Thursday, December 31, 2009

some things can't be reversed

hey, if you're out and about tonight, be safe. if you're drinking, call a cab. if you're not, be careful because a good % of the other drivers probably haven't been as responsible as you.



me, i'm going to be walking on a closed street. see you in 2010.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

i'm on a mac

lonely island did their video "i'm on a boat," with t-pain, which is somehow nominated for a grammy, and of course it has spawned parodies. i saw this one today i enjoyed it enough to share with you



one of my favorites lines was, "i'm on a tandem fixie and it's 64 bit"


and, yes, i'll keep drinking my mac kool aid, thank you.

Monday, December 28, 2009

r.i.p. allen guenther

just received this email notice

"Dr. Allen Guenther
Funeral Memorial Service
December 30, 2009
Fellow MBBS Alumni,

Dr. Allen Guenther passed away on the morning of December 23. His wife, Anne, and all their sons, Ron, Barry and Michael, were present the afternoon before to spend time with him. The family is grateful for the goodness of God in Allen's life and in his passing. Allen has lived with Parkinson's disease for many years, his character and intellect shining through to the end. Dr. Guenther, a Professor of Old Testament, was honored as a faculty emeritus after his retirement.

The memorial service will be held at Butler Church this Wednesday morning, December 30, at 10:30 a.m. Butler MB Church is located at 4884 E. Butler Ave., Fresno, CA 93727-5093. Telephone:
(559) 252-3741. Former Presidents Elmer Martens and Larry Martens will be conducting the memorial service and offering the eulogy. You are welcome to attend."


i had allen for several classes in seminary, many of them with just another student or two. allen was a great scholar and mind, and as a student it was obvious that as he battled parkinson's he struggled with the difficulty to let all of his wealth of knowledge out to us. i appreciated every class, and am thankful to have learned from such a great guy. my condolences to his wife and family.

monday haiku

on vacation now
headed to las vegas soon
new year poker face

star wars/a team mash up

every time i see a sorta nerdy/internet-y/tv related video i try and check to make sure that the gents over @ the dumb drum have put it up yet. sometimes i don't, but i thought i would today. they didn't have the mash-up up yet, so here it is



i saw this over @ laughing squid, so props to them for putting me on it.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

pork new york

a long while back i discovered the new york steak. i loved the thickness, the flavor, and that it was on the menus of most decent restaurants. i occasionally buy a maxx pack of them and cook them up at home.

well, somewhat recently i discovered that food maxx (i assume other grocery stores do as well) carried a pork version of the cut. i thought i would try them out, especially because the pork versions are a lot cheaper than the beef versions. i like pork, and a well cooked steak is always a great eat. sometimes i whip one up for lunch, sometimes dinner, pretty much whenever i'm feeling up for it. generally, i broil the steak (beef or pork) because it's relatively quick and if i'm just doing one for me it seems like such a pain to go out and fire up the grill.

tonight was such a night. i tend to vary what i put on the steak. sometimes it's a pappy's rub, or just pepper or whatever looks interesting at the time. tonight, i crushed up some dried oregano, salt, pepper and a little garlic powder. i put a little bit of olive oil on the steak and then rubbed on my mix. then i popped it under the broiler. i use a meat thermometer and it takes about ten minutes to get to a safe level of doneness but still will be moist. i flipped the meat at the third and seventh minutes.

now, i was going to also cook up some mushrooms to go with the pork steak, but it seems my mushrooms had gotten a little moldy. d'oh! i couldn't quite figure out what else we had in our fridge that would go nicely. i decided i would heat up a tortilla that i would put down on the plate to soak up the juices and what not from the pork. i also put a little bit of a1 sauce on the steak.

i'm happy to say that it all turned out very well. the flavor from the rub was rather nice, and the little bit of a1 worked well. i was very happy that i had the saucy tortilla to cap off the meal.

a post for the sleepover disaster


www.toothpastefordinner.com

Saturday, December 26, 2009

senator lindsey graham on african americans

so, it's not a long clip, and it's obviously not all of what senator lindsey graham (republican, south carolina), but i do like that he talks about his state having 12% unemployment and 31% african americans. because, you know, these things go hand in hand.



you go, lindsey!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

merry christmas

enjoy your holiday with some festive music played on beer bottles.



more info here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

updates on soccer issues

let me throw out a few questions to those that are interested in a jaunt down to los angeles to see u.s. vs honduras:

1. if we went to that game, would you also want to go see u.s. vs mexico on feb 24 (if that game happens - it's not confirmed yet, & it's rumored for the rose bowl)?
2. would you risk seeing no game @ all if we didn't go to honduras game in an attempt to go to potential mexico game & it doesn't pan out?

so, answer those in comments.

just so you know, i've been in contact with american outlaws regarding possible other member in the fresno metropolitan area. trying to see if i can at least get an idea of how many there are, if not actual email addresses or something. so, you should sign up and help us get the ball rolling. snazzy t shirt, bandanna, info on upcoming matches, discounts on flights, parties at games, it's the shiznit.

Monday, December 21, 2009

monday haiku

weekend update was
the only good snl
sketch this week, shocker!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Thursday, December 17, 2009

jersey shore nickname generator

so, i've fallen for the despicable show that is mtv's jersey shore. the people are all terrible, i have nothing in common with them, and yet i find myself strangely drawn to their world. any way, i heard about a jersey shore nickname generator and had to find out my name. i enjoyed it so much that i entered the names of friends slated to join me in vegas for new years.

ed stewart = e train

edward stewart = bones

heather stewart = the tan-trum

heather wiens = the marissa tomei of the bronx

jacob anderson = the impact

becky anderson = sunny

brian mcnally = natural light

justin kliewer = tan jovi

richard woody = hard hat

sara woody = the position


click over and jersey shore yourself.

bed gun rack

someone tell bill mc ewen to check this out, it's totally what he needs to buy himself for christmas.



i mean, the guy is already living in enough fear that he's arming himself, why not have a gat by your side at every moment?

blondie we three kings

you go, debbie harry.



blondie, still rocking after all these years and slated to release a new album soon. i doubt it will touch heart of glass, one way or another or rapture, but here's to hoping it will be good.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

u.s. vs honduras 1/23

so, who wants to go to the home depot center with me on 1/23 (it's a sunday) to watch the usmnt vs honduras. i saw these two teams play in salt lake city, but it's likely that the u.s. team will have a different look and it should be fun. gametime is 6pm, and i think tix start @ $26 but i'm checking to see if there's any rooting sections for american outlaws.

UPDATE: so, here's what i know - american outlaws tix are $36 for members, $41 for non. and, it doesn't seem like i can buy member tix @ for nonmembers. so, one option would be for everyone who's not a member to buy a membership ($15) and move us closer to a fresno chapter. if not, the other option is finding the best, cheapest seats we can, which are done first come, first served basis.

but, i know the a.o. section will be rockin.

"These are supporter section tickets for the USMNT game at the Home Depot Center on January 23rd, 2010. These tickets are in the Supporters Section which is all standing, all singing, all passion."

"We will be announcing pregame/tailgate/postgame party information on our site as those plans are finalized."

rwandan grand prix

funny stop motion video done by matthew harding and orphans of rwanda.



if you're looking for an end of the year giving opportunity, click on the link above and help out orphans of rwanda. here's their mission:
"Founded in 2004, Orphans of Rwanda, Inc. (ORI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting orphans and vulnerable young people in Rwanda who have been affected by the 1994 genocide and diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. ORI’s principal mission is financing university education and related training for young people who, against tremendous odds, have completed secondary school and scored highly on university entrance examinations."


Monday, December 14, 2009

coconut carrying octopus

amazing footage of an octopus that uses a coconut shell for protection/hiding out.



i am somewhat dumbfounded by this. i mean, how does an octopus figure out how to hide in a coconut shell, and then decided to carry it about for future use? wow.

secret driving tip

i'm not sure when or where i picked up this tidbit of secret knowledge for driving, but i did. really, it comes in handy every day, especially if you drive on the freeway. here it is:

you can take your foot off the accelerator (gas) without putting it on the brake.

i know, it's shocking, but true. in fact, your car will slow a little when you perform this maneuver, allowing you to create some distance between you and the car in front of you without causing the people behind you to apply their brakes.

i especially recommend the safe application of this secret technique during rush hour or evening traffic when people seem to be much more prone to reactionary over-braking.

monday haiku

clear forecast today,
why did i get rained on then?
dang you doug collins!

Friday, December 11, 2009

ruben's barber shop

i used to have my hair cut by a friend that worked in a local salon. eventually, she moved to a different salon that wasn't convenient for me. i decided i wanted to connect with a local (tower) barber shop and start going there.

first on my list was covenant barber shop. they're across from audie's olympic, and seem to be sorta rockabilly, lots of tattoos type of guys. nice guys, and i had a decent haircut for $10. anyway, i went there a few times and then just got lazy, and the last two haircuts were my and my clippers.

today, i was in need of a clip, and figured i would give ruben's baber shop a chance. they are located across from b of a/livingstones/starline(s) on fern. my brother has been going there, and he has seemed happy with them. i walked in (not an appointment) but that wasn't an issue at all. there are four stations, and three of them had clients in chair on a friday afternoon. i was third in line, so i knew i'd be waiting a little bit. they had espn on, and the wait wasn't terrible.

once in the chair, the haircut went along quick enough, and ruben, the barber i had today, paid a lot of attention with the razors. actually, i was watching another barber work before i got my cut and it seems that all of the barbers are very skilled with the trimmers and pay a lot of attention to detail. ruben was also very skilled with the scissors (on top). finally, one of my favorite things about many people practicing old school barber skills is that they use hot shaving cream and a straight razor on your neck and around the ears. awesome feeling.

they offer signature cuts for $16, hot shaves w/towel for $20 and the basic cut, which i got, is $12. not too bad at all. and, i'm very happy with the cut and experience so i'll definitely go back there.

ruben's barber shop
-old fashioned luxury-
559.442.9000
812 e. fern,
fresno, ca. 93728
tues-fri 9-6/sat 8-4

Thursday, December 10, 2009

creepy creeper

holy crap, this is super creepy. i remember seeing a story once on dateline or one of those shows about people that secretly live in your house (phrogging) and thought it was crazy. today, over @ boing boing i saw this video and wanted to share.



here's more info.

many of the commenters on the site are calling the vid a fake, and they seem to have some valid points. having said that, it's still a super creepy thought.

it's not easy being (a) green (revolutionary)

not to make light of the situation, but here's kermit lending support to iranian protesters in their struggle for democracy.



really though, i hope that iran moves towards a free, democratic society

Monday, December 07, 2009

monday haiku

i made fantasy
playoffs in the blogger league
who will be king dork?

u.s. vs honduras 1/24?

here's an email i received and thought i'd pass onto you with giddy hope:

"If this story is true then we are on (it's in Spanish) for January:

http://www.diez.hn/Sintesis/Lo-mas-comentado/Ediciones/2009/12/06/Noticias/Honduras-Estados-Unidos-el-24-de-enero

Rough translation:
"Already we're working on dates and the first one will be against United States on Sunday January 24th at the Home Depot Center", confirmed yesterday by the president of the Fenafuth (Hounduran Soccer Federation), Rafael Callejas.

--
John
Los Angeles Chapter A.O"

Friday, December 04, 2009

evoultion of the hipster

as i was browsing teh internets yesterday i saw this picture and thought it was very funny. it's a take on the evolution of the hipster culture, for both males and females. click here to really see it in detail, to read all the funny quips, and enjoy. here's a small version.



what really sold me on it was the last male, who really reminded me of boney beezley of the argyle pimps (who are playing in visalia tonight, btw). i mean, the mustache alone gets that nod, but boney was telling me he wanted to wear more v-neck shirts the other day. i'm not making fun of boney at all, but it just made me chuckle.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

make divorce illegal in california

if you supported prop. 8 in the 2008 election because you felt it strengthened (hetero)marriage, you need to get in touch with john marcotte and sign his position.

because really, if that's why you were against homosexual marriages and you aren't for doing something that actually (legally) strengthens straight marriage, i would like to know what you're about.

novembeard finale

so, it's december 1 and i figured i would let you see what the novembeard morphed into. it ain't quite the colonel, but it's close



for some reason it's reminding me of the lead singer of the killers. maybe because it's creepy looking.

i figure i'll rock this for a few days and then it'll be gone.

Monday, November 30, 2009

monday haiku



thirty days grow beard
now i will shape it up nice
like colonel sanders

Friday, November 27, 2009

usa supporter's world cup shirt

every so often you hear about cool things that are worth supporting. sometimes, those things also benefit you. as you should know as a regular reader of this blog, i love soccer. i love watching soccer. i love supporting the usmnt and have even joined a supporters club, the american outlaws. (btw, if you're interested, i'm still hoping to start a fresno chapter - need 25 people signed up.)

i was checking out the american outlaws site today, and saw one of those cool things worth supporting that benefits me as well. the american outlaws have teamed up with sam's army and little feet to put out shirts for south africa 2010. here it is in gameday red (the also have an away gray)



now, the shirt is a little pricey @ $25, but, the price is worth it. here is why: you're supporting an agency, little feet, that does humanitarian work through soccer. for every shirt that is bought a soccer ball will be donated to a child in south africa. pure dope. the balls will be distributed after the december 4th draw. and, you'll also be supporting u.s. soccer, which is also awesome.

i bought two - one for me, one for my bro. you should buy one as well, and when we get together to watch the u.s. team as the have a break out world cup we can wear the shirts in solidarity.

*cross posted @ wide world of fresno sports.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

the matrix in lego

saw this over @ boing boing and thought i'd share. super dope.



cool info about the clip over at lego matrix.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

super badass thanksgiving concerts

looking for something to do over the thanksgiving holidays? why not check out some great local, live music @ tokyo garden. all shows are scheduled for 9:30 & $5.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25th

Primer Skyline
Abigail Nolte
Circles + Circles

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27th

Badlands
The Quiet Americans
Rademacher

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28th

Blake Jones
It'll Grow Back
Racelegs
Trumpet Solo
Wheels of Fortune (solo)

for more info check out a great podcast episode featuring malcolm sosa, who put this all together.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

mls cup 2009

i've been waiting with great anticipation for the mls cup 2009. you see, i am an l.a. galaxy fan, and have been since their inception. i've gone to games when they played in pasadena, and even have been to a mls cup game (we bought tix when it looked like the galaxy would make it but they didn't). the galaxy completed a very good season and played well throughout the playoffs. when they qualified last friday night i was ecstatic. not only was the team i loved capping off a enjoyable year, it was made even better knowing that the team didn't even make the playoffs the last three years.

i started off my day in normal fashion for the average american male, watching american football. i enjoyed the games, but i knew that i was saving up all my nervous energy for the mls cup this evening. i didn't have any plans for the game, other than watching it. as the afternoon wound on i texted some friends and invited them to come over and watch with me. i didn't even think about trying to go to sequoia or hero's or some other sports bar because i doubted i could secure a tv away from sunday night football, even if it was a crap matchup (imho - bears vs eagles). sadly, no one was available so i watched the game by myself. that's fine, i'm focused on the game. i just wouldn't have anyone to shout with on shots or saves, no one to ask questions to when people made terrible passes, and no one to celebrate with should the galaxy win.

as the game was starting, i was impressed by the noise generated by the seattle crowd. what an amazing soccer city seattle has become. honestly, i would love for fresnans to also do things like have a march to the stadium before fuego games. i'd love to see the fuego fans become more passionate, develop chants, or even show up for games. however, it did bug me that they were doing seattle chants. i know you're seattle fans, and it's in seattle, but your team isn't there. pick a team and cheer for them. i don't care if you all choose to chant for real salt lake, just stop cheering for your side that isn't there.

the first half was a bit choppy. the galaxy dominated possession, but there wasn't that much offense generated. however, their possession and play was eventually rewarded by a very nice goal from mike magee. a nice string of passes were finished off by a well place shot. a few minutes later the half ended and the galaxy led 1-0. i was elated.

the second half was a much different affair. real salt lake dominated possession, moved the ball all over, and started putting a olot of balls into the box. on one play, a collision occurred between findley of rsl and the galaxy's keeper, ricketts. it's never good when your goalkeeper's hand is injured, but he pressed on. a few minutes later findley found himself with the ball after a scramble in the box and he slotted it home. ricketts immediately left the field and after he removed his glove you could see how swollen and jacked up it looked. and on came a replacement goalkeeper.

seven minutes of stoppage time. that is a huge amount, but there were several injury stops and substitutions. would we see a winner now, or would we head to added periods? added periods. man, i sat on the edge of the couch for the last twenty minutes of the game (+ stoppage time). that galaxy rallied back, and the play on the field was much more end to end and wide open. it was tense, and neither team could finish it out, so more time to work on my ulcers (or to start one). anything could happen in with another 30 minutes on the clock. who would step up? myself, i feel like the galaxy need to score in the first fifteen. we don't want penalty kicks as rsl has a keeper with a sick knack of blocking pk's. but hey, the back up keeper for the galaxy may be secretly dope.

the majority of the first fifteen minutes were dominated by real salt lake. they put two in the side netting, and both times the galaxy were lucky it wasn't in the back of the net. i felt like the galaxy escaped the first fifteen without surrendering a goal.

both teams looked exhausted in the second overtime period. there were flashes but not a whole lot of sustained offense. real salt lake did have a nice bit of pressure but the galaxy managed to hold them off. with ten seconds left rsl pressed for one more shot, but couldn't quite get a foot on it at the end and the match headed to penalties.

round 1:
beckham vs rimando - beckham scores
mathis vs saunders - mathis scores
1-1

round 2:
berhalter vs rimando - berhalter scores
findley vs saunders - findley scores
2-2

round 3:
kirovski vs rimando - rimando save - oh crap
beckerman vs saunders - saunders save! freakin yeah!
2-2

round 4:
donovan vs rimando - donovan shanks it over the bar.
grababoy vs saunders - grabavoy scores
2-3 rsl

round 5:
magee vs rimando - magee scores
williams vs saunders - saunders save! holy isht, 2 saves from a keeper that doesn't play!
3-3

round 6:
klein vs rimando - klein scores
wingert vs saunders - wingert scores
4-4

round 7:
buddle vs rimando - rimando saves
russel vs saunders - saunders scores

5-4 real salt lake, your mls cup 09 champs. now, i'm saddened that my team didn't win. but, you gotta love rsl's story. they qualified for the playoffs on the last day in near miraculous fashion. they beat the defending champs in a home/away series. they won last week in pk's and their keeper blocked 3. and this week, they came back from 1-0 to tie and eventually win. their keeper had 2 saves + a shank and they slotted enough home to win. congrats to them.

congrats to the galaxy on an enjoyable season. i hope donovan doesn't have any lingering mental issues from that miss, we've got a world cup to win next summer. and really, they accomplished a lot on the field. maybe next year.

maybe next year i'll watch the final with a crowd as we cheer on the galaxy to a victory.

*cross posted @ wide world of fresno sports.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

best of fresno



last night i had the pleasure of going to fresno magazine's "best of fresno" awards party. and, it was a very pleasurable event. now, i'm not going to go into too much detail here, but you can listen to a podcast featuring three guys that went to the event. we talk about the event in detail, and we also talk about the best of fresno list. (you can also go over here and read other thoughts on the list)

what i do want to say is that the event was fun. it reminded me of sudz in the city or a wine tasting event. it was packed while i was there, so that's good. and, i enjoyed the food vendors, and i would even say that some of them could go with a smaller sample portion size (shocking!). whether or not i agree with their list, they throw a pretty good party.

one big complaint - this comes up in the podcast, but i'll bring it up here, too. why did they have a journey cover band?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

random tuesday musings

so, i meant to write this post this morning, but didn't. oh well. here's a bunch of random stuff floating around my mind today:

it was freaking cold today. i need to put the windshield on my bike. however, i'll probably just sit around and not do it.

going to fresno mag's best of fresno event tonight. i've already chuckled at the list (available at the beehive) but figure it'll be interesting. and, free samples and junk sounds cool. plus, it's giving us some potential podcast material.

i've shaped the novembeard a little. nothing radical, just took a little out of the sides. looks a little more maintained and groomed.

i wonder if the new cantina tacos from taco bell are any good. btw, it took me twenty minutes to figure out they were called cantina tacos. i took a nap and my head is in a bit of a fog.

speaking of that nap, i fell asleep during a soccer podcast, when it ended i put on a fantasy football one. after i woke up i had to replay the football one. may replay the soccer one later. i love me some podcasts.

i heard a rumor about the united states men's national team may play mexico in a friendly at the l.a. coliseum. if this happens, i will go. and, i know at least 3 other guys that would go in a heartbeat. man, i hope this happens.

have an own goal


good gawd i'm appalled by this danish pop up game.

speaking of the danes, the u.s. plays them tomrrow in soccer.

Monday, November 16, 2009

monday haiku

sixteen days since shave
now start shaping novembeard
silly look coming

Friday, November 13, 2009

juggalo drug bust

i was talking to corin hoggard last night, and he told me about this story.









"validated juggalo gang member." janet stoll lee, how do you live with your lies? the juggalos are not a gang. i repeat, they are not a gang. they are not formed for the intention of committing criminal activity. they are people who like the insane clown posse. while i may disagree with their taste in music, and their affinity for wearing clown make up, they aren't a gang.

the attorney interviewed has it right. they're calling them a gang so they can slap an enhancement on the charges.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

cold november rain

i am an everyday rider. that is, i pretty much ride my motorcycle every day. and, i've been doing this for the last few years. warm, hot, cold, foggy, rain, whatever, i'm riding. when it gets colder, i put the windshield on the bike to cut the airflow a bit. i need to do this soon as it is crazy chilly in the morning and less wind on the body would help. when it rains, i have some rain pants that go over my regular pants, and a raincoat that goes over my jacket and they keep me nice and dry.

my rain gear was getting a little tattered, so yesterday i went and got some new duds over @ cycle gear.

my new overcoat



yeah, it's bright, but you will see me.

my new pants



pretty basic, but will keep me dry.

anyway, i purchased these items yesterday, and then last night i saw on the news that there was a chance of rain today. how fortuitous! but, angelo stalis seemed to downplay the storm a bit and it seemed, or at least i understood, that the storm would hold off until later in the day. so, i decided i probably would not need to wear the rain gear today. this morning, i didn't wear it.

so, of course, when i was going to leave work, it was raining. fortunately, it was just spitting a bit and not pouring. i made it home rather dry. this time.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

taste fresno or yelp

for quite some time i've posted food reviews here @ my blog. i also post them at sites like fresno famous and yelp. lately, a revamped version of taste fresno (see sidebar for link) launched, and it has my interest piqued.

now, i'll openly admit that the new taste fresno isn't my favorite. it has a very nice look to it, and feels very accessible, which is good. i really like that james is trying to put together a community cookbook based on local recipes. what i don't particularly care for is the review aspect of the site. there are pages and pages of reviews, which is good, especially for a relatively new, and small site. however, the site only shows four reviews per page. and, when you click on a review, it's solely the review from one user. that's standard, although it seems that other sites compile & average the scores given. i will say that most of the restaurants reviewed have only been done by one person, so there wouldn't be that many to compile. what i do like about the reviews is that they are all very honest. no one is trying to blow smoke up a restaurant's rear, or be overly critical. and, that honesty, if it keeps up, may keep me coming back to taste fresno.

you see, i love yelp. they're big. they're everywhere. they've ironed out kinks. but, there are also a lot jerks on yelp. really, here in fresno, it seems like there are regular posts from people who live in "big" cities that feel the need to talk crap about fresno in their review of a restaurant. "i never expected to find good ______ in podunk fresno," or "i'm surprised that they have (insert some ethnic food here) restaurants in fresno," or, i remember after the meet in the middle event how many travelers commented on the quality of the gay nightclubs and friendly establishments in this hick town. unless i want to flag these sophomoric reviews as abusive, there isn't much you can do to reply to the backhanded complements.

and now it seems that fresno yelp has developed it's own brand of a-hole. recently there have been several fresno yelpers that feel the need to constantly talk about how they know everything, that their palette is so refined, and that other yelpers (and fresnans) are idiots. this seems especially true of sushi restaurant reviews lately. this one reviewer has posted about several sushi restaurants, maybe most of them in town. and, in every review he goes on about how he knows sushi, how sushi has been bastardized and americanized and how sushi in fresno is about oversized roles and sauces and blah blah blah. these same statements are literally in every review done by this guy. however, his condescension and expertise don't just extend to sushi. this review is a jackhole of all trades & foods. and now, it seems that his reviews have rubbed off on another sushi "expert" who is throwing in very similar assessments in his reviews.

i know that no website or system are going to be perfect. i hope taste fresno continues to grow in reviews and is refined to be a little more usable, imho. i also hope that yelpers would stop thinking that they're some sort of real critic and just give honest review of the food and service of fresno restaurants.

UPDATE - i didn't realize that joan obra from the bee posted a write up of the site earlier today. seriously, i'm seven hours behind her. so, click over to the beehive and read what someone who is paid to think about these things thinks.

Monday, November 09, 2009

monday haiku

novembeard week two
doesn't keep my face warm yet
blurry eyed picture

Saturday, November 07, 2009

stereotypical cadillac

i saw this car the other day and had to break out the phone.



the car made me chuckle because in some ways it seemed like a stereotypical older cadillac. it had these huge pipes, was sittin low, and had the naked ladies on it.

what wasn't stereotypical was the two ladies driving. and the license plate. now, i'm not 100% sure, but i think the license plate has something to do with being homosexual (2bqb401 - 2 be queer before '01?). it was also accented with little rainbow sticker parts.

i gotta say, i wouldn't have expected to see two middle aged white women driving a late model caddie with naked lady silhouettes and big pipes.

the other twelve hours

toothpastefordinner.com
toothpastefordinner.com

Friday, November 06, 2009

espn takes notice of fresno

over at the beehive the do a re-occurring post called 'did they just say fresno?' it's a good little feature, and often highlights ways that fresno is being noticed by the world at large. well, they missed one, and i thought i'd post it.

i was watching espn's e60 on tuesday, november 3rd, and one of the stories near the end really caught my attention. here it is:



that's right, mutton bustin @ the big big big big big fresno fair. take notice fresno, we are on espn's radar.

*cross posted @ wideworldoffresnosports

Thursday, November 05, 2009

dr. sketchy's roadshow in fresno

so,i check out a lot of different websites and blogs on a routine basis. most are somehow culture related, as that's a fascination of mine. well, i was on boing boing on 10/30 and saw this thing called dr. sketchy's roadshow, and it was touring through california. i thought i'd check out the website, and holy cow, they are coming through fresno on 11/9.

Monday, November 9, 2009 – FRESNO, CA: High Class Tattoo (7:00 PM)

what is the dr. sketchy roadshow? from their faq

Q: What is Dr. Sketchy’s?

A: Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School is an alternative figure drawing salon. The original Dr. Sketchy’s was founded by Molly Crabapple in New York. Today, there are nearly 100 Dr. Sketchy’s branches worldwide.

Q: So is the Dr. Sketchy’s Roadshow an art class, or a workshop, or a meetup, or what?

A: The Dr. Sketchy’s Roadshow (like Dr. Sketchy’s Los Angeles) is a pop-up social club where artists and art lovers can gather to create and celebrate art. The club’s mission is to host alternative life drawing salons that offer top-notch models, refreshments, prizes, and casual networking opportunities… all wrapped up in an entertaining package.



it's $10, but it sounds pretty interesting. so, check it out if it sounds like your sort of thing. it's unlikely i'll go, but it sounds cool. (just to be clear, i doubt i would go because this isn't really how i go about creating my art. if i were a photog or actually sketched, this could be pretty cool for inspiration, but it's not how i work.)

the invasion

have a laugh as you consider the renaissance



oh, all's faire, well played.

things for today

things i should do:
work on paintings for rogue 2010
do more recruiting of rogue 2010 visual artists

things i might do:
go for a bike ride
go to art hop
pass out some of the recruiting flyers for rogue

things i probably will do:
sit on couch
watch tv

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

34

so, yesterday i turned 34. i wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who wished me well, or came over for cake, or bought me a drink, or gave me a present. i appreciate them all. and, if you see me around any time soon and still want to buy me a drink or say happy birthday, i'll take it.

it's funny, some people really stress out about birthdays, lie about their age, and generally have a problem with getting older. not so much me. birthdays are nice, but really, i don't make a big deal about them. i mean, i've had parties before, and some of them were a blast, but generally, i like hanging out with people and so any chance to hangout is welcomed.

nothing is new in life at 34, at least not for me. l i v i n.

Monday, November 02, 2009

monday haiku

novembeard started
from a clean shaven face, oh
will it look sexy?

Sunday, November 01, 2009

green eggs & the met - a recap

friday night was a great night for fresno. i mean, the weather was crisp, it was the beginning of the weekend, and the met was hosting green eggs & the met, which i was going to attend.

the evening got off to a great start with dinner over @ oggi. i had the lasagna and enjoyed it. i also was pleased that they were serving minestrone that night. it doesn't seem like much of a surprise that an italian restaurant serves minestrone, but the minestrone here is delicious.

after dinner, we headed down to the met. for the last event, we parked on the street, but tonight we decided to hit up the parking lot, which, btw, was free. it would've been free on the street, too, but i like pointing out that you can park in the met's lot when you're visiting. and, you should go visit. not only do they have the artwork of dr. seuss, but they also have shows by matisse and chagall right now.

speaking of the work of dr. seuss, it blew me away. of course, there are drawings from his books, but his other pieces are great, and interesting. i didn't know that he did work for the u.s. military under director frank capra. and, many of his pieces of that era show the foolishness of bigotry while being visually intriguing. i also enjoyed the taxidermy pieces.

and now onto the event. remember how i went to dinner before the event? i wish i hadn't eaten so much because the hors d'oevres looked amazing. i talked to people that had some, and they seemed to enjoy them all. i did have one of the seuss-y cocktails before switching to well drinks. i had a "sneetch on the beach" which was like a sex on the beach. pretty good, but not a type of drink i would normally order. but i enjoyed it enough. the bartenders for the evening were very nice, and i'm glad that i could tip them. i also want to congratulate the met for pricing their drinks very reasonably ($3 beers, $6 cocktails).

the decorations for the event were immaculate and really did help set the mood for the bands. ass mentioned in our podcast before the event, ceilidh wanted to transport people into the world of seuss, and i think she accomplished that very well.

finally, to the bands. first up was yesterday's chonies, who i think i've mentioned before here that i don't care for their music. but in this venue it seemed very appropriate and interesting. i still wouldn't book them for my birthday party, but it worked for that night. wheels of fortune went on second and played a good set. their sound was a little different because their bass player was sick and not there. a good set, but i think i've seen better from them. up third was uni and her ukulele. i didn't hear all her set, but thought that what i did hear was fun. it takes guts to get up in front of a big crowd with just you and a ukulele, but uni does it well. finally, el olio wolof was up. honestly, el olio pretty much was what sold me on the event. i love el olio, and haven't seen them in ages (the sort of broke up but have reformed). el olio was as good as ever, and i had such a great time listening to the music and even dancing a bit. i haven't danced in ages, but how can't get up and move to such good music. anyway, i recorded el olio's last song, and present it to you.



not really good quality sound, but whatever. you can also see one of the sets that was done for the evening in the background.

it was a great night, and the met staff is doing good things. congrats to everyone that had a hand in putting on this event. i can't wait for the next one to come along.

Friday, October 30, 2009

green eggs and the met

i've said it already once this week, but you should be at the met tonight for this event. it's going to be major.



i'm stoked to see what hors d'ouvres and cocktails they come up with.

10 ft. great white attacked by 20 ft great white

holy crap. read that title again.

a 20' great white attacked a 10' great white and nearly bit it in half.

"The smaller - relatively speaking - great white was hooked on a baited drum line when it was attacked, and was still alive when it was hauled onto a boat off north Stradbroke Island in Queensland."

here's a photo of the shark that was bitten



good lord. stay out of the water off the australian coast.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

subtle sexuality - male prima donna

tonight's episode of the office was rather enjoyable, and they advertised their new webisodes featuring a music video. i knew i needed to watch it right then.



it's funny, not too long, and i love the nard dog in that clip. and ryan's rap humorous.

rogue 2010 - we need you, artists

Call to visual artists:

It's that time of year again. Volunteers and staff have been quietly ramping up for 2010's Rogue Festival. October 1st marked the day that applications were opened for artists and November 15th marks the day that applications close. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing their artistry with throngs of Fresnans, now is the time! Obviously, there are a limited number of spots available and they go on a first come, first served basis so don't delay! If you know an artist who should be showing, be sure to let them know and urge their participation. You do not want to miss out on a chance to showcase your art in the largest festival of its kind on the West coast.


A few details: This year's venues for visual artists include La Luna Loca, Veni Vidi Vici, and Ashtree Studio. This is the first year that we are offering spots for 3D visual artists. As well, Ashtree Studio is offering the premium gallery spot again this year where the "Why did you do it that way?: An Artist Forum" will be taking place. You as an artist get three opportunities to talk about your art and field questions from attendees. It's a fantastic way to share depth and insight into your work.

Time is of the essence. Go to the Rogue Festival website and get more details today!


btw, i've submitted my application. get yours in.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

green eggs & the met

looking for something fun to do friday night? here is your solution:



for more details, click over to the view looks good from here, fresno and listen to episode 38 where we talk to one of the event coordinators.

Monday, October 26, 2009

chap hop history by mr. b

umm, so i love hip hop, and i also love strange things, like a guy playing the banjolele. this chap goes through many of hip hop's greatest hits in quite an interesting and enjoyable fashion. it's five minutes long and doesn't touch nearly enough of hip hop. i could use five minutes more.



this also reminds me of a conversation i had with boney beasely from argyle pimps before we recorded our podcast the other night. now, we hit a little bit of it in the podcast when we discussed embracing or avoiding schtick. but, this guy, mr. b really reminds me of many of the nerdcore artists out there. it's well done, but is it hip hop? and do they really consider themselves hip hop artists? that is for them to decide, but it still leaves me wondering about how much of gimmick do we "allow" in hip hop before we start saying they're something else? and, do we apply that rule across the board, say with horror rap, nerdcore, or even a more established gimmick like gangsta rap?

monday haiku

new podcast up with
boney beazely argyle pimp
embrace the pimp schtick

Friday, October 23, 2009

fay wrays weatherman

some video i took last night of the fay wrays during a very enjoyable show.



i loved fay wrays last night. the played stuff from the new album, some newer songs and more. wheels of fortune were enjoyable, but i keep talking to people that don't enjoy them so much. i can't figure out why.

shoot, i even enjoyed racelegs' set, and i haven't in the past.

update on me pt. 2

so, i'm actually working my way through papers, but also am fixing a late lunch. i'm making some breakfast sausage that i bought at the store the other day. i didn't read the package too closely, but apparently they have a maple flavoring to them. smells awesome.

update on me

i have a bunch of papers to grade right now. so, of course, i'm surfing the net and stalling. i've had three weeks to get them graded. i have to have them graded and submitted by the end of the day.

pure awesomeness.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

fay wrays' cd release show

in case you didn't know



fay wrays have an album release tonight. you should be there. it will be super fun.

what do you think i fought for at omaho beach?

so, i didn't realize until yesterday that maine has a ballot initiative that would repeal the right for gay couples to be married. i started looking for information on what the bill actually would accomplish, and mainly found out that the people that are for prop 1 are using the same ads & tactics that the pro prop 8 folks out here in ca. used.

later in the evening i was checking blogs and ran across this video. it's a video of an 86 year old ww2 vet, speaking at a public meeting on april 22, 2009. please watch.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

rza is a geek

"yo, we geeks man, we geeks!"

this is for my people out there that enjoy the wu, especially the fellas over @ dumbdrum.com who posted a rza/colbert interview recently.



wu tang clan ain't nuthin to geek with!

i did think his quote about how he would rather raise nerds than gangsters was interesting. they've come a long way from the 36 chambers and talking about banging somebody's genitals with a spiked bat, or sowing someone's anus shut and feedin 'em and feedin 'em (two hilarious lines, btw). i'm fine with this. actually, i'm glad that he's grown up as a person. now, if the wu were to put out a new album talking about how they still were gangsta and were doing dirt right now, i might call out the cognitive dissonance. but i'm fine with him saying, 'hey, i'm a producer, i'm into all this nerdy electronic stuff, i love video games.' i'd even be fine with him saying that he liked guns, too. just as long as he doesn't try and come all hard core today/i make movies about road trips with kids tomorrow.

not about education

i'm often amazed at how misinformation lingers. people think iraq was involved in 9/11. or that there were wmd's in iraq.

today, i was speaking to someone about prop 8. this person said that the were fine with however people want to live, but they didn't want it taught in school. this baffled me (not really) but i did my damndest to remind that there was nothing in prop 8 about schools, and that there were, in fact, already books in schools that dealt with homosexuality and other different types of families even though prop & passed.

i doubt it will be remembered.

Monday, October 19, 2009

monday haiku

another day gone
tons of grading this whole week
one thing at a time




rams almost won game
but they remembered who they
are, st. louis rams

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

high five new york

so this guy, nathaniel kassel rides his bike through nyc and gives people high fives when they're hailing cabs. pretty funny, especially when you see the various reactions. most people seem alright, but some people really freak out. i'm not sure how i'd react, but i think it would be sort of heartwarming to just randomly get a high five.



sadly, this wouldn't work in fresno, as we can't hail cabs in the street.

new toy

so, it's not quite yet my birthday, but i already got my present from monticore.



160 gb goodness.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

corin hoggard day at the fair

ah, tuesday of the fair. it seems like it always rains on tuesday. maybe i'm wrong, but it does always rain one day of the fair, at least enough that many will stay away. i usually try and go that day.

but today, today was corin hoggard day. no one wants to sit at the channel 30 booth when it's raining out. well, almost no one. corin and shannon handy were there today despite the rain. and not only did corin get me in, he gave me this bad boy:



that's right, the new head shot. autographed just for me. okay, they do these for everyone, but this one was for me.. and while we were tehre, a kid named anakin was also getting an autograph. turns out he was also a mutton buster.

after chatting with corin, we moved along for a late lunch, consisting of far too much meat. i enjoyed a plate of ribs and part of a turkey leg. i think i could have eaten more of the turkey leg, but it was a little too salty.

during lunch the rain started to really pick up a bit, so we went finished eating and went into the buildings were they hock junk. there wasn't too much to see, but we looked none the less. the rain stopped and then it was off to the midway.

as to be expected, the midway was like a ghost town. the rain will do that. and, the rides of the midway weren't opening until 3. so, we bought some tickets, and waited for the rides.

you know how fun it is to ride the swings with only one other person on the ride? it's amazing. sure, the seats were a little wet, but the ride was a blast. after teh swings, there wasn't much else to do. i was full, i had enjoyed a ride, i had seen most of everything to see and we decided to go.

and then the sky broke open again and dumped rain on us the entire walk back to the car.

oh yeah, yes, corin, i do love you guys back.

Monday, October 12, 2009

sell the vatican, feed the world

sarah silverman, very funny. and, full of language that you usually can't listen to at work or around children. but funny.




thanks laughing squid.

picture fresno

so, a friend of mine, and some other people i've met, have started a new blog that is tons of fun. it's called picture fresno, and it's found at picturefresno.blogspot.com. the premise of the blog is that they show a partial picture of a fresno landmark and the goal is to leave a guess in the comments. if this sounds familiar, it's because two of the authors were recently on our podcast.

i'll be honest, it's pretty tough. i managed to guess a few, but some have got me, and others, stumped. you should click on over and try your hand at guessing fresno spots. a few new go up every day.

monday haiku

rain clouds on the way
will corin hoggard day be
wet or dry and fun?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

corin hoggard day at the big fresno fair

so, i'm planning on multiple fair trips this year, and am thinking i may get my first visit on friday.

but, i'm also planning on an afternoon visit on tuesday because it'll be this guy's day over @ the channel 30 booth from 12-3:



maybe i can get a new head shot. and some fried food. hopefully it won't be pouring rain.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

episode 36 of tvlgfhf

hey, there's a new episode of the view looks good from here, fresno available, featuring two of the authors of picturefresno.blogspot.com.

click over the the podcast website (in the sidebar) and enjoy, or download via itunes.

Monday, October 05, 2009

monday haiku

re:fuse fest was fun
even if i only saw
four of the acts play


entourage season
over but was it good at
all? mediocre

Friday, October 02, 2009

re:fuse festival recommendations


(click the photo to go to the re:fuse fest artist & line up page)

hey, the re:fuse fest is upon us. tonight is the opening party @ full circle brewery and the rest of the festival takes place tomorrow. with seven venues you might be struggling to figure out who to see. or, you might not. but have no fear, i'm hear to help you with some suggestions. i'm even going to put an * to the shows that i think are a don't miss, you'll kick yourself if you do shows.

-the festival kicks off @ 3 w/yesterday's chonies playing the spiral garage. go to the garage and buy your pass, and then head over to joe's steakhouse for buffalo guns. now, you probably would have to work to really hit all these, or at least hustle between spots.
-3:30 buffalo guns (joe's steakhouse)
*-4:00 wewalkanddrive (spiral garage)*
-4:30 down word (joe's steakhouse)
*-5:00 the escorts (club one)
-6:00 black pennies (spiral garage)
-7:00 this one's a toss up - blake jones & trike shop (spiral garage) or motel drive (club one)
*-7:30 populus (joe's steakhouse)*
-8:00 40 watt hype (club one) - this is a toss up with wheels of fortune (spiral garage) but i haven't seen 40 watt hype in a while so i'm saying them.
*-9:00 the sleepover disaster* - this is the last sleepover show for a while, and possibly ever. do not miss it as they close out the shows @ the spiral garage.*
-10:00 after show @ tokyo.

now, i realize it will be tough to hit all these recommendations. if nothing else, hit my * don't miss shows. if you don't trust my recommendations, hit up the website and pick your own re:fuse fest route.

whatever you do, don't miss this festival. $15 for a ton of good bands.

show review: wheels of fortune, rademacher + more



ah, the post art hop show. it's a monthly tradition, and generally it's a good time. i've seen a ton of great bands over the last few years and have graciously dropped tons of cash to tommy and toshi. i've also encountered several bands, both local and out of town, whom i've bought cd's from and started to follow.

last night doesn't really fit in to the above description. maybe that's too harsh.

so, the first act was michael k. he was a solo act with an electric guitar. i've seen ted leo play (on t.v.) all by himself with a guitar and rock the crowd. michael k. was no ted leo. i'm not saying his music was bad, because sonically it was fine. it just lacked energy, or anything to pull me in at all.

the second act was yesterday's chonies. i've seen this band play on the sidewalk outside of tokyo garden before and thought they were sorta quirky and interesting. since that time, they've played around town and even been involved in an internet controversy. i know what i like, and i know what i don't like. i don't like yesterday's chonies. as a strange brass band, their music could be interesting. but, it ends up just being a mess. time isn't kept that well, the singing ranges in and out of tune, and it never seems to come together. i will say that i did enjoy some parts, and the washboard actually created a sound that hooked my ear a bit.

wheels of fortune went on third, and it was their cd release show. i like wheels, and have talked about them here before. right from the start there were sound problems, and they seemed to carry through most of the show. seriously, lots of unintended feedback, and the band seemed a little frustrated and rattled. they pushed through, and i commend them for that. i enjoyed the songs, and after the sound issues were cleared up the show seemed to really come together for wheels. unfortunately, by then they were almost done with their set.

rademacher closed out the show, and i honestly was a bit surprised they were even playing. they literally just returned from a midwest tour, by car, on wednesday. in talking to the guys before their set they all seemed a bit weary and in need of a few more hours of sleep. to their credit, that weariness didn't carry over to their set. it seemed pretty crisp and i enjoyed it.

i will say that my main goals of the night were to see wheels of fortune and pick up their cd, as well as rademacher's new ep, and i accomplished those. the bands i wanted to see were enjoyable and i've got some new cd's to listen to.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

tower dogs

first of all, i'll admit that i have been to tower dogs three times in the last four days. yes, that is excessive. but i enjoyed it the first time, and several friends have wanted to try the spot out so i tagged along. i have had:
the tower boat - chili & cheese over fritos - i like the chili enough, although chili + beans might be good for a boat.
the chili dog - chili & cheese on a dog - however, i love this chili on the dog.
the kraut dog - saurkraut + dog - grilled kraut was awesome with mustard and the dog
the mexidog - chorizo + nacho cheese & jalepenos - pretty tasty, and i'll try this again
the caliente hot! hot! hot! dog - habenero sausages, grilled onions & red peppers + sour cream - umm, the habenero sausage was dang spicy. not unbelievably hot, but pretty spicy. grilled peppers and onions nice.

i have loved all these dogs. seriously. these are nice, high quality dogs. the service is quick, and it happens via a walk up counter.

seating is limited, and outdoors, so this may be a problem in hotter or colder months.

they're open 11 am - 10 pm M-Th, but here is the real kicker: friday's & saturdays, 11 am - 3 am! holy crap, bar crowd, you need to hit this spot.

the only real drawback may be that the dogs are a little pricey for some. the dogs pretty much run between $3-$4. but i'm down, they're dang good.

so far, the business traffic seems to be decent. i'm hoping it keeps up after the newness fades. and, i can't wait to try the last call dog. it's only available after 11 pm, and comes with a polish sausage, eggs, hash browns and nacho cheese. super yum.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

freebord skateboard tetris ad

i saw this video on a couple of different websites and thought it was cool for a couple of reasons:
i love tetris
i like skate videos
it looks fake, but the more you watch you realize it's real

enjoy

talking during a movie?

sometimes people just don't get the message. last night, adam, brian and i went to see inglorius basterds. we had kept meaning to go, and never got around to it or had other stuff get in the way. anyway, we finally went, and enjoyed the movie very much. most of it.

you see, since the movie has been out a while, the theater was rather empty. that's good. of course, people are going to come in, and we know that. since we were the first into the theater, we picked seats which we felt were the best. of course, people sat near us. that's not bad, in fact i assumed it would happen.

during the previews, the couple behind us was talking a bit. not too loudly, but it did slightly irk me that the guy pretty much had a comment for everything. i like my movie experience quiet. anyhow, the movie starts and the guy is still commenting every so often. adam had already given him the obvious look over the shoulder shush, but he was still talking. i gave a head turn and said, "sir!" still yapping though. and then brian had heard enough. he turned and asked the man to be quiet because he was ruining the movie. this seemed to work. for a bit. he had a few more comments, and then he and his lady friend were out. they left.

i thought it was possible that they might have been offended a bit by the movie, as they left after a pretty violent scene, but they could have also been annoyed brian told them to shut up (not in those words). if it was the latter, i don't care. well, really i don't care either way why they left. i'm just glad i didn't have to hear someone chat the whole damn time.

Monday, September 28, 2009

monday haiku

tower dog opened
enjoyed mexidog, and
tower frito boat


amazing race start
season fifteen shows promise
globe trotters look good

Sunday, September 27, 2009

roger rocka's face lift?

not totally sure what's happening, but the southern wall of roger rocka's got a new paint job. i'm hoping they put up the old logos and what not, as that roger rocka double r & top hat were the coolest.



i also hope they extend the make over to the whole building because the front is looking pretty shabby.

Friday, September 25, 2009

metro by berlin

so, i've recently become a little obsessed with the song metro by berlin. i heard it at a local establishment and not only did it remind me of my enjoyment of synth pop from this era, but it also reminded me of some other things. but i also think the song in kick ass, and totally worthy of listening to. so do it.



at one time i had looked for the song on itunes, and it wasn't there. but it is now. so, you know what i purchased the other day? metro. it's also got me thinking about maybe checking out one of their greatest hits.

the song also brings back a bit of nostalgic memories to me. i didn't have this tape, but i remember listening to it on my first walkman at my aunt kat's. i think she might have lived in this little apartment in santa rosa at the time. she had the tape, and while we were there visiting i just remember listening to the song, rewinding, listening, rewinding and so on. good times.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

happenings

ah, the blog week is coming to an end as a lot of people don't check blogs as much on the weekend. for me, the blog week started well, but sorta took a backseat to a lot of other things.

this weekend looks to be a fun time, and there is a ton of stuff going on. shoot, i'm actually using my calendar to manage my time.

friday looks to be a pretty average friday of hanging out with friends, probably over @ the local. during the day i'll finish up my work week and maybe catch up on some dvr'd stuff.

saturday will kick off with the tower streetscape planning meeting. this is the third meeting, and the second i'll have been to, and i'm excited to see the next step in the plan. the drag of it: start time of saturday morning @ 11. that doesn't sound too bad, but i admit that some saturdays i don't drag my lazy rear out of bed until 12.

after the meeting, i'll come home, and adam and i will be sitting down to record a podcast with fresno blogfather, mike oz. i plan to do my best bubba impression and sing the mike osegueda song. so, if you have a question for mike oz, feel free to leave it in the comments.

post podcast adam and i have a rogue planning meeting. we're in charge of art venues for the next festival, and applications go live on october 1st.

after that, it's off to my bro's for a little housewarming party. should be nice, and i'm sure i'll see some folks that i haven't seen in a bit, as well as friends that i see around a lot.

sunday will bring another football and some other fun. the main part of the other fun will be at the tower district's octoberfest celebration



i'm pretty excited about this, and hope it's not too hot to walk around in. i also have a feeling that this will be a lot better than sudz in the city.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

tuesday chops

these photos were taken the other day basically due to a few things:
1. i was bored.
2. i thought i'd share my chops with you. my right chop specifically.
3. document the chopiness.

enjoy.





btw, it's odd cropping pictures of your face, cutting down part, deciding how much to leave in so you don't just have a chop floating out there all by itself.

Monday, September 21, 2009

monday haiku

out with the old, in
with the new, pecha kucha
tonight eight twenty




giants drop one more
rocks and dodgers are too much
is the season done?




rams zero and two
looks like every team will beat
them into the dirt

Sunday, September 20, 2009

star nonviolent resistance

ah, the merging of two things i love: nonviolence and star wars. enjoy:

jennifer's body

so, is jennifer's body a good movie? i probably won't know until like a year from now when it hits cable. and, it looks like a lot of people are taking a very similar tactic. it finished 5th in the weekend box office totals. now, it's possible that 5th isn't bad. especially if the movie was going up against some real winners. let's see who finished ahead of the highly promoted and anticipated jennifer's body:

1. cloudy with a chance of meatballs - hey, it's hard to beat a movie intended for kids. seriously, parents and children's book lovers are definitely going to turn out for this movie.

2. the informant - well, this movie has seen about as much ad time as jennifer's body, so that's not the issue. maybe people just want funny over scary/weird. or, maybe matt damon is a bigger star.

3. tyler perry's i can do bad all by myself - uh oh, the wheels are coming off here. this movie has been out two weeks. it made a lot less than it did it's first weekend. but this movie looks epically bad to me.

4. love happens - aaron eckhardt is dreamy. and he's got helluva chin. err, wait, i mean jennifer aniston is hot. and this movie looks awesome. well, it's a romantic comedy, so i'm sure people were looking for date material or something.

5.jennifer's body.

the good news for jennifer's body is that it did beat sorority row, which looks like a steaming pile of crap.

but box office numbers don't tell the whole story. reviews also matter. rotten tomatoes has it rating @ 42% currently. that's not so good. tonight, i watched the review of it on at the movies. one of the reviewers was trying to say how the movie was sort of good and highlighted the co-star of the film, amanda seyfried. he went on quite a while about how it was a sort of decent movie with a few problems. the other guy dismissed that review and launched into a pretty rough take on the movie. he said that the other review was basically ignoring the major issue with the film, megan fox sucks. sure, amanda seyfried is good, but the movie apparently rambles all over, and did i mention he thought megan fox sucks? oh yeah, i did. he went on from there.

however, roger ebert, formerly of at the movies, said this, "There is within Diablo Cody the soul of an artist, and her screenplay brings to this material a certain edge, a kind of gleeful relish, that's uncompromising. This isn't your assembly-line teen horror thriller." interesting. not convincing, but interesting.

what i do know is that megan fox, who is allegedly the hottest thing around, couldn't get teenage boys to open their wallets. and that's pretty bad. i mean, really, it's a psuedo slasher, teen boys like that. they're advertising some sort of lesbian-y subtext, teen boys like that. megan fox is easy on the eyes, teen boys like that. megan fox was in transformers, and teen boys turned out in droves for that thing. so what went wrong?

beats me. all i know is there are probably a half dozen other movies out right now that i would rather see.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

u.s. pole dancing championships

i'll say this right from the start, i'm opposed to strip clubs. and, i've never been to one. i'm not saying this from a 'look at me, pat me on the back,' standpoint, but more from the standpoint of it seems creepy to me and i've got ways i'd rather spend my money.

however, it seems that some of the ladies working in the clubs are quite talented on the pole. get your mind out of the gutter dirty bird, i'm talking about how they are quite acrobatic. check this video, and don't worry, it's safe for work, and probably not offensive. hell, i don't know what offends you.

USPDF Highlights 2009 from Savanna Hudson on Vimeo.



craziness.

american outlaws

back in my salt lake city/usmnt recap i talked about walking in behind a supporter group that i initially thought was sam's army, but it turned out to be the american outlaws. they were spirited, they had chants, songs, and even some musical instruments. they definitely provided a lot of heart for the u.s. crowd at that game.

after i found out who they were, i decided to check out their website and see what they were about. their core values and history are this:
Mission:
To support the United States National Team through a unified and dedicated group of supporters.

History:
The American Outlaws started in Lincoln, NE as a local supporters group. Throwing viewing parties at local bars and attending every game possible sparked excitement amongst some of the leaders of the group, who felt like they could do more. In attending these games, a lack of consistency was observed from game to game with regard to the level of supporter organization, particularly with events surrounding the game (ie tailgates, parties, etc.). We then decided to make AO a nationwide, non-profit supporter group. a country as big as the United States, organization is a critical aspect to creating a unified culture of soccer fans. The more the fan base is unified, the greater the fan presence, the more intimidating the atmosphere, which finally leads to better results on the field. This is the goal of American Outlaws.


this sounded really cool to me. i like the organizational idea, providing a unified fan experience, having local chapters be "experts" on where to party, tailgate, etc. and, i hope to attend more national games in the future, even if they're only friendlies leading up to next year's cup. so, i joined the american outlaws. for $15 a year, i thought it could be worth it. camaraderie is definitely nice, but they're also getting hook ups, like discount flights from continental airlines. the $15 also gets you some gear: a t-shirt & a bandanna.

today my gear arrived:



i know it's a stretch, but i'd love to see a fresno chapter start up. what do we need for that?
Chapter Criteria

* A minimum of 25 paid American Outlaw Members
* Have a "home base" bar, where fans can expect to meet to watch each game
* Host a viewing party at said bar for EVERY GAME
* Complete the AO Chapter Registration, which will be mailed to you
* Inform national AO of new members as they sign up

in my mind the real difficult part of this might be to get the 25 paid members. because i'm pretty sure that we can find a bar (sequoia, hero's, some other place) to watch all the games at/host viewing parties.

why would we want to be a chapter?

Benefits of Chapterdom (if that is a word)

* Chapter awarded free banner from national organization
* Chapter receives discounts on merch, as well as benefits in other areas
* Chapter receives free promotional swag from organizations, such as NIKE
* Chapter events receive national recognition to all AO members nationwide

sounds good, right? and, i also think that if we could get a chapter together it would help out the fuego support. so, get yourself over to american outlaws. sign up. let's get our chapter on and support the usmnt.


*cross posted @ wide world of fresno sports.