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blender magazine polled the candidates and asked them to give their top 10 songs....

1. Ready or Not Fugees
2. What's Going On Marvin Gaye
3. I'm On Fire Bruce Spingsteen
4. Gimme Shelter Rolling Stones
5. Sinnerman Nina Simone
6. Touch the Sky Kanye West
7. You'd Be So Easy to Love Frank Sinatra
8. Think Aretha Franklin
9. City of Blinding Lights U2
10. Yes We Can

1. Dancing Queen ABBA
2. Blue Bayou Roy Orbison
3. Take a Chance On Me ABBA
4. If We MakeIt Through December Merle Haggard
5. As Time Goes By Dooley Wilson
6. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
7. What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
8. I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra
9. Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
10. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters

if i were insane and picked a president based strictly on music i would obviously pick the one who likes gimme shelter. and bruce springsteen.

but seriously.... ABBA?!?!?!?!??!?!?
(i actually like ABBA but.... I am a girl. McCain is an ancient republican man. hilarity!)
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i love it when wikipedia confirms my suspicions!!!!
(the literary elements/salinger)


Anderson has acknowledged that French directors François Truffaut and Louis Malle influenced his penchant for sympathetic tragicomedy, unconventional mise-en-scene, and personal approach to filmmaking.[citation needed] He often cites Mike Nichols' The Graduate as a recurring inspiration.[citation needed] He has stated that he is a fan of Hal Ashby. Anderson is also noted for drawing on famous works of American literature, particularly those of F. Scott Fitzgerald and J.D. Salinger.[citation needed] Fitzgerald's famous quote, "There are no second acts in American lives," applies to many of Anderson's characters, who tend to fall quickly from their initial success and renown (although many of them make limited comebacks). Salinger influences are seen in Bottle Rocket (Anthony and his sister's relationship parallels Phoebe and Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, and both girls have a friend named Bernice. Also, Anthony's sweater was red as was Holden's hunting hat. More poignantly, Anthony's time spent in a mental health facility-which is where Holden is supposedly telling his story from) and Rushmore (Max is expelled from his prestigious school, as is Caulfield).

The family structure in The Royal Tenenbaums also echoes Salinger's Glass family, each of the Glass children being renowned to some degree in the same way each of the Tenenbaum children achieve their respective success. Also, the scene in The Royal Tenenbaums where Etheline visits Margot who is soaking in the bathtub mirrors much of Franny and Zooey where Zooey is soaking in the tub, smoking and talking to his mother, Bessie[citation needed]. It is also worth noting that in Salinger's short story Down at the Dinghy we learn that the married name of the oldest Glass sister, Boo Boo, is Tannenbaum. However, the name Tenenbaum is purported to have come from Brian Tenenbaum, a close friend of Anderson's who appears in several of his films, including of course "The Royal Tenenbaums".

Anderson's stylized films also borrow youthful aesthetic qualities from comics such as Charles Schulz's Peanuts (The Royal Tenenbaums/Rushmore). A less well-known aesthetic influence is the French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue: the name Zissou derives from Lartigue's brother's name, and his old photos reveal similarities with Anderson's visuals.[citation needed]

Anderson has recently acknowledged that he went to India to film his 2007 film, The Darjeeling Limited partly as a tribute to the legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, whose "films have also inspired all my other movies in different ways." He dedicated the movie to Ray's memory.[2]

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i dont post very much lately because i have realized that i like my secret life.
sometimes i would come on here and complain about stuff or wax poetic about tragedy(ies)
or talk about what i am coveting that week or things concerning my medication/therapy/or lack of therapy.

this blog is probably going to take a turn for the less personal.
i might post pictures. i might still talk baseball and perhaps crafts...
i might still even reveal events in my life-
but more likely than not... i wont.

but if you want to know what is going on in my life-
well lets just say that contrary to popular belief-
I still exist outside of the this text box.

Hunter Balloon Release on the 1 Year Anniversary:

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has anyone else noticed that the queens of the stone age song, "noone knows" sounds eerily similar to the iggy pop song "private hell"?
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Issue #1:
Not too long ago during the 9th inning in which we were down by a couple of runs- 1 out-
Cooper had the runner on 1B try to steal 2B.
The runner was out at 2B.
Blum was up to bat and struck out. Game over.

Issue #2:
The last game of the Yankees series at home on Sunday, three starters were given the "day off"
(even though there was not a game the next day... which would constitue a "day off")
Berkman has maintained that he could have played. Cooper decided to give him 2 days off regardless.

Aside from that fiasco, there were a couple of missed calls by both the HP umpire and the 1B umpire that essentially turned the game completely around for the Yankess- along with a very good play by A-Rod at 3B on a sharply hit ball that would have drove in at least 1 run.
There is no way to know what would have happened if all 3 starters had played in that game.
There is also no way to know what would have happened if the HP umpire had called a 3rd strike instead of what lead to a walk.

Issue #3:
Cooper decides it's a good idea to try to steal when Molina is the catcher (and is in the game solely for defensive purposes)
Which backfires.

Issue #4:
Yesterday during the 7th inning, Cooper brings out Brocail who ends the inning with no runs scored.
Brocail comes out again for the 8th inning and with 2 outs and 2 on base- he PULLS Brocail and bring in the CLOSER, Valverde.
Key word here is the CLOSER. Who typically does not come in until the 9th inning.
Valverde comes in- and gives up the lead in the 8th.
There is no 9th inning for Valverde because he fucked our lead up on a road game.
The moral to this story is- DONT FUCK WITH THE FORMULA!
I am not completely opposed to bringing in Brocail in during the 7th-
but I sure as hell am opposed to bringing Valverde in during the 8th inning.
I trust Brocail in a 2 out, 2 men on situation and not Valverde.
Valverde does not need to inherit runners on base.

In conclusion- I am officially sick of Cooper.
He's tried this lineup shuffling bullshit (Phil Garner style), tried to be aggressive with base stealing (but it has backfired numerous times),
and has made some puzzling decisions that have made me lose faith in him.

I will be clear that I do not think that our losing record is his solely his fault.
It is definitely a team failure coupled with a few baffling decisions peppered in here and there.


Dear Ed Wade (Astros GM),


thanks alot, asshole!



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In honor of the Astros going to Baltimore on Tuesday  to face some old friends- including Luke Scott-
I figured I would give an update on his progress- as well as Tejada.
 | Luke Scott   30 | LF Current Status: Active

Full Name: Luke Brandon Scott
Born: 06/25/1978
Birthplace: De Leon Springs, FL
Height: 6'0"   Weight: 210
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
College: Oklahoma State
MLB Debut: 04/05/2005

 | Miguel Tejada   10 | SS Current Status: Active

Full Name: Miguel Odalis Tejada
Born: 05/25/1974
Birthplace: Bani, Dominican Republic
Height: 5'9"   Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
College: N/A
MLB Debut: 08/27/1997

Luke has 196 AB to Tejada's 277 AB-
Even with less AB- Luke has .363 OBP, .520 SLG, .884 OPS, and .281 BA- 11 HR
Tejada has .333 OBP, .477 SLG, .810 OPS, and a .300 BA- 9 HR

Interestingly, Tejada has been doing much better defensively than I thought he would.
That aside, I still maintain that Luke will hit more HRs than Tejada (as I postulated prior to the season).
He is on pace to do so, but not by much. This is assuming he is less streaky than seasons past.

Now in regards to how the Astros did this weekend (or in this case DIDNT do)-
I was beyond embarrassed to be at Minute Maid Park on Sunday.
The sheer volume (numerically and audibly speaking) of irritating yankees fans-
and the 13-0 shutout- made me ill.
There were some quite iffy calls made by both the 1B and HP umps- that could have very well turned parts of the game around...
but regardless- I was not mentally prepared for such a lopsided result.
We were clearly over matched.
The only good that come from this is that perhaps Drayton will now see what money can buy-
and what we're up against even if we did end up back in the world series....

Now we get to face Baltimore and Tampa Bay on the road. I am trying to be optimistic....

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holy crap- tim russert passed away!
i used to watch meet the press onsundays while i was in high school
(back when i cared about politics to the point of rage)

also R Kelly was found NOT GUILTY!
i read all of the developments through the trial and honestly i thought he would be convicted.
not that i care or anything.

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I promise this is the same dog.

Buffy Before:

Buffy After:


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Surrealism, n. Pure psychic automatism, by which one proposes to express, either verbally, in writing, or by any other manner, the real functioning of thought. Dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason, outside of all aesthetic and moral preoccupation.

it is also viewed as the juxtaposition of two distant realities brought together to create a new, uncanny union.....

oh art theory. sigh.

rene magritte:

Max Ernst:
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Lisa gray on Valverde:
Valverde......14 straight appearances with no ER given up and he has lowered his ERA from 12.27 to 4.15.
Over 14.1 IP, he has 10 saves, 1 BS and 2 W. He has given up 6 H, 3 BB, 16 K

-We are now 2nd in the NL central.... 1/2 game ahead of the Cards and 1 1/2 behind the Cubs
-The Astros hadn't rallied from six down to win in eight years.
-Geoff Geary pulled his groin :(
-The Astros now lead the majors with 45 stolen bases!
-Stolen 19 bases in the last 10 games, including six multi-steal games....
-I think that I love our bench: darin erstad and mark loretta....... and brad ausmus have been really pulling through lately

now about berkman........
for fear of a jinx- i will not mention T_______ C_______
but he is definitely on a miraculous pace.
first in HRS with 15
second in BA with .391
second in RBI with 43

from sporting news:
Houston is 24-18 and alone in second place behind the NL Central Chicago Cubs by a game and a half. Berkman is hitting .391 with the league leading 15 homeruns, 43 RBI's, .808 slugging %, .472 OBP %, 1.280 OPS, 59 hits, 45 runs, 16 doubles, 25 walks, and seven steals. The "Big Puma" is playing remarkable as the Astros keep winning. Houston has won six of 7 games currently on a 10 game road trip.

A 1.280 OPS?!?!?!?!?!

okay now about michael bourn.
i am all for darin erstad getting playing time but his place is on the bench as a valuable PH or utility player....
not as an everyday player. i think bourn should stay in the lineup- but possibly switch with pence in the order.

instead of everyone talking about sending bourn down to AAA or to the bench-
why arent we paying attention to the fact that jose cruz junior's BA is .162...... borderline NL pitcher BA.
he has come through in some particularly well fashions but he walks more than he hits....
and off the bench- typically a PH getting a walk over a hit is typically not a preference.
10 walks 5 hits with 41 ABS

i think oswalt is back.

and if one more person comes up to me saying "Lee stinks"...
i might very well stab someone in the eye with my daggers of hatred.

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i made this for my best friend michelle (because she LOVES watching "according to jim"):

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keep in mind i made this sign while at work....
i got paid- to coin a new slogan.






and for the postgame in which they take my slogan and add a pun for good measure:


notice the differences in innings. we were on several times...
(well it helped that we were almost completely behind homeplate)

my coworkers thought i was nuts because i kept printing out pictures of sandwiches.


keep a lookout- youll be seeing more of it. (aka me)
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Apparently Clemens may have cheated in baseball....
and cheated on his wife with a country star (possibly while she was underage)

The very rotund Prince Fielder is a vegetarian?!?!


-Shawn Chacon's five quality starts are tied for the major league lead. The Astros have 13 in all
-The Astros have committed the fewest errors in the National League (nine) has towles on pace to his 26 HR and has bourn on pace to steal 80+ bases?!
-Geoff Blum has a .206 BA with 3 HR with 68 ABS.  sure he has errors- but am I the only one who doesnt want ty wigginton to come back from the DL??
-Valveder- ERA 7.50. sigh
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opening day for the astros is MARCH 31st!

from richard justice's blog:
Spoke to Ed Wade on Wednesday, and he remains optimistic that the Astros will leave Florida with a decent rotation. Brandon Backe, Wandy Rodriguez, Chris Sampson and Shawn Chacon seem to have the four sports behind Roy Oswalt. He also said reports of Miguel Tejada's demise have been greatly exaggerrated. As for Michael Bourn, the organization is thrilled at what it has seen so far.

I will restate what I have said from the very beginning-
the  tejada trade may bite us in the ass for these reasons:
1) tejada's defense is subpar....
2) tejada's GIDP potential is cringe-worthy
3) besides the fact that the man is most probably a steroid cheater...
even if he's not playing with a guilty conscience... he will undoubtedly be playing under intense scrutiny which will add to the pressure of playing under the spotlight as it is. i can imagine his performance (already backsliding) could possibly get worse.
4) MARK MY WORDS: luke scott's HRS and RBIS will rival if not overtake tejada's output in the same categories. count on it.

below: miguel tejada's steroid check from the mitchell report....

about the starting rotation:
typically my frustration with astros pitching typically starts after the season is underway
this year it started when we traded some of our pitching away for tejada...
now that spring training is 11 days from being over- blood pressure rising....
will woody williams retire?
will ed wade make a last ditch effort for a free agent or for a trade?
(i find it doubtful he would trade loretta to baltimore considering a) loretta's proven contact hitting track record and b) the possiblity of matsui on the DL or not working out at 2B)
will the bullpen come together behind valverde?
will towles keep up his pace upon his return?
what's this about coop actually taking 3 catchers?!?!
ok... so why did we get rid of mike lamb?

below: backe rides the shortbus!

i cant wait. i try my hardest not to pay attention to spring training because sometimes it incites needless panic-
and until the numbers actually count for something and until the actual same lineup plays with one another day after day...
i wont start hyperventilating at the sight of spring training ERAs of errors...

THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS!!! (and normal life resumes!)
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In response to the comment about Hunter Pence's nickname, I was trying to teach my girlfriend all the names of the players, and the only way she can remember his name is because it sounds a lot like "underpants." Sadly, this name has stuck pretty well so far.
-- Randy S., San Antonio


and almost better:

cuban321 (3:05:35 PM): i had a dream that hunter pence had aids
cuban321 (3:05:36 PM): wtf

woody williams has been doing horribly and may not make the starting rotation this year.
kaz matsui is having ass problems (literally) and the orioles are interested in mark loretta.
ed wade has some time left to fill out his starting rotation by trading someone/draft picks- here's hoping he does it....
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after we move, the first thing i am going to buy myself is this book:

ive seen kent rogowski in several magazines- finally saw the book in person at domy...
i have to have it! it is basically all bears turned inside out then restuffed and sewn.
i love simple but wacky stuff like this.
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i signed up for fantasy baseball- two different teams (one through and the other was one i did with randos on yahoo)
the one and only time i have ever signed up for a fantasy team was for football season in 2002- and i basically picked almost all viking players- and i ended up winning the championship in my league. (beginner's luck?)

well, considering my immense success with players that i knew very well- i formed my fantasy baseball team out of mostly astros or ex-astros... and a red sox players. for irony- i picked both mike lamb as a utility and luke scott as an OF... I am still fairly positive that Luke will do well this year in baltimore as a starting player. I would go as far to say he'll rival tejada in HRS and .OPS.

oh and you people thought that I was weird?
look at what someone else made for luke:

more ex-astros news:
"Troy Patton is projected as the Orioles' fourth starter (on and sixth on CBS Sportsline. Luke Scott is penciled in as the starting left fielder and Aubrey Huff (remember him?) is slated to be the DH. Chris Burke is still a Super Sub in Arizona (at least right now) and Juan Gutierrez will have a hard time cracking that rotation or bullpen in spring training".  source

the astros 2008 starting rotation is probably going to give me an ulcer.
hows that for a season prediction? well at least roy oswalt now has some fire in his eyes after johan santana's prideful "cy-young" talk this pre-season....  but as for the rest of our pitching- ill be grinding my teeth flat with anxiety.
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this my friends is the nail in the coffin:

The Associated Press is reporting that Clemens told Andy Pettitte nearly 10 years ago that he used human growth hormone, Pettitte said in a sworn affidavit to Congress. According to the AP, when Pettitte asked Clemens in 2005 what he would do if asked by the media about HGH, Clemens backtracked by saying he was referring to HGH use by his wife, Debbie, in their previous exchange.


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amy winehouse's reaction to winning her fifth grammy-

was soooooo cute.
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ok now this mitchell report stuff is really depressing me.
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the mitchell report was as dramatic as i thought it would be-
but clemens and pettitte?!
i really was not expecting that.

now i want to hear what people think now that tejada is a confirmed cheater.
i dont understand why anyone would be elated about the trade even BEFORE the report came out based on his performance the past two years- and even the possibility to being linked to steroids.
now that the ink has dried-
all i have to say is--- ill be laughing SO hard
if luke scott hits more homeruns in 2008 than tejada.

and happy trails to mr. adam everett. i value his stellar defense over our new cheating offensive producer with decreasing range/defense. good luck to you roadtrip adam everett. we will miss you way more than anyone misses willy. (willy was BENCHED during the world series this year, may i remind you)

on another note-
bastian took me to eat turkish food on tuesday
we had doener kebab, jasmine rice, salad, and bread with feta and olive oil.
pretty dang good and the owner came to our table and
talked to us for a good while- then eventually gave us some
free baklava.
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killing time damages eternity.
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