Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tillikum Strikes... again.

Unfortunately Tillikum the Killer Whale has killer his beloved trainer Dawn Brancheau. Dawn worked with this whale for about 17 years and never really had a problem. Sea World is looking into what could have been the reason why a whale that she has worked with for so long would do such a thing. Apparently, she laid down on her back on a submerged shelf alongside the pool's edge, for whales this is a very vulnerable position and Sea World experts think that her ponytail drifted in the water by Tillikum and he snatched it and dragged her under. The place where Tillikum used to be kept was Sealand in B.C. where he also killed a trainer there. The owner who gave Tillikum to them told them not to let Tillikum be used in any acts. He was to be used for breeding purposes only. Clearly that didn't happen. This whale also killed another man who apparently snuck into the park after hours and jumped into the tank where Tillikum killed him. The owner of SeaWorld stated that they are not going to put this whale into retirement, but are not sure if they are going to let him be in any more acts. After further investigations are made about the death of Dawn they will make some further decisions.

Well, here's my take on this story. Clearly the death of this trainer is horrible and she did nothing wrong. It just should have been stopped before. Once the man from SeaLand sent Tillikum to SeaWorld after he already killed a trainer they should have set up a set of rules when dealing with this particular whale. Tillikum is an animal and all animals are unpredictable. I hope they don't put this whale into retirement or punishment or whatever they are going to call it because this fuckin whale has not a clue what just happened. It's a like a pitbull attack, one minute they can be the sweetest dogs ever and then the next they rip your head off. Well, anyways- RIP Dawn Brancheau.. the whales and us will miss you.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Why Norway Should Be Declared Olympic Champions.

There have been some nice stories in these Olympics. From the US hockey team's upset of Canada to Bode Miller to Shaun White, American's have had a hell of a time in Vancouver. However, one country has seriously outdone us, as well as every other country in the world. That country is Norway.
Currently Norway is sitting in third place in the medal count with 18 medals. Only Germany and the USA have more medals.

However, Norway's world domination doesn't end with its 18 medals. No, its recent success transcends the Olympic Games.

Team Norway would easily win 4,000 gold medals for how cool their curling team's pants are. They are the definitiond of swag. I'm pretty sure those pants are the piece of clothing I covet the most. However, Norway's coolness doesn't end with a pair of knickers.

Tore Vikingstad is a 34 year old forward who plays for Team Norway. That's right, Tore Vikingstad. Vikingstad is hands down the best last name in history. Also, Tore is a pretty dope first name.

Lastly, Erik the Red is pretty cool.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Best Music Video of All-Time?

What happens when you put the RZA, Lil' Jon, Joe Jonas, and Jake Gyllenhaal together on a tennis court? This does:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

To All Of Our Loved Ones.

Yo Iran, Chill Out.

While major anti-government protests were predicted for Thursday to coincide with Iran’s 31st anniversary celebration of the revolution, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad successfully overshadowed dissidents with scare tactics, a large pro-government rally, and a news-making announcement that Iran is now a “nuclear state.” Iranian hardliners went so far to stifle opposition that they attacked dissident leaders, including the wife of Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

Mir-Hossein Mousavi was approaching Azadi Square, where Ahmadinejad gave his speech, when he was surrounded by baton wielding plainclothes militia, and wasn't able to join the people, according to an opposition web site,

His wife, Zahra Rahnavard, who took the unlikely step of campaigning with her husband last year, was allegedly surrounded and beaten with batons on the head and shoulder. But protestors formed a circle around her and escorted her away. She's safe now, according to Kalame.

The only time having a baton in one's hand is if a person is in a marching band, even then, having a baton in your hand is a cry for help. Baton twirling itself is about as asinine as an activity can get. That being said, hitting people with batons is pretty funny. But seriously Iran, simmer down.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Snow Day

No one wants to write about the snow days we've been having??! I will take it upon myself to discuss these wonderful occurances that SHU has been giving us lately. The blackout a few weeks ago was very successful cancelling school because of a power outage. We got delayed a week ago from 2 inches of snow that fell to the ground, mostly because southern Connecticut doesn't know how to handle a little snow. Last night, as I read the forecast and watched the news I realized how inevitable it was that there was another storm coming our way. Snow days in college seem to be more of an uproar than snow days in high school or middle school. As I was walking through the halls yesterday, all I kept hearing about was that there may be a snow day tomorrow! With 2 grueling classes on Wednesday for me, I hoped and prayed all I could that we were not going to have school. Last night, deciding whether or not to write my paper and study for my 2 quizzes, I checked the online forecast about 54 times. I decided against the homework/studying idea and headed over to my friends room to start drinking. The second we hear anything of snow or an electrical mishap- we strap on our beer goggles and get goin'. I did, however, start to get a little nervous when I still did not see any snow around 1 am. I figured the weather men, once again, made a mistake and we were all dooped.

But after I fell asleep and prayed to the gods above- I woke up at 9 and looked outside, LOW AND BEHOLD- snow. I got 2 texts from friends letting me know that classes were cancelled so I didn't feel the need to read my emails and I fell right back asleep. I woke up around 10 am again to snowballs being pelted off the side of my window and knew it was time to get up. See, when you have snowdays in college it takes you back to those mystical, wondrous days back in middle or high school where you would grab your sled and hit the hills. But we are here, drinking our faces off the night before and even some, the day of. Infact, I've already gotten 3 texts asking to drink today and it's 12:11PM. Even so, we aren't even sure if we have tomorrow off yet. So why would we even drink? That would be like drinking on a Sunday, but I guess that's normal for some of you.

Anyways- point is, I'm 20 years old and haven't been more excited about a snow day in a long time. My no homework/studying last night lucked out. But, instead of the sleds and snow gear, we have vodka and more beer.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Best Ad Campaign of All-Time?

One reason that so many people love the Super Bowl so much is for the commercials. In fact, a good portion of those who do watch the big game just watch for the advertisements.

Today is Super Bowl Monday. Meaning all the hoopla is over with. However, today I saw one of the best commercials I've ever seen. Since then, I have looked up other commercials from the campaign.


Sunday, February 7, 2010

the Blackout

There's a certain mystic about living a portion of your life that you will later have no recollection of. Common to most college crazies, the blackout is ever so popular in youthful vitality. Don't get me wrong though, I am not a fan; but it happens (more so than i'd like). Usually I wake up perplexed with an aching headache and a tummy in flux. I then peek around to adjust to my whereabouts, because lets be honest, I was not on this tangible earth the previous night. Thereafter I check for my wallet, phone, keys and card, in that order.
On this particular morning, I found none of the above, even my jacket was not in the goddamn room. I woke up in a drunken haze which must've been a bit loud as it woke up my fellow roomates. At the present moment I am still without my belongings but I am hoping it is in that locked room of that blue house I, rather, someone else was at last night. I guess it's the liquer that does it to me; I only remember those rum and cokes we had in the dorm and nothing else. So now I go and await my future...actually as these words are written my roomate Lucas got a phone jacket (and hopefully my otha shit) is hanging on the outside knob of the blue house.

So tah tah enjoy the big game today, and remember, that you can't remember when your blackout out. The choice is up to you...and the bottle.

Friday, February 5, 2010

NCAA Tournament shakeup?

My favorite four sports days of the year are the first four days of March Madness. Most people I know love watching the David's of the NCAA Basketball world toppling the Goliaths. Bucknell over Kansas, Hampton over Iowa State, Northwestern State over Iowa; who doesn't love seeing the Cinderella team dance their way into the sweet 16 or elite 8? The Gonzaga squads from the beginning of the this millennium always found a way as a 10 seed or lower to upset ranked teams on their way into the sweet 16, really putting the spotlight on the mid major conferences. This is what I live for in those four days where I do my best not to get out of my pajamas all day, and spend so much time on the couch that it takes a week for my contours to disappear from the couch cushions. March Madness on Demand has become my best friend so I am no longer at the mercy of whoever is at the controls at CBS.

So with Selection Sunday a little over a month away I found a very interesting article that will tickle the fancy of every March Madness fanatic such as myself who loves the upset. This article is claiming that an expansion of the field from 65 teams to 96 teams is a "done deal." This is great news for me because it will include an extra 31 teams, at least one extra day of madness, and much more potential for crazy upsets. Some people might think this expansion as overkill, but personally I love the idea. I am attaching the link for the article, and feel free to leave your own views on the potential expansion, I would definitely like to hear what everyone else thinks about the possible expansion.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I'm Gonna Miss It.

Life moves quick. I can't believe this will end up being the last season of Lost. A show that has been a part of my life since its premiere during my freshman year of high school (2004), is coming to an end. It is one of the last things that remain from my high school years. Its a wake up call, to me at least, of how fast life moves.

Should be one fucking awesome season though.