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Sunday, March 30, 2003

After fooling around with the Scenario Generator for the Third Annual NCAA Pickem, it looks like the only game left that matters for the pool's purposes is the Syracuse-Texas game. If Syracuse wins, then Bryant is the pool champion. If Texas wins the semifinal game, there is a tie for first place between Matt S. and Smelly. I'll be rooting for Marquette to win the whole bag of peanuts.

Happy birthday to my cousin Amy! How old are you anyway? 18?

Thursday, March 27, 2003

Nerd link of the week: how scientists across the span of human history might postulate on the subject of cake.
Gregor Mendel:
I have discovered if you combine the mixtures for madeira cake and fruit cake, there result a cake with no raisins, two cakes with some raisins, a fourth cake entirely composed of raisins, and a sudden influx of hungry visitors to the monastery.

Tuesday, March 25, 2003

There's nothing specifically exciting about this car-crashing-into-chicken-restaurant story except for the picture. You really have to understand how hard it is to get a picture like that in these online newspapers. It's a pleasant surprise.

Monday, March 24, 2003

Everyday is special at Girls Are Pretty. Friday, March 14th was What If You Accidentally Get Put In Prison Day; Saturday, March 8th was Drunk In Seventeen Buildings Day:
This could take up about twenty minutes or a hell of a lot of drivetime depending on where you live. But by midnight tonight, you have to be drunk in seventeen distinct buildings. And we'll defer to your local government's zoning laws for the definition of "building."

There is a four-way tie for first place in the Oscars pool:
  1. Rob, Lisa C., Lisa S., Jill Z. (4 correct)
  2. Aunt Ros, Joe P., Maggie P., Drew R., Kerri S. (3 correct)
  3. Vince, Uncle Warren, Janet (?), Movie Queen (?), John H. (2 correct)
  4. Big Daddy Grenks, Noel S., Brian D., Donnie C., Michelle I. (1 correct)
  5. Elinor I. (0 correct)
How will I reward the winner(s)? I don't know yet. But I know how I'll reward myself: by finally going to sleep after sitting through that awful awards show.

Sunday, March 23, 2003

Do you remember who you picked for the Oscars pool? No? You don't? Too bad.

Saturday, March 22, 2003

Two questions:
  1. Someone named Janet entered the Oscars pool. Who is that?
  2. Who owns the pick set named 'eggs' in the NCAA Pickem?

Wednesday, March 19, 2003

In case you hadn't already noticed, I've started the First Annual Oscar Pool, where you try to pick the most correct winners from a list of 8 categories. The entry form is quite simple and intuitive; it does not require you to sign up or enter your email address. Just choose your 8 predictions, type your name in the space provided, and click the 'submit' button. Click away for the rules and prize info.

Tuesday, March 18, 2003

The latest car-crashing-into-building-news: Florida woman blacks out, then careens 50 feet across a parking lot into a furniture store.

The latest Krispy Kreme news: no updates yet on the new store openings page regarding the franchise in Brick.

Monday, March 17, 2003

My favorite Dutch band Bettie Serveert has just released a new album, Log 22. I never knew they toured with the Counting Crows!

The absolute only reason I love St. Patrick's Day: eating corned beef and cabbage for dinner makes me so very thankful that I'm Italian and know what real food is.

OK, you can make your picks now for the tournament pickem. Good luck. I'm really pissed...I wanted Seton Hall to get into the NIT, but only as the home team!

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Saturday night of choice: Sesame chicken with steamed broccoli, the stunning end to Championship Week, Sega Dreamcast, and Stoli Vanil and tonics.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

For those of you who remember the "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" show on PBS, you'll be sad to note that the Chief has died. Why couldn't you take Rockapella instead, Jebus?!?

Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Join the 2003 Tournament Pick Em contest. Group ID is 20207 and the password is 'hoops'. Winner will receive something really cool.


Tuesday, March 11, 2003

After reading this article, a certain person I know really ought to erase a piece of his/her home video collection. A Texas A&M student was sentenced to a month in jail for videotaping a sex romp with his girlfriend and then showing it to his buddies
Bice, 21, was charged under a little-known law that makes it a felony to videotape or photograph someone without their consent if the images are intended for arousal or sexual gratification.
That law is "little-known"? Maybe so, but that sort of discretion should just be a given thing for a person with the slightest shred of morality and/or common sense.

Hey you. You're talkin' to my guy all wrong. Do it again, and I'll stab you in the face with a soldering iron.

Sunday, March 09, 2003

Our thoughts and our prayers go out to Jordan on the day of her baptism. Congratulations, Marc and Lisa!

There is nothing sexier than the nastic movements of plantlife. Be sure to check out the quicktime movies of morning glory twining and the Venus Flytrap closing its 'jaws'.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

A proposed bill in the Florida state legislature mandating eye exams for drivers over age 80 is a good theory. By taking these opthamologically-challenged elderly drivers off the road, there may be a future dearth of car-crashing-into-building stories.

New Throwing Muses album! Kristin Hersh and Tanya Donnelly!

Friday, March 07, 2003

If I was in a video store looking for a movie to rent and a car plowed through the window and pinned me under its tire, I would certainly be freaked out. But I wouldn't think it was a terrorist attack like the victim in that story did.

Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Saved by the Bell's Screech has a live stand-up show and he got heckled at a recent performance in Indiana. His show is allegedly quite filthy:
(Dustin) Diamond shared anecdotes about the television sitcom 'Saved by the Bell' for about 10 minutes. However they weren't so much anecdotes as they were jokes about Zack Morris' sexuality and A.C. Slater's mullet. Images of Zack as a blow-up sex doll and Slater dripping grease from his permed style came alive for the audience through Diamond's reflections.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Congratulations to the Seton Hall men's basketball team for their amazing winning streak. However, they're now officially overrated:
St. Joseph's 134, Utah 118, Connecticut 113, Missouri 98, Southern Illinois 58, Butler 50, Weber State 10, Oregon 6, Purdue 6, Gonzaga 6, Boston College 6, Kent State 6, Troy State 3, Penn State 2, Seton Hall 1, NC Wilmington 1, Holy Cross 1, BYU 1.

Harper's Index is a feature in the monthly publication Harper's Magazine. It's basically a smorgasbord of useful (and useless) statistics. For example:
Chances that a U.S. man between the ages of 18 and 34 shaves all or part of his chest : 3 in 10
I'd say that number would be significantly higher if only New Jersey men were surveyed. Filthy guidos...