Saturday, September 29, 2007

Go Rox!

The last time the Rockies went to the playoffs was 1995 - the team was only in it's 3rd year of existence, and us Rockies fans were spoiled into thinking there would be many such trips in the future. Sadly, since then it has been one frustrating year after another, as they've dealt with everything from untimely injuries, free agent pitchers who completely bombed, and finally cheap-skate ownership who refused to spend money and instead chose to become a major league farm system for the other teams. This year has been different - with an MVP candidate in Matt Holiday and a solid mix of veterans and youngsters, they've played above their heads for most of the year. They started this month six games out of the wild card, and it looked like another "wait 'till next year" for us. Then came the streak - an 11 game winning streak that brought them within a game of the Padres. They lost last night and San Diego won, so I thought that would be it. Two games back with two to play....but then today the Padres lost and the Rockies beat Arizona 11-1 which means that on the last day of the baseball season the Rockies still have a chance - and THAT means that I'm going to be more interested (at least for one day) in my baseball team than my football team, which as never actually happened before. Don't worry people - the Broncos are still my first love. It's just nice to be able to root for another one of my teams in September. Wish them (and the Brewers, who are playing the Padres tomorrow) luck!

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mmmm....Bacon....

Make everything taste like bacon

Have you ever found yourself thinking that veggies would go down easier, if only they tasted more like bacon? You may want to top them with Bacon Salt. The brainchild of two bacon-loving former tech workers, the zero-calorie seasoning lets you add a bit of bacony goodness to any food product. It comes in three flavors--original, hickory, and peppered--and, according to this post from Seattle alt-weekly The Stranger, has been enjoyed on "potatoes (fried, mashed, whathaveyou), corn on the cob, popcorn, watermelon, pineapple, steak, eggs (fried, scrambled), green beans, assorted vegetables, chocolate, Bloody Marys, pasta, guacamole, and peaches." The salt is kosher and vegetarian, and the hickory flavor is vegan, but don't go confusing it with health food: the lengthy list of ingredients includes corn syrup, vegetable shortening, and MSG.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Reality Distortion Field set to maximum...

Inmate's suit claims O.J. Simpson is "hitman" for Steve Jobs

By Kasper Jade
Published: 04:15 PM EST

A South Carolina inmate notorious for filing frivolous and fanciful lawsuits against public figures has used his latest complaint to accuse Apple chief executive Steve Jobs of employing O.J. Simpson as a "hitman" for the past two decades, in addition a litany of other outlandish offenses.

Filed September 21 in the United States District Court Middle District of Florida, the 3-page handwritten complaint alleges that Simpson has been Jobs’s "hitman" since the "1985 MOVE house bombing in Philadelphia, which Jobs started with borrowed pyrotechnics from Great White." The plaintiff is none other than 30 year old Jonathan Lee Riches, who in 2004 earned himself an 8-year sentence in a South Carolina corrections facility for his involvement in an identity theft ring. Over the past 18 months he has filed dozens of similar lawsuits accusing celebrities and organizations of wildly improbable offenses, presumably to help pass his time behind bars. Riches' latest rambling, which has since been dismissed, goes on to allege that "O.J. has been providing Jobs with food blenders since the midwest flood of 1993" and that O.J. also "paid Jobs to clone Dolly the sheep on April 20, 1998."

As for his other roles in the legal escapade, Jobs is charged with aiming nuclear missiles at Riches' brain and Lance Armstrong's bicycle, as well as price gouging iPhone customers. "On May 10th, 2007, I bought an Apple iPhone for $922.01 at the FCI Williamsburg commissary," Riches wrote. "Now Jobs sells that same iPod for $199." The remainder of the complaint continues in the same outlandish vein, with Princess Diana, the United Auto Workers, and Cinderella's Castle each making appearances, among others.

"A cursory review of the complaint is sufficient to establish that it is nothing more than fanciful nonsense," US District Judge Gregory Presnell wrote in his order for dismissal. "The whole thing reads like a cross between Billy Joel’s 'We Didn’t Start the Fire' and a Dr. Bronner’s soap label, if Dr. Bronner had been a first-year law student with untreated paranoid schizophrenia." Judge Presnell went on to say that this was not Riches's first appearance before him, and pointed out that Riches even has his own Wikipedia entry chronicling some of the dozens of similar suits he has filed in federal courts across the country.

"Several weeks ago, he filed suit against Elvis Presley and Neverland Ranch for, inter alia, 'WAR CRIMES Rock N Rollin My Brain'," the Judge wrote. While it's unclear whether Riches' cockamamy pleadings are products of actual mental illness or simply a hobby akin to short story writing, all complaints filed with the US court system have to be processed, filed and dismissed. "Whatever their origin, and though they are amusing to the average reader, they do nothing more than clog the machinery of justice, interfering with the court’s ability to address the needs of the genuinely aggrieved," the Judge wrote. "It is time for them to stop."

Rather than impose sanctions on Riches, the Court will simply require that he pay the filing fee with any future complaints, which he has failed to do in the past. Should those requirement fail to dissuade him from further meritless filings, the Court plans to impose stiffer requirements or sanctions until he "finds another way to occupy his time."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

In case you're wondering, it never gets old...

I've often said that if the Broncos were ever to go 2-14, as long as those two wins were over the Raiders I'd consider the season a success. It hasn't been that exciting beating them over and over again these last 4 years, since they have royally sucked since they went to Super Bowl 37, and recently I've become more obsessed with the Chargers as they've gotten better. Still, as I was reminded today there is nothing quite like beating Oakland....that smug superiority....that fake intimidation crap....oh, not to mention they fired our coach after 18 games and still owe him $250,000 - yeah, today was a fun day as the Mastermind beat them again :)

Broncos convert in OT after Raiders' second-chance kick fails

DENVER (AP) -- The Denver Broncos may never have called a smarter timeout.

Jason Elam's 23-yard field goal with 5:48 left in overtime gave the Broncos a 23-20 win just minutes after the Raiders had been celebrating what they thought was their own wild win.

Sebastian Janikowski nailed a 52-yard field goal at 11:13 of overtime. But as the Raiders rushed the field in celebration and the Broncos hung their heads in defeat, the officials ruled Denver called a timeout just before the snap.

On the retry, Janikowski's kick hit the left upright, giving the Broncos new life and the ball at their 42. They drove to the Oakland 6 and Elam nailed it on first down -- and the Raiders didn't bother calling their own timeout.

Elam's winner was his second in a row. He hit a 42-yarder as time expired to give Denver a 15-14 win at Buffalo in the opener.

This one wasn't nearly as frenetic a finish as that one, when the Broncos had no timeouts and only 10 seconds to get off the miracle kick.

But it was just as satisfying to the Broncos (2-0), who won their eighth straight home opener and handed the Raiders (0-2) their 11th straight loss overall.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Young at Heart

Today I had the honor of hosting (along with Beth Patton, the Packet's Marketing Director) the Sun City Mac Users Group. They came for a tour of the Packet, and to see how we integrated Macs into the day-to-day operations of the newspaper. There were about 25 people, and they were very informed and asked a lot of very good questions. I can only hope that I'm still as big of a Mac zealot fan 40 years from now like these folks. One of them took this picture (where I appear to be talking Macs and hawking Mt. Dew) and sent this nice note along with it....

From: Catherine Tracy
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 14:08:53 -0400
To: Morgan Bonner
Subject: Mac Field Trip

Dear Beth and Morgan,

Thank you so much for the field trip you presented to our Mac Group. While we are in a minority in Sun City, today we saw how our Macs serve a large scale operation and how much they are appreciated. Although most of us have only home use, we were delighted to see how the computers could function in a business sense. You made us feel welcome, your tour was educational and fun too.

Sincerely,
Catherine Tracy

Sunday, September 02, 2007

One please...

Keep Your Things Safe It Will!

Ever since its release in 1980, The Empire Strikes Back has fueled the dreams of geeks across the world. Considered by many to be the best of the Star Wars saga, it was the first film where we really learned what it took to be a Jedi. Sure Obi Wan taught us a little in A New Hope, but it wasn't until we met Yoda that we truly realized how powerful the Force was and how hard it was to master. Yoda was the pinnacle of what a Jedi should be: mighty and humble, wise and peaceful. Even though he was tiny, we got glimpses of his immense power (really, I mean a whole X-Wing?!?)

Once we saw Yoda, we all knew we wanted a Jedi master of our own - a Jedi master who would take us running in the woods, ride on our back, and teach us the ways of the Force. We tried strapping a cat to our back, but it wasn't the same. A few months ago, our geeky hearts almost leapt out of our bodies when we saw this officially licensed backpack. Yoda…on our back…teaching us…and carrying our stuff inside him. Perfect! And, to make it even better, the straps are adjustable and sized for adults. All you need now is a dirty, sleeveless t-shirt and some khaki's and you will be ready for your Jedi training to begin. You will be. You will be.