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Detritus on Super Bowl Sunday

Right now, the Pre-game show is running through a rather gloriously well-produced recitation of the Declaration of Independence by a variety of people connected to the NFL (Peyton Manning, Paul Tagliabue, Steve Largent, Mrs. Pat Tillman).

As a good Canadian, the text continues to invoke a measure of horror. Break from the crown? Pledge your lives to a cause? Seems rather . . . extreme.

Projects

Gotta dig up a project. Right now this site's makeover is at the tidying and debugging and gardening level. That and I'd better change the colour scheme.

Bike-wise, I have about a month to assemble a functioning road bike, which will probably be my poor old Pinarello at this point. But other than that, no news is . . . not news.

Oh yeah. All the appliances in our kitchen are slowly turning to stainless steel. Cruel fun with stainless steel: ask someone to move all the fridge magnets to the new fridge!

And one more thing...

This quick post is mostly an excuse to test a new toy (MarsEdit).

But since I ought to have some actual content here, I thought I'd mention the website.

As you may have noticed, it's all new and shiny. I tried for a little bit country, and a little bit rock and roll (The Lovely One thinks it's a little bit musical theatre right now...).

Ahem. What I really want to know is, any questions? Any features you wish the site had? Any idea what I'm asking? Any suggestions?

If I seem introspective right now, I think I would sum up the reason as either some very good wine or a very bad memo.

When in doubt, go to YouTube

My very good friend Gen Kanai dug up this lovely gem, a 10-year-old girl playing that prog-rock classic Carry on Wayward Son on a Yamaha Electone organ. He also would direct you to the original Kansas version for reference.

When in doubt, go for Flickr

The site is (clearly) a work in progress, and the Manic Time has passed, so updates will proceed, albeit a little more slowly. So here's a pretty photo for now:

Stained Glass Dome in HHOF

I left my wallet in Global Cheese

It's all true. Done in by my love of stinky brie. Let's leave off the part where I lost my wallet there (boring) and the various rather poor choices I made in trying to retrieve it (boring and dumb), and the curious punctuality of the cheese shop (they really do close at 7!) The fun really begins when you are getting on a plane with no checked luggage, no carry-on, and no ID...

I did other things in TO...

Like go to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Hockey Hall of Fame pano

It's pretty much the most astoundingly beautiful sports museum imaginable.

Test The Nation: Blogger Scorecard

I'll clean this up as I get cleaner data. Virtually all of the scores you see below are personal estimates, but some people tracked their scoring pretty closely. I'm trying to assemble a complete-as-possible scorecard for the Bloggers. The organizers promised us proper scorecards within a few days, so if people feel comfortable sharing those, I'll put the data in.

And one more thing: I have a DVD of the proceedings, so if you want a copy, let me know.

Test the Nation: post-game show

If you can read this, then Test the Nation has finished airing on the west coast.

I didn't win.

But I had fun, and I was on the winning team, and the winner was on our team, and hey, trip to Toronto!

Your winner, Rick Spence:

Photo by Rannie Turingan.

Some brief show notes:

Bob Blumer and I on Test the Nation

I'm actually posting this before the show stops airing on the West Coast, so I am beholden not to reveal any results.But I had a lot of fun doing it. I'll follow-up with a results post, too, and I'm going to see if I can get the bloggers to disclose their scores, so I can do a post with all the numbers.

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