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

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).

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Japan's Boyfriend Pillow

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

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

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.

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

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.

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