I don’t really know how else to describe Dave Chapelle except for the fact that he’s pretty hilarious, even though some of his stuff is… well, I think watching a clip or two can really tell you everything. Weed, liberal use of the n-word, political and racial stereotypes all over the place. It’s still pretty funny regardless. Anyway, a writer for Grantland decided to pit the 64 most viewed sketches in a March Madness bracket. If you haven’t seen some of his stuff, check out the article.
The world didn’t end. I was surprised. You’d expect that people from 2000+ years ago to be able to predict when the world would end and do so with exact precision (down to the day). Instead, we get to remember all the events that happened this past year and look forward to 2013… Continue reading Bye 2012… Hello 2013
So this is pretty cool. Portland General Electric (PGE to Portlanders) has created some YouTube videos where they do some experiments on potential energy-saving tips. Things from how you should wash your dishes to how much energy you’d save (or waste) by having some of your appliances or electronics plugged in. You can find them at http://switch.portlandgeneral.com/.
Here’s one of the videos they show, talking about the amount of energy you’d save washing dishes by hand versus washing dishes using your dishwasher:[youtube:http://youtu.be/itEAvH6LOu0]
Here’s a good read as the upcoming Presidential election comes around: Seven things that Christians should think about with regards to politics. The two that I found especially good were #5 and #7: “Scripture tells us to pray for our governing leaders (2 Timothy 2:1-4) and to respect those in authority (Romans 13:1-7)” and “Stop saying, ‘This is the most important election in the history of our nation.'”
It’s something worth thinking about.
I was struggling to sleep, so I started to just look up random websites on my laptop. There’s a website that a buddy of mine showed me a while back called “The Wilderness Downtown”. The design and concept was pretty stunning. It was to a song by Arcade Fire called, “We Used to Wait”. As you interacted with the site, you were given an opportunity to send a postcard to your past self, typing whatever you wanted. I decided to play along and thought about what I should write. I looked back on the past couple of years and thought about what I would write to my past self…
A few years ago, I made a comment about a soccer player. It was about a player from Barcelona that I felt was one of the best players in soccer. A little midfielder. I’m sure everyone was assuming I was talking about Xavi. But it was the other midfielder that hasn’t been in the limelight until recently: Andres Iniesta. Continue reading Iniesta
If you’re a fan of Assassin’s Creed, you might come to appreciate this a little. And if you’re a parkour fan, you’ll appreciate this as well. It’s the same guy that created the video for the largest rope swing.
If you hadn’t heard of the story of Steve Zakuani, it’s definitely one to read up on. For those that didn’t know, while playing a MLS game against the Colorado Rapids, Zakuani took a horrific tackle from Brian Mullan. As a result, Zakuani suffered a broken tibia and fibula. However, after several surgeries, rehabilitation, and some reserve games, he finally made his return to the field. The Sounders wrote an article that you can read about here.
His return obviously was definitely a heart-warming event. It looked as though he could have been gone from the game for longer (I’ve seen two other tackles from Arsenal players that were pretty savage that put them out of the game for quite a while too, Eduardo and Aaron Ramsey). But he finally made his return. But what impressed me wasn’t just the return itself, but what happened afterwards. He met with Brian Mullen at the end of the game, shared a hug and exchanged shirts.
I don’t think this was by any means a PR stunt because exchanging shirts is typically a gesture only shown to people that have respect for one another. You usually see that with players of the same sort of caliber or class. It could be friends too. But obviously they aren’t of the same kind of caliber. You’d think after such a tackle, they wouldn’t be considered friends or even be shown any kind of respect either… That’s why this is such a display of sportsmanship and forgiveness on the part of Zakauni. To forgive the person that could have put your career out of the picture was stunning and such an act should be applauded. This is rarely seen in sports these days.
It’s even more fascinating to me when I was reading random posts from Yahoo! Sports of people that are still saying “Mullen should be banned for life. The guy is a bastard. Get rid of him from the game.” Maybe it’s time for people to just find some closure in all this. Zakuani said he quickly forgave the guy after the accident, and remember, it was his career that was put in doubt. Why can’t everyone else do the same?
Steve Zakuani was truly a class act that day. His comeback was the story of the day, but his forgiveness really showed true character.
If you’ve been checking ESPN, CNNSI or other sports related websites, you might have been reading random headlines or sections devoted to Euro 2012. If you don’t know, Euro 2012 is a major soccer tournament. And if you haven’t already figured out by now, it’s a tournament in Europe.
Euro 2012 is one of the largest sporting events in the world. It’s smaller than, say, the World Cup or the Olympics of course. Like the World Cup and the Olympics, it happens only once every four years, coincidentally the same year as the Olympics. People from all over Europe come to watch their country try to win that trophy and claim the title of “Best in Europe”. But the tournament itself attraction to an audience that expands beyond Europe, but mainly because soccer is the most popular sport in the world.
If this is your first time ever hearing about this tournament or you’ve heard about it before, this might be a great year to actual watch it. And for those of us in the United States, we’re in for a real treat, as ESPN will be showing all the games for the tournament. So if you haven’t watched soccer before, this is definitely a great opportunity to watch it. Here’s a guide to how to take it all in. Continue reading A Beginner’s Guide to Following Euro 2012
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a huge fan of FC Barcelona’s style of play. If you’ve seen them play before but never understood how they obtained the successes they have on the field, here’s a great article about how they’ve found that success through manager Pep Guardiola. (via Kottke)