ayrdaomei: ([Comics] how like an angel)
( Jan. 25th, 2007 11:18 am)
Kirk Saarloos’ departure from the Bay Area sports scene was much like his existence here: Few noticed and fewer really cared. ...[T]he fact that he’s so anonymous is a sad commentary. This is a young man who embodies everything right and good about sports, yet he’s continually overshadowed by the criminals, cheats and look-at-me athletes who pollute our daily sports sections.

I haven't talked about the trade with anyone but [Bad username or site: soupypictures / @ livejournal.com], [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com], and [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] but I thought this piece by Urban on Kirk Saarloos was real sweet. Even if Kirk did keep trying to worm his way between my OTP.
YES!
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Separated at Birth)
( Dec. 31st, 2006 05:01 pm)
Looks like wherever he ends up, Mark and his busted shoulder won't be starving )

Off the Freedom Writers soundtrack, and getting a jump on MLK Day:
Common - I Have A Dream
So, I imagine this is not the first hiphop song to ever sample Martin Luther King, Jr, but still, fun times. I like the hook to this song, I like the chorus, and I love the beat. And Common's lyrics are good, as usual.

And one for Barry William:
Mates of State - California (Phantom Planet cover)
California, here we come / right back where we started from

And another one I can't sit still to:
Outkast - Call The Law (feat. Janelle Monae)

And because I am nothing if not predictable:
Death Cab - The New Year

Mediafire now tells you how many times a file has been downloaded, officially giving it all the benefits of Sendspace, but without that irritating limit of one download at a time, so I don't think I'll be using SS much anymore. (But you can always let me know if I upload something in particular you want, [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com], and I'll re-up it elsewhere.)

If you're going out, be safe and have a good night ^_~
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Rosie & Tracie)
( Dec. 28th, 2006 02:57 pm)
**laughs** My friends page is 7 posts (and counting) about Barry and 1 post about lipgloss.
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Tina & Jenna (I counted))
( Dec. 28th, 2006 01:00 pm)
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FOR THE WIN!

Except for the part where they are MORONS for paying him $126 million, because no one else was in spitting distance of that kind of money. And no one stays healthy an entire career. (Er, though I wish him all the best with that.) Gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawd damn. But I'm happy for my Cali people - and wicked glad it wasn't the Angels. The thought of Zito and Lackey in the same lockerroom gave me hives. I think most of the A's fans I know (half-)root for the Giants anyway? At any rate, you'll get to laugh at him batting on the regular. So that's sweet.

But most importantly? MY OTP LIVES. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥. And maybe Beck will even write a triangle and I'll find a way to start giving a shit about that Lowry character.

Yes. And maybe[Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] will get a Harden no-hitter on her birthday with Barry on the mound for the Giants ^_~

Thanks to [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com], my personal espn mobile, for the heads up.
ayrdaomei: ([C_B]  Z/H - make a pair of parentheses)
( Dec. 28th, 2006 06:09 am)
SI listed the best games of 2006 and a handful of baseball games made the cut. NOT the terrifically fun OAK-LAD 17 inning matchup, incredibly, but that 12 hour marathon game between the Sox and Yanks, as well as a couple of last season's 18 inning NL games are on the list. And of course NYY's crazy comeback against the Rangers. NLCS Game 7 was the only postseason game to rank. The baby fish were also featured, courtesy of Anibal's no hitter :) Still, Huston did not blow a single one of those games, so that list is hella lacking and fundamentally flawed. (There was one Brad Lidge blown save, though. ♥)

EW ranked BSG the third best drama on television this past year, behind only The Wire and Friday Night Lights. And, damn, I've known for a couple years now that I should be watching The Wire, but I guess [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com] really is onto something with FNL. TV Guide ranked BSG #1 and FNL #2, and The Wire didn't even make their top 10 or honorable mentions. But Deadwood did. ♥. 24 and The Office made both lists - validation, yay. BSG, The Office, The Wire, Heroes, FNL, and 24 also all made AFI's list of ten best '06 shows.

Of course, the AFI voted Happy Feet and Little Miss Sunshine onto their list of the ten best films of '06, so. You can't win 'em all.

God, I love baseball - I dreamt last night that the A's traded Bobby to the Brewers (what?) and that the Mets announced they were pulling out of the Zito clusterfuck. Woke up to the news that the Rangers have given Barry Zito an ultimatum. They want a response on their contract offer by this weekend. That seems like a bad move on the Rangers' part, considering that the Yankees allegedly want to jump into the mix, provided they can unload Randy Johnson soon. It's one thing for the Mets to say this is our offer and we're not gonna change it. It's another for the RANGERS to be trying to get all mafioso and shit. I mean, I understand their not wanting to be used...but they are the TEXAS FUCKING RANGERS. What did they think they were being pulled into this thing for? They are like the Orioles, but with an owner who writes blank checks. Supposedly if Zito doesn't accept the ~$102M/six year offer, they're pulling it off the table. Hee. Good. Because it was just gonna be embarrassing when he signed with the Mets for a shitload less. And I love how the GM said their offer will change considerably if Zito doesn't sign now. Because obviously, if he wasn't going to sign with you for $100M, he could always realize the error of his ways in a couple weeks and sign with you for WAY LESS. Morons. It took them this long to figure out Boras was using them to try and drive up the asking price? Sure, over$$$$ worked with A-Rod, but I guess they think everyone missed how that has played out for him in the long run.

I read elsewhere that Mark's decision is down to the Rangers and the Cards (ahahaha! THANK YOU FOR FUCKING OFF, ARIZONA) which I hope against hope is a nobrainer for him, no matter how much the Rangers offered him. Come on, Markus. You've got a lovely wife, with a good name. Impossibly long legs and the tiniest hips in all of sports. Great hair. A World Series ring. Memories of a sun-drenched honeymoon to last you til the divorce a lifetime, and probably a pair of twin little Markuses on the way. Playing for the Texas Rangers does not complete this picture. Well, unless they guaranteed you two years at 20 million or something.

eta: Interesting. Bet at least half of those names leak in the next year. So that should be fun times.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Separated at Birth)
( Dec. 21st, 2006 04:23 pm)
+ The title of the last Harry Potter book is just so very...what? I can't stop laughing. (thanks to [Bad username or site: tinkelo / @ livejournal.com] for the heads up).

+ God, this column tickles all my Zito buttons: Zito's slip is showing. The New York media, doing their part to make sure Barry knows he's not as eminently shaggable as he thinks he is.

December 20, 2006 -- There is doubt steeped all over Barry Zito's situation. Primarily, it is doubt about whether he would take less money in New York or more money in Texas.

But there also is doubt about the pitcher himself: Whether he's already slipping, whether he's worth a six-year contract and whether the Mets would be making the right move in signing him.

As Met officials huddled with Zito and agent Scott Boras yesterday in greater Los Angeles, baseball sources were finishing a portrait of Zito, a 2002 Cy Young Award winner, as anything but a sure thing.

"I don't know if he cuts it in New York," one insider who knows Zito flatly told The Post.


lololololz. Oh, Mychael Urban. Please keep feeding quotes to the NY rags.

.... "I think he's slipped," one major-league scout told The Post. "The last two times I've seen him the last couple years, he wasn't on at all. He struggled getting his breaking ball over for strikes, and when he does that, he's in trouble. He can't get by on a power arm."

The scout allowed that Zito might not be slipping, per se, but at the very least he's getting by with less exertion, getting by because he knows how to pitch. And that could be the cumulative effect of his workload.


Ah. Fun times. Since Barry doesn't read the papers, hopefully Danny called him up and read the choice bits into his voice mail. Thanks [Bad username or site: phantom_hpuff / @ livejournal.com], I so needed that.

+ I came home to 4 holiday cards, though I didn't respond to a single "give me your addy if you want a card" post I've seen to date. My f-list is kinda awesome ^_^
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Jim likes her too)
( Dec. 19th, 2006 09:16 am)
++ Do people still enjoy Panic!ATD, like when they first dropped? Because I was very into them last semester and now I would really like them to go away. A little.

People I kinda want to see in concert, but can't so much: Timberlake/Pink in March, Fall Out Boy in January, Aimee this week in Richmond. Alas. Sister Hazel was in town this past weekend, which yeah, how did I resist? ;) I got an email notification last week that Thursday's comingt the Norva in late January and I'm back and forth on going. Tickets are only $18 which is of the good. But I only really know/like 6 songs of theirs, and most of those off War All The Time. And then I don't even know about that whole crowd. Okay I'm not really back and forth on going; I'm not gonna go. But I thought about it. Nothing personal, boys.

Is Dallas Green back with Alexisonfire?

++ Zito has made the Mets his collective bitch. Their front office is flying out to Cali to see him today. Classic. "No, I know what New York looks like. You come here and tell me you think I'm pretty."

I mean, I still hope they don't budge too much on the 70mil offer. But Barry William makes me laugh.

++ In case you were wondering, Beyonce's Irreplaceable is just as annoying in Spanish as it is in English.

++ [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]: And the fact that you're falling in love with The Timberlake all over kind of cracks me up. You'll deny it sure, but I just know you're crafting a shrine for dude in the back of your closet...right next to the ones for Jeter and Tom Welling.

>:[ First of all, Tom Welling? When have I...ever? NEVER. That's when. And I just really need to not watch when people I dislike are gonna be on SNL. Because they inevitably win me over a little. (Number of times 'Christmas In A Box' was viewed yesterday? Approximately 157.) Ah well. I can hope for Justin to return to pissing me the fuck off in short order. Derek Jeter certainly did. I have no shrine for the Yankee Asshole Who Leaves Teammates Out To Dry And Then Keeps Denying That's What He's Doing Instead Of Just Shutting Up And Holding His Personal Grudge Quietly. I assure you.

[Bad username or site: belle1446 / @ livejournal.com] asked for Aimee's Forgotten Arm promo appearance on KCRW: individual song uploads )

My first day free and clear of school stuff, so I told myself I would finally clean the apartment, because it's been a mess for about a month now. Like, an i'mpullingshoesoutofmybedwhenIgotosleep mess. So. Yes. Of course, that probably just means I will find the time and inspiration to start scanning A's magazines >.>
ayrdaomei: ([BTVS] Dru - No cakes today)
( Dec. 14th, 2006 09:58 pm)
(I had to blow the dust off trusty old Semagic. Because. Just. LJ needs to not debut modifications during exams period, maybe. Or during the holiday season when people are already like suicidal and nerves are on edge and shit. Debut stuff on January 1st! And people will be all hey, cool stuff for the new year. Or something. But I'm no marketing major.)

But moving on! Aimee Mann was on Conan last night! [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] isn't familiar with her stuff, so I uploaded just a few of my favorites as a sampler: (24mb, zip). Five songs: Video (KCRW performance), That's How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart, Little Bombs, That's Just What You Are, The Scientist (live Coldplay cover). Yes, The Forgotten Arm is my favorite Aimee album :P And I feel like I should say Wise Up is not included in that five favorites only because I've already sent it to her in cd form.

Seeing Aimee reminded me she had that Christmas cd out, so I checked to see if she was touring in support of it. And she is! And she's gonna be in Virginia for two shows next week! But tickets are pricey...too steep for a Christmas show. Good for her though; I didn't realize she was big enough to charge real money ^_~

Roch wrote today:
Anyone else find it interesting, and pretty gutsy, that Mark Mulder wants a one-year contract so he can increase his value and hit the free-agent market again next year?

You'd think a guy who's such a health question would welcome a multi-year deal, but he doesn't lack confidence.


lol. Such a health question. Amused, and I can sorta see his point, if I squint, but I don't think it's terribly surprising. I mean, when I was trying to talk Bri off the ledge earlier in the year, we always said well, he'll just have to play on the cheap next year and show he's healthy and do the free agent dance next off-season. It doesn't really make sense for him to take a crap multiyear offer from anyone - did I miss something? Did the Orioles guarantee him 11 million a year for the next 3 years or something? If he's turning down something like that, then maybe, yeah, you say, the guy's got balls. He could be another Pavano for all he knows. Best to take that kind of money and run. But what can teams possibly be offering him, even long term, when they can't know how he'll come back from surgery? It's no different than what Nomar did, or what Big Frank did, just this past year.

Things People Say To Me That Still Crack Me Up Days Later ~
[Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]: so it would seem that through persistence and dedication, that you've crafted a drama free f-list
to which I say BOOOOOO!
ayrdaomei: ([Music] i hear in my mind all this music)
( Dec. 14th, 2006 06:40 am)
Last night, had CNN on and Anderson Cooper was talking with someone from the Woodrow Wilson school about the possibility of region-wide war in the Middle East. Across the ticker my eye caught "ACTRESS ANGELINA JOLIE TOLD PEOPLE MAGAZINE IN AN INTERVIEW POSTED ON ITS WEBSITE THAT SHE AND BRAD PITT..."

And I'm like WHAT? SHE AND BRAD PITT WHAT? Are finally getting married? Are breaking up?! murdered six people and ate their flesh? TELL ME.

And the ticker went on to finish "ARE PROUD PARENTS." And I was like "..."

That's newsworthy? They're proud parents? Wtf. And of course the train finally pulled into the station and I realized that there was wasn't much that could have completed that sentence that would have made it worthy of being on the screen at the same time as a discussion of what could potentially set off World War III. Like, maybe if Brad and Angie discovered that Shiloh's blood cures the sick.

Yesterday morning I was talking to a friend again about writing, and the frustration associated with writing. Well, she was talking to me about her troubles. I was listening and offering as much comfort as a sorry non-writer like myself can. She was saying how she hates that she knows what she wants to say but when she goes to write it down, she can't find the right words to communicate what she wants. And it reminded me, like everything else lately, of one of my favorite parts of Waking Life, where Willy goes to see the woman who talks to him about language. After that conversation, I was inspired to post the below clip, just cause. But I didn't at the time, having stuff I needed to be doing. And then last night (before the CNN nonsense), another long conversation brought the scene to mind again, and that's twice, so I'll toss it up, just in case anyone's interested. And I'll put up the audio separately too, since I had clipped that for myself after I saw the movie anyway.

On language and connection - (14mb, avi) or (2mb, mp3)

And since I was clipping anyway - [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com], I know you said you planned to netflix Waking Life eventually, but if you're just in it for the Jesse and Celine, I ripped their appearance in the film. (If you're fans of Before Sunrise/Sunset, yes, that Jesse and Celine).

On collective memory, or as the scene selection menu calls it 'death and reality' - (30mb, avi)

Ugh, I am having no luck finding a workaround for the new update page. Anyone? I hope we're not just stuck with it. LJ, please stop giving me reasons to give up paying for an account. I really, really wish that when they wanted to implement one of these completely unnecessary changes, that for the first week or so, there'd be a little link in the corner of the page or in the livejournal header that says "Hate our obnoxious new "improvement"? Go back to the old way by clicking here." But nooooooooooooooo. I have to spend like days waiting for someone to unearth the 20 hoops I have to jump through to put my journal back THE WAY I LIKED IT. Ugh.

baseball! )
White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, was at it again, picking a fight, this time with World Series MVP David Eckstein. Pierzynski got into a shoving match with the Cardinals' Eckstein at a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling event on Sunday in Orlando. Also in the melee, Pierzynski ally Dale Torborg, the White Sox conditioning coach and son of Jeff Torborg, slugged Eckstein's brother.
- Chicago Tribune.

How do you start a fight with David Eckstein? He's like 5 foot nothing. You have to be AN ASSHOLE to start a fight with a guy who's 5 foot nothing. Unless he insulted your mother. And in AJ's case.....

And for FUCK'S SAKE, will LJ stop changing its update page layout? Ugh. Now I have to spend 20 minutes figuring out how to opt-out of LJ's latest bullshit site improvement.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Dawn - watching and wondering)
( Dec. 11th, 2006 11:19 pm)
It's getting to be that time when I'm having random conversations with people in the school lobby and thinking, you know, it's too bad I never hung out with this person more. She's pretty cool. Alas. It's been 2 and a half years! A little late, Myr.

I took a half gallon of ice cream out of the fridge to soften earlier. And then I took a "nap" and proceeded to leave the ice cream sitting on the counter in my kitchen for like 3 hours. Go team me.

I'm really hungry, and the fridge is running low, incredibly, even though I spent $100 at the grocery store a couple weeks ago. Poking around revealed notmuch of anything in the cabinets, but a can of Mrs Fearnow's All Natural Delicious Brunswick Stew With Chicken. I don't know why I'm always tempting fate by buying these canned soups and things by manufacturers not named Progresso or Campbell...and yet. We'll see. I mean, the woman's name alone should probably be a warning sign. But it has a VIRGINIA'S FINEST stamp on it and everything. Hmm.

blah blah baseball related rambling )
Reports all over have the Yanks and Pettitte coming to terms on a deal worth 16 million for 2007, and giving him a player option for 2008. (Chronicle's story here.)
+ It was so warm here last night! Meanwhile, half my f-list drowns in snow. I'm so jealous!

+ The Office was hilarious yesterday ^_______^ Well, Michael was a little much at the very beginning, but the rest of the ep was fun times. I'm so happy! I've really been kinda blah about the show recently.

+ This summer's trip to OK City came up a couple of days ago while chatting with [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com]. And with the news coming out of Arizona, I suspect Mark might be dead to me by next week, so if I was ever gonna post pics from the not-so-impromptu roadtrip, I suppose now's the time.

08.17.06 - Oklahommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmma

For the record, the whole 'randomly traversing various state lines to see a guy on a rehab start' thing went down like so: I remember Bri being all "so....what're we doing Thursday?" (my flight got in early on Thursday, and the A's didn't play in KC until 5pm on Friday) and she suggested the Negro League museum but also threw out that Mark was starting in OK but 5 hours was a bit much of a drive. And I said, whatever you want to do, dude. Then when we met up at the KC airport, we kinda had a Jungle Book moment ("So what're we gonna do?" "I don't know, what'cha wanna do?"). Technically, I was the one who said of course we're going to see Mulder pitch. But only because she waited me out. I mean, we both knew we were going; she'd seen his other two rehab starts. I just don't think either one of us wanted to be the one who actually said it out loud first. Or something. But in the car she had mapquested directions to the ballpark from the airport already, so at the end of the day, clearly her plan and fault ^_~

+ Have y'all seen Huston's new hair? How about no, Street. That look barely works on Timberlake (I still miss the white boy 'fro!) and it most certainly does not work on you, freaky dollboy.

(And that link is courtesy [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com], btw. Don't think I go around googling alkie closer related stuff in my spare time.)
ayrdaomei: ([LA] yes)
( Nov. 13th, 2006 02:06 pm)
Why do they say awards will be announced at ___ET, when they do not really mean it? HMM?

The official US time is 2:03 and I still don't know who the rookie of the year is in the NL.


Aww. The Fish didn't split the vote too much after all! I would have been okay with Zimm, but I'm glad to see it go to one of the Marlins. And with Hanley taking writers ROY, and Uggla taking the players ROY, both of the boys got some love.

In all, three of the top four choices were Marlins. Florida All-Star second baseman Dan Uggla was third, and right-handed pitcher Josh Johnson was fourth.

Going a step further, six of the 12 rookies who received votes were Marlins, marking the first time in league history one team has had that many contenders. Pitchers Scott Olsen and Anibal Sanchez and outfielder Josh Willingham each picked up one third-place vote.


WILLINGHAM? I didn't realize [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] got a vote.

But congratulations to [Bad username or site: cack_handed / @ livejournal.com], [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com], and [Bad username or site: acroarcs / @ livejournal.com]. You raised them well :P I completely forget who adopted Anibal, but well done there, too ^_~

Btw, Verlander for the AL.

And now I can move on with my Monday ^_^ (**knocks on wood for Manager of the Year**)

eta: OH! It's really wrong that the Mets will play anywhere not named Shea Stadium, if you ask me. Tear. Citifield is ALMOST as dumb a name change as the Silicon Valley A's.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] window of opportunity)
( Nov. 7th, 2006 07:14 am)
Bronson Arroyo took some footage of the MLB All Stars for mlb.com, and it kinda made my morning. For those of you who cringe at the sights and sounds of MLBers posing as artists, I've posted clips of the two parts I figured would be of most interest to my f-list, thereby SPARING your ears Bronson singing and Bill Hall rapping.

The Pitchers - (wmv, 2mbs) - zomg, Erik Bedard cracks a smile.
David is so predictable - (wmv, 0.5 mbs) - I laughed really hard at this, David's only appearance in the video, and I blame Leanne.
Bronson's video diary - part 1 of ? (wmv, 11mbs).

Btw, if you download, let me know how you like mediafire? The upload time is atrocious on bigger files, but the download speed is alleged to be much better than sendspace and other sites. And, you know, you never get that 'no free slots' available message, which I think is what really has won people over.

eta: You kinda have to laugh when the St. Louis paper links to The Onion ~ Cardinals apologize for winning World Series.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Dawn - watching and wondering)
( Nov. 6th, 2006 07:29 am)
WM people, if anyone would be interested in my Death Cab/Ted Leo and the Pharmacists ticket, drop me a line. It's the Norva show, this Friday.

The Rangers are making Wash their manager. Which lets Beane off the hook. I'm excited for Wash; the Rangers seem to be a decent young club. So I guess Geren is a lock for the A's job, if he wasn't already?

(Btw, not that I care, but O's fans: these rumors about the Rangers offering Tex for Bedard are a non-starter, right?)

My Mondays blow chunks. I really don't know what the hell I was thinking when I drew up my schedule. But on the plus, having to do laundry means I not only have clean clothes, but my credit card also reappeared. Sitting right there, when I opened the dryer to pull out my clothes. Thank you, helpful drying process. I was wondering what happened to that thing.

eta: Btw, thank you to everyone who responded that post from a couple days ago. There are a couple comments and emails I haven't replied to, but I wanted to let you know that I read them and I appreciate you all, very much.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Dawn - watching and wondering)
( Nov. 5th, 2006 04:56 pm)
Haren's first start as an Athletic, Rich's third start of 2005 )

or the slim pickings of clips )

[Bad username or site: spluckle / @ livejournal.com], according to [Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com] who sees all and knows much, the next Spidey 3 trailer will premiere at 10pm (EST) on Thursday on MTV.

[Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com], I haven't forgotten about those Wilson pics - I'll poke around tonight before bed.

I find this whole thing where the Mets have apparently expressed interest in Mulder kinda intriguing. I mean, what's that about? Wherever Mulder ends up, he's gonna end up working closely with the pitching coach for a long while and he and Peterson kinda don't get on. I mean, Urban said it, so it must be true. Giants are an interesting possibility. Ew to the Dodgers and the Pads, though. He's pretty dead to me if he signs with Arizona, I don't care how much he loves the golf there.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Nov. 5th, 2006 05:49 am)
Thank you, Ryan Howard and Joe Mauer.

I was about to be really irritated if the offense didn't show up when they're getting the best pitching performance out of an MLB starter so far.

Also, GOOD MORNING!

eta: David Wright, you are fired from baseball.

I hate when I accidentally surf away as something's uploading >:[
Game: Nippon Professional All Stars @ MLB All Stars
Date: November 05, 2006.
Length: 1 hour and 41 minutes.
File Type, Size: wmv, 164 mbs.
Notes: Erik Bedard starts for the MLB. Not the full game, just up to the inning where Bedard gets pulled.
download - upfile
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