Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Twitter considers me a legitimate political analyst!

Twitter has a page now that shows all tweets related to the 2008 presidential election. So I decided to test it out myself with a simple tweet containing the words "Sarah Palin" and see if it was the real deal. And it worked!To see Twitter users' opinions on the election, check out Election.Twitter.com

And while you're there you might as well go to MY Twitter page and follow me at Twitter.com/adamrucker

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What are you supporting?

One UT student has taken to decorating their bike to show support for presidential candidate Barack Obama.This made me think about myself; what am I supporting when I ride my bike?Apparently Dasani water.

But let me just say: I like all water whether it be Dasani, Deja Blue, Ozarka or Poland Spring. The only water I really don't like is sparkling. That's really my only exception. Sparkling water. Or any colored water. Or those fruity-flavored waters. Vitamin Water is good, but you know some of those store brands that are like "hint of blueberry," that's just weird. Other than that, water is pretty freaking awesome.

So support WATER in 08 everybody! It's the new Obama.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

I don't like Windows Vista-- Go figure!

This is my first, and hopefully only, post to be generated on a machine running Windows Vista. I made the unfortunate choice to leave my portable Mac at the apartment when I came to campus today, and now I'm subjected to using one of these Vista-running Dells.

To be fair: I really haven't given it much of a chance. I came into this wanting to hate Vista, and I do.

So that's about it. Oh, but while I'm here I might as well say a little something about the new Microsoft "I'm a PC" commercials: were they shot on my 1980s home video camera? They just look kinda ghetto. Also, the people they used could not look more forced into saying "I'm a PC," like they were almost ashamed of it. Except for Eva Longoria, who I'm sure got paid a pretty penny to lounge outside of a pool and say "I'm a PC." Believe me: I would have too.

It's just that the chances are 90% of these "PC"s are actually Macs that wouldn't turn down the chance at a little exposure.

I also found it HIlarious that someone figured out that the commercial itself was actually made on a Mac. So fitting.

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

My Thoughts on SURVIVOR: Gabon

It's been a good long while since I've watched Survivor.. seven seasons actually. But for some reason I decided to pick up the habit again this year for Survivor Gabon, the 17th season of Survivor (YES, SEVENTEENTH season).

First things first: this is definitely the most BEAUTIFUL season of Survivor. We can thank HDTV for this, as this is the first season of the show to be shot in HD. It's incredible how much of a difference it really makes. It looks like a movie... And I guess Gabon itself should be given some credit too. It's pretty nice. If you're unaware (as I was prior to just Wikipedia-ing it): Gabon is a country in west central Africa sharing borders with Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Republic of the Congo and the Gulf of Guinea. The show also dubs Gabon as "Earth's Last Eden" in their promos because so much of it has been untouched by human hands-- until now when they decided to shoot a television show there... So far the scenery has definitely been b-e-a-u-tiful and I expect that to continue.

The tribes this year are "Kota" and "Fang" (pronounced FONG) but could be better known as "Winners" and "Losers." CBS showed two episodes on premiere night and in both cases the Fang tribe had to send someone home. But that wasn't really a terrible thing in my opinion; both people that went home were REALLY annoying. The first: the most negative girl in the tribe, second: the most positive girl in the tribe. Gillian, the latter, tried at first to be the tribe mother by encouraging everyone at all times; her persistent positivity is what eventually led to her demise. That and her oldness.Winning both of the first two immunity challenges may have gone to Kota's head though: Jacquie (or possibly Kelly) said "I don't envision us losing-- ever," during one of her post-challenge interviews. That my friends, is never a good thing to say. Look for that coming back to bite her very soon.

Even though they lost every challenge, I think our Fang tribe should be given some props for craftiness as they somehow fashioned a fishing hook out of glasses rims and successfully caught dinner with it!One of the best things about Survivor, and a lot of reality competition shows for that matter, is a little something called Dramatic Irony: when we the audience know something the people in the show don't know-- making the people on the show look like idiots. It happens a lot in Survivor. Nearly every Tribal Council someone is completely knocked off their feet when the entire tribe votes them out and they never saw it coming (as was the case for both Michelle and Gillian).

A great example of dramatic irony from this week's episode was after Dan returned back from Exile Island. Dan's tribe was convinced that he had found the hidden immunity idol on Exile Island, but we knew he didn't have it and his tribe refused to believe him when he said he didn't have it. So at Tribal Council, Crystal tried to force it out of him by flat-out saying she thought he had it. Of course the audience knew that Dan didn't have it, so Crystal just ended up looking like an idiot. When it came time to reveal the idol, Dan showed he didn't have it. Crystal was not too thrilled.I should also add that for some reason Dan wore a button-up shirt and tie to tribal council. He looked like someone dressing up for Halloween as Jack from LOST.These people must have been plucked straight from their jobs or something because most of them arrived wearing business attire. Or maybe someone told them they were going to be on the new season of The Apprentice and decided to throw them for a loop.

I look forward to the rest of this season as well as the new season of my favorite reality competition show, The Amazing Race, which premieres Sunday (Sept. 28) on CBS!Rucker's Rating: Soo Good

If you missed this week's episode of Survivor, catch it for free online HERE.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

My First Longhorn Football Game

Well, it wasn't really my first UT game, just my first UT game AS a Longhorn. We played the Arkansas Razorbacks and basically blew them away 52-10.

Here are some photos from the event:

Bevo chillin' out. Holla Bevo!Here come the Horns!
Sea of orange.Bevo's closeup.Can you spot the Razorbacks?There they are... Sad day for them.
Colt McCoy scores his second touchdown. The University of Texas Longhorn Band- halftime.This is the worst pizza costume I've ever seen. Of course, it's the only pizza costume I've ever seen... but still probably the worst.

Hook 'Em Horns!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

My Extended Hunger is Your Lucky Day

I just wanted to congratulate whatever UT student comes across the $8 that I either left in a classroom or that fell out of my pocket. I spent the last 4 hours looking forward to spending the money at my favorite egg roll stand, but when I got there and reached into my pocket to retrieve cash to pay for my egg roll/chicken fajita taco/strawberry lemonade combo, my cash was GONE.

Therefore: no egg roll for me. I'm not mad or anything- it's my fault. Just know that I'm really hungry.

Hopefully the money finds a well-deserving person who needs something to brighten their day.

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Dear Dell, you are not Apple.

I noticed during my journalism writing class today that the computer I was using was, in essence, a really ghetto imitation of Apple's iMac.You'll notice that Dell has "hidden" the CPU behind the monitor, making it a one-piece unit that you can carry with the handy built-in handle. It's a pretty good effort, but this would have been much cooler if it we were still in the 90s.Also, it's kinda hard to look good when there's a room full of these beautiful specimens sitting just next door.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

I really like this AmEx commercial!

I don't think this is very new but I just saw it for the first time. Definitely a great mix of people that I'm fans of: Jim Henson (and Muppets), Laird Hamilton, Seinfeld (with the exception of those Microsoft commercials.. I was not a fan of those) and Ellen.

Just thought it was very creative and well-made!

Sorry though AmEx, I still sticking with VISA.

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Unlucky Day?

If you follow me on Twitter you know that I woke up this morning with an odd feeling that something would go wrong today. I hate that feeling. And it doesn't happen that often to me. Maybe it's the result of me watching that new CBS show Worst Week last night. Which, incidentally wasn't very good. The guy's life is chock full of bad luck.

So I proceeded through my day normally as if nothing would go wrong. And then it did. Out of NO WHERE my wireless Internet modem just completely went out! Completely! So now I'm working off of borrowed Internet until the Time Warner guy gets here. Thanks "Tanny"!

But in the spectrum of things that could go badly, my Internet problem is not nearly as bad as this person who just had their car towed from my apartment building's parking lot. They're VERY strict about having your parking sticker prominently displayed on your ride.
That has got to be the worst. Ever. And as a result, I keep checking my car every 2 minutes to make sure it doesn't mistakenly get towed too.

UPDATE: While I was writing this post I noticed out the window that our red Jeep friend was granted a little reprieve and returned to its spot. Lucky day for you Mr. Cherokee.
Anyway, I just got a call from the Time Warner guy that he'll be here in an hour. Crossing my fingers that I get the Net back!

UPDATE: 2 modems later I now have Internet again!

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

My Review of CBS's Worst Week

Just posted my review of CBS's new sitcom (?) Worst Week over at Urban&Rucker.

Check it out to see the not-so-nice things I had to say about it...

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If only I were a turtle...

I'm sure this turtle, seen here carelessly basking in the Austin, Texas sun at the University of Texas, has a lot less worries than I do right now. He's probably not thinking about how in 15 minutes he has a Marketing exam or that Thursday he has two more exams. No, this turtle is probably just sitting there thinking, "I'll probably sunbathe for another 2 minutes, then swim for ehh, I dunno, 5 minutes? Then I'll sunbathe some more..."

It's gotta be a rough life, turtle. At least be thinking about me while I'm defining the steps of marketing segmentation and you're working on your tan.

PS: can shells even tan anyway?

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I am very uncomfortable right now...

Who is the genius that designed this bench thinking that it would in any way be comfortable to sit on? Because I'm sitting on it at this very moment and it is not- comfortable.

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Really? Get my sandwich.

While I was waiting at a stoplight this morning, a bus passed in front of me with with a brand new McDonald's ad wrapped around it. I couldn't get a photo quick enough but just picture it in your mind.

~A smirky looking McDonald's worker staring at you from the left with the large caption: I'M WORKING ON MY FUTURE" written across the bus~

The ad reeked of attitude and suggested that the girl might follow up her statement with, "What are YOU doing?" I couldn't help but have the immediate reaction of: Really? Get my sandwich.

This is of course is a famous line, or at least famous in my circle of friends, from Ellen Degeneres's HBO special, Here and Now. She tells a story of how a waitress once told her she had a problem with procrastination, to which she responded, "Really? Get my sandwich."

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE McDonald's; I go there at least twice a week. And I highly respect the food engineers that work there, because, well, how else would I get my delicious and nutritious food in a speedy and hospitable manner? It's just that when I'm really hungry, I care less about the McDonald's girl's future and more about whether or not they took the pickles off of my Quarter Pounder w/Cheese like I asked.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Is it National Test Week or something?

Maybe it's just me, but it seems like every class known to mankind has a test this week. I know I have tests in all but one of my classes.

That's really all I have to say. Just wondering if anyone else was in the same boat as me- so I decided to post about it in order to allow myself to continue to put off hitting the books. Ugh- I should go...

Back to studying.

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Barack Obama Didn't Go to University of North Texas...

I've passed the billboard many times during my drive to and from Austin and it never ceases to confuse me. It appears to be a really old picture of Barack Obama advertising for the University of North Texas -- Dallas campus with the words "Expand your thinking" written across his face.

I mean, do whatever you want, but as far as I know Barack Obama has nothing to do with UNT and he certainly didn't go there. It's kinda like putting a Big Mac on a billboard for Burger King. You'd think UNT would want to put one of their own on the Billboard like Norah Jones, Thomas Haden Church, Hyun-Soon Chong, or DR. PHIL!

Or maybe they should just stick with Obama and hope no one notices...

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Disney's New Genetically Engineered Child Stars!

It would not shock me if all of the things in this video turned out to be 100% true. Be sure to pay attention to the captions at the bottom of the screen as well. "Stars Have 5-10 Year Relevance Expectancy" is my favorite. And soooo true.

Disney Lab Unveils Its Latest Line Of Genetically Engineered Child Stars

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Hot Links for the Weekend!


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What's a 9 letter word for Overstatement of the Year?

So I have a subscription to the New York Times... OK and before you go calling me a loser: I HAVE to have this subscription for the purposes of my journalism classes, OK? So calling me a loser will not affect me because I already know I am one. Believe me... anyway, so my subscription to NYT allows me to get awesome e-mails like this one I received this morning (pay close attention to the first four lines of text):Several thoughts were included in my reaction to this e-mail:

  1. It scares me to think that the most reputable American newspaper (in some peoples' minds) clearly has no idea what the word SPECTACULAR means. I would reserve the word "spectacular" for special occasions like when an 8-month-old baby takes the wheel from his seizure-suffering mother and safely steers them off the highway overpass. I would not use the word "spectacular" to describe this cookie jar.
  2. Does NYT even know that this ad exists? Cuz If they had seen it I would hope they wouldn't have sent the words "Now the New York Times covers not only the issues and news -- but also your oatmeal raisins and chocolate chips," to all their readers.
  3. Retail value of $64.95?! Are you kidding me? Do they sell this at Tiffany's or something? I would expect to see this at Big Lots for $9.95 (and frankly, probably will in about 2 weeks). Besides, who uses cookie jars anymore anyway?
Just thought I'd pass this along... Who knows, maybe I'm crazy and this cookie jar will be the next Tickle Me Elmo... It IS getting close to Christmas time!

PS: the answer is H-Y-P-E-R-B-O-L-E

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Kelly Clarkson wished me Happy Birthday!

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but today is my 21st birthday and early this mornin' I woke up to this wonderful e-mail from Miss Kelly Clarkson in my inbox:
Sooo ya. I mean, it's OK to be jealous, cuz I would be too.

And before you start saying, "Adam, EVERYONE on Kelly Clarkson's e-mail list gets this same Microsoft-Word-Art-enhanced e-postcard on their birthday," just hold back and allow me to believe that Kelly actually thought of me today and took the time herself to personally send me this highly exclamatory and highly-doctored picture of herself.

"Right On!"

Oh and I'm glad I made it another year too.... What Kelly, were you NOT expecting me to make it this far or something??

Thanks for the B-day wishes Kel! L.Y.L.A.S.!

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Free Admission to Disney on my Birthday? SIGN ME UP!

Disney's starting a new promotion where you can get FREE admission to a Disney theme park on your birthday in 2009.

If I didn't already get free admission to Disney parks this would excite me to no end!
OK... that last part was a bit tasteless of me. I'm not trying to brag or anything about getting into Disney World for free. Well, OK I am. But still, that is pretty awesome if they let people in on their birthdays for free...

I'm sure there are tooooons of restrictions and qualifications you have to meet though.

Anyway, check it out!

via>The Disney Blog

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Some of these new Mac online ads kinda freak me out a little bit in a way

I was just on CNN.com minding my own business reading about the new judge TV show that just came out, when all of a sudden I noticed the Mac and PC guy talking to each other from different parts of the screen. The Mac guy, above in a sort of looking-down-upon-PC position, and the PC guy on the side surrounded by an article telling people to stop switching to Mac. They then proceeded to have a conversation about who knows what because I quickly muted my computer.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all about the Macs. It's just sometimes I feel like web ads can go a little too far. Or at least be a little too annoying.

That's all.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Watch the NEW Urban&Rucker Webcast!



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Keeping Austin Weird: Art at UT

The University of Texas at Austin is displaying some "unique" art on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. One of the most prominent sculptures featured on campus so far is the one pictured above, The West by Donald Lipski.

The sculpture was made in 1987 (holla birth year!) and features two large ocean buoys with pennies glued on them...

I'm not much of an art analyzer so I'm not even gonna start with this one. All I will say is that it is very large and tends to get in the way as I'm walking to Astronomy.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hannah Montana Towels Frighten Me

I shouldn't even have to explain this one. It's just scary looking. And even worse in person.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

How hard could it be to BUILD a body pillow?

Visiting Super Target this week, I saw this section labeled "build a body pillow." But honestly, can you really call it "building" a pillow when it appears that all you really have to do is put a cover on it? I mean, if that's the case, I've been building pillows all my life.

If this is Target's adult response to Build-A-Bear Workshop, I'm terribly disappointed...

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Fall, is that you?

It's only 67 degrees outside in Austin, Texas and it's beginning to feel a little bit like fall. According to the forecast, it'll be back up in the 90's by the weekend; but at least until then we can pretend like we have semi-normal weather here and not sweat our faces off every day we walk to school...

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Saturday, September 13, 2008

And what exactly makes it "Geoffrey's Toys R Us"?

Driving around Austin today, an unusual sight caught my eye:
this Toys R Us.The reason it was unusual to me was two-fold:

1) I didn't know Toys R Us still existed.
2) Why was this one proclaiming to be the giraffe mascot of the store, Geoffrey's Toys R Us, as opposed to the just plain old Toys R Us?
A little Wikipedia-ing later, I found out that the "Geoffrey's" versions of the stores were attempts to make them "Retailtainment" (their word, not mine) locations. "Geoffrey's" stores offered children's clothes in addition to toys, as well as a playground at the front of the store and some sort of activity center called "Studio G."

But surprise, surprise, the "retailtainment" idea didn't exactly pan out and they're all in the process of being reverted back to regular old Toys R Us-es... I could have told you that putting a giraffe in charge of a major retail store wasn't gonna work. But no one asked me...

PS: I know what you're thinking, and the answer is "NO, I don't want to grow up." And "YES, I'm still a Toys R Us kid."

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Where you at, Ike?!

Yesterday down here in Austin, Texas, we were kiiinda anticipating the arrival of Hurricane Ike. There was even a hint that he might be on his way. But now? Nothing. I mean, I'm not complaining or anything. I'm glad, I guess, that we didn't have any huge hurricane barging his way through the city. But it's kinda like when you get the apartment all cleaned up for guests that are coming to stay, then all of a sudden they cancel last minute. Oh wait, that ACTUALLY happened to me this weekend...

BECAUSE OF IKE.

Thanks a lot dude.

Thanks a lot.

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