Thursday, March 19, 2009

NCAA Tournament 2009 Pick 'em

Tony Burkhart would like you to join their group in Yahoo! Sports Tournament Pick'em!

To accept the invitation, just follow this link. For reference, here's the group information.

Group ID#: 191996

A FUN and OPEN TO ALL - Last Minute group for all who want to join in the March madness bracket extravaganza! Pass it on to your friends too!

~ Tony Burkhart

Yup.... I don't follow the b-ball too closely, so these are all guesses at this point. I've heard talk that this is a year of chances, since no one team seems to be the out-right top pick. I was just talking to Ray and he said that a number one team has lost three games coming into the tourney. All in all, I just haven't followed the b-ball this year and will probably have the bracket to prove so!

Anyways, here are my brackets that I've filled out for various forums...

Ah, but before I forget, I will let Obama go first - how rude of me?!

Obama's bracket

Oaky, now on to my brackets -

Here is my standalone bracket - not affiliated with any boards/forums.
ESPN bracket

Then, we have my bracket for
Wackbag bracket

Here is the Sundance tech support bracket
Sundance bracket

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tights-kun Doritos

You got it... the "pain flavored" Doritios, referenced in this post.

The story, from what I can gather, is about a Japanese only marketing effort by Doritos... black corn, chili-taco flavoured chips called "Tights-kun Doritos" or "Mr. Bodysuit Doritos." The Tights-kun refers to a web-comic character, whose homepage you can check out by clicking here. You can check out the blog (also all in Japanese) here , to find more odd pictures of this tightly clothed marketing focus.

Below is a set of the four proposed bag designs, which have since become a collectors item, according to Google results.

from -

Taitsukun or "Mr. Bodysuit" in English, is a pair of trademarked Japanese cartoon characters. These two guys, brimming over with love, seem to express themselves better in body language than in words. The character in yellow tights is Pierre, who's fickle and lacks patience and the one in orange is Jonathan, who is meticulous and never loses his cool.
Japanese illustration designer, Jun Takahashi of Sui Sui, Ltd., does all the artwork while Hiroyuki Matsuoka, the president of the company, writes all the catch phrases for the drawings. In 2002, the Taitsukun characters made their debut in Japan. So far, about 500 Reiko Cards ("strictly enforcing the rules" cards) have been published and are the flagship product of the company.

At present, Taitsukun has a series of articles running in 3 major Japanese magazines, Nikkei Business Associe, Weekly SPA!, and FRaU. The articles are intellectual with a slightly erotic sense of humor, accompanied by Taitsukun illustrations


This all leads to wonderful finds for American consumers and e-bay enthusiasts alike! Where else, other than Japanese marketing can you find picture cards, such as the ones below?! Yes, the titles are the original quotes, by the web-comic... I couldn't make these up!

Too late to be sorry.

Anyway...for tonight, I'm single!

Never assume, "the customer is satisfied."

I can't do this! Oh, what the hell, I'll give it a try.

Saving the best for last, IMHO! I couldn't be happier at the time I am posting this... like a kid in a candy store!

Quote of the day, kids :

"I can't do this! Oh, what the hell, I'll give it a try."

Friday, March 13, 2009

10 Annoying Habits of a Geeky Spouse

Everyone has annoying habits, and a sizable part of every successful marriage is learning to live with those things each other does that annoy you. I think it's safe to say, too, that geeks have some habits that we think are awesome, but that non-geeks find a little...less awesome.----All these facts of my life pointed out and I wonder why my fiancee said "Yes"! Thanks for the article link Kaleb!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Do I have to burn all my Soundgarden Records now? and some other stuff...

Tony says :

Holy crap! This song is difficult to listen to in the first place... the fact that Cornell is doing the vocals really is disgusting. Timbaland producing... for Chris Cornell, WTF Chris?! Anyway this was the firs song I listened to off the album (Scream - released 03-10-2009) and I don't know if I can even force myself to listen to anymore tonight. Take a listen to the song/video above and let me know! Next, let me know if you were a Cornell fan before this - in any of his previous incarnations... Soundgarden, Audioslave, Solo career, etc.



Tony says :

I was saddened at the news of Charles "Mask" Lewis' passing last night. He was one of the owners and founders of TapouT who was (and will continue to be) an inspiration to anyone who has a goal/dream in life that they are struggling with reaching.

If you are unfamiliar with Mask and TapouT, please watch this documentary that was made in 2008.



Tony says :

The new Apple - iPod shuffle. Holy crap it's small and cool!!!

Check out the video explaining its new and innovative features, like "VoiceOver" - click here

It is small... 1.8" tall x 0.3" thin to be exact.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Guess who I saw at Easton Sunday, March 8th, 2009?

Frank Layton, with his wife Jacque and child A.J.!

"Watchmen", was originally the title of this blog posting, which made me think... "I am without a doubt, the only person to entitle a blog that way... ever, or at least in the past couple of month's".

Well, it started out as the Friday morning, March the 6th 12:01a.m. showing... then after much discussion and logistical analysis, we came to rock solid conclusion, which best suited everybody - 10:15a.m. showing of Watchmen in IMAX, I bought the tickets ahead of time at, which is my usual method of avoiding lines/hassles at the theater anymore.

Tony says :
I love the movie. It was true to the graphic novel's story (other than one or two non-key plot points) and it was very similar to what I imagined scenes looking like in my head, when reading it. I couldn't ask for more. I would have never imagined so many scenes could "come-to-life", as if they jumped off the pages and were moving and talking! It was amazing! I am poised to see it again, with Monica this week... I am guessing Tuesday, soon after 5p.m. I will undoubtedly pay to see this movie in theaters many times and buy every version that comes out on Blu-ray. In the end, I am guessing I will hand over about $100 for the movie adaptation of the graphic novel that I got for free. We'll call it even in the end, since that is what we as consumers do - pay for our own enlightenment and entertainment. Like Blake said - "'s all just a big joke anyway"

By the way, if you haven't read the graphic novel, I suggest you do so before you read any further.

P.S. - If I didn't mention it... I saw Governor Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger there too.

Anyone want some pain flavored Dorito's?
Pain Flavored Doritos
I love the Japanese!

For Watchmen fans - Adrian Veidt is behind it all.

More later!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Pet Star- Eintstien the Genius Bird

HER name is Einstein and can talk almost like a human! This is just a little clip from Pet Star on animal planet...i dont own animal planet or pet star or this very smart bird...I HOPE YOU LIKE

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I couldn't resist posting this... it is too cute!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Joe Rogan at The Southern Theatre - Columbus, Ohio

Tired, but to put it simply...

Joe Rogan is one the best comedians I have ever seen in a live routine. He is so organic and flows with the crowd, while still doing a set... amazing and exciting, while laughing until my face hurt! The dude has mad stand-up and I'm not talking Jujitsu, either!

More tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

NIN: "Wish" live - Adelaide, 2.28.09 [HD] and NIN/JA tour update

NIN: Wish live with Ben & Greg from The Dillinger Escape Plan - Adelaide, 2.28.09 [HD] from Nine Inch Nails on Vimeo.

Nine Inch Nails are joined by Ben & Greg from The Dillinger Escape Plan for a performance of "Wish," live in Adelaide, Australia, February 28th, 2009.

Filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5d Mark II. Audio mix by Blumpy.


Official NIN/JA tour dates posted at

NIN/JA tour dates

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cyanide and Happiness

Cyanide and Happiness
Just came upon this lil web-comic via a post on wackbag and thought it was a hoot!

Monday night T.V. extravaganza!

Well, a good night of T.V. ahead. Monday seems to be our favorite collective night for new episodes in this winter season.

First at 8p.m. (and 9p.m.) on FOX, we have a two hour 24, w00t! Tonight is Day 7: 6:00PM - 7:00PM and Day 7: 7:00PM - 8:00PM. I can't wait to see Jack in action again, most likely with Tony according to the foreshadowing of last week. I am very curious how they will write in Chloe and Bill's wrap-up with President Taylor and the Dubaku case. It was so cool to see Aaron Pierce again and I hope he's in tonight's episode(s). Anyway... very geeked up for tonight's episode and I don't want to use the entire blog post on just 24, so I'll stop now (You're welcome!).

Also, at 8p.m. we have Chuck on NBC. Tonight is Season 02 Episode 15 - "Chuck Versus the Beefcake". -
"Chuck gets jealous when Sarah has to get cozy with a suave MI-6 agent to obtain Fulcrum data. Jeff and Lester weasel their way onto the Buy More hiring committee; Morgan starts sleeping at Ellie and Awesome's apartment"

I really do like Chuck. It's never taken its self too seriously, which lends to the comfort and comedy factor. Chuck and Sara, the ongoing saga of jealousy, crushes, deceit and intrigue always plays out the same. Chuck unsure of his work vs love for Sara and his commitment to the CIA. It settles the geek in me for the night, as well as the "good-story" feeling.

Normally, there is a House on tonight, but because of the two-hour 24 no House to rave about.

Then there is a John & Kate + 8... Monica watches that. Sometimes I get dragged into it and end up liking it... but it really isn't my thing (no matter how many times I watch it)... Grrrr... okay, I do like it, but I don't seek it out. I will hand over my man card tomorrow.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

"And now you know…the rest of the story."

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009)

picture from

He was a man that made dramatic pauses an art form on the radio. I started listening to Paul Harvey on 610 AM WTVN broadcast out of Columbus, Ohio in 1999, when I moved to Whitehall. It was always a bright spot to the day when his segment aired, always a useful and intriguing story. I learned more "water-cooler" tid-bits to break-the-ice from Paul Harvey, than I can remember. I am sure he will live on in radio-land forever, as his stories and introspects are time-less.

NPR Story
Paul Harvey - Wikipedia page

"And now you know…the rest of the story. Good day!"