Archive for January, 2008

I think Google’s economics can be summed up with one simple graph,

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If there is one thing that is certain about this years crop of presidential hopefuls, its that they always use cash… because they surely have a love of change.

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If GT can almost beat you and Maryland can beat you in your house, you aren’t a national championship team. I’ll give Maryland some credit. Even though Maryland had a rocky out of conference start, they have stepped it up a lot.

But let’s be honest about the situation, the Heels have played against sub-par competition for the last few months with signature wins against UCSB, BYU, UNCA and Davidson. The best win they have this year is at Ohio St. But the Heels beat them by less than Butler beat them when Butler played them the very next game. What does a real NCAA tourney 1 seed look like? Duke, Tennessee, Kansas and Memphis. The Heels will likely not fall lower than a 4 seed this year but I wouldn’t be surprised to watch them drop that low. Why am I not drinking the Chapel Hill Kool-Aid? My own Charlotte 49ers look like they could run with the Heels (and maybe even beat them) by analyzing common opponents,

UNC has:

Beat Davidson on a Neutral Court by 4
Beat Clemson at Clemson by 2
Beat GT at GT by 1
Lost to Maryland at Home by 2

Charlotte has:

Beat Davidson at home by 6
Beat Clemson at Clemson by 11
Lost to GT on a Neutral Court by 4
Lost to Maryland at Home by 4

And I don’t think Charlotte is even a top 25 team right now. Because they’ve returned only 1 starter from last year and have 9 new players, mostly freshman, that are still gelling.

Looks like we’ll be seeing more of this in the near future,

Thanks to the ExtremeSkins forum for the pix!

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Proof that the Air is a superior machine!

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Thank God For Experts


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Charlotte has always been neglected by Raleigh, even more so than any other NC city. This lack of attention has even, from time to time, led to calls of secession by Mecklenburg residents. Residents of the “Great State of Mecklenburg”. And honestly, I don’t know how much secession would hurt the county since all of our financial resources could actually be used in improving the surrounding areas as opposed to paving new eastern roads with gold.

But now that Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory is running for governor, with recent polls showing him as the GOP pick for the position the banter is becoming even more heated. Take for example a recent editorial by the Observer’s own Mark Washburg entitled, “Find Love in Raleigh — Then Move”. I found the piece brutally hilarious and a perfect example of the rivalry between the two regions. I imagine this kind of dialogue will continue to increase as the election approaches because the leading Democratic nominee is Beverly Purdue who has an almost perfect East NC voting record.

Some of the best quotes from the Find Love in Raleigh — Then Move writeup:

Raleigh is the nation’s best city for dating.

No, not carbon dating. Romance dating.

This comes from no less an authority than the Every Day With Rachael Ray magazine, widely respected in the news industry for its crusading views on dumplings.

Having lived there, I feel a few words about that love nest to the east are in order.

And then…

But first, it would be ungentlemanly and unquestionably rude to speak ill of Raleigh, a suburb of Cary.

but there’s more,

It’s [Raleigh’s Downtown] now as arousing as Times Square because a TV station installed a storefront studio where star-struck lovers gather to watch newscasters do their stuff.

And of course a dig on Raleigh’s architecture,

At the heart of Raleigh’s alluring skyline is one tall building. It’s a rather sinister-looking affair, but theatrically inspiring, like it fell off the set of a Batman movie.

For lovebirds, it provides a first-date ice-breaker.

She: “That Batman building down there? It like, ewww, gives me the creeps.”

He: “Oh, you know, like totally, me too.”

She: “Let’s have babies.”

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