December 31, 2009

The Top 10 Biggest Douchebags of 2009

From Spike.com, this years top ten douchebags.


















Glenn Beck is # 4. Perhaps he should be higher. Can't argue with their # 1 choice however.

Top Ten Blogs (of Almost Everything)

Ever wonder where the best places to eat in New York City are? Or what’s new in bass fishing? Perhaps you’re a Blackberry addict and need a fix to get you through your day.

Techno geek? Caffeine addict? Love (or hate) Sarah Palin? And c’mon, what self-respecting redneck doesn’t read NASCAR blogs? And I’m sure EVERYONE wants to know what MC Hammer’s favourite blogs are.

All these – and much more – are listed under blogs.com’s Top Ten Lists, which lists blogs from A to XBOX and it seems, everything in between. My eight year old will probably like the top ten Club Penguin Cheats blogs.

That being said, there are some legitimate lists on politics, money and finance, parenting, travel, sports and how to blogs. Top ten popular shoe blogs? Not so much - unless you're into shoes of course.

Irony

Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think? A little toooo ironic. I really do think. It's like rain on a sunny day. A free ride when you're already late....Alanis Morrisette

I know, I know. She's wrong. Her song isn't about irony, which in itself, is ironic.  But I digress.

Some pics of "irony" from sharenator.

Here are two examples that made me laugh:






December 30, 2009

When The Holidays Mean Sadness

My mom passed away suddenly on Sepember 27 this year at the age of 65. And on Boxing Day 2001, my dad entered the hospital for the last time. He died of cancer on March 21, 2002. He was just 59.

So this Lio strip by Mark Tatualli sums up how my Christmas is going.










PZ Myers writes a post in his blog about how tough it can be. Here's a sample:

It hit home for me because the day after Christmas is my day of melancholy. It was the day after Christmas, 1993, that I got a phone call from my mother to let me know that Dad had died, unexpectedly, suddenly, quietly. It's a memory that colors my holiday season every year, and it's a strange thing — the grief and sadness never go away. One of the lies we always tell ourselves is that the pain will go away with time, that we'll get over it, that time heals all wounds, and it's not true.

December 26, 2009

Snowy Scenes

More great pics from the Boston Globe. These are of snow and ice and considering the weather being experienced in the US midwest, seem apprpropiate.

Here's a taste.


Tis the Season

For college football.

I'm a huge fan of both pro and college football and try to take it as many games as I can over the Christmas break - that and the world junior hockey tournament, which starts later today in Saskatoon and Regina. (Canada should easily handle Latvia today but Sweden and Russia are legitimate gold medal contenders.)

Like I was saying, I love the college game. Now the big games - those with national champion implications - don't take place until the New Year and some of those older bowl games, those with storied traditions like the Rose Bowl, the granddaddy of all bowls, take place on New Years Day.

But over the past number of years, especially with the advent of the Bowl Championship series (BCS), corporate American has started sponsoring and renaming the Bowl Games. The FedEx Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl have been around for a while and are sponsored - at huge expense - by nationally known corporations.

However, this year seems to have some smaller, lesser known companies joining the sponsorship fray.

Here are a few examples with some commentary from Yahoo finance.

The Chick-fil-A Bowl. (Virginia Tech v. Tennessee, Dec. 31, Atlanta.) Companies named after poultry just were not made to sponsor bowl games. This sounds like a family-style dish you might order at Olive Garden, not a sports contest. Back in prehistoric times, before corporate America owned college football, this game was known as the Peach Bowl. How far we've come.

The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. (Utah v. California, Dec. 23, San Diego.) How cheap are these sponsorships anyway? Credit unions are known for being thrifty, so the Pointsetta Bowl sponsorship must have been a great deal. If prices keep falling, maybe local businesses will even be able to get into the game. I can't wait to watch the Ajax Dry Cleaner's Bowl.

The Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. (Houston v. Air Force, Dec. 31, Ft. Worth.) If you really want to honor the men and women in uniform, just name the bowl after them, period. Don't stick you own name in there and ride on their coattails.

The GMAC Bowl. (Central Michigan v. Troy, Jan. 6, Mobile, Ala.) Would anybody tune in to watch something called the AIG Bowl? Well GMAC is barely in better shape. This troubled lender has received $12.5 billion in taxpayer bailout money and is one of only a few big companies still limping along, unable to pay back the money. Somebody please explain how this sorry performance exemplifies the ideals of college athletics.

The Papajohns.com Bowl. (South Carolina v. Connecticut, Jan. 2, Birmingham.) Why the .com? Is pizza now virtual? Let me guess: If you go to the Web site, there are FREE COUPONS that will save you money and persuade you to order more pizza. Now that's in the spirit of football

The Meineke Car Care Bowl. (Pittsburgh v. North Carolina, Dec. 26, Charlotte.) Does every ticketholder get a free quart of oil? This sounds like a competition between auto mechanics racing to see who can complete a tune-up in the fastest time (and charge the customer the most).

The AutoZone Liberty Bowl. (Arkansas v. East Carolina, Jan. 2, Memphis.) If you're like me, that's exactly what you think of when you shop for car parts: liberty. Before long they'll probably just drop that silly word.

The Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. (Bowling Green v. Idaha, Dec. 30, Boise.) Good sportsmanship, which this bowl promotes, wouldn't be the same without a corporate sponsor. And when Americans think of humanitarianism, the first thing that comes to mind is a Roady's truck stop.

The Advocare V100 Independence Bowl. (Texas A&M v. Georgia, Dec. 28, Shreveport.) It sounds like a nursing home, but Advocare is a vitamin company that's keen to promote a certain lineup of nutrition supplements. Maybe next year the game will be called the Advocare PowerShake Bowl or the Advocare SuperSmoothie Bowl.

The Outback Bowl. (Northwestern vs. Auburn, Jan. 1, Tampa.) Brought to you by Australia! Or is it Subaru? Or is it the steak house? Don't worry, within a few minutes of tuning in, the announcers will have mentioned the exact sponsor about 20 times.

The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. (Southern Mississippi v. Middle Tennessee, Dec. 20, New Orleans.) If FedEx can sponsor the Orange Bowl, then this little-known cargo company can sponsor this little-known game matching two unranked teams. Maybe some day R+L will copy another FedEx move, and come up with a more pronounceable name.

I think the worst name is The San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. With  honourable mention to The Papajohns.com Bowl, The R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl and The Roady's Humanitarian Bowl. Yikes.

I think Knute Rockne is rolling over in his grave.

December 23, 2009

Go Viral. Or Go Home.

From spike.com, the top ten viral videos of 2009.

Here is number five where a dumb girlfriend forgets that her boyfriend has gone to Europe for two weeks. It should be number one. It's hilarious.

December 20, 2009

From Y2K to yesterday

From the Boston Globe, which does its usual masterful job of catching news events and stories with pictures.

It's hard to believe that the decade has gone by so quickly and how much has transpired over those ten years.

Many images will be familiar, but some will bring back memories of stories we may have forgotten. From hanging Chads to Abu Ghraib prison to Paris Hilton to the tsunami that claimed hundreds of thousands of lives - it’s all here.

Here is one example.


A Russian police officer carries a released baby from the school seized by heavily armed masked men and women in the town of Beslan in the province of North Ossetia near Chechnya, September 2, 2004. An armed gang, holding hundreds of people hostage in a Russian school, on Thursday freed four infants and at least two women. By the end of the crisis, over 385 people were killed including 31 hostage takers and 186 children.

Photo 12 is very poignant and makes you realize just how lucky we are.

Warning: Some graphical content.

December 19, 2009

Give it a ponder.

There's a new trend out there that has "Inside the Actor's Studio" host James Lipton very concerned. It's called sexting, and it involves sending naughty photos of yourself to your boyfriend or girlfriend. Lipton urges you to think hard before sending that picture of your "junk" to your Twitter-addicted girlfriend.

The Telegram's Pam Frampton wrote about the phenomenon in a recent column.

December 18, 2009

This just in......

A recap of this weeks news headlines from Newfoundland and Labrador (in 50 words or less).

Former Child Advocate Darlene Neville has found guilty of shooting caribou in Labrador with a stolen RNC pistol. Fortunately, both the gun and her truck have been returned. Neville was last seen on an Air Canada flight to London while the House of Assembly continued its Christmas Party filibuster.

December 16, 2009

Blogging Lite


I'll be busy marking exams over the next couple of days - occupational hazard - so posts will be somewhat sparse.

Marking is the one thing I really hate about the teaching racket. Sigh.

In the meantime, here's a link to the year in pictures. Some amazing shots here as well.

Here are two favourites.


























If you scroll down to the bottom of the page, you'll also see some wonderful pictures from a wonderful place.

P.S. When things settle down, expect some move substantive posts - ones where I actually write.

December 14, 2009

Twelve Days 'Til Christmas

How much do the twelve days of Christmas cost? Take a guess.

For an in depth look, check out PNC Wealth Management's Christmas Price Index or CPI.

December 13, 2009

Dufus of the Week

For abandoning his unbeaten Cincinnati Bearcats who are playing in the Sugar Bowl on January 1st against Florida, for his dream job to coach Notre Dame, Brian Kelly is Dufus of the Week.

As a Notre Dame fan, I think he’ll make a great coach. Lord knows the Irish need help to boast their once powerhouse program, but a coach doesn’t simply abandon his team before such a huge game.

Cincinnati players and fans are upset, outraged and many are hurt. From espn.com: 

The news did not play well with Kelly's current team. Bearcat players were led into a meeting room, where Kelly told them he was leaving and thanked them for making his opportunity possible. One minute into the meeting, the door opened and receiver Mardy Gilyard walked out angry and alone, save his MVP trophy.

He went for the money," Gilyard told The Associated Press. "I'm fairly disgusted with the situation, that they let it last this long."

We already knew what he was going to say. We weren't giving him a round of applause or anything," tight end Ben Guidugli said. "It's like somebody turned their back on us. We brought this whole thing this far. We've come this far. To have someone walk out now is disappointing.

Here’s what fans had to say.

It’s okay to leave Brian, but you don’t leave your team high and dry. Dufus.

A Star Wars Christmas?

You really can't make this stuff up - "The Star Wars Holiday Special".

Aired once in 1978 and never aired again, it co-starred Bea Arthur and Art Carney.

As seen here, with more dubious "specials".


December 12, 2009

Knights of Columbus Fire of 1942

It was on this day in 1942 that the Knights of Columbus (K of C) fire occurred claiming 99 lives. Most of the dead were serviceman and their dates. Over 100 were injured, many seriously. There were about 500 people at the K of C dance taking in to “Uncle Tim's Barn Dance” which was being broadcast live on the radio.

At about 11:00, the fire stared and panic set in. Many were burned and some were trampled or crushed to death. It was widely suspected that an enemy agent caused the fire, but that was never proven.

For a riveting account of that night, check here.

My grandmother, who lived on Flower Hill, which is not far from Harvey Road where the K of C was located, was pregnant with twins at the time. She was worried that my grandfather was at the dance. Fortunately he wasn’t, but the stress did cause her to miscarry.

Why Men Shouldn't Write Advice Columns.

From POPURLS.


December 11, 2009

War and Peace Prize?




















Sorry but I don’t get it.

I still find it hard to believe that US President Obama has won the Noble Peace Prize. He seems undeserving of a prize that has included people like Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and Albert Schweitzer.

Obama has not been on the job long enough to accomplish all that he said he would.

And it seems somewhat ironic in light of a recent troop surge announcement for the war in Afghanistan.

You simply don’t award prizes for things someone may do. Maybe after he does something, he should get the prize.

As someone succinctly stated, the rookie of the year does not go into the Hall of Fame.

December 10, 2009

Pittsburgh @ Cleveland

In about an hour, my Browns will host the defending Superbowl champions Steelers in a nationally and internationally televised game. It’s a good news bad news kind of thing. Like seeing your mother-in-law drive over a cliff. In your new car.

Yes, I get to see my team play. But they are likely to get pummelled by a superior team that has just lost four straight.

And speaking of good news, bad news. Good news: I have access to Browns season tickets anytime I want to use them. Bad news: I have access to Browns season tickets anytime I want to use them.

Speaking of good and bad.

   The Good - Bernie Kosar                                                            The Bad - Tim Couch




The Antichrist - Art Modell
 

Fairytale of New York - The Pogues

This is one of my favourite "holiday" songs. It helps put me in the mood for Christmas - and a Guinness.

(It also reminds me to make a dentist appointment.)

With lyrics like these, who doesn't get that warm feeling inside?

You´re a bum you´re a punk
You´re an old slut on junk
Lying there almost dead on a drip in that bed
You scumbag you maggot
You cheap lousy faggot
Happy christmas your arse I pray god it´s our last.

It features Kristy MacColl who was tragically (and mysteriously) killed in a boating accident off Mexico in December 2000.

December 9, 2009

On Line or Out of Line Comments

CBC’s Radio Noon will be discussing online comments with The Telegram’s Russell Wangersky today. He wrote a column stating how he finds reading some of the comments – distasteful. He’s right about that. Nothing stimulates good debate like a flame war. (end sarcasm)

And nothing is as bad as anonymous mudsling. I posted on it earlier. I’ll be listening today. Perhaps Wangersky can answer the question as to why The Telegram allows anonymous drivel.

Weekly Quiz

8 out of 10 this week.

December 8, 2009

Jim Walsh: Scumbag

A least the other thieves (Byrne, Collins and Andersen) admitted they stole the money. This shithead didn’t show any remorse and even tried to pass blame.

Hopefully, he gets a more severe punishment.

Gordon Gekko was wrong - greed is not good.




December 7, 2009

Exams got you worried?

It's that time of year for post secondary students - final exams. It's stressful and causes more anxiety that you can imagine. And that's just for the profs.

Bad Breath Bandit?

Hands up or I’ll …breathe on you?

Police in a Detroit suburb are looking for a bank robber who tellers say has crooked yellow teeth and particularly bad breath. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ferndale police say the man hit the same Charter One branch in October and again last week. Lt. William Wilson says tellers remember the man as tall, thin and "having very offensive breath and real yellow teeth." Witnesses also say he looks and smells dirty.

Gee, that narrows it down.

Police say he showed bank employees a note that demanded money. He implied he had a gun but tellers didn't see any weapon -save his breath.

The suspect escaped with about $1,000 in the latest robbery. If he were smart, he’d buy a toothbrush and schedule a dentist’s appointment.

December 6, 2009

Dufus of the Week

He's no Tiger, he's a cheetah.

What the hell was he thinking? For his utter stupidity, Tiger Woods is dufus of the week.

Cheating is one thing, but he should be a man, hold a news conference and own up to it so we can all move on.

There are so many more important issues to report about but the media is focussing on Tiger's trysts?

Enough already!


December 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Montreal!


Yes, God's team turns 100 today.

It was on this day in 1909 that J. Ambrose O'Brien founded the Canadian Athletic Club, as a founding member of the NHA; the uniform was a navy blue sweater with white narrow bands at the shoulders connected to a band across the chest, with a white 'C' in the centre of the chest band; in 1917 will be a founding member of the NHL, as the Club de Hockey Canadien (CHC).

I suspect a big celebration in the Forum - er, excuse me, the Molson Centre - tonight. A recent poll verified that the Habs were Canada's favourite team and - with ownership back in the hands of the Molson brothers - all is right in the world.

For more info on the most storied franchise in hockey, click here.

December 3, 2009

Perfect toy? You do the math.

Agonising over what to buy your child for Christmas?

Then hunt out your calculator - and try the formula below.




















The equation created by psychologist Cliff Arnall is designed to calculate a toy's 'play value' based on factors including cost, the amount of time a child is expected to spend with it and whether it encourages social interaction.

A toy that scores 40 or above is considered to to be of excellent value.

Professor Arnall developed the equation after a study of 5,000 parents and children, commissioned by British toy company Worlds Apart, revealed that 65 per cent of youngsters receive Christmas presents they don't like or don't play with.

Parents are required to assess a toy against criteria such as creativity and whether it is durable enough to be handed down.

Each of the five criteria should be given a score out of five and then totalled.

Separately, the amount of time in hours the child is expected to play with the toy needs to be multiplied by the length of time in months the child is expected to keep it.

The result needs to be divided by the square root of the cost. This number is then added to the total marks the product scored in the criteria section.

Hmmm....While all for the math, I’ll take my chances with intuition. And what my eight year old tells me he wants.

December 2, 2009

More on Tiger

It was only a matter of time before golf writers had their two cents....

Tiger Woods crashed into a fire hydrant and a tree. He couldn’t decide between a wood and an iron.

His wife accused him of having an affair. Tiger said he was just playing a provisional.

What's the difference between a car and a golf ball? Tiger can drive a ball 400 yards.

What’s the difference between Tiger Woods’s wedge game and his driving? Woods can back up a wedge shot.

If you're going to put two balls out of bounds when your wife is keeping score, count on her imposing a four stroke penalty.

The police asked her how many times did you hit him with the golf club. She replied-three, maybe four--put me down for five.

Tiger Woods is so rich that he owns lots of expensive cars. Now he has a hole in one.

Perhaps Tiger should have used a driver.

Tiger Woods was injured in a car accident as he pulled out of his driveway early Friday morning. It was Woods' shortest drive since an errant tee shot at the US Open.

This is the first time Tiger’s ever failed to drive 300 yards

Tiger drives his Escalade, hits a tree, hits a fire hydrant, goes airborne and lands on a stranger's front lawn. So "Is Tigers' Caddie on the green in two? "

Finally Tiger has found an unplayable lie!