Shaq: My man. What’s cookin?
Kush: Brother, LSU smoked Duke. Baby Shaq, Davis took where you couldn’t.
Shaq: B’cause you never helped with that damn Calculus homework.
Kush: You know what Davis has been saying, “Shaq is going to live forever, I can't live forever being Baby Shaq. I want to be my own guy."
Inspiration: Sepia Mutiny
Malik Bowens: Muhammad Ali, he was like a sleeping elephant. You can do whatever you want around a sleeping elephant; whatever you want. But when he wakes up, he tramples everything. [Quote from When we were Kings]
Happy Belated Birthday (January, 17). There have been very few people in the world in 20th century who every kid on all the continents have always admired and men respected - Muhammed Ali and Bruce Lee are in that rare company. Explore his center.
"If a player is a right handed batsman, his uniform will carry a Nike logo on the right arm, and not the left arm that faces the bowler and the camera most of the time, Shetty said. On the left arm, he will have a logo of the Sahara Group, an Indian company that remains the team’s main sponsor. Similarly, a left-handed batsman will sport a Nike log on the left arm, he said. "[Link]
I guess Nike knows what they are doing.
I use Wikipedia very often. It acts as a starting point for me, not end all be all in seeking knowledge on a specific topic. I have always been aware of its power and weakness. Lack of peer-review makes the content quite vulnerable. However, the power of wikipedia lies in its speed and open house, open source knowledge, and the assumption that the contents are self-correcting by its collective and democratic nature. In topics, where I had some knowledge, I always thought their write-ups are quite accurate and at par. I have had wikipedia account for a while and maybe, I should contribute regularly in topics, I can.
I am quite pleased with their review process decision.
While I was working today, I listened to BBC Radio Player - Sport on Five: George Best tribute. It is very heart warming tribute by his family, friends, and himself for a gentle soul, a genius - yes, a pure genius, and a foolish genius. Please go there and listen, I urge you. His peer from Republic of Ireland and Leeds midfielder Johnny Giles described Best as "the most naturally gifted player I have ever seen."
"He had the lot: balance, pace, two good feet, he was brave, strong and a good header of the ball."
"Pele wasn't as gifted as George Best and I would definitely put George above Johan Cruyff because he had more heart," said Giles.[Link]
And from a common man: "I cried when he left United and I cried again today,'' said supporter Lawrence Chapple-Gill. "I have supported United since I was four or five when my dad gave me a poster of George Best and told me all about him.'' [Link]
He was not only a genius. He was a fantastic bloke. However, in his words: "I spent a lot of my money on booze (alcohol), birds (women) and fast cars. The rest I just squandered,'' he once wryly observed. [Link]
''Pele called me the greatest footballer in the world,'' Best once said. ''That is the ultimate salute to my life.'' [Link]
I listen to NPR (National Public Radio) all the time, and from time to time, I'll post "This I Believe" original essays from NPR here - the ones that make a strong connection to me. An introduction to the concept:
This I Believe is an exciting national project that invites you to write about the core beliefs that guide your daily life. NPR will air these personal statements from listeners each Monday on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. By inviting Americans from all walks of life to participate, series producers Dan Gediman and Jay Allison hope to create a picture of the American spirit in all its rich complexity.
This I Believe is based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow. In creating This I Believe, Murrow said the program sought "to point to the common meeting grounds of beliefs, which is the essence of brotherhood and the floor of our civilization." [Link]
Annie: What do you believe in then?
Crash: Well, I believe in the soul. The cock. The pussy. The small of a woman's back. The hanging curveball. High fiber. Good scotch. That the novels of Susan Sontag are self-indulgent, overrated crap. I believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. I believe there ought to be a Constitution Amendment outlawing Astroturf and the designated hitter. I believe in the sweet spot, soft-core pornography, opening your presents Christmas morning rather than Christmas eve. And I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days...Goodnight.
That is a classic. What do you believe in? If you have a gem, write to NPR. Anything in transition, leave a comment or link to your "I believe" post on your blog. I will not at all critique or anything like that. Has to be from your inner core - no religion, no politics, no polemics, no trite grandstanding - definitely no.