November 25, 2003

What have I done?!?

Yesterday, I signed up for this fantastic cell phone deal.
Today, I transfered my existing cell phone number to my new account. The entire process was completed within 20 minutes and was relatively pain free. In fact, I was assured my number will be transferred to the new account within 24 hours. Satisfied I had beat the system, I thanked the T-Mobile customer service agent and hung up. Only then did I realize my new phone will not arrive for 4 more days....

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November 24, 2003

Mourning Has Left The Building

The latest news out of East Rutherford is Alonzo Mourning has left the NJ Nets due to his kidney disease. The Nets announced his disorder has taken a turn for the worse, he can no longer play basketball, and is in need of a transplant "in the near future".

In light of this, I wonder if K-Mart feels any regret over his "my kidney, my kidney" line?

[Update] Is Anything Out of Bounds When it comes to trash talking? Read the discussion here.

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743 Days Later

I ride again.

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November 21, 2003

Popular Science explains why Kobayashi is a champion gorger

Why do thin guys always seem to win eating contests?: Professional competitive eating, like soccer, is not as popular in the United States as it is in the rest of the world, where expert gorgers compete for tens of thousands of dollars per tournament. But we are arguably a nation of amateur competitive eaters, 30.5 percent of us obese and the rest on the Atkins diet, everyone striving to eat as many strips of bacon as possible in 15 minutes. We also have an annual nationwide de facto competitive-eating event. You may know it as Thanksgiving.

The strange thing about competitive eating, though, is that the world's undisputed gluttony champion is a flyweight. Takeru Kobayashi hails from Japan and weighs 145 pounds, empty. Earlier this year he won the annual Fourth of July hot-dog-eating competition in Coney Island, New York, by scarfing down 44 hot dogs -- with buns -- in 12 minutes, averaging one every 16.4 seconds. Tragically, he fell short of his record of 50 1/2 set last year. Second place went to the 408-pound Edward Jarvis, who downed 30 1/2 hot dogs in the same amount of time. William "The Refrigerator" Perry, formerly of the Chicago Bears, managed only five.

So how does a man roughly a third the size of Jarvis outeat him by half? Answer, at least in part: The size of the stomach at rest is inconsequential. All that matters is the stomach's ability to expand, to adapt itself to the amount of food being shoved down the esophagus. And as in any other competitive sport, stomach-stretching skills require training.

Kobayashi's regimen includes shrinking his gut by jogging for hours, then distending it by chugging gallons of water. He regularly feasts on giant meals of low-fat, high-fiber foods like cabbage, which stay in the stomach longer before breaking down. (By the way, the world record for cabbage consumption is 6 pounds, 9 ounces, in 9 minutes, held by American Thomas Hardy.) And he keeps trim: A skinny man's stomach has little fat to push against it and fight the food for space.

Perhaps most important, Kobayashi must train his brain. Muscles stretch when they relax, and when we eat a big meal, our stomach muscles relax so much that they send a message to the brain, which interprets the signal to mean a full belly. Then our brain stops us from eating anymore. But a good training regimen deadens this communication, causing "the signal to the brain or the brain itself to become less responsive to the large volume of food," says Douglas Seidner, M.D., program director for clinical nutrition at the Cleveland Clinic. In other words, you can eat yourself numb, or at least deaden your urge to stop.

So when you're sitting down to dinner this Thanksgiving, remember this: When your stomach begins to cry for you to slow down, it's all in your head.

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Can't get enough Michael Jackson jokes?

Of course not! Who can? Here is a link to all of the jokes you'll ever need. I've attached a funny pic too.

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Did you guys hear this story:

Kenyon Martin and Alonzo Mourning almost came to blows in practice yesterday. I can't believe what Kenyon said. I'm still laughing about it.

ZO: "This ain't funny. This is about winning."

RJ: "It's not funny, it's hilarious."

KM: "Get more than one rebound next time so that you won't have to do the extra running in practice."

ZO: "At least I'm out there on the court, not in the training room. I'm trying to make the best of my time. You can't be a leader in the trainer's room, crying, 'My ankle, my ankle.'"

KM: "My kidney, my kidney."

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Who's Bad?

With Michael Jackson's mug painted across every TV and newspaper today, I thought I'd take a moment to comment on the case. If the charges are true, I believe Michael is not the only one who should be blamed for the crime.

1. What about the parents?
What more does Wacko have to do before parents stop letting their kids go over to "play with his monkey"? No matter how nice a person may seem, no matter how many zoo animals or amusement rides he has, no child of mine will ever be around, let alone sleeping with, a known suspected child molester.

Now, since this seems so obvious, a small part of me suspects the parent's of intentionally putting their son in harm's way. Although they have stated they are not interested in financial gain, can we be so sure? Maybe they're flat out lying, or maybe they allowed their son to be victimized. I may be wrong, but it's worth considering. And as for this not being about money, would you bet against a civil suit following the criminal case?

2. What about the other parents?
I'm talking about the ones who decided to take an undisclosed settlement 9 years ago instead of pursuing criminal charges against Wacko. By grabbing the cash, they ensured their son's alleged molester would remain free. If we assume Jackson is guilty in both cases, should we hold them accountable? What about their settlement? Should the allegedly molested child be entitled to a cut?

Regardless, if the allegations are true, the greatest blame falls on Michael Jackson. In no way am I trying to take away from his personal responsibility for his actions, but I am implying he may not be the only one at fault.

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November 20, 2003

Living shameless in the greatest nation of the world (procrastination)

X-tina x tape not far behind

NSFW: ifilm uncensored trailers

NSFW: What I watched from 10-11 on wednedsday night

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November 19, 2003

WTC Memorial Finalists Revealed

Go here to see the designs. Post your choice in the comments.

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