October 30, 2005

Highlight Video #2

Click Here to see my latest video compilation. This features highlights from the 2001-2002 season. It is about 8 minutes long and 20MB in size. It should be posted to a more family friendly hosting site than the first video was. I've been working on a few videos and ideas, and I'm always on the lookout for music suggestions. I like my choices so far, but please leave your suggestions in the comments section. I'll let you know right now, anything off a Rocky soundtrack (especially Eye of the Tiger) or Queen's We Will Rock You/We are the Champions will be summarily dismissed.

By the way, the link above is only good for about a week from the posting date. I'm working on a more permanenet (and family friendly) solution.

In today's bulletin

If I did not believe in the infallibility of this book, I would rather be without it. If I am to judge the book, it is no judge of me. If I am to sift it, and lay this aside and only accept that, according to my own judgment, then I have no guidance whatever, unless I have conceit enough to trust my own heart. The new theory denies infallibility to the words of God, but practically imputes it to the judgments of men. At least, this is all the infallibility which they can get at. I protest that I will rather risk my soul with a guide inspired from heaven, than with the differing leaders who arise from the earth at the call of “modern thought.”
-C.H. Spurgeon

October 28, 2005

I have a big honking monitor

19 inches of screen real estate. It's ginormous. It gives me a sunburn. It brightens a whole corner of the room. It cost only $200 after rebate. It is attached to our new Media Center PC. I can record TV, pause, rewind, all the Tivo stuff, but with none of Tivo's monthly fees. It is fast and friendly. We named it Pokey. I can put TV in a little window in the corner while I work on other things. Where have you been all my life, TV tuner? Pretty soon, I'll be cranking out wrestling highlight tapes like nobody's business

October 23, 2005

The Latest

Life has been busy with coaching and such. Janet goes to work, goes to class, and writes papers. I'm just over halfway through the kids wrestling program for the fall session. Four more weeks to go. I think I'm making a difference. All in all, we've had around 60 different kids show up at least once to one of our sites, which is fantastic. At Wheaton, we've had 18 different families bring 28 different kids. We hope they keep coming back, and we hope to encourage them to make a donation to Strider Wrestling to keep things going (by the way, if you want to make a donation, contact me and I'll tell you how).

On a related note, I've been spending some time putting the Strider Wrestling website together. I had about 2/3 of a site built a week ago when I decided it looked like something a guy made in his living room. Well, that was true, but it doesn't have to look like it was. Thus, I scoured the web for a suitable template, modified it to fit my needs, and the new, improved Strider Wrestling website was born. It's about 95% finished and is just missing some content. I will publish the address here once the site is uploaded and our address points to it. For now, enjoy this sneak preview screen shot. (Click the image to see full size)

October 19, 2005

Wrestling Video

(Edited 10/21/2005 - Several people have mentioned that there were some ads of questionable moral content being displayed at the link for my video, so I've removed the link from this post. I hadn't noticed this at first, but it's obviously a problem. If you want to see the video, send me an email, and I'll send you the link with a warning about the nature of the ads.)

I was able to get some video of myself digitized. I made a clip show that you can download if you want to see it. I'm planning to use the video to demonstrate techniques I show to wrestlers, but my first video is just a clip show set to music. It is seven minutes long, 18MB big, and can be downloaded (link deleted). Be patient, it might take a while depending on your connection speed.

October 18, 2005


Bottom of the ninth, two outs, runner on first and second, scary Brad Lidge on the mound... Pujols strides up to the plate, bat in hand, and the look on his face is, I'm here to save the Cardinals' season, punks. He swings at a pitch in the dirt, but the next hanging slider he saw ended up a looooooong way from home plate, and the elimination of the Cardinals was temporarily staved off for two more days. It was definitely dramatic.

October 16, 2005

The way it's going...

...we'll have Houston and Chicago in the Fall Classic.

"Astros! White Sox! It's the World Series on Fox!"

I can't imagine those ratings will be that great. At least the last non-Yankees World Series had Barry Bonds dueling the Rally Monkey. This one will be two teams in flyover land with one of them not even the most popular team in its own city. Let the Shoeless Joe Jackson references commence!

Friday Afternoon

I was driving home on an unseasonably warm 75 degree October day in Chicagoland, iPod plugged in and cranked up, windows down, sunroof open on the MINI, as I sang a rousting version of "If I had $1,000,000." Later, the situation was the same, only the song was "Rockin' the Suburbs," a song about the perils of being, and I quote, "male, middle class, and white."

I'm glad I could take advantage of one of the last warm days.

October 15, 2005

By popular request

Five things I like about Chicago (well, Chicagoland)

1. Good public transportation
2. Haven't been referred to as "y'all" yet
3. More local restaurants than Raleigh
4. There are professional sports here
5. Good radio stations

It's not a great list, but it's a list.

October 11, 2005

A story I thought of for no reason at all

When I was in sixth grade, our class changed rooms mid-year. This means we all got new lockers. For most of the year after that, I was proud of myself for never messing up my combination and always getting into my locker on the first time. Thankfully, I never bragged about this to my sixth grade classmates because near the end of the year, I had a hunch and tried to open the locker without the combination. It popped right open, ending any good feelings I had about my locker-opening prowess. I think my life was never the same.

October 10, 2005


I saw the last four innings of the Braves-Astros game yesterday. 18 innings. Wow. Each team escaped a few jams. Of course, most of the drama happened in regulation, as it was the first postseason game to ever feature two grand slams. Now, the drama past 18 innings would have been how long Clemens could keep going, as the Astro bullpen was empty, save for yesterday's starter who was obviously unavailable, and the potential game five starter, who would, say it with me now, be needed in game five. Would Garner have been forced to press a regular into pitching duty? It was all made moot by the 18th inning heroics of Chris Burke.

October 3, 2005

Black Crowes

The Black Crowes Greatest Hits is a seriously rocking album. Go listen to it.

October 1, 2005

Harry Lester

Harry was one of my high school teammates back at good old CVCA. Today, he wrestled in the Greco-Roman Wrestling World Championships at 66 kilograms. These pictures were taken at that event. Unfortunately, he lost his first match and failed to place. However, he turned 22 last month, and should have many more years to go. Congratulations to Harry on making the world team.