Frustrated

In other news (gee, I’m saying that a lot this morning), I’m frustrated by the second 13-2 loss in two weeks by my Ultimate Frisbee team (we played a double-header last week). The problem can be chalked up to many things, but I think last night it was primarily a case turnovers resulting from bad throws, of which I had my share.

We Win!, An Inconvenient Truth, Serenity/Equality Now


My Ultimate Frisbee team (aka “Butch’s Team”) won its first game of the season this past Thursday night, so I’m pretty happy about that. Yesterday’s 5pm pickup game at Lakewood Ranch got lightninged-out.
Work is busy. A new schedule has been set, so the heat is back on.
Friday night I saw An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore, with Cam.
The film is a passionate call to action, for everyone — particularly Americans — to reduce their CO2 emissions. Skeptics say that with the 2008 election coming up, it’s an attempt to bolster Mr. Gore’s image. It may end up having that effect, but I don’t think that was the point. This Slate article says Gore currently has “no plans” to run for re-election. Of course that doesn’t rule it out, but if you see him in this film, his passion for the topic comes across and you genuinely believe that educating the public is what he wants to be doing.
I have one minor nitpick. The film implies a casuation between rising temperatures and increasing disease. But could it be that the reason we’re seeing an increase in disease is because it wasn’t until recently that human society started recognizing diseases?
Otherwise the film is excellent, plainly explaining the complex topic of global warming and its effects through a series of clear visuals and a discussion of findings. I had no idea Al Gore was such a good speaker.
Saturday I met up with Nkosi and saw Serenity as part of a international fan-organized effort to raise money for [Serenity writer/director] Joss Whedon’s favorite charity, Equality Now.

“Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.”

Lots of fun, a good cause and I discovered a restaurant-movie-theatre hybrid in Tampa I’m going to have to keep an eye on, the Tampa Pitcher Show. Plus I won a raffle prize! I am now the proud owner of a complete set of Serenity trading cards. Not exactly sure what I’m supposed to do with them. 🙂 Oh yeah, the reason Serenity fans chose this past weekend for the charity screenings? It was Joss’ birthday. Joss responds.
Today’s photo is brought to you by the letter “C”, as in gee-I-wish-I’d-turned-the-lights-on-before-racing-outside-to-see-the-fireworks.

On the World Cup and Cirrhosis


A few observations on soccer, since this is the first time I’ve sat down and seriously looked at it. Of the five World Cup games I’ve seen so far, Croatia vs. Brazil tonight was easily the most exciting (and, strangely, the lowest scoring, Brazil with the only point):
(a) I’m amazed by how quickly the ball can change directions at high speed. Makes for some amazing ping-pong type action.
(b) Some of the footwork in the 1-on-1 confrontations is fantastic — fakes all over the place. Makes me want to work on my fakes for Ultimate.
(c) There are some real actors on the field. Watch out Matt Damon!
Also, fine krishenblog-readers-who-are-at-risk-for-cirrhosis (which as you know is the scarring of the liver tissues so as to make them non-functional through exccessive alcohol consumption) — by my estimates that’s about 99% of you — guess what? If you drink a lot of coffee, your chances of getting cirrhosis go way down. I heard it on TV tonight, right after a story about an Indian artist who likes to carve trees and roots into religious symbology, so it must be true. Oh, looks like Forbes has an article, too. Note, tea won’t cut it. See also Medical News Today and CanWest News Service.