Apple Cup 2011: I Need This

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Really needing a win this holiday season Cougs. Let’s go take one from the puppies. Couldn’t sleep tonight, so I banged this out on the old iPad:

Twas the night before Apple Cup when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not Coug, Dawg, or mouse.
The pom pons were hung by the foam fingers with care,
In hopes that Kickoff soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of footballs danced in their heads.
And mamma in her hoodie, and I in my cap,
Had just logged off of Cougfan for a long winter’s nap.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the… Seriously, what’s a sash?

The moon on the breast of the field turf covered with snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Butch T. Coug, and 11 athletes in Coug gear.

With a little old mascot, so learned and strong,
I knew in a moment we’d hear the Jaws song.
More rapid than eagles his teammates they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!

“Now Leaf! now, Gesser! now, Bledsoe and Rypien!
On, Bumpus! On, Hanson! on Thompson and Gleason!
To the top of the hill! to the top of the Bryant Hall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the Stadium the players they flew,
With the dreams of Cougar nation, and Old Crimson too.

And then, in a twinkling, I thought I heard on the roof
Panting and pawing, a lame puppy woof.
I tried hard to think, and turned around,
Chuckled when I remembered a team, winless year-round

Now my Butch he has fur, from his head to his foot,
And his jersey is never tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of signs he has flung on his back,
For when he points and says “Go Cougs,” that way and back.

His eyes-how they twinkled! Though to some they are scary
His color is Crimson, don’t ever think cherry!
He loves the limelight and to put on a show,
And his road uniform is as white as the snow.

He removes old Crimson from it’s Game Day sheath
And dreams of waving it holding a Rose in his teeth.
He lives for the long pass and even the belly
For First Downs, and running backs that make defenders’ legs jelly!

He fights for the trophies to put on the shelf,
And I have to admit, I’d like to see some myself!
Someday before that old Lee Corso is dead,
We’ll all see that sportscaster put on Butch’s head.

Now the Cougs need the fans, as they go about their work,
So yell, clap, and chant and scream like a jerk.
Yell at the kickoff and for every flag a ref throws,
For tomorrow is game day so pretend it’s the pros!

For you can bet that you’ll hear the Cougs whistle,
When the QB leaves center and goes to the pistol.
And you’ll hear Cougs exclaim at the wondrous sight
“Happy Apple Cup to all, Go Cougs tonight!”

I Live My Life 140 Characters at a Time: When Digital and Analog Worlds Collide

Real life doesn’t have friend requests. If it did it would be something like this.

What I’m trying to say, really, is there’s some sort of imaginary line between the digital lives we lead and those in the analog (real) world. The question is; where do we draw that imaginary line?

A while back, I made a mistake – a big mistake. I posted a couple tweets about a friend that weren’t exactly very awesome. It wasn’t that I was mean; it was more that I probably shouldn’t have been throwing this stuff out there. I had no idea this person would ever read them, but this person did. Needless to say, I felt like crap and apologized profusely, but it got me wondering…

In a day where Facebook statuses become motives for murder and hitting ENTER can send a message to all of Tweetdom, how are people really managing the coexistence between their digital and real lives?

I’ve hinted (pretty obviously) before about the lack of adoption by my friends of most social media and Web 2.0 (hate that term) technologies, but what I haven’t really delved into is how they are using the tools they actually do use.

A while back my roommate changed his Facebook status (on accident) to say he was in a relationship. Some of us knew, through actual human interaction, that he was hanging out with this girl. Immediately wall posts and comments on his status appeared from people who probably haven’t even talked to him in months. Eventually things got ironed out, but he had to wade through a lot of Facebook update e-mails to get things quieted down.

I’d imagine that most of my friends hold back when we’re out, worrying that the next stupid thing they do will be broadcast in my blog or caught on Qik, but I realize that part of that is my fault. Should I sit them all down and explain what my intentions are? Should all my friends sign a digital release form?

Thus far I’ve managed to keep most embarrassing things out off of the interwebs, or at least use pseudonyms, but I kind of feel like a fake doing that sometimes. Maybe it’s the journalist in me that keeps wanting to throw everything out there and let the world (wide web) decide what to make of it.
Until I find a definite guideline for how to manage the space where my digital and analog lives intersect, I guess I can only continue doing what I’m doing.

Perhaps, though, if my friends started adapting the same sort of lifestyle there’d be less to worry about. Changing their habits HAS to be easier than changing mine, right?

If you didn’t get the movie quote joke in the title, you should probably not be excited about this . As a note, I’m not into it at all… I just think it’s hilarious they’re making another.

Digital Dear Johns and Janes

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The “Dear John (or Jane)” is alive and well my friends… just not in paper form anymore. Sadness.

I’m officially stating my love for digital dating and saying that if I have something important to say to you, I’ll do so in a digital format. Date? eVite. Special message? Facebook wall post. Updates on where I am to keep you from calling me? Twitter.

Have you ever been broken up with or broken up with someone in a funny or unconventional way? I once knew a guy that put a toy dump truck on his GF’s doorstep with a note. Another guy baked a cake in the shape of a phallus (look QuantumCat… I used it!). I know some of you out there have larger funny bones than others… show us.

Thank you technology for simplifying dating. Now I can get back to my real friends on the interwebs.

It also saves me from having to write, since I write like a 3 year old.

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Think I’m a Nerd? Hardwick Puts Me to Shame

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I’m sitting here trying to think of the first time I got a full-frontal assault from the juggernaut that is Chris Hardwick… eff it, it was probably on G4 or something.

It goes without saying that I am a geek, a nerd, a dweeb, a wonk – whatever. I don’t really mind these tags as I kind of wear them as a badge of honor. Well, if badges are what we’re collecting, I’m still in the Webelos and Hardwick is the grand master Eagle Scout emeritus.

His site, www.nerdist.com is a gathering of all things awesome in the tech/science-related world. What more would you expect from a guy who started a comedy/science song writing duo called Hard ‘n Phirm?

If Ryan Seacrest in his shiny-toothed glory is the hardest working man in entertainment, I’m going to say that Hardwick is the hardest-working man in techertainment. I don’t even want to see what this guy’s Google calendar looks like he has so many balls in the air (ha, balls).

The guy is a gadget head on G4 alongside Kevin Pereira and Oliva Munn (mmmm… Munn) while balancing writing for WIRED, his band, stand-up comedy, voicing a cow on a Nickelodeon show (seriously? All we had was Eureka’s Castle and Doug), and he just learned how to solve global warming, but he’s not telling Al Gore out of spite because Gore owes him $400 from a poker game.

Well, that’s enough bromance (no, nothing to do with that crapstorm of a show on MTV) for today. Seriously though, if you’re looking for another blog to throw onto your daily list, check out Nerdist. You won’t be disappointed… well, maybe you will, but that’s not my fault.

Nope… it was Singled Out… that’s where I saw him.

Go See My Bloody Valentine 3D, NOW! OK, After You Read This

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t have high expectations for this movie. However, 1hr 41mins. later, I’m sold.

Yes, the plot is more Scooby Doo than Friday the 13th. Yes, you probably haven’t heart of many of the stars (unless you watch Supernatural and Gary Unmaried). Yes, there are definite areas of “lack” in the writing… but, THIS. MOVIE. WAS. AWESOME.

I have to start from the beginning…

Jon, Geoff, Rich, Chris and I went to see the flick at Pacific Place here in Seattle. I’d already experienced the kind of “next-gen” 3D at IDF in San Francisco, so I knew that the glasses were already cooler.

Dont wear these for too long when youre not looking at a 3D movie = throw up

Don't wear these for too long when you're not looking at a 3D movie = throw up

The theater was more packed than I EVER thought it would be. Rich and Chris brought a little… ummmm, supplement for their drinks, so they were guaranteed to have a great time. Of course, two heinous, and obnoxious girls took the two seats to my right… one of them continually passed gas the entire movie. I heard it once. Popcorn + coke + nachos = me wanting to gag.

The movie starts out with a BANG when you get a full-frontal assault from a pick-axe going through a dude’s dome. From there on out, the movie meanders through killings and torn lovers as it loosely pays homage to the 1981 original of the same name.

Jensen Ackles and Jaime King definitely shine through as the only real “actors” in the flick, although my favorite character is Betsy Rue’s “Irene” who chases after her sometimes lover in the nude before getting pick-axed to death (gratuitous horror-flick nudity – check).

The twist (there’s always a twist, right?) was actually well-done. The fight scenes were pretty awesome, and I’m willing to bet would have been better if we weren’t near the top of the theater.

Soundtrack wasn’t really as rocking as I had hoped… but after listening to the awesome soundtrack of Ackles’ “Supernatural” nothing really compares. There WAS a great cover of “Sweet Child of Mine” in the “A Haunting in Connecticut” preview, but that was canceled out by the 3 Doors Down National Guard ballad… really? I get it, we’re all patriotic, but really?

I give this move 8.5 pickaxes out of 10.

Boxee Alpha Review Series: Bring the Awesome

So, about a month ago I submitted myself to try out the Boxee alpha. The other day, I got my access link! Woo woo!

This is just a quick note, because I haven’t really had a great chance to sit down and pick through the interface, but I like what I see so far. I mean, they have OTH… so that’s awesome.

I’m running Boxee on a Windows Vista Del XPS M1330, definitely not the ideal system to be running it on, but hopefully (fingers crossed) I can get my roommate to build a small-form Linux box to use as a “media center” in our living room.

Check out Boxee here.

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Screen Geeks: The most-connected characters on TV

Sometimes our TV role models are the strong, leading man types. However, I’m making a case for the little-more geeky guys (and girls) out there. Let’s take a look at some of the most-connected characters on TV…

Leonard and Sheldon – Big Bang Theory

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These guys are scientists for Moore’s sake. Not only are they playing around with particle accelerators on the regular, their apartment is a veritable boneyard for old and new tech. They’ve got vintage game systems (which they have a special night devoted to each week), a monstrous Dell XPS gaming laptop (definitely not listed on the Energy Star good list), nerdrobilia from some of the geekiest movies out there and… they’ve got a periodic table of the elements shower curtain, FTW.

Barney Stinson – How I Met Your Mother

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Barney is the GQ-style of gadget hound with his iPhone and sleek electronics in his apartment. Rather than having a LCD TV hanging on his wall, his wall IS an LCD TV (“It burns my eyes” “Yeah, that doesn’t go away”). Barney also blogs like a mofo about the important things in life: ladies, sex and sex with ladies. The guy plays lasertag and devised the Hot/Crazy scale, which is basically the Moore’s Law of hot women.

Stewie – Family Guy

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While I haven’t really seen Stewie walking around with an iPod in his jumper pocket, you can’t argue that the slightly-effeminate little guy has a way with technology. He’s already mastered time travel, ray guns, and a host of other tech… all before being potty trained. Well done, good sir. Now, if he can only find a way to kill that blasted Lois.

Chloe – 24

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Chloe is a tech geek’s wet dream. She can find a way around the heartiest of firewalls and do it all while looking only slightly weird. Now out of the confines of CTU and working on an all-Mac setup, you can bet she’ll be tossing caution to the wind… all at the speed of a dedicated T1 line.

Peyton Sawyer – One Tree Hill

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I had to add Peyton. She’s hot and she’s always showing kids on the CW the newest in cell phone tech. Remember when she used her phone to find out what song was playing? That was BEFORE Shazam was even on the iPhone… hell, that was in the days of Cingular. Remember them?