Monday, May 31, 2010

Cooking Channel

We’ve been taking a bit of a blogging break for the last few days.  Tomorrow will be another day of that break, but we will be spending some time checking our the new Cooking Channel as it goes live.  If you had FLN in your channel line-up, that channel is becoming the Cooking Channel.  You can get some information on the new channel by clicking on the image below:



Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fear The Turtle…Seriously?

It is common in this area to see wild terrapins, although I hadn’t seen one in nearly a decade living in the area.  Well, that has now changed.  Earlier today we were driving down a rural road in southern Loudoun County with our friend Carmelle.

As we we were approaching an intersection we noticed that traffic was at a stand still ahead of us.  As we inched closer, it became apparent that the traffic was stopping far before the intersection.  We then saw the reason – a larger terrapin turtle was in the middle of our lane on this 2 lane road.

We didn’t want the turtle to get hurt so I got out of the car to see if I could move the turtle off the road by nudging it from the back-site.  That plan was an immediate failure as this turtle was able to spin around as fast as I could so that it always had it’s large snapping mouth pointed at me.  So, I went back to the car to grab the only large object available…an umbrella, to see if I could use it to nudge the turtle.

Although using an umbrella was more successful than the “foot nudge”, it too was a definite failure.  However, a couple guys in the pick-up truck above saw what I was doing and stopped to help as they had a shovel with them.  Below is a video that Barbie took with her phone form the car as she and Carmelle watched the shovel carry the turtle off the road.


I am happy that the terrapin was moved off the road un harmed, and for the guys who stopped to help make that happen.  However, in addition to the karmic deposit I made, I am also now aware of the true meaning behind the University of Maryland athletic department’s phrase: “Fear the Turtle!”

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Nike: Write The Future

There are few commercials that I love more than the Nike Football (Soccer) commercials that air outside of the US.  They have fun with inter-country rivalries, the fame that franchise players get, and the tenacity with which their fans cheer.  I saw this one a couple days ago and it is set wonderfully in a World Cup context.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

How Did You Name Your Dog?

I love listening to friends tell stories of how they came up with the names for their pets.  This morning, I saw this video when I came into work.  Paw Nation is one of the sites that we operate, but it doesn’t always get my attention as I have other “work” do do when I am working.  The 2 minute video below is a bunch of people at a dog park telling stories behind the names they chose for their dogs.  :-)


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Strength In One Love: UVA Lacrosse

Every once in a while we get to see a tremendous sign of strength when we expect to see nothing more than sadness.  Today was one of those times.

This weekend was the start of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse tournaments.  Last night Barbie and I  watched the UVA Men’s team play their opening game against Mount Saint Mary’s.  UVA was heavily favored in that game as the tournament’s top seed.  However, what was somewhat unexpected was the display of support and compassion for Yeardly Love’s family.  Love was a 4th year team member of UVA’s women’s lacrosse team who died 2 weeks ago at the hands of one of the team member’s of the UVA men’s lacrosse team.  Before yesterday's game, the entire men’s team took the field in shirts that read “One Love” in honor of Love.  Then when the game started, the team wore patches with Love’s initials and the number 1 on them.  Love wore the #1 on her jersey for the women’s team.

Yeardly Love’s family displayed incredible resolve a few days ago when they asked both teams to continue playing in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  They asked both teams to play in this year’s tournament because that is what they felt Yeardly would have wanted.

The tremendous strength that we saw today took place as we watched the UVA women’s team play Towson University.  Love’s mother and sister were in attendance at the game as the guests of UVA President John Casteen.  Not only were they at the game, but they were cheering as though Yeardly was on the field with the team.

As soon as the game ended and UVA held on to win, the team stood on the middle of the field and held up papers with Love’s jersey number on them in honor of their fallen team mate.  I couldn’t tell if the team was involved in the planning of this gesture, or if the coaching staff put it together on their own.  However, it was a very memorable moment for everyone in the stadium as well as for those who watched on TV.

One thing that the UVA players did not know was going to happen, was the presentation of a token from the Towson players.  Following the game when both teams passed each other as they congratulated one another on the game each of the Towson players gave each of the UVA players a pin.  The pins depicted a lacrosse player with angel wings in honor of  Yeardly Love.  As the UVA players received the pins, many of them put them on right away.  Not only was it a demonstration of support for Love’s family, but it was also a respect for the Towson players’ gesture.

After all of the on-field ceremonies ended, Yeardly Love’s mother and sister made their way from the stands to the UVA bench where they waited for the team.  As they greeted the team with hugs and smiles, the team gave the game ball to Yeardly’s mother.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Virginia Football: The Building of a Program

Today I saw a tweet from VirginiaSports announcing a new television series about the 2010 University of Virginia football program.  This series will be produced by the Virginia athletics department will produce the series in conjunction with the Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group.

"Virginia Football: The Building of a Program" is an 18-part television series that will air on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and online at and Each episode will deliver an in-depth look at the building of the football program under first-year head coach Mike London.

"We hope this show will give people a unique perspective for what it takes to build a football program," said Jon Oliver, Virginia's Executive Associate Athletics Director. "The show's format is inspired by the HBO Sports Productions 'Hard Knocks' and 'Jimmie Johnson: The Road to Daytona.' This series will allow fans to see the inner-workings of the organization and truly get to know everybody involved in the program. Coach London's been very supportive of this project and we appreciate his willingness to allow the cameras into meetings, practices, and other team activities."

The The first episode will air on Comcast SportsNet Monday, May 17 at 9 p.m. Each episode will also be available online every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. beginning May 18 at and The final episode will air the week following Virginia's opening football game against Richmond. 

Take a look at the trailer which was just released below:

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Justin Bieber's Got Nothin' On Him…

I trust that anyone reading this is aware of who Justin Bieber is and his rise to fame.  Bieber, a 16-year-old Canadian first caught the radar as a YouTube star when his mom posted videos of him singing at local events.  Those videos caught the eye of Usher who took Bieber under his wing and helped him produce a debut album that rocketed up the charts in most of the western world.

As impressive as Justin Bieber’s talent and career trajectory are, I must say that the kid in the video below may overtake that trajectory.  This video was taken of YouTube user: greyson97 at a sixth grade festival and is a cover of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi. 

By the way, pay attention to the faces of the girls sitting in the background.  They look as surprised as most people who watch this video for the first time.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Well, it is upon us again.  That California holiday that is virtually ignored in Mexico – Cinco de Mayo…Ole! 

Barbie and I aren’t doing anything too special today, although since Bianca is still visiting us we are making a more elaborate dinner than usual.  We are having home made gorditas.  Yum!  These are the things that Taco Bell wishes it could replicate.  Sorry guys, once again you aren’t even close to this traditional Mexican food favorite.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Family “Pop-In’s”

Last night we got quite a surprise in a phone call from our niece, Bianca.  Bianca is in the US Navy and has been stationed on the USS Nimitz for the last few months.  She came back to the states last month and has spend most of her time on the west coast where all of her family lives.

Just before midnight last night we got a call from Bianca who said she was in Northern Maryland as she offered to fly to a shipmate’s parent’s home to pick up a car and drive it back to San Diego.  Since the plan was to stay with that friends parents for a few days before starting the cross country drive back west, Bianca called to she could come visit us.

Earlier this morning, Barbie drove up to Nottingham, MD to pick up Bianca and bring her back to northern Virginia for a few days.  We are very excited to spend a few days together.