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Hey everyone, Peter Duffy here.  I just wanted to let all of you know that I am leaving the blog.  This isn’t an end for me, more like a beginning.  Me and fellow 41miles writer Don have branched out to take our own turn at running a blog.  This is no reflection of 41miles at all, Tom does a great job with this and he really cares about it a lot.  I just felt like I wanted to have something of my own and see what I could do.  41miles has a great base of readers that I hope someday me and Don could achieve, maybe even borrow of a few from here.  I would like my blog and this one maintain a good relationship, to be partner blogs in a way.  If you want to check it out here is the link:  This is a goodbye to this blog but a good morning to the rest of my blogging life.  It has been fun here.


As an added bonus to the last post, in which I discussed the poem “There Will Come Soft Rains,” the eventual destruction of humanity and our own planet not even knowing we’re gone, I give you this video:

Produced in 1984 by Soviet studio Uzbekfilm, this is an animation of the Ray Bradbury short story of the same name. In the story, a robot performs its daily routine, taking care of a family that it doesn’t realize was killed by a nuclear explosion long ago. Eventually, it is destroyed by a fire in the house, though in the animation it destroys itself chasing a bird out of the house. If you have ten minutes, watch this. It’s creepy and deep, a perfect example of Soviet animation right down to the frozen world and fear of nuclear holocaust. Plus, the voice of the robot is terrifying.

Don’t be surprised if this is the next Chevy Volt commercial.

About a month ago, my PowerBook G4 suffered a slow, painful death. In a desperate attempt to save her, I installed Leopard, and thankfully backed up all my data before doing so. It turned out that Leopard was the kiss of death — once the install finished, she never booted again. I never even got to say goodbye.

The PowerBook fails upon booting

The PowerBook fails upon booting

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Note: I just found this saved as a draft from a month ago, with no content. I vaguely remember what it was about, but I liked the title too much to let it go to waste. I’ll try writing what I think I originally intended to.

As I was eating a peanut today (a month ago, actually), I was taken aback by the texture. I had never noticed it before then, but when my front teeth pierced the salted legume, a torrent of possibilities rushed into my mind. What exactly is a nut?

I don’t want some dictionary definition here, and I’m not looking for a Wikipedia entry. This is a question that your brain has to answer for you: What are nuts? I have come to the conclusion that they are soft, edible wood.

When you eat meat, you know it’s meat. It’s got that feeling in your mouth. The same can be said for fruit, or ice cream, or candy. They all have a feeling. But they can be boiled down beyond that, too. Meat is animal flesh, fruit is soft, juicy flesh from a plant. And candy is hard sugar. I know, you’re probably wondering where this is going. But I have a point, and it’s coming in the next sentence, if you’ll just go down one line and continue reading.

People may tell you “Nuts are just nuts, bro, back off and don’t think too much about them.” And that same argument can be said for meat, fruit, etc. But these things are more. They are easily defined just by the way they feel in your mouth. And nuts, be it peanut or walnut, pecan or almond, are made out of wood.

Think about it. Imagine you took some soft wood from a sapling and roasted it up crispy with some salt, or maybe even a touch of honey. Think about how that would feel. Mmmmm… yeah, that’s the ticket. Tastes like… NUTS!

Alright, maybe I was a bit in over my head trying to write this post based just on the wacky title I wrote a month ago. But next time you’re snacking on some Planters, I dare you to try not thinking “Wow… this kind of does seem like I’m eating wood.”

(Sorry everyone who reads this… if you now feel stupider because of it, I’ll give you a back rub free of charge. That’s called the Tom Guarantee.)

So the highly anticipated series of football games between storied Notre Dame and the recent up and coming Rutgers football team has been canceled.  Although it was never official it being viewed as a definite for awhile.  In fact, both schools had each other on their tentative schedules.  Now though it isn’t going to happen, and we have one man to thank.  Bob Mulcahy.  Simply because Notre Dame wanted to play the games in New Jersey at the Meadowlands, Mulcahy big timed the Golden Domers and refused the offer.  There a few reasons why this was an insane move by the Rutgers AD.

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I took the photo you see up there.  That image is copyright Tom Wright-Piersanti, 2008.  So  how did it end up that I got a call from my friend Cromwell informing me that he had seen it on the front page of  I may never know the whole story… but from what I can tell, it’s Michael Moore’s fault.

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The greatest two days of the year are over, and here’s the damage.

The joy I felt watching the upsets and buzzer beaters yesterday was unlike anything I’ve experienced in a long time.  I just want to take this time to thank college basketball for existing.

As for the future of our brackets, Pete lost one of his Final Four squads (Clemson) in the first round, so he’s in the hole already. Pete has lost 3 teams from his Sweet 16, Glenn lost 2, and Tom lost 1 (everyone had Connecticut).

And a quick note concerning the second round currently taking place, all three men chose West Virginia to upset Duke, which they just did. Good job, fellas!

We’ve got a little comptish (as Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards host Jack Black might say) going among the four bloggers here at 41mtf. Utilizing the Facebook app created by CBS Sports, we have created our brackets for the NCAA Tournament.  Because the Madness® started today, I can now see everyone’s brackets, so I thought I’d take this time to compare our Final Four choices.

Note: Jeff and Don did not join the pool, and Greg joined but never filled out his bracket — I will assume that this is because they are all new and didn’t feel they had earned the right to be a part of it. I appreciate their humility.

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EW / Bob D’Amico

It’s that time again! Tonight I’ll be covering the Oscars live, updating the blog every few minutes with a new juicy paragraph or so on what is going on.  If any of you out there don’t own a TV, it will be a great help to you.  For the rest of us, just toss the laptop onto the couch and refresh every few minutes so we can all follow along together!

If you are a writer on the blog, I ask that you don’t write any new posts once the live blogging starts, just to keep the main post at the top for anyone trying to find it.  Here is how we’ll do it, just like last year: I write my thoughts in here, the main space.  Everyone else is encouraged to comment along with the show.  The comments are usually the best part of this whole thing, and during breaks in the action I’ll do my best to bring some of the discussion up here. Leave comments, everyone!  If you’re a stranger who has been looking to make six new friends, now is your chance!


The month of February is Black History Month, a time to remember the great African-American heroes of our past.  Those men and women who made a stand for what was right and paved the way for a brighter future.  As a tribute I decided that throughout the month I will be writing pieces on those very individuals, sort of as a thank you for what they’ve done, who better to start off with than legendary ace Dwight Gooden.

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