Saturday, April 30, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 11

Another of my mum's favourites and mine too if I'm honest!

I give you, The Human League - Don't You Want Me, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 10

My own mother would be upset with me if I didn't include this song!

I give you, Culture Club - Do You Really Want To Hurt Me, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 9

I'm quite a fan of this song!

I give you, Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 8

Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best!

I give you, Madness - It Must Be Love, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 7

My collection wouldn't be complete without this song!

I give you, Status Quo - Whatever You Want, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 6

I mentioned Sean's outrage if I didn't include a band in my last post.. well his Mom would kill me if I didn't include this artist in my "Proud To Be British" selection. This song is one of my favourites. You just can't help but move to it!

I give you, Paul McCartney & Wings - Live And Let Die, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 5

It wouldn't be a "Proud To Be British" dedication if I didn't include this band.. In fact Sean would have words with me if I didn't!

I give you, Black Sabbath - Paranoid, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 4

The music makes me want to get up and sing and dance.

I give you, Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 3

This song speaks for itself.

I give you, The Who - My Generation, enjoy!

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 2

The month of the Royal Wedding, so I've been listening to British music lately, which I'm going to post up in the next few posts!

I give you, Queen - Somebody To Love, enjoy!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mock 2011 NFL Draft (Round 1)

Okay, so I’ve received requests to do a mock draft, so I’ll do one for the 1st round, though I’d prefer to only do one up until the Redskins selection.

I’ve hesitated doing one this year mainly because of the uncertainties with the NFL Lockout. Today there was some progression that could allow teams to trade players for the draft, though I’m unsure if teams are allowed to resign any possible Free Agents or if they can even have a day of free agency before the draft. Barring any trades of players (like Washington potentially sending McNabb and/or Haynesworth away for mid-round picks), and also barring the possibility that a deal is in place which requires teams to retain every possible FA they would have lost this year, here is my Mock 2011 NFL Draft.

  1. Carolina Panthers select Cam Newton, QB – Auburn; Newton’s athleticism and media magnetism are a sure-pick.
  2. Denver Broncos select Marcell Dareus, DT – Alabama; It doesn’t get much better in terms of a 4-3 DT to aid Dumervil back to DE and playing for Fox.
  3. Buffalo Bills select Von Miller, LB – Texas A&M; Yet another sure pick, Miller easily boosts the pass rush Buffalo is looking to generate in their 3-4.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals select Blaine Gabbert, QB – Missouri; Palmer’s gone, no matter what. He’s the best QB available if we don’t consider possible trades.
  5. Arizona Cardinals select Tyron Smith, OT – USC; A lot of people think they opt for a DB, but the offensive line could use some help if they don’t get their hands on a reliable QB.
  6. Cleveland Browns select Robert Quinn, DE – North Carolina; The Browns have a hybrid defense, Robert Quinn is the kind of guy you can build your defense around.
  7. San Francisco 49ers select Patrick Peterson, DB – LSU; Peterson can be a very valuable playmaker at CB, which the 9ers are lacking.
  8. Tennessee Titans select AJ Green, WR – Georgia; Green’s too good to pass up, even if you wanted Fairley.
  9. Dallas Cowboys select Prince Amukamara, CB – Nebraska; The Cowboys biggest problem is their lack of a secondary. Prince is an amazing talent.
  10. Washington Redskins select Julio Jones, WR – Alabama; Jones is the kind of guy who can bail you out of not finding quality line help.
  11. Houston Texans select Aldon Smith, DE – Missouri; The Texans need to focus heavily on the Defensive Line, especially with the full-conversion to a 3-4.
  12. Minnesota Vikings select Cameron Jordan, DE – California; Jordan’s got a lot of strength and a very good motor, buys some help with the Williams Bros. suspended.
  13. Detroit Lions select Jimmy Smith, CB – Colorado; The Lions need as much help as they can get at DB.
  14. St. Louis Rams select Nick Fairley, DT – Auburn; The Rams can still use help at DB, but Fairley’s can help make average DB’s look better than they are.
  15. Miami Dolphins select Mike Pouncey, OL – Florida; Pretty sure selection here. The Dolphins need a lot of help on the O-Line.
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars select Ryan Kerrigan, DE – Purdue; The Jaguars could use a DB, but Kerrigan could help them find success in a tough division.
  17. New England Patriots select Gabe Carimi, OL – Wisconsin; The Patriots could opt for Ayers here as I have him slipping due to needs, but Belichik loves his lines.
  18. San Diego Chargers select JJ Watt, DE – Wisconsin; Phil Taylor could be an easy selection but I think DE is more of what SD is looking for to aid the LB’s on the edge.
  19. New York Giants select Nate Solder, OL – Colorado; The Giants can use a CB, but the OL got punished last year, it’s clearly a need down the stretch.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Da’Quan Bowers, DE – Clemson; Bowers offers the best option for Tampa Bay. The kid can play outside, inside, and standing up. Good fit with the young DT’s.
  21. Kansas City Chiefs select Akeem Ayers, LB – UCLA; Akeem will be a playmaker for this young, fast, tempo-driven defense. He can make plays left and right.
  22. Indianapolis Colts select Adrian Clayborn, DE/DT – Iowa; Clayborn offers the Colts some options in rotating the DL, and even letting Freeney start to stand up a bit to preserve him.
  23. Philadelphia Eagles select Aaron Williams, DB – Texas; The Eagles weren’t horrid in the secondary, but it wasn’t a strength. Williams is a physical player.
  24. New Orleans Saints select Anthony Castonzo, OL – Boston College; The Saints could use some help at LB, but they will find that later in the draft. Castonzo is strong.
  25. Seattle Seahawks select Jake Locker, QB – Washington; This is my “I’m not so sure” pick of this mock, but he suits the Seahawks offense as well as any young QB.
  26. Baltimore Ravens select Kyle Rudolph, TE – Notre Dame; Yes, hate if you want, but Heap does tend to get hurt, and it’s Flacco can always use one more weapon. Defense is stacked already.
  27. Atlanta Falcons select Muhammad Wilkerson, DT – Temple; They’re going to want Rudolph, but they need a reliable DT, and Wilkerson can be that guy.
  28. New England Patriots select Mark Ingram, RB – Alabama; Belichik will love this guy. I called him being a Patriot the moment the NFL Season ended and playoffs began. Perfect fit.
  29. Chicago Bears select Derek Sherrod, OL – Mississippi St.; That line is troublesome inside and out… this buys Cutler a little bit of help week-to-week.
  30. New York Jets select Phil Taylor, DT – Baylor; This is the best Nose in the draft, maybe the only one. He’s the kind of player Rex Ryan will turn into a recognized top-3 DT in the league in a few years.
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers select Brooks Reed, DL – Arizona; The Steelers need a DB, but they too can find them in later rounds. Reed is a great fit on the Steelers’ line.
  32. Green Bay Packers select Marvin Austin, DL – North Carolina; Here’s a guy who can play DE or DT. I expect to see him more at DE, but the Packers’ scheme allows him to do more.

Feel free to add your input and tell me I’m an idiot for sending someone somewhere, or not sending someone somewhere high enough.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

ESPN Abuses Phil Jackson's Legacy

Last night, I was tuned in to the NBA Playoff game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Hornets on ESPN. Sometime in the third quarter, the network displayed a stat graphic which compared the playoff careers of head coaches Phil Jackson (LAL) and Monty Williams (NOH). The games played and win column was absurdly one-sided for Jackson… but one stat on this box stood out above all.

When it said “NBA Titles Won” on the left, under Williams’ name, it said “0” and it said “10” under Phil Jackson’s name. Without even having to think about it, I immediately took to Twitter as I’d missed my opportunity to snap a photograph of it. Apparently I wasn’t the only to see this as numerous people had retweeted my comments… but I still don’t have a picture to back me up for substantial proof. So if anyone recorded the game last night, I’d appreciate you being able to supply a photograph for me.

First of all, even the simplest math and the most average NBA fan can reel off 6 championships Phil Jackson had in Chicago. The infamous two three-peats (1991-1993, 1996-1998) with Michael Jordan under his wing to give MJ his 6 rings… that’s basic knowledge. Then we know that he had another three-peat with the Los Angeles Lakers when Kobe and Shaq got their three rings (2000-2002). That brings our grand total up to 9 so far.

Then we have the 10th championship, 2 years ago when the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic… the win elevated Jackson over Red Auerbach for most championships all-time for a head coach. It was “capped” off with Phil Jackson’s X hat.

Last year, Phil Jackson won his second championship of this run, which marked his 11th championship and 2/3 the way to his 4th three-peat. The reason he came back to coaching this year was so he could finish this three-peat.

I’ve seen Yahoo! post articles about backup Redskins running back Ladell Betts having his jersey read “Bettis”. I’ve seen articles where they shredded guys for having the wrong number on their jersey. I’ve seen guys seemingly castrated for wearing sneakers that weren’t a team color in the NBA. But we let ESPN get away with displaying this graphic last night that was not only false, but about the greatest coach the NBA has ever seen.

I’ve been finished with ESPN for some time now, and if it weren’t for the fact that they show playoff games or Monday Night Football, I’d not bother ever tuning in to their programming… but this mistake may have already sealed their fate. I’d be fine if I knew they had corrected themselves, but the announcers didn’t make a comment about it when it was displayed, or through the rest of the game, and I can’t find any official statement from ESPN where they apologize for the mistake.

And you cannot insist it was a typo… 11 is the same key… you’ve got to stretch for the 0 when typing 10. Just own up to this mistake, “worldwide leader in sports”!

Friday, April 22, 2011


Well, well, well… it’s April 22, 2011 and I just posted the first blog post on my site in 17 days.

Anyways, today is Good Friday, and I didn’t give anything up for Lent, except blogging (cue comedic drums). I know someone out there is judging me for not sacrificing in honor of Jesus, and perhaps they’re correct. Who am I to assume that any of the sacrifice I’ve made over the past couple years constitutes a break from sacrificing? No, not really… I don’t believe that.

I didn’t give anything up for Lent this year because, well, I don’t know why exactly. I feel as though I should feel bad about it, but I also feel good (not in a Satanic way) about it. The reason I feel good about it is because I believe we all need to truly experience being selfish a bit to understand why it isn’t exactly a great thing. I wear my cross every single day to serve as a reminder that I’m just a man and that Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. If my act of not giving anything up for Lent calls for me to be judged at the gates as a strike towards my damnation… then I can only hope to make up for it with whatever amount of life God has left for me.

I don’t believe it will lead to my being damned though. I’m sure I’m not the first, and I’m sure many have cheated during Lent. I know for a fact that some choose to limit their withdrawal to certain times of days and certain days of weeks. But I also know that there are other ways to sacrifice all year around, and should equate to honoring Jesus.

I don’t view Lent as a time to honor Jesus, just as I don’t view Church as a time to pray and cleanse and preach. To me, it’s never right to be selfish; we should strive to be selfless always. We’re human though, so we cannot be expected to perform like this at all times. That’s why I believe Jesus is more a representative than a catalyst. I don’t believe we’re expected to be like Jesus, but that we’re expected to strive to be like Jesus. We aren’t a perfect species; we can’t have perfection expected of us. But I feel that as long as we’re genuinely trying, we’re in good books. I’d rather practice selflessness 365¼ days of the year than for 3 weeks and spend the other 49 weeks acting like a complete savage.

I’m not suggesting I’m right and that anyone else is wrong, nor am I suggesting that I know any better than anyone. But I ask you to consider – is it fair of us to choose only to be selfless for 3 weeks out of every year? I’d much rather go day by day in this practice.

Anyways, I’m sure I was going to make a point but I got sidetracked, so on that note I’d like to get sidetracked again and ask you all… is it my duty in support of Christ to give money to the homeless? I know any of these people could be Christ in disguise, but by the same token, any of them could be Lucifer in disguise. If I give them change in hopes I’m doing right by Christ and they go buy 7 gram rocks of crack cocaine… did I achieve anything? Shouldn’t I do as Christ did to prevent people from succumbing to the evils?

Anyways, Happy Easter everyone! Especially you, Jews!

Government? What Are They Governing?

I came across the following on yahoo earlier in an article about Obama being "heckled" by a table of (clearly) non-professional singers (which, if this were 1966, I believe they would be called "hippies"):

The 26th amendment(granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3months & 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. Thatwas in 1971...before computers, before e-mail, before cell phones, etc.
Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less tobecome the law of the land...all because of public pressure.
Copy and forward this to a minimum of twenty people inyour address list; in turn ask each of those to do likewise.
Congressional Reform Act of 20111. Term Limits.12 years only, one of the possible options below..A. Two Six-year Senate termsB. Six Two-year House termsC. One Six-year Senate term and three Two-Year House terms
2. No Tenure / No Pension.A Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay whenthey are out of office.
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Securitysystem immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system,and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay willrise by the lower of CPI or 3%.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the samehealth care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/11.The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen.Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress isan honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators,so ours should serve their term(s), then go home and back to work.

And it reminded me of my grandmother.

This weekend marks the first Easter I'll have spent without my grandmother (last Easter, but a couple weeks earlier, we were in Paris where she had fallen ill). I think I take for granted a lot of things, but I don't take my freedoms for granted. I know all too-well how difficult it is to argue you're doing absolutely nothing to harm anyone except going against 2 lines of print on a piece of paper in a book at a DMV and having an officer try to insist to you that those 2 lines of print overrule any and all logic and print about driving. But I digress...

The reason I'm reminded of my grandmother when I see this is because she was the first person I'd actually heard in a conversation (obviously this has been about for many years) insisting these changes were the right changes. My grandmother was a brilliant person, her knowledge was incredible and her insight was valuable. If anyone in the family ever questioned my grandmother's immense knowledge and wisdom, it was because they had the honor of knowing a genius in it's truest form in my grandfather.

I thought I'd share this with you in the hopes you can either challenge it respectfully, show you're true idiocy and challenge it completely and blindly, or take it and run with it as well. I stand in agreement that serving in the government of the United States of America should be a privilege, not a career. For all the years that Senator Ted Kennedy served... an insane number of possible replacements were held out... and truth be told, we've not improved because of Senator Ted Kennedy.

It's time for the United States to be what our forefathers sought to create... a land of freedom, opportunity, and independence. I'll rant about Easter in my next blog post, but let us make the changes necessary to turn our country back in the right direction and establish order in this wonderful land!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just Me Again..

Want another life update?

If you said yes, good! You're going to get one. If you said no, well.. sorry for your luck.

Had a bit of a manic two weeks. Two practical write ups due, one assignment, one class test, two practicals and finally a practical test. That was all over on Friday. Busy and very stressful. Finally able to enjoy my Easter holidays now. Spent this weekend working and will spend the next two weeks revising because I have two more class tests after the holidays, a week "break", then end of module exams.. The fun times just keep on rolling!

Hopefully I'll get organised and try and set up some placements, been meaning to do that since January as I'm sure you're aware. We'll see though.

Today was a good day, nice and sunny. A few members of my family dropped by today which was nice. My aunt, her husband, her daughter and her daughters boyfriend then that same Aunts brother, so my uncle, his wife and his youngest daughter, all packed into our little living room. My uncle was supposed to run the London Marathon today, but had an injury so he couldn't participate. It was nice to meet him since I've never met him before, to be fair my mothers not even met him. It's because my dad hasn't seen him since 1980! They couldn't spend much time catching up though. Hopefully we'll see them again while they're here.

Plans for this next week? Well, like I said earlier, revision and catching up with friends from high school since they're all down for Easter.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tattoos And The Idiots Who Have Them

More and more in recent weeks, I’ve found myself entirely too devoted to bashing tattoos. I’ve got no problems with people getting tattoos, so long as they actually have some kind of meaning to the person other than “I paid for it” or “it’s on me now so that’s what it means to me” or “it looked awesome”. More and more I see people tattooing the most random things to their body, most people covering their body with the nonsense… and more and more, I’ve found myself entirely too devoted to bashing tattoos.

Thank a friend via Twitter recently for showing me a picture of some idiot tattooing stars up and down the side of his face. This began my rant against face tattoos. If you’re in a profession or religion where it’s deemed appropriate, fine… tribal tattoos don’t necessarily cause this reaction for me. I also would never have the balls to call Mike Tyson a fool for tattooing his face. But if you’re just a run-of-the-mill Joe… you shouldn’t be tattooing your face with anything.

Think of how ridiculous you’ll look to the employers who interview you. Think of how ridiculous you’ll feel when you realize that not one of them is giving you a chance to show anything you may be able to do solely off of the fact that you look like a twat. Sure, it’s not technically legal for an employer to deny you a place in the business because you’ve got a tattoo on your face, but an employer is allowed to judge whether or not you would attract or scare off business. Chances are, those face tattoos will scare off most business.

This entire issue lay dormant in my mind for about a week and a half until yesterday when a friend and I were at the mall. We were at H&M waiting in line when a kid walked up behind us. He couldn’t have been more than 15 years old, but his height and body size indicated he was younger than that even. Why he was even in the mall at noon was beyond me… and he WAS there with his mother, who looked as much like a crackhead as anyone I’ve ever seen. Needless to say, the reason I really noticed him in the first place was the “art” on his face… teardrops beneath his eye, lettering along his cheek, other random designs.

Teardrops have some relatively known meanings… you’ve either killed someone, or lost people close to you. If it weren’t for his age, I could almost accept the tears he had under his eye… but the rest!? There’s absolutely no way I accept that this child was able to get tattooed like this… except for the fact that his crackhead mother had him out of school and in the mall shopping for clothes. Of course she’s the type of woman who could have signed for her son to tattoo his face.

Whether you’re Gucci Mane, or the kid I saw at the mall yesterday… don’t tattoo your face, ESPECIALLY with stupid shit…

Monday, April 4, 2011

Soundtrack To My Month Of April - Track 1

Just started listening to her new album today. Really like this song so I thought I'd post this up mid-revision while I'm having a lil dance in my seat.

I give you, Nicole Scherzinger - Right There, enjoy!