Sunday, February 14, 2010
Blogger sucksSo we've had to move - the new address is simply

Last month Google announced they are dropping support for people who publish Blogger via FTP. (So much for that whole "Don't be evil" thing, eh?)

Anyway, I'm taking the lazy way out, I'm not migrating the site and going through any rigmarole, I'm just starting a new blog powered by

See you over there!


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Saturday, February 13, 2010
Portland Pirates logoWe went to the Portland Pirates last night and had a great time - the tickets (and beers) are inexpensive and hey, live sports are always fun.

Sure, I don't keep up on the team as well as I should, but I've gone twice so far this year, so I'm doing my part, right?

Now I read in the Albany Times Union that the Pirates are negotiating to move to the capital of New York: "Portland CEO won't discuss Albany move"?!

Huh, that would be a bummer.

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Aw, I've never been so mad at Hawaii in my life: "49 states dusted with snow; Hawaii's the holdout".

Wouldn't that have been cool, to have snow in all fifty states?

Although it probably would have screwed up filming on Lost - and we don't need that.

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Friday, February 12, 2010
Time has an article (in the new issue, likely) about the Gulf: "The Lessons of Dubai".

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So by now have you heard of "PIGS" - as in (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain)?

Now Schott's Vocab tells us about a new acronym for the possible dominoes if Greece should fall - "STUPID" - as in (Spain, Turkey, UK, Portugal, Italy, Dubai).

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Boston Red Sox hanging sox logoProving that Boston Red Sox fans can make any day a baseball holiday, today is "Truck Day" - the day the Red Sox team equipment truck leaves Fenway Park in Boston to drive to Florida for spring training.

God I love this sport!

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Thursday, February 11, 2010
A few weeks ago I was looking up something US history related on wikipedia and I found this entry: Robert Smalls.

I want to see a movie about this guy:
    Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839–February 23, 1915) was a slave who, during and after the Civil War, became a ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician. He freed himself and his family from slavery on May 13, 1862, by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, the USS Planter, to freedom in Charleston harbor. He was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, and eventually became a politician—serving in both the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives. During his political career, Smalls authored legislation that created the first free and compulsory public school system in America in South Carolina, founded the Republican Party of South Carolina, and successfully convinced President Lincoln to accept African American soldiers into the Union army. He is notable as the last Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th congressional district.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Check out: A Daily Portmanteau.

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Just read it in Foreign Policy: "Weather: the lowest form of news".


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Have you seen this yet?

"Challenger space shuttle disaster amateur video discovered".


Nowadays this would be commonplace, but not in 1986.

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Interesting article in the new Vanity Fair about Disney's old ink and paint department: "Coloring the Kingdom".

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Tuesday, February 09, 2010
Boston University Terriers logoSo yesterday was the second Monday in February, that means Beanpot Championship!

Naturally Boston University (29 Beanpot wins) was playing Boston College (14 wins).

Unnaturally, BC won.

Check out the Boston Globe article: "Keeping the lid on".

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The New York Times on the Maine Winter Sports Center up to Fort Kent: "Biathlon Program Finds a Home in Northern Maine".

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From the father-in-law comes a story from the New Yorker about Dubai's Burj Khalifa: "Castle in the Air".

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Monday, February 08, 2010
Man, what a bizarre Super Bowl. It's kind of nice not having a horse in the race, though, it's very freeing.

We pretty much spent the night mocking the entire event. The ads were pretty lame - that was the Tim Tebow spot? We had to go back to rewatch it because we were expecting, well, more Tim Tebow. The halftime show was fairly outdated, too - everyone born in the last 27 years must have asked "Who is The Who?" at the same time. And, as one of the other party-goers asked, if only Paul and Ringo played together, would they still call themselves "the Beatles"?

Do you think CBS picked The Who purely to help their CSI franchise?

And the stadium? All of a sudden last year it was "Land Shark" for the Marlin's MLB season, and now it's "Sun Life"? How are we supposed to keep track of these things ... I mean, I think about Miami very rarely, help me out people.

And the post-game show Undercover Boss was horrible. Really? That's what they picked? Give me a very special CSI or some other Bruckheimer-induced drama. Please. Anything but reality.

Sorry, getting kind of cynical. What would Conan do?

Oh, speaking of Conan ... what the hell was this ad all about:

Leno promoting Letterman?

Did we just have a flash sideways?

In the end the right team lost, and New Orleans won, now they can have Mardi Gras and a Super Bowl parade at the same time. Yikes.

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America. And while I could take this opportunity to point out some of the flaws in the organization (cough practicing unlawful religious discrimination in violation of Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 cough) maybe I won't. Today.

But I will point out how it seems like it was just the 75th anniversary. Maybe that was in 1985:


My brother and I were just lowly Cub Scouts then, not unlike the Tracy Twins from Boys' Life magazine:


I wonder what ever happened to those two goofy bastards when they grew up?

Ah, no doubt they spent time in a paramilitary militia movement in the 1990s, and now they're devoted Fox News watchers. Likely spent last weekend in Nashville, teabagging it up at last week's Tea Party Convention, too ...

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