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    Thursday, April 30, 2009

    The Beautiful Game

    In honor of the upcoming UEFA Champions League semifinals match-ups next week (2nd leg)and finals match-up at the end of the May, here's a vid of the stars of my hopeful teams*, Man U and Barca.
    *note: My Favorite teams, Valencia and Sporting CP did not make it. Valencia DNQ, Sporting CP got destroyed by Bayern Munich 12-1 agg in the first knockout round. I also prefer Real Madrid to Barcelona, but at least it's a Spanish team. And f**k Chelsea, BTW.
    Also, if you missed it, please watch this goal Cristiano Ronaldo had against Porto, it's just ridiculous.

    Tuesday, April 28, 2009

    Damn Fine Stories

    If you know me at all, you know that I love a good story. I, myself, am not the greatest storyteller; I'm too detail-oriented and they tend to drag on and on. I'm long-winded in general, I suppose. But, as I said, I do love a good story and The Moth organization celebrates excellence in storytelling.
    They sponsor competitions all over the country, and storytellers come from all walks of life, from cops to writers to celebrities to voodoo priestesses. Some are funny, some are sad. Most put my stories to shame, and I have spent my life up to this point actively pursuing good stories. Here is one that I particularly like, about a young man who moves to New York and battles a crazy superintendent in a rundown apartment complex. It's the epitome of the old adage that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction. If you like it, check out the podcasts on iTunes and subscribe. The new stories are always a highlight of my week.

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    Monday, April 27, 2009

    ESPN, Unicorns Don't mix

    So, In case you haven't already heard about or seen it, some brilliant, but most likely now canned programmer/designer punked ESPN good with a classic Nintendo Konami cheat code redux(up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, enter). When entered on the homepage, a sparkly unicorn appeared. Press enter repeatedly, and they multiply, over and over until one's sparkly unicorn tolerance threshold is reached. Which, in my case is never.
    If you're like me, you probably clicked on the link above and tried it for yourself, only to be disappointed by the lack of results. Unfortunately, once they learned of the glitch, the powers-that-be at ESPN were none too pleased with this fantastically flamboyant transformation of their site and put a stop to it. So, while you may have missed out on the opportunity to do it in real time, you can, thanks to a cache of old ESPN pages out on the netz, overrun the exciting draft day coverage with a stampede of rainbow-colored mythical beasts. Try it for yourself here.

    Friday, April 24, 2009

    Trying somethin' new...

    So, I'm loving this thing. If anyone ever used seeqpod, (which seems to be down at the moment) it's the same basic premise: type in a song or artist and a complex algorithm finds a bunch of links to open-source files for whatever might fit the parameters of your search. you can then create a playlist for endless hours of enjoyment.
    The difference with is that it incorporates a social aspect, allowing you to see what people with similar musical interests might also be listening to. The "props" and "credits" which you get and dole out, respectively, to other "DJ's" seems largely arbitrary, and at first seems like a way to coerce others to reciprocate with props or add themselves as listeners. To be honest, I have no idea what the difference is between the "listen" and "favorite" functions, but regardless, it is interesting how multinational/cultural the users seem to be. and you can find just about everything except the most obscure of musicians on it. Definitely worth checking out if you have some free time. And, of course, give my station a listen. Its not too bad, if I do say so myself.

    Twitter, LoudTwitter, and me.

    Thanks to the endless possibilities the Internet provides, it seems
    that I can post my tweets on this blog via loudtwitter. This is very
    experimental, but seems that I should be able to significantly up my
    entries, at the very least. At best, well it should help me on my way
    to achieving my mission statement more effectively. We shall see...