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Archive for February, 2008

Graphical Analysis of Rap Lyrics

My sister sent me an email with the hilarious graphs pictured below. It is too funny not to share. Enjoy.

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TDWI World Conference 2008

I had the privilege of spending three days at The Data Warehousing Institute‘s (TDWI) 2008 World Conference in Las Vegas this week.  The event runs Sunday to Friday; I attended Monday to Wednesday.  TDWI puts on a first-class event.  The main reason I went and what I most enjoyed about the three days was the opportunity to learn from experts in the courses that were offered. Read the rest of this entry »

Jack Johnson: Sleep Through the Static

Jack Johnson’s latest album Sleep Through the Static is an easy listen. The familiar combination of simple arrangements and a mellow singing style produce a hummable delight. The album’s lyrical content is a bit more socially and morally pointed than his past endeavors but any bitterness or anger is softened by a subtle, unimposing delivery.

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USA 2 Mexico 2, International Friendly

USA Team Photo

Photo by ISI Photos

The requisite, pre-game photograph of the US team is a microcosm of its performance against Mexico in front of 70k at Reliant Stadium in Houston.  Some players look good, some just ok but on the whole the team looks disorganized, uneven, a bit disjointed.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gearing up for US/Mexico

US Soccer and ESPN are teaming to provide complete coverage of tomorrow’s US/Mexico friendly.

Day Coverage Time
Tue Live Pre-game Press Conference (ussoccer.com) 5:15 p.m. ET
Wed USA vs. Mexico – Feb. 7, 2007 (ESPN Classic) 12 p.m. ET
Wed Studio 90 Pre-Game Show (ussoccer.com) 5 p.m. ET
Wed Live Look-in on Stadium Warm-ups (ussoccer.com) 8:30 p.m. ET
Wed ESPN2 Pre-Game and Game Broadcast (ESPN2) 9 p.m. ET
Wed Live Post-Game Show (ussoccer.com and ESPN360.com) 11:30 p.m. ET

So far my favorite moment from the coverage came in today’s ussoccer.com podcast courtesy of a Mexican reporter who asked Bob Bradley: “Can we tell people it’s not going to be a friendship game?” Bob, the anti-Arena who refuses to say anything controversial, aptly responded: “I think the history shows whenever these two teams play, it’s not going to be a friendly.”

The Miracle of Castel di Sangro

I read The Miracle of Castel di Sangro by Joe McGinniss on the recommendation of UEFA Champions League commentators Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth. I so respect Rae’s commentating that I did not bother to learn anything about the book before I began reading it. What I found was a captivating first-hand account of the first season in Serie B of a team from a tiny town in the Abruzzo region of Italy written by a megalomaniac. McGinniss was given unfettered access to the team’s management and players. The subplots of crime, sex, drugs and tragic death were more than enough to keep me turning pages. Unfortunately McGinniss too often makes the story about himself. His passion for the team is undeniable but his unsolicited advice on lineups and formations to the manager and his disrespect to the team’s ownership portray him as a terrible American caricature. McGinniss attempts to soften this portrayal by occasionally tossing in some self-deprecating comments; sadly it comes off insincere and is too often followed by insistence that his ideas and ideals are better. All is not lost, however.

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