River otters may be cuter than beavers – that is of little debate. But in nature, function trumps form – and I have yet to see a river otter in person. Fortunately, from my recent time spent observing beavers in the wild, I can say that the traditional understanding of these large aquatic rodents is rather correct; id est, they are industrious lumberjacks with dull senses and portly physiques. But they do take time for recreation, and their speckled hides create dazzling shapes as they glide through the water.
The beaver is commended for being a familial creature, and for paying such regard to the state of its abode. Still, the potential environmental deterioration at the incisors of this beast is plainly evident. They enjoy felling trees for nutritional, decorative, and protective purposes, and they despise the sound of running water (I posit this is their main motivation for creating dams). They do provide some good entertainment though (videos are 720P, so go full-screen):
My beaver background comes from Red Dead Redemption, where the beasts lumber aimlessly near the shores and provide ample opportunity for skinning. I could have taken so many pelts this weekend…
I will never understand baseball’s “earned run” rule. Without bothering to look up the actual definition of the rule, I do know that it’s meant to protect pitchers from being unfairly blamed for runs that score as the result of errors. It would seem, then, that if a batter hits a ball that is misplayed by the center fielder, and said batter-runner comes around to score on the exact same play, and the official ruling on the play is “a double” and “a two-base error,” then the run scored by the batter-runner should be unearned. It was the error, after all, that allowed him to score; a double does not count as a run.
On that note, here’s Melky Cabrera of the erratic 2010 Atlanta Braves to demonstrate.
The best moments in film are those that can forever be called to mind. There may be no fathomable reason for such remembrances, and some films containing such moments are wholly unworthy of persistence in mind. Whatever the case, the 2002 film “Sasquatch” accomplished this feat at least once. Amiable outdoorsman Clayton Tyne produces an unearthly sound that, if one did not know better, could have reverberated from the vocal cords of the fabled Bigfoot himself.
Part laughter, part disgust, part hairball, and a touch of whooping cough…that’s my best explanation for it. Be sure to listen to it again.
There’s something about tap dancing to clearly inappropriate lyrics in a vaudeville-like performance that’s just somehow endearing at times. Or revolting, depending on your perception.
I wanted to share some videos I made in the FIFA 10 demo, to show off how fluid the game is and how much better it feels than FIFA 08. I had never messed with EA Sports Football World, but they have a very competent system in place for uploading videos and snapshots of matches you play on the Xbox 360. The still pictures are terribly low quality and not worth viewing, and the same could be argued of the flash videos it creates, but they’re much better than taking off-screen video of the game.
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It’s well known that we have double standards in our society, but sometimes they’re subtle enough to go unappreciated. Take, for instance, the different ways we view TV game-show announcers and politicians. While both are charlatans making a living solely on their personality and public speaking ability, we sometimes demonize politicians and turn a blind eye to the similar antics of their television brethren. We can recall how former presidential candidate Howard Dean’s campaign of several years ago was thoroughly derailed by a vocal gaffe (even if it should have been more quickly undone by his views on the issues), but we fail to provide the same admonition to someone who has been making a similar noise for years, and continues to do so: the prize announcer on The Price is Right. Just see for yourself: