Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Arselona/Barcenal

Look, I haven't seen the Barca-Milan match, I imagine I will watch it tomorrow when it is replayed on FSC... but what does it say about the state of football when teams littered with an embarassment of attacking riches such as Henry, Reyes, Van Persie, Cesc, Ljungberg, Pires, Bergkamp, Riquelme, Forlan, Shevchenko, Inzaghi, Kaka, Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Deco, etc, etc, etc can only manage 2 goals in 4 games? Ridiculous, pathetic, and embarrasing. At this level of play (Champs League semifinals) attacking football should be on display, especially amongst teams with such bastions of beautiful football.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Arsenal Advances

Well despite a mostly lackluster performance Arsenal advanced to the Champions League final earlier today by drawing Villareal. Villareal had several chances most notably an open netter for Forlan and a penalty for Riquelme but could not take the advantage. Its unfortunate too because Villareal in the Final would have been a great story considered Villareal is only a town and how they are built around Riquelme, etc. Anyway despite a mostly vanilla performance from Juan Roman Riquelme I feel obliged to add him to my list of players who I can't help but cheer for (I also really liked Javi Venta):

-Rafael Van Der Vaart (Hamburg)
-Juan Carlos Valeron (Deportivo)
-Hedwiges Maduro (AJAX)
-Cesc (Arsenal)
-Kaka (Milan)
-Florent Malouda (Lyon)
-Urby Emanuelson (AJAX)
-Riquelme (Villareal)
-Juninho Pernambucano (Lyon)
-Sneijder (AJAX)
-Huntelaar (AJAX)
-Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)
-Ledley King (Tottenham)
-Raul (Real Madrid, my first football "hero")

Anyway I hope Barcelona win tomorrow even though I always cheer for Kaka... Ronaldinho deserves to play in the final nad I would love to see him face off against Henry.... the two most exciting players on the planet I think.


Anyway as for other topics.... well LSU's SG is taking themselves WAAAYYYY too seriously. If I get around to it I will talk a bunch about that tomorrow.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Update

I have a lot to write about including the election in New Orleans, the book I Am Charlotte Simmons, the TV on the Radio concert which I attended Friday night, the usual LSU stuff, the arrival of Jazz Fest, and LSU' baseball team sucking. Unfortunately I have reached another busy patch. Today I schedule classes for next semester and take an application test for the student newspaper The Daily Reveille. I have a test tomorrow and on Wednesday and after that I will be able to get back to business here. Be sure to watch the second leg of the Arsenal-Villareal UEFA CL semifinal tomorrow. I'm hoping the winner of this tie wins the Final in Paris in a few weeks. Cheers!

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Mandatory Joint Committee Meeting

Fire one up, you know what day it is. Yeah I should be celebrating tonight at SoGo at the Galactic concert. Unfortunately if I do go tonite I prolly won't go see TV on the Radio tomorrow nite. We'll see how that goes. Sorry for the lack of updates- I'm still struggling to get into the routine and I'm reading a book right now which is occupying my time (I Am Charlottes Simmons). So happy 420 to all.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Shifty Hours

Well I'm back from South Padre (I stayed in Port Isabel, Tx actually) and I'm having trouble readjusting to normal life. It didn't help to come home and find out that my internet was down again. Yeah well Spring Break was fun, we stayed on a house on the Bay which was cool. It was about 30 or so people there and it was pretty crazy. We went to Matamoros, Mexico one day and that was a lot of fun. I bought a pair of fake Ray-Ban's for $6 and smoked Cohibas. I think 90% of the people I saw in Port Isabel and South Padre were Mexicans. Actually at the Denny's in Padre we were adressed in Spanish when we sat at our table. I'd go into much more detail about daily activities like joint commitee meetings and beer runs and dance-off's but I can't remember what was legal and what was illegal.

Friday, April 07, 2006

Absentand Lazy this week, Spring Breaking this weekend


Apologies for the lack of updates. My internet was down for almost two days and I've been feeling lazy for the better part of the week. Spring Break has started so tomorrow I will be leaving in the AM for the 12-14 hour drive from BR to South Padre Island, Texas. I'll be away for about a week so have fun while I'm away.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Wonderful

Sooooo... when does football season start?

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Hot Buttered Rum String Band blogging (part 2)

So a few things to make note of:

-Nico at Eccentric Southern Gentleman claimed today that he will attempt to see a football game in every single D-1A football stadium. Well bravo to him- I think its a great idea. I've often thought of attending a game in every SEC stadium in one season and I may even try it somewhere down the road. Whenever Nico comes to LSU to see the Tigers beat the Tide I'll be sure to tailgate with him and do that whole thing. Here's to Nico attending a game in every stadium.

-MLS season XI starts today. I always get excited for the start of the MLS season but as the first couple of months wear on I usually get bored with it. By the time August and September roll around I usually don't care. However this year I hope to change that. But there are more important things afoot in the footballing world. Champions League is winding down and Arsenal is looking spectacular in Europe. Also the World Cup is this summer of course. Other than USA I will be cheering for the Netherlands and Spain.

-Final Four starts today. Predictions:
Florida 74 George Mason 68
LSU 63 UCLA 55

GEAUX TIGERS!

Hot Buttered Rum String Band Blogging (part one)

You Can't Get Drunk On 3.2

If jam bands or "jamgrass" is your thing then I suggest you check out Hot Buttered Rum String Band if you haven't already.

Also David Byrne provided another interesting posts in his journal about Mexico and the Mayans:

So, it’s proposed that given the weird water situation, and the fact that limestone and its soil are notoriously limited for agriculture, the Maya did amazingly well, given the extreme physical limitations of their environment. As they mastered field and crop rotation, water and irrigation, and plants that could grow in the poor soil, their population grew — to the millions, it is estimated. So many survived on such a fragile ecology that when the scales tipped — there was a drought that lasted for years — the civilization began to fracture. This was all well before the contact with Europeans… and one wonders at possible contemporary parallels — economies based almost entirely on oil, for example.

He makes an interesting point with the crop/oil comparison but I'd have to think that our economy today is much more complex.

Others followed. Though the subjugation of the Maya didn’t happen as quickly or easily as the Spanish in particular might have hoped. Shades of George Bush and Co. Murderous priests intent on destroying the local culture and Christianizing the Maya, gold seekers, conquistadores and others all made inroads, but couldn’t conquer the little people.

None of the Europeans at first could believe that the little people around them, living in tiny villages of thatched huts with dirt floors, could have possibly built the massive complexes that surrounded them. How could these people have done this? And then how could they have no recollection of it?


Always intent on Bush cheap shots huh? The Europeans knew almost nothing of Mayan culture however and didn't know what to expect. When planning for the War in Iraq it isn't as understandable- the people in position to expect what is happening should have expected it and planned for it. But I'm not really into debating the war so if you want a more detailed look at the war you won't find it here.

I asked myself, “Where are the contemporary ruins? Where are the ruins in progress? Where are our once great cites that are being abandoned as these ones were?”

I came up with Detroit. (Sorry, sports fans.) Vast stretches of the city are already uninhabited, crumbling. The central temples, yes, are still in use — the temples for sports, conventions and ritualistic music concerts — but for how much longer? Will the beautiful deco buildings erected as working shrines by what were once the largest companies in the world (GM, Ford) soon be abandoned? They’re already surrounded by a no man’s wasteland; it seems only a matter of time. And then how long before people wander into that zone and ask themselves, “Who built this incredible building?”

Or New Orleans, possibly, the first urban victim of global warming.

I can also imagine formerly vast Soviet cities in the Russian heartland that may have already been abandoned. Cities, like Detroit, of steel, industry and manufacturing. With temples to the Party and the Worker, now derelict — filled with grass and stray cats, like the once great factories of the Ruhr valley.


Now I'm inclined to believe that Byrne is right about Detroit. We all know Detroit has been deteriorating for years and is now one of the worst parts of America. And I can't really disagree with him regarding the Ruhr or parts of the Soviet Union. But he is dead wrong on New Orleans. Claiming New Orleans was the first modern victim of global warming is idiocy. New Orleans was a victim of ill preparation, bad leadership, and lack of judgment. The city obviously was not prepared to handle the physical effects of the storm which wasn't the monster it was in the Gulf when it hit New Orleans (in fact Katrina technically didn't hit New Orleans). I know I've seen some scientists say New Orleans only got hit by Category 1 force winds. What happened wasn't a result of global warming, it was poor preparation to defend against a storm, lack of leadership at local, state, and national levels, and poor judgment by the people who stayed.

The rest of Byrne's post deal with Mayan mythology and the likes and is very very interesting. I definitely think you should check it out.