Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Most Bizarre Google Searches That Have Found My Blog

Yes, I went through all 4,400+ search terms that led people to this blog.  Without further ado, the best of the best...


Leading off with "Horrible Typos and Grammar Shortcomings:"
  • sexual relatinship valgar
  • angelina jolie boops
  • are women who are he she real
  • best style of ideal focking
  • dejvid boreanaz - I like how he spelled Boreanaz right and David wrong
  • first look at caracell mall
  • herrington sabres galisano
  • how do i win at internet
  • j have a small penis and my prefere wife the big black penis 
  • i want to be a porn stare 
  • ultimaye surrendet male version free vodeo 
  • valger sex craim

Fags
  • Derek Roy Gay
  • brad richards gay or girlfriend
  • bryan murray's lisp be cured?
  • gay wargames
  • gays rubbing their dicks
  • halloween gay pissing psycho
  • justin bieber likes to suck penis
  • you're all retarded fags
  • is tomas vanek gay?

Important Questions
  • how to satisfy a girl while making sex relation
  • is eric staal good in bed?
  • what about timothy olyphant?
  • what does the phrase "criminally vulgar" mean?
  • what is this about derek roy being a locker room cancer
  • where does the penis go in the vagina
  • why are pittsburgh steeler fan so obnoxious
  • why are women lazy in the sack
  • why do hate sedins
  • are there rapes at carousel center

Irrefutable Truths
  • Fat Steelers Fan
  • This gave me erectile Dysfunction
  • bandwagonburgh
  • cat gave me a boner
  • being an islander fan sucks
  • best blog ever vulgar
  • Cam ward sucks
  • cost of watching 17 flyers fans beat the shit out of a devils fan priceless
  • girls are doing shitting & pissing
  • i'm gonna touch her titties
  • intelligent women sport shorter hair
  • linda cohn is a stupid bitch
  • my cat bullies me
  • oh that's awesome girl
  • phil kessel down syndrome
  • rick nash was cute when he was skinny
  • sidney crosby pays for hookers
  • we speak the same language bjork
  • zombies ate my penis
  • you make me want to falcon punch babies

What the hell?
  • Peyton Manning Illegitimate Children
  • Tom Brady Illegitimate Children
  • things that have a 1 in 4 chance of happening
  • pat kaleta legos
  • thomas ashley vanek
  • swallowed promise ring
  • tim connolly werewolves writing
  • a brief history of my thumb
  • biron fight with rick jeanneret
  • blue circular hazmat suit sticker
  • duck shitting on redwing jersey
  • hate the bruins poem
  • mike grier stats "hat trick"
  • mother teresa touching
  • pilgrims dying time
  • quebec snowman thing
  • racist animorphs
  • sabres flyers poop photo
  • thomas vanek fan fiction
  • tim connolly disgusting fetishes
  • vulgar poems for fat guys
  • vulgar version of beverly hillbilly lyrics
  • zombie alexander hamilton
  • вино strawbery
I Have Learned Far Too Much About The Masturbatory Habits Of Strangers

  • Starcraft Porn
  • cats and erectile dysfunction
  • fucking dolphin
  • michele bachmann bdsm
  • opium den women
  • orgasm skirt
  • bear dicks
  • green man boner
  • herpes porn
  • hockey tits bruins
  • i showed dick to kid i first grade
  • kids penis
  • mickey mouse porn
  • nhl nude
  • rooting around in her rump
  • school yard penis from space
  • starcraft nude tower defense
  • titty coming out of a pussy
  • toddlers penis norm
  • trent dilfer butt photos
  • vintage dutch sex
  • weckpussy
  • zdeno charas fat penis
Zdeno Chara's fat disfigured caveman penis indeed.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Transgenderism and Gender Fluidity (Not Safe for Work - Sexuality)

I'd like to think I can say I haven't struggled with this topic because I have a pretty good sense of self, but that wouldn't be true.  I think I get more hung up on the terminology more than anything.  Gender-fluid, gender-queer...both of these things fit me...and then they don't.  I always had an inkling that a part of me was supposed to be female, but at my core I am probably a male with some female sensibilities.  What does that make me?  I don't know.  And I think that as we move forwards, my transgender identity is going to shrink because these things that I identify with are going to be applied to a specific gender less and less.  So I'm left with something that not only doesn't fit, but also may not be long for this world.

Perhaps I should take a step back and define Transgenderism. To most people it means boys who want to be girls and vice versa, but it actually encompasses a lot more. You can be considered transgendered if:
  • You feel you’re the opposite gender as your biological sex (and in some cases have the brain chemistry of you preferred gender despite your anatomical representation)
  • You’re born with multiple sets of sex organs.
  • You’ve undergone a transition from male to female or vice versa, whether it includes changing clothing, taking hormones, undergoing surgery, or all of the above.
  • You crossdress.
  • You consider yourself to be both genders, or without gender (This is me a little.)
  • Your gender varies from day to day.
  • You don’t feel like you fit the stereotypes of one gender or another well enough to identify as such. (This is perhaps where I fit best.)
It’s that last one that really gets to me because I think it at least partially describes every human being that has ever existed. A lot of the things that make you one gender or another are based on arbitrary rules. Men wearing their hair shorter than women, or women wearing dresses. We see these things and they help us identify someone as male or female, but more and more we find out that that’s very vague, and ultimately untenable.  And there's no real reason why those things have to apply to either gender at all.

So I’m like…yeah I’m a guy…I guess, I mean I have the correct anatomy (big anatomy)…but I’m partial to thongs, and androgynous clothes (i.e. pants and shirts) cut and sewn to fit women, and I like pink (pink, not douchebag frat boy salmon) and I like girls that look and act like men. And I hate working on cars and I hate action movies. I prefer romantic comedies and love stories. But I play sports and am one of the toughest people I know. And one of the most emotionally empathetic and sensitive. It's like trying to put together picture with pieces from a bunch of different pictures.


I'm not sure if a recent incident has crystallized things for me, or muddled them even more.  I was asked to fill out a form today that had spaces to indicate race and gender.  I figured I could leave both questions blank, and am fairly certain I am legally allowed to do so.  However the proctor would not take my form until I filled them out, going as far as to tell me, “you would put down male and white.”  My jaw almost dropped at that one.  How stupid do you have to be to work in human resources, where you’re trained all damn day on sensitivity, to take one look at someone and say, ‘oh, you’re white.’  Are you fucking kidding me?

Obviously what is more applicable to me is the gender aspect of that…which…whatever.  Even though it was an incredibly (INCREDIBLY) offensive thing to say, I’m not sure there is much that offends me terribly on a personal level.  I think I was more aghast at her stupidity, and then disappointed at her stupidity than anything.  It adds another complication to a gender identity that is currently unclear.  I have to admit that seeing things put into a rigid black and white (or perhaps pink and blue) format made me extremely uncomfortable.  The more I had to check male or female on each form, the worse I felt.


At the end of all this, I feel as I often do when trying to tackle gender identity, overwhelmed.  There is so much there to dissect, and so little of it clear.  It sucks to not be able to put a finger on a part of yourself, but perhaps it's best to move forward with that in mind.  After all, as we continue to try to categorize people, we realize further how futile that really is.

Flexibility is a Good Thing

On Twitter I follow a guy who uses the handle @nxtArrowpres who tweets a lot about nontraditional business practices like letting your employees have more vacation, unlimited flex time and so on. It all goes back to one thing, comfortable employees make the best employees.

What you think about it the current business model is really stupid. You pack up your shit in the morning to leave the place that brings you the most comfort to go to a place with several rules that seemed designed to make you uncomfortable. If you're doing it right, you spend more of your waking time during the week at this uncomfortable place than you do at home.

If you're anything but a bachelor with no life, this can be a huge source of stress. What if the kids get sick, who's going to take the dog out, how am I going to find time to eat, can I make it to the store before it closes, what can I do for the girlfriend's birthday without compromising work? It gets worse when you factor in the commute. Driving is stressful enough alone, but adding a half hour to two hours to the time you're spent away from managing your life is even worse.

This baffles me. Why companies want to ensure the stress of their employees is beyond me, especially when the solutions are so simple.

In the world of high speed internet, cheap scanners, and VOIP the necessity of being in the office has all but disappeared. I honestly can't tell you a single thing that I do at work that I couldn't take care of at home in the comfort of PJ pants while being able to take the dog out. And not only does this make me a better worker (and more willing to work), but it actually saves the company money because I use fewer resources.

It's not like flextime is all that difficult either. Studies show that employees that are allowed to set their own hours (so long as they meet deadlines and company goals) are not only happier, but also more productive. Not everyone fits into the 8-5 box, so why force them to? If someone wants to work 10-7, let them.

I feel like we stick to the old model because that's the way things always been, which offers absolutely no advantage whatsoever.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tim Tebow: American Dickbag

Look...from all accounts, Tim Tebow is the nicest human being on the planet. I have no idea what his actual position is on LGBT rights or same sex marriage. What I do know is that Tebow put his face and star power to an organization called Focus on the Family, advertising during last year's Super Bowl.

Focus on the Family was founded in 1977 by James Dobson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the same man who would go on to found the Family Research Council with whom FotF is closely affiliated (more on them later).

As you would expect, FotF is against same sex marriage and has gone on at length about how it is the road to society's destruction, about par for the course for a religious group. FotF also goes on to say that same sex marriage will lead to "unstable homes for children," a claim that has not been substantiated in any reputable study. In fact the American Psychological Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) have specifically stated that Focus on the Family has no scientific research to back up its claims.

Focus on the Family has also come under fire from researchers across the country for distorting their work. Researcher Judith Stacey pointed out that one of her studies that is frequently cited as evidence that children are harmed by same sex households only compared two parent households to single parent households with no mention of same sex parentage at all.  Researcher Elizabeth Saewyc had her study on teen suicides used to promote Conversion Therapy where gays are forced to "be straight" even though the study linked those suicides to harassments like conversion therapy and an outside push to "be normal."

And Focus on the Family is the GOOD cop among the two organizations. The Family Research Council is far, far worse.

The FRC was founded by the same person in the same state in 1983. Right now it's headed by Tony Perkins and its messages are spread by Senior Fellow for Policy Studies Peter Sprigg. Where to even begin? For starters, the FRC has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, who made its name fighting the Klan and other discriminatory groups several decades ago. The list of distortions and lies the FRC has made is extensive. Some of the lowlights:
  • Claiming domestic violence happens at a high level in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered) relationships.
  • Citing "private sources" in saying that gay appointee David Hansell would cut funds from states that bar gay marriage.
  • Connecting homosexuality and pedophilia.
  • Citing the research of Paul Cameron, who has been discredited by virtually every reputable Psychiatric association in the United States and Canada.
  • Using data from the 70s and 80s to make the case against same sex relationships when said data has been thoroughly debunked.

It gets worse. (Going to continue quoting Holy Bullies here.) The FRC has said...

  • "Hatred for men is typical of a lesbian experience."
  • "Homosexuals say they don't want children, but boy they put a lot of energy into going after them."
  • "The homosexual rights movement has tried to distance itself from pedophilia, but only for public relations purposes."
  • "There is a strong undercurrent of pedophilia in the homosexual subculture."
  • "You don't have to eat the stale crumbs off the dirty floor, which is basically what lesbianism is."
  • that the Employee Non-Discrimination Act is a "Crossdresser Protection Bill."
  • LGBT individuals suffer from several ills (like depression) at higher rates while failing to acknowledge that the cause of those ills is homophobia and harassment, not being LGBT.
  • that studies prove that gay men and women are more promiscuous, even though those studies were performed before gay marriage was legal.
At the risk of being redundant, I will stop there.  The FRC has harped on the same points over and over again, that LGBT individuals are less healthy (false), that they are more likely to molest children (false), and that they make worse parents (false).

Perhaps most reprehensible is that the FRC continues to oppose legislation that would curtail bullying, even in the wake of several teen suicides.  That the FRC can not only ignore teen suicides, but actually take active measures to ensure they continue is nothing short of disgusting.

Where does Tim Tebow fall in all of this?  Like I said, I don't know.  But what I do know is that he donated his face and his star power to Focus on the Family.  That alone is bad enough.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

CV Cast - Predators

Loser's GDT - Predators

Barry Trotz vs. Lindy Ruff tonight...with all the changes in coaching staffs going on around the league recently, it's UNBELIEVABLE these guys have been in their positions since 1997!!!
(Drink)
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Nice nipples on Trotz.
(what?)
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Tootoo was trying to make something happen, had no where else to go but jump...not really his fault
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My Lord Tootoo, you are effin stupid.
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You guys can't be serious... Tootoo 100% deserves whatever he gets. That was a dumb decision by him.
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These Buffalo announcers suck....calling for an immediate suspension for Toots.....

Toots was heading across Miller's crease, NOT towards Miller himself.
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Regardless of what just happened, we don't deserve to be losing, let alone down 2-0.
(Lol, dumbass)
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Agree. Tootoo has to make a better decision. I mean, he lost the puck and continued into the goalie. What did he expect? Especially since this is Miller's first game back.

Dumb move, Toots. I can't defend this jackassery.
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MSG just interviewed Ryan Miller, he said he didn't think the Tootoo hit was entirely intentional and I agree. Although I will say that Tootoo is a professional athlete in the sport that requires the most situational awareness so I find it hard to believe that he didn't have some idea of where he was and what he was doing.

I like the Nashville crowds' energy, just wish they were a bit more voluminous. Also, I wish they would put their ice girls in a bit less clothing. No bare midriff? For shame.

I liked the response to the hit aside from one thing. I wish Paul Gaustad would have had the presence of mind to point at the $7 million sack of cash sitting on Nashville's bench with no helmet. Far bigger statement.
(Okay that one was me.)
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Driving Pet Peeves

Since I go to Buffalo and/or Rochester 2-3 times a month and have a 40 minute commute to work each morning and evening, I’ve racked up quite a few miles on the road. With that comes quite a few things that moronic drivers do that piss me off. My commute is split pretty evenly between interstate and non-interstate driving so I’ll cover both.


Interstate/Thru-wa
Taking a Calendar Year to Pass Someone at 68 mph/Abusing the Left Hand Lane
The left hand lane is for passing and passing quickly and/or for driving 110 when your wife is in labor or your dad’s having a heart attack. If you can’t use it right you need to get the god damn hell out of the way. If you want to piddle along at 65 mph to save gas, that’s fine. I do it all the time, but there’s a lane for that. Look in your rear view mirror once in a while so you can see if there’s a line of cars behind you that circumnavigates the globe.

Truck Drivers, I know this is unavoidable and there’s only so much speed you can coax out of your rig, but for the love of god choose your spots a little better. Swinging your truck in front of me before I can get by when there is NO ONE IN SIGHT behind me is a total dick move.

Rubbernecking
This one is truly awful in cities and it happens on a daily basis in Rochester. You’re going along just fine until you meet some congestion. Incensed you continue at 30 mph until you get to the scene of the incident…only to find out that it’s someone with a flat tire that isn’t blocking any lanes or impeding any traffic. But because of the sheer volume and the tendency of drivers to slow down and gawk, things have come to a crawl. This highlights the stupidity of drivers in bright neon pink.

Slowing down to below the speed limit when you see a cop
Not only is this utterly ridiculous, but it’s also incredibly dangerous, especially if said driver doesn’t look in their mirrors before stomping the brakes. Look, the guy is not only stopped on the side of the road, but HE’S NOT EVEN IN HIS SQUAD CAR. He doesn’t give a shit that you’re going 70 in a 65…AND…even if you are going thirty mph over the speed limit, you’ll be long gone before he can do anything about it.

Tailgating
Yes I’m in the left hand lane and I’m not going as fast as you, but I’m still going 78 and I have ONE GODDAMN CAR to pass. I will be out of your way in less than ten seconds. Are you seriously trying to pass me on the right now even though I already have my signal on showing I’m getting out of your way? You fucking asshole.

Not Using a Turn Signal to Change Lanes
This one absolutely terrifies me because people will wing their vehicles from lane to lane like they’re driving go-karts at the fair. I’ve actually physically seen it cause accidents in front of me. It’s even worse when you’re heading by a long line of cars on the right knowing that any one of them could decide “fuck this, I’m passing these tards” at any moment and slam into your passenger door.

City and Back Roads
Not Driving the Speed Limit in Perfect Weather
This one is the worst for me. I drive an hour and twenty minutes total a day, I don’t want to spend five extra minutes sitting behind you dicking around at 40 mph in a 55 because you’re 900 years old. It’s dangerous anyways. If you’re too old to maintain speed either hit a tree before you hit another driver or turn in your license.

Passing to Get to Red Lights Faster
There are a few areas I drive that are long strips of commercial areas with a dozen or so lights. It’s amazing how many assholes will race in front of me and then cut me off only to be sitting in front of me at the next red light. Utterly unnecessary.

Horribly Set Up Traffic Lights
There is so much to fall under this category. First has to be the weight sensor lights that don’t pick up my tiny ass car. Right behind them has to be the lights that are time based and don’t operate on any sensors. Nothing like sitting at a red light with no other cars around. And all municipalities have to do is turn the lights into blinking reds (essentially a stop sign) from 1-4am. Also, while "no-turn-left-on-green lights" are useful in some areas, they’re horribly abused in others. There’s one traffic light by my house that violates all of the above. Fuck that thing.

Doesn’t Understand Yield Sign Guy
This one goes into two categories, the guy that treats it like a stop sign when there’s no one else around and the guy that doesn’t even acknowledge its existence. Both incredibly dangerous.

Souped up Car Guy
Good job, you modded your Honda Civic. Join a racing league instead of showing off in the Wal-Mart parking lot. I wish I could neuter you so you can’t reproduce.

Poorly Maintained Intersections
A lot of you probably don’t live in the country and don’t deal with this as much, but I see it every day. There are a lot of long straight roads with almost no traffic by my house which encourages people to drive like idiots. There are also a lot of intersections with poor visibility because the woods are overgrown or a house has built its garden out to the right of way. I don’t need to highlight the dangers of having to pull halfway into an intersection just to see on a road where people often go 90+ mph, do I?

Culture Change

As various hate groups try to link the Penn State and Syracuse University (investigation pending) scandals with the evils of homosexuality, it has become clear that they are right in a sense, just not in the way they think. There is a connection between homosexuality and the sex scandals, and it extends beyond to STD prevention, abortion prevention, teen pregnancies, and sexual education. What is abundantly clear is that this country needs a culture change in the worst way.

The taboo nature of sex and all things sexual has allowed misinformation and fear to run rampant. Part of the reason that it takes so long for molestation and abuse victims to come forward is because society tells them it’s not an okay thing to talk about. Part of the reason the United States is one of the worst countries in terms of overall reproductive health (including STD rates, teen pregnancy rates, and abortion rates) is because programs like abstinence-only/superior sex education are pushed in over 80% of our public schools. It shows, with emphasis, how stuck in the stone age we really are.

The taboo nature of sex has worked to fight an insidious two-front battle. It pushes abuse victims into hiding and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered individuals into the closet fostering an epidemic of poor mental, social, and emotional health in this country AND it makes society wholly incapable of dealing with these things when they are pushed into the limelight because real information has been made so sparse.

Given what science has come to discover about gender alone, that it is more fluid than we thought, that brain chemistry and genetics and anatomy are not always in sync, that anatomical males can have female brain chemistry and cells and vice versa, it is absolutely stunning how strictly we adhere to our preconceived categorizations of such things. But therein lies the problem, the information is so buried under our cultural prudishness that people don’t know enough to question the status quo. Transgendered individuals are freaks, homosexuality is wrong, and marriage has a very ironclad definition.

And what’s even worse is that the solution remains equally buried. We can combat the bullying of LGBT individuals with legislation, but that merely assigns a negative value to actions, it doesn’t address the root of the problem, people growing up in a culture of ignorance and misinformation. We can try to introduce birth control to teenagers to stop the spread of STDs and teen pregnancies, but that does nothing for the teens that are too afraid of their parents’ wrath to have condoms on hand to use, or mothers and fathers too stupid to allow their teenage daughters on birth control. We can pass age of consent laws, but an eighteen year old virgin with little sexual education is no better equipped to handle sex than a fifteen year old of the same status.

I can’t bring myself to believe that there is no solution. I can’t bring myself to believe that an aversion to sex is so deeply ingrained in who we are as Americans that we will never be able to escape from its clutches. Perhaps all we need is time, after all we’re talking about a culture change. That does not typically happen with any haste. I think we’re seeing it already as LGBT rights not only move into the realm of ‘mainstream issue,’ but continue to build support and lose detractors by the day. But we’re not there yet…we’re not even close. I hope that my kids will see us move at least a little further.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Stevie Johnson and the TD Celebration of Doom

For those of you that don't know, Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, after scoring an early touchdown Sunday mocked Jets' receiver Plaxico Burress by miming shooting himself in the leg and falling over. Just about everyone in the sports media has said that it was out of line, which means (much like Randy Moss's mooning of the Lambeau crowd) that it was hilarious.

I don't really have a problem with what Stevie did other than that he took it far enough to draw a penalty. I, for the life of me, cannot see the line he crossed in making fun of someone not only stupid enough to shoot himself in the leg in a nightclub, but to also do it with a gun that was illegally owned. Now granted I think the penalty Plaxico got was harsh especially considering that it wasn't typical NFL thuggery and that Plaxico had the gun registered in another state. But let's not lose sight of the big picture here, Plaxico Burress is an idiot and is in no way not deserving of ridicule.

That people are getting so riled up about this and not say Vince Wilfork or Ndamukong Suh throwing cheapshots at opposing players left and right, or getting himself arrested. Last I checked what Stevie Johnson did was harmless. Bunch of fucked up priorities in the NFL.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

CV Cast - Capitals

Loser's GDT - Capitals

sabres d core for tonight's game, accoring to one of their fans.

Sekera-Ehrhoff
McNabb-Leopold
Gragnani-Brennan

that's:

if the caps dont score 3/4+ in a win, that's:
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It's conflicting when you want your team to win tonight but you also want another loss since there's a big feeling Boudreau could be fired.
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Quitter-quitter-quitter
Quitter-quitter-nevercared
Quitter-quitter-quitter
Quitter-quitter-quitter

Quitter-quitter
Pylon-quitter
Pylon-quitter

Quitter
Quitter
(Caps lines)
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RT @BenRaby31 #Caps Dennis Wideman: First 10 games this season: 3G,7A & plus-7. His last 10 games: 0G, 3A & minus-11. (Holy shit.)
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Can't blame anyone but coon on that one. No a like a goal scorer took that shot... (wut?)
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I dont know how they can call that a dive especially after Pominvilles display when Backstrom barely touched him.
(I completely agree on the latter part.)
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Dang Laich just got bowled over by Sekera. Now that is amazing.
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LOL....Alan May still going...


"Locker the Caps had an 8 game losing streak last Dec, followed by a 7-0 loss in MSG. What's worse, that or basically losing the Rochester Americans tonight?"
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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Working - What I've Learned So Far

1). This is a Two Way Street

Interview tips and good work practices leave one thing out...it isn't just about getting a job and keeping it, it's about finding a fit that's beneficial to both company and employee. I know early on in my career I over-valued what the company gave to me, and undervalued what I was giving to the company. That will not happen again. No company will think twice about kicking an employee to the curb for not holding up their end of the bargain. For too long employees have failed to hold their employers to the same standard.

2). All I Know is that I Know Nothing

Some of the best teachers and some of the best co-workers I've had were the ones that had little more experience than I did. Saying "I don't know" can be difficult in an economy where it's impress or get out, but often it's the right response to a question. The good coworkers will be aware of your level of experience and be looking to shore up their own and learn with you. The most infuriating teacher's I've had in the corporate world were the ones that were too pig headed to give an idk response and blathered on incessantly to satisfy their own lack of confidence.

3). You Usually Have One of Two Things...The Tools to Succeed, or the Ability to Acquire Them, so Be Confident

My current job is the one in which I've entered with the least applicable experience, and yet the one at which I've excelled the most. A big part of that is confidence, going back to my high school mentality of "I can figure out anything given the time." For the most part jobs aren't about a great depth of knowledge, but acquiring good experience.

4). This is a Two Way Street Part II

If a coworker or a boss is being a dick, call them on it. It's not up to you to figure out how to get along with everybody, it's up to them to meet you halfway. I had a boss (who was partially responsible for training me) that treated me like I didn't exist (except when something went wrong). When it was brought up during an evaluation, promises of more interaction were made. They were unkept. In fact, that person's boss started belittling me to be more engaging. I should have called them both on it.

5). Never Get So Busy Making a Living that You Forget to Make a Life

I worked at a company where every single person needed to be beat upside the head with this until they either got it or unconscious. I feel bad with some people's kids that have to put up with absentee parents. For most of us, work isn't the most important thing we do with our lives...it's one of the least. Family, friends, health, sleep, and several other things should always come first. I have 80 years on this planet if I'm lucky, I'm not spending it working 10 hour days and weekends in a box.

Power Rankings and Life

Those that follow sports are familiar with Power Rankings, little more than an arbitrary organization of teams from best to worst on the weekly whims of sportswriters. They’re fun, but essentially useless. And yet the line of thought that goes into making them is a critical life skill. Often times we’re forced to make a “Power Rankings” of activities or jobs, or things we can do with our time. We might not necessarily spell it out, but inevitably some things rank above others and they get addressed while the rest does not.

I think the most common reason for doing this is how to use one’s time. We’re always told that the American work model is structured to give us 8 hours each of work, sleep and leisure (a fallacy, but we’ll ignore that for now), but there’s some leeway even there. My whole feeling is that since work takes up about 11 hours a day (I wake up at 6:30 and get home at 5:30 and there’s no way getting ready for work, driving to and from work, or eating lunch at work can be considered leisure time) and I value my leisure time, I’ll let the sleep take a hit. Perhaps not the most healthy alternative, but it’s worked out well for me so far.

And my method is by no means the only way to do things. Some people would much rather have their eight hours of sleep. Others are perfectly content to be in the office from 5 AM to 9 PM (freaks). But those decisions are still made, and made more often than we realize. Go to the gym or work out at home, watch TV or play a game, goof around with your kids, or work on elaborate plots to hold your family for ransom to get money from the government. Power Rankings, as annoying as they are in the sports world, are an integral part of who we are and how we live.

Friday, November 18, 2011

CV Cast - No One Caresolina

Losers GDT - No One Caresolina

I like shitty southern teams because their GDTs are short. Let's begin


Venue: That place where State plays basketball.

Channel: The one with all the Viagra commercials.

Announcers: Sideburns and Watershed.

Canes Lines:

Jealous Older Brother - Depressed Older Brother - Our Savior
Those of Finnish descent and a 19-year-old child
Small Horse - Should be our Captain - Compete Level
Fats - Our best FA signing - This player should get real ice time

Drunk - The Man I spent 30 All-Star votes on
Our best Dman - The dude from the Simpsons
That guy none of us like anymore - AHL Hardest Slap Shot winner

Our only chance of winning
BOOOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Sabres Lines:

Better than ours

Let's go Canes!!!
(Wow, post of the night. That's really all you need to see.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CV Cast - Devils

In New York we Spell Evil N-Y-F-R-F

Those of you that read avidly (god bless you) already know of the New Yorker's Family Research Foundation and its bigotry thinly veiled beneath a veneer of supposed religious morality. Since it's important to be aware of such organizations and the ways they demonize certain groups, I decided to post a laundry list of the NYFRF's transgressions here, specifically in regards to Gay Rights.

Right off the bat is the fact that the NYFRF has partnered with the Family Research Council on several "studies" that are little more than a religious circle-jerk. Among the FRC's transgressions are using the discredited research of Peter Cameron and the American College of Pediatrics which falsely states (among other things) that homosexuals live shorter lifespans and that homosexuality poses a danger to children. Peter Sprigg, the FRC's Senior Fellow for Policy Studies has said that gay behavior should be outlawed and that gays should be deported. That's essentially all you need to know about the NYFRF, but I will go into greater detail.

The NYFRF has steadfastly opposed any legislation designed to protect Gal, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered individuals. This is based on the assertion that such laws promote homosexuality.

But that's not enough, despite an aggressive "pro-life" stance, the NYFRF does not support anything that would protect teens from bullying based on their gender or orientation. The NYFRF blatantly disregards gender identity issues calling them "code for crossdressing and transsexuality." Evidently no one has told the NYFRF that gender identity syndrome has been corroborated as a legitimate diagnosisby brain scans that revealed male brain chemistry in those of a female sex (and vice versa) prior to hormone treatment. To illustrate how much of a fringe group the NYFRF is, New Yorks Anti-Bullying bill passed by votes of 18-1 and 131-5 in the Codes Committee and NYS Assembly respectively.

The NYFRF will also try to tell you that anything in favor of LGBT rights promotes hate. In a hilariously titled article, the NYFRF complains about signs at a pride rally that said things like, “Another Straight New Yorker for LGBT Equality & Justice” and “All Families Deserve Equality.” The horror.

Equally horrible is the effort by some major businesses to "destroy families" by donating to pro-LGBT forces.  How this destroys families is unclear.

What's funny is that the NYFRF continues to treat Gay Rights like a minority cause even though both a majority of New Yorkers and a majority of Americans support marriage equality.

Monday, November 14, 2011

CV Cast - Canadiens 2

Losers GDT - Canadiens

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(For once I don't mind the Hab fans so much.)
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Wow, look at Enroth stats: 5-0-0 - 1.75 GAA - 94.4%
Very impressive !

I have a feeling that it will be a close and low-scoring game. 2-1 or 3-2.
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Lost a bit of respect for Gaustad on the Lucic charge...I always thought he would be the perfect 4th line center for the Habs, even Moen (which I like a lot) would have been more agressive than him.
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The NHL is a ****ing disgrace. The entire post-lockout "new" NHL is basically disposed of every time Lucic steps on the ice. Why the league thinks letting Claude Julien coach a goon squad is more important than having a functioning rulebook is beyond me. Miller's arguably the best goalie in hockey, and he was elbowed in the head at full speed by a proven cheap shot artist and is now out indefinitely. Lucic got 2 minutes and the Bruins got an easy win. Seems fair.
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I feel bad for Miller, he gets run over and nothing gets called. Lucic really is a piece of ****. I like that he plays with intensity and I like that he's the powerforward type player everyone wants, but you have to draw the line somewhere, and than line is way before running over goalies. Goalies aren't big like players are, they don't need to be able to handle a physical player.

I think Boston has been going around doing whatever they want for too long. And you just know all the Bruins fans are laughing at the "overreaction" from NHL fans for Lucic running over Miller. I don't agree with payback because it's not good for the game but just once I'd like to see Boston at the short end of the stick with this crap. Why doesn't someone run over their goalie and get away with it.

I would never hope for a Bruins player to be injured, it's sadistic to hope for other players' injuries, but let me tell you, if it did happen, I wouldn't care as much as if it happened to a player from another team just because Boston seems to not care for the well-being of the colleagues so why should we care about their players?
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Oh by the way Tyler Myers is a healthy scratch tonight. Looks like Lindy Ruff likes to stifle young players development too.
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3-2 Habs in a shootout.
(so close...)
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Absolutely Enroth has been better than Miller this year, but still Miller's a perennial all star. He really is a marquee player. Anyway I don't think Lucic took out Miller to make the game an easier win, he did it to injure him, plain and simple. He clearly enjoys taking cheap shots, just look at the people he's sucker-punched.
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No Miller,

We have no excuse if we lose this game
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It's impossible to have a civil discussion with most of their fans. Some of them are pretty cool, I suppose it's the case for most fan bases, but I don't know. I just can't stand bRuin fans.

And yeah, there was quite a few trolls on these boards during the Pacioretty incident.
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Even though it's against my team, but if the sabres run our goalie I don't expect that player to get suspended...
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I wonder what would have happened had he connected. Miller probably would have been suspended.
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Pretty good period, the DD line looks solid, Buffalo is sleep walking be nice to get a couple early in the second and bury them.
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Chara didn't even know Pacioretty was on the ice.

Apparantly awareness of what is going on around you is not a pre-requisite to being an NHL player.
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I find Lucic a disgrace for what he did, go back to your board with your dirty team.
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Just a matter of time before the Sabres tie this game up if this continues..
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lol Gaustad is such a clown... if we were better on the PP the loss would be entirely in his hands
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If it goes to SO the sabres are gonna crush us.
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Who is the brunette seating behind Lindy Ruff ?
Andrew Brunette
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Watch Vanek score with a monster shot
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vanek, roy, pominville, stafford, etc. SO = we lose
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Vanek is a beast in the SO...
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Knowing What You Are in Sports

Colin Cowherd made the point on his radio show today that a big part of sports (football specifically) is knowing who you are and what you’re good at. While it’s definitely true in the NFL and each good team has an identity, I think it’s important at the individual level as well.

The best example I can give is my own experiences as an inline hockey player. I took up the sport later than most (age 22) and because of that, had some catching up to do. My skating was always pretty good, and I’m a small, fast, agile guy, but my puck-work always lagged behind. When it eventually did start to catch up, I still wasn’t lighting up the scoresheet. I realized at the beginning of my third year that I wasn’t making the best use of my skills. I’d always been a pass-first player because that’s what I was good at first. But I came to realize that at 140 pounds of muscle I had a unique combination of strength and a lack of size. Because I was strong and yet so light, I could accelerate and turn faster than everyone in the league. But that’s not exactly conducive to a pass-first mentality.

In short I needed to make use of my newfound ability to keep the puck on my stick with more control. I could either outskate everyone until something opened up, or create space for myself to score. My goal totals went from 4 in my first year, to 6 in my second to 22 in my third. Once I realized who I was and what I was good at, everything opened up for me. My style of play took on a definitive shape and even though my opposition also realized what I was, they were hard pressed to stop me. (It felt like using a cheat code.)

The Worst Non-Injury of My Career

I was playing ice hockey last night, forward covering the point. The puck came back and I got in position to block the shot, hoping to deflect it ahead and get a break. I did just that...the problem was what I blocked the shot with.

The defenseman's slapper hit me square in the cup, which unfortunately had gotten dislodged. It happened to press the edge up against my dick like a foam covered knife. Not one to pass up a breakaway I skated after the puck but was eventually foiled. It was then that the adrenaline started to wear off and my junk started to hurt. It literally felt like the tip had been chopped off. I coasted to the bench, crumpling over the boards and tore off my gloves. I expected to see blood when I opened my pants, but thankfully there was none. Five minutes later it stopped hurting and I went on for another shift still whole-dicked.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

CV Cast - Bruins

Penn State and Catholicism

Again, I said I wouldn’t write anything on the Penn St. scandal and here I am, a liar. And again, this is in that vein, but focusing more on something else. I’ve seen a few people here and there whom I know to be Catholics expressing their outrage and disgust at what Sandusky did.

It makes me laugh.

Sorry, but that’s the response I have when something in front of me is devoid of all logic. And these are smart people…they don’t just hate Sandusky for molesting boys, they hate McQueary, and Paterno, and the PSU administration for enabling and allowing that horror. They have a good idea of what happened.

But these people are just as bad and they don’t even know it. They give money to an institution that not only has seen several of its authority figures molest children, but then pays those molesting priests to go somewhere and hide (in the cases where they don’t just move the priest to another church) instead of exposing them to the full force of the law…when they’re not outright challenging the allegations. AND they’ll encourage churches to hide money to avoid paying reparations to victims.

Look, Penn State may have handled this thing in the worst way possible, but at least they got to the point where the guilty parties are being held accountable. The Catholic church is nowhere near that point. Nowhere near it. Sandusky was arrested. The Catholic Church sent one of its worst priests to Ireland and it set to pay him a stipend totaling around $90,000. This is the institution that Catholics give money to! A portion of their money ends up in the hands of a known child molester! Practicing Catholics are paying a child molester!

And spare me the bullshit about giving money in support of all the good things the Catholic Church does. That is complete and utter crap and anyone with half a god damned brain knows it. That’s like all these Penn State idiots defending Joe Paterno because of all the good things he’s done in his tenure at coach.  Awesome...but he’s still a child molester enabler. And Catholics are still passively supporting pedophiles. You make me just as sick as Sandusky, and McQueary, and Paterno, and all these moronic PSU supporters do.

Edit:
It occurred to me that a perfectly valid response is to point out the involvement that NAMBLA or the North American Man Boy Love Association has with several LGBT groups.  Obviously many of those groups have publicly anti-endorsed (is that a word) NAMBLA much like many individual priests have spoken out against molestation.  It's a little different animal than these priests doing nothing other than parroting the company line and not doing more to effect change in a thoroughly broken organization, but there are similarities.  Does that excuse church goers who (I'm sure) do not endorse some of the things that the Catholic Church does when they give money to their parish (even if a portion of that does work it's way up the ladder)?  I'm not sure.

The thing is there are parallels everywhere.  Not just LGBT orgs linked to NAMBLA, but gas stations that link to terrorism, or at the very least anti-American organizations.  Clothing and electronics manufacturers that make use of child labor.  What's lost in the above (probably because I didn't mention it) is that stuff like this happens all the time. 

Maybe we're all a little sick.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Losers GDT - Senators

Enroth starting? ****.
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I can just feel a W coming tonight!
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Derek Roy sucks.

His name sucks. His diving sucks. His face sucks.
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its too easy for Buffalo...goalies really dont have much of a chance when there is nobody covering these guys in front
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These Buffalo fans get excited at every play..
(Yeah, it's called having a team that doesn't suck.)
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(Ten posts later...)
wow that building sounds dead
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is it me or does Harry Neil sound......not well?
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I'll say it again. Buffalo wins the cup this year.
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Why do our goaltending always has to suck?

Shots are 26-15 Ottawa, but it's 4-1 Buffalo...
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Tonights goaltending has reminded me of healthy Pascal Leclaire.
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Just an epic fail.

CV Cast - Senators 2

Moral Fiber

Okay, so I lied a little bit. I said earlier that I wasn’t going to write anything on the Penn state scandal because it’s painfully obvious what opinion any reasonable and decent human being should have. This isn’t quite in that vein, but it is partially related.

I want to talk about morality. People keep saying how disappointed they are because of Penn State’s high moral standards, and though I don’t know anything about the university, I think the claim is complete bullshit solely because it invokes the word ‘morality.’ Morality has, for a while, been a word most often used to excuse something that a lot of people generally find reprehensible. It’s what bigots use when they want to denigrate a group of people because their religion (or their perversion of their religion)tells them to. I don’t know that the word has any meaning any more, and the more I think about it, I don’t know that it ever did.

Morality, as we can see, is a completely arbitrary set of rules that decent people are supposed to live by. You shouldn’t kill anyone…but wars are okay, and so is self defense. You should spread love and peace interculturally…unless those other guys worship a different invisible man in the sky. You should be civil and treat others the way you’d like to be treated…but we can’t even manage to agree on how to go about doing that. So I don’t put much stock into Penn State’s, or even anyone’s moral values.

As Maude says in Harold and Maude, “Vice, virtue, it’s best not to be too moral, you cheat yourself out of too much life. Aim above morality.” I’m not sure that’s anything in particular other than a random collection of words meant to sound profound, but I think the lesson is that we need to free ourselves of the rules that don’t seem to have any purpose or backbone. I like the Wiccan ideology, “If it harms none, do as you will.” That sounds perfect.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Losers GDT - Thrashers

Let's hope we are a little more discipline. I was almost off my seat when Oduya was making good PK plays and it was scary.
(Yep...nope.)
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Buffalo has great team defense... could be another shutout for the Jets.

Likely a low scoring game either way.
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I predict a very similar finish that we had against the Rangers, that is:

- The Jets will suck the life out of the game with their "garbage hockey" style of play which will frustrate the opposition until one of their snipers opens things up with a late goal in the second. Then the Sabres will add a few more in the third.
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Say what you will about Jeanneret, but I still think he's one of the best in the game.
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We're probably gonna get destroyed.
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I gotta tell you after watching 7 years of those marshmallows known as the Edmonton Oilers play, it's refreshing to see a team that's not afraid to be physical.

We might take some extra penalties but it will win you more and more games down the road and into the playoffs.
(Might?)
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Jets PK is poor. Gotta avoid taking penalties.
(That's a bold strategy Cotton...let's see how it pans out...)
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Eesh. That looked bound to happen at some point. Buffalo's PP dominating.
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Buffoon just stood there. He is a useless piece of fat-ass ****.
(Putting the fugli in Byfuglien since...)
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Buff again. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!
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Can we cut buffs fat *** he is so useless
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Most undisciplined team in the league
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Who the **** falls over from a hook that little?
(These are the type of people that have never played hockey. Doesn't take much to knock someone over on ice.)
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Why does everyone blame the refs when clearly we take stupid penalties? We are an undisciplined team and take OBVIOUS penalties. This is a joke.
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I love these bi-polar Jets. Games are either zero-goal snoozers or shooutout shinny. Listening to the Sabres broadcast team and Jeannerett is an absolute beeeaaaassssstttttt.
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Well played Buffoon. Now use this as momentum to get your fat-ass in gear.
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PS the Sabres passing is sublime.
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This is an absolute embarrassment. These refs should be ashamed of themselves.
(Whine whine.)
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Derek Roy is pathetic.

Dives like a little schoolgirl, then does a ridiculous celebration when his lucky one timer goes off the side of Pavelec's head and in when it would have missed the net if it didn't hit Pavelec.
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I despise Roy with a passion and would have no problems if someone gave him the 'Matt Cooke' treatment.

He is everything that is wrong about the game.
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OT. At least 8 points on the road trip, that's a positive.

I predict Buffalo gets the game winner on a PP after a questionable call.
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Just thought of something disturbing.... Mannino is going to need a start soon
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Did not see the game but ANY game you allow 4 PP goals and a SH goal against you do not deserve to win.

Terrible special teams play.
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CV Cast - Thrashers

Saturday, November 5, 2011

CV Cast - Senators

Loser's GDT - Senators

Our Haikus have been
pretty unsuccesful for
our most recent games.
(what?)
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How can you not hate Toronto and Montreal more with all of their arrogant fans filling our building and acting like they own the place? Buffalo is just a fun team to play against.
(How indeed. As far as rivals go, Ottawa's fans are probably the most amicable.)
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still looks like we are a team with 3 or 4 top six forwards and 9 or so 3rd or 4th liners..
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Poor Columbus. They desperately need goaltending.

Apparently Cody Bass was yelling at the team. He's probably wondering wtf he walked into but at least he's playing in the NHL.
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1 - 2 Sens.
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I can't stand this terrible powerplay.

Spezza is playing like absolute garbage.
(What a dumb cock, their powerplay was second in the league.)
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If I just read this thread I'd think we were down by four and Spezza has scored on our net twice.
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Vanek is almost a sure thing in the SO.
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wtf was that EK

Vanek got a lazy goal, you can't
(the hell?)
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I hate Roy.

I hate his face. I hate his antics. I hate his diving. I hate his name.

Why did it have to be him to win it?
(Ahahaha fuck you.)
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Friday, November 4, 2011

Loser's GDT - Flames

Most Pathetic Game Day Thread I've ever seen. Three pages? What the fucking fuck?

We're doomed.



GO FLAMES GO!
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I have faith in the new lines, however, I think Buffalo takes this. 3-2
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I really really don't want to watch Regehr play against us
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Flames win 5-3, Regehr gets lit up all night and proves why we traded that weak slow bum!
(Good call moron.)
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I do not really understand why everyone is worried about Bruno, he is a very good backup.
He isn't Kipper.
(He's younger and better.)
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I think Regehr got traded for a reason. In order to get rid of Stajan and Hagman's contracts, we had to ship Regehr. It's all strategy as Regehr will "tunnel of death" both Hagman and Stajan. Lifetime placement on Injury List

But seriously, i miss Regehr.

CV Cast - Flames

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CV Cast - Flyers

Not feeling things that suck

Shitty feelings are exactly that, so for the most part I opt to not feel them. Which sounds like I'm burying the negative beneath a thin, and ultimately unstable veneer, but those who know me know that isn't the case. I think you can address and deal with something that has a negative impact without getting swept up in the emotional tide.

It helps that I have a strong desire to not bullshit myself, and an overwhelmingly realistic approach to life. Because of this, I'm not often surprised by things that happen. Most of the time I'm pretty aware of all possibilities and try not to hold myself to any one in particular. When something bad does happen, I feel more of an "oh, well I knew it was possible," more than a "that sucks."

It also helps me fix problems that crop up, getting to the root of what is making mad, sad, etc. If I'm not distracted by the feelings, I'm focused on what will get results.

Introversion

Last weekend when I was at my girlfriend's house, her housemate's friend insisted on meeting me. Upon shaking hands, he said something to the effect of "yay now we can all be friends and be social (he is also gay)." Um...no.

I can't help but think this was some misguided attempt to "rescue" the quiet people who never leave their room. What utter bullshit. It's as though being perfectly content to spend your time with limited company is somehow wrong. I'm sure this guy is and was a fairly nice and well meaning person, but if he was attempting to "rescue" us, then he was behaving like a complete and utter asshole. "Being quiet isn't a part of your personality, it's a defect! Come fix it!" Fuck that guy.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tim Tebow
I will be perfectly honest up front, I don’t like Tim Tebow. I’m not a Christian, and while Christians themselves do not bother me, Tebow-mania along with his use of that faith to partner with an unwholesome organization bother me significantly.
But as I continue to regard the athlete for things outside the world of sports, I’ve come to recognize that Tebow is a victim, like the wide-blue-eyed member of the Hitler Youth movement or the innocent and wholly (and blissfully) ignorant child whose parents retain an unfortunate membership to the KKK. (The difference of course is that while those organizations have been used to perpetuate evil, there is an aspect of good to Christianity.) With Tebow’s involvement with Focus on the Family, it’s clear that a benevolent Christian path is not one Tebow walks.

But can we to blame him? Tim Tebow is a victim of the parallel universe his home-schooling and his ultra-conservative parents have forced him to live in. His decision to partner with FotF, an organization that retains ties to the SPLC-designated hate group the Family Research Council (and was in fact founded by the same person) and whose own president has said that "homosexuality will destroy the earth" was almost certainly a product of the forces of that universe.

So even though I may dislike Tebow, I’ve tried to come to see him as he is, a victim of a perversion of faith. Nothing more, nothing less.

CV Cast - Panthers 2

Friday, October 28, 2011

CV Cast - Jackets

Loser's GDT - BJs

Well at least we've lulled the league into the backup class now. Lets hope they have a short memory and dont remember the Buffalo beat down last year that triggered the late season fall.
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I really like the sabres uniforms.
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That Kaleta is a real piece of ****. Now looks like Bass may have hurt his hand.
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Kaleta, guy has no respect.
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I'll have to watch it again, but the only thing I noticed in real time was Mason's New York sized fivehole (first goal)
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Can we please send this punching bag back to Springfield?............. (Bass after the McCormick fight)
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Enroth for Vezina, I'm calling it now...They're making me think it's possible.
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I wish GameCenter had a 'Fast Forward Until Mayorov/Pahlsson/Dorsett Aren't On The Ice Anymore' button
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Stop aiming AT THE GOALIE jeez
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Vermette stinks like a hobo's baindaid for 10 straight games and there is no demotion. Johan gets a single goal scored on him, which didn't appear to be his fault much at all, and he is benched.

Fire Arniel. This is just epic stupidity.
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"shot from a sharp angle"
We're trying that way too much. I get if you run out of options but we're doing it nearly every shift, and trying to bounce it of the back of the goalie. Go to prime scoring areas
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Is the crowd just poorly mic'd or what? It's pretty damn quiet in there.
(It was dead as a doornail until right before Kaleta scored.)
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Lastly, we all said we wanted to see a more high scoring style of hockey under Arniel. Well, he's giving it to us in spades. Other teams have never scored so much against a Jackets team.
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I just got home from this game, after being harrased by a Canadian border guard about how much I drank tonight...Only 2, I swear
(Fuck leafs fans for coming to our games to root for the other team. God I wish we'd conquer Canada.)
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Monday, October 24, 2011

First Day, First Impressions - GBU

So today was my first day at a temp. job that has the potential to turn into a full time position come December.  Without further adieu, the good, the bad, and the ugly.

The Good:
  • Everyone is really friendly, much more so than previous places of employment.
  • Most of the employees have been there a long time, again much more so than previous places of employment.
  • They seem committed to being patient and allowing me to watch and learn for a long time. Some people are Peyton Manning and throw 20 TDs in their first season. Some people are Drew Brees and ride the pine a bit.
  • No billing to specific projects. Thank fucking god.
  • Supervisor suggested I leave early. That would NEVER have happened at my previous places of employment. Not that I expect this to be the norm, but it's nice to be working under someone who is realistic as opposed to someone who's under the mindset "you need to be working late every day even though we haven't given you hardly any actual work to do."
  • No cube entrance facing into a major thoroughfare. I can't tell you how much this annoyed me before.
  • Plenty of personal calls, breaks, etc. taken by those around me. Nice to work for a company that realizes that people aren't machines that you can just plug in for eight hours a day.
  • As the setting sun lit up the red trees, the drive back was pretty.
  • The commute was not nearly as bad as I expected. Almost no traffic.
  • The company gives an hour for lunch.

The Bad:
  • I don't really like taking an hour lunch. I'd rather take a half hour and leave earlier, especially since I bring food and don't have to spend ten minutes procuring food.
  • The commute is 40 minutes. While it wasn't as bad as I expected, that's still a shitty drive.
  • I'm not sure I'll ever get used to working an 8-5 job. Granted it's too early to be making too many judgments, but my big fear with engineering jobs is that I won't grow to love them, that they'll just be good enough and pay well enough for me to like them.

The Ugly:
  • I don't have a computer yet. :(
  • Good 3g service would mitigate the above for now, but it's spotty at best.

Overall I'm more excited for a job than I've ever been before. I think this is a niche that I could really thrive in, and there are a few nearby apartment complexes that I wouldn't mind living in. I think if I had a situation where work was five minutes away, extending sleep time and maximizing leisure time and (minimizing the impact of time away from work), I could really start to enjoy myself.

Friday, October 21, 2011

It Gets Better - Rebecca Drysdale with Lyrics


It Gets Better by Rebecca Drysdale

Amanda is in gym class where the kids go to get fit,
But her eye's not on the ball at all, it's on Ms. Foster's tits.
Shes got a dirty little secret that everybody knows,
She came out but she wishes she had left the closet closed.

And here is little Davey hiding in the piano room
Playing Wicked, Rent, Chicago, Cats, and Brigadoon.
He's hiding from the locker room and jocks who roam the halls
Where he's safe from wedgies, shiners, and destruction of his balls.

But when they call you weirdos, fags, and rejects, flamers, gays, and hags
Baby-dykes, and homo-dykes, lesbos, homos, and queerbags
It might seem like its hopeless and will never be okay,
But listen to the ones who care, believe them when they say...

It gets better!

Someday you'll look back and you wont give a fuck
When you're swimmin' through your pussy vault like Scrooge 'fuckin'' McDuck
And when you're snatchin' your first Grammy, super-glam and lookin' slick,
It wont be much time til they get in line for a chance to suck your dick.

It gets better!

It wasn't long til they told Johnny that he wasn't normal
When he wore a strapless gown and high heels to his junior formal,
But the cool guys, they felt passionately that his chosen fashion
Was a rationalization for a rash of Johnny-bashin.'

Everyone made fun of Shannon cause she kissed a girl,
So she hid her head and closed her mouth and shut out her whole world.
She is brilliant, smart and funny, kind and talented, but hey
It doesn't matter what she is, all she is to them is gay.

But when they call you carpet munchers, fudge-packers, and queens
Lesbians-in-training, Marys, lily nancy teens
It might seem like you're different, weird, unusual, or strange,
But hang in there cause things will always and have always changed.

It gets better!

Johns a stylist and he's gotten pretty far,
Now he doesn't get his ass kicked, but his ass kissed by the stars.
And when Shannon got to college, she met people just like her
And she realized who the d-bags and the fuckheads really were.

It gets better!

Jane Lynch, Boy George, Versace,
Adam Lambert, Liberace,
Elton, Tim, John, Michael Stipe,
Ellen, Rosie, Wanda Sykes.

Jodie Foster, Linda Perry,
Gandalf the wizard, actually a fairy.
Simon, Amstell, K.D. Lang,
Even Brando liked some wang.

Rachel Maddow, huge muff-diver,
Richard Hatch who won Survivor,
Nathan Lane, Truman Capote,
even Obi Wan Kenobi.

Billy Joe from Green Day's bi,
Ricky Martin, big surprise,
Doogie Howser, what a showman,
Dave Hyde Pierce and all the Romans.

Tommy Tune and Alvin Ailey,
Meredith Baxter, Leica Haley.
Lohan, Paquin, both are bi,
Boy George and George Takei.

Cher has a transgendered child,
George Michael and Oscar Wilde.
Everyone involved in glee
One tenth of everyone you know and me.

All of them are just like you,
It got better for them and it will for you too.

It gets better!

If you're gay or bi or something in between,
There's no one who is meaner than a bunch of asshole teens.
But those assholes are the first people you will soon forget
When you're livin' life and learning how much better it can get.

It gets better!

Oh yeah, it gets better!

It gets better!

Yeah yeah yeah...

It gets better!



(I might have missed a name or word or two, let me know.)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Loser's GDT - Panthers

The Sabres are really good. One of the better teams in the East, imo. A win would be huge but I'm not expecting it.
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Get real. The Sabres are one of the favorites in the East. Nothing defeatist about assessing a situation realistically instead of blind homeristic optimism.
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Nothing more worthless than posting a .gif. Any reason you disagree? Why do you think winning this game would be huge? Let me tell you since you don't seem to get it. The Sabres are really good and a better team than us. Ask anyone who has watched them this year, take a look at their record, and how much of their core is intact and then compare them to us and you should be able to figure it out. We're better than some teams but not all teams. Not sure why being honest is out of bounds.
(All three by the same poster)
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In order to win we simply need to work harder than buffalo. Plain and Simple!
That's what Montreal thought.
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I'm not here to talk any trash, but I just got to turn the game on now.. is that normal for the stands to be that empty at panthers games?
No, was a bomb scare, only the hardcore fans stayed. (lol)
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Holy crap. Did Bradley's face explode?
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"Ryan Miller is gonna stop the first shot 95-199% of the time."

-Billy Lindsay
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Originally Posted by Erick View Post
Ellerby sucks.
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Ellerby sucks
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View Poll Results: Can the Cats bounce back from the last lackluster game?

This is a new team, it won't bother them. 5 19.23%
Another tough opponent? I don't know... 5 19.23%
They've actually slept since then, so probably. 6 23.08%
Let's put it this way, Rick Jeanneret is gonna be screaming a lot. 10 38.46%
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man against boys out there, man against boys
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Jeebus. You give Vanek an open from the middle of the slot at 15 feet, and he's gonna score 9 out of 10. Seriously, Theo has been the only good spot in this game, imo. None of those 3 goals were because of any mistakes on his part.

Not a great game. At least we have a couple of upcoming against some iffy teams. Hopefully we can get our collective ***** together.

CV Cast - Panthers

Star Trek Deep Space Nine

I was born in 1986, the year before The Next Generation premiered as the second installment of Star Trek on television.  So I have some very early memories of episodes in the later seasons as it continued it's run.  Then Voyager came on when I was in junior high and I was hooked from the beginning.  My Trek obsession really began with Captain Kathryn Janeway and her crew's struggle to get home.

Some time later I discovered episodes from The Original Series on VHS at our local library.  I burned through as many as I could in short order before getting the entire series on DVD a few years later.

And then there was Deep Space Nine, the redheaded, forgotten stepchild of the Star Trek Universe.  I never got into DS9 because my parents never watched it.  I'd always loved the Trek novels, and inevitably that involved some advances by DS9 characters as I started to run out of Voyager and TNG material.  With so many of them intriguing me (mainly Ezri Dax and Julian Bashir), I couldn't help but pick up a few seasons of DS9.  That was a good call.

Deep Space Nine is without a doubt the best Star Trek series, and it isn't even close.  Voyager wins the prize for best episodes, but DS9 is the best series as a whole.  And the reason for that is twofold.  One, it has the best cast.  Two, it does the most to create and expand the Star Trek Universe.

Granted TOS had an amazing cast...but there's only so much Kirk boinks an alien, Spock makes a pithy joke, and McCoy gets angry at Spock I can handle.  The Next Generation had probably three or four of the worst characters in Star Trek: Wesley Crusher, Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi, and Katherine Pulaski.  Voyager had a few characters who were boring (Chakotay, Kes), and a few characters that had extremely obnoxious story arcs (Neelix, The Doctor).

In Deep Space Nine, there wasn't a single character I didn't love.  Avery Brooks had such a jovial and laid back approach to captain Sisko, he was a joy to watch.  I will never tire of seeing Nana Visitor kick someone's ass.  Terry Farrell had an amazing, mercurial, and ultimately wise approach to Jadzia Dax, and Nicole de Boer deserves a medal for taking that blueprint and creating something else entirely.  Siddeg Al Faddil was amusing in his smarminess, and Colm Meaney was a perfect companion for him.  The only places the series suffered were where Michael Dorn couldn't do anything to liven up Worf, and the few too many trips to Ferenginar.  (And not murdering Keiko O'Brien immediately.)

What draw people to something in fanatic levels is a universe they feel they can immerse themselves in.  It's why The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter are so popular.  DS9 did more for the trek universe than any of the other series combined.  We learned about the Romulans, the Klingons, the Cardassians, the Bajorans, the Tzenkethi, the Breen, the Dominion, the Ferengei, the Nausicans, and even got the best look into the Federation itself of all the series.

TOS and TNG are important because they (in different ways) mark the beginning of the Star Trek Universe.  Deep Space Nine, in returning to the roots of Star Trek, helps it's legacy to endure.  Where The Original Series helped shatter the race barrier and diversify television, Deep Space Nine started to deconstruct some of the taboos we have about gender and sex.  Where TOS featured the first inter-racial kiss on television, DS9 featured the first same-sex kiss on television.  In DS9 we broke from the safe world of TNG and entered an area where no topic was too dark.  Sex, Death, Genocide, Religion, nothing was sacred.

Deep Space Nine looms as the greatest Trek Series because it grew to be larger than life in a way that TOS was too far ahead of it's time to accomplish.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CV Cast - Canadiens

Loser's GDT - Canadiens

As always, real posts by real dumbasses.


gonna be a bounce back game from the habs

3 1
(good call, asshole)
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Their top 3 defenseman are all arguably better than any of ours. We're in for a tough one tonight!
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Man, that Buffalo line-up is crazy deep.

5-1 Sabres
(Lost of love from the Quebec internets)
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In Buffalo they don't run their coaches out of town every 3 years. Stability goes a long way. Though they always seem to come up a bit short. I called Buffalo for the Cup this year. We'll see.
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Habs will lose tonight, but they'll play well.


I have to say though, the Sabres are praised everywhere, Habs players know this, and that's usually when they rise to do their best. When they know they have to play strong all game long to win.
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Unreal, i would love to have that 4th line in Montreal. Imagine one of the top face-off guys on the fourth line.
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40 shots for Sabres tonight with Montreal winning is my prediction.
(So close...)
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13 minutes late !!!about freaking time
(We know...)
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Weak weak call on Plekanec...that was brutal. Refs must be trying to get Buffalo going...
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Sabres goal is a force field tonight.
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Good period. Fire everyone.
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Why Nickelback.
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+1 for Ryan Miller being an awesome goalie.
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How the **** can you not penalized that trip on Desharnais?
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Wow what a slew foot by Gaustad.
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If we lose this... I'll start being pretty concerned about our chances to make the playoffs this year. We can't blame the injuries... sure we're missing Cammy and Markov but if we can't win without them it says a lot about our team...
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Buffalo's armpit sweat patches are really corny. They should get rid of those.
(Yes)
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Are you freaking kidding me...
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I saw that coming after that icing...
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That Vanek goal is ******* painful.
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Bonehead icing by Gorges...no way Vanek should score from there...Price has been weak on both goals...was about a foot off the post. Miller is winning them the F%%#ing game.
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Hey by the way


We won the cup in 93 !
(With Colorado's HOF goaltender...)
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Gotta admit though...that was a beautifully executed faceoff play. I mean it couldn't have worked any better.
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Perfect shot from Vanek, but thats what he does. He should have never been that open.
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at lease Halak is more consistent
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Some of you guys are nuts. At his best, Vanek is a legit elite sniper. He had all the time in the world and took a perfect shot.
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ITS CALLED HAVING A SET DEFENSIVE PLAY IN YOUR ZONE !!! ARE YOU REALLY THAT TECHNICALLY HOCKEY ILLITERATE ?
ITS CALLED A PLAYER SKATING TO THE BENCH TO RELAY A PLAY TO THE REST OF THE PLAYERS AND NOT WASTE A TIME OUT. HAVE YOU EVER PLAYED HOCKEY?
(Arguing the merits of calling a timeout on the icing that led to the Vanek goal...five pages later)
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If we were to tank better not suck enough to land Yakupov but enough for us to get Grigorenko.
(Game five...)
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Send Darche to run Miller.
(Turnbuckle Pacioretty...)
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Miller you are way too good.
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I wish we had Gaustad
(And for 2.3M...)
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If we ever won the cup, we could go 0-82 the next year and i wouldnt care.
(And if the Yankees ever win a World Series...)
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can somebody run Miller ?
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Sabres doesn't deserve to be in the game. They are Bantam B players.
(lol)
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We were due to get a bad season...
Due? Since 1993?
(Just when I was asking god for a post showing what entitled twats Habs fans are...)

Labels

I went to a presentation on Transgenderism at RIT last weekend because it's something I'm very curious about and lack information on. The speaker was a female-to-male transgendered individual that (from what I've heard) had been taking hormones (testosterone) for about six months. I say this, not really because it's relevant to the entry, but to show that the information was coming from an eminently qualified individual.

And yet when it came time to discuss and define transgenderism, and more broadly, gender and sex as a whole, he stumbled. And thought. And hesitated. And really what we discover is that even someone who has (literally) a lifetime of experience with these issues can't find any sort of appropriateness within the various labels. It seems that labels don't really work so well. We like to put things in categories, but people are too unique for that to be done with any sort of effectiveness.

My girlfriend has said on numerous occasions, "I don't understand why I have to be straight or a bisexual, or genderqueer, or whatever. Why can't I just be a person?"

Why indeed.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Friends' Weddings; a Conundrum

I'll be up front right now, I probably don't have enough friends to really have to worry about going to many weddings. I am okay with this. But for those that do deign to invite me to theirs, it presents a conundrum.

Obviously I'm happy for those of my friends that choose to pursue a partnership, that cannot be overstated. The issue lies with the organizations that those people would choose to officiate their marriage. I'm not sure I can endorse an organization that has such a deep rooted and fundamental hatred for myself, my girlfriend, and people like us. On one hand that's a selfish thought, but on the other, I'd feel like I was letting down the millions of LGBT individuals that are fighting so hard for equality.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Losers GDT - Penguins

(It should be noted that the Pens had one less page than the Kings. Hockey market my ass.)
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Watched the Sabres last night. Their only glaring weakness was a tendency to allow odd-man rushes while on the PP, evidence by the two shorties scored by Carolina. Hopefully the Pens PKers can take advantage of that if it remains the case.
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I don't like their chances without geno, buffalo is stacked. They have 3 great lines to roll out.

4-2 Sabres

I hope I am wrong
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Sabres are impressing me.
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New/worst drinking game ever: drink every time the Penguins makes three clean passes in a row.
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Just as stupid as we know Flyers fans are, we shouldn't mock them for something a bit of our fanbase will presumably do itself. (HOLY SHIT REASON! Re: Booing Richards/Jagr)
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These guys need to start plowing over Gerbe. (Gerbe is a dick.)
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Wow. What a save.
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What Vanek just did there is what Staal needs to learn how to do.
Offense? (LMAO)
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Funny story: When the 2010 Olympic gold medal game when to OT, I had predicted on the main board that (after missing that breakaway late in the 3rd) Sid would end it.

That, has been just one of my many correct hockey predictions. I either have a potential gift...or I'm just one lucky ****er. (Warning: Dumbass alert(
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****in snipe city....

That was awesome. (Staffy respect.)
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There's plastic wrap over the Sabres net
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Why would you put Staal out there against Guastard??? You knew he was losing that faceoff.
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Nothing at all wrong with tonight's game from the Pens.

With the players we are missing we are not supposed to do more than keep it close against a good team and give Fleury a chance to steal it.

Buffalo have a playoff team, perhaps a division winner.
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Meh we deserved a point, but that wasnt in the cards this time.Martin should have buried his chances.As long as the Wings lose this is a fine night.Philly loses to Kings (No you didn't, fuck you.)
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I came to this thread just to see what you guys had to say about the game, and I'm leaving offended. Sabres spelled Sabres in the OP and our logo is the goat, which we havent used in what, 6-7 years? C'mon guys!

(I'm not offended Buffalo fan...I just feel dirty.)

Loser's GDT - Kings

Both teams would love to get out of Berlin with 4 points under their belt. Unfortunately for Buffalo it won't be them. (Good call, jackass.)
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Please don't ever let that lady sing our anthem again. Butcher job.
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Gerbe makes Marty St. Louis look like Shaq.
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Ennis has some great speed.
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That was almost an goalie interference on Vanek on that goal
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This game shows the huge disparity in coaching. Buffalo gets a turnover and they all go to the front of the net. The Kings get a turnover and they have no one in front.
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Wow, the Sabres have a lot of skill and speed. Or the Kings Defense is just not good today.
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Buffalo has to be the sissiest diver-est girlish team in the NHL. I can't wait until they are swatted out of the first round once again like the bugs they are (Likewise pal)
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Gerbe is little compact, tough kid. He's been standing guys up all game.
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Why are we even dressing a goon in this game?

The Sabres are a skilled team with lots of speed and no goon.
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Westbarf right back out there
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The Sabres remind me of The Blues. Lots of Speed and Skill. The Kings are still going to get Eat up by teams like that.

Loser's GDT - Ducks

I forgot, but we are back! As always real internetz posts from real fans. (My thoughts are in these curvy things.)

Yikes, that Sabres 4th line is an injury waiting to happen. (Respect)
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Damn, that Sabres line up actually looks pretty scary for me. Problems coming in in 2,5 hours. (Respect x2)
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I like the way Buffalo plays. Solid in every zone. (Repect x3)
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We should change our names to "Anaheim Penalties" or "Penalty Kill of Anaheim" =P (Yep.)
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Sabres just are better
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Jesus, Ryan is such a pansy. Running away from Gerbe?
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Seriously though, I hope Regehr punches Getzlaf in the face or something so Getzlaf turns in to pissed off Getzlaf mode.
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Buffalo looks fast and aggressive.
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Regher-Myers is going to be one of the best shutdown pairings in the league this season.
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Jumping on the Milwaukee Bandwagon?

This is the first time in ten years I've watched more than a smattering of postseason baseball, and a large part of that is because of the Milwaukee Brewers.  (Most of it is because the playoffs got a thousand times more enjoyable once there were no Yankees, Red Sox, or Phillies to be found (ratings be damned), but I digress.)

There's something compelling about a team that had one playoff series win (1982) in its 41 year history coming into this season and no world series titles (though the Milwaukee Braves did win one in 1957).  They were the reason I was passably interested in the playoffs a few years ago and now they're the reason I've jumped in head first now.

But do I like them enough to call them my team?

I do have an indirect connection to the Brewers through my friend Lee.  A native of Iowa, Lee roots for the Brewers when he's not rooting for the Mets, and when he's giving a shit about baseball at all (which is practically never).  But that's a reach at best.  Otherwise it simplifies to "they're the best combination of small market and relevant right now."  For years if you asked me my favorite team I hopped between the Mets (being a New Yorker), and the Twins (loving Brad Radke).  But Radke isn't in baseball anymore and I don't get a warm feeling when I think about the Mets.  In fact, I don't get a warm feeling when I think about anyone or anything in New York City (except the DGWU crew).  After years of hating the Jets and Giants and the Yankees when they're not playing the Red Sox or Phillies, and watching upstate get the shaft by the city, it makes me a little sick to try and identify with those people.

The other part of it is that I have no desire to watch 162 baseball games in a year.  A bit of a difference from other sports where I haven't missed a game in almost three years (Buffalo Sabres), or since the Clinton Administration (Buffalo Bills).  I'm not only not going to be able to watch a lot of Brewers games in a year, I'm not going to want to.

But having a team to call my own is different and might make baseball a bit more enjoyable, right?  Especially since the Brewers are one of maybe ten teams with a good chance of making the playoffs.  Plus it's a small market with fun crowds, a ridiculous home field advantage that's starved for a championship.  That's everything I like to root for.

Some Thoughts on Mental Issues

Gender Identity Disorder has started to ring truer with me in recent weeks like the increasing low vibrations of a tell-tale bell.  It's something that I have grown fascinated with for a multitude of reasons, how close it hits to home, and how callously it is disregarded among them.

It's the latter that has struck me harder as of late.  To read the rhetoric being pushed about the internet, some of it by those who have otherwise shown themselves to be intelligent and tolerant people, is, in a word, disappointing.  Read any publicized news story on an issue regarding Gender Identity Disorder and the hate comments spew fire from the mouth of ignorant dragon after ignorant dragon.  It is, to far too many people, something ridiculous that can simply denied through force of will or buried under a veneer of other thoughts.  As though the problem with schizophrenics and those with bipolar disorder is that they need to merely "stop acting crazy" and that those with Parkinson's or Cerebral Palsy or Epilepsy need to "stop acting disabled."

To me, one of the key facets of maturity or enlightenment is a heightened sense of self-awareness.  I think that's what gets me in regards to the public outcry against Gender Identity Disorder.  To treat such issues as though they are uncommon, and such people as though they are blights is, simply put, hideously un-self-aware. 

We like to put everything into neat little boxes, but nature doesn't quite work that way.  Every single person has an aspect of their personality that is at odds (sometimes severe odds) with their biological gender.  In denigrating those who do not conform to such boxes members of society are, like Tom Riddle, shredding a part of themselves in the process.

I'm not sure what's sadder, making fun of someone because you see (subconsciously) a part of yourself in them...or making fun of them because they were born with the brain chemistry of one gender and the physiology of another.  Of course, chastising people for something they cannot change is nothing new.

We are truly a cruel people.