The country of Chile has been struck with one of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded – a magnitude 8.8 quake that has destroyed buildings and infrastructure and sent a Tsunami racing west/northwest alarming those lands, countries and vessels in the Pacific. A ’state of catastrophe” was declared by the Chilean President and massive damage and an incredible death toll are both expected and feared.
The earthquake was felt as far away as Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wow!
Check out this NY times page that has great maps of the epicenter of the event and the geology behind it, plus some tsunami forecasting.
Quite the slide show of the earthquake pictures at Yahoo.
Unbelievable. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected.
Sorry Ronnie… wait, no I’m not. This kind of news is always hilarious to me. First and foremost it should be disclosed that I am a Detroit Tigers fan and I have loved to detest this cocky dude ever since he spent a few years as a player for the Cleveland Indians. Obviously, he’s been a good enough baseball player to have a pretty decent career but he’s never been short on times when his testiness and seeming desire to resemble Manny Ramirez at every chance possible hasn’t made him one of my least favorite players of all.
Reading that an athlete is overweight and, per a mutually agreed upon contract, needs to lose some amount of weight or else he won’t get paid or the contract is voided always makes me laugh. These are supposedly athletes, right? They make a living because of their athleticism, right? We’re talking about their ability to run, throw, jump, push, tackle, kick… whatever they do in whatever sport they are involved in… better than any above average man. At the core of these abilities is taking care of one’s body – or so you would think. And yet they have to write up a contract that says, “you will not get fat or this contract is void!”
We’re talking about a second baseman, here. This is not a first baseman who hardly ever has to run or a left tackle in football that NEEDS a certain amount of weight and needs to just be sure that he doesn’t balloon into something ridiculous. We’re talking about a guy who needs to be the second most mobile player on the infield and a guy who needs to have deep range to chase ground balls, cut off the outfield, scoot to the bag and turn to make unbelievably difficult double plays. Carrying extra weight is not an option at second base or short stop. Better get on the treads bro! Otherwise the Dodgers will be fielding a second baseman who actually looks like one. While you’re at it, stop staring at everyone like their holding back the next coming of Lou Whittaker.
Jonas Hiller put on an inspired performance and got some help from the goal posts as he stymied the USA Men’s Hockey Team through two periods to give his Switzerland squad a chance at an upset in the first elimination round of the 2010 Olympic Men’s Hockey Tournament, Wednesday. But Zach Parise scored on a deflection 2 minutes into the third period and added an empty netter just before the end of regulation to beat the Swiss and send USA into the semifinal round.
The USA men will face the winner of Wednesday night’s game between the Czech Republic and Finland for the right to head to the gold medal match.
Links to stories:
ESPN.com – Switzerland vs. United States
CNNSI.com – Zach Parise Powers Team USA Into Olympic Semifinals
NBColympics.com – Americans Edge Swiss 2-0 To Advance To Semifinal
General Motors to shut down hummer after potential deal with Chinese manufacturing company falls through
We love our Hummer H3 but this one’s all about brand perception and high gas prices, folks. Hardly a day goes by where we don’t have to correct someone about the gas mileage of our H3. People automatically assume that it has gas mileage numbers hovering around 8 or 9 miles per gallon when it actually has better gas mileage than the Jeep Liberty that Natalie drove for years – a vehicle that people assumed got significantly better gas mileage than it actually did. My how timing really is everything.
With the switch to more fuel-efficient utility vehicles built on car chassis (read STATION WAGONS) rather than those which trucks are based on, it may have only been a matter of time before this was going to happen anyway. It just seems to me that GM could produce a niche level of the H2 and/or H3 to harness the still present off-roading consumers who are going to be quickly running out of options when it comes to buying something new. It looks to me that GM is surrendering that completely to Jeep and, if so, Jeep brand managers should be sending GM gift baskets and thank you notes as it may be THE niche that keeps that entire Chrysler affair alive.
Or… does GM have a play up its sleeve for later? What if GM lets the hummer brand disappear for a while until they can get righted (assuming they can) and eventually buys Jeep (or the government rolls Jeep into GM, however you would want to look at that) which is the only seemingly viable part of the Chrysler group? I don’t know but I just have a hard time coming to grips with a total lack of off-road capable vehicles with the exception of trucks.
For what it’s worth, again, The H3 has been a great ride for us – it gave us the space we were after while staying reasonable in size and a small boost to fuel economy over our Jeep Liberty. Our lease is almost up so we’re going to have to figure out what to do with our vehicles promptly. I suppose we could buy the thing, but that might be difficult to justify financially. Oh well, all things change. If they didn’t they would just stay the same.
In case it hasn’t struck you, I’ve updated the site with a fresh new look and it’s now entirely powered by Wordpress. The website and the blog are no longer separate entities which means its faster to update and capable of holding a lot more content than ever before. For right now, I’ve employed a pre-built Wordpress theme, which I have enhanced, and that allowed me to get everything I wanted to get done in as efficient a manner as possible. This is just the start of things – look for more enhancements and more design work to come.