Tuesday, August 29, 2006

this is what it feels like

Every Bengals fan has to feel great after that game last night. Palmer looked fantastic. He took hits and got right back up, his passing was right where it was last year, he scrambled for yards. It was really nice to see how great the Palmer to T.J. connection will be when teams put lots of coverage on Chad. It was also nice to hear the ESPN announcers recognize how deep we are at wide receiver. The defense was also impressive, although I'd like to see them a little more dominant in denying the big play. Brett Favre must really hate playing in Cincinnati, and I almost feel bad for him, but I have to admit it's pretty funny to watch the futility as their offense is abused by our defense. Teams did it to us for fifteen years, so it's only fair.

Don't believe the hype for Snakes on a Plane. Here is a movie that I really wanted to like. I went in with a very positive attitude. I knew it would be bad, but it was not hilariously bad like everyone made it out to be. It had a fair amount of laughable parts, but there was an equal number of times when it was just contemptibly bad. It tried too hard to be so bad that it would make us laugh along with the filmmakers, instead at laughed mockingly at their failed attempt at a hilarious campy film. Sam Jackson did turn in a great performance and had some ridiculous funny lines, but the rest of it was pretty forgettable.

UFC 62 was better than the last couple pay-per-views by a long shot. Most of the fights were very entertaining, including the rematch of Bonner vs. Griffin. I was hesitant to get excited about the fight because I knew there was no way it could live up to their first fight, and while that was still true, it turned out to be what was probably the most entertaining match of the night. Those two never fail to put on a good fight, and Forrest Griffin is hilarious. Bonner was robbed of a round by the judges, and I feel bad for him that he lost, but hopefully he'll rebound with a good win his next fight. Rich Franklin comes back for UFC 64 in October against a very tough opponent. Can't wait for that, and for UFC 63 in September.

I'm working on packing up the apartment. The wisdom teeth come out tomorrow and we move out either Thursday or Friday.

Friday, August 25, 2006

transmissions from a lonely room

I sent Pfc. Jason Burkee an email a few days ago, and I got a response from him today that I thought I'd share:

Hey Dave,

Nothing to exciting going on here. I am in the
Ramadi area. Living the Dream...? Not really, I
would say the best way to describe my situation would
be frequent bordem, highlighted with quick stints of

The truck in front of me was hit with an IED a
couple weeks ago. I lost my squad leader. That was
pretty tough. The other day a car bomb went off at
the Iraqi Police station. We have been in one or two
actual fire fights. We are not in the city though we
are outside the city.

On a happier note, school is done this year? thats
cool. How did it go. Did you have any more liberal
slanted classes were you had to regulate? :) Is the
apartment you are moving into in the same area?
Better? That will be cool. One of the guys bought an
x-box 360 have you tried it yet? Thoughts on it?
It's not bad, can't wait for Halo 3. The Playstation
3 who wants to pay that much for a system?

Where are you thinking of working next? Maybe
another place with nagging callers. :) Well I got to
go. I will talk to you later. I miss you guys.

Your Friend


Thursday, August 24, 2006

workin' up under my patience like a little tick

Haha, it's been an interesting day so far, and it's only half over.

Being the unemployed individual that I am, I couldn't help but notice the roughly 8 billion yellow flyers I saw posted all over campus declaring "Work For Students". I pulled off one of the little tabs and decided to check out the website when I got home. The site was extremely vague about what kind of work was involved, other than saying that it was for a company called Vector Marketing. I assumed this meant it was some telemarketing company, and considering how much I hated being called by crazy disgruntled people, I had even less interest in calling them in their own homes. But I figured there wouldn't be any harm in filling out their online application, although I became more skeptical when I saw how simple the application was (not even asking about prior job experiences or references) I became even more skeptical. Then within half an hour, someone calls me back about setting up an interview (which is 6pm tomorrow). As soon as I was off the phone, I decided it was time to check up on Vector.

It seems Vector Marketing has a long, controvertial history of ripping off students. They send students out as independent contractors to sell Cutco knives. This is after your unpaid training and the deposit and have to put down to work there. Doug told me Jon used to work for them, and he ended up losing money. There's even a group formed by former student employees called Students Against Vector Exploitation. Since they didn't give me any way to recontact them, I guess I'll be skipping that interview tomorrow.

And the job search rolls on.

the die is cast

In other terrible news, Georges St. Pierre has been forced to pull out of his September 23rd Title Fight rematch with Matt Hughes due to a groin injury. UFC has set up another rematch to replace it, with BJ "I whined like a little girl when I lost to St. Pierre" Penn will go for a second win against Hughes. Obviously, I hope Matt beats the snot out of him.

big bang baby

A group of rogue astronomers have viciously stripped Pluto of it's status as a planet today. The extremist organization, known as the International Astronomical Union, launched it's assault on the distant satellite from Prague. The IAU cited Pluto's oblong orbit that overlaps with Neptune's and the presence of Plutonian soldiers in the Czech holy city of Ústí nad Labemfont as the reasons for the attack. In addition to the downgrade of Pluto from a traditional planet to a "dwarf planet", the IAU demanded the release of twelve political prisoners including František Ladislav Čelakovský, who have been held since 1996 for attempting to blow up the several prominent buildings in downtown Pluto City. Pluto has yet to issue a formal statement responding to these attacks, other than commenting that it prefers the term "vertically-challenged planet".

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

it's the most wonderful time of the year

Football season is upon us and on top of all the wonderful games available for your viewing pleasure on television, I have a virtual cornucopia of fantasy games for you to enjoy. Below are the group IDs and passwords along with links to each game. Join up today! Feel free to tell your friends too.

Yahoo Fantasy Football Games:

Saturday, August 19, 2006

feed your head

Wow. Justin, did you manage to get AiC tickets? I got up last Wednesday at 9am for the presale and today at 10 for the regular sale, and both were sold out in the first six minutes. It kept telling me no tickets were available this morning, and I finally found one ticket after constantly retrying, but I couldn't find more so I didn't get it.

you better find somebody to love

I've started getting serious about buying a new cell phone and service plan. I was looking at a plan from Verizon where I get a free phone and free calls to and from other people with Verizon (Austin, Rob, Daniel, Jon). But the monthly price seems kinda expensive, although not really any more than it looked like it would be from Sprint or Cingular. Austin didn't have great things to say about Verizon or the PN-215 phone.

Anyone have any opinions on the subject? Who's a good provider? Got a good deal on a plan?

Friday, August 18, 2006

no more beating my brains

I think I've finally recovered from the exhaustion of the eleven hour drive back from New Jersey. Thanks again to Tim and Elly for housing, feeding, and entertaining us. I think it's safe to say that we all had a really good time. We got there Friday after a twelve hour trip. Saturday they took us out to the beach at Belmar where we swam. I'm normally not a beach or swimming person, but we had a lot of fun. After that we went to this place that sells Italian ice, which was fantastic. You can get up to four flavors combined, which allows you to make some good mixtures. Sunday we went to New York City, which I hadn't been there since the summer of 2001. We walked all over the place and saw a lot of the sites, including Central Park, Ground Zero, and St. Patrick's Cathedral, where Jess and I went to mass. Monday we were all so tired from all the walking that we just hung out. We swam at the pool at Tim and Elly's apartment and played poker and Apples to Apples that night. Tuesday night we went back into NYC to see Monty Python's Spamalot. If you ever have to go see a musical, see this show. It's a stage adaption of Holy Grail written by Eric Idle, and it was absolutely hilarious. Definitely my favorite show that I've seen. Then Wednesday was the long return trip home.


Justin got my hopes up last week with the announcement that Alice in Chains is going on tour again and playing in Cleveland Novemeber 9th. If anyone has even the slightest interest in going, please let me know. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning. I'd be happy to drive.

Edit: Sweet, Dougie's going to be my concert buddy again and go with me. We're probably going to copy off Justin and see the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame while we're up there to. And now Joe's going too.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

all the children are insane

Today is my last day of work. I can say that I'm glad it is over with only a few reservations. I'll definitely miss the pay and I'll miss the handful of people I've made friends with over the past 14 months. But it will be great to be done with all the stress.

Jess, Christy, Alex, and I leave tomorrow for New Jersey. We'll be staying with Tim and Elly until next Wednesday, so don't expect any updates until then. It should be a lot of fun, as long as the drive out there goes okay. But at least we won't be
flying out there.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

see you down in arizona bay

Global warming is something I've tried to keep a more open mind about lately. In the past I blew it off as something that wasn't too big of a deal. As someone once pointed out, what scientist dedicated to monitoring changes in the environment is going to say that there isn't a problem? After all, if there isn't a problem then there's no need to fund that research, and then Mr. Scientist is out of a job. That being said, I've been much more accepting recently of the negative impact global warming is having on our environment.

I am anything but an Al Gore fan, but I've had a reserved interest in seeing his film on global warming since I first heard about it. Watching the film, there's no doubting his sincerity. After losing the 2000 election, Gore has poured himself into traveling around the globe, lecturing audiences about the dangers of climate change. I'm normally not a fan of biased documentaries, but An Inconvenient Truth shouldn't be compared with the propaganda Michael Moore puts out, which somehow gets classified as a "documentary" instead of "fiction" or "complete bs".

Basically the whole movie is clips from him giving lectures about the problem of global warming. He gives good evidence to back up his claims, and from what I've heard and read, the argument isn't that what he says isn't happening, but that it won't be quite as severe as Gore makes it out to be. I'm not sure quite what that means; that sea levels will only raise by ten feet worldwide instead of twenty? For some reason that doesn't make me feel any better. There's a couple spots in the movie where he can't help but take a couple shots at Bush. I'm sure that goes over well with a lot of the demographic in the audience, but it just makes Gore come out looking bitter and petty. There's one section where Gore talks about how mistakes were made in the past and you get the impression that he's talking about mistakes being made in regards to the environment. But immediately after that, for no apparent reason, the film cuts to a montage of the 2000 election recount in Florida and that whole controversy. Hey Al, I've got an Alice in Chains song you might like. It's called "A Little Bitter". I also wish he would have spent a little more detail on the solutions, but mainly the message seemed to be "here is what's going to happen, now the politicians need to start doing something big to prevent it." And I think he's probably right.

I know what some of you may be thinking now: that I've been sucked in by this propaganda and now it has me all terrified of what could happen. Well first of all, I've been growing more concerned about this for awhile now, which is one reason I kind of wanted to see this movie in the first place. Secondly, why is everyone willing to take such a chance with this? I don't really understand it. It sounds cliche to say this is the only planet that we have, but it's true. We certainly aren't doing a great job taking care of it, so why would we want it to get worse?

The other things that disappoints me about this is the complete and utter silence from the "Christian" community. We're supposed to be good stewards of what God has given us, something you hear all the time when it's an issue such as tithing. What about this planet we've been given? The Christian community if full of all kinds of moral outrage over gay marriage and abortion and Harry freakin' Potter. Where's the outrage over the irreparable damage we're doing to this home he's given us? So much time, effort, and money is spent protesting things like gay marriage. Why aren't Christians out in force writing to their Congressmen that they want to see more measures passed to prevent further environmental harm? I know there probably are lots of Christians out there working for things like the environment, and I'm not sure why I'm expecting the heads of the "Christian community" to care when they often do a terrible job representing Christ, but I think the lack of care in this area is fairly disappointing.

I realize I'm sounding pretty extreme right now, but don't worry, I haven't turned into a big treehugger overnight. Part of it is me just letting off steam from a variety of things. But I think this is an issue that more people need to pay attention to, and care about.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

same old trip it was back then

Jess and I drove down to Georgetown with Rob and Jen on Saturday to watch the first day of Bengals training camp. I'd never been to training camp before, and it was a good time. We had fun watching the practice. I was most interested in seeing the condition of Palmer's knee, and I have to say that the reports of his progress are not exaggerated. He wears a big brace on the knee but he was moving all over the place in the drills, taking drops and rolling out to throw on the run. I think the biggest test is going to be how it holds up when he starts to take hits. Even though he'll take hits in camp, it probably won't be till the preseason that we'll really see how well it holds up. I have a hard time thinking that the guys in practice aren't going to be hesitant to hit him as hard as they can, but another team will give it the true test. I took some pictures with the camera Jen brought, but apparently the camera doesn't like zooming in that far because they turned out kind of blurry for a digital camera. I guess I'm just a bad photographer.