Monday, June 14, 2004


Ralph Wiley, rest in peace.

One of my favorite sports writers died of a heart attack on Sunday. He was only 52. Check out his work.

Sunday, June 13, 2004


How I Spent My Summer Vacation...

I joined the National Scrabble Association.


Democracy At Work

Maybe it's the patriot in me, but I'm really enjoying Miller's "President of Beers" commericials, particularly Travi-sham-mockery!

Sunday, May 16, 2004


No Posts For 2 Months

Ummmm, my dog ate it?

Actually, I've been awfully busy at work. Like 60 - 70 hours per week busy. Like eating lunch (a vending machine sandwich) at my desk at 3pm busy. But at least the work I'm doing is saving lives. Wait, nothing I'm doing at work is saving anyone's life.

But at least nothing I'm doing is TAKING anyone's life. Except that one guy from the mailroom, and he should have known better than to cross someone who eats sandwiches from a vending machine at his desk.

Sunday, March 07, 2004


Is That Your Final Answer?

An NCAA investigation into the basketball program at the University of Georgia has uncovered evidence that several of the student-athletes enrolled in "Principles and Strategies of Basketball" were given A's without actually having to go to class or take final exams.

What's particularly interesting is the final exam itself. My favorite question: "How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a basketball game?"

If you're going to give athletes a free pass, why make the test so easy? So that if they inadvertently show up for class, they can still get an A?

Sunday, February 15, 2004


The Pepsi Generation

During the Super Bowl, by far the most annoying commercial I saw was this one:

Hi, I 'm one of the kids who was prosecuted for downloading music free off the internet.
And I'm hear to announce in front of eveyone that we're still going to download music free off the internet.
And there's not a thing anyone can do about it! (giggle)

I know this is supposed to make me want to drink Pepsi and win free downloads from the Apple iTunes website, but instead it just makes me wish that kid had been sent to juvie. I don't think downloading music is the worst thing one could do, but I also don't think it's a noble act of civil disobedience. How about a little contrition?

But no, you downloaded a bunch of music you didn't pay for, you got caught, your parents settled out of court, and suddenly you're Patrick Henry.

Here's a different take on the issue.

Sunday, February 01, 2004


The Rabble Who Dabble In Scrabble

I just finished reading Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players, and I really enjoyed it. Author Stefan Fatsis explores the history of the game, meets the elite players, and becomes an expert player himself after several years of obsessive study. It's a fascinating book for anyone interested in words, language, sports, competition, or people. I recommend it.

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


Things I Don't Get About "Lord of the Rings"...

What was Tolkien thinking when he decided to name the two chief villains Sauron & Saruman? Or when he decided to name the primary female leads Arwen and Eowyn? It manages to be both confusing AND annoying at the same time.

He can write a million word epic, but he's too lazy to think of a few names that aren't nearly identical? Clearly he went to the George Foreman school of denomination.

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