Posts from December 2001

In other NFL news, NBC has announced that during halftime of the Super Bowl, it will air a 20-minute special of the drek “reality” show Fear Factor — reality shows” being the least real things on television — in which the contestants are six former Playboy Playmates of the Year. Swimsuits will surely be required for the so-far-undisclosed event. Maybe it will be a tanning-oil rubbing competition! The segment will start the moment the Super Bowl second quarter concludes, to lure viewers from Fox during the halftime festivities.

I had once believed that we were all masters of our fate — that we could mould our lives into any form we pleased… I had overcome deafness and blindness sufficiently to be happy, and I supposed that anyone could come out victorious if he threw himself valiantly into life’s struggle. But as I went more and more about the country I learned that I had spoken with assurance on a subject I knew little about. I forgot that I owed my success partly to the advantages of my birth and environment… Now, however, I learned that the power to rise in the world is not within the reach of everyone.
from Midstream: My Later Life, by Helen Keller

Wow! I’m sitting here in LA with ESPN‘s Best of Sportscenter on the TV and I just saw Steve Spurrier wish all the armed forces a Merry Christmas. That was cool.


*Note: There is no new song in this post. So you have an audio CD and you want to convert some of the songs on it into mp3 format. How in the world do you do that? It’s easier than you think. There are only about a million places on line with tutorials and software

Christmas Eve Kayaks

Here’s another one of my dad’s photographs. He’s been kayaking all over New England for the last year or so. He’s got a thing set up so he can have his camera on the end of the kayak while he’s … er … kayaking. (Y’know, there really aren’t any synonyms for kayaking.) I just think


Double Merry Super Christmas Eve! Or, alternately, Bah Humbug! You choose.

I absolutely adore that they call the show “Monday Night Football” even when it’s airing on a Saturday night.


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