Thursday, March 31, 2011

Freedom of Restraint: Freedom of Restraint: Episode 13 - Leif's Folly

Freedom of Restraint: Freedom of Restraint: Episode 13 - Leif's Folly: "Freedom of Restraint: Episode 13 Leif's Folly Monday Night/Tuesday Morning Arista grabbed Leif from the House Slaves' room and led him down..."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Losers' GDT - Rangers

Real posts by real Rangers fans.  And they even smell like it!

Have to beat them with Enroth in net. We've gotten over this back-up curse lately.
(That worked out well.)
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Well, now that people have "automatic win" down, we'll be losing this one for sure.
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Just here to say you're welcome for Miller, and also to say that we did our part last night, now it's your turn Go get 'em!
(Leafs fans are dicks.)
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I really like what Vanek is creating out there, any chance Sather can pick him up?
(Lol no.  Will someone move the Yankees to like Toledo or some shit and the Rags to Acapulco to rid New York Cityers of the "we can buy any player we want" mentality?  Seriously, fuck them.)
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What a block by Boyle in front there! Vanek is so good 1v1.
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Vanek is scary good
(I like seeing which Sabres opponents are afraid of.)
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GOD I WANT VANEK.

He's so amazing!

/gush
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Vanek's a stud but he isnt Mario.
(Random comparison.)
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If he had better finish, he'd be right up there with Ovechkin every year in goals.

He seems to get 10 chances a game. He has everything you could want in an offensive player - size, talent, wicked shot, willingness to stand in the crease, gets garbage goals. He just seems to be missing something.
(Sigh...)
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You look at the names on the Buffalo roster and then you wonder how this team is clinging for its playoff lives

I have never liked Lindy Ruff -- as a player or a coach. I think he is grossly, grossly overrated. He had the luxury of having the greatest goalie in NHL history (IMO) in his prime and a top-5 goalie since the lockout. Outside of 1999 (all Hasek) and 2007 (great drafting), what has Ruff done to really warrant coaching the same team for almost 15 years?

If you asked me, with a new owner, they should add a new coach as well.
(Uh...what?)
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I wish the Rangers had a player who can shoot like that..
(I think most Sabres fans would give the Rags Connolly.)
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If we get shutout by Enroth.. OMG...
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(Two posts later...)
I don't think Rangers will score any goals tonight.
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Enroth is in net.. Freakin Enroth..
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Enroth with the SO it just reeks of it.
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"Myers is big....so big."

Yes, we noticed.
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why does it look so easy for EVERY OTHER NHL-TEAM TO ENTER THE ZONE?

that was one frustrating PP
(Funny, I actually thought the Rags' zone entry was pretty good, especially on their first power play.  Just goes to show you outside the top five, no one is really satisfied with their power play.)
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The season is over, really? Why are people saying this? You don't know that Johnson is going to come in, dominate in the 3rd period, get 4 shutouts over the next 6 games, then lead us to Stanley Cup glory in the playoffs, going 16-5 with a 1.89 GAA and 932 sv%.?
(LMAO...)
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Neutral zone has the Sabres logo on it because apparently they own it.
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I could have started in goal for the Sabres and have a shutout..
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Is Buffalo playing with 6 men? They are EVERYWHERE.
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Nah, throwing pucks into the slot when there are 3 Sabres there to clear and/or block it is a much smarter strategy. It'll work eventually...eventually...eventually.
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once again, refs not calling **** against the sabres. myers is the new gill. gets away with so much ****.
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**** you Gaborik, **** Rangers.
(There's probably about thirty of these.)
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Canes turning it on

Win tomorrow or its 9th
(I don't think he understands how math works.)
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Leaf fans, you wouldn't make the playoffs even if Buffalo lost because your team is horrible.
(Not even NYC trash likes leafs fans.)
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This could be the loss that ends the season.
(DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!)


Sabres - Rangers Podcast

Monday, March 28, 2011

Technically a Professional Writer!

As of this date I have sold a remarkable six books (5 copies of Cube Wars, 1 copy of The Chosen) for a total of $14.68 ($10.58 on Lulu, $2.10 on Kindle Publishing) in revenue. which means that I haven't made enough to actually receive any money since I have yet to hit either of the minimum requirements ($20 on Lulu, $10 on Kindle).

However, the fact remains that I am a professional writer since I've actually sold my work (kinda).  That's six more than most of you (and hundreds less than Amanda).  I remain hopeful that either Arnett Tanner Wants to Die, or Skankarella will get a legit publisher.  I'd like to at least have that accomplishment, but I wonder if publishing houses aren't going to start to go extinct entirely.  It costs next to nothing to ePublish, and one can do it from their home in minutes without facing the rejection of dozens of agents (seriously, fuck them).  Because it costs next to nothing, the author can receive way more in royalties AND provide their work at less cost to the reader.  I have The Chosen available for $3 electronically and I receive about four times more in royalties than I would in print at less than half the cost to the reader.

The downside is less publicity...or so you would think.  I often wonder what the real difference is between a book sitting on a shelf in a fiction section and an ebook sitting in a queue on a search.  Is there really that much loss in sales and publicity by ePublishing?  Is their actualy a gain since readers can sift through hundreds of books in less time on the internet without having to put on their in-public pants and head down to the bookstore.  Plus my book can be seen from anywhere online, not just specific bookstores.

What does this all mean?  It means that I need to be aggressive in marketing my book since that falls on me.  So buy my books or I'll track your IP, come to you house and pee on your couch.  Check the appropriate tabs for The Chosen and Cube Wars at the top of this page.

The Chosen - No Kindle? No Problem. Available for other eReaders through Lulu.com

For those of you that don't know, The Chosen is my first completed novel.  I've made it available on Lulu for the Nook and other eReaders for $3.  If you don't own an eReader, you can either download a free version of the kindle's software for your computer from their website OR just dowload the book as a PDF from Lulu.  Click on the title above to purchase.  OR THIS FUCKING BUTTON!!!

Support independent publishing: Buy this e-book on Lulu.

The description is as follows:

There are legends of how the creators laid the seeds for the three races. The Vampires were said to have no aversion to sunlight. They were able to gain vitality through the blood of the animals they hunted, affording them great strength, agility, and immortality. Lycans could control their transformations, and control the feral instincts of the wolves they became. Human beings wielded a mastery over the four elemental forces. The three races each flourished in their own way until they grew large and began to infringe upon each other's territory. Squabbles increased, wars broke out and bloodshed became commonplace.

Angered over the violence perpetuated by their children, The Creators punished the three. Vampires were confined to the cold dark climates, their use of blood turned from an advantage into a debilitating addiction. The Lycans were stripped of their control, doomed to transform at the advent of each full moon, wandering as beasts. Human beings lost their elemental prowess, forced to endure the harsh climates in which they lived, to survive by their own devices.

The Chosen follows Ender, a Vampire with unique powers and a link to the history of the three races. When he kidnaps Ellie, a human girl with secrets of her own, it sets off a race against a tenuous alliance of Vampires and Lycans. Turk, desperate to use his son's gifts to save his people from extinction, has begrudgingly pledged allegiance to Jareth, the bloodthirsty leader of a clan of power-hungry Vampires. Both have faith in the legends that foretell of chosen members of each race whose blood can be mixed to end the curses levied upon the three.

Jareth wishes to unite them believing if it is his hand and his hand alone that draws the blood, it will mean the ascension of the Vampires above all others. Turk is hell bent on lifting the disease which has caused the destruction of his people, regardless of what it means for his son Evander, the chosen Lycan. Ender and Ellie travel across New York while being tracked by Evander, seeking the answers to their existence, the reasons they're being hunted, and above all else, survival. During their journeys they will be forced to make difficult decisions, weighing their own safety against the needs of those that are poised to fall subject to Jareth’s wrath, and begin to wonder who the villain really is.

Tentative Video Entry for Sabres 7th Man Contest


May play around with a few things, deadline April 4th.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Vulgar Statistics: Ryan Miller Rest Continued

After the extremely illuminating and Pulitzer worthy (if I may say so) column on Ryan Miller’s performances before and after a night off that I wrote last week, some people wanted to see what Miller’s statistics looked like based on the number of days off he was getting between games (again, over the past three years).  Well I aim to please so…

Read more at BBG.

The Chosen Flying Up the Charts

My Vampire Novel, The Chosen is flying up the charts at Kindle's Amazon Bookstore.  As of right now it is my second most purchased book of all time.  Fucking amazing and definitely reason you should buy it.  Plus it's only three dollars and I could use three dollars a hell of a lot more than say your church, or the convenience store when you want to buy four candy bars.

So buy it now!

There are legends of how the creators laid the seeds for the three races. The Vampires were said to have no aversion to sunlight. They were able to gain vitality through the blood of the animals they hunted, affording them great strength, agility, and immortality. Lycans could control their transformations, and control the feral instincts of the wolves they became. Human beings wielded a mastery over the four elemental forces. The three races each flourished in their own way until they grew large and began to infringe upon each other's territory. Squabbles increased, wars broke out and bloodshed became commonplace.

Angered over the violence perpetuated by their children, The Creators punished the three. Vampires were confined to the cold dark climates, their use of blood turned from an advantage into a debilitating addiction. The Lycans were stripped of their control, doomed to transform at the advent of each full moon, wandering as beasts. Human beings lost their elemental prowess, forced to endure the harsh climates in which they lived, to survive by their own devices.

The Chosen follows Ender, a Vampire with unique powers and a link to the history of the three races. When he kidnaps Ellie, a human girl with secrets of her own, it sets off a race against a tenuous alliance of Vampires and Lycans. Turk, desperate to use his son's gifts to save his people from extinction, has begrudgingly pledged allegiance to Jareth, the bloodthirsty leader of a clan of power-hungry Vampires. Both have faith in the legends that foretell of chosen members of each race whose blood can be mixed to end the curses levied upon the three.

Jareth wishes to unite them believing if it is his hand and his hand alone that draws the blood, it will mean the ascension of the Vampires above all others. Turk is hell bent on lifting the disease which has caused the destruction of his people, regardless of what it means for his son Evander, the chosen Lycan. Ender and Ellie travel across New York while being tracked by Evander, seeking the answers to their existence, the reasons they're being hunted, and above all else, survival. During their journeys they will be forced to make difficult decisions, weighing their own safety against the needs of those that are poised to fall subject to Jareth's wrath, and begin to wonder who the villain really is.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sabres - Devils Podcast

Losers GDT - Devils

Shocking 15 pages of GDT from notoriously apathetic Devils fans.  (Let's go.)

(three pages in and the talk is 80% about prospects.  Ouch.)
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Originally Posted by henrik4vezina30 View Post
Dear Devils

Beat the Sabres.

Sincerely, the entire New York Ranger fanbase.
This is like Adolf Hitler asking the Jews for a loan.
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We haven't lost in regulation at HSBC since 2007 (5-0-2)
(No more.)
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Let's not kid ourselves. It's done. Buffalo and the former Whalers would have to collapse entirely down the stretch, and we'd have to start winning every game again. The run is over. In our last 5 games we are 1-3-1, I believe.
(Good way to refer to No one Caresolina.)
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Man, I hope the Sabres don't put us to sleep like those boring guys from Pittsburgh.
(How ironic.)
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I don't think we could finish if Miller was sitting on the bench
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I understand streaky players and all, but I have never seen a player go from superstar to full-retard to the extent Kovalchuk does.
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This loss hurts the Leafs, Rags and non-Whalers. I guess I'll take it.

Losers GDT 3 page special because it's Florida

Seriously their gameday thread only has three pages.

In a battle of who's playing in April and who has no shot at all, the Sabres host the Panthers tonight in what's sure to be a...um...you've got plans on a Friday night don't ya? Surely you're not gonna stay in to watch this, right?

Well either way, swords will clash and Panthers will purr or something.
(First post...off to a great start)
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This game is huge for Buffalo. I hope we get killed because I don't want Carolina making the playoffs so keep winning Buffalo!!!
(I like these fans...)
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As someone who hates the Canes and likes the Sabres, I can't think of a better night to lose. And if you think we hate the Canes...just ask the Sabres' fans how they feel about that
(Damn right.)
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This is fantastic. Now Ottawa is just 1 point behind us. Keep the tank rollin and lets do this right.
(That's all for tonight.)

Sabres - Panthers Podcast

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Chosen Available on Kindle

For those of you that don't know, The Chosen is my first completed novel.  I've made it available on Amazon for the Kindle for $3 through Kindle Direct Publishing.  The description is as follows:

There are legends of how the creators laid the seeds for the three races. The Vampires were said to have no aversion to sunlight. They were able to gain vitality through the blood of the animals they hunted, affording them great strength, agility, and immortality. Lycans could control their transformations, and control the feral instincts of the wolves they became. Human beings wielded a mastery over the four elemental forces. The three races each flourished in their own way until they grew large and began to infringe upon each other's territory. Squabbles increased, wars broke out and bloodshed became commonplace.

Angered over the violence perpetuated by their children, The Creators punished the three. Vampires were confined to the cold dark climates, their use of blood turned from an advantage into a debilitating addiction. The Lycans were stripped of their control, doomed to transform at the advent of each full moon, wandering as beasts. Human beings lost their elemental prowess, forced to endure the harsh climates in which they lived, to survive by their own devices.

The Chosen follows Ender, a Vampire with unique powers and a link to the history of the three races. When he kidnaps Ellie, a human girl with secrets of her own, it sets off a race against a tenuous alliance of Vampires and Lycans. Turk, desperate to use his son's gifts to save his people from extinction, has begrudgingly pledged allegiance to Jareth, the bloodthirsty leader of a clan of power-hungry Vampires. Both have faith in the legends that foretell of chosen members of each race whose blood can be mixed to end the curses levied upon the three.

Jareth wishes to unite them believing if it is his hand and his hand alone that draws the blood, it will mean the ascension of the Vampires above all others. Turk is hell bent on lifting the disease which has caused the destruction of his people, regardless of what it means for his son Evander, the chosen Lycan. Ender and Ellie travel across New York while being tracked by Evander, seeking the answers to their existence, the reasons they're being hunted, and above all else, survival. During their journeys they will be forced to make difficult decisions, weighing their own safety against the needs of those that are poised to fall subject to Jareth’s wrath, and begin to wonder who the villain really is.

Terrence Pegula T-Shirt

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Vulgar Statistics: The Value of Statistics

I think we’ve all heard it at some point, probably myself more than others that “statistics don’t tell the whole story.”  It’s a fair point, after all numbers can be slanted and manipulated.  But I would counter with the assertion that they do tell most of the story.  There is a reason that no sub .500 team has ever won a Super Bowl and only two have ever brought home the Stanley Cup (the 37-38 Blackhawks, and the 48-49 Maple Leafs).  The statistics are telling most of the story, in this case the records are telling us that the teams are simply not very good.

I’m not sure why statistics are so degraded, but I can posit a theory.  I think that since compiling usable stats requires a certain amount of time, dedication, and intelligence.  It is certainly far more difficult to present statistics regarding a situation than it is to make a judgment based on what you’ve seen with your own two eyes.  Furthermore, people seem to distrust numbers, far more so than their own (often biased) perception even if they are the ones putting together said numbers.  When an incident comes down to statistics versus someone’s perception, statistics are always going to be the bad guy.

That having been said, I’m not saying there’s a winner in this battle.  Only in extremes is only one side necessary (for example you don’t need stats to tell you that Gretzky was an amazing talent).  For the majority of players and teams and situations, you need to be able to take a two sided approach.  Look at the situation in question, then look at the statistics and see what they come together to tell you.

That’s the approach I try to take when writing my column.  Often times my ideas are spurred by a notion that I have and a desire to pour through the numbers to see if I’m analyzing it correctly.  I like to have that double edged confirmation when it comes time to talk hockey, it gives me more to talk about and more weight behind my argument (if there is one).

.XXX as a Top Level Domain

For those of you that haven't been following it, the tag .xxx has been approved as a voluntary sponsored top level domain (sTLD) by ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) putting it on equal footing with other sTLDs such as .gov and .edu.

That's a lot to digest so I'll try to explain it as simply as possible.  Essentially the .xxx ending is available to adult websites who want to use it.  Think of it as a .travel, or .museum, it's just a domain that can highlight the content of a particular site.  Typically those that use sTLDs have to prove that they are a member of that particular subgroup so creating a website called BillSmith.xxx because you hate your neighbor Bill isn't going to fly (unless Bill moonlights as a pornstar).

The move is kind of curious because no one has really come out in favor of it.  Those with a vested interest in porn such as kink.com are almost wholeheartedly against it.  The most immediate concern is that companies are going to have to register several .xxx website to protect their brand and keep people from hijacking their name, which at around $75 a pop for each domain will get expensive in a hurry.

The biggest hypothetical fear is censorship.  If porn is one day forced to move completely to the .xxx domain it gets much easier for ISPs to censor the material.  Filtering a domain is a lot easier than filtering individual sites based on content.  Plus what's to say one country's government won't mandate a move to .xxx domains, and another country's won't block .xxx domains altogether?  It's a no-win.  In itself the creation of a .xxx domain really doesn't do anything right now other than forcing a company like Kink to buy out kink.xxx and other sites before some jackass does and makes a mockery of their name.  But the frightening thing is what it opens the door to.  Making censorship easier can never be a good thing.

What's kind of funny is that anti-porn groups haven't been in favor of the .xxx domain either.  Groups like The War on Illegal Pornography feel it legitimizes porn's place on the internet and will open the doors to the spread of even more pornographic content proving with finality that they have no idea how the internet works or what is actually on it.  (Aside: Jesus fucking christ, you'd think The Coalition for the War on Illegal Pornography would have its own goddamn website if only to marginally decrease the percentage of websites on the internet that are pornographic simply by existing.)

Why ICANN pushed something through that no one really wanted is beyond me.  What's clear is that while this might not be a bad thing in itself, it is definitely a step in the wrong direction.

Losers GDT - Canadiens

As always these are real posts by real fans...even if they are Habs fans.  (My comments.)

2-0 Habs
(almost buddy)
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Habs and Sabres are always decent games, I hope this one is as well. I know they are a long time rival but I don't feel nearly as hostile against them as I do Boston. They have a very respected and great coach and hopefully with a new owner can get to keep some of the talent instead of letting them walk because of money, Buffalo has lost so many good players over the years but continues to be respectable because of good player development and coaching.
(I like rational fans.)
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(And the "This Guy Must Be Wasted" award goes to...)
4-2 habs. Gomez, Cammalleri, Cammalleri, Cammalleri.

Boyes and Grier.
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We got this guys, Joanette is reffing.
(Ugh...)
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Good defensive plays by Gomez and Vanek.. Is this real life?
(hahaha)
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Yeah, we're gonna get Miller'd tonight
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Gaustad is slooooooooooow... Like borderline Gill slow
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I owuld hate to play the Sabres in the playoffs.
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Buffalo are really good at holding the line on PP
(We are?)
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Ah crap. Of all the players, the one that scores is the guy that's shorter then almost all the Habs.
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Miller is getting a shutout
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The Sabres are playing like a team fighting for their playoff lives and they're bringing it.
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Sabres look like the best team in the NHL against us. We really don't match well against them
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Unreal. They'll pour on 2 min of sustained pressure and still have 3 defenders waiting for our counterattack.
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Miller is gonna get a shut out. You can sense he won't give up a goal tonight.
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I hate Miller.
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(And the "Do You Even Watch the Games" Award goes to...)
It does seem that the Habs often get the short end on penalty calls when they play Ruff and the Sabres.
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That was a Lindy Ruff call.. Weak.
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Looks like Cammy and Gomez are trying to challenge each other on who sucks more.. holy crap..
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if we were gonna lose, i dont wanna lose 1-0!!!
(good news...)
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The Habs need to shoot for the Crosby hole on Miller.. That's his weakness..
(Can we not talk about Crosby holes please?  Thanks.)
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Well, they'll probably get an empty net goal, so how do you feel about 2-0?
(Touche)
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Don't pull Price yet, Gaustad is awesome at faceoffs and it'll just be an empty net goal.
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F U Gerbe.. You little pile of ****..
(hahahahaha)
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A crap game by the Habs. Buffalo deserved this. They worked hard. We didn't.
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That little Gerby ****er...gr.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sabres - Canadiens Podcast

Pardon the Vulgarity Episode 3


Lecavalier and Subban


Matt Cooke Incident

My Gaming History

I don't quite remember when we got our first computer.  I know it was while I was in Rochester and that we had it for a year or two which would put me between eight and ten and the year between 1994 and 1996.  There wasn't a lot available for the computer at the time so I, like many, grew up wildly entertained by solitaire.

After a while I finally got some real games, those being puzzle solving games in the Dr. Brain series.


I remember the above and The Castle of Dr. Brain the best.  I always loved solving brainteasers and puzzles as a kid and these type of games fit in perfectly.  Another favorite, which as far as I am concerned is one of the best games ever made, is The Incredible Machine 2.


I used to spend hours tinkering with the Rube-Goldberg devices and puzzles.  Hell, I still want to.  I think I'll download it now.  It's puzzle mode is wickedly addictive, and it's free build mode even more so.

I played a few football games here and there, but those aren't particularly interesting and never held my attention for long periods of time.  I was off and on with different things until about seventh grade when my friend and I became absolutely obsessed with Mech Warriors 2: Mercenaries.


It's a funny story, when I got this game, my dad had to install it because he's a paranoid jerk and didn't trust me to handle something that is basically idiot proof.  After installing, he played the sandbox mode before he let me on.  When I got to the computer, I thought that was the only facet of the game and was kind of miffed.  I actually wanted to return the game but my mom wouldn't let me because it's not ethical to return something you don't like.  (I don't know either.)  There was also a $5 rebate for this game (cost $10) in which I lost the slip and almost got grounded for.

Anyways, the campaign of the game was AWESOME.  Even at a young age, I started to understand how nice nonlinear gameplay is.  The overall campaign did tend to shift you in a certain direction, but there were many ways to get there and they were all enjoyable.

This was probably the first game I was obsessed with.  My friend Tom and I played for literally hours at a time exhausting all possible avenues of the campaign, and screwing around aplenty in the sandbox area.  It was also probably when my parents started to hate my being a gamer.

After Mech Warriors 2 and 3 I was introduced to Starcraft.  I think between grades 9 and 12, and large stretches of college, I probably put 300+ hours into StarCraft a year.


I specialized in money maps, and I was the kind of good they usually reserve for Koreans.  During my second wave of interest, I met a random kid from southern NY and we teamed up to play 2v2 and 3v3 matches, probably putting up over a hundred, and never losing once.  I wish subsequent battlenet updates hadn't corrupted replays, because we had some pretty awesome ones.  We were also collossal dicks and would often go into 7v1 "compstomp" games that people use to rack up wins just to backstab the other seven participants.

The two of us played as Zerg with nearly identical strategies.  We met by playing a 1v1 game and fighting to a stalemate for over four hours.  He was a better micromanager than I, and I was a bit quicker and more creative.  It made for a deadly combination.

There were a lot of great wins.  In one instance someone tried to backstab us in a compstomp, only to have him and I split my island half and half and decimate the other players one by one.  There was another where we beat a stackhacker by maxing the game's unit limit with overlords so he couldn't build any more defense structures.  We came up with several unique tactics.  False drops by sending hordes of empty overlords to an opponent's base.  We timed attacks to set our enemies up for the following wave.  One of the best was building all guardians, an air-to-ground only unit for the first attack.  The best air-to-air units in the game couldn't attack ground.  So we would then follow the guardians with three hundred zerglings from each of us while their air only units flitted around retardedly.

Yeah, I played Starcraft a lot, on and off with Diablo II, another Blizzard creation.  After a while, I grew tired of being a hardcore gamer.  Probably right around the time Halo came out.  I understand that Halo was really popular, but to me it was a game of such soul-crushing awfulness that I don't want to touch another console made post-xbox.  I think that console games, particularly console FPS games in the modern era are terrible.  Give me a mouse and a keyboard.


Mario Kart for the N64 is easy.  This game is not, but I was determined to be good at it.  So I played.  A lot.  At one point I was ranked in the top 100 in the United States, and in the top 400 Worldwide.  I'm pretty bad now, but I can probably still kick your ass.  

Sadly this was the last game I was obsessed with.  I just don't have the desire to while away hour after hour on the computer.  It's expecially difficult that while gaming, it's impossible to multitask, to talk to people, to write, to research things, all of which I am doing at any given time.

I do play The Killing Floor occasionally.  My Steam username is CriminallyVu1gar, but I rarely play online because I have no one to regularly play with.  Beyond that I mostly play flash games, tower defense and such.  I can put them down at any given time and walk away to do something more important.  I like that.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Jesus of Nazareth

If Jesus Were an RPG Character

Vulgar Statistics: Fatigued Miller Vs. Rested Miller

A lot is made about Miller and his level of fatigue, at least in past years where he racked up starts at a maddening pace while Patrick Lalime remained firmly rooted to the bench.  I've seen a few graphical representations of Miller's performance over time, but no direct comparison of his stats during those long stretches of play to his stats right after he's had a rest.

Read More at BBG.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Hockey - Getting Pissy With the Media

We've all seen it, whether it's John Tortorella's harsh words for Larry Brooks, Ryan Miller badgering Jerry Sullivan (and vice versa), Andy Sutton's priceless comments, or Dominik Hasek going after Jim Kelley, sometimes the players and the media do not get along.

What does that mean, what is it indicative of?  Sure the media can be a bunch of jackals in both the way they ask questions, and the content of the questions themselves, but some of the blame has to fall on the players too, right?  Aside from the fact that these guys are highly paid, the majority of them have been around, and been around at a high level long enough to know the kind of scrutiny that comes with it.  I don't think any of the questions that are asked should come as a surprise, even the loaded ones.  That should tend to keep emotions from running wild, but as you can see above, it so often doesn't.

I'm not sure whether flipping out on the media is a good thing or a bad thing whether it's a player or a coach.  On one hand you can chalk it up to intensity and aggressiveness, two highly desirable traits.  On the other you can attribute it to immaturity and a lack of composure, clear cut negative ones.  I don't think it leans strongly either way.  I think if anything it's indicative of playing style.  Some thrive on that intensity, and some play better with a level head and it shows in their approach to post-game interviews and media relations.

One thing I will say is that I don't think that players who have the leadership tag thrust upon them should ever lose their cool with the media.  That's why it's comforting to see certain players on the Sabres, namely Pominville and Vanek, appear so level headed in interviews whether it comes at the heels of a big win, or a crushing loss.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sabres - Thrashers Podcast

Loser's GDT - Thrashers

As always, these are real comments from real fans on a real message board on the real internet.  (My comments are in these thingies.)

(Wow 13 pages is about 8 pages longer than I expected.)
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(Wtf they are talking about EPL soccer and European Hockey...)
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Afinogenov with the hattie.
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Thank you for not ****ing us Toronto.
(No one trusts goal reviews.  Maybe if the NHL had heard of a little thing called consistency.)
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how effective is mace (chris mason) on slugs?
(Not very.)
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we need to go out there and ****ing kill these guys. if we hurt enough of them they'll lose more games down the stretch.
(yay sensibility!)
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I don't think we've had the Bogosian Hat Trick tonight.... Directly leading to an opponent's goal, assisting on an opponent's goal, and taking a stupid penalty that leads to a goal.
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If only I knew how to enter the lottery...

And here's a tweet from Kane

Quote:
EKaneATL9: That definitely wasn't what we wanted. On to the next one. 
(brilliant)

Broken States of America

I watched Capitalism: A Love Story, a documentary by Michael Moore last night and it got me thinking about the state of the country and all the things wrong with it.  And before you close out of this because I said the double-M-word, I take Michael Moore with a grain of salt.  He is, understandably quite polarizing, a mixture of intelligent and annoying, illuminating and irresponsible, integritous (fuck yeah made up words), and truth-bending.  So as a liberal I don't fawn all over Michael Moore and stand behind him the way some conservatives do with Rush, O'Reilly, or Beck.

I also don't claim to be an expert on any of the things I am bout to discuss, but like the rest of you, I have a vote (and unlike some of you, I use it.)  So expertise or not, I do have a say in what goes on in the country, if in a very limited manner.

Anyways, back to the movie.  I felt that a lot of Moore's message got lost in his vendetta against certain politicians (seriously, we all know Bush is an idiot by now).  Greedy Democrats are just as destructive as greedy Republicans and the common theme in that destruction is clear.  Greed.  It's how corporations can execute layoffs while raking in profits, and send executives to fancy meetings in the Caribbean while the company is going belly up.  It's how Enron, Adelphia, and several other companies have been buried in scandal.  It's how the wealthy throw sackfuls of cash at politicians so they can get their tax cuts and the cycle can continue.  The country feels more and more like a feudal state than a capitalist democracy.

But it's not like greed is the only deadly sin fracturing the country.  At times I feel the country is broken, and this is what's breaking it:

The Deadly Sins of America

A Culture of Greed
This is what spurred the entry, so it makes sense to get into it first.  The culture of America seems to be that more shit is always better, regardless of whether or not it's actually useful.  It's why SUVs continue to sell despite rising gas prices and the fact that maybe 10% of people actually use them practically.  It's why John McCain had how many houses?  I have trouble wrapping my mind around the concept because even as a broke twenty-something whose stuff can fit fairly easily into an 11x18 foot room, I still often feel like I have to much.  To me, being rich would be great, but all I really need is $80,000 to pay off my college and car loans, and then enough money for food, rent, internet, cable, and Sabres tickets and I'm the happiest guy in the world.

At some point ensuring your and your family's financial well being isn't enough and the need to accumulate more and more starts to burn.  I'm not sure why that's okay, why the top one percent is allowed to retain more wealth than everyone else in the country combined.  I ask the same question that everyone else does, "what the hell do you do with that much money?"  Does it just sit there in a vault (or in cyberspace) as nothing more than a trophy and testament to one's avarice?  I honestly don't know...or do I?


Monarchial Tendencies
Within the republic, there are certain of monarchail tendencies, and I've touched on these before.  There are a lot of positions people come by on talent and hard work alone, and good for them, but there are far too many that are bought by people with rich parents and underwhelming talent.  This answers the previous question of what one does with an excessive amount of money...they pass it down, and little Johnny Millionaire jr. has a huge head start into whatever career field he chooses over the rest of Americans whether he has the intelligence and work ethic or not.

Part of the problem is that this is extremely common in politics.  The wikipedia entry for American political families is so large it has to be organized alphabetically into several sub-pages.  For every Bill Clinton (born to a traveling salesman and a nurse) there are a hundred Bushes.  These guys can travel out into the American midwest all the want (location of the common man) and into the battleground states, and into their districts as representatives, but they grow up knowing nothing but wealth and ease and are thus the worst people you want in office deciding on legislation that impacts the lower to middle classes that make up the majority of the country.


Bullshitting is a Desired Skill
More people will accept some half-baked, horseshit answer than a simple and honest "I don't know, but not only am I going to learn, but I'm going to put people in place that are experts so I learn well, and it's done right."  Do you know what would happen if a politician said that?  They'd get crucified for their inexperience.  Every first time presidential candidate is inexperienced because they've never done the job before.  They might know what it entails, but until they're sitting in that chair they really have no idea.

Maybe this isn't a political or a cultural problem, but just simple human pride that has us shying away from admitting there is something we don't know, regardless of the situation, and even shyer about accepting it as an answer from someone above us, but it is a problem nonetheless.  So the next time Katie Couric asks you what newspapers you read, don't be honest, just say "all of 'em," and wink at the camera.


What we Base Our Vote On
Maybe this is where technology starts to be a bad thing.  Before television, people had to actually pay attention to the words of politicians, not how they were saying them.  Of course this made people overly dependent upon the various news outlets to give them factual and unbiased information.  But with people largely sticking to their side's station, maybe it isn't any different these days anyway.

It makes me both laugh and cry when I see a poll come out that says "More Americans would like to have a beer with George Bush than John Kerry," as if that should mean anything at all.  I wish the people that conduct these polls would go down to their local tavern, look around, and count how many of those people they'd like to have running the country.  Smart money is on none.

It's absurd how things like photos of John Kerry muffing a football, or George Bush photo-shopped to look like a monkey can turn public perception...or the middle name of a certain president.  People actually believe this shit matters when it comes to running the country.


Corporations Rule Everything
The only thing that does matter is money, more specifically the money of big corporations with a vested interest in how things are run in this country.  It's no secret that Citibank made it rain on Barack Obama in an attempt to sneak through the financial crisis without behind held accountable for some abysmal business practices.

And it's not just politics that they have they have their hands so deep in that it might as well be a pornstar's asshole.  You can't read a scientific study these days without it having been paid for by somebody with a vested interest.  It's the reason why things like Global Warming are so hotly debated, you can't make heads or tails of what's being put out, and the sinister forces at work behind it.  Every side is manipulating the data because they're being paid to.


Institutions that Believe Less Knowledge is Better
So much of what we do these days is based upon keeping people dumber or promoting misinformation.  Like say John McCain attempting to pander to women by selecting Sarah Palin as a running mate despite the fact that his voting record on women's rights is worse than abysmal.  The second McCain chose her, he was trying to prey on the stupidity of women because no woman in their right mind would vote for a McCain - Palin ticket.

And then there's sex education.  Don't get me started on sex education.  (You can read earlier blog entries that touch on the subject if you like.)  The gist of it is that even though a majority of Americans are in favor of comprehensive sex education which includes discussing birth control, a majority of schools push either abstinence only sex-ed or abstinence favored sex-ed.  It is ridiculous how there are people that think children are better off dumber and more ignorant.


Over-Sentimentality and Resistance to Change
Everything looks better in the rear view mirror, so politicians and people alike want to "bring us back" to some idealized concept that never really existed.  Each generation is generally better off than the one that preceded it, despite fogey's adamant rambling to the contraty.  People get smarter and the quality of life goes up as time passes.  We learn more every day, and new technologies spring up all over the place to make our lives easier...if we use them.

That's where the second part comes in.  Progress is only good if you adapt to it and use it.  I think we've all been in that situation at work where better technology is available, but unused because of the old dinosaur that refuses to adapt.  It could be electronic time sheets, laser levels, using a laptop to complete fieldwork rather than doing it by hand and transferring it over later.  At my last job, I completed some 120 manhole inspections and around 400 sewer lateral inspections over the course of about two weeks total, along with a municipal employee.  If my company had sprung for a laptop and better GPS equipment, I probably not only could have done it in half the time, but eliminated the need to transfer the data back to a computer when I got back to the office.  I made $22.50 an hour so if I saved five days of field time, plus a day or two of transfer time, plus thirty miles a day of milage, that would have been about $1,375 saved on that particular project, plus the amount of time I could have spent doing something else which would have more than paid for a laptop...in just one job.


Greed Part II
That's the other thing about corporate greed.  I know the United States isn't the worst country in terms of worker benefits, but it's far from being the best.  Countries like Japan and France offer more vacation time, and I know France has better healthcare.

What annoys me the most is that things in this day and age run so much easier, and faster, and yet employees are driven harder than ever.  I got criticized for leaving too early from my last job (early - definition - 10-15 mninutes after my hours ended), which I would have been fine with if I wasn't getting work done.  But this was a week or two into working there, before I had a full plate.  I was basically told to stay late when I didn't have anything to do...which is stupid.

I think with any industry like mine, there is a balance.  Sometimes you end up working for free, others you end up being paid to do nothing and it typically evens out.  Not the case at my former employer where the norm was to work extra hours for no pay.  Fuck that.  Probably the worst was when I had made dinner reservations with my then girlfriend in Albany.  I had the necessary okays to leave a couple hours early so that I could make it to her school three hours away at a reasonable hour.  I ended up staying three hours later than I planned to get some things done, but a half hour before I was set to leave, my boss asked me to cover for another employee later that day.  I know he had way more notice than that, but I think he was hoping to pressure me into covering.  I told him no (because I have integrity and I follow through with my promises) and received a "discussion" about my dedication for my troubles.  (The first project I was given a decent amount of responsibility for, I put in probably a hundred extra hours at no cost, including outdoor work in seven degree weather in December on the lake, and three shifts from 10pm to 8am, PLUS driving out there on my own time to check things out.  I have plenty of dedication, I just don't put up with scumbag tactics and bullshit.)


Changes Don't Benefit Those in Charge so they Never Happen
Of course this all goes back to the initial problem.  Things don't change because we've put people in power that have no reason to change them because they're not personally impacted by things that affect the middle class.  One of the best examples of this is voter reform.  Voter reform will never happen except in extremely minor ways because the current system heavily favors the two major parties over all others.  They're so worried about losing their grip, they won't even help get their opponent's "vote-splitter" (Greens for Dems and Libertarians for Repubs) on the ballot to enhance their own cause.

Likewise the rich and corrupt have their hands in virtually everything, so it's a safe bet that they'll for the most part stay rich and corrupt while the middle class continues to get screwed.  This started to happen the second politics became a rich man's game, and those that could effectively represent the will of most of the people started to dwindle in numbers.  There are a lot of problems that require even more fixes, but eliminating corporate interests in science and politics would go a long way to making everything more credible and honest.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Vulgar Statistics: Current Sabres in the Playoffs

Who raises their game in the playoffs?  It’s a tough question to answer with our current crop of Sabres since playoff experience is pretty lacking.  The only guys left over from the 05-07 run are Vanek, Connolly, Roy, Pominville, Gaustad, Stafford (07), Grier (in an odd way), and of course Ryan Miller.  There are a few guys that have experience with other teams, but by and large things are pretty slim.  (And yes, I realize that all this is dependent upon the yet-to-be-guaranteed Sabres actually making the playoffs.)
Read More at BBG

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sabres - Senators Podcast


Loser's GDT - Senators

I think we know how this works by now.  All of these are real comments by real Senators fans.  (My comments are inside these thingies.)

Losing today is of the utmost importance. Don't disappoint me Sens!
(Starting off with a whimper.)
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These guys are good, SCARY good
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Now do you believe?!?!?
(I love these fans.  I love this guy's username too... "I Saw the Replay."  Awesome.)
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go Sabres
(for a team I hate, their fans are pretty amusing)
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I have never wanted to lose a game so badly before.

The leafs don't deserve a win from us.
(best opposing GDT ever?)
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RIP Richard Martin.
(Indeed)
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Enroth? you've got to be ****ing kidding me
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Andy vs. Enroth ... we're screwed.
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Enroth is a pretty bad ass name.
(Why hasn't more been said about this?)
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Woo Sens are winning 0-1.
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Token Spezza goal vs. Buffalo.
(Yep.)
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Tankerrrrrrrrrrr Vannnnekkkk!!!!!!
(Okay, now it's downright bizarre.)
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Yeaahhh Baby!

Vantastic!
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Kuba trying his best to **** up...

HOLY **** what a SHOT by Ennis!!!
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victory secured for the tank today.
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**** you leafs fans.
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Is anybody watching this sweating commercial? What the ****?
(Hahahahahahahahaha)



Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sabres - Leafs Podcast

Infiltrating the Rocky Horror Picture Show

I just got back from seeing a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at RIT so I figured I'd do a writeup on the experience.  I'll try to describe it as best I can for those who haven't had the chance to experience things for themselves without going into too much detail.

I think a lot of people at least know the basics.  RHPS veterans dress up, yell things at certain points within the movie and often act out scenes.  The movie itself is nothing short of insanity, with the wikipedia entry probably offering the best explanation, "a provocative and comedic portrayal of alternative sexualities, predominantly those of Bis, Gays, Transvestites, and the Transgendered with some mentions of BDSM.  Thus the costumes are what you'd expect, risque, slutty, and almost never gender appropriate.

The experience itself was interesting.  I'm not one for being a part of groups or cult phenomena, even one so bizarre and up my alley as the RHPS, but it was legitimately enjoyable.  There was a bit of light hazing for the newcomers which involved me getting a pretty good view of a hot girl's thong (yes please) and a lot of entertaining cosplay (in which the dominating theme was "show your awesome cleavage").  As expected, "sexually open" was a huge understatement to describe the participants.  Which brings me to my next point.

Three of the attendees were two parents and their twelve year old daughter.  Obviously she didn't partake in any of the racier activities like stripping and was dressed pretty conservatively, but she was still exposed to a number of things that most American parents would not expose a twelve year old to, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenders, transvestites, BDSM, and a number of sexual activities (hitting the three main holes here and then some).

I have to give those parents a great deal of respect and a round of applause for breaking from the stereotypicality of the American view on sex.  In a day and age where parents go overboard when censoring anything even slightly risque, or take absurd and illogical precautions to "keep" their kids from having sex (like withholding birth control) it's nice to see a few heading in the opposite direction.

I think that a demystification and a de-taboo-ifying (yay made up words) of sex should be one of the primary social goals in this country, and the best way to do that is by teaching youth that such things are okay and encouraging them to learn.  In countries like the Netherlands their five years olds know more about sex than the average American teenager and they mop the floor with Americans in every statistical category (seriously look it up, divorce rates, teen pregnancies, abortions, STD statistics).

Great to see parents that aren't afraid to expose their child to reality. 

Friday, March 11, 2011

Types of Female Hotness

As I was driving down Interstate-90 in upstate New York I began to think about the different types of hotness.  Certainly there is no shortage of ways that a woman can look attractive, but it seems like there are fairly distinct categories.  So without further ado I will outline said categories in not particular order because seriously...who needs sorting?

Girl Next Door Hotness
You knew this one was going to come up.  Everyone has known a girl like this at some point in their lives, the type that definitely wouldn't grace the cover of a glamor magazine, but whose attractiveness is right up there with (and sometimes even eclipses) those girls.  Typically a GND type doesn't have any one thing that makes her standout, but the altogether package is very nice.

Celebrity Embodiment: Rachel Weisz


Pornstar Hotness
The type of girl that looks like she could, to quote a friend of mine, "suck the rust off a tailpipe."  Pornstar hotties look like they were made to fuck.  They usually look a bit unrealistic in a plastic-y kind of way.  Big boobs on a thin frame, or oversized lips.  (Yum, lips.)

Celebrity Embodiment: Angelina Jolie

Tomboyish Hotness
Personally this is the type of attractiveness I gravitate towards.  I hate high maintenance women, so someone who can throw on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and not worry about makeup is highly desirable to me.  Tomboys tend to be the most attractive of all the groups because they look good without all the enhancements that the others use to their advantage.


Celebrity Embodiment: Ellen Page


Elegant Hotness
And this is the type of hotness I try to stay away from.  I'm not a fan of social gatherings, especially ones that involve a ton of dressing up and accessories.  Elegant hotties tend to have features that look good in formal attire.  Wide hips and curves rule here.  (And enormous cleavage.)

Celebrity Embodiment: Christina Hendricks

Unconventional Hotness
Unconventional hotness is difficult to pin down.  Usually it involves a person who isn't attractive on paper, i.e. doesn't have the figure or the facial features to be a bombshell, and yet is undeniably hot anyways.

Celebrity Embodiment: Olivia Thirlby


Old-Timey Hotness
I think a lot of this overlaps with Elegant hotness, because that used to be the image of famous actresses like Marilyn Monroe and Katherine Hepburn.  To me, a classically attractive woman has the wide hips and curves that look good in a dress along with pale skin that contrasts well with bright red lipstick.

Celebrity Embodiment: Jennifer Connelly


Cute Hotness
To me cute and petite go hand in hand so I tend to think of smaller, thinner women as cute.  It's tough to pick a cute celebrity, especially since the one I have in mind can pull off several other looks.  But still...

Celebrity Embodiment: Natalie Portman

Sabres - Bruins Podcast


Losers GDT - Bruins

Been doing this for a little while, figured I'd make a blog thing out of it. After we defeat an opponent I like to pick out the most retarded comments from their Game Day Thread on HFBoards. (My comments are in parentheses.)

 Somebody PLEASE, shut down Drew "OMG IM PLAYING THE BRUINS AND THE PUCK JUST KEEPS GOING IN!" Stafford.
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guaranteed goal for vanek tonight as usual. he owns us.
(good call)
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Suck it Buffalo. I hope the Bruins take out their frustrations on Buffalo and beat them 10-0. Take out some of my frustrations too, please.
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(The bruins bitch more about the refs than any team I've seen thusfar.  Probably more than every other team I've done combined.  Their GDT is 51 pages, and probably 60% of the comments are bitching about the officiating.  It is fucking amazing, especially for a team that plays like cocks all the time.)
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Bruins are going to ****ing own the third period, they're absolutely pissed!
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McCormick is a *****.... and Butler better look out for Nathan... he's coming.
(scary Chris Butler...)
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[QUOTE montrealcupcrazy;31578370]i'm sure he wasn't tired or anything...he already fought and beat the **** out of a bruin earlier in the game[/quote]

Changed your name for you....grab a blanky, pacifier and some tissues....
(One of many comments calling Sabres fans in the GDT Habs Fans.  Uh, what?)
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Get real and stop constantly whining about the refs.
(Holy shit a voice of reason.)
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Recchi is not happy about getting sent down to the 3rd line skating with some Fiyah tonight.
(I'd rather have my dick cut off than listen to the Boston accent.)
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If we lose this game, I am breaking something tonight. CEREAL
(Surreal?)
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Sorry, i dont know if this has been asked but are bruins fans booing chara? or saying something else?
No. They are saying "Boo-ara!"
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I hate Nathan Gerbe.
(He hates you too.)
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I hate Nathan Gerbe.
We'd love him if he was on our team
(Doubt it.)
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I hate Montreal. They're responsible for that terrible officiating.
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considering we are one of the least penalized teams in the nhl..
(uhhh, try 5th most...) http://www.nhl.com/ice/app


Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pardon the Vulgarity Episode 2


Topics:
PTV format
Chara non-suspension
St. Louis vs. Omark indignation
Carolina Hurricanes
Sabres March Schedule
Hockey players character




Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Big Name Goalies

Current Projects: FoR and Beyond

I'll just go through a rundown of where I am with various things at this moment.


The Chosen - Shelved.  I have stopped querying this story since there is probably an oversaturation of Vampire Fiction out there.  I may publish this to Kindle's Amazon bookstore.

Cube Wars - Available at Lulu.com, and will be at Kindle's Amazon bookstore shortly.  Unfortunately many of the fonts used are not supported by e-readers.  I may rectify this in the future, particularly for the Kindle, but I am shelving this one for now as well.

Arnett Tanner Wants to Die - Still querying through traditional means hoping to find a real publisher, but having little success so far.  I'm on somewhere between my third and fifth edit so the writing is pretty clean.  This may find it's way to Kindle's Amazon bookstore if I get tired of querying.

Skankarella - Finished, edited, and being queried.

Taro Says - I didn't receive any contributions, and I don't feel like badgering people for them, so I'm going to shelf this one as well.

Freedom of Restraint will continue to be posted weekly over at its own domain for the foreseeable future.



Future Ideas:

I currently have my hands full writing FoR and editing ATWtD, but I do have a few novel ideas down the road.

Kissing Ellen King - A semi fictional, semi autobiographical romantic novel.

Zombie Love Story - A Shaun of the Dead type novel in which two people are trapped far away from each other and must fight through hordes of Zombies to be together again.  Not sure how well a Zombie story will work with the written word, but I'm interested to try.

Dystopian Idea #1 - A future world where religion has run rampant due to some sort of terrorist act or catastrophe and the American public finds itself trapped under the perverted and restrictive rules of various dogmas.


Dystopian Idea #2 - A future world in which various devices, cell phones, ipads, and the growth of internet networks have made human interaction almost completely irrelevant.  From being able to order a pizza online to using medical websites to diagnose ailments and receive perscriptions to the widespread use of e-mail and texting for basic communication, human interaction is at a minimum.  Thus the world has transformed into a haven for introverts, and the extroverted social people find themselves to be the new outcasts.


The Vengeance Series - Some of you already know that The Vengeance Series is a collection of pornographic short stories I wrote from sophomore year in college up until about a year ago.  I think there are 42 stories and I've thought about editing them and adding a bit of story beyond the sex and e-publishing them.



I would also like to do some type of superhero story, though I don't know what powers I would use.  It seems like everything under the sun has already been done so it's hard to be unique.  One of my ideas is the ability to influence emotions or sensations in other people, but this idea is really raw.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sabres - Pens Podcast


God Hates Fags...Wait, Why?

I was thinking about it earlier today, and two of the biggest hot button conservative/religious hatreds are abortion and homosexuals.  Abortion I can at least understand, there is the aspect of mortality depending upon where you believe life starts.  It's pretty morally airtight to fight against someone or something dying.  The crusade against homosexuals just seems so random.  They aren't harming anyone, they aren't killing people, they have to be one of the most harmless groups of people on the planet.  So my question is...why?

According to Proverbs 6:16-19, "There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers."  

So looking like an arrogant asshole, being a liar, killing innocents (nice distinction bible), being devious, being prone to evil, being a liar (think we covered that already chief), and being a home-wrecker.  No homosexuals.  Although I would debate the manliness of the guy stirring up dissension between brothers.  Seems like a total fag move to me.  This makes a whole lot of sense really, murders, liars, and assholes kind of suck, and they seem to be pretty worthy of wrath (and technicolor signs).

Of course there are parts of the bible that do seem to condemn homosexuality.  Leviticus 18:22 says, "Do not lie with a man as one lies with a woman; that is detestable," which seems pretty straightforward.  Romans 1:27 says, "In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion."  And finally 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 states "Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God."

The reason I've outlined these three passages, other than the fact that they were the three most relevant offered to me by the website I used for research is because while they do present homosexuality as a sin against god, they don't present it as some type of cardinal sin, or the only thing harping on besides that whole baby killing dealio.

I noticed that none of them explicitly said "Gay buttsex = bad."  The Leviticus passage condemns lying with a man as you would with a woman which doesn't condemn homosexuality because men do not have vaginas.  Clearly the bible is no match for my elementary school knowledge of anatomy.  Next passage.  Romans only condemns indecent acts with other men, not the gay buttsex.  I think we can say with relative certainty that the bible was probably talking about balls touching.  Seems pretty indecent to me.  Finally Corinthians rails against homosexual offenders, essentially gays that break the law.  If the bible meant homosexual buttsexers, it probably should have said so.*

*Disclaimer: different versions of the bible may actually say "Gay buttsex=bad" or talk about homosexual buttsexers."

Finally we approach Genesis 19:1-13 which is long and boring and looks like it was written by an eight year old.  The gist of it is that two angels arrive in Sodom and this is what happens:

Lot - Dude angels, stay at my place.
Angels - We want to stay in the square.
Lot - I have an Xbox.
Angels - Alright fine bro.
Every Single Man in Sodom - We want to fuck the angels in their glowing pure assholes.
Lot - Uh that's stupid, how about not.
Sodomites - BUTTSEX!!!!
Lot - I have two virgin daughters...
Sodomites - WE WANT THE BUTTSEX!!!!
Angels - Get back in here Lot.  Fuck you Sodomites.  
*Angels use Blind Sodomites.  It's super effective.*
Angels - Get your shit and virgin jailbait ouit of here Lot.  We're gonna burn the city like it's the Stanley Cup finals in Montreal.  We were actually sent to destroy it even though we did not know of the buttsex sinning until we got here because these passages were taken out of context to make us look like we were from the future.  Or something.

So we finally get the definite impression that buttsex is something you probably shouldn't be doing.  Although the way this is written, maybe those signs should read God Hates People Who Try to Fuck Angels in the Ass, because that's what I got out of that passage.

Now obviously I didn't treat this with a great deal of seriousness, but I don't think it deserves any.  There are so many better causes to espouse, like research for a variety of diseases like cancer, AIDS, Parkinsons, MD, cerebral palsy and hundreds more.  It could be God Hates Microscopis Shit That Keeps Killing Us.  We could have senators talking about using some of the money that's wasted within the government for disease research instead of railing against the completely mythical "Homosexual Agenda."

Hell if you're really hell bent on hating something, there are much better things to hate.  Murders, rapists, Terrorists, Pittsburgh Residents, Child Molesters.  Aren't those things much more destructive than a guy with fashion sense?  Even if you are extremely religious and believe devoutly in the bible, shouldn't those things (and several others) worry you a hell of a lot more than a bunch of fags?  It just seems stupid.

And granted a lot of what I've said here is aimed at the Westboro Baptist Church, but the fact of the matter is that Gay Marriage is only legal in a handful of states.  They are by no means on a pedestal in their assault on homosexuals, they're just the biggest dicks about it.  There are a lot of Christians who need to really figure out if campaigning against gays is really the best use of their time, money, and effort.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Loser's GDT - Wild - Sabres

Been doing this for a little while, figured I'd make a blog thing out of it. After we defeat an opponent I like to pick out the most retarded comments from their Game Day Thread on HFBoards. (My comments are in parentheses.)

 WOOO! lets just hope for an OT game atleast.
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hmmm... so the slugs are going to trap us the rest of the night i suppose?
(call the kettle black much?)
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Did Enroth just make a jump save?
(why yes, yes he did)
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trap trap trap to the OT please...
(you were saying earlier...)

(Not a whole lot going on in a short (8 pages) GDT from a team that has a pretty rational fanbase I think.)

The Rob Nude-ermayer Podcast (Sabres - Wild) (NSFW)

THAR BE NAKED!  (And Rob Niedermayer)  Enter at your own risk.

Vulgar Statistics: Player Nationalities

This started mostly as a curiosity, but I decided to adapt it to a full fledged Vulgar Stats column.  In short, I wondered what the breakdown was between teams and their players in terms of their country of birth.  Certainly we have perceptions of certain teams (cough*washington and detrout*cough) and their makeup, but this column is not too fond of perceptions.  So without further ado…

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This Season is Fucking Bizarre

This has got to be one of the weirdest Sabres seasons in recent memory, right?

To Recap:

We started off playing like we had never been coached before.  The level of organization of the Sabres on the ice was akin to a bunch of four year olds lacing up skates for the first time.  From Ryan Miller to Thomas Vanek, pretty much everything was a mess.  To make matters worse, players began dropping like flies.

What first spurred the turnaround?  I have no idea, but somehow it coincided with the team's cornerstone, Ryan Miller, getting injured, and Jhonas Enroth started to win games in retardedly exciting fashion.

From that point onward the Sabres decided they weren't a terrible team, merely a mediocre one.  Derek Roy continued to put up points at a torrid pace and Drew Stafford and Thomas Vanek continued to be their streaky selves.

When the Sabres were in a heated competition for tenth place, the Florida Panthers effectively killed Derek Roy, far and away the team's best player for the first thirty-five games of the season.  Rather than wilt away with three centers that couldn't pot 40 points in the AHL playing against Robert Esche every night, the Sabres somehow got better.  The Sabres find themselves one point out of eighth place, two points out of seventh place, and two and three games in hand against those teams respectively.

And that's just what has been happening on the ice.  In late 2010, reports surfaced of quajillionaire/messiah Terry Pegula wanting to buy the Sabres.  So far it's been an odd case of seeming too good to be true...and then actually turning out better than imagined.  In the span of twenty-four hours Pegula seemed to erase the past several years of cheap ownership.  Boom, no financial restrictions.  Boom, playing closer to the cap.  Boom, who give a shit about money, T-Peggs has a giant vault of it he can swim in, let's just win some fucking hockey games and pile up banners and hardware, eh?

All of a sudden Thomas Vanek looks like a bona-fide leader, Drew Stafford is piling up hattricks, Cody McCormick is scoring more than Tim Connolly, Jordan Leopold is awesome, and Mike Weber does not take any of your shit.  The team is winning games in spite of their defense and goaltending most nights rather than because of them, and the newest hero is a guy who wasn't even on the roster a week ago.

When you put it all together this team has had about four identities this season...good lord we suck; eh, we'll suck when we feel like it; hey, maybe we don't suck; shit, we're actually pretty good...we think.  When does that even happen?  Hell, when does a team even have two identities.  Usually after three or four weeks everyone has identified the 6 good teams, the 6 shitty teams, the over achiever, the under achiever, and the wild card.  The Sabres have probably been all five at one point or another.

Fucking bizarre.

And don't even get me started about the Western Conference.