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Football Season Starts Boo
Sunday, 2008 August 31 - 3:04 pm
Michigan 23, Utah 25

This game was not as close as the score indicated. Utah utterly dominated Michigan, and if not for a couple of turnovers and a flood of timely Utah penalties, Michigan would probably have lost by three touchdowns.

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McCain selects Governor Palin as VP Nominee
Friday, 2008 August 29 - 10:39 am
Today, John McCain announced that Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska, will be his running mate. Verrrrry interesting.

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Football Season Starts Whoo
Thursday, 2008 August 28 - 10:05 pm
Hooray football season hooray.

N.C. State gets off to its typically dismal start. South Carolina leads 27-0 in the fourth quarter right now, and State's starting quarterback went off the field on a stretcher. Ugh.

Michigan plays Utah this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. I'd like to put out a full preview, but I don't have the time (and sites like MGoBlog do that sort of thing much better). My prediction: 19-17 Michigan. Utah will keep it very close; Michigan will prevail on defense and special teams.

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Democratic National Convention, Again
Thursday, 2008 August 28 - 10:00 pm
Whew. Great speech by Barack Obama. He did what I'd hoped he'd do: he undercut what he expected the Republicans to throw at him next week. Very, very strong.
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Democratic National Convention
Tuesday, 2008 August 26 - 9:43 pm
Should I be live blogging the Democratic National Convention? Naah... I just don't have the energy to comment about every B-list politician and "ordinary person" who doesn't have any public speaking skills.

And anyway, many of the same comments apply this year as in years past:
  • speakers think they have to shout into the microphone to be heard
  • political delegates have absolutely no rhythm (and no shame)
  • everyone jumps at the chance to chant something
That being said, so far there have been a couple of highlights. Michelle Obama gave a great speech; the Obama kids were adorable; and Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer just gave a pretty entertaining speech.

Hillary is coming on right now. Should be interesting.

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Obama Selects Biden as running mate
Saturday, 2008 August 23 - 10:21 am
Barack Obama selected Senator Joe Biden to be his vice presidential running mate this morning. This is pretty much in line with what I had thought the pick would be: male, older, whiter, with more foreign policy experience. However, I did think that Obama would lean towards someone more conservative. Texas congressman Chet Edwards was mentioned frequently in the last few days. Maybe Obama just didn't want the name "Edwards" anywhere near his campaign.

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New Zealand Anti-Drinking Ad 3
Monday, 2008 August 18 - 8:57 am
And, one more.

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New Zealand Anti-Drinking Ad 2
Monday, 2008 August 18 - 8:56 am
Here's another one.


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New Zealand Anti-Drinking Ad
Monday, 2008 August 18 - 8:52 am
I found the anti-drinking advertisement on YouTube. I had a few details wrong, but I had the gist of it. Here it is.

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New Zealand Part III
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 11:41 pm
On our final day in New Zealand, we went to the Antarctic Centre, and to the Orana Wildlife Park. The wildlife park was definitely a highlight of the trip. Pictures and videos after the jump.

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New Zealand Part II
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 10:42 pm
Amy and I took one day to drive out and see some of the countryside, heading up to the harbor at Akaroa.

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New Zealand Part I
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 10:18 pm
A couple of weeks ago, I went to New Zealand on a business trip. Amy came along for fun. I think we've mostly recovered from the jet-lag. Mostly.

New Zealand is a beautiful, beautiful country, even in winter. (Apparently, summer is winter in New Zealand. Also, left is right. For the first day or so, I even got up and down confused.) The locals tell us we got lucky when it came to the weather; it was mostly clear (or "fine", as they call it) with temperatures in the 50s (er, 10s).

It's just getting there that's the horrible part. Our trip there spanned thirty hours and four different flights... each way. The flight from San Francisco to Auckland (the third leg of the flight out) was nearly fifteen hours long. And the flight was completely full... full of about 300 Catholic teenagers headed for World Catholic Youth Day in Australia. (At least they weren't rowdy.)

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Coining phrases
Thursday, 2008 August 14 - 7:47 pm
It's occurred to me that whenever I have a high-effort blog post to write (like, say, a recap of a trip to New Zealand), I put off writing it until I have a bunch of free time. (Which is practically never.) But I also avoid writing about anything else, figuring that I should be making the big post the highest priority item. So what happens is nothing ends up getting written. I'm trying to think of a word that properly sums up this blogging gridlock phenomenon: blogridlock? intestinal bloggage? Suggestions are welcome.

It's also occurred to me that I should probably create a way to micro-blog on this site. I want something sort of like Twitter, but I want it more of a place to put up a quick link or interesting story that I've found, rather than a place to let the world know that I'm about to go take a dump or something. I'd make the feed into a daily digest of these items, so it doesn't clog up RSS feeds with a bunch of tiny items. I need a name for this too, like "ittybittyblog". (I've already registered the domain name, natch.) Maybe I'll make it a service that others can use, hmm.

Anyway... I'll get started on my New Zealand post. It won't be perfect, but I need to get it out of the way.
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Happy July Fourth
Tuesday, 2008 August 5 - 10:41 pm
Er, August. Fifth.

Geez, I'm officially a month behind on blog posting. Now, granted, I spent a good deal of July out of town. But I feel like I should have at least micro-blogged or something. (The kids, they're all twittering these days.) So much has been happening, and letting it all just pile up has made it seem that much more overwhelming.

Anyway, I'll try to catch up.

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