Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Sport of Cheese Rolling

I was sent a link to this video which showcases the not so intelligent just running down a steep hill as fast as they can. There isn't much of a hook in the video, but it's surprisingly entertaining.

There isn't much else that can or should be said for this video but I'm sure that in some way you're now better off for having watched it. You may want to share this with those you know so that they can also share in the astonishing.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Yet Another Losing Tradition

Paul and Teri Fields of Michigan City, Indiana are Cubs fans (the title of this post should now be a bit clearer). What makes this couple special, other than being probable "short bus" passengers, is that they named their new born son, Wrigley. For the less than astute among you, this makes him Wrigley Fields.

Apparently the parents have been planning the name for years, and they've had plenty of time each year during the lonely month of October when the rest of us are still watching baseball. They also must not have very high expectations for their son now that they've given him a label of mediocrity. We can only hope that he doesn't live up to his name. The parents have said though, that when he's old enough to decide he can go by his middle name, Alexander, if he chooses. Hopefully he'll overcome his parents idiocy and do so.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Couple Sues Doctor for Having Twins

I ran across this story while aimlessly browsing the internet. Apparently there is a couple suing their doctor because they had twins when they only wanted one child. Another essential piece of information is that they are lesbians who chose to have a child through an in vitro fertilisation. Apparently they made it clear to their doctor that they only wanted one child and should therefore be entitled to an exorbitant amount of money to pay for the costs of raising the second child.

As far as I'm concerned, this is outrageous and ridiculous. When people decide to have a child, they don't really get to decide whether or not they have twins. I'm not sure why these lesbians think that they should be any different except for the fact that they're lesbians. They should live with their choice just like everyone else.

Mostly I feel sorry for the twin girls in this whole situation. Which one of them is supposed to be the "wanted" one and the "unwanted" one, not to mention that they don't get to grow up in a regular family environment. It's another ridiculous example of the extremely litigious society we live in. I say get over it. You made your choice; now live with it like the rest of us.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Nickelback at their Finest...?

You had to know this post was coming. Just when you think that Nickelback couldn't sink any lower in their songwriting and other abilities, they put out a song that takes them to a new depth. Take a look and see for yourself:

Now, if you know me well you know that I pay most attention to the musical qualities of a song such as the melody, rhythmic subtleties and the like. I must state that this song has absolutely no outstanding musical qualities. It's incredibly simple and formulaic, not unlike most of their other songs.

The lyrics to this song are also disastrous. I usually don't even pay all that much attention to a song's lyrics but this song just screams ridiculous and has some of the most awful lines I've ever heard. If you don't believe me, just listen to the video at 1:48 and you'll see what I mean. "I'll have the quesadilla..." I don't even know what to say about this. It's that bad.

The video is also full of a bunch of "celebrities" lip syncing the song. It's apparent that no one in the prime of their career was willing to support this song and video, further proving my point here. You've got Ted Nugent, Kid Rock, Wayne Gretzky, and Gene Simmons. It is basically an episode of The Surreal Life made into a musical.

Among all this negativity, I can say one good thing about this song and video. Chad Kroeger only appears for about a second at the very end of the video saving us from further pain.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A Student Tasered at John Kerry Forum

John Kerry was speaking at the University of Florida and was answering student questions. A 21-year old student got to the microphone and started on a short speech of his own leading up to his multiple questions. Apparently, the university police thought that he was going a little too far and they attempted to remove him from the room. He struggled and kept asking what it was he had done and why they were arresting him. After a little bit they had him on the floor and contained yet they still tasered him even though he kept saying "Don't taser me, bro".

Now, the guy was obviously a little heated with his questioning and not the most respectful, but I'm sure it's not the first time a politician has been confronted and asked some difficult questions. What I can't believe is how the police handled the situation. The kid was loud and obnoxious, but they already had him on the floor and they still tasered him.

As far as I'm concerned, that's not just a little excessive. I'm not sure if it was just the university police or actual officers there because of John Kerry being present, but it seems like it's university police who finally saw some action and took advantage of it. I don't see any reason for the force they used, especially since John Kerry kept saying that he was going to answer the question.

I'd personally like to see the student sue. I'm usually not a fan of litigation, but the taser was over doing it. If there was reason to remove the student that's one thing, even though it didn't look like he was posing a threat or endangering anyone, but he was definitely manageable by the three officers present.

Friday, September 14, 2007

I Have Now Seen It

I finally watched the movie Blades of Glory with Will Ferrell. I had been told that this movie was a "must-see" and now that it's out on video I picked it up. Needless to say, it was everything we've come to expect from a Will Ferrell movie. I'm not, however, going to go through parts of the movie here or list any of my favorite parts. You've most likely already seen the movie so you don't need a rehash. This post mainly serves as a notice that I have now seen the movie. So I now get it. That is all.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Arnold Infiltrates the Workplace

Last Friday at work we received an email stating that the phone system would be upgraded over the weekend. I didn't really think much of it until a co-worker pointed out a new feature of the upgrade. And I must say that it's probably the single most important upgrade this phone system has ever undergone.

There was a new ringer added to the list of ring tones that could be chosen. It just so happens that the audio is one of the classic lines from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie Predator:

"Get to the Choppa!..."

It's kind of an odd thing to be added to the phone system at what is supposed to be a professional workplace, but it's good to know that someone still has a sense of humour, not to mention great taste in sound bites. I think it's safe to say that I'll be changing the ringer on my phone.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Return of Wendy's

Today marks a great day here in St Louis. Wendy's is finally back in business. About a year ago all the Wendy's locations in the St Louis area closed down. I believe it was because the owner of the franchises was going bankrupt, but I'm not certain. Whatever the reason though, they're finally back.

They're also offering a new 99 cent breakfast menu. I'm not a huge fast-food breakfast fan, but I can appreciate what they're doing. I am glad that I'll be able to get a Junior Bacon Cheeseburger again. And I'll probably get a Frosty at some point. Most importantly though, I'm glad they didn't replace the locations with some other worthless burger joint.

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Separated At Birth...

Howard Stern was surprisingly silent and had absolutely nothing to say for the first time upon hearing that he was indeed related to Slash, the long time lead guitarist. All he could manage was a brief smirk while continually running his hands through his hair. Slash on the other hand was ecstatic when he heard the news. He's been looking for a double to go on tour for him since he's getting quite old and tired. These two are also confused as to why they're receiving someone else's mail.