You may have seen this story on the front page of CNN.com, where some guy with a Jamaican accent killed a cop and his dog, and shot another officer in the leg. This took place in Lakeland which is 15 minutes down the road from where I live. There’s cops, helicopters, and a manhunt going down to find this guy as I type this.
So what happens? My roommate tells me to walk the dogs at midnight. Sure, they have to be pottied, and I can’t live my life in fear, and to be quite honest I wasn’t really worried about it. But I was bored, and I wanted to give my roommate a guilt trip. So the conversation went down like this:
Me: “So you still want me to walk the dogs, huh?” Her: “Yep.” Me: “Oh, ok. (Pause) Which sounds worse? A) I really don’t like you anymore, Matt. or B) I want you to walk the dogs at midnight with a convicted killer on the loose somewhere in the vicinity of our neighborhood?” Her: “The dogs have to go out sometimes, you know.” Me: “Yeah, but I figure we can wait until the dogs are clamoring and absolutely begging at the door to go potty, and then when we let them out they’ll have no choice but to immediately relieve themselves not 2 feet from the door, thus negating my 10 minute walk down a pitch dark street.” Her: “Are you really that uncomfortable walking the dogs tonight?” Me: “Well … yeah, you know. I kind of value my life, a little bit, you know. Just a teensy, tiny bit. I can’t help it. God gave me this thing, perhaps you heard of it, it’s called survival instinct. Us men excel at it.” Her: “Well Matt, I don’t …” Me: “Are these your Final Words to me before I take the dogs out … ?”
At this point she breaks down and starts laughing uncontrollably. I think she knew I was just pulling her leg, but it took her a while to figure it out. Phew. I was afraid I was going to run out of guilties at that rate.
While listening to Pandora I heard a song that was a cover of The Smashing Pumpkins’s “Today” which I thought was really good. I haven’t heard any covers of SP’s music before, so I checked and saw that it was off of a tribute album called The Killer in You.
After purchasing the album, I went straight to one of my favorite songs on the Siamese Dream album, Mayonaise. The cover is by Emanuel, and I thoroughly enjoy how they did it, although I’ll always treasure the original version, which has special meaning to me growing up as a teen listening to their music.
Here’s the Smashing Pumpkins cover of Mayonaise:
I’m not one to really mull over bad calls in a sports game, but when it affects such a stellar performance by a freshman, and nearly costs the team the game, it has me really annoyed.
Here’s a video of the bad calls that was the reason why the game between the Florida Gators versus the Tennessee Volunteers has the Gators on top 21-20. The Vols should send a thank-you note to the referees for keeping them in the game to the very end, or at least ask them where they were when they almost lost to Air Force.
SEC officiating wasn’t just horrible in this game, but also in the LSU vs. Auburn game, where LSU ended up getting the short end of the stick.
I firmly believe that the new rule changes to the time for NCAA football games has the referees making bad calls (or not making any at all where there should’ve been one) because of these rule changes. They are pressured to save time in a football game, all so more TV commercials can be displayed.
When shopping for a MP3 player, I originally wanted a tiny flash-based one for when I go on early morning runs, since hard drive-based ones tend to skip when there are sudden movements. However, when I saw the iRiver Clix, I realized that I won’t be running all the time, so I might as well be able to enjoy it for when I’m not exercising.
The iRiver Clix (MSRP $199.99) features the ability to play music in these formats: .mp3, .ogg, and .wma. On top of that, it features the ability to play video, show pictures, and let you play Flash Lite games. It has a rather large (for a MP3 player) 2.2″ LCD screen that is quite bright, and which can display 260,000 colors. Additionally it has a built-in FM tuner, so you can listen to local FM radio stations.
It charges up the lithium-poly battery via the USB 2.0 cord, and a single charge can bring you between 10-20 hours (20 hours if you’re listening in the worst possible audio quality, don’t use the LCD screen much, and other best-case scenario variables.) You can expect around 13 hours of playtime for the average listener, less if you watch videos often and use an aggressive equalizer setting.