Freedom of Speech

Congress shall make no law respecting a establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.    

Ah, the First Amendment, one of the founding ideals of why we love this country so much. There are countries in this world still today where if you were to speak ill of the president/dictator/leader du jour, you’d be thrown in prison and locked away. In this country we enjoy such freedoms as allowing people to “occupy” areas in protest as long as they are peacefully assembled.

Unfortunately, some people don’t get what this really means. Continue reading “Freedom of Speech”

Making Millions

Recently I happened to catch a commercial saying that the Mega Millions jackpot had reached $300 million. 300 million smackeroos for buying a $1 ticket and getting some numbers right. Usually you see the people who win these are either the elderly or the backwoods poor people who then have no idea what to do with it when they win. Hell, as we covered on our episode last week, people sometimes even throw away their winning tickets. Now the chances of winning this are slim to none, but seeing that made me wonder, what would I do if I ever did win Mega Millions?

First, let’s quickly look at a story of a person that went broke, and we’ve got a doozy for you: Billy Bob Harrell. Billy Bob won $31 million from the Texas Lottery. Life was good for a while…until he couldn’t say no to anyone, including his wife, who asked for a divorce. Billy Bob literally gave away all his money, falling into depression until he eventually committed suicide.

Now that I’ve thoroughly depressed you, I’ll tell you there’s no way that this would ever happen to me. I’ve worked in finance and banking too long to blow through everything that quickly. I can, however, tell you what I’d do. If this is too logical for you, I apologize. Maybe Shaun can do the “buy your own island and conduct mad scientist experiments” blog post on Friday. Let’s assume for these purposes (because it’s easy) that I took the lump sum and only got about 60% of the $300 million. Let’s also assume I have no kids in this scenario, because…well, I don’t. Continue reading “Making Millions”

My Favorite Meme

There’s a lot to do on the internet. With Farmville, Facebook, and listening to At the Buzzer, there’s always something to do. However, one of my favorite things to do online is laugh at Internet memes. A meme is defined as an image, video, etc. that is passed electronically from one Internet user to another. Usually this means hilarious pictures, and they deliver more often than not. Internet memes generally follow some sort of template along with words to make the image humorous. An example would be this from the TV show The Office:

So, on that thought, I bring you my three favorite memes ever. Continue reading “My Favorite Meme”

Super-sized Dave

After watching my Arizona State Sun Devils defeat the hated Wildcats last weekend, and seeing 7’2” Jordan Bachynski learn how to dominate a game as a big man, it got me to thinking: How would my life have been if I were that tall? This story is written in the present time; however, the only difference is that in this story, I’m 7 feet tall and am imagining how my life would be. 

It was another hard day of practice, and so far I’m just not fitting in on the Oklahoma City Thunder, my third team in as many years. After knee surgery last year, I still haven’t fully regained my speed that I had coming out of college four years ago. My standout career at Gonzaga being a distant memory now, I’m just trying to be able to stick on one team and contribute. Continue reading “Super-sized Dave”