Welcome, France, to the 24 Hour News Cycle

France has decided to join the 24 hour news cycle with the launch of the network France 24, “to cover international news with a French perspective… and to carry the values of France throughout the world”. I look forward to watching, should it ever appear on a cable network I get here at home.


News Flash: Congress to Work 5 Days a Week

Working in Congress just went from being better than working in France to worse. What kind of America are we becoming?


Keeping Up with the Losties

Well, now I’m all caught up with the Losties, waiting until February for the show to come back on the air.

So far this morning, I can only think of several questions I’m curious to find the answers on. Not that the show doesn’t leave you asking more than you can remember, after all.

1. What happened to Michael and Walt?
2. What’s going on “outside” the Island?
3. Who is the guy with the eyepatch that John, Sayid, and the other two saw in the Pearl? Where is he?
4. Are Jack, Kate, and Sawyer really on a separate island from the island where their plane crashed? Or is this just another neat trick of this place? (This show brings out my inner skeptic, what can I say.)
5. What is the black smoke and groaning noise, referred to as “The Monster”, really?
6. What happened to the people kidnapped by the Others, especially the children? We’ve seen a very limited view of the camp where at least some of them are, but there are a whole other set that haven’t appeared in that camp.
7. Related to number 6, what’s the location that Ben and Juliet referred to regarding the girl’s (Alex?) home?

Well, those are just the immediate questions I’m sure I won’t get any resolution to over the next few months. I can’t wait to see what questions I end up having by the end of the season overall.


Rutgers Higlights

Enjoy the good moments from a great retrospective on Rutgers’ year in football.



Firefly is reincarnated in to a multiplayer online game. Sounds interesting, no?


Who Needs ‘Em

There’s something hillarious about a bag of frozen chicken alfredo broadcasting loudly that it contains “no preservatives”.

As if somehow that’s going to make it good for you.


Rutgers Lost Something Funny

Rutgers lost to Cincinnati, but rather than be pissed I’ll post something funny instead. Watch the video, then you can refer back to the transcript after. This video cracks me up even though I’ve probably watched it thirty or more times now since I was first introduced to it.

(Beat starts)

(Heavy breathing)

Voice 1 and Voice 2 (Harmonizing): Ahhhhh… Washington, Washington. 6 foot 8 weighs a fucking ton. Opponents beware, opponents beware, he’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming.

Voice 1: Let me lay it on the line he had two on the vine. I mean two sets of testecles so divine.

Voice 2: On a horse made of crystal he patrolled the land with the mason ring and schnauzer and his perfect hands.

Voice 1: Here comes George, in control. Women dug his snuff and his gallant stroll.

Voice 2: Ate opponents’ brains…

Voice 1: And invented cocaine…

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: Washington, Washington. 6 foot 20 fucking killing for fun. Spread, spread Delaware. He’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming.

Voice 1: Sue me if I go too fast but the sons of his opponents wish that he was their dad.

Voice 2: Got a wig for his wig, got a brain for his heart.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll kick you apart.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll kick you apart.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: Oooh!

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll save children but not the British children.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll save children but not the British children.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll save children but not the British children.

Voice 1 and Voice 2: He’ll save children but not the British children.

Voice 2: He had a pocket full of horses, fucked the shit out of bears, threw a knife in to heaven and could kill with a stare.

Voice 1: He made love like an eagle falling out of the sky, killed his sensei in a duel…

Voice 1 and Voice 2: And he never said why!

Voice 1 and Voice 2: Washington, Washington. 12 stories high made of radiation. The present beware, the future beware, he’s coming, he’s coming, he’s coming.

Voice 2: Did I mention his four nuts?

Voice 1: Well he also had four dicks.

Voice 2: If you took off his boots you’d see the dicks growing off his feet.

Voice 1: Well, I heard that motherfucker had, like, thirty goddamn dicks.

Voice 2: He once held an opponent’s wife’s hand… in a jar of acid… at a party.

(Heavy breathing continues)


Rutgers Update

First off, the great news – Greg Schiano said no to Miami!

Second, an interesting note on TV coverage. If you check the 2006/2007 schedule, all twelve games were televised at least regionally. Several were national, including the RU-West Virginia and RU-Louisville games.

Just another sign of a great year.



What a finish to Rutgers’ regular season last night. I went to bed and woke up still stunned by how close the game was and how much I wish that one or two things had just been a little different, that Rutgers was so close to making it in to a BCS game last night. It was an amazing season on the whole with just that final sour note of disappointment in last night’s loss.

Still, Rutgers makes it to its second consecutive bowl game in, well, forever. RU plays Kansas State in the Texas Bowl, which actually sounds like a very promising matchup. Despite their overall 7-5 record, Kansas State did knock off last year’s National Champions, Texas, then ranked number 4 in the country. Overall I’d be pretty content, except for the fact that the national TV broadcast will be on the NFL Network, which can be seen by…nobody.


Spread the Meme

I stumbled on Tym’s blog a few months back via Metblogs, and have since subscribed to the RSS feed. She posted this meme that I’ll carry along.

Instructions: Below is a Science Fiction Book Club list of the most significant SF novels between 1953-2006. The meme part of this works like so: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star* next to the ones you love.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien *
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov (I think I read this)
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card *
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling *
27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams *
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson *
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

One thing I’ll say. With the exception of Foucault’s Pendulum, I finished every book I started.