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Friday, December 30, 2005
Top Nine Most Entertaining Albums of 2005

This is basically the list of albums I bought this year. In alphabetical order, natch:
  • Death Cab for Cutie - Plans
  • Decemberists - Picaresque
  • Kanye West - Late Registration
  • Marah - If You Didn't Laugh, You'd Cry
  • New Pornographers - Twin Cinema
  • Shout Out Louds - Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
  • Spoon - Gimme Fiction
  • Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise
  • Teenage Fanclub - Man-Made
Bonus best concert of the year: Rilo Kiley at Webster Hall (05.26.2005)


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 17

It's the last week of the regular season and the first week that Derik and I have submitted the exact same picks for the five games.
  • NY Giants at Oakland (Sat 8PM): Both pick NY Giants
  • Carolina at Atlanta (Sun 1PM): Both pick Carolina
  • Cincinnati at Kansas City (Sun 1PM): Both pick Kansas City
  • Houston at San Francisco (Sun 4PM): Both pick Houston
  • Washington at Philadelphia (Sun 4PM): Both pick Washington
That Texans vs 49ers matchup is the battle for worst record, but not really the "Bush Bowl" persay. I firmly believe that no matter who gets the number one pick in the 2006 NFL Draft, that team will trade the first pick to the Jets. Reggie Bush is extremely talented, but teams like New Orleans or Houston simply cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket.


Thursday, December 29, 2005
Top Nine Most Entertaining Movies of 2005

Why 'most entertaining' and not simply 'best'? Because what other reason would you go to the movies except to be entertained? Why nine and not ten? Because I didn't see enough movies. This list is culled from those movies which I saw (in the actual theater) during the calendar year of 2005, so "Million Dollar Baby" makes my list even though it was a late-2004 release. And pictures like "Munich" or "Match Point" probably will make my 2006 list because I simply have no time to see them before Saturday. Here they are, in chronological order:
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • The Interpreter
  • Batman Begins
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • The 40-Year-Old Virgin
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Capote
  • Walk the Line
  • Syriana
Bonus...most entertaining movie I saw in the comfort of my home: Millions


Car crashes into McDonald's

Deborah Smith of Newton, NJ swerved across a median on route 206 to avoid another vehicle and slammed her Mazda into the local McDonald's.
The impact broke a window, but overall the damage was minor and only cosmetic, police said.
"Insert witty drive-thru remark here"


Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 16 recap

I'm getting really tired of losing to Derik.
  • Dallas at Carolina: Both pick Carolina
  • NY Giants at Washington: Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Washington
  • Atlanta at Tampa Bay: Both pick Tampa
  • San Diego at Kansas City: Rob - San Diego, Derik - Kansas City
  • Indianapolis at Seattle: Both take Indianapolis
  • Minnesota at Baltimore: Rob - Baltimore, Derik - Minnesota
Derik leads with 25 correct picks to my 18. The postseason lurks!


Tuesday, December 27, 2005
ORIGINAL DEATHPOOL UPDATE OMFG

This doesn't affect the current deathpool, but for those of you who remember the original pool from 7 years ago, one of the dark horse candidates has passed. Michael Vale, the Dunkin Donuts guy, has died from complications from diabetes. Keith had him. Time to make the donuts, indeed.


The turducken is for losers

The turducken, a tasty treat made by stuffing a chicken into a duck into a turkey, is yesterday's news. Real people enjoy the ten-bird roast, or the gooduckardguickenpheatridgegeoncock.


Monday, December 26, 2005
Double Feature Finder

One of my favorite pastimes is catching two movies for the price of one at the local cinema. Nothing beats catching an early showing of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and then sneaking across the hall for a late showing of "Wedding Crashers" on a rainy summer night. Illegal? Yes. Unethical? Certainly. Fun? Hell yes! After years and years of getting ripped off by theater owners and Hollywood studios alike, you have the chance to get back a little piece of the action. Check out Double Feature Finder and plan your illicit trip to the theater.

Warning: may not work in certain Loews theaters that are separated into two wings when each wing is manned by a separate Ticket Nazi. If one movie is in the north wing and one movie is in the south wing, you cannot sneak from theater to theater without getting caught. Double warning: if you see a double feature of "Cheaper by the Dozen 2" and "Fun with Dick & Jane" then Hollywood still wins and you still lose. Triple warning: the super value combo is, in fact, neither super nor a value. Discuss.



Belated Greetings



Saturday, December 24, 2005
Babies don't like Uncle Bob


Babies don't like Uncle Bob
Originally uploaded by iracane.



Friday, December 23, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 16

I stink:
  • Dallas at Carolina (Sat 1PM): Both pick Carolina
  • NY Giants at Washington (Sat 1PM): Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Washington
  • Atlanta at Tampa Bay (Sat 1PM): Both pick Tampa
  • San Diego at Kansas City (Sat 1PM): Rob - San Diego, Derik - Kansas City
  • Indianapolis at Seattle (Sat 4PM): Both take Indianapolis
  • Minnesota at Baltimore (Sun 8PM): Rob - Baltimore, Derik - Minnesota
Ooh a replacement game! Merry NFL Christmas!


Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 15 recap

TIE! I am emboldened by my correct Giants pick and embiggened by my upset of the year Chargers pick, but I still trail Derik by 6 games on the year.
  • Kansas City at NY Giants: Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Kansas City
  • San Diego at Indianapolis: Rob - San Diego, Derik - Indianapolis
  • Pittsburgh at Minnesota: Rob - Minnesota, Derik - Pittsburgh
  • Dallas at Washington: Rob - Dallas, Derik - Washington
  • Atlanta at Chicago: Both take Chicago


Saturday, December 17, 2005
Tree


Tree
Originally uploaded by iracane.



Friday, December 16, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 15

After six weekends of picking football games, I'm a full six games behind Derik and I only have three weeks of regular season play left to catch up. Let me put my prognosticating cap on! Another week, another five games to pick:
  • Kansas City at NY Giants (Sat 5PM): Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Kansas City
  • San Diego at Indianapolis (Sun 1PM): Rob - San Diego, Derik - Indianapolis
  • Pittsburgh at Minnesota (Sun 1PM): Rob - Minnesota, Derik - Pittsburgh
  • Dallas at Washington (Sun 4PM): Rob - Dallas, Derik - Washington
  • Atlanta at Chicago (Sun 8PM): Both take Chicago
Hooray for Saturday NFL action! Hey dude, make your own picks in the comments section...I'm looking at you, Matt, Tom, Vince, and other regular visitors.


Guttenberg, avast!

From an interview in the U.K.'s Metro newspaper, we get Steve Guttenberg at his best. Witness:
Guttenberg: Everyone keeps asking me that stupid question: "What are you doing?" I say: "Why do I need to do anything? I'm rich." Do you want me to be poor again? Do you want me to go back to making tomato soup out of ketchup and water? Or would you like me to be a multimillionaire and be rewarded for all the entertainment I gave you for all those years? I'm enjoying life now. If I was a plumber and I'd done the most plumbing jobs between 1980 and 1990, everyone would be saying: "What a great plumber" - he says "f**k you to the world and he's enjoying himself." But for some reason, as an actor, you're not allowed to say: "I'm f**king rich, bro."
Just shut up and make another Police Academy movie.
Guttenberg: I think I would (do it). You never know.
Huzzah!


Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Ruminant mammal in distress

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Deer love them some smoothies.


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 14 recap

Quickie recap...Derik is kicking my ass, still:
  • Chicago at Pittsburgh: Rob - Chicago, Derik - Pittsburgh
  • Tampa Bay at Carolina: Both take Carolina
  • Indianapolis at Jacksonville: Both take Indianapolis
  • Washington at Arizona: Rob - Arizona, Derik - Washington
  • Kansas City at Dallas: Rob - Dallas, Derik - Kansas City
I don't have much time for a comeback, but I'll do my best to get back to .500 for the season.


Monday, December 12, 2005
Deathpool Update

Deathpool standings have been updated to reflect Richard Pryor's untimely passing. Tom (aka Angel of Death) has knocked off half his list already. Rob C. gets on the board leaving my dad (aka Angel of Mercy) in last place with 0 deaths. Hey Dad, put me on your list next year!


Sunday, December 11, 2005
Car crashes into Staunton bookstore

Our Virginia correspondent Vince A. brings us this car-crashin story wherein a 70 year old woman swerves to avoid an SUV and ends up deep inside a bookstore. Good stuff! Thanks Vince!


Saturday, December 10, 2005



Originally uploaded by iracane.
Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City


Richard Pryor 1940-2005


Richard Pryor 1940-2005
Originally uploaded by iracane.
Deathpool update: Goodbye Richard.


Friday, December 09, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 14

Quickie picks:
  • Chicago at Pittsburgh (Sun 1PM): Rob - Chicago, Derik - Pittsburgh
  • Tampa Bay at Carolina (Sun 1PM): Both take Carolina
  • Indianapolis at Jacksonville (Sun 1PM): Both take Indianapolis
  • Washington at Arizona (Sun 4PM): Rob - Arizona, Derik - Washington
  • Kansas City at Dallas (Sun 4PM): Rob - Dallas, Derik - Kansas City
Wanna be a virtual Tom Jackson? Who wouldn't? Enter your picks in the comments section.


Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 13 Recap

Quick and late recap today: Derik beat my sorry ass again. Boo-hoo.
  • Atlanta at Carolina: Rob - Atlanta, Derik - Carolina
  • Cincinnati at Pittsburgh: Rob - Pittsburgh, Derik - Cincinnati
  • Dallas at NY Giants: Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Dallas
  • Denver at Kansas City: Rob - Kansas City, Derik - Denver
  • Seattle at Philly: Rob - Philly, Derik - Seattle
Derik leads the season series 16 to 11. Ouch! I actually watched the entire second half of that Monday Night game (Seattle 42, Philadelphia 0) just WAITING and WAITING for the Eagles to score. Um...yeah...


Come on down

Hey y'all, our good friend Jill and her husband visited the Price is Right studios for some hot gaming action recently. Jill did a fantastic job coaching her husband as he actually made it on stage and WON A CAR! I believe he played either Any Number or Lucky $even and won either a Ford Focus or a Mercury Mystique. Thanks, BDG, for tivoing and screen-cappin'.


Friday, December 02, 2005
Bloodthirsty squirrels, ho!

A severe pine cone shortage in Lazo, Russia has led to local squirrels seeking a different food source, in this case, tasty doggies.
Komosmolskaya Pravda notes that in a previous incident this autumn chipmunks terrorised cats in a part of the territory.
The rodents must be stopped!


Celebrity NFL Picks - Week 13

Despite his legal problems, our Michael Irvin impersonater Derik will indeed be participating in this week's Celebrity Pick'em, where Derik (as Mike the Pipemaker Irvin) and Rob (as Steve Hall-of-Famre Young) pick the five best games of the week. This past Thanksgiving weekend, Derik and Rob tied. Here's this week:
  • Atlanta at Carolina (Sun 1PM): Rob - Atlanta, Derik - Carolina
  • Cincinnati at Pittsburgh (Sun 1PM): Rob - Pittsburgh, Derik - Cincinnati
  • Dallas at NY Giants (Sun 1PM): Rob - NY Giants, Derik - Dallas
  • Denver at Kansas City (Sun 4PM): Rob - Kansas City, Derik - Denver
  • Seattle at Philly (Mon 9PM): Rob - Philly, Derik - Seattle
No dupes this week...very interesting! Wanna be a virtual Tom Jackson? Enter your picks in the comments section.