Monthly Archives: April 2010

Weekly Update.

(Updated 4/11/10 @ 11:35 PM to reflect correct Floyd Mayweather Jr. quote)

– Boxing: Jaron “Lil Pain” Carter lost in his amateur debut Thursday night at BB King’s in the Corporate Challenge.  Jaron’s fast, but like most amateurs he needs to learn to keep his hands up and work the body.  Also losing on Thursday night was Blake’s liver.  (Apologies to Jaron: Blake’s Update is now the second link returned from the Google search of “Jaron Carter boxer”.)

  • Andre Berto came out rusty (he hadn’t fought in 314 days) but managed to stop Carlos Quintana in the 8th round on Saturday night.  It was a sloppy fight with a lot of grappling, which I hate seeing.  My dad had the line of the night though as they showed Chris Brown in the crowd and my dad quipped “He must be looking for tips.”
  • Floyd Mayweather had the line of the night on 24/7 in response to Shane accusing Floyd of only fighting for the money.  Mayweather said, “You fucking dummy, I’m a prize fighter.  That’s what I’m supposed to fight for, a prize.  Duh.”
  • Kelly Pavlik fights Sergio Martinez on April 17th, also on HBO.  Martinez could beat Pavlik, since Pavlik has no d and not much skill.  The undercard of that fight is Lucian Bute vs. Edison Miranda, two guys known for knocking the fuck out of people.
  • April 24th is Tomas Adamek vs. Cris “Fat Tits” Arreola (yes I am determined to make this Arreola’s nickname).

– This kid could kick my ass: Mark Lee found this video of a 3 year old boxer, but Harter tried to pass it off as his own find.  After I berated him over gchat, Harter admitted he didn’t find the video and shouldn’t get credit.  Who ya gonna believe?  Harter doesn’t have a blog, come on.  (Mark Lee)

– Hot Yankee fans: Surprisingly sent by Woobag.  Also, Woo-Woo sent along this tidbit from ESPN “When Rivera made his first appearance of the year Tuesday night, the Yankees achieved a unique distinction — 16 straight seasons in which a particular trio of teammates played together. No other team in major league baseball, the NFL, NBA or NHL has done that.”  (Wooten)

– Douche of the week: Thank you, Representative Alan Grayson.  Last week I would have said Hank Johnson for thinking an island could “tip over and capsize”, but you decided to file a complaint against one of your own constituents.  This isn’t the complaint from last December (where he asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation on a woman who created the site “mycongressmanisnuts.com” in parody of Grayson’s “congressmanwithguts.com” because she wasn’t his constituent and therefore shouldn’t use “my”), this one is supposed to be with “all relevant boards or agencies” against the urologist who put up the sign “If you voted for Obama… Seek urologic care elsewhere – Changes to your health care begin right now, not in four years.”  Grayson claims this is racism since “many, many” of the Democrats in the doctor’s area are black.  Never mind that Dr. Jack Cassell has said he won’t turn away patients since even he knows that would be unethical.  Instead of doing his duties as a representative, Grayson is just intimidating Dr. Cassell for expressing an opinion.  This straight jump to blame racism for dissenting opinions is beginning to rile me up (ha, beginning…).  Those claiming that it is indeed racism cite the Tea Party demonstrations in March during the final days of the health care debacle.  Claims of n-bombs and spit and “faggot” being yelled to Barney Frank abound, yet there aren’t any videos supporting this (there supposedly is for the Barney Frank incident, but I could not find it).  There’s this video.  And then a bunch of other “videos” or slide shows from left wingnuts, but no audio of the n-word.  Really?  In 2010 where everyone has a camera phone, where most people have video capabilities, and there were different news organizations present, we have no proof of these claims?  And we’re OK with people like Frank Rich comparing those same demonstrations to Kristallnacht?  That’s rhetoric you will NEVER find on this site (I hope, please call me out for bullshit like that).  (I realize my views on the doctor aren’t clear, so here:  I think he’s a douche for putting up the sign, but I laughed at the sign when I saw the news item and am, clearly, more annoyed at Grayson.)

– Half the story: This past Easter weekend I was home and got to read the New York Times.  Yay.  My dad asked me what I was laughing about.  The first was what I mentioned above (Grayson being an idiot), but there were two more examples of pretty phenomenal journalism:

  1. An article on medical implants not being covered by warranties.  You have to go to the bottom of the first page to see this line: “Many implants work well, lasting 15 years or more before they wear out and need replacing.”  And “implant companies and doctors say that such devices primarily fail because of issues unrelated to the product.”  Oh yeah, as Ben pointed out, the article does not mention that your body starts rejecting implants as soon as the doctor puts them in:  “The body’s natural response to foreign material – whether it’s a medical implant or a bullet is to wall it off with scar-like tissue, Ratner explains. Frequently, this reaction disrupts the device’s performance and necessitates further medical intervention.”  Hmm, seems like an extremely good reason not to warrant implants.
  2. A heat map of where to best hail taxis.  I’ll save you the trouble and just tell you: The best place to find a taxi in the city IS WHERE IT’S FUCKING BUSY AT THAT TIME.  Morning?  Penn Station.  Midnight?  LES.  Holy shit!

I can’t believe I’m going to quote Alec Baldwin, especially since he said this on Bill Maher’s show, but if you just read and talk with like-minded people, then you are just in a closet and are not helping matters at all.  Maybe I have no problem reading a dissenting opinion because of what my dad said when I went to research a stock I wanted to buy.  He asked me what the analyst with sell ratings were saying and I looked at him confused.  “But I’m trying to buy it.”  “Then you are just going to confirm your thoughts, what if you’re missing something?”  To those who only read the NYTimes or HuffZ (yes, that’s me comparing HuffPost to TMZ) – you are missing a lot right now.  Just try going to RealClearPolitics.com and clicking through the different links they post daily (they post daily, but you don’t have to go there daily).  Thank you.

– You know the deal: Blake riffs on politics, you get to see a naked Brazilian.  Here’s one for each of you:  (Fuck Yeah Brazilian Girls)

– Obama looking at awesome things: Last week (the Wu theme bombed, didn’t it?) I showed you Obama looking at mundane things.  So in fairness, here’s Obama looking at awesome things.  My favorite:  (Geekologie)

– Top 10 hot teachers to get busted in a sex scandal: And, unfortunately, the top 5 ugliest.  (Ross)

– Street art: You could go to Spain to see it in person, or just go here:  (unurth)

– Penny approved bathroom fixtures: My dad will now spend the next week convincing my mom that our bathrooms are all fine and don’t need to be updated… again. (Core77)

– Troll Foot has his own drink: Danny DeVito has his own Limoncello.  Drink up, be merry, it’s a celebration, bitches.  (DeVito’s Twitter)

– Hubble turns 20: In celebration, NASA released a book called Hubble: A Journey Through Space and Time (which Blake just ordered).  (Gizmodo)

– These pixels will kills us all! Dope video that made the rounds this week: (Boing Boing)

– Dogs and whales may have a special connection: At least according to whale researchers who bring dogs along with them.  I could see Rhoda mobbing with a few whales.  (Discovery)

– Blake ain’t foolish: I wasn’t the first to suggest that people would drop their insurance and save money until they actually needed insurance.  Apparently this has been going on in Massachusetts ever since they passed their health care reform.  Premiums have gone up in Masshole because of the influx of “short-term” insurance seekers.  Econ 101 – people react to incentives.  If it’s cheaper to pay a fine than get health insurance, people will take the fine.  (Dad)

– Anybody need wallpaper? Each one has a story, all look rather interesting. (Neil Gaiman’s Twitter)

– What’d she expect? “About two dozen” women marched topless down the streets of Portland, Maine. Ty McDowell was trying to show how women being topless are treated different in society than men being topless, whatever that means.  This failed when “several hundred” men cheered and took pictures, which “enraged” McDowell.  What kind of conversation did she have with the participants?  “So we’re going to walk down the street topless, and you think guys are going to be calm about this?”  “Yes.”  So we all agree then that McDowell is a dyke?  Or at least has never had contact with a male, ever?  (Drudge Report)

– Twitter update: Blake has 34 followers (no change). Harter’s on Twitter (MarkHarter1) but hasn’t tweeted yet.  Here’s the people (me) who have tweeted to Harter.

– Tweet of the week: Tough one this week.  Terrell Thomas (tdeuce4) of the Giants had a good one with “Finally watchin tiger shit on these haters” and Curren$y (CurrenSy_Spitta) had some good thoughts on rain with “Rain is wack unless ur shooting a video for ur r&b single or a rap video bout dead homies”.  But since I’m a bourbon drinker, let’s go with Archer (codenameduchess):

“Hey, scotch drinkers: you know they invented bourbon, right?”

Shout out to Alan for sharing on Reader.  You can watch all of the Archer episodes on Hulu.com here.

– What you missed: South Park.  Considering Bunk first showed me “Jesus vs. Santa Claus” it is a disheartening development to hear Bunk doesn’t really watch South Park.  This week they ripped on the culture of Facebook, namely that you can’t be friends with someone in real life if you aren’t a friend of theirs on Facebook.  Cartman does a great Jim Cramer impersonation, there’s a good rip on Farmville, and a nod to Tron.  Southparkstudios.com has all full episodes, uncensored, so go there and enjoy the best show on television.  Looks like they celebrate their 200th episode on Wednesday, and they’ll celebrate by having every celebrity they’ve ever mocked file a class action lawsuit.

– What I missed: No more “light” cigarettes.  My brother showed me his pack of Camel “Blues” and I was confused.  As of May 22nd, 2009 it is illegal for cigarette companies to use “light”, “ultra light”, “mild”, or “low tar” in the marketing of cancer sticks.  So while I’m pretty sure you guys are aware of this, I wasn’t.  Camel Lights were the first cigarette I tried, and were the pack I’d buy in high school unless Ces convinced me to buy Parliament Menthol (not Parly Lights Menthol, Parly Full).  I think I’d get the spins if I even were to smell cigarette smoke these days, but I’ll have to keep this in mind so I don’t look like a jackass trying to buy “Cammy Lights”.

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Weekly Update.

(WARNING: No naked chicks below)

– Da Mystery of Chessboxin’: Come see Mark Lee’s friend Jaron Carter fight in his first (and last??) amateur bout at BB King’s on Thursday, April 8th.  It’s for the Corporate Challenge Boxing charity event.

  • Roy Jones Jr, the reason I love boxing, got beat by Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night.  It’s a sad day for Blake as he watches his idol continue his downfall (kidding, I didn’t watch it).  He should have retired 5 years ago, but he just couldn’t.  Roy was great when he had his speed, it made up for his lack of technical skill.  Once that speed was gone, the great one fell.
  • David Haye made John “Punch Once, Cling, Repeat” Ruiz’s corner throw in the towel in the 9th round.  B-Hop called out Haye, but Haye wants either one of the Klitschkos.  B-Hop needs to shut up considering his last fight (see above) drew less than 7,000 spectators.
  • On April 10th, my third favorite current fighter, Andre Berto, faces Carlos Quintana.  Roughly four or five years ago (yes, Blake is going to brag), my brother told me he got to meet and work with Jim Lampley.  I told him that the next time he meets Lampley, ask him what he thinks about Andre Berto.  My brother called me a couple of days later to tell me that Lampley said “you must really know your boxing,” to which my brother had to sheepishly admit it was me and not him.  Anyway, I’ve been a fan of Berto’s since I saw his first fight on the Jermain Taylor/William Joppy undercard in 2004.  I remember talking to Money that night and both of us gushing about “this Haitian” Berto.  He’ll have a tough fight against Quintana, who’s sneaky good, but should win on cards.  Hopefully one of Berto’s patent-pending uppercuts lands to floor Carlos.
  • Also on April 10th, 24/7 Mayweather/Mosley starts up.  Grab the wifey and watch this documentary series.  If Mayweather’s “charm” doesn’t rope you in, Liev Schreiber’s voice will.

– War of the masses, the outcome disastrous: Take a moment to read this description of a fire fight in Mosul, Iraq by Michael Yon. Although it’s from 2005, it showed up in Yon’s Reader feed last week. (Huge blunder on my end for not posting previously, even bigger blunder on your end for not being on Reader. We even? Probably not. Why I always gotta go out my way?) The story features gun shots, guys hit by bullets, a “ground fight”, a biting of a wristwatch, and a good yell for grenades. Oh, and you will feel an adrenaline rush.  Wooten, my Dad, and a co-worker all talked about how wrapped up they got in it.  If you like the article, you can donate money to Mr. Yon so he can keep telling these stories. And taking these pictures: (Michael Yon Online)

– Black Misses America, you’re name is Erykah: Badu walks around Dallas and starts stripping. Eventually she gets naked then a “bullet” snipes her in the dome piece a la JFK. Her blood spells “groupthink” in blue because it’s a message. And you were totally paying attention to the message and not staring at Badu’s big ass. Song’s called “Window Seat”. (okayplayer) (The link in here is from original post, but that video was removed due to copyright. Try this link)

– Shotgun slammin’ in your chestpiece, blaow: You know the problem with a taser? It can’t go the 35 to 65 feet distance in which suspects can throw lethal objects at cops. This forces cops to draw guns. Solution? Shotgun taser. (PopSci)

– Cash rules, fuck the bacon: Somehow bacon become a phenomenon last year and is still riding it’s wave of fame. So here’s a roundup of random bacon goods: Toothpicks, beer, cups, popcorn, marmalade, lamps, envelopes, more popcorn, lollipops, turtles, chocolates, donuts, and art:

It’s a bacon sunrise!

– Protect Ya Neck: On Mythbusters we found out you can plausibly protect yourself by diving underwater during an explosion; you can’t bullet proof your car with phone books.

– Blend wine, who wanna win mine: Like wine, opium ages and gets better over time.  “You can walk around with opium for 10 to 15 years and, perhaps, like the wine it gets better with the time,” says Jean-Luc Lemahieu.  Also, Afghanistan is now the world’s top cannabis source.  (Wooten)

– You can’t catch my style with bugs: Heidi (and so glad I don’t have to say “Mike’s Heidi” anymore, those that know – know) decided to creep me out by sending along some zoomed in insect pics with dew on them:  (Heidi)

– Black Jesus: Here’s a New York Mag article showing Obama feigning interest at mundane factory/warehouse stuff:  (Wooten)

– While she do it in the sack, jazz music in the back: The long awaited new David Simon project Tréme airs on HBO April 11th.  Let’s not miss this one.  The show stars The Bunk and Lestor Freamon along with John Goodman and Jamal Wallace.

– The Marks Wu-Tang Financial Update:

  • MDH – Harter entered in the year at $2.04 and ended the first quarter at $2.47, that’s a 21% gain.  He got as high as $2.82 on January 15th, but rode a wave of booze down to his low of $1.81 on February 26th.  Unlike his Rangers, he found a way out of the slump in time to finish best among the Marks.  Harter’s always a risky move, though as we’ve seen this year he’s been the Mark to bet on.
  • MFL – Mark Lee finished second this quarter by starting at $13 and ending at $13.50.  Mark Lee’s worse day was February 22nd when he closed at $12.75, and if I recall that was at the height of the “Mark Lee might move to C-Town” hysteria.  From there he got that dirt off his shoulder to end up 3.77%.  We’ll see if slow and steady wins the race.
  • MAB – I’m betting Bunk’s put two and two together to figure out he hasn’t diversified his bonds, nigga, and finished last this quarter.  The question is, does he know how bad?  -6.18% bad.  Considering the S&P 500 is up around 3.6% and the other two Marks are outperforming, it’s not looking so good for the Bunkman.  From a $15.20 start to a $14.26 end, he’s still the most expensive Mark, but doesn’t look like he can hold onto that title for long.

– What you missed: Wu-Massacre. If you haven’t caught it in this post, you aren’t a rap fan. The bolded items up to this point are Wu-Tang Clan lyrics or songs (yes, even Black Jesus). “Why, Blake?” you ask. Well, I respond, because Meth, Rae, and Ghost dropped an album called “Wu-Massacre” this week. Of the Wu-Tang Clan, it wouldn’t be hard to argue that Raekwon dropped the best album, everyone loved Method Man in the late 90s, and Ghostface has been the most consistent. So why haven’t you bought this CD? Harter, come on. I mean, Bunk and Mark don’t really need to. I’d expect Mark to buy a new Slick Rick CD, for instance, and I think Bunk would buy a new Juvenile CD if I told him to. (Bunk did promise us he’d “Back That Azz Up” down the aisle whenever he got married.) But you, Harter, gotta buy the Wu-Tang album. Just seems right. “Wu-Tang, yo sewwwwwww, represent!”

– What I missed: Manifesto. And why try to test, the Rebel I-N-S? Inspectah Deck also dropped an album this week. This led to a discussion at work that Inspectah Deck usually had the best verses on the Wu’s albums. At first I disagreed, then I started getting swayed, and then when I started looking through lyrics to write this post I gotta disagree. I don’t think there was any “best” when it comes to the Wu-Tang Clan albums. I think Rae, GZA, and Inspectah Deck are up there with lyrics, but Ghost, Meth, and ODB are the verses everyone was saying. The only people I’d argue this point with are Bram and McCarthy, anyway. Bram moved to Japan because of the Wu-Tang Clan. Mac would make ceramic “W” ashtrays in high school. The more I thought about it, the more I realized Wu-Tang started both of my friendships with these two. Bram: as I waiting in the back of a car to go to intramurals in college, we talked about Wu and The Roots, but we talked about rap only because I had heard he was a huge Wu fan. With Mac: we were on the football field in practice and I remember I said “Oh my lawd, another corn chopped by the Wu-Tang sword” in my Meth impersonation after someone in the distance said “oh my lord!” Mac turned with a cocked head and a smile and that was that, kid’s laughed at my stupid shit ever since.

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