Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, August 31, 2001
So I took the advice of Russ and Bill, and finally watched an episode of Sports Night. I had never seen an episode prior to last night, and while flipping through stations, noticed that it was on, so I decided to watch.

I have to say the first thing I noticed was what i had heard from Bill and Russ, that there is a lot of quick dialogue, and talking while walking, similar to The West Wing. I did enjoy watching the episode, although the one thing that annoyed me was the canned laughter that was inserted. What's worse is that it wasn't during all the jokes, and usually it was more for the dumber jokes than the better ones. I think that should be banned. I don't need to be told when to laugh. I never understood why it was ever used in the first place. Was it to prove that they recorded it in front of a live audience? although the laugh track on Sports Night sounded really phony to me.

After getting over the bad laughs inserted, I did enjoy the show, and was intrigued enought to want to watch it again.

Speaking of comedy central.... have you see Let's Bowl??? (I know, i'm not consistant on my tv titles, one is italics, one is bold, sometimes i don't do anything).... If you haven't watched it yet, it's kinda funny, in a stupid funny sort of way. Two people settle a dispute, but bowling. Whoever wins the game wins the dispute and gets to go to the bonus round against the "League Bowler". It's a pretty cheesy show, and probably won't last, but I did think it was somewhat humorous. If you get a chance to see it, and you like to watch stupid humor, give it a try.

I'm afraid to admit this, but why am I intrigued by Battlebots?? Robotica (on TLC) is a much better show in my opinion, I just never know when it's on. It doesn't appear to be on anymore.... the thing about robotica is that there is more to winning than just mutilating your opponent. Speed, agility, and power all factor in the competition. I know, i'm probably coming close that divides the average person from NASCAR by liking this show, but hey, I really like them spinning bots!!!!!!

OK, i've blabbed long enought.... time for you to make fun of me and tell me that i'm wrong..... (still working on a movie quote.... got to make it tougher)
Thursday, August 30, 2001
OK, I have Russ's syndrome....Listening to "the lockerroom" on 1270 too much. about a week or so ago, some caller called in and mentioned Nebraska while talking about college football, and Gary said, "hey, you know I'm doing the Nebraska game on day." When he said that, i thought to myself, "Self, why the hell did he say that?? it has nothing to do with anything except bringing attention to himself." It kinda bugged me for some odd reason, and I toyed with the idea of calling in and saying something, but didn't want to be on hold on my cell phone, and forgot about it when i get home (kinda like when you go into another room to grab something, and when you walk into the room, you forgot why you went in there in th first place). anywho, so i forgot about it, and then earlier this week, the lockerrom was talking about Michael Jordan and his possible comeback. Gary was saying how sick of it he was, that there was such a big deal being made of it. He didn't care if Jordan came back or not, he just was sick of all the publicity about it. A few people called in and said that the media is the only ones complaining about it, and i think that's ironic, because they are the ones that are making a big deal of it. If the media stops reporting on the situation, it's not a big story anymore. But now I'm getting off on a tangent. Gary furthered his argument saying that Jordan was doing this to bring more attention to himself. I thought that was hypocritical since Gary (in my opinion) did the same thing last week.

OK, this is getting long, but I have one more thing. Yesterday, Gary was talking about how his mailman is going to call for workman's comp soon because of all these media guides, conference information, bowl game information, etc. that he keeps receiving at his house. Am I looking too deep into this, or is this just Gary drawing attention to himself saying, "Look how important I am."

Usually, I like Gary Danielson and like to hear what he has to say, but lately, he's been bugging me. I hope it changes, cuz I really like him in the broadcast booth, with the exception that he does games with Brent Must-booger. I can't stand him, but that's another blog.

I have another movie quote, but I want to make sure i get the spelling right, so I will have to wait until I see the movie again, and get the correct spelling.... I know that might sound strange, but it will make sense once i've put it out here.
Tuesday, August 28, 2001
So I'm at the grocery store... (I start a lot of these with "So I'm....").... and we're looking for syrup. A small bottle of maple syrup should be easy to find, although it did takes a bit of time, because most of the bottles pretty big. Anywho, so I'm looking at all the syrup, and I come across one particular brand that offers a "sugar-free" variety. My first thought was, "ew, stay away from that" because I get headaches from nutrasweet/aspartame stuff, and it just doesn't taste right to me. But then I pondered a little further and realized that this was an oxymoron. Sugar-free syrup?? Isn't syrup in itself sugar and water?? How can you have sugar-free syrup??

Some things I'll just never understand.... like Win/Loss stats for a pitcher.

"Red, I do believe you're talking out of your ass." (5 more bonus points)
Friday, August 24, 2001
So I saw a bottle of water that said "Poland Springs" and thought, "hey, score one for the Pollacks!!!" but after further review, we have a reversal.

Poland Springs is the name of a place in Maine. I feel cheated. "...Dismissed, rejected, publically humiliated..." (5 more bonus points... name that movie)

speaking of "after further review", I've heard that NFL referees were asked to "do more talking" this year, and explain penalties in more detail. This should be interesting. I suppose we will get more "givin' him the business" calls. Although with Russ's "You Make the Call" posts, we will already know the rules, and won't need an explanation, because we will know that on a PAT, if there is roughing the passer....(for Bill's sake, I'll stop right now).
Thursday, August 23, 2001
OK, one of my pet peeves is those darn pop up advertisements. what bothers me most is when two or three pop up while I am on the same web page.

Here is a fix that is supposed to work... I tried it, but it didn't work, but I think I forgot to do something, like reboot or something, so I will have to try it again, because those pop up windows really annoy me. I'll let you know if I get it working.

Wednesday, August 22, 2001
So I got my braces off yesterday.... I don't have anything really exciting to say, but just felt the need to say that. I wanted to go out and get an apple to eat, and some corn on the cob, but didn't get around to doing that yesterday.... I think i might do that tonight though.... just because i can. I was pretty good about not eating stuff i wasn't supposed to.... hard candy, apples, corn on the cob, gum.... although i'm not a big gum chewer to begin with, so that wasn't a big deal. I think the thing I will enjoy the most is not getting lettuce stuck in my braces. I'm not completely sure why, but lettuce was a pain in the arse when it came to getting stuck around the wires.

Not that i was good about flossing before, but flossing was just a pain in the arse with braces. It will be nice that I can floss in a minute or two, rather than taking 5-10 minutes to try and weave through the wires to floss.

now that I've completely bored you to death, I'll stop blabbing about my braces.
Russ reminded me of something by saying ""

someone once asked me if i could be nourished by something other than food, and didn't have to eat, would I do it? Now this wasn't that you didn't have to eat, but still could. this was that you don't eat at all.

I couldn't imagine not eating. That would be like losing your sense of taste. You would be able to eat stuff for enjoyment purposes. What good would that be? You wouldn't be able to enjoy a pizza, or a filet mignon, or cookies.

Is there anyone out there that would do this? The only upside i can see is that you wouldn't get hungry. Although when you also would get that super enjoyment of that first bite of food that taste sooooooo good when you haven't eaten for hours and are so hungry....

is it lunch time yet?
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
well, Noli gets the 5 bonus points.... well wait, he didn't exactly tell me what the movie was... he just said he new, but Noli's a good guy, and I believe him that he knew it was Wildcats, with Goldie Hawn, Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrleson, Mykelti Williamson, and Nipsy Russell.

Monday, August 20, 2001
Now I know that baseball is "America's pasttime", but football seems to be America's favorite sport today. I've wondered why that is.... is it because football is more exciting to watch?? Is it because more people gamble on football (I don't know that for a fact, but you hear about gambling more on football than any other sport). Is it because there are more fantasy leagues for football than other sports?? Is it because all the games each week are on the same day (or most games... )?? Is it because the season is the shortest of the four major sports, which leads to less games, which makes each game more important??

I think all of these play a factor in it, and some of the reasons create the others. Or maybe it's the tailgateing, or the beautiful fall season that it's played in.

"It's the sport of kings, better than diamond rings, Football" (5 bonus points for whoever can place teh movie that this obscure song reference came from)
I have to say that I disappointed myself by not voting again for the road to springfield. Although my one vote wouldn't have made the difference, it would have been one more step closer removing hte narrow victory of Mr. Burns over Ralph. I feel horrible. eh, i'll get over it.

Why are there still 3 more weeks until the start of the NFL regular season!!!!!

If you have to get appliances (particularly refridgerators), go see Pete at Sears. He was the nicest salesman. Possibly the nicest sales person I've ever dealt with. He made a somewhat intimidating experience much, much easier. Thanks Pete.
Friday, August 17, 2001
So I was thinking about things and stuff, and couldn't come up with anything clever, but I felt the need to blog about something so I figured if I started typing away that something might pop in my head, but nothing has, except for the pooping cow, and the glue bullet.

I have a pooping cow keychain. It's a cow, and when you squeeze it, it looks like it's pooping. If you need a visual, see the site.

I have a glue "bullet". You know when you use a bottle of elmer's glue (whoever is trying to remember the last time they used elmer's glue, raise your hand), and there is excess glue, and then it dries on the orange cap thinger. Well, I peeled off a big piece that was the shape of the cap, and thought it was kinda cool. But since it was a bit flimsy, I thought i would reinforce it by squirting some glue on the inside and letting it dry. I did that a few times, and then thought i would just fill it up and create a solid dried glue mass. So i did, and it's in the shape of the orange cap of the elmer's glue bottle, and looks kinda like a bullet, so now i have a glue bullet.

Speaking of reinforcements, I remember in elementary school, calling those little circle thingers that you would like and stick around the holes of your paper, reinforcements. I'm not sure if that's the real name of those, but I don't think i've seen those things since elementary school. Do you know what I'm talking about?? Do they still make those?? Or do they just make paper stronger so that we don't need them?? Or were they just used in elementary school, since little kids aren't careful enough, that the paper ripped easier.

Doritos used to have a flavor called "Taco Supreme" and was supposed to taste like Taco Bell's taco supreme. Now they just have "taco" flavored doritos, and no logo of Taco Bell on the bag. Do you think it's the same flavor?? I think they taste about the same (if memory serves me right).

Last weekend, on Nick at Night, they had "Pop up Brady Bunch".... Kinda like "Pop up Video" but it was during an episode of the Brady Bunch. It was really cool. I learned that Ann B. Davis went to the University of Michigan!!!

I knew if i started typing something would pop in my head.
Thursday, August 16, 2001
If you haven't seen Steve Balmer run around the stage like a goof, it's worth the time you have to wait for the download...
Thanks Russ, now I'm thinking about commercials.... Although I had this thought prior to the commercial discussion.

There is a commercial for a cereal (I think it's one of the lines of wheaties) where there is a girl and a guy and an exercise club-type place, and they are on stationary (or is it -ery) bikes talking, and then the instructor comes in, and the doors get bolted shut, and they have this extreme workout on the bikes.

The part I don't understand, and maybe it's because I've never been to one of these heath club places to work out, but do people really need instructors to ride a stationary (-ery?) bike?? Don't you just pedal??? there aren't any turns, or hills or anything that you need instruction for, are there?? I'm just picturing someone paying money for a class to have an instructor tell them "PEDAL!! PEDAL!! PEDAL!!!"

I haven't watched baseball in a few days, so i had to talk about something I know nothing about = )
Wednesday, August 15, 2001
I know Denny probably will never see this, but I just have to say that he did an awesome job on the carpet in the family room. I can't wait to see what the rest of the carpet looks like when he's done. And he's such a nice guy, too. Thanks Denny!!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2001
I was just eating my yogurt thinking of when i bought a kroger brand yogurt, and on the front of the container it said, "PRE-STIRRED". I couldn't help but wonder that if their big selling point is that it is "pre-stirred", should I be worried about eating this product??? I would think better selling points would be "all natural" or "Real fruit" or "great source of calcium", but no, they chose their selling point to be "Pre-Stirred".
Monday, August 13, 2001
how is it that when you are trying to get rid of squeeks out of a floor, and you drill in 7 screws around the nail that is causing the squeek, the squeek is still there??? At least the stairs are a lot better than they used to be.
Friday, August 10, 2001
I took yesterday off work, and so i watched the end of the Tiger's game on Wednesday night. Two comments made me laugh. The first was in the ninth inning, and Randall Simon came up to bat, and the bases were loaded. Gibby said, "now just be patient Randall", and not two seconds later, Simon swings at the first pitch for a three run triple. I think it's funny when things like that happen.

Then, while showing the Texas Rangers manager on the phone to the bullpen, Josh (i think that's his name) said something to the effect of "the Ranger bullpen has been so busy, they need call waiting."
I just saw a sign that reminded me of a pet peeve of mine. Not that the sign was exactly the pet peeve, but along the same lines. The sign was advertising a truck for sale, for $11,000 obo, and then stated that "Dealers are asking over $13,800"

The thing that bugs me is that near exact number, and then putting an 'about' or an 'over' in front of it. By saying that dealers are asking "over $13,800" to me is the same as saying "I saw an ad for it selling between 13,800 and 13,900", otherwise, he would have put "over 13,900" or "over 14,000". Why not just state exactly what you saw.

I know I do it sometimes, but it's for humor purposes. Like if i say "let's meet at 11:37" or "that room is about 12 feet 6.27 inches".

The real pet peeve that this reminded me of is when someone refers to "being in the top X". Now I understand if it's a round number like 5, 10, 25, 100, etc. (as in "the are a top 25 football team"), but when someone says something like "our company is in the top 8 in the country" what they mean is "we're number 8". Why not just say "we're number 8"?? we all know what it means.

All I know is that I hope to be in the "top 11" of my fantasy league this year.

As a follow up to the comments of a post a few days ago, I thought i would put it here, incase you didn't check back at the comments. It goes with the football rules, and how you can drill a guy if the ball is tipped on a pass, and that made me think of the rule that you can drill the kicker, as long as you block the kicked ball, and then i started laughing, cuz I thought of when Bill and I were in college, and Bill suggested that rule should translate to basketball when you block a shot, you should be able to drill the guy. I think bill tried to slam dunk a nerf ball from outside John and Mo's room one too many times = )
Wednesday, August 08, 2001
So I've been painting the last few days, and have discovered how wonderful it is to paint, when you know that you are replacing the carpet that is beneath it. No drop cloths/tarps, don't have to worry about spills and drips, and you always have a place to wipe the paint off your hands (that is, after your shirt and shorts are covered with paint). I thought painting would be somewhat fun, and it really has been. The worst part was Monday night when i tried to get an extension ladder up the stairs. I spent about 30-45 minutes trying to manuever the friggin' thing, and it was just too big of a ladder. Good thing there is a window at the bottom of the stairs to put the ladder through, or I wouldn't have come close to getting that thing up the stairs.... well, come to think of it, it probably would have been better, because i would have given up a lot sooner.

Hey Bill, remember that article from the Michigan Daily during our freshman year that said something to the effect of: "Although the polo team has been around for a year, it wasn't until last month that they got horses" .... or something like that
Tuesday, August 07, 2001
I don't get the inconsistencies with football rules. For example, in the example in Russ's blog, the roughing the passer play is assessed on the kickoff (if Noli and I are guessing right). But, if it were offsides on the play, it's either take the offsides penalty, or the result of the play, not both. I guess I understand a little since roughing the passer is a personal foul, which is different from a regular penalty.

The one I really don't get is that pass interference is not pass interference if the ball is uncatchable. That just does not make sense to me. The defender still commited a penalty, but since the QB overthrew the ball, it's not a penalty??? If an offensive lineman holds a defender, it doesn't matter if the defender wasn't going to be able to get to the QB or RB, it's still a holding penalty. If a defender jumps offsides, but isn't able to get to the QB, it still offsides, so why isn't it still pass interference when the ball is uncatchable?!?!?!??!
Monday, August 06, 2001
So I was talking with my fiancee this weekend, and she brought up an interesting point. What if people see colors differently?? What if how red looks to me is how blue looks to you?? Maybe that's why people like different colors?? Maybe we all like the same color, but since colors look different, we like different colors. No one knows what i think blue looks like. kinda strange to think about.

I sometimes question things that I assume that i am doing normal.... like when you are in the shower, do you start from the top down, or from the bottom up??? do you shampoo your hair first or last?? When you are "sitting on the thrown" do you lean left, right, or forward to wipe??? these are things that I wonder??? I assume I am doing it normal, but it's kind of an awkward question to ask at a party, "So, when your taking a dump, which way do you lean to wipe??" Maybe I'm just worried someone might look at me confused and say, "What do you mean wipe?"
So here's the situation.... I wake up Sunday morning and need milk. I run (actually, i drove) to the 7-11 near me. To my surprise, there are quite a few cars in the parking lot, and I go into the store and grab a milk that has an expiration date of August 7... being that I had woke up less than 15 minutes prior to this, it didn't register that August 7th was only 2 days away, and I can't drink a gallon of milk that quick. While i was waiting in line, the thought process clicked, and I realized how i would not be able to drink that much milk in two days, so I went back to the cooler, and looked for a later date.... i could not find one later than Aug 7, but I did find on for Aug 3, which, was old since Sunday was Aug 5th.... i got frustrated, and left, and went to the evil farmer jack instead.

Why do you care?? you probably don't, but just a warning to check the dates on your milk, and make sure you are awake enough to know what today is = )
Friday, August 03, 2001
So i had "Saved By the Bell" on this morning while I was getting ready for work (OK, start ripping on me all you want, but it's Bill's fault. I never watched the show prior to rooming with him freshman year). Anyway, on TBS they are showing the tv movie where they went to Hawaii, in 4 parts. So I was watching it while eating my Honey Nut Cheerios (" feels kinda funny, when i dip my nuts in honey...") and Zach goes over to help a girl with her bag at the airport, and she looks familiar. It's that evil Bonnie Hane from the show "Ed". (I made the mistake once, sorry Russ, and I won't disclose why Bonnie is evil if you don't already know). Anyway, I double checked and Rena Sofer played Andrea Larson in the Saved by the Bell movie.

I just think it's cool when I recognize stars from the early work.

On a somewhat related note, I sometimes catch the end of "Family Matters" whilst waiting for SBTB to start. I never watched that show, but apparently, Erkel (Sp?) invented some machine that turns him into this suave guy, Stefan (instead of Steve), but for some reason changes back and forth between the two. I haven't figured out why this is, although I'm not spending a lot of time trying.

What's really bugging me is what ever happend to Mr. Belvedere?? (Or, for those in the know, I should say "Brocktoon" :)
So I sent a message to Rob telling him that I had an image in my head of him walking through the Law Quad courtyard with his "MICHIGAN LAW" sweatshirt on, and a blue hat with a yellow 'M' on it, and I was pondering for a moment about some of the times i spent at UM, and came up with this question:

Does anyone remember any part of the "University of Michigan Orientation Line Dance"??

They down right lied to us..... Didn't they claim that everyone did it at the football games, so that is why we had to learn it? DAMN THEM!!!!!
Thursday, August 02, 2001
I know I'm a math geek, and I find pi fascinating, but maybe normal people will find this interesting, too.

Pi stuff

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