knox snooze

Succotash my Balzac, dipshiitake.

Almost one week

Monday, November 29
Crikey, I haven't blogged in awhile.

And amazingly, I still have nothing to say.

Strange spam

Tuesday, November 23
This is the strangest email I've ever gotten, and I'm not sure if it is spam, since it has no links and doesn't seem to be commercial in any way.
Call out Gouranga be happy!!!
Gouranga Gouranga Gouranga ....
That which brings the highest happiness!!
That's it. If you don't know (I didn't), "gouranga" is some sort of Hare Krishna exhortation to be happy.


Comforting quote of the day

The Chattanoogan (motto: We're from Chattanooga) reports that a judge has dismissed charges against a local club that had featured male dancers.
Judge Bean said he was "quite frankly bored" by the parts he watched. He said it seemed "somewhat silly." He added, "But I'm a 60-year-old male not a 30-year-old female."
I can't tell if he's being mature, or if he's just trying to hurt the dancers' feelings.

Krystal clear

Thursday, November 18
Today's reason why Krystal kicks White Castle's hiney: Free wi-fi. I knew there was a free hotspot at the Cumberland Ave location on campus, but I didn't realize there were so many more locations, even in Knoxville.

I'm going to have to get a grease trap for my laptop.

Raise the mast

Metropulse reports that Mast General Store is considering opening a location on the 400 (pronounced:"Foe-hunnut") block of Gay Street in downtown Knoxville.

Maybe you have heard this before, but I haven't. And quite frankly, if you already knew, why didn't you tell me, jackass?

It's not 1984 anymore

Wednesday, November 17
Two news items heard announced on the radio in an almost dismissive tone: Russia has developed an entirely new kind of nuclear missile, and Sears and KMart are planning to merge. This would totally rock the world as we used to know it. Not so much anymore.

Ah, the future.


Monday, November 15
Did anyone else happen to catch the horror that was the AMA Awards show on ABC last night? It was unbelievably bad. Not only did Toby Keith and Kenny Chesney receive way too many awards (more than zero), but it was horribly produced and executed. Who's freaking idea was it to have Brooks & Dunn join Macy Gray to give out the award for Hip-Hop album of the year?

Other lowlights:
  • Bon Jovi performed a three-year old semi-hit and transitioned into a new song that was performed almost entirely out of key.
  • Anna Nicole Smith was hammered out of her skull
  • Kobe Bryant was nearly booed off the stage as a presenter.
I want my two hours back.

The short bus

Thursday, November 11
A UT fraternity is in some trouble for a kegger they threw at a house in west Knoxville. The cops were first tipped off when they saw a running school bus parked just off Northshore at 2:30 in the morning.
Rausch said the episode began at 2:27 a.m. when officer Terry Pate noticed a full-size yellow school bus stopped with parking lights on at a dead-end road off Northshore Drive. Pate thought he had a stolen bus on his hands until he approached and found a man urinating beside the bus, Rausch said.
I'm not sure how some dude taking a wizz next to it indicates that bus was not stolen, but that's probably why I'm not a cop.

One man show

Go see Mitch Rutman when you can. But only if you like good music.


If I walked into a bank, idly holding a .38 special, and asked a teller politely if I could have the money in their cash drawer, would that be robbing the bank? I mean, if I never brandish the gun in a menacing way, and I never threaten anyone, wouldn't that just be the bank giving me the money and not a robbery?

Not that I'm thinking about doing that anytime soon.

Holy Crap

Wednesday, November 10
TennCare is going away. It's expected to happen in less than a year, and as many as 1/3 of those currently enrolled could lose their coverage.

Do we get a mulligan on state-run healthcare?


Tuesday, November 9
Mozilla has released the 1.0 version of its badass browser, Firefox. Their site is running like a slug right now, though, so start early if you're looking to download.

Cool stuff from this weekend

Monday, November 8
The most recent episode of This American Life is online, and it's very good. It mentions a website where you can hear more audio from the apology line.

I had beers with a fantastic poet.

I had my picture taken with Eddie, the Notre Dame mascot.

Ted Kooser

Friday, November 5
I heard Ted Kooser read at the library this afternoon. He was very good. Free cookies and coffee were involved.

Manuel laborer

Thursday, November 4
Charlie Manuel, the most underrated coach in professional baseball, has another managing job. Chuck managed the Indians for a couple of seasons after orchestrating their monster offense of the middle and late 90's, and he went to the Phils after they signed Jim Thome as a free agent.

Master Munoz

Wednesday, November 3
UT football players get a bad rap around here. A lot of it is not undeserved, but it's nice to hear about the good ones too. Michael Munoz, an All-SEC offensive lineman and a recent graduate, has received sizeable a post-graduate fellowship in Political Science.

Wait...this guy gets to be huge, a world-class football player, the son of a hall-of-famer, a great student, and now the recipient of an $18,000 grant for graduate study? Dude, quit hogging all the karma.

I want my sleeping hours back

I stayed up too late watching the damn election. No result. I got up too early in order to watch more of the damn election. No result.

Democracy owes me one.

Super Blogday

Tuesday, November 2
Everyone is voting today, and all the blogging world's abuzz. Well, except for me. My state is a forgone conclusion, and I really don't care.

I hope they won't take my blogging license away.