Friday, October 31, 2008

Line 'Em Up Week #9 is up over at Patriots Daily

Line Em UpWeek #9, much like Halloween, could be trick or treat for the Patriots as the 3-4 Colts welcome the Pats for their first game in the recently opened Lucas Oil Stadium. This week's column, titled The Old Gray Mare, She Ain't What She Used To Be, examines a little bit further the comparison between the first years as starting Pats QB for both Brady and Cassel as well as how the Pats should attack the Colts in order for them to secure the win.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The C's Ring In An Opening Night Victory


The first game of the 2008-09 NBA season for the Celts started off somewhat like the end of the 2007-08 season - once defence was on lockdown, there was no way the C's were going to loseas the Celts beat their second round opponents from last year, the Cleveland Cavaliers, 90-85. The Truth, Paul Pierce, was on point with 27 pts (2 of 4 from the 3-pt arc) and got some timely help from Rajon Rondo (14 pts, 6 assists, 3 steals, 2 TOs) Tony Allen (11 pts) and Leon Powe (13 pts) to help overcome a sluggish first half.

But there were definitely things to work on. While the D forced 21 TOs by the Cavs, the Cavs outrebounded the Celts (41-36) and shot better from the FT line (72.7%-61.8%). If LeBron made those late game FTs, the Cavs may have stolen the game out from under the home team. This game is one of those that you'll breathe a little easier knowing that you basically played one half and still came away with a W.

Below is Pierce's and KG's reactions from Game One of 82:

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Rough Day for NBA Offspring

In a couple of moves that really shocked no one who watches the games, Coby Karl (son of George Karl, current coach of Denver Nuggets) and Patrick Ewing, Jr. (son of you know) both were shown the door as NBA teams made their mandatory cuts to the roster limit of 15.

I never understood why Karl had a roster spot on the Lakers to begin with other than his connection. 6'5" guards that have a hard time playing the point are right now a dime a dozen and most of them aren't a potential source for inter-conference melodrama.

I do have a feeling that Ewing Jr will be signed by another team and sent to the NBDL due to his swingman size (6'8") and potential upside based on his preseason play. Unfortunately, this year's incarnation of the New York Knickerbockers is a team in transition with a need for proven players and can't take a chance on developing/refining Ewing Jr's skills. When you factor the anchor of Starbury around their figurative neck by his contract and taking a roster spot, the choice was a non-issue.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

A Garden Party Fit For a Champion on Tuesday

The season opener for the Celts tomorrow will feature new kicks (for KG) and new threads (for the team) for this special night, according to the Celtics Blog over at boston.com. Here is the breakdown:

Kevin Garnett will wear a special edition Adidas shoe for Tuesday's season opener; only 17 pairs were made, to commemorate the Celtics' 17 championships. Each pair will be signed by Garnett and auctioned off online to raise money for the Celtics Shamrock Fund. The Celtics will also wear a special edition white, gold, and green jersey on opening night that features a championship patch, as well as gold detailing on the front and back.
Here's the pic of the shoe:
Pretty sweet; especially with the auto on the pair. I'll be on the lookout for the auction (to see if it is online) and post the link, if one becomes available. I hope that the jerseys will become available like the St. Patty's ones.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

All Me, All The Time

In keeping with todays' self-pub motif, here are a couple of articles from your humble host that are on the Interweb which may be of some interest to you:



Guns N' Roses : Chinese Democracy (single) review - Kung-Fu Rodeo

One Reason to be Greatful for Being a Nerd Dad - Nerd Dads

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Line 'Em Up Week #8 is up

Line Em UpWeek #8 is almost at the halfway point in the NFL season and the Patriots, finding a renewed sense of self, welcomes the team that they beat for their first Super Bowl victory, the St. Louis Rams. This week's column, titled Building Blocks, highlights the need to evaluated the defensive backfield after Rodney Harrison's season-ending injury and looks at what the Pats need to do to beat the Rams.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

In case you didn't know, that PC guy is funny

Who would've thought that when the first of the MAC/PC TV spots were run, they would be responsible for launching the entertainment careers of both stars?

Justin Long is a burgeoning and possibly bankable character movie actor with several ensemble movies coming out in the next few months (most notably for this writer, Zack and Miri Make a Porno) while John Hodgman has become a national humorist and best-selling author.

TED.com (always a great site for thought-provoking and entertaining lectures) goes for the latter performer by bringing its viewers a great 16+ minute story by Hodgman titled A Brief Digression on Matters of Lost Time. I think that he even works in a toss-away reference to Star Trek IV. Truly, he's a great storyteller and I just wish I could tell a tale a well as he can.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Line 'Em Up Week 7 Is Up

Line Em UpNFL Week #7 is a classic MNF battle that brings the Broncos to play at the Razor. This week's column is titled Buckin' the Urge to Panic where I make my case for the possible future of a certain New England running back and show which team the Patriots should model themselves after in order to gain that all important W.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Read Me! Read Me! Read Me!


Today's post is all about me shamelessly promoting my stuff on other sites. Click below to read the sweet goodness that comes from my huge noggin:

Virgin Comics existing in an Amazonian afterlife - KFR

Here We Go Again - “Chinese Democracy” Gets A New Release Date - KFR

Criminals Beware, it’s Spatman! - Nerddads

And don't forget - new Line 'Em Up tomorrow, kids!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

New Website - nerd dads


Just to make sure that I have occupy all of my free time doing stuff on the Internets, I have joined up with fellow my KFR cronies Steve and Andrew to blog about being a dad in a pop-culture world. The site is called (as if the logo and this post's title were not clear enough) nerd dad.

The site should reflect the thoughts and ideas of a group of dads who are deep into geek culture and how it's passed on/tolerated by their offspring. Nerddads.com will have frequent posts and will cover the gambit for dads on the possible cutting edge - from new tech for dads to kiddie-based nerd items to mold the youngster into the nerd of tomorrow to the prerequisite cute kid pics.

As you may or may not have noticed, I have included the link to Nerddads over on the right under the More BS bullet for ease of accessiblity. So, stop by and watch as I perpetually embarrass my kids for years to come which will result in pricey therapy sessions in less than 10 years time.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

How To Get Free MP3s Part 4: "The Party for Change Mix" - DJ Z-Trip

DJ Z-Trip has been one of my favorite DJs since I first heard Uneasy Listening Vol. 1, a CD that I bought from Food One (artist Jim Mahfood) way back in the beginning part of this millennium. I've followed his career track, whether it was on the Scratch doc, his remix of a Jackson Five's "I Want You Back" for the Motown Remixed disc or his latest release, a soundtrack for the 2K Sports' All-Pro Football 2K8 Video Game.

Z-Trip has been backing Barrack Obama during this presidential campaign and has performed a couple times using a mix aptly titled "The Party for Change Mix". And I just received word this morning that Z-Trip is offering that jam free for the public. Here's Z-Trip's comments about the mix and the free offering:

This one is pretty massive and I'm stoked with how it came out.

I hope you all dig it and pass the link along to everyone you think should hear it. It's an important message to get out and we're running out of time.

Speaking of which, the deadline to register is coming up for most states (some have already passed), so if you aren't registered yet, I really think you should take the opportunity to do so. Regardless of whom you vote for, make your voice heard!

This year is becoming apparent that every vote will count for either side. But no matter who you think should win, free music is a movement that I think that we all can get behind. Click on the image below to get your free tunes.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

For $1.6 mil, you too can live like a Radio God

Got this alert from Google but held on to posting it since I thought that it might be pulled. Why the precaution? Because the house pictured above is the former Northern Virginia residence of one Don Geronimo, DJ extraordinaire now retired, and it is for sale. I know of the neighborhood since that area is an old haunt of mine and the price is a fair one for the size of the land (over 3 acres) and the house itself (all of amenities including the much-talked about cave) are very nice. I hope that the area's decline market won't affect the sale but I do have a feeling that it is one of the reasons behind the marketing push that trades on Doni's name. Stalkers, beware; he lives in the OC now and will not be availble for capturing, Rupert Pupkin-style.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Line 'Em Up Week 6 Is Up

Line Em UpNFL Week #6 brings the New England Patriots down the PCH and drops them off at San Diego for a Sunday night affair. This week's column is titled No Merry Men in San Diego and covers my beef with the whole Cris Carter rant on New England fans and how porous the San Diego defensive backfield has become in the '08 season.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

What can you do with a Wii Remote?

My friend Kathy (late of The Fangirl Adventures) got me hooked on videos from TED.com. For those of you who may not be familiar with it, here's a brief write-up from the site:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference, held in Long Beach, now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
TED.com has a ton of videos on their site; all available for download in MP4/AVI format, streaming at their site or for embedding on your own site (as is the case here).

The video selection below is from the February 2008 conference. Johnny Lee, formerly a student at Carnegie Mellon now at Microsoft Applied Sciences, demos a couple of his cool mods to the Wii Remote (or as I call it - the Wiimote).



To learn more about these mods, you can find out more at Johnny's dedicated page.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Line 'Em Up Week #5 is up

Line Em UpNFL Week #5 has the New England Patriots comng off the bye week to play the once mighty San Francisco 49ers. This week's column is titled "Dressed to the Niners". Topics of interest include if Al Davis is truly part of the undead, the youth movement in San Fran and what Patrick Willis has in common with Chuck Norris and Kiefer Sutherland.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Olsson's Bookstores closes its doors for good



I just learned that the local Washington DC last great bookstore, Olsson's Books and Records, has closed its doors forever and petitioned to change their bankruptcy filing from Chapter 11 (re-organization) to Chapter 7 (liquidate assets).

As a Metro DC expatriate, I have some great memories with Olsson's of G-Town. Finding some great indy CDs and taking a chance on a book based one of my favorite recommending employees (whose name escapes me 15 years later). Stores like Olsson's are becoming similar to the old Five and Dime stores of the 40s and 50s - regional stores run by locals who catered their clientele and had an appreciation for their neighborhood.

With Olsson's closing its door, the experience of going to a local bookstore has grown that much colder.

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