Thursday, March 30, 2006

Smelly road to the final four

What is it with people on buses and BO?!? Is there a law against wearing deodarant on buses? I may be the only one arrested... One...more...hour...

Road to the Final Four

...continues by bus from the Midway (airport) point of my journey, Chicago. Hard to tell but yes, that IS White Castle. Thank god for my new cellphone...keeping myself busy. I even just made a nba fantasy trade with paul. Multitasking at its best...

The road to the Final Four

It begins here

American Airlines Sued Over Dog's Death

"A San Francisco man sued American Airlines, Wednesday, March 29, 2006, alleging his dog Willie died following a cross-country flight because airline employees refused to provide a veterinarian and other care after the animal fell ill. Terrence Ing wants to hold the airline accountable for its alleged negligence and to bring attention to a practice he said is all too common."

That's my old roommate and his dog Willie...

Monday, March 27, 2006

Tim McKenna - March Madness Nostradamus

Who would have guessed that UCLA, LSU, Florida and GEORGE MASON of all the teams in the NCAA would make this year's Final Four???

Tim McKenna, that's who!

Mr. Tim McKenna is in sole possession of 1st place on the worldwide leaderboard over at Yahoo's March Madness Tournament Pick'em. Now he's not perfect (he's missed 16 games total so far and didn't go 15/16 on day one like yours truely)...but guessing that final four...well that's damn impressive. So impressive in fact that people on the Yahoo messageboard are obsessed with the man, the myth, the legend...

Little Known facts about Tim McKenna
by: ZagsWinBig (gallatin01)
Mar 27 4:02pm
I sat by him in Algebra--

He's a decent baller, but can't go left

The guy just knows the game. Too hard too describe here--

will smith cast as tim mckenna
by: bracketology101 (blade91812)
Mar 27 4:14pm
in the up coming movie tim is god

Chuck Norris once
by: Hugh Jasscock (
Mar 27 4:15pm
jump backwhirl spinkicked George Mason upside the cabeza dropping him like he was Bobby Kennedy, only to have him rise up scream "Tim Mckenna", then proceed to beat the shit out of ole Chuck

Tim McKenna is all that is wrong with our country.
by: I Rule (waviclesdammit)
Mar 27 4:19pm
Our young people used to be able to look around them and see wholesome, good values taught wherever they looked. And today's young people look around and all they see is 50 Cent and Tim McKenna.

Tim McKenna
by: Bracket Busters (eaglesnfl52286)
Mar 27 4:21pm
I think Tim McKenna may have just passed Chuck Norris as the greatest person at life. Tim has become the Buddha of college basketball. Actually, he probably just found some way to cheat. Eaither way, that's still cool.

by: Bracket Busters (eaglesnfl52286)
Mar 27 4:23pm
Tim McKenna went back in time and deflected all three bullets aimed at JFK with his bare hands. He then told JFK that he picked George Mason to go to the Final 4. JFK's head exploded out of sheer amazement

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Final Four Here We Come - Afflalo, UCLA clamp down on Memphis, stamp Final Four ticket

Mark: "Get the ball to Hollins...he's the MVP!, never thought I'd say that."

Friday, March 24, 2006

This UCLA Victory Is Blue Heaven - Los Angeles Times

After Adam Morrison made two free throws with 3:26 left, UCLA trailed Gonzaga, 71-62, but the Bruins closed with an 11-0 run to pull out an improbable win.

3:13 — Luc Richard Mbah a Moute makes two free throws. (71-64 Gonzaga).

2:09 — Mbah a Moute scores on a layup. (71-66 Gonzaga).

0:52 — Jordan Farmar makes a running one-hander. (71-68 Gonzaga).

0:20 — Ryan Hollins makes two free throws (71-70 Gonzaga).

0:10 — After Farmar steals the ball from J.P. Batista, he passes to Mbah a Moute for a layup (72-71 UCLA).

0:02 — UCLA regains possession after a held ball, Arron Affalo is fouled on the ensuing inbounds pass and makes one of two free throws. (73-71 UCLA).

0:00 — Batista misses a turnaround jumper from the wing and UCLA wins, 73-71.

More Bruin Love - LAist: OH MY GOD!!!

LAist: OH MY GOD!!!

Best part of this picture (besides Michael Rolle doing god knows what) is all the different expressions in the stands. There are the obviously excited bruin fans (in yellow) that are jumping uncontrollably. There is the black guy in the left corner who's doing the turn around 'can you believe that $h#!'?? Then there's the two guys on the far right that look like they might be unhappy with their decision to get the 'Gonzaga - 2006 Champs' tattoo on their backs.

Gonzaga Bulldogs/UCLA Bruins = Greatest Night of My Life

NCAAB - Gonzaga Bulldogs/UCLA Bruins Recap Thursday March 23, 2006 - Yahoo! Sports
I can't sleep...what a night, what a game. I just went absolutely crazy along with the Q's crowd in West LA. Such a great defensive comback at the end there. I was a little bit worried about playing Memphis but after tonight's test, I'm feeling better. That which does not knock us out of March Madness, only makes us stronger.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Tetris® DS | Do You Tetris With Others?

Tetris® DS | Do You Tetris With Others? my friends and I are Nintendo DS geeks and we're pretty excited about the release of Tetris DS and Metroid Prime Hunters DS. Save your snide remarks and just watch the damn commercial...

Monday, March 20, 2006

McSweeney's: Let There Be Lite.

"But in time She began to grow wroth. And when Man asked why She was wroth, She would say he ought to know, which only made Her more wroth.

But at last She gave Man a hint, in the form of a wise parable about some rural gentleman who would not invest in a cow because he was getting his dairy produce pro bono.

Man listened carefully to Her words, and pondered them.

Then Man said, 'Are you saying you're lactose intolerant?'

Boy, was She wroth."
Read the full tale at McSweeney's

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Things to do before I die: SXSW

So I SHOULD be going to Austin, TX this week for the SXSW but alas, I was a bit late in setting up any travel plans. Dang, and it would have been the perfect time now that my schedule is completely wide open. I've always wanted to go so hopefully I can make it in the near future when listening to unsigned bands while eating free BBQ and drinking free beer all day long is a desirable thing. (Does that ever become UNdesirable?? If so, I don't want to see 31). In honor of the festival, I decided to post 5 my newest, favorite lesser known bands:

Bravo Silva - Strawberry Blonde (mp3)
*i don't know who they sound like...they just sound good.

Editors - Munich (mp3)
*lead singers voice reminds me of the male vocalist of Dead Can Dance (minus the goth)

Hot Chip - Making Tracks (mp3)
*bits of Daft Punk, Beta Band...good grooves, but I like their mellow stuff mostly.

Nightmare of You - I Want to be Buried in Your Backyard (mp3)
*I guess they sound like young, Emo kids...but more melodic, less whine

Voxtrot - Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives (mp3)
*I've run out of adjectives...they are grrrrrrrrrreat!

**If you like any of these bands, support them by buying their music or seeing them live. I don't mind anyone sticking it to the major labels, but you gotta help out the little guys**

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Lookin' STRONG!

Look out 63 other teams, UCLA is playing the best basketball they've played in years. After wrapping up the regular season title, the Bruins beat Cal (yet again) to wrap up the Pac-10 Tourney title today. Even more exciting is that they seriously have a chance to go far in the Tournament which starts Thursday. I'm going out on a limb and saying they win it all. They last won the National Championship when I was a wee freshman at UCLA in 94-95. Many years later, as I finish up grad school here at UCLA, I think it would be nice to close out the Era of Eric at UCLA with yet another Championship. Don't let me down Ben Howland.

(By the way, I was just told by a former classmate, that my diploma will have Gov. Arnold's signature on it...sweet, I get a PhD certified by the Kindergarten Cop.)

Friday, March 10, 2006

Why Can't I Be as Smart as You?

"My brilliance is a tree that grows in the fertile soil of experience, and extends 74 miles into space, where it catches passing satellites, which not only hang from its beautiful branches like multimillion-dollar Christmas ornaments but also impart to my brilliant tree all of their satellite knowledge. This is how I know the license-plate and Social Security numbers of so many young and attractive celebrities, and it's the only reason, despite court orders that may say different. It's also why you get such great cell-phone reception in my presence."

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Officially, It's Officially Official

In the eyes of the University, I'm officially a Doctor!

Phase I: Publicly defend my dissertation - DONE (Jan. 19, 2006)
Phase II: File dissertation with university - DONE (March 9, 2006)
Phase III: Leave Campus/Get a Job - ????

Woohoo! As of 4pm today, I'm officially Mr. PhD. It didn't quite hit me until I was called Dr. twice by 2 strangers (the people who helped me file). I've been called Dr. by my friends and family but they always smile or laugh afterwards. This time, two complete strangers said, "Here you go Dr. Walker" with straight faces. Of course, then I started to crack up.

The other interesting thing was seeing all the other dissertations that were being filed. Part of the process is going to the dissertation adviser at the library archives to have her go over the strict details of your dissertation (margins, pagination, etc). The adviser, who has the reputation of being the Dissertation Nazi ("No thesis for you!"), was actually very nice. I can see why she could get all cranky in her little room which was literally filled to the ceiling with vanilla envelopes bursting at the seems with thesis' (Thesi?). Good thing she doesn't have to read them all. But I I was saying, seeing all these other disseratations was pretty amazing. I mean, here's mine sitting on her desk next to a computer science one on wireless networks in moving vehicles. Or there was the nice girl behind me in line turning in her english thesis on "queer" literature in the 1920's. My point is, isn't it interesting that so many people like myself can waste so much of their lives on such random topics???

Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority

The Exposition Light Rail line is the newest extension of the 62-station Metro Rail system. The 8.5 mile line runs along the Metro-owned Exposition right-of-way from the existing Metro Rail station at 7th/Metro Center in downtown Los Angeles to Washington/National in Culver City.

Finally! (yeah, I know...totally random things excite me)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Radiohead News |

My Saturday in Watts

Building Houses in Watts with the Koreans

Spent last Saturday doing something I've been wanting to do for ages: Habitat for Humanity. It was a lot of fun even though no cranes or bulldozers were involved. All we got to do was paintingg molding on two neighboring houses...but it was fun and rewarding nonetheless. I was quite proud that while most other people were there with work or church type groups, I was there with 3 of my oldest and bestest friends just for the hell of it. (Although we were outdone by the girl who showed up all by herself). Even better was the fact that I think hanging in Watts helped with my friends insecurities about being in a more 'urban' environment. (The houses had a view of the Watts Towers). I highly recommend everyone chipping in once in awhile.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Car Crash Victim's Arm Found, Cellphone Intact - Gizmodo

Car Crash Victim's Arm Found, Cellphone Intact - Gizmodo: "A Lexington, Kentucky woman and her daughter flipped over in their SUV and rolled into the berm. Passers-by stopped to help and found the woman, her arm missing, pinned in the car. A quick-thinking driver placed a tourniquet on the woman’s stump and they later found her arm—still clutching a cellphone. Both victims survived the crash." - from Gizmodo

MyPOD survey

My iPodHow many songs? - 4026 songs

Sort by artist
First artist: 2Pac
Last artist: Zero 7

Sort by song title
First Song: '84 Pontiac Dream (by Boards of Canada)
Last Song: Zombie (by Fela Kuti)

Sort by time
Shortest Song:
Jesus Mix (17 s) by ME! (I sampled from Big Lebowski - "nobody fuck's with the Jesus)

Longest Song:
Eskimo (16 min) by Damien Rice

Sort by album
First Album: ( ) by Sigur Ros
Last Album: Young For Eternity by The Subways

How many songs come up when you search for "sex"?:
only 4

How many songs come up when you search for "death"?:
12 (by title), 69 overall (thanks DeathCab!)

How many songs come up when you search for "love"?:
142 (90 in the title)

Most Frequently Played Song:
Talk by Coldplay (just reformated the iPod so only 10 plays)

-thanks to the lollislut for the idea!
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