Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Assorted Collection

Some random thoughts for a random Wednesday:

- I need to correct my Chevy rant from Monday. The trucks being advertised are Dodge Rams and not Chevy whatevers. I know this because they are showing them relentlessly. Still, it might say something about the quality of the spots that the model didn’t stick with me.

- Basking in the glow of another championship banner raised to the Garden rafters. With all the talk of the Rays finally becoming successful after dropping the ‘Devil’ from their name, why has nobody pointed out that the Celtics are back on top as soon as they changed their arena name back to ‘Garden’?

- You can see what the Celtics rings look like here. Adding last season’s rallying cry ‘Umbuntu’ on the side was a classy touch. Word is there are 64 diamonds on this mofo. 64!!!!! While you’re at that link, check out picture 21. Generated a few goosebumps.

- One thing I’ve noticed in pre-season and in some practice footage is Paul Pierce seems to be in the best shape of his career. Looks 15-20 pounds lighter but in a fit, muscular way. Can even see the difference in his face. Guess he’s not satisfied with winning just one ring.

- During the raising of the banner and ring presentations, the boys were asking me why I wanted to watch. I said ‘It’s been a long time since they last did this. Want to enjoy it while I can.’ Eldest watched for a minute, then asked ‘When did they last win it?’ ‘Back when I was in high school,’ I tell him. ‘Whoa,’ he said, ‘that’s a looong time!’

Thanks, kid.

- With all the media coverage and debates going on about the World Series being suspended due to bad weather, not one person has mentioned that if they had started the game at 7 pm – like all east coast games did ALL SEASON LONG!!! – the game probably would have been done by the time the rain started.

- I – quite literally – laughed out loud when this morning’s news reported that while the Dow has bounced back and interest rates are expected to drop, ‘consumer confidence is at an all time low’.

Really? Our confidence is at an all time low? You think it has anything to do with the panic generating news stories or the headlines about economic disaster complete with pictures of crying stock traders on the front page of every newspaper in the country? You think those have anything to do with consumer’s confidence being at an all time low?

- A new study from the University of Rochester suggests the wearing red will makes women more attractive to men. As quoted in the article, ‘Through five psychological experiments, Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher, demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women. And men are unaware of the role the color plays in their attraction.’

The purpose of the study was to address the ‘age old question of what attracts a man to a woman’. Well, hell, I’ll tell you that for free. Good looks, good body, good sense of humor, great laugh, confident (but not conceited), and sexually expressive.

By the way, I’ve always been attracted to blue. It’s my favorite color and I tend to gravitate towards the blonde hair, blue eyed beauties and blue brings out the color of their eyes. In fact, in the picture below that is used to prove the point of the study, I like the blue shirt picture better.

Maybe it’s just me.

- Trials at the University of Copenhagen have shown a new obesity drug can produce nearly twice as much weight loss as the current leading drug. They are about to enter the Phase III of the drug trials, but things are looking promising. The drug is called Tesofensine and, if things go well, is hoping to replace the old weight loss drug called will power. Will power currently constitutes eating less and exercising more. Side effects of will power may include shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating and clothes not fitting correctly.

No word on Tesofensine side effects.

- On October 15th, cameras caught a meteor entering earth’s atmosphere and landing in (they estimate) the Parry Sound area of Ontario, Canada. You can watch the movie clips here. The astronomers are asking that if anyone has found the meteorite to contact them so they can – I don’t know – look at a cool rock?

Don’t know about anyone else, but this doesn’t give me much comfort in our scientific community helping earth avoid a catastrophic collision with a huge meteor if we were surprised this one entered our atmosphere undetected. Guess we’ll know the shit has hit the fan when the big shadow blanks out the sun or a huge blast of fire wipes us off the face of the earth.

People in Parry Sound, if your friends, family or neighbors start acting ‘differently’ just take a flamethrower to them to be safe. We don’t want whatever landed up there to spread. The rest of the world thanks you.

- Speaking of life erasing meteors, I have always suspected that this ‘global warming’ thing may be partly a natural warming of our planet. I say ‘partly’ because all the shit we’ve pumped into the air, land and ocean can’t be good. My theory argues that since dinosaur remains have been found in North Dakota and even Canada, that the earth must have been one big tropical rainforest. Then a stupid, big ass meteor comes along and ruins everyone’s day. The ash, dust, and general crap the meteor stirred up blocked out the sun long enough to usher in the ice age and drastically change life on earth.

Now the earth is warming back up to where it was before the meteor hit. This explains how the ice that covered the Great Lakes melted and formed those lakes before the industrial age was even a twinkle in mankind’s eye.

Well, now I have more ammunition for my theory. Seems a bunch of scientists from our friends at University of Copenhagen (they’re busy!) have mapped some of the shore lines and figured out there was actually less ice in the Arctic Circle 7000 years ago then there is now. Says geologist Astrid Lysa (who sounds hot and I’ll bet wears blue), ‘The climate in the northern regions has never been milder since the last Ice Age than it was about 6000-7000 years ago. We still don’t know whether the Arctic Ocean was completely ice free, but there was more open water in the area north of Greenland than there is today’.

That’s right. While everyone is freaking out about the melting ice caps, evidence is suggesting that the ice may not be normal for the area. At the very least, there is some natural fluctuation going on that we can’t yet explain.

- And lastly, allow me to introduce you to our fine state Senator Dianne Wilkerson. Wilkerson has been an advocate for minorities in my home state of Massachusetts for a long time now. She has gone through her share of scandals which included two campaign finance violations and ‘forgetting’ to pay her taxes. While she is still serving in the State Senate, she is not on the ballot for reelection because she lost in the primaries.

She’s still running a write in campaign, but I’m pretty sure that isn’t going to work out as she has just been indicted on corruption charges. Seems Senator Wilkerson has been accepting bribes in exchange for pressuring the mayor of Boston and others to approve development deals and liquor licenses for her highest bidder.

How do we know this? She’s been under investigation since 2007 and has been filmed by an undercover fed accepting a variety of kick backs, including one highly disturbing video of her accepting $1000 and shoving it under her shirt and into her bra in a public restaurant (which was directly across the street from the State House, by the way).

You can read all the sordid details here, but I just wanted to welcome Senator Wilkerson to the Scumbag Hall of Fame. You’re a disgrace to your colleagues and your race. Fuck off!

One last thing. Her lawyer was on the morning news and said ‘There is a context to every one of the interactions you have been told about. There is something that happens before. There is something that happens after that has not been included in what you've been shown. You will learn that when there is a trial’.

Can’t wait to hear what happened before she shoved a grand into her bra or why she had six grand IN CASH on her at the time of her arrest.

Tip of the iceberg.

Today’s distraction: Series of photos that show Wilkerson accepting a variety of bribes. Rot in jail, Senator Wilkerson. Love the subtle, bright red hat you wear in the first few pics. That sure wouldn’t draw attention to any illicit goings on. You get to see her bra stuffing in these, too. Sorry.


Hammen said...

I'm a little disappinted that the Celts drafted Bill Walker. He was the dude in college last year that I probably hated the most, besides Psycho T.

It will be interesting to see if KG and the vets can keep Walker's shitty attitude in check. Ditto JR Giddens.

BeachBum said...

I'm pretty sure KG could keep anyone in check with just his stare.