Wednesday, January 31, 2007
databaseBasketball.com - NBA Basketball Statistics, Draft, Awards, and History.
It was Mahmo Abdul-rauf with .905.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Chris Buttars sort of looks like Matthew Harrison Brady, doesn't he?
Friday, January 26, 2007
California power companies will be barred from buying electricity from most coal-fired power plants after state utility regulators adopted new limits on emissions of heat-trapping gases linked to global warming.
Thursday's 4-0 vote by the Public Utilities Commission prohibits investor-owned utilities from entering long-term contracts to obtain electricity from sources that emit more carbon dioxide than a modern natural gas plant. The so-called 'greenhouse gas emissions performance standard' takes effect Feb. 1. (AP Wire | 01/26/2007 | California power companies barred from buying dirty power)
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Peterson isn't sympathetic to those who would abuse animals. 'I raise livestock for a living,' he said. 'We've had animals shot with BBs, arrows.'The last time I checked private citizens (in this case the dreaded animal rights activists) did not conduct prosecution of criminals. That function is carried on by government through the district attorney. So is the Senator being disingenuous here or ignorant? What comment, as well, is he making about his farming practice that someone might characterize it as cruel?
He said he is nervous that such legislation might be used by animal rights activists to victimize farmers. 'I shudder to think doors we open up when we make it a felony.' (deseretnews.com | Pet-cruelty law sought:)
I will say Tamurlane is one of the most difficult poems to read aloud. Poe's metric line is funky.
*Thanks to Dr. Write for coming up with the excellent podcast title.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Utah drivers must shape up
Last week my son's preschool teacher was involved in an auto-pedestrian accident that took her life. After this incident, I started paying closer attention to the speed limit. What I noticed is that if you go the speed limit, someone will soon be tailgating you. I also noticed everyone is busy doing other things. Utah drivers, we need to slow down, get off our phones and pay attention to the road and those on the road. This will be the only way to limit the number of accidents and fatalities.
(deseretnews.com | Utah drivers must shape up)
I will give Ms. Higley the benefit of doubt here and note that my title for this entry is snarky. Yes she is admonishing idiot drivers to slow down and pay attention. It is too bad that it takes the death of another human being for her to come to this conclusion.
Having a pedestrian perspective, however, I cannot tolerate those who continually excuse their treacherous behind-the-wheel behavior. If, for example, you hear of someone running down a pedestrian, there is very little rancor unless said driver was drunk. It is amazing how little regard some people have for others while traveling at (literally) breakneck speed through residential areas.
Slow the fuck down.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Early morning statistics
Number of single-driver cars which passed me at the bus stop at 3900 South 2300 East from 7:25 to 7:29 am: 41. Number of multiple-passenger cars which passed me in the same time frame: 10. Number of people waiting for the 39 bus: 2*. Number of pedestrians passing by: 1. Number of people on the bus after your intrepid statistician boarded: 5**.
*including the observor.
**excluding the driver.
Monday, January 15, 2007
1) Lady in the Water: This movie proves, yet again, that M. Night Shyamalan needs someone to stand behind him while he is on his auteur chariot and whisper "All fame is fleeting. All fame is fleeting." What the hell M. Night? What the fucking hell? Watch Unbreakable and get back to your core, dude.
2) Black Dahlia: The same for Brian De Palma. Just because you can make a stylish movie, doesn't mean you should try to do it with a convoluted script and some very bad acting. Poor De Palma. Scarface beckons you.
3) Superman Returns: Paying homage to Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando is one thing, totally ripping the poor dead guys off is another. The only redeeming thing about this movie is Kevin Spacey's imitation of Gene Hackman with none of the humor that Hackman brought to the role. He was positively menacing, like Jack Nicholson was menacing as the Joker in Batman. Postmodern, indeed this film sort-of was. Too bad the Lois Lane actress didn't get it and put on a spoof of Margot Kidder. Too bad the directors really didn't get it either.
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
"Did you bring the brass monkey in or should I?"
"You don't know about the brass monkey?"
"As in brass monkey, you funky monkey?"
"No. Brass monkey as in freeze the balls off a. As in it's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey. It's ten degrees out, dude!"
"Sorry, I've never heard of that expression."
"What the hell are they teaching kids in school these days?"
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
The eulogies for this great man are heartfelt yet accurate:
"I believe generation after generation will talk about Chicken Ramen. I don't think there will ever be an instant noodle product that beats the taste of Chicken Ramen." (ibid)While I would argue that Sesame Chicken was a far better flavor, I will not do so here out of respect for the dead.
Mr. Ando's death has inspired your narrator to conduct a contest: write an elegy about Momofuku Ando and post it as a comment to this post. (That's an elegy not a eulogy.) I will then select the best elegy through sheer will power. The winner will receive a half-case of Chicken Ramen! A half-case! Just like the ones you see in the store!
If one of you sissy poets has such a refined palate that you wouldn't deign to eat ramen (or you are have good sense not to eat such a high-fat, high-sodium McMeal) I will be happy to donate said case to the Utah Food Bank.
Let the elegies commence!
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
We were actually downtown at the Depot or some place like that. It was entertaining.
I had great sake nigiri and sake drinkini earlier in the evening.
Now on to the new year.
It is all good, you realize. All good.
I'm looking forward to a good long winter and lots of snow. Then there will be a good long spring and lots of green things.
That's just a prediction, mind you. I'm no Pat Robertson, but I think I can predict that spring will indeed return.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
After reading the Dec. 26 article on military enlistment in Utah, it is easy to see why Utah is the most red state in the Union. I do not believe Utah has failed to do it's share in paying the price for freedom. Thousands of Utah natives have paid $3.95 for the 'Support Our Troops' ribbons that they display on their automobiles. Some have two or three! Now that's putting your money where your mouth is. It's a small price to pay for freedom, but someone has to do it.Looks like it might be time to recommend a few overly-zealous Utah youth I come across who all just happen to by-pass military service to Operation Yellow Elephant. I won't mention the name of a particular student I am thinking of recommending from the institution where I work since he quite regularly ego-surfs the Internets for his name. Many of SigNo readers know and loathe said student for his zealous quest to bring guns to campus and ban any sort of behavior that he and his ilk consider immoral and yet names said authoritarian yearnings "freedom." He also seems to believe that we are besieged from both within and outside the borders of the United States. Like many other young Utahns of his mindset, he has not, for all I know, ever considered defending the liberty he believes to be so threatened on the battlefield.
(Salt Lake Tribune: "A small price to pay")