This World Clock site I ran into is pretty cool. It's a running tally on the world population (factoring in births and deaths), barrels of oil pumped, and more.
And the Global Incident site keeps track of the crazy crap going on in the world, like terrorist attacks, wars, and various ugly "incidents".
Wanna know how many people in the U.S. share your first and last name? CLICK HERE. There's 89 folks out there with mine.
Swat that pesky fly (and kill some time waiting for the whistle to blow). CLICK HERE.
Waste some time at work waiting for the whistle to blow with some great reads. I like this one, about how Rock Stars have died, from Blender .
Hey, they're not exactly U.S. News & World Report, but don't think for a second that Blender doesn't tackle hard-hitting news. This one should've won a Pulitzer...
10 Songs You May Have Been Conceived To . (If you're between the ages of 25-35).
They do love their lists at Blender. Like, "The Craziest Pop Stars Ever" (Miley Cyrus has skyrocketed up that list the last few weeks). Or, "Rock Stars Who've Caught Fire On Stage"...a surprisingly long list. And there's many, many, more. Go ahead...the boss isn't looking. Click here...you know you want to.
My story is typical. I was born a poor, Black child. I survived the mean streets of the Buffalo suburbs and four straight losses in the Super Bowl, grew into a mature adult and pillar of the community, and made my parents proud. OK, well, part of that is true. I was indeed raised in the Buffalo 'burbs...North Tonawanda, to be exact. The rest? Well, can't a guy dream?
Here's some highlights. I was a big baby. Like, 20 lbs. Maybe a few less. Mom always reminds me of the pain. The guilt ensures she gets great birthday presents. I have a brother two years older, and he used to make my life a living Hell, like any good brother should. That stopped when I turned 12, and was bigger than him. I spent most of my formative years annoying my elders. That includes parents, teachers, and the police. If I wasn't in after-school detention, I was being questioned for the latest neighborhood "incident". Looking back, it a was all pretty harmless. Well, maybe not the thing we did to our Spanish Teacher. But that's a story for another time. Sports helped keep me out of any serious trouble. Get suspended...and you were kicked off the team. So that only happened once. Maybe twice. With hopes and dreams, and a suitcase filled with Molson Canadian Lager, I headed off to college. Less than a year later, and a plea agreement with a reduced sentence (like I said...never convicted), my college experience wasn't exactly going as planned. But, with threats of bodily harm from Mom solidly in my back pocket, I managed to graduate from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and looked forward to a lucrative career in broadcasting. Soooooooo...I've bounced around from station to station in such vacation hot spots as Clearfield, PA, Joplin, MO, Evansville, IN, and Fayetteville, NC. In February of 1999, I took the job that I have now (more or less).
I never did find that pot of gold, but I've had a lot of fun along the way. And moving here was the best thing that ever happened to me. I met my beautiful wife, Stacy, while watching a Bills game at what used to be Damon's on Tunnel Road, and we were married in September of 2001. I lost my wedding ring in a bizarre chicken wing incident (true story), so I really have no proof. But I think she'll vouch for me. We don't have any children, but we do have cats...lots and lots of cats. I'd love to tell you exactly how many, but I lost track. Seriously, I started counting them the other night, but had to stop after I'd used all my fingers and toes. I was plum out of digits.
So that's my story. Of course, some of the sordid details have been left out due to pending legal action. But, Judge...I swear I had no idea that pig was your pet!
*This is a repost, by request. Note...Roy Williams Live airs Monday nights at 7, on Rock 104.9. Ron Burgundy (AKA Will Ferrell) will not be making an appearance.
Not too much longer, and Anchorman 2 will be in theaters. No doubt you've seen some of the Ron Burgundy Dodge Durango commercials. Here's the newest.
The promotional machine is in overdrive for this movie, and Will Ferrell is showing up everywhere as Ron Burgundy...including Chapel Hill, where he sat down with UNC head basketball coach, Roy Williams.
I barely have enough free time to fold my laundry, and these guys spent three months carefully setting up 25-thousand dominoes so that you'd have something amazing to watch for three minutes.
Actor/Martial artist, Jean-Claude Van Damme is featured in a new commercial for Volvo trucks...and pulls off one EPIC SPLIT. Watch!
Today (Friday) is my birthday, but I celebrated a day early at the Highland Brewing Company's Cold Mountain Winter Ale release party!
Click the pic for a rockin' gallery full of photos.
The press release described it like this; A cask bar in a shipping container, a David Bowie cover band and parking attendants armed with military-grade walkie talkies will make Highland’s biggest event of the year even better. The annual Cold Mountain release party celebrates a spiced winter ale with a fantastic following. First named Holiday Ale in 1997, the mix of natural ingredients, including cinnamon and vanilla, changes each year. The ensuing discussion of the “best” Cold Mountain provides endless commentary as fans compare vintages from year’s past. The Cold Mountain release party is the first taste of this precious brew. This year, the brewery plans to serve up to 2,000 guests from four bars located around the property, inside and outside. With double the bars and double the staff, they’re ready for the crowds. Grant DaSantos, Hospitality Manager, says, “For me, it’s dialing in the event and seeing how to make it more streamlined and more fun each year. This is the party for me that starts the holiday season!” Pam Wellman, bartender and tour guide adds, “I think we're staffed up enough so that nobody behind the bar except Jamie is nervous. But nervous Jamie is normal.” Jamie was too nervous to comment. One-of-a-kind casks, served at the outdoor bar, which is a retrofitted shipping container, will be a highlight. The cask line-up: 4pm Cold Mountain with Coconut, 5pm Cold Mountain with Molasses, 6pm Cold Mountain with Ghost Peppers. The peppers were grown in the office windowsill of Distribution Manager, Kevin Lowe. A painful pepper tasting proved the ghost peppers are… hot. Cold Mountain mixes new with old. The new recipe is most coveted in a beautiful blue liter bottle, packaged the old way, by hand. It takes eight people in close proximity to unpack, wash, fill, cap, rinse, dry, add the swingtop, and repack. An eight-hour shift makes for a long, repetitive day. Deservedly so, each employee gets a bottle. And every employee will be at the party.
Pretty soon, it'll land on store shelves throughout Western North Carolina and beyond.
Wanna know more about Highland, with founder Oscar Wong? Check out our "Behind The Tap" video.
How about a gallery of cool pics of the brewery and tasting room? Click here.