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Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Bold Prediction

Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will be John Kerry's running mate.

Sunday, March 28, 2004
Final Four is Set

First off, congratulations to Kerri for correctly predicting the final four teams. As for the eventual winner of the Fourth Annual, here are the possible scenarios and the associated winners:
  1. Oklahoma State over Duke: Bryant
  2. Oklahoma State over UConn: Rob
  3. Georgia Tech over Duke: Kerri
  4. Georgia Tech over UConn: Kerri
  5. Duke over Oklahoma State: Tom
  6. Duke over Georgia Tech: Steph H.
  7. UConn over Oklahoma State: Derik
  8. UConn over Georgia Tech: Derik

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Yankees coming to a television near you...

Well, only if you live in the NY/NJ area and subscribe to Cablevision. An arbitration panel ruled that the evil cable company must carry the evil empire's games on basic cable instead of requiring customers to pay an extra monthly fee for the YES network. I'd consider this a victory for the average fan; however, our Cablevision bill is $130 per month. Eff them.

Monday, March 22, 2004

Derik's plans?
I'm opening a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label to celebrate.
Good stuff.

Sweet Sixteen Update

After the first weekend of hot uncensored tournament action, here's the top six entries in the Fourth Annual Blah Blah Blah:
  1. Steph H. (46)
  2. Michelle St. P.(45)
  3. Kerri S.(44)
  4. DCD(44)
  5. Noel S.(43)
  6. Rob I.(43)
Only Kerri has all of her final four teams intact; Michelle lost her national champion (Kentucky) and the rest of the list lost their national runners-up. Special congratulations to Carl St. P. for being in last place and having zero teams left in the final two.

Friday, March 19, 2004

Thursday, March 18, 2004
NCAA pick'em update

Only Derik and Michelle correctly picked all seven early games correctly today. History has shown us that they'll probably finish near the basement. Sorry.

What's Special About This Number?

If you put every roman numeral from one to one million in 'alphabetical' order, which would be last? Find the answer to this and other inane math facts at What's Special About This Number? It's even better than watching the NCAA tournament scoreboard over at

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Alleged sniper arrested

Johnny Galecki, who played Darlene's boyfriend Kevin Healy on the TV show "Roseanne", was arrested today in Las Vegas in connection with the Ohio highway sniper shootings. I don't know why he's been using the alias "Charles A. McCoy Jr."



Get out of my donuts or I'LL CUT YOU!

A gym teacher in New Hampshire faces criminal assault charges for stabbing a student during an altercation over a box of Krispy Kreme donuts.

Sunday, March 14, 2004
Fourth Annual NCAA Tournament Pick'em

Hey jerk! Join the Fourth Annual NCAA Tournament Pick'em. Once again, we're using Yahoo to host the game; go create an entry and then join group #28994. The password is "hoops". Winner gets a prize!

Past winners include:

  • 2001: Derik C. of Roxbury, Massachusetts
  • 2002: Vince A. of Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 2003: Bryant S. of Winston-Salem, North Cackalacky
Can we get a winner from the state of New Jersey PLEASE?

And for those of you who still don't believe that I give away prizes, just ask's Official Brother-in-Law, Carl St. P of Philadelphia, PA. He (finally) received his prize for winning the Super Bowl Pick'em, an official Super Bowl Champion pin featuring the hated New England Patriots. Congrats!

Friday, March 12, 2004
Car crashes into schoolroom full of fifth-graders

Patricia Thompson of Lauderhill, Florida plowed her 1993 Oldsmobile Achieva through a glass window of a classroom yesterday. No one was seriously hurt.

Thursday, March 11, 2004
Chris Rock's Old Cellular Number

A girl named Laura bought a new cellphone at Verizon and ended up with Chris Rock's old cellphone number. Hilarity ensued when celebs like Spike Lee and Adam Sandler called looking for Chris.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Color contrast and constancy

It's an optical illusion, for us unlearned folk. The blue tiles in the left hand frame and the yellow tiles in the right hand frame are both the same shade of gray. Get it?

Thursday, March 04, 2004
Win $1 million tomorrow at McDonald's

Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam writes about the 1 million dollar prizes that will be given away to 15 random customers at McDonald's restaurants tomorrow. This seemingly secret contest is part of the settlement to a class-action lawsuit involving the fraud-ridden McDonald's Monopoly game. Guess I'll be stopping for a McGriddle on my way to work.

Wednesday, March 03, 2004
OMG <3 <3 <3 REM <3 <3 <3 Dashboard <3 <3 <3 OMG

From my REM fanclub newsletter:
On Thursday, March 4th, at 8pm (ET) MTV2 will host 'MTV2 Album Covers' featuring Dashboard Confessional playing songs from R.E.M.'s 'Automatic For the People.' The set includes a performance by Michael who joins in on vocals on an R.E.M. number and a Dashboard Confessional song. Please be sure to check local listings.

Birthday boy crashes stolen plane into power lines

Louis Kadlecek celebrated his 21st birthday by getting liquored up, stealing a plane, and flying it into a power line, cutting power to a few backwoods Texas towns. The best part? He had never flown a plane before.
(Brazoria County Chief Deputy Sheriff Charles) Wagner said he asked him where he was going and Kadlecek said, "I don't know, Mexico, maybe."
Read the full article...there's a bunch of good stuff there.

Monday, March 01, 2004
Oscars results

We have a tie for first place, as both Brian B. and R. Cherry (who are you?) correctly predicted 20 of 24 categories. Both also predicted that Carmelo Anthony would score 26 points last night (he ended up with 25). So I must go to the second tiebreaker, which I've decided is "earliest entry wins". Congratulations Brian! You'll get your prize whenever I decide what I think you deserve. Here's the top 13:
  1. Brian (20)
  2. R. Cherry (20)
  3. Steph Z. (18)
  4. Elinor (18)
  5. Doug M. (17)
  6. Amy A. (17)
  7. Cindy (15)
  8. Donnie (14)
  9. Big Daddy (14)
  10. Jill Z. (14)
  11. Diana (14)
  12. Vince (14)
  13. Ellen (14)
Last place? Sue and A.R. with a measly 6 correct. Ouch. Bonus points to Cecil for having seen 15 (fifteen!) of the nominated movies.