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Spring is here

What a difference a week makes. It was really heartbreaking to see the U.S. lose to Canada in the Men’s Hockey Final, but at least it was a great game. You can’t say we didn’t try.

Yesterday was a brilliant day in Seattle though. The sun was shining. The temp was surely in the 60’s, and despite being depressed over the hockey I decided to get back into my exercise regime and go for a run. With getting sick and then traveling to Vancouver, I haven’t had much opportunity to exercise. Boy I was looking forward to it.

Then 2 blocks into my run, I tripped on some protruding cement in the pavement and landed very hard on my knee caps completing skinning one of them. It reminds me of being a kid really. Remember all of those cement playgrounds? I was always skinning my knees as kid, and I wasn’t the only one.

So I might have to delay running for another couple of days while the bruises heal. Another sign of spring was a big fat gray squirrel tearing up my newly planted garden. At first I thought he was eating my chard or spinach. But no. Must have been looking for a nut he may have planted last fall. He was persistent. After I chased him away, he came back. Who knows what I’ll find upon returning home today after work.

Here’s a pic from Major Changer on flickr.

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Sorry for not posting in a while. Work has been busy. Extremely so.

Just got back from the Olympics on Sunday. I’ll try posting some pictures later on.

This image I got from the Slog. My friend witnessed similar behavior in Vancouver. She told me she saw a Canadian heckling Joe Biden about health care. This seems odd. No doubt a fan getting a little too enthusiastic about the US/Canada hockey game, which by the way was fabulous, we won.

But again this sign is in very poor taste. Would I point a cardboard sign at a television camera for a station in Saudi Arabia that says “At least I can drive.” Very poor sportsmanship displayed here, but I suppose tempers can get flared in these sorts of situations. Especially when you LOSE. Not that I care about WINNING. No, not at all.

Update: Okay, here’s some funny links I found via Ron Judd’s Olympic blog in the Seattle Times.

Piss off America. Oh and you lost the war of 1812.

Canada should just cheat.

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Watch Mens Short Track 1500m

Here’s what I love about the internet. Remember those days when you watched 3 hours of the Olympics on TV when the event you wanted to see was just a few minutes? Remember how before every single commercial they would announce that your event was just about to come up? And then it wouldn’t?

Well now I can watch one short commercial and I get to see the Mens Short Track 1500m speed skating. It’s brilliant. Although I did have to install Silverlight. Click here to watch.

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Quote for the day

We assume that those who crash will stay on the track and we don’t pay too much attention to the structures outside the track.

Spoken by the luge track designer for the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

It’s really quite an assumption to make isn’t it? It reminds me of a somewhat recent story about a drag race in America where spectators were separated from the course by orange cones. One of the cars got out of control and crashed into the audience killing people.

The organizers of the race could probably have said that they assumed the cars would not stray into the crowd. However, when you have a high speed vehicle in an uncontrolled environment you have to think about these things.

With the luge it’s the same.

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Me neither. Seems akin to the Rat City Roller Girls. Read all about it here.

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Children who run

Here’s a great New York Times article along with great pictures about children who ran the New York Marathon before age restrictions were imposed.

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I have been monumentally busy lately. Busy at work. I think I can truly express authentically what a piece of crap Vista is. For those people who just don’t like how everything is organized, you don’t know the half of it.

Inexplicably I can’t connect to Oracle databases in Access. The whole dang program shuts down. I’ve attempted 20 different work arounds to fix my problem. At one time I had 10 browsers open with the various error messages and steps to fix them. I really liked this one: “5 tedious steps for removing Oracle.” I don’t blame Oracle though. I blame this f—ing operating system.

In livlier news, I have now started a bicycle repair class. It’s so great to think I’ll be able to fix my main vehicle without paying someone else to do so. The teacher also gave me some good tips on how to ride my bike. He talked about how you are the motor. He said keep the gears low and get better excercise rather than put strain on your muscles and joints in a high gear. Protect your motor he said.

Bad knees has led me to go swimming every now and again. It’s much more daunting than running as there is limited space. Even in the slowest lane I get in the way of others.

I’ll be running a half marathon this weekend. Hopefully my knees hold up. Plus, I hope I get over this cold that I have. Some people ask me how I manage to do so much meaning running, swimming, cycling etc. I would like to say that first of all that I am not terribly good at any one of these. And second, sadly I am a truly ultra-efficient human being. My body can survive on half the calories of a typical person, so I have to be active in order to enjoy the pleasures of food and drink. You would never know by looking at me how much I do, but there it is.

I’m sorry for the spotty posting, but as I said I’m kind of busy these days.

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Headline of the day

From The Onion.
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It’s kind of mean but you can’t say that Armstrong wasn’t asking for it when he declared he was returning to racing to “raise awareness for cancer.”

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With the news that FINA has banned bodysuits in competitive swimming…

FINA, the international governing body of swimming, voted today to ban the controversial high-tech, non-textile swimsuits. Not only have the suits been responsible for a rash of world records but there has been a Wild West atmosphere among apparel manufacturers and swimmers, all trying to gain a competitive edge.

…I’d like to argue that the only surefire way to make certain that the athletes are all competing at the same level is to require them to swim in the nude. Sure, the athletes would go to town with the body hair removal but at least they would all have equal access to waxing parlors. These high-tech swimsuits are just too expensive for every athlete. And hey, it could get a boost from the Beach Volleyball fans.

1. Full body suit.

2. Rick Berens swimsuit malfunction. Notice the split in the butt. Apparently those suckers are hard to get on.

3. Your Beach Volleyball photos of the day. Photo via BSR-12’s photostream.

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Here’s a great photo from the Whitehouse Flickr photostream of Seattle Mariner Ichiro Suzuki and Barack Obama. Via the Slog.

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I guess Beckham didn’t like what he read in the excerpt from The Beckham Experiment.

David Beckham said Los Angeles Galaxy teammate Landon Donovan was “unprofessional” for speaking out without confronting him first. Beckham, who was making his first public appearance in Southern California since returning from his five-month loan with Italian club AC Milan, said he had not spoken to Donovan, who called him a bad captain and portrayed him as stingy in an upcoming book “The Beckham Experiment,” written by Grant Wahl. “It’s unprofessional in my eyes. In every soccer player’s eyes throughout the world it would be unprofessional to speak out about a teammate especially in the press and not to your face,” Beckham said. “But I’m going to turn it on a positive spin because that’s what this needs. But in 17 years, I have played with the biggest teams in the world and the biggest players and not once have I been criticized for my professionalism. It’s important to get this cleared up and I will be speaking to Landon either this evening or over the next couple of days.”

Is it unprofessional? Perhaps. I don’t know about you, but I kind of like when people actually say what they feel instead of the typical sports cliche bullshit. I’m glad to actually read something with a bit of feeling from a sportsman.

I found the excerpt to the book extremely interesting, and there’s no question that L.A. Galaxy did not get better as a team after David Beckham joined. I think Beckham’s answer is a non-answer. Does he really expect anyone to call him on his professionalism? I mean he’s one of the biggest sport stars in the world. That’s gotta be a hard conversation. Unless of course you’re Alex Ferguson. Plus that whole I’ve played with the best teams for 17 years is kind crap is proving what Donovan was originally saying. Beckham didn’t seem himself as being part of the MLS.

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Riveting

Want to know everything about why David Beckham’s entry into the MLS was an utter failure? This excerpt from The Beckham Experiment is not to be missed. There’s a lot here that speaks for the dynamic of the MLS whether or not David Beckham is on your team.

The longer Donovan had been around Beckham, the more he’d asked himself, Who is this guy? Why is he so secretive? Donovan had tried to have a conversation with Beckham the day before, but he’d gotten nowhere. “So you’re going to Milan?” Donovan had asked.

“We’ll see,” Beckham replied. “I’ve got to stay fit somehow during the off-season.”

“It’s a nice city, right?”

“Some people say it is, but I don’t know.”

And that was it. Their lockers were side-by-side, but they might as well have been a million miles apart.

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Regarding  interleague play which is the term used to describe regular season Major League Baseball games played between teams in different leagues:

I’m not a big fan. It’s a novelty for the fans; I think we’re doing it for the fans. Which is fine. – Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

What’s missing from this article is that the reason why Torre doesn’t like interleague play is because his number-one-team-in-baseball Dodgers got their asses kicked by the Seattle Mariners. In Los Angeles.

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I would maybe have added some expletives, but this guy is pissed off too.

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ESPN Sucks

I spent a very interesting evening at a pub watching the fucking College World Series of baseball with teams Arkansas and Virginia. Why? Because ESPN has purchased exclusive rights to broadcast the Seattle Sounders games for the rest of the soccer season yet that purchasing decision did not lead them to make any other changes to their broadcast schedule, meaning a game as insignificant as the playoffs for the College World Series of baseball being played in lovely Omaha, Nebraska was shown in Seattle while the Sounders game was not. They estimated that baseball game would be over by 7:30, but it went into extra innings.

ESPN were nice enough to occasionally show us clips of the match we were missing. But only several minutes after the goals happened. Let me tell you Arkansas and Virginia both suck. They were in the 12 inning before they finally ended that thing. I saw a guy slide for home who was tagged at least 3 yards from the plate. Slides don’t really work in those situations. Then I saw the catcher and the pitcher both miss a pop-up by a few feet. One of them you can understand, but both?

I will say it was a bonding experience for those in the pub. We were all united in our wish for someone, anyone, so help me god please, Arkansas, Virginia, who cares, just scoring to end our nightmare. We also were listening to the audio of the game and it was kind of funny to watch us all hesitate trying to figure out what was happening before cheering for the goal. It was really funny actually.

At the beginning of the Seattle Sounders Expansion season, you could watch the full soccer games on broadcast television. But I guess once ESPN smelled the aroma of the Seattle Sounders fan base, they thought they might be able to profit from it. I’d like to also mention that some people can watch matches on ESPN360.com. But only if you have an ISP that ESPN approves of. In this case Verizon. What a load of shit. That’s got to be illegal surely.

In any case, we lost due to an own-goal. Very depressing.

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I wonder if they’ll lose any players when they play.

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“I knew that the day Rafa wasn’t in the final I would be there and I would win,” said world number two Federer.

Here is a touching moment from Roger Federer that quite frankly surprises me. So many sports figures are afraid to show their vulnerability. Roger is no different. Usually. But here he admits that if he just kept trying one of these days Nadal wouldn’t make the final and then it would be his. He admits he couldn’t win against Nadal. It’s a great moment of triumph and determination.

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I think I heard the radio sportscaster yesterday say the first 25 games of this year’s Mariner season is better than all 100 plus games last season. I have to admit it’s exciting. Here’s an old video of the Mariner Moose running into Coco Crisp with an ATV.

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1.    Seattle Sounders FC. Well I really had to choose that as my favorite. We kept the name from our previous soccer team and added an FC just to make it new.
2.    San Jose Earthquakes. Nice and appropriate for the area.
3.    Houston Dynamo. Anything with the word “dynamo” is fun.
4.    New England Revolution. I probably would like this name better if it weren’t for the New England Patriots.
5.    Chicago Fire.
6.    Colorado Rapids.
7.    Chivas USA.
8.    Los Angeles Galaxy.

9.     Columbus Crew. (I don’t like the logo either)
10.    All the following are tied: D.C. United, Toronto FC, FC Dallas. Just boring.
11.    Real Salt Lake. Doesn’t really make any sense even if it they are Europhiles.
12.    Kansas City Wizards. This is kind of an embarrassing name.
13.    New York Red Bulls. I didn’t even have to think before naming this the worst MLS name. Naming your team after your number one sponsor is tacky. What’s next New York Pepsi Colas?

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Visions of Edinburgh

I enjoyed this video if only to see my favorite city.

Via Rumproast.

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Well you’re required to stay in your seat at least. I’m contemplating going to tonight’s Mariners game at Safeco Field where I know no one gives a damn if you are in your seat during the National Anthem. Hell most people are still arriving and grabbing hot dogs from the vendors.

A baseball fan says he was ejected from Yankee Stadium for leaving his seat to use the bathroom while “God Bless America” played.

Bradford Campeau-Laurion filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against New York City and the Yankees.

The lawsuit contends he was made a victim of political and religious discrimination on Aug. 26.

It says two police officers who ejected him were enforcing a Yankees policy that keeps spectators in their seats during the song.

Maybe I should excercise my right to wear a “Yankees suck” t-shirt.  I’ll have to find out their SLR policy before I go.

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I went to Qwest Field or Xbox Pitch or whatever the sponsor is for the day to see the Seattle Sounders play the Kansas City Wizards. This is the first year Seattle has had a Major League Soccer Team in quite some time, and amazingly we appear to be the most rabid fan base in the country. The MLS owners are scratching their heads right now as to why they didn’t get here sooner. Now they’re scrambling to profit from this unique part of the country where people like soccer. Either that or we’re Anglophiles.

I brought in my camera as usual and displayed it prominently during bag check. It’s a Pentax K100D and I had a 28-300 zoom lense on it. I was able to get the pictures you see below before some security person yelled at me if I could take my lenses off. Of  course I can, I said. Then she yelled “Put it away.” Learn how to say SLR lady. If you can’t even call a camera what it is what business do you have telling me to put it away.

I wish I could have assured them that they needn’t have worried about my photographic skills taking over the sport, but I could tell any effort would be wasted. Some people enjoy criminilizing another person’s innocent actions. I don’t think you’re going to get many professional shots with a lens that goes to a mere 300. There’s always Photoshop I suppose. What I really wanted to do was wave my ticket which I purchased from TicketBastard, I mean TicketMaster, where 50% of my ticket’s money went to for a convenience fee. Paul Allen, owner of Qwest Field and part owner of the Sounders owns TicketBastard. I wanted to wave it and say I have a right to take pictures during my life and I paid just as much for the convenience of purchasing this ticket as I did for the services of said usher and the game combined.

How can that be legal? Surely I am allowed to take my camera anywhere I damn well please. I wish there was money in it and then someone could start a class-action law suit about how unfair it all was.

Anyway, Keller our goalie was thrown out of the game with a red card and his backup was injured. The backup’s backup did a pretty good job although we did lose the game by one. Enjoy this photo of Qwest. It may be the last time I visit.

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A few selections were revealed on Tuesday. Initially an underdog for the nation’s highest office, the president went with favorites in his Final Four picks. No. 1 seeds Louisville, North Carolina and Pittsburgh will join No. 2 Memphis in Detroit April 4-6 if the president is correct.

More including a video at ESPN.

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It seems that every female tennis player is “disappointed” that Shahar Peer was refused entry into the United Arab Emirates because she is from Israel. Well cry me a river over that disappointment. I have to say I am utterly disappointed in the character of all of these women for their refusal to stand up for their own.

Venus Williams says her fellow players had no intention of boycotting the Dubai Championships after Israeli Shahar Peer was denied a visa.

“There are so many other people involved. Sponsors are important to us,” said Williams.

“We wouldn’t be here without sponsors. We can’t let sponsors down.

“Whatever we do, we need to do as a team – players, sponsors, tour and whoever – and not all break off in one direction. We are team players.”

I’m sorry but if you’re waiting for sponsors to do the right thing you’ll be waiting a long time. They only care about money. Here’s some more of that tragic disappointment.

Olympic champion Elena Dementieva was Peer’s opponent in Auckland when a group of about 20 peace activists staged a protest outside the venue.

“I feel very sorry for her,” said the Russian.

“I played her in Auckland and there was some kind of demonstration during the match.

“I just feel sad for her. She really cares about what’s going on between Israel and Palestine and it’s just a very tough situation.”

Speaking in Dubai, former world number one Ana Ivanovic of Serbia said: “It’s very unfortunate, I feel very sorry for her.

“Shahar is a friend of mine and I feel sorry she’s not here. It’s always a pity to mix politics and sport. But the WTA is looking into it.”

The WTA. Yes. I’m not going to hold my breath seeing as this very same thing happened last year and they did nothing.

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