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January 21, 2008

Tag Procrastination

I’m delinquent in responding to Mark's tag from a few weeks ago – a situation that I’ll remedy today. But before I get to that, I’ve got a few random notes to share, starting with a follow-up from the previous post:

Thanks to everyone who commented or e-mailed on my censored snot rocket article. One of my friends e-mailed it to our local running group, so it ended up getting seen by quite a few people after all. What’s even better is that many people had additional observations or suggestions for future study. Among them:

* Apparently, my cycling and swimming (?) brethren felt somewhat left out by the tutorial. As far as the swimmers are concerned - can we all agree to keep it out of the lap pool? My pool conveniently has an overflow gutter, but I know a lot of pools don't, in which case ... ugh. I'm not sure what to tell you. If it's in the water, you're swimming in it, and if it's on the deck, everybody else is walking on it. It's a lose-lose situation; I have no idea what to recommend here.

From the bike, blowing snot rockets is obviously a more complicated maneuver, being heavily dependent upon factors such as bicycle velocity, prevailing wind direction (and speed), slipstream aerodynamics, and maintaining your balance while leaning outside the bike’s center of gravity. That’s not to say it shouldn’t be attempted - but the learning curve isn’t quite as steep as it is with runners. Maybe they can start including some rocket tips on the Spinervals DVD series or something.

* I heard from two separate sources that the process is also called an “Okie blow” in certain areas of the country … and I sensed that those folks may have been offended that I didn’t give Okies proper recognition for their unique contribution to society. Apparently the ability to blow a rocket is a source of regional pride in some parts – who knew?

* People with mustaches or beards have a much higher degree of difficulty and potential for post-ejection residue buildup in their facial hair. See – this is a huge consideration, and I hadn’t even considered it. This is why I’d be a lousy investigative journalist.

On that note, we’ll put the snot rocket topic to bed for a while. A couple of other thoughts before the next post:

1) Does everybody know about Pandora Radio? If you’re a music lover who is frustrated with the limited station options, stale song repetition, or endless commercial interruptions of modern-day radio, you’ll go crazy with this site. You just type in the name of a band or song you like, and custom-build your own Internet radio station form there, based on feedback you can give at anytime.

I’ve been hooked on Pandora for the past month or so, and it’s become the most reliable way to get my daily emo/punk/alt rock fix. (I think it works equally well across other genres like jazz, blues, or classic rock, but I haven’t checked these out yet.) I’ve found a lot of great groups I didn’t know about before, such as Tragedy Andy, Default, and Rufio - as well as the band currently playing on my sidebar, who have become one of my favorites.

2) I know that American Idol is barely underway, but I think I’ve already decided who I’m cheering for: the girl from Oregon who lives in a log cabin, rides and trains horses, practices mixed martial arts and cage fighting, and sang “Amazing Grace” for her audition. She could bail you out of a bar room fight on Saturday night, then sing hymns with you in church the next morning. Oh, one more thing – she’s drop dead gorgeous. Regardless of whether she progresses any further in the contest, you have to be impressed by that kind of skill set.

For the record, my wife is apparently cheering for the extremely good-looking, remarkably stylish dude with dreadlocks who sang Uncle Kracker’s “Follow Me” – at least, that’s what I gathered by her saying “Wow!” about 10 times during the three minutes he was on screen. So we’re less than one week along, and our loyalties have already been cast. I think this TV writers strike is making us desperate for compelling story lines. Thank God it's only two weeks until season 4 of Lost begins.

Anyway, it’s too early to start handicapping the AI contest, so we’ll see what the next few weeks have in store.

Gosh, that’s almost 700 words already. You know what? I'm changing my mind - let’s make this one a quickie, and stop here. The tag post has already waited 3 weeks – another day or two won’t ruin it.

Just think of it as my lame little way of building suspense.


Rainmaker 1/21/08, 8:40 PM  

Yes...martial arts chick is waaay hot. Why do I get the feeling if I went to a local martial arts place all I'd find is Helga who would kick my ass and not be hot?

craig 1/21/08, 11:05 PM  

I haven't had the courage to attempt a Double Texan for fear of blowing out what few brains I've got.

Ms. Cook seems to have hung around for a double portion when giftedness was being handed out.

Anne 1/22/08, 6:35 AM  

Love Pandora. I've listened on and off for about a year (or two...where's the time go???). It does a good job matching up, though when it misses, it's quite comical. (Type in Yo-Yo Ma and you used to get a bunch of rappers).

Formulaic 1/22/08, 11:19 AM  

I've been loving Pandora for a while now. My friend turned me onto it and I love it. It does repeat the same songs though so I make sure to jump stations every once in a while.

Did you know that you can look at your friends radio stations and use theirs too?

robtherunner 1/22/08, 5:38 PM  

I'll admit I have no interest in snot rockets of any kind. I just don't really get the whole thing. Maybe it's just because I am not really good at it so I am defensive because others are much better than I am. I have given up at this point. I fear that I will never have such a talent:(

olga 1/23/08, 3:10 PM  

I can't believe I missed both of those! The girl is hot, well sung and with interesting background, and she is from OR on top of it - a clear cut for me. The dude is cute too, but I don't see him adbancing much.

Mark Tanaka (Ultrailnakaman) 1/24/08, 11:26 PM  

About procrastination, well, you've lapped me. Pandora's great, but as Formulaic mentioned, it does repeat itself a bit. What are the names of the stations you've set up on it?

Robb 1/25/08, 10:41 PM  

Oh, you got me all excited about Pandora...sadly, here's what I got: http://www.pandora.com/restricted Oh bother!

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