Sunday, December 31, 2006

Marshall coach recalls sadness, triumph - College football -

This weekend, while fighting the damn bronchitis, I went to see We are Marshall in the theater in Charleston. I was quite impressed by the movie. It was done quite well, with no condescension toward Appalachia (something I'd worried about), and emotion without sappiness. I'd highly recommend it. At the end, I was wondering what was accurate and what wasn't. This interview with Lengyel answered my questions. Yes, the final play wasn't the same as in the history boooks, but I think you'll agree that it provided a needed symmetry for the movie.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Should you have graduated High School?

OK, so I found another new site and can't tear myself away.....

You paid attention during 97% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don't get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?
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I'm glad to know that the doctorate has prepared me to score excellently on Internet quizzes.

Do You Drink Republican Kool-Aid?

You Drink Republican Kool-Aid 0% of the Time!

Congratulations, you do not drink the Republican Kool-Aid. You haven't been brainwashed and are able to think for yourself rather than get your daily marching orders from the right-wing media. Mindless submission to our leader has no place in America. You, sir or ma'am, are a patriot.

Do You Drink Republican Kool-Aid?

Are YOU a terrorist?

Always nice to have validation...

Your 'Do You Want the Terrorists to Win' Score: 94%

You are a terrorist-loving, Bush-bashing, "blame America first"-crowd traitor. You are in league with evil-doers who hate our freedoms. By all counts you are a liberal, and as such cleary desire the terrorists to succeed and impose their harsh theocratic restrictions on us all. You are fit to be hung for treason! Luckily George Bush is tapping your internet connection and is now aware of your thought-crime. Have a nice day.... in Guantanamo!

Do You Want the Terrorists to Win?
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Friday, November 17, 2006

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

I am Spiderman

I think I would have preferred Isis or Wonder Woman. Then again, I don't think anyone remembers Isis.

Your results:
You are Spider-Man

Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
The Flash
You are intelligent, witty,
a bit geeky and have great
power and responsibility.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Quiz

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

"You're unique, just like everyone else...." Margaret Mead

Talk about depressing.
LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Steve Slaton Heisman Campaign

Finally, a platform we can live with. Wonder where I can get my "Slaton for Heismann" shirts and buttons?

The Onion

Heisman Candidate Promises Voters Free Health Care, Lower Taxes

MORGANTOWN, WV—With his stock falling and his projected share of the vote expected to be smaller with every passing week, Steve Slaton...

Monday, November 06, 2006

Tennessee Jed: Metaphorical pumpkin flesh

Wonderful pumpkin carving honoring Pink Floyd great Syd Barrett, who passed along earlier this year. May he rest in peace. I think that either Syd or Roger, whichever incarnation of his sanity was there, would be quite pleased with the tribute.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Ode to the WVU-Louisville Game

At least the game last night got our creative minds working.....

Slaton with the Ball
Brief Reflections on the Start of the Second Half
By Mountain Laurel and Kim
(with apologies to Ernest L. Thayer)

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mountaineers that day,
The score stood sixteen-fourteen, with two quarters left to play.

And after the ball came out after several long yard gains,
A pall-like silence fell upon the 'Eer's fans at the game.

But a recovery from our heroes after Brohm's pass to the ten
The boys from West Virginia were in the game again.

The straggling few that turn to go and cursed in deep despair
Turned back and basked in new hopes now floating in the air

They thought, "if only Slaton could but get a whack again.
We'd put up even money now, 90 yards and he's in.

The clock ran down, the line came up, the official spotted the ball
White handed off to Slaton, surprising no one with the call.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright.
The band is playing somewhere, and couches all burn bright.
And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout,

but there is no joy in Motown --
mighty Slaton's arm gave out.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Cure your own hiccups! [rec.humor.funny]

Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease. I wonder who funded this study? Cure your own hiccups! [rec.humor.funny]

Friday, October 27, 2006

Advice from Dear Abby

Take a look at this recent letter to Dear Abby about a pregnant teen who unwillingly tells her parents about her situation. Advice from Dear Abby on uExpress But yes, we need to make sure that we have parental notification so that the nasty tramp gets what's coming to her. And an abortion would have been so terrible and so much worse than what happened! This makes me furious.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Business Presentations for Success - Use PowerPoint for Successful Business Presentations - Create Business Presentations in PowerPoint

Business Presentations for Success - Use PowerPoint for Successful Business Presentations - Create Business Presentations in PowerPoint

Saddam, Year 2

Last Friday marks the second anniversary of my meeting Saddam the crawdad. Since then, Saddam has grown like a weed. He is now at least five inches long and growing. From his original hole next to the patio, he has expanded to a location near the steps. I can only conclude that he is expanding his home to accommodate a growing family.

He's getting bold in his advancing years. Every night he has been sitting with his body almost all the way out of his hole so that I can clearly see his claws and get an estimate of his size. On Sunday night I went outside to see him sitting all the way on my patio. I must have startled him because he ran back to the grass trolling for bugs. You know, the little guy is really starting to grow on me. I'll get a picture if I can.

And in a few more years, he'll end up being a GREAT lobster dinner.

The Age Blogs: Management Line / How to haggle Archives

This could come in handy. The Age Blogs: Management Line / How to haggle Archives

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

St. Expedite -

The patron saint of hackers and the overworked. I guess they have a saint for everything!St. Expedite -

Trunk Monkey Videos - Trunkmonkey Training Headquarters

Trunk Monkey Videos - Trunkmonkey Training Headquarters The definitive collection, plus a couple of other goodies like the 1984 Mac video and the Super Bowl Career Builder monkey commercials. Fun!

Friday, May 19, 2006

What poetry form are you?

I'm terza rima, and I talk and smile.
Where others lock their rhymes and thoughts away
I let mine out, and chatter all the while.

I'm rarely on my own - a wasted day
Is any day that's spent without a friend,
With nothing much to do or hear or say.

I like to be with people, and depend
On company for being entertained;
Which seems a good solution, in the end.
What Poetry Form Are You?

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Ad Graveyard

Jeffrey Zeldman Presents: The Ad Graveyard Oh, so bad it's almost funny. Scrap the almost. It's damn funny, but I'm ashamed of myself for sayings o.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Don't wait until another dam breaks

Don't wait until another dam breaks Highlighting the importance of above-ground potential mining disasters such as Buffalo Creek in 1974.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

I Can Tell By the Tone of Your Voice...

Eide Neurolearning Blog: I Can Tell By the Tone of Your Voice...Yet another difference between men and women. I find this one fascinating. I wonder why it is? Ideas?

Attytood: Can you spot the mistakes in this photo?

Attytood: Can you spot the mistakes in this photo? It's just like those Sunday morning cartoons! I got both of them, but not for the same reason.

The New Sociology

A college student spends three days of his spring break at Wal-Mart. I have felt like I was never going to get out of there. I don't see how he did it. I'd like to read his book, though, should he write it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Friday, March 03, 2006 - Photo Gallery - Top 15 Seniors - Photo Gallery - Top 15 Seniors Notice who's guarding him...that's right, it's Pittsnogle, in a WVU victory!!!

Mike Gansey Number 3 Senior - Photo Gallery - Top 15 Seniors Let's Gooooooo, Mountaineers!!

Kevin Pittsnogle: #10 Senior in the USA - Photo Gallery - Top 15 Seniors So what's funny about Pittsnogle?

Kevin Pittsnogle: #10 Senior in the USA - Photo Gallery - Top 15 Seniors So what's funny about Pittsnogle?

Sprint Commercial Honors WVU Tradition... -

Lvoe this WVU/PSU interchange. Sprint Commercial Honors WVU Tradition... -

Q. What's a Nittany?
A. Nit-an-e. Adjective meaning big, dumb, and ugly. :-)

The Voice of the Mountaineers

Jack Fleming will always be the Voice of the Mountaineers. Though I didn't hear this one at the time (I was at the game), it sure does bring back memories. May Jack rest in peace with all the eternal rewards he has earned for making so many so happy. JackFleming.mp3 (audio/mpeg Object)

For those of you who don't remember, that would be October 31, 1988, WVU vs. Penn State. I believe the final was 55-30 but I could be wrong about that. My trivia's getting a bit rusty.

Thursday, March 02, 2006 - U.S. & World News - W. Va. Miner Still Doesn't Know Other Miners Died in Tragedy - U.S. & World News - W. Va. Miner Still Doesn't Know Other Miners Died in Tragedy "MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — In the two months since the blast at Sago Mine, lone survivor Randal McCloy Jr. has emerged from a coma and is learning to walk and talk again. Though he knows he is called a miracle, he hasn't been told why."

It's probably a blessing for him right now. He doesn't need to hear some of the other rumors about the other miners giving him their oxygen either. completely unsubstantiated, as in "how would we ever know?

Thank heavens we have one miracle. I would have preferred 12 or 13, but I am rejoicing over the life of that one man that made it out. He is a miracle, and I thank God for bringing him through.

U.S. Is Reducing Safety Penalties for Mine Flaws - New York Times

U.S. Is Reducing Safety Penalties for Mine Flaws - New York Times: "In its drive to foster a more cooperative relationship with mining companies, the Bush administration has decreased major fines for safety violations since 2001, and in nearly half the cases, it has not collected the fines, according to a data analysis by The New York Times.

Larry Williams was injured in a 2002 collapse in West Virginia.

Federal records also show that in the last two years the federal mine safety agency has failed to hand over any delinquent cases to the Treasury Department for further collection efforts, as is supposed to occur after 180 days.
F. Brian Ferguson for The New York Times"

The rest of the article goes on to describe that miners near Rupert (a town with a GREAT classic county music station, btw) were in a roof fall. One was killed and one trapped for four hours. What horrified me is that they were using the technique called "pillaring," in which miners save columns of coal to be used as roof supports. Then, when they have mined the section, they go back and mine the coal from the pillars. It's a roof fall waiting to happen, and I thought it was illegal. Maybe they've made it legal again, or maybe the illegality was just a regulation (with a fine that may oremay not have been enforced).

This is what happens when you get Republicans in charge of the MSHA that want to foster a closer relationship with the industry.

May God forgive us all.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Georgia Bravado

Yet another interesting HTML recap of the Sugar Bowl. Georgia Bravado

I think it's a bit mean, and I would much rather see WVU fans rejoicing than UGA fans hanging their heads. The last screen shot makes it, though.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Stream of Conciousness Notes - Sugar Bowl West Virginia vs. Georgia

THe best recap of the best game I've seen all season. I especially agree with the commentary on the commercials. However, I don't see how he could have seen the millionth crowd shot of WVU. IN the first quarter, if I recall correctly, all I saw were crowd shots of GA looking like they'd been hit with a two-by-four. Stream of Conciousness Notes - Sugar Bowl West Virginia vs. Georgia