Monday, April 5, 2010

Five Unrelated Thoughts

The Sweet 16 of the invention bracket is up. Vote or die.

I had a few thoughts when I woke up this morning and figured I'd pass them along.  I'll post some more over the next few days but these are some of the things that consume members of the 9.7%.  As always, if you have comments, post them below -- we're an interactive blog, folks.

1. Sam and I were thinking of road trip ideas that would make for good blog entries. The best we heard was courtesy of our friend Peter, who suggested we raft down the Mississippi River a la Huckleberry Finn. I would be Huck and Sam would be Jim (only because my grammar is better) and we would follow their exact route. Does anyone know if there are wifi hotspots along the Mississippi?

2. There are two kinds of people you always want to be seated next to at Passover Seders: old people and aspiring rock musicians. Old people are hilarious because they have absolutely no filter and say whatever they're thinking at that moment, regardless of how inappropriate it is. Aspiring rock musicians are entertaining because of conversations like the one I had last week:

Me: So how's the band going?
Aspiring Rock Musician (ARM): We make music, dude.  
Me: Ok...well, how's making music?
ARM: We make girls take their tops off.
Me: Interesting. What kind of music do you play?

That's our Seders, we open the door for Elijah and the white fu%&ing Jimi Hendrix.  

3. Is there a locker room/clubhouse protocol for what happens when an athlete is acquired from another team?  For instance, will Donovan McNabb show up at Redskins camp and say, "Hey guys, I'm Donovan," or is it understood that he is Donovan McNabb so he'll just strap on a helmet and start throwing?  I've wondered about this for a long time.

4. Why do people change their BlackBerry messenger or Facebook names? It's just confusing for people trying to search for you.  If your name is Adam Friedman and your BBM name has always been "Adam Friedman," why change it to "Adam" and make people think they accidentally deleted you when they search for "Friedman"?

5. The iPad may not be that useful (yet) but it certainly makes you cooler if you have one.  There are only a handful of gadgets that can make you cooler simply by association.  Here's the exhaustive list: iPad, Beats by Dre headphones, Macbook Air (kinda), StarTac cell phone, vinyl record player, Slingbox, breathalyzer (I'm joking..that's not cool at all), 3-D TVs (I guess), and Project Natal (when it comes out later this year).

Alright, I'm going to get out of bed and make some eggs. Enjoy one of the best sports days of the year.  We've got opening day baseball, Tiger apologizing profusely, Eagles fans licking their wounds and Duke poised to crumble under the 1985 Villanova-Georgetown pressure tonight.

This is why Duke sucks.


  1. Duke sucks because with a loss against either Baylor or WVU one of the 9.7% would have been $2,000 richer.

  2. Must be difficult to search for someone who, alphabetically, remains at the top of your contacts list even without their last name attached.

  3. Going along the trailblazing road trips...maybe you could do the Lewis and Clark journey? Its drier and has to be a hot spot somewhere along the way.

  4. Lewis and Clark? I see Kubin and Schnur as more of an Edwards and Hunt. With Schnur as Chris Farley and Kubin as Matthew Perry.