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April 6, 2015

Opening Day

Well, here we are.  Opening Day – the greatest day of the year.  The day where people all over this great nation are settling down in the bleachers with a cold beer and a hot dog to watch their home team kick off the baseball season on a beautiful spring day.  After the national anthem their ace pitcher will take to mound to mow down the opposing batting order.  In the bottom of the inning their stud slugger will launch a bomb over the left field wall and the fans will go crazy.  High fives will be exchanged among family, friends, and complete strangers.  This is baseball.  This is the national pastime.

People will come.

So even if you cannot make it out to the ballgame today, enjoy this great American holiday.  Put your game on the TV or the radio and celebrate baseball.

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January 2, 2015

UFC 182 Preview: Main Event

Instead of a Friday Jam today you’re getting a preview for the much anticipated grudge match occurring tomorrow night at 10PM Eastern on Pay-Per-View – the UFC battle for the Light Heavyweight crown between Champion Jon “Bones” Jones and the unbeaten challenger Daniel Cormier.

Not only has the bad blood between these two been boiling for the past year – they infamously went to blows at a press event back in August – but every way that you look at this fight it is awesome.  These are two of the best fighters, not only in their weight class, but in the sport as a whole, and both are currently at the top of their game.  On one side you have Jones, the long and rangy unorthodox striker with incredible wrestling skills, and on the other side you have Cormier, short but very strong and possibly the best wrestler in the UFC.  Because of Jones’s height and length, his opponent’s kicking distance is usually his own boxing distance, and the the vast height disparity on display tomorrow night will only be accentuated, causing Cormier to eat a fair number of shots as he tries to touch Jones.  However, because of Cormier’s skill set, he should be able to get inside of Jones’s reach and possibly even take Jones to the ground to deal out his own share of punishment.

Look for the  first two or three rounds to feature a heavily entertaining back-and-forth battle with neither fighter clearly pulling away.  Once the championship rounds arrive, however, Jones will most likely start to dictate the fight using his experience and superior cardio to wear down his older opponent, stuffing Cormier’s take-down attempts and landing strikes from range en route to a decision win.

Is it OK to have a Fight of the Year candidate on the first weekend of the year?  You bet, and this will it.

April 4, 2014

Your Friday Jam

I will be heading off to Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals Home Opener early this afternoon, so I am very much in a baseball mood right now.  Which explains this Friday’s Jam…

Put me in coach!

March 30, 2014

People Will Come

Tomorrow, Opening Day, is one of the most American days of the year, surpassed only by Independence Day.  While the Fourth of July is the Bald Eagle, Team America, Middle-Finger-To-The-Rest-Of-The-World kind of day, tomorrow celebrates a much gentler side of this greatest of nations.  It is a day where fathers take the day off from work to spend time with their sons in the warm glow of a spring afternoon.  It is the day that truly marks the end of winter, as Americans from sea to shining sea usher in the new season by singing the Star Spangled Banner in the bleachers of their home team’s ballpark.  It is the day were we are all reminded of our childhood, where an afternoon at the ballpark was the most amazing thing you could possibly imagine.  In the great words of James Earl Jones, “This field, this game: it’s a part of our past. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again.”  This inherent Americness of baseball is the reason why the petition to the White House to make Opening Day an official holiday warranted a response from the White House, in which they acknowledge the important place the sport has held in the growth of our country.

I know that baseball has its difficulties competing with other sports in terms of television viewership and other marketing factors, but it truly has been the American constant over the past century.  It might not be as fast as basketball and as violent as football, but do we really always need thing to be fast and violent?   What about enjoying the moment, and not wanting it to fly-by?  There is much to be said for simply sitting there, watching the subtle chess match between pitcher and hitter, and enjoying the moment, enjoying the sport, and enjoying America.  Baseball will always be here for us, and for that we love it.

Here’s to the Great American Pastime – may we always appreciate it and never take it for granted.

August 7, 2013

Welcome Back Football

We’re less than a month away from the 2013 NFL regular season and fantasy football drafts are right around the corner.  With that, the Manning brothers are here to remind us that we can’t always count on having television access for all the games.  Being the awesome duo that they are, they have a solution.

Enjoy.

And if the video wasn’t enough, feel free to take a look at this gif if you’re ever having a bad day…

March 6, 2013

Face the Facts – Episode 5: The Amazing Spandaman and Adventures with Waffles.

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Welcome to another edition of FTF, my scrumtrulescent  blog on the wonderful and irrelevant. I’m going on a trip so there won’t be another FTF for a few weeks. I’ll be sure to fill you in on the the goodies from our adventures overseas as soon as I get back State-side. In the rare case that I don’t make it back, I wanted to include my will in this FTF. So here goes:

To my brother Lam, I give you all of my videogame equipment and the board game Cranium (to get smarter). To my brother Binh, I give you my headphones and protein shaker (to get stronger). To my flat-mate Klar, I give you my Bowflex (to get swole-er). To Cthulhu, you can have any extra toilet cleaning supplies I have in my bathroom (because go screw yourself evil Cthulhu). To my wonderful wife, I give you everything else. Oh yeah, and to my buddy Lt. Dan, I give you my brain pod and the remaining balance of my graduate school debt.

Fact – There really is no such thing as a “Belgium Waffle.” It was simple a marketing tactic to sell the “Brussels Waffle”to Americans who were bad at geography. What many mistakenly call a Belgium Waffle is simply a Brussels waffle made with American waffle ingredients 

So Zanahoria told me the other day that we had some ground beef and potatoes that we needed to use up before our trip. We decided to make waffles out of them. This is what happened:

1. We busted out the Mouli, a vintage French grater we have courtesy of Mummo.

 

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2. Then we went SHREDDER on those potatoes and seasoned it with a touch of salt and pepper.

 

 

3. After that, Zanahoria seasoned the meat with an assortment of delicious spices.

 

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4. We mashed it all together an balled them up.

 

 

5. Next we heated the waffle maker and put the ingredients in.

 

 

6. Viola! I present to you your meat and potatoes… in waffle form.

 

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So they were fairly easy to make and were quite tasty.We are  now thinking of hosting a “you bring it and we will waffle it” party. Think of the possibilities! Brownie waffles, Cookie Waffles, Cheese Waffles… we could even combine Chicken and Waffles and make Chicken Waffles! Mind Blown!

Fact – The resignation letter that Jarvis, Tony Stark’s butler, wrote in Iron Man No. 127 was actually artist Dave Cockrum’s real life resignation letter to Marvel. The only editing done  to the letter was changing “Marvel” to “Avengers.”

So Klar, Zanahoria, and I went out to sushi this past weekend. While we were waiting for our food I busted out some doodles. Zanahoria and Klar were both floored by the magnificence of my art work. Klar said he had never witnessed such grace in the form of a sketch. Zanahoria asked me if my hands had been blessed by the heavens. They wanted to know what inspired me to create such a wonderful work of art.

I told them what they were seeing was a character I had created during my childhood. His name was Spandaman, the awesomely radioactive sponge. They asked “did he have a sidekick?” Well, it was probably whoever my best friend was as a kid… so no. Not even an imaginary one? Well my imagination kind of sucked (superhero sponge?!) so that’s a negatron. Nonetheless, they just couldn’t get over how cool Spandaman looked. Klar said that I should turn it into a web comic serial on FTF. Zanahoria said that if Klar said it was a good idea than at least one person thought it was a good idea. She probably had more to say but sushi had just arrived.

So exciting news time! From now on FTF will be bringing you the web comic series “The Awesome Adventures of Spandaman!” FTF is proud to present to you…

The Awesome Adventures of Spandaman – No. 1 – The Obligatory Origin Story

*best to play this while viewing the comic 

Millions of years ago, an astroid containing radioactive fragments crashed into Earth. The astroid plunged deep into the Pacific Ocean, exploding on the ocean floor and causing massive tsunamis and earthquakes all around the planet. All of the surrounding wildlife perished from the initial blast except for single sea sponge. The radioactive elements had animated the sea sponge, giving it both incredible intelligence and lithe limbs!

 

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The sponge walked over to a wrangled mess of kelp and seaweed and fashioned a cloak. He then made a utility belt out of bits of coral and shell. Parts of the astroid had forged together upon impact and created the coolest pair of sunglasses, which the sponge appropriated to mask the fact that he did not, in fact, have eyes. From then on the world would know that unassuming sponge as SPANDAMAN!

Tune in to future installments of FTF for the next Awesome Adventures of Spandaman… now with actual adventures!

Fact – George St. Piere’s chest tattoo is Kanji for “jujutsu.”

So unfortunately I’ll still be out of the country when the welterweight extravaganza (aka UFC 158) occurs. The co-main event of this card is about as good as it gets with GSP going against rival Nick Diaz and my boy Jonhy Hendricks going against Carlos Condit. I won’t go into to much detail as I am sure Klar will have a write-up of some sort as the match rolls around, but I will leave you with this promo:

GSP said in an interview that the tattoo on his chest means that there are two sides of him, and that he can be very rude and very nice. He finished by saying “I like to be rude when I fight.” The term jujutsu translated means “the gentle art.” Does this imply that the non-tatted side of his chest is the rude ying to his tatted side’s yang? Something tells me he won’t be “inspired” by his tattoo on March 16.

Fact – People that read VividKaret.com are above average.

Tune in to the next Face The Facts where FTF will finally look at the future of gaming. Be sure to check all the new fresh blogs up on VividKaret.com. Follow VivdKaret on twitter @VividKaret #quadrangleofpower and follow Face The Facts @facethefacts22 #thingsthatareawesome.

 

March 1, 2013

Face the Facts – Episode 4: Make Him Feel The Pain!

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Welcome to another addition of FTF, my bro-dacious blog on the wonderful and irrelevant. So it has been awhile, and I am sure many of you are wondering how things are going in La Casa de Vivid. Things are going splendidly. I have been married over a year now to the beautiful Zanahoria, and while I don’t show it enough, I love her very much and am so happy. I am constantly amazed by her and I am thoroughly humbled at the thought of how much patience she must possess to deal with me.

Living in DC has been a blast. I find myself thinking of this city as home now. When we leave this will have been a very special and memorable stop in our lives. My flatmate and Chtulhu have done an excellent job completing the quadrangle of power (TMed by Zanahoria). They hold a very unique place in the hearts of my wife and I. As I have started to adopt this city as my new home, I too have started to view my flat-mate and his rice-rocket-racing-demon-troll of a wife, as family.  They are about as kind and respectful as flatmates get and they get down 90’s style just about as well as anybody short of…

Fact- The brain, which serves as the interpreter of pain for the body’s pain sensitive nerve tissues, itself cannot experience the pain as it is the only part of the body without these nerves. 

The “feel the pain” is an homage to my awesome (and sometimes oddly sadistic) dad. A few years ago when I was in law school in Florida, my family came down to visit during the holidays. Naturally (as people tend to do in Florida) we went to the beach where my brothers and Zanahoria decided to bury me in the sand. Before long I was basically entombed in the sand with only my head free. It was all fun and games until my dad walked over, balled a large clump of wet sand, picked it up, and proceeded to drop it with gravitational might… on my privates. As he did this, he yelled out “make him feel the pain!” He couldn’t stop chuckling after that, he was practically  giddy with evil. So my dad can bring the pain.

As they say, like father-in-law like daughter-in-law. So everyone knows my wife is a super ninja warrior princess. She has  a battle cry like Xena and her approach to fighting is Lawless. A while back, inspired by my viewing of the movie Warrior (I have a review of the movie further down in the blog), I decided I needed to teach my wife a little mma in case some one was stupid enough to mug her. We do live in the city, and in the city one faces inner city pressure. So I gave her some boxing gloves and I put on mitts to teach her some basic punches. She started punching me and not the mitts.

After recovering from the kidney shots, I told her she should take it easy and just try and hit the mits. She scoffed at me and replied that if she was going to learn to fight she might as well learn to hit some one instead of giving them really accurate “fist bumps.” So I decided to switch gears and offered to teach her some jiujitsu. She was having none of it, she wanted to drop some Z-Bombs. I told her that she needed a foundation before she threw haymakers. She said fine, “teach me the basics and I’ll fill in the bleeders.” Yeah… she said that. So if someone ever decides to attack my wife, you are going to end up like this guy:

 

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Zanahoria happened, bro

 

Fact – Tom Hardy actually weighed less in The Dark Knight Rises as Bane than he was as Tommy in Warrior (movie review #spoilers)

First of all, I nominate this movie for guy’s night. Yeah, I like it that much. The movie is about two brothers, one is a marine and the other brother is a science teacher, dealing with their emotions through mma. They train to compete in a grand prix style tournament that features the best mma fighters in the world. So naturally these two guys get in, because there are only like a handful of fighters in the entire freaking world. I mean, this is a world that references the UFC and Strikeforce! Was George St. Piere and Chael Sonnen just on vacation? Was Jon Jones ducking another fight? Where was Anthony Johnson? Surely he has a lot of free time after being dismissed from the UFC. Wait… he was in the movie.

Anyways, as one would expect from an M Night Shyamalan movie, there is a twist (spoiler alert) and the brothers meet up in the finals. Except that that really isn’t a twist and I’m pretty sure the trailers all show the brothers touching gloves while the commentator says “you won’t believe this… but the men fighting in the finals are brothers!” Twist! The announcer isn’t talking about siblings; he was just stunned that two black guys made it to the finals when only one black guy had entered the tournament (Anthony Johnson). Oh, and the movie was awesome and not in 3d, so yeah it was obviously not a Shyamalan movie.

 

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Review: This was a solid film that for better or worse, drew comparisons to Rocky. One of the greatest disservices to future movie watchers is how much of a caricature Rocky has become in today’s culture. The six sequels, the cartoonish portrayal of the rival boxers, the six pack Sly hopped up on HGH, and the inclusion of 80’s music later on in the series has led to a self over-saturation, causing many to stick Rocky in the notorious “fun” guy movie genre.  Guys, it wasn’t a great film because of the egg drinking and the over the top training montages, that was only 99%.

At the core of the OG Rocky was the very essence of the American dream. Here was a guy, down on his luck, and all he had was the love of a woman, his faith in God, and his ability to work harder than the next guy. His success encapsulated everything a hard working American believed in, that in this country, anyone has the potential to be great; you just need faith and a can-do spirit. That classic and iconic movie, the movie that won best picture, is the caliber of film I believe more closely resembles Warrior.

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The two protagonist in Warrior are estranged brothers. Tommy is an intense ex-marine bad-ass and Brendan is a good-natured but down-on-his-luck science teacher. Brendan also happens to have had a brief career in the UFC. Both are equally appealing to the audience due to the solid performances put in by the actors. Each has his own reason’s for fighting, and the movie does a good job of balancing the characters and making it hard to root for one over the other.

The film’s first two acts do a good enough job of filling in the characters back stories while moving the story forward, though there may be some cliché moments involved in these acts including it’s very own training montage. The last act, which centers around the big Sparta tournament, may be some of the most adrenaline pumping fun I have had at the movies. It was a rolling crescendo of violence; a brutally realistic representation of mixed martial arts fighting.

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This wasn’t just a movie that reminded us of how hard it is sometimes to make it day in and day out with so much uncertainty in the world,  this was a movie that took you through the hardship and let you celebrate in the triumph. I’m not saying this was a movie that got me out of my seats cheering, but that is because I have the common decency not to stand up and block the view of the person behind me.  The movie served as a communal cathartic release for an audience that most likely empathized with the hardship of a tough economy and the underdog mentality that comes with it. Many relate to the pain that grudges can cause, not just to the person but their family. To that end, there is a mix of appreciation and recoil at how powerfully this movie captures the struggles of the human experience.

I went to an undergraduate university that had a great books program. I had a professor, Dr. Dougherty, that would say that many other schools questioned why we read the same old classics over and over. He posited that we do it because there is something there that makes it a classic, a message or a lesson that is timeless and is as important and relevant today as it was back then. So there may be a few complaints about this movie rehashing some of the same “redemption” movie tropes and sport clichés . You may feel that way while you watch it; but when it is over, you may be thinking you have just watched a classic.

5 out of 5 Vivid Karets:

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Fact – Tom Hardy’s fight scenes were generally short because of his limited knowledge of mma.

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Fact – They were originally planning to CGI Bane’s physique, but decided it would be more realistic if he looked strong but not bodybuilder strong. Criminal masterminds plotting terrorist attacks have limited time to lift and plan their diet.

Fact – Dennis Rodman didn’t play a second of high school basketball, and was only 5’11” when he graduated.  He grew eight more inches by the time he was twenty, at which point he quit his job as a janitor at the DFW airport to play basketball at Cooke County Junior College.

So the NBA trade deadline past with very little movement. Players that were rumored to be on the move (Josh Smith/Al Jefferson/Marcin Gortat) stayed put. The teams that were suppose to be active (Jazz/Hawks/Nets) didn’t do anything. The Bucks acquired another short shooter in JJ Reddick, and the Suns united twin brothers Markeiff Morris and Marcus Morris. BTW, Zanahoria pointed out that if Markeiff ever stinks in a game you can always say “Markieff, more like Marqueef!” (she’s so funny).

The biggest move at the dead line involved my Houston Rockets trading Patrick Patterson, Cole Aldrich, and Tony Douglass for Thomas Robinson, Francisco Garcia and Tyler Honeycutt. Here is what the sport’s media had to say about the trade:

What do you think of Houston fleecing Sacramento for Thomas Robinson? Why do teams continue to trade with Dork Elvis? Everyone, STOP TRADING WITH DORK ELVIS!!!!! -Bill Simmons *Dork Elvis refers to Rockets GM Daryl Morey’s

That was a shocker. The highest-value player here is obviously Robinson. – Zack Lowe

Rockets definitely win this trade, Robinson helps their rebounding and defense now. – David Aldridge

So yeah it was nice trade for the Rockets. It gives the team more financial flexibility moving forward. Patrick Patterson was on a rookie contract with his option coming up (he has earned a bigger payday) and Thomas Robinson still has up to 5 years on a rookie salary. The rookie salary is the most valuable commodity on an NBA team. This is because it is fixed salary based on the CBA, not a percentage of the cap based on the free market.

Because basketball is a young man’s game, many skilled rookies can come in and contribute like a veteran by their 2nd and 3rd year. That sort of production could warrant a salary three times as much once the rookie contract ends. Now the Rockets can sign a max player, have money for extra depth, and they have another draft pick. Watch the Rockets make a hard run for Dwight Howard during the summer. While they didn’t improve their chances at a playoff push this season, they have a very bright future.

Speaking of the Rockets, my buddy Klar hooked me up with tickets to go see the Rockets play the Wizards last weekend. This was double the awesome because I get to watch the Rockets and I get a chance at personal redemption. What do I mean by redemption? Well a year ago, we went to a Knicks/Wizards game pre-Linsanity. I may have been the only person in the building that knew who Jeremy Lin was. When he left the court to walk back to the locker room I stood at the railing to say hello and get a high five. IGNORED!!! Like flat out “I won’t even acknowledge your existence” ignored. I went to a GSP dark place in my head after that. Fast forward a year later and I finally get a chance to totally redeem myself. I will not be ignored:

Oh wellos…there is always next year. So he was probably just afraid of making his bestie Channy P jealous, right? Channy P gives a very interesting handshake BTW.

Fact – Research shows guys with best friends live longer

To all the bros out there and their bromantic endeavors, I present to you the second best bromance (behind UD besties 2008) Jeremy Lin and Chandler Parson:

Fact – Reading VividKaret.com blogs makes you a cooler person

Tune in to the next Face The Facts where FTF will look at the future of gaming. Be sure to check all the new fresh blogs up on VividKaret.com. Follow VivdKaret on twitter @VividKaret #quadrangleofpower and follow Face The Facts @facethefacts22 #thingsthatareawesome. Quick shout out to the guys that are having a bachelor party at Casa de Vivid. Tonight will be fun but it is nothing compared to finding the one you love and spending the rest of your life with them. Truly, congratulations!

Peace Outside

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 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.

October 23, 2012

Sit Down

You’re time is over. Sit down.