Monthly Archives: January 2011

What is the internet?

It has been 17 years since this clip. 17 years is a long time in some ways, sure. But today, if someone on TV asked “what is the internet?” they’d be institutionalized.
Category: Personal

Superbowl XLV and Brett Favre

A couple of days ago, I posted that I could not be less interested in seeing the Steelers and the Packers. After all, I have never liked the Steelers…and a Bears fan rooting for the Packers may well find himself in a psychologist’s office.

However, despite what I said, I will be interested in the Superbowl. Because of one particular pain-in-the-ass player named Brett Favre.

In his first season with the Vikings, Brett Favre claimed the Vikings were the best team he had ever played on. Including the 1996 Superbowl champion Packers.

I believe his motivation for this claim did not arise from an objective point of view, but instead because he had a need to stick it to the team that didn’t automatically give him back his starting QB spot the first time he decided to “unretire.”

Aaron Rodgers had spent three years on the bench waiting for his chance to be a starter in the NFL. During the 2008 training camp, Aaron Rodgers was preparing to lead the Packers as a starter when Brett Favre and the team announced that Rodgers would have to compete for a job that was already his.

I will not recap the rest of the mess that has become the Brett Favre saga, but suffice it to say that he did everything he could to destroy the reputation of the team he had helped build for the better part of a career.

Fast forward to…right now. Brett Favre has retired, again. Aaron Rodgers is representing the Packers in a Superbowl in a season that the Favre-led Vikings were eliminated from the playoffs shortly after training camp.

And all I can say is…good for you, Packers. This Bears fan will be rooting for you to put a nail in the Favre saga once and for all.

Category: Football, Other NFL, Sports

Online Loss and Gain, family style

I wasn’t really sure how to title this…or even really had an idea what I was going to say.

But I’m gonna write.

Tonight I got the news that Frank Jannotti passed away. I didn’t know Frank, and had never met him.

The only reason I got news of his passing is because I communicated with his brother, Jim, on FriendFeed.

Other than our conversations on FriendFeed, I had never met Jim either. However, when I heard that Frank had lost his battle with cancer, I cried. Along with a few dozen of my closest FriendFeed friends, most of whom I had never met in person.

But regardless of the lack of personal familiarity with each other, tonight I am mourning the loss of someone we had never met with a group of people I haven’t ever met. Bible verses, feelings, and virtual hugs were thrown around as we attempted to support Jim in his grief while dealing with our own.

In this day and age, this isn’t a horribly new story. And even though this group of people isn’t new, I feel that what we have here is something rare. FriendFeed is a group of people that share life, get pissed, delete our accounts, create new accounts, block people, unblock people, and generally care too much.

I can directly blame one person for getting me hooked on FF, and she knows who she is. Once I started interacting, though, I haven’t left.

There are people on here I like, people I don’t, and everything in between. But the best way I can describe the group of folks on FriendFeed isn’t a bunch of friends. It’s more like gaining a new family, complete with laughter, arguments, crying, shouting, cussing, and pain. But when the chips are down, I have to say that I feel the love in FF more than anywhere else on social media.

Someone on Quora asked if anyone still used FF and why. This is why. Because we’re family.

Category: Personal

NEWS RELEASE: Hotline established for Tucson Tragedy

For Immediate Release
Contact: Anna Mary Mackey
Office: (520) 318-6907

CPSA sets up information and support phone line
in response to Saturday’s tragedy

Community Partnership of Southern Arizona (CPSA), which oversees publicly
funded mental health and substance use treatment services in Pima County,
is organizing a community-wide response related to mental health and trauma
issues resulting from Saturday’s mass shooting.

CPSA has set up the Tucson Tragedy Support Line, a no-cost resource for
people struggling with their own reaction to the shootings, those concerned
about a friend or family member, or those who would like information on
typical reactions to such an event. Callers do not need to give their names
or any identifying information to use this service.

Calls will be answered by professional staff who are experienced with
providing support in the wake of a crisis and knowledgeable about other
community resources.

The new Tucson Tragedy Support Line number is (520) 284-3517, available 24
hours/day, 7 days a week. The number will remain operational until further

In addition, CPSA’s Web site,, contains links to local
mental health providers and many other resources that may be of help in a
time of grief and stress.

Reactions to such an event may linger for days or weeks afterward, or only
become a problem when life has gone back to “normal.” Because of this, CPSA
is working with its system of treatment providers and other resources to
build upon, supplement and extend the work of other community entities in
helping our community deal with this event.

CPSA has overseen publicly funded mental health and substance use treatment
services in Pima County since 1995, and currently serves close to 30,000
members. CPSA receives funding from the Arizona Department of Health
Services/Division of Behavioral Health Services (ADHS/DBHS), Arizona Health
Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS), and Substance Abuse and Mental
Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Please note: CPSA CEO/President Neal Cash is available for comment if you
would like additional information. He may be reached at (520) 318-6900.

Category: Personal

Baroni Released by UFC

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According to, the UFC has released Phil Baroni, AKA The New York Bad-Ass.

When I read this on, nothing could have made me happier. Neither I nor m’girl care for this guy because of his persona inside the ring, including the introductions at UFC 125 when he put his sunglasses on just for Bruce Buffer’s pre-fight introductions. However, the video below (an outstanding interview by Ariel Helwani) reminds us that everyone’s human.

Like him or hate him, Phil Baroni works hard to compete in MMA, and was obviously heartbroken even before his (expected) release from the UFC. I may not root for you, Phil, but you have my respect. God bless, and hope to see you back in the UFC soon.

Category: MMA, UFC