Sunday, September 16, 2007

Football, how I've missed you...

I was at a bar with my father-in-law today. I had a cold beer in my hand and 5 TV screens in front of me, each with a different game shown in real-time. I could move from screen to screen without even moving my neck, seeing the entire world of NFL unfold before my eyes. God damn, I love it.

Before that, I was watching the game at home, where I only had access to 1 game. Even that was fun. While I watched the Giant/Green Bay game, I kept my eye on the ticker to see how every other game was going. I wasn't drinking, but I was only wearing boxer shorts. There's something to be said for football in pajamas.

This week was much better than last week where I got so drunk I barley made it home and only watched 1 game. Still, much like sex, any football is good football.

A Shake of the Hand

I'm a bad hand-shaker. I realized this at a meeting last week.

Hand shaking is a tricky thing. You don't want to have a weak, "wet fish" grip, but you also don't want to hurt anyone. One guy last week squeezed my hand and cracked all my knuckles. It wasn't on purpose, but now he's forever that asshole that squeezed my hand too hard.

My problem isn't the grip, but the timing. Some people like to hang out and take their time holding my hand, but not me. I try and get the whole thing done and over with as quickly as possible. unfortunately, this means I usually end up being the first one to release. I think this makes me look bad, like I don't want to be near this person. This is typically the case, but I don't want it to be that obvious.

Harley says she does 2 shakes up and down: one, two, release. This seems like a good plan. I have 2 big meeting this week, so let's see how it goes. I just need to balance grip, length, and the up-and-down motion. I would rather salute, or even bow like the Japanese. I guess this is the price of freedom. haha

Friday, September 07, 2007

9/11 Conspiracy Theories

I hate 9/11 conspiracy theories. There, I said it.

This YouTube video (the first of 5) is a debate between the creators of Loose Change, a popular movie that lays out theories of how the government actually orchestrated 9/11, and the editors of Popular Mechanics, who wrote a book debunking most of the 9/11 conspiracies.

Notice how upset the Loose Change guys get during the debat. They call the other guys liars and get furious at the "lies." Compare that with how calm the Mechanical Engineering remain. The conspirators are making a good living off perpetuatiing the theory. They're on TV and people know how they are. They have every reason to keep these conspiracies alive. The Mechanical Engineering guys are on the other end. Their lively doesn't depend on these theories and go on this no-budget-no-audience show just to prove these guys wrong.

It' OK to ask questions, but in asking those questions you have to look for the answers. Speculation does not belong in "investigative Journalism."