Friday, June 22, 2007

The Boy Likes the Blues


One of the funniest things I've seen is my baby boy jammin' along to the Fabulous T-Birds "She's Tuff" (no, not "Tuff Enuff.") Mrs. C-Dog was holding him while he drank his bottle. The blues channel was on tv and he started shaking his head and rocking in time with music, his bottle like a trumpet sticking out of his mouth.

Beatbox Fran├žais




via Ikram "The Dude"

Nice Find


A 35,000 year old carving of a wooly mammoth. (No recent word on the success or failure of attempts to clone a wooly mammoth Jurassic Park stylee.)

Thursday, June 21, 2007

600


Congratulations are in order, I guess. Sammy Sosa blasted his 600th HR last night and now he pretty much has to go into the Hall of Fame, right? Or not. 600 home runs doesn't mean what it used to.

He's only the fifth player to reach 600 and the first three to do it were immortals: Aaron, Ruth, and Mays. The problem is the fourth (and fifth ... though probably not the sixth*) to do it is as much the product of shady science as he is talent and effort. Hard to applaud known cheaters just because they're getting away it.

So Sosa cracks 600 and Bonds will get 756 sometime this summer ... and all I can think about is whether the records should get an asterisk next to them, or if the typographical dagger† would be more appropriate.

* Ken Griffey, Jr. will probably be the sixth and while he's played through the era, I don't think there's widespread suspicion around him. At least not as much as around A-Rod.
† Because it looks like a syringe.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Winner Take All

Shark vs. Octopus
Now if only they could drop a tiger into the mix. (There's a commercial and you can forward about halfway through the video to get to the action.)

Friday, June 8, 2007

Orange or Yellow?

Orange You Glad to See Me?
I'm a little surprised by this. LSU's a top program as well ... but everybody marked UConn v. Tennessee on their calendar. I did anyways. Looks like they'll only dance in March for a few years.

Weird Science



Sunday, June 3, 2007

Darth Stewie

Family Guy Does Star Wars
"Only one thing to do ... you still got that bag I gave you?" And the Leslie Nielsen cameo is brilliant.
via MeFi

Friday, June 1, 2007

Consensus Achieved

Bush's Amazing Achievement [NYRB]

One of the few foreign policy achievements of the Bush administration has been the creation of a near consensus among those who study international affairs, a shared view that stretches, however improbably, from Noam Chomsky to Brent Scowcroft, from the antiwar protesters on the streets of San Francisco to the well-upholstered office of former secretary of state James Baker. This new consensus holds that the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a calamity, that the presidency of George W. Bush has reduced America's standing in the world and made the United States less, not more, secure, leaving its enemies emboldened and its friends alienated. Paid-up members of the nation's foreign policy establishment, those who have held some of the most senior offices in the land, speak in a language once confined to the T-shirts of placard-wielding demonstrators. They rail against deception and dishonesty, imperialism and corruption. The only dispute between them is over the size and depth of the hole into which Bush has led the country he pledged to serve.
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