Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dood, I can see your brainz!

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I know it will move my previous awesome post down, can't pass it up though.

Music memories

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Most of my readers know that I enjoy heavy-metal. Not all of it, I try to avoid thrash-metal, and all of it's iterations like death, goth, black, and even speed - metal styles(exception for that rule could be Rammstein or Metallica both in rare instances). The preferred styles for me would be power,progressive, or classic metal represented by groups like DIO, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ozzy, AC/DC or glam-metal with Van Halen, Def Leppard, and anything else that enforced mullet growing (thankfully I never developed mullet affection).

I remeber in my youth we used to argue to no end with my brothers and friends which group was heavy which and was hard. Which bring me to the main focus of this post. One of the first metal groups I have ever heard in my life was Scorpions, attained by my brother on tape from the sources unknown to me, I suspect it was our uncle.

As I was driving over to Wendy's to get some lunch in the rainy suburban Chicago weather, WLUP's kockey put on a usual Scorpions' fare The Zoo. Imagine my completele surprize and delight, when the next tune in the Two for Tuesday set was the song named Holiday. Let me tell you something about rock station's attitude towards Scorpions. They play Rock You Like a Hurricane, The Zoo, Still Loving You, and rarely anything else. I love Holiday, it might be one of my most favorite songs of all time. I forget about it for a year or two, but after acidentaly listening to it I get a mood set for days. The melody is haunting, beautiful and most importantly optimistic. I actually get a picture in my head of an island, clear blue waters, palm trees, and a general sense of PEACE! Strange that a style that developed as anything but peace bringing, could create such an emotion.

Most of the time Holiday is played on the radio only through the first four minutes of acoustic part, and end guitar soloes are dropped. I have found this clip on youtube that contains the full seven minutes of the song with the rocking end.

I don't like the live version of this song available online, nor do I like live versions of music in general, unless I am watching it in person and the live version means something to me through more than the sense of hearing.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did for the last 20 years or so.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Couldn't resist music based meme, of sorts

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I saw this on Nathan's blog first, so I won't list anybody else.

New meme: here's a totally random way to make your new random band's new random album cover. Post one! Go to “Wikipedia.” Hit "random" and the first article you get is the name of your band. Then go to "Random Quotations" and the last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album. Then, go to Flickr and click on "Explore the Last Seven Days" and the third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.



The photo courtesy of, oh crap I forgot to copy the link. Oh well, since I ma not selling the image no right infrigement here. Right?

Proceed with caution, 40% of grade ahead

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What I don't understand about the economics class is why has it been split in two, Micro and Macro, both five weeks. It makes no sense, there is not enough material to be covered in the five weeks, especially when it comes to grading.

We've been reduced to:
20% participation (common who doesn't get full grade in that in post-graduate school)
20% home work
20% a small in class economic review
40% final presentation

The presentation is suppose to cover an economics of an industry. Between the members of my group we have Foods(Kraft), Electronic Home Installations(used to be Baumaster), Pharma(Taked), and Health Information Services(Allscripts, me).

We've decided to go with HIS, being exited about the $20 Billion in the stimulus package reserved for furthering that purpose only.

It's starnge to discover some of the information. While our bosses are painting everything with Unicorns farting rainbows, it seems that all is not well in Paradise.

For example, the industry is very fragmented. There are six players with market caps over a billion. The rest drops off with barely hitting $100 million mark, and there are a lot them. With these numbers there is very very very little interoperability and descent standards available. Which means, once you get into using EHR system, you are grandfathered in it for the rest of your natural life.

The standartization of industry is very young, less than three years, and rules are extremely complicated, so the entry to up the competition is fairly hard, especially if you don't have a lot of investment capital.

Anyways, the strangest thing is that there is a lot of information about the industry, but not a lot of information about the numbers of the industry, it's all hidden from the eyes of the public.

But, I believe we have scrapped together enough information for a good presentation.

That's it for today, there's a meme going around of which I may partake. I like it so far, but according to my profile as a Sociopath i am way to arrogant to jump on the bandwagon after it left, if conflicts with my sense of Superiority.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Personality defects

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From the description:

"The Personality Defect Test will provide an accurate analysis of your true personality, but it will do so in a manner that is very insulting, cynical, and unintentionally ridiculous"

How can I pass by a test when they phrase it like that?

Your result for The Personality Defect Test...

Sociopath

You are 86% Rational, 29% Extroverted, 57% Brutal, and 86% Arrogant.


You are the Sociopath! As a result of your cold, calculating rationality, your introversion (and ability to keep quiet), your brutality, and your arrogance, you would make a very cunning serial killer. You are confident and capable of social interaction, but you prefer the silence of dead bodies to the loud, twittering nitwits you normally encounter in your daily life. You care very little for the feelings of others, possibly because you are not a very emotional person. You are also very calculating and intelligent, making you a perfect criminal mastermind. Also, you are a very arrogant person, tending to see yourself as better than others, providing you with a strong ability to perceive others as weak little animals, so tiny and small. You take great pleasure in the misery of others, and there is nothing sweeter to you than the sweet glory of using someone else's shattered failure to project yourself to success. Except sugar. That just may be sweeter. In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant. Please don't kill me for writing mean things about you! I have a 101 mile-long knife! Don't make me use it!



To put it less negatively:

1. You are more RATIONAL than intuitive.

2. You are more INTROVERTED than extroverted.

3. You are more BRUTAL than gentle.

4. You are more ARROGANT than humble.


Compatibility:


Your exact opposite is the Hippie.


Other personalities you would probably get along with are the Spiteful Loner, the Smartass, and the Capitalist Pig.


If you scored near fifty percent for a certain trait (42%-58%), you could very well go either way. For example, someone with 42% Extroversion is slightly leaning towards being an introvert, but is close enough to being an extrovert to be classified that way as well. Below is a list of the other personality types so that you can determine which other possible categories you may fill if you scored near fifty percent for certain traits.


The other personality types:

The Emo Kid: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Starving Artist: Intuitive, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Bitch-Slap: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Brute: Intuitive, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hippie: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Televangelist: Intuitive, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Schoolyard Bully: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Class Clown: Intuitive, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Robot: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Haughty Intellectual: Rational, Introverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Spiteful Loner: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Sociopath: Rational, Introverted, Brutal, Arrogant.

The Hand-Raiser: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Humble.

The Braggart: Rational, Extroverted, Gentle, Arrogant.

The Capitalist Pig: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Humble.

The Smartass: Rational, Extroverted, Brutal, Arrogant.


Be sure to take my Sublime Philosophical Crap Test if you are interested in taking a slightly more intellectual test that has just as many insane ramblings as this one does!


About Saint_Gasoline



I am a self-proclaimed pseudo-intellectual who loves dashes. I enjoy science, philosophy, and fart jokes and water balloons, not necessarily in that order. I spend 95% of my time online, and the other 5% of my time in the bathroom, longing to get back on the computer. If, God forbid, you somehow find me amusing instead of crass and annoying, be sure to check out my blog and my webcomic at SaintGasoline.com.


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Thought of the day.

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Girlscout cookies should be BANNED! I hate those delicious delicious EVIEL snacks.

Weekebd Update with K.B.

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Not a bad weekend overall. For those who taped Oscars by didn't see it yet, avoid this post as it got spoilers.

We have made an exception and went to see an Oscar nominated movie on Saturday. With the exception of Lord of the Rings movies (I think at the time we went to see it it wasn't nominated yet) I usualy avoid movies that get Best Picture nomination and go for those that get nominated for best Visual Effects.

We went to see Slumdog Millionaire. I was a great movie, in all aspects. Very entertaining, good story, excellent production values (whatever I believe the production values are). I think it deserved the Best Picture nod. The interesting part about it, for me, was that it was made by Brits, with Indian cast, and yet it was very Hollywood-y, story line and all.

It also seemed to clean house at the Oscars. We watched the show, as we always do. I think it went faster than the previous ceremonies. Less presenters, good hosting by Mr. Jackman. Kudos to him for the musical talent he has. Some of the choices, like movie rolls were weird. The musical numbers were a bit weird. I was also left with the feeling that the show was a bit underpracticed.

On the unrelated note, we were able to get a little sledding done on Sunday, although the snow melted almost everywhere. And Chicago still is the best place for pan-style pizza.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Oh how wrong I was

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Whatever the reason I always thought Star Trek TNG started the same year that we came to the US which was 91.

Imagine my surprize when yesterday I DVRed an episode of TNG on Sci-Fi channel that was dated 1990, and the episode before that was dated 1989. How could I be that off?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Slow week

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I really have nothing to say today. There is a lot of work and studying to be done.

I have a team presentation to do on the conomies of Electronic Health Records industry in two week. A lot of research needs to be done for that, even though I work for the company int he industry.

Our CEO is jumping around with glee since the stimulus package singed by the president has about $20 Billion allocated for the purpose of pushing EHR into the doctor's offices. I was surprised to find out that EHR penetrated only about 28% of the market. It makes US fall behind a lot of the European countries , in the 6th place.

Anyways, I said that one of my hobbies is 3D modeling, and here is a piece of work I finished recently. I've rendered it specifically to look like a cartoon. I like the look of it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Couple of tests from Quizzy

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Your result for The Commonly Confused Words Test...

Advanced

You scored 93% Beginner, 100% Intermediate, 93% Advanced, and 73% Expert!


You have an extremely good understanding of beginner, intermediate, and advanced level commonly confused English words, getting at least 75% of each of these three levels' questions correct. This is an exceptional score. Remember, these are commonly confused English words, which means most people don't use them properly. You got an extremely respectable score.


Thank you so much for taking my test. I hope you enjoyed it!



For the complete Answer Key, visit my blog: http://shortredhead78.blogspot.com/.


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Your result for The Mediocre Actor/Actress Test...

Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Not Mediocre!


Congratulations! You actually manage to keep all of your emotions in balance, and present a deep and nuanced performance. You continually receive accolades for your delivery of a variety of characters, and it is well-deserved. You may not be the best looking of those out there, but your beauty shines through when you portray characters with the humanity and tangibility they deserve. Well done!


Hey! You scored 21% Overacting, 48% Raging, 0% Weeping, and 45% Dramatic-Pausing! Hoorah!


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The result is weird since in Question 5 I specifically asked for sword-fighting!
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The last one. I like the wording of this question :A fly has sat upon your bagel, where it now preens itself with an accursed lack of grace.

Your result for What is the Measure of a Man? The Gentleman's Test...

The Scholar

Learning is your passion!


Marvelous! You epitomize the gentlemanly tradition of ongoing education and self-improvement! Your sparkling tongue is the stuff of legend, and the wide breadth of your knowledge has saved others countless hours of pained research!


Women hang on your every word!


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The last one was hilarious. At least the questions. And you should never apologize to Rabbi, aloud.
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Oh, I couldn't pass that one.

Your result for The Nerd? Geek? or Dork? Test...

Pure Geek

30 % Nerd, 65% Geek, 35% Dork


For The Record:


A Nerd is someone who is passionate about learning/being smart/academia.
A Geek is someone who is passionate about some particular area or subject, often an obscure or difficult one.
A Dork is someone who has difficulty with common social expectations/interactions.


You scored better than half in Geek, earning you the title of: Pure Geek.

It's not that you're a school junkie, like the nerd, and you don't really stand out in a crowd, like the dork, you just have some interests that aren't quite mainstream. Perhaps it's anime, perhaps it's computers, perhaps it's bottlecaps, perhaps it's all of those and more. Your interests take you to events and gatherings that are filled with people you find unusual and beyond-the-pale, but you don't quite consider yourself "of that crowd." Instead, you consider yourself to be fairly normal.


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Monday, February 16, 2009

Economics can be easy.

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One of the surprising thing I found out in my Economics class, that this is a Quantifiable Science. Quantifiable means it can be calculated. Calculated means it can be predicted if you try hard enough.

Price elasticity is a measure that relates price fluctuations to the demand of a product. Understanding that concept bring a whole new light to the understanding of economics.

Price elasticity of demand is calculated very simply you take a percent of change in price over time and divide in percent of change in quantity of demand.

A demand for product is considered inelastic if the price changes have a very small effect on the product demand. As an example of that we can use oil, gasoline, medications, cigarettes, food, water, and electricity (i.e. necessities). A demand for product is considered elastic if the price changes have a considerable demand on the product. As an example of an elastic good we can use fashionable clothing, technology, cars, and travel (i.e. luxuries).

There are several rules that can generalize elasticity in relation to prices and revenues.


  • When demand is inelastic (price elasticity is less than 1) price and revenue go in the same direction.

    Example: price of oil goes up, oil companies post a profit.

  • When demand is elastic (price elasticity is more than 1) price and revenue go in the opposite direction.

    Example: Sony dumps the price on PlayStation, revenues go up.



Elasticity however is a two edged sword.

Let's say a new farming technology allows farmers to grow twice as much wheat. With the SUPPLY increasing the price would have to go down. This is very good for consumers, but not so good for the farmers since the price has to go down. Since the elasticity of food-stuffs is pretty low, farmers actually loose money by increasing production. While this seems ridiculous that more production equals less money, it really isn't. The only thing that can increase the revenue in this instance is increase in demand proportional enough to stave off the losses.

And that's all I have to say about this today. Here is an image showing the principle of elasticity and supply increases.

It uses medications and computers. Medications are inelastic thus having steeper curves of supply and demand. Computers are elastic thus their slopes are flatter.

O stands for original
N stands for new
EP stands for Equilibrium price (where supply meets demand)

Wekeend update

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Well, as we were struggling to get over the collective colds we tried to do less this weekend.

The Little One has made her first prediction of the future career. She said she wants to be a doctor. The one that helps the babies to come out.

The Wife has decided that the beef Wellington served in the Wildfire restaurant is the most delicious thing she ever ate.

The rest of the weekend is a bit fogged out by DayQuil, Sudafed, and Afrin. I'll update if I remeber anything singnificant.

Hope my readers had a better crack at the weekend.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday suckage!

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I caught a cold. I hate colds. I recover within a day or two usually, but I feel like I could do do very well without a nose.

I've read today that science dudes finally decoded the Common Cold virus. Can a cure finally be available for this useless malady?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Would you be my valentine?

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A lot of people have different opinion about Valentine's Day. There is a lot of sentiment that it's a faux-holiday invented only to force people spend money between Christmas and whatever-comes-next.

There is certainly a lot of truth in that.

Me on the other hand, I appreciate Valentine's Day. I am a very forgetful person with a fairly short attention span. Valentine's Day is a good reminder for me to show my Awesome Wife how much I appreciate her, and it gives me an "official" reason to gift her.

While this may sound a bit shallow on my part, and I understand that I don't need a holiday to bring home flowers or a gift (and it never stopped me I believe), I like this extra opportunity.

Anyways, I know it's early, but honey I LOVE YOU!

There, I said it again.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Allow me to out-geek you.

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I've told you I collect Star Wars Legoes.

Well here they are




Enjoy.

I wonder if Star Trek Legoes are going to be made. I'd love to have Enterprise D in my collection.

Monday, February 9, 2009

What happens on weekends

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The snow melted completely.

We are going to try to fix the roof this week.

The temps were about 50 through the whole weekend.

We've tried to go skating. Unsuccessfully.

I have finally caught on camera that black squirrel I've been blabbering about.

From BLOGISFACTORY


Believe me it's black. And it sits on my fence which I am planning to fix and paint come summer. It looks awful.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Kids and a Music Meme

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Kids Talking (The Little One):

While playing on Wii Fit, squatting exercise:

- But Daddy, I don't know how to do squat.

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After my friend and co-worker have been goofing around with The Little One, about her giving him the snack we make for her.

- Daddy next time we go to Russian School can you make another snack for Borya(Boris), he is poor.

Well, first of all my friend's name is Eugene(I have no clue where the other name came from. The second thing is, I had to explain that he wass messing with her. But now, I have my revenge on him and call him Boris from now on.

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While going through blogs I found a cool meme, that I can't pass. On Kim's website she asks to list some things from the MP3 player.

I have two iPods, a big one that I listen at home, I think it's an 80G one. And a Nano, which I listen to while driving. I have about 30G of music at home.

Here is what's going on my Nano

How many total songs?
162 songs, 14 Hours, 1.7 GB

Sort by song title - first and last
First: (I can't ge no) Satisfaction by Rolling Stones
Last: I'll recognize my honey by the way he walks by Garic Sukachev (it starts with the letter Ya, last letter of Russian alphabet)


Sort by time - shortest and longest
Shortest: The Liquid Lover-Lyubitel' Zhidkosti (2:08) by Chizh & co
Longest: Free Bird (9:10) by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Sort by Album - first and last
First: 1 by The Beatles
Last: Erogenous Zone (starts with a third letter from the end in Russian alphabet) by Chizh & Co

Sort by Artist - first and last
First: AC/DC
Last: Chizh & Co (The Russian equivalent of Ch iz pretty far down the alphabet)

Sort by Album Artist - first and last
I'll look when I connect to the computer

Top five played songs:
I don't know how to get this of the Nano really. The one that seems to pop more often than others is Let There be Rock by AC/DC


Find the following words. How many songs show up?
Sex: 0
Death: 0
Love: 1
You: 4
Home: 0
Boy: 0
Girl: 0

First five songs that come up on Party Shuffle
I don't have the Party Shuffle on Nano, but here are the first one reshuffled

1. Victory Day by Aukcyon
2. Colliseum by Ariya
3. Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
4. Ballad of Ancient Russian Warrior by Ariya
5. My Heart by Splin

Thursday, February 5, 2009

The number is 25

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There is a meme going around the blogs that I read, that asks you to tell 25 random things about yourself (see right menu for the blogs that I read). Since I have nothing to write about, I'll pick it up.

1. While going to Russian school we had clubs called Yunoarmeitsy(young army men), and I was part of the group preparing to be a spy/or a ranger

2. When I was in Russian High School (at least by American equivalent) I had to take NVP(translated loosely Preliminary Army Preparation course)

3. Following that theme, I also attended the shooters club, and was a pretty good shot with a 5mm rifle.

4. I was always one of the smallest kids in my class.

5. I never had any luck with Phys-ed, although I did attend karate and judo classes for several years.

6. I play tennis.

7. I could be the worst procrastinator in the world

8. My drink of choice used to be Finlandia Raspberry

9. I have never treated a hangover, preferring to suffer through it.

10. I like Star Trek and Star Wars.

11. I build my own computers.

12. I worked with computers in one way or another since I was about 10.

13. I met my wife on the internet in the Russian chat room.

14. I used to weigh at around 240lbs when I was in High School. I dropped 40lbs in college chasing girls and frequenting Russian restaurants.(Sweetheart don't pretend you didn't know that one about me)

15. I still play a lot of video games.

16. I have a collection a Star Wars Lego ships: X-Wing, A-Wing, B-Wing, TIE Interceptor, Slave II, and A Jedi Star fighter. I dream of getting Lego Star Destroyer right now.

17. I get all cutesy and my voice rises an octave or two when I see a puppy.

18. I could be a very boring person. I don't have any exciting stories to tell, I don't get into "stories".

19. I love a good cigar with cognac.

20. I have always wanted to make my own space adventure video-game.

21. I read only fantasy and sci-fi.

22. I hate accounting.

23. I have worked in a cubicle all my life. Once I had a big closet for an office, but it had a door.

24. My favorite sandwich is the Reuben.

25. I hate getting into conflicts, I will avoid a conflict at any cost. I never get into an argument because I believe you can never change another person's opinion. I let people believe what they want, knowing inside that I am still right :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Microeconomics

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Well, the new class started today. It's a 5 week course in the Microeconomics. As far as I can understand from the first session it's all about Supply and Demand - fairly simple "common sense" concepts. I don't know about that though. It seems that these concepts have a large number of different variables that affect the curves in the most unpredictable way.

Or maybe I am wrong. Maybe it is very simple, and I am just being freaked-out by how most people would cringe every time Economics comes up as a subject. Granted, I do not believe this class is designed to teach heavy duty economists, so there may be a lot less formulas (formulae) comparing to the undergraduate course for those trying to achieve a Business Undergraduate degree.

I shall address these concerns as I would encounter them. Here's 10 basic principle of the economy as they are taught in the class. The reason I am typing them out is that maybe I'll remember them better :)

#1 There is always a trade-off between equity and efficiency
#2 There is always an opportunity cost
#3 Most of the decisions are not all or nothing but are made base on marginal changes
#4 People respond to intensives
#5 Trade makes everyone better off
#6 Markets are usually a good way to organize economics
#7 When markets fail public policy can increase efficiency
#8 Society's standard of living is based on it's ability to provide goods and services
#9 Prices rise when the government prints too much money (inflation)
#10 Society faces a short-run tradeoff between inflation and unemployment

Pretty common sense isn't it? But most of the time people don't even think about these things and plow through.

Monday, February 2, 2009

After the superbowl

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Well the Superbowl is over, and Steelers have won another ring, second in the past 6 years I think.

Here are my thoughts on the game:

1. Commercials sucked. I can't remeber a single one of them. I do remember Danika Patrik trying to get naked for GoDaddy.com
2. Arizona's offense played better than Pittsburgh, IMHO.
3. Arizona's defense made some great stops in the red zone. Unfortunately it got clogged by fouls resulting in some bad bad yeard loss.
4. Second half was way more exciting than the first. In the end I was sitting on the edge of the couch, pulling what hair I have left.
5. Officiating was not very good. But it's not for me to judge.
5a. Roughing the passer call was bogus, Big Ben was out of the pocket.
5b. Roughing the kicker call was bogus, there was absolutely nothing the defensive player could have done to avoid collision.
6. Larry Fitzgerald is AWESOME!

I ate too much pizza complimented by Miller Lite and Buffalo Wild Wings(you can never have enough wings)

And that folks is a wrap for today.