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    Is there already a thread to post random articles (not thoughts) that don't really fall into particular category? Regardless, this a real interesting interview with Michael Keaton. It even has a small Jimmer tidbit in the story.

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    220, 221, whatever it takes... Thanks, I read the whole thing.

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    I usually don't care for much on deadspin- it's a little too sophmoroic...even for me. However, this is a good little read about Dominique Moceaneau in particular, and gymnastics in general. She still seems a little bitter, in spite of her many protests of "finding peace".

    This paragraph was particularly interesting...

    ...when I got to the Karolyis, I realized that these coaches were treating me very differently than I had ever been used to. I was never brought into this kind of situation before, where the coaches were weighing gymnasts in front of other people. They would humiliate them about their weight. They were belittling, and verbally and emotionally abusive to the athletes. Their self-esteem was chipped away at.

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    Though this thread seems to be my own little private diary, I will press forward and continue to post things no one else finds interesting.

    I remember the Sports Babe, before she was syndicated nationally and joined ESPN. Though I wasn't much of a fan, it was interesting to have a different voice and perspective. Here is a short piece, about her trials over the past decade, and what she is doing now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Though this thread seems to be my own little private diary, I will press forward and continue to post things no one else finds interesting.

    I remember the Sports Babe, before she was syndicated nationally and joined ESPN. Though I wasn't much of a fan, it was interesting to have a different voice and perspective. Here is a short piece, about her trials over the past decade, and what she is doing now.
    The Sports Blob?

    Her show was the only nationally syndicated show that I ever tried to call and I was able to get in. It was 1994 and she was bashing Utah's ranking at the end of the year, saying that they were extremely overrated. She was also talking about how Oregon got screwed out of a piece of the national championship.

    I called and told her to ask Oregon if Utah was overrated (Utah had kicked Oregon's backside in Eugene earlier that season, 34-16) and she hung up on me.
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    The new EW features a bunch of reunions of famous casts. In the article they tried to claim that Stacey Dash is 45. haha. Good one.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    Someone used my thread. Someone used my thread.

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    I couldn't decide whether I should use the random thoughts or random articles thread. It was a little bit of both, I guess.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    I stumbled on a small article by Wesley Morris; I enjoyed his writing, but didn't know anything about him. I noticed in his byline he won a Pulitzer, as a media critic. That led me to this site. I always enjoy movie reviews, even more so after I've seen the move. Mr. Morris is (obviously) a very talented writer, and well worth reading some his reviews, IMO.
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    For anyone who cared even a little about basketball -or fashion, for that matter- in the 80's and 90s, this is a must read about Michael Jordan. Interesting insights to middle-aged MJ, and very well written.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    For anyone who cared even a little about basketball -or fashion, for that matter- in the 80's and 90s, this is a must read about Michael Jordan. Interesting insights to middle-aged MJ, and very well written.
    That was a great read.
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    A fascinating (to me, at least) feature on an Anonymous hacker- KYAnonymous. The article shows the dangers of vigilante justice, specifically in regards to the Steubenville rape case. This story reminds me a case that happened around here, a couple decades ago- the Wenatchee Daycare Abuse scandal

    the most explosive facts Anonymous “uncovered” were false. Lostutter and Local Leaks painted a lurid fantasy where "Jane Doe's" rape was just one of many carried out by a self-identifying "rape crew" of football players, aided and abetted by coaches, law enforcement and Steubenville government officials. A child porn ring, an illegal gambling ring, and a drug ring were all allegedly tied to the rape. Steubenville was a Midwestern hellhole out of a Coen brothers movie.

    To date, no proof of any of these allegations has surfaced. Many fell apart at the barest inspection. “It was badly written fiction,” said Lee Stranahan, a conservative journalist who has covered Steubenville obsessively on his blog. He believes the media ignored the facts of the case and built up a sensationalistic narrative that fit Anonymous' crusade. “That whole narrative where they were covered up or protected because they were football players, I didn’t see any evidence of that whatsoever. These guys were arrested, they were pulled out of bed the night before school started.”

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    Www.straightdope.com

    People ask often inane questions and get reasoned answers to them. He posts stuff a couple times a week. I read it once every couple months and generally waste a whole evening catching up. Pretty much like facebook.

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    If you like trolling Craigslist:

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    Quote Originally Posted by San Juan Sun View Post
    If you like trolling Craigslist:

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    Reading that site made me miss TripletDaddy, but I can't figure out why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Is there already a thread to post random articles (not thoughts) that don't really fall into particular category? Regardless, this a real interesting interview with Michael Keaton. It even has a small Jimmer tidbit in the story.
    Some fun videos linked from that piece:

    "I think it was King Benjamin who said 'you sorry ass shitbags who have no skills that the market values also have an obligation to have the attitude that if one day you do in fact win the PowerBall Lottery that you will then impart of your substance to those without.'"
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    "I think it was King Benjamin who said 'you sorry ass shitbags who have no skills that the market values also have an obligation to have the attitude that if one day you do in fact win the PowerBall Lottery that you will then impart of your substance to those without.'"
    - Goatnapper'96

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    Here is a good article about one of the best actors working today - Bryan Cranston.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Cranston
    Do you believe in evil?

    "Yeah. I think it's right next to good, inside every person."

    And have you encountered it yourself?

    "I had one girlfriend I wanted to kill."

    It was a woman he dated after his short-lived first marriage. She was a drug addict, terribly unstable, and she followed Cranston to New York when he left L.A. to work on the soap opera Loving. She stalked him, leaving messages on his answering machine: "I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna cut your balls off. I'm gonna have your d**k sawed off." Finally, one day, the woman showed up at Cranston's Upper West Side apartment, banging on the door.

    "And I envisioned myself killing her. It was so clear. My apartment had a brick wall on one side, and I envisioned opening the door, grabbing her by the hair, dragging her inside, and shoving her head into that brick wall until brain matter was dripping down the sides of it. Then I shuddered and realized how clearly I saw that happening. And I called the police because I was so afraid. I was temporarily insane—capable of doing tremendous damage to her and to myself."
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    In my ongoing effort to talk to myself....

    To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite novel. Vanity Fair has an interesting article about Harper Lee's lawsuit alleging her agent duped her into signing over all her royalties to him. The lawyerly stuff is of secondary interest. Learning more about the reclusive Lee, was what i found most interesting.

    I had forgotten she was a life-long friend of Truman Capote.
    For Lee, however, celebrity became a cross to bear. She soon stopped trusting reporters, who she felt misquoted her, and she sadly watched fame turn her friend Capote—darling little Dill, that “pocket Merlin” with snow-white hair “that stuck to his head like duck-fluff” in her novel—into a drunken, drugged-out clown. “Not just no, but hell no” became her standard response to the legions of journalists who made pilgrimages to her door. By 1965 she had retreated into a stony silence.

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    I'm sure Donut already saw this since he's always trolling Grantland, but if not...

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...20-years-later

    I have more "time and place" memories to that album than just about any other. Still love it.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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    This is a random story worth watching on the internet.

    http://www.kvia.com/video/NMSU-stude...z/-/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    I'm sure Donut already saw this since he's always trolling Grantland, but if not...

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...20-years-later

    I have more "time and place" memories to that album than just about any other. Still love it.
    I hadn't seen that. Thanks for posting. And I agree, so many memories to that song. There was a several month period of my junior year in high school where that CD didn't leave my car's CD player. The CD player was improperly wired at the time, so it shut off every time I turned the car off and restarted every time I started the car. For about 4 months, every time I started that car, 14 seconds later I would hear the distinctive guitar-picked intro to "Round Here" blasting through my crappy audiovox 6X9 speakers (I eventually pulled out the stereo and wired it properly, just so I could use the clock). To this day I can't hear that song without a flood of high school memories.

    I'm glad 'Anna Begins' got some love in that article.; probably my favorite song off that album, if I were ever forced to choose.
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    I just burned an entire afternoon reading this thread. What an incredible experience...

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...hi-to-Kinshasa

    We came across a truck that was parked in the middle of the track. Luckily the surrounding area was pretty open, so we could pass it.

    Us: "Bonjour, ca va?" - "Hi, how are you?"
    - Them: "Ca va un peu bien " - "I am doing a little bit ok" -> typical Congelese answer this!

    Us: "Votre vehicle est en panne?" - "Did you truck broke down?"
    - Them: "Oui, mais ils vient avec des nouveaux pièces" - "Yes, but they are coming with spare parts"

    So we chat a bit and we ask what their problem exactly was. They left Ilebo for Kananga with a load of building materials for a rich guy in Kananga. Their engine had completely seized. Their cargo was transferred onto another truck and they had taken the engine out and transported the engine to Kinshasa to get it rebuild. In the meantime the truck 'crew' stayed onsite to safeguard the truck. But they were very happy as they just received news that the necessary parts for the engine were now ordered in Germany, so the parts would come arrive in Kinshasa in a few weeks time!

    A fascinating story, and they told it as if the was the most normal thing in the world. Fair enough. We said our goodbyes and asked them one more final question. How long had they been here?

    "Un peu plus qu'un an maintenant" - "Just over a year"





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    Quote Originally Posted by kccougar View Post
    I just burned an entire afternoon reading this thread. What an incredible experience...

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...hi-to-Kinshasa
    That is really an incredible thread, with many awesome pictures of that couple's trip across the Congo. Must read if you have the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    That is really an incredible thread, with many awesome pictures of that couple's trip across the Congo. Must read if you have the time.
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    We did not have anything to do today but to keep out of trouble and wait for our mechanics. We slept until the sun transformed our tent into a sauna. Upon opening our tent we were greeted again by the looks and laughter of our crowd. The first thing we heard today was somebody shouting from a distance "Eh Mundele -Donnez-moi de l'argent!" -"Eh mundele - give me money". A very good morning to you too!

    We would move our chairs regularly around the car, trying to escape the onlookers. Minutes later the crowd would then move too so they could see us again. They always kept a distance of 20meters or so, but nobody talked to us. From time to time they would shout something (usually begging). We tried to be as uniteresting as possible...

    After a while I got really fed up. I took my chair and put it close to them. I sat down, facing them. I looked straight into their eyes. They looked straight back. I just sat still for half an hour, hoping they would get bored of looking at me. Or possibly even embarrased. But I lost. They did not loose interest.
    I tried talking to them, explaining that we would really appreciate if they stopped looking at us as we would like to get some rest. I avoided the word privacy as it an unknown concept here anyway. I only got blank stares in return. From the back of the crowd I could here somebody shout "Donnez-nous de l'argent!" -"Give us money". Shortly after followed by "Ce n'est pas vorte pays!" - "This is not your country"
    ...
    Ain't it like most people, I'm no different. We love to talk on things we don't know about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkGrace View Post
    I'm sure Donut already saw this since he's always trolling Grantland, but if not...

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/...20-years-later

    I have more "time and place" memories to that album than just about any other. Still love it.
    Grantland followed up their Nirvana/CC pieces with an interesting read about PJ. Not a lot new here, but still worth 10 minutes of your time


    Here in an interesting (to me, at least) hypothetical: If Eddie died at the same time as Cobain, who becomes Buddy Holly, and who is the Big Bopper? in April 1994, Pearl Jam had only released Ten and Vs. - Vitalogy was released in November of that year. I personally think dead-Vedder becomes way more iconic, and possibly beloved, than dead-Cobain. Whatever recordings of Vitalogy that existed at that time, are released and Rolling Stones declares is the album of the decade. Jeff Ament plays bass for the Foo Fighters, and who knows what happens to Matt Cameron

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    Quote Originally Posted by kccougar View Post
    I just burned an entire afternoon reading this thread. What an incredible experience...

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/foru...hi-to-Kinshasa
    I just saw this when the thread was bumped. What an adventure. I'm a few pages into it.
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    Football and Aspergers. Cool story.

    http://m.deseretnews.com/article/865...e.ws%2FQQ46H3k

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Vandelay View Post
    Grantland followed up their Nirvana/CC pieces with an interesting read about PJ. Not a lot new here, but still worth 10 minutes of your time


    Here in an interesting (to me, at least) hypothetical: If Eddie died at the same time as Cobain, who becomes Buddy Holly, and who is the Big Bopper? in April 1994, Pearl Jam had only released Ten and Vs. - Vitalogy was released in November of that year. I personally think dead-Vedder becomes way more iconic, and possibly beloved, than dead-Cobain. Whatever recordings of Vitalogy that existed at that time, are released and Rolling Stones declares is the album of the decade. Jeff Ament plays bass for the Foo Fighters, and who knows what happens to Matt Cameron
    This is what happens when you listen to too many bill simmons podcasts.
    So Russell...what do you love about music? To begin with, everything.

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