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  • Vanberge 9:50 pm on August 26, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    FantasY! Football 

    I’ve never played fantasy football before – but as I’ve started to get into it and do some research, i’ve become increasingly addicted. My friends and I have a league, thanks to Kramer. And today was our FantasY! draft.

    With this being my first time, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I researched a bit, read some strategies, and formulated a basic plan of action prior to the draft. For example: Most strategies recommend picking strong running backs for at least your first 2 picks. Of course the lotterY! selected me to pick last (10/10) so I was immediately off to a bad start.

    With my poor start, I changed my strategy on the spot. Once you get to the 10th best running back, you may as well flip a coin – so I decided to take some chances at running back by picking Edgerrin James, Ahman Green, and Tatum Bell (with a 4th of Cedric Benson). I am a little concerned about the running back position, but I think either EJ or AG could have a breakout year despite disappointing 06 seasons. Otherwise though, I guess I faired pretty well. Most notably, I won the ‘Kitna” dual with vanlandw.

    Here is the complete roster of “The Master Chiefs“:

    • QB – Jon Kitna (Detroit)
    • RB – Edgerrin James (Arizona)
    • RB – Ahman Green (Houston)
    • WR – Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona)
    • WR – Mike Furrey (Detroit)
    • WR – Devin Hester (Chicago)
    • TE – Jeremy Shockey (NY Giants)
    • K – Jason Hanson (Detroit)
    • DEF – Detroit Lions
    • QB Bkup – Rex Grossman (Chicago)
    • RB Bkup – Tatum Bell (Detroit)
    • RB Bkup – Cedric Benson (Chicago)
    • WR Bkup – Mushin Muhammad (Chicago)
    • TE Bkup – Dan Campbell (Detroit)
    • DEF Bkup – Minnesota Vikings

    All in all – I actually feel pretty good about my ‘team’ even though they don’t look that good on paper. Kitna and Furrey could end up driving offense (Furrey was 14th best receiver in the league in 2006, coming out of nowhere). Hopefully at least one of my running backs can have a breakout year.

    As for fantasy football, we’ll have to see. It’s another way to have fun with football – which is definitely my favorite fan sport. So far, so good…

    Go Kitna!

     
    • vanbergs 4:39 am on August 27, 2007 Permalink

      Those disappointing seasons for your running backs may carry over, vanberge. It doesn’t look like Arizona or Houston picked up any stand-out blocking talent to make some holes for your backs to plow through. Also, you’ll want to keep in mind when Chicago and Detroit play each other…you have a lot of players from both teams. Don’t they meet at least twice in a season?

    • Kramer 12:17 pm on August 27, 2007 Permalink

      Yes, Chicago and Detroit play twice a season.

      And picking Kitna was the highlight of the draft.

    • Vanberge 4:34 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink

      Vanbergs – i’m not worried… ;-P

      Kramer, thank you for starting fantasy football

    • FLO 8:11 am on August 28, 2007 Permalink

      sounds like vanbergs should moonlight for ESPN.

    • vanbergs 12:17 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink

      Sounds like Flo should moonlight for moons over my hammy. I don’t even know what that’s supposed to mean.

    • Vanberge 6:42 am on August 29, 2007 Permalink

      as in, the Denny’s Breakfast combo??

      I have three solid running backs (and one Tatum Bell) – i’m sure one of them is going to have a good year.

      Cedric benson put up decent numbers last year even sharing time with Thomas Jones…

      I’m actually most concerned about Wide receiver now that i think about it. I don’t have any “Tier 1” receivers. Larry fitzgerald is close to tier 1 i guess. Hopefully Furrey picks it up.

    • Cechg 9:58 am on August 31, 2007 Permalink

      Go a little heavy on the NFC teams? I’m suprised you didnt grab Orvloskey for your backup.

    • Vanberge 10:45 pm on August 31, 2007 Permalink

      cechg, i actually did at first… but since he and kitna have the same bye week that is not a good thing to do

  • Vanberge 6:36 pm on August 21, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Xbox 360 and Fuel 

    There are Two parts to this post

    Part 1: The Microsoft Xbox 360.
    I have adored the Xbox 360 for some time now. Although i’ve never fully embraced my dark fueled love for this system – it’s always been there. I didn’t want to admit it because of the lofty price tag and initial investment, but jesus the Xbox 360 is pure Vanhood in a plastic shell. I eased into this console with slow and careful enthusiasm over nearly a year. I played a ‘few’ games for it. I read a ‘little’ about it. I played my brother’s 360 ‘sparingly’. I played Enguego’s 360 ‘once’. I tried to ‘forget’ about them both. I hate ‘Sony’. I like using “Quotations”.

    That slow and careful path has officially blown wide open further than the cast of “Fox’s hit show 24”. I am now fully embracing the 360 as my hetero life mate; and I’m doing so with reckless abandon. Moving onto the 360 – Mainstay titles like “Gears of War” and “Forza 2” lead the cast of Microsoft’s hit show 360, and also get strong support from titles like “Call of duty”, “Saints Row”, and “Not Metroid Prime” who round out the ensemble. Then we have Up-and-comers “Bio Shock”(out today) and “Halo 3″(out in September) that are sure to push the bar even further up to levels that cannot be met by competitor consoles. This is the tip of the 360’s iceberg, and I am licking it like a Flintstone Push-up.

    August has proven to truly be my sign of the cosmos, three fold. “Leo” has aligned the planets and given me a three paycheck month, a birthday with gift money and gift cards, and a $50 price drop on the Xbox 360. Never has a life path been so clear: August was the time for buying a 360. Thanks to Vanbergs, Vanlandw, Best buy, and me taking Friday off work (Yes, i took a day off to buy an Xbox 360) – I am a proud 360 owner with Gears of war, Forza 2, and Saints Row. Neither Gears of War or Forza 2 need an introduction, but Saint’s Row was a surprise hit in my book. In previews and commercials Saint’s Row looked like nothing but a Grand Theft Auto ripoff. It is indeed a ripoff of GTA, but it accomplishes a new level of playability due to rag doll physics and improved Gun/Rocket/Explosion warfare. I can’t even explain it – it just has to be experienced. I almost hate to say this, but I like Saints Row more than Grand Theft Auto. Virtual Vanberge agrees with Physical Vanberge. I can’t even really say any more about this subject, except that I have tapped an untold happiness that can only be compared to care free childhood bliss. Part 1, out.

    Part 2: Mountain Dew Game Fuel.
    I heard “buzz” about this limited edition soft drink. The Cherry Citrus Mountain dew. Then my lovable freakishly tall brother allowed me to sample from his 20 oz. I love Game Fuel. And it’s only fitting that a weekend of complete Xbox was ‘fueled’ by game AND game fuel. Vanbergs and I bought a 12 back of GAME FUEL and also each got a 20 oz (the 12 pack wasn’t cold). On Friday, August 17th, I drank a 20 oz. AND 4 cans of Game fuel before the sun had even thought about setting. You might say “dude, that is 5 sodas… so what”. Well, turns out that Mountain Dew Game Fuel has 72.6 milliliters of caffeine PER CAN. That is more caffeine then Jolt Cola (71.2). More caffeine then Vault (71.5). WAY more caffeine than any regular soft Drink. Regular Mountain Dew is the only one in the ball park. (55.0). Sodas like Coke, Pepsi and Dr Pepper are not even worth mentioning. Red Bull technically has more caffeine per ounce (80.0) – but Red Bull’s only have 8.3 oz. compared to 12 in a normal can – So a Game Fuel technically has more caffeine than a Red Bull.

    Needless to say, I did not sleep very much on Friday evening.

    Now the smoke has cleared. The weekend is over and the Game Fuel is gone – but I am a huge fan of the soft drink known as Mountain Dew Game Fuel. If you want do deprive yourself of sleep in order to fuel some game, that stuff will definitely do the trick.

     
    • Kramer 8:54 pm on August 21, 2007 Permalink

      GG on your 360, Vanberge. I would like to get one myself.

    • vanbergs 11:39 pm on August 21, 2007 Permalink

      This is the strongest post you have scribed in a at least the amount of time it took Lincoln to free the slaves…and subesequently the amount of time it took Wilkes-Booth to shoot him in the back of the face.

      I have been playing BioShock for about 5 or 6 hours, but am moving very slowly though it so as to experience as much as possible. I can say, without any hesitation, that it has the potential to be right up there with the Metal Gears and the Halos as one of the best games of all time. A lot depends on the endings (there are several, at least two that I’m aware of).

      Game Fuel transcends the classification of “Beverage”. It is like Jesus turned water into Game, and then altered the human form to be an engine that runs only on that specific liquid.

    • Vo 12:31 pm on August 22, 2007 Permalink

      Game Fuel is truly an amazing beverage. I have begun drinking a 2 liter a night at work to stay awake when I’m not viewing pr0n.

      Vanberge – 3 recommendations. Crackdown. Burnout: Revenge. Prey.

    • vanlandw 5:30 pm on August 26, 2007 Permalink

  • Vanberge 5:05 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    Megatron Must be Stopped 

    I am apparently Megatron

    I AM
    67%
    MEGATRON
    Take the Transformers Quiz

    Bring it on “Le Boof”

     
    • vanlandw 11:51 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink

      googlejaplish

      “I am on Megatron appearance”

      “It has, do that “of Le Boof””

      lol

    • bun 12:31 pm on August 19, 2007 Permalink

      vanberge you seriously have to take a “screencast” of your character running on saints row and throwing pipe bombs over his shoulder :-[

  • Vanberge 11:01 am on August 12, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    What is Happening… 

    …to Television and Movies?…

    Seriously think about it – Try this yourself right now, off the top of your head.  Try to name 5 good television shows that are on current network television.  And then, try to name 5 good movies that have come out in 2007.  Without doing hours of research, here is what i can come up with (even with some help from Vanbergs):

    Movies:

    • 300
    • Transformers
    • Knocked Up

    TV Shows:

    • The Shield
    • The Black Donnellys (Which, is cancelled)
    • The Office
    • Rescue Me (which is skating on very thin ice)

    Now try the same exercise, exept with ‘bad’ movies or TV.  These lists of ‘bad’ items aren’t worth an unordered list, or even comma separation for that matter.  Movies:  Spider man 3 Die hard 4 I know who killed me Stomp the yard The simpsons Breach Oceans 13 Ghostrider Rush hour 3.  TV Shows:  24 house nip tuck so you think you can dance american idol anything on mtv prison break The bachelor Singing with the stars Really any reality tv show now that i think about it.

    If my point is not already understood, it is that most current TV and Cinema are waste of time, film, money, and the electromagnetic spectrum in general.  Of course, these are MY opinions.  I’m sure plenty of people like watching “The Hills” or “My Sweet 16” on MTV – but, those shows ARE God-hideous in an un-debatable sense.  Additionally, I haven’t even seen all of the shows/movies I listed.  The reason is, mostly, you can tell what shit is without having to lean over and smell it.  I don’t need to see Die Hard 4 to know that it all but ruins the first three.

    So now the question is “why?” – Why has it come to this torrid level of production?  The answer, i am confident, is Generation Y. I can’t blame the movie/TV companies because they are just giving the masses what they want. The masses, the “little brothers and sisters” of Generation X; have been spoiled and fed life with a silver spoon.  As best I can tell, this is probably due to the fact that the parents of Gen. Y have grown up much rougher.  I can understand that, the parents come up tough and fighting, so they want their kids to have it better than they did. I understand that completely, and I’m not criticizing it.  I’d want the same for my kids.  But, the spoiled nature of Gen. Y is breeding the forward thinking out of the equation.  Hence, people do not want to watch forwardly intelligent programming.  Instead, they want to see stupid attractive people doing stupid attractive things and then send their friends text messages about it.

    It’s really too bad – I almost hardly watch television anymore.  And, in looking at my netflix queue almost half of it is filled with ‘older’ movies.  But, maybe I’m just officially ‘old’.  I’m sure my parents probably felt this same way when i started listening to Motley Crue and playing Nintendo.  Maybe they just need to make an “oldies” television and cinema network.

     
    • Vo 11:24 am on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      You forgot Hot Fuzz and 1408 in the good movie category. However, I completely and totally agree with you that there is a serious lack of high-quality entertainment. It’s what I call the “BET Syndrome.” Companies are getting to the point where they are going to get their target demographic no matter what, so they stop trying and stop caring. Don’t believe me. I challenge anyone to sit and watch 3 straight hours of BET. Make sure one of those hours is not music videos. I can almost guarantee that by the end of the first 15 minutes you will eagerly join the KKK. I know I did. Sadly, I don’t watch any unanimated TV anymore, because I pretty much hate everything on every channel. And Cartoon Network is about to lose it’s golden spot in my heart with a lot of its new programming. It’s a sad fucking day when I hate cartoons.

    • vanlandw 11:36 am on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      In TV shows I’m shocked you didn’t list Lost, Family Guy I know you like those shows. If you get the chance the killpoint is pretty good, it’s kinda like Inside Man.

      To be honest I’m in the same boat you are. I don’t consider 24 “bad” like some people do but really I don’t watch that many shows either I hardly sit in front of the TV like I used to do but I find that totally fine to do. I will prob watch 24 when it airs but I won’t make a point to watch anything else when it airs anymore I’ll just download the show. There are a lot of shows I have dropped though (Nip Tuck, I may quit prison break)

      Movies sadly are not targeted towards our age is how I feel, also the studios spend so much money to make a movie they dumb them down and remove the stuff that we like to get a pg-13 raiting. Die Hard is a prime example of that it was clearly made ot use an existing franchise to make money. The shame is those are the movies making money, pirates, die hard, bourne. All PG13 all top earners. 300 even is technically an existing franchise but at least it was violent. Rambo is going to blow everything out of the water though, the game changes the day that rambo comes out.

      I recommend that everybody start reading more. This year I’ve read 14 books and that is more then I’ve ever read. Watch what you like, go see what you like, and rent the movies that you like. I agree I find myself gravitating to older movies (action movie sunday) then flocking to the theaters and when i go to the theaters i just end up seeing shakey cam and being pist.

      ugh

    • Vanberge 11:57 am on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      Vanlandw – I forgot to list “Lost” – good call… I also forgot to add the Sopranos. But, maybe that doesn’t count because it’s run it’s course…

      As for family guy, i haven’t watched it in months. Fox airs 1 or 2 new episodes of it, then takes a 4 week break. I’ve lost interest in that show to the point that i don’t even know what season of family guy they are on now. 5? 6? So, i no longer list it as good, but – it is not bad either.

      Devin brown, there is no way i could watch 3 straight hours of BET. There’s no way i could even make an effort to try that. BET is just like MTV i’m sure.

    • Kramer 3:08 pm on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      Family Guy is shit, there’s no way that could be considered good TV.

      The only shows on TV I make sure I watch are:
      -24 (although I may not next year)
      -The Shield (only has one more season)
      -The Office
      -Pysch

      I thought The Simpsons movie was good though. It wasn’t great, but compared to how bad the TV show has been lately, I thought it was really good. I haven’t been to the movies much this year, so I’ve pretty much missed everything good 🙁

    • Steven Paul VanBergen 5:02 pm on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      It’s just that production companies aren’t taking chances any more. If you look at everything that comes out, it’s a REHASH of something that was brave enough to have taken a chance. Case in point: Japanese style horror movies after “The Ring”. Think of all the clones that followed that shit. Same with the Saw franchise. All the “torture horror” movies that are seeing the light of day. It’s because one film will take a chance, make a shit ton of money, and then the copycats come in and ride the coat tails until the idea is milked dry.

      1408 was fucking awesome, Sunshine was fucking awesome, and 300 was fucking awesome. Those movies were pretty innovative in my opinion. 1408 took place almost entirely in a single hotel room. It was badass. Sunshine was just totally unlike anything I’ve ever seen. 300 speaks for its goddamn self.

      I’m not even getting started with television. The Wire, The Shield…those are the two best shows on tv. That’s it.

    • Vo 5:32 pm on August 12, 2007 Permalink

      Vanlandw – 300 is not a franchise and I hope you are raped by swarthy Greek men for suggesting it.

      Vanberge – BET has gotten worse over the years. BET in the early 90’s was what MTV has become now. Imagine another 15 years of devolving at the hands of Black people.

      Vanberge & Vanlandw – After the last season of Lost, I don’t think it could be considered good. Sure, it started strong and ended very strong, but the whole middle was just kinda blah. But still better than just about everything else.

      Vanbergs – Even the good movies are rehashes of better movies lately. 1408? Meet Cube. Sunshine? A much better version of The Core. 300? I’m sad to say was a minimal rip-off of the old Spartacus/Ben-Hur style, although much better done.

      The only things on TV I watch anymore are Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Adult Swim, and the occasional CSI: Clone. Although, I saw a commercial for Kill Point and I must say, it looked fairly badass.

    • vanbergs 6:13 am on August 13, 2007 Permalink

      The Kill Point is a pretty cool miniseries. I think it ends in two weeks (yes vanberge, I’m picturing the fat woman from Total Recall as well).

    • Adam 4:00 pm on August 13, 2007 Permalink

      The Simpsons movie was pretty good. For not liking it, I have to declare a jihad against you.

    • Vanberge 6:28 am on August 14, 2007 Permalink

      Adam, I haven’t seen the simpson’s movie.

      I just don’t like the simpsons period. (at least, not in the last 5 years or so)

    • bun 3:11 pm on August 14, 2007 Permalink

      you guys missed the best point from vanlandw: read. also, get netflix. you can’t complain about content not suited toward your age group if you only go to blockbuster and look on the new releases shelf.

    • vanbergs 12:20 am on August 16, 2007 Permalink

      Why read when the only books worth the shit I last took will be made into movies later on down the road? Keep up the good, critical posts vanberge!

    • Vo 2:54 pm on August 16, 2007 Permalink

      EmoTeee,

      Despite the fact that I read more than any black man has a right or capability to, I still enjoy the brief moments when I can turn off my brain and watch a movie of superb quality. This doesn’t get to happen nearly as often as I would like it too.

  • Vanberge 10:02 pm on August 2, 2007 Permalink | Reply  

    PC Look and Feel 

    In the last week or so, i’ve done a few things that have made my computer more pleasant/appealing to use.
    You guessed it. Unordered list time:

    • Installed and configured Compiz Fusion to replace Beryl. If you do not know, Compiz Fusion is the rejoining of Beryl and Compiz which had previously forked. Compiz fusion is definitely one of the most revolutionary things to hit the personal computer in a long, long time…
    • Installed all “ubuntu Studio” theme packages. I run Ubuntu linux, the default installation. Ubuntu studio contains all sorts of applications for video, imaging, and audio production – i don’t really need all that. But, i did think the look/theme was fantastic. So, I installed it on my computer. After using it, it reminds me heavily of jjafuller’s old wordpress theme.
    • Installed “Pidgin”. Pidgin is the replacement/continuation of GAIM. it’s pretty much the same application, but it’s a little more polished regarding appearance. I enjoy it.

    I really like my PC. If you would have asked me a year ago, i was buying a mac for sure. No doubt in my mind. Then I started using Ubuntu linux and that has drastically changed my perspective. Ubuntu is free. And it’s fantastic. I haven’t used Windows at home since December of 2006, and i will not ever buy a mac. Ubuntu w/ Compiz fusion is my desktop for the foreseeable future.

    Alas, per vanlandw’s request, a screenie just to give the lay of the land. Screenshot

     
    • Kramer 7:27 am on August 3, 2007 Permalink

      Buy a Mac 😉

    • vanlandw 9:52 am on August 3, 2007 Permalink

      I kinda agree with kramer :-[

      That looks pretty slick though vanberge I’m glad you are a fan of the “NIX”. Do you know if Ubuntu supports wifi WPA2 connects with no fuss yet? I would try it again on my lappy if it did.

    • Vo 1:49 pm on August 3, 2007 Permalink

      Wow. after reading all this, I am sadden by the fact that I have not changed my computer since 2000. I will go shoot myself now.

    • vanlandw 2:50 pm on August 3, 2007 Permalink

      ttyl vo!

      😛

      jk

    • Vanberge 8:54 am on August 4, 2007 Permalink

      Kramer… Nope. Iike Ubuntu w/Compiz better than MacOS. And it is cheaper. so really there’s nothing in the win column for me except being able to use Adium.

      Vanlandw, it depends on the wireless card… most are supported but there are some that are not (mainly netgears)

      Vo, does that mean you are running windows 2000 ??

    • Vo 2:50 pm on August 4, 2007 Permalink

      Windows ME……i think. hell if I know, it hasn’t even be turned on in the last 2 years. I am a sad, sad man.

    • Adam 12:47 am on August 5, 2007 Permalink

      I have updated my laptop to use compiz and it has the ubuntu studio theme. I’m a total copycat.

    • Vanberge 7:30 pm on August 5, 2007 Permalink

      Gunslinger – it’s a good setup… i hope you like it!

    • bun 8:45 pm on August 6, 2007 Permalink

      lol @ vo. windows me ftl! 😛

    • Vo 9:36 pm on August 6, 2007 Permalink

      I hate you EmoTeee.

    • Steven Paul VanBergen 9:15 pm on August 9, 2007 Permalink

      What do you want for your birthday?

    • Vo 9:58 am on August 10, 2007 Permalink

      When is the Berge’s b-day?

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