September 2008


  • Swimming with Sharks
    September 30th, 2008 @ 8:17 am PST

    Jason just linked to an article at The New Yorker with a list of the five scariest movies of all time. I’ve only seen one of the films on the list — The Silence of the Lambs — which I thought was a great thriller, but it didn’t particularly scare me. Cannibals and serial killers […]

  • Apocalypse Now
    September 29th, 2008 @ 3:55 pm PST

    Stocks skidded Monday, with the Dow slumping nearly 778 points, in the biggest single-day point loss ever, after the House rejected the government’s $700 billion bank bailout plan. The Yankees will sit out the postseason for the first time in 15 years. Vanderbilt is in first place in the SEC East. Time to start stock-piling […]

  • Another Upset
    September 28th, 2008 @ 2:38 am PST

    Do you remember when Robin Williams attempts to teach Nathan Lane how to be a real man in The Birdcage? It’s one of my favorite scenes in one of my favorite movies. Williams asks, How do you feel about that call today? I mean the Dolphins! Fourth-and-three play on their 30 yard line with only […]

  • This Makes No Sense
    September 24th, 2008 @ 11:06 am PST

    That was the clock in 2007, now it needs another digit. (Note: Not a joke, now it needs another digit.) It took the United States 209 years, from the founding of the republic till 1998, to compile the first $5 trillion in national debt. In the decade since, $6 trillion in debt has been added. […]

  • TinyURL! Bookmarklet
    September 18th, 2008 @ 2:13 pm PST

    I love TinyURL! and have been using it for years and years. For the first time today I scrolled down the page a bit, by accident, and saw that you can create a TinyURL! bookmarklet. Trés radical.

  • Enough with Your Pancakes
    September 16th, 2008 @ 11:06 pm PST

    Every day a new city, a new IHOP. And yet every night the dreams get worse. I ply the highways, a nervous eye on the rear-view mirror, the back seat piled with stolen menus.

  • College Football in Los Angeles
    September 16th, 2008 @ 8:14 am PST

    In his first season the UCLA Bruins head coach Rick Neuheisel has lost one game by a total of 59 points. In his first seven seasons the USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll lost 14 games by a (combined) total of 59 points.

  • Not Quite Genius
    September 9th, 2008 @ 11:24 pm PST

    So Apple released a new version of iTunes today. Version 8 includes a new feature called “Genius”. Play a song, click the Genius button, and iTunes creates a playlist of other songs from your library that go great together. This sounds like a cool idea, although I consider myself already pretty handy at creating smart […]

  • Tom Brady and the NFL
    September 9th, 2008 @ 9:15 am PST

    Yesterday morning on ESPNRadio’s Tirico & Van Pelt Show, Mike Tirico asked if the NFL was in jeopardy because of the season-ending knee injury suffered by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Scott Van Pelt — rightfully, in my opinion — argued that the NFL is going to be fine. Tirico countered by asking if Tiger Woods’ […]

  • Happy Anniversary
    September 9th, 2008 @ 6:40 am PST

    Awesome. “This blog has been online for 8 years, 5 months, and 26 days. I have now been blogging here for 3100 days.” I almost never notice when my footer notes a milestone. That’s pretty cool — 3100 even.

  • The Lord Knows the Score
    September 4th, 2008 @ 6:06 pm PST

    Every year around this time I get to enjoy one of my all-time favorite acronyms. (You know I’m an acronymphomaniac, right?) All of the important data utilized by the National Football League is stored in the “Game Statistics & Information System” — GSIS. As far as the NFL is concerned, GSIS is awesome and GSIS […]

  • Hockey Moms and Pit Bulls
    September 4th, 2008 @ 7:19 am PST

    I was all fired up last night about “clean coal” after watching Palin’s speech at the RNC. Obama also talked about “clean coal” in his speech last week, and it seriously bothered me. There is no such thing as “clean coal”, kids. But nobody that listened to the two nominees is talking about that. What […]

  • Keeping Track of Passwords
    September 3rd, 2008 @ 3:12 pm PST

    For many years now I have been delighted that the words “username” and “password” are the same length. A fixed-width font in a text file full of server addresses, usernames, and passwords therefore looks quite organized.