Friday, February 20, 2004


Not only is Defense Secretary Rumsfeld a poet, he's also a kung fu master.

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

Yet Another eBay Story

Remember how I said that there's a whole category of stories that just cover unusual eBay auctions? Here's one that speaks for itself:

Christina Aguilera's Thong and Pool Water

For the record, the thong (worn by the pop tart during a Maxim photo shoot), and the pool water (water from the pool in which the pool shoot took place) sold for 810 GBP (British pounds, for those unfamiliar with currency abbreviations).

Monday, February 16, 2004

Bezos on Parenting

Here's a good line from Internet poster child Jeff Bezos:

"Parenting is NOT a popularity contest. Grandparenting definitely is."

I know that my son definitely likes his grandparents more than his parents!

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Yes, the NBA has gone downhill

I happened to catch the beginning of the 1992 NBA All-Star game this morning.

As a basketball fan, I've noted with mild disinterest the feud between those why decry the decline of the NBA (usually tying it to the influx of players straight from high school) and those who point to the incredible skills of the new generation of stars (Kevin Garnett is a 7'1" *small* forward who can hit the 3, post up centers, and is probably the defensive player of the year).

In general, I'm more sympathetic to the new school--to resist progress is futile. However, after watching the 1992 broadcast, I'm re-thinking my position.

While the players in that game were smaller and less athletic (if you can call players like Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman smaller and less athletic), the teams, especially the Magic Johnson-led West All-Stars, had an offensive flow that today's game lacks.