It was reported in the UK’s Sunday Times that Bear Grylls, the star of the Discovery Channel’s Man vs. Wild television show (aka Born Survivor in the UK), stayed in hotels and at times slept in a camp with the crew without disclosing this to the audience. The story prompted the Discovery Channel to issue a statement in the Hollywood Reporter that read:

Discovery Communications has learned that isolated elements of the ‘Man vs. Wild’ show in some episodes were not natural to the environment, and that for health and safety concerns the crew and host received some survival assistance while in the field. …Moving forward, the program will be 100% transparent and all elements of the filming will be explained upfront to our viewers. In addition, shows that are to be repeated will be edited appropriately. Bear Grylls is a world-class adventurer and a terrific talent.

I now have to disclose that my man-crush on Bear is *sigh* officially over.

The Amazing Race 12 will drop the non-elimination legs that have stripped teams of clothing and money, and most recently “marked them for elimination.” Phil will finally get to say that the last team to arrive *will* be eliminated. None of this “may” crap.

It was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that Leonard Nimoy will reprise his role as Spock in Star Trek XI. Also, it was announced that Zachary Quinto, from the show Heroes, will play the young Spock in the film. JJ Abrams also shared that Shatner will be in the film even though the young Kirk had not been cast. The movie will be released Christmas 2008.

I never thought that my first dent would happen while I was completely stopped. Today, I came to a complete stop on Kearny Street at Bush Street waiting for the light when I hear a loud thud of something hitting my car. I look in my rear view mirror and don’t see a car, so I immediately look over my right shoulder to see several bystanders helping a bike messenger up from the floor to the right of my car.

This guy hit my car so hard that we was visibly shaken. I had time to pull over to the right of the road and park the car with the hazards on and he still wasn’t up. When he finally stood up, he didn’t even remember hitting my car. A lady that saw the whole thing said that he started swerving before he hit the car and that it looked like he was passing out before he hit me.

So after the guy is up he’s like thanks for getting me up and helping me and he was you know, saying goodbyes as if he was getting ready to leave. So I said, “you are not getting on that bike without me knocking you off of it, so I suggest you don’t do it.” He just looked at me a little goofy and I realized he was still a little out of it so I cut him a break. I had to explain “you passed out on your bike, fell over, and hit my car leaving a pretty big dent and scratch. I need your driver’s license.”

He said he didn’t have one but he had a California ID. Not a good sign, but okay. I asked him who he worked for and he gave me a form with the name of his company on it. He gave me his cell number, which I called in his presence to make sure it rang. I asked him point blank if he was drunk, or high. He seemed insulted, like he almost didn’t know he was a bike messenger and they are all a bunch of druggie losers. Duh!? For the most part this guy was on the up and up.

I asked him if he had a second form of ID and he claimed he didn’t have one. At this point I was pissed because I saw a Visa logo as he flipped through his wallet for his ID. I told him I had seen the Visa logo and that he better hand it over before I took it from him. Apparently, I must have been pretty angry, because he handed me his whole wallet. At that point I took the form he gave me and wrote down all his info. Including the card number, expiration, and CVV code. Technically, I could fix my car with his card!

But, that wouldn’t be right, or fair. I don’t know why he hit my car, but my guess is he passed out from dehydration or exhaustion. I am going to try and call the company he works for to see if their insurance will cover it. Otherwise, my new best friend will pay. Oh, and he will pay. At this point, I know where he lives, where he works, and have enough information to open my own credit in his name.

Still I was lucky. Most people hit by bike messengers get their cars scratched and dented and the guy just keeps riding away never to be seen again. I guess I was lucky he was sort of knocked out and confused after he hit me or this could have been a different story. The good news is these guys are crazy skinny and easily intimidated by a pissed off 190-pound Puerto Rican. Now, just wish me luck in the “getting someone to pay for my car” saga.

Mama and I were able to go to tonight’s game thanks to the generosity of a co-worker that is a season ticket holder. We were there for Barry’s last two at bats hoping to see some history (since he’s only two away), but no homer, only a base hit. Adding insult to injury, the Giants lost to the Braves 4-2. Crappy.

Today I went GoKart racing for the second time in three days (I went on Friday as well) and I have to say it fucking rocks! You feel like you are going super fast because you are like half inch off the ground and taking crazy g’s on the turns. The only draw back is that you get used to the speed of the GoKart and drive home at 100mph, in your ‘real’ car, from the track. This isn’t such a good idea on the 101 north between Brisbane and Candlestick, which is a popular speed trap. Anyway, check it out and go if you get the chance. It’s awesome!

Bonds Mania

San Francisco has gone batty about Barry Bonds since Thursday, when Barry Bonds hit two homers at Wrigley Field. City Hall is dressed in orange lights and a Giants flag adorns the mayor’s balcony (see photo right). More importantly though, tickets for next week’s home games are going for as much as $500 apiece, especially in right field, where Barry’s home runs usually land when they don’t land in the water. It’s happening very very soon!

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Oakland and San Francisco and woke Mama and I up this morning at around 4:40am. I was surprised to learn after I woke up that it was only a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, because it felt almost as strong as the Northridge quake felt from Redondo Beach, which was a 6.7 magnitude quake at a distance of 50 miles. If I had to guess I would have said it was a 5.5 magnitude quake within 10 miles away.

The epicenter of the quake was reported as 2 miles east of Oakland, about 6 miles from our place in downtown San Francisco. According to NPR this morning, the quake was considered a shallow quake because it occurred at a depth of 3 miles below the earth. On the average, California earthquakes have hypocentral depths of about 6 miles. The Northridge earthquake had a hypocentral depth of 11 miles, deep for a California earthquake, but considered shallow compared to other regions.

For the record, Mama went back to sleep right away and I couldn’t go back to sleep for almost an hour. I kept thinking about whether the earthquake was a pre-shock to a larger quake or if there would be aftershocks to the quake. Eventually though, I managed to go back to sleep. The interrupted sleep has made me tired this morning.

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Damn you Vita-Mix. Why must we suffer so?

Some people are all upset that the coyotes in the park were shot dead, but authorities cite the odd behavior of the coyotes and the difficulty in trapping and transporting them as a reason for their decision to kill them instead. I have to agree. These coyotes attacked an animal twice their size–that’s crazy for any animal. This pair needed to go plain and simple.

Do people see this reasoning!? No. One person even said “I’m more afraid of the vagrants in the park than the coyotes.” Huh!? You like coyotes with razor sharp claws and teeth near your pets or kids!? Bums don’t eat pets and kids last I checked! People need to get over the fact that the coyotes look like dogs. They are not dogs. They are wild scavengers that do not belong in an urban setting. Get over it and move on!

Lawn Chair Flight

A man from Oregon tied over 100 helium balloons to his lawn chair, sat in the chair, and took flight. He landed over 193 miles away from his home in Idaho nine hours later. He had a parachute, drinking water, some snacks, instruments to measure his altitude and speed, a global positioning system device in his pocket, and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as ballast. That way he could use a spigot to release water and rise slowly. He also had some method of releasing helium to descend. Crazy.

And just like that they were gone.

Yes, that is not a misprint. A couple of coyotes attacked dogs that were out for a walk Golden Gate Park yesterday. Coyotes usually eat small rodents, rabbits, and other vermin. However, yesterday the coyotes attacked a Ridgeback, a 100-pound dog! WTF!? So not only are there coyotes in the park, they are crazy!

What happens when you piss off a future porn star in high school!? Well, I imagine the porn star could take your name as her stage name and start making movies. All the press releases for her upcoming films would then have *your* name on them, not hers. Well, it turns out that a woman is suing a porn star for doing just that. Wow, the woman suing must have been a real bitch in high school to inspire this type of revenge.

Frank Chu has recently changed his sign to read 85 galaxies, 130 galaxies, and more. The phrase “12 Galaxies” had been his trademark and on his sign for many years. So, why the change!? According to Frank himself (see video), the original 12 galaxies (with the help of Bill Clinton and the CIA) are still guilty but are now oppressing another 1000 innocent galaxies. That’s right, times are changing!

So today I bumped my knee on the furniture and felt a sharp pain. I inspected my knee and saw what looked like a pimple or infected hair follicle. I scratched at it and wouldn’t you know it–a rose thorn from when I fell into a rose bush more than three weeks ago popped out of there. Gross right!? And pretty surprising, since I thought I had gotten all of the rose bush out of me that day.

My blogs have gotten 20 legitimate trackback pings in over five years and about 60,000 (no joke, maybe more) spam trackbacks in about the same time. I think it is safe to say that the signal to noise ratio doesn’t warrant the CPU time that I am investing in filtering out the spam trackbacks. So until there is a better technological solution the trackbacks are turned off. You hear that you spammer bastards!?

Last weekend, we went to Las Vegas to attend my cousin’s wedding. This week another one of my cousins has been in town visiting from Boston. I have finally uploaded all of the photos up onto Flickr for all to see. Be sure to check out the new photo sets when you have some time. Enjoy.

Surei’s Wedding Photo Set
Elcira’s Visit Photo Set

2007 July 4th Fireworks

This was the view from where we watched the fireworks show over San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. We were standing on the hill on Hyde Street just North of Chestnut Street. From that vantage point you could see the fireworks clearly over the water. Kickass show! I will be uploading the rest of the photos in the next couple of days.

I want to wish a Happy 4th of July to all readers of The Nug! Mama and I will be walking down to The Wharf with my cousin Elcira this evening to check out the fireworks show. If tonight is like last night, it will be a crystal clear and perfect for watching fireworks.

Well, many people are trying to activate their iPhones without going into contract with AT&T for two full years of cell phone service. They basically want a touchscreen, widescreen, web-surfing, kickass iPod, and to forget about the phone features. However, there’s no easy way to do this. The preferred method is to fail the credit check by entering 999-99-9999 as your SSN and then setting up a $50 prepaid plan. Once the prepaid minutes expire you have an activated iPhone without phone service!

Many Apple iPhone customers have been experiencing activation problems over the last three days. Some customers that bought their iPhones on Friday have still not been able to activate their phones. Without activating the phone, the clock alarm does not even work, making it a really expensive paperweight. iStone.

Much of the blame goes to AT&T for not being prepared for the deluge of activation requests on their activation servers. I for one will not buy a first generation iPhone. There’s a big difference between the “leading edge” and the “bleeding edge” and I for one will let others bleed until the bugs get worked out.

I may be going to the Apple store later today to check it out, but I am definitely not buying one.

Mama and I are back from Vegas, we got in late last night. Today, we’ll be picking up my cousin Elcira from the airport and will be showing her the city all week. We don’t get to do the tourist thing very often so we’re looking forward to showing her the sights. The best part of all is that I am off from work all week long!