Sunday, February 28, 2010

My cat likes to play fetch

Don't believe me? Check out the video. That's right, video proof!

If you're curious, her name is London. Not named after the city though. She's named after Staci London, from "What Not to Wear." My wife came up with the name. She's all black, with a little patch of white hair on her chest, kind of like how Staci London's got the one streak of white hair. Anyway, enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Shot Heard 'Round the World Follow-up

In my previous post, I asked everyone what they thought of when they heard the phrase "The shot heard 'round the world." I got a wide range of responses, ranging from the American Revolution to a famous baseball game. And in a way, everyone was right. But in another, more specific way, the people who said "The American Revolution" were really right.

Don't feel bad everyone, I was wrong too. I had always associated that phrase with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, leading to World War I.

But according to Wikipedia, the term first came about in the poem "Concord Hymn," by Ralph Waldo Emerson. The poem was written in 1836 for the dedication of a monument to the men who gave their lives at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle of the American Revolution (

Seems that most people remember this because of the "Schoolhouse rock" cartoon about the topic, as seen below.

Of course, to many, "The shot heard round the world" is associated with "The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"

Maybe it depends on your age, or where you live as to what you associate the phrase with, but it's still interesting to see what different things people think of when they hear the same thing.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Shot Heard 'Round The World

So somehow the phrase "The shot heard 'round the world" came up the other day, and I quickly discovered that my wife and I have different events come to mind when we hear that phrase. Both events make perfect sense, so I decided to check it out online. I found that there are three largely accepted events for the phrase, and apparently it is used to refer to other events.

Without looking it up, what do you think of when you hear "The shot heard 'round the world"? I'll post later what we both thought, I don't want to put any ideas into your head.

Leave a comment with the event you think of when you hear "The shot heard 'round the world."

Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Crazy Weekend in Fresno State Sports

This weekend we had the opportunity to attend a few Fresno State Athletics events, and they turned out to be pretty exciting! And fortunately, I was able to get some video!
First up, we went to the Baseball season opener at Beiden Field on February 19, 2010. We were opening at home against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Nebraska got out to an early lead, and held it throughout the game. Fresno State did battle back a little, but found themselves down 3-5 going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Fresno managed to get a couple of runners on base, when Brennan Gowens hit this double, driving in the tying two runs!

After the double, the game was tied, and we were assured at least getting a chance in extra innings. But up next was Jordan Ribera, who basically said, "Screw extra innings. I wanna go home," and sent this pitch over the right field wall. The two-run walkoff homerun ended the game, allowing Fresno State to start out the season 1-0.

The next night, we headed out to the Save Mart Center to watch the Fresno State Women's Basketball team take on the Nevada Wolfpack. Lots of things on the line in this one. Jaleesa Ross was 3 3-pointers away from setting the school record. Fresno State could clinch the WAC regular season title with a victory. Unfortunately, Ross only hit one 3-pointer, so that record is likely to come at one of the upcoming road games.

This game was pretty similar to the baseball game. Fresno State did not start out hot, and ended the first half down by 12. But The Bulldogs obviously got something figured out at halftime. Rosie Moult scored 14 points in the 2nd half, and the Bulldogs came roaring back to win by 11 against Nevada, clinching the 2010 WAC title in the process! I got this video at the end of the game, capturing a Joh-Teena Filipe 3-pointer, and the end of the game, followed by the band playing the Fresno State Fight Song. Goooooo 'Dogs!

Overall, this was a very exciting sports weekend. I read that Fresno State Baseball beat Nebraska a second time on Saturday. The Fresno State Softball team lost to Illinois at the Stanford Nike Invitational, but then beat UC Riverside. The Baseball team is set to play Nebraska again on Sunday and Monday, and the softball team is scheduled to face Sacramento State and Stanford on Sunday. Should be exciting to see what happens!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Carl's Jr. Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger

I was heading into work today, and heard an ad on the radio for the Carl's Jr. Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger. I've seen the ad on TV, bunch of tough guys at a diner, getting their steak sandwiches, one of them is making eyes at the hot girls at the next table, but then the waitress brings him his grilled cheese sandwich and seems disgusted by him. And the girls lose interest, because, after all, what kind of loser would order a grilled cheese sandwich?

But it's Carl's Jr. to the rescue! They're going to make a grilled cheese sandwich that a real man can eat without being ashamed!

I couldn't help but think, isn't this just a cheeseburger? So I decided I had to test it at lunch. I went into the local Carl's Jr. and ordered the double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger. Apparently you can get the single patty, a double patty, or the Six-Dollar Burger version. Here is what I got:

So immediately I could tell a difference between this and a cheeseburger: this one has some sort of bread on the outside instead of a bun. But I couldn't see any other difference. Maybe a little bit more cheese?

My conclusion? This is Carl's Jr.'s version of the Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack In The Box. It was definitely tasty, maybe worth the price if I hadn't upgraded to the criss-cut fries. Multiple types of cheese, the burger, and the bread was good. Bacon was fine, but I could really handle a version that did not have the bacon. But don't expect anything fancy, or really even resembling a grilled cheese sandwich, since that should really have bread and cheese.

Just a head's up if you choose to get one, it comes with mayo on it. I'm not a fan of mayo, but I can handle it. But there was nothing else on there, so that's a plus.

Overall, I'd recommend this if you enjoy a good cheeseburger. And before you go, print out this coupon for $1 off the combo from Carl's Jr.'s website:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yoostar Valentine's Day Contest

So Erin and I got in a couple entries of our own for the Yoostar Valentine's Day contest, and managed to get second place! Check out the full list of winners here:

And here is the video that we made:

Bowling a nearly perfect game

A buddy of mine bowled his highest game of his career last night: a 298. Join in with the excitement with this video of the 10th frame:

Shot February 16, 2010 at AMF Rodeo Lanes in Clovis, CA

Friday, February 12, 2010

Yoostar Valentine's Day Contest #2

In another of or entries for the Yooostar Valentine's Day contest, we see what happens when movie villains like Jigsaw from "Saw" and Ghost Face from "Scream" bump into each other on vacation.
Personally, I think this is one of the funniest clips we've done on Yoostar. Enjoy!

Yoostar Valentine's Contest

So the folks over at Yoostar are having a Valentine's Day Contest. Here is one of our entries for the contest, where we see Jason Voorhees finding love.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Tim Tebow's Super Bowl Ad

So leading up to the Super Bowl, I heard lots about Tim Tebow's ad, how it was supposed to be very pro-life/anti-abortion. I don't know the full story, but my understanding is that his mom had some complications with his pregnancy, was told she might die if she went through with the pregnancy, but went through with it anyway.

Now I heard a lot about how it was very controversial that this commercial would air during the Super Bowl. I don't know how upset people actually were, or bothered by the idea, but I certainly saw lots of headlines about it.

Now that I've seen the ad, all I can think is, "Really? That's it?" I mean, I half expected him to be firebombing an abortion clinic or something the way people were carrying on about this. But the ad was very simple, with Tebow's mom telling a little story, and him running in to "tackle" her, adding a little humor to the scene.

I don't support "Focus on the Family," I do think a woman should have a right to decide what to do, especially in the case of her life being at risk as well, but really, this ad was no big deal. I don't know what the big deal is or was about it.
So good for Tim Tebow, standing up for what he believes in, even if some might find it controversial. And again, what was the big deal?

If you haven't seen the ad, here it is. This is the best copy I could find: