May 31, 2006
joga.com - ah, good. MySpace for soccer. why not.
Google and Nike get together to create a social networking platform centered around soccer and Joga Bonito, a Nike branded version of futsol. what is futsol? 3 on 3 soccer on a small hardcourt field, with a slightly heavier ball, made famous by Ronaldinho. There, you learned something new today.
Anyway, another chance to upload funny high school soccer picture.
Joga - home
May 26, 2006
Windows World Cup Gadget / RSS reader
click through for some cool screenshots
ah, rss and the world cup. that pretty much sums up my life lately.
i *think* that's how they wanted to spell it. thanks to mr. andrew for pointing this out. i actually think this is a ploy by MSFT to find pirated copies of windows since they require you to validate, but it's a great desktop widget nonetheless. you can even add one RSS feed as well. just one, though.
Mondiali 2006 - Gadget
download world cup 2006 games to Outlook
i never thought i would say these words, but thanks Microsoft!
World Cup 2006 fixture list - download free now for Microsoft Outlook - group and knockout schedule
May 25, 2006
Rick's first take on Outlook 2007 and RSS support
I was going to write up my initial thoughts on Outlook 2007 and it's RSS support, but Rick beat me to it...and he said pretty much exactly what I would have said. So without further adieu, go visit tins via the link below.
tins ::: Rick Klau’s weblog » Outlook 2007 and RSS support
WineLog - needs more wines!
I drink a lot of wine. I was brought up in an italian household where there was always wine on the table for every meal, albeit cheap, shitty wine. Since then, my wine palate has refined a bit. I've been waiting for a site like WineLog which just launched today. Unfortunately, none of my favorites are in there for rating as of yet. It's early, so I imagine it will all be there soon.
May 23, 2006
scary situation in Brazil's prisons
prisons in some form have been around i'm sure as long as human history, but i always wonder if societies can't come up with some better way. i guess the british brought them off to some remote island. scary stuff.
No limits on Brazil gang's reach / Mole's leak about crackdown plan touched off strife
May 15, 2006
Free SkypeOut to the US and Canada. Bitchin'.
wow, what a killer move by Skype. this will definitely get some people over the edge and gain some customers. i was actually thinking about switching over to Yahoo! Messenger for my voice calls for my next trip, but not now!
Free calls to all landlines and mobile phones within the US and Canada - Skype Blogs
May 14, 2006
5 year old karate / taekwando sparring video
5 year olds:
here's the olympic version:
May 12, 2006
the octopus is the new shark
a shark a day was missing from the seattle aquarium. turns out an octopus was eating them. they caught it on video. it's bad-ass.
the octopus is the new chameleon
un-freaking-believeable. you'll watch this twice, i guarantee it.
May 11, 2006
VOIP on PSP and DS coming soon
cool idea, the issue of course is that both of these devices are single tasking, so you would have to totally back out of doing one thing to place or make a call...unlike a phone that interrupt a game when a call comes in. or am i wrong?
Sony PSP & Nintendo DS Mobile Phones at Gadget Spy
actually, more RSS searches in Russian language
click on the "Languages" tab.
Google Trends: rss, atom
more searches for "RSS" in Japan than anywhere else (Google Trends)
Check this out - via Google Trends, there are more searches for "RSS" coming out of Japan than anywhere else. wild. the "atom" search added for color. click link below get full demo information. fascinating
Google Trends: rss, atom
May 08, 2006
google homepage module for google reader
wow, google twice in the title. that should jack my search juice. ay caramba.
May 05, 2006
cinco de mayo
uno, dos, tres, quatro, cinco
"cinco de mayo" is a mexican holiday, that is only celebrated by americans. it is yet another excuse for americans to drink. if you ask mexican about cinco de mayo in mexico, they will tell you "it's not such a big deal."
the holiday in mexico commemmorates the mexicans, who had a much weaker army, opening up a big can of whoop-ass and kicking the french's asses. and americans seem to like to drink when anyone kicks some french ass. go figure.
here's my favorite margarita - 1 shot Don Julio añejo, 1 shot "cuarenta y tres"¨sometimes just called "liquor 43", 1 shot cointreau, 2 shots fresh lime juice. put it in a shaker with a bunch of ice, shake it up and pour into a martini glass.
Murakami in Guardian Unlimited
my absolute favorite author is Haruki Murakami. born in Japan, but then a professsor at Princeton for some time, all of his writings seem to strike the right chords with me. i've read all his books, and was pleased to see this excerpt in the Guardian.
give him a try...
May 04, 2006
An interesting new blog popped up on my radar this week - KoreaCrunch (no relation to TechCrunch, but in honor of TechCrunch) has some interesting facts and followings of Web2.0 as it evolves in the Korean market. Take for example this graph on search penetration...Naver is kicking ass; Google is getting their ass kicked.
Opera Mini 2.0 [via MobHappy]
somehow i missed that Carlo Longino started blogging again. if you are into mobile, you should definitely subscribe to his feed.
the real point of this post though is that Opera Mini 2.0 is now available. i used to be down on mobile browsing but it is getting better and better and better, and i really rely on it now from my blackberry.
if you have a java capable phone, go to:
and give this a try. chances are, it's better than the existing browser on your pink RAZR.
May 03, 2006
honky tonk badonkadonk in Tokyo
ah, another united airlines goody.
so, i've boarded my 747 in narita, japan. luckily my upgrade went through and i'm up top in 15d, where they got the music playing before boarding. i grab my blanket and prepare for a 12 hour nap and kirin/sake detox, when i notice what's playing. it's united launching their on-board XM radio featuring the highway 16 channel! woo hoo! and here i am, in tokyo, on a plane with half americans, half japanese people, listening to none other than that trace adkins song about some woman's ass. welcome back to the US of A!
here's a sampling:
Now Honey, you can't blame her
For what her mama gave her
It ain't right to hate her
For workin' that money-maker
Band shuts down at two
But we're hangin' out till three
We hate to see her go
But love to watch her leave
With that honky tonk badonkadonk
Keepin' perfect rhythm
Make ya wanna swing along
Got it goin' on
Like Donkey Kong
Shut my mouth, slap your grandma
There outta be a law
Get the Sheriff on the phone
Lord have mercy, how's she even get them britches on
With that honky tonk badonkadonk
yep, the new tool has arrived
Eric really says all you need to say. This was the first actual CD I have bought in a long time. Sometimes you just gotta have the packaging. Plus, neither Yahoo! nor the Russians had it. I couldn't wait.
sphere launches, pot growers rejoice
sphere launched yesterday. another entry in the blog search arena. let's hope this one can be real time and keep the spammers out.
the funny thing is, for the last two days, "marijuana growing" has been a hourly top search as well as a top search for the week. now i am going to write about it, causing many of you to click on the search for marijuana growing , and thus the vicious cycle begins anew.
and, yes, i clicked on "milf" too.
May 02, 2006
the producers...en route to Frankfurt
i've added another category to this blog called "united airlines" simply because i fly them a lot, and i encounter a lot of funny stuff whilst doing so. i want to start documenting such aforementioned funny stuff.
the first being, on my recent trip to milan, i flew through frankfurt on united...from chicago it's really the only way to go. it was the usual mix of americans and germans, stars, stripes, and um-pa-pas.
one of the movies everyone (including me) was watching was "the producers" - the movie version of the nathan lane/matthew broderick broadway show, the storyline which goes like this...
nathan lane plays a aging, womanizing (!), over-the-hill broadway producer and matthew broderick plays his accountant. the matthew broderick character notices that the nathan lane character only makes money when his shows close quickly, so they quickly scheme to get some investment (from bagging little old ladies) and then close the show by picking the worst script they can find.
this script is a play called "springtime for hitler" where the furher himself is portrayed as a limp-wristed, flaming showtunes-loving guy who swishes in front of dancers forming a swastika college football marching band style - but of course the play is a hit, and hilarity ensues.
now as many of you may or may not know...in germany these days, any nazi symbols or other references are strictly <i>verboten</i> - you can't even play such videogame favorites as "castle wolfenstein" or "return to castle wolfenstein" because of the nazi banners that hang on the walls.
at any rate...i'm watching this thinking...."did the person at united who chose this film for a flight from ORD-FRA know what they were doing? is this an elbow to someone's side, or pure ignorance? do the germans who are watching this understand it is all toungue-in-cheek?"
at any rate, i got a good chuckle out of that. i might have even peed a little.