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This blog has morphed into almost nothing, but it is what it is.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Matt, Just Sign The Contract

Matt Leinart, the 2005 Heisman trophy winning QB from USC and the 10th overall draft pick of the Arizona Cardinals, still hasn't signed a contract yet. All of the other 31 first rounders have signed with their new teams. The problem is that instead of going pro after his junior year at USC, he decided to spend one more year at the college level. So instead of being the 1st overall pick last year, he was the 10th overall pick this year. He has an A-hole of an agent who has a history of having his guys hold out. It doesn't look good. His agent wants more than 10th pick money and the Cardinals are prepared to give him 10th pick money. He is barking up the wrong tree with Arizona. Reggie Bush signed a contract with the Saints and is at camp practicing already. He will be electric in the NFL. Everyone was saying the Bush would be a hold out and that Leinart would be signed quickly. The opposite happened.

What a great backfield that was at USC! Two Heisman trophy winners playing together (see photo). I'll miss watching them destroy college defenses.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Why Do We Idolize Idiots?

Who is a bigger nut case, Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise?
It's a tough call, but at least Tom Cruise makes interesting movies.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Voting Rights Act & Microsoft's Soft Idea

Amendments to the U.S. Constitution are extremely difficult to obtain. Recent attempts to amend the constitution to prevent gay marriage and to prevent flag burning were shot down. Neither of them had anything to do with anything anyone really cared about. I won't get into it, but there are much bigger issues that need to be dealt with. One of them has to do with voting rights for minorities. Although it shouldn't be, it is complicated. Today President Bush signed a 25-year extension of the Voting Rights Act, which is supposed to protect minorities from obstacles that prevent them exercising their right to vote. These kinds of violations are still a big problem in Texas and other southern states. It's a shame.

Microsoft can't seem to get anything right. The so-called "iPod Killer" that they are calling Zune is already causing a stir and it hasn't even been released yet. Now Microsoft is saying that the music player will only play music from its service and other players, such as the iPod, won't be able to use the service. You can read more about it here. The media giant is back stabbing its partners once again. On the other hand, I love what Bill Gates is doing philanthropically. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is trying to make a difference in the battle to prevent and cure HIV/AIDS. Good for them!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Flickr's "Blog this photo" Problems

I don't know why, but everytime I try to blog a photo from my flickr account using the "Blog this photo" tab, it leaves a huge empty gap from the end of the text to the beginning of the previous post. The gap remains until I make another post directly from Blogger. I think it has to do with the right margin of the text. Flickr is usually easy and convenient, but not in this case. The only way I can get a regular looking post using Flickr is if I choose "original size" photo in the settings. But then the photo is huge. I tried variations of the html code but *damn* it is confusing. Anyone have any suggestions for me?

Like Father, Like Daughter

My Little iPod Fan
Everyone who sees my baby daughter tells me that she looks just like me. It is nice to hear sometimes, but I can totally see parts of my wife in her, too. The shape of her eyes, mouth and chin are almost carbon copies of my wife. But when compared to my baby picture (at 3 days old), my daughter and I have an uncanny resemblance. I think that as she grows she will look less and less like me and more like her mother. I hope so because her Mom is very beautiful and extremely feminine! Time will tell.
By the way, the photo you see here was just for fun. I didn't turn on the iPod.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Prime Minister's Questions -- Imagine That

Today I found myself engrossed in a program on C-SPAN 2. (I didn't even realize there was a C-SPAN 2.) It was a weekly series from London called Prime Minister's Questions. Once a week British Prime Minister Tony Blair visits the House of Commons and is put to the test. The MPs grill Mr. Blair with tough questions about policy, politics, budgetary concerns, etc. When I turned it on, he was answering questions about nuclear weapons and he said that the UK should use diplomacy to prevent any additional countries from obtaining them. He's pretty cool about it too, he just leans on his elbow nonchalantly like he's got it all under control.
It was quite dramatic and it almost seemed like a skit from Saturday Night Live at times. Members stood up when an MP or the PM finished speaking and were noisy while others were talking. The Speaker was on top of it though and actually stopped the process and told the MPs not to talk while the PM was making his rebuttal.
The hardest on him were the MPs from places other than England. They voiced their concerns about education and health care and criticized the PM for what they felt were wrongs he could have and should have prevented. I enjoyed watching it, but had to let it go because I had the rare opportunity to take a nap. With a newborn in the home now, I sleep every chance I get.
I can only dream of this country (USA) having an event of this type. I would love to see it even once a year! Can you imagaine Dubya standing up and defending himself in public? Hahahaha. He would have to have a deep understanding of his policies. Imagine that. His detractors in Congress would tee off on him and he would be up there stumbling and bumbling. President Clinton would have been good at it, as Mr. Blair is. President Reagan's mean streak would have come out and President Carter's compassion would have shone. Aw, to dream.

Friday, July 14, 2006

These Cities "Best Fit" Me? Hmmmm

According to a poll I took at blogthings.com, I am living in the American city that best suits me - Honolulu! But Portland, Oregon as #2? I think it rains too much and is too cold in Portland. Atlanta at #3? That is a surprise. #4 is LA, which I think is about right. I'm sure that Seattle at #5 is ranked too high. Where in the hell is San Diego?! San Diego should be #2. And I would think Miami would be up there, too. Give it a try for yourself by clicking on the link below the chart.

American Cities That Best Fit You::
65% Honolulu
60% Portland
55% Atlanta
55% Los Angeles
55% Seattle
Which American Cities Best Fit You?

Friday, July 07, 2006

It's a Girl!

My wife gave birth to a beautiful baby girl at the end of June. She is a joy and the experience has been wonderful so far. Here she is!

Friday, November 11, 2005

Since July?

Has it really been THAT long since I wrote anything here? I guess I've been busy.
Let's see what has happened since my last post:

*I got married.
*My brother and his wife had a baby.

That's all I can think of so far.......

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Kona Coffee

Kona Coffee
Lots of things have changed since I last updated this space. Things are still changing. It's all good though.

I hope to be back here soon and post actual CONTENT. I noticed that people have been visiting this site even though I haven't written anything. It makes me feel kind of guilty.

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