Archive for December, 2009

Nobody should have to live this way. Just a tragic view.

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: General |

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Greetings from Casa Walsh (aka Casa Rykoff)

Posted on December 29, 2009. Filed under: General |

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Headline on this Tiger Accenture ad at Terminal 7 JFK is oh so ironic

Posted on December 26, 2009. Filed under: General |

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Survival of the Fittest NFL Style: Week 16 Pick

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: Football, For Entertainment Purposes Only | Tags: , , , , , |

For entertainment purposes only, I’m updating my 2009 NFL survivor picks here every week. The rules are simple. Pick a team to win each week. If they win, move on. Here’s a quick recap of my strategy.

Rule #1: Focus on the Negative

Rather than focus on what teams are good, focus on what teams are bad (and in some cases, really really bad). And there are plenty of them.  St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Detroit. If those teams (dubbed the “Sucky Six”) are not able to lose (if I’ve already picked their opponent), then consider the match-ups.  And all bets are literally off when one plays another (St. Louis v. Detroit in Week 8? No. Thank. You.)

Rule #2: Don’t Save a Team

Remember: don’t worry about “saving” a team for later. You can’t advance to the next week unless you survive this week. If there’s a sure thing involving one of the elite teams over one of the Sucky Six, take it. Don’t get eliminated because you left an elite team (i.e., New Orleans, Indy, Minnesota) on the table in hopes of using them later in the season.

I’m also keeping track of the teams I’ve used each week in a separate post.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s Survivor Pick:

Week 16

Arizona (over St. Louis)

Kurt Warner should lead the Cardinals to victory over the lowly Rams

  • There are a lot of strong contenders this week: New Orleans (v. Tampa), Cincinnati (v. Kansas City), San Francisco (v. Detroit), Green Bay (v. Seattle), Arizona (v. St. Louis).
  • I’ve already used New Orleans, Cincinnati and San Francisco, so it’s down to Green Bay or Arizona.
  • I’ll admit that when I first saw Arizona hosting St. Louis, that was my original plan. But then I saw Green Bay hosting Seattle, and I started to question my original plan.
  • Why go with Arizona? Because they’re a good team, still playing for a higher playoff seed (with some help) and they’re hosting St. Louis. They’re hosting St. Louis. And they’re hosting St. Louis.
  • Why Green Bay? Because they are still fighting to clinch a playoff spot and secure positioning. Because they are hosting Seattle. Because Seattle is terrible (Seattle lost to Tampa Bay – at home – last week). Because Seattle is traveling from Seattle to Wisconsin in December.
  • Not to jinx myself, I actually looked ahead to next week (yes, I know that violates my rules) to see if that would help my decision. Arizona plays Green Bay in Week 17. And that game is way too close to call, so I would never select either one of them against one another. Not to mention that it is a potential (and likely) playoff preview. So this is my last chance to use either Arizona or Green Bay.
  • All things being equal, I would typically select the team that’s playing the Rams.
  • And this week is no exception. Hello Arizona.
  • Congratulations to St. Louis. You’ve been selected as the designated loser for the 7th (7th!) time.
  • If you have New Orleans, Cincinnati, Green Bay or San Francisco still available, go for it.

And that’s it for Week 16. Good luck!

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Just a few people at the movie theater. Good grief.

Posted on December 25, 2009. Filed under: General |

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This is my favorite holiday card. Can you figure out why?

Posted on December 24, 2009. Filed under: General |

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And that’s it for Chanukah. I’ll miss the glow of the candles.

Posted on December 19, 2009. Filed under: General |

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Survival of the Fittest NFL Style: Week 15 Pick

Posted on December 18, 2009. Filed under: Football, For Entertainment Purposes Only | Tags: , , , , , |

For entertainment purposes only, I’m updating my 2009 NFL survivor picks here every week. The rules are simple. Pick a team to win each week. If they win, move on. Here’s a quick recap of my strategy.

Rule #1: Focus on the Negative

Rather than focus on what teams are good, focus on what teams are bad (and in some cases, really really bad). And there are plenty of them.  St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and Detroit. If those teams (dubbed the “Sucky Six”) are not able to lose (if I’ve already picked their opponent), then consider the match-ups.  And all bets are literally off when one plays another (St. Louis v. Detroit in Week 8? No. Thank. You.)

Rule #2: Don’t Save a Team

Remember: don’t worry about “saving” a team for later. You can’t advance to the next week unless you survive this week. If there’s a sure thing involving one of the elite teams over one of the Sucky Six, take it. Don’t get eliminated because you left an elite team (i.e., New Orleans, Indy, Minnesota) on the table in hopes of using them later in the season.

I’m also keeping track of the teams I’ve used each week in a separate post.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s Survivor Pick:

Week 15

Houston (over St. Louis)

With this man at QB, all chances of a Rams win are Null

  • Here are this week’s contenders: Denver (v. Oakland), Arizona (at Detroit), Houston (at St. Louis)
  • These are three outstanding choices and I am confident that all three will win. But why Houston?
  • As bad as the Raiders are (and even with new QB Charlie Frye), I don’t like picking division rival games in survivor. And the Raiders always seem to play the Broncos tough. So Denver is out, even though they’re the only team at home.
  • Arizona is also tempting, especially since they still need to win to clinch the NFC West. And the Lions without Stafford and Smith, and with their secondary should get crushed. But they could be feisty.
  • Houston is playing the Rams. The Rams have Keith Null at QB. The Rams have swine flu. The Rams might not have Steven Jackson. And well, they’re the Rams.
  • Congratulations St. Louis. I’ve now picked against you 6 times this season. Impressive.

Thanks to everyone on Twitter who weighed in. See you next week.

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How Many Logos Can You Get? (with Answer Key!)

Posted on December 16, 2009. Filed under: Random | Tags: , , |

Earlier today I tweeted about this very cool ABC’s of branding poster. My brother Eli e-mailed it to me and turned it into an awesome quiz.

How many logos can you get? I got 22/26 (which should have been 24/26, since missing B and C were pretty inexcusable). L and P proved to be the toughest by far.

How many logos can you guess?

Do you want the answers? If so, here they are.

A = ABC Television

B = Budweiser

C = Coca Cola

D = Disney

E = Enron

F = Ford (or Friendly’s – they have the EXACT same F)

G = General Electric

H = Honda

I = IBM

J = Johnson & Johnson

K = Kellogg

L = Eli Lilly and Co.

M = McDonald’s

N = NY Times

O = Target

P = Paramount

Q = Quicktime

R = Ray Ban

S = Superman

T = Texaco

U = United Airlines

V = Volkswagen

X = Xerox

Y = Yahoo!

Z = Zenith

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Your Daily Dose of Adorable: Happy Sam!

Posted on December 15, 2009. Filed under: Family, My nephew Sam | Tags: , , |

My nephew really is just too cute for words.

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