Dele Alli Wonder-Goal

Some people find soccer boring.  Principally it’s those fans more accustomed to sports with regular scoring and changes in the lead; if one’s interested in high scoring then soccer can’t hold a candle to basketball or football.  But if jump-out-of-your-seat moments are of any importance, it’s hard to go wrong with soccer.  This past Saturday morning was a perfect example.

As I watched my Spurs fall behind to Crystal Palace on an own-goal, I was convinced we’d be lucky to leave Selhurst Park with a point.  Even though Harry Kane scored a second-half equalizer, the game was a slog and I just wasn’t convinced the boys could hold on for the draw.  Then with six minutes left in regular time, Dele Alli created a little piece of magic.

Amazing, right?  Well I thought so too and I jumped out of my seat, grabbed both sides of my head and gasped for air.  I can’t know for sure what I looked like but considering the missus had to inform the very-concerned El Niño that “Daddy’s okay, he’s happy; see, smile Daddy”, I must have appeared to be having a medical emergency.  My ability to speak had been replaced with half-questions – “What? Wha…did you just…? No…oh my…did that…?” – then turned into cheers and an immense feeling of joy.

What a goal by Dele Alli.  Those moments of skillful brilliance punctuate the periods of scoreless back-and-forth and make the waiting worthwhile.  And until that next wonder-goal, here are few more looks of this one from the broadcast with the fans and announcers going nuts.

Come Alive in Kazbegi

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On a rainy San Francisco morning with my boy, we needed a little outdoor inspiration. I grabbed the laptop and headed to Vimeo for some mountain biking excitement. What we found certainly didn’t disappoint.

A (sponsored) four-man trip to the mountainous region of the former Soviet republic of Georgia provided amazing views and adventure. The little guy loved seeing the dogs (“woof woof”), horses (“neigh”), and sheep (“BAAAAAAHHHH”), while I was left smiling at the concluding Howard Thurman quote:

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Enjoy the ride for yourself:

Arnold’s Plea for the Future

Celebrity opinion typically goes through one ear and out the other. Exceptions are made when that celebrity has both legendary catch phrases and actually says something of substance.  So between “Get to the chopper!” and “I don’t give a **** if we agree about climate change”, Arnold Schwarzenegger has earned a listen.

The Governator’s now viral post completely re-framed the argument for a clean energy future.  Rather than rehash the same scientifically-proven arguments surrounding climate change and watch them fall on deaf ears, he starts by assuming the climate deniers are right and asking three questions.  The first two seem to do the trick:

First – do you believe it is acceptable that 7 million people die every year from pollution? That’s more than murders, suicides, and car accidents – combined.
Every day, 19,000 people die from pollution from fossil fuels. Do you accept those deaths? Do you accept that children all over the world have to grow up breathing with inhalers?
Now, my second question: do you believe coal and oil will be the fuels of the future?
Besides the fact that fossil fuels destroy our lungs, everyone agrees that eventually they will run out. What’s your plan then?

The post is worth a read and the ideas are worth some thought. Maybe even some action.

Hemingway, Here to Help

I recently heard about the Hemingway App via our friends at Evernote and thought I’d look into it. Designed to help your writing be more concise and powerful, it grades your sentences on whether they’re hard to read and calls out a reliance on adverbs or the passive voice.

Not surprisingly (“adverb. Remove it.”), that last sentence was classified (“use of passive voice. Aim for 1 or fewer.”) as very (“phrase has a simpler alternative.”) hard to read.

Hemingway screenshotAfter 15 minutes of kicking it around, I’m already more self conscious of my writing than I’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s not all bad and I’ll give it a fair shake, but fortunately this app wasn’t around to negatively influence it’s namesake.

You can buy Hemingway’s desktop version for $9.99, but the web version appears free so let’s test this thing out!

P.S. I wrote this at a 7th grade level, so I may be ready to write my young adult series after all.

Breaking Through

When you own a blog and posts become scarce, the amount of time that’s passed since the last post is directly proportionate to the worthiness-threshold a new post must cross. It just grows and grows and grows until you can’t think of a single thing worth writing about.

So let’s break through that altogether and just post…something!

Oh…hmm…not that. No, not that either…too obscure. Uh, now that can’t be the first thing I think of. What else…no, too edgy. Ugh, I quit.

Yep, that’s what happens. So fine, here’s one of my favorite scenes from Old School:

There, that wasn’t so hard. Was it?

Seinfeld’s Got Comedians, Coffee & Cars

With decades of comedic pursuits under his belt – a solid standup career, the most popular TV show ever, Talking Funny on HBO, etc – Jerry Seinfeld is cashing in his industry friendships with his web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee“. The premise is as simple as the title suggests, but these mini-episodes are packed with humorous anecdotes from comedy legends like Mel Brooks and David Letterman and surprising candidness from younger comics like Sarah Silverman and Seth Myers.

Jerry (sidebar…Is my instinct to call him by his first name due to Kenny Bania ringing in my head?) also chatted with my favorite comedian, Louis C.K., and got him to share his more sensitive side. Don’t worry, it’s still regular Louis.

Throwback: Seth Green Cha-Chings New Orleans

Before he was SETH GREEN of Austin Powers, Robot Chicken and Can’t Hardly Wait fame, Seth Green was a 17-year-old pitchman dropping catchphrase dimes from behind a cash register.

While the term was likely created by the advertising agency hired by Rally’s, Green is largely responsible for “Cha-ching” being a part of pop culture. In 1991, Green was sporting my brother’s haircut and selling out…before it was cool.

NASA: World Survives 12/21/12

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This just in from NASA: World to continue. While many have been marking their calendar for the End of Days-fest this December 21st, NASA scientist (and all-around conspiracy theorist killjoy) Don Yeomans has taken to the Internet to debunk various popular scenarios. In this short video Yeomans shoots down the Mayan calendar (“…calendar does not end…just the end of a cycle.”), planet Niburu (“…would have seen it long ago.”), solar storm (“…next solar maximum…will actually take place in May 2013.”), planetary alignments (“…no planetary alignments in December of 2012.”), and Earth rotation axis shift (“…can’t shift because of the orbit of the moon…”) theories.

If this video fails to assuage your fears, take heart that you are still well within your rights to disregard this “science” mumbo-jumbo and continue accumulating canned goods, weaponry, and apocalypse-free floating dirigibles.

Got Duck?

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This afternoon at the office I went to the restroom and to my surprise, their was a giant duck head rising above the top of the big stall. At that point I remembered the Oregon cheerleaders and Puddles the Duck were there visiting the studio and spending time with our on-air talent, Mike and Ashley. After initially taking a step back in the restroom doorway, I laughed and moved toward the urinal.

“The Duck…you don’t see that in here every day,” I said to our guest as he finished changing into his mascot uniform. Expecting to get a response from a 20-year-old college student, the 6’8″ duck replied with a hearty mouth fart. Clearly that got me laughing.

Without breaking character, Puddles shuffled out of the stall and saddled up to the neighboring urinal to “relieve himself.” After earning another laugh there, he flushed, spun on his heel, and walked out the door.

Man, I love working for a sports network.

Gangnam Style Meme

Gangnam Style

Not one to pass up on spreading a respectable meme, I can’t help but share the Gangnam Style video by South Korean rapper Psy.  After less than two months on YouTube it’s garnered over 105 million views, so it’s gotta be good.  Judge for yourself:

Want to learn Psy’s cowboy dance?  Check this:

And while there have been tons of parodies, until I make my own the Oregon Duck parody is closest to my heart: