Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
i - ro - ny (ahy-ruh-nee)
-noun, plural -nies
1. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.
2. an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.
3. Sports (see below):
Friday, August 10, 2007
I've got a few things I'd like to share with everyone today, the first being some great news I received from Jessica and Phil Palacios on Tuesday. They will be expecting a new addition to their family this coming March.
Their wedding last November was one of the most memorable I attended in recent memory, and we here at P2S couldn't be happier to hear about Jessica's pregnancy. So to Phil and Date, we wish you all the best; you're both going to make terrific parents.
In keeping with the positive vibes of the above post, we here at P2S would also like to congratulate Rick Ankiel for his return to the Cardinals as an outfielder last night against the Padres.
A St. Louis favorite, Ankiel was a very promising pitcher for the Cardinals before his historic meltdown against the Braves and Mets in the 2000 postseason. Recently, Rick has been lighting up scoreboards as an outfielder in the Minors for the last several years and has always been on the breath of Cardinals fans wanting to see him come back.
Last night, Ankiel got that chance. Called up for Thursday's game, Ankiel went 0-2 before hitting a 3-run blast that put the Cardinals up 5-0, earning him a curtain call from the crowd and making that moment one of the best so far this season. Best of luck to Ankiel and the rest of the Cardinals as they continue down the stretch only 5.5 games out.
And finally, I saw a video of highlights by Barry Sanders Wednesday and was absolutely buh-lown away. From his five-TD game at OSU against Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl to a whole career of NFL goodies, Barry Sanders came with a built-in spin and juke button. It's just too bad he had to play for the Lions. Oh well, at least we still have this. Try not to freak out too much. Just try.
Have a great weekend, everyone, I'll be with the fire spinners most of the time at a rave outside town called Three-Sided Hole. Should be a fun time. Talk with you all soon.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
The most important image ever taken? You be the judge after watching this. But however you feel, this video really puts things in perspective about how small we really are in this universe. Actually, can you really put 78 billion light years into perspective? A distance like that is almost too much to fathom. How can someone see something like that and NOT think we're the only ones in the universe? There's so much out there we don't know, it's not really a question of if there's life, but where they are and what they might look like.
Stars and planets are made of the same matter we are, but in different percentages and compositions. Sure, our carbon-based model has served as an efficient model for the building blocks of life, but could there be silicon-based life out there? Nitrogen-based? Could there be organisms who use ammonia in place of water? I'm throwing things out there, the possibilities are endless. For now, enjoy this video, and if you'd like to elaborate on this or talk some alien shop about our preconceived notions of how aliens should look, hit me up.
Monday, August 06, 2007
The other week, my mom emailed me about a great publication: Modern Drunkard Magazine. I thought it was some sort of joke, but when I visited the site, I found a wealth of amusement and know-how for today's lush. Highlights include articles like "FDR: A Drinking President," "How to Survive an After-Hours Party," and a column called Wino Wisdom, which consists of user-submitted quotes said in the midst of a drunken haze, such as gems like "You better stop drinking, you're getting blurry," and "A hangover is just beer's way of reminding you you shouldn't have stopped."
Of the many writing/editing jobs I've applied to thus far (fingers still crossed about the Frederick's of Hollywood job), this is definitely a publication I feel qualified for (10 years of experience and counting). But my job searching difficulties isn't what this post is about (lucky you), so let's keep with the alcohol-related tomfoolery. First is a skit from a local radio morning show. It's called "Jimmy Stewart's Five Stages of Drinking." Take a listen, and if you like, check out some more of these, including several bits with Joe Camel (my favorite side character they do). Great stuff.
And finally, I'll leave you with this great quote by Cy Crumley, a conductor for the ET & WNC Railroad during the first half of the 20th Century. Cheers, fooligans.
"Son, never trust a man who doesn't drink because he's probably a self-righteous sort, a man who thinks he knows right from wrong all the time. Some of them are good men, but in the name of goodness, they cause most of the suffering in the world. They're the judges, the meddlers. And, son, never trust a man who drinks but refuses to get drunk. They're usually afraid of something deep down inside, either that they're a coward or a fool or mean and violent. You can't trust a man who's afraid of himself. But sometimes, son, you can trust a man who occasionally kneels before a toilet. The chances are that he is learning something about humility and his natural human foolishness, about how to survive himself. It's damned hard for a man to take himself too seriously when he's heaving his guts into a dirty toilet bowl."