A lot of people have been voicing their disapproval of my post, titled Live Strong Rich. In the post earlier this month, I brought to everyone’s attention that the Live Strong bracelets that the Lance Armstrong Foundation sells are going for more than $5 on Ebay, and I wished I had some to sell. Since the foundation already received their dollar for the bracelets that these people should be able to profit from having the supply for the increasing demand. You know, the free market system. A lot of people don’t agree. What do you think, should authentic Live Strong bracelets be sold on Ebay? Please vote and post a comments.

Update: Buy Live Strong bands here.

After hearing the remarks of the opening night of the Republican convention last night one thing is clear, the Republican party is utterly confused, especially John McCain and Rudolph Giuliani.

John McCain, whose kids must be locked up in a dungeon somewhere by the Secret Service, came out and lauded the President for not changing his resolve on the war on terror. This is the same guy that the Bush camp destroyed durint the 2000 elections campaigning for him. They must have something really good on him. Resolve is the word of the day, but it should be stubborn. Stubborn enough to go against the United Nations, the popular will of the United States, and the International community at large to go to war with Iraq. WMDs or no WMDs, as it now turns out. Whatever!

News flash to all: being stubborn doesn’t make you a leader! A true leader knows when he is wrong and says so. A couple of days ago, the President said that he “miscalculated” on the amount of post-war resistance there would be in Iraq. Well, admission is the first step to recovery, but I am afraid that it’s too little too late. Especially for the Americans that have lost loved ones in the war.

Not to be outdone, Giuliani stepped up and compared George W. to Winston Churchill and called him “rock solid.” Winston Churchill!? That’s such a crock the Republican party is distancing itself from the quote today. Solid as a rock!? Well, immobile as a rock is more like it, as evidenced in the seven minutes after he was informed of the 9/11 attack. Did he see Fahrenheit 9/11!? Giuliani also said that Bush “can see into the future.” Well, okay, if Rudy says it with conviction it must be true! Maybe George should open a 900 number and be the next Miss Cleo.

Who’s buying all this bullshit!? Stay informed and vote Democratic in November.

This weekend, I had to answer a support call for the Broward County Supervisor of Elections Call Center hosted at my University. For some reason (actually 2), the call center couldn’t connect to the SOE network in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. After pulling a Nugget and rescuing the call center, I had a chance to chat with one of SOE’s technicians. He asked me if I used Google’s new email service, Gmail. I told him that I didn’t have an account. He said, “Want one?” What? Hell, yes! So he sent me an invite and I was on my way.

Well, this morning, Google informed me that I had six invitations to give to my peeps. So I hooked up the girlfriend. Then I handed some accounts out to my boys, including one to Nugget. Let me just say that Gmail is hot. There are some quirks since it is still in beta, but I love the way it handles email. Messages are grouped by ‘conversations’ rather than date. It has a killer autocomplete feature. It’s also mad simple. What else could you want from a FREE email program?

A Florida man was walking his dog when a gator jumped out of a pond and bit the dog in the head. As the gator was pulling the dog back the man jumped in the pond, pulled out a pocket knife, and stabbed the gator in the eye! Luckily, the dog and the man got out with a couple of bite and scratch marks. You just can’t make this stuff up!

I have to admit that my heart skipped a beat when I saw Patrick Stewart’s name in a news headline. Thankfully, he’s not dead, he just underwent an angioplasty procedure earlier this week. Phew! Jean Luc Picard and Professor X live on.

Kami & Karli in Last Place

For the first time in almost three years I missed an episode of the Amazing Race. But, I am going to try and piece together a short review from third-party accounts of those that saw the episode and the Amazing Race 5 website’s summary for this eighth leg of the race.

In this leg of the race, teams made their way from Tanzania to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. This leg of the race was the second of four non-elimination legs. And just like Linda & Karen before them, the twins had to surrender all of their money and will start the next leg penniless. Linda & Karen came back from this, but I reckon that Kami & Karli will not. They are, after all, a little dumb. Remember the diving into the water to get to the island, yeah!

The big story in this leg was Colin’s outburst and refusal to pay a $100 cab fare to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania, he offered the driver $50 instead. The cab was driving on a spare and got another flat tire on the way to the airport and Colin thought he was justified in not paying the full fare. He was taken to the police station where he proceeded to throw a world-class, I am a spoiled-rotten-American-white-guy-style tantrum. He ended his tantrum by slamming $100 on the counter and screaming, “I’m late for a plane!” What an ass!

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Charla & Mirna

I know this is more than a week late, but I’ve been crazy busy. In this seventh leg of the race, teams had to make their way from Luxor, Egypt to Nairobi, Kenya via Cairo. Once in Nairobi the teams were to board a chartered plane to a mystery location–Tanzania.

All of the teams made it to the airport without incident, and the flight was delayed enough to allow all of the teams to bunch up again prior to their flight to Cairo. Once in Cairo, teams had to make their way from the Domestic Airport to the International Airport via taxi. While waiting for Colin to pay the taxi driver, Christie blocked the airport doors as Charla & Mirna were coming in. This prompted Mirna to scream, “Move, bitch! Get out the way!” Straight-up rapper-style like Ludacris. Funny shit!

Here’s where shit gets ugly. Colin & Christie talked all of the other teams, except the bowling moms, to form an alliance against Charla & Mirna. Colin, inspired by just sheer animosity, decided to book crappy Swiss Air flights for the alliance teams while Charla & Mirna and Linda & Karen got great tickets on Gulf Air. The alliance teams were all pissed at Colin, but luckily they were able to exchange their tickets and make the Gulf Air flight just in time. In the layover, Mirna & Charla traded a connecting flight to try and jump a half-hour ahead of the other teams only to delayed and ended up last. This was the biggest reason for Charla & Mirna’s elimination.

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Amber Frey’s testimony has basically proven that Scott Peterson is the one of the biggest scumbags ever! The hits just keep on coming. First off, this mofo had a preganant wife at home when he started his affair with this woman. He lied about being married. He even lied about calling her from Paris when he was being investigated for murder and surrounded by police. He only came clean with the truth about his martial status and about his missing wife after Frey, working with police, baited him in a recorded conversation.

According to wiretaps played in court today, after Frey came public with their affair, Peterson called her on the phone and said, “I wanted to say how brave you are and I am really glad you did that…It also made me, well, I pulled over and threw up when you cried.” Oh, what a charmer! Who the fuck says that!? In a subsequent call, he begged and pleaded for a secret meeting with Frey, which she of course refused.

It’s pretty clear that this guy is seriously deranged and has a warped sense of reality. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did kill his wife to try and get together with Frey, as the prosecution alleges. I hope that in the end justice is served and this mofo goes down. For more info on the trial, go to CourtTV.

Function: noun
Etymology: From French brouhaha (1552), said to have been in medieval theater “the cry of the devil disguised as clergy.” Perhaps from Hebrew barukh habba’ “blessed be the one who comes,” used on public occasions.
Date: 1890
Definition: 1: loud confused noise from many sources; 2: a confused disturbance far greater than its cause merits.

Damn, you gotta love a word with haha in it.

Iverson About to Cry

Why does AI look like he’s going to cry in this picture? Well, I’ll tell you why. Led by Carlos Arroyo, Puerto Rico beat the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team in a decisive 92-73 victory earlier today. It was the U.S. men’s basketball team’s first Olympic loss since losing in Seoul in 1988. Puerto Rico outscored the U.S. 28-7 in the second quarter of the game while shooting a scorching 55 percent from the field. I can’t believe that the U.S. team, led by Allen Iverson and Tim Duncan, suffered a humiliating Internationally-broadcast beatdown at the hands of my peeps. It’s proof positive that basketball is a game won by those with the most heart! Big ups to the Puerto Rican team!

I had a little bit of a scare on Thursday. My school advised me that I would be getting 3 units of credit for the 6-unit test that I was scheduled to take yesterday. This would have left me 3 units short of my degree requirement! So when I walked into the CLEP center yesterday I asked to take Principles of Marketing, a 3-unit test without having studied for it, and passed. In fact, I ended up scoring more on the marketing test than on the Social Science & History test that I studied for. In any case, I passed them both and I am now officially done with my degree. Kick ass!

The Lance Armstrong Foundation has run out of Live Strong bracelets on their website. You used to be able to buy the bracelets in packs of 10, 100, or 1,200 from the site earlier this year $1 apiece. Now the bracelets are going for about $5 each on Ebay. I wish I would have known this. I would have bought a $1,200 case in a heartbeat if I knew I could auction them off at $5+ a pop! There are people out there making a grip on these things.

Update (8/31/2004): Vote on this volatile topic here.

Function: noun, slang
Etymology: Combination of v. beat and adv. down. Beat: Middle English beten, from Old English bEatan; akin to Old High German bOzan. Down: Middle English doun, from Old English dune.
Date: c. 1990. Beat, c. 1200. Down, 1508.
Definition: 1: repeated strikes or blows that causes one to drop towards the ground or floor (sometimes in a fetal position), an ass-kicking; 2: act of beating someone as a means of initiating them into a street gang; 3: extreme mental pain or anguish, stress; 4: afflicted with misfortune and/or misery.

With work and school, I’ve been suffering a serious daily beatdown.

Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English arbitre, from Middle French, from Latin arbitr-, arbiter
Date: 1549. Earliest English form: 1340, female noun, arbitress, “a woman who settles disputes.”
Definition: a person with power to decide a dispute, a judge; a person or agency having the power of deciding an outcome.

My whole life I thought that this word was spelled arbitor, but that is the Latin spelling of the word, not English. Arbiter is also more common than the alternate Engligh word, arbitrator.

Marshall & Lance

In this leg of the race, teams had to make their way from Cairo, Egypt to Luxor, Egypt, a 400 mile journey. Colin & Christie were the first to depart from last week’s Pit Stop, the Sphinx, at 11:27PM, a full seven hours before the other teams. Unfortunately, the hours of operation for the first challenge in one of the Great Pyramids forced them to wait until 6:00AM to proceed. Their seven-hour lead shrunk down to a mere 40 minutes.

In the first challenge, teams had to make their way down a narrow 350-foot shaft to the Creation Room of the pyramid to obtain their first clue. How cool is that!? Indiana Jones-style action on the race! All of the teams completed this task without incident, except for Marshall & Lance. It was clear from the beginning that Marshall’s aching knees would be their downfall.

The big story of this race was Linda & Karen. The bowling moms started this leg of the race without any money and immediately figured that the best way to get some money was to explain their situation to tourists. Sure enough, they struck pay dirt in the first large bus load of tourists. One British tourist gave them what appeared to be 20 pounds, that’s like 30 bucks!

Their story wasn’t without drama though. Linda & Karen left the creation room at 10:30AM and needed to make a chartered flight at 11:30AM in the Old Airport, the name of the domestic airport in Cairo. Their taxi driver claimed he knew where the old airport was and took them to the International Airport instead. It was 11:25AM. Fortunately for them, the chartered flight was delayed and the Old Airport was only 10 minutes away. They made it there at 11:35AM. Everything was reset–all of the teams were tied. Colin & Christie, who blew a seven-hour lead, were definitely pissed!

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A Sample Mobog Photo

Well, some are clearly worth nothing. However, if you have the time and are voyeuristically inclined, check out Mobog.com. The site is essentially a public photoblog that allows anyone to upload pictures from a camera phone straight to the site. Once the photo is at the site, people have the option on whether to make it public or private, delete it, add a caption, manage their other photos, etc. It’s pretty scary what people are sending to this site. Lot’s of body parts, male and female, and just weird shit: toasters, tea kettles, dogs, signs, spiders!? The brainchild of this insanity? Philip Kaplan, the same mofo that brought us all Fuckedcompany.com. Big ups to Christian for giving me the link.

Legendary funk singer Rick James died early today in his home in Los Angeles of natural causes at the age of 56. His 1981 album, “Street Songs,” was deemed a masterpiece and hits like “Super Freak,” “Mary Jane,” and “Give it To Me Baby” propelled him to International stardom.

Years later, as his fame began to fade, he became involved in drugs, legal problems, and health issues. He successfully sued M.C. Hammer in 1990 for co-writing credit of “U Can’t Touch This,” which was freely based on “Super Freak.” This apparently just gave him money to buy more drugs. He was convicted in 1993 of assaulting a young woman in his home by restraining her and burning her with a hot crack pipe. He served three years in prison for the conviction. In 1997 he released a new album but suffered a stroke while performing less than a year later. In 1998, he also underwent hip replacement surgery.

In 2003 he appeared on the second season of “Chappelle’s Show” as part of a documentary style interview in which he exclaimed, “Cocaine’s a helluva drug!” In the filmed skit, Dave Chappelle played Rick James as he reenacted scenes described by comedian and friend Charlie Murphy, in which Dave exclaimed, “I’m Rick James, bitch!” The phrase is now a part of American pop culture.

Dave Chappelle is reported to be in contract negotiations with Paramount in developing and starring in a biographical film about Rick James’s career and tumultuous life titled “Memoirs of a Super Freak.” Rick will be missed by many.

Linda & Karen in Last Place

This fifth leg of the race was a non-elimination leg with a twist. Linda & Karen came in last and as a penalty they had to give Phil all of their money. Additionally, they will receive absolutely no money for the next leg of the race. This means that they will have to beg and barter for taxi fare and any other ground transportation. Plane tickets of course are always free to all teams. Essentially, with this penalty it seems that the show is only prolonging the inevitable. In my opinion, a team starting last with this additional obstacle will undoubtedbly be eliminated. We’ll see.

In this fifth leg of the race, teams made their way from St. Petersburg, Russia to Cairo, Egypt. Before departing to the airport, teams had to make their way to the Hermitage museum and find a painting to obtain their next clue. Chip & Kim did this quickly and were in first place with Colin & Christie right behind them.

The turning point came when Colin & Christie decided to go to a travel agency before heading to the airport. In some countries, this is the best way to purchase tickets, and apparently in Russia this is the case. They managed to get on a flight that would land in Cairo at 2:25PM the next day instead of 3:15PM, which gave them a huge advantage.

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Bob & Joyce

Well, I am a week late in doing my recap of the show, but better late than never. Thanks to the power of TiVo I could watch last week’s episode to refresh my memory, since I don’t delete the shows until the write-up is done. I’ll post a recap of tonight’s show tomorrow. In the fourth episode, teams made their way from San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina to St. Petersburg, Russia. In order to get there, teams had to take a 1,000-mile bus ride to Buenos Aires to take an 8,000 plane ride to St. Petersburg! Needless to say, this was an extremely long leg!

I am not going to take the time to explain the plane ticket mania that ocurred in this episode. Teams took three different routes to St. Petersburg, connecting through Madrid, Frankfurt, or London. It was all very complicated. At the end the teams arrived in St. Petersburg pretty bunched up, except for Bob & Joyce who were clearly in last place. This sealed their fate for this leg of the race.

Once teams arrived in St. Petersburg, they made their way to the Battleship Aurora for their next clue, a Detour. This detour was “Drink 1 Shot” or “Block 5 Shots.” Teams had to drink one shot of vodka while balancing the shot glass on a sword, or block five slap shots from professional hockey players as a goalie in a hockey rink. This was interesting. Most teams chose the drink, except of course the holier than thou Brandon & Nicole. Brandon claimed he couldn’t drink because of his faith and Nicole chastised him because she felt he was wasting time. Did I mention he was a big pussy? Amazingly, Charla & Mirna also chose to block five shots and made for a very funny scene at the hockey rink.

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After months of negotiations, Dave Chappelle has signed a renewal contract with Comedy Central worth about $50 million for two seasons. The deal reportedly includes a side project which is a biography of Rick James, which Dave has lampooned in one of the funniest skits ever. Additionally, Dave will get a percentage of DVD sales and merchandising, which apparently have been very brisk in the last few months. Big ups to Dave, he’s funny as hell and deserves it.

It’s hard to believe that my last day of school was on Thursday night. After going to school almost every Thursday night for the last two years, it will be weird not to have to go to school anymore. At least until I decide to go to graduate school anyway. The only thing left is a College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test that I have to take on August 14th. After that test, the school beatdown will be officially over!