December 02, 2010

Chris Tomlin is back

We picked up a copy of Chris Tomlin's new album "And If Our God Is For Us". What a deal by the way, it was Black Friday when we went to Family Christian Bookstore in Cincinatti, OH. I can't remember the exact price but I think we paid around $4 for it.

Over the past couple years I'd started losing interest in Tomlin due to some weak releases such as the Christmas album, rehash albums full of re-released songs, and I didn't really like Hello Love. Well, I'm glad to say that my favorite worship leader is baaaack!

This album is chock full of worship songs you'll be singing at church for the next few years. I'd rank it right up there between Arriving and See The Morning. Go and get it!

October 15, 2010


title: Emmanuel
subtitle: Josh Kauffman

I will seek You with my whole heart in the center of the storm
And remember, oh the promise of Your love.
You are near to heavy-hearted, and the broken You repair
Every moment, even sleeping, You are there, You are there.

You have laid Your hand upon me, let Your love surround me
You are Emmanuel
I was hiding in the darkest night, and then You found me
You are Emmanuel,
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

I have stumbled, I'm always falling and I am humbled by my sin
But the moment I confess them, You forgive, You forgive.

You have laid Your hand upon me, let Your love surround me
You are Emmanuel
I was hiding in the darkest night, and then You found me
You are Emmanuel,
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

Oh tell me, Where can I go, from Your Spirit, from Your presence?
Come and take me home, to Your Spirit, to Your presence, yeah
Never let me go

You have laid Your hand upon me, let Your love surround me
You are Emmanuel
I was hiding in the darkest night, and then You found me
You are Emmanuel

You have laid Your hand upon me, let Your love surround me
You are Emmanuel
I was hiding in the darkest night, and then You found me
You are Emmanuel,
Emmanuel, Emmanuel

August 27, 2010

Terrell Owens will be 37 this year

Say what you will about Terrell Owens the person, but as a football player, he's really good. Owens signed with the Cincinnati Bengals after a lackluster season with the Buffalo Bills where he tried to clean up his image as a human being. I think he's done a good job of it, but the question is, how much does he have left as professional athlete?

The tandem of Chad Ochocinco and Terrell Owens lining up at scrimmage is something that many football fans could only dream of. If it had happened 3 years ago when both players were in their prime, that would just absolutely crazy. But at this stage of his career, at 37 years of age, how effective will Terrell Owens (and Ochocinco) be?

The problem with T.O. is that at the age of 37, he's entering a territory that few other receivers in the NFL have been to. Not a lot of NFL wide receivers have played that effectively past the age of 35, let alone 37. Even looking at Randy Moss at age 33, he's already slowed considerably, although he's still a force to be reckoned with.

Looking at other NFL players who have played up to the age Owens is attempting, you can see a steady decline. I don't think I'm making a bold statement by saying that as you get older, you slow down, but take a look at these numbers and tell me what you think.

Here's Jerry Rice at ages 35-37:
At 35: 7 recs, 78 yards, 1 td (injured)
At 36: 82 recs, 1157 yards, 9 td
At 37: 67 recs, 830 yards, 5 td

Tim Brown at 35-37:
35: 91 recs, 1165 yards, 9 td
36: 81 recs, 930 yards, 2 td
37: 52 recs, 567 yards, 2 td

Cris Carter:
35: 96 recs, 1274 yards, 9 td
36: 73 recs, 871 yards, 6 td
37: 8 recs, 66 yards, 1 td (injured)

Keenan McCardell:
35: 70 recs, 917, yards, 9 td
36: 36 recs 437 yards, 0 td
37: 22 recs, 256 yards, 1 td

Joey Galloway:
35: 62 recs, 1057 yards, 7 td
36: 57 recs 1014 yards, 6 td
37: 13 recs, 138 yards, 0 td

Terrell Owens
At 35: 69 recs, 1052 yards, 10 td
At 36: 55 recs, 829 yards, 5 td
At 37: ?

(To be fair to Jerry Rice -the greatest receiver in the history of the NFL-, the guy put up two more 1000+ yard seasons at 39 and 40, so the possibility is certainly there for Terrell Owens.)

These were names off the top of my head that I plugged into I'm sure there are more but you get the idea. At 37, every one of these guys put up some pretty not-so-great seasons. So where does that put Terrell Owens?

There's some talk that Owens could supplant Ochocinco as the #1 WR for the Bengals. I can't see that happening. For one thing, Chad's been there for 7 years and over the past 5-6 years, he's developed a strong qb-wr relationship with Carson Palmer. That kind of chemistry is not just going to disappear overnight. If this had been a 31 year old Owens, then maybe, but at this point there's just no way.

I see Owens putting up solid #2 WR numbers. From a fantasy perspective, it puts him at your WR3, so if you start 3 WR, feel confident putting him in that 3rd receiver spot. I'm projecting around 60 receptions, 750 yards and 7 td. That would put him right there with Jerry Rice at 37. As for Chad Ochocinco, I figure he'll get around 75 receptions, 1150 yards and 8 td. That's good enough for a strong WR2 in your fantasy league.

August 12, 2010

Painful surgery joke

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium. She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know if they could help him."

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the pain that poor Tom must have experienced. "Tom was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain." We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom’s scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."

Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom. "Now," she announced in a quivering voice, "thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."

All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say. A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.

He said, "I'm Tom Smith." The entire congregation held its breath. "I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum."

August 11, 2010

All of Creation

Verse 1:
Until the veil was torn
The moment that hope was born
And guilt was pardoned once and for all

Verse 2:
But no longer bound by chains
Left at an empty grave
The sinner and the sacred resolved

And all of creation
Sing with me now
Lift up your voice
And lay your burden down

And all of creation
Sing with me now
Fill up the heavens
Let His glory resound

Verse 2:
Time is fading
And we see Him face to face
Every doubt erased
Forever we will worship the King


Bridge 1:
The reason we breathe
Is to sing of His glory
And for all He has done
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
And the Spirit in one

Chorus x 2

And every knee with bow
And every tongue
Praise the Father
Praise the Son
And the Spirit in one

July 30, 2010

Wins Produced

I found this through reading a recent RR post, but here's a link to the Wins Produced site, which does a breakdown by player and team of how many wins each player produced. I can't really explain how this is calculated nor how accurate it is. The totals for Toronto is 36 wins (when you add all the players up), and we won 40 games so I have no idea were those other games went. ... ml#/Season

Chris Bosh produced 11.84 wins last year, so it's to be expected that there will be a significant drop-off in record this season. What's impressive though, is that Amir Johnson was #2 last year at 7.63.

If you want to look at the stats, look at the page. What I've done is taken a 3 year average for each player:

Jose Calderon: +11.14 (all 3 years in Toronto)
Chris Bosh: +9.88 (all 3 years in Toronto)
Amir Johnson: +5.75 (Toronto, 2 years in Detroit)
Jarret Jack: +5.31 (Toronto, Indiana, Portland)
Reggie Evans: +4.12 (Toronto, 2 years in Philly)
Hedo Turkoglu: +3.23 (Toronto, 2 years in Orlando)
Rasho Nesterovic: +0.9 (Toronto, Indiana, Toronto)
DeMar DeRozan: +0.8 (Toronto)
Sonny Weems: +0.79 (Toronto, Denver)
Marcus Banks: +0.27 (Toronto, Toronto/Miami, Miami)
Pops Mensa-Bonsu: +0.22 (Toronto/Houston, San Antonio)
Patrick O'Bryant: -0.14 (Toronto, Toronto, didn't register in Boston)
Marco Belinelli: -0.7 (Toronto, 2 years in Golden State)
Andrea Bargnani: -1.57 (all 3 years in Toronto)
Antoine Wright: -1.61 (Toronto, Dallas, New Jersey)

Here's a few of our recent acquisitions:

Leandro Barbosa: +2.14 (all 3 years in Phoenix)
Dwayne Jones - 0.00
Joey Dorsey - 0.10 (Miami)
David Andersen: -0.89 (Houston)
Linas Kleiza: +1.15 (Denver 2 years starting 3 years ago)

Some notes:
-Amir Johnson has always contributed wins towards his team. Not just as a Raptor but even as a Piston for two years. He's a positive contributor regardless of the minutes he's getting and I'm impressed by this stat.
-Same thing for Jarret Jack.
-Jose Calderon was a killer in wins produced for two years prior to last season. If he can even find middle ground between those two ground breaking years and last year, he will be a valuable player to us once again.
-DeRozan will be a big difference maker depending on his progress this season.
-Hedo's numbers in Orlando actually proves why he was overrated to begin with. Take a look at the site and see how little he contributed despite his reputation in Orlando.
-Barbosa has never been a big contributor to wins according to these stats. Even in the year he won 6th man of the year.
-Same for Kleiza, minus the 6th man award.
-I thought Antoine Wright was better than this.. I guess this proves that just being a solid defender with no offensive prowess is pretty much useless.
-Or perhaps pure defending isn't good enough, as opposed to rebounding and defense in Reggie Evans, where he's put up decent numbers throughout his career.
-Marco Belinelli is useless.
-As for Bargnani, this is not surprising when you consider what a starting C is expected to do in the NBA. Unfortunately despite being a decent but untraditional scoring big man, what he gives up at his position is likely what puts him at this horrible wins produced score. Rebound, block shots, clog the lane, score in the post. Andrea does none of these.

As our current roster stands, we have the following players:

Jose Calderon: +11.14
Amir Johnson: +5.75
Jarret Jack: +5.31
Reggie Evans: +4.12
Leandro Barbosa: +2.14
Linas Kleiza: +1.15
DeMar DeRozan: +0.8
Sonny Weems: +0.79
Marcus Banks: +0.27
Joey Dorsey: +0.10
Marco Belinelli: -0.7
David Andersen: -0.89
Andrea Bargnani: -1.57
Ed Davis
Solomon Alabi

July 27, 2010

Ultimate Frisbee: Other sports need to fight back!

I'm sure there is a valid reason for naming sport where you throw a frisbee at your teammates and move along the field and try to score at the other end "Ultimate Frisbee". However, isn't it all a little too convenient?

What's worse is that now a lot of this sports' participants are simply using "Ultimate to describe the sport. Come on now -- ultimate? Really?

Imagine this scenario in the school yard:

Johnny: "Hey guys, let's play soccer!"
Tommy: "Huh? No way, we're playing ULTIMATE!"
Chris: "COOOOL! Yea, let's go play ULTIMATE!!"
Stevie: "Johnny, you're so lame. LET'S GO PLAY ULTIMATE!!"
Katie: "Sorry Johnny, I'm breaking up with you because you're so lame."

Poor Johnny is going to be left in the dust.

But what if instead of "soccer", it was instead called "AWESOMEST SPORT EVER"?

The school yard scene would change drastically.

Tommy: "Johnny, what are you doing here?"
Stevie: "I bet he's here to try to convince us to play that lame sport soccer!"
Chris: "LAME! Whaddya want, Lamer?"
Johnny: "Oh, well, I just wanted to know if you wanted to play the AWESOMEST SPORT EVER?"
Chris: "Whoaa.. why didn't you say so? That sounds like a great idea!"
Tommy: "Woot! I love AWESOMEST SPORT EVER!"
Stevie: "Sorry Johnny, I had no idea you were so cool. AWESOMEST SPORT EVER, here I come!"
Katie: "Oh Johnny, I should never have doubted you. Let's make out!"

See how everything changes with the name?

Here are a few other suggestions to level the playing field:

Baseball: THE SHIZZLE, YO!

July 18, 2010

Inception (2010)

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should go do it right away, as soon as possible.

June 10, 2010


I haven't blogged in a long time. And there's a perfectly logical explanation for this. Look above to see the answer.

(Hint: It's before the date and after the *poof*.)

March 16, 2010

Walk of shame

The XBOX 360 Arcade went on sale last Friday, dropping from $200 to $130. I had permission to buy one so we picked it up on Friday night. I played it for a couple hours on Friday night, then a few more hours on Saturday night. On Sunday night when I tried to power it up, I got the 3 flashing red lights. The XBOX was dead.

So yesterday after work we took the console back to Future Shop to exchange it for another one. Unfortunately they didn't have any left. Bummed, I put it back in the car and we went to a store called "Frugo", which is found next to the Future Shop (Hwy 7 and Warden), and is owned by the husband of one of my wife's co-workers. The store has pretty much everything you can think of, it's like a Chinese Walmart.

As I wandered around the store, I noticed that my right foot was a little uncomfortable and kept hearing squeaking noises when I stepped down on the heel. So knelt over to examine my shoe.

To my surprise, I discovered that I was wearing different colored shoes! My left foot had my normal brown Bostonians, but my right foot had on my black Bostonians. I couldn't believe it. I leave an older pair of black shoes at work for winter use (so I can wear boots to work), I guess I must have switched them at some point during the day and put on the wrong shoes when I left work!

I was totally embarrassed, but it was pretty funny so I showed my wife she laughed at me. It also dawned on me that I'd have to go to work again wearing the same shoes, different colored shoes, on the GO Train and through the downtown core.


March 03, 2010

Memories in a box

My wife and I have been spending around 30-40 minutes each night in our basement, going through boxes, throwing things out, and especially, being reminded of old keepsakes.

There was one boxes full of my notes, from university. Most of them looked entirely foreign to me. Even the handwriting didn't look like mine, and you can forget about the math -- that stuff looked like it was written in a different language. There was another box full of old pictures, Christmas cards, Birthday cards, and several handbooks which I found quite amusing.

During my teenage years I never really understood why Teen's Conference was considered a "Meat Market". I even remember a young Kevin Lai in a skit standing at the edge of the stage waving a large cleaver. I didn't understand that. I guess in those days I was too innocent about what was going on around me.

As I looked through some of my old TC handbooks, I quickly realized that there may have been a lot more going on than I had ever realized at the time. For one thing, not a lot of comments from boys, but a ton from girls. I guess at that age girls were a lot more chatty.

Secondly I was surprised to see the number of girls who left their phone number, so that, um, we could discuss sermons?

Also, instead of comments you might expect like "gee, we sure had a lot of fun, huh?", I saw comments like "I hope you remember me" and "xxxoooxxx". How bizarre..

We still have tons of boxes so I'm sure I'll have more funny stories to share. I threw out all my notes but some of the handbooks/birthday cards I couldn't help but keep.

Good times.

March 01, 2010

The goal

There haven't been a lot, but I can remember some pretty great moments in sports over my lifetime. Like the time when Joe Carter hit the game winning homerun to win the World Series for the Toronto Blue Jays 17 years ago. Or the spectacular catch by David Tyree off his helmet to make a crucial first down for the New York Giants, who then went on to win the Superbowl. Donovan Bailey's gold medal winning 9.84 second 100M run which was slowed by the fact that he raised his arm at the end.

Yesterday topped all of those.

My wife and I watched the Canada-USA hockey Olympic gold medal final together, just the two of us. We had invited others but they were either unable to make it or chose to go elsewhere for maybe a bigger party or whatever. I think it would have been more fun with more people, but what can you do.

I can't remember a more exciting game in my life. To me, I would have been happier to see Team Canada finish 4th by losing to the Slovakians than to lose to the Americans. It was so intense that both my wife and I were exhausted by the time we had finished watching the first two periods. Emotionally we were completely drained.

I was thinking about how destiny works, how God selects certain people in this world to do amazing things. Sidney Crosby had been somewhat ridiculed because he hadn't scored anything in several games, even though he was supposed to be the best player we had. Meanwhile Crosby was probably just playing like he always plays, creating opportunities, handling and battling for the puck, constantly being harrassed by 1-2 opponents, also not knowing himself when he'll be able to affect the game in some shape where everyone would notice.

And then there it was, he battled for the puck the corner, left it back for Jerome Iginla and then skated unobstructed for once, towards the net, and then called for it and slid the puck into the net. It seemed so innocent, not like the many other huge scoring chances.

Back home, my wife and I went absolutely nuts. We danced in front of the TV, shouted, we jumped up and down, we hugged, we hugged while jumping up and down (this is no easy task) and then we ran around the living room cheering.

Greatest hockey game ever.

February 25, 2010

I Believe

Lately I can't seem to stop humming the "I Believe" Olympic song. I've seen newspaper articles, blog posts, and people in general complaining about this song but I don't get it. It's a great song and it's got such a catchy tune. I love it!

Yesterday afternoon my wife had an eye appointment with a specialist because she had a hole in her eye. We actually weren't sure if the procedure would be performed right away or if it was just a check-up to ensure the diagnosis was correct. They'd have to dilate her pupils prior to any examination, so we knew she'd need a ride home.

Since the appointment was at Sunnybrook I had originally planned to take the day off so I could take here there and drive her home, but in the end her mom volunteered since it was closer for her. So the plan was to have dinner at her parents' house after the appointment/procedure.

Anything dealing with eyes makes me extremely nervous. Eyes are so important, and you've only got 2 of them. It's not like kidneys where you can survive with one. You need both eyes. When I was little I had this nightmare where my dad's eyes were expanding and stretching and he was in a lot of pain, I remember waking up in a fright and running over to my parents' room and hugging my dad.

So there I was sitting in the living room at my in-laws' house talking about Team Canada's chances against Russia with my father-in-law, when he received a call on his cell. It was my wife on the phone and they talked for a few seconds and dad passed me the phone. She told me that they had done the procedure and that it was all finished, the hole had been lasered and she could feel where her brain had been fried. Even if she was joking I was scared by that. I asked if she was feeling okay and she was.

For the next 30 minutes or so I sat their anxiously awaiting my wife to come home, while trying my best to have various coherent conversations with my father in law. Finally when I heard the garage door opening, I sprung up from the couch and waited at the door for her to come in. When she finally appeared I flung my arms around her and held on for as long as I could while she tried to wiggle her way out.

Dinner was great, the food was excellent as usual. There was only a moment of panic when the food was set on the table and I didn't see any rice. It's strange but as I've gotten older I've discovered that I really, really, like plain rice. Eventually mom-in-law brought out the rice and I immediately reached out to get some.

My in-laws have this tiny 12" TV in their kitchen and while we ate we were huddled around it to watch the first 5-10 minutes of the Canada-Russia men's hockey game. Games like these are absolutely great because the whole family is there cheering for the same team.

I had a friend text me from Vancouver to tell me he was in the arena watching from section 114, which sound like pretty great seats. I'm sure my friend had a great time, but to me, you can't really beat watching the game with family, there's no way to compare that with anything else. Plus he probably paid about $300 for those seats. There's just no way I would trade sitting with family (with all of whom are cheering and whooping it up), even on a tiny TV, for great seats amongst a bunch of strangers. There's just no way.

February 24, 2010

Foody Mart

I just noticed that I've been writing these blogs a day later and putting today's date instead of yesterdays, even though I've been blogging about yesterdays events.

Yesterday my wife and I sat on the train on the way home realizing we had no food left and the fridge was empty, save for maybe 1 portion of Indian leftovers. We were faced with either trying to scrounge around the house for whatever morsels we could find (usually junk food), go out to eat (she wanted to go to Shabu Shabu), or go grocery shopping for the first time in about a month.

As we often do when we're trying to make a decision, the conversation ended with my wife saying "you decide".

So as we left the train station parking lot I headed east to try out the Foody Mart which opened several months ago but we've never been to because the parking lot is always jammed packed. I'd heard some good things about the Foody Mart -- good prices, good produce, etc, lots of choice and people said it was as good as a T&T Supermarket.

As it turns out it's BETTER. The nearest T&T is *always* packed but this Foody Mart parking was decent on a Tuesday night. Plus it had just about everything, and it was significantly cheaper than the alternative Sobey's which we often shop at because it's so close to where we live. The produce section was huge, and the prices were unbelievably cheaper. For example Sobey's has broccoli crowns for $1.49/lb. Foody had it for $ That's one crazy discount. They had a lot of variety of vegetables that you don't always see at regular supermarkets.

There was an old white man asking around for kale, and looking really frustrated because from what I could tell none of the people working there knew what kale was. As he walked off angrily, I turned to another lady nearby who had overheard the commotion and told her kale isn't exactly a popular vegetable for asians. That being said it's a mental note for the next time I need to buy kale, which is more often than you might think.

Foody Mart had all kinds of goodies, including a whole section for noodles from all over the world. We were particularly happy to find those little bundles of noodles that Shabu Shabu usually provide for your hotpot. They also had the multi-colored "brick" of fish that you can cut into slices, also for hotpot. We bought some enoki and sliced lamb to complete everything we'd need for dinner.

We were able to re-create the Shabu Shabu meal at home, for much less money!

February 23, 2010

February 23, 2010

Yesterday on the drive home from work, I felt like I had something in my pocket that wasn't sitting the right way, making my "space" very uncomfortable. For those who kept up back in the day, I had been using the All-Ett Billfold wallet which is famous for a reduced thickness thereby keeping the wallet bulge to a minimum.

Ever since we got back from vacation 3 weeks ago, where I stopped carrying a wallet at all for fear of getting robbed, I had grown accustomed to not wearing a wallet. So I got this case that I've been using to carry limited amount of cards and a few folded up bills. Anyway, it's been pretty convenient but it does often get in the way of my keys, which are also in that same pocket. So sometimes the keys jab into my leg if the case is sitting the wrong way.

Usually I'll prop myself up and pull my pants down/outward to clear up the "wedge" area and give myself more breathing room. This time it just wasn't working. I thought maybe it was because I had to clear the snow off my car, and in my haste maybe my pants had been shifted one way and that was now making me uncomfortable.

Traffic was stop and go, (mostly stop) due to the 10-15cm of snow falling from the sky at the time.

People always drive so slow in the snow, I wonder if that's a good thing or not. I noticed the next day someone must have thought I was going slow without checking his speedometer. I was going 80 in a 60 zone and he zoomed right past me on the right lane. Maybe he had to go pee..

Anyway, so there I was stuck in traffic, trying to adjust my pants. I tried all the tricks that any guy would try, making sure any tucked in garments were out, shifting my underwear so that it wasn't within the sealed off belt tightened area. Twisted left and right, pulling outwards to leave crotch area aired out. Nothing was working.

Finally there was a red light so I put the car to brake. Fortunately with the snow and the heat, most of the windows were fogged up except for the front where I had my defrost thing going on. I took off my seatbelt, and then un-did my belt, expecting some relief. However there was none as it was still as tight as before.

I looked around to make sure no one could see me, and I undid the top bottom of the pants. That felt pretty good, but I needed more room. So slowly, I started zipping down. Each little tooth of the zipper felt great as they were released one by one, until finally, AAAHHHH.. that felt sooo good.

Then the light turned green so I quickly buckled up my seatbelt and put the car back into drive, and continued my drive home.

February 22, 2010

February 22, 2010

I have not cooked in about 3 weeks.

Three weeks ago my wife and I went on a cruise to the southern areas of the Caribbean. It was an awesome cruise. I would post some pictures, but in all honesty we rarely take pictures anymore. I think it has something to do with the hassle of carrying around a camera, and then the added hassle of asking people to take our camera and take a picture for us. We take mental photos now :)

When we got back, we hosted a Superbowl party and there were so many leftovers, that the food lasted us an entire week. Pizza, chicken wings, chips and dips!

The following week was Chinese New Year. We went to my in-law's for dinner along with my parents, and my mother-in-law cooked up a 10 course meal. There were so many leftovers, so we took a good 2 days worth of food home. That was on Saturday. On Sunday my own parents came over to our house and we made dumplings from scratch. That was a lot of fun. Note to self for future reference -- don't use lean ground pork. Use the fattiest stuff you can find.. it makes juicier dumplings. Anyway, once again there were tons of leftovers, another 2-3 days worth of dumplings, both boiled and fried. Mmmmm..

Fast forward to this past Friday where we ended up ordering takeout Indian food from Ambiyan, a place we discovered a months ago. They have 2 person special that comes out to around $50 after delivery costs, but is usually enough for 2-3 meals. You can order 2 meat dishes, 1 veggie dish and they give you two naans and rice in that package.

So yea, I haven't cooked in about 3 weeks.

What makes a blog a blog

When I first started this blog 9 or 10 years ago, it started as a journal. I wrote about my day-to-day activities, sharing about things I did, things I saw, things I was thinking about.

As the years went by the blog evolved. I had regular readers and I felt the need to enhance their experience by voicing opinions, making statements, talking about current events. It went away from events in my life to topical content. The frequency of posts began to rely on my mood. For example if I had a strong opinion on something, or maybe I was trying to get a rise out of my readers, or if I was trying to prove a point.

More and more I felt the need to appease my readers rather than just write the blog as a simple web log. Often I'd critique my own posts, pouring hours upon hours on a single post trying to perfect the grammar, and making sure each of my points were concrete, or making sure they were funny enough, or passed some kind of grade before I'd publish. I found more and more unfinished posts left in draft because I didn't think they were post-worthy. Soon, I was posting once a week, or less, once a month or less.

I was looking back today and also reflecting on whether or not other mediums have affected blog writing. Have applications like Twitter, Facebook and Buzz ultimately changed the blogging landscape?

The more I thought about it, the more I realize that blogs have their own niche on the information highway. Blogs tell the entire story. Not instances in time, not little updates or links to share, but the entire journey, from beginning to end.

It's this realization that I've decided it may be worth taking this up again. However infrequent my posts may be, I hope to once again tell a story.

January 15, 2010

Team Coocoo

With the economy being the way it is, the jobless rate soaring and poverty at its peak, I can't understand why Conan O'Brien is being celebrated for, basically, crying like a baby.

Athletes who whine and ask to be traded are frowned upon. Dany Heatley in hockey, or Jay Cutler in football, or Allen Iverson in basketball are people who were unhappy with their job situation and asked to be traded or released. How is that any different from Conan O'Brien's situation? Whining because of a time slot? If the wave and support of "Team COCO" gives any indication, Conan could have his show air at 4am and people would still be watching.

I found his letter to NBC pretty embarrassing and revealing of his massive ego. Here is a guy making hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dollars with quite possibly one of the cushiest jobs in the world. He's not saving the world, people. He's not raising money for charity, or helping people. He's the host of a talk show that celebrates Hollywood, of all things, and who happens to be good at making fun of other people, including himself. That's all. His noted accomplishments are:

1. Making people laugh.
(list over)

It's time to move on from this.

January 11, 2010

Weekend summary

Okay, so somehow I managed to pick every losing team.

I thought that Baltimore ended up doing exactly what they needed to beat the New England Patriots. They took it to Brady and Brady faltered because of the wuss that he is. They went right at him, I think Ray Lewis sacked him in the first quarter, and they never let up. The Ravens attacked and attacked, and then handed the ball to their running game. The Pats D couldn't stop the run, and so the Ravens were in control from start to finish. They completely dominated the game.

In the Jets Bengals game, the defense for the Jets made all the difference. Cincinnati's offense was exposed as a one trick pony on air (Palmer to Ocho couldn't click because of Revis), and well, Benson had a monster game but they couldn't keep using him because they were playing from behind. I don't expect the Jets to get very far in these playoffs, but they can upset teams because of their disrupting defense.

The Dallas-Philly game was a total disappointment. Two teams who have so much history faced eachother for the 3rd time this season and one simply did not show up. I thought this would be a shootout but it McNabb didn't show up to the game and as a result, Philly was absolutely destroyed in this game. Dallas has a pretty good team, next week against Minnesota should be exciting.

Finally, the best game of the weekend was Green Bay vs Arizona. Most experts picked Green Bay to take this one and as we've seen time and time again, when Arizona is the underdog somehow they scrape it out. The game went back and forth with the Cards taking the early lead but after neither defense could do anything the game was eventually 45-45. I have to say though, the final play of the game was pretty disappointing with Rodgers having the ball stripped from him and giving up a TD.

For once, a playoff game ending where the team who won the overtime coin toss didn't win the game.

January 07, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

NFL Playoffs! This is it.. here are the matchups for Wildcard Weekend:


Baltimore @ New England

Everyone is picking New England for this one and I will have to agree. They are just a better team and it's Tom Brady in January.. about as clutch as one can possibly get. That being said, if Ray Lewis can get his hands on Brady early in the game, that could change everything. Brady a tough guy he is not.

New York Jets @ Cincinnati

This game could go either way but I'm picking Cincinatti based on the fact that they are at home and they'll be motivated to win their first playoff game in about 2 decades.


Philadelphia @ Dallas

I'm picking Philly. For some reason I just think Donovan McNabb will figure this out (they've lost to Dallas twice this season).

Green Bay @ Arizona

Green Bay will win this one.