vinod : October 2004 Archives

What's the deal

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with parents who poach trick 'r treat candy while chaperoning their kids? A side effect of living in the suburbs is passing out candy corn to punk kids on Halloween. But a surprising number of parents felt they should help themselves to the candy, as well. Weird.

I'm beat after a long weekend of moving, but things are starting to come together at the new Brady Bunch house. I think I've got a low-flow shower head though...that's bad news. I'm going to have to find a black-market showerhead a la Kramer.

Movin' On Up

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Packing, packing, packing. Oh, what fun it is to move! But with 24-hrs to go until I pick up the U-Haul, things are ahead of the curve. You can bet that the last thing to be packed will be the TiVo.

We're in the final few days before November 2, I trust there are no undecideds left reading this? I don't care if you're voting for Lyndon LaRouche...but indecision at this point warrants a skillet to your dome. Sadly, my skillet is already packed away.

Have a fine weekend, y'all!

By Request

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In my praise of R.A., I neglected the efforts of another white rapper. Eminem is getting out the vote with his new video Mosh.

And here's a Quizno's coupon. Barf.

Flores Man

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A prehistoric dwarf skeleton named homo floresiensis was discovered. And as the article reads, consider myself one of the "stunned anthropologists".

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And check out the latest single from R.A. the Rugged Man (you can download the MP3 there). He was a Romper Room favorite and it's good to see him still making some fresh tracks--he's got a nice jab at HBO fighters who don't live up to the hype in there, too. Word to KevDuce for alerting me of this new track!

And this is for the Chipotle goers.

Selling Out

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The SBC Michigan-Ohio State Classic sure has a nice ring to it, eh?

And in more exciting Buckeye news, Craig Krenzel is starting this week for the Chicago Bears. If ya don't know, Craig QB'd the undefeated team two seasons ago and last years 10-2 squad. He ain't the most glamorous player but he's pure class. And if you watch him on TV this weekend, you can be guaranteed that the commentators will drive home the fact he was a molecular genetics major at least 17-times.

Easier to Remember

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Folks are always telling me that bigbrownboy.com is just too difficult to remember. I've taken your advice, and this site can now also be accessed via bigbrownboy.info!

On Sunday, Arsenal's 49-game unbeaten streak came to an end at the hand of rivals Manchester United. Of course the result is controversial thanks to some dubious refereeing.

But the real fireworks happened after the game while the teams headed back into their dressing rooms. According to the reports, a yet unnamed Arsenal player attacked Man U manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Here's the twist...it wasn't flying fists, but rather pea soup! The soup was supposedly accompanied by some pizza. Other reports are indicating tomato soup and a sandwich as the weapons. The English media is calling it "Soup-Gate".

2-Seconds From Glory

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After rallying to tie the game from a 6-3 deficit, my soccer team gave up a goal with 2-seconds left on the clock. Son of a....

Earlier in the day, I picked up the keys to the new estate and further validated my labeling of the new neighborhood as suburban. Neighbors were flocking to the door to introduce themselves. None of whom seemed to fill the mark as a Desperate Housewife, though. And by my count, three of the housewives on that show were girlfriends of Jerry Seinfeld. Of course there is Terri Hatcher and her "they're real and they're spectacular". Then there is Sue Ellen Mishkie, who didn't care for undergarments and was heiress to the Oh, Henry! candy bar empire. Finally, there is Pimple Popper, M.D.

AIM

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Since my freshman year of college, I've been clinging to my Dr V Funk screenname on AOL's Instant Messenger. But it seems the AOL introduces an increasingly bloated version of the software each month. If you like system tray icons, the latest version will even add Weather Bug to the lineup.

Yesterday, while plugging away on my computer, a little movie just popped up in the corner of my computer. It was a Polaroid commercial compliments of AIM. Then today a mysterious pop up appeared telling me to update my Viewpoint Media Player. Whaaa? A quick search found the answer....and again it's AIM working behind my back.

I'm not ready to kiss my AIM pals goodbye yet, so a further search found AIM Ad Hack. Basically it strips all the nonsense (especially the advertising) out of the program and creates a nice light-weight chat client. Don't be scurred of the awful looking download site, it works brilliantly.

End of an Era

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I got so caught up in Yankees v Red Sox that I forgot about my responsibilities here. I can only imagine that KevDuce is flipping cars over in Boston as I type this. Boston is flying high right now with the Sox and Pats...I've gotta admit that I'm jealous.

The news is now a bit old...but Koose Veerappan was finally caught/killed. Who?! This guy had one helluva run before it came to an end. And one helluva moustache, to boot.

Remember how I used to hype up the Mach 3 Turbo razor? I'm still a huge fan...but I just purchased replacement blades for the first time. Sixteen blades for $32! That's robbery.

That's My Boy!

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Rout

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6-0 win over Panama. It's been a minute since the US has put up those kinds of numbers. Three goals came from 20-year old Eddie Johnson, who now has 4 goals in 2 career games for the national team. Next is a relatively meaningless game against Jamaica November 17 in Columbus. But the squad is in for the final "Hex"--where the top three of six go to Germany in 2006.

In another route tonight, the most liberal man in the history of the world (or so I hear) took it to George. I listened to most of it on the radio, but what was up with George always trying to break the ice with ill-timed jokes? My favorite exchange from the debate:

Kerry: Six months after he said Osama bin Laden must be caught dead or alive, this president was asked, "Where is Osama bin Laden? " He said, "I don't know. I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned. "

Bush: Gosh, I just don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those exaggerations. (if I'm not mistaken he emphasized "exaggerations" in an over the top manner)

Now take note of his response to questions in a 2002 press conference:

Reporter: Mr. President, in your speeches now, you rarely talk or mention Osama bin Laden. Why is that?

Bush: ...So I don't know where he is. Nor -- you know, I just don't spend that much time on him really, to be honest with you.

Reporter: Do you believe the threat that bin Laden posed won't truly be eliminated until he is found either dead of alive?

Bush: As I say, we hadn't heard much from him. And I wouldn't necessarily say he's at the center of any command structure. And, you know, again, I don't know where he is.

I'll repeat what I said: I truly am not that concerned about him.

What's Criminal?

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This is criminal. If you agree, go here .

For a Wednesday, it's a bold evening of television for me. The final debate is at 6:00pm PST which I'm sure you're all aware of. The US hosts Panama at 4:30pm PST on ESPN2--a win sends the squad to the final round of World Cup Qualifying. And there's some other sporting event going on in the Bronx at 5pm PST that might be worth a look. Dang...I might have to setup a third television in the living room.

Jocking

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Mark "The Benefactor" Cuban is known for responding to every email he receives. His email address is on the Mavericks site if you want to test this. Anyway, he also owns this satellite channel HDNet--all HD programming, including a live MLS game each week. He makes a post on this dorky home theater message board...and let the jocking begin. Kinda funny.

On the Buckeyes tip, from the Columbus Dispatch:

Is playing for pride enough motivation? What the Buckeyes must prove is that they are better than their mediocre record. Remember, they need three more wins just to qualify for a bowl trip. Not even Indiana looks like a gimme any more.

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It's hard to believe, but the Buckeyes are still in the polls (23rd in the Coaches Poll and 25th in the AP Poll)...Whatever else they say this week, they can't claim they get no respect.

Cheap$kate

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Anyone else rocked a Restaurant.com gift certificate from EBay? Basically, I copped a 50% off your tab coupon for like $2.50 for a favorite restaurant of mine. This joint serves up a meatloaf wrapped in bacon with a veal glaze. If you're a meatlover, you're in business.

Anyway, four people out to dinner tonight and we end up with an $80 or so tab. The meal was phenomenal so there is a degree of guilt that hits you in using this coupon. We quietly slipped the coupon (actually a computer printout) into the bill accompanied with a credit card. The waitress rang it up, no problem...but we're still feeling guilty. As a result, the waitress scored a near 30% tip on the original total.

Coupons are only good one per person per month...so I'll let you know if it works again come November 10.

Reality Check

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Yesterday's loss to the Badgers was sobering to say the least. It was the first game in a long time that I just wanted to turn off. Fourteen players to the NFL Draft is showing and there is only so much an All-American placekicker can do for you. I can't even imagine what the knuckleheads in Columbus are going to be saying this week. Brent Musberger and Gary Danielson (who is an absolutely fantastic analyst) commented on Columbus' and Ann Arbor's intolerance for rebuilding years. Sad but true. On the quarterback front, Justin Zwick was pretty poor yesterday, overthrowing several long-ball TD opportunities. Danielson pointed out that in watching Zwick in two days of practice during the week, that he was phenomenal. Boy just needs to figure out how to handle 100,000 cheerleaders/critics on Saturdays. Props to the Badgers, though...three consecutive wins in the Horseshoe. That's amazing. But another tough game coming up...at Iowa. But I ain't jumping off the bandwagon.

On a better note, the US knocked off El Salvador 2-0 last night. With a win against Panama on Wednesday night, they'll qualify for next year's final round of qualifying with a game still to spare.

And I think I've been drinking expired whole milk unknowingly the past few days. The expiration date on the jug was mysteriously scratched off and my body wasn't happy after a few glasses.

Don't Front

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What's wrong with a perm?

Anywho...I had no idea that Rodney Dangerfield was even in a coma....but here are some brilliant lines (courtesy of the Late Show) to remember him:

When I played in the sandbox the cat kept covering me up.

I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

I had a lot of pimples too. One day I fell asleep in a library. I woke up and a blind man was reading my face.

A girl phoned me and said.."Come on over there's nobody home." I went over. Nobody was home!

And for Ohio State fans, the Neutron Man died.

How many of y'all are going to spend your Friday night watching Bush and Kerry tonight (6pm PST)? As much as I love high-school football, I hope at least a few folks in the midwest will stay home and tune in for another dreadful Bush performance tonight.

Ohio State's defense will seek redemption against the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday (ABC 12:30pm PST). Plus they beat us last year, so hopefully the incentive is there for the boys.

Team USA is in El Salvador on Saturday night for a World Cup Qualifier. This one is being held hostage by a Salvadorian PPV outfit and can be had for $24.95. Bernard Hopkins and the Gameplan college football package have killed my PPV budget for the month, so this is going to be a rare one that I sit out and follow online.

Rainy days in the northwest...enjoy your weekend.

Cosby-Steezo

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My hair has been getting increasingly bushy over the last 4-plus months. One person told me I looked like a dropout from Connecticut College. To finally put an end to this, I grabbed my clippers and shaved it all off. Everything went smoothly, save for one stroke where I had the wrong guard on the blade. Disaster.

I'm still rocking the hat and expecting some hair to grow in over the next few days and cover up this lil' patch. But today at work, I had a fantastic exchange with an 8th-grader. It went something like this:

8th Grader: Why did you cut your own hair? There's a barber shop like right next door.

Me: I dunno. I guess I saved myself $10.

8th Grader: Yeah, but instead you could have saved yourself the humiliation.

Touché.

Son of a Gun

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I can't think of a worse team to lose to than those herbs in Evanston. This was definitely a tough loss, but it will hopefully be a good gut check going into the real meat of the Big-Ten season. Especially considering Wisconsin and Purdue are looking pretty fantastic.

Zwick is young...and filling the shoes of Mr. Krenzel is no joke. He did his best Krenzel-impersonation tieing the game up tonight but couldn't quite seal the deal. But my heart goes out to Nugent for missing a field goal in overtime...I ain't mad atcha. Hopefully the meat heads in Columbus show some respect, too. And special thanks to ESPN2 commentator Andre Ware for letting us watching at home know that it's "important to at least get a field goal and not turn the ball over" in your overtime possessions. Idiot.

To the OSU Athletic Dept: please oh please stop scheduling night conference away games! This game was much like last year at Wisconsin...except this time we lost to herbs in Evanston. Speaking of the Badgers, they come to Columbus next Saturday. Let's see what Senator Tressel does to get the boys ready. And speaking of Senator Tressel, during the second-half dramatics tonight I began imagining Commander-in-Chief Tressel. Bush is always talking about about how you can't "wilt and waiver". Tressel is the coolest cucumber of the bunch, and boy does he ever stick to his guns. And at the end of the day, despite the critics, he's a winner. So yeah, I'm writing in Tressel on my Nov. 2 ballot. I encourage you to do the same.

God, I hate those herbs in Evanston. And my throat is sore from yelling at the television. Herbs.

At least Arsenal was in full-swagger today with a 4-0 thrashing of Charlton. Thierry Henry scored an outrageous goal that had me giggling in giddiness--here's a 3MB clip (right-click and save as). The Gunners fielded five players today under 21 years of age and still hammered a team 7th in the league. That's 48-games without a loss, now.

Joker

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I like the masking tape holding Nader's poster to the podium...very professional.

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Ohio State kicks off the Big-Ten season against Northwestern. And I have a feeling that a certain Wildcat defensive tackle will be left wishing he'd kept his mouth shut.

And it's do or die for the younger Klitschko on Saturday night. After two shocking KOs, this is Wladamir's last chance to reenter the heavyweight spotlight. Catch him on Showtime at 6pm PST (same time as the Bucks game--thank goodness I have two TVs in the living room!)

That's all I've got....happy weekend, everyone.

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