MMA Judging finally gets it right, sort of

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I was all excited last night when the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier decision came back as a unanimous 49-46 victory for Jon Jones.  Not because, I was rooting for Jones, I wasn’t. I was excited because I had Jones winning every round but the 2nd, and it would seem from the numbers that the judges had shared my opinion, all of them.

3 judges agreeing on every frame hardly ever happens.  I thought it might have been a sign of a step forward in judging these contests.  Then today, I found an image of the scorecards and sure enough Cardo Urso (which I can only assume means Dragon Card in English) got it wrong.  He gave the third round to Cormier and the 2nd to Jones.

Unless he temporarily forgot who was in which corner there’s no explanation for this.  Cormier completely flagged in the third and did very little.

At least they got it riht in the end, sort of.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as a parent

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The turtles have made a comeback in recent years thanks to several reboots and the involvement of Nickelodeon.  So much so, that my now 3-year-old son is nuttier about the Turtle-y Teens than I ever was.

So I’m rewatching all the old cartoons with him (he has two DVDs full of the old episodes).  The first thing I noticed was the songwriting credit on the theme song.  One of two writers is listed as Chuck Lorre.  This is the same Chuck Lorre that went on to create Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory and several other television shows (although those are his two most successful).

The music is nothing special, the lyrics likewise aren’t but given their provenance, it was kind of funny to take a look at them.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half-shell
Turtle power!

They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team (We’re really hip!)
They’re heroes in a half-shell and they’re green (Hey – get a grip!)
When the evil Shredder attacks
These Turtle boys don’t cut him no slack!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Splinter taught them to be ninja teens (He’s a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That’s a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude (Gimme a break!)
Michaelangelo is a party dude (Party!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half shell
Turtle power!

So essentially you have a four person team: One is the leader, Leonardo.  A second, Donatello, does the technical work with machines (this was pre-internet).  The third is cool but crude and the fourth is a party dude.  This means half of the team’s strong suits are how they drag the team down.  Coolness, Crudeness, and Party-dudeness are not exactly traits you are going to list on your Linked In profile.

Oh, and the voice of the Shredder is Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  I’ve spent the last five hours of cartoon watching waiting for the Shredder to tell Will to get a job or Jazz to get out of his house.

Rosetta Stone Desperately Wants Me To Learn Spanish RIGHT FUCKING NOW!

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Over the past two months, Rosetta Stone has sent me over 120 emails.  The majority of these emails are in regard to some sort of SECRET SALE they are having.  If you aren’t aware, Spanish has 5 levels.  Each one is like $175 bucks or so.  You can usually buy them all in a group for like $600, but it’s really worth $899.  Or at least it was when I actually cared about Rosetta Stone.  I’m still on their mailing list, and although I’m going to be writing a sci-fi novel that will at least in part lean heavily on a bastardized version of Spanish, I just don’t care to be bilingual anymore.  The only people I see on a day-to-day basis speak English.  My two children make international travel downright unaffordable if not outrightly impossible.

This doesn’t stop the Rosetta people from pestering me about my failures on a daily basis.  They have secret sales, super secret sales.  Special offers where I can get the 5 levels for $219, on Columbus Day it was $209.  One day because they really didn’t give a fuck it was $199.

It’s like a bad stock and my inbox is the ticker.  The sale was supposed to end yesterday.  They emailed me 4 times that it was ending yesterday.  Today?  SALE EXTENDED 1-DAY ONLY!

$219.  LEARN SPANISH!  NOW.

Here’s some Spanish, Rosetta.  Chinga Tu Madre. Chinga Tu Madre In Su Culo, por favor.

Here’s hoping the unsubscribe link works.

The Paperback is Now Available on Amazon

•January 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The paperback edition of “A Million More Wishes”, my debut novel, is now available at Amazon.com.

The last time that I checked they had it for $8.90 which was 11% under the cover price.

I hope you enjoy it.

A MILLION MORE WISHES!

My First Novel Has Been Published

•January 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

“A Million More Wishes”, the 1st book in an ongoing saga, is now available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com and Smashwords.com.

The first few chapters are available as a sample on all the sites.  The whole book can be purchased for $4.99.

Please feel free to review the book or add it to your To-Read list on Goodreads.com

Halfninja.com Review:

“McDevitt paces his story with Elmore Leonard-esque dialogue in a rapidly expanding world. An east-coast Christopher Moore. Fast paced, funny and just slightly longer than a Mexican Birth Certificate.”

Is Chris McDevitt a No Talent Assclown?

•September 13, 2013 • Leave a Comment

For many people when you type ‘is so and so’ into google, the autofinish will have hilarious results:

Is Macklemore Gay?  Is Daniel Tosh Gay? Etc Etc.  I tried this for myself, and though I waited and waited, Google had no suggestions on how to finish the phrase: “Is Chris McDevitt”.

 

so I’m hoping this blog entry will at least make it try “Is Chris McDevitt A No Talent Assclown?”  if and when anyone is ever lame enough to ask google a question regarding little old me.

Jersey Boys State 5k Run & Walk

•June 19, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Jersey Boys State 5k Run & Walk.

 
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