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Ince Out at Blackburn - Does it Matter?

December 16, 2008 · 1 Comment

Ed here.

… So, I’ve been wondering to myself for most of the day about the Paul Ince dismissal at Blackburn. I don’t think it can be characterized as a surprise. Blackburn are in the relegation zone currently and perhaps worse, are not really relevant in the Premier League this year. As a United fan, Blackburn used to be a game I would circle on the fixture list - only because on its day, Rovers could play with anyone and they seemed to come up with stirring performances against teams like Manchester United in the past.

Then I started thinking about it in a larger perspective. This past weekend was another in which the supposed top four teams in the Premier League all sputtered through their games, each earning a point - but with Arsenal getting jumped by Aston Villa for fourth place. It was a whole lot of blah, basically, and it seems to me at times that in a sense, this has been what the whole season has been. Maybe it’s a jaded perspective because United isn’t top of the league - but they haven’t necessarily been top of the league at this stage in recent years when they’ve won the title, so I don’t think that’s it. (more…)

Categories: Arsenal · English Premier League · Personal · Soccer · Sports

Morning Issues

April 8, 2008 · 1 Comment

After working late last night, I wake up today take a look at my blog aggrigator and see this headline from Ives:

New Left Wing Candidate for Red Bulls…

I swear to god I thought he was talking about politics at first… and it’s only Tuesday.

Categories: Personal

Not as funny as it sounds

March 20, 2008 · 1 Comment

I want to laugh at this. I really do.

While grappling with MSNBC and CNN for viewers, Fox News has also been battling a smaller, more insidious enemy closer to home: bed bugs in its Midtown Manhattan newsroom. In an interview on Monday, Warren Vandeveer, senior vice president for operations and engineering at Fox News, said the cable channel had realized it had a problem a few weeks ago, when an employee “caught a bug and showed it to us.” An exterminator determined that the incursion was limited to a “very small area in the newsroom.” But the source of the bugs was not determined until the exterminator inspected the homes of about 20 employees. Mr. Vandeveer said the exterminator later described one employee’s home as having “the worst infestation he had seen in 25 years in the business.”

But I went through a small bedbug infestation in my apartment last year and let me tell you it it is no fun whatsoever. They are disgusting and unbelievably insidious. They hid in my electrical sockets and in the hole I nailed to hang art in my bedroom. We think they arrived from a certain hotel near UPenn I stayed in (it rhymes with “smheraton”) but they truly truly ruin your life. You can’t sleep and during the day your body itches from bites. It’s just awful.

Categories: Media · Personal

Flu is bad, racing on TV is good

March 14, 2008 · No Comments

This should be obvious, but trust me, being sick is bad times…

Posting may be down this weekend between the hot spells, shivering, coughing, and runny nose.

It’s a big racing weekend though, perfect for laying on the couch and recouperating in front of.

  • The 12 Hours of Sebring mark the first race of the American Le Mans Series season
  • The Grand Prix of Australia opens up the F1 season
  • NASCAR is in Bristol for the “day race”

(Thanks Fiatguy)

Categories: Personal · Racing

Blog Concerns

May 15, 2007 · No Comments

Sorry for the long delay in posting. Another massive client commitment and another period where, after spending my whole day writing (in this case resumes), I simply couldn’t write anymore. So anyway, I am back and I should have something more interesting to say. Hopefully. Maybe.

Categories: Meta · Personal

Vegas Thoughts

April 10, 2007 · No Comments

After an exhausting month working nonstop in Suburban Las Vegas, I am back. Thank God.

For people who don’t have the gambling jones, like me, Vegas loses its appeal after about a week. Seriously, the coolest things I saw in Vegas were, in order:

  1. Wynn-Penske Ferrari Dealership in Wynn Hotel. For $10 you can get up close to all the newest models of Ferrari and Maserati and also get a look at some of Wynn’s personal cars, like a classic F40.
  2. The water show at the Bellagio. Legitimately cool

Well, that’s about it really. I can’t even get to three.

Anyway, it’s great to be back and I will be blogging regularly and posting to regularly again.

Categories: Meta · Personal · Travel · cars

Am I just a "Secular-Progressive" Asshole?

March 5, 2007 · 2 Comments

Does it make me wrong that statements like these make me very nervous?

In addition to [Andrew] Roberts and myself the group included the historian Gertrude Himmelfarb, neocon Norman Podhoretz and theologian Michael Novak.

The president divulged with convincing calm that when it comes to pressure, “I just don’t feel any”. Why? His constituency, he feels, is the divine presence, to whom he must answer. Don’t misunderstand: God didn’t tell him to put troops in harm’s way in Iraq; his belief only goes so far as to inform him that there is good and evil. It is the president who must figure out how to promote the former and destroy the latter. And he is confident that his policies are doing just that.

Why does this make me so nervous? Am I biased? Would I feel any better if it was a Jew saying that? Or am I what O’Reilly calls a “Secular-Progressive” and am, in fact, exactly what’s wrong with America?

I don’t know the answer to that.

Categories: Personal · Politics · Religion

It’s going to really snow this time, Goddammit

February 12, 2007 · No Comments

Oh, and unlike the last time - the White Death is really coming tonight! Woo!

Categories: Personal · weather

No signs of snow

February 2, 2007 · No Comments

It’s 10:53 p.m. here in Seven Corners, and there is still no sign of the impending WHITE DEATH!!

Categories: Personal · weather

If Colleen and Sam ever get their hands on this… bad things will happen

January 29, 2007 · 1 Comment

Caffeine and donuts TOGETHER AT LAST! While some doctors are curing diseases, making better prostheses, saving lives - this Dr. Robert “Munchies” Bohannon has done this:

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Dr. Robert Bohannon wants you in his world. It’s fast, upbeat, jovial and driven by caffeine — lots of it.

But four to six cups of coffee a day aren’t enough for Bohannon. And he believes others share his need for more options when it comes time to pursue that caffeine buzz.

So the molecular scientist who moonlights as a café owner developed a way to add caffeine to baked goods, one that eliminates the natural, bitter taste of caffeine.

“This gives people the opportunity if they want to have a glass of milk and want to have caffeine. It will get them going,” Bohannon said.

The amount of caffeine in his creations can vary, but Bohannon can easily put 100 milligrams of caffeine — the equivalent of a 5-ounce cup of drip-brewed coffee — into the treats he plans to market under the “Buzz Donuts” and “Buzzed Bagels” names.

Categories: Food · Personal