Monday, June 29, 2009

Billy Mays, 1958-2009

Billy Mays, pitchman for OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and countless other products was found dead in his home Sunday, June 28, 2009. He was 50 years old.

Click here for a funny video of Billy Mays at a McDonalds drive-thru. They're filming him for a radio show interview & Mays is having some fun ordering menu items.

I posted links to several of his informercials on my Twitter page - http://twitter.com/chris_slater (scroll down to find them).

Friday, June 26, 2009

Optimus Prime Does Stuff

These pictures are from my friend Kelly's photo album of the same name, from her MySpace profile. I thought it was so funny, I had to share. All credit for the photos & captions goes to Kelly.




I am Optimus Prime



I hate CD's!

Optimus Prime plays cards to win!


Yummy!
Battleship!

Hello, yes... Autobots roll out!
I fight for the weak

Gross! Kelly made me eat carrots.

Optimus Prime feeds Gil

"Hello, nice to meet you sir."

Optimus Prime has a Zune

Probability

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What Concord's up to this summer...

It's been a very uneventful summer for me so far. I haven't done much, I haven't gone to many places, I've mostly been sitting around thinking & "Twitter-ing." If you'll notice, I added a Twitter feed to the side of my blog here. I thought it was interesting, so I did it. Hopefully you'll find it interesting, too. If not, just pay no attention to it. If you're ever bored & need something pointless to look at - http://twitter.com/chris_slater - why not? What else are you going to do, read a book? I doubt it. [Side note - Michael Kinder's been reading a lot of books lately. Where did I learn that from? His Twitter feed. He loves The Kite Runner]

The point of that previous paragraph - Concord University has had an eventful summer, so far. Some interesting things have happened, and in this blog, I intend to look at some of those things and perhaps offer a few thoughts. Also, Concord's two-most-important bloggers - Jeff Yeager & Curtis Kearns - have posted some thoughts in the last couple weeks, so I'll give you links & maybe a few thoughts on those blogs.

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SGA Attorney General Bill Lewis is chair of the Concord University Student Affairs committee (CUSAC as it's abbreviated, Q-sack as it's pronounced). A few months back, Bill was talking about what he hoped to accomplish with Q-sack. They accomplished some cool things - created a new set of guidelines for visitation hours in the dorms & created guidelines for tailgating at baseball games. What looked to be the biggest thing Q-sack was working on was creating a student-based scholarship fund. A scholarship for students, funded by students. He wrote about it on Facebook, and I posted that note, along with some thoughts about it in a previous blog.

According to Bill's latest note, it appears as though Q-sack has accomplished this goal. What was originally known as the "Students Helping Students fund" is now known as the "Concord University Higher Education and Learning is Possible for All Students fund," which turns into the acronym "CUHELPAS."

I don't know if that's supposed to sound like "CU HELP US," or what, because "CU HELP AS" sounds a little confusing. "CU HELP US" is how I've been saying it to myself the last couple weeks. Somebody fill me in on how it's pronounced.

The previous structure of the scholarship fund is outlined in the blog I linked a few paragraphs up. In his latest note, Bill outlines the changes that have been made in the transition from the "Students Helping Students" beginning to the "CUHELPAS" present:

1) The Advisory Board to the fund will now consist of 3 members appointed by the Business Manager and approved by the Student Senate, along with 2 members voted in by the Student Senate. Previously, all 5 were voted by the Senate.

2) The Business Office is given more time to have a report ready for the CUHELPAS Advisory Board. Before, the Business Office had 1 week after the semester started to submit a report of the assets of the fund. That is not very feasible, so the number is now 3 weeks.

3) Students will not have the option of donating money directly from their "check change." That's too bad, because that was likely the best and easiest way to get money from students.

The biggest change to the fund is the third option I mentioned. I believe this was pretty much the basis for how this would be funded. It was the "Students Helping Students" fund, so Q-sack was mostly expecting students to donate money from their check change. Now, students have to go out of their way to donate. Instead of giving a "yes or no" to the question "do you want to donate some of this money to this?" You now have to get your check, cash it, and then find out where to give that money to. It's now gone from one easy step that requires no effort to at least 3 steps that ensure you need to go out of your way to donate to this fund.

For those who don't know, check change is what you get left over after your scholarships & whatnot go into effect. You get X amount of money to go to school, but school costs X minus Y, so you have Z left over. Z can be anywhere from a couple bucks to a couple hundred.

If this had been able to work, it would have been so beneficial for the fund. Say your check change came out to $122.09. You could say, "Put that $22.09 into the fund - I'll just round down to $100." Or, like my freshman year, you may only get $8 back in check change. You could just say, "Nah, forget that. I don't want to waste my time cashing an $8 check. Give it to the fund."

It looks like Q-sack has tried to come up with a "Plan B" - they're going to have what Bill refers to as "pledge cards." I guess Q-sack or CUHELPAS or SGA volunteers are going to go around asking for donations. Not as good as the original idea, but it should help out.

Now that the check change option is out, the whole point of this fund seems different. I think students would have been much more willing to donate from their check change than from their pockets. It's like, "Okay, I'm gonna get this much? Give them some." Now, it's "This is my money. I need it." I think individual donations will be much smaller as a result of this.

To offset that, the CUHELPAS should look for donations from other avenues, which would further change the whole point of this scholarship fund. According to his note, Bill said that he was going to ask for $1500 from the SGA (in addition to the $150 the SGA has already pledged). That $1500 would essentially be a student donation, since all Concord students pay roughly $36 towards the SGA.

Those are just a few thoughts. CUHELPAS really doesn't even exist right now, so it's too early to criticize it. This fund will hopefully find an identity and figure out what they're doing.

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SGA President Jeff Yeager has updated his blog, "From the President's Desk." Click here to read it. Here is a summarized version of his blog:

- The SGA slows down during the summer.

- Congratulated former Student Center Director Marshall Campbell on his new job - Human Resources Director. Jeff noted that the SGA may need a new SGA Advisor, as Marshall may not be able to dedicate his time to that any longer.

- Jeff is serving on a committee to find a new Student Center Director

- Jeff is also serving on Greg Quick's "Institutional Development Advisory committee," which is discussing ways to obtain funding for Concord so as to avoid a tuition increase. One idea is to host weddings at the soon-to-be-completed University Point building.

- He appointed Board of Governors representative Curtis Kearns & SGA Vice President Akeya Carter-Bozman to a few committees.

- Jeff looks forward to the continuation of the Judicial Reform committee. Since he is no longer chairing the committee, he looks forward to contributing more.

I like that Jeff is keeping students up-to-date on what he's doing. I think utilizing University Point as a way to make money to avoid tuition increases would be a great way to help garner student support. A lot of students are not fans of University Point.

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Board of Governors representative Curtis Kearns recently updated his blog, "Discord University." Click here to check it out. Here are a few notes of interest from Curtis' entry:

- Curtis applauds Marshal Campbell's ascension to the position of Human Resources Director. Curtis then takes Concord to task for not filling this position much sooner.

- Curtis is also very supportive of Greg Quick's new position.

- Curtis notes that Concord has posted a job listing for a full-time "Grant & Contract Administrator."

- Curtis believes Concord needs to look for more research grants as way to raise money.

- Curtis writes that Concord needs to look outside the institution to fill its vacant jobs. He says there are too many professors being taken out of the classroom to fill executive spots.

As usual, I agree with Curtis' opinion. The only thing I usually disagree with him on is his delivery, as he's often unnecessarily hard on the administration. He seems to have more of an "us versus them" mentality, which could potentially hinder progress. But, he is a very smart individual and very deserving of having such a high-ranking position at Concord. He has the potential to do a lot of good things for this University. I've heard that Concord's President, Dr. Gregory Aloia, is a reader of Curtis' blog. That's interesting.

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That's all for me. I'll put my usual disclaimer here - I import these blogs into Facebook. One of the options of doing so is the ability to "tag people," which sends them an e-mail alert about this blog. I tag people for two reasons - if I mention you by name or if I think you'll find this blog interesting. If you don't want to be tagged, let me know & I won't tag you in future blogs. If you'd like to be tagged, let me know & I'll start doing so.

I'll leave you with the following small Concord-related notes:

- Concord's Homecoming theme for this upcoming year will be "Woodstock '69." That should be exciting, I'm sure the Fraternities & Sororities will have a lot of fun with that. Just don't overdo it with the peace signs.

- Recent Concord graduate & former SGA Vice President Kelly Ratliff recently got married. I graduated from high school with her husband.

- The last I heard, the Student Center Director job was down to two people. They both seem like they'd do a good job with it. I'll probably "Tweet" the result whenever I hear about it (yet another reason to follow my Twitter profile).

- Curtis Kearns now has a new job looking for GLBT grants and projects for Concord. That's cool. It doesn't seem like enough is done to include the GLBT students at Concord. This is a good first step. Maybe he'll blog about what this means in the future.

- I received congratulations from a friend on being named Editor-in-Chief of The Concordian. That's news to me. For the record, I am not Editor-in-Chief of Concord's newspaper. I have had no official talks with anybody regarding this. As far as I know, there is presently no Editor-in-Chief of the paper. Later this summer, I'll talk with the Advisor & News Editor about where I fit in with the paper & what my role on it will be, if any.

Questions, comments, debate, whatnot, feel free to leave it here or on the Facebook link. As long as comments are kept constructive and topical, I will allow you to post anonymously on here.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Political Commentary I started writing in 2006 & never finished...

It was a cold, lonely night in early December, 2006. I was sitting at my computer. The time was roughly 3 a.m. I couldn't sleep and was wandering aimlessly through the Internet. Somehow I got to a column on worldnetdaily.com that was written by a man named Hal Lindsey. His column was about the differences between liberals and conservatives. From the tone of the article, you could tell that he was very conservative.

I usually don't get very political, but on this occasion I felt like writing something in response to this column. I wasn't sure at the time whether or not I was going to post this on my MySpace blog or submit it to The Concordian as an editorial. So, I opened up a Word document and started writing.

When I write something, I usually write it in one sitting. I may take an occasional break, but I will rarely close the Word document and come back to it days later. That's evidenced by the other blog I have in here about the 2007 editorial I never finished. I really have to be in the mood to write something or it doesn't get done.

That's probably one reason I really enjoy my Twitter account. I may have a thought or an idea, but I'm not passionate enough about it at the moment to blog about it. The Twitter account lets me go to my computer or pull out my phone and throw a couple quick thoughts out there. My blogs are more thought out, while my Tweets are a sort of stream-of-consciousness thing.

Back to my original point...

I started writing this piece about politics. I was writing about how I consider myself a liberal, but that I don't really fall into his definition of what a liberal should be.

This piece was also partly inspired by former Concord professor Dr. James Parker. He was a staunch conservative in his late-50's who loved Bill O'Reilly and loathed most anything liberal or to "the left." Class often turned into a political debate, and a dissenting opinion would often be met by Parker's comeback of "Well, that's how a liberal would think."

Dr. Parker could get away with things like that because he was an amazing professor. I've probably learned more from him than all the current Concord Communication Major professors put together. That's no slap against them or their abilities - they just aren't on the same level as Dr. Parker. He was so good at teaching that I - and several others - overlooked the fact that he brought up politics (and the Vietnam War he served in) way too often.

Here it is, in italics:

Liberals and conservatives. Two very different ends of the political spectrum, yet they have one thing in common: they both cause great debate.

What exactly is a liberal, and what makes one a conservative?

A recent worldnetdaily.com article by columnist Hal Lindsey attempted to shed light on what exactly is a liberal and a conservative.

"If you are a 'liberal, you favor abortion and you support homosexual marriage. You want to see prayer banned from public gatherings and you think all Scripture including the Ten Commandments, which form the basis of our system of law, should be removed from the public square," Lindsey wrote.

According to his biography, Lindsey is one of the most successful non-fiction writers alive today. He has written over 20 books, including "Planet Earth: The Final Chapter" and "Everlasting Hatred: The Roots of Jihad."

No, I haven't read them either.

Lindsey's quote is essentially me, but not quite as extreme. Allow me to elaborate.

Hillary Clinton was fond of saying "From the womb to the tomb" in regards to when a child is "alive." I say, "So what?" You can argue until you’re blue in the face about when life begins. But, I think that even if the 2-month-old fetus is alive, it won't know what's happening. Even if a fetus is alive, it won't know that the long blade thing being shoved up the birth canal is going to scramble its brain.

With gay marriage, I don't even understand why this is an issue. Just let gay people get married. It won't hurt anybody. If what they do between the sheets scares you, don't picture it.

The only way I differ from Mr. Lindsey's view of a liberal is that I think people should be allowed to pray wherever they want. I have no problem with religion and peoples' religious views.

Religion has never been a big part of my life, but I can understand if it motivates people. I don't have a problem with seeing the Ten Commandments in public. It seems like a good set of guidelines to live by. Killing people is wrong.“

"A liberal today takes comfort in the knowledge that even if America's citizens, legislators and Constitution get it wrong, somewhere there's an unelected judge that will make it right. Especially in the Supreme Court, which to the liberal exceeds the authority of the Constitution," Lindsey also writes.

Of course, if you are a Bible-thumper who wants the 10 Commandments in public, you should at least be able to name them. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland from Georgia was recently interviewed by everyone's favorite fake newscaster Stephen Colbert.

Westmoreland was talking about how we should have the 10 Commandments everywhere, which prompted Colbert to ask, "What are the Ten Commandments?"

Westmoreland managed to get out, "Don't murder, don't steal, don't lie," before admitting that he couldn't name all of them.

So, there's that. I don't know where I was going with it or what I was going to do with it after I was done. Looking at it after not reading it for nearly 3 years, I don't think it's very well-written. But, it was something I rambled onto a computer screen extremely late at night, probably on very little sleep.

Click here to see that interview Colbert did with Congressman Westmoreland. The 10 Commandments part is at the end of the 6-minute video, but the whole thing is pretty enjoyable.

Even when he didn't agree with something political, Dr. Parker loved debating politics. He was so excited when I wrote a political piece in The Concordian one time. It was in the spring of 2007, and it was actually a rebuttal to a piece Bill Lewis had written. It was Bill's freshman year and I hadn't even met him. But, he submitted a political piece to The Concordian and I didnt' agree with it, so I wrote a piece shooting down what he wrote.

The day it came out, I was in the hallway outside the Concordian office. Dr. Parker and the-then Mr. (now Dr.) Cory Williams were walking towards me. Dr. Parker got excited and said, "Chris! I loved that piece you wrote. I didn't agree with a lot of your opinion, but I'm so glad you wrote it. Cory, have you read this?" Williams said no. Parker continued - "Well, you need to. It's great."

I don't like to write about politics "in general." I like it more localized, which is why I enjoy writing about Concord's Student Government Association. It kind of operates like a government sometimes, so it counts. The Concordian kind of operates like a real newspaper sometimes, so you'd expect to see some political commentary in there occasionally.

I think writing about local government for a "real" newspaper would be fun. It beats interviewing high school football coaches (click here to see one of my Princeton Times articles I posted on "ihigh.com").

But, yeah, there's that. I don't know how many other "never completed" articles I have laying around. I may only have those two floating around in my archives. If I find anymore, I'll post them in here.

I'm also still working on a blog about my recent trip to my Grandpa's house in Ripley. The blog is going to be mostly pictures and videos from the trip. But, it takes A LONG TIME to upload videos into the blog, so I'm taking a half-hour here or an hour there and putting videos into it before I actually post it. It's a long work-in-progress, but I think the end-product will be interesting. And, yeah, if you read that sports article I posted, Princeton High's coach does talk about playing Ripley during the football season. They had a little rivalry going - Ripley beat Princeton two straight years, but they won't play again for at least another three years.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

My trip to Ripley - photos & videos (part 1)

I went to my grandpa's house 3 weeks ago. I brought along my friend, Kelly. We took some pictures and made several videos (or "vlogs") during the trip. Below is part 1 of the photos & videos. We kept the vlogs as a sort of diary of the trip. We took random pictures whenever we thought of it. I'll help explain in the caption for each video or picture.

Here's all the people we encounter - my grandpa (who is referred to as "Pap"), my mom, my great-aunt Janet, my great-uncle Buck, my great-uncle Bud, & my cousin Jessica.

Warning - there is a lot of profanity in these videos. Especially from Kelly.

Enjoy!

video

That video was shot outside Kelly's house. We got some gas and hit the road. It was a beautiful day:


This picture was too funny - we had to include. Little did we know that we would see something even more awesome a few hours down the road:


Kelly takes a picture of us before the trip kicks into gear:



We're in Princeton, getting ready to get on the interstate. We're at a red light, so I start blowing my nose. Well, the light turns green & I have to start going. My nose is still runny, as you'll see in part 2...
To be continued...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sarah Terry murderer sentenced to life in prison

[I talked about Sarah Terry a couple times in my old blog. She was the girl I went to high school with who was murdered by her husband back in December of last year. The story below from this week's Princeton Times is about Sarah's husband being sentenced to life in prison.]



Goodman to court: I'd take it all back
Man sentenced to life for killing wife, unborn baby


By TAMMIE TOLER
Princeton Times

PRINCETON — Barbara Terry carried all she had left of her daughter into court Wednesday.

The grieving mother placed two pictures and a keepsake she called a “me doll” on the podium as she asked Judge William Sadler to hand down the only justice available six months after her daughter’s death.

Sarah Ann Terry Goodman, 23, of Princeton, died either Nov. 30 or Dec. 1, 2008, after an argument with her husband turned fatal. When he choked her to death, he also killed the unborn child she carried.

Barbara Terry mourned both of the deaths and told the court she literally attempted to hurl herself into the grave with her daughter and the grandchild she’ll never know.

“I know and feel in my heart he knew when he killed her he was killing two people,” she said.

Mean-while, at the defense table, Joshua Edward Goodman, 31, of Princeton, wept and attempted to wipe tears away with hands shackled at the wrists. He had just pleaded guilty to one count each of first- and second-degree murder.

“I’m sorry. I’d take it back if I could,” Goodman told Sadler, when he got a chance to speak.

He then turned to the Terry family, represented by three members, and said again, “I’m sorry.”

Sarah and Josh Goodman’s marriage was troubled, and Barbara Terry said she knew months before her daughter died that Goodman would likely attempt to claim her life.

She quoted a passage Sarah Goodman wrote just prior to her death declaring, “If you want to keep a girl for as long as you live, just break apart her heart.”

In fact, she said Goodman broke her daughter’s heart and took her life in anger.

According to Prosecuting Attorney Timothy Boggess, the state’s evidence pointed to an argument the estranged couple had for undisclosed reasons on Nov. 30. They were in Goodman’s apartment in Downtown Motel on Mercer Street.

It was during the argument, Boggess said, that Goodman approached his petite wife and placed one arm on the back of her neck and the other on the front of her neck and choked her to death.

“At that time, she fell to the ground,” Boggess said.

When the victim fell unconscious, Goodman dragged her limp body across the room and laid it near the bathroom door. A short time passed, and Boggess said Goodman began to fear she might be breathing again.

“At that point, he jumped on top of her and choked her again,” Boggess said.
Goodman then put the body of his wife and her baby in a bag of some sort, carried her to a vehicle, drove to a remote hillside on Brickyard Road and dumped the body.

Slightly more than two weeks later, Goodman contacted Princeton Police officers and reported that he needed to talk to officials in person. When they responded, he admitted to killing his wife and directed them to her body.

Goodman, who told the court he had a history of drug addiction and mental illness, had remained in custody since the morning of his arrest.

The February Mercer County Grand Jury returned two first-degree murder indictments, charging Goodman with killing both Sarah Goodman and her baby.

Wednesday, Goodman pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in Sarah Goodman’s death and second-degree murder for the baby. In exchange, the state agreed not to oppose a sentence of life with mercy on the first charge and consented to drop an embezzlement charge Goodman previous faced.

Sadler accepted the guilty plea and sentenced Goodman in accordance with the plea agreement. He handed down a life with mercy sentence on the first murder charge and a 40-year sentence on the second-degree murder offense.

The terms will run consecutively, meaning that even with West Virginia’s automatic “good time” rules, Goodman must serve at least 25 years before he’s eligible for parole. Even then, there’s no guarantee he will be freed, and Sadler emphasized that point to him Wednesday.

Barbara Terry told the judge she was satisfied with the plea agreement and the resulting sentence, even as she asked him to look at the junior high and senior high school photos of the girl Goodman killed.

She explained the doll she carried included locks of her daughter’s hair and cloth from one of her favorite Christmas dresses.

“This is all I have left of her,” Terry said.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

Several small thoughts = one big blog

I have a few thoughts running through my head & I feel like putting them down in blog-form. Just to forewarn anybody, yes, I will be talking about wrestling. But, I'm also going to talk about other stuff. So, if you're like most people, just skim through the wrestling content and absorb the other stuff.

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I have yet to find a new job. I'm presently still working at Pizza Hut. And, yes, I hate it. I love most of the people there and enjoy interacting with my friends, but it's time for me to move on to something else. It's a fun job to have for a little while, but I've gone back-and-forth to this job for about 5 years now. For a while, I thought being offered a management position would appease me, but now I don't even want that. I just don't want to be there anymore and hopefully I'll find something better.

In the next couple days or so, I'm going to contact Tammie Toler, Editor-in-Chief of the Princeton Times to see about writing for the paper again. If there's room in the budget, I'll be back. It's just a matter of me calling up and seeing if there's a spot for me.

The Princeton Times - at least in the capacity I worked with them before - isn't a full-time job. So, I'd still need something else to go along with that. I guess we'll see what happens with my job hunt in the next couple weeks.

For anybody curious, Pizza Hut will begin selling small pizzas shortly. Presently, Pizza Hut only sells personal pan (4 slices), medium (8 slices), and large (12 slices). I don't know when the 6-slice small will begin selling. Probably in the next week or so.

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Here's something random - I thought about doing this as a full blog, but I realized I didn't really have enough content for a larger blog. I bought an issue of "SPIN Magazine" and was going to write a blog titled "Things I learned from this month's SPIN Magazine." But, to be honest, there really wasn't enough interesting things to learn. But, I did learn 3 things. I knew about my number 1 already, but I didn't have any details, so I learned some details. Number 2 was completely new to me. Number 3 was kind of surprising.

1) Jack White has a new band, "The Dead Weather." He plays drums and occasionally sings. Other band members include Jack Lawrence (from White's other band, "The Ranconteurs"), Dean Fertita (who used to be in The Raconteurs), and lead singer Alison Mosshart.

2) Justin Hawkins, the guy from "The Darkness," has a new band. The Darkness broke through in 2003 with their hit "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" and seemed poised to become big stars. But, Hawkins developed a drug problem, sending him to rehab and causing the band to break up. He's looking for a second chance with his new band, "Hot Leg."

3) SPIN Magazine likes Green Day's new album "21st Century Breakdown." But, they don't like it as much as I thought they would. They complain that while Green Day set off to do an ambitious project, it winds up sounding too familiar in the end. I'll buy the album. I love Green Day and thought their 2004 album "American Idiot" was amazing.

So, yeah, those are the 3 things I learned from SPIN Magazine. I'll look through it a little more closely and see if there's anything else I learned. If there is, I'll let you know.

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I finished Larry King's autobiography "My Remarkable Journey" a couple days ago. It was a great book. Larry King is 75 and has had a pretty interesting life. He was born Larry Zeiger, he never went to college, he has been married 8 times, he was arrested in the '70s, he had a son he never met until the son was 33, and he presently has two children under the age of 10. Great life.

King also give a lot of good advice for any aspiring journalists out there. He has some good tips any good interviewer should know.

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I recently watched the WWE-produced "Greatest Stars of the '90s" dvd. I posted a 140-character review on my Twitter account recently:

The "Greatest Stars of the '90s" dvd was pretty good. WWE left out a few people, but did a good job covering those they chose.
9:32 AM Jun 3 from web

That's pretty much how I feel about it. For the people they profiled, they had great bios of the wrestlers. It's a 3-disk set, with the first disk being the profiles and the other two containing matches. I haven't watched any of the other two disks, but I have seen some of the matches before. The ones I have seen were good, and the others look good as well.

It had the potential to be a lot more, but for what it is, it's very good.

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Nope, not done with wrestling yet. You're not off the hook yet.

Last summer, World Wrestling Entertainment changed a major part of their business model - they changed their television rating from TV-14 to TV-PG. They made a very conscious and public decision to change their product to a more family-oriented product, that was especially more appealing for young children.

Yeah, there's still simulated violence and scantily-clad ladies running around, but they made some key changes - less profanity, less blood, less provocative situations for the ladies, and similar things of that nature.

There are two situations that have come up in the last few weeks that have not been very "family-friendly." One situation concerns WWE announcer, Matt Striker, and the other deals with WWE Champion Randy Orton.

Regarding Striker, alleged nude photos of him have surfaced online. According to the reports, he took some photographs of his penis with a cell phone and sent them to somebody. They then spread from there.

Click here to read an article looking at this. Don't worry, there are no pictures of his penis in the article. However, it does have a link you can go to that does contain the pictures. So, click at your own risk.

For anybody curious, Striker was a former Social Studies teacher in New York before joining WWE. He would teach classes and wrestle on the side. He got fired in 2005 for using sick days in order to wrestle in Japan. WWE hired him shortly after the incident, which actually received a lot of media attention. He wrestled until transitioning to being an announcer earlier this year.

The second incident involves Randy Orton being interviewed during WWE's recent tour of Mexico. The tour was called off about a month ago, after the swine flu outbreak, but was back on after it was realized swine flu wasn't as bad as initially thought.

The interview actually starts off pretty boring. The guy doing the interview asks Orton what he eats for breakfast, and Orton gives this uninteresting answer about how he likes omelets with mushrooms, onions, and ham. It gets interesting when the interviewer points out some injuries Orton has suffered in the past and refers to the WWE Champ as "fragile."

Orton's respons starts off as being classic "wrestling bad guy 101." Orton takes the guy's glasses off him and throws them, saying that those are fragile. However, that wasn't the end of it. Orton, the top star of a TV-PG company gets in this guy's face and asks, "You wanna talk shit to me?" Orton yells at the guy several times to look at him and adds "Call me fragile again! I will headbutt your teeth through your skull!" before he walks off the set.

Click here to see it for yourself. Most of the video is in Spanish, although the guy doing the interview speaks English. It gets pretty intense.

As a bonus, click here to see a video from 2007 where Randy Orton is asking fans outside an arena for a cigarette.

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I hate to constantly pimp my Twitter page (did you see how easy it was for me to lie right there? lol) but I felt like posting some of my Tweets from my account here. I think Twitter is a great social-networking medium. I'm hoping that if I put some of my Tweets up here as an example, it may encourage others to give it a try.

I mentioned this in a previous blog, but Twitter is so interesting. You really have to be creative to use Twitter - it's so much more than just a simple "status update." It's a box with a 140-character limit. You can fill that box any way you see fit. You can update your status, you can post links, you can post uplifting quotes, you can reply to people and have conversations via Tweets, you can post pictures, you can post breaking news updates, you can do ANYTHING on Twitter.

Below are some of mine. The Tweets with somebody's name (@_____) at the beginning are a reply to that person. A Tweet with "RT" in front of it stands for "Re-Tweet." It means I took somebody else's Tweet and posted it on my profile. I'll sometimes post my own reply before the "RT."

Made it to my grandpa's about an hour ago. I'm having fun.
7:08 PM May 26th from txt

Day 2 of the trip. Nothing has happened yet. Should be an exciting day.
12:28 PM May 27th from txt

Day 3 of the vacation. Great-aunt janet will be cooking dinner tonight. Should be delicious!
1:51 PM May 28th from txt

Day 4. Trip is over - on the way back home.
5:22 PM May 29th from txt

Eating "Mr. Bee" potato chips. I can only get them at my grandpa's. They're awesome!
8:24 PM May 29th from web

RT @KFUCKINGP Shamwow can't even help the ladies when I'm around.
8:37 PM May 29th from web

Breaking news: pizza hut in princeton will begin selling small pizzas. B4 it was just personal pan, medium & large.
12:02 AM May 30th from txt

YES!!! RT @Fluffy_Cupycake i miss being a little kid and hiding in the clothing racks.. hahaha
1:02 AM May 31st from web

@buckskeen LOL I haven't seen a pineapple haircut since I was in the 7th grade!
1:08 AM May 31st from web in reply to buckskeen

Listening to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer." McCartney wrote it. Lennon called it a "granny song." I think it's cute.
1:36 AM May 31st from web

Abbey Road is a great Beatles album. I don't know if I have a favorite album, but this one is great from top-to-bottom.
1:37 AM May 31st from web

@monica_m_ Revolver is another one of my fave Beatles albums. Magical Mystery Tour is great too. Although, I really like all of them.
1:42 AM May 31st from web in reply to monica_m_

Follow @NASA - you'll look smarter if you do
4:52 AM May 31st from web

Pizza Hut is on twitter - @pizzahut
10:12 AM May 31st from web

Somebody remind me to buy deodorant. Looks like i'm down to just a couple days on this stick.
10:56 AM May 31st from web

@mike_stanton i've been thinking about doing the radio wkshp. Sounds like fun.
1:44 PM May 31st from web

@mike_stanton i'll look into that. I'd probably talk about stuff i write in my blogs & interview sga people.
1:51 PM May 31st from web

@mike_stanton if i were gonna do it, i'd go all out. I'm def gonna think about doing it.
1:57 PM May 31st from web

Name a vegetable that rocks? Elvis Parsley. @houseoffists told me that lame joke.
5:38 PM May 31st from web

Listening to ''jump, jive, wail.'' Anybody remember the swing revival from 99?
8:11 PM May 31st from web

YEAH! RT @ericproffit I do! It was great! RT @chris_slater: Listening to ''jump, jive, wail.'' Anybody remember the swing revival from 99?
11:55 PM May 31st from web

Top 10 PIXAR voice artists - http://ow.ly/ac6F
12:36 AM Jun 1st from web

TOY STORY 3! YAY! - http://bit.ly/kE8c8
1:56 AM Jun 1st from web

http://twitpic.com/6e1gm - me in 2006 ... thinking about cutting my hair again ... should i?
2:33 AM Jun 1st from web

Just passed former concord vp michael curry on stafford drive. I always liked him. Felt 4 him when he lost his job.
8:07 PM Jun 1st from web

I think ''year one'' looks so ridiculous that it might actually be funny.
12:16 AM Jun 2nd from web

@katiewest I saw the longest mullet on this 7-year-old redneck kid. He had to be growing that at least 3/4 of his life.
2:21 AM Jun 2nd from web in reply to katiewest

Trailer for "Funny People" - http://bit.ly/15Uqih - looks good!
3:22 AM Jun 2nd from web

Dwayne Johnson's next move looks interesting ... http://bit.ly8nWKo
3:38 AM Jun 2nd from web

The Rock plays the astronaut in "Planet 51" for anybody curious. It looks kind of cute.
3:47 AM Jun 2nd from web

I just realized I could spell my last name "sl8er." I'm not going to do that, but I like having the option.
5:23 AM Jun 2nd from web

Seen the KFC grilled chicken commercial w/ the stereotypical asians? Surprised people haven't complained.
10:45 PM Jun 2nd from txt

It's so hard to believe it's going on 10 years since the initial hardy boys/edge & christian ladder match.
10:57 PM Jun 2nd from txt

RT @SamoaJoe Just left Boise State training facility was told I have torn my tricep in addition to broken fingers. Sweet!.....
about 19 hours ago from web

http://twitpic.com/6j2hp - Bored out of my mind at McDonalds at 9:30 a.m.
about 18 hours ago from TwitPic

Talked to @Goodrichk18. She asked about my day. I told her to check my tweets.
about 8 hours ago from txt

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Well, that's everything. To close, check out this funny commercial - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUbWjIKxrrs - it's the guy from the ShamWow commercial, but he's got a new product, the "Slap Chop." Best line of the commercial - "You'll love my nuts."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Editorial I never finished for The Concordian

I was going through some stuff in the files of my Concord e-mail account and came across something I started writing in the beginning of 2007 and never finished. I started writing it and e-mailed it to myself, with the intent of finishing it later. I never finished it. I was cleaning out my inbox and found it. I'll post the few paragraphs I have here for you all.

I think the reason I never completed it was because it wasn't meant to be taken seriously. To write a satirical piece, I really have to be "in the mood" to do it, and I wasn't. I got this idea, started it, and never had the urge to complete it.

At the end of every year, TIME Magazine devotes a magazine to their annual "Person of the Year." For 2006, their person of the year was "You." I don't know why. I guess they got lazy or something. Actually, the real reason was due to the influx and proliferation of social networking and citizen journalism and whatnot (e.g., Facebook, MySpace, blogs...). Now, people were connected in a way like never before and TIME decided to honor this "occasion" somehow. The cover of the magazine featured a glossy, reflective surface, under the banner stating "Person of the Year," so it appeared as though your face was on the cover of the magazine.

What I started writing one night was a piece accepting my Person of the Year award. Yeah, it's stupid, I know. But, bear with me. It's below, in italics:

It started with Charles Lindbergh in 1927 and continued in 2006 with me, Chris Slater. Yes, loyal readers, yours truly was selected by the editors of Time magazine as Person of the Year.

Why am I receiving this award? That's a good question. Despite holding the position of News Editor for Time's competition, The Concordian, they were able to look past any journalistic grudges and realize that 2006 was a banner year for me.

The good folks at Time were no doubt also impressed with my summer of hard work at Pizza Hut. Maintaining a 30-hour work week can be daunting for some, but I'm glad that my hard work is finally being appreciated.

I now join a list that includes such luminaries as Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Martin Luther King, Queen Elizabeth II, Richard Nixon, Ted Turner, Bill Clinton, and both George Bushes. I've set a very ambitious agenda in order to ensure

Yeah, I kind of lose it after the introduction. I couldn't really think of anything after "in order to ensure..." so I gave up on it and never looked at it again. And, yeah, all those people I mentioned were former "Persons of the Year."

Monday, June 1, 2009

My rock is now "classic"

I've been noticing this for a while. It's been slowly going on around me. But, now it appears as though it’s official:

The music I listened to as a kid is now "classic rock."

As I got older, I occasionally wondered when this would happen with "my" music. Several years ago, I had a realization. It seems obvious right now, but at the time it wasn’t:

My mom liked classic rock when I was a kid. In the early 90's, she was listening to music from the 70's and 80's. Don't get me wrong - I love that music. I appreciate it (people who live in the Princeton area will know what I’m talking about here - my favorite radio station is 100.9). At the time - when I was 5 or 6 - all I knew was that my mom was listening to "old" music. As I got older and started to love music from that era, I realized something. To my mom, this wasn’t "old" music - this was the music she grew up with.

My mom loved the Rolling Stones, Kiss, Boston, Aerosmith, and tons more. My mom was born in 1964. Those bands arguably peaked when she was a teenager/young adult. When she listens to that music, she's not hearing something that was "before her time." She’s reliving her youth.

While we’re on this subject, here’s some random trivia I like telling people about my mom's birthday - she was born February 7, 1964. That was the same day The Beatles arrived in America (that famous video clip where the band is walking off a boat waving at people).

About a month ago, I was driving to the bank. I was listening to the classic rock station and was jamming to the Allman Brothers Band. They’re not my favorite band, but you have to listen to an occasional Allman Brothers tune in order to get to the Led Zeppelin, Stones, Who, and whatnot. As the Allman Brothers song came to an end, I awaited the next track. The recognizable opening of Nirvana’s "Come as You Are" started.

I was aghast. I couldn’t believe it.

My music. From my childhood. Is classic rock.

Now, the proverbial “early 90’s alt/rock floodgate” has been opened, as I have now heard the following bands on the classic rock station: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, Bush, and the Black Crows, to name a few.

And, now, I don’t just listen to these classic rock songs. Now when I hear "Glycerine," or "My Hero," I don’t just hear the music. It takes me back to where I was when I first heard that tune. It brings me back to my childhood.

I had already theorized that my grandpa felt this way about music he liked; I just never really thought it would happen to me. My grandpa (or “Pap” as he’s called) was born in 1938. He was becoming an adult when rock ’n’ roll was created. He was pretty much the same age as Buddy Holly.

He was kind of conservative when it came to music. He never got into “heavy” rock from the 60’s - bands like The Doors or Cream or anything like that. His two favorite acts were Elvis and Johnny Cash.

The first time I ever thought about this was a few years ago when Pap had a Johnny Cash “greatest hits” album. This was around the time Johnny Cash's "Hurt" came out and he was experiencing a wave of popularity again. I listened to it and I liked all the songs pretty much. It spanned Cash's music from the early 60's until 2003.

We put the CD in and were listening to it. As the songs played, Pap would talk about going someplace and hearing that. He would talk about what he was doing at the time (which usually involved wearing a leather jacket and driving a motorcycle).

Johnny Cash didn’t have much of a career in the 80's. So, we basically went from the late 70's to the early 90's with one song. All of a sudden, his mood changed. He didn’t like the “new” stuff. And, I realized why. What story would Pap tell - “Well, when this song came out, I had three grandkids, my mom had recently died, and I was thinking more and more about retirement.”

That doesn’t sound quite as good as, "I got on my bike and went out to the diner with your grandma. We danced all night."


I don’t have any "hell-raising" memories of old songs like my grandpa does (yet), but I have nice memories. Memories of when life was easier. When I hear "Learn to Fly," on the classic rock station on my way home from a hard day at work, I think back to when I was watching that on VH1's Top Ten Countdown during summer break before the eighth grade.

I guess the "deep" issue with this entry is that time goes by quickly. There are times when I sit back and think, "I've been out of high school for five years. That’s crazy." I recently messaged a girl on Facebook who I went to Day-Care with when we were 5, 6, 7 years old. The last time we ever talked to each other was when we were in the same fifth grade class. I moved, we never talked again. I saw her on Facebook and realized I hadn’t talked to her in nearly 13 years. It turns out she's graduated from Marshall, gotten married, and is looking for a house.

I guess music is a great indicator of how quickly time passes. The music that I listened to as a child is now "classic." I guess this means I’m growing up. Well, I guess it means I’m supposed to be growing up. One of these days I'll get around to that. Until then, it just means that the music I listened to as a child is old.

Back

For anybody curious, I made it back from my trip to my grandpa's on Friday. Myself and Kelly traveled the 2 1/2 hours up to Ripley on Tuesday and stayed until Friday.

I don't really have much of an update right now. I just wanted to let people know I was back safely. I'll have some more updates later this week, including (but not limited to): a more-thorough look at my trip to Ripley and some job updates.

Until then, check out my Twitter account for any late-breaking news about me. I really update this thing a lot. Did you hear that I was thinking about getting a radio show at Concord in the fall? You did if you follow my Twitter account - http://twitter.com/chris_slater