Thursday, August 30, 2007
Dad's Crock-pot Chili
2 16-oz cans red kidney beans
2 14.5-oz cans tomatoes
2lbs coarsely ground beef (regular ground beef is fine)
2 or 3 medium onions coarsely chopped
1 or 2 green pepper coarsely chopped
2 to 3 tbs chili powder
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
Salt to taste
Dried chili (hot) peppers to taste
Drain kidney bean cans. Brown & drain beef. Put all ingredients into crock. Stir once. Cover and cook on low 10 to 12 hrs. (high 5 to 6 hrs). Serve with raw onion, cubed American cheese, chips, & dried chili peppers on the side.
NEVER, NEVERdid I say NEVER use dry and reconstituted beans. YOU KNOW WHY
Over the years I've used leftovers (chicken, kielbasa, hot dogs)
Try adding corn for different twist
Try different cheeses on the side (mozzarella cheese tends to get stringy when melted)
Use turkey instead of beef, but, if you do add a dash or 3 of poultry seasoning
Use 1lb turkey (with poultry seasoning), and 1lb beef.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Ok, here's the entire fight between Babalu and David Heath. At about 4:30 of round 2 the beating starts, and Heath is cut and bleeding pretty badly. The anaconda is pretty well sunk and just waiting to be finished at about 1:40. What's pretty funny is you can hear someone in the background screaming "You asshole!" to Babalu. HA! Anyway, here it is. Judge whether or not you think this is a big deal, and keep in mind Royce Gracie's earlier fights, and B.J. Penn vs. Jens Pulver (btw, BJ later said he should have held onto that choke even longer than he did).
Personally, I think Babalu's getting it pretty hard. What he did definatly makes him the ass of the week, but it wasn't REALLY THAT bad. Oh well, I guess it's all up to one's own opinion.
In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee and inspected the elephant's foot and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teen aged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man.
Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn't help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mbembe's legs and slammed him against the iron railing, killing him instantly.
Probably wasn't the same elephant.
Most phones nowadays are bluetooth enabled. Why don't cell phones do this? Especially for Nextel users, this would be awesome (the reason I single out Nextel users is because of the walkie-talkie ID. Do you know yours?). It would be infinitely easier to do than the current system, which consists of manually entering in (multiple) phone numbers and using a horribly inefficient data entry system to attach a name to those numbers.
It would also be nice if phone manufacturers would collaborate to make this function universal, but, heh, I won't hold my breath.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Big congratulations, by the way, to GSP. Many keyboard warriors on the net were talking about how Kos's wrestling were going to be too much for the Canadien. My own trainer picked Kos for this fight. I never stopped supporting GSP, and he showed why last night. I knew this was GSP's fight when I saw his walk to the octagon. He looked nothing like he did on his way to the Serra fight. He was bloodthirsty, and he needed to be. He got into the wring and not only beat Kos, but outwrestled him as well. No disrespect to Kos or his skills, I'm just a big GSP fan...or as they'd call me on Sherdog.com, a GSP "nuthugger."
Another thing I'd like to note is what happened with Babalu. He held onto a choke longer than he should have and (although he let go long before serious damage could have occurred) he will be fined half his purse with a suspension also likely (ufc.com article). He did this because he was disrespected. Sobral complained that Heath had shouted obsenities at him. Heath also was (so I'm told) wearing a T-Shirt with Babalu's mug shot on it from his arrest a while back (mma weekly article). Although I can understand Babalu's reasoning for doing what he did, I still disagree with it. At the same time, I think half his purse is too much. It should be less than what these guys doing steroids are getting slapped with. Anyway, when it comes to professionalism in MMA, just ask yourself: What Would Randy Do? HAHAHA! Get it? WWRD? HAHAHA! Yeah...I crack me up.
Anyway, I wanted to say something about Roger Huerta. I realize that he may have family from Mexico. I also realize that the UFC may be trying to catch a new demographic for the sport (which can only be a good thing). I just want to note that I HATE the idea of an American carrying someone else's flag. Can't we find a Mexican guy to wave his country's flag on the way to the Octagon? If you're an American, you're an American. Teddy Roosevelt agreed with me.
A good card, all the way around. My favorites won, and none of the fights were a bore. I'll be looking forward to the next UFC card, but not as much as I'm looking forward to Brian's fights a week from Friday. Salut!
PS. I just looked at the UFC lineup for that I linked to above, and I wanted to point out that they have Dan Henderson's nickname as "Dangerous." I thought it was Hollywood. Oh well, just thought I'd point that out.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Find the original article here.
Yahoo, MSN sign blogging 'self-discipline' pact in China
Aug 24 01:28 PM US/Eastern
US Internet giants Yahoo and MSN confirmed Friday they had signed a code of conduct for their blogging operations in China that committed them to protecting the interests of the Chinese state.
Yahoo, Microsoft's MSN and other blog providers in China this week signed the "self-discipline" pact, under which they pledged to "safeguard state and public interests," according to a statement from the China Internet Society.
The pact "encourages" the Internet firms to register the real names, addresses and other personal details of the bloggers, and then keep this information.
The firms also committed to delete any "illegal or bad messages", according to a copy of the pact posted on the society's website.
Along with sex and violence, China's communist rulers have also deemed that opinions critical of it or the spreading of democratic ideology are not allowed.
Yahoo China and MSN told AFP they had signed the pact, but did not give any further comment.
"I can confirm that we signed the pact this week," Yahoo China's Beijing-based spokesman Dou Xiaohan said.
MSN China spokesman Feng Jinhu said: "We've signed the pact but there is no press release on that. On your other questions, we will get back to you as soon as possible."
US Internet companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft and Google have previously caused uproar abroad for bowing to the Chinese government's demands by agreeing to censor websites and content banned by the nation's propaganda chiefs.
They have repeatedly insisted that they have no choice but to follow local rules and regulations in China.
Yahoo came under particular criticism for cooperating with requests by China to pass on personal information of its users, leading to the jailing of several cyber-dissidents.
International press freedom group Reporters Without Borders condemned Yahoo and MSN for agreeing to the blogging pact.
"The Chinese government has yet again forced Internet sector companies to cooperate on sensitive issues. In this case blogger registration and blog content," it said in a statement.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Cliff, Katelyn, and I went to the Mills Mansion today and did some hiking around. It was already getting a little bit late by the time we got out there; there wasn't much daylight left. We did some poking around and got to see the river. It was the first time there for me, and I would have liked to see the inside of the mansion, but I wasn't going to complain about not being able to (forgive the poor grammar). After a slow day at the office, and no prospect of training afterwards, I basically asked Cliff to hang out with me so that I had something to do while Carol was at work (which I mistakenly thought was going to be until the early morning hours, but she ended up coming home actually before I did for the night). We did get to see many deer, and more upclose than I had ever been before, which was quite cool.
Afterwards, we went to PortoFino's Ristorante (again, sp?) and it was great. We had an awesome meal and the company was the best. Afterwards we went to Cliff's house, and he and Katelyn promptly fell asleep. For this weird ass pseudo insomnia that I've been dealing with, it was no trouble for me to head home to Carol who, at this point, was home from work.
So, the point of this post is to announce that although it isn't preferable to the mat, I do still have a life outside of the mat. I've fallen in love with the group of guys I train with, and the art that I'm learning. It is very depressing to miss even a couple of days, so I went for a short hike with my bro. Coincidentally, he's injured and sidelined from his marathon training, so we had a little bit of common ground for bitching. Anyway, that'll be all for me at the moment. G'night.
Monday, August 20, 2007
We went up there on Friday and stayed in a hotel for the night. The next day, we got to the tournament at...I guess it was 11? Something like that. I made weight without much of a problem; I got on the sale at 159.5 with no shoes, but fully clothed with empty pockets. I proceeded to drink a lot of water and Gatorade, and I ate a bunch of food that Carol had brought with us from the (really nice) continental breakfast at the hotel. Originally, my group was scheduled as the last to go, so I got comfortable. As it turned out, I wasn't the last to go, but I still wasn't going for quite a while. I wasn't upset by that though, I got to watch everyone else on the team work.
The kids went first, and HVJJ cleaned house. Both John John and Little Derrick beat everyone they went against, and shared first place instead of competing against each other for first.
Unfortunately, the rest of the team didn't do quite as well as the youngest of our crew did. We didn't do so hot in the team division, but there really aren't many complaints. Karl kicked a bunch of ass, and everyone else had some pretty talented people. Last year, our team only lost first place by 1 point, but this year, teams came STACKED.
Anyway, I'll post a link to the results once they've updated the website. Now, on to how I did.
I was in a division that consisted of 16 guys, all at 160 pounds. It was the biggest division of the tournament! I'm not sure if I was actually nervous, but I was certainly pumped. I remember trying to calm myself down as I watched the first couple matches before I was to go on myself. My first impression was that everyone was very athletic, and apparently very good. I guess I was at least a little intimidated, but it didn't effect my mindset. 90% of the people I train with are also teachers to me, so I get my ass kicked regularly; I'm not going to let that effect the way I roll.
So the third match is about to get going, and that's my first one. The kid I'm rolling is taller than me and I felt as though he was bigger than me too, but we both had to make the same weight so I wasn't worried. It was definitely a battle. He seemed to be pretty athletic. He didn't have much wrestling so I got the takedown pretty easily. The match seemed to go on forever, but I maintained top control for all of what I remember. I took the mount a bunch of times, and eventually he showed me his back. I sunk the hooks in, and went for the choke, but it felt like he ducked his chin. I was really high up on him and I felt like he could have rolled me eventually if he wanted to, so I grabbed my hand and squeezed the life out of his head. The Severn (sp?) worked, and I got the tap.
The next guy, I really don't have any memory of...maybe if someone tells me a little bit about it, then it'll come back to me but the other 3 matches I had stuck out significantly to me. This one must not have been as interesting as the others. This one, my second, I won on points. I know I could have finished the two that I won on points if I had enough time, but I'll take the win in any case.
With the second kid I rolled, we put on a gymnastics exhibition (or so it felt like for me)! I scored a bunch of takedowns in that one, but we went back in forth on positions on the ground. I was getting tired at this point. As it turns out, my cardio isn't what I thought it was. Anyway, he swept me a bunch of times, I swept him and reversed him a bunch of times. One takedown I got on him was pretty impressive to the spectators; I got a lot of compliments on it! We were doing some handfighting and it wasn't going very far. I managed to get double underhooks and wasted no time: I launched the kid. I picked him as high up off the mat as I could and drove my entire body into him. My feet left the ground before he landed, and when he did, the force of my entire weight drove into his chest. I'm not sure when in the match that happened, as we did have an overtime. We were tied on points at the end of regulation, so we had a 2 minute overtime in which I racked up enough points to put him away. My next match would be for first place.
Final Match: By now I feel pretty whipped. I did have some energy left, but I felt as though I had lost all explosiveness. The kid is a wrestler, and when you're working against wrestlers, you're working against explosiveness. Anyway, we hand fought for quite a while, and I believe he got the takedown on me. He was very heavy on me, and my several attempts to sweep him were all unsuccessful. I am not as confident in my guard as I am my top game (although Mike completely disagrees with me), but Brian did a great job coaching me, and was a mere few feet away when I went for a gogoplata. I was VERY close to finishing the match at that point...in fact, Dave told me that I will probably hear him on the video Jaimie was making for me saying "If he finishes with a gogoplata, he'll be my hero." I was kicking and pulling as hard as I could, but the guy toughed it out. I think he had his chin in and knew he wasn't in danger so regardless of the discomfort I may have put him through, he remained calm. I am often able to tough things out that aren't perfect (10 fingers, triangles, etc.). Anyway, he made his way out of that, and controlled me for the rest of the match. I think he passed my guard toward the end of the match too, which would have made the score 4-0. I'm not sure exactly what the score was, but everyone was telling me that it was a close match. Hopefully, the results will be up on the NE Grappling Website soon.
So, I came in 2nd place in my division of 16 guys. I had a great time, and that's all that I was really up there to do. I love the sport, and I hope to compete again soon. Brian has me thinking about an upcoming pseudo MMA fight in October. More details on that to come soon, but I'd like to go again in straight grappling before the year is up. Anyway, I'm happy with the way I did, I'd do it again in a heartbeat, and I hope everyone else up there had at least as much fun as I did. Salut!
P.S. The videos will be up as soon as I get my hands on them!
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Here's the link. Enjoy!
Requirements for Obtaining a Liquor License
IF YOU ARE PURCHASING OR HAVE PURCHASED AN
Contract of Sale between the existing licensee (as their license reads) AND the proposed licensee (as your license will read)
Contract must include
A dollar value for goodwill;
A dollar value for inventory (estimated)
A dollar value for trade name if same is being maintained
A dollar value for equipment unless this is being purchased with real property.
It is strongly suggested that your contract be subject to approval and issuance of a license by the Sate Liquor Authority
2 IF YOU ARE PURCHASING OR HAVE PURCHASED AN EXISTING BUSINESS:
A copy of the existing Liquor License
3. IF YOU ARE PURCHASING OR HAVE PURCHASED THE REAL PROPERTY:
Contract of Sale between the existing Deed Holder (as their deed reads) AND the proposed Deed Holder (as your deed will read).
Contract should include real estate value and a dollar value for equipment. It is sometimes prudent to make this contingent upon Issuance and Approval of a Liquor License by the State Liquor Authority. If already purchased please provide a copy of the deed, closing statement and mortgage.
NEED: RIGHT FOR THE APPLICANT TO OCCUPY THE PREMISES
IF YOU ARE LEASING THE REAL PROPERTY: OR:
IF THE DEED HOLDER AND LICENSEE ARE NOT THE SAME ENTITY:
Fully executed lease (Equal to the term of the license) between the Landlord (Deed Holder) and Proposed Tenant.
Specific lease dates are required however it is also advisable for the lease to subject to Approval and
Issuance of a license by the NY State Liquor Authority
Monday, August 13, 2007
So, which finger was cut from which of Sauron's hands? We know that he has only four fingers on what Gollum calls "The Black Hand" but I can't seem to find any more details on the matter.
This is very important. I must find this information out ASAP. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
Anyway, if anyone who does read this and has their own blog that doesn't spew forth ridiculous conspiratorial political bull shit every other post, let me know. I'll be sure to visit.
EDIT: Ok, I've calmed down now. I'm not going to take this post down, but I will say that everyone has every right to post whatever the hell they want. If anyone doesn't like it, they don't have to read it. Personally, however, I here reserve the right to bitch about it. Heh.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Bear's Blog Addressing Accusations...
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
HAHAHA!!! Ah, I kill me...ok, here are the real pictures.
Nothing like being promoted with a (almost) broker finger!
Tonight we also took a few HVJJ pictures in sorrowful anticipation of Waffle's departure...sniff...
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Don't forget, Brian's going to be fighting in Ring of Combat XIII. Don't miss it! If you're coming, contact me and I'll get tickets for you through Brian; he gets credit for the tickets he sells.
Saturday, August 4, 2007
Actually, this picture doesn't quite do the trick. I guess the only way to really show you is to jump it...
NOTE: These videos take very long to load. I suggest you open up another window in your browser and do something else for awhile and come back to this page. When you can see images in the video area, they're ready to play. If all you see is black above the video controls, wait more...I'm not kidding, they take forever.
Still not impressed? Alright, fine. Brian will have to jump it too.
Ah, what the hell, Kevin should jump it too.
Did you seriously think that Carol wouldn't jump it?
One hell of a time. Thanks to Brian for inviting us out, and thanks to Carol for convincing me to skip jiu jitsu this morning to go play. I want to go back already.
This is the picture that started the night off. I made a huge ugly face that, combined with the up-closeness of the picture, got some pretty good laughs...
The second try came out a little bit better, but I did my best to make that one look equally as rediculous...
Carol continued to play with her new phone while Cliff phoned some more people to come party with us...
...while I decided what I wanted to drink, now that I've all but given up on making my 145 pound goal.
Carol is very happy that I'm not going to drop so much weight. I'm sure Mom would be too (and will be once she hears).
Carol so happy that she picked up the guitar and started jamming!
Katlyn was pretty happy too, but I think it was more that she was finally able to see Carol again. Carol was pretty happy too, as this feels as though it has been the first Friday night that Carol has been able to hang out with everyone since she started taking crazy hours at work...
This is just a strange and pretty irrelevant picture. It should be here with the rest of them though...
So, there was this girl Jean that Cliff described to be very much like Carol who was coming to the party. Cliff predicted that her and Carol would hit it off and be talking for hours on end. He was right...
They have tons in common, including a nursing career. It wasn't long before they were declaring themselves the best of friends!
It also wasn't long before Carol wanted to play with her camera herself again...
We'll wrap this up with a picture of all the lovely ladies that were around tonight, except Destiny. Of course, there were many people who were hanging out that didn't get caught by the camera, so I hereby apologize to those who are missing out on their 15 minutes of fame on the world famous Janicik Blog. You know we love you all, and better luck next time! Until then, here's a picture of 4 of the greatest women on the planet!
It was an awesome night! Thanks again, Cliff!