If you missed my cool “recently updated” format I had here tonight, shame on you. I worked really hard on that. But you can still read everything I thought about tonight’s Emmy telecast, in nice chronological order. Mind you, it’s quite a bit or writing. But it’s generally entertaining, especially if you watched the show.

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I made a mistake today. Cromwell was telling me how he uses his Blackberry to check his Compare People rankings on Facebook, and I thought, “Oh boy! I wonder what my rankings are!” This inquisitve nature, that has led me down so many new and exciting educational paths, can also sometimes lead to trouble.

Compare People is a Facebook app where two of your friends are pitted against each other in a specific challenge, and you choose who should win. “I have lots of friends,” I thought. “My rankings are gonna be awesome!”

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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: crescentfactory.wordpress.com.  This is a goodbye to this blog but a good morning to the rest of my blogging life.  It has been fun here.

While cruising today’s New York Times headlines, I came across a blog article about a comment presidential candidate Barack Obama recently made during a campaign speech. Quoting a very old saying, Obama remarked, “You can put lipstick on a pig – it’s still a pig.” Out of the context of current politics, this saying could be interpreted, in simplest terms, as saying that a bad thing, dressed up to appear good, is still bad. However, as Palin describes her own “hockey mom” persona as a pit bull with lipstick, there are many who interpret this remark as Obama calling Governor Palin a pig.

Now, the more intelligent among us can clearly see that, if anything, Palin is the lipstick and not the pig – a pretty face slapped on the ticket to try to distract us from the shortcomings of John McCain. However, there are folks out there who merely see:

(word associated with Palin) + (unsavory farm animal) = CONTROVERSY!!!

As I sifted through the comments section, purely to entertain and intentionally anger myself, I came across some real gems as far as good ol’ fashion mindless comments are concerned.  This one, though, took the cake. Read the rest of this entry »

Rutgers just sent out a mass email announcing that Tropical Storm Hanna is on her way, and gave students sites they could visit to check the campus status. The obvious one, campusstatus.rutgers.edu, just tells students whether or not classes are in session.

But they also gave us a link to nb.rutgers.edu, the home page for the New Brunswick campus. And on that site, instead of having a status, they have a button leading to the first link they gave us. Not sure why they saw it necessary to include that second link, but I’m glad they did, because it features this gem of a button:

The way I see it, Rutgers is actually run by 275-year-old men who sit in a basement in some Old Queens building reading meteorological charts, deciding whether or not students should go to class that day. This dimmed, stretched image is the only known photograph of them.

The men are unaware of modern bus technology, having not left the basement since 1810, so they judge weather based on a horse’s ability to gallop through it unharmed. Rutgers is also often canceled on windy days, because a man should not be seen in public without his powdered wig attatched firmly to his scalp.

It’s all starting to make sense now.

This will be the most boring post you’ve ever seen, ever. That’s because I just learned the US Postal Service has technical specifications for all the stamps available on their site. What tech specs could a stamp have, you naively ask? EAT THIS:

OH YEAH. THATS WHY WE HAVE AN INTERNET BABY!

(PS: The artist who made it is named Carl, and is from Carlsbad CA. Do you think his self esteem is tragically low?)

(PPS: They made 1.5 billion of these stamps. That’s an unbelievably high number. I’m surprised people still used the mail, what with the E-Mails and all.)

Yesterday I was taking a shower, and I had an idea for a game show called “Yeezy, Weezy or Jeezy?” The premise is as follows:

The host plays an audio/video clip, reads lyrics, shows a photo or reads a news item featuring one of the three popular rappers in question — Kanye West (Yeezy), Lil Wayne (Weezy) and Young Jeezy. The contestants then buzz in and say one of the names. There are two rounds of trivia, and in the final round the contestant with the most points gets to face off against one of the three rappers in a challenge completely unrelated to music.

Possible ideas for the final round: Kanye West and the contestant race through a slime-laden obstacle course, collecting orage flags as they go; Young Jeezy and the contestant must pick from a collection of numbered suitcases; Lil Wayne and the contestant try to figure out answers to a large crossword puzzle.

In the season finale, Kanye and Jeezy would team up to perform their hit single “Put On,” and then would face the contestant in a geography competition, in fitting with the chorus to the tune. For instance, “Q: To which side of Milwaukee is Detroit? A: East Side.” In keeping with the song, no answers will be “North Side.”

Prizes range from facial tattoos a la Wayne to sweaters and plastic glasses with lines on them like Kanye, and also whatever the hell Jeezy is into (possibly interesting hats?).

Of course, throughout the course of the show the rappers could bring on special guests. Here’s another idea: when a rapper needs help answering a question, he can use a “featuring” token, where he may enlist the help of an artist who has been featured on one of his tracks. This would make T-Pain a regular on the show. I like that… this thing is gonna be a hit, I can feel it in my bones.

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From scarletknights.com. Kenny got an extra Twizzler for this.

From scarletknights.com. Kenny Britt received an extra pregame Twizzler for this achievement.

College football is barely a week away, and I could hardly be happier about it. Despite the loss of Ray Rice and several other impact players (Eric Foster, Pedro Sosa, Mike Fladell, Jeremy Zuttah, Brandon Renkart, Ron Girault), I have high hopes for Rutgers heading into the year (again), though I’ll keep relatively quiet on it. If you are wondering why I am doing this, simply revisit my previews from last year. Ugh. I’m not even going to reread them, mainly because I already know some of the worst things I said. For one, apparently I thought the Linebacker Fairy was going to visit the new guys from last year and turn inexperienced and/or undersized and/or injured guys into grizzled veterans who knew the defense in and out. Second, I seemed to think there was some kind of vast conspiracy to discredit the all-powerful Rutgers football juggernaut, even though our generally accepted preseason standing (around #16) proved to be absurdly generous in the end. But being embarrassed about days gone by doesn’t really jive with this look ahead, so some thoughts heading into this season coming up just as soon as I rip off TV critic Alan Sepinwall’s blogging format

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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.

The new ad for the Chevy Volt claims the car “can go 40 miles before it uses any gas at all.” It also shows a time lapse of the evolution of the automobile and the gas station, before eventually watching it all decompose and turn back to earth. It ends on a pristine field between two mountains, without a visible sign of the humans who once existed there.

It’s pretty deep stuff. It reminds me of the poem “There Will Come Soft Rains” by Sarah Teasdale

There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

And frogs in the pool singing at night,
And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

Robins will wear their feathery fire,
Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

And not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.

Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
If mankind perished utterly;

And Spring herself when she woke at dawn
Would scarcely know that we were gone.

Wikipedia: “The poem deals with nature reclaiming the earth after the disappearance of the human race, and the small overall impact humanity left on the planet. It illustrates the unimportance of humans.”

So thanks, Chevy. Now I’m all freaked out.