Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Short Update

School has started, but I've only had one class so far. Wednesdays and Thursdays are stacked for me, so I'll have a better idea of how much I like this semester's classes in the next 48 hours. So far I'm liking it though.

For those interested, I'll have a lot more pictures of my time of Philly online soon. Probably over the weekend.

I'm still waiting for pitt to receive my loan money (or more likely realize that they have received my money). It's nothing egregious yet, but given the school's past track record I'm keeping an eye on it.

Lastly, if you're wondering why I'm hyping the sport of mixed martial arts and the UFC so much lately I have a television recommendation for you. The show is Human Weapon, it's on the History Channel Fridays at 8:00 PM, with replays at 10:00 PM and Saturday mornings at 2:00 AM. In the show two guys go around learning about and training in the fighting style of the country they're in and at the end they take on an experience fighter in their own fighting style. This show is so good it took Angelina from hating mixed martial arts to enjoying it on Saturday night as we watched Randy Couture continue his title reign even though he broke his arm in the fight.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

I Want To Apply, Who's With Me?!

Deadspin has posted the application to be on the newly revived American Gladiators. As Deadspin points out "It's 22 pages, and, sadly, requires only one poem or rap. (And a drawing of yourself.) This show's gonna rule."
And yes, for those of you wondering, it does actually ask you to make up a poem or rap and draw a picture of yourself.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

American Gladiators Is Coming Back!

The Saturday morning staple from my childhood is on the way back! I wonder if I'll be able to remember these new shows as well as I do the originals.

If You've Got No Plans This Weekend, This Is An Option

After creating 2007's most exciting moment in sports by wining the UFC World Heavyweight Title at the age of 43, Randy Couture is back this weekend for his first title defense.

If you need to catch up on the Couture story check out Spike TV tonight at 10:00 as they devote two and a half hours of programing to him. The weigh in for Couture's defense against Gabe Gonzaga can be watched online tomorrow at 6:50 P.M. Then, of course, there's the actual fight Saturday Night at 10:00, if you don't want to order it at home you can always head out to one of these locations.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Last Day At Work

I had an excellent last day at work, it assured me that it was worth doing what I had to do to get here. Thanks to those who made it possible, particularly Mom and Dad. I celebrated after work by eating nachos for dinner and then spending an hour and a half roaming around the Art Museum steps.
If you're wondering how anyone could hang around the steps that long I'd encourage you to try it some time. Just watching people's reactions to climbing up the steps is priceless. Plus, it's the only place I know of where six preppy college guys will jog by you, in the rain, while singing eye of the tiger in unison.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

You Win Mr. Wilbur Sargunaraj, I Checked Your Blog

The Internet is a vast resource that can be used for seemingly endless educational endeavors that can make you a better, more informed, person. Yet, for some reason I quite often choose to watch stuff like this.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Irony Of Biblical Proportions

Usually I’d think that a news story about somebody going to jail for violating the Clean Water Act would be kind of boring. That is, of course, unless the person being prosecuted was named Charles Moses and his alleged violation was attempting to part the waters of an Idaho creek.”

Friday, August 03, 2007

If My Family Lived A Few Centuries Ago

So, I was messing around with my graphic design software tonight and starting using the family crest section of my clip art. After altering a few of the designs I wound up with something that I liked and then slapped our name on it, resulting in what a Samons family crest might have looked like if it were a few hundred years ago. There are a couple things I'm not sure about in the design though. First, it could be argued that instead of an eagle I should have used an image of a miniature dachshund. Also, the eagle looks quite a bit like it came straight off the hood of a 1970's era Trans-Am. Other than those possible flaws I like it. I might print it on a shirt when I get back to pittsburgh.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

If You Only Watch One Movie This Summer...Don't Watch This One

Quizlaw.com posted this reaction to the trailer (seen above) for what is being billed as "the first documentary about the U.S. law school system." I've got to say that I agree with just about everything the fine folks at quizlaw said. I hate to judge an entire movie by it's trailer, but honestly, given what I'm seeing I think I almost can. I encourage you to read the quizlaw post, they hit on just about all my complaints, but I've got a little to add.

Instead of watching this documentary, let me save you $10. Just sneak into any law school orientation later this month and you'll probably hear everything this movie will tell you; "Law school will change you, hopefully for the better" "Law school will teach you how to think" "You will never think the same way again." If this is true of anyone's law school experience then I am profoundly saddened that they developed so late in life. I'm not saying that I haven't gained anything from law school, I've gained a lot. But, if law school totally revolutionizes you as a person you're probably either buying into the hype way too much or you never bothered to critically think about much in your lifetime.

From the looks of the trailer the film is just going to reiterate all the things that law school professors and deans say when they want to make the law school experience seem venerated and novel. In reality many of us who have gone through, or are going through, law school know that these these kinds of statements just show how antiquated and flawed the law school experience is.

I sincerely hope this is just a very poorly done trailer, as quizlaw notes, there's a lot of potential on this subject. I know this first hand. There's a reason that my friend Danny left an "end of the intramural volleyball season" party at MadMex wondering why there weren't any television shows based on the lives of law students.