Sunday, December 09, 2007
Denver v/ KC: C’mon, Ref…
I wasn’t going to write about the Denver Broncos/KC Chiefs game today until the game was over, but the refs just forced me to my keyboard. Brandon Marshall, one of Denver’s two great Brandons for the season, was just penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. Why? Because after catching his second touchdown of the day, he celebrated by running through the end zone, grabbing a couple handfuls of snow and throwing them into the air. It was completely spontaneous and not much like hiding Sharpies and cell phones on the field. That, apparently, constitutes a celebration with a “prop"--and was probably a good call in the sense that it abides by the letter of the rules.
But, c’mon, ref, that’s just stupid. The players should be allowed to enjoy themselves a little bit, shouldn’t they?
I haven’t seen much of the Chiefs this year, but from watching them during the first half, I would say that they have two glaring problems: an offensive line that isn’t playing with any consistency at all and a receiver corp that isn’t playing quite as well as their quarterback. There were a few dropped passes in the first half that not only should have been caught, but would have had the Chiefs closer at the half.
Now, that aside: the Broncos are obviously winding up a terrible season, but, boy, do they have a few young players that might be huge in this league. Obviously, Jay Cutler has the potential to be one of the league’s better quarterbacks, but Selvin Young has been playing really well. Brandon Marshall has the makings of a top notch wide receiver and Elvis Dumervil (at just 5’11") already is one of the league’s best young defensive ends.
There is talent--and there is young talent--on this Broncos team.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Where’s El Mariachi When You Need Him
An odd thing is happening in Mexico: somebody has started killing musicians.
This sounds like a situation for Antonio Bandaras as El Mariachi, the deadly musician who takes on hordes of bad guys with the massive arsenal dispensed by his magical Guitar Case of Extra Holding (that was an extra dose of geek right there).
(And, yes, I know I linked Desperado instead of El Mariachi--that was my favorite of the three that made up the trilogy.)
I Didn’t Know it Was Possible to Insult the Zimbabwean Dollar…
With a single matchstick costing something on the order of Z$3,000, according to the BBC, is it any wonder that someone might choose to use Z$.10 notes as gimmick business cards? They certainly aren’t useful for anything else and to print real business cards would be far more expensive.
But anyone trying such a thing might do well to remember that Mugabe’s regime isn’t known for a sophisticated sense of humor.
Does it possibly get better for Zimbabwe before it gets tremendously worse? There’s little on the shelves, scant hard currency (meaning: stable currency from outside of Zimbabwe) to import things like fuel, infrastructure failing, and not nearly enough food to eat. With inflation having, apparently, achieved escape velocity, the economy is certainly wrecked; it’s hard to imagine a recovery any time in the near future without the help of outside agencies. It’s impossible to imagine that help coming while Mugabe still rules.
In the words of the Boomer Bible, “Poor bastards.”
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Changes Coming to the iPhone?
I was planning on writing my two month review of the iPhone this weekend and, if the rumors are correct, before I’ve written the piece, one my biggest complaints will be answered by an update to the iPhone’s software.
One of my bigger disappointments with the iPhone was that I couldn’t use it to shuttle files back and forth between the office--something that I do with my iPod Nano on an almost daily basis. Giving me this feature now would make me awfully happy.
The voice recording feature wasn’t even something that I realize that I wanted--but I do. When I interviewed Ryan Frazier (for anyone who is interested, he did win his seat) a while back, I used an old, battery powered voice recorder with no easy way to get digital files off of the device. The transcription process was slow and painful especially as the fast forward and rewind functions were, essentially, non-existant. What I would have given to record the audio on my cell phone, transferred the file to my computer, and done the transcription directly in a format where it would have been easier to note times and go back and forth through the conversation.
These are features that will make my iPhone far more useful for me, and Apple’s habit of offering regular updates means that I might be using an iPhone six months from now that has only a superficial resemblence to the iPhone that I’m using today. It could well be so feature rich--especially with the addition true of third party applications rumored to be coming early next year--that my little phone feels like a brand new thing entirely.
That’s good news.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Why Zombyboy Will Never Be a Household Name
Zombyboy will never be a household name because, firstly, it’s kind of a goofy name, and, secondly, with a full time job my opportunity to take part in some of the things I’ve been invited to do becomes remarkably difficult.
For instance, I got an email today from a gentleman at the BBC asking if I would like to be on their “radio programme called World Have Your Say” to discuss how Africa can achieve peace and prosperity. Instead of loosing my brilliance and voice on a world crying out for my guidance (just kidding about that bit), I was knee deep in direct marketing projects.
My job so frequently gets in the way of my happiness…
Accepting Suggestions: Christmas Music and Movies
This weekend is the Official Zomby Christmas Tree Raising and Decorating Weekend Spectacular. As such, a number of things are needed to inspire and maintain the proper mood for the evening. In no specific order:
We’ll listen to the music while we put up the tree and the decorations (my decorating philosophy can be summed up with just a few words: simple, traditional colors and the “hang and nestle” method of ornament placement (I can expand further--and with pictures after this weekend--if anyone requires guidelines for the hang and nestle method)), light a fire, and turn out the lights. We’ll sip our booze and cuddle after I put in one of the movies and I’ll be excited and teasing her because I already know what she’s getting this year.
But here’s the question: what music and what movies? I’ve got a partial list of songs going, but I’m open to suggestions. What do you listen to during the holidays that gets you in the mood? And, then, for movies, what should we watch? Should I go traditional classic (It’s a Wonderful Life, modern classic (Elf, or something surprising? What would you suggest?
I have a few days to pull all the bits together, to make sure that the Barenjaeger is chilled, and to find some decent egg nog (which is a trick in itself). Help me out.
Update: I’m pretty sure that Steve has some of the answers. But he’s holding out on us.
Kindly Linked By…
Since my trackbacks are off (spammers found a way to skirt both my time limits and the randomized code that used to protect me from their evil), I do try to link back to people kind enough to link me. If I’ve missed one of your links, please send me a note and I’ll be happy to remedy the situation.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Samari Rolle Acts Like a Child
Samari Rolle throws a temper tantrum in trying to prove his manliness. Which really can’t help his cause much.
Running to tell mommy that the big, bad man wasn’t nice to you isn’t the best way to prove that you’re all grown up, Mr. Rolle. If you were a man, you’d leave it on the field where it belongs. For the record, Rolle is wrong: Phil McKinnely (number 110) played offensive tackle for six years with the Falcons, Rams, and Bears. Not that having a pro football career is a good indicator or maturity, either…
I was torn between wanting to see New England’s perfect season end last night and my habitual dislike of the players on the Baltimore sideline. When the Baltimore defense came apart at the end with multiple, stupid fouls following a series of mistakes that led to New England’s final touchdown, I knew that I had to decide on the side of habit and just enjoyed the flurry of personal fouls and general stupidity.
It was a better game than I had expected.
Professional Advice: Resumes and Such
It’s interviewing time at the old office and I’m amazed at some of what I am seeing. Are schools not teaching kids what they need to know to be hired for a good job? The job that we’ve advertised is listed as an entry level opportunity, so a good chunk of the people contacting us aren’t college grads. I’m more than willing to give a high school grad an opportunity to impress me with his or her knowledge--for what we’re offering to pay, I’m not going to be hiring someone with an advanced degree--but that person’s presentation still needs to be solid.
Unfortunately, the grand majority of applicants are failing this most basic part of the job search process. I’m here to help.
If you’re looking for a job and putting together a resume, here are some hints for grabbing my attention in the right way.
These are just a few hints, and it all boils down to acting and presenting yourself professionally. That won’t guaranty a job, but it will guaranty that I’m much less likely to throw away your resume without giving consideration to you as a candidate.
Now, back the pile.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Harry Reid (And Then Some)
Sunday, December 02, 2007
That’s It: I’m Putting My Sperm on a Leash
Where does this start making sense?
Here’s the sequence of events:
Some other little tidbits of information: the agreement that he would have neither rights nor responsibilities in reference to the child was an oral agreement. Having a written agreement might not have saved him, though, apparently because of the gifts of money, cards, and the use of the terms “Dad” and “Daddy” nearly 14 years ago. The court also denied a requested paternity test on the grounds that such a test might psychologically damage the child.
I could understand a time limit on challenging paternity, but in a case like this it seems that it would be important in a newly established responsibility for the boy’s welfare. For that matter, it doesn’t sound like a time limit was a concern. I also have to wonder why the boy’s moms would oppose a test unless there was some doubt about paternity.
With both mothers being doctors, I also wonder what great need they have for their old friend’s money. Regardless of the legal questions, it seems awfully bad form for the lesbian couple to have reneged on their previous agreement. It’s a money-grubbing maneuver and a tacit admission of bad parenting: obviously, they failed in some way to provide for their son’s future and are now leaning on Doctor Sperm Donor to make up the gap.
I don’t know them, but I find their behavior despicable. Does it seem like I’m personalizing it a bit? Perhaps. Read the reason after the jump.
Apolitical Sunday: Okay, Maybe a Little Political
Seen at Protein Wisdom.
Apolitical Sunday: Supposed to be Funny?
Jerk. I’d like to see him try that trick with the Billy Bob Thornton’s Bad Santa.
The future wife likes that movie by the way. She giggles particularly hard during the naughty scene with Santa and the bartender in the parking lot. Still not sure what I should think of that…
Apolitical Sunday: I Miss My Vacation
Days like these, I miss being on vacation--and, yes, that’s a picture from my last trip.
Although I don’t exactly miss the sound of money draining from my wallet.
Update: For the record, it’s almost like she’s on vacation. And I hate her for that. Well, not really, but I am jealous.
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