Wednesday, November 28, 2007

NFL Rant

I have to vent....

Have you heard that the NFL 'game of the year' between the Packers and the Cowboys will only be broadcast on the NFL Network? I sure have. People all over are pissed that they can't see the game because they don't have the channel. Knowing what you know about me you may think that I would be one of them....

No so fast!

Am I annoyed that I can't watch the game? Yeah, a little bit. I'll live though.

Why does everyone think that viewing all football games is their God given right? Last I checked, the NFL was a business, not a government provided service. If they wanted to go pay-per-view for EVERY game they could. Remember blackouts? Up to around 2004 here in Seattle they were commonplace. Since the game wasn't sold out the local market couldn't see it. Their business, their call. If they felt that they were losing money because of it, they would have stopped it.

But boy, people are pissed at the NFL Network.

A few years ago, Carrie and I checked out the HBO series, Entourage, after a recommendation by a friend. We got the first season DVD and loved it. We loved it so much we stepped up paid for HBO so we didn't have wait for the next episodes. If this game is such 'must see' you can get it, you just need to pay for it. Simple as that. Comcast around here offers it in a package, or if you live in the boonies, get a dish...

Can you even get Monday Night Football on ESPN anymore if you don't pay for cable? You don't hear a peep about that.

The NFL wants their network on basic cable. The cable companies don't want to pay the higher than usual fee that the NFL is demanding. Both are selling a product. We the consumer are in the middle. In my mind, the only way this will change is if enough people totally cancel their cable and boycott the NFL Network (not going to the dish as Jerry Jones suggests) Then maybe the NFLN would lower their price and Comcast would agree to put them on basic. Will it happen?



Sunday, November 25, 2007


Apparently, the provider that was storing my graphics for my blog for free wants money now. As of October..... Bastards!!! How dare they demand money for a service that was previously free from them!

I guess this will inspire me to redesign the look.... If I ever get around to it.

First I need to find a good online storage provider so I can get my title back up there. Until then this blog is unofficially renamed the lime green rectangle, with a smaller orange one with rounded corners underneath it and an even smaller 'sage-ish' rectangle besides the orange one. Or if you are lazy you can still call it 'Zactly, the thinking mans thinking PERSONS blog. (don't want to leave out the sisters... hey MaryJ!)

Maybe then I'll get around to maybe posting again... Meh, too much work.

If you happen to be a loyal reader that I have yet to drive off, here is a little gem for you...

Clark and Michael

I don't know what you get from this picture, but what I get is a good hearty chuckle. A belly laugh if you will. Their site does the same. Check it out.

BTW, If you have been visiting their site for ages now and consider it old news, I don't care. In fact, If you have, why the hell didn't you inform me of it!?! Jerk.



Monday, November 05, 2007

Playlist A-Gogo

I thought it was about time that I played to my strengths and posted a random blog entry. So here we go!

Over the past few years I have been tweaking my iTune playlists trying to put together some meaningful ones that aren't bloated. To do this I try to limit myself to around 20 tracks. A few of the ones in the works... HAWKtime!, songs that have been played or should have been played at the stadium. Kamiakin, named after my junior high school, reminds me of those three wonderful years of my life. We have every thing from Huey Lewis to Metallica in that one with a bit of Frankie Goes to Hollywood thrown in. Relax.

A new one that I have started is of cover songs that I like. I called it.... wait for it... Covers. I am throwing in both the original and the cover. It is kind of fun to hear them together. Two of my favorite covers that I have right now are Into the Sealth, a cover of Black Sabbaths Into The Void with the lyrics changed to words from a letter by Chief Sealth whom Seattle was named for, and R.A.M.O.N.E.S. by the Ramones, originally by Motorhead.

A favorite project of mine is my playlist Kitch. It has some Manilow, Kenny Rodgers, Toto, Waylon Jennings, and even some Eddie Money. I can't help but laugh out loud as I belt out Seperate Ways along with Steve Perry.

My best playlist, in my opinion, is my Feelin' Good playlist. It makes me feel good! All of the songs have that something special that gives me goosebumps, usually because of a memory associated with them.

Well look at that, here it is now....

  • Chloe Dancer/Crown Of Thorns, Mother Love Bone - The summer of '92 was sweet. Beautiful song.

  • Breaks, The Black Keys - One of the of the few without a memory behind it. Just a good song, no fluf.

  • Judy Is a Punk, The Ramones - Ramones doing their best bubblegum. Perfectly placed in the Royal Tennenbaums

  • Message In A Bottle, The Police - One of my favorite songs evah. I love the driving drums.

  • Won't Get Fooled Again, The Who - Another favorite. Best scream in a song, the Bass makes me smile.

  • Black and Blue, Van Halen - Dunno, it just works for me.

  • Jesus Don't Want Me for a Sunbeam, Nirvana - I love Nirvana.

  • We're Only Gonna Die For Our Arrogance, Sublime - I think of summer when I hear this.

  • Pennyroyal Tea, Nirvana - Did I say I love Nirvana?

  • What I Got (Reprise), Sublime - Not the crappy version they play on the radio, this is the acoustic one. 10000 times better.

  • Birth Ritual, Soundgarden - I was coming home from the CC and swinging into Tower Records in Bellevue to pick this album up. I got rear ended, totaling my Pontiac Phoenix. I took my insurance money and put a down payment on a beautiful red Volkswagon GTI and rocked this.

  • Drown, Smashing Pumpkins - See Birth Ritual above.

  • All Apologies, Nirvana - Fantastic!

  • Queen Bitch, David Bowie - Like Judy is a Punk Rocker, it was featured in a Wes Anderson movie, Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Wes has some wonderful eclectic soundtracks to his movies.

  • No Rain, Blind Melon - Bee Girl was me...

  • No No No, Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rocks.

  • Poundcake, Van Halen - Driving with the windows down, sunroof open and the hifi cranked. Priceless

  • Superhero, Jane's Addiction - Entorage, why the hell did I not listen to this more before.

  • Synchronicity II, The Police - Perfect!

  • No Woman No Cry (Live), Bob Marley & The Wailers - this song is like a comfortable blanket on a rainy day.

  • Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, B.J. Thomas - Mom must have sung this to me as a baby. Makes me cry happy tears.

  • Seasons, Chris Cornell - Singles soundtrack once again (Birth ritual, Drown, Chloe Dancer) I think this may be in my top ten of all time.

  • My Life, Billy Joel - Corny, maybe, but it make me feel good. I don't care what you say anymore.... The 'd-ding ding, d-ding ding ding' is fun to play air-piano to.


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