Saturday, February 10, 2007

COM: Blogarithmic #212

Another couple of losses around here. Another student, of causes i don't yet know: Michael Tampke at 23 with five kids. And Gordo Findlay, who ran Camp Kickapoo for so long. He'll be missed. A couple of his grandkids, Ford and T.C., passed through on my watch. Great kids.

Clifton Fifer gave an outstanding performance at the Black History Month celebration put on by the Schreiner University Coffeehouse (brainchild of Kathleen Hudson and the Texas Heritage Music Foundation. Mesmerizing was the singing of 90 year old Mrs. Nash. Great hip-hop from Conan and from Brandon Burk. Some cool dance work by Jessica Lott and friend, and some readings by Andrea Neely and others. Centerpiece was the Greg Griffith Blues Band, which included Barrett Beach and Tom Goodwyn.

Saw Matt Goodwyn there, as well as Lorrain Lemond, Charles Goodwyn, Kiley Miller and whole crew, and Hudson of course.

I've already been bragging about ITM's The Taming of the Shrew, but i myself am stumped at how they have come so far so fast. They are going to be fantastic come show time. The first festival is at Wimberley on Saturday Feb. 24. There will be a public show here soon after. I'll post the particulars. Irec Hargrove and Cadi Hawkins in the leads are just fantastic. A whole slew of others do great work -- Chris McCrae, Garrett Whitten, Taylor Danielson, Hilary Bunker, Kanah Bradshaw and on and on.

Tried to see Nobody's Perfect last week, but didn't make it. Will go tonight to check it out. More on that later.

Finally finished a big film i've been working on for a couple of months. It's actually only 6 minutes long but veryc omplex in the editing department. It's a music video for the song Forgiven, written by one of our kids. Tony Young recorded it here in our studio and put together the mix. To start with it's a great song so i had something solid to work with. Then one of our girls choreographed some moves and she and two others danced for the song. I hope to post the song online at some point, but we'll need to work out the rights aspect of it, etc. Will post here when it's available.

Thanks to Lynne Schaffer, i am taking in a rehab bird, a hornbill of unknown species. It's one of the large ones though. It was found loose and taken to a rehabber. Perhaps an escape from a breeder or a zoo, no one has yet claimed the bird. Once i get it i will make an active effort to find the owner. Meanwhile i guess i'm the one with the expertise/ability to take one in.

Rumor is that this year's Pointy Awards have bee nmoved from February to August -- and will encompass 3 season's worth of shows???

Alright some cool links:

Top of the Atmosphere from Susan Sander

Gladys Hardy calls The Ellen Degeneres Show

The Lion King in Austin

The Tentacle Online

Some cool YouTube links

A Johann Cruyff Highlight Film

A Pele Highlight Film

Web 2.0

Steve Irwin meets Ross the Intern

DUI

Six Drummers

OK Go done at Granbury High School Talent Show

Boots with Lyle

Joseph Gordon-Levitt busts paparazzi

Free Hugs Campaign

Guys Watching 24

The next time you find yourself on a plane sitting next to someone who cannot resist chattering to you endlessly, quietly pull your laptop out of your bag, carefully open the screen (ensuring the irritating person next to you can see it) --- and hit this link.

Then there's Soccer! ITALY: Play resumes with or without

When play resumes this weekend in Italy's Serie A, half of the matches will be played in closed stadiums.

Giant AC Milan will host Livorno on Sunday (TV: GolTV, delay, 7:30 pm ET) with no one in the 80,000-seat San Siro stadium. Four other Serie A teams will play their home match behind closed doors, including Chievo Verona, which will host runaway leader Inter Milan Sunday (TV: GolTV, live, 9 m ET), and Fiorentina, whose Franchi Stadium was the site of two U.S. games at the 1990 World Cup.

There was talk of club presidents ordering a strike to protest what they believe are the Italian government's harsh reaction to the death of policeman Filippo Raciti in rioting at last Friday's Catania-Palermo Sicilian derby, but Lega Calcio, Italian pro soccer's governing body, ordered play to resume.

"Game on," said Adriano Galliani, vice president of AC Milan and former head of Lega Calcio. "It was a great test of maturity on the part of the presidents. There's still a great deal of bitterness because we were not consulted by the government."

Only six stadiums meet new security standards and will be open to the public.


Italian Clubs Praised for Accepting Government Decision
Reuters

Italians love a good strike, so it might come as a surprise to some that Italian Serie A clubs have unanimously agreed to a court of arbitration ruling that will see the majority shut their doors to fans until new safety conditions have been met. In many cases these conditions are structural and will take a long to complete. So for the rest of the season, most Serie A games will be painfully devoid of one of the league's hallmarks: atmosphere.

Despite the harsh ruling, the Italian teams have decided to play. "After a very lively discussion ... we decided to play, to demonstrate our seriousness and our share of the responsibility for the country's problems," said Antonio Matarrese, the league president who represented the clubs. AC Milan vice president Adriano Galliani, whose stadium was among those closed, praised the league's chairman: "It was a great test of maturity on the part of the (club) chairmen. There's still a great deal of bitterness because we were not consulted by the government," he said.

The Italian government implemented the new measures after a policeman was killed during a soccer riot in Sicily last Friday. As a result, only the Roma, Genoa, Siena, Cagliari, Turin and Palermo stadiums will be allowed to operate normally. The others will remain closed to fans, pending security improvements.

Cal men and Aggie women headline signees

Wednesday was National Letter of Intent Day, a huge media event in the world of college football, but few men's and women's soccer programs even bothered to make announcements.

Of the teams to advance to the final 16 in 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Tournament, only California released its incoming class. Forward Davis Paul of three-time USYS national champion Arsenal FC heads the Cal class. Midfielder Servando Carrasco of the San Diego Surf has enrolled at Cal for the spring after spending last fall at a soccer academy in Argentina. Goalkeeper Jordan Bethke, midfielder A.J. Soares and forward Andrew
Wiedeman, will make their debut with the Golden Bears next fall.

Among the Sweet 16 women's programs, Texas A&M announced a seven-player class that included former U.S. U-17 national team forward Whitney Hooper of Challenge SC. Coach G Guerrieri also signed two former Youth All-Americans: goalie Kelly Dyer, the Tennessee High School Player of the Year, and midfielder/forward Rachel Shipley from Plano, Texas. Other recruits include Sarah Pierson, Christy End, Inge Harding and Kat Armstrong.

NCAA Division I quarterfinalist Clemson announced the signing of three players who have enrolled this semester: Erin Moskos, Abby Lambert and Judea Davis.

Of the other men's programs to announce their incoming recruits, Akron announced the signing what should be one of the nation's top classes. The Zips have recruited four-semester U.S. U-17 resident Anthony Ampaipitakwong and Blair Gaven, who has been training this winter with the U.S. U-18 national team. Other recruits included Michael Nanchoff, son of George Nanchoff and nephew of Louie Nanchoff, both former U.S. internationals, and Congolese forward Steve Zakuani, whose older brother Gabby has played for Fulham in the English Premier League this season. Aaron Henkle of Indiana prep power Carmel rounds out Coach Caleb Porter's freshman class.

Like Porter at Akron, Coach Louis Bennett enters his second season at Marquette, which signed 12 players, including NSCAA High School All-American Anthony Colaizzi from Gurnee, Ill.

The rebuilding effort continues at the Washington women's program, where Lesle Gallimore had seven players sign letters of intent. Both forward Hannah Greig (Washington Class 4A Player of the Year from state champion Woodinville) and midfielder Jane Mitchell (San Diego Surf) are considered among the top women's prospects in the nation.



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