Sunday, December 31

Happy new year links

+ Remember those Rodrigo y Gabriela tips I linked? Went back to them the other night. Way beyond me.

So, instead, here's a bootleg video where they cover Wish You Were Here, inducing the audience to sing along. Rodrigo plays slide with a beer bottle.

+ My official song for the new year will be The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie. I'm not putting it up, but these folks did (if you want to hear it).

(Can the RIAA get me for linking to songs someone else is sharing? ;-)

+ Interesting site: A Low Impact Woodland Home. I think Brad, especially, would like it. Kind of looks like a hobbit hole ;-)

+ More music for your new year: The final countdown. This one is especially for Macon.

This is why we have the Internet: New Year's Eve edition

Felt like looking around in Google Video. Here's what I liked:

+ Charlie Rose fills the whole first page of top-rated TV
+ Reggie Bush Heisman highlights
+ The Play

I'm not one of those Michael Jordan fanatics, but the dude could play. I pulled these out of Google Video's most popular sports videos

+ Michael Jordan - Remember the Name
+ Michael Jordan. The legend
+ Michael Jordan Music Video

Saturday, December 30

Wish you were here and the new year

+ Remember those Rodrigo y Gabriela tips I linked? Went back to them the other night. Way beyond me.

So, instead, here's a bootleg video where they cover Wish You Were Here, inducing the audience to sing along. Rodrigo plays slide with a beer bottle.

+ My official song for the new year will be The New Year by Death Cab for Cutie. I'm not putting it up, but these folks did (if you want to hear it).

(Can the RIAA get me for linking to songs someone else is sharing? ;-)

Comment upgrade: Colombia is passion

My buddy Kurt works for a Columbian company and has fallen in love with Colombia. In a comment on my Hope for the New Year post, Kurt linked this video about Colombia: Colombia is passion.

It looks very beautiful. I would be open to falling in love with it myself :-)

(Of course, the cynical 10% that Kurt mentions in his comment is that you've got the drug cartels and this is deploying our best advertising tricks, including a very cute-voiced bilingual child narrator, to plus up Colombia's PR. But the beautiful 90% remains...)

Thursday, December 28

James, Eddie, Mark, Tom, (me), Rodrigo and Gabriela

+ I'm not a huge James Brown fan. The only two songs of his I really like are I Feel Good and that piece from the Blues Brothers (not even Living in America).

Still, I trust you will know I don't mean any disrespect when I link Eddie Murphy's spot from SNL: James Brown's Celebrity Hot tub.

+ My buddy Mark (ZenPundit) Safranski has a funny, creative post today about an alternate blogosphere. It might only be funny to those of us in the circle he writes about, but, hey, I'm part of that circle and it's funny to me. Here's the excerpt that links me:

Tommy Barnett:

Acclaimed NFL color commentator in Green Bay, " Doc Barnett" pontificates daily on the need to redesign the gridiron into a dodecahedron in order to spread the values of American football to places like Botswana and Montenegro ( Barnett's webmaster, Sean of Interdict, embarrasses his boss regularly with simple grammatical errors and odd uses of syntax).

Be assured that Mark has the highest regard for my command of the English language (sometimes inflicted on him, like, for example, that space between the open parenthesis and and the capital 'B' up there ;-), so this is regarded as a bizarro scenario.

+ I wisely decided last night to NOT keep watching Rodrigo and Gabriela on YouTube. Here are the two I did watch.

I'm especially intrigued by what looks like just 3 bass strings on Gabriela's guitar, at least in the first video, which she flails on while also handling a lot of percussion on her guitar body. Since I love rhythm sections...

So, I'm putting a link to some tips here to watch later. Must not get too sidetracked...

A little global hope for your new year

You know I like the new, shiny stuff, right? I mean, I like new ideas. I lose interest in the old, good ideas. Heaven knows the number of interests I've lost interest in, the number of projects I've started and never finished.

All that to say, I continue to be amazed, two years after basically immersing myself in Tom's thinking, a year after interacting with his ideas literally every day, I still remain interested and just basically think he's right. Today's post that prompted this reflection is entitled Earth is doomed!  Doomed I tell you!

Thumbnail version: we have a long and glorious history of worrying about changes (eg nukes, disease, bugs, pollution, the ozone hole, global warming) that do not turn out to be catastrophic. Amazingly, human ingenuity adapts.

All sorts of dramatic changes are proposed at huge costs, when, of course, for pennies a year we could save the same numbers from all sorts of early childhood diseases or make all sorts of advances in combating this or that affliction right here and now.

Then the close:

So don't surrender the future just yet (always tempting as these end of the year recollections remind you of all the tragedies that beset us over the past twelve month; why? because they're news man!).

We've never had a smaller percentage of humanity involved in organized violence than we do today.

We've never had a more robust or deeply integrated global economy than we do today, nor one growing so steadily and broadly.

We've never had more new scientific knowledge accumulating or smart people being put against tough tasks.

And we've never been more spiritual (outside of Europe, of course).

Humanity will top out at 50% more people than we have today within the next four decades. How we treat these four decades will determine much about the future of our species, but I see that challenge as our best one yet.

Not to be feared but to be relished. Not used to inspire fear but to build confidence. Not avoided but created.

Peace on earth (with justice). Good will to all.

Wednesday, December 27

Gerald Ford

I was alive, but barely sentient when Gerald Ford became President. I have no memory of him as President at all. I have no memory of my own that Chevy Chase lampooned him falling on SNL and subsequently became addicted to prescription pain killers. I learned that from Trivial Pursuit. Who was Gerald Ford?

Steve has a nice piece in his honor.

So does Mark.

Everyone I've read or heard agrees that Ford did the right thing when he pardoned Nixon, though it was political suicide and he eventually lost to the relatively unknown Jimmy Carter. Carter acknowledged this move in his inaugural address and Ted Kennedy, who opposed the pardon, later admitted that it had been the right thing.

Ford also seems to have been universally regarded as an honest man of integrity who didn't take himself too seriously.

Ford on Wikipedia. A few highlights:
  • Biological father was abusive, but stepfather and resultant family was happy
  • Only US President who was an Eagle Scout
  • Star football player
  • Michigan, Yale Law
  • Opposed US entry into WW2 at first, but joined Navy after Pearl Harbor
  • His wife, Betty, struggled with alcoholism and addiction and achieved sobriety
  • Ford was the target of two assasination attempts, interestingly both by women

More adapted headlines

From Knight Still Clinging to His Notion of What College Basketball Should Be

to Knight Still Grasping for How People Should Be Treated

Tuesday, December 26

Just a few items for ya...

+ Ken is a nut.

Exhibit A

If both time and money are in short supply this winter, use your body. Romance a lonely librarian. As the movies have taught us, when librarians take off their dowdy glasses and let their hair down, some are real lookers.

Exhibit B

Mindy got me a pair of nose hair clippers this year…but, ironically, I had already sold all my nose hair to buy her a watch fob!

(You can name the famous story he's aping, right?)

+ I enjoyed Google Predictions, 2007.

Sunday, December 24

Let's whip through Google's year-end Zeitgeist

And then I'm done for this morning for real! ;-)


What are these things anyway? - Top Searches in 2006

  1. bebo
  2. myspace
  3. world cup
  4. metacafe
  5. radioblog [this one looks like it has the most potential for me]
  6. wikipedia
  7. video
  8. rebelde
  9. mininova
10. wiki

I feel pretty out of it to not know 5 of the top 10 searches, and 3 of those are Web 2.0.


who is v?

define promiscuous - Nelly Furtado has enhanced everyone's word power! ;-)

how to kickflip

Current Events

I didn't know or care that there was a Project Runway scandal. Was it important, D? ;-)


Most of this is a bunch of celebrity crap.


Cheetah Girls tickets were the most popular search in this category. Who knew?


The World Cup, appropriately, dominated.

Hmm. Not sure any of us have been edified by this exercise, but sometimes you don't know until you try...

Bet you haven't thought this about Iraq

My buddy Dan of tdaxp is an iconoclastic thinker. But he doesn't just smash up sacred cows willy-nilly. He always has good reasons for his thinking.

I've linked him before as someone who thinks differently on Iraq from me, but who may very well be more right than I am. Further more, the more Iraq mires, the more I think Dan might be right.

So let me just copy one of his recent comments in full:

al Qaeda's attack on 9/11 was reaonable given aQ's goal of a restored, reformed Islam. The bulk of the Arab Sunni states, from which al Qaeda generated recruits, had corrupt and unpopular governments. However, most all had governments either directly or indirectly supported by the United States. The rest thrived off the enmity of the US. Getting America out of the picture was vital.

If it would have helped create a Qaedist state in the middle east, the fall of Afghanistan would have been worth it.

The American invasion of Iraq likewise could have led to good things. Either an anarchic Iraq or an Iraq with a corrupt government of fixerswould be acceptable in the short term. Iraq had to be set up for a Qaedist Revolution once America suspeded activities in the broader Middle East.

Fortunately, the breathtaking foolishness of two men, George W. Bush and Abu Musab Zarqawi, made this impossible. George Bush's incompetent attempts to buy off a hostile and noxious Sunni Arab minority are well known, and we can thank God the final defeat of the Bush plan is approaching. For his part, Zarqawi insanely focused on creating a sectarian fight in Iraq instead of uniting Iraqi factions against the United States. If either of them had performed his role much better, a tasteless despotism could have emerged that would have discouraged American actions in the region.

But now we have an Iraq which is every closer in Iran's orbit. Instead of a distant, and thus persuadable, American foe Qaeda now faces a very near, and thus unpersuadable, Iranian enemy. One day, America will leave Iraq because America leaves all the countries she conquers. Iran never will. Iran crouched near the Mesopotamian three thousand years ago. And she will crouch there still three thousand years from now. Worse for our enemy, Shia Arabs are active collaborators in Iraq and a fifth column in Saudi Arabia.

The Sunni hegemony of the Arab world, which began with the fall of the Fatimids in 1117, ended with L. Paul Bremer's dismissal of the Iraqi Army in 2003. In the same way that German hegemony over eastern europe which began in 1226, with the Teutonic Knights' occupation of Culmerland, was ended in 1945 by the Red Army.

This is a fitting revenge for 9/11/2002, as that was a fitting revenge for 6/22/1941.

History has turned.

Now is the time for the victory, the peace, the embracing of constructive forces (sharia, etc), and the marketization with which will eventually come globalization. The real peace.

If Dan's right, then my post from yesterday, addressing what our GIs most need, should have said 'to be pulled out'.

Cleaning out Google Reader

+ This is old, but Paul had an interesting post from the WSJ about how we can free a N Korean refugee from hiding in China for 800-1500$ each.

+ Oh wow. I might die from coolness. Have you seen the scale fly out from Mercury to W Cephei?

(Note going back to our previous debate: Pluto doesn't even rate inclusion! (Remember, it's smaller than Earth's moon.)

+ I have a love/hate relationship with the Eddie Rabbit song 'I love a rainy night.' I am unable to not think of this song on... a rainy night, because I do love rainy nights. And it's kind of catchy.

On the other hand, it's kind of annoying and cloying. So there you go...

+ DrawerGeeks!, every other Friday, all draw a fictional character and post it on their website. Some nice captures here, and some whimsical stuff that Wil really enjoyed. (via kottke)

Jaq, at least, should check out the Wonder Woman page ;-)

+ Did you read about the woman who gave birth to three girls from two wombs? Since we are parents of multiples, we find such things especially interesting...

+ 2 more names I like from the Hype Machine: Deadly Hume and Cotton Mather.

Saturday, December 23

Stuff I read while stuffing myself with stuff to eat

[Note: found this languishing in my Drafts folder :-(]

+ The five Google products . Good to see Google re-tooling and continuing to critique their own performance.

+ The 100% Easy-2-Read standard. Get your design geek on. This makes me want to redesign everything I'm doing or have done right now. Of course, I don't have time ;-)

+ Everyone basically agrees with me on the BCS because I am so awesome. ;-) Well, at least Jason, Kathy, and Desiree do in the comments and Jaq does on his weblog. Not that I expect our sanity to carry the day, because I perfectly don't.

+ NASA's moonbase plan is in the news ( this link from DefenseTech). I'm for it.

Give our GIs what they need the most

Let's adapt this headline: Bush Urges Prayers, Gifts for Iraq GIs

to this: Meade Urges More Money for More Ground Troops.

Friday, December 22

Merry Christmas from us

(I was trying to smile, but I really didn't know when Christine's dad was going to take the picture ;-)

And, yes, it is nice to have such a beautiful family. And smart. And talented. And... ;-)

Thursday, December 21

Ken will beat you like a rented mule!

In the too-strange-to-be-fiction category, Ken posts about a professional poker playing atheist who has made a $50,000 bet that he could beat any 'creationist' [specifically defined] in an SAT or GRE math test. Somebody suggested Ken and the poker-playing atheist said he'd take the bet. Ken countered that he'd take the bet if it was combined SAT math and verbal -

Because anyone who consistently misspells "resurrected" as "ressurected" isn't going to beat my SAT verbal score anytime soon.

Aww, yeah! Geek smack-down! ;-)

I'm not making this up, folks.

Now, time to clean out Google Reader

For reasons I'll keep to myself (unless you email me), I've switched from Bloglines to Google Reader for my feed subscriptions. I like it a lot. One of the best things is the integration with Gmail. Now, when I want to email you a post, I click on the 'Email' link and it spawns a Gmail window which, best of all, has my suggest-as-I-type address book. Before, with Bloglines, if I didn't know the email address I'd email something to myself first, then forward it from Gmail.

Anyway, a few links I've been saving up:

+ Jaq linked my post on Ken's evaluation of A Charlie Brown Christmas dancing .

+ Jaq kindly wrote that, if he could, he'd send Tom Brady to throw the ball with me for Christmas. Isn't that sweet, of course, after that his hatred of Tom kicks in...

+ Jaq posted his review of Casino Royale, which he liked.

Okay, I posted the Ken Jennings story by itself, so this turns out to be a solo Jaq post, but I'm okay with that. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 20

The end of American hegemony

It's very popular these days to cry that American power is failing. That's not true, strictly speaking, or at least not the only perspective.

The big story here is that the tide of globalization is raising so many boats. China's so far peaceful rise needn't spell doom for America. It just marks the end of a crazy bit of history where we were unrivaled, especially in the free world.

And the rise of these other countries, including the somewhat-banding together of the EU to leverage a little more influence, is not a zero-sum game. In fact, I bet more wealth will be created in America by everyone growing than if we maintained our huge lead.

It does mean we will have to resort to more diplomacy if we want to get at least some of what we want on the international stage in the future. Wonder if we can revive that lost art. Probably another place where we will have to look to the private sector to find some people who have some experience with this...

Wednesday on the Vision:M

Man, I have good taste in music! ;-)

The first three, especially, were very welcome to get me going this morning on my commute:
  1. Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
  2. So. Central Rain - REM
  3. Sabotage - The Beastie Boys
  4. Selfless, Cold and Composed - Ben Folds Five
  5. All the Way to Kingdom Come - Rich Mullins [Demo version]
  6. The Kissing Tree - Sarah Masen
  7. Find the River - REM
  8. Radiohead Quartet
  9. She just wants to be somewhere - REM
  10. Everything is Alright - Mark Heard
  11. Children in Bloom - Counting Crows
  12. Hard Day's Night
  13. Fire - Mark Heard
  14. Whatever - Butthole Surfers
  15. Russians - Sting
  16. Mr Jones - Counting Crow [VH1 version - SO interesting how he changed the lyrics. But Adam needs to get some sun and fresh air...]
  17. Stuck in a Moment - U2
  18. Eleanor Rigby
  19. Take on Me - A Ha
  20. if i'm ever around - immuzikation [this one's kind of atypical for a mashup - older and disco-y]
  21. A Movie Script Ending - DCfC
  22. How's Your Wasteland? - The Who Boys
  23. Daylight Fading - Counting Crows
  24. The Boy with the Thorn in His Side - The Smiths
  25. Sympathy for the Almighty - The Kleptones
  26. Annie-Dog - The Smashing Pumpkins
  27. Verb, that's what's happenin'! - Schoolhouse Rock!
  28. To the Roof of the Sky - Vigilantes of Love
  29. Push this Party Started - DJ Empirical
  30. Nothing Like a Train - Vigilante of Love
  31. Mr Jones - Counting Crows [original]
  32. Right Here, Right Now - Jesus Jones
  33. Old Dan Tucker - Bruce Springsteen
  34. The Ocean In-Between - Matthew Sweet
That's all for today. Hope you enjoyed it! ;-)

Tuesday, December 19

Tuesday on the Creative Zen Vision:M (30 GB)

My buddy, Robbi, is the greatest, most capable music lover I know. If he didn't have a gap from when he was a fundamentalist, he would be inhuman.

Often, when Robbi sends out an email he'll append to the end what came up on random on his iPod while he wrote. Fantastic.

Can you tell from the title of this post that I have a new, early Christmas present Creative Zen Vision:M (30 GB)? It's great. I love it. I've got most of my music on there already, 1972 songs (Then again, maybe I should just leave that number, because 1972 was a very good year ;-)]. I'm on random, so let me share at least a few:
  1. Don't, this way - The 77s
  2. Wonderful Merciful Savior
  3. Parents Just Don't Understand
  4. Talk Show Host - Radiohead
  5. Pop Song '89 - REM
  6. Sunday Bloody Sunday
  7. A Knife in the Dark - Howard Shore, LotR: FotR
  8. Give - Third Day
  9. Everyday I Write the Book
  10. Cloth of Life - VoL
  11. Help
  12. Underwater - DCfC
  13. My Friends Over You
  14. The Hand that Rocks the Cradle - The Smiths
  15. When You Say Nothing at All - Allison Krauss
  16. Macho Man
  17. Lowell, MA - DCfC
  18. Hand in Glove - The Smiths
  19. Falls - Ennio Morricone, The Mission
  20. Wouldn't it be Nice?
  21. This Charming Man - The Smiths [Dang! Lots of Smiths. Not that I'm complaining ;-)]
  22. Guilty Partner - New Order
  23. All the Way - New Order [Same album. Freaky! ;-)]
  24. Half a Person - The Smiths
  25. Sit Down. Stand Up. - Radiohead
  26. Walk Unafraid - REM
  27. Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla - Schoolhouse Rock!
That should do for now, aye. My ears are getting sore (from the buds ;-)

Etymology of the Day

I get the word of the day and it's okay. I usually know at least the approximate meaning of the word. As you have noticed, the etymologies are most interesting to me.

What we really need is an Etymology of the Day, chosen for interestingness.

It could be in association with the very fine Online Etymology Dictionary. But I assume Doug over there isn't looking for extra work. And I don't have the time.

Monday, December 18

Airwolf, opportunity, Amazon, and onoma

+ Here's a whole post on Airwolf, including mp3s!

+ Etymology of the day:

Opportune is from Latin opportunus, from ob portum, "toward port." For travelers at sea who wish to return to land, it's a welcome wind that blows toward the port.

+ One of the many ways in which Christine is awesome is that she manages my gifts. So, she shepherded her mother in shopping from my Amazon wishlist and got me 300 and Father Elijah.

I've talked about 300 a bit lately, but haven't raved about Father Elijah recently. It's about a Catholic monk who confronts the Apocalypse and it is absolutely riveting. It's so good that, as someone posted on Amazon, it's like the anti-Left Behind . Order and read! ;-)

+ More names I like from the Hype Machine:
  • How I Became the Bomb
  • Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!
  • Planningtorock
  • Lightnin' Hopkins (in honor of REM)
That's all I got for now...

Thursday, December 14

Communicating with cars

Ken Jennings (Can I call you 'Ken'? ;-) points out an inter-car communication system called Drivemocion. I might really need this ;-)

Want a good laugh?

(Look! Different punctuation in the title! ;-)

+ Check out Regret the Error's list of 2006 media mistakes and corrections . You might want to start with the ones kottke liked.

+ Or take in the Queen's zingers on defective yeti.

No need to thank me. Just helping to put more 'merry' in your Christmas ;-)

Gmail update

Got my Gmail inbox down to *50* today because I am so awesome. I found out it's not that hard. You just leave stuff in there for about 6 months. Then you go through and delete about a third. Last, archive about two-thirds, about half of those with your 'maybe' tag. Voila!

Parts of my Gmail account that are not so awesome: 49 Drafts that I really should cull down and 15650 Spam :-(

Wednesday, December 13

Attack of the exclamation marks!

Whoa. Just went back and scanned my weblog and noticed that the last 6 posts in a row, 7 including this one, have titles which ended in exclamation marks. One post even had 3 exclamation marks in it.

This was done unwittingly by me. Guess I'm just feeling exclamatory these days ;-)

Wheel! Of! Fortune!

My buddy Willis is going on Wheel of Fortune. Congratulations, Willis. Say 'hi' to Pat Sajak for me!

Fits in with all the Ken Jennings I've been reading. I hope you win 3M$, Willis ;-)

Ken Jennings is a nut!

(You know, in a good way ;-)

Today's post ranks the dancing in A Charile Brown Christmas.

I finished reading his book, Brainiac, recently and really must write up my review

That was the best Christmas album ever!

I'm not the world's biggest Sufjan Stevens fan. He's the current indie favorite. That's fine. I've listened to a lot of his songs and have only found a couple that I like.

Except for every song in the 5-disc Christmas box set.

I told Christine last night he was giving A Charlie Brown Christmas a run for its money. That's still the all-time favorite, owing largely to nostalgia. But these 40 or so songs are the only thing I'm listening to right now.

I normally avoid 'holiday' songs. It's almost got to be classic, well-done, and somewhat about Jesus's birth for me to listen to it. (Charlie Brown (which does have some classic Christmas songs) and The Nutcracker get a pass.)

But I'm willing to make an exception for Sufjan's Santa songs. He mixes them with Jesus' birth, sometimes in the same song (like 'Let's all boogie to the elf dance', which the twins and I LOVE right now).

I downloaded them back when they were still available for free, but ponied up the 20 or so dollars to get them from Amazon to support the project (I usually buy one new Christmas album every year). This means we would like more next year, please Mr Asthmatic Kitty.

'Get Behind Me Santa' - very clever. 'That was the worst Christmas ever' - 'Father yells, throwing the gifts in the woodstove'. Some good rocking out and some good banjo-pickin'.

If you want to try them out, just cruise on over to the The Hype Machine and search for Sufjan. They're all over it. Or if you're looking for some fresh Christmas music, take the plunge and buy the box set. Great stuff. Sure to make you smile this Christmas season (if not, I'm sending the Ghosts of Christmas to your house in 11 days ;-).

Sunday, December 10

Now that's an interesting etymology!


Syncretic is the adjective form of syncretism, from Greek synkretismos, "federation of Cretan cities," from sunkretizein, "to unite against a common enemy, in the manner of the Cretan cities," from syn-, "with, together" + Kres, Kret-, "Cretan."

Saturday, December 9

Trip Shakespeare!

Got a MySpace invite from an old college friend today and saw the Trip Shakespeare fan page on her profile. Fun! I changed my profile music to their Snow Days, even though we don't have any snow in SC :-(

They are also streaming Unlucky Lady, which I highly recommend.

I liked watching some of the videos, X-Ray and Pearle and Across the universe promo.

Also, from their page, I click over to Dan Wilson's MySpace page. He fronted TS and has gone on to a solo career. I didn't know he wrote Closing Time and I'm Not Ready To Make Nice, both Grammy nominated. I like the song Breathless that he's streaming.

Karibu ni Kenya!

My good friends Paul and Carol Stokes are visiting their daughter, Mary, in Kenya. The travelogue is coming to an end, but if you're interested at all, you should check it out.

Wednesday, December 6

Rest in peace James Kim

I wouldn't have noticed James Kim's death, except I've read A LOT of his reviews on CNET while thinking about buying an mp3 player.

It's worth noting that he died trying to save his family when they were caught in a snowstorm. His family survived.

+ On Lifehacker

Cluephone update on Nothing but Nets

Honestly, Christine must just sit at this computer and shake her head.

Remember my post about Nothing but Nets? Turns out Christine gave enough for 2 nets the first time around, and I gave enough for 8.

So we're up to 10 on account of 2 counts of my cluelessness.

But I guess that's okay, right? ;-)

Tuesday, December 5

My indie cred plummets!

OK, buddy. You've grown to really like Death Cab for Cutie, most everything by Ben Gibbard, really, and love The Postal Service.

But you've loved them through the mp3 weblogs, and now it's time to buy some albums.

I'll get my second TPS album, Give Up, this Xmas (unless Scott sends his before then ;-), as a gift or myself.

So, time to choose a DCfC album. Start looking through Amazon. Checking the tracks. Guess which one has the most songs on it that I like?

Easy choice: Plans. The latest one.

Aaaahhhh! Indie cred plummets! They're mainstream now! Major label! Leper, outcast, unclean!


Buy a net

Did you ever read Rick Reilly's call to buy moquito nets for African children? We really intended to participate and didn't. He had a follow-up this past issue on all the lives that have been saved. If we who have been to Africa and fallen in love with it and taken anti-malarial drugs don't donate nets, who will?

Go to Nothing But Nets and make a donation.

I just went and donated enough money for 4 nets - one for each of us Meades. It's a start.

What about you? Interested at all?

Monday, December 4

I don't care about the BCS

Lots of people, especially people who make their living in sports 'news', are up in arms about the BCS.

Not me. I don't care.

I realized last week that I don't care. I don't care if there's an 'undisputed champion' of NCAA D1 football. Lots of people do. I don't.

Furthermore, the 'undisputed champions' of things like NCAA D1 basketball and NFL football are only the 'undisputed champion' by convention. Sure, everyone agrees to the convention. Everyone also knows it's usually not the best team of that year or season that wins. It might be the best team at the end of the season, after you factor in injuries, strength of schedule, and myriad other factors. It might just be the team that got hot or lucky or __________ [fill in the blank].

Case in point: you're not going to find too many non-Steeler fans who would say the Steelers were the best team in pro football last year, even at the end of the season. There are many admirable things about the Steelers. I'm glad they won. I'm glad they got very lucky and didn't have any major injuries and didn't play like this year and didn't get distracted like this year.

You see what I'm saying? It's all a convention and we all buy into it. That's fine.

I know the outcry is for such a convention in NCAA D1 football. And I think it will eventually happen. The presidents just want to keep the BCS money and all their other excuses are baloney. Public opinion will eventually produce some kind of playoff.

But I don't care. It's college. I don't need an 'undisputed champion'. Do you?

Friday, December 1

What color is Sooner red?

Dear Dan,

I love you, but I have chosen Oklahoma.

Since I lived in Tulsa when the Sooners won their last national championship, and since I am a Bobby Stoops fan (Iowa alum and all around class act), I will be pulling for OU to beat your Nebraska Cornhuskers tomorrow.

No hard feelings,


ps: I openly acknowledge that my team's best accomplishment this year was jumping Minnesota and Purdue to the Alamo Bowl :-(