Arbitrary Randomness
Friday, May 30, 2003
Life imitating Art....

Remember the movie Scrooged, with Bill Murray? There is a seen where one of the other TV executives tells him of his idea of television programming for cats.
The other day I heard the President referred to as "Mr. Bush". It reminded me of during the election when this bothered me. When campaigning for the election, I remember hearing coutless times, him being referred to as "Mr. Bush". I always thought that was disrespectful, since he was Governor of Texas at the time, he should have been addressed as "Governor Bush". And now, I think it's even worse. He should be addressed as either the "President", "President Bush", or "Mr. President" (the last if addressing him in person).

I was going to add a movie quote here, but I'll let Russ put it in the comments... You know you're thinking of the exact same quote as I am right now (well, not now as in 8:22 AM, cuz you're probably sleeping, but whenever you read this)
Rates are so looooooowwwww..... man, does that commercial bug me, and it sticks with me all day. Not to mention that 5th/3rd as a name has never made any sense to me at all.
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Don't get me wrong, 300 wins for a pitcher is quite an accomplishment, but I think I have blogged on this topic before. The statistic of wins for a pitcher has got to be the most overrated stat. I just don't understand the relavence. First of all, it is a team sport. The TEAM gets the win, not any one player. Second of all, the win or loss given to a pitcher is dependent on how his team bats, not just the pitching/defense, and in the American League, the pitchers aren't even a part of the batting. Pitcher A could pitch 9 innings, giving up just one hit, which happened to be a home run. Unfortunately, his team does not score any runs. He gets a loss. Pitcher B could pitch 6 innings, giving up 5 runs on 10 hits, but since his team scored more runs, he can get the win. Most people would argue that Pitcher A is better than Pitcher B, but when looking at their records, Pitcher A is 0-1, and Pitcher B is 1-0.

I can see that the win/loss record can give you a rough estimate of how his team does when he pitches, but does it tell you anything about the pitcher's ability more than if you just looked at ERA, Walks, K, etc.? Telling me a pitcher's record doesn't tell me anything about his ability.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Will Anaheim winning the cup make you feel any better about the Wings losing to Anaheim? As opposed to them losing to New Jersey.
My new weight training regiment: Swing around a 16 pound weight over and over again, hitting a seemingly immovable object, occasionally moving it slightly, eventually cracking said object. Repeat over and over again until said object cracks enough to break off a piece. Sit down and rest. Observe piece of said object, and realize it is too big to lift. Swear. Swing 16 pound weight over and over again to break broken piece into smaller pieces. Look at smaller piece. Lift...... still to heavy, but close enough. Rest. Repeat.
Since I missed over 250 hits over the weekend, I have finally decided to stop keeping track of how many hits I've had for different things. I've been doing it for way to long, anyway, and does anyone really care that of the first 9519 hits on this site that I had 1500 hits from people looking for Patricia Heaton Nude, over 700 hits looking for Jennifer Garner Nude, 340 for Katie Couric Nude (many of which came after hosting the Tonight Show a few weeks ago), almost 300 hits on old navy painters pants green acres commercial, and 260 (plus probably another 100 over the weekend that I missed) for Annika Sorenstam Nude, 212 Joe Boxer commercial, 170 Julie Kavner on Inside the Actor's Studio, 159 Gene Hackman Lowes commercial, 153 Budlight commercial, 128 Christopher Walken SNL BOC skit more cowbell, 94 spongebob squarepants (59 of them looking for him nude).

Yes, I am a dork for keeping track of that for so long (or even at all), but hey, it's numbers, how can I not like them. But at this point, I will stop my daily 5 minute routine of keeping track of the hits I received from the last 24 hours.

No, you probably didn't care in the least about this, but then again, do you really care about any of these posts?
Friday, May 23, 2003
"Finger quotes" are underused.
I noticed on the toilet paper dispenser thinger that there are little "teeth" or jagged edges on the bottom to assist with the tearing of the toilet paper. Are there really people out there that are having trouble ripping the toilet paper that they require the teeth for assistance?
How is Bill Walton still announcing games?
Thursday, May 22, 2003
I find # 9 a bit humorous as a MUST HAVE for College Freshman
Bathroom Etiquette Rule #472: When you are done with your business, zip up, tuck in, etc. at the urinal facing the wall. Do not walk to the sink and stand next to me with your pants unzipped as you tuck in your shirt. I do not need to see this.
I have this sneaky feeling that if Cincinnati cuts Akili Smith, he'll latch on somewhere else, and be an OK QB. It's either that, or the mexican I had for dinner last night.
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
in the last 2-3 days, I have had almost 70 hits on this blog for people searching for Annika Sorenstam Nude .... I'm sorry to disappoint those who came looking for that.
If DVD means "Digital Versatile Disc", then what exactly is a "WWJ DVD Jam Cam"? What makes the camera DVD?
What am I not understanding about the new Kodak "Plus Digital" one-time use camera. The commercials boast that you get your regular prints plus your pictures digitally on a CD. Can't you do that now with regular film, and regular disposable cameras? There is nothing digital about the camera. It still uses film. What am I missing?
Monday, May 19, 2003
"... and Reggie said 'big time', and I said, 'Big Time, indeed' "
Friday, May 16, 2003
Each transaction saves a nickel!!!!!!
It seems that more often then not, whenever the is a celestial site to see in the night sky, we have a cloudy sky.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
You ever think of a famous person, and then ponder whether or not they are still alive or not? (kind of like the category "Live, Dead, or Indian Food" on the old MTV gameshow "Remote Control")

Today I was thinking about Ronald Reagan. Now I know he's still alive, but for a brief second, I couldn't remember for sure. Then it got me to thinking, how many former Presidents are still alive. I believe it is only 5. Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton. What I find somewhat odd is that going in order of their presidencies, there aren't any ..... I'm not sure how to put this into words, but when you go in order, they are all dead up until Ford, then they are all alive.... meaning it doesn't go "live, dead, live, live, dead, live, live" does that make any sense at all? Like if Reagan were dead, there would be a former president that served prior to Reagan that is still alive. I guess that's not really odd, but just a bit odd to me. I guess what's odd is that the presidents have died in the order that they served, or more like the presidents are still alive in the reverse order that they served. It's been lik ethat since President Truman died in 1972.

huh... that post took a turn as I was writing it. I had no intentions of going into Presidential Trivia.
(Bill, this reference is for you)

Hopefully the Tigers will celebrate their "double digit" against a west coast team, since they won't be able to go see the ocean for quite awhile. It's probably safer that way, there's no risk of drowning, and having that little boy's mom yell at Mitch.
I don't usually drink coffee at work (or at all really, only occasionally), but I can't figure out why people do this. We have a coffee maker with three burners, and three coffee pots. Two are for regular, and one is for decaf. What I don't understand is that people must have the freshest coffee. So they take the pot that is under the brewing thingy instead of the pot that is on the side burner. Does it make that much of a difference? I know that I'm not a coffee connoisseur, but is it that crucial to get coffee that's been brewed maybe 20 minutes earlier than the other one? And if it does make that much of a difference, think about it.... these people are making it worse. By taking the "fresher" pot, you are leaving the slightly older pot there, making it get even worse for other people. I think the next time I'm in there, I'm going to switch the pots.
Leo will know what to do
I'm going to complain....

I think I've complained about this before, but crowd noise on TV broadcasts of sporting events is getting out of hand. Yes the noise gives a little more feeling that you are actually there but it seems like in the last couple of years, the volume of the crowd noise in relation to the volume of the announcers has increased. Sometimes you can barely hear the announcers over the crowd..... espcially at low TV volumes. It just blends together. I think they need to cut down on the crowd noise, or stop allowing the announcers to talk, cuz it's hard to hear both.

Speaking of crowd noise, I really don't like those blow up stick things that have become ever so popular at sporting events in the last year or three. I'm not really sure why, but they really annoy me.

And since I'm on a complaining rampage, and I just watched basketball last night, here's a rule I've never really liked. In the NBA, after a basket, if you call time out, you can bring the ball in at half court rather than under the basket. While I can somewhat see a rational for this rule after a basket (although I don't agree with it), I don't understand why you can do that after you call time out when the ball is in play under the opponents basket. Like if you rebound the ball, and call time out right away, you should have to take the ball out right where you called time out.

I apologize if I've compained about that one before, but if I did, here is another question that I've posed before.... Why do basketball referees have to wear pants?
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Remember when CDs came in those long boxes that were like twice the size of the actual CD?
NBC is already asking $2 million dollars for a 30-second spot during the 2 hour series finale of Friends for May 2004.
Will Annika Sorenstam be required to wear pants like the rest of the PGA?
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Start stocking up on your Oreos
For the last month, I have had a song stuck in my head. It's that song that they sing at Easter Vigil Mass where the Cantor names the Saints, and everyone responds "Pray for us", and then that's followed by the chorus "All you holy men and women pray for us".
The IRS must have known it was my birthday yesterday. I got my refund check in the mail.
After last night's Tonight Show, in which Katie Couric hosted, I had 10 consecutive hits on my blog of people searching for pictures of Katie Couric Nude. I'm sorry to disappoint all of you, but there are none here.
"I think on the phone, you said....'Woody' "
I think there is a misprint in the heading of this article.... It probably should read "Bill to miss next season of MNF"
Monday, May 12, 2003
Ed and Boomtown have been saved!!!!!
Friday, May 09, 2003
I just opened the door to our stairwell, and the door squeaked.... not that a squeaking door is exciting, but I swear the sweaks it made sounded almost exactly like the eerie music from the episode of the Brady Bunch when they went to Hawaii. You know that sound everytime Bobby's "good luck" charm used it's magic, and they had to go to the cave where Vincent Price was hiding out.
random thought in my head... (from "So I Married an Axe Murderer")

Am I the only one that didn't get the Matrix? It's on Fox tonight, and I keep meaning to give it a second chance since so many people liked it. I saw it in the theater, and actually fell asleep. I don't know if I was really tired, or if it was boring, or a combination of the two. I just couldn't get into it.
Russ, are you going to stop watching the NHL playoffs now?
Thursday, May 08, 2003
The Converse Weapon, that's the shoe, it lets Magic do what he was born to do
that may be so, but that's not all, it lets Isaih play like he's ten feet tall
you all know what it did for me... WHAT?.... I walked away with the MVP

and the classic outtake...

I think the writers should write a new script, cuz were getting awful tired of doing this $#!*

I have an image in my head of Kevin McHale (shoulders and all) reciting the outtake, but can't recall what his real line was in the commercial.
If ideas like this are making it on TV, I'm in the wrong business. I'm sure I could come up with something better than this.
I can't place my finger on what exactly I didn't like about it, but I didn't care too much for the end of The West Wing last night. I'm not saying that I didn't like the plot or storyline, but the way it was shown. Something about the club music, and jumping from scene to scene (the club to Amy and Donna, etc). And I know I have a bias against Amy, but it seems like she's got some hidden agenda, weasling in on Donna and Josh.

And how old is Zoey? She's not 21 (i.e. legal drinking age), is she? She graduated from college in three and a half years, and she was under 18 when she started college. Or did I miss something somewhere?

EDIT: I suppose mathematically, she could be 21, but it would be very close. Here's what we know. She started college in January, 2000. She was under 18, because a parent had to sign some sort of medical release form for minors (remember Charlie figured that one out on the whole MS-lying thing). So if she is over 21, she would have to have her birthday sometime between January and May. So I guess it is possible.
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
Is it just us, or does everyone have a busy May? Every weekend in May, we have at least one Birthday party or First Communion to go to, not to mention Mother's Day and Memorial day..... When will I have time to catch up on TV??? I still have like 2-3 hours of TV to watch from the past month to catch up on, not to mention all 40-some episodes of Sports Night (thanks, Russ).
I'm usually not a fan of alternative views of sporting events on TV, such as the camera behind the goal in hockey, or the endzone camera. I like them for replays, but not for the live action. That being said, I do like the occasional switch to the overhead camera from (presumably) the scoreboard in basketball. You can still see all the players, and get an "Xs and Os look" at the floor, as if diagramming a play.

I wouldn't want this to be the view for the majority of the game, but I like the ocassional switch to it.
Do you really want to be touching a computer, that someone else was using while they were.... how should I say..... "Dropping the kids off at the pool"?
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
These were my predictions on October 30th for the NBA Playoffs:

Eastern Conference Championship - NJ over Det
Western Conference Championship - Sac over Dal
NBA Finals - NJ over Sac

I'm not saying that I'm rooting for this to happen, I'm just surprised that all four teams are still alive. Unfortunately, Dallas and Sacramento are playing each other in the Conference Semifinals, so they won't be able to meet in the Conference Finals.

My picks now.... San Antonio beats Dallas to win the West, and I'm going to be a homer, and pick Detroit over Boston in the East. SA beats Detroit in 6.
While watching TV last night, there was a commercial for JCPenny (I think) advertising the "Celine Dion" perfume. I'm thinking that their claim will be that the perfume will last 8 hours, then go away, then the smell come back for awhile, and then retire again, then come back.....
Monday, May 05, 2003
I occasionally sign up for stuff online for free stuff to be sent to me. I'll forget about it, and then a month or three later, I get something in the mail that I'm not sure if I signed up for or not. Friday, when I got the mail, I pulled out an oven mitt from Honda. I thought to myself:

"I just won a FREE OVEN MITT!!! I'll go get it for ya!!!!!"
"You guys want to wait around for an oven mitt??....... NAAAAHHHHHH"
Is there a free agent that ISN'T predicted to go to the Lakers next year? I've heard rumors about Karl Malone, Alonzo Mourning, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, all going to the Lakers.
I grabbed the letters to go in the mailbox on my way out to the car this morning. Sometime between picking them up, and walking to the door (about 5 seconds), I forgot that I had the letters, and took them in the car with me, and didn't put them in the mailbox.
Happy Cinco de Mayo
See Russ, I told the Pistons would win three in a row (I was just wrong about which three)
Is that Kiefer Sutherland's voice on the MCI commercials? I think it is. (No, not the ones with Danny Glover)

And why is it that companies think that it's better to have celebrities do the voice over on commercials? Do they really think it will help sell their products? Don't get me wrong, I love it, because it's like a game, trying to figure out what celebrity's voice it is, but I don't think that it works, unless there is some sort of unconscious thing that recognizing the voice makes you feel more comfortable, or more trusting if it sounds familiar, than if it is a stranger.
Note to self.... when you see everyone else in the neighborhood mowing their lawns, instead of saying "I'll do it tomorrow", go and check the weather. It might be raining for the better part of the coming week.
Saturday, May 03, 2003
Is it just me, or does Tayshaun Prince have "Kevin McHale Shoulders"?
"...of course you would know all that, being that you leased one and all."
Sterling Door and Installation

Need any garage door work? I recommend Sterling Door and Installation. Thursday, our spring on our garage door broke. Friday I called a few places. Sterling Door and Installation was the cheapest estimate I got. And better yet, the guy came out within an hour of when I called. After he was done, I went out in the garage, and he had made some adjustments to make our garage door run better. The alignment was off, and the door was hitting one of the barrels on the side, and he adjusted that. He also shortened the chain on the opener, because there was too much sag in it. Our garage door now runs a lot smoother and quieter.

Thanks Sterling Door and Installation.
Friday, May 02, 2003
Did anyone else notice The Wiggles last night at the President's speech on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln?

There must have been some sort of security threat to them, as there were MANY body-doubles of them throughout the crowd.

(credit for the joke goes to my wife)

Here's a another reason why I think a pitcher's Win-Loss record means absolutely nothing....

B.J. Ryan (3-0) earned the first win without throwing a pitch after he picked off Omar Infante on first base when he relived Pat Hentgen (news) with two outs in the seventh.
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Every once in awhile I have a flashback to high school Spanish when Mrs. Kastle had her daily message on the board that would say something like:

Hoy es jueves, el uno dy Mayo. Los Pistons ganaron anoche. Ellos jugaron al baloncesto, manana, tambien. Lluvias anoche y hoy tambien.

I might have some of my words and grammar wrong, but that's what I remember. I wonder what that year would have been like if Mrs. Wirsing was around. Mrs. Wirsing was the only teacher to give me a detention. She didn't want to, but she had to based on my tardies. My brother would drive me to school that year, and it was common that we would be a little late to first hour. I didn't hold it against her.
Is Matthew Perry's stint on The West Wing to convince future employers that he can be a serious actor, and isn't just Chandler.
Russ, when I told you that the Pistons were going to win the next three last week.... apparently I meant that they would win the LAST three games.

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