Ferentz riding wave of popularity in Iowa
Ask the College Football Expert: If Iowa upsets No. 1-ranked Ohio State on Saturday, it could make well-paid Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz the most popular person in the stat e of Iowa.
Saturday, September 30, 2006
No. 13 Iowa seeks upset of No. 1 Ohio St.
The last time Ohio State ventured into Iowa City, it suffered its most lopsided defeat under coach Jim Tressel. That contest was also the last time Troy Smith wasn't the Buckeyes' starting quarterback. Smith looks to continue strengthening his case for the Heisman Trophy and help top-ranked Ohio State complete an unbeaten September on Saturday night against No. 13 Iowa.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Justin Timberlake really is bringing SexyBack
Ex-'N Syncer rocks your body on lust-filled second album
Sidenote: Check out John Mayers new cd as well. Great stuff! I'm off to Europe tomorrow and I'm so glad I've got some new music to listen to to get me through the LONG plane ride! Hoorahh!!!!!
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
1. Have you ever been searched by the cops? oh gosh no
2. Do you close your eyes on roller coasters? no no! I love rollercoasters
3. When's the last time you've been sledding? this past winter
4. Would you rather sleep with someone else, or alone? nobody likes to be alone
5. Do you believe in ghosts? the holy ghost
6. Do you consider yourself creative? depends, dance moves I'm as creative as they come
7. Do you think O.J. killed his wife? Who doesn't!
8. Jennifer Aniston or Angelina Jolie? Team Aniston!
9. Do you stay friends with your ex's? i'm friends with everyone
10. Do you know how to play poker? Yup
11. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight? probably when I was younger and I thought it was cool to do that
12. What's your favorite commercial? any random one thats hilarious. I cant think of any right now
13. What are you allergic to? sulfa
14. If you're driving in the middle of the night, and no one is around do you run red lights? nope
15. Do you have a secret that no one knows but you? probably
16. Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees? how about the Mets! yeah david wright
17. Have you ever been Ice Skating? yup
18. How often do you remember your dreams? Most of the time
19. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? um, 220 E. 9th reunion in the hotel room
20. Can you name 5 songs by The Beatles? yup, do you want me to name them....
21. What's the one thing on your mind now? saved by the bell reruns are great!
22. Do you believe in love at first sight? um, probably not love, maybe lust
23. Do you know who Ghetto-ass barbie is? i know barbies and I dont know who that is
24. Do you always wear your seat belt? YES
25 what cell service do you use? Verizon
26. Do you like Sushi? not particularly. i have issues
27. Have you ever narrowly avoided a fatal accident? probably
28. What do you wear to bed? tank and shorts
29. Been caught stealing? yes, my mom caught me when I was like 7, horrible horrible experience!
30. what shoe size do you have? 8
31. Do you truly hate anyone? no
32. Classic Rock or Rap? Classic Rock!! Firehouse yeah!!
33. If you could sleep with one famous person, who would it be? Mr. Justin Like I love you Timberlake
34. Regis and Kelly or Ellen? hmmm. Ellen is pretty stinkin hilarious
35. Have you ever sang in front of the mirror? of course
36. What food do you find disgusting? green beans
37. Do you sing in the shower? yes
38. Did you ever play, "I'll show you mine, if you show me yours"? No
39. Have you ever made fun of your friends behind their back? sadly yes. and I get it in return too.
40. Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew? Yes
41. Have you ever been punched in the face? no, thankfully
Saturday, September 09, 2006
Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers are
1. Who was your best friend?
Cindy and Ami
2.What sports did you play?
Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, and Track
3. What kind of car did you drive?
4. Friday night where were you at? Some sort of sporting event, usually Football or basketball games
5. Were you a party animal? not really
6. Were you considered a flirt? I was friends with everyone
7. Ever skip school?
only with a valid excuse
8. Were you a nerd?
i was in band for a while! haha
10. Did you get suspended/expelled?
11. Can you sing the fight song?
i know the Nashua fight song but i'm not sure about the nashua-plainfield.
12. Who was your favorite teacher?
13. Favorite class?
Speech or Health 2 w/ Mrs. D
14. What was your school's full name?
Nashua-Plainfield High School
15. School mascot?
16. Did you go to Prom?
of course! had a blast too!
17. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
um, for the sports aspect sure. for the drama, heck no!
18. What do you remember most about graduation?
Laura and I gave the graduation speech! plus, the whole day was a lot of fun.
19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year?
Um, Spring break to Florida and senior basketball were definite favorites
20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? yup
21. Did you have a job your senior year? nope, didnt have time to work
22. Where did you go most often for lunch?
23. Have you gained weight since then?
24. What did you do after graduation?
my graduation party
25. When did you graduate?
26. Where are most of your classmates?
nashua and the surrounding area
27. Are you going to your ten year reunion?
i think so, thats a long ways from now.
28. Who was your home room teacher?
Mr Griffith (or big care as I like to call him)
29. Final thoughts about high school?
was a great time and I wouldnt change it for the world.
Friday, September 08, 2006
In Defense of Facebook
Let’s admit what the site really is: a great way to stalk our friends.
Sept. 7, 2006 - You know those freakish siblings who are also the best of friends? Who talk regularly? Who hug on occasion? Who act like they "care" about each other? Well, my sister and I, not so much. Don't get me wrong. I love her and all—but this might be the first she's heard of it. Which is why when I logged on to Facebook.com late last night—like millions of bored teenagers and twentysomethings in bedrooms, dorm rooms and rented apartments everywhere—the words came as something of a surprise: "Laura Romano is in a relationship. 11:32pm." I'm 24. An older, warmer brother might have preferred to learn of his sister's budding romance in person. But I wouldn't have had it any other way.
That's not a popular view right now among many of my fellow Facebook members—to say the least. Laura’s time-stamped announcement is part of a new feature called "News Feed" that automatically posts bulletins whenever a buddy updates his or her personal profile. Think of it as Google News for your circle of friends: when I log in, each tiny tweak—Deona added "doughy breadd" [sic] to her interests (12:40 p.m.); Jeremy removed "muttering" from his favorite activities (11:41 a.m.)—registers on a single list that scrolls down the middle of my homepage. News Feed launched Monday, and the backlash was swift and savage. Benjamin Parr, a Northwestern University junior, immediately formed a group called "Students Against Facebook News Feed (Official Petition to Facebook)," which calls on members to boycott by refusing to update their profiles. "You went a bit too far this time, facebook [sic]," he wrote. "We want to feel just a LITTLE bit of privacy, even if it is facebook. News Feed is just too creepy, too stalker-esque, and a feature that has to go." By Thursday, the group had amassed 600,000 members.
All due respect to the swelling ranks of distraught Facebookers—10 of my "friends" have joined Parr's protest, and several others have opted into similar groups, including "News Feed—You Suck" and "Facebook needs to chill the f**k out"—but Facebook has always been "stalker-esque." Stalking—in its most benign, least “John Hinckley” form—is Facebook's raison d'etre. Why do we log on a dozen times a day? (Assuming, that is, that I'm not the only one.) To keep track of who's friends with whom. To lament that our exes' new boyfriends look rather muscular. And to wonder why Michelle has left the group "Jews Who Booze." By aggregating everyone's updates, News Feed makes this mildly voyeuristic process easier and more enjoyable for all. It simply collects old information in a new place—and Facebook remains as private as before. I’m all for convenience.
Why the outrage, then? The problem here is that while most of us like tuning into reality television shows, only nutcases actually want to appear on them. Watching is fun; being watched is not. At first, it was unsettling to realize that Facebook was broadcasting my every move to the 207 people I’d chosen to “befriend.” Some of these bulletins were profoundly dull (“Andrew Romano added ‘Newsweek’ to his company info. 4:23pm”). But others—namely, the bitsy profile alterations that Facebook addicts obsess over, often at odd hours—can feel embarrassing when exposed on News Feed. (The other day, I added “burritos” to my list of interests—at 3:23 in the morning. I was hungry.) Nothing is as uncool as trying to be cool. And News Feed allows each and every one of your friends to watch, in real time, as you hone your public persona.For me, that was a painful proposition. But it was also wake-up call. How necessary is it, I thought, to obsessively recalibrate my roster of favorite movies and music? Not very. In fact, it’s kind of immature. Weaned on a sugary self-esteem diet, we’ve grown into a vain generation with an insatiable appetite for self-expression—and plenty of places (Facebook, MySpace, blogs, AIM, etc.) to express ourselves. But it’s important to realize that People Are Watching (luckily, Facebook is limited to friends; other online outlets aren’t nearly as private). That’s what social networking is all about. My new rule of thumb: don’t do stuff online that you don’t want your friends to know about. If you’re embarrassed when a particular update appears on News Feed, it was probably gratuitous to begin with.
Hopefully, my peers will agree—and the News Feed protests will peter out. As Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wrote Tuesday, “Being able to know what’s going on in your friends’ lives is [cool]. This is information people used to dig for on a daily basis, nicely reorganized and summarized so people can learn about the people they care about. You don’t miss the photo album about your friend’s trip to Nepal. Maybe if your friends are all going to a party, you want to know so you can go too.” If it survives, News Feed will, I hope, earn a place of honor as a quirky, convenient chronicle of each user’s community: who’s dating, who’s hanging out, who’s obsessed with "Laguna Beach." The lesson: let's take responsibility for our online behavior and exercise a little discretion. Then we can get back to enjoying Facebook for what it is—a great way to stalk our friends.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
|The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept. 4, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and previous ranking:|
|1.||Ohio St. (39)||1-0||1,568||1|
|3.||Southern Cal (3)||1-0||1,410||6|
|4.||Notre Dame (8)||1-0||1,408||2|
|6.||West Virginia (5)||1-0||1,356||5|
|Others receiving votes: Alabama 96, Wisconsin 35, UCLA 29, Georgia Tech 27, Boise St. 25, South Carolina 13, Boston College 11, Texas A&M 11, Pittsburgh 9, Purdue 9, Rutgers 7, Tulsa 7, Arizona 6, Fresno St. 3, Missouri 3, UTEP 2.|
courtesy of msnbc.com