Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sport Science, WTF?

I don't know if you've seen Sport Science on FSN, but it's a pretty stupid show. The concept is good (use science to analyze and compare things in sports), but the execution is terrible. What could have been a fresh and interesting look at the athletic feats we see on television every day has basically become an hour-long orgy of high-speed cameras, computer animation, and people punching, kicking and tackling each other. This would all be extremely interesting for a ten-year-old boy, but it becomes a little boring and repetitive for more mature audiences. Now that I've explained my feelings about the show, here's some video evidence to back me up... enjoy:

Friday, August 13, 2010

Stones Throw Records

Recently, I made a post about Aloe Blacc, a talented singer/rapper/instrumentalist who's doing great work in the music industry. After doing some Research on Blacc, I realized that he and many of my other favorite musicians were signed to the influential Stones Throw Records label. Stones Throw was founded in 1996 by DJ/Producer Peanut Butter Wolf as a means to satisfy his desire to promote and record songs and as a way to expose the world to the music of his deceased friend and musical partner, Charizma. According to Peanut Butter Wolf's "History of Stones Throw", the label focuses on signing and promoting acts that match Wolf's own musical tastes rather than those that solely bring popularity and large profits. Some of the many acts signed to Stones Throw are Guilty Simpson, J Dilla, Madlib, Mayer Hawthorne, Percee P and, of course, Charizma.

Here's a some music from these great musicians from this great record label:

Guilty Simpson: I haven't listened to that much of this guy's music, but I know that he's from Detroit and he did a lot with of work with the late J Dilla.

J Dilla: Dilla (A.K.A. Jay Dee) was another Detroit Native who died in 2006 due to complications with lupus. Although he was also a skilled rapper, Dilla is best known for his brilliant production work.

Madlib: Like Dilla, this guy is another multi-talented rapper/instrumentalist/producer. Besides his solo work as Madlib and his alter-ego Quasimoto, he has also teamed up with numerous other artists such as J Dilla, and MF Doom for collaborative projects.

Mayer Hawethorne: I just discovered Hawethorne recently, but his music has an old-school vibe to it and his videos are fun and creative. Also, according to Wikipedia, he raps and produces as well.

Percee P: This guy has been in rapping since the first days of hip hop, but he didn't release his first full album until 2007. Still, he has is well-respected in the underground community for his longevity and unique style.

Charizma: Peanut Butter Wolf discovered Charizma when he was just a young kid in San Jose. Wowed by his creativity and energy, Wolf teamed up with Charizma and began recording music. The duo saw minor success until Charizma was tragically shot during a mugging. Three years after his friend and collaborator's death, Peanut Butter Wolf started Stones Throw Records and released the album, Big Shots.

Wendy's, you disappoint me

Usually, I'm a fan of Wendy's. As far as restaurants with drive-thru windows go, they have pretty good food and most of the menu items don't leave me feeling like I owe my arteries an apology. With this in mind, I happily went to the local Wendy's for an evening meal on Tuesday. Since I was in an adventurous (and impulsive) mood, I decided to order the Sweet & Spicy Asian Boneless Wings. In the picture, they looked so saucy and juicy that I couldn't resist. The voice in my head (the metaphorical one... I'm not crazy) told me that I should order the regular 10 piece nuggets because they offered more food for the same price, but tantalizing advertisement and my curiosity about what "Asian" tasted like (seriously, Asia is the biggest continent in the world and I really wanted to know how they could condense all the different tastes and flavors from such a vast area into a sauce that goes on chicken) eventually overpowered my common sense. Anyway, I eventually placed my order and stood contently until I saw the man in the back prepare my food. To my horror, the Sweet & Spicy Asian Boneless Wings were not 100% white meat morsels of goodness that had been thoroughly lathered in a thick coating of "Asian", but instead were slightly deformed chicken nuggets with several squirts of orange-colored sauce on top. When I got home, my fears were verified; the "wings" were actually crusty chicken nuggets with a thin layer of sauce on top. Unlike the advertisement, the sauce did not coat the entire nugget, leaving many portions of breaded chicken naked and exposed to the world. Worst of all, the highly anticipated "Asian" sauce tasted like duck sauce with garlic and hot peppers mixed in. Although that may be sufficient for some cheapo Chinese buffet place in the middle of nowhere, it was far from satisfactory for a nationwide restaurant with a reputation of deliciousness (and square hamburgers). In conclusion, I would like to give Wendy's' Sweet & Spicy Asian Boneless Wings my "Mega FAIL stamp of disapproval". Shame on you Wendy's for false advertising and abusing my blind and unconditional trust in your products. :(

Also, in case you don't believe me, here are the pictures to prove it:

The first picture is the Wendy's advertisement and the second picture is the actual product.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Just Curious

I have a few questions...

Why do most washers load from the top, but most dryers load from the front? They should all load at a 45ยบ angle... that would be cool.

Why do people have toenails? They're only really good for scratching people in the pool (I know it's gross, but it's true. Don't worry... I won't scratch you. I cut my toenails). Also, I saw this guy wearing sandals at the airport and his toenails were yellow and gross. If toenails didn't exist, he could happily wear sandals without making me want to vomit.

Why does Gatorade taste so much better when you're actually tired and in need of electrolytes? Seriously, try it. It's definitely true.

Also, speaking of Gatorade, why can't I sweat Gatorade colors like they do in the commercials? That would make me look so much more intense... it would probably make my shirt sticky though.

What is Boxing Day? It's always on my calender, but I've never been motivated enough to actually look it up.

Why do they give me so much water at restaurants? When I see water in front of me at a restaurant, I drink it. If the waiter keeps refilling my glass every time it gets low, I keep drinking water and then I get cold and I have to go to the bathroom. Although I like the fast service, they definitely go overboard sometimes. Filling my bladder with free water doesn't really impress me and it definitely doesn't add anything to the tip (not giving me water would probably detract from the tip though).

Why do people ask me what my favorite color is? Couldn't they ask me about something that I actually spend time thinking about? Unless I'm a gang member or an interior designer, I don't think my favorite color explains much about me or my personality.