This is going to be an early and short update due to my wacky work schedule.
Today’s first game, New Zealand vs Slovakia had a totally epic finish. It was made all the more epic by the fact that New Zealand l, the team responsible for the epicness, was also responsible for a lot of the dullness in the game. Much like their neighbors Australia, they appeared pretty stiff and somewhat uncoordinated. To their credit, this game was the first time they didn’t allow a goal in the first half. They did give one up in the second half, and with their poor offense, it looked as if they were going to lose the match. Then came he epicness. In he last minute of stoppage time, minute 93, Winston Reid scored what I believe was his first World Cup goal to tie it up. I don’t think New Zealand was really expected to do well, but they surprised everyone with that in at the death goal.
I’m watching the Portugal vs Ivory Coast game now and so far its been OK. Neither team has made much progress yet, but he real story thus far has been Ronaldo. He had a blazing shot at goal that just barely missed and he also had some… colorful moments. He’s gone down a bunch, sometimes without even being hit! Granted, he is a target for obvious reasons but some of those falls were a bit mug. The confrontations hat they’ve produced win the other team has gotten him a yellow card along with yellow cards for two Ivory Coast players. Fun fact: it seems whenever they had a close up of any of the player’s faces, it seemed as if they were yelling “fuck off!” Its pretty hilarious. 😀 I fully expected Portugal to dominate this game, so I hope they can generate some real offense during the second half because aside from Ronaldo’s one shot on goal, hey really haven’t pressed the Ivory Coast much.
And now I sign off until tomorrow evening. I’m working till 8:30 tonight and then have to be back there at 5 AM tomorrow, so I wont get to catch up on the games until I get home around 2 PM. At least I have Thursday off. :
Let’s start things off on a non World Cup note. I am so freaking tired. I’m gonna be working 7 straight days, then I get a single day off, then back to work. I had expected to have Wednesday and Thursday off, but now I’m working Wednesday @ 5 AM. BLARP! I’m already pretty tired, so if the next two days aren’t quiet, I don’t know how I’m gonna make it through. Its thrown a kink into my World Cup viewing schedule, which brings me to…
Japan vs Cameroon! At first, I thought that Cameroon would be able to shut down Japan, but after the first few mins it was as if the life went out of them. They were stiff and listless and Japan made them pay. They scored a goal off of a nice breakaway and Cameroon never really recovered. They would send an occasional shot at the goal, but only one or two were scorchers. Cameroon didn’t seem to come back to life until the last ten minutes or so, but it was too little, too late.
I’m watching the Italy vs Paraguay game now, and its pretty good. Paraguay scored a surprising early goal that stunned both he crowd and Italy. Italy managed to recover quickly and picked up a nice goal of heir own. 78 mind in and the game is tense. Both teams are playing well and taking some nice shots on goal. I can’t wait to see how his game ends.
Not only because its exciting, but because I want to sleep!
A quickie post for part 1 with two notable… notes? First, last night after I posted about AUS saying that they might be able to recover, apparently I was full of it. AUS went on to be brutalized 0-4. Like the other two losing teams that day, they also lost a player to a red card, except they lost theirs early in the 2nd half, not in the closing minutes. It was painful to watch. I really expected more from a seasoned team like them.
The other note of interest is in the first game today, NED vs DEN. A hilarious own goal scored by Poulsen has put DEN up by a goal. The game isn’t over yet and both teams are gtting some good looks at goal, so its still anyone’s game, but I just had to note that own goal. I don’t care who you are, that’s some funny shit right there.
Well, I suppose if you’re the NED goalie, you’re probably not amused. He sure didn’t look all that amused when he was glaring at Poulsen. 😉
It just keeps getting better.
Today’s goals were probably the most exciting goals of the game. Algeria vs Slovenia was a tight game all the way through and remained scoreless until the 79th minute when Slovenia scored a huge goal to take the lead and make some history: it was their World Cup win. Both teams had some great shots at goal and kept the pressure up throughout the game, but it was all over after that. It’s an important win for Slovenia because it gives them three very important points in their group; a group they share with the US and England. Slovenia and Algeria are both not expected to make it out of their group, so this win really shakes things up for the group since it England and the US ended up in a draw. Of course, Slovenia could get beat by both of those teams when they play them, but at least they had this impressive first win.
The second game, Serbia vs Ghana was also pretty good. Both teams were doing pretty well: trading shots, maintaining a tight defense and the like, but Serbia gave up an epic penalty kick goal and that gives Ghana an important win and a leg up in the group. What a freaking goal it was! Idiot Serbian player Kuzmanovic had an unbelievably foolish and unnecessary handball IN THE PENALTY ZONE giving Ghana a free kick on goal. Gyan lined up for the shot, took a run at the ball, faked the goalie out and kicked the ball in one direction while the goalie dove in the other. Beautiful. I have to say, I really do feel bad for Kuzmanovic despite his foolishness. He looked like he was going to be sick to his stomach when he realized what he’d done and what it would cost his team. I don’t imagine it was a very pleasant post-game discussion in the locker room today.
Fun fact, both of the above games had a player from the loosing team get ejected for collecting two yellow cards and trading em in for a red card. Nice work, guys!
I’m now watching the Germany and Australia game and the hits just don’t stop coming! I’m a little ways into the second half and let me tell you, it’s like Germany picked up right where they left off in 2006. Granted, they were knocked out by France, but they played amazingly throughout that tournament and this game was no different. Klose has an awesome header 7 minutes in, followed by a later goal by another German player who’s name I forget. Australia is getting schooled. I know they have a young team, but I didn’t think they’d be giving up goals that quickly or often, especially when you consider that in the World Cup qualifiers, they didn’t give up more than a single goal in any game. Not sure how this one is going to end, but my guess is that if you’re Australia, its gonna end in tears. I doubt they can come back, but you never know. Off I go to watch the rest of the game!
PS: Fun Fact about Klose: 7 of his 11 World Cup goals have been headers. Ouch!
Wow, some fantastic games today! South Korea ran rings around Greece. I don’t know where Greece thought they were, but it wasn’t the World Cup. I wouldn’t have thought that South Korea would have fared so well considering their ranking, but they schooled the Greeks. South Korea really has to watch their defense though. There were several moments where if the Greeks had brought their A game, South Korea would have given up some really easy goals.
The second game, Argentina vs Nigeria, was mug more of a nail-biter. Both teams played great, but Argentina proved themselves to be quite dangerous. Both teams had some great shots on goal, but Argentina’s goal keeper didn’t let anything by him. Meanwhile, their offense was relentless. It was too much for Nigeria, but not for lack of trying. They played a hell of a game and will also be ones to watch.
I’m watching the second half of the US vs England game now and its been pretty exciting so far. We gave up our typical stupid early goal, which was no surprise. I figured us to lose this game 2 – 0, but its tied up at this point in my DVR recording. I’m certainly startled by this, but in all fairness we should not have gotten that goal. That was a total screw up by the English goalkeeper. I don’t think anyone expected that shot to go in, but the goalie just didn’t maintain controlled of the ball and it went rolling right into the net. He’s gotta be kicking himself for that because its definitely been a morale hosted for the US team. I can’t wait to see how the rest of this turns out, so I’m gonna head back to the game.
BTW, sorry for any typos, my Droid’s autocorrect feature is fairly aggressive and sometimes throws junk in the place of perfectly cromulent words.
So the World Cup started today and when I woke up, I had completely forgotten. This is because I am a genius. I managed to tune in just as the first game started and what a game it was. South Africa, the host team, against Mexico. South Africa had a fantastic goal early in the 2nd half and they had been doing a great job keeping Mexico at bay. It looked like they were going to take it but Mexico scored a stunning goal around 79 mins in and tied it up. That’s not counting an almost goal they didn’t get credit for due to an offsides call. Of course I had to rush to work during the last 10 mins of the game, but it was so worth it. At least I didn’t miss any goals or anything epic. I’m watching the second game now on my DVR (France vs Uruguay) and its scoreless at the half. Man, watching the World Cup was way easier back when I worked nights. After this game, I’m going to bed. I’m planning on waking up at 7 am so I can catch tomorrow morning’s games before work. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to watch as many games as last time, especially with the games that are on at the same time. One thing is for sure, my normal shows are totally going to take a huge hit. But OMG so excited!
Fun fact: this post written entirely on my Droid.
Some stuff! I did it today! Read!
- Google has developed an online font api thing that lets you use fonts that aren’t even on your computer machine on your website. They had the Droid font available, so I just converted the site to use that instead of Trebuchet or whatever the hell I was using before. Isn’t a trebuchet some kind of medieval siege weapon? I think it threw rocks like a catapult or something. That’s a stupid name for a font.
- So it turns out I should have previewed what the site looked like before I started writing point number 1 up there. Seems like the Droid font gets a bit cut off no matter what size I make it. Letters like g and y have their little tails chopped off, and we can’t have that! Aside from the humanitarian reasons, it just looks faintly ridiculous. So back to Trebuchet or whatever the hell it was before. Boo!
- I’ve had Symphony of Science on repeat for the past few days. I’ll be writing a follow up post to that shortly. Possibly even today!
- I just found my eMusic gift cards from before they redid their pricing structure to include 100% more suck. I’ll have to redeem these things and violate their site before they expire.
- It’s totally a lazy Sunday today, but I’m going to see if I can get both of my pending candy bar reviews done today. Also I have to look into the Picassa thing for this site.
- I need more days off!
There is something I’d like to share with you this evening that I feel is one of the great achievements of the internet. It’s called Symphony of Science. Put together by a gentleman named John Boswell, Symphony of Science is a music project aimed at merging scientific ideas and concepts with music.
I’ve had some trouble writing this entry. Partly this is because I’m tired after a couple of long days and also because Symphony of Science leaves me literally speechless. Nothing I can say will be able to do justice to this wonderful thing that I want to tell you about. This is not going to be my finest piece of writing, but it may well be one of my most heartfelt. I can’t begin to describe the sense of wonder and joy these songs evoke in me. And it’s not just the music! Mr. Boswell creates some spectacular videos along with his music.
And they are glorious.
They consist of clips from various science documentaries over the years featuring people like Carl Sagan, Steven Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and even Bill Nye The Science Guy! The music also features vocals by all of these scientific greats and more blended with the music. The music and videos talk (sing?) about the potential of mankind and a hope for the future that makes me proud to be even an infinitesimally tiny part of the scientific community.
If you can watch these videos and not be moved, you are an inhuman monster.
I want to say more, but I can’t. I’m tired. I’m out of words. But go, please go and watch Symphony of Science. Maybe it won’t change your life…
…but then again, maybe it will.
Wow, I haven’t been this prolific (if such a word can be used to describe such a small quantity) since November of 2006. That was the last time I had this many posts in one month. I’m going to have to pick up the pace for next month if I want this site to be something more than a place where I check in approximately once a year to register the fact that yes, I am in fact alive. I’m about to set to work on my 2 remaining absurdly overdue reviews for Ask the Fatty. After that, I think I’m going to (finally!) complete my picture galleries here on My Twisted Mind and also see what I can do in terms of either mirroring them on Picassa’s web albums or integrating that on the site somehow. The reason I’m looking at Picassa is because of the Android integration. I found out, quite by accident, that pictures in Picassa’s web galleries show up as if they were pictures native to my phone when I access it’s picture gallery option. They’re separated out into their own category, but show up automatically without me having to do any configuration or tweaking. It’s pretty sweet.
Can I tell you how much I love my Droid? I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I just can’t get over how awesome this thing is. I’ve most recently been playing with apps that alter the home screen of the Droid. After seeing how the Nexus One has 2 more home screen to fill with app icons than the Droid, I knew I had to find some way to replicate this functionality on the Droid. A quick Google search found me a couple of alternative home screens that let you take your home screens up to 9. (How awesome would it be if it went up to 11 though?) They have varying features and some work better than others. Most of the forum threads I found about these programs talked about people using them for 2 weeks before making a decision, though to be honest, I can’t imagine how. About half of the suggested programs either gave me grief when trying to set them up and then acted sluggish every time I tried to use them. Worse yet, they crashed (or “force closed” in Android terms) seemingly at random. All but one of them had an extra row of pre-set icons on either side of the app drawer that you couldn’t customize. There was one that didn’t suffer from these limitations. It’s called TagHome and it’s awesome. It’s not foolishly sluggish, it didn’t present any setup problems, it’s bottom icon row is totally customizable, and it has an indicator to tell you which screen you’re on. And it goes up to nine. That’s right, NINE! Not that I’ll need that many, but it’s nice to have. It’s interface is also the closest to the stock Android interface, which I happen to quite like.
Right now, it’s time for dinner, ice cream, then to work on website fun times. A sea monster had better not have eaten my ice cream.
So those reasons I mentioned in my last post? Here they are:
- I’m so stuffed and headachy and I just want to lie down.
- I’ve got a bunch of pictures that I need to pull off of my camera and organize, since almost all of them are going up on either askthefatty.com or here.
- I’m sort of itching for more Sins of a Solar Empire.
- I want to get back to work on my… what is it now, 4 restaurant reviews, 2 candy bar reviews, and 1 cereal review that I have lined up for askthefatty.com. Several of them have written drafts, a couple have drafts in my head, and none of them are complete or have the accompanying photos ready to go. I want to put an end to my neglectful website updating ways!
- My DVR is so backlogged and I really need to make a dent in that.
- Investigate why askthefatty.com’s RSS feeds work in some browsers and RSS readers and not others.
- And finally, Super Mario Galaxy 2! Wa-hoo! Note: It’s way harder than the first one.
So yeah, that’s what I wanted to get done tonight. Of that, I’ve made progress on the reviews, completed the sorting of my pictures, searched fruitlessly for an answer the the RSS weirdness and watched a saved episode of SGU. I’m moving at like half speed today otherwise I think I would have gotten more done. Anyway, I’m going back to working on the RSS issue for a little while longer, then I’ll be heading to bed to read until I pass out.