Dan blogs. Again.

I want a place where I can write about things that interest me, things that infuriate me, amuse me, bore me, arouse me, please me, and also maybe some links. All in 141 characters or more.


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World Cup Qualifying

I love World Cup qualifying. It’s a huge, two-year tournament (well, really 6 simultaneous tournaments) in different formats and spanning the globe. In addition to Brazil, Japan, Australia, Iran, South Korea, Argentina, the USA (hooray!), Costa Rica, Italy, and the Netherlands have already qualified. More games are happening today - a few more countries likely to qualify. Big focus, however, has been on Mexico - who are currently in 5th place in CONCACAF, which is just enough for them to not qualify at all, not even for a playoff with New Zealand. As it stands, Panama and Mexico each have 8 points, 3 behind Honduras for the final
automatic qualifying spot. Their remaining games:

Tonight - Panama @ Mexico

Tuesday - Mexico @ Costa Rica, USA @ Panama.

Obviously, tonight’s match-up is big. Whoever wins between these two nations tonight is likely to grab that spot against New Zealand. While Honduras might fall to fourth, they’re playing Costa Rica at home tonight, and Costa Rica is no fan of Mexico, and likely won’t be starting a full-strength squad, and they play last-place Jamaica on Tuesday. What could make things interesting is if Panama and Mexico draw tonight (Not unlikely - Mexico has 3 draws an a loss at home so far this round.) If that’s the case, then Panama and Mexico will each have 9 points, both with -2 goal differences, and Panama in 4th place with 3 more goals scored than Mexico. They’ll be facing off against already-qualified teams - Mexico away, Panama at home. Games will start at the same time (thanks to Austria and West Germany’s 1982 shenanigans) - so it will be a very interesting night. Will the US put out a full-strength team? Will Costa Rica hold anything back? Equal results or anything better for Panama mean Panama advances, Mexico out. Mexico with a better result would help them, or the same result with massively higher goal scores (Mexico loses 5-4, Panama 1-0). Either way, we’ll see what happens over the next week. I’m not sure if I want Mexico in the World Cup or not - once in the World Cup, CONCACAF success means easier qualifying chances for the future in US. But Mexico’s been playing so poorly lately, I’m not sure they should be there.

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100 Half-hours (or so) of Solitude.Tonight is my last night in our Ithaca apartment. A crazy moving weekend, and yet again I find myself uncertain about the future. But I feel good about where things are going, and I know that after this next step, things might be a little more stable. Other than not having a chair, really, I like having a couple days in this furnitureless apartment. It’s letting me think a little more, and also I feel a little like it’s a sleepover. Which means, of course, that tomorrow night it’s back to my parents’ house.

100 Half-hours (or so) of Solitude.

Tonight is my last night in our Ithaca apartment. A crazy moving weekend, and yet again I find myself uncertain about the future. But I feel good about where things are going, and I know that after this next step, things might be a little more stable. 

Other than not having a chair, really, I like having a couple days in this furnitureless apartment. It’s letting me think a little more, and also I feel a little like it’s a sleepover. Which means, of course, that tomorrow night it’s back to my parents’ house.

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Whenever I go to a wedding, there are four or five minutes while everyone’s dancing when I can pretend that the Bills just scored a touchdown. It’s usually the most football-related joy I get all year.

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Reblogged from daveshumka
daveshumka:

Oh, like from The Phantom Menace?

daveshumka:

Oh, like from The Phantom Menace?

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Metaphysics

Listening to a podcast lately (I think StarTalk with Neil DeGrasse Tyson), I had this thought - everything in the universe is reactionary. Within stars, within clouds, entire galaxies - all reacting to forces around them. The only exception to this is life - things that are alive can make choices, can alter their own paths. What is life? How did life begin? Who knows? Personally, I think that that’s the ultimate question of the universe. I’m not a person of faith, but I think that whatever causes or creates life is the key to everything. Because without that, everything just happens. What is he soul - that which makes me more than a collection of cells, but an entity unto myself? Or something more?

Thoughts?

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Reblogged from jessethorn
jessethorn:

Judge John Hodgman. San Francisco. TONIGHT.

Judge John Hodgman is fantastic. And this fan art with what I can only assume is a Latin translation of “Shut Your Pieholes!” is also fantastic.

jessethorn:

Judge John Hodgman. San Francisco. TONIGHT.

Judge John Hodgman is fantastic. And this fan art with what I can only assume is a Latin translation of “Shut Your Pieholes!” is also fantastic.

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Trivia

Wednesday nights I host two trivia contests at bars through a 3rd-party company which provides the questions and manages the agreements with the bars. It’s a lot of fun, and I really, really appreciate the extra money it gives me. The questions and format, however, leave a fair amount to be desired. I often find myself apologizing to the players for poorly worded questions, misinformation, or the 4th week in a row with the final question being “name this celebrity pictured here.” So I pose this question to you all: What is the ideal trivia format? I’m aiming for a 75-120 minute event, keeping teams in the game until the end, but also rewarding good play, and minimizing opportunities for cheating, if possible. Should there be music between questions? What type of questions? All open for discussion. But tell me, what is an ideal trivia format?

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What’s this? Just a guy crawling/fighting/digging his way through some florist foam on his way to €3.5 million. Taken from this weekend’s episode of Schlag den Raab, a German live game show that takes anywhere from 3 1/2 to 7 hours, where one person faces off against German TV personality Stefan Raab for a half million euros, with the prize rolling over if Raab wins. What do they face off in? 15 games, worth increasing amount of points. From this episode - everything from the aforementioned foam tunneling to trivia to memory games to biathlon to foosball on a 30-foot long table to rolling a hula hoop to curling.
I’m sad I did not make this show up. Also, the US needs some awesome game shows. Maybe that’s what I should do with my life.

What’s this? Just a guy crawling/fighting/digging his way through some florist foam on his way to €3.5 million. Taken from this weekend’s episode of Schlag den Raab, a German live game show that takes anywhere from 3 1/2 to 7 hours, where one person faces off against German TV personality Stefan Raab for a half million euros, with the prize rolling over if Raab wins. What do they face off in? 15 games, worth increasing amount of points. From this episode - everything from the aforementioned foam tunneling to trivia to memory games to biathlon to foosball on a 30-foot long table to rolling a hula hoop to curling.

I’m sad I did not make this show up. Also, the US needs some awesome game shows. Maybe that’s what I should do with my life.

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Reblogged from six-seasonsandamovie
CRISIS ALERT! One of my favorite moments from Community, ever.

CRISIS ALERT! One of my favorite moments from Community, ever.

(Source: six-seasonsandamovie, via communitynbc)

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Reblogged from jessethorn

jessethorn:

Before it even goes up on maximumfun.org, I wanted to share this episode of Bullseye that I’m really proud of. The guests are Judd Apatow and Dolly Parton. I talk with Judd about the unexpected pain of fatherhood and why family is worth it. I even check in with him on the new Pee-Wee Herman movie.

And I talk with Dolly Parton about growing up as one of twelve brothers and sisters in the mountains of Tennessee, where the doctor had to ride a horse in to deliver babies, and about what she had to give up to become a star.

Plus I extoll the virtues of one of my favorite books, Ego Trip’s Big Book of Racism, which makes a perfect holiday gift, and Jason from ….And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead talks about the song that changed his life: Waiting Room by Fugazi.

It’s a really special episode and I hope you’ll give it a listen. You can either listen directly here, or skip over to iTunes to subscribe free. Or just download it from this direct link: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tsoya/bullseye121211b.mp3 .

And if you like it, tell a friend, whydoncha? It’s embeddable, Facebookable, Tweetable and all that stuff on Soundcloud.

Almost everything jessethorn does is worth experiencing.

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Infusion

I’m getting my every-two-months medical infusion, which costs approximately $10,000. Have I mentioned how glad I am to have insurance? And how crappy the medical system in this country is?

Last week was the one-year anniversary of working at the place I work, though I spent the first 5 months as a temp. I feel confident at my job - which I haven’t in a long time. I was there until 11:30PM last night… but that happens sometimes. And hey, yay overtime.

A lot of good things going on. I still need to start Christmas shopping though. And begin my plan for world domination.

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It’s time for a long, long, long-overdue edition of my favorite recurring blog segment, “Serious Problems I Have With the Film D2: The Mighty Ducks.” 
Julie “the Cat” Gaffney. Amazing goaltender. And certainly, she’s a Duck (and not a lady). But why is she, along with Connie Moreau, in this tournament? I am 100% for gender equality in sports, but do the Jr. Goodwill Games not have a girls’ tournament? And if not, why is the USA the only team with girls? These are some serious gender issues.  Get with the times, D2. The times of 1994.
An aside: Colombe Jacobsen, who played Julie Gaffney, is now a chef. That’s what wikipedia says, anyway.

It’s time for a long, long, long-overdue edition of my favorite recurring blog segment, “Serious Problems I Have With the Film D2: The Mighty Ducks.” 

Julie “the Cat” Gaffney. Amazing goaltender. And certainly, she’s a Duck (and not a lady). But why is she, along with Connie Moreau, in this tournament? I am 100% for gender equality in sports, but do the Jr. Goodwill Games not have a girls’ tournament? And if not, why is the USA the only team with girls? These are some serious gender issues.  Get with the times, D2. The times of 1994.

An aside: Colombe Jacobsen, who played Julie Gaffney, is now a chef. That’s what wikipedia says, anyway.

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Music

For someone who knows as little about music as I do, it’s odd to have to compile a playlist for trivia each week. Any suggestions (upbeat preferred but not necessary)?