Archive for October, 2009

Friday Funny: Ho Hum!

I have no idea how long this video will be online, because apparently the broadcaster has been removing it from various video sites today. So, I present to you the most nonchalant catch in a World Series game. Enjoy it… While you can.

UPDATE: They removed it. Bummer.

Happy Certification Day!

While I’m taking a brief respite from the insanity of finals, I wanted to wish everyone’s favorite prodigy blogger Micah a very happy birthday! Today he’s old enough to be certified as an adult in Texas! This is a momentous day indeed.

So, happy birthday, Micah! I hope that you have a fantastic day, that you slay Hänes the Bloodthirsty and vanquish the Lunch Lady! I’ll leave you with my favorite birthday toast, from The Count of Monte Cristo:

Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout, “Do your worst, for I will do mine!” Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Micah, the man!

Dude, Where’s My Cat?

This past weekend Twitter was taken over by a pretty humorous trend. Take a movie title, change one letter, and you’ve got #oneletteroffmovies. I added a couple of fairly uninspired ones to the mix, but Mashable had 20 or so that were quite good. All in all, there were some really funny movie concepts created just from changing one letter of the title.

Some of my favorites:
The Dork Knight
Pilates of the Caribbean
Apocalypse Not
The Hoarse Whisperer
Porn on the Fourth of July
Tree Romance

From The Stacks

It’s law school finals time again… That magical time when students morph into zombies, a sunny day is seen out the window of a classroom or library and seems a distant dream, every highlighter in sight has run dry, and I set up shop and live out of the library. The only thing, I’ve SO much to do before I even get to finals. Right now I’m working on yet another research paper for a two hour class that feels like it should be four hours worth of credit.

I know this isn’t true, but with each writing I turn in for law school, I feel like my writing gets worse and worse. I’ve felt last satisfied with each paper. So each time I turn something in, that paper is the worst paper I’ve ever written.

Thankfully, the results haven’t reflected my feelings about them. Maybe I should never feel good about my writing. If I ever feel good about something I write for school, I’ll have to go back over it several times until I feel bad about. That’s a big if, though.

In other news, I’m absolutely addicted to the music of the TV show Glee. I’ve basically had a YouTube playlist of all of the songs on repeat all weekend. It’s fantastic fun.

Liverpool Lamentations

This past Saturday, a fluke goal may have cost the Reds their hopes of a nineteenth English Premier League title. I realize that it’s still early and stranger things have happened, but the Reds’ fourth loss of the young campaign leaves them eighth in the Premier League table. Last year they lost two matches over the entire Premier League season and still only finished in second on account of the many draws that they suffered. This week they lost to Sunderland, 1-0, on a fluke goal that probably should have been disallowed. Sunderland’s Darren Bent took a strike at the Liverpool goal, not even five minutes into the contest on Saturday. The ball struck a beach ball that was sitting on the pitch in front of the goal, deflecting it past Liverpool defender Glen Johnson and keeper Pepe Reina and into the back of the net. In many respects, it typifies how the early part of the season has gone for Liverpool. Strange goal, lackluster performance following the goal, and a disappointing finish. Granted, the Reds were without their top two players in Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, but they had plenty of chances on goal.

Then we learned that the Premier League will not seek a replay of the match, something that has happened before when a refereee made a game-altering error. But for their part, the Reds chose not to press the matter. I think that’s a decent thing to do. Take your lumps, move forward, work on getting better.

As frustrating as the game was to watch and as disappointing as the result was, there was one humorous consequence to this loss. All of the major sports news outlets took time to cover this, many of whom did so in ironic style. Check out some of the headlines below.

Liverpool Deflated by Bizarre ‘Beachball’ Goal
Stray Beach Ball Punctures Liverpool’s Title Challenge
Life’s A Beach for Jubilant Bruce & Sunderland
No Excuses from Deflated Benitez
Reds Beached?
Darren Bent’s “beach ball goal” leaves Rafa Benitez all at Sea

Friday Funny: Dehüngerize!

It’s a funny advertisement kind of day. Here’s the latest from Snickers. They’ve got great commercials.

As an added bonus, here’s one of my all-time favorite Snickers ads. Enjoy!

Friday Funny: Rock Star

This one’s been out for awhile but I still find it humorous. It isn’t “laugh out loud like” funny, but I still get a chuckle out of it nearly each time I watch it. I’m sure you’ve seen it, but I hope you find it as humorous as I do.

Practice Makes Perfect?

Today I had my suppression hearing for Criminal Practice and Procedure. I lost. I didn’t do well. I got nervous, and came off as a bumbling, unprepared fool. These things happen. As a couple of people reminded me, it’s practice. And practice makes perfect, right?

One my favorite teachers in high school was fond of saying, “Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.” I never really understood that until today. I have had several shots at tackling this nervousness thing that I have, including two rounds of moot court and the suppression hearing. Each time, I’ve gotten nervous and, with the exception of one or two rounds in moot court, it’s gotten in the way. It’s been frustrating and perplexing to me. Growing up I had pretty extensive experience with being in front of people. I was involved in drama, including my high school’s senior musical, I was VP of my school’s NHS chapter, I regularly led Bible studies for students. In all of that, I never got nervous. So why do I here?

Then it hit me today… because perfect practice makes perfect.

This is all practice for the “big show,” once we’ve all graduated, passed the bar, and are out there representing real clients in real cases. But how does practice help if every practice is flawed? If I’m nervous in every single practice experience I’ve had, how can I expect the real thing to be any different? I can’t. I need perfect practice for my practice. I realized today that this is what I’ve been missing.

When I was a senior in high school, I was cast in the role of Max in my high school senior musical production of The Sound of Music (he had a more expanded role, and had two songs in the stage version). Before the big night, I rehearsed and rehearsed, practicing my lines and singing my songs for my parents, in my car, in the shower. Practice was constant, so that when I was at my rehearsals (another form of practice), I was prepared. When I had to be off book, I was off book. When it came time for the big show, I’d get butterflies before I went onstage, but it was more from excitement, the thrill of going out onstage and making the audience laugh (and boy did I made ’em laugh). I knew my stuff backwards and forwards, inside and out, so that when, in one of my performances, I botched a line, I quickly was able improvise and get back on track.

I need to get to that same point with the law. I need to know my case through and through, backwards, forwards, inside out, so that when I am presented with a question that could throw me off, I know how to adapt to the situation and turn it to my advantage. I thought I was there today; I had written out my arguments, I knew the cases, and rehearsed what I planned to say in my head. But it clearly wasn’t enough. Writing out what I’m going to say just isn’t enough for me, I don’t think. I think I need to speak it. The more I become familiar with doing things this way, the more comfortable I’ll be with it. Then my practice will make perfect.

I hope.

Advertising Antics

I always find it humorous when advertisers try to take a competitor’s advertising success and try to use it against them. I wrote about one of those a little over a year ago in this post. Microsoft continued to push this line of advertising, attempting to show regular folks who say “I’m a PC,” and then attempt to point out some benefit of using a Windows machine. At first blush, I think that the ads are fairly successful. They’re trying to take that label that the Mac ads created and turn it into something positive. The ads are catchy, upbeat, and some even sport a cute little kid making silly animations regarding Windows 7. That’s great, but the problem I see is that they’re still identifying themselves by their opponent’s rival. Apple continues to drive the advertising game in that regard, and Microsoft gets stuck playing catch up.

The latest effort is a knockoff of the ubiquitous “There’s an app for that” iPhone commercials. This one is from Verizon, and is attempting to highlight the difference between the Verizon and AT&T coverage maps. Yep… “There’s a map for that.” To me, these commercials are even lamer than Microsoft’s. With the “I’m a PC” ads, at least Microsoft takes the Apple ad concept and tries to point out why being “a PC” isn’t a bad thing. Verizon’s latest is just a lame hackjob. “There’s a map for that”?! Really? That’s not even differentiation, it’s just ripping off a successful advertising slogan. Don’t get me wrong, I thought they’ve had some incredibly good and humorous commercials (the “dead zone” ads come to mind), but this one is just plain bad.

And now an excellent Halloween Costume Idea…

This comes from The Missus by way of the site My Life Is Average. It’s pretty good.

I grew up in a college town, and one Halloween our doorbell rang and we opened the door expecting to see trickortreater—but what was in front of our open door—was another door! Like, a full-on wooden door, that had a sign that said “Please knock.” So we did, and the door swung open to reveal a bunch of college dudes dressed as really old grandmothers, curlers in their hair, etc, who proceeded to coo over our “costumes” and tell us we were “such cute trick or treaters!” One even pinched my cheek. Then THEY gave US candy, closed their door, picked it up and walked to the next house. MLIA