Cars being powered by pulled pork 

Actually, if the federal government ever mandated that pulled pork be used to power cars, I would be the first person to march to the Capitol wielding a torch and a sharp object of some sort.

Of course, instead of pork, the government thinks using corn-based ethanol is a major step towards curing our oil-dependency blues. Except it really isn't. Doesn't it somehow follow from elementary physics that converting food (instead of, say, waste biomass) into fuel is super-super-wasteful and dumb, especially considering that a significant percentage of this planet doesn't have enough food to eat?


Movie review: The Simpsons 

Meh. It was funny, but there are a large number of gags that were previously used in cartoon episodes. I guess that's what happens when the movie sits in the pipeline for 10 years. A bunch of jokes were so predictable, I even predicted them. And as far as plot and character development go, the Simpsons have already been through every crisis imaginable during the run of the cartoon series -- family problems, environmental pollution, Springfield's impending destruction, and so forth.

The movie is definitely worth watching, but if you're a die-hard fan of the cartoon there'll be very little there to surprise you except for hardcore nudity.


Ross reunion report, part 1 

Ass was kicked and names were taken at the ultimate frisbee game. By the alums.


Was Ralph Nader right? 

Back in 2002, when the Sacramento Kings got screwed out of lost a heartbreaking Game 6 against Lakers, Ralph Nader suggested (along with non-Lakers fans all over the world) that the game was fixed. As much as I wanted it to be true, I figured Nader was just blowing smoke.

Now comes word that an unnamed NBA ref is being investigated for game-fixing. This is going to be huge if there is any merit to the report. (To be fair, the report currently alleges that the unnamed ref only engaged in point-shaving, not wins and losses, but stay tuned.)


Mean reversion 

The S&P 500 and DJIA each posted their biggest one-day gains in four years today, and various Wall Street types are all atwitter with reasons for these huge gains.

Noticeably absent is any mention of the fact that just two days ago, for no apparent reason, the markets fell by a little less than the same amount.


Note to self: remember to thank Tony LaRussa 

when Mike Lowell drives in the winning run in Game 7 of the World Series against San Diego at Fenway.



So long, Dan Patrick.

Oh, how I long for the days when the understated Dan Patrick, the dry and subtle Kenny Mayne and the completely off-the-wall Keith Olbermann anchored SportsCenter. (This may be a little surprising to younger readers, but back in the day SportsCenter used to show highlights and scores from sporting events instead of all the other crap it crams into the show now.)


Apparently Freddy Adu has not fallen off the face of the earth 

Just a few days after going 1939 on Poland, Freddy Adu completely undresses Brazil in the under-20 World Cup.

EDIT: The guy tearing it up in the #15 shirt is Sal Zizzo, who apparently plays for UCLA. Whoo. Other Bruins on the squad include midfielder Tony Beltran and backup keeper Brian Perk.

EDIT: Harvard man Andre Akpan got jobbed out of a goal against Uruguay below (at around the 2:48 mark). That Uruguay team is one of the worst-spirited soccer teams I've seen in a while.


Hey! I have asked you nicely not to mangle my merchandise. You leave me no choice but to ask you nicely again 

Here's a photo essay of a real-life Kwik-E-Mart.


$1 for a fraction of an ounce of plastic 

That's basically what bottled water is.


Why do you wear that England football shirt? 

To celebrate David Beckham's impending arrival in Los Angeles, enjoy this 2001 clip of Ali G interviewing him and his wife Victoria. (WARNING: contains mild profanity.)

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