Iceberg, straight ahead.

Yesterday I was reading some of my favorite blogs and I came across a very interesting story. Recently, a professor at Berkeley had his laptop stolen by one of the students in his class. The student, hoping to get questions and answers to the upcoming exam, got alot more then he had expected.

The following day, the professor ended his class with a couple minutes of why it is very important that the person bring that laptop back. As I listen to this lecture, I can seriously see the person sitting there in class getting very very nervous. I guess you have to listen to it in order to realize what I am talking about.

I have titled the post Iceberg because it is well know that only 10% of an iceberg is above the water when there is 90% that you can’t take in. (See Titanic.) I imagine this kid had no idea what laid under the proverbial water.

You can listen to it here.


iBri (updated)

One thing I have never claimed was an expertise in Photoshop. But I have been playing around with it for the last couple days and I am getting more comfortable with it. It is really a fun program. Today I took a picture of me jumping off of a swing and made myself look like one of the ipod ads. I call it iBri. (This doesn’t give anyone permission to call me “Bri”.)


The original picture is here.

Just for kicks, here are a few more.

My friend Dave , he’s tall.
My Uncle Mark , that’s not his real hair.
My friend Rich , who goes by Slick when he’s on his bike.


My Top 5 TV shows

There are five shows on television that I really enjoy watching each week. Four of the five of them are on after 9PM so I rarely watch them on a real television. (that’s past my bedtime) Instead, I have my Powerbook automatically find them online the morning after they are on. It finds the video and puts it in my “Video” folder. I like it that way because then I can watch it at a time it is convenient for me then just trash the file when I’m done. Also, there are no commercials in the shows so I can watch a 30 minute show in a little over 20 minutes.

So I thought that I would list my favorite shows and why I like them. I’d like opinions on these shows if you have them, or if you have a show that I should check out then I’d like to know about it.

First a disclaimer, the overwhelming majority of what I watch is sports. Every morning I wake up to SportsCenter and each evening I can usually be found doing my work with a ball game on. I won’t be listing those in my five shows. I don’t think it counts really. That would be comparable to asking someone to list their five favorite smells and then requiring them to list “oxygen” as one of them. Like oxygen, sports is a necessity and a given. OK, on with the shows.

1) Scrubs- I remember watching this show once a few years ago and not really thinking that it was that funny. Perhaps my sense of humor has changed. (I can’t really say “matured”.) Because now as I watch it I laugh out loud. The characters are so original in this show. Each show really has a good lesson or two in it. And I think that every guy in this world either has a friend like Turk, or wants a friend like Turk. This is my favorite show on TV.

2) 24- Quite possibly the most stressful hour on television. Jack Bauer is a Federal agent that is in stressful situation after stressful situation. The interesting twist to this show is that the show is in real time. Meaning each season is 24 episodes long and each episode is an hour from a 24 hour day. So after one full season, you have actually only watched 1 day in the life of the characters. The first season was incredible at following the time very well. The second and third season was a bit of a stretch, but this fourth season is doing well in making it realistic. This show is very addicting. All the past seasons are available on DVD and if you watch the first few hours from the first season, you will be hooked.

3) Wildboyz- I am usually not much into the MTV shows. Real world and Road Rules were always a bit too much for me. But Wildboyz is an exception. Steve-O and Chris travel the world and experience life in all sorts of places and with all sorts of animals. This is not a scripted show, it’s kind of like a National Geographic for a new generation. This show really gets me laughing because of Steve-O and Chris. In the last episode they hung meat from the bottom of a hammock and put it between two trees in the middle of Africa. Then, they tried to sleep while lions were pulling on the meat and moving the hammock all around. These guys are crazy!

4) Extreme Makeover:Home addition- I usually don’t like shows like this. For instance, “Trading Places” has always encouraged me to trade my place in the house when it came on the TV. But Extreme Makeover: Home addition is different. They don’t stick themselves to ridiculous budgets so their houses are always amazing. And they build a full house in 7 days for different families that really deserve a break in life. I admit that a time or two my eyes have gotten a little moist at the end when the family sees the house for the first time. The host of the show is a Spaz, but you get used to him.

5) American Chopper- ok, back to manly shows. This has got to be one of the most manly shows. My eyes don’t moisten while I watch this show, but my mouth usually has drool ready to fall. They build the most incredible motorcycles and are really entertaining in the process. Paul Sr and Paul Jr are fun to watch and the younger brother Mikey always has a funny comment to slip in. Having an Orange County Chopper is number two on my list of wants in life. (Preceded only by meeting James Taylor)

One thing that I don’t like about shows 4 and 5 (and most reality shows for that matter) is the common theme is something to the affect of “We only have a few more days before this______ has got to be done. I just don’t know if we are going to make it this time.” But I think that most of the American Public is starting to understand that if the show is on, there is a pretty good chance that the project met the deadline and the ending is happy.

I recommend all of these shows to everyone. Are there any other shows that I should check out?


Las Vegas with Peppers and Weezers

There are a few reasons I love living in Las Vegas. I know that Las Vegas is really marketed to tourists and most people don’t know much outside of the strip, but I’m ok with that and this is why. Las Vegas is constantly have big concerts and shows. Other big cities have big shows now and then, but the city of Las Vegas realizes that people are constantly coming in and out of the city and they all want to be able to catch a big show while they are here. This is great for us, the residents, because just about any night we feel like going to a concert or show, there are usually a few good ones to choose from.

Another reason I love Las Vegas is there is always a place to eat at anytime of day or night. Granted, most people like this because they can stay out late and still go get a steak afterward. For me it works too, but in the opposite way. I don’t stay up real late. (As was shown last night when my grandma called me a little after ten and I was already fast asleep. I go to bed before my grandma.) But I like to get up real early and get to work and it’s nice to have places to stop and get breakfast on the way. (And say hello to those who are just wrapping up the night before.)

The final reason I like Las Vegas is because it’s old enough of a city to be established, but young enough to be fresh and try new ideas. Las Vegas turns 100 years old this year. I don’t know if this is big anywhere else in the country, but they are marketing it heavy here. There are alot of events planned but one that is especially cool. If you ever needed a reason to visit Las Vegas, how about a free concert with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer. The City is putting on a free outdoor concert on July 2nd. There is more information here. Tickets are available online starting Monday. You can get them here.


Flowers and Juice (update 2)

I was in San Francisco this last weekend. I love it there. The weather was so sunny and warm. I also love how the city and it’s resident are conastantly putting on events, fairs, and markets. This last time there was “Brazil Days” right in front of the city call building. They were selling lots of different brazilian goods for sale there.

Another interesting event was the “Macy’s 59th Annual Flower Show”. Each year they just cover the inside of their Union Square store with flowers. This year the theme was “China: Garden of the Dragon”. The show ended yesterday, so I just caught the taili end of it. It smelled so good in the store. I snapped a picture of the jewelry dept just to give you an idea of how many beautiful flowers are in there.


While I was in “The City” I also found a new yummy juice to drink. When I am in convenience stores I usually like to try different drinks because every once and a while I find a great drink that is only available in that area.

While I was on Market Street, I popped into a store for a beverage. I saw a drink called “The Switch”. This company makes a drink that is 100% juice. No sugar or additives. That is just the way I like it. They also carbonated the juice for that little zip taht you get with a sode. The result was great. I decided to go for the Orange Tangerine flavor and I liked it so much. And, it is very healthy. “The Switch is 100% juice, 100% carbonated, 100% all natural, and because we do not add sugar to our juice, it is the same as drinking a piece of fruit. One twelve-ounce bottle of The Switch equals two pieces of fruit. Six ounces of 100% juice equals two pieces of fruit.”


Now that I am back in Las Vegas, I looked up the company to see where I could get it. Turns out that they only sell it at one place here so I intend to go get a few cases tomorrow. If you want to see if they sell “The Switch” in your area you can check on their site.

Also, if you are wondering about their name (as I was), they explain it this way.

“One day we were speaking with a bunch of skate boarders in Richmond, Virginia describing our carbonated juice to them. They kept talking about “switching” things up on the skateboard so they didn’t get bored. We figured it was good enough for us. Oh yeah, we also listened to a lot of U2 and we like their guitarist “The Edge”, so we put “The” in front of “Switch” and we became “The Switch”. Names really aren’t that important. What’s in the bottle is what counts. That’s where we always win. You gotta taste it.”

As if you can’t tell by now, I highly recommend this yum yum.

UPDATE: The only place I could find them being sold in Las Vegas is “Whole Foods” on Charleston and Fort Apache. I have tried the other flavors. They are all good, but the Orange Tangerine is my favorite.

Update: Not only is it a good drink, but it is a cool company. One of the reps contacted me yesterday. She told me that she appreciated the mention on my blog, and offered to send me a free case of my favorite flavor. A offer that I certainly accepted. I love it when companies just get it.