only for this play but because it was the first time in the season the Skins scored 17 points or more. And thanks to Kyle Orton's ankle injury, the Skins won 27-17.



That's the good news. Fast forward to Week 15, when the Skins lost to the Giants 45-12. Embarrassing, but they had the playoffs to play for. What's more embarrassing is going into the locker room at halftime 24-0 because you tried to pull the worst trick play ever... after Coughlin already called timeout to check it out.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Vinny Cerrato Out, Bruce Allen In

WP:
Vinny Cerrato has resigned as the Redskins' executive vice-president of football operations, the team has announced.

"We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position," Cerrato said in a statement released by the Redskins this morning. "I'm thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of this ownership team for the opportunities I've been given over the years."

Cerrato's biggest shakeup came in the early weeks of the season. With Zorn's offense struggling, Cerrato brought Sherm Lewis out of retirement on Oct. 6 as an offensive consultant. Two weeks later, Cerrato stripped Zorn of his play-calling duties and handed them to Lewis. In recent weeks, with Lewis and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith, sharing the responsibility, the offense has improved, posting two straight games with 30 or more points, the team's most prolific scoring outings under Zorn.


"I've had the pleasure of working with some great coaches such as Joe Gibbs, Greg Blache and Sherman Lewis, great people on the Redskins staff, and most especially, some of the best professionall football players in the world," Cerrato said. "I wish them all the best. I've also had the privilege of working for a franchise supported by the most loyal fans in the NFL."

Cerrato's fingerprints are all over the current Redskins squad. As the director of player personnel and vice president of football operations, he was responsible for the drafting of quarterback Jason Campbell, tight end Chris Cooley, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety LaRon Landry (during the tenure of Gibbs). He also helped engineer trades that brought in Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. Cerrato is also credited with free acquisitions, such as defensive end Andre Carter, linebacker London Fletcher, guard Derrick Dockery and Albert Haynesworth, perhaps the team's biggest free-agent splash, with a $100-million price tag attached to the All-Pro defensive tackle.

WP:
Bruce Allen, the son of former Redskins coach George Allen, will be the new executive vice president of football operations and general manager of the Washington Redskins, according to radio station ESPN 980.

Allen served as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1996-2003. He then was general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-08, when he and coach Jon Gruden were ousted in a sweeping, season-ending change.

Allen has strong ties to both the area and the Redskins. He grew up in McLean, and his father is still considered a legend in the area. George Allen coached the Redskins from 1971-77. Bruce Allen went to the University of Richmond, and his brother, George, is a former U.S. Senator from Virginia.

Hiring Allen gives Redskins owner Daniel Snyder both a tie to the franchise's more glorious path and a proven personnel man who led a team to a Super Bowl.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tiger Woods and the Perils of Celebrity

NYTimes:
Tiger Woods' prowess on the golf course has lately been overshadowed, first by a rash of tabloid reports of infidelities and then by his announcement on Friday that he will "take an indefinite break from professional golf" and "focus my attention on being a better husband, father, and person."

Mr. Woods’s balancing act has been, if anything, delicate. A genuine prodigy, he revolutionized the most conservative of sports with his titanic power and superbly honed skills. At the same time he has broadened its audience. A self-described "Cablinasian" (Caucasian, black, American Indian and Asian), he helped dispel golf’s lingering aura of whites-only, country-club privilege at a time when the public watchwords were diversity and multiculturalism. He became bigger than his sport and at the same time was its leading global ambassador.

And in his case, the performance has been financially rewarding on a giant scale. But it also required almost fanatical self-control. Though he has been a public figure for most of his life, Mr. Woods himself remains unknown, perhaps unknowable, through what seems to have been a conscious effort to efface his own personality. It now looks as though he found other outlets, as a sequence of women have come forward, some of them eager, it appears, to claim their own moment of fame, which is also part of the deal in the transactional world of the brand-name celebrity.

The "image or trademark" of 1961 has become the "brand" of today, with many millions of dollars at stake in sponsorships and endorsements. More than ever before the celebrity, in particular the sports celebrity, is trapped in a transactional relationship with his fans, who regard him less as a person than as a commodity — an enormously skilled competitor on the field, but off it just another pitchman selling himself on television and in backlit displays in airport terminals.

It is in part this disconnect between Mr. Woods and his public that makes him seem so isolated just now, as he remains in seclusion.

"The very agency which first makes the celebrity in the long run inevitably destroys him," the historian Daniel Boorstin wrote in 1961. "He will be destroyed, as he was made, by publicity. The newspapers make him, and they unmake him."

For now it’s unclear how much damage Mr. Woods has sustained, and whether he can overcome it. It may be that forgiveness lies only a championship away. But it may also be that his stature has been permanently diminished. In any event, it is clear that his ambition was not to take up space in tabloids but to be ignored by them — for celebrity, the dream of so many others, has been his nemesis from the beginning.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Arrested Development Chicken Dances

From the best show ever aired (with three seasons or less), I bring you the chicken dances from Arrested Development. A true testament to its genius.


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Keyboard Cat (Video)

It's weird that an Internet phenomenon from just earlier this year seems like it happened so long ago.... Anyway here it is for your viewing pleasure - again - except this time Colbert gets got.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Asians Like White!

GlobalPost:
Asians spend an estimated $18 billion a year to appear pale.

According to a 2004 study by global marketing firm Synovate, nearly 40 percent of women in Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines used skin whitening and lightening products that year.

“Asians like white skin," said Dr. Hsieh Ya Ju, dermatologist at MacKay Memorial Hospital in Hsingchu

Asian skin whitening has a tradition that stretches back centuries. "The feminine ideal during the Han period for women of the court was almost unearthly white, white skin. Moon-like roundish faces, long black hair. You can see how a culture that maintained that as an early ideal might continue with an ideal that light skin equals beauty," said Anne Rose Kitagawa, assistant curator of Japanese art at Harvard’s Sackler Museum.

Asia’s obsession with whiteness is also a reflection of economic status. "Those who had skin burnt by the sun were working in the fields, therefore, the whitening of the skin was a reflection of labor status,” said University of Houston historian Gerald Horne.

Horne also points to a political angle, shaped by the Allies' victory in World War II. “An aspiration of many in Asia toward whiteness is a reflection of the idea that the North Atlantic Powers were the quote — winners — unquote, and therefore they need to be imitated.”

But Chao-uan Tsen, of the Taipei womens' rights organization Awakening Foundation, said the whitening trend is a form of self hatred. “The beauty industries in Taiwan emphasize different skin tones and say that if you can be as white as Japanese women you can be as beautiful as a cherry blossom. This kind of image which they create doesn’t make women any happier. It actually creates more anxiety.”

Moreover, there are medical downsides to seeking lighter skin. That's especially true for those who can't afford expensive treatments, such as poor women using illegal bleaches and creams containing mercuric chloride that have left them disfigured.

Skin whitening can be dangerous for other reasons too, including the loss of melanin. “The whiter they become the more chances they will be subjected to skin damage and skin cancer," said Dr. Ernesto Gonzalez, director of international dermatology training at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Large Hadron Collider Operational: And Yeah, We're Still Alive

BBC:

Engineers operating the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have smashed together proton beams in the machine for the very first time.

The low-energy collisions came after researchers circulated two beams simultaneously in the LHC's 27km-long tunnel earlier on Monday.

The LHC is smashing together beams of protons to shed light on the cosmos. Operated by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern), the LHC is the world's largest machine and will create similar conditions to those present moments after the Big Bang.

Scientists will search for signs of the Higgs boson, a sub-atomic particle that is crucial to our current understanding of physics. Although it is predicted to exist, scientists have not yet detected it.

"This is great news, the start of a fantastic era of physics and hopefully discoveries after 20 years' work by the international community."
-Fabiola Gianotti
, spokesman for the Atlas scientific team


Housed in a tunnel 100m beneath the Franco-Swiss border, the LHC uses some 1,200 "superconducting" magnets to bend proton beams in opposite directions around the tunnel at close to the speed of light.

At allotted points around the "ring", the proton beams cross, smashing into one another with enormous energy.

Large "detector" machines located at these crossing points will scour the wreckage of the collisions for discoveries that could roll back the frontiers of knowledge.

Engineers restarted the LHC on Friday evening after a 14-month hiatus while the machine was being repaired.

It had to be shut down shortly after its inauguration when an electrical fault led to magnets being damaged and to one tonne of liquid helium leaking into the tunnel.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ryan Williams: The Record-Breaker

Ryan Williams is a 5'10", 206-lb. running back from Stonewall High School in Manassas, VA. This dude was rated the No. 26 player overall and the No. 4 running back in the country by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc. He ran for over 3,000 total yards over four years in high school, despite being injured in his sophomore and senior seasons. And now, he's rippin' up the ACC. If you don't believe me, check it out:

Williams currently ranks fifth in the FBS for single-season rushing yards at 1,355, seventh nationally in yards/game at 123.18 and 10th in rushing touchdowns at 15.

Virginia Tech Records
1. Tech and ACC rookie record holder with 1,355 yards.
2. Second Tech freshman to reach 1,000 yards behind Darren Evans.
3. Most 100-yard games by a freshman RB with eight through 11 games. The record among all Tech backs was set by Kevin Jones in 2003 with nine.
4. Most freshman rushing TDs with 15 (Evans had 11).
5. Tied a freshman single-game record with 4 TDs against N.C. State.
6. Currently ranks third all-time for single-season rushing yards:


VT's Best Single Season Rushing Marks
Player Year Yards
Kevin Jones 2003 1,647
Cyrus Lawrence 1981 1,403
Ryan Williams 2009 1,355
Lee Suggs 2002 1,325
Darren Evans 2008 1,265
Cyrus Lawrence 1980 1,221
Lee Suggs 2000 1,207
Branden Ore 2006 1,137
Dwayne Thomas 1993 1,130
Roscoe Coles 1976 1,119
Shyrone Stith 1999 1,119



UPDATE:
Ryan Williams finished the season rushing for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns to earn first-team All-ACC accolades and ACC Rookie of the Year honors. He capped off the season with 117 rushing yards in the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Tennessee to earn the game's Offensive MVP award.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Prisoner Returns

Wikipedia:
The Prisoner is a 17-episode British television series broadcast in the UK from 29 September 1967 to 1 February 1968. Starring and co-created by Patrick McGoohan, it combined spy fiction with elements of science fiction, allegory, and psychological drama.

The series follows a British former secret agent who is held prisoner in a mysterious seaside village where his captors try to find out why he abruptly resigned from his job. Although sold as a thriller in the mold of McGoohan's previous series, Danger Man (called Secret Agent in its U.S. release), the show's combination of 1960s countercultural themes and surreal setting had a far-reaching effect on science fiction/fantasy programming, and on popular culture in general.

The series features striking and often surreal storylines, and themes include hypnosis, hallucinogenic drug experiences, identity theft, mind control, dream manipulation, and various forms of social indoctrination. A major theme is individualism versus collectivism.

Awards and Honors

  • The final episode, "Fall Out", received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Dramatic Presentation in 1969, but lost out to 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • In 2002, the series won the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award.
  • In the 30 May – 5 June 2004 issue of TV Guide magazine, The Prisoner was voted #7 of the 25 top cult shows ever.
  • In 2005, readers of SFX magazine awarded the series fifth place in a poll of British fantasy and science fiction television programs.
  • A 2006 survey of leading rock and film stars by Uncut magazine ranking films, books, music or TV shows that changed the world, placed The Prisoner at #10, the highest for a TV show.

Check it: The Prisoner in Popular Culture (wikipedia)

A TV miniseries "reinterpretation" aired on the U.S. cable channel AMC from November 15-17, 2009. It is written by Bill Gallagher and stars Jim Caviezel as 6 and Ian McKellan as 2. While the original series was filmed in North Wales, the filming location of "The Village" for the remake was in Swakopmund, Namibia.

Additionally, Christopher Nolan has been widely reported to be considering a film version.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WTF: New Mexico vs. BYU

My first big "WTF of the Week" goes to this player on the University of New Mexico women's soccer team. Julie Foudy makes a good point when saying you shouldn't try to snap someone's head off during a game... you'll see what I mean.

Monday, November 9, 2009

World's Best MMA Fighter?



"With Fedor Emelianenko's knowledge of Sambo, a Russian commando style of fighting, and his uncanny combination of strength and speed, he’s blitzed through American competition throughout his career.

Some people even call him inhuman.

'I'm a human being,' said Emelianenko during a telephone press conference on Monday."

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Japanese Spider-Man (Video)

I think we should feel special that American Spider-Man is actually...good.
Here you'll find three examples of just how lame this show gets.

1. Episode 19
Check out the fight scene starting at 8:10, but be warned. Japanese Spider-Man is limited to getting tossed around and using drunken slapping attacks.



2. Episode 20
Start at around 13:44 for the pitiful monster battle and you'll catch the monster say "Fly to the end of the sky!" Oh, and the end of every episode turns into a Power Rangers Megazord battle.



3. Episode 26
Ok, 15:00 is pretty sweet because somehow he takes out three guys at once with his "webbing". But start at 20:30 to see some ridiculous special effects and Japanese Spider-Man battle "Machine Bem Volcano Beast".

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Zombieland (2009)

Wikipedia:
Zombieland is an American zombie comedy horror, written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick and directed by Ruben Fleischer. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a post-zombie apocalypse. Together they take an extended road trip in an attempt to find a sanctuary free from zombies; Columbus (Eisenberg) follows a set of "rules" designed to keep them alive where others have failed; Tallahasee (Harrelson) kills zombies in a variety of creative ways while trying to "enjoy the little things" in a ruined world.

The film received positive critical reviews and was a commercial success: it grossed more than $60.8 million in 17 days, surpassing the Dawn of the Dead remake to become the top-grossing zombie film to date. It had the biggest opening weekend of any film in Woody Harrelson's career at $25 million. The $18 million taken by Indecent Proposal (1993) was Harrelson's previous best weekend debut.


P.S. The Bill Murray cameo was mostly improvised. And genius.


Friday, October 16, 2009

Reverse Graffiti

Paul "Moose" Curtis


Alexandre Orion

Thursday, October 15, 2009

A Film By Semiconductor

Natural magnetic fields are revealed as chaotic, ever-changing geometries as scientists from NASA's Space Sciences Laboratory excitedly describe their discoveries.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Lost's Michael Emerson

Proof that he really can make anything sound creepy.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

How To Lose A Football Game...

....to William & Mary.

TallerInTheDark, John Meacham:


  • Be the University of Virginia (UVA).
  • Your fans should show up to the game, but they should be absolutely sure to NOT BE THAT INTO IT. All males should be wearing a dress shirt (nicely pressed and tucked), khaki shorts, an orange and blue tie (diagonally striped), and boat shoes. No exceptions. All females should be wearing sun dresses. Again, no exceptions.
  • In the three hours immediately prior to kick-off, all occupants of fraternity houses, or any other houses within a three mile radius of Scott Stadium, must be in their front yards mingling around a game of “Corn Hole” (Opposing teams try to throw a bean bag into a hole cut out of a wooden thing. Participants hold red solo cups filled with beer, and that big guy [the one who is wearing the hat with the confederate flag on it] comes out onto the porch and says “Bra, I didn’t even know William and Mary had a football team [High-five, high-five, high-five...]“).
  • At halftime, sitting on a 14-13 lead, half of your student body (UVA’s) should leave the game. “Corn Hole” ISN’T GOING TO PLAY ITSELF.
  • You should use three quarterbacks, commit seven turnovers, and pay your coach 1.6 million dollars a year.
  • From here on out, all you need to do is "hear the thunder of [William and Mary's] chorus, Alma Mater hail." They also sing it to candle-light. Also, their symphony does it.
  • Wallow in deep, deep shame. Overhear someone say “Bra, I didn’t even know William and Mary had a football team.” Where there were once high-fives remains only the saddest sort of silence. No amount of drunken Corn-Holing can cover this pain.

More Than A Game (2009)



Release Date: October 2nd
Genre: Documentary
Cast: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Director: Kristopher Belman
Writers: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan

Plot:
This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.



More information:
» Youtube Trailer
» Official Site

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It Might Get Loud (2009)



IMDB:
Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. Davis Guggenheim's "It Might Get Loud" tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artists musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The guitarists trade riffs and thoughts and at the end make their way through an acoustic rendition of “The Weight.”

The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, and played at both Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.

NYTimes:
Mr. Guggenheim spends some time following his subjects back to their roots, a fascinating journey into the musical past during which some notable commonalities emerge. Mr. Page, the Edge and Mr. White all honed their art in reaction to what they perceived as the dominant styles of the time.

Mr. Page came up playing skiffle, a peppy, folk-inflected genre that ruled British pop in the 1950s. After a successful stint as a studio session prodigy, he made his way to the Yardbirds and then to Led Zeppelin, where his interest in the blues, Eastern music and in the nuances of amplification reached full, thundering fruition.

The Edge, growing up in the downtrodden Dublin of the 1970s, discovered punk as an antidote to the bloated arena rock and fatuously shiny pop that saturated the airwaves. And Mr. White, in 1980s Detroit, wondered if hip-hop would permanently eclipse the instrumental sounds he cherished.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hokies Football Schedule

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Hokies Struggle Against SEC Teams

TechSideline.com:
by Chris Coleman, August 28, 2009

With the season opener against Alabama only eight days away, it's about time for Virginia Tech to kick their recent habit of losing to SEC teams. The Hokies are 0-3 in their last three games against the SEC, with their last win coming against LSU in Lane Stadium in 2002.

VT vs. the SEC
Season Opp. Result
1994 Tennessee 45-23 L
1998 Alabama 38-7 W
2002 LSU 26-8 W
2004 Auburn 16-13 L
2006 Georgia 31-24 L
2007 LSU 48-7 L


With the notable exception of the LSU game in 2007 and the Gator Bowl in 1994, the Tech defense holds up well against SEC opponents. However, the offense generally doesn't fare so well.

VT's Stats vs. SEC Opponents
Opp. VT Yards Opp. Yards
Tennessee 1994 426 495
Alabama 1998 278 274
LSU 2002 231 214
Auburn 2004 375 299
Georgia 2006 189 200
LSU 2007 149 598
Averages 274.67 346.67


The Tech defense is allowing 346.67 yards per game through six games against SEC competition, which is a respectable number. That number is somewhat skewed by the 598 yards LSU rang up in 2007. In the previous four meetings with SEC teams, the Hokies allowed fewer than 300 yards per game in all four contests.

However, the offense hasn't kept up their end of the deal recently. Tech has failed to gain 200 yards of total offense in their last two games against the SEC. The Tech offense was completely outclassed in losses to Georgia and LSU. (To be fair, the defense was outclassed against LSU, as well.)

The first time the Hokies faced an SEC opponent in the Beamer Bowl Era was in the 1994 Gator Bowl against Tennessee. The Hokies faced Peyton Manning, James Stewart and a very talented team and walked away with a 45-23 loss. The Hokies had three total turnovers, and they fumbled the ball five times. The Vols had no turnovers, and they took advantage of every opportunity the Hokies gave them.

Tech got another chance against the SEC in the 1998 Music City Bowl when they faced Alabama. Neither offense did much in that game, but the Hokies walked out with a 38-7 victory thanks to two blocked punts, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. It was the perfect example of a "Beamerball" victory.

Tech followed that up with a 26-8 victory over LSU in Lane Stadium in 2002. The Hokies controlled that game from start to finish, holding the Tigers to 214 yards of total offense.

That was a very talented LSU team that went on to win the National Championship in 2003. A quick look at the box score reveals the following names for LSU: LaBrandon Toefield, Domanick Davis, Joseph Addai, Matt Mauck, Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson, Marcus Spears, Chad Lavalais, Marquise Hill, Bradie James and Randall Gay. All of those players went on to the NFL, and many have had major impacts.

The Hokies won the 2004 ACC Championship, and as a reward they got to play undefeated Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. The Hokies held the Auburn offense to 299 yards, a big accomplishment since it featured future first round picks Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. Tech gained 375 yards of total offense, but they dropped a touchdown pass and missed a chip shot field goal.

The 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Georgia is one of the low points for the Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies held a 21-3 halftime lead, but managed to lose the game 31-24, despite surrendering just 214 yards to the Bulldogs. Sean Glennon threw three interceptions and had a fumble behind an offensive line that couldn't block the Georgia defensive front.

The 2007 game at LSU saw another poor performance by the offense, but it was also an uncharacteristic terrible game by the defense. The Hokie D allowed almost 600 yards to the eventual National Champions. This game was more of a fluke than anything. The Tigers were obviously better than the Hokies, but not 41 points better.

King of Pop Face Off (Video)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is Dan Snyder Going To Sue YOU?

WUSA9:
After news of his father's legal battles with the Redskins broke Wednesday, Kiante Webb's telephone never stopped ringing.

A Washington Post headline alleged the team sued dozens of its fans for backing out of multi-year season ticket contracts. Webb's father, Alonzo Webb, was one of those fans.

"That's the real shocking part," he said. "The Redskins sue my father. What? A fan? That's like the Redskins sue my best friend. I've never heard of it."

"It starts with the ownership. It starts on top," said Webb. "And that's not a good look."

His father's story began in 2004 with a six-year contract for club seats in FedEx Field. In 2008, he fell on hardship and asked for the relief he says the Redskins initially promised him. Instead he was sued along with a couple more dozen season ticket holders.

"I think he's fed up with the Redskins organization now," said the son. "They're watching Raven games and getting Raven tickets."

When the Washington Post broke the news story, the Redskins responded with an acknowledgment that roughly 20 to 30 lawsuits were filed. According to a press release on its website, legal action was taken to enforce the long-term contracts of ticket holders who defaulted on their obligations.

"For every lawsuit the team has filed, it has worked out payment plans or renegotiated contracts with dozens of other suite and club seat holders," wrote a team spokesperson.

The Redskins also responded that the no general admission ticket holders were ever sued. Those fans account for nearly 70,000 of the 91,000 seats at FedEx Field.

Monday, August 31, 2009

FreeFest!

Billboard:
Between Blink-182's Tom DeLonge and Flavor Flav guest bartending unannounced in the charity oriented "Karma Bar," the branded skydivers parachuting over the venue and landing on the pavilion roof, and of course the 19 artists playing the three stages, the 12-hour event had the feeling of one big, slick non-stop fair.

Weezer, dressed all in red, followed "War Pigs" with "Hash Pipe," the first of many singalongs during their hit laden set ("Undone," "Say It Ain't So," "Buddy Holly"). They closed with the Clash's "Should I Stay Or Should I Go," and the band had the lyrics on a sheet taped next to the setlist at thier feet.

Next, Tom DeLonge launched Blink-182's set with "Dumpweed" and "Feeling This," peppering the set with jocular banter ("My name's so awesome it has it's own cock and balls!"). Blink got lots of singing along and plenty of hoots for drummer Travis Barker; the audience nearly drowned out the band during "What's My Age Again?."


"Ladies and gentlemen, TRAVIS FUCKING BARKER!" introduced guitarist Tom DeLonge of Freefest headliners Blink-182, pointing to the tattooed, ball cap-sporting, and shirtless drummer as the screams of 19,000 fans hit the Pavilion Stage. DeLonge's expletive was appropriate -- aint a damn thing about the sticksman that's restrained. While DeLonge and Hoppus cracked dick jokes, talked about going down on Oprah, and played the snickering, perverted rabble rousers that they are, Barker continuously smashed the kit with abandon and force, never stopping to speaking once during the 90-minute show.

Barker made last summer's plane crash, which left him third degree burns over much of his body, seem like it happened a decade ago. The guy has recovered well -- he hits that snare drum hard. It's no wonder the guy busted his arm in 2006 from simply rocking out.

Friday, August 28, 2009

An American Pastime: Smoking Pot

Time:
This ongoing study, in a journal of the Public Library of Science, surveyed more than 85,000 people in 17 countries and is part of a larger project through the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Initiative:

Despite tougher drug policies in the U.S., Americans were twice as likely to have tried marijuana than the Dutch, according to the survey. In fact, Americans were more likely to have tried marijuana or cocaine than people in any of the 16 other countries, including France, Spain, South Africa, Mexico and Colombia, that the survey covered.

Researchers found that 42% of people surveyed in the U.S. had tried marijuana at least once, and 16% had tried cocaine. About 20% of residents surveyed in the Netherlands, by contrast, reported having tried pot; in Asian countries, such as Japan and China, marijuana use was virtually "non-existent," the study found. New Zealand was the only other country to claim roughly the same percentage of pot smokers as the U.S., but no other nation came close to the proportion of Americans who reported trying cocaine.

The survey also found that more Americans not only experimented with drugs, but also tended to try pot and cocaine for the first time at a younger age compared with people in other countries. Just over 20% of Americans reported trying pot by age 15 and nearly 3% had tried cocaine by the same age. Those percentages jumped to 54% and 16%, respectively, by age 21.

"One of the questions raised by research of this type is whether Americans will want to continue supporting the incarceration of young people who use small amounts of marijuana." -Jim Anthony, chair of the department of epidemiology at Michigan State University and an author of the study

Though current findings may not provide enough context to judge existing drug policy, Anthony says they do highlight some valid issues, especially since stringent laws don't appear to impact whether kids experiment with drugs.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Spotlight: Les Paul


Wikipedia:
Lester William Polsfuss
, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 13, 2009) was an American innovator, inventor, musician and songwriter. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar, which "made the sound of rock and roll possible". He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound), delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multi-track recording.

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many guitarists of the present day. He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of records. Between 1950 and 1954, the couple had 16 top-ten hits. In 1951 alone they sold six million records.

In 1979, Paul and Ford's 1951 recording of "How High the Moon" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Paul received a Grammy Trustees Award for his lifetime achievements in 1983.

In 1988, Paul was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Jeff Beck, who said, "I've copied more licks from Les Paul than I'd like to admit."

In 1991, the Mix Foundation established an annual award in his name; the Les Paul Award which honors "individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio technology". In 2005, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his development of the solid-body electric guitar. In 2006, Paul was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was named an honorary member of the Audio Engineering Society.

Paul was the godfather of rock guitarist Steve Miller of the Steve Miller Band, to whom Paul gave his first guitar lesson. Miller's father was best man at Paul's 1949 wedding to Ford.
On August 13, 2009, Paul died of complications from pneumonia at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, New York. Paul is survived by his four children and his companion Arlene Palmer.

Upon learning of his death many artists and musicians paid tribute by publicly expressing their sorrow. Among them were Slash, Trey Anastasio, Joe Satriani, Brian "Head" Welch, Tom Morello, Ace Frehley, Tad Kubler, John 5, Keith Richards, Randy Bachman, Brian May, B.B. King and The Edge.

Former Guns N' Roses and current Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash called him "vibrant and full of positive energy."

U2 guitarist The Edge said, "His legacy as a musician and inventor will live on and his influence on rock and roll will never be forgotten."



More information:
Les Paul's Hit Singles
Multi-Track Recording Innovations

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Blue Whales!

Don't piss these dudes off...

video

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NFL Fantasy Is Back!

The Best From 2008:


My friend Chad tells me Jason Campbell's trick is real, and took him about 50 takes. Feel free to comment and tell me what you think.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Starcraft II Now Out... In 2010

Destructoid:
Activision:

Today we announced that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty will not be ready for release by the end of 2009. Over the past couple of weeks, it has become clear that it will take longer than expected to prepare the new Battle.net for the launch of the game. The upgraded Battle.net is an integral part of the StarCraft II experience and will be an essential part of all of our games moving forward. This extra development time will be critical to help us realize our vision for the service.

Our mission is to develop games that deliver an epic entertainment experience. As part of that commitment, we will always take as much time as needed to ensure that our games and services meet the expectations of our players and the standard for quality that we set for ourselves as developers. As we work to make Battle.net the premier online gaming destination, we’ll also continue to polish and refine StarCraft II, and we look forward to delivering a real-time strategy gaming experience worthy of the series’ legacy in the first half of 2010.


Saturday, August 8, 2009

Fantasy Football Top 100

Rankings for the coming season are based on a consensus of ESPN analysts. Click here for the Scoring Leaders from last season.

1. Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2. Michael Turner, RB, ATL
3. Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
4. Matt Forte, RB, CHI
5. Steven Jackson, RB, STL
6. Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
7. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, SD
8. DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
9. Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
10. Frank Gore, RB, SF
11. Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
12. Drew Brees, QB, NO
13. Brandon Jacobs, RB, NYG
14. Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
15. Steve Slaton, RB, HOU
16. Tom Brady, QB, NE
17. Randy Moss, WR, NE
18. Clinton Portis, RB, WAS
19. Steve Smith, WR, CAR
20. Marion Barber, RB, DAL
21. Brian Westbrook, RB, PHI
22. Peyton Manning, QB, IND
23. Greg Jennings, WR, GB
24. Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
25. Kevin Smith, RB, DET
26. Roddy White, WR, ATL
27. Ronnie Brown, RB, MIA
28. Anquan Boldin, WR, ARI
29. Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ
30. Terrell Owens, WR, BUF
31. Marshawn Lynch, RB, BUF
32. Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
33. Marques Colston, WR, NO
34. Kurt Warner, QB, ARI
35. Ryan Grant, RB, GB
36. Brandon Marshall, WR, DEN
37. Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
38. Wes Welker, WR, NE
39. Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
40. Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
41. Roy Williams, WR, DAL
42. Philip Rivers, QB, SD
43. Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
44. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, WR, SEA
45. Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
46. Derrick Ward, RB, TB
47. Tony Romo, QB, DAL
48. Braylon Edwards, WR, CLE
49. Joseph Addai, RB, IND
50. Jason Witten, TE, DAL
51. Willie Parker, RB, PIT
52. Antonio Gates, TE, SD
53. Larry Johnson, RB, KC
54. Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
55. Vincent Jackson, WR, SD
56. LenDale White, RB, TEN
57. Antonio Bryant, WR, TB
58. Dallas Clark, TE, IND
59. Matt Schaub, QB, HOU
60. Reggie Bush, RB, NO
61. Chad Ochocinco, WR, CIN
62. Donovan McNabb, QB, PHI
63. Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
64. Lee Evans, WR, BUF
65. DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
66. Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
67. Jamal Lewis, RB, CLE
68. Hines Ward, WR, PIT
69. Cedric Benson, RB, CIN
70. Matt Cassel, QB, KC
71. Bernard Berrian, WR, MIN
72. Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
73. Santana Moss, WR, WAS
74. Eddie Royal, WR, DEN
75. Ray Rice, RB, BAL
76. Jay Cutler, QB, CHI
77. Santonio Holmes, WR, PIT
78. Darren Sproles, RB, SD
79. Chris Cooley, TE, WAS
80. Kevin Walter, WR, HOU
81. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
82. Chris Wells, RB, ARI
83. Anthony Gonzalez, WR, IND
84. Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ
85. Earnest Graham, RB, TB
86. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN
87. Pittsburgh Steelers, D/ST, PIT
88. Donald Driver, WR, GB
89. Fred Taylor, RB, NE
90. Torry Holt, WR, JAC
91. Laveranues Coles, WR, CIN
92. Donald Brown, RB, IND
93. Lance Moore, WR, NO
94. New York Giants, D/ST, NYG
95. Eli Manning, QB, NYG
96. Felix Jones, RB, DAL
97. Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
98. Greg Olsen, TE, CHI
99. Le'Ron McClain, RB, BAL
100. Julius Jones, RB, SEA

Friday, August 7, 2009

"Video Computer System" by Golden Shower



Golden Shower is an electronic music duo from São Paulo, Brazil, consisting of Markus Karlus and Kevin Rodgers.

Their 2000 music video, "Video Computer System", was the winner of the MTV Brasil Video Music Awards, in the category of Best Electronic Music Video.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Michael Jackson's Pepsi Commercial Accident

The Cause of MJ's Death



Wikipedia:
Propofol (marketed under the trade name Diprivan) is a short-acting, intravenous, nonbarbiturate sedative agent used for the induction of general anesthesia for adults and children, maintenance of general anesthesia, sedation in medical contexts, such as intensive care unit (ICU) sedation for intubated, mechanically ventilated adults, and in procedures such as colonoscopy and endoscopy, as well as in dental surgery. It has largely replaced sodium thiopental (trade name Pentothal) for induction of anesthesia. Recovery after propofol anaesthesia is more rapid and 'clear' as compared to thiopental.

Typically during surgery, opioids such as fentanyl are also given since propofol is not considered an analgesic drug. Propofol is approved for use in more than 50 countries. It is also commonly used in veterinary medicine.

Pharmacology
Propofol is highly protein bound in vivo and is metabolised by conjugation in the liver. Its rate of clearance exceeds hepatic blood flow, suggesting an extrahepatic site of elimination as well. It has several mechanisms of action, both through potentiation of GABA-A receptor activity, thereby slowing the channel closing time, and also acting as a sodium channel blocker. Recent research has also suggested the endocannabinoid system may contribute significantly to propofol's anesthetic action and to its unique properties.

The elimination half-life of propofol has been estimated to be between 2–24 hours. However, its duration of clinical effect is much shorter because propofol is rapidly distributed into peripheral tissues. When used for IV sedation, propofol typically wears off in minutes. Propofol is versatile; the drug can be given for short or prolonged sedation as well as for general anesthesia. Its use is not associated with nausea as is often seen with opioid medications. These characteristics of rapid onset and recovery along with its amnestic effects have led to its widespread use for sedation and anesthesia.

Side Effects
Aside from the hypotension (mainly through vasodilatation) and transient apnea following induction doses, one of propofol's most frequent side effects is pain on injection, especially in smaller veins. This pain can be mitigated by pretreatment with lidocaine. Patients tend to show great variability in their response to propofol, at times showing profound sedation with small doses. A more serious but rare side effect is dystonia. Mild myoclonic movements are common, as with other intravenous hypnotic agents. Propofol appears to be safe for use in porphyria, and has not been known to trigger malignant hyperpyrexia.

Another recently described rare, but serious, side effect is propofol infusion syndrome. This potentially lethal metabolic derangement has been reported in critically-ill patients after a prolonged infusion of high-dose propofol in combination with catecholamines and/or corticosteroids.

Abuse
Despite a lack of analgesic properties, abuse of propofol has been reported. It can produce mild euphoria, sexual hallucinations, and disinhibition. Such recreational abuse has been described amongst medical staff such as anaesthetists who have access to the drug. However, abuse of the drug is relatively rare due to its potency and the level of monitoring required to take it, and it has not been scheduled by the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The steep dose response curve of the drug makes such abuse very dangerous without proper monitoring, and at least three deaths from self-administration have been recorded. The autopsy of entertainer Michael Jackson found propofol in his system and is believed to be a contributing factor in his death.