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The ones I love to HATE

I got to watch a little football over the long break.  I was watching the Steelers play the Jaguars (it was probably a couple of weeks ago, now that I think of it).  I was watching the game and thoroughly enjoying it, as the Jaguars were creaming the Steelers.  I didn’t enjoy it because I care much about the Jaguars but rather because I really hate the Steelers.  The Steelers are one of the few teams I love to hate.  I’ll watch them get beat even it’s 50-10.  So it got me thinking about the teams that I love to hate.  So here’s the rundown in no particular order. 

The Steelers  The first is the one I already mentioned.  The clincher for me was Super Bowl XL.  The Steelers had that game handed to them by the officials.  Ben Rothlisburger played his worse game, the Seahawks outplayed the Steelers and had fewer turnovers and still lost.  So now I love watching them get punched in the mouth. 

Mexico   (In the World Cup) The fans just bug the crap out of me. 

San Antonio Spurs  Ever since I started watching basketball, this team has been a real burr in my boots.  Last years Western Conference Finals is the most recent demonstration of how the Utah Jazz cannot beat the Spurs, and thus I love to watch them lose. 

Dallas Cowboys  I was in high school the same time the Cowboys were winning all those Super Bowls in the ’90s.  And every dork at my school just loved the Cowboys, so I had to rebel and root for them to lose. 

Chicago Bulls  I despise the Bulls more than any other team on this list.  I hope they have a legacy of losing as epic as the Cubs’.  I am a devoted fan of the Jazz and it killed me when Michael Jordan and the Bulls beat the Jazz  twice in the NBA finals.  The fans of that city didn’t deserve one championship not to mention six.  They destroyed the city every time they won, like a bunch of vandals in Rome.  And would anyone think less of Jordan if he had only 5 rings instead of 6?

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Too long, perhaps not…

Its been awhile, mabey too long, mabye not long enough. Anywho can I just say wow, the world is finally coming to an end! Ok, maybe not the whole world but in Cali it is. Those wild fires were the work of the devil and now the belzabub pulled something out of his own pocket that might rock the world of pop culture, I already know it has rocked mine. As Saint Johny had mentioned in an earlier post that Hollywood writers are on strike. This is worse then the time I had to pay 3,000 dollars for some Hana Montana tickets, but I digress. This could be worse then when Kenny Rogers Roasters filed for Bankruptcy in the late 90’s, man that was some good chickin’. Never the less and not with standing I say give those writers their royalties and their lattes. Let them write scripts and movies of joy rather then words of hate on picket signs. Hearken unto my words, many shows are fallin’ and I don’t know how long it will be until we lose many more. I am week and must sleep, until then be good to yourselves…

Thanks to mycoplasma, I have a little time to write some thoughts.  What I want to write about is of a dire situation.  No more TV!  I’ve been a big couch potato ever since I was little and the TV was the best baby-sitter my parents had.  So this stikes me as sucking, a lot.  What is going on, in case you haven’t heard, is the Hollywood writers (TV and movies) are now on strike.  They want to have a deal in which they get a cut of the sales of DVD’s and revenue from online distribution like iTunes, streaming, and Amazon.  The casualties are already rolling in.  I hear from the 10th Wonder Podcast that Heroes is making plans to have episode 11 its season finale.  That is so infuriating since the show is finally picking up.  Mondays episode lived up to the standards it set last season, and finally stopped being a stupid soap opera.  Shows like Lost may not happen at all, since they’d be unable to finish the season.  And I just read a matter of minutes ago that The Office is now done.  They will not be filming anymore episodes.  These are the first “casualties” that I’ve heard about but I’m sure others will take a hit soon, like “Pushing Daises” (one of my faves, in case you hadn’t heard), “Scrubs”, and the rest.  If I’ve learned one thing from shows like Lost, The Office and Pushing Daises, is that the writing is what makes a show so good.  So I hope the TV execs grow a brain cell or 2 and give the writers what they want.  But looking on the bright side I’ll have more time for the blog, you’ll have more time to read my blog, (what else ya gonna do, read a book?  If that’s the case may I recommend  Dragonlance).  And who knows maybe I could get a job as a “scab writer” for a soap opera.  Nevermind, I’m way too intelligent for that.  It must be the cough medicine and pain killers talking.

More proof…

Have I mentioned how I’m sort of a geek? Well, in case you needed some more convincing here it is. I came across a trailer for a new movie that will be coming out soon. It’s based on a book, one of my favorite books in fact. It’s Dragonlance! These books got me through the hell that is middle school. Seriously these books may have prevented a re-enactment of the events that inspired the song “Jeremy.” It looks to be craptacular, but I’ll probably watch it anyway, can’t wait!
Here’s the trailer

Why a beach ball?

On Tuesday, one of my fellow grad students in the lab, Joe, had his defense.  That essentially means that he just graduated (lucky dog).  His defense was at 9AM and the first part of the defense comprises of presenting all of the data one has collected over the eternity, er, 4-5 years of grad school.  Then the audience members leave to avoid having to see a train wreck.  And by “train wreck” I mean getting grilled by the members of the graduate committee.  When all that is done, the committee tells the student to leave so that they can take 30 seconds to agree he gets to graduate, then spend 15-30 minutes talking about vacationing in Spain, and where one can hire a good housekeeper.  Then the student is called back in to hear those magical words, “you can graduate.”  On this part I am guessing, because I haven’t had the good fortune to hear those words.  At least, not yet.  When everyone was done we got together to have some food and give Joe a card and a beach ball signed by everyone in the lab.  I don’t know why he got a beach ball, but it seems a tradition in our lab.  So we had some “toasts” with non-alcoholic cider, and some food, before Joe got his card and ball.  My advisor (and Joe’s), Vojo thought it would be fun if Joe read out loud what everyone had written in the card.  Most of it was the usual fair you’d expect in a card:  “Congrats, we’ll miss you!”  “Good luck at the new job.”  (Yeah, he has job already!)  Then he read what I wrote:  “Joe, I’m so jealous! Congrats, John.”  Well, that brought down the house!  My advisor Vojo, came unglued.  I don’t think I had ever seen him laugh so hard… 

Roll Out!

Every Tuesday, for whatever reason, is the day when new DVDs and music are released.  This past Tuesday saw the release of Transformers to DVD.  I was so jazzed about this movie I saw it twice in the theater and was able to pick out almost all of the “nods” to the toys and cartoons.  Like the “transforming” sound they make, some lines from the cartoon like, “I am Megatron!!!!” and my personal favorite, “Autobots, roll out.”  In case you haven’t figured it out, I had October 16, 2007 highlighted on my calendar.  Now, if you think that is geeky it gets even better.  On Monday night I got a message from a good friend of mine, Ender, and asked if Iwanted to go with him to get the movie at midnight.  There are a couple of craptacular Wal-Marts in the area that are open 24 hours.  So I said yes of course, and at around 11:30 we “rolled out” to the Wal-Mart.  We go there in plenty of time, about ten till midnight, so we were just hanging out talking.  We weren’t the only ones waiting, there were probably around 15 people or so who were waiting also.  So the bell tolls midnight and they bring out a shopping cart full of Transformer DVDs to hand out.  An orderly line forms and people start getting the DVD.  The nice lady hands me mine, and if you weren’t yet convinced of my geekiness, what I said to the clerk will be the clincher: “Do you have the 2-disc Special Edition?”  A couple of people looked at me with astonishment.  The kind of look Austrolopithicine had when he saw fire for the first time.  The nice clerk to her credit, said she’d look for me and about 10 minutes later Ender and I were the proud owners of the Transformers 2-disc Special Edition DVD.  Complete with director commentary and features on how they made the robots and other special effects.  I would exhort you, if you haven’t done so yet, to watch this movie.  I promise it is worth the price of a DVD rental.  Even if you are not a fan of the toys or cartoons, it is a fun action movie along with some comedic gems like, “I bought a car.  Turned out to be an alien robot.  Who knew?”  That should be on a t-shirt, and if it is tell me so I can buy it.  The movie also has a very impressive musical score.  It’s much better than the official “album” that came out with crappy music from a bunch of bands I never even heard of.  (don’t you hate danglin’s)  I found it at Amazon, and as soon as I get some money I plan to buy it.  But I have to wait because I recently bought this 2-disc Special Edition DVD…

My first love in life is fine wine and midgets, they work well together. My next love and might I say it is a very pleasant one is apple cider and pumpkin bagels. October is the best month of the year, according to a national report made by me. There is nothing like fine raw apple cider on a crisp October morn, it makes me feel all tingly and special inside. So in the honor of fall, let us raise up our glasses and toast those yummy apples and pumpkins that bring us so much joy and wonder in life that we just gotta say its good to be alive, at least in October!