Tag Archives: football

i want a vocoder, and a whatever-it-is that enables live-looping (laptop connected to footpedals?), and a sparkly box full of electronic equipment shaped like a piano

edit to add: http://www.imogenheap.com
actually forget it i’ll just link to the blog post this picture is from anyway even though her webpeople want you to only access her blog from within her frames: http://www.imogenheap.co.uk/iblog/2006/10/flight-no-ai-111.html i’m so subversive

on saturday, suz brought me to a football game. it was fun. we won. http://calbears.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/110406aab.html
i like being part of a stadiumful of mass adulation. football is pretty boring–thus you have commentators to amuse you if you’re at home watching it by yourself, or if you’re there you bring friends and chat away, and follow the directions of the stout people on the field holding up signs that say “NOISE” and hoot and cheer. ucla’s support entourage included two cheerleading sections (one like ours–all women with poms and skirts, and the other with giant long megaphones, all tumblers, in pants, who did stunts, which we don’t have; i wonder if they still call them song and cheer), a juggler that ran around in front of their band, a 10 or 12 piece colorguard as part of their band formation thingy, and four people to carry flags that spelled out UCLA. whenever they scored, those four flag carriers ran across their endzone and then the tumblers would roundoff handspring backflip across. suzanne even saw a whip (which is like a backflip in that your hands don’t touch the ground but not in that you go lateral (like a handspring) instead of vertical). so once when we scored, people from our band ran down to our endzone, and then all the way up the side of the field to their endzone, where they flopped around and threw themselves on the ground to make fun of them. that was amusing.
how does the student section do that holding-up-pieces-of-colorful-paper thing at halftime? it’s so speedy, and so perfect! someone said they call out numbers.
marching bands are really boring if you don’t know the songs (and if you can hear them at all in the first place, which we couldn’t). even though their formations are so cool.
once the people manning the net on our endzone couldn’t get it up in time for a field goal so people in the stands far below us caught a football.
at one point we got a touchdown, and amidst the cheering people slowly realized there were two down on the other side of the field, one from each side. the cal one got up eventually and was ok. the ucla one got up, started jogging, and fell down again. that was a little worrisome but he got up after a while and slowly moved off the field, too.
there were some pretty exciting touchdowns where the carrier saw an opening and went straight through it, snapping around in circles to shake off defenders.
the alumni section tried to start a wave but it failed after six or so really pathetic go-rounds and then ucla scored. that was a low point in the experience.
suz and mike made delicious chai (because they had it a lot in india and missed it after coming home) and brought it in a thermos.

the three of us ate at cancun and then we learned that if it’s 10:30pm and you’re slightly bored and want something to do but are pretty tired, don’t play seafarers. but it was fun anyway; they’d never played seafarers (but love settlers) and as an added bonus we played the “discover unknown lands as you build ships” version. i mercilessly cut off suzanne’s quest for the gold hex at the end with my glorious great wall of judy, racking up 10/12 points… but development cards led the way to suz’s victory soon after, despite/because of her lack of wood the entire game. three victory point cards and largest army!

i’m too sensitive to watch borat for long. i don’t do well with abrasion

FANTASTIC KoC with a REAL LIVE TRUMPETER on some bbc show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvfvF_JTva8
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REAL LIVE TRUMPET!!!!!!!
knights is gonna be the next single that comes out in the UK, and rumors are that an extended version of assassin’s gonna be a bside. which means DEBASE MASON’S GROG?!?!?!?!?!??!?!!? ZOMG?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! god that dmg riff is so good
[edit nov 7: nope. there’s only going to be some edit of assassin on the vinyl; the cd is going to have knights and a live performance of supermassive. bah!!!!]

apparently starlight is a “radio single” in the US right now? i’m going to learn about calling in requests. i’ve never called a radio station before save that one time in 7th grade when anna told me to becuase she’d won something from them the week before (i didn’t win anything). i can dedicate it to ryan even though he won’t hear it because he is far away. chasing starlight. until the end of his life. IIII JUST WANTED TO HOOOOOOOOLD

Then a great beauty was revealed in him, so that all who after came there looked on him in wonder; for they saw that the grace of his youth, and the valour of his manhood, and the wisdom and majesty of his age were blended together. And long there he lay, an image of the splendour of the Kings of Men in glory undimmed before the breaking of the world.

that’s my favorite phrase. god, it just breaks your heart. it’s from appendix A(v), the tale of aragorn and arwen, and i’m glad they worked it into the movie, even if it was a fake scene between elrond and his daughter. i think i’ve only seen the movie once, and before i read the book, but that’s a moment that popped out and i was so happy to see the unforgettable phrase in the appendix

i really love fantasy and period things and long mantles of blue and silver set with stars along the hem and collar made for faramir’s mother, an emblem of beauty and grace and first grief for she died young, even though i don’t really even know what mantles are (are they capes? cloaks? robes?). i have a cloak! it’s black and thick and has a (fake) furry collar. my mom got it for me for proms. i should totally bring it up and wear it around

This is the highest-quality video of the Zidane interview I’ve found on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSA_I-nFXOU
BBC did a segment on it with some translations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWY9QLbeIxc

All I can understand is “parce que” and “les enfants” and “sur tout pas” and “la maman, la soeur.”

God, he’s such a beautiful man.

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This video made me say “what the crap?” out loud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpG4AHlZrL4&search=materazzi
Yeah, lots of people commit fouls, but is everyone as bad as this guy?
Here’s another, shorter one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlaqsOPlt-0&mode=related&search=Materazzi

There are tons of Zidane compilation videos on youtube. Here’s a pretty popular one that has a bunch of clips of him and Ronaldinho: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjM06i54s3s&search=zidane%20ronaldinho

“Why are you so obsessed with this?” Ryan asks. I dunno. I feel like I haven’t been this drawn to something since the x-files. Oh, besides warcraft. Hmm. I guess I slip into relative obsession pretty easily, and always because of some small thing. My love of the backstreet boys was 100% the fault of krdogstar, who called (or maybe it was over IM?) me to demand that I turn on the TV to watch them perform at the end of SNL. My love of the new yorker is 100% the fault of mercuryfading who brought a copy to school to read, and mike cut it up during vertigo to use a cartoon in his layout. I heard of the x-files because of–and this is truly embarrassing–some retarded Newsweek article on the movie (I told you it was embarrassing. In chatrooms and forums ever after, when people asked “what season/episode turned you on to the xfiles” and I’d answer “the movie,” people would respond with shock because the movie was so unlike the series and they didn’t know anyone who was converted to loving the series after being exposed to the movie. I’m sure, like always, that there exists a more elegant way of saying that, but I’m too lazy to find it.) And I hadn’t even heard of Zidane until Alan said “look at Zidane, he’s playing like a madman because he’s going to retire.” And there you have it.

slate has a bunch of articles, some include how to headbutt like a pro, wtf magic spray, this article is funny

i’ll just deposit links here as i find them

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something awful – animated .gif fever… wow. just wow.
video – one of many compilations of the animated .gifs
more smartassity – photos with captions

zidane compilations
this one is my favorite – compilations r fun. this one has lots of dancing around; many of the others focus on goals. it also has some dives and misses and fouls. he totally taunts two guys at 2:13, it’s funny. also, this compliation uses a muse song in the middle. yay muse
this one is good too – found it via looking at random people whose blogs link to the above video. ah, youtube options
zidane compilation – seems to be exclusively from the 2006 world cup, and also seems to be put together by a tv station?
goals and stuff – the music choice is hilariously terrible. i like the one at 3:35 that gets replayed a couple of times. apparently put together by an asian (chinese?) real madrid fan website?

in general
dives from all over – this is funny
this commentator is awesome. henry is too
how the italy team trains HAHAHA

YOUTUBE IS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE