December 31, 2009

Northern Rangers 2009

2009 introduced the world to the Northern Rangers of Just South of North. We went on a number of adventures. Here's a few of those.

Blind band in Rose Parade

My dad told me about this and I found it awesome.

Tomorrow's Rose Parade will feature the first blind marching band in it.

The band is from the Ohio State School for the Blind. And they found out in October of 2008 that they would be making history at the 2010 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Tomorrow will mark the first time a blind marching band takes part in the Rose Parade, located in Pasadena, Calif.

Also, this is the only blind marching band in the whole country.

Now that is a pretty cool way to ring in 2010.

Here's a link to the full story that ran in the Dayton Daily News.

Ohio blind marching band heads to Rose parade.

Welcome to 2010, the future is here

Remember all the thought that 2010 was going to be this incredibly weird future world? Well it came true didn't it?

People wearing spacesuits...

Weird bug-looking vehicles that we would putt around in.

Weird space aliens walking around...

World War III

The undead are walking the streets...

Weird world we live in huh?

Epic Photo: Beggin' Strips... It's BAAACCCCOOONNN!!!!

"Dude, there's totally a cat in here... I can smell it...."

(Found this on Huckleberries)

Why the Vandals won the game

So if you missed it last night (and you shouldn't because ESPN shoved it down your throat during SportsCenter), the Idaho Vandals grabbed the nation's attention with a miracle 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl.

The biggest thrill being Idaho's touchdown with just a few ticks left on the clock and then head coach Robb Akey's decision to go for two instead of just tying it up. Gutsy, but probably not the smartest call, he should have just taken the extra point and gone for the win in overtime. However, since he converted the 2-point try, he got the praise and a center place on SportsCenter.

But maybe that's what he wanted all the time. I'm thinking that Akey was caught up in the emotion of the thing, said be damned to overtime since there's nothing to play for after the Bowl game and thought that the two-point conversation. However, what if he had enough foresight to realize the kind of game his team was playing in (a very entertaining game on ESPN) and that a converted two-point conversion would be a nice centerpiece play for the program?

Remember Boise St. vs. Oklahoma and the Statue of Liberty play?

Sure it was a risk, but if Idaho converts the two-point, it becomes the talk of the sports nation for a while. If Idaho failed to make the two-point, they'd still be talked about. That means exposure. That means better recruiting. Instead of being a footnote bowl, Akey made this game something to think about.

And if recruits are thinking about it, than that's a good thing.

The truth about Robb Akey

- Robb Akey doesn't actually need glasses, he wears them to protect everyone else from his laser vision.

- He once met Chuck Norris after he beat up the former Texas Ranger during a parking ticket arguement.

- Grizzly Bears are afraid to eat out of his Picnic Basket.

- Idaho is now painting a mural in the Kibbie Dome akin to "Touchdown Jesus"... only it will be called "Two-Point Conversion Akey."

- The UN considers Akey a weapon of mass destruction.

- "The Ten Commandments" was actually based on the life and times of Robb Akey.

- The sun sets every night because it's scared to death of Robb Akey

December 30, 2009

Epic Video: Tomorrow

Due to working on a special project for tomorrow, I didn't get a Video Bite up. Sorry.

But I promise if you tune in tomorrow you won't be disappointed.

For a hint on what it is:

A video. About the past year. Just South of North style.

Good bye, Washington D.C. Sports

That's right, sports officially don't exist in Washington D.C. anymore. Or maybe newspapers don't exist anymore as a viable money-making entity.

The Washington Times Sports section is preparing as if this Friday's edition will be their last. Caps beat guy Corey Masisak isn't with the team on the West Coast. Wiz beat guy Mike Jones referred to Tuesday night's dreadful loss as his last. Redskins beat guys Ryan O'Halloran and David Elfin aren't going with the team to San Diego, which is just unimaginable, a Skins game without the Times guys. College ace Patrick Stevens covered the frigid EagleBank Bowl on Tuesday and will do Maryland-William & Mary Wednesday night, and then a follow the next day, just for the heck of it. Georgetown beat guy Barker Davis, who's been covering that school since the 19th century, will cover the New Year's Eve game.

And then, silence? As of this writing, the staff hasn't been told anything official, but the paper is moving forward with plans for a new product on Monday, and there have been no indications that product will include sports. The 25 full-time sports staffers are thus assuming they'll get the official pink slip sometime before the New Year.

Okay, if you're a journalist right now you have to be freaking out because the Washington Times is a major sports paper in a major sports market and they just dropped their sports section like a hot potato. What does that mean for the guy that covers the Central Valley Coyotes arena football team? Might want to start seeing if you cant turn that late night karoake talent into a job because this is another sign that newspapers are going down in flames.

Epic Video: Idaho Vandals highlights

Idaho kicks off it's Bowl game against Bowling Green in a little bit (Humanitarian Bowl, kickoff at 1:30 pm). Check out some highlights from the season...

Russia plans to save the Earth from an asteroid that actually wont hit the Earth

Russia comes to the rescue! Kind of...

MOSCOW – Russia's space chief said Wednesday his agency will consider sending a spacecraft to a large asteroid to knock it off its path and prevent a possible collision with Earth.

Anatoly Perminov said the space agency will hold a meeting soon to assess a mission to Apophis, telling Golos Rossii radio that it would invite NASA, the European Space Agency, the Chinese space agency and others to join the project once it is finalized.

When the 270-meter (885-foot) asteroid was first discovered in 2004, astronomers estimated the chances of it smashing into Earth in its first flyby in 2029 were as high as 1-in-37.

There is almost no chance that this Asteroid will hit Earth now, or when it returns back into the area 20 years from now. Or 20 years after that.

However, Russia is going to send a space craft up there. One thing that concerns me though if that if you throw the asteroid off course now, the trajectory might change to the point where in the return trip 20-40-60 years from now might have it bearing down directly on the planet.

Now I'm sure they've crunched all the numbers... but really, if it isn't broke, why are you messing with it?

Reasons why you're still single... this is your living room

... ICK.


It always cracks me up that a snowstorm barely causes Spokane to blink because their traffic is so light, and then a big city like Portland descends into anarchy. Ladies and gentlemen... the 4-inch snowstorm that caused the Rose City to shut down.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — A snowstorm has slickened roads and caused several spinouts on southwest Washington highways.

The Columbian reports that police responded to several traffic mishaps on Tuesday afternoon, including a spinout on Interstate 5 near La Center.

Slick roads were also the rule in Hazel Dell. Firefighters with Clark County Fire District 6 chained up their engines.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for Tuesday evening although forecaster Shawn Weagle in Portland said the snow was expected to turn to rain in a few hours.

Snow also snarled traffic in the greater Portland metro area. Tuesday evening rush hour traffic moved at a crawl through downtown Portland and its suburbs.

I heard from people it took 3-4 hours to get home in traffic... which would probably cause me to go insane, sit up on the top of my car naked and throw Reese's Pieces at motorists. Good thing I don't live in Portland.

December 29, 2009

Mets sign Jason Bay

It looks like Jason Bay is headed to New York, as the former Gonzaga Bulldog and B.C. native has signed a four-year $66-million contract with the Mets.

Well hey! At least it isn't the Yankees. And since it's the Mets, Bay is garunteed to pull something or have some joint blow up before the start of the season. Got to love a franchise that has ran into more hard luck than a drunk priest at a Michael Jackson convention.

While I have to say that I really have appreciated Jason Bay at the plate for the Red Sox. He's a real solid player. But with that said, I'm glad that Boston didn't fork out a wad of cash to have him back. However, if he does manage to escape the Mets curse, he might be able to terrorize National League pitching and put up career numbers. Thoughts?

Epic Photo: What happens when OJ and Michael Vick sit together...?

(From Deadspin)

Role models, ladies and gentlemen, role models...

Free Tacos at Taco Bell?!?! I'm going to get my fat on

Guess what? If I really want a taco for free... I can get one!

Taco Bell is so anxious for you to try one of its Fresco Tacos, it will give you one free. Go to and click on the taco icon for a coupon — "valid for 7 days from download or until 1 million free taco coupons are redeemed (including online and print coupons), whichever occurs first."

There's a fair amount of fine print: One per customer, subject to availability and so forth. But the detail you really need to know is that Fresco Tacos have fewer than 200 calories apiece. They're on Taco Bell's special Drive-Thru Diet menu. For a store locator, go to

What is not to like about this awesome deal?!?! Actually as I'm writing this right now I'm just really freakin' hungry and I need something to eat. Hmmmm, Tacos....

How to tell if its time to get a new cell phone...

I've been telling Casey for years that he needs to get a new cellphone, but the guy keeps sporting it along with his "spiffy" wallet chain. In an effort to get him to change him, here are some signs that you should probably head to your nearest Verizon store...

1. Indiana Jones takes one look at your phone and goes "It belongs in a museum!"

2. It has a rotary dial.

3. Your grandma remembers when she had the same phone... it really helped her through the Great Depression.

4. Dogs run around in circles and howl at the moon when the ringer in your phone goes off. It also scares small children along with causing the San Andreas fault to slip.

5. You can see your cell phone from space.

6. You carry it around in a bag with an antenna.

7. Instead of text messages, people just leave post-it notes on the back of your phone.

8. Your phone doubles as a microwave.

9. Sometimes you get phone calls from the 80s.

10. Once you dropped your phone and it killed someone.

So there Casey, time for a new cell phone...

December 28, 2009

Best stove for winter camping

I have said before that winter is my favorite season to camp in. Sure summer camping is easier as you need less gear. And if you fall in a river, you can easily dry out.

But winter camping. Now that is a great experience.

A popular question that is often brought up is what is the best gear for winter camping? I'll start going over the gear that I bring when camping in the snow over the next few weeks.

But lets start off this discussion with a great post by our blogging friend Scoutmaster Jerry.

He has a great post from yesterday discussing the best stove for winter camping.

You can view this post here, as well as the rest of his blog.

(This is from Just Northwest)

Video Bites: Gonzaga Bulldogs

The December 28th edition of the JustSON Video Bites! That's right, bite-sized videos!

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Eastern Eagles

Sounders FC Blog

Epic Video: Adam Morrison Crying

So Gonzaga plays EWU today, probably gonna be a slaughter, but that doesn't stop me from playing this little nugget...

God bless you Gus Johnson.

Apple grows in sales to spite Windows 7

Microsoft has failed! Or maybe its just a sign that there's room enough in the marketplace for two types of computers. While the PC market  has been enjoying an a spike in sales thanks to the release of Windows 7, Apple has also seen growth in sales ... meaning that the new Windows probably hasn't converted a lot of people to come over to the dark side...

Bangalore: The release of Windows 7 has definitely helped in increasing the sales of the PC at work, but have failed to slow the increase in adoption of Macs at the workplace, according to a study. Apple is expected to grow at the same time, while the number of companies buying Mac desktops remains flat at about seven percent, the number of those buying MacBooks has grown by 10 percent, according to Electronista.

The ChangeWave study also reports that Dell and HP should benefit from a slight increase in corporate sales with a respective 33 percent and 18 percent companies planning to buy both desktops and notebooks from the two. Also, 93 percent of those who had tried Windows 7 were either somewhat or very satisfied with the OS, that hasn't translated into significant decisions to move up upgrades at the office. But only 19 percent plan any sort of change, and only three percent plan a "significant" change to get Windows 7 into their businesses early.

Shouldn't you expect this though? Apple users drink coffee, drive Jettas and tell everyone how great their computer is. PC users have jobs. Enough said.

(Found this on Tech Rave)

The Seattle Seahawks Massacre in Photos

Well it was painful (the Seahawks lost 48-10 to the Green Bay Packers) but lets relive the game in photos, shall we? (All photos from

"DAMMIT BOB! You though the game was at 5 a.m.? Really?!?!"

"We get a Chalupa if they score 50 points right? CHA-LU-PA!"

"Oh hey! Did you want this? Sorry it's mine"

"Girls, stop slapping one another!"

This isn't a Packer game. This is actually the Soup Kitchen line in Detroit.

Global Warming in action.

 Woooo! Delta Kappa Phi for LIFE!

Look at Santa Claus to the right. He's having a good post-Christmas.

Here's how bad the Seahawks are. Matt Flynn was in the game for the Packers. MATT FLYNN!!!

For you football fans out there that hate baseball... would just like to point out that 21 different baseball teams won a playoff series in this decade. I know you whine and  bellyache about how great the NFL is for parity and it's certainly better than listening to you struggle to name your favorite team's quarterback since you only watch SportsCenter's Top Ten plays, then call your self a sports fan, then wear a Steeler's jersey - but you should really pay attention to this since baseball's no salary cap situation will soon be a reality in the NFL as well.

Although considering you're an "NFL fan" chances are you have no idea what I'm talking about (CBA - collective bargaining agreement). Well enjoy a league with owners that are equally inept as baseball owners, except that you have one owner that probably believes he's a muppet (Al Davis), one that thinks he's Darth Vader (Daniel Snyder), and one that thinks he's god (Jerry Jones). That should be a barrel of fun!

Reasons why you're still single... Spare Tire guy

Oh it's cool that you own a Ford Mustang... really cool. Awesome. Although I have to wonder why you're sporting the spare tire.

Sure there could be the normal explanation that you got a flat and you're limping to a nearby tire shop to get a new one, because that is what spare tires are designed for. But not you, life is too fast for you to stop and get a street legal tire, you're going to roll through Spokane traffic like you're mr. Fast N' Furious, passing people like they're standing still on a tire that was designed to only go 30 MPH.

Smart guy, see you down the road in 10 minutes with another flat tire and possibility a bum axle.

December 27, 2009

Outdoor Photo of the Week: Stars above Mt. Baker

My name is Takeshi Sugimoto. I am an amateur photographer from Japan, and am currently living near Seattle, Washington. Nature photography is my passion.

I took this shot when I hiked up to Ptarmigan Ridge in Mount Baker Wilderness and camped at 14 Goat Lake. It was very windy and cloudy when I got the lake, so I was not expecting to see many stars. Around midnight, all the clouds were gone and the stars twinkled in the sky. It was one of the brightest and most imposing starry sky I have ever seen.

View more amazing outdoor photos at Takeshi Sugimoto's Flickr page here: sodomojo2009

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JustSON at the Movies: Repo Men trailer

So if you can't pay for an artificial heart, in the future they just repo it via Jude Law removing the damn thing. Looks bloody, but could be one of those tongue in cheek movies that's actually pretty darn fun. Or it could be crap. You decide.

Voyager has apparently found why there's a glowing inferno around the Solar System

So I was unaware of this, but apparently the Solar System is going through the interstellar cloud known as "The Local Fluff" but it's like really hot and dangerous. Not something you want Earth floating around in. Luckily though, the Sun's magnetic field keeps that away from the planets in the inner solar system.

For a while now sciencetists were like "why are we surrounded by this crazy ball of gas" when the law of physics says we shouldn't be surround by this crazy ball of gas. Well the eight-track playing Voyager probe has found out why...

Using data from Voyager, we have discovered a strong magnetic field just outside the solar system. This magnetic field holds the interstellar cloud together—"The Fluff"—and solves the long-standing puzzle of how it can exist at all.

The Fluff is much more strongly magnetized than anyone had previously suspected. This magnetic field can provide the extra pressure required to resist destruction.

The Voyagers are not actually inside the Local Fluff. But they are getting close and can sense what the cloud is like as they approach it.

So... does that mean I can't take Pop Tarts into space or are we still cool?

From our Flickr Group: Seattle at Sunrise

Here's a photo for all you west-side fans of Just South of North. Here Seattle at Sunrise from our flickr group thanks to the photography talent of AsherBlue.

December 26, 2009

The Ray Allen pants scandal

Former Seattle Supersonic Ray Allen hasn't had the best of time lately on the internet as someone apparently hacked his twitter account and said some "obscene" remarks. Now this photo is floating around on of the Boston Celtics at Disneyworld.

While it looks fine, upon closer inspection, you'll notice Ray Allen is wearing a weird choice of pants.

Now I'm no fashion bug, but I'm pretty sure those are the same kind of pants you see being worn by Wal-Mart people at 2 a.m. in the morning when they have to make a early morning run to the five-dollar DVD bin.

Are those mom pants? I know that President Obama caught a lot of crap for wearing mom pants earlier in the year - but it wasn't so much the design of the jeans but the fact that they were hiked up around his armpits. Ray Allen seems to take the same gameplan... yikes.

Although I shouldn't be so hard on Allen as I'm pretty sure that  Casey wears the same kind of pants on the weekend.

Sunset in Chewelah

Yeah... this place has a view.

Epic Failure... the Tennessee Titans yesterday

While Casey's Indianapolis Colts are undefeated and rolling to the playoffs, my Tennessee Titans got crushed yesterday on Christmas 42-17. That destroys their slim playoff hopes, but hey, at least they did follow up an 0-6 start with a historical comeback. Now they face the Seahawks, which I'm pretty sure it will be the Chris Johnson show in Seattle.

Have you seen how well Chris Johnson runs? Have you seen how crummy the Seahawks run defense is? Yep, it's going to be a slaughter.

You know you've overdone Christmas when...

1. Your pants don't fit anymore. Not your regular pants, your snow pants.

2. You wake up in a stupor and a pile of candy canes, fruit cakes and Christmas Cookies. Oh yeah, and your shoes are missing.

3. Instead of opening presents, you built a fort with them and tossed stocking stuffers at your siblings behind your wall of protection.

4. You're 24 and you're still wearing your Elf PJs with the footies connected to the rest of the PJs. That means you, Casey.

5. You led authorities on a three county chase while pretending to be Santa Claus and taking a sleigh out onto the highway.

6. That family tradition of Pictionary turned into a Duke-North Carolina battle very quickly complete with "warm up the bus" chants directed at your 80-year old grandmother.

7. You went sledding and since there is no snow, you used that packaging popcorn that came with all your gifts.

8. You watched all the Santa Clause movies with Tim Allen. There are three of them. Even the first one wasn't very good. Tim Allen hasn't been funny since 1997. In reality, Al Borland really carried that show.

9. Hallmark Movie Channel. Five straight hours. Why do so many country stars do Hallmark movies?

10. Two words: Santa tattoo.

December 25, 2009

Video Bites: Christmas

Instead of me doing the Video Bite today, we have a special guest. Linus van Pelt.

While stores may have commercialized the holiday of Christmas, that's not the reason for this holiday. Sure giving and receiving presents is fun. But remember the reason for the season.

Linus, the floor is all yours.

Photo from our Flickr Group: Train Tressel

Here's a photo from our Flickr Group. It's of a train tressel, remember that thing they ran off of in Back to the Future? Big thanks to KilahQueen for the photo.

Happy Holidays!

December 24, 2009

You know you're in a small town when...

If you don't have a truck... who cares? A trunk and some rope works just as well.

(And yes I did take this photo driving)

No worries about that falling out onto the road or anything, you're only going 60 miles an hour.

(This is actually a pretty common occurrence)

Epic Video: Christmas Carol

Hope you aren't visited by ghosts of Christmas tonight.

Good luck!

Merry Krampus!

Apparently other countries have slightly different traditions when it comes to Christmas,and lets just say that if you've been naughty... you're pretty much screwed.

Krampus is a mythical creature. In various regions of the world – especially Austria and Hungary – it is believed that Krampus accompanies St. Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children.

The word Krampus originates from the Old High German word for claw (Krampen). In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented by an incubus-like creature. Traditionally, young men dress up as the Krampus in the first two weeks of December, particularly on the evening of December 5, and roam the streets frightening children and women with rusty chains and bells.[1] In some rural areas the tradition also includes birching – corporal punishment with a birch rod – by Krampus, especially of young girls. Images of Krampus usually show him with a basket on his back used to carry away bad children and dump them into the pits of Hell.

Well that's a bit different from a lump of coal. Not quite the Jolly Ol' Saint Nick that we sing songs about.

Photo from our Flickr Group: Brrrr... it's cold outside

Here's a photo from our flickr group, this one comes from rainierbeer12oz and it sure reflects the kind of weather we've been having.

December 23, 2009

Video Bites: Twas The Night Before Christmas

The December 23rd edition of the JustSON Video Bites! That's right, bite-sized videos!

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Design for BSA 100th Anniversary coin

The U.S. Mint has announced a special one dollar coin to honor the Boy Scouts of America and their 100 year anniversary.

For those of you who don't know, I'm an Eagle Scout (March 15, 2000. Troop 577 Buckley, WA) And I think this is the coolest thing. I know that I am going to have to get one because:

A) I collect coins

B) The design is really neat

C) I like shiny things

Only 350,000 of the coins will be made and they won't be put into circulation. Instead when they are released (I heard in March 2010) you will have to purchase them from the U.S. Mint Web site.

These will each have the designs that I posted above.

Also, to make these coins even cooler, all of the surcharges collected from the sale of these coins will be donated to the Boy Scouts of America. Thats $3.5 million dollars going to support Scouting!

Also, there will be a 100 anniversary stamp that will be released in July 2010. So keep your eyes out for that.

(This was originally posted on Just Northwest)

Erik Meyer is BACK!

If you don't have your Spokane Shock season tickets yet, get them, because they just signed probably the best quarterback in the history of Eastern Washington University - Erik Meyer.

December 23, 2009 – Spokane, WA: The Spokane Shock announced today that QB Erik Meyer has been added to the 2010 roster.

Meyer, 6-2 210, rewrote the record book at Eastern Washington University and was recently named as the top QB in the program’s 100-year history.

If this doesn't get you excited for the season then you probably enjoy hockey and are trying to figure out how to get Versus on your cable. I remember when they first gave the reins of the EWU offense to Erik Meyer and everyone in the press box going "HOLY $#&^! this kid is good."

Now he'll be carving up secondaries in the Af1. Awesome.

Save the Memorial Coliseum

You've heard about the Pontiac Silverdome going to a half a million dollars, you see the Key Arena sitting dormant (except for a few Gonzaga, WSU and WNBA games) and you wonder why the St. Louis Rams need a new stadium even though the one there in was built in the mid-nineties. This sort of waste and discarding of monumental buildings is absolutely ridiculous and a testament to the greed and lack of foresight of professional sports owners.

The Wall Street Journal recently did a story of the available vacant sports arenas, perhaps you'd like to buy one?

One particular sports arena I would like to highlight is the former home of the Portland Trailblazers. The Memorial Coliseum was built in the 1960s and hailed as the premiere sports arena in the Northwest. The Blazers won the 1977 NBA title in there, and fans sold out the building on a regular basis. In the 1990s, the team moved into the state-of-the-art Rose Garden which is an incredible building by first hand accounts (I watched an NBA game in there, although I was very hungover). Portland did a strange thing though, instead of blowing up or tearing down the Coliseum, they let it stand and the WHL team in town continued to use it as a venue.

Now I have never been in the building, and I talked with one sportscaster covering the Chiefs who said the Memorial Coliseum was much too cramped, but after the Blazers played a preseason game there, I have a feeling that the place was just freakin' magical back in the day.

You'll noticed the large glass walls, which is a unique and breathtaking feature of the building. All of the seats in the building are also very close to the court. The last row in the Memorial Coliseum would probably be considered really good seats in the Rose Garden.

There has been talk of tearing the building down, and that almost happened to make way for a new minor-league baseball park, but thankfully, the MC is still with us. What drives me nuts is why we need all these brand-spanking new stadiums when the older ones serve us just fine and have some character. I know the answer... money, luxury boxes, wider concourses, easier access but it just seems wasteful to me to tear down these perfectly fine buildings that are still capable of hosting sporting events.

Now the Blazers use to have a curtain around the top of the arena to block out the windows but for some reason they left the curtain down and everyone was able to take in the view. I hope that the MC is around for years to come and maybe someday I'll catch a Blazers game in there.

Something tells me its a much better experience in that building anyways.

Welcome to Boston, John Lackey's wife!

Ahh, Boston sure knows how to welcome the wives of its big free agents...

...John Lackey’s bride, Krista, may be rethinking her decision to urge her hubby to move to the Hub. Because when Lackey and his lovely wife - a Maine native and University of New Hampshire grad - were in town last week, they popped into a Kenmore Square boite for a bite. Krista put her fur coat on a chair, where, we’re told, an inebriated patron puked on it!

Good job Southie! Keep it up, why don't you take a piss on the tire of her Escalade as well?

From our Flickr Group: Palouse Falls

It's that wonderful time again to go to our Flickr group (join at any time) where we have a wonderful photo from vikisuzan of the Palouse Falls.

Palouse Falls ~ Washington State

A priest that is totally cool with stealing stuff

England is the home of Robin Hood, so the idea of "robbing from the rich to feed the poor" is something that they're use to over there. However, a priest is now advocating shoplifting if somebody is in dire need.

The Rev. Tim Jones caused an uproar by telling his congregation that it is sometimes acceptable for desperate people to shoplift _ as long as they do it at large national chain stores, rather than small, family businesses.

Umm... last time I checked stealing was illegal and marked up in of the ten commandments. I know that God probably understands if you're starving but the fact that a priest is advocating shoplifting is just a wee bit weird.

December 22, 2009

Epic Photo: Ugly Sweater

I got this photo sent to me. It was Brandon at his company Christmas party.

Lookin' good Brandon.

Adam Shackleford to coach the Tri-City Fever

Adam Shackleford, the former coach of the Spokane Shock will be taking to the sidelines once again, this time for the Tri-City Fever.

Sources close to KXLY have confirmed that former Spokane Shock head coach Adam Shackleford has agreed to be the head coach for the Tri-Cities Fever for the 2010 season.

The Fever will play in the Indoor Football League after dropping out of the Arena Football 1 league because of the economics involved. The Fever had previously named Pat O'Hara as their head coach, but our sources tell us that he has accepted a job elsewhere.

Good to see that he landed on his feet after being let go by the Shock. I'm still wondering why the two parties went separate directions, but again, good to see that he's coaching again. Best of luck to him.

I'm really getting sick of criminals

Another police shooting in Washington? This just keeps getting more and more depressing.

Two Pierce County Sheriff's deputies were "basically ambushed" Monday night when responding to a domestic violence call near Eatonville, a spokesman said.

The shooting was the third within two months in which police officers in the Seattle-Tacoma metroplitan area were targeted by gunmen.

The suspected shooter, identified as David Edward Crable, 35, was shot and killed during the incident, which happened shortly after 9 p.m. in the 34300 block of Tanwax Court East.

One deputy was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle and was in critical condition Tuesday morning. The other, a sergeant, was rushed to Madigan Army Medical Center and was upgraded to serious condition early Tuesday, Sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said.

The deputies responded to the residence after a family member called 911 about an unwanted guest. The argument involved Crable's younger brother and 16-year-old daughter, investigators said.

What people don't realize is that not only does this affect the families of those shot, but every officer in the state of Washington. I'd say they don't feel as safe with this recent spike of police violence. Having done plenty of ride alongs with police officers, the thought that they come across likes jerks comes from the simple matter that they have to treat every situation as potentially dangerous.

And with all this happening, do you really blame them?

Bing becoming an internet monster

Bing is continuing to grow with its market share in the search engine market, taking most of its traffic from Yahoo, which is something that brings up an interesting dilemma since Microsoft will be entering into a partnership with Yahoo. Akkkkkkwwwwaaaarrrrd.

NEW YORK ( -- Once the world's online search leader, Yahoo's share has sharply declined, putting it in danger of losing its relevance in a market increasingly dominated by Google.

Yahoo's search market share in November fell to 17.5% from 18% in October, according to a monthly comScore report released late Wednesday. It's the lowest share ever recorded for Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500).

Cannibalizing Yahoo's market share is Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500), whose new Bing search site gained 0.4 points of the search market to 10.3% in November. That was the first time Microsoft owned more than 10% of the market since September 2007.

Now keep in mind that Google still rules the world, but Bing keeps creeping along.

(This is from Tech Rave)