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The Death of The Blender

Posted in Late Night Posts on December 23, 2008 by Jamie

I’m not too good at writing eulogies. Granted, I haven’t had much experience. I’ve written one in my entire life and don’t intend to write another one for a very long time, G-d willing. So that’s why I’m not eulogizing this blog. This blog has no feelings. It’s not a person. It’s barely even a blog. So why does it deserve a goodbye? Because, for better or for worse, its been a huge part of my life for the last year or so.

Sad isn’t it?

Anyways, I used to come to this blog with fresh, new ideas. I’d let my mand expand and be shown through my writing, to the pleasure of some actual people. Most of which were just my friends, but that’s not important.

As 2008 comes to a close and a new year begins, I am now saying goodbye to this blog. Forever. I’m not saying I will never write again, and I’m not saying I’ll never write online (or in blog-format) ever again, but as of now, The Blender is now dead.

On a side note, Happy Chanukkah.

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Football Is My Life

Posted in Late Night Posts, Sports on December 15, 2008 by Jamie

Anytime you can make a quasi-Hunter S. Thompson refrence in your writing, it’s a very good thing. Unfortunately all I got is the title, slightly ripping off the title of his unpublished novel “Polo Is My Life.”

But really, the title is telling the truth. Football, and all its intricacies, is wonderful.

I know the way I’m writing about this may seem a bit creepy, but I don’t care. I care about three things in my life: Football, Heroes, and my girlfriend. In that order.

(Just kidding…)

Anyways, the great thing about football is there’s so many ways the average fan can enjoy the sport. There’s the NFL, NCAA, CFL, and even the AFL for people who are that crazy. (Note: I’m actually not one of those people.) There’s TV, Radio, Internet (GameCast and things like that, where every single play is document along with constantly updated stats,) and so much more.

(Sounds like I’m trying to pitch something to you eh? I’m not… but read on.)

The single greatest thing about football though: fantasy football. Fantasy sports, in which people draft real-life NFL players onto their “fantasy teams” in a league with either strangers or friends. It’s often played for money, and when the players do well in real life, so do the players in the fantasy league. Now that we got that little intro out of the way, allow me a little paragraph to gloat.

Last year, though I did not finish first in the league, I won the championship, and therefore, most of the pot. My key league move was a mid-season trade that got me Tony Romo, Joseph Addai, Brandon Jacobs, and Kellen Winslow. Forget their performances this year, but last year they really helped in the stretch run.

Anyways, onto this year. I had the fourth pick in a ten-team league, and here’s how I drafted:

Round Pick Player Position
1. (4) Steven Jackson RB
2. (17) Andre Johnson WR
3. (24) Larry Fitzgerald WR
4. (37) Calvin Johnson WR
5. (44) Greg Jennings WR
6. (57) Kellen Winslow TE
7. (64) Jonathan Stewart RB
8. (77) Selvin Young RB
9. (84) Chris Perry RB
10. (97) Steve Slaton RB
11. (104) Jay Cutler QB
12. (117) Eddie Royal WR
13. (124) Eli Manning QB
14. (137) Robert Meachem WR
15. (144) Deuce McAllister RB
16. (157) Michael Bush RB

I dropped Bush, McCalister, and Chris Perry almost immediately, to pick up a Defense and a kicker (two useless postions which I’ve changed on an almost weekly basis.) I also dropped Eli Manning before the season started. Who did I pick up? When Steven Jackson was banged up and I badly needed a running back, I traded Eddie Royal and Calvin Johnson for Marion Barber. So with a likely win in the semis, I am now headed into the finals with this starting roster: QB Matt Schaub, HB Steve Slaton, HB Steven Jackson, WR Greg Jennings, WR Larry Fitzgerald, WR Andre Johnson, TE Zach Miller, WR Devone Bess as my flex (or Marion Barber, haven’t decided yet,) K John Kasay, and New Orleans D (they’re playing Detroit.)

Basically I’ve got a good chance, nut you can never be too cocky.

By the way sorry for wasting the last few minutes of your life. This was barely a real post. Except maybe the first paragraph. I started this post off expecting to write about how much I love football (oh, I also love Madden, the ultimate [and only] football video game,) and ended up just bragging about my fantasy team, and wasting your precious life. For that I apologize, and I promise will try to step it up in the future. Keep checking back.

Oh and I feel bad for the time I wasted, so here’s a video:

Oh and check yesterday’s post for the video I was talking about but forgot to put in. It’s a collage featuring every song Kanye West has sampled in its original form, as well as a few seconds of how Kanye used it. It’s pretty cool.

Falling Off The Grid

Posted in Blog Stuff, Late Night Posts, Music on December 13, 2008 by Jamie

1 month. 30 days. 720 hours. 43,200 minutes. 2,592,000 seconds. I’ve been gone from this blog for MORE than that. That’s a third of a trimester. If I gave you one penny on the day of my last post, two pennies the next day, and so on, you’d have over $10 million now. Now that’s seriously messed up.

In a month, the average man can burn 27,000 calories in a month by simply walking three hours a day. The Beatles wrote/recorded most of the songs from their first album, Please Please Me, in about a month. So surely during a month long absence I must’ve been up to something groundbreaking? Absolutely not. For the past month, I’ve been lazier than a $@&^ing high turtle. That simile did not even make sense. See what an absence from the internet does to you?

Actually that’s a lie. I have not been absent from the internet at all, just this blog, and my other attempts at blogs. (Sorry Yining.) I tried starting a politics blog with my asian friend, and that failed miserably. You’d think that a blog written by two young people, with similar views on the same topic, who are both interested in writing, would take off now? Well you thought wrong. I gave up on it almost right off the bat, and for that I apologize.

I find it kind of funny that my last post was talking about how my writing was going in a different direction, how things would change. How my procrastination days were over, and how the blog was going to be better than before. Funny how I never seem to fllow through on promises like that eh? Anyways, that’s why I’m intentionally not making any promises in this post.

When I have something on my mind, and I want to write about it I will. When I see something interesting on the internet, I’ll post it. When something big happens in the REAL WORLD (the place beyond your computer screen,) I will try to get my thoughts down on paper.

But hey, I can’t make any promises.

Over 300 words already, that’s quite an accomplishment for me. (Barely more than ten words a day if I had spent mt month of absence writing this.) Ok now my sentences are starting to not make sense, so I’ll leave you with a video I found on the web:

It’s a video montage featuring snippets of the original songs that Kanye West has sampled. If you’re a Kanye Fan, then this is pretty cool. If not well, this sucks I guess. Anyways it plays a video of the original song, and then shows how the Kanye sampled it for his specific songs. The more sentences I write, the less sense I make. Shit. It’s like my brain has run out of fuel, actually a common occurence around 2 AM. But here it is:

So that’s it for now, check back often because I MIGHT be writing more. (Notice how I didn’t make any promises?)

Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself

Posted in Blog Stuff, Late Night Posts on October 20, 2008 by Jamie

Hey. Hi? Hi… Yeh, so this is my blog. It’s 3:40 in the morning so I’m having a bit of trouble coming up with useful ideas, so most of this blog may not even make sense. Like that sentence I just made.

Anyways after a couple of years on Blogspot, I’ve decided to switch to WordPress. It seems to be a lot better, and once I get a few more posts in, and fully explore it, I’ll be able to take full advantage.

I was thinking about taking the time to copy paste all my old posts here, but that would take way too long, even if I tried it for a little bit. Maybe I will eventually, but for now, The Blender is starting anew.

The Original Blender can be found here.

I encourage you to check it out. Maybe one day all the old posts will be here, but for now you’re gonna have to click one more thing to get all the way back there. Sorry.

Anyways the new version of The Blender is going to be much better than before, even if I’ve said that too many times before. The layout will be awesome, the writing better and more conssitent, thereby making the blog itself awesome.

You should also expect a lot more cool features, as soon as I figure out WordPress. Anyways, that’s it for now. I should probably get to sleep now.

Anne Hathaway Is Really Hot

Posted in Late Night Posts, TV on October 5, 2008 by Jamie

So this post is a bit of a change from the last few politics-related ones, but every once in a while I feel the need to revert to my chauvinistic alter-ego and vent over how hot a certain someone is. I mean, look at her:

I mean that is two-syllable-damn worthy. And it’s not just the looks. I’m not claiming to know her on a personal level, but based on her appearance on SNL tonight, her humour is almost Tina Fey-esque. She seems smart, funny, and she’s also really good-looking. So I guess all that makes her overtake Erin the Cheerleader as the blog’s (and by definition, my,) new celebrity crush.

On a semi-related note, SNL was actually pretty funny tonight. (Yes I stayed home tonight, excuse me for having to wake up in seven hours.) It seems that the show has taken a turn for the better since the abysmal Michael Phelps premiere. James Franco’s episode was amazing, clips from the Anna Farris episode seemed promising, and tonight’s episode was great as well.

Of course, one of the main reasons for SNL’s recently-rejuvenated success is the semi-return of Tina Fey, who plays her clone, Sarah Palin. Every skit she’s in is extremely well written, such as tonight’s where they made fun of the vice-presidential debate. They even made fun of Joe Biden, which was a first.

Anyways, I’m not going to analyze or review the whole episode, because I’m way too lazy, but I just wanted to get a few things out there. Good night.

I’m Really Cool…

Posted in Blog Stuff, Late Night Posts on September 17, 2008 by Jamie

If some of you think that’s me, then you must be hilariously stupid. It’s Michelle Trachtenberg, the female lead in Eurotrip, back in her days as Harriet The Spy. So why is this relevant? Good question.

Most of the time when i write blog posts (like now,) It’s because I’m sitting at my computer, bored, and decide: “why not? I have nothing better to do.” But now, thanks to a little notebook i found in my house, I’ll be able to do that all the time! Woo-hoo! (Wow Jamie is so cool…)

Basically I’ll be keeping this book (it’s blue,) in my bag with me at all times, at least during the day. Whenever I feel the need to write a little something, I’ll whip out the book and write. Next time I get in front of a computer I’ll simply just type it up into a blog post.

This won’t be a diary or a journal, and I won’t be spying on people, but having the book with me at all times… at least during the school day, will give me a chance to write some stuff down when i see random ass shit (like the guy sitting alone, without a shirt on, with no books, in the Library today.)

And that’s about it for now.

Waiting Up For Ike

Posted in Late Night Posts on September 13, 2008 by Jamie

Hurricane Ike is 1 mph away from being declared a Category 3 hurricane, and headed towards Houston. Because Houston is the home of one of my sets of first cousins, as well as my favorite football team, I’m staying awake, refreshing CNN every couple of minutes.

Fortunately, by the time it passes over Houston, experts predict it will have died down a little, so neither my cousins nor my favorite team should be harmed.

One good thing to come out of this hurricane, however, is that the Texans-Ravens game originally slated for Sunday afternoon has been moved to Monday night, giving the Texans their first Monday night game in their short history.

Even though most of the continent will be tuned into the Cowboys-Eagles matchup, I’ll be watching/following my Texans. Unfortunately the game won’t reach me here in Montreal so I’ll have to watch online. Or move to Baltimore, Washington DC, or Houston, which is probably not the best idea, considering the circumstances.

Anyways it’s already after 3 so I’ll be going to sleep, or at least trying to… and I can only hope that Ike does not get any stronger, and those affected in Houston and the rest of Texas are okay.