February 24, 2008

Ad Crush: Trigon Regence BlueCross BlueShield

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I believe this is a real commercial. I also believe I dampened my pants with a few drops of happy pee whilst watching it. This entire campaign is great!

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February 24, 2008

‘Murdered Out’ Oregon uniforms not killing opponents.

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The Oregon men’s basketball team has been debuting new uniform designs over the last few games, with the most recent one being a “murdered out” version where everything but the players’ numbers are blacked out. Even though they looked stealthy, the Ducks had trouble finding each other on the floor, but UCLA was definitely able to see them as the Bruins recorded a double-digit number of steals.

I get the whole part about muting out the individual players’ names on the back of the jersey, but it’s certainly not looking like a team effort. Tajuan Porter is coughing the ball up way too much, Malik Hariston isn’t getting the rock enough, Bryce Taylor’s spurts of greatness need to be unleashed more frequently, and Joevan Catron needs to help Maarty Leunen by consistently finishing when he’s in the paint. Oh, and Oregon also needs a bench with energy. Those guys seem dead, and too worried about pleasing Ernie Kent.

Let’s go Ducks! You have three games left to prove you’re worthy of the a bid in March. Put that uniform on with pride, if you can find it, and just play the game.

February 23, 2008

Steve Nash pollutes Craig Seger’s hanky, promotes green sneakers

Steve Nash is slowly becoming one of my favorite professional athletes, and the Phoenix Suns have become one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA. I caught this interview between he and Craig Seger during the 2008 NBA All-Star game.

So basically Steve borrows Craig’s flashy handkerchief, then calls him “Bro” and then promotes his recycled sneaker called Trash Talk, made by Nike, and jokes about his new teammate Shaq. Is there a better made-for-TV moment?

February 18, 2008

Blog Browsing on a Sunday Night

Technically it’s very early on Monday morning, and the only reason I’m not in bed is because I get President’s Day off. So, instead of streaming illegal copies of new movies I decided to surf the net for other entertainment…legal entertainment.

First I found this Baby Care Primer (courtesy of FiveJs), which I plan on passing on to my boss, who is expecting her first child in a few weeks. Then I found The Lego Master blog belonging to the son of the FiveJs blogger. A cool blog, especially for a 10 year-old. Back when I played with Legos, I didn’t have worldwide forums that I could display my creations on.

But the thing I was most impressed with was a “lost in translation” project/assignment that I found on Addison Road. The example they provided is called A Wicked Deception, produced by Blame Society Productions. Here’s how you make a video like the one above:

Step 1: Write a short script
Step 2: Translate that script from English to French, using Babelfish
Step 3: Then into German
Step 4: Then back into French
Step 5: Then back into English
Step 6: Then film it.

February 15, 2008

From da Bus: Love Transportation No. 20

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Shortly after boarding the bus Thursday night I was approached by a woman sitting behind me and to the right. She leaned toward me and said “hey!” through the headphone in my left ear.

I paused my music to see what she wanted, slightly annoyed and startled. She said she liked my haircut and asked if she could take a picture of it. That flattered me on an otherwise stale Valentine’s Day. I didn’t even know what my hair looked like by then. I had worked out at lunch, and walked to the bus stop.

I struck an “On da Bus” pose and she snapped a shot with her camera-phone. Then told her I got it cut at Hair Mechanix. For those ten minutes I felt like a model with my two-week old hair-do.

February 12, 2008

Get me on the courts!

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If felt like forever since I prowled a tennis court, but I finally did last night. It was dry and not as cold as it has been lately, so Cody and I decided to hit some balls around after the Blazer game.

We were both pretty rusty, but we drew a crowd of three: a mom, a dad and their toddler. After five rounds of collecting eight balls, and only two decent rallies, we called it quits. I would have really liked to get a set in, but I probably wouldn’t have been able to get my serve warmed up.

I guess I’d have to say I was most impressed with how I was able to place the ball when I tried. I also had a few good backhands, including a really sweet backhand volley. These are all things I’m starting to take note of as I try to determine my official NTRP skill level. Right now I think I am a 3.0, but last summer and into the fall I think I was playing consistently at a 3.5 level. I would like to reach 4.5 by the end of this summer. I think that would be a big step, but also a very attainable goal. However, I feel that this can only be achieved if I obtain a Babolat Pure Drive Roddick Plus racquet.

Here is how the levels are paraphrased on Tennisopolis:

3.0
You are fairly consistent when hitting medium-paced shots, but are not comfortable with all strokes and lack execution when trying for directional control, depth, or power. Your most common doubles formation is one-up, one-back.

3.5
You have achieved improved stroke dependability with directional control on moderate shots, but need to develop depth and variety. You exhibit more aggressive net play, have improved court coverage and are developing teamwork in doubles.

4.0
You have dependable strokes, including directional control and depth on both forehand and backhand sides on moderate-paced shots. You can use lobs, overheads, approach shots and volleys with some success and occasionally force errors when serving. Rallies may be lost due to impatience. Teamwork in doubles is evident.

4.5
You have developed your use of power and spin and can handle pace. You have sound footwork, can control depth of shots, and attempt to vary game plan according to your opponents. You can hit first serves with power and accuracy and place the second serve. You tend to overhit on difficult shots. Aggressive net play is common in doubles.

February 10, 2008

My prescription is more Helio Sequence

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Despite Cody’s lingering hangover, he and I made it to Music Millennium to see the Helio Sequence perform on Saturday. I’d never seen an in-store there, so I had no idea they were gonna clear out the loft upstairs and have everyone gather in the aisles of the store. Some people probably still have sore necks from having to look straight up. I eventually made it to the elevated aisle at the side of the store. The view was perfect so I snapped a picture with my one-megapixel camera phone. They were loud and energetic, but not nearly as intense as they were at the Crystal Ballroom. They’re gonna play there again next month. Here’s what I remember them playing last night:

-Can’t Say No
-The Captive Mind
-You Can Come To Me
-Shed Your Love
-Keep You Eyes Ahead
-Lately
-Broken Afternoon

February 7, 2008

Intro to Snowshoeing

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Tonight I attended a one-hour class at my local REI store to learn about the sport of snowshoeing. The class was free, and it filled up, mostly with older adults, but in no way did that turn me off. The presenter was a gentle man named Jerry, who did not look prepared to snowshoe in his tropical shirt and Chacos.

According to Jerry, snowshoeing can be done into the Spring; however, most people assume the season ends in February. Since I have a few friends that are enthusiastic about snowshoeing, I plan on outfitting myself with the proper gear and hitting the snow very soon.

Here’s what I’ll need:

Snowshoes (rent or buy).

– Waterproof, and preferably insulated, hiking boots.

– Three thin layers of synthetic clothing (long underwear, Polartec fleece and a waterproof shell).

– A hydration system for my day pack.

– Gloves and hat (styles depend on conditions).

– Trekking poles.

Gaiters.

And here’s the advice that stuck with me from the presentation:

– Walk with a wide stance, toes angled out.

– Stay hydrated.

– Let someone know where you’re going and how long you’ll be gone.

– Always be prepared to deal with a worst case scenario.

– Avoid wearing cotton.

-Don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail once you’re familiar with the conditions and the terrain.

February 6, 2008

Why Deutschland Loves David Hasselhoff

Mario put together an awesome presentation for Ignite Portland 2, which I was able to see at the Baghdad Theater last night along with 749 other local peeps. The event was also streamed on the Web.

This was all his idea, and I applaud him for pulling it off. I’d be nervous as hell, as I’m sure he was, but after seeing him kill it, I’m considering being a presenter in the future.

If I can say one thing about his presentation, he kind of fumbled toward the end. We had brainstormed a great conclusion involving Chuck Norris, but he ran out of time. Still, it was probably the funniest, and most memorable 5-minutes for everyone that night.

February 6, 2008

A day without deodorant is like a day without sunshine.

p35.jpgI haven’t been able to solve the case of the missing deodorant stick. Mr. Body Odor Muter disappeared a couple days ago and I can’t figure out where he went. I haven’t traveled recently, not even to the parents’ house.

So I tried to go without and just mask any natural fumes with an extra squirt of cologne. But I am pretty scent-conscious and I was definitely making an effort of catching a whiff of my natural scent…which I did. It smelled like 9 out of 10 guys on the bus. Therefore, I had to make an emergency run to the grocery store and pick up a back-up stick. Problem is it’s a solid. It’s made by the same company so I just hope it will get me through the week. I will be turning my room upside down to find that fugitive gel stick.