Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vintage Asthma Cigarettes

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Way to Go, Tony!

Congratulations to San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker for winning the Skills Competition at All-Star Saturday Night! He beat Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams in the final, and Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and John Wall, who didn't advance to the final.

And in case you missed it, here is Tony's final-round winning performance.

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A Beautiful Rio de Janeiro Wide Shot

taken by Oleg Gaponyuk

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Click HERE for more of Oleg's awesome helicopter panoramas..

Friday, February 24, 2012

Spurs Update

Well the Spurs' rodeo road-trip ended Thursday night in Denver. Tim and Tony started, after sitting out against Portland Tuesday. The game tipped-off, and we were up about 11-6 when I opened my email and began to read an email. A couple minutes later I looked up to realize we were up 24-7. Doh! I guess I should pay attention - this is my last Spurs game to watch until next Wednesday! Daniel Green had made two back-to-back "and-1's" right after a Kawhi Leonard layup, and a Bonner three. Those 11 points took place in 1:04. We wrapped up the 1st-Q 31-15.

Already with 8 1st-Q points, DeJuan Blair hit another three short ones in the first 3 minutes. Bonner hit two more threes, and Green added one of his own, and just like that our lead was 48-25. I began to notice there didn't seem to be much resistance at all to our interior play. Tony and RJ would each score 5 in the next little set of possessions (58-32). Andre Miller would score Denver's last 9 of the 2nd-Q, but our halftime lead was 65-39.

It seemed as if Denver joined us in scoring almost every time down the floor when the 3rd-Q began. By the time 7 minutes had gone by, the score was already 86-59. The starters
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stayed consistent, and Bonner added another three. Our max lead was around this point at 24 (92-68), a bit before the end of the 3rd: 92-72.

Including the last minute of the 3rd, the Nuggets would go on a 17-5 run to close to 97-85 with 6:41 left. Corey Brewer and Aaron Afflalo led this surge, but Pop would bring Tim & Tony back. We would hold a 14-pt. lead long enough (about 3:30) that at 107-93, the time became the issue for Denver. We sealed the 114-99 WIN, feeling like the score was closer than it felt. DeJuan had a monster game - leading us with 28 & 12, and we had another 5 players in double figures.

The stat of the game, however, was 29 Spurs' assists on 41 buckets, which is a season high for us. Not only that, but the 8-1 road trip ties both our best-ever mark for the yearly road-trip, and the NBA record for a road-trip of 9 or more games. Here's the boxscore.

Now, FIVE full days off for everyone except Tony & Kawhi Leonard. As it turned out, Kawhi must've tweaked a calf muscle shortly before the Rising Stars Challenge, because he dressed, but was "held out" for the injury. Next up is the Chicago Bulls to begin a 7-game home stand after the all-star break.. nothing at all wrong with a 24-10 record at this point!

Government 101

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This is Something my Dad Would've Done


Clever Sign Writing

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Our Gov't May Have Known About 9/11 Beforehand

Apparently there is a former FEMA videographer Kurt Sonnenfeld, who claims to have "proof" that the attacks of 9/11/01 were an "inside job" of the U.S. Government. Oddly enough the U.S. Government is currently seeking his extradition from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he currently resides, in connection
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with the 2002 death of his former wife, a case which was dropped by Colorado prosecutors. (Source)

Following is a set of three video slideshows. The images in these three slideshows, along with the accompanying linked video, were taken by Kurt Sonnenfeld himself. He was one of only a handful of people allowed into Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attacks. These are the pictures he took:




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Whether or not you choose to watch all 39-minutes worth of that footage, or whether or not you'd like to take a shorter route by watching this 9-minute VIDEO he also shot, if you do nothing else, please read Kurt Sonnenfeld's interview, published on June 22, 2009, and conducted by the Voltaire Network. Here is a preview of the interview:

"As official videographer for the U.S. government, Kurt Sonnenfeld was detailed to Ground Zero on September 11, 2001, where he spent an entire month filming: 'What I saw at certain moments and in certain places . . . is very disturbing!' He never handed his 29 tapes over to the authorities and has been persecuted ever since. Kurt Sonnenfeld lives in exile in Argentina, where he wrote 'El Perseguido' (Persecuted). His recently-published book tells the story of his unending nightmare and drives another nail into the coffin of the government’s account of the 9/11 events. Below is an exclusive interview by Voltaire Network." (Source)

The interview contains several very interesting embedded links, all of which when combined with the interview itself, the photos, and the video, one should be able to form his or her own opinion about this issue.

Pets.  At Home.  Alone.



Don't Tell the Children!

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Jellyfish Galore Washed-up at South Padre Island


Full story here.. (From Valley Central Dot Com's Daisy Martinez)

Spurs Update

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11-game winning streak? What winning streak? No Manu. No Splitter. No TJ Ford. Pop chose to rest both Duncan and Parker, and what resulted was a supreme beat-down by the Trail Blazers in Portland Tuesday night. All the youngsters played this one, and actually did pretty well in my opinion. Portland hit 8 threes in the 1st Q, and we were never able to erase that huge deficit. We would close the gap to 16 (59-43) late in the 2nd Q, but it was all downhill after that, as we'd be down by as much as 47 at one point. Yikes!

Spurs had 6 in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard who finished with 24 & 10, plus 5 steals. Portland was in scoring-fest-mode all night long without very many Spurs' big men on the floor. They had 7 in double figures, and shot 59% for the contest. The 137-97 LOSS was the 2nd worst in Duncan-era Spurs' history. Here's the boxscore if you really want to see it.

7-1 on the Rodeo road trip, which concludes tonight in Denver before the 5-day all-star break.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A Ton of Great Life Hacks

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Ozzy Osbourne - Mr. Crowley


Simply one of the best Ozzy songs of all-time. I've written previously how it's terrible that Randy Rhoads's life was cut short, but we can all still enjoy the beautiful music he produced.

Seven Acre Island, Gullholmen, Sweden

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More images here.. From livingdots' comments on the "Via" above.

Here is the Google Maps link, although there is no street view there.

Monday, February 20, 2012


I apologize for my recent lack of posts. I'm doing final preparations for my Bar Exam next Tuesday, as the rest of this week might be kinda busy. I'll be back at it later this evening during the Spurs game, however!

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Spurs Update

The 21-9 Spurs took the court in LA early Saturday at 2:30 (CST) to take on the 19-9 Clippers (yawn). I thought they might be half-asleep for this one, and I was right. Clips had 8 and almost 4 minutes went by before we scored. Griffin was doing whatever he wanted, and "hello, Randy Foye can shoot!" A late Gary Neal three made it seem better than it was after 1 Q: 26-15.

So we tighten-up the D, and Tony & Timmy begin to get their heads out of lala land (both scoreless so far), and we'd close to within 5. Then along with Danny Green, they'd combine for 9 in the last 2-minutes of the half to actually take the lead, 45-43, completing a 21-14 run over 6 minutes.

Blake Griffin tied it up quickly out of the gates, and then it became a scoring fest - for SA. The next 4 minutes we would run the score from 45-45 to 65-50 with four threes (Bonner, Green, RJ, Green), and 8 points from Tony! But Foye again reminded us he can shoot, and just as quick as we got it...

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we lost it. Up 65-50 at the 7:20 mark, the Clippers went on a 17-0 run! Gary Neal hit a three & 2 FTs, and then our second timely defensive shot-clock violation closed-out the 3rd Q 70-67. Wow.

Neal began the 4th with another three, and a steal, followed by two DeJuan Blair buckets, and a TP FT, and our lead was suddenly 7, 78-71. Contained very well throughout for the most part by Tony, Chris Paul started to come to life. We missed a few shots, and CP3, Griffin, and Butler brought the Clips back to take the lead 81-80.

Then Tony makes a layup -- but then Butler sinks a FT on a 4-pt. play. (Down 3 85-82.) With 4:50 left, the common theme has been Tony & Timmy. 3 from Timmy and 4 from Tony, and we led 89-85. With 1:55 on the clock, Paul draws the foul on Green, and sinks both FTs (89-87). Tony does the same but only sink one (90-87). Then Chris Paul would make two straight layups, with a TP turnover in between (91-90 LAC). With :32 left Tony would draw a foul on Griffin, and sink both FTs (92-91).

CP3 sank 2 FTs with :29 left, and then two straight butterfinger possessions on our part, with two more CP3 FTs in between, and we're DONE. 95-92, Clippers' ball, 6 seconds left. Gomes threw the in-bounds pass to Paul, who was running backwards very close to the mid-court line. Upon his catch, and fearing a back-court violation, he threw a desperate pass horizontally across the court - directly to

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none other than Gary Neal. Neal took a dribble, and knowing we were down-3, shot the top-of-the-key three, and it was MONEY! As happy as I was, he's got ice-water in his veins, and he's done this many times before. Incredible!

So Chris Paul misses the attempt at the buzzer, and it's OVERTIME! 95-95

In OT we'd miss 5 straight shots, and two Tim Duncan FTs. Paul would make two FTs, and with 2 minutes left, Clippers led 97-95. Bonner then hit a tight three to give us the lead 98-97, before Griffin tied it up 98-98 with 1-of-2 FTs with :42 left in OT. Spurs draw up the play that goes into Timmy, who knows Neal is gonna be open in the corner for the three.. the pass.. the shot, and of course, Gary Neal sinks it!!! Yeah baby! So CLUTCH it's unbelievable, he is.. 101-98. CP3 misses his floater on the next trip down, and that was it. Two more TP FTs (103-98), a meaningless Griffin dunk (103-100), and another foul. Then Gary Neal would miss BOTH FTs giving LA one more offensive trip with 7 seconds. Paul would take it upon himself to create it, but missed the final shot. We actually stole this WIN here 103-100 in OT.

Quick stats:
SPURS: 6 players in double figures yet again..
23 assists on 40 FGs (.575) - pretty good, and only 9 TOs
Tony Parker -- 30 pts. -- 3 rbs. -- 10 asst. 11-22 FGs, 8-11 FTs
Tim Duncan -- 11 pts. -- 17 rbs. -- 3 asst. -- 2 blk.
Gary Neal -- 17 pts. -- 3 rbs. -- 3 stl. 5-8 3FGs

Blake Griffin -- 20 pts. -- 22 rbs.
Chris Paul -- 21 pts. -- 6 asst. 6-19 FGs
Randy Foye -- 21 pts. -- 8-17 FGs