Racquetball Strategy Videos – Shawn Royster

I’ve played racquetball off and on for a few years now without the benefit of instruction, skill, or real athletic ability. But, I play for fun with a couple of guys from work and in a desperate effort to gain an upper hand, I have turned to my old pal the internet for a few tips. It was there that I found Shawn Royster’s videos at ExpertVillage.

This racquetball pro has approximately 30 short videos explaining strategy, body positioning, returns, training, etc that have surprisingly revealed everything that I do wrong while playing. I have a feeling I’ll be revisiting these videos time and time again as I strive to wtfpwn my friends.

Here’s his video titled: Racquetball Strategy: After Serve Positioning

Passive Aggressive Notes

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So, I just stumbled onto Passive Aggressive Notes and have found myself reading post after post. The site has been around a long time but in my endless interweb meandering, I’ve failed to stumble onto it before.

For those of you that – like me – are unenlightened, here’s the site’s tagline: “Painfully polite and hilariously hostile writings from shared spaces the world over.”

And here’s a few samples of awesomeness:

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Chickipedia: Babe Encyclopedia

Chickipedia. A wiki of attractive women. Awesome? I think so…my wife doesn’t.

Yeah, yeah. So it feels a bit weird posting something like this on BorkWeb, but its one of those sites that you wish you had thought about it first. The site is a good idea. A lot of people would happily waste their time perusing Chickipedia. The layout is very well done, there are all kinds of blocks of content making women very findable, and…lets face it…the content itself is quality.

Chickipedia is not a porn site. Instead, the site is your one-stop-shop to see <insert-name-here>’s birthdate, nicknames, height, hobbies, measurements, ethnicity, appearances, photos, videos, etc. Much of the data – including the measurements (see below) – can be clicked on to find women who match that specific attribute.

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As an additional cool factor, you can embed women in your own content as I have done with Elisha Cuthbert (below). Pretty nifty. Heck, the whole site is. Thank you Chickipedia. My wife may think you are stupid, but on behalf of males everywhere…we salute you.


Elisha Cuthbert – see more hot women

Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog: Act 1 Posted!

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Joss Whedon‘s much anticipated Dr. Horrible’s Sing-A-Long Blog has released Act 1 today! The singing, the dialog, and the plot are all awesome. Felicia Day, Neal Patrick Harris, and Nathan Fillion did an awesome job. I can’t wait until Act 2 on Thursday!

Check out Act 1 at the Official Dr. Horrible site!

Quest Software: Active Directory Recovery Video

While frittering our lives away on the internet, my friend Dan and I stumbled upon an ad by Quest Software that featured 3 dudes in funny outfits. We had to click…and this is what we found:

Dan tried to escape this Active Directory Recovery ad a few times but I made him stay…The masked guy at the end doing the robot made it all worth it.

Funny stuff :) Kudos to Quest Software!

Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog

It appears that Joss Whedon – writer god that blessed us with Serenity – decided to write a sweet new masterpiece called “Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” during the writers strike! Felicia Day is saying that it is an internet Musical. Yup. Internet. Musical. w00t!

Joss writes:

It’s the story of a low-rent super-villain, the hero who keeps beating him up, and the cute girl from the laundromat he’s too shy to talk to. And I’m having the time of my life.

The super villian – Doctor Horrible – will be played by Neil Patrick Harris. The hero – Captain Hammer – by Nathan Fillion, and the cute girl – Penny – will be played by one of my favorite YouTube stars: Felicia Day of The Guild!

Sadly there isn’t a ton out there regarding this epic musical, but I’ll be waiting and watching. Joss Whedon. Nathan Fillion. Felicia Day. Neil Patrick Harris. Awesome.

High Resolution YouTube Videos

As reported by Slashdot, YouTube is rolling out high resolution video! Despite the fact that this feature isn’t fully implemented, for those of you that can’t wait – like myself – you can view the high-res versions simply by changing the URL like so:

Change This:

Into:

Yup! Just tack on &fmt=6 to the end of the YouTube video URLs and enjoy the high-res goodness.

Cybernet News additionally states:

If the YouTube video just sits there loading then that is a sign that the video has not been converted to the higher resolution yet. To really see the difference you should view the video in full screen mode by clicking the button in the bottom-right corner of the player.

Note: Alternatively you can add &fmt=18 and it will play the high-resolution version when available, otherwise it will play the regular version. Here’s a Greasemonkey script that will automatically add &fmt=18 onto the end of each YouTube URL.

Note: YouTube has millions of videos and this feature isn’t officially released…so it will take some time for the high-res feature to become available on many videos. But…the URL tweak is worth it if it means there is a chance the video is higher quality.

Star Wars: Episode 2 1/2

On August 15th, 2008 Star Wars hits the big screen once more, but this time as an animated film titled “Star Wars: Clone Wars.” Animated? Yeah…sweet CG with an animation style that really turns me on. The film itself is geared as a kick-off for the upcoming Star Wars animated series of the same name that will be airing on Cartoon Network (and eventually TNT)…all of which takes place between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith.

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Star Wars writes:

On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains — led by Darth Sidious, Count Dooku and General Grievous — are poised to rule the galaxy. Stakes are high, and the fate of the Star Wars universe rests in the hands of the daring Jedi Knights. Their exploits lead to the action-packed battles and astonishing new revelations that fill Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

I am extremely excited to see both this movie and the animated series. The cinematics look amazing. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, check it out…it looks freaking awesome.

The fact that the new movie (and series) will be focusing on a larger cast of characters beyond Anakin’s storyline makes this The Clone Wars very appealing to me. We’ll see focuses on Kit Fisto, Ahsoka, Clone Trooper Rex, General Grevious, and many more. That is quite exciting to me! I’ll definitely be waiting in line on August 15th.

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LOLCat Bible: In Ur Religionz Translatin Ur Wordz

LOLCat Bible Need a way to introduce religion to your cats but people words are just too hard to understand? The LOLCat Bible is the answer. Written in a way that cats can understand using the handy dandy (and ever so entertaining) LOLSpeak made popular by the LOLCat images (often found at I Can Has Cheezeburger?).

Upon arriving at the LOLCat Bible you are greeted with this beautiful blessing:

Welcom to Teh Holiez Bibul

Hai! Teh blessigs of teh Ceiling Cat b pwn u, lol! This is a translation wiki to get the entire Bible translated into kitty pidgin (the language of lolcats). Zotnix saw a link to a picture with this done to Genesis and thought, “Why not the whole darned book?” Well, here is that effort.

The project – done a la Media Wiki – is surprisingly far along with many more Bible verses translated than I would expect! It is important to note that, while this is a collaborative translation of the Bible with excellent attempts at retaining each verse’s meaning, a few words have been altered to give cats an easier time understanding the Bible’s typically human-geared contents. Some of those changes are as follows:

  • Earth: urths
  • God: Ceiling Cat
  • Jesus: Jebus
  • Sex: “HARBL GOES WHERE?”
  • Heaven: Ceiling
  • Sin: Invisible Error
  • Blessing: Cheezburger
  • Seriously: Srsly

Here are some of the sweet translations:

John 3:16

So liek teh Ceiling Cat lieks teh ppl lots and he sez ‘Oh hai I givez u me only kitteh and ifs u beleevs in him u wont evr diez no moar, k?’

Psalms 23

  1. Ceiling Cat iz mai sheprd (which is funni if u knowz teh joek about herdin catz LOL.) He givz me evrithin I need.
  2. He letz me sleeps in teh sunni spot an haz liek nice waterz r ovar thar.
  3. He makez mai soul happi an maeks sure I go teh riet wai for him. Liek thru teh cat flap insted of out teh opin windo LOL.
  4. I iz in teh valli of dogz, fearin no pooch, bcz Ceiling Cat iz besied me rubbin’ mah ears, an it maek me so kumfy.
  5. He letz me sit at teh taebl evn when peepl who duzint liek me iz watchn. He givz me a flea baff an so much gooshy fud it runz out of mai bowl LOL.
  6. Niec things an luck wil chase me evrydai an I wil liv in teh Ceiling Cats houz forevr.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

  1. Cheezburger are pashient an kind, cheezburger no has jelusniss or showin offz, cheezburger no are OMGWTF when u step on its tail or turn on teh vacuum cleanr, but are basickly delishis.
  2. Cheezburger no insistzes on doin it rite, itz not pisst off alla tiem or rezentfluffle.
  3. Cheezburger DO NOT WANT inikwitee, but DO WANT teh troofs.
  4. Cheezburger putz up wiht all teh stuffz, beelivez all teh stuffz, hoepz for all teh stuffz. Cheezburger putz up wiht all teh stuffz. i sed that areddy.

Needless to say, I was ROFLCoptering all over the place.

As you browse around the wiki, if you find a scripture that isn’t translated yet and you wish to help out, make sure to follow their guidelines before posting! Heck, read them anyways because they are funny in and of themselves.

All told…a good find over the weekend!

Star Wars Pronunciations

Star Wars Yeah, I’m a Star Wars fan. I’ve read over 50 Star Wars books, have played the CCG, the RPG – d6 AND d20, I’m a member of The Dark Jedi Brotherhood, and I do a lot of Star Wars art. As such, I encounter a number of Star Wars-y names/terms in writing that I make assumptions on their pronunciations. Then, days, months, or years later I find out that the actual pronunciation does not match mine and my brain implodes with frustration. In conversations with fellow Star Wars geeks, I find that many of them are wrong as well.

A little while back, I did some searching and found a nice list of Star Wars pronunciations over at StarWars.com. Here are a few that may help ease your frustrations:

  1. Asajj Ventress – ah-SAAZJ
  2. A’Sharad Hett – AA-shaa-raad
  3. Borsk Fey’lya – BORSK FAE-lee-yaa
  4. Caamasi – kaa-aa-MAH-see
  5. Corran Horn – KORR-runn
  6. Darth Caedus – KIE-duss (rhymes with “hide us”)
  7. dianoga – die-aa-NOE-gaa
  8. Elegos A’kla – ELL-ehh-goes AA-klaa
  9. eopie – ee-OE-pee
  10. Executor – igg-ZEKK-yoo-tur
  11. Honoghr – HONN-noe-gerr
  12. Ilum – ILL-umm
  13. Jabiim – jaa-BEEM
  14. Jacen Solo – JAE-senn
  15. Jorj Car’das – george CAR-dass
  16. Joruus C’baoth – joe-ROOS suh-BAE-oth
  17. Kir Kanos – KEER KAE-noes
  18. krayt dragon – KRATE
  19. Nar Shaddaa – NAR shah-DAA
  20. Noghri – NOE-gree
  21. Captain Pellaeon – PELL-lay-onn
  22. Tycho Celchu – TIE-koe SELL-choo
  23. Vergere – vur-ZJEER
  24. Prince Xizor – SHEE-zor
  25. Shi’ido – shee-EE-doe
  26. Ssi-ruuk – SEE-rook
  27. Twi’lek – TWEE-lekk
  28. Yevetha – yeh-VEE-thaa
  29. ysalamiri – ee-saal-aa-MEE-ree
  30. Ysanne Isard – ee-SAAN IE-sard
  31. Yuuzhan Vong – YOO-zaan
  32. Zonama Sekot – zoe-NAH-mah SEE-coat

Phrase Origin: Do Not Want

The phrase “Do not want” is one of endless amusement, now spoken often in my department when referring to anything bad or…well…unwanted. The phrase is brilliantly humorous and more so now that I know its accidental origin.

But where did this epic phrase come from? I found out yesterday that I had inadvertently blogged about the origin without even realizing it in titled Star Wars, Backstroke of the West. As I mentioned in my previous post, this was Star Wars Episode III recorded in theater, dubbed in Chinese, then subtitled in English off the Chinese dubbing…thus resulting in truly hilarious phrases, such as “Like, reach the man, Good good good let us counter-attacking.”; “The Presbyterian Church like enjoys you not.”; and of course: “Do not want”.

This gem that I’m focusing on in this post occurs when Anakin Skywalker – clad in his Darth Vader garb – learns of Padme’s death. In Episode III he yells: “Noooooooooooooooooooooooo!”, however, the skillfully done translation of the Chinese dubbing to English resulted in the beloved phrase: “Do not want.”

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Beautiful. The world has seen this phrase’s real-world usefulness and has embraced it with open arms producing high-end content like the lolcats at I Can Has Cheez Burger:

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Medicinal Maggot Therapy

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Introduction

Recently, the mention of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) came up in my office as a way to make fun of Zach‘s recent allergic reaction to some dry cleaning. Obviously, I was initially plotting which objects I would acquire upon his death, but when I realized that if he died, I would also gain his project list. My mind immediately went to treatments for the MRSA condition. Enter: Maggot Therapy.

Wikipedia states the following about Maggot Therapy:

Maggot therapy (also known as Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT), larval therapy, larva therapy, or larvae therapy) is a type of biotherapy involving the intentional introduction by a health care practitioner of live, disinfected maggots (fly larvae) into the non-healing skin and soft tissue wound(s) of a human or animal for the purpose of selectively cleaning out only the necrotic (dead) tissue within a wound in order to promote wound healing.

What They Do

Mmmm…maggots writhing over open wounds and dissolving dead flesh. Sounds gross? Well…it is. But here’s the deal; they do 3 things that are helpful to wounds:

  • Debride necrotic (dead) tissue from the wound. Dead tissue is a breeding ground for bacteria and can lead to gangrene.
  • Secretions from the maggots kill numerous bacteria and many not killed by the secretions are ingested by the larva. This is the key component for use on people with MRSA simply because the maggots can kill the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that antibiotics cannot!
  • Enhanced wound healing properties. Maggot secretions have been shown by some instances to “amplify the epidermal growth factor.”

This source states that “Historically, maggots have been known for centuries to help heal wounds. Many military surgeons noted that soldiers whose wounds became infested with maggots did better — and had a much lower mortality rate — than did soldiers with similar wounds not infested.”

Limitations

Despite the awesome properties of disinfected fly larva, there are some limitations on maggot therapy as Wikipedia states:

  • Maggots have a short shelf life which prevents long term storage before use.
  • Patients and doctors may find maggots distasteful, although studies have shown that this does not cause patients to refuse the offer of maggot therapy. Maggots can be enclosed in opaque polymer bags to hide them from sight.
  • Dressings must be designed to prevent any maggots from escaping, while allowing air to get to the larvae. Dressings are also designed to minimize the uncomfortable tickling sensation that the maggots often cause.
  • The maggots are sometimes painful to patients with ischemic wounds, possibly because they anchor to the tissue.

Now, if you have a nasty, gaping, non-healing wound, I’d highly urge you to not go to the nearest trash heap and start applying any larvae that can be found lurking amongst the waste. The US Food and Drug Administration currently regulates maggots as a prescription only device, and as I stated before, the maggots used are “clean” maggots provided by Medicinal Maggot Companies like Monarch Labs or Zoo Biotic.

Other Sources

Overall, the disgusting baby flies are suddenly a little cooler. If you want to read up a bit more on the topic, check out this this NY Times article, or this document or this one.

Videos

Text is nice…but videos are awesome:

National Geographic Video

Of course, you could always watch this National Geographic video (note: don’t watch this over lunch):

Testimonials

Additionally, here’s a testimonial of a guy that risked amputation of his leg from a serious knee infection that refused to heal…maggot therapy helped him nicely. His description of the whole process is really detailed informative. This testimonial video is an account of a woman whose feet were saved a from amputation. Pretty awesome stuff.