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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
My Holiday Wish List

If you're looking for something nice to get me for Christmas, I sometimes enjoy some light reading, maybe some science fiction or wacky fantasy books based completely outside the realm of reality.


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

As the United States of Texas Oklahoma and Virginia plans to kill their 1,000th prisoner since the ultimate irreversible penalty was re-introduced in 1976, please take your time to reflect on the case of a man executed for a crime he did not commit. State sponsored execution of the innocent is the second most important argument against the death penalty; human beings make mistakes and this is not a mistake that you can go back and fix. The number one argument? Check your Eighth Amendment.


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 12 Recap

Looks like we both got three games correct this week. Two missed field goals prevented me from a chance at nailing five out of five. Damn you Jay Feely and Matt Bryant! Here's your results:
  • Atlanta at Detroit: Both take Atlanta
  • Denver at Dallas: Rob - Denver, Derik - Dallas
  • Chicago at Tampa Bay: Both take Tampa Bay
  • NY Giants at Seattle: Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Seattle
  • Pittsburgh at Indianapolis: Both take Indianapolis
Crackhead McGee remains ahead of me 13 to 9.


Monday, November 28, 2005
Future of our NFL Celebrity Pick'em

Regardless of the outcome of tonight's Colts-Steelers matchup, Derik and I will be tied for the week. However, the future of our NFL Celebrity Pick'em is in danger. Bad analyst!


Kiss of Death

This is horrible news and I don't know why I'm linking it here, but a 15-year-old girl with a peanut allergy died after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten a delicious peanut butter treat.
Peanut allergies have been rising in recent decades. The reason remains unclear but one study found that baby creams or lotions with peanut oil may cause children to develop allergies later in life. About 1.5 million Americans are severely allergic to even the smallest trace of peanuts and peanut allergies account for 50 to 100 deaths in the United States each year.
Something must be done about peanut allergies!


Friday, November 25, 2005
Pat Morita Dies

I'm not even going to make any lame Miyagi jokes right now because this is very upsetting. Pat Morita 1932-2005.


Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 12

Happy Thanksgiving! This year, I give thanks for football on Thursday, and for your pals Rob and Derik impersonating your favorite NFL analysts and making picks on the five best games of the upcoming weekend. Rob will be playing the part of Steve Young and Derik will be playing the part of Michael Irvin. Last week, Derik beat Rob yet again. I'm awful! Here's this week:
  • Atlanta at Detroit (Thurs 1PM): Both take Atlanta
  • Denver at Dallas (Thurs 4PM): Rob - Denver, Derik - Dallas
  • Chicago at Tampa Bay (Sun 1PM): Both take Tampa Bay
  • NY Giants at Seattle (Sun 4PM): Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Seattle
  • Pittsburgh at Indianapolis (Mon 9PM): Both take Indianapolis
I'll be a monkey's uncle before I ever pick against Indy again. And it looks like Derik is abandoning the Bears-wagon and joining me on the Bucs-wagon. Come on aboard, I promise you, you won't hurt the horse. Wanna be a virtual Tom Jackson? Enter your picks in the comments section.


Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Car vs. building: Car wins

An eighty-year-old building in Asheville, NC was nearly demolished when a single car plowed into it and knocked out two support columns. That's one of the best pictures I've ever seen...it's remarkable how much damage one (female) driver can do. (Thanks, Bonnie!)


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 11 Recap

Umm so I guess I'm not that good at picking NFL games, but that's okay because I choose not to gamble actual real-life money.
  • Tampa at Atlanta: Rob - Tampa, Derik - Atlanta
  • Carolina at Chicago (Sun 1PM): Rob - Carolina, Derik - Chicago
  • Philly at NY Giants (Sun 1PM): Both take NY Giants
  • Indianapolis at Cincinnati (Sun 4PM): Rob - Cincinnati, Derik - Indianapolis
  • Minnesota at Green Bay (Mon 9PM): Both take Green Bay
Derik extends his lead in the season series, with 10 of 15 over three weeks ahead of my 6 of 15. Six? Gosh, I suck. But at least I tied Anonymous Tom Jackson.


Saturday, November 19, 2005
Noel chugged the ranch dressing


Noel chugged the ranch dressing
Originally uploaded by iracane.



Friday, November 18, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 11

Once again, your pals Rob and Derik will be impersonating your favorite NFL analysts and making picks on the five best games of the upcoming weekend. Rob will be playing the part of Steve Young and Derik will be playing the part of Michael Irvin. Last week, Derik crushed Rob four to two. He's good! Here's this week:
  • Tampa at Atlanta (Sun 1PM): Rob - Tampa, Derik - Atlanta
  • Carolina at Chicago (Sun 1PM): Rob - Carolina, Derik - Chicago
  • Philly at NY Giants (Sun 1PM): Both take NY Giants
  • Indianapolis at Cincinnati (Sun 4PM): Rob - Cincinnati, Derik - Indianapolis
  • Minnesota at Green Bay (Mon 9PM): Both take Green Bay
Yet again, nobody chose to impersonate Tom Jackson and enter their picks in the comments section. Could it possibly be any easier? I hate you all.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Oh, the prescience!

Big Daddy Grenks alerted me to Seattle-based Jones Soda's latest product: salmon flavored soda.

Wait a minute! I invented salmon flavored beverages! They ripped me off!



The Girl Next Door

I hate hockey.

Wait...Elisha Cuthbert has a blog at NHL.com?

I LOVE HOCKEY!



Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 10 recap

Stupid Derik and his stupid good picks! Stupid Donovan McNabb and his stupid propensity for passing!
  • New England at Miami (Sun 1PM): Both take New England
  • Denver at Oakland (Sun 4PM): Rob - Oakland, Derik - Denver
  • Washington at Tampa Bay (Sun 4PM): Rob - Tampa Bay, Derik - Washington
  • St. Louis at Seattle (Sun 4PM): Rob - St. Louis, Derik - Seattle
  • Dallas at Philly (Mon 9PM): Rob - Philly, Derik - Dallas
Derik now leads the season series, having nailed 7 out of 10 games in two weeks to my miserable 4.


Sunday, November 13, 2005
Party bus


Party bus
Originally uploaded by iracane.



Friday, November 11, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 10

For the second consecutive week, your pals Rob and Derik will be impersonating your favorite NFL analysts and making picks on the five best games of the upcoming weekend. Rob will be playing the part of Steve Young and Derik will be playing the part of Michael Irvin. Last week, Derik edged Rob three to two. We both stink! Here's this week:
  • New England at Miami (Sun 1PM): Both take New England
  • Denver at Oakland (Sun 4PM): Rob - Oakland, Derik - Denver
  • Washington at Tampa Bay (Sun 4PM): Rob - Tampa Bay, Derik - Washington
  • St. Louis at Seattle (Sun 4PM): Rob - St. Louis, Derik - Seattle
  • Dallas at Philly (Mon 9PM): Rob - Philly, Derik - Dallas
Last week, nobody chose to impersonate Tom Jackson and enter their picks in the comments section. People! Remember! You don't have to be black to impersonate Tom Jackson!


Monday, November 07, 2005
Socialist wins Parsippany High mock gubernatorial poll

Rise up citizens of my alma mater and defeat the corporate capitalist machine! Miniature American flags for all! Viva la revolucion! Viva el Corey!


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 9 recap

Well regardless of the outcome of tonight's much-anticipated Colts-Pats matchup, Derik "Mike Irvin" Cooley-Downs nailed 3 of 4 picks to beat Rob "Steve Young" Iracane's measly 1 correct choice.
  • Atlanta at Miami (Sun 1PM): Rob - Miami, Derik - Atlanta
  • Oakland at Kansas City (Sun 1PM): Both take Oakland
  • Carolina at Tampa Bay (Sun 1PM): Both take Carolina
  • Philadelphia at Washington (Sun 8PM): Rob - Philly, Derik - Washington
  • Indianapolis at New England (Mon 9PM): Rob - Indy, Derik - NE
See the original picks. And let's go Colts!


Sunday, November 06, 2005
I need a better cameraphone


I need a better cameraphone
Originally uploaded by iracane.
Spoon at the new nokia theater


Friday, November 04, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 9

Starting this week, your pals Rob and Derik will be impersonating your favorite NFL analysts and making picks on the five best games of the upcoming weekend. Rob will be playing the part of Steve Young and Derik will be playing the part of Michael Irvin. (says Derik: "so basically you try to talk, and then I yell over your voice while holding your wrist") Here's this week:
  • Atlanta at Miami (Sun 1PM): Rob - Miami, Derik - Atlanta
  • Oakland at Kansas City (Sun 1PM): Both take Oakland
  • Carolina at Tampa Bay (Sun 1PM): Both take Carolina
  • Philadelphia at Washington (Sun 8PM): Rob - Philly, Derik - Washington
  • Indianapolis at New England (Mon 9PM): Rob - Indy, Derik - NE
Want to participate as a virtual Tom Jackson? Enter your picks in the comments section.


Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Arkansas Man Kills Deer With Bare Hands; Consumes It

Wayne Goldsberry is a MAN'S MAN! First he wrestles a home-invading five point buck for forty minutes, then breaks its neck, dragged the dead animal out of the house, and sends it off to be processed into delicious venison steaks. Yummy!


Sensation sweeping the nation

Congratulations to cousin Matt Sidie for nailing down Freedom Conference 2005 First Team All-Conference honors. Dude moved back to sweeper halfway through the season and helped lead the Drew Rangers to the conference finals this Saturday.


Police Academy 8 in the works?

If you believe someone who met Leslie Easterbrook (Lieutenant Callahan) at a horror convention, then yes, expect to see another Police Academy on the silver screen. Amen!


Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Stop eating chicken and nix the trip to Thailand: How to avoid bird flu

Check out the Wall Street Journal's Handy-Dandy Guide to Avian Flu. It looks like W is devoting seven billion dollars on a vaccine that probably won't even work if and when the flu becomes a pandemic...a vaccine for a disease that has killed less than 70 people in 8 years...a vaccine for a disease that has only infected poultry workers or people who give mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to downed fighting chickens.

Stop the insanity, please, and start worrying (like Bill Gates does) about diseases that kill thousands of people every day. Hey, remember malaria? Remember when we eradicated it? Yeah, tell that to the million Africans dying every year of malaria.