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Monday, December 6, 2010

Memory...

A reporter interviewe­d Albert Einstein. At the end of the interview, the reporter asked if he could have Einstein's phone number so he could call if he had further questions.


“Certainly­” replied Einstein. He picked up the phone directory and looked up his phone number, then wrote it on a slip of paper and handed it to the reporter.

Dumbfounde­d, the reporter said, "You are considered to be the smartest man in the world and you can't remember your own phone number?”

Einstein replied, “Why should I memorize something when I know where to find it?”

Monday, October 25, 2010

Kanye West - Runaway Video

Did Kanye West just invent album video's?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Future of Screen Technology

The future cannot get here soon enough!  Here's a preview:

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hungover Owls...



"Oh good Christ. Just gotta…just gotta keep it together.”



Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Broken Leg Saga: Day 3 (after day I stopped keeping track)

I got my pain meds refilled yesterday. I haven't been getting much sleep because my thigh is still numb from the anesthesia block I received right before surgery (which didn't help much, but that's a story for another time). It feels like microscopic pine needles poking the muscle bypassing the 3 levels of skin as well as anything else. Also, at times there are shooting pains and ichyness (medical term) that is impossible to relieve.


During the day, these mild irritations are easily blocked by the never ending stream of distractions I experience, but at night however, when sleep is elusively dodging my capture, these irritants render me borderline psychotic. In my efforts to return to a somewhat regular normal day dwelling human sleep cycle, I refilled my pain rx and took one last night. Holy cow, I slept for damn near 11 hours! That was nice. I miss sleep.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Broken Leg Saga: Day (I stopped keeping track...)

I got good news and post-op x-rays at my doctor's visit last Wednesday.  I don't need a hard cast, and everything is healing well.  My staples were pulled out and I was advised to get a walking boot.  Hopefully I'll be able to start putting some weight on it next week.  There's no more pain.  Just an annoying itching here and there.  My thigh is still numb from the surgery which feels like it's frost bitten.  That is extremely annoying.  Here are some pictures.  Hope you can stomach them.






Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Broken Leg Saga: 8 Days Post Surgery

Surgery went well.  I said a lot of funny things to the nurses b/c I was dopped up, which was awesome!  They wouldn't let me take any anesthesia with me home, which ruined my day.  They put in a "block" which was suppose to numb my leg/foot so that I wouldn't feel much pain for a few hours after the surgery.  That didn't work!  So post surgery they gave me enough meds to knock out a horse (that's right from the doctor's mouth).  This was a fun little game of "keep breathing" the nurse and I played for a litle bit.  She would give me a small dose of pain medication which would knock me on my ass every 15 minutes.  Shortly after giving it to me, I would hear a beeping noise and she would tell me to remember to keep breathing.  It took me a few times (like 6) but I finally caught on.  She confirmed for me that the noise was because my breathing slowed.  She made it out to be a big deal.  I don't get it.

My leg is still broken, although the pain has subsided dramatically.  No longer am I doping (taking pain killers) round the clock so no need to worry about me getting addicted to Oxy.  I'll probably just sell the remaining for a huge profit.  My pain level has been reduced to mildly irritating or "canary" for those who identify better with color threat levels.

I got some new crutches.  They're hi-tech and ergonomical (comfortable) and sexy.  Take a gander, try to control your envy.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Broken Leg Saga, Day 5 - Saturday...

This sucks. I'm pretty sure the swelling has gone way down. My foot has been up in the air literally 18 hours now. The tingling let me know it's still there and the burning lets me know that bone is still broken. This is really awful. I'm pretty sure I am getting cabin fever. I hope it's not serious.


Thursday, July 29, 2010

Broken Leg Saga, Day 3

Went to see the orthopedic surgeon yesterday. He informed me that surgery was necessary. I have a spiral break on my tibial bone, torn ligaments on the inside of my leg by my ankle and bone fragments. I've really outdone myself this time. After surgery (which is Tuesday @ 7:30am in the beautiful and brand spanking new St. Joseph Medical Center) I will be in a cast for at least 5 agonizing weeks. Then gradually I'll start putting weight on my leg. All this means that my pro athletic ambitions are all but shot.

My foot is still really swollen so my instructions are to keep it elevated. Swelling must go down before surgery. In a cruel ironic twist, it's only when I elevate my foot that it becomes a throbbing source of constant pain. Aside from that, the pain has been very minimal. Either that or my threshold for pain is near god like.

Pics of swollenness:

  

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

broken...

  
I remember thinking, yeah, I can split these defenders.  That's when I stepped on the ball and fell, heard the breaking and tearing noise.  My right foot rolled over the ball instead of sliding off of it and my left leg got caught underneath my body.  I've never had an injury serious enough to warrant a trip to the ER, but I knew right away this would be one of those.  When I rolled over to take a gander, I could tell right away my foot shouldn't have been pointing that way.  It wasn't puke up dinner turned around, but it was definitely turned more than it should have.  I rotated it and got it looking aligned again.  I'll save you your lunch and spare anymore details.

Turns out I not only broke it along the outside right above the ankle, but I also tore ligaments on the inside.  Surgery.  No picnic.  I'm done with this now.  Meds are kicking in...

Thursday, July 15, 2010

LeBron's "The Decision" Debacle a Classic David vs. Goliath Story

After reading this article suggested by 1/2 of my favorite twins, I asked what she thought of the article.  From a marketing perspective, it's hard to say that it wasn't a great business move, especially after seeing the numbers.  However, from an emotionally vested perspective (as are those Cleveland fans/those sympathetic to the loss) have a much harder time appreciating the unprecedented financial and brand potential this event created.  For them, this was a betrayal in the worst kind. Not only was he turning his back on his home, he was doing it on the grandest stage possible.  Heartbreaking, indeed.

I have to believe that even if LeBron James the athlete didn't like "The Decision" idea, LeBron "King" James The Brand could not argue with the potential.  And it is The Brand that is the economic stimulus for everyone on "Team LeBron".  In good business, emotional decisions rarely are the best "business" decisions.  Such is the case, unfortunately for LeBron James.

The argument for LeBron has been that in order for him to ever take the ranks of "the greatest ever to play the game" he would have to have championships. Emphasis on more than one.  Cleveland was no slouch this past season with the best regular season record, however after going out in the semi-finals were deemed somewhat of a disappointment.  This was suppose to be LeBron's best chance of winning it all with Cleveland.  This was suppose to be the year.  If competitive nature and hard work weren't enough to get it done, what would it take? Perhaps better teammates, like those two that just signed with Miami.  Wouldn't that be the smart move?  Since when is thinking frowned upon in sports?  Are owners and managers the only ones allowed to make intelligent business decisions?

In 1995-96 when the Bulls finished 72-10, nobody discredited their championship due to the two "Hall of Famers" on the roster.  The following year when they picked up another great in Robert Parish and went 69 -13 and another championship, I again heard no cries of compromise of competitive integrity.  Lakers did it in 84-85 and 86-87 with Magic, Kareem, Worthy and again with Shaq and Kobe whose only obstacle to the Hall of Fame is the 5 years after they retire.  The idea that James' championships will not be as great as others should he win in Miami with Wade & Bosh because he needed great players around him isn't as much of an argument as it is how it has worked out for much of history.  It's hard to find a championship team without at least 2 all-star players on roster.  LeBron had Shaq and it's no secret that he's closer to retirement then all-star status.

So is the offense that the players orchestrated this deal right in front of your face instead of the owners and managers behind the scenes?  It's absurd and almost reckless for these athletes, who have far more to lose with their professional careers than just big houses, lavish lifestyles, and expensive cars.  For players like LeBron, Tiger, Dale Junior, Peyton, Favre, T.O. and Ochocinco, they have Brands to protect.  Brands that take a team/army of people that are financially dependent/vested in.  These athletes very closely resemble and are somewhat treated like corporations that are out to protect their bottom line.  This concept has been very hard to grasp from a fans perspective, naturally.

Classic David vs. Goliath Story


As fans, we almost always cheer for the underdog, the compelling story of the small school with the meager athletic budget working hard to beat the few who seem to dominate season after season.  Yankee's, Red Sox, Cowboys, Patriots, Lakers, Celtics, Man U, ND, UNC, Duke, teams that most get more satisfaction from watching them lose then their beloved win.  These are the teams with the largest payrolls, and the best athletes.  Coincidently (or maybe not...) these are the teams with the most championships.  These are your modern day Goliath's.

Seeing these teams defeated gives fans hope.  We don't want to see the Goliath's win because they are suppose to win.  They are superior teams there for they should win.  If, let's say David's of the world out number Goliath's 100/1, we could safely say that most of us would fall into the underdog category.  When David defeats Goliath, it proves that "Hard work pays off".  From a business sense, these David's (= individuals/small business) become "examples" of hard work paying off and achieve Goliath (= big business/corporation) like success.  We see it all the time, Facebook, Google, Hyundai, Zappos, etc.

While it may look like the David's aren't gaining any ground on the battle with the Goliath's, what is actually happening is that as the David's defeat the Goliath's, they are joining the ranks of the Goliath's.  Defeated Goliath's join the David's in the fight to the top once again, thus completing the cycle.  Modern day examples would be ND's football team, Chicago Bulls, and most likely Cleveland's economy.  Cleveland got a taste of what it's like to be a Goliath.  Unfortunately one "Decision" is likely to return them to fight along side the David's of the world once again.  A hard pill to swallow that leaves a very bitter after taste.  Bulls fans know what I'm talking about.  They too were hoping to hitch their train to Team LeBron.

While LeBron James definitely could have chosen many different ways to share where he decided to play 2010-2011's NBA season that wouldn't have left fans torching his jersey and cursing his name, "The Decision" was the best/only decision for "Team LeBron" to insure continued brand growth during this change in scene.  Championships are the ultimate goal for LeBron James whether your talking about the brand or the athlete.  To Cleveland fans this season: as you're cheering on any opponent of The Heat, remember it was just last year that the David's of the league/world were looking to defeat you.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

my will advances Team USA! oh, and longest tennis match in history...

USA was part of Group C in the World Cup.  Also part of Group C is England, Slovenia, and Algeria.  Each team in a group plays each other and receives 3 points for winning a match, 1 point for a draw (Tie) and 0 points for a loss.  With all that said, the USA team loves come from behind drama.  My heart on the other hand, is not a big fan.  With England and Slovenia, USA has had to battle back from a deficit in the second half to get the draw.  As of yesterday, USA was looking at possible elimination deadlocked 0 - 0 after 90.  In stoppage time, on the heals of a strong but unsuccessful Algerian strike, ridiculously talented goalie Tim Howard whipped the ball out ahead of the pack to Landon Donovan who after blah blah blah put the ball in the back of the net off the goalie's deflection.

England's win over Slovenia just minutes earlier gave them 1st place with 5 points and Slovenia second with 4 which put USA out of contention with just 3 points.  The most AMAZING part is this was in stoppage time.  Literally the very last moment left for a score.  I believe the referee had the whistle in his mouth and had just inhaled to blow the official 3 alerts signaling the match over.  It was like something out of Hollywood... But not.  USA wins Group C and advances to second round.  Sure, Donovan will get the credit, but he couldn't have done it without my heart racing, head sweating, edge of my seat determination and will to win driving the team to victory!

Donovan & Buddle Celebrate

Not only the longest match in Wimbledon, but in Tennis history concluded today after 11 hours & 5 minutes.  John Isner defeats Nicolas Mahot 6-4, 3-6, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (3), 70-68.  How is this possible you ask?  I have no idea.  I don't follow Tennis.  But from what I've gathered, Wimbledon does not have a tie break, you have to win  by 2.  Kind of like that ridiculously long hoops game of 1 on 1 you played with your best friend in high school you thought would never end where you both were so tired you could barely stand but neither would accept defeat.  Just like that.  You'll probably never see anything like this again... Ever.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Uncrate.com Founder

A little post about the founder of Uncrate.com Larry Angell from Mightygirl.com:


This week’s interview is with Larry Angell, founder and curator for Uncrate, which is a killer shopping site for guys. Of course, this essentially makes him the male me. We’ve never met in real life, but it’s probably for the best, because I think if we collided we could potentially annihilate one another, matter/anti-matter style.
Larry grew up in Ohio, where he settled with his wife Julie, and he’s been interested in design since he was a kid.
“Early on, in first or second grade, I started paying attention to other kids,” he says. “What they were doing, wearing, using. I specifically remember that this one boy, Eric, had a plastic, neon-orange supply box that held his pencils, crayons, glue, what have you. But instead of the normal label where your mom would write your name, he had a large rectangular camouflage label. Camouflage. I couldn’t contain myself. How awesome was this box? This was in the mid-’80s, mind you, so my obsession with G.I. Joe was strong. I had to know where he got this box with the camouflage label. I asked and prodded until I knew exactly what store I could acquire both the box and the camouflage contact paper used to make the label. That was the beginning of my madness.”
Since Larry is a products geek, we mostly talked about stuff. Awesome stuff:

Larry’s Favorite Shops

homage-shirts
Homage Clothing
One of my friends in Columbus makes these handsome tees. The buttery-soft shirts feature terrific, mostly sport-inspired, vintage designs. I wear one almost every day either by itself or under an Oxford.

Please read MightyGirl's complete post at: MightyGirl.com - Born to Upgrade - Larry Angell

iPhone 4



With Apple's addition of 720p video recording and LED flash, iPhone 4 stands to replace every electronic device that currently clutters your carry-all, purse, center console in your vehicle, and/or (Dear God, hopefully not) your fanny pack. Imagine one device you'll use for everything. No more girl-boyfriends/wives/life partners annoyingly reminding you to grab the digital camera then getting upset because you forgot to make sure it was charged is if you were voted mayor of camera charging. This version of the iPhone takes better quality pictures and video then your bulky chipping 4 mega-pixel cybershot you got for that college Cancun spring break could ever dream of.

Music? Sure, 32 gigs may not hold your entire digital archive, but it will definitely hold all of your Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber with plenty of room left over for your late night Journey fix. In addition to your music, this device gives you complete access to the entire Internet... IN YOUR POCKET, through Apple's new Retina display which claims to have a higher resolution than the human eye can recognize. Not too shabby.

All in all, this $200 - $300 device is not only a cell phone replacement, it's a iPod/mp3 player, digital camera, digital video recorder, handheld gaming device replacement all in one. To really fully understand the benefit of the iPhone, you just have to get one. So do that, get one. I have yet to meet someone who is disappointed.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

bet your ginger

Nope, not a red head, member of The Wildhearts band, the Canadian band, earliest known mummy, or of course, a perennial plant. sorry. Oh, and that's not my name either.

Ask me anything

on this day in sports...

Every once in awhile something really great happens in sports.  Being the #hugefanrightnow I am of sports, I definitely feel it necessary to discuss blog about great events in sports as I see them.  Probably the worst call in the history of MLB: Jim Joyce robs Armando Galarraga of 21st Perfect Game.  Tho I am the exact opposite of a Detroit Tigers fan, I definitely feel for Galarraga, his teammates, Tiger's Organization and all their fans.

The best thing about last night's incident is the incredible class everyone involved showed.  From the pitcher who shot a disbelieving smile back at the umpire who just moments before made the call that would keep him out of the record books to Jim Joyce himself who after the game, while still convicted with his call walked over to Jim Leyland and allowed him to "vent his frustrations".  In the times of rampant steroids, HGH, and just awful attitudes from pro athletes, it's incredibly refreshing, as a #hugefanrightnow, to see such incredible sportsmanship where the opposite could definitely be forgiven.

So, aside from an excuse to increase the popularity of twitter trend #hugefanrightnow, I hope that fans everywhere (DETROIT!!!) would spare Joyce (voted second best umpire in the league in a 2006 Sports Illustrated Poll) and his family death threats and harsh angry words/gestures and instead take a lesson from his and Armando's and aspire to a 1/10th of their unprecedented grace.  When my two incredibly athletically gifted son's rip an umpire a new one for a blown call in their respective pee-wee sport, I will take them back to this day and educate them on the epitome of sportsmanship and humility.  Then I will chew them out for letting a bad call decide the game!

Friday, May 28, 2010

best karaoke i've ever seen


they do excellent work: utubelyrics102

toddlers & tiaras

How is this even a thing?  Does the President know about this?  How about Child Protective Serivces?  This is worse than that dancing mom w/ all those kids.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

fleeting moments

As intensely as the current project consumes, moments later will it be less than an after thought.  My life...

Where'd you go, I miss you so, it seems like forever, since you've been gone... you should blog about this... it doesn't seem right to me.

You're right. I will.

Ask me anything

Do you know that on www.mytvy.com you can watch all the latest tv shows online ?

It was just yesterday I was looking for The Big Bang Theory online b/c my DVR only recorded the first 8 minutes for some reason... THANKS!

Ask me anything

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Microwave Instructions...

I'm no microwave expert, but since the first one I've ever used, I have yet to come across a microwave without a turn table.  I'm fairly certain that the large majority of microwave ovens have rotating tables in them.  So my question is, why is it that microwavable food instructions always tell you to rotate the food halfway through the cook time?

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

uncrate.com | my new love, again...

Nike SB Zoom Bruin Sneakers

I don't remember when and where, but I happened upon this great men's magazine some time ago.  Think more hip than GQ, more mature than Stuff, classier than Maxim, and more trendy than your neighborhood Starbucks barista, this magazine had it all... except my fleeting attention.  Without the ability to pick up the latest issue at my local Barnes & Noble and my limited web activity at the time, my fondness faded as quickly as it had come.

Today I rekindled that old flame thanks to banner ads!  Uncrate.com has to be one of the best men's shopping guides around.  Instead of going through the hassle of explaining to family members/friends what I would like for Christmas/Birthdays, I just point them to this wonderful site and let them know ANYTHING from here will work.  So thianks for all of the wonderful items you will now be delivering to my email inbox daily.  And thanks for becoming relavent again with your super slick website.  Most of all, thanks for turning me on to these great Nike's.  I've been looking for a great pair of Orange kicks!  You always knew what I wanted.  So welcome back, I've missed you!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Faith in Humanity, Possession of iPhone Restored

I lost my iPhone this afternoon at lunch.  I'm not completely sure how this happened considering my phone is nearly attached to my hip (no, not with one of those horrible cell phone belt clips, figuratively).  I get back from Subway and realize my better half is nowhere to be found.  I'm almost certain by now it fell out my pocket and was tread food by now.  I head back to "Jared's favorite eatery" to scour the area, no iPhone.  Already defeated and dreading the worst, I politely ask the "sandwich artists" if they had seen my priceless cellular device.  Seemingly annoyed that I'm not ordering a $5 footlong they reply with a short "nope, no phone here."

I head back to work, head down, defeated like my puppy just ran away.  Wading through the fog of despair I summon up all the very little positivity I can muster and call on the off chance someone might answer.  The first time, I get 4/5 rings before going to voicemail.  Second call I get an answer.  It sounds like my phone is joyriding in a Peterbilt with the windows down.  After what seems like an eternity, my "hello's" are answered.  The scruffy very rural accent on the other end informs me that he found my phone in the parking lot, that he wouldn't be done working till 10, that his name is "um..., James" and that he'd meet me after work to return my phone for a $20 reward (his idea of course).

I'm thankful for the glimmer of hope, but 10:30 was an eternity away and I'd never gone that long w/o my phone, ever.  Also, "James" didn't really sound like he was too enthused with the idea of returning my pride and joy.  I couldn't help thinking that he was heading to New Mexico and just threw me a bone to ease my mind.

Nevertheless, 10:30 rolls around with me sitting in the parking lot when none other then "James" rolls up right next to me.  We exchange pleasantries and he hands me my beloved.  I try not to gush all over him with gratitude while offering him the agreed upon monetary reward.  He politely declines my advances and drives off into the sunset.  As I look over my phone, I can't help but think to myself, "Self, there really are good people out there who would return a stranger's iPhone just because it's the right thing to do."  Thank you kind, tobacco smoking stranger, for restoring my faith and returning my phone.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

What's your favorite website?

a website that never fails to at the very least put a smile on my face: http://coreylambert.com/ I know you didn't ask, but most visited has to be: http://facebook.com/

Ask me anything

formspring.me

Ask me anything http://formspring.me/xroscox

What one thing are you exceptionally bad at?

studying, for sure!

What's your favorite sport?

basketball with soccer being a close second

Mother's Day 2010

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY MOM'S!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

I am a geek...

Most people don't really understand the difference between geeks and nerds.  I will try to clarify this difference with the help of some Wikipedia entries.  Here goes:

geek (plural geeks)
The definition of geek has changed considerably over time, and there is no longer a definitive meaning. The terms nerd, gimp, dweeb, dork, and spod have similar meanings as geek, but many choose to identify different connotations amongst these terms, although the differences are disputed. In a 2007 interview on The Colbert Report, Richard Clarke said the difference between nerds and geeks is "geeks get it done." Julie Smith defined a geek as "a bright young man turned inward, poorly socialized, who felt so little kinship with his own planet that he routinely traveled to the ones invented by his favorite authors, who thought of that secret, dreamy place his computer took him to as cyberspace—somewhere exciting, a place more real than his own life, a land he could conquer, not a drab teenager's room in his parents' house." "Geeks in suits clothing" is phrase which has been used for IT technical stars which also have knowledge about business needs.

Not to be confused with nerd

nerd (plural nerds)
The stereotypical nerd is intelligent but socially and physically awkward. In film and television depictions, nerds are disproportionately white males with very large glasses, braces, severe acne and pants highly lifted up. It has been suggested by some, such as linguist Mary Bucholtz, that being a nerd may be a state of being "hyperwhite" and rejecting African-American culture and slang that "cool" white children use.  However, after the introduction of the Steve Urkel character on the television series Family Matters, nerds have been seen in all races and colors as well as more recently being a frequent young Asian male stereotype in North America. Portrayal of "nerd girls", or Bluestockings, in films such as She's Out of Control, Welcome to the Dollhouse and She's All That depicts that smart but nerdy women might suffer later in life if they do not focus on improving their physical attractiveness.
I hope this clears things up.