Monday 30 April 2007
Mosses are small, soft plants that are typically 1–10 cm tall, though some species are much larger. They commonly grow close together in clumps or mats in damp or shady locations. They do not have flowers or seeds, and their simple leaves cover the thin wiry stems. At certain times mosses produce spore capsules which may appear as beak-like capsules borne aloft on thin stalks
Mosses are found chiefly in areas of low light and dampness. Mosses are common in wooded areas and at the edges of streams. Mosses are also found in cracks between paving stones in damp city streets. Some types have adapted to urban conditions and are found only in cities. A few species are wholly aquatic, such as Fontinalis antipyretica, and others such as Sphagnum inhabit bogs, marshes and very slow-moving waterways. Such aquatic or semi-aquatic mosses can greatly exceed the normal range of lengths seen in terestial mosses. Individual plants 20–30 cm or more long are common in Sphagnum species for example.
Wherever they occur, mosses require moisture to survive because of the small size and thinness of tissues, lack of cuticle (waxy covering to prevent water loss), and the need for liquid water to complete fertilisation. Some mosses can survive desiccation, returning to life within a few hours of rehydration.
In northern latitudes, the north side of trees and rocks will generally have more moss on average than other sides (though south-side outcroppings are not unknown). This is assumed to be because of the lack of sufficient water for reproduction on the sun-facing side of trees. South of the equator the reverse is true. In deep forests where sunlight does not penetrate, mosses grow equally well on all sides of
the tree trunk
Moss is considered a weed in grass lawns, but is deliberately encouraged to grow under aesthetic principles exemplified by Japanese gardening. In old temple gardens, moss can carpet a forest scene. Moss is thought to add a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden scene. Rules of cultivation are not widely established. Moss collections are quite often begun using samples transplanted from the wild in a water-retaining bag. However, specific species of moss can be extremely difficult to maintain away from their natural sites with their unique combinations of light, humidity, shelter from wind, etc.
Growing moss from spores is even less controlled. Moss spores fall in a constant rain on exposed surfaces; those surfaces which are hospitable to a certain species of moss will typically be colonised by that moss within a few years of exposure to wind and rain. Materials which are porous and moisture retentive, such as brick, wood, and certain coarse concrete mixtures are hospitable to moss. Surfaces can also be prepared with acidic substances, including buttermilk, yogurt, urine, and gently puréed mixtures of moss samples, water and ericaceous compost
...oh ye and something about a troublesome wide receiver from Oakland being traded
to the Patriots too. Traded for a fourth round pick in the draft, that's embarrassing. Given that the Pats have also acquire Donte Stallworth, Kelly Washington and Wes Welker this off season means that Tom Brady has a worryingly good receiving corps to work with next year... not that he needed it really. The only thing that could possibly go wrong is if Moss implodes a la T.O. at Philly and takes his new team with him... but I'm sure that won't happen
Sunday 29 April 2007
- Quarterback [6-6, 263 lbs.]
- L.S.U. [25-4 record as a starter]
- Drafted by the Oakland Raiders
- 4.72 in the 40-yard dash
- 335-pound bench press
- 515-pound squat
- 31-inch vertical
Russell enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003, spending the season on the scout team. He played in 11 games and shared quarterback duties with Marcus Randall in 2004, earning five starts. He completed 73 of 144 passes (50.7 percent) for 1,053 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. But, despite his 4.7 speed, he was sacked 13 times and lost 41 yards on 26 carries, finishing with 1,012 yards in total offense.
Russell became the full-time starter for the Tigers in 2005 and led the team to a 10-2 record in the Tigers' first 12 games. He suffered a left shoulder separation and ligament damage in his right wrist vs. Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, forcing him to miss the Peach Bowl and 2005 spring practice after undergoing wrist surgery. His '05 season totals -- 188-of-311 attempts (60.5 percent) for 2,443 yards, 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He scored twice on 61 carries, but lost 22 yards, as he was sacked 21 times and lost four fumbles
Russell and his favorite target, receiver Dwayne Bowe, combined to become the most prolific pass-catch scoring tandem in school history. The duo connected on 23 touchdowns. Russell leaves LSU as the school's second-ranked passer with a 61.86 completion percentage and 52 touchdown passes. He is just the third player in school history to throw for more than 6,000 yards in his career and the first to lead the team to at least 10 victories in consecutive seasons. Russell also proved to be a heroic passer; he rallied the team to eight victories after trailing in the fourth quarter or overtime.
In 36 games at Louisiana State, Russell started 30 games and threw for 6,625 yards, 52 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. He completed 493-of-797 passes (61.9 percent) and rushed 139 times for 79 yards (0.6 yards per carry) with four scores. On 936 total plays, Russell piled up 6,704 yards in total offense, an average of 186.22 yards per game
Given the fact that Oakland actually had one of the best defences in the league last year but couldn't do anything on offence this a good choice for a new-look Raiders under rookie head coach Kiffin. Russell could potentially/probably be the starter in silver and black come opening day and given his talent he should have an immediate impact. There is very little pressure on him taking control of such a dud offence and at the same time if anyone could get some positive production out of that pack of donkeys it'll be Russell. Good sensible call by Oakland at no.1... unlike last year...Texans.... 'Reggie who? No what we REALLY need is a defensive linesman.. Mario Williams is our man.'... Mario who?....
[As an aside Baltimore took a guard in the first round as back up for ze aging Johnathon Ogden]
Saturday 28 April 2007
'Hello to the global world of international lovers of All Blacks rugby,I know there's a lot of you out there. It's the Jedi speaking! In this most auspicious of rugby years its time to take a bloody good look at yourself and answer the hard questions.. how the hell are you gonna listen to the rugby? Yes, the alternative rugby commentary, live, online! The alternative rugby commentary is streaming live to the internet in 2007, for a blockbusting winter of international relations. This year the Frogs pop in for a two test tapping, and those crazy Canucks give it a crack. Then the Blackness prepares to fall upon the 'Criminal Element' and Afrique du Sud in the annual tri-nations before the big dance comes along in September, then its world cup fever....clear the bloody decks, this June to September All Blacks fans, there's only one question you need to answer... am I Black enough? The alternative rugby commentary, this year we're black and we're proud.'
I like sport. Having played some kind of team-orientated game since I was old enough to stand you could say I have a somewhat deep rooted love of all things involving a ball of varying shape and size (stick to control the ball is optional). Because of this lifetime engrossed in playing I naturally acquired a desire to watch sport on t.v. at any given oppurtunity. This has on occasion been to the detriment of my education slightly (world cup in J.C., Lion tour during the L.C., the Heineken cup in general, the six nations, NFL) but other than that it is a completely harmless addiction and I can quit whenever I like by simply turning off the t.v.
Or not, in the grand pantheon of sport I have a particular soft spot for ones of extreme violence. Having spent 6 years playing rugby I think I've developed a somewhat sadistic desire to watch, as much as possible, two groups (or just two fighters) of hilariously large men beat the living crap out of each other. To this end the NFL, NHL and UFC have become firm favourites of mine in the last couple of years, months and weeks respectively. There is also rugby, in any way shape and form and the occasional Aussie Rules, both of which I watch religiously too.
The main difference between my new favourite sports and the old guard is the average kick-off time. I'm not a late night kinda guy to begin with and the UFC isn't that bad cos of bravo's delayed coverage (they show the fight the night AFTER it happens, but at a normal hour) but watching the NFl and NHL is almost painful.
Right now it is 10:51 a.m. (I've been up since 9) and I'm watching the overtime in the Vanvouver - Anaheim hockey game. I went to bed at 5:30... just a little over 5 hours ago. I've had 3 and a half hours sleep, my eyes are actually fighting to stay closed I'm so tired. This is my only real grievance about watching hockey or football. I think both are fantastic spectator sports but damnable time difference makes watching them live a chore.
What would improve the experience significantly would be the removal of the goddamn ad-breaks, once you've seen the same ad for Zoom airlines 3oo million times, you don't feel like flying cheap from the U.K. to Canada, you just wanna kill someone. I thought it was bad in the NFL, but yank football lends itself to numerous ad breaks with its stop/start nature. Hockey though... how they manage to drag an ice hockey game, thats 3 periods of 20 minutes into a 3 hour long affair is quite a feat of time management. To compare with say rugby, 2 halves, 40 minutes long, 15 mins for half time, 15 mins for build-up if you wanna watch it, maybe another 15 if you watch the match reaction after; thats a grand total of 125 mins, just over 2 hours. So in the space of time it would take you to watch 2 hockey games 12:00 a.m. -> 6:00 a.m you could potentially watch 3 rugby matches... and a hockey match is 60 minutes total, rugby is 80...
hmmm something is rotten in the state of sports television
[Puppy sleepin pic is in honour of my dog, who decided to taunt me by sleepin on the rug in front of the t.v. this morning]
A former Croatian special forces officer Mirko Filipovic (usually billed as Mirko Cro Cop after his earlier life) is now recognised as one of the most fearsome strikers in MMA. Starting out kick-boxing in K-1 in 1996 he moved into full MMA in 2001 when he joined Pride. His record so far, having fought for the Pride and UFC MMA organisations stands at 22 wins, 5 losses (I think that includes the Gonzaga fight) and 2 draws. Of his 22 wins, 15 have come from knockout. Cro Cop still lives in Zagreb presumably to exercise his political power in the Croat parliament, which he was elected to in 2003.
Sunday 22 April 2007
Yesterday myself, Ed, Mullane and Manzy went on a bit of a trek to Dundalk to see Ireland play Luxembourg in the 2nd, possibly 3rd tier world Ice Hockey championships. Now when you say it like that your immediate reaction is probably, 'what the fuck? what a terrible idea.' But I'm telling ya, greatest road trip ever. Not only did we get to see the game (rinkside haha) which was class (good work by Ed getting us in there at all after our promised free tickets went awol) but the sights and sounds of Dundalk were fantastic. From the moment we arrived and saw the Mongolian Ice Hockey team waiting for a bus... you could just tell it was gonna be a special day.. and oh how it was. Between those Mongolian chaps (they were everywhere), KFC, 'the Kitchen', that mysterious lone electric windmill and as I said a class game (ended 3-3 after overtime, penalty shootout is the vid)... greatest road trip ever (well to date anyway)
Friday 20 April 2007
11 Years Pro
27 Fumbles forced
Ed Reed (Baltimore Ravens)
5 Years Pro
5 Fumbles forced
Roy Williams (Dallas Cowboys)
5 Years Pro
9 Fumbles forced
Sean Taylor (Washington Redskins)
3 Years Pro
7 Fumbles forced
Thursday 19 April 2007
Its called the rugby roundtable, you can suscribe to it from the All Blacks webpage and it is fucking hilarious, so good, yis it is mate
'It was orgasmic in the commentary box'
Wednesday 18 April 2007
Outside Linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, he earned the nickname 'Lights Out' in high school when he managed to knock unconscious not one, not two, not even three but four opponents in the first half of a game.
Only two season pro he's already established himself as one of the best players in his position
Fumbles Forced: 4
Despite not playing four games of the season his 17 sacks led the league this year... which is ridiculous
Thursday 12 April 2007
Tuesday 10 April 2007
Sunday 8 April 2007
Thursday 5 April 2007
5. South Park over Family Guy - ever since I saw the cartoon wars episodes I can't even look at Family Guy
6. Llanelli Scarletts and London Wasps over Leicster Tigers and Northampton Saints respectively.
7. George St. Pierre over Matt Serra - why? because he's a French Canadian karate kid, why wouldn't you want him to win?
8. The Mission soundtrack - is class
9. Super Mario All-Stars - like a fine wine, it gets better with age
10. Ron over DK - Dave if you're reading this BOOK YOUR FUCKING FLIGHTS!!
Born in 1975 Carlos Spencer was eduacated at Waiopehu college. Gifted with a mecurial running attack Carlos defied conventional approaches to the game at every given oppurtunity playing the game at his own, unique, high speed tempo. Widely regarded as an absolute genius with ball in hand his creative play earned him a place in the Aucland NPC set-up when he was only 17. Graham Henry (the present All-Blacks coach) took Carlos under his wing and by the young fly-half quickly became a key component of the Auckland team. He stayed with Auckland for his entire career in New Zealand, playing for the Auckland Blues franchise in the super 14 from the tournaments inception in 1996 until 2005. His electrifying style of play made him a firm fan favourite, earning him the nickname "King" Carlos, and the bane of defences in the southern hemisphere. In 1997 he was rewarded with his first All-Blacks cap, playing against Argentina. He would break the record for the most points for an All-Blacks debut, amassing 33 in total. Unfortunately for Spencer he rose to prominance in New Zealand at the same time as Andrew Mehrtens. Mehrtens, although not as explosive as Spencer was a much more reliable option than the sometimes inconsistant Spencer. From 1997-2002 Mehrtens managed to keep Spencer out of the coveted number 10 jersey but Spencer finally got his chance in 2003 after a particularly spectacular seaon for the Blues. He was the focal point for the All Blacks world cup that year, expected in many way to carry the team to the final through his creative attacking play. New Zealand lost out in the semi-final to Australia and Spencer fond himself on the fringes of the All Blacks squad again. A drop of form in 2004 and 2005 coupled with the rise of Dan Carter saw Spencer take his bow from international rugby. He played his last game in the black strip of New Zealand for the Maori against the touring British and Irish Lions in 2005. Only Grant Fox, Andrew Mehrtens and Dan Carter have scored more points for New Zealand than Spencer who tallied 291 points in 35 tests. Now 32, he plays his rugby for the Northampton Saints in England, his creative magician like antics livening up an otherwise dreary conservative English domestic league.