Saturday, March 19, 2011
Mount Roraima (also known as Roraima Tepui or Cerro Roraima in Spanish, and Monte Roraima in Portuguese), is the highest of the Pakaraima chain of tepui plateau in South America.First described by the English explorer Sir Walter Raleigh in 1596, its 31 km² summit area is defended by 400m (1,300 ft) tall cliffs on all sides. The mountain includes the triple border point of Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. (Source)
You can see more pictures of Mt. Roraima at this link.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Why didn't the NCAA tournament committee attach all four play-in games to all four #1 seeds? Instead two of them are two 12-seeds (winner plays a 5-seed), and two 11-seeds (winner plays a 6-seed).
So they apparently sort-of rank all 68 teams. Then they sort-of put them all into regions based upon location. This process is apparently allowed to alter a team's seed by 1 or 2 - just to get them in the right region of 4 regions. A great example is Texas probably should've been a 3-seed, if not a 2 even, but were given a 4-seed to alleviate a ton of traveling. WTF?
Okay okay. I can swallow that, I guess, but why is it necessary? I mean UTSA had to travel all the way to Dayton, Ohio to play Alabama State in their play-in game. Is that because if they win (which they did) they'd be right there to play none other than Ohio State basically at home? I laugh at this.
Virginia Commonwealth U. had to travel to Dayton to play (gulp) USC for their play-in game, in which the winner would go to Chicago to play Georgetown. That makes a ton of sense! Props to VCU though for proving all the "experts" wrong. They were one of two teams who Jay Bilas and others said should absolutely not even be dancing. Alabama Birmingham and Clemson also had to go all the way to Dayton to play for the right to play West Virginia back in Tampa. Ehh.. North Carolina Asheville & Arkansas Little Rock did the same for a chance to play Pittsburgh - in Washington D.C.
If it's gonna be a priority WHERE teams play, then make it as such. Otherwise, rank the teams, give the bottom 8 teams 4 games to play all four #1 seeds, and let's get on with it.
Oh.. and one last thing: I agree that the Big East is a great basketball conference. OK I agree. But 11 teams? That's ridiculous. You're rewarding teams who are in the bottom half of their conference - for (what?) playing teams in their own conference. Stupid. But hey I loved Marquette going in. But giving them an 11 seed to play a 6-seeded Xavier? Sorry - The Atlantic 10 might deserve 3 teams, but that conference isn't worthy of the respect to have its champion play such a low big east team, let alone a team who didn't win its conference tournament.
So many things wrong. But hey - at least Texas won. Onto Anaheim to play Arizona for the right to play Duke. Wait a minute - Duke should be going to Newark.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
A band is eligible for induction into Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25 years after they release their first record. This year's finalists were announced Sept. 24 — giving new hope to fans of two long-suffering bands — but the gala will leave a bitter taste in the mouths of fans of many bands whose idols haven't yet made the cut. Here are 10 of the Hall's most notable snubs.
Could this be the year? When the list of 2010 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced Sept. 24, KISS made the list, despite the fact that they might have been a greater gimmick than a band. Despite the recent surge of nostalgia for the rockers and talk of (God forbid) a new album, the Hall of Fame has never seemed inclined to let Gene Simmons and his posse of masked hell-raisers gatecrash. Maybe 1978's four simultaneously released (and equally awful) solo albums doomed KISS chances, but no matter. Hell hath no fury like an aging KISS fan scorned, and the Hall learned that in 2006 when nearly 200 of them protested the band's snub, many dressed in full KISS regalia.
Their enshrinement in 2010 is no sure thing: only five of the 12 bands nominated will make it into the Hall, based on the decision of 500 voters. Protesters shouldn't stow away those masks just yet.
If lyric writing and making sense were not part of the job description for a great band, you could argue that Def Leppard is the greatest band of all time. "Pour Some Sugar on Me," "Animal," "Armageddon It" — these monster hits off the band's 12-million selling Hysteria album (1987) aren't just favorites of the exotic dance industry, they're unbeatable for singing along with at the top of your lungs. They are also so devoid of meaning that it's possible they were written with an R-rated version of Refrigerator Magnet Poetry. Oh, and if that's not enough for you, remember that Def Leppard has the world's greatest one-armed drummer.
Bands named after cities just can't get any love. Boston was never a critical darling, but their songs were woven into the fabric of the '70s. Lead singer Brad Delp had a soaring range, which he put to heavy use during days spent slaving in the studio overdubbing and harmonizing with himself. Boston's first album, 1976's self-titled release, went platinum 17 times, but Boston could not parlay that success into long-term relevance.
Rolling Stone has called Rush fans the "Trekkies" of rock — they defend their Canadian rock heroes vehemently. The band certainly has carved out a place in rock history. With 24 consecutive gold or platinum albums, they trail only The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. But commercial success belies a career that took the occasional wrong turn. Critics cite the band's over-fascination with synthesizers in the 1980s, but fans say the period is simply proof that Rush doesn't care about convention. That independent streak might keep Rush from the Hall, but it doesn't seem to bother them in the slightest — guitarist Alex Lifeson called the Hall selection process a "joke."
Continue on to the rest of the article, and the other 6 snubs..