Archive for June, 2009

30th Anniversary Of The Sony Walkman

sony_walkman Yep, this will certainly make you feel old. The Sony Walkman is 30 years old. The iPod of its day, Sony’s new device was one of the most amazing pieces of consumer electronics anyone had seen. Every child of the 80s had one, or two, or three – depending on how often you dropped it. Sony was to us what Apple is for today’s youth. In fact a few decades ago, Steve Jobs said he would like Apple to become the Sony of its day.

And who can forget the accompanying cassette tapes? Everyone had a bag of tapes to carry with them wherever they went. Vacation/road trips/the school bus/in your bedroom while doing homework – every Cassette2 occasion could be accompanied by your favorite music.  Sure they eventually wore out and sometimes the tape would get caught up in the electronics but it was only a mild annoyance.

VCRs, personal computers, and Walkmans – it felt like we were the most technologically advanced people on earth – and we were for the times. But to the young generation now an 80s child doesn’t look so hip.

Now don’t you just feel old?

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Stadium Update

Husky%20Stadium Bob Condotta reports UW athletic director Scott Woodward has said the stadium renovation is now priced at $250 million.  Not sure if this removes it from the list of “most expensive college stadium renovation”.

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Vuvuzela – The Worlds Most Annoying Horn

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Arguably my biggest complaint concerning world soccer is these darn horns. Soccer fans around the globe seem to think it’s cool two below these tools incessantly throughout their favorite teams match. Whatever happened to simply cheering your team on with your own vocal cords? Artificial noisemakers are an unfair advantage IMHO. The traditional home field advantage should simply be a reflection of the hometown crowd’s enthusiasm for their team. I admire American sports for keeping cheering fans true. Although there have been rumors that certain teams “pipe in noise” to their stadium, the majority of sports stadiums have remained vocal cord powered (hereafter VCP).

This certainly hasn’t stopped VCP stadiums from becoming deafening home field advantages. Husky Stadium has seen noise as high as 135 decibels. And Oregon’s Autzen Stadium has been recorded at 127 decibels.

That’s all do the world a favor and ban the vuvuzela!

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What’s Up With Dual E-mail Accounts?

email I can’t figure out why so many married couples have joint email accounts. I’m talking about johnandsusie@hotmail.com or TomAndJennSmith@gmail.com. It’s impossible to mail just one of them. How do I email Susie about John’s surprise birthday party? And when I get email from them I often can’t tell who sent it. This is driving me nuts.

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The Most Important Second Of The Day

Jeans_zipper_closeup You know that split second between snapping the top snap on your jeans and zipping up your zipper? That’s a critical for us all; if you have a brain fart during this critical second you can forget to zip your zipper. You end up waiting for a kind coworker to give you the “XYZ-PDQ” – eXamine Your Zipper Pretty Darn Quick!

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Jim Owens Named As 11th Best Coach In Pac-10

owens_statue2 Nick Daschel at Buster sports has ranked Owens as the 11th best coach in the Pac-10 over the past 50 years. Owens coached at Washington from 1957-1974 before giving the reins to Don James. His tenure includes three Rose Bowls and one national championship.

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News On University of Virginia

15600_160 Scout.com ranks their 2010 recruiting class at number 67. Their 2009 recruiting class is ranked at number 49. The quad blog ranks them at number 81 for 2009. Athlonsports.com ranks Virginia at number 67.

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