Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Frisbie, a piemaker in Connecticut in the late 1800s, supplied pies to Connecticut retailers and restaurants, including the Yale University campus. Students there learned the empty metal pie pans made excellent throwing discs, and began tossing them to each other outside on the campus lawn.
Fred Morrison's flying disc invention was patented and eventually marketed in 1957 under the name of Pluto Platters.
Students, however, still called the discs, Frisbies, after the pie company name stamped into the bottom of the tin. Recognizing the built in name recognition, the co-founder of Wham-O, Richard Knerr, changed the name to Frisbee. With the spelling slightly altered, "Frisbee" sales soared.
Related Post: History Lesson.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So without much more ado, THE SLOG is happy to announce the 4th Annual SLUDGEY Awards to be held @ the welcoming site of Joe's Urban McMansion.
2006: Georgetown (DC)
2007: Georgetown (DC)
2008: Potomac, Md
2009: MassAveHts (DC)
Monday, November 23, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Herbal Armor™ Kids' Insect Repellent
Info: All-natural Herbal Armor Insect Repellent (HAIR) spray is perfect for hard-core enthusiasts who demand effectiveness, but don't want DEET. Unique formula contains five natural essential oils recognized by the EPA as repellents. Protects against mosquitoes, ticks, gnats, flies, ants, black flies and other pesky insects.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
-- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Gov't says brown pelicans are endangered no longer [11.11.09. AP]
WASHINGTON – Much like its death-defying dives for fish, the brown pelican has resurfaced after plummeting to the brink of extinction.
Interior Department officials on Wednesday announced that they were taking the bird off the endangered species list, after a nearly four-decade struggle to keep the brown pelican population afloat.
The bird now prevalent across Florida, the Gulf and Pacific coasts and the Caribbean was declared an endangered species in 1970, after its population — much like those of the bald eagle and peregrine falcon — was decimated by the use of the pesticide DDT. The chemical, consumed when the pelican ate tainted fish, caused it to lay eggs with shells so thin they broke during incubation.
The pelican's recovery is largely due to a 1972 ban on DDT, coupled with efforts by states and conservation groups to protect its nesting sites and monitor its population, Interior Department officials said.
"Today we can say the brown pelican is back," said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in a conference call with reporters in Washington. "Once again, we see healthy flocks of these graceful birds flying over our shores. The brown pelican is endangered no longer." ...
World Toilet Day is tomorrow.
At exactly noon on 11/19, gather your family, friends, classmates, colleagues & everyone you know to squat in public for minutes totalling the number 1, not number 2, in support of World Toilet Day. This drives home the point "where would you go?" & how people without toilets are forced to go in public places.
SQUAT : a pose that 2.5 billion people do everyday due to lack of proper sanitation. Join people around the world in raising awareness to their plight by SQUATTING in public for ONE MINUTE.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
In case "C-O-M-P-R-O-M-I-S-E" is the Word of the Day, this no-zip, brown "hatie" is available...
Sesame St Brown Adjustable Cap
Info: This distressed brown adjustable baseball cap has a 123 Sesame Street sign logo patch on the front, and one on the left side.
Submit your nominations (anecdotes/fabrications) within calendar year '09, factoring in the spring season + fall season, to the Awards Committee in these likely areas:
NEW! Best OBX Moment Award
Criteria: A memorable time at our happy, sandy place.
Biggest Best Brown Movement Award
Criteria: No criterion. Go with your gut.
Best/Most Offensive Play on Offense (Individual)
Criteria: Scoring is a big part of offense, but that’s not the only criterion for receipt of this award. In any particular game or period of a game, did someone exhibit mad throwing skills? Or incredible catching talent?? Or great cutting proficiencies? Overall common sense on offense?
Best/Most Offensive Play on Offense (Group)
Criteria: Which Sludge group play best put up the numbers en route to Sludge’s total score in a particularly impressive game?
Best/Most Defensive Play on Defense (Individual)
Criteria: “Our best defense is a good offense,” does not justify America’s military, so that pre-emptive crap doesn’t have a place here. The best play by an individual, which was most responsible for Sludge’s defensive success in a particular game.
Best/Most Defensive Play on Defense (Group)
Criteria: The best group play that was most responsible for keeping the opponent from scoring.
Most Entertaining Point/Moment (on the field or sidelines)
Criteria: A moment or point, in or near the game, that resulted in laughing, crying, blushing, delirium, and/or throwing up.
Spirit of the Game Award (on the field)
Criteria: By the book, “Ultimate has traditionally relied upon a spirit of sportsmanship.… In Ultimate, the honor system works…” blah, blah, blah.
Best Spirit of the Game Award (off the field)
Criteria: Karma; following the Golden Rule; by the Law, not getting arrested.
Best World Peace Award
Criteria: Best moment of someone walking away when they really wanted to punch the opponent.
Most Improved/Worsened Award
Criteria: Did someone nicely recover from an injury? Basically, did someone smartly slow down the worsening process?
Best Fashion Award (on the field)
Criteria: Best fashion statement that displayed stunning presentation, style, attitude, and wonderful overall appearance to supplement the standard issue brown t-shirt. Otherwise known as the Chris ‘wolfie’ Wolfson Award in honor of C’w’W’s wolf winter hat.
Best Food Offering Award
Criteria: Best edible offering based on taste, creativity, and appearance at either a game, Sludgefest, OBX, or pickup. Otherwise known as the ‘Bruce’ Award in honor of his delicious oatmeal cookies.
Best Story About ‘the Bestest’ Play Award (Fiction)
Criteria: Awarded to the author of the best work of fiction about ultimate, injury, family or whatever.
Best Excuse for Missing a Game Award (Fiction or Non-fiction)
Criteria: Quality of research and writing are major considerations in the judging of this award, as are insight and originality.
#1 Fan Award
Criteria: Any one, any one, at all that attends Sludge game(s) without stealing playing time from us. Cheering is not necessarily required.
Best Sludge Addition Award
Criteria: Open to purchases, offspring, significant others &/or pickups added in the year 2009.
Best Captain Award
Criteria: Best bearded person with the initials CH who reminds us that following is a lot easier than leading.
Monday, November 16, 2009
From Daniel's (illustrated) "Report Card" narrative:
"Pictured [below], Daniel displays excellent Frisbee-throwing form and technique."
When: Saturday, Nov 21 @ 5 pm
Where: @ Joe's still-new place
Info: Early enough for 'Sludge, the Next Generation' to come & enjoy mac-n-cheese. Joe'll prepare the dinner & asks you RSVP with your choice to bring an appetizer, dessert or refreshments. BYOChair as he hasn’t gotten too far with furnishing. (Poker optional).
Sunday, November 15, 2009
When: Sunday, Nov 15 @ 11am EST
Where: Meet @ 8th + H Sts NE, Wash, DC
Epidermis may prefer the LYCRA Bike Ride > the coarse, unfinished wollen fabric pedalthon.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Foglia Print Dishtowel [C&B]
Info: Natural brown leaf silhouettes are printed in autumn's rich palette on white cotton to striking graphic effect.
ChevronChevwrong is involved in two separate projects in the tar sands, the Athabasca Oil Sands Project (AOSP) and the Ells River Project. Chevron holds a 20% interest in the AOSP, a mining development 60% owned and operated by Royal Dutch Shell.
In Canada, the toxic burden on communities near the tar sands is already enormous. In addition to direct human exposure, oil contamination in the local watershed has led to arsenic in moose meat – a dietary staple for First Nations peoples – up to 33 times acceptable levels. Drinking water has also been contaminated.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Week 2: No game (0-1)
Week 3: DNP (0-1)
Week 4: Win 15-12 (1-1)
Week 5: No game (0-0)
Week 6: DNP (1-1)
Week 7: Win 10-6 + DNP (2-1)
Week 8: Win 15-10 (3-1)
Tourney: Loss 5-12 + Win 11-6 + Win 13-7 + Win 12-10 (6-2)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
There are a number of variations on the rules of the game. Detailed below are the most common guidelines; however, you may chose to modify them to your liking:
First you need two posts or pipes roughly to the chest in height and spaced a decent frisbee toss apart stuck squarely in to the ground.
Next, place an empty beer bottle on the top of each pole. (You can improvise some other object as long as both poles get the same object for fairness.)
Each team of two players stands next to one pole, facing each other. Each player must be holding an open beer for the duration of the game, including while throwing and/or catching the frisbee. (This is known as the “Beer-in-Hand Rule”.)
Choose the throwing order/turn order. Teams should alternate turns throwing and defending, each team getting one throw at a time. A team may only score when throwing, and when one team is throwing the other team is ‘defending’. In order to count, all throws must be deamed “catchable”, and the thrower must not step in front of their pole.
The objective of the game is to knock the beer bottle off the opposing team’s pole either by direct hit, hitting the pole, or just tripping up your drunken opponents. The defenders aim is to prevent the bottle from hitting the ground while at the same time catching the frisbee, and not spilling any beer. Defenders cannot attempt to prevent the frisbee from striking the pole or bottle. One throw at a time, one team at a time, alternating teams and players. Wash, rinse, repeat.
::Points::Games are played to 21 points.
1 point – Failure to catch the frisbee, but only if it hits the bottle.
1 point – Failure to catch the bottle.
1 point – Spilled drink, regardless of defense/offense.
Loser finishes their drink.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Down 1 player, Sludge started the first game 0-1 with an assessed point. Rachel, Rob, Charlie, MicHael, Nigel, Andrew, Chris & Joe were present. Sludge’s 5:1 zoned well early to take a lead and were eagerly happy to be playing. Joe found Rachel on a long huck near the end zone, while Nigel hammered to a circus-y MicHael.
At 2-5 Christy was dropped off & so were brown’s catching skills. On the D-side, Sludge’s defensive indifference made Absintheminded’s O look better. More Sludge appeared quicker than points scored; trailing 4-8, 4-11, & eventually a 5-12 loss (capped due to +5 point differential 20 mins before start of next game).
MattHew arrived to Anacostia Park fresh from an oil change-via-Lk Frfx to rid Game 1’s engine trouble. After this game, Sludge did not lose.
Next up was the #1 seed Walk o’ Shame – a team 10 years younger & faster, but certainly not better looking, than Sludge. “Right where we want them!” as one 40+ Sludger curmudgeon’d.
On point #1 Charlie began the beatdown by jumping high for the D & then slinging one for Nigel to layout for. That’s how we stroll! 2-0.
Sludge’s zone ran ‘Walk’ down with no crossing signs by CHris and Christy; hucks were staunchly contested by Andrew. 5-2.
By 8-5, the entire Reilly family energized brown in the 2nd half. 9-5.
At 10-5, WoS decided to play 4:3/forced us to play 4:2. Sludge shamed their strategic move by outplaying them and pushed the final lunge to 11-6.
Win 11-6 (capped due to +5 point differential 20 mins before start of next game).
Sludge’s tough zone D by Russ & Joe carried over to the next game and brOwn kept flowing with the wind. D created O, O created Oh My’s. The first half ended with a Rob "bookend" (getting the D, then scoring the point). 8-2.
“We could still...” SHUSH!
8-5. Gulp! Longer cuts prevailed to regain first half glory & pushed it to 11-5. Finally, a convincing win 13-7 (capped due to +5 point differential 20 mins before start of next game).
Sludge waited an hour while Andrew, MicHael left along with Jen Keller and Griffin. Rob was a little gimpy, & Matthew's ribcage was starting to tighten up after a close encounter of the flying kind with Paul Bunyan of the #1 seed earlier...
Sludge took a commanding 5-1 lead against MonkeyWrench before they started cranking back. Fortunately, when they caught up @ 9-9 and then 10-10, brown was able to pull-up enough fl-O-w to finish with 2 more points.
Friday, November 06, 2009
*= 1 game + 3 weather cancellations
-- Edward "Ted" Kennedy (1932-2009)
SPF creep has hit the triple digits with Neutrosauna’s SPF 100+ sunblock, leading some dermatologists to complain that this is merely a numbers game that confuses consumers.
SPF 12—Great for practical jokes, if your idea of funny is
making someone think they are protected from the sun’s seriously powerful & harmful rays when they’re actually not.
SPF 30—Perfect for driving all night through a rainstorm.
SPF 200—The truth is, most people are never going to need the level of protection this lotion provides. Recently indicted? Not a problem. Being hunted by a pack of rogue genetically mutated polar bears? Have a sandwich. Take a nap. Seriously, make yourself a sandwich, then go take a nap, because there is nothing out there that you have to worry about ever again. The nightmare is over. ...
Thursday, November 05, 2009
>>>Apparently this shows how much better off you are with 'same' for each value of unfairness in the frisbee.
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
Basics: Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms & easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life! In the past years, the Zumba® program has become nothing short of a revolution, spreading like wildfire, & positioning itself as the single most influential movement in the industry of fitness. Ditch the workout; join the party!
Co-Ed [Y/N]? Yes.
Family-friendly [Y/N]? Yes.
Outdoors [Y/N]? No.
Local [Y/N]? Yes.
Cost [$-$$$$]: $$ (gym membership may be required)
Time Commitment: About 1 hour.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
On a gloomy Halloween afternoon, Sludge made a rare visit to the windy shores of Anacostia to take on Huckin Justice. Instead of featuring (elderly) members of the Supreme Court, the opponents were young, talented folk & included cookie monster, a penguin, a cheetah, and other assorted characters. No amount of costuming, however, could hide the fact that both teams were short on players to meet the legally-mandated 5-2 format, so the game began as a 6-vs.-Six match.
Following a score to tie the game at 2 all, both teams were able to field 7 players the rest of the way. As has become Sludge's newest tradition, the women played savage the entire game. Zone D kept the HJs mostly in check for the rest of the first half and the usual, good-enough O (wind tested & perfected at OBX) resulted in a 8-4 lead for Sludge.
During the break, someone invoked Christy and mentioned something about Sludge frequently losing the lead after halftime. On this day, Sludge (like the Oregon Ducks or NC) would not be denied. The second half featured ho-hum point blocks from Russ, end-to-end hucks for scores delivered by the usually-restrained Joe and Charlie, plus other, mostly-good play from brown. Not even the arrival of rain, the finding of occasional weakeness in the defense, Andrew's short-lived crankiness, and the removal of the constraining costumes could change the final verdict. Sludge sprinted to a 10-5 lead and were treated with a late-October victory. Win 15-10.