Monthly Archives: January 2010

Weekly Update.

– Boxing: Again, no Andre Berto/Shane Mosley fight, which is a shame.

  • JuanMa Lopez and Yuriokis Gamboa both knocked out their opponents on Saturday night.  Yuriokis was way more impressive when he scored a 2nd round KO on a guy who took JuanMa the distance.  Watch the KO here.  Skip to 1:40 to see the first knockdown in the 2nd round and then to 2:20 to see why they stopped it.
  • Here’s my question: if I told you that Golden Boy Promotions had just signed one of the hottest up-and-coming boxers from Mexico last week, whose name is Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and De La Hoya was “giddy” and calling that day “a historical” one, would you expect that I was talking about a ginger?  Here’s Saul:

Mind blowing right?

– Politics: I had to pass along these poll results from Gallup who were seeing how the population approved of Obama.  They broke it down by education levels (surprise, postgraduates love them some ‘bama), and then they broke it down by race:  (Gallup)

And we think whites are racist?

– State of the Union: The one thing that drove me nuts, no, you’re right…  The thing that drove me most nuts was the claim that no one on the right has proposed a counter-plan to the Democrats.  Here’s John “Can Barack Stop Stealing My Ideas” McCain:  (RealClearPolitics, emphasis added)

“Well, if the president or the Democrats had invited us over to sit down and seriously negotiate, they would have heard — and I don’t know how they missed it — that we have many proposals ranging from medical malpractice reform, which there’s none in the Democratic proposal, to buying insurance across state lines, to rewards for wellness and fitness, to establishing risk pools for those with pre-existing conditions, to encouraging health savings account.”

You may disagree with what Senator McCain is proposing, but they have proposed something.

– Hugo Chavez: Not only is he bat-shit insane (he thinks the US can create earthquakes), he is also losing his hold in his country and South America.  Thank God that Chile is growing some balls, er cajones.  (Dad, Ben)

– Donations: Next time someone tries to tell you that health insurance companies are ruining the debate on healthcare reform, respond with “Yes, I know, I can’t believe they are backing the Dems this much either.”  From 2009 to now, the only industries to donate more money to Republicans than Democrats were Oil & Gas and Automotive.  In 2008, more money from the financial industry and healthcare industry went to Obama and the Democrats as well.  So this is a roundabout way of saying Nancy Pelosi is a moron.  (opensecrets.org)

– Enough of that shit: Here’s some titties to make up for the political rant:  (Fuck Yeah Brazilian Girls)

Always in good taste.

– iPad: Briefly, there will be a place for the Kindle as long as tablets, iPads, whatevers don’t use e-ink.  You think your eyes love having light shone in them for hours at a time from mere inches away?  E-ink is currently the best mimic for a book.  So don’t be surprised to find out people will own a Kindle, an iPhone, an iPad, a Macbook, and an iMac.  By people I mean Blake.  (Not really, I’m just getting it in your head in case it does happen).  Also, the name sucks and as NY Times points out, when women hear “pad” they immediately think of “that time of month.”

– Dope Ride: Got $70?  It’ll get you a ride and a joint with the driver Al of Al’s Limos.  (McCarthy)

– Golf gets worse: A company named Skins is developing “Under Armour-ish” gear for the golf course.  So if you thought you couldn’t dress gayer for the greens, think again:  (Uni Watch)

– Tasty milk: Here’s a shot by Bram from a convenience store in Japan.  It’s a grapefruit, vinegar, and milk drink.  Some flavor…:  (Bram)

Also, you should definitely check out Bram’s category “Engrish” on his site.  He teaches English in Japan and has collected some great writings from his students.

– Ah, censorship: Fourth and fifth graders at Menifee Union school district in Southern California are no longer allowed to use the Merriam-Webster 10th edition dictionary because it contains the definition for “oral sex.”  I mean, why have your kids actively try to learn or anything?  (Boing Boing)

– More stupid policies: In the UK it’s apparently discriminatory to “unreliable” workers if your ad asks for “reliable” workers.   (Dad)

– Miniature photography: It looks kinda real, but it isn’t.  All props on a small scale:  (Boing Boing)

Plenty more pictures here, also explains what’s in each shot.

– Skillz “’09 Rap Up”: Some years are better than others, but reminisce.  (Okay Player)

– Vote for the best butt: American Apparel needs your help in voting for the best ass.  (The World’s Best Ever)

– The Sun: All blue like.  This is a picture of its magnetic fields… because you care:  (Gearlog)

– Facebook: Yeah, I did it assbackwards and joined Twitter prior to Facebook.  I rarely take pictures of shit, so don’t expect that stuff.  I’ll probably just be that annoying guy who comments on your shit.  Kudos to Mark Lee who gave the most convincing argument as to why I should join Facebook.  That’s also the reason I went through his friends list first (is that kosher?  To just see who your friends’ friends are?).

– No wonder they’re pissed: The Pashtuns, a tribe in Afghanistan, are sexually confused.  Men do men and then deny it.  (Harter)

– Underwater sculptures: Not much to say except here are some sculptures… underwater:  (Boing Boing)

– Twitter update: Blake has 24 followers (flat).  We have 1 mention/RT.  Jason Whitlock, writer for foxsports.com and a paper in Kansas City, tweeted that he wrote an article on Greg Oden’s schlong.  Someone asked him why he wrote it and said that people like him make him sick, to which Whitlock replied “informed opinion.”  Here’s the order, from Whitlock’s response to mine to his:

WhitlockJason: “An informed opinion. RT @MelancholyG: @WhitlockJason why would you write an article about that? People like u make me sick.”

jblake33: “@WhitlockJason informed opinion on Oden’s cock? Don’t think I’d be saying that if I was you.”

WhitlockJason: “Your inability 2 comprehend doesnt surprise me. RT @jblake33: informed opinion on Oden’s cock? Don’t think I’d be saying that if I was you.”

– What you missed: Mass Effect 2.  Yeah yeah, you don’t play video games, you guys aren’t into science fiction, and you have live-in girlfriends who probably wouldn’t want to see you playing video games for 6 hour chunks of time.  But this game is good (understatement).  As of this writing the lowest score the game has received on Metacritic’s site is a 90.  It’s an action/role-playing game set in space (I know, I lost you).  You kill people, aliens, animals, and who knows what else.  You already missed the best selling game (or rather highest grossing piece of entertainment) in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and now you are going to miss one of the greatest games ever.  Oh well, I tried.

– What I missed: Everything.  Go read the above.  I came home from work one day this week, sat down at 5:45 PM and went to bed at 1:45 AM.  Jesus, I used to lie about this stuff and would have said “yeah I play like an hour, two at the most, a night.”  But the universe needs saving and my character needs to get laid.  Yes, Bioware loves having “romantic” storylines with supporting characters.  All flavors too: guy-on-girl, girl-on-girl, guy-on-alien.

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Blake’s Update Updated.

I have updated the site and added some new things that people have been requesting and some things I wanted to see added myself.

– New Pages: To go along with Blake’s Takes, Charities, Ben’s AGWM Article, Home, and About.

  • Watch: I may not see a lot of movies, but I know enough of what people should be seeing.  I’ll add/delete as new movies come out or if I watch an older movie that I think you should see.  I’ll also list TV shows that may not be on your radar.
  • Play: I’ll put up games that I am currently playing, though keep in mind I only play XBox 360 games so don’t ask about PS3 or PC.
  • Listen: Any new music I come across that I think is worth passing along will go here, as long as any I mention in an update.
  • Read: A list of books I just read, am currently reading, and am going to (at least try to) read.
  • Links: Each link under “Blake’s Favorites” gets an explanation, as I think there are some really good ones there.
  • The Marks: All of the Marks Financial Updates will be stored on this page.

– New banner: Bunk is going to provide me with a new banner every once in awhile (he claims once a week, but we won’t hold him to it).  I look forward to what he can come up with.  I told him to sign his name but the modest fucker didn’t.

– Facebook: Yeah, Blake finally sold out and got on it.  Poke me?  Is that what I ask you to do to me?  Be gentle.

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Weekly Update.

– Boxing: The biggest news is that Andre Berto has decided to drop out of his fight with Shane Mosley.  His family hails from Haiti (he fought for them after being disqualified by the US in 2004) and after the earthquake he got no sleep.  His closest family members are alive, but he lost 8 other family members.  If you haven’t already texted “Haiti” to 90999 (for the Red Cross), please do.  It’s $10.

  • Bob Arum continues to lie about Mayweather-Pacquiao fallout, claiming Mayweather wanted “everything his way.”  Nevermind Floyd took the 50-50 split when he’s a bigger draw, took the smaller ring, the lighter gloves, and OK’d a $10million fine for every pound over 147.  That sound like someone who wants “everything his way”?
  • Someone tried to tell me that Golden Boy (promoters for Shane Mosley) paid Berto to drop out.  I highly doubt it, but more people will watch Mayweather-Mosley than Mosley-Berto.
  • Saturday night two young up-and-comers fight at the Garden (er, the Theater at the Garden).  Check out Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriokis Gamboa on HBO Boxing After Dark on Saturday.

– Curren$y: My friend from Arizona , Abram Plaut (aka Bram), told me to check this New Orleans rapper out (well, and he told you too because he put in a comment on here).  I downloaded This Ain’t No Mixtape and Jet Files.  And now I have the song “Elevator Musik” stuck in my head:

Love the Marlo line from The Wire (“My name in these streets / My name is my name”) and I agree completely with the chorus.  Also “Get It Ya Self” is worth a listen and he rips “16 Switches“, which has a nod to Devin The Dude (if I’m not mistaken).  Get the album here.

– Wu Tang Vs The Beatles: Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers.  “Wu Tang acapellas over beats made with samples of Beatles song.”  When my friend who listens only to rap (Money, actually he also listens to Billy Joel) texts me about 7 songs that he thinks are dope, you know it’s more than just a gimmick. (?uestlove’s Twitter Page)

– Tokyo Sky Drive: Looks like a camera on top of a mirror mounted on a train.  Also, it looks cool:  (The World’s Best Ever)

– Official White House app: Only on the iPhone, naturally.  (Engadget)

– ESPN to stream on XBox Live: Suck it, PS3.  You too, Time Warner.  Would make the name ESPN360 much more appropriate.  (Engadget)

– Ice from space: Satellite images of “Earth’s Icy Extremes“.  Here’s the Wilkins ice shelf near Antarctica:  (Wired)

– Spitting Cobra: Naw, not another name for your penis.  It’s the name of a post by Michael Yon about Cobra Battery and their absolutely kickass artillery gun:  (Michael Yon Online)

Plenty more photos here.

– Massachusetts ballot: What, it didn’t look like this?  (Carpe Diem)

– China: “It’ll be the next global economic leader,” they say.  Ugh.  China searches people’s texts for “keywords” so they can lock violators’ phones, they build cities that are kept empty, and people “disappear”.  Sounds like every economic leader ever.

– Remember “Drinking from cups”: Not the other one with the chicks and the sick shit, the one with the talking lizard.  “Mr. Balloon hands” ring a bell?  Well here’s your soundboard for it.  (Buzz)

– Verizon FiOS to the Droid: Rarely does the Droid get a win, but it gets one here.  “You can check TV listings, adjust parental controls, set your DVR and even check out Videos On Demand with the new mobile application.”  (Boy Genius Report)

– LA Gang Tours: For just $65 you can roll through Compton with some ex-gang members as they point out the lovely sights.  (Carpe Diem)

– Fuck Yeah Brazilian Girls: That’s the name of this site.  Enjoy.

– True Wine Connoisseurs: Sadat X from Brand Nubian fame reviews wine sent to him from Ben’s friend Dan Posner’s wine company:  (Dad)

– Chatham High: Instead of a 7:30 AM start, they will begin classes at 7:45 and will get rid of homeroom.  I like the later start time but couldn’t imagine not singing “This Is How We Do It” with Ronnie D everyday.  (Mom)

– More iPhones than unemployed? At least according to this chart:  (Wooten)

– Healthcare reform and the Constitution: One man’s view on how our Constitution was setup especially to stop reform of this magnitude.  (RealClearPolitics)

– Early man turns to agriculture to get fucked up: We started growing stuff just so we can ferment it.  Proving once again that man just wants to get fucked up.  (Dad)

– Archer: Why haven’t you watched this show yet?  It’s funny and the episode this Thursday was the best one.  Once again, Thursdays at 10 PM on FX.

– Pygmy goats: Ces wants you to know about pygmy goats.  Typically they are used as pets even though they produce a good amount of milk.  They’re tiny (16 to 23 inches wither height) hence the name pygmy.  Here’s a pic:

And here’s a site you can buy one at.

– Snap: McCarthy thought the sound comes from your bones snapping, I thought it was the friction from your index finger and thumb.  Wrong.  “The sound of the snap is created as a result of one of the fingers coming into contact with the groove between a second finger and the palm, thus forcing the air out with an audible crack which resonates in the curved shape of the palm.”

– Those are some big ears: Jeremy Hazell on Seton Hall has some big ears:

– The Beaver is no more: No, not that type of beaver, but the Canadian magazine.  It’ll now be known as Canada’s History.  Lame.  They claim it was because their articles were getting caught in spam filters.  (Wooten)

– Twitter update: Blake has 25 followers (up from 24 last week).  No RTs, no mentions.  “Who follows you, Blake?”  Well, the most recent follower is Kassidy Russell (weirdShmoops73) and fuck it, she gets the tweet of the week.

– Tweet of the week: As I said, this comes from Kassidy Russel:

“Go Browse My Pictures. http://tinyurl.com/nhh2he I’m awake and on my way to work I’m soaked right through to my panties.”

(it’s just a link to fling.com, if you’re wondering)

– The Marks Financial Update:

  • MAB – Bunk started the year at $15.20 and closed out this week at $14.87.  Investors were wary of the mustache he was growing and I think there was a rumor on January 21st that he had shaved it since there was heavy volume that day.  Maybe he’ll get to hang with Ocho Cinco who’s in Orlando today.  Here’s Bunk’s chart.
  • MDH – Once again Harter shows how volatile he can be.  While he is the cheapest Mark right now, investors are always in for a ride.  He starts this year at $2.04 and ends this week at $2.47, getting as high as $2.82.  You can see the sell-off since he told Blake he was going to ASU this weekend to visit his true love Cooker.  Yeah, even Molly’s worried.
  • MFL – Mark Lee attempts to rebound from his lackluster 2009, starting this year at $13, staying there for three trading days, popping up to $13.14, then flattening out to end the week at $13.05.  We’re OK with this baby-step approach, and here’s to hoping Mark Lee is already researching football for the 2010 Moonti Season.  Either that or getting Paints Plus to pay up.  Here’s his boring chart.

– What you missed: Heroes.  I know it sucks, so you can continue to miss it.  The first time I ever sent you guys this update, the first “what you missed” was also Heroes.  On October 31st, 2009 I wrote, “Heroes is making the Cheerleader gay.  I think… it seems they’re gonna lean that way since her college roommate is a lesbo and trying to get with her.”  And guess who was holding hands on the last episode?  Yup, the lesbo and the Cheerleader. (The main villain this year moves earth and sunk a town this week.  Nice timing.)

– What I missed: Rolling Stone did their 100 best albums and 100 best songs of the 00s back in the beginning of December.  Looks like they were lazy with the rap portion.  “Oh just put some Jay-Z, OutKast, Eminem, and Kanye on there and call it a day.”  Sucks because The Roots this decade put out Phrenology and Game Theory, an album which Pa Dukes loves (that’s you, Dad).  I never would have handed my dad Stankonia nor College Dropout, and I think that says something about “what’s a great album.”

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