Archive for February, 2013

February 22, 2013

UFC 157: Believe in Hendo

History will happen tomorrow evening in Anaheim, California when the first to female fighters in the history of the UFC enter the octagon for the Woman’s Bantamweight Championship.  However, before that historic fight occurs, we will be treated to another historic war in the co-main event – a war that I would argue will be infinitely more entertaining than the main event and the winner of which should get the next shot at the Light Heavyweight championship.

Dan “Hendo” Henderson is the second oldest active UFC fighter at the ancient age of 42.  He has fought in three different promotions (UFC, Pride, and Strikeforce), has fought in four different weight classes (heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight, and welterweight), and has held titles in all three promotions and in three different weight classes.  He has a long list of amateur wrestling medals, but has found most of his professional fighting success through the knock-out power of his right hand (dubbed the “H-Bomb”).

Hendo’s opponent across the octagon is the 34-year old Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida, a truly entertaining fighter with his use of Karate.  With a professional record of 18-3, including a recent one-sided beating of Ryan Bader, Machida has held the UFC’s light heavyweight belt before, and is looking to take it back.

Las Vegas has stated that Machida is the favorite, despite the fact that he is ranked 3rd in the division to Henderson’s 2nd, and most statistical analysis would confirm Vegas’s decision.  However, the one thing stats cannot quantify is heart and determination – two things that Hendo possesses in great quantities (along with that deadly H-BOMB!).  If you need proof of Hendo’s toughness, just watch his most recent fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, a 5 round war in which Hendo emerged victorious (and which is currently free to watch on UFC.com).

In my opinion, Machida’s youth and unorthodox fighting style against Hendo’s experience and power makes for a true pick ’em fight – a fight that can easily go either way.  If Hendo can impose his will early, look for him to end the fight either through a KO or TKO.  However, if Machida is able to avoid Hendo’s strikes early on, look for him to wear down the legend in route to a decision victory.

BELIEVE IN HENDO!

February 20, 2013

In Honor of Spring Training

Hey girl, it’s the beautiful Jayson Werth.

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February 20, 2013

Face The Facts – Episode 3: #RedMamba

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I said I’d be back. Anyways, it is time for me to face the facts, I am Charles Barkley “Turrible” at predicting the outcome of All-star events. It was still a pretty good performance from the Rockets that participated and the West won the All-Stars. The dunk contest was underwhelming, but that may just be me over-hyping it in my mind. The Red Mamba didn’t win it for me, but he still won a bunch of swag points for this:

 

 

So yeah, H-town put on a hell of a show and the Fall Out Boys performance was surprisingly appropriate. Even Kobe Bryant said “Houston should be very, very proud of their city (for) the way they set this whole All-Star weekend up.” Does that give what I said more credibility? No,  probably not. But that was a compliment coming from a guy that has a hard time talking about anything other than himself, so if Houston was able to make him less self-absorbed for even a few seconds, the city did us all a great service.

 

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As we all know, tonight plays host to a once in a generation event. That’s right, the announcement of Sony’s next line of  gaming consoles. Welcome to the next generation of gaming. There have already been some leaks on the Playstation 4 and it looks like the next-gen will focus on Cloud based gaming and eliminate the used game market. This may mean cheaper up front costs and pricing tiers with in-game pay to play options. Don’t be surprised to see smart-phone and tablet integration as well as a built in “Move” system.

As I know many of you will be turning in for this historic event, I thought I might gift you with a drinking game courtesy of IGN.com (seriously check them out, they are awesome).

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Face The Facts will be back at some point in the future with some thoughts on what the next generation of consoles means for us gamers and the non-gamers as well as videos and highlights from tonight’s big expo. FTF will also be talking about basketball. Tomorrow is the NBA trade deadline, so be sure to tune in to see what players may be moving from your favorite teams and what it could mean for the playoff race going forward.

(**UPDATE- Three team trade and Houston Rockets get Thomas Robinson, 5th overall pick of last year’s draft *UPDATE- Marcus Morris of the Houston Rockets appears to be traded).  This guy (possibly Rockets bound) knows what’s up:

 

 

Fact- People that read Vivid Karet tend to live their lives like a Dos Equis beer commercial

Also be sure to check all the new fresh blogs up on VividKaret.com from the music master Klar and DIY goddess Zanahoria. Follow VivdKaret on twitter @VividKaret #quadrangleofpower and follow Face The Facts @facethefacts22 #thingstheareawesome

February 20, 2013

“The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Pinterest!”

I see that statement made about everything and anything, from hot cocoa cans turned into toddler rattles, to DIY facemasks and home hacks. The one time I’ve actually agreed with this praise, though, is on finding this image:

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“Now that,” I thought, “is definitely The Best Thing I’ve Seen on Pinterest.”

Unfortunately, as often happens when you find something awesome on an internet pinboard, it linked me to a page that was published in Russian, and which (when translated) held only descriptions of other accessories that the author thought would be great. No actual purchasing page.

I was not deterred, however. I scoured the internet for similar devices, finding things such as this, which seemed like they would take up a lot of counter space (which I don’t have) and would require a lot of storage room.

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Finally, I found the actual product page. It’s called a “Blo and Go” and it looks awesome. The major complaints about it, though, on reading the reviews, were that it a) could only be installed on a mirror, b) sometimes fell off that mirror, and c) the weight of the hair dryer sometimes caused the arm to droop out of position, requiring frequent adjustment. It received awesome reviews though, for its convenience. Also, my old hair dryer (which my mom got me at Walgreens when I was in 7th grade, and which had stood up to all my abuse over the years), had finally blown a circuit and died. ChoiLoi had surprised me with a new one for my birthday, and I figured this would be an awesome accessory.

I decided I didn’t want to invest in the actual Blo and Go. I’d had a bedside lamp with the drooping problem, and it was really obnoxious. Also, my bathroom mirror is a medicine cabinet, and the full-length mirror in our bedroom would be completely dominated by the instillation, rendering its upper third (the part where my face usually ends up) unusable. So. What to do?

I wanted something that I could install into the wall beside my mirror, that could easily hold the weight of my hairdryer, and that would be fairly compact when stored.

I first imagined repurposing an accordion-arm mirror for the job (I think I’d originally seen this concept on Pinterest, but of course I forgot to pin it), but the only one I could find under $70 was from IKEA, and had complaints about its flimsiness. So I took to Amazon, and researched everything from boom mic holders, to flexible plumbing piping, to lamps with those folding-elbow thingies.

Finally, I discovered the solution. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it before:

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Who’d’ve thunk it?

It was on sale for $15, so I utilized our Prime shipping and waited impatiently for its arrival. It’s supposed to hold up to 33 lbs (so no drooping!), swivels 14″ from the wall (that’s not including the length of the hairdryer), and is designed to adjust vertically as well as laterally. Excellent!

It’s also perfectly designed to accommodate whatever DIY attachment method you can come up with. In the future, I think I’ll probably figure out a static, circular holder that would allow for the hairdryer to be removed easily (I’m imagining a couple of these suckers would do the job pretty well), but in my excitement I chose to MacGyver it rather than make a trip to the hardware store.

I used some wire to essentially twisty-tie it into place, which worked really well, and left all the buttons free.

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From the front.

 

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From the back.

Our walls are made out of some really intense cement sheet-rock, so I recruited ChoiLoi to help me install the thing next to our full-length mirror. I made sure that it was at such a height that I would easily fit under it, and that it would be shooting my hair from around 3-4″ distance when positioned normally. Of course, since it swivels all which ways, it’s able to be adjusted as needed.

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He did a great job!

This is what it looks like installed (I decided not to crop some of the background stuff, just so you had some perspective on how very unobtrusive it actually is). It can be folded up flat against the top corner of the mirror, which doesn’t block my view.

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Ta-da!

Now, the beauty of this thing is that it leaves your hands free. I recently read an article in which women justified spending $30/week to have their hair blown out, and I thought it was somewhat ridiculous. However, I do like pampering myself, and I’ve never been able to manage the use of a barrel brush while also wrangling my blowdryer, so this was the perfect solution. Here are some shots of it in action:

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I will eventually become a pro at this whole blow-out thing…

 

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Yep. Pretty cool.

As you can see, it lets me target my roots, and allows me me to pull the rest of my hair along the heat to seal the cuticle. There’s not a lot of shimmying around, which I would have expected, and I never felt that I had to crane my neck to accommodate it. If I really needed to, I could just reach up, position it for the section of hair was I targeting, and go! In all, it took me far less time to dry my hair than it normally would, and I noticed that the back especially came out much less frizzy because I could actually feel what I was doing.

I’m still going to have to work on my barrel-rolling technique, but there are some great tutorials out there, and I’m positive that I’ll be able to get it down now that I have two hands to work with instead of one. Yay for this!

Feel free to ask questions if you have them; I’m thinking the one thing about this is that it’s not as “cute” as the pictured one (ChoiLoi said that it kind of looks a bit industrial), but that could easily be overcome through some quick spray-painting in a more girly (or neutral) color. Maybe I’ll do that when I install the holder. I wonder if I could even use one of these things, somehow?

February 19, 2013

College of Music

I’m a fan of a wide variety of musical stylings.  However, over the past couple of years I have been on a hip hop kick, and not just any hip hop.  I believe the technical term is “frat music” – bros rapping about getting messed up and getting with slams (guys like Sammy Adams, Hoodie Allen, Mike Stud, and Huey Mack all aptly fit the description).  A lot of these artists aren’t very big and don’t really get radio play, so discovering them has not been an easy task.  Until I stumbled across College of Music.

College of Music is a blog promoting a number of different hip hop and electronic artists, almost all of which I have been impressed by (and a large number of which can be described as bros and frat guys).  Anyway, if you’re a bro, if you watch MMA, if you drink and wear your hat backwards on occasion, then you might want to check out some of their stuff.

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UPDATE: Hoodie just released his new mixtape, “Crew Cuts”, and it is available here for free download.  Check it out!

February 15, 2013

Face The Facts – Episode Beta: FTF is back!

So I know it has been a long time since I have written a FTF. During that time I have been traveling the world in search of new facts to face. I ended up down in the Gulf of Naples where I decided to do some mountain climbing. So I’m rappelling down Mt. Vesuvius when suddenly I slip, and I start to fall. Just falling, ahh ahh… I’ll never forget the terror. When suddenly I realize, ” Choi Loi, haven’t you been smoking Peyote for like a year straight, and maybe you are just chillin’ out, maxing, relaxing all cool, and shootin’ some b-ball out side of school.” Bellaired Mother Frackers. So after a very long sabbatical, I’m back (and on twitter @facethefacts22) and that means FTF is coming back as well. They will contain twice the facts and three times the awesome. Speaking of AWESOME:

 

Check out the NBA All-Stars in Houston this weekend!

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You’ll get to watch this bromance:

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You’ll get to fear this Beard:

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Plus, these legends will judge the Dunk contest:

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There might also be some other people there that are not related to the Houston Rockets. Here are the Face The Facts predictions for the All Star events:

Rising Stars- Team Shaq

3 point shoot out- Matt Bonner

Skills Challenge- Jeremy Lin

Shooting Stars- Team Houston (Harden, Cassell, and Thompson)

Dunk Contest- James “Flight” White

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There is also the first female headlined UFC (157) coming up. FTF is back guys… so while I’ll have to leave for now, I just want you guys to know:

 

 

 

 

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February 8, 2013

The Incredible Bread Machine

This video was recently recommended to me at a conference.  It’s also a book (here).  Yay for free enterprise.

February 7, 2013

Macklemore + NBA = A Thing That Is Awesome

I posted a video of one of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s songs a few weeks ago – it’s pretty obvious that they’re basically my favorites right now.  So I was basically a giddy schoolgirl this morning when I stumbled across this beauty combining my favorite indie hip hop artists and my favorite sport.  It’s great to watch an independent artist get so much love overnight.  Here’s hoping he can sustain the popularity while keeping the integrity of his music.

February 4, 2013

Palm Springs

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February 4, 2013

Naples

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