Monday, February 27, 2006

Move over MoMA...

Now there's hope that I will have my works displayed in a gallery (sort of).

Voodoo Doping

I am fed up with hearing about "lucky loonies" and other voodoo nonsense being planted in the ice at competitions that Canadian athletes take part in.

for those who haven't heard, the total (that we're aware of) is now three; the first was the infamous dollar coin planted under center ice for the Salt Lake City Olympics. The second was at Turin, where a small gold maple leaf was planted near the finish line of the speed skating venue.

Then there's this case, also from the just finished Turin Olympics.

Why do we insist on, by way of association, giving credit for sports victories to this kind of crap? Am I the only Canadian who is embarrassed to read "A similar tactic worked in 2002 in Salt Lake City when Canada won men's and women's hockey gold."

When I first heard that this had happened at Salt lake City, I thought it was a funny story, until I thought about it. I wondered how Salt Lake City organizers, or now the Turin organizers, reacted to the news? I haven't heard an outcry; maybe it's because they are laughing at us.

Turning off our intelligence for a moment, let's pretend that this kind of voodoo-magic-bullshit had any sort of hand in assisting the relevant Canadian teams in winning the events in question; how would that be any more acceptable than doping?

Oh, I can't wait for Vancouver 2010 when we can plant the entire @#$* Canadian @#$* mint under every @#$* venue.

I'll be rooting for Norway.

(Ok, I'm not anti-Canadian... just the opposite. I won't really be rooting for Norway over Canadian athletes, but I will always prefer to see true sporting behaviour, and I don't believe that Canadian athletes need lucky coins, maple leafs, or whatever under the ice or snow they play on to succeed.)

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ah. It's a Meme thing.

I thought I was Des Moines.

You Are Austin

A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll.

You're totally weird and very proud of it.

Artistic and freaky, you still seem to fit in... in your own strange way.

Famous Austin residents: Lance Armstrong, Sandra Bullock, Andy Roddick

Monday, February 20, 2006

It's getting lonely here.

It would seem that most of the bloggers I know are in a phase of chronically neglecting their blogs.

When 'all y'all' come on back, here are a couple interesting blogs to check out:

Dead Things on Sticks is a blog by a writer for television. I stumbled on their Year End List posting for 2005, which peaked my interest.

Here's another one I had found a while ago (through the blog I mention below actually): Postcard Secret, another fascinating read. It was written up in the Star recently, and an article appeared in the Metro daily today.

Also, from the link I have to Without Touching, a blog "Exploring Spain - every which way. And about places, people, food, language, literature, art, graphics, drink, drugs, music, whatever turns up" had an excellent post on Madrid Techno. The "Twisting Psy trance mix" rocks; tonight is all going to be about getting this put into my iPod. Hat tip to Sinto Carlos for some most excellent tunes.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Oh well.

I bombed out of the final round of what we affectionately call the TPT. Ending up in third spot overall, I get a small sum of cash to go with my resolve to do better in March.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Good news and bad news (or "Of Shit and Fans and other things")

The good news is that I'm likely way wrong with regard to my prediction that Israel and/or the US will strike Iran this year over their persitance in developing nuclear technology, especially with regards to uraniam enrichment. As of late, the timeline is being pushed out by as much as a couple of years.

The bad news is that the Iranian President is still a nutbar.

Friday, February 10, 2006

The Great Debate

This is what you get when mathematicians decide to solve other common problems, like whether the toilet seat should be up or down.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Poker Star

Ok, well maybe not a star, but I am enjoying my time in the sun currently, as I have held/shared first place in the "unofficial" TPT standings.

The climactic finale is coming up sometime in February, likely a Friday.

I'm already shaking.

Shit, meet Fan; Fan, Shit. Part II

The last line of this AP News story is the best.

I'm standing by my prediction that hostilities will begin before the end of March 2006; first shots will be fired by Israel or the United States.