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New Layout

The new layout is up here at Don't Laugh, People. Thanks to Ryan from WECU for designing the background and header. We'll be adjusting some things still over the next week or so to get everything crisp. Let us know what you all think of the new layout!
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Everyone Is On The #KobeSystem

Unless you've been living under a rock, you should probably know SOMETHING about the #KobeSystem. If not, here you go:





















I need to get my shoes and become a system, ASAP. Attack Fast. Attack Strong.

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Settling Down On A Friday Night

Very happy this evening. Tucked up in bed, I have tea and there is great TV on tonight.

I have New Girl (Season 1, Episode 4) which I refuse to watch online and catch up with the American showings like I normally do because I don't want to spoil my Friday nights. Followed by Hustle, which is amazing and unfortunately in it's last season =(..

So yes, my Friday night in is just beginning and I'm chilled, which is lovely!

Memories Are Funny Things..

Living in the past can be a dangerous thing. Reliving memories can sometimes be nice but painful. Reminiscing and seeing triggers can drag you backwards and make you as unhappy now as you were then. It's important to live in the present, and look forward to the future. You can't change the past, so work on shaping the future.

If you were happy in the past, then create more bliss, don't dwell on the old bliss, it won't come back, but you can rekindle it.

Sometimes I think we need to be reminded of this...

NASA With Stunning 8000x8000 Pixel Image of Earth

This is truly incredible. One thing that stands out to me, is how desolate the land looks though. What happened to all the greenery we saw in previous images of our planet? Surely it wasn't the result of poorer photograph quality. Regardless though, it's humbling to see something like this, and to imagine in the next thought, that an ant on our planet in relation to that picture right there, is larger in perspective than Earth to the Milky Way Galaxy.
Just some of the things I'm thinking.
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Quick Update

I'm currently waiting to hear back from someone about some things with Don't Laugh, People, but I wanted to let you all know we're still fooling around with some looks on the site while we wait for the design. One thing I want to address is my lack of posting this past week. I've been a little preoccupied with other things, but we've seen a tremendous increase in traffic this month to the site, which is very encouraging to me, because it means we've gathered a bit of an audience. It's imperative that I keep producing, and I'm going to do so, I just wanted to let people know that this past week has just been a dry spell as I've focused on a few other things, including the behind-the-scenes work here at Don't Laugh, People.
I've got a few ideas for ventures with Don't Laugh which I can't wait to unveil, unroll, and get started producing for you all. Unfortunately, they're still just ideas as I'm focusing more on the design of …

So You Think Your Cat Is Awesome... Check Out This One

I do love Ed Sheeran and his videos are always a little out the ordinary.. this is brilliant, enjoy!

Science: Top 10 Innovations In 2011

The world of science is constantly evolving and changing, some of you may not be interested but I personally find so many of these advances extremely exciting.

A pocket microscope? Really? The invention of the microscope was innovation enough, but a microscope small enough to use in the field? Absolutely astounding. I honestly wish I knew where people get these ideas and where they find the brain power to implement their ideas!

A mini MRI that doesn't destroy your mobile or wipe your credit card strip? Genius!

PCR in a pouch? The use of PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) is innovative in itself. It's barely been around for 30 years and they've already found a way to make it smaller! Being able to amplify the piece of DNA you're looking for with the use of specific primers is brilliant. Sure it doesn't tell you whether the genes are active, but at least it's a good indication and often aids diagnosis.

Check out the other top 10 innovations in 2011 here from The Scien…

A Sign Of Things To Come... Hopefully!

Yesterday I caught up with a girl who I used to work with, someone who has been a very good friend of mine for a couple of years now. When we used to work together we would always talk about our lives and university. Working where I work only a handful of people are actually university students so it was always nice to connect with someone who's going through what you are going through and will go through.

Yesterday was her graduation day, and she was kind enough to invite me to the celebration after the ceremony. The weather was awful, it was cold and looked like it would rain at any given moment, but it held off for the most part, only a slight drizzle, and yet the day was amazing. A great atmosphere. When I saw her she was still dressed up in her gown and hat and I genuinely was so happy for her and so proud of her. I had seen her stressing over her exams and I was so happy 6 months ago when she first got her degree classification. She's extremely clever and worked really…

Just Another Life Update..

I promised I would blog when my life became a little less hectic so here I am! Fortunately Sean has been doing the blog justice! I'm very impressed with how often he's been blogging. Exams were stressful and, along with working my regular part-time job, took over my Christmas and New Year. I'm lucky because everyone around me was really supportive and put up with my varied moods - I'm very grateful to them! 

Now that exams are over, I'm looking forward to the coming semester, it's my final one for this degree so I'm really hoping I can be as organised as possible! I'm also spending this time between semesters on my dissertation, need to get it started and I have a lot of research to do. But it's not all be about university, I have been relaxing and enjoyed an amazing full body massage - it was my Christmas present to myself, I also got one for my mother and I think it was well deserved for both of us! Next week I intend on enjoying freedom with my fr…

Rams 3 Year Commitment To The UK

So I got an email today from NFL UK which informed me that the St. Louis Rams have agreed to host one of their home games in London for the next 3 years. The first game will be on October 28th against the New England Patriots. Being from London this information excites me... if only it was the Redskins agreeing to do this!

I love that interest in the NFL is gradually starting to grow again here in the UK and I look forward to many more teams taking this step. I understand that diehard American fans might be upset about this as they might have to miss a home game because they can't afford the airfare but in my opinion it's excellent progress. It shows the great influence a great sport can have all over the world, not just in America.

You can read the article here.

Man With Two Hearts Survives Double Heart Attack | Yahoo! News

Doctors managed to save the life of a 71-year-old man with two hearts who suffered dueling heart attacks. "We haven't ever seen anything similar to this case before," Dr. Giacomo Mugnai said in an interview with MSNBC.
At first, doctors thought they had a typical case of cardiac arrest until they examined the patient more closely and noticed his unusual medical condition. It turns out that the man actually wasn't born with two hearts. His second heart arrived after an earlier medical procedure on his original heart.
The procedure, a heterotopic transplant, is done to pair a new, healthy organ with a diseased one.
Read More on Yahoo!
\/\/\/\/ So not only does this man have two hearts, but he survived a double heart attack. Mutant putting all of us with 1 heart to shame...
In all seriousness though, thank God he survived, and in some outrageous way, thank God he had the heart attacks in the first place. I'd be interested to know the ratio of people with multiple he…

Evaluating The Redskins - Wide Receiver

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line
Offensive Line
Tight End

Okay, now we'll look at WR. In 2010, the group showed a little promise. Santana Moss had one of his better seasons, and Anthony Armstrong showed some promise. In the offseason, Mike Shanahan traded Jeremy Jarmon to the Denver Broncos for Jabar Gaffney, signed Donte' Stallworth, drafted Leonard Hankerson out of Miami and Niles Paul out of Nebraska. The group got younger, faster, and Mike Shanahan hoped better.
Santana Moss: Moss missed several games this year due to a broken hand. When he returned, it was obvious he drew double coverage which freed up the other receivers a bit, but Moss wasn't quite himself when he returned. He dropped a few passes, especially some critical ones in the redzone (one which was intercepted to seal a loss rather than contribute to a win). Many fans turned faith into frustration with Moss, who seemed overly frustrated himself, as he let himself commit a couple uncharacteristic moments, one…

UPDATE: Rob Lowe Breaks News On Peyton Manning Retirement?

Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012
@richeisen My people are saying Manning will retire today. What do you hear? #NFL— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012
#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong. Don't like being wrong, but this time... I'm hoping#NFL#Manning— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012

That's Rob Lowe, actor who has appeared in all sorts of Films (Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers) and sitcoms (Parks & Recreation, Californication). He's an Indianapolis Colts fan, and well documented to be a good friend of Jim Irsay. As you can see, he broke the news that Peyton Manning is planning on retiring.

I'm not one to suggest that Manning wouldn't choose Rob Lowe to break the news of his retirement, but with the two having no documented relationship beyond celebrities with a connection in management, and most of Manning's news being broken by his father and his bro…

Porn industry mulls leaving LA if condoms required - Yahoo! News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of the most prominent purveyors of porn say they'll start packing up their sex toys and abandoning the nation's porn capital if authorities carry through with a nascent effort to police adult film sets and order that every actor be outfitted with a condom.
That effort took a serious leap forward Tuesday when the Los Angeles city council voted 9-1 to grant final approval to an ordinance that would deny film permits to producers who do not comply with the condom requirement. The measure now goes to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for approval.
Before the measure can take effect, however, the council has called for the creation of a committee of police officials, the city attorney, state health officials and others to determine how it might be enforced.
Read More - Yahoo!

\/\/\/\/ This is interesting. They're planning on policing porn to ensure condoms are being used on set if this bill passes. The entire industry is likely to leave LA if this passes, which…

Rob Lowe Breaks News On Peyton Manning Retirement?

Hearing my fave, #18 Peyton Manning will not return to #NFL. Wow. #Colts— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012
@richeisen My people are saying Manning will retire today. What do you hear? #NFL— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012
#Colts fans, let's hope my info is wrong. Don't like being wrong, but this time... I'm hoping#NFL#Manning— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 18, 2012

That's Rob Lowe, actor who has appeared in all sorts of Films (Wayne's World, Tommy Boy, Austin Powers) and sitcoms (Parks & Recreation, Californication). He's an Indianapolis Colts fan, and well documented to be a good friend of Jim Irsay. As you can see, he broke the news that Peyton Manning is planning on retiring.

I'm not one to suggest that Manning wouldn't choose Rob Lowe to break the news of his retirement, but with the two having no documented relationship beyond celebrities with a connection in management, and most of Manning's news being broken by his father and his bro…

Evaluating The Redskins - Tight End

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line
Offensive Line


This was yet another position thought to be a huge strength for the Washington Redskins this year, but would be tested immensely as the year went on. Fred Davis seemed to have assumed the starting role at Tight End, while Chris Cooley played more at Tiger, which was a lot like his H-Back position Joe Gibbs drafted him as... a cross between a Fullback and a Tight End.
Chris Cooley: Cooley went down somewhat early in the year after breaking his hand, or a finger on his hand. Coaches shut him down because they believed his knee wasn't fully healed. Cooley had been playing primarily out of the backfield, even registering his first rush of his career (what's interested to me is that we just saw New England play Aaron Hernandez out of the Tiger position in their win over the Denver Broncos and he looked exceptional at it, so it could be a mark for future packages). Cooley didn't appear to be 100% at all this year, which was frustra…

Evaluating The Redskins - Offensive Line

Secondary
Linebackers
Defensive Line


The Offensive Line was a concern coming into this season, although a little depth was addressed in the draft/pre-draft FA, it was widely thought we'd be lucky if those guys panned out. The starting line had some promise and it was thought that the group staying healthy could be highly beneficial to the offense. As the year went on, depth was tested heavily through injury and suspension.
Trent Williams: The #4 overall pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, entering his 2nd sophomore season, a lot was expected of the Silverback. Trent didn't attend the team organized workouts during the lockout, but showed up to training camp in great shape. His demeanor and attitude were thought to be well improved. Trent had a couple ups and downs in game at times early in the year, suffering through injury at a crucial stretch in the year during a losing streak, but generally played exceptionally well, often blocking at an All-Pro level. He showed excellent ability to g…

U.S. offers Bangladesh $1 billion in aid over next five years - Yahoo! News

DHAKA (Reuters) - The United States said on Saturday that it would offer Bangladesh close to $1 billion in aid over the next five years.
A U.S. Embassy statement said that the money would go towards alleviating poverty and malnutrition, as well as family planning and the fight against infectious diseases. Read More

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How is the United States still able to spend money it doesn't have? I get that this is money that will eventually be owed back to us, but we're spending money that doesn't exist. If my bank account has $1 in it, I can't buy something that costs $1.50. If our debt cap is many billions of dollars, how can we spend another billion somewhere?
This is the kind of crap that has us in this financial crisis.

5.8-magnitude quake hits Philippine island region - Yahoo! News

Read More NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting a magnitude-5.8 earthquake in the Babuyan Islands region off the northern tip of the Philippines.
The U.S.G.S. said the earthquake struck at 12:36 a.m. Sunday (1636 GMT Saturday). Its epicenter, with a depth of 15.8 miles (25.5 kilometers), is about 317 miles (511 kilometers) north of Manila.
There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has not issued any warnings or advisories.

NFL Predictions - Playoffs [Divisional]

Enigma's Picks:

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers


Sean's Picks:

New Orleans Saints @ San Francisco 49ers
Denver Broncos @ New England Patriots
Houston Texans @ Baltimore Ravens
New York Giants @ Green Bay Packers

Colbert preps prez run, transfers PAC to Stewart - Yahoo! News

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Colbert isn't running for president — at least not yet.
During Thursday night's episode of "The Colbert Report," Colbert legally transferred his super political action committee to his friend and Comedy Central cohort Jon Stewart. Dropping by from "The Daily Show," Stewart happily signed the documents and accepted the post, which was ceremonially observed by the two holding hands and bodily transferring the PAC powers.
The move potentially paves the way for Colbert to enter the Republican presidential primary in South Carolina, his home state. Campaigning politicians are prohibited from simultaneously running super PACs.
Read More on Yahoo! News...

Who Am I? Who Are You?

I’ve blogged about introspection before. I take a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down. I’m an optimist; I find a way to make things look good. My glass is always half-full. But who am I?

The unintended genius of that question was asked brilliantly in the movie Anger Management… and I must give credit where it’s due. @JohnSupernova brought this subject up before me, but it resonates… he knows from our early discussions that I, as does he, stake a lot of importance on introspection. And he knows, as I do, that inquiring of someone “I just want to know who you are” is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Your average person won’t answer that properly. Your most consciously aware probably wouldn’t be able to answer that properly. I’ve struggled to answer that properly, but I believe I’ve got the answer, finally.
Who I am? I am. I am Sean Bishop.
I know that sounds like a smartass comment, but it goes deeper than that. Sean Bishop is who I am. I am all that encompasses Se…

Evaluating The Redskins - Defensive Line

Secondary
Linebackers



Now, we'll evaluate the Defensive Line.
This is a unit that was in disarray in Mike Shanahan's first year with the team, and that was a huge contributing factor to the entire defense being ranked 31 overall last year in terms of yards allowed. The Albert Haynesworth debacle really hurt, and while I thought Anthony Bryant proved to be a somewhat stable nose at times, it was clear an upgrade was needed. Defensive End also had to get better, and even more with the eventual release of veteran Phillip Daniels. The Redskins went into the offseason and draft with the mindset to improve the line, which should help improve the play of the other levels... and this proved true.
Stephen Bowen: Bowen was an incredible surprise this season for many. I noted often that this was a guy who contributed strongly when he got on the field in Dallas, and with an increased load, hopefully he'd pan out. Well, he toppled the sack totals of the entire D-Line LAST year in his fir…

NFL Predictions 2011-12 Results

Week 1:

Enigma - 14
Sean - 10


Week 2:

Enigma - 12
Sean - 13


Week 3:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 9


Week 4:

Enigma - 13
Sean - 11


Week 5:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 8


Week 6:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 9


Week 7:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 9


Week 8:

Enigma - 9
Sean - 8


Week 9:

Enigma - 7
Sean - 10


Week 10:

Enigma - 7
Sean - 7


Week 11:

Enigma - 10
Sean - 9


Week 12:

Enigma - 14
Sean - 14


Week 13:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 9


Week 14:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 9


Week 15:

Enigma - 8
Sean - 8


Week 16:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 12


Week 17:

Enigma - 11
Sean - 11



Total:

Enigma - 178-256
Sean - 166-256



Congratulations to Enigma for the win!

NFL Predictions - Playoffs [Wildcard]

Enigma's Picks:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants


Sean's Picks:

Cincinnati Bengals @ Houston Texans
Detroit Lions @ New Orleans Saints
Pittsburgh Steelers @ Denver Broncos
Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants

NFL.com news: Raiders reach agreement with Packers' McKenzie for GM role

NFL.com news: Raiders reach agreement with Packers' McKenzie for GM role

This should be interesting.. McKenzie has played a huge role in the Packers' success as an organization, and a fresh start in Oakland where he'll have a role that hasn't existed outside of Al Davis should be intriguing moving forward. There is talk that McKenzie could bring more of the Packers' front office with him, which could be a huge blow to Green Bay moving forward.

Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Army All-Americans feel for Landon Collins

Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Army All-Americans feel for Landon Collins

Gotta love it. What this kid just did is bolster a rivalry to even larger heights in the midst of a rematch for the National Championship, and it garnered more attention than his recruit status should be able to attract. I'm looking forward to seeing this kid make plays.

Evaluating the Redskins - Linebacker

Secondary



This is a group that saw some change in the offseason last year, with the addition of Purdue DE converting into 3-4 OLB Ryan Kerrigan. The Redskins also added veteran inside linebacker Keyaron Fox for his experience in the 3-4 system. This isn't a group that was horridly weak to begin with, rather just not an immediate fit for the 3-4 defense. This year, the pieces were in place, and the guys who didn't fit the scheme were out of here.
London Fletcher: London Fletcher turned 36 during the offseason, and showed his leadership to not only the linebackers, or the defense, but the entire Washington Redskins team, when he organized the team workouts during the lockout. Fletcher even brought the majority of the plays he studied so hard to learn the year before in order to coach his teammates into position to win. Fletcher's knowledge and leadership show every single play, whether it be when he's countering Tom Brady's calls at the line pre-snap, when he's sh…

Evaluating The Redskins - Secondary

This is the first installment of my evaluation of the 2011-12 Washington Redskins. Every day over the next week+, I'll be evaluating the Redskins in groups. Players, phases, and coaches will all be evaluated.
First up: Secondary.
Secondary was thought to have been a strength coming into this season. The addition of solid Pro Bowl FS Oshiomogho Atogwe was thought to be the key to actually playing safety, as Kareem Moore struggled most of last season to make plays. DeAngelo Hall would have spent another year in this scheme and was hoping to make huge strides. Josh Wilson was replacing Carlos Rogers, and was looking to bring the ability to come up with the football with him. And star safety LaRon Landry was hoping to return from his achilles injury that ended his 2010 campaign.
DeAngelo Hall: Hall really struggled this year, in every sense of the word. He was voted a team captain - he committed stupid penalties. He called this HIS defense, he was targeted even more in critical moment…