Monday, September 27, 2010

Cee Lo Green - "Fuck You!" (2010)

On August 19, 2010, Cee Lo released a single, "Fuck You!", to YouTube ahead of his planned solo album release, The Lady Killer. "Fuck You!" was an instant viral smash hit, registering over two million plays in less than a week. Two weeks later on September 1, Cee Lo released to YouTube an official music video of the song. The album is set to be released by Elektra Records on November 9, 2010.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Isley Brothers - "Shout!" (1959)

Starting their careers in the gospel performing circuit in the early 1950s, they eventually crossed over to secular music first finding modest success in doo-wop until the release of their first million-selling hit, "Shout", in 1959. It was written by the brothers themselves as a call-and-response answer to Jackie Wilson's seminal "Lonely Teardrops" which they interpreted after performing that song during a club date.

While "Shout!" didn't reach higher than #47 on the Billboard Hot 100, it became their first gold single on the basis of its longevity and became a much-covered tune for them, with many U.S. and international artists recording the song. Joey Dee and the Starlighters reached #6 with their recording of the song in 1962, while the Isley Brothers' version re-charted that same year at #94. British pop singer Lulu had a #7 UK hit with the song in 1964 (attributed to Lulu & The Luvvers), and a #8 UK hit with a re-recorded version in 1986. The song, as performed by Otis Day and the Knights, was also prominently featured in the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon's Animal House.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Redskins vs. Texans

FedEx Field
September 19, 2010
Donovan McNabb threw for 426 yards last night, 1 touchdown, 0 picks, and completed 28 of 38 passes for a 73.7 percentage in a game where Washington lead through three quarters. Numbers alone won’t tell the tale, but it looks like McNabb is getting comfortable in burgundy and gold. He spread the ball out to 8 different receivers, improving on “The Moss and Cooley Show” from week 1, and had long passes of 62, 62, 35, and 34 yards. He is who we thought he was, but Donovan can’t do it by himself. The running game, despite Portis’ two goal-line scores -- which is also a marked improvement -- looked horrific. Portis’ 33 yards and 2.5 average a carry is not what I remember from Mike Shanahan’s running backs.

On defense we’re looking at a completely different sack of potatoes. At times they look ferocious, at times they look feeble. Andre Johnson caught 12 balls for 158 yards and a score. Kevin Walter, Houston’s No. 2 guy, caught 11 balls for 144 and a score. A week earlier, Miles Austin caught 10 balls for 146 and a score. Perhaps a healthy Kareem Moore improves our secondary, but a secondary that’s allowed 745 passing yards through two games needs more than a player fix. I’m not on the field, but it looked like Haslett called a solid game. Players need to execute, know their assignments, and communicate better, all things that take time.

Worst Dagger: Less than four minutes left, third-and-long, and Joey Galloway breaks free deep. McNabb's bomb was a bit too deep, and Galloway didn't seem to get a great look at it, and everything fell down incomplete in the end zone.

Through two weeks, the Redskins have won the first-half scoring battle, 30-7, and lost the second-half-and-overtime scoring battle, 30-10.

Best Block: Clinton Portis, obviously. When he crushed Eugene Wilson 50 yards downfield during 62-yard pass to Fred Davis late in the second quarter, Wilson flew backwards and Portis went flying up the field, pumping his knees up in the air in celebration. That was far more celebrating than he did after either of his touchdown runs. Portis's mouth might cause 43 public-relations debacles a season, but I don't think you've ever read a story questioning his effort on Sundays.

Worst Block: Bernard Pollard blocked a 29-yard field goal attempt that would have just about finished off the game midway through the fourth quarter. Those three points might have come in handy a bit later. Last week, the Redskins didn't even attempt a crucial 23-yarder after a poor snap, and almost wound up losing by a point. Failing to convert field goals of less than 30 yards is not often a great long-term strategy.

Best Mike Shanahan Quote: "When you lose, you lose."

More information:
ESPN Recap
Skins-Texans Staff Connections

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ok Go - "White Knuckles" (2010)

Damn Gina.

One dozen dogs and the goat were provided and trained by Talented Animals, with head trainer Lauren Henry; all of the dogs were from animal rescue shelters. Part of the requirement of the band was that the shot had to be performed in a single take, a feat that Roland Sonnenburg, a spokesperson for Talented Animals, said was "not bloody likely" to happen. The dogs were able to learn the routine's tricks; the most difficult trick, according to Tim Nordwind, was convincing two dogs to step in and out of a set of shelves while the band members provided platforms for the dogs to use and while spinning the shelves around.

A total of 124 takes were made during the filming period; about 30 were complete takes, and 10 of those being considered "excellent" by the group. The released version was Take 72, completed on the second-to-last day of shooting.

The song "White Knuckles" includes the words "paw" and "pet", matching up to the visuals of the video.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

James Morrison - "You Give Me Something" (2006)


The original music video takes place in a studio where Morrison is seated in a chair, surrounded by microphones while singing and playing guitar.

A second version of the video was released in early 2007. It features Morrison performing the song for pedestrians in New York City's Chinatown. It was filmed on the corner of Lafayette Street and Canal Street. A New York University bus is briefly visible in the background.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Nadal Finally Grabs U.S. Open Title

Rafael Nadal outlasted an inspired Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, in a very tight three-hour, 43-minute final in Arthur Ashe Stadium. He became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season. The 24-year-old Spaniard also can become the seventh man in tennis history to own at least one championship from each Grand Slam tournament.

With the victory, Nadal captured his first US Open title after five years of utter frustration, when after winning his first Slam at 2005 Roland Garros, he seemed to come into every US Open exhausted or injured after long summer campaigns.

In 2008, he lost in the semifinals to Andy Murray, and now says he was wiped out mentally after a long, if successful, summer that included a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. In 2009, he lost to eventual champion Juan Martin del Potro, while dealing with achy knees and a torn abdominal muscle.

Not this year. He took three weeks off after Wimbledon -- skipping Spain's Davis Cup quarterfinal -- to rest and get treatment on the knees that bothered him so much of last season and the beginning of this season. He arrived in New York finally armed with a bomb of a flat first serve, and he strode the draw with passion and purpose, only dropping one set along the way.

It was truly a coming of age for the Spaniard, who had heard chatter over the past few years that he would never be able to adapt his clay-bred game to ultra-quick US Open hardcourts and might end up suffering the same fate of another all-time great, Bjorn Borg, who won six French Opens and five Wimbledons but was never able to grab the US Open trophy, despite reaching the final of four occasions.

"It's a dream, have the career Grand Slam, but this is more dream have the US Open," said Nadal. "In some moments it's an unbelievable feeling because I worked a lot all my life, in all difficult moments to be here, but I never imagined have the four Grand Slams. I think for the first time in my career I played a very, very good match in this tournament. I played my best match in the US Open at the most important moment, so I am very, very happy for that."

Nadal played relentless defense and cagey offense in dispatching the hard-hitting and much-improved Djokovic, who had fought off two match points to dispatch Federer in the semifinals.

The Serbian fended off an incredible 20 break points during the course of the match, but Nadal kept coming, putting one return after another into play and forcing Djokovic to strike one near winner after the next to win points. Despite the fact that Nadal entered the match with a 3-7 record against Djokovic on hardcourts, the Spaniard now owns a 15-7 head-to-head mark over the Serbian overall.

Nadal also owns a 14-7 record against the No. 3-ranked Federer, who was stunned by Novak Djokovic 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals. Djokovic had lost to Federer at each of the previous three U.S. Opens, in the 2007 final and the 2008-09 semifinals. Federer's record 16 Grand Slam titles include the 2004-08 U.S. Opens.

Nadal used the 2010 U.S. Open to unveil a new serve, with the Spaniard now cracking aces upwards of 130 mph - a good 10 mph faster, if not more, than before. In addition, he has continued to flatten out his groundstrokes, using less topspin, for more effectiveness at Wimbledon and on hard courts.

Nadal has provided few details about where this extra power comes from, saying simply, "I change a little bit the grip." But it has been a key to his impressive results to date.

In Nadal's case, developing a powerful serve is critical given the punishment he exacts on his body, particularly his knees, as he thunders around the court retrieving ball after ball. Last year, all that pounding triggered a flare-up of tendinitis that prevented him from defending his 2008 Wimbledon title and limited his effectiveness at the 2009 U.S. Open, where he fell in the semifinals for a second consecutive year.

Nadal has now won two hardcourts majors, the 2009 Australian Open and 2010 US Open, plus his five French and two Wimbledon titles. He joined American Don Budge, Britain's Fred Perry, Australia's Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, American Andre Agassi and the Swiss Federer as the only men to win the four majors. At 24, he's also the third youngest to achieve the feat.

More information:
» Match Highlights at
» By the numbers: Nadal vs. Federer at the same age

"I think I wasn't aggressive because I got married."
-- Andy Roddick, on his surprising second-round loss to Serbia's Jarko Tipsarevic.

"You know, at this point I'm staying true to my goal. I don't have any regrets. You say everyone has regrets. I'm sure I have regrets in other parts of my life. I don't regret the way I've gone after my career. To say that I regret the results, to me, is almost selfish to say that I expect better or I should have done better, could have done better or I should have won that. I do the best I can with the talent I was given, and I compete as hard as I can."
-- James Blake, looking back on his career and many magical moments at the US Open. Blake advanced to the third round losing to eventual finalist Novak Djokovic 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-3. This defeat dropped his singles record to 13-15.

"I would have loved to play against him here. I mean, I did my hard yards the last six years making it to the finals, and he was unfortunately never there. That's obviously disappointing. And now one point away from this happening, obviously it's a bit of a disappointment. But just being there and losing, that wouldn't have been nice, either. Now we'll never know how it would have gone, but if I would have made it to the finals, I would have obviously wanted to win."
-- Roger Federer, on the potential dream US Open final opportunity missed with Rafael Nadal. It would have been the first meeting between the two in any round at the US Open, and they would have been the first pair of men to meet in the finals of all four Grand Slam tournaments.

Virginia Awards 2010


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Best Red Ch√Ęteau Morrisette Chambourcin
Best White Rockbridge Riesling
Best Sweet Horton Blancoxoco
Best in Show Villa Appalacia Toscanello

Best Light Northern Lights IPA
Best Medium Shooting Creek Rebel Ale
Best Dark Highland Brewing Co. Mocha Stout
Best in Show Starr Hill India Pale Ale

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Virginia Tech vs. Boise State

September 6, 2010
FedEx Field
Boise State took the 17-0 lead by taking advantage of a handful of critical Virginia Tech mistakes that set up two TD passes by Kellen Moore. But by halftime the Hokies from the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of those six leagues with automatic BSC bid, had climbed back into it with Ryan Williams scoring twice to cut the lead to 20-14.

The Broncos, coming to FedEx Field with their best preseason ranking ever, had to rally themselves to extend their winning streak to 15 games.

Moore hit Austin Pettis with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left and No. 3 Boise State passed what might be its toughest test of the season, beating No. 10 Virginia Tech 33-30 on Monday night.

Moore, the undersized Heisman Trophy contender, threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He led a five-play, 56-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes — aided by a [bullshit] Virginia Tech personal foul penalty.

Tyrod Taylor passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards for the Hokies, who for the fourth straight season took a deflating early season loss.

"It's a frustrating loss knowing that we haven't been successful in the first game all these seasons, but I think we have a good team to go out there and bounce back from this," Taylor said.

Ryan Williams scored three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) and now has 13 TDs in his last four games dating back to last season. It was Williams' fourth game with three or more TDs over the last two seasons, tied for the second most in the FBS.

No tricks this time from Boise State, who captured the hearts of football fans with their 2007 Fiesta Bowl upset of Oklahoma and have just kept on winning ever since.

The winningest team of the past decade in major college football, Boise State yet again was forced to prove it was worthy of all the accolades — this time far from home on a field that was anything but neutral, packed with Hokies fans.

Even with 11 games left, the debate will start about whether they should become the first team from a league without an automatic BCS bid to play for a national championship if they go undefeated.

The Hokies fell to 0-22 against AP top-5 teams away from home and 1-26 overall. It was the first time since Dec. 7, 2002 that Virginia Tech lost a regular-season game when scoring 30-plus points (lost 56-45 to Miami).

"When it's all said and done, we were one first down from winning that football game," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said.

ESPN Highlights & Postgame

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lance Armstrong in "The Magnet" (2004)

Clio-winning Los Angeles visual effects and design company A52 today detailed their visual effects and design work for RSA USA and award-winning film, music video and commercial director Jake Scott for Wieden+Kennedy’s new Nike spot entitled "The Magnet."

The spot’s music, composed by Dave Wittman and Jimmy Haun at Elias Arts Los Angeles with support from creative director David Gold and head of production Dayna Turcotte, features the vocal talents of Kathleen Fisher.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa Korthals)

What is Kratom?
Kratom is the common name for the plant Mitragyna speciosa Korthals, originated from South-East Asia. It is in the same family (Rubiaceae) as coffee and the psychoactive plant Psychotria viridis. Other species in the Mitragyna genus are used medicinally in Africa, and also used for their wood.

In Thailand the leaves of the Kratom plant have been used for many centuries for their medicinal and psychoactive qualities, which are comparable to that of opiate-based compounds. Kratom leaves were used to treat everything from diarrhea, headache and cough to opium addiction and pain. The lower laboring classes of Thailand also used Kratom as a recreational product to escape from their daily hardships, as well as to stimulate their mind and body. In recent times the use of Kratom as a recreational substance has also gained popularity in the West. Today, Kratom is a powerful herb providing adults with relaxation, mood elevation, pain relief and an exploration of inner state.

Kratom is legal in Europe and in the USA. Only a small number of countries have prohibited kratom: Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Burma, Malaysia and Vietnam.

Kratom is unique because it induces distinct effects depending on the serving portions. Remarkably, Kratom has both stimulating and sedative-like qualities. The enjoyment comes on fairly quickly, within five to ten minutes, and can be remarkably pleasurable, i.e. relaxation and sedation, analgesia and euphoria. Hence, Kratom experience has been described as similar to opiate-based products, but milder. At small servings, the effects of Kratom are stimulant and euphoric. An individual may feel more alert, talkative, sociable and energetic. In addition, sexual energy has also frequently been increased. At higher servings, Kratom may produce extremely pleasurable, euphoric effects that are often accompanied by closed-eye visuals. The effects of Kratom last for about 4-6 hours, but the residual lingering effects may last longer.

Acute side effects include dry mouth, loss of appetite and constipation.

How to Use?
Historically in Thailand, Kratom leaves were usually chewed because fresh leaves were readily available. Nowadays, where dried leaves are the norm, Kratom leaves can be used to prepare a tea or powdered and stirred in a fruit juice. To prepare Kratom tea, put 5 to 25 grams of crushed leaves in hot water and let it infuse for a while. Add tea and sugar or honey, if you wish. The experience should last for 4 to 8 hours. In low servings (up to 5 grams) Kratom tea has been known to induce mild euphoria and to reduce fatigue, giving the drinker higher energy and the ability to concentrate better. At strong servings 5 to 25 grams the experience becomes very euphoric and immensely pleasurable. When using Kratom extract, take half of the amounts of the leaves.

12/4/10: "Purple Sticky Kratom" 
3 grams of 15x atomix extract

Waka Flocka Flame - "No Hands" ft Wale & Roscoe Dash (2010)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Social Network... Parodies

Parody of the trailer for the upcoming film The Social Network about the founding of the social networking website Facebook in 2004.

The Social Network is set for an October 1, 2010 release.

Quick UFC History

The Ultimate Fighting Championship debuted in November 1993 in Denver, and nobody, neither the promoters nor the participants, had any idea what they were getting into.

Since then, the UFC has been on a 17-year-ride of cult popularity, public misunderstanding, near death, and a resurrection to the extent it is the biggest thing on pay-per-view in North America.
In early 2001, the UFC was a business barely clinging to existence and was sold to casino magnates Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who put high school friend Dana White in charge.
The UFC’s financial issues were thought to be largely because virtually every major pay–per-view carrier refused to air the events. The 1994-96 success of the company built around Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie, Dan Severn and David “Tank” Abbott, fell because the shows weren’t available to most of its fans, who moved on to other things.
The belief was that once they got back on pay-per-view, the early success would be repeated. As it turned out, that wasn’t the case, and the company, by its own accounts, lost about $33 million from 2001-05 until the magic ingredient, “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show, turned their fortunes around.
Today, there have been 118 shows, all over the world. In recent years, it has set gate and merchandise records in many venues.

Yet, it is still banned in New York and Toronto, and on an international level, a lot of the media still react like the U.S. media in the 1990s, seeing it as something they simply can’t accept as a sport.

More information:
UFC's Most Memorable Fights
The Underground: Everything MMA