Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Random Tuesday Music: Ruby

Artist: Kaiser Chiefs
Album: Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007)

I linked to a live clip again...this time, the Kaiser Chiefs are performing the song with the help of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. If you've never heard of them, I recommend checking them out.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Random Tuesday Music: Teardrop

Artist: Newton Faulkner
Album: Hand Built By Robots (2008)

This is a cover of a song that has apparently been covered a few times--here is the original. The particular clip I've linked to above is a live version. Part of the reason I picked it is because it starts off with Faulkner doing a bit of Rusted Root's "Send Me on My Way", "the track with the weirdest vocal you've ever heard".

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Random Tuesday Music: Yoshi vs. Eminem Remix

Remix by Adolfo Baez
(Warning: Uh...Eminem song. NSFW language.)

Something a little different this week...basically, this is Eminem's "Without Me" set to background music from the video game Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. What's crazy about it is that it works.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Random Tuesday Music: Never Tear Us Apart

Artist: INXS
Album: Kick (1987)

I know, I know, everyone knows this song. But I have it on the brain--I referred to it last night when I was writing about wanting to travel to the Czech Republic. They filmed this video in Prague (I think a couple of others too, but I'm sure about this one), so there you go.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Random Tuesday Music: Jolie Louise

Artist: Daniel Lanois
Album: Acadie (1989)

[I'm adding this as a regular feature so that I'll be forced to post at least once a week. Selections will come from all over the map (both figuratively and literally), I promise you that.]

Northern Exposure is one of my father's favorite programs of all time. This song is on the first soundtrack CD that came out, and it had its place in Dad's rotation. I love this song for many reasons. Here are a few:

-It tells a story.
-It's a sad song.
-You can't really tell what time period it's from.
-English/Français mix.

Over time, I learned about who Lanois was, and I ended up getting Acadie about a year ago. (It's lovely.) Here's something I noticed in his bio that seems to be reflected in the lyrics to this song:

Following his parents' 1963 separation, Lanois and his mother moved to the English-speaking suburbs of Hamilton, Ontario.

...So...is the song about his parents, at least in part?

Monday, May 26, 2008

Stuff I've been doing, reading

It's been a while. I haven't gone missing, it's just that every time I try to write something here, the words disappear from my head. I'll try to fix this now. Here are some recent points of possible interest:

- I went to the State of the Sharks last Tuesday. See my half-assed account here.

- Travels with Carlo (The Wonderful World of Loser Domi)
I don't know who Carlo Colaiacovo is, but he seems to get injured a lot, and I think his name is awesome. Anyway, Loser Domi writes funny stuff.

- It took me forever to sign up with sports message boards because I couldn't think of a handle to use. (Also, I'm not very witty and never know what to write, but I digress.) On Saturday, I was at the MYFO liveblog for Game 1 and I wanted to comment on something, so I had to come up with a name. The only thing that popped in my head was "insert bad Czech pun here" which got shortened to "Bad Czech Pun". Guess I have a handle now. It's better than the names I've come up with in the past, so I'm fine with it.

- Yesterday I went shopping at the Scrapbook Nook. That place is dangerous. I'm also super-new to scrapbooking, so I was overwhelmed. I was able to pay cash for all the stuff I got, but that's because I only bought travel-related stickers. I should find some kind of primer for scrapbooking to help me organize in my mind how it all works. I can't see myself making actual scrapbooks because I know I'd get tired of it too easily, but I could definitely make gift tags, invitations and other small things like that. I also want to host a party in mid-December with a tropical theme, so it would be awesome if I got the gist of it by the time I need to send out invitations.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Who am I rooting for in the next round?

At this point in the playoffs (the point where I have no real rooting interest left), I wonder who to root for. In recent years, it's been all about the team(s) whose fans I hate less. Taking this into account, I'm rooting for the Flyers in the east, which is a bit surprising to me. In the west, it's a wash as there are people on both sides of that fence that I just can't stand--though none of the Dallas fans are people I personally know. So let's forget that criteria and look at the players, shall we? To be honest, I don't hate Team Sweden West at all. I like the guys out there on the ice, especially now that they aren't playing Hasek. The Stars, though...let's see, I'll throw some names out and see what pops into my head:

Modano - Respect.
Turco - Meh.
Zubov - Hm. ...Actually, I have no problems with him.
Ott - Dislike. (Note that this is more of a default response for the type of player he is. Do the Sharks need a pest? I've been wondering this for some time. Not that I think picking up Avery would be a good idea. But I digress.)
Ribeiro - HATE.
Morrow - Undecided.

...Hm. Maybe I won't throw my support anywhere and just see how things go. (By the way, Wings in 5.)

Sunday, May 4, 2008

I thought the game would never end.

Frankly, it almost didn't. I'm not going to nitpick as I'm sure others will. Why do that? What's the point? Everyone was dead tired, and you knew SOMETHING had to happen to end the game. I applaud the efforts of all the players, especially Nabokov and Turco. Damn. And congratulations to the Stars. This was a tough series; anyone who knew these teams knew that it would go this way, though most of us probably didn't see the 3-0 start coming.

I am worried about Milan Michalek. The hit was clean and all, but man did his head snap back, giving me visions of Raffi Torres' hit on him a couple of years ago. Whatever happened to him, I hope that it's nothing major and that he'll fully recover. So is Brenden Morrow going to ask about him or is he going to be an ass and not care? I'm asking seriously; I know nothing about his character. This will be a major factor regarding who I root for in the conference finals. (I'll probably be rooting for Dallas anyway. Pacific Division Represent!)

I am proud of my team. Despite finishing second in the conference, they had a tough draw and they did what they could with it. People will be calling for radical changes over the offseason...I don't know how much needs to be done, really. We'll have to wait and see.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Game 5: You bet your ass I'm going.

Let me begin with a super quick Game 4 recap:

Apparently the key to a Sharks victory was to let Dallas score first. Devin Setoguchi was aware of this and acted accordingly:

(I kid! I kid. We love you, Devin!) Marleau had another shorthanded goal soon after that, and the Sharks managed to win the game, 2-1.

And with that, Game 5 is here. You can mention the Stars' dominance in the Tank until you're blue in the face, but each game is its own entity. Someone I was listening to on the radio today (I want to say it was EJ Hradek) said he wasn't even sure of when the Stars last lost. ("Stars last lost"? Say that three times fast.) I can tell you. Remember that long-ass winning streak in March? It happened then. Granted, it was an OT win, but it was a win. Now if he meant regulation win, uh...I can't help you there. But it doesn't matter. I am proud of this team and what they have been able to accomplish so far. So let's keep it going! The Tank will rock as hard as it ever has, and I will holler and cheer until my voice gives out.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

"Crispy defense wins games." --F.P. Santangelo

Hey, look! Matt Cain won a game! It finally happened, even though he had some issues, but the team played well overall, and the bullpen did a good job to finish it off, so...yay!

Unrelated note: It was really funny hearing the seagulls during the postgame wrap.

Somewhat related note: Zito to the bullpen - your thoughts? My initial thought was that this was a worse demotion than sending him down to the minors since I don't know how much pitching he'll be doing here...but maybe doing that would make the Giants look worse? I don't know.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

JR's Karma Is Huge

Sorry. I blame this headline on the in-game Love Guru promos.

If you didn't see the Versus telecast of Game 7 of the Flames-Sharks series (or On the Fly later that night), then you probably missed this Jeremy Roenick postgame interview, so I'd like to share it with you here. The timing in the beginning just about killed me.

Monday, April 21, 2008

NHL Round 2 Playoff Scenarios + Predictions

(Note: The following is mostly a repeat of yesterday's LJ post updated to include today's events.)

I went back and forth on whether to get tickets to Game 7. I ended up deciding that I should go. I will cheer this team on to the bitter end if it comes to that--hell, that's why I went to Game 5. So once the clock struck 10 today, I did my thing. I will be there with (virtual) bells on as well as my jersey bearing the name and number of a player who has had a craptastic time lately--let us not speak of this last game--so perhaps my support will help. (Pfffff.) Anyway, the game should be interesting, to say the least. I have no freaking idea how it's going to go. "Momentum" has meant jackfruit in this series.
The following video has been posted somewhere by me after each Sharks' playoff loss, so it was time I did so here. This sketch from Late Night with Conan O'Brien originally aired the evening after Game 1. I share it with you because of the ending.

Go Sharks. Now, on with the second round possibilities! Bear in mind that I only slightly know what I'm discussing here, so don't take it seriously...not that I think anyone would. Also, since I obviously watch Western games more, there will be more mindless babbling for that conference than for the East.

The Campbell Cup Hunt

Detroit vs. Colorado: I seriously shouldn't be thinking of this as the "old man series"; I know that both teams have some younger stars, and that Colorado is probably a younger team than I think. But I think of Forsberg, and Hasek, and...yeah. Anyway, even with Theodore playing the way he is, I'm not all that high on the Avs. Now that Osgood is in goal, I see Detroit getting through at least one more round. Red Wings in six.

Detroit vs. Calgary: I have this feeling that should Calgary make it out of the first round, some of the Flames' play will take a nosedive here (i.e. former Sharks). Whether or not that feeling is there because I just plain don't like the Flames is debatable. I also think that they might try to get away with funny stuff and fail because they're playing Detroit. As I said before, I feel Osgood will be strong, and depending on how Kipper is this particular week, this could even be a short series. Red Wings in six.

San Jose vs. Dallas: Pacific Division Smackdown. I seriously want this matchup to happen. (Forget for a second that it's the only possible matchup involving the Sharks. Thank you.) I don't think the series would be quite as crazy as that last regular-season game, but one never knows. (I initially wrote here that the two teams hadn't faced each other in the playoffs, but it has happened twice...apparently I was successful at wiping those series from my memory, because they didn't go so well.) Sharks in seven.

Dallas vs. Colorado: I don't know how the season series went here, but I've already mentioned my feelings on the Avs. Dallas should fare better than the Wild, at any rate. Stars in seven.

The Prince of Wales Trophy Hunt

Montreal vs. New York: I somehow see the Habs having a slightly easier time in this round than the last. Why? No idea. It's not like the Rangers suck. But I can't stand Jagr's smiling mug, so Canadiens in six.
Montreal vs. Philadelphia: I love me some Marty Biron, but...once again, Canadiens in six.
Pittsburgh vs. Washington: I'd love for the Caps to win here, but one man can only take a team so far. Penguins in six.
Pittsburgh vs. New York: Rangers in six. Yeah, that's right, I said it. And I don't even like the Rangers.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Fun with Advertisements

I went looking for a disturbing commercial to share and see if others also found it disturbing (you know that one for some shave gel where these rocketeering chicks representing "scent" fly up a dude's nose? yeah, that one). I haven't found it yet, but I came across this site, whose URL I first read as "Irate Ads" but then quickly realized was "I Rate Ads". :P I enjoyed what I saw, so I'll probably visit regularly. I'd like to share this one with you:

Lululemon Athletica — The Mansy

Did you look?

...Done? Okay. As soon as I saw that it was available April 1 I knew it was a joke, but it was a good one.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ladies & Gentlemen, YOUR San Jose Sharks!

So...what happened here? Did Semenov show up at the last minute? Could they not move everyone in that row over a little more? Asymmetry bugs me in these kinds of group pictures, so it's no wonder that I noticed this right off the bat. But whatever. Go Sharks.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

I scared myself yesterday. (or 'the krelbow story')

I was watching Project Runway with the family last night, and I commented that one of Jillian's coats was pretty awesome except for the cutouts where the insides of the elbows are (they might have been around the elbows as well, but I'm not sure). Dad asked me if there was a word for the inside of your elbow, and I kind of shook my head, but then I remembered the term "krelbow". Furthermore, I remembered that I had heard "krelbow" on an episode of Blossom, and I proceeded to describe the scene in detail...detail good enough to scare me. Why the hell did my memory retain that piece of information?

In doing web research this evening, I came across a post from a couple of years ago where someone was asking which episode of Seinfeld contained krelbow discussion. I wonder if she too really heard it on Blossom.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Trevor Linden never played for the San Francisco Giants.

So I'm at work listening to the radio, and this one caller is going on and on about how much the Giants are going to suck this year. I zoned out after a minute but woke up when he mentioned the name Trevor Linden. He meant Todd Linden. This mistake actually happens quite a bit, and it manages to annoy me every time.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Canadiens at Sharks, 3/3/08

I was at the game tonight. I picked this game back when tickets first went on sale for two reasons: it was close to my birthday, and this was the Sharks' first game back after a long road trip. As the date approached, I wondered if I should have picked the Ottawa game on the 5th instead...but given the way things turned out I'm happy I picked this one. This was one of the most exciting games I've attended. A few random notes:

-Since Montréal was in town, I was expecting the Canadian national anthem to be sung at least partially in French. That didn't happen, but the singer was from Moose Factory, so that was cool.

-I almost didn't see Thornton's PP goal. When he shot the puck the first time, the guy in front of me stood up and stayed up, as if that shot had gone in. I should point out that this guy was really eager to stand up.

-After Cheechoo's goal, some streamers shot out over my section, landing a few rows in front of me. I later learned that this is something Sharkie does, but this was the first time I was around for that.

-I didn't start walking out until after the Campbell interview was finished. Out of all the games I've attended this season--this would be the sixth--I cheered the most at this one. I will not sound good tomorrow.

-The Cheechoo and Campbell goals made the top play list on both On the Fly and SportsCenter. Cheechoo's goal ranked #1 and #7 respectively, while Campbell's ranked #3 and #4. Interesting.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Oh, I'm still here.

Why haven't I been posting? Well, I've been lazy, sick and stressed, so...there's that. But I digress.

So I have the espn.com NHL scoreboard open. I didn't think much a while ago when I saw that that Cristobal Huet had a shot on goal in the Caps-Devils game, but just now I saw "Cristobal Huet credited with hit on Sergei Brylin"...and right before that, he won a faceoff? Obviously his name is in place of someone else's name. Also, upon checking out the boxscore, I don't see Huet's name anywhere, and it appears that no one is in goal for Washington. :P I'd find these errors less baffling if I could figure out how things are supposed to look...meaning, who actually hit Sergei Brylin?

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Super Bowl Aftermath

(I kind of wrote about this already over in the Myspace blog, so I'll try not to repeat myself.)

Maybe it's just me, but my stomach turns whenever I hear about the '72 Dolphins and their champagne. These past few months have been the worst since that story kept popping up throughout the season. But are they as pompous as their act, or is the media possibly making them out to be more pompous than they actually are? Do I despise Don Shula or Chris Berman? (The answer to that last question is, of course, "yes".) At any rate, I can only hope that someday two 18-0 teams will face each other in the Super Bowl...and for one of those teams to be the Niners, but perhaps that's asking too much.

Bring on the Eli commercials!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I'm hoping that quote makes sense in context, because it doesn't when it's stuck in the middle of a radio commercial...heard by someone who hasn't seen the movie.

I might see it just to find out what the hell leads up to those words. But probably not.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Nabokov 2, Kovalchuk 0

This was the highlight of the All-Star Game for me. I missed the intro and half of the first period, but since Nabby played the second period, I was content.

Random Note: I just heard on the radio that the last time there was a penalty in the NHL All-Star Game, it was committed by Sandis Ozolinsh in 2000. That is funny.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

up way too late watching tennis

The Australian Open is on right now. I know I shouldn't be up. Of course, I do this during the World Cup too, so...I guess I'm masochistic when it comes to sports. Also, it feels like Nadal has been on the scene for a looong time, so I often forget that the man is only 21. ...Dude.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

One Minute Wasted

I came across a list through digg.com that was of "the 10 most racist Disney characters". I thought there was a chance that it would be interesting. Instead, it was one minute of my life that I would never get back. Aside from Aladdin, everything listed was from the 1960s at the latest. [edit: I remembered later that Sebastian from The Little Mermaid also made the list. Still, 8 out of 10...] Well, shit. I could have told you that. The country was a different place then, and we've made great strides since, so...I was almost offended that someone compiled this list in the first place. Almost. More than that, I was annoyed at myself for having gone to the site. Bah.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

I'm Nuts, Chapter 25

It had been raining on and off today, and this afternoon I started seeing flashes every now and again out of the corner of my eye. At first I thought it was lightning, but the light of the flash didn't seem quite right, and I hadn't heard any thunder. I started freaking out, thinking my eyes were playing tricks on me. A few minutes later, I realized that one of my coworkers was taking pictures of the water damage that remained from last Friday's storm. The flashes that I had been seeing were coming from his camera. :P

Thursday, January 3, 2008

And so they have found a home.

Yesterday I received my latest order from Zappos, which included a pair of sand-colored Ugg boots. Taped to the bottom of the Ugg box were a couple of small scraps of wrapping paper.

Know what that means? I now own someone's rejected Christmas present. I find this hilarious for some unknown reason.

Hm, now that I think about it, this should have been a post for fetchez la vache...oh well, this works too.