Monday, April 28, 2008

they're back...and holding out for a hero !

1,500 plus CPDRC inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, Cebu, Philippines dance to Bonnie Tyler.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Loveable Losers hit 10K !

With a 10-inning game win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the Cubs became the 2nd team to reach the 10,000 win mark. Only the New York/San Francisco Giants have previously reached the 10k win mark. GO CUBBIES !

Getty Images Photo by Doug Pensinger

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Happy Earth Day !

In celebration of Earth Day, Billboard magazine published a list of 10 music acts who have tried to make a difference to the environment over the past 12 months. Pearl Jam made that list ! Drummer Matt Cameron last year played a January benefit for flood victims in Central Washington, while guitarist Stone Gossard helped plant vegetation in a Seattle park ravaged by English Ivy. Way to go, boys ! The other nine acts can be found here.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

snow in April = BOO

This is what was going down in our front yard 10 minutes ago:

By the time the video uploaded, the snow had stopped. I really hope our weather improves soon. And we don't have another crappy summer. Hope it's nice wherever you are !

Monday, April 14, 2008

the Dalai Lama...

Dan DeLong/P-I

I was one of the lucky people who filled Hec Ed pavilion this afternoon to hear the Dalai Lama speak to a capacity crowd. We stood in line for a long time, but it was well worth the wait. The Dalai Lama is in the fourth day of the five-day Seeds of Compassion conference, an event intended to nurture compassion in children and those who influence them. He was presented an honorary degree from the UW, then spoke for about an hour. UW administrators invited students to submit written questions to the Dalai Lama that focused on compassion and other topics that were not overtly political. A few of those were presented by students from across the state. He was gracious in answering the questions - even funny at times. He picked on one gentleman in the front row who was a bit lacking in the hair department. He said they looked alike. His laugh was infectious. What an experience to hear him speak.

No photos from inside, but here's one of the Chinese protesters outside the event:

Official photos from the UW here.

Friday, April 11, 2008

not a list we want to see the Viaduct on !

Popular Mechanics recently listed the top 10 worst infrastructure problems in the US and our very own Alaskan Way Viaduct just happened to make that list. Oh goodie. Although we're definitely proponents of fixing the old creaky structure, we dread the day it closes for construction. It's our main thoroughfare through town. But its deficiencies absolutely need to be addressed soon. NO TUNNEL !!

Happy Friday everyone !

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

all is forgiven....

AP Photo/Steven Senne, Pool

The outstanding hitter known for a famous costly World Series error 22 years ago threw out the ceremonial first pitch to a loud standing ovation before the Red Sox home opener today. And it was a strike. Bill Buckner was cheered continuously as he walked from the Green Monster in left field -- draped with an American flag, waving to the full house along the way. The capacity crowd welcomed Buckner back to Fenway for the first time in years with a long, roaring ovation that brought the former first baseman to tears.

Getty Images

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

not just April Fool's Day... is also Asbestos Awareness Day. The Senate passed the Asbestos Awareness Day Resolution (RES108) designating the first week of April as “National Asbestos Awareness Week.” ADAO, a non–profit organization dedicated to serving as the voice of asbestos victims, first proposed the resolution in 2004.