Tigers autopsy

I started this season thinking that maybe the Missouri Tigers were actually a top 10 team and possibly a national championship contender. As the season squeaked to a close last night with an overtime against Northwestern in the Journalism Alamo Bowl, it's clear that was never the case.

I think it was Bill Parcells who first said, "you are what your record says you are." Missouri IS 9-4 overall, 5-3 in the Big 12.

Don't get me wrong, the program has come a long way in a short time. But it's ridiculous to even think about a national title until you can prove you can beat be competitive with the Oklahomas and Texases of your own conference.

Here's the reality check on what the Mizzou Tigers football team really IS:

-- Athletic, but not strong
-- Fast, but not quick
-- Standout players (Maclin, Daniel, Coffman, Weatherspoon), but also too many sub-par weak links, especially on defense.
-- Creative gimmicky, but not necessarily clever in play calling.

That mix is enough to beat up on Colorado and K-State, but it's never going to reach the next level until the program gets deeper, stronger and more balanced.


Meet Deacon


Wedding band

I found my wedding band when I was back in St. Louis. Here are some photos.

It's white gold in the middle and the rings around the edges are platinum.


Olivia at Christmas dinner


The original Christmas tree

This is the tree at my parents' house, the one all my cool childhood presents used to gne under long ago.
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Almost there

On a plane leaving Detroit for St Louis. Will be there soon.
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Deacon in the snow



My new favorite twitterer: @curmudge.

His tweets are basically full of devastating disdain and scorn, but HILARIOUS. Check it out and follow if you agree.


Big storm this afternoon. Might get 10 inches by the end.

Time to break out the shovel.
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Olivia dances (Olivia.3gp)




Shoe in

There are a lot of these going around the Internets already, but here are a couple of my favorite shoe-throwing parody GIFs so far. (be patient while these load for a minute, the large file size sometimes clogs the tubes.)

Curly, George and Larry

The shoetrix


Free concerts!

Got a few hours to kill? I don't. But if you do, check out the Concert Vault (http://concerts.wolfgangsvault.com).

Streaming live music, concert recordings and music downloads, all free.


One week to go

Just about one week from now we'll be back home for Christmas. Can't wait to see the family. I'm sure there will be redeye flights in crowded airports and extra baggage fees for checking bags that the airline will lose anyway. But it's still worth it.



Any day that kU loses is a good day, but especially when they lose to an unranked 2-6 UMass team.

This might be enough to knock the jayhawks out of the rankings. They were only #23 coming in.

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Prop 8 musical

I've been meaning to post this for a while if you haven't already seen it... very funny



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big hit (big hit)


All-time best/worst of The Price is Right

7. Joy
(gets good around 3 minutes)

6. Cheater

5. Just a little bit off

4. 420

3. Did she say that?

2. Dumb bid

1. Cheater, and dumb

At work

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See the world

Traveling the globe isn't as affordable as it used to be, with the failing economy, high fuel prices and weak US dollar. So how about a free, easy alternative?

Webcams all over the world show you an almost-live image of what is happening there. There is a great app -- WorldView -- for the iPod touch/iPhone that makes it easy to browse these webcams. If you don't have one of those gadgets, you can browse the same at webcams.travel.

Bon voyage.



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Winestein holds the meat

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Here's a guided tour of my iPod Touch, just for fun.


Video: Deacon


Guarding the toys

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The big Christmas top 5

Here it is, my top five funny or bizarre Christmas-related YouTube videos. Enjoy.

5. The beer tree

4. Nintendo Sixty Four

3. Toy train accident on Christmas

2. Hey Ya! by the Peanuts gang

1. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) kicks a tree's ass


Our first Christmas tree!

Here it is. Probably needs some more ornaments, but that's something you add over time I think.



Here are some photos of the new Christmas lights. I didn't realize until today that we have about 60+ feet of hedges wrapping around the house.

I think it came out pretty well. I'd still like to do more with the porch and house.. maybe some icicle lights.

I also picked up a Christmas tree today. It's an artificial one (I'm told real pine needles are bad to have around dogs), a 7.5 foot Wesley Pine. That's still in the box, though. We'll probably put it together and decorate tomorrow.


Christmas weekend

This is officially Christmas decoration weekend. We are getting a Christmas tree and outdoor lights and putting everything up this weekend.

It's a big project considering we don't have any of this stuff and I've never done lights from scratch. I'm thinking I'll string the hedges and the porch railing with white lights (colors are tacky, I'm told).

Any suggestions?

Maybe I'll go for something like this:


Thanksgiving with niece Jamie

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More on the turkey massacre

A follow-up to video #2 below... Dave Letterman's top 10 excuses for Palin not noticing the extended turkey slaughter behind her during an interview.


My YouTube/Thanksgiving Top 5

For all those who need something to pass the time while your Turkey is roasting, I've compiled my top five Thanksgiving-related YouTube videos.

Please enjoy, and comment. Let me know if I missed anything.

5. Thermite Thanksgiving

4. Will It Blend? - Thanksgiving Dinner

3. Celebrity Bric-a-Brac: The Story of Thanksgiving

2. Sarah Palin turkey massacre

1. WKRP Turkey Drop


Today's New York Post.


Soup for you, two

UPDATE: The sweet potato butternut squash soup recipe has fallen to No. 2 most-read, as of 10 p.m. (surpassed, of course, by sex).

Soup for you

Usually there are obvious reasons for why things end up as the No. 1 most e-mailed story on The New York Times website -- major scoops, scathing columns, bizarre trends are the usual culprits.

But for some reason, today the most-emailed article on the whole site is a recipe for sweet potato and butternut squash soup. It's not even a story -- just pure recipe.

Never underestimate Thanksgiving.


24 live 2

Holy ghosts! The biggest revelation of the night: Tony Almeda is back in Season 7 -- as a bad guy! Clohe appears to have a return role as well, even though there's no more CTU.

Come on January!

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24 live

24 update: about one hour in and we've just had our first terrorist neck snap (with Jack's leg, no less). Already a torture scene too
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Jack effing Bauer

Beep.. beep.. beep..

After almost two years on hiatus, Jack Bauer returns to America's TV screens tonight just in time. Will he single-handedly win our two wars and kill Bin Laden? Will he solve the economic crisis by torturing some dude and stealing a secret data card? WWJ(ack)D?

Tonight at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. Cardinals time) "24: Redemption" comes back with a two-hour special episode. The full Season 7 doesn't actually start until Jan. 11/12.

Here's the official explainer for Redemption:

"Filmed on location in Cape Town, South Africa, and Los Angeles ...

"After sacrificing everything for his country, Jack Bauer is wanted by the U.S. government and now stands to lose the only thing he has left: his freedom. Working as a missionary in Africa, Bauer is called upon to stop a ruthless warlord from drafting innocent children into his murderous militia. First, Bauer must confront his own torturous past and face an impossible decision that will change his life forever. A decision that will set the stage and raise the stakes for Season Seven, which debuts in January 2009."

In the meantime, some things to enjoy:
  • 24 reasons to be excited about Jack Bauer's return. Some of my favorites: "Because it's been almost two years since someone bit a terrorist's neck off on network television." "Because, if you time it just right, you can watch Andy Rooney's segment on 60 Minutes, and then catch the start of 24: Redemption. This is as close as any human will ever get to time travel." "Because freedom isn't free unless Jack Bauer is thwarting nameless renegades and torturing in the name of America."


Wedding site

We're back. We found a great place in the Poconos on the Delaware river called the Shawnee Inn. Its a golf resort and hotel with great scenery for an outdoor wedding and very nice reception rooms inside.

Looks like this is probably the one.

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Favorite people

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Wedding day

We are going to look at a couple potential wedding sites in the Poconos today. Both are very scenic mountain settings. I'll post some updates later.



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A twisted colleague found this today. It is one of the more disturbing things you'll see. A Clay Aiken stalker impersonator thinks he's just singing alone after winning a look-a-like contest, then the real Clay appears and a total freak-out ensues.

Factose Intolerant

Comedy Central funnyman Stephen Colbert has a new subliminal catchphrase in the opening credits. It used to be: "President Bush, have a hot dog with me."
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Obama stuff

Really funny bit on the Daily Show last night about the crazy rash of Obama merchandise that followed his election.


Just learned about some cool online research and analysis tools at the workshop. Check out manyeyes.alphaworks.ibm.com/manyeyes/

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Road trip

Off to Harrisburg today for a workshop on investigative reporting and new open records laws. My journalist friends will find this interesting, the rest of you not so much.
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We (almost) made The Office again

Watch this deleted scene from The Office for the reference to hidden swear words in the "Scranton Times" Christopher J. Kelly columns. Yes, he's a real person and really our local columnist.

(Thanks, Chrissy)

Car trouble

Mr. Michigan, Mitt Romney, has a really interesting op-ed in today's New York Times, saying that taxpayers should not offer a bailout package to the Detroit-based U.S. automakers.

"If General Motors, Ford and Chrysler get the bailout that their chief executives asked for yesterday, you can kiss the American automotive industry goodbye. It won’t go overnight, but its demise will be virtually guaranteed.

"Without that bailout, Detroit will need to drastically restructure itself. With it, the automakers will stay the course — the suicidal course ...

"Detroit needs a turnaround, not a check."

Not only is Romney a former Michigan governor, who you might think beholden to automaker interests, but his father once ran American Motors.

His idea, shared by many others, is that bankruptcy could be good for the automakers -- a chance to overhaul and reemerge as companies retooled for the modern market.

The biggest risk I've heard explained, though, is that the label of "bankruptcy" may destroy the business. Consider whether consumers would buy any GM or Ford vehicles if they have concerns about whether the companies will be around in a couple years. Warranties could be voided, parts suppliers may no longer be around when repairs are needed.

Tough call. Here's another interesting take.


Hello World!

Hola, Salaam, Namaste, and Hello.

No telling why exactly, but traffic to the blog took on a sudden international flavor yesterday according to a check of the ol' analytics tonight. As you can see on the map above, we had visits from 21 different countries on Monday.

Here is the rundown: U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Malaysia, Australia, Argentina, Spain, Indonesia, New Zealand, India, Chile, Pakistan, Colombia, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, China, Venezuela, Japan, Peru and Taiwan.

Welcome to all. Hope you stick around.

I call this one, "Everything in my mouth at once"

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The view from the hedges this morning.

We got a little sleet and snow last night, and sub-freezing temperatures for the morning dog walk. Guess I'm back to the mornings of fleece socks, three layers of coats and sweatshirts -- while Deacon trots along just fine with nothing but fur.
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Been waiting for me to get home

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Blogging about learning about our new blog system at work. Pretty cool.

I may be starting a new work blog soon. Stay tuned for that.

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60 minute man

As I saw Barack Obama's first interview as president-elect tonight on 60 Minutes, I couldn't help thinking how neat it would have been if Ed Bradley were still around to do the interview. Steve Croft is good, but there would have been something really special about seeing Ed Bradley (the first black network White House correspondent) interview the nation's first black president.

I had the same thought about Tim Russert on election night. Tim wasn't black, of course, but he was such a central figure in chronicling American politics for decades and I would have liked to see him cover a story like this.

Click here for one of several Ed Bradley remembrances you can find by searching his name. The actual 60 Minutes piece that aired after his death was spectacular, but I can't find a version of it preserved online.

Niece Jamie

Visiting little niece Jamie today. She just started crawling and is kind of talking ("Hi dada").
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Lookin good

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Awesome game

If you're like me, you love games that challenge logic, problem-solving and wits. Check out this one I found... you play a suicidal businessman whose only goal, unlike most games, is to die in each level.

It's harder than it sounds. You have to learn new systems and rules as you progress. (Hint: While it says to just use the keyboard to move around, the trick to beating some of the final levels is to use the mouse in various ways).

I just beat it, see if you can.

Play Games at AddictingGames

Title on the line

Thanks to the Texas Longhorns' 35-7 romp over Kansas today, the Mizzou Tigers (8-2, 4-2) can clinch the Big 12 North title tonight against Iowa State (2-8, 0-6). Kickoff at about 6:40.


So sleepy

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