Wednesday, March 31, 2010

GNultimATe

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Disc-ount

scbumpToss $3.5 trillion around any which way you tender.

Foldable Fed Budget Frisbee

Info: A multi-use pocket sized pie chart of the Federal Budget. It depicts the large amount the U.S. spends on the Pentagon & the small amount on everything else. This fun new device can be used practically anywhere...in a congressional meeting, a classroom, dinner with the family, or even an indoor frisbee match.

Price: $4.95 (12+ = $3.00 each)

Monday, March 29, 2010

bRownEcycle

Where in the World?

worldlyPaying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge...

Today's Feature: MicHael

Q: Where in the World is MicHael?

A: MicHael is hiking the Appalachian Trail. Seriously.
[insert jokes in comments]

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Week 2: Re-form

hrAfter a back-and-forth 15 points which saw some ?uestionable zone by Sludge picked methodically by idunno; Sarah catching a score & throwing for a score (different points); and an impatience of brown O... Sludge was down 7-8.

Sludge sought reform! They voted favorably to continue passing "add-ons" to their point total. Brian, Joe, Matthew & Jen helped positively spin the disc. One key passage was a cross-filed hammer to Nigel, an up-field throw to Chris, & finally a score to MicHael. By the time Sue arrived, all were voting YEA for Sludge's strengthening disc protection and lowering costly points. 9-8. 9-9. 12-10.

For point #13, Bucci cut to the near cone in the end zone where she stalled the disc in one hand for a score. Despite the barrage of amendments, Sludge cotinued their steady O. Steve (finally) scored his first point for Sludge late in the 2nd half.

With reconciliation in sight, CHarlie caught the victorious score. Win 15-11.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Moveable Feast

wwjodoJoe is so moved by the start of spring he is hosting yet another Sludgefest dinner at his home. Family & significant others are also invited. Bring something to drink or a dessert...he’ll prepare the rest.

When: Sunday, March 28 @ 5:30pm

Why: There is no particular reason for it.

RSVP to Joe.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Saturday Nite Fever

cocirSludge's next 2010 spring season game is scheduled for early evening on Saturday.

When: Saturday, March 27th

Time: 4:00 pm EDT

Where: Montgomery Hills (MD)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Milestone: 1000

gr1000ver“I intend to live forever.
So far, so good.”

--Stephen Wright

Posts on The SLOG mayn't ever win a Pulitzer Prize, but the math skillz should count for something.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Know No Game

The new location of our first game had some interesting posted no-no's.
Above are the regulation images (A-E).
Below are their "translations" (1-5).

Game: Try to match the translation with their associated graphic above. Post your answers in comments.

1. NO handling if your fingernails are falling off.

2. PROHIBITED: Hydration using a SIGG bottle & olive garnish.

3. Cones must be taller than the height of a playing card balancing on dice.

4. NO questioning a non-continuous out-of-bounds line.

5. NO staring at the extra large Frisbee.

Microsoft Prevents Cutting

imapcWe now have a legitimate excuse for not cutting; Microsoft won't allow it!

Windows Phone 7 Series: No Cutting [03.17.10]

Microsoft has confirmed comments made at MIX10 that Windows Phone 7 Series devices won't be able to cut and paste between applications.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Week 1: InPrius-ive

nonstopBrakes were applied before the first game revved up. First, finding the new field posed a challenge, and then, waiting an extra hour to gape over the flat area covered in a natural green-toned turf (our field space). Plus a snack bar & indoor restrooms; unconnectedly located of one another.

Sludge welcomed the return of Jen as Bucci showed off her new cleats. Known for starting with the parking brake on, it was a relief to see point #1 favored brown.

Judging by the first few points, it looked like this game was gonna use all the fuel in the tank. At 4-2, Sludge experienced a sudden acceleration issue which in no way could be blamed on floor mats. Besides an unsuccessful Mike-to-Christy hammer score attempt, Sludge's offensive balance really impressed. Also, Rachel had a land-on-head layout for an early score. Up 5 at half.

Sludge guzzled up Shamrockoll’s unforced errors.

After halftime, Sludge experienced a minor faulty electronic throttle control causing the dashboard to light up. 11-5, 13-8. Sludge regained traction with Nigel and Matthew in mid-season form. Brian skyed for a disc resulting in a dramatic catch.

From the sidelines, Sludge’s "patience" may have been I'm-not-prepared-to-cut...yet-I-sincerely-hope-someone-else-moves, thereby waiting until the last possible moment (stalling 8...) to dart to an open spot, usually resulting in a positive yardage play. Win 15-8.

All things being Spring Equinox, Sludge had a great showing – both on and off the field. Thanks to Jake, Keller, Daniel and Anna for their support.

Run Around

dcloopSix thousand two hundred and forty-nine half-marathoners runners crossed the finished line at the 5th annual CFBCBS National Half Marathon last Saturday. The marathon is the only one to be run entirely within the District of Columbia & has the "fastest looped course in the country." Runners from 49 states and 27 countries ran the race.

Gayle, a resident of the federal territory of DC, began the race at RFK and ran the 13.1-mile loop, completing the course at RFK. A great day to run around Washington D.C.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Marching Orders

two4Take a moment to locate the exit closest to you. Note that the nearest exit may be behind you.
--(Safety Briefing)

The USPS seeks to stop Saturday delivery of mail, but SLUDGE's weekend work is not done.

Sludge continues the tradition, the ritual, the habit, the thing where we're told to show up & play ultimate frisbee.

Play On!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Optional

bomgdySome swear by their warmup routine; others are just happy they find themselves off the couch.

Warming up, cooling down, and stretching are an extremely important part of any workout. These steps help your body adjust to changes in activity and, most importantly, help to prevent injury.

Check out some stretch options for: Hamstrings, Hip, Groin, Thigh, Triceps, and Upper arm & chest.

This Land is Our Land

mlkjrprojectThe lack of idling buses was one major benefit of the MLK project. There were drawbacks -- grinding up the NE corner of our open space, taking away car parking options, blocking off a thoroughfare, creating an unsightly barrier where frisbees may fly into yet never fly out, to name a few.

And now this...the latest encroachment onto weekend pickup fields has marked its territory at the southern end of the Polo Fields, parallel to Ohio Drive.


buspking

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

GAME leprechAUN

brgyle
Just our luck! Sludge's first game of the 2010 spring season is scheduled this weekend.

When: Saturday, March 20th

Time: 1:00 pm EDT

Where: Argyle#2
(2400 Bel Pre Rd, SS, MD 20906)

disCLOVER

discloverKnock Knock ...Who's there? ... Irish!
Irish you a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sludge Census

senseiCHarlie made a recent plea for all of Sludge to participate in The SL-ensus. This year's online process system replaces the past system where teams could sign-up by email & then rely on the team captain - who may or may not be repaid - to pay the team reg fee. The 2010 era requires each individual to register and pay $25.00 for the upcoming season.

CH said "It's your civic duty. I encourage full participation. And if you don't, then fine. The SL-ensus is like a photo, a snapshot in time.”

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

WhaT iF: Curling

wifExploring the next (possible) bustle for Sludge.

Name: Curling

Basics: A team sport in which stones (granite rock with a handle) are slid across a sheet of carefully prepared ice towards a target area. Named after the motion of the stone. Familiarly recognized as an icey shuffleboard/ground-level darts with a broom and accessorized with specific shoes.

Co-Ed [Y/N]? Yes.

Family-friendly [Y/N]? Yes.

Outdoors [Y/N]? Can be.

Local [Y/N]? No.

Cost [$-$$$$]: $$$

Time Commitment: At the completion of ten ends (bowling frames).

Bottom Share

A long, long time ago (May 2009), a ShareThis button was added to all posts' bottoms. This info is re-shared again bcs info sharing is still cool, so the SharT allows you to share SLOG content on 30+ social networks (Facebook), tweeting/blogging platforms & email.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Control of Possession

h8eJust received my FundRaISBsEE to support Haiti's relief efforts. These custom Discraft 175g discs are still being sold in an effort to raise funds for those affected by January's earthquake.

Unlike this suggestion, the disc was mailed inside a thin package that enveloped it.

Friday, March 12, 2010

weekenFWD

hellooopsMake no mistake about it, your opportunities to spring forward are this weekend.

Saturday: pickup at 10am. a few hours working on your timing.

Sunday: time at 2am. one hour closer to the spring season.

Send it Deep Dish!

za

Thursday, March 11, 2010

elecTRONic Disc

Was the shark bit a staged promo event for Tron II?

Disney released the first official look at "Tron: Legacy," the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, set to be in theaters in December 2010.

One of the most hotly anticipated films of 2010, it stars man-of-the-moment Jeff Bridges who reprises his role as Kevin Flynn, the computer hacker trapped in a digital death match. The new trailer reveals the new-look Tron computer world along with its trademark light cycle races and flying disc fights.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Peace of Plastic

shalomtimateMutual Respect.
Friendship.
Non-Violence.
Integrity.
Fun.

Ultimate Peace
Purpose: To build bridges of friendship and understanding for youth from different social and cultural backgrounds around the world. We focus on fun and education, not politics, using the exhilarating and character building sport of Ultimate Frisbee as our tool. Donate.

Peace: Fred (Swedish) . Paz (Spanish) . Spokoj (Bosninan) . Shanti (Hindi).

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Mood

(:])

Saturday Nite Look

Funny man Zach Galifianakis hosted Saturday Night Live - a non-taped sketch comedy show on the evening of the day after Friday.

In his monolgue, he recounted a story of when a stylist asked:
What kind of look are you going for, for your monologue?

ZG responded:
Lighthouse Attendant. Outta that one?
Homeless Professor. Outta that one?
Marijuana Santa Claus. Outta that one?
VP of Ulitmate Frisbee [1:42 of the clip]
...

Monday, March 08, 2010

Cart Loading

payup
Player Registration ($25 per person)
1) Login
2) Complete a player registration form, Select "Sludge" from dropdown list.
3) Complete the payment process [Cart Contents = 1× 2010 Spring Clique League $25.00]

When: Saturdays from March 20th - May 8th, 8 games are planned.

Tourney: May 22nd & June 5th (tenative)

Head Case

sharkyer
This case may lay the precedent for potential lawsuit by sharks, er laywers, this shark.

Woman hit in head with Frisbee wants city to pay [OCReg]

HUNTINGTON BEACH– A woman hit in the face with a golf disc in Huntington Beach Central Park wants the city to cover $550 in medical expenses, according to a claim filed with the city.

Ariana Benavente, 40, of Alpine, filed a claim on Jan. 4 saying a rogue golf disc from the nearby Disc Golf Course hit her in the face, resulting in "internal trauma to the head, nose and eye," the claim says.

A woman play Disc Golf in Huntington Beach Central Park. A woman is asking for $550 saying there is no protective barriers to keep the weighted frisbees in the course perimeters.

Benavente said she was walking in the park on Oct. 17 for a Brain Tumor Foundation event, and there was not a proper barrier around the course to prevent the incident. She was dazed and shocked by the blow and was taken to a Fountain Valley hospital emergency room, the claim says.

Claims are generally precursors to lawsuits. City officials said the claim is currently being investigated and that preliminary information "indicates the that the subject park where the accident occured is not owned, controlled or maintained by the city", officials said. Benavente wrote in the claim that she is still having symptoms from the incident and is under medical care.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Timing is Everything




Only a few more Saturdays to practice your hand-eye coordination until spring league begins.

Great (White) Catch

frisharkee
Divers find shark with ring around its neck [nbc . 03.3.10]
You have to see it to believe it. And once you see it, you still might not believe it.

South Florida divers John Dickinson and Chip Garber say they had a close encounter with a nurse shark sporting a large Frisbee-like ring (aerobie) around its neck. The men were with a group diving off Palm Beach and caught the incident on tape.

Garber made the brave move of approaching the shark from behind and was able to remove the ring. See the video of the defender stripping the shark of the disc aerobie.

Related Post: Animal body modification (turtle).

Thursday, March 04, 2010

You've got Plastic Mail

umailOh, Mr. Postman
Give me a sign
Tell me you’ve a letter warped frisbee
To make me feel fine...


Only $1.73 to mail a frisbee via the United States Postal Service- no shipping container required, just the disc + a shipping label + postage. It's like receiving a frisbee-shaped mag, but without all those texty articles & glossy advertisements.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Don't Worry, Be App-y

dgappYou can happy about a much improved APP compared to this pixel-y iPhone App.

DiscGolf iPhone App

Info: Never again struggle to keep track of your score while navigating the disc golf course! DiscGolf ScoreSheet has been designed to make scoring disc golf fast and easy. Just touch and all the work is done for you. Pick your copy up today so you will have it the next time you play disc golf.

Features: Stroke entry has been refined to be simple and fast making scoring disc golf on your iPhone or iPod Touch way easier than with pencil and paper.

Not only track your progress on the course, but 8 of your friends too! That's right, DiscGolf Scoresheet will keep track of up to NINE different golfers.

When you're done playing, save the game for review later! Keep a history of your whole season ... or longer ... right in your pocket.

Score up to 50 strokes per hole. (Maybe you don't need 50 strokes, but I always seem to be golfing with disc eating trees!)

Inline game stats for the serious Disc Golfer! When you score a hole you will see the hole par, the number of strokes it took you last time and your overall stroke average for the hole too!

Keep a complete list of all the courses you have played.

Built in leaderboard will let you see how everyone ranks against each other as you play.

Customize each golfer by name and the color of their disc. This makes finding information about a golfer even faster.

Price: $1.99

SludgEA Legs

slakesBeer, Sludge? OK! ... Beer sludge? No, thank you.

Beer Sludge to Fish Food [cnn]

Biologist Andrew Logan turns waste from breweries into food for farmed seafood.

Logan resides in Idaho Springs, Colorado. Perhaps some of his inspiration came from several locally brewed beers at the Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub. His company Oberon FMR has developed a bacteria that can turn food based waste water to high protein flakes. Mr. Logan and company are on to something. The CNNMoney.com story reports that “By law, breweries and foodmakers must find safe removal solutions for wastewater; hauling it away and composting it (or, in winter, storing it)...” That gets expensive.

After using waste water from the New Belgium Brewery in a successful pilot project the project is getting legs, or should we say fins. A recent contract with another Colorado based brewery, MillerCoors will supply 5,000 tons of sludge that will be turned into 6,000 tons of food flakes.

What is beer sludge? It’s not spent grain. Spent grain goes directly to supplement animal feed. Beer sludge is a combination of yeast, protein and organic matter from grains and the fermentation process. It all get’s drained out of tanks and beer lines and is reduced to a sludge. As an organic and unstable sludge it is as an unpleasant a mixture as the name implies. You can’t just rinse it down the drain if you’re producing a lot of beer.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

sprINg?

yawinjuryCHarlie is tired of waiting around for the "official" spring 2010 clique league sign-up, so he officially asks:

Is You IN /or/ OUT?

If IN, how regular do you expect to be on the next 10-12 Saturdays?

Always Be Prepared

Ultimate may not be an Olympic sport yet, but it is headed in the right direction. The Cub Scouts, known for their prestigious awards for knot tying, camping, & traditional sports like football, baseball, and soccer, now recognize ultimate skills with a special belt loop.

Belt Loop
Complete these three requirements:
1. Explain the rules of ultimate or disc golf to your leader or adult partner.
2. Spend at least 30 minutes practicing ultimate or disc golf skills.
3. Participate in a game of ultimate or disc golf.

[h/t teammate Andrew]

Monday, March 01, 2010

Gooder than a Racecar

evooJoe cookedup a(nother) fabulous meal - white bean soup w/ olive oil, asparagus, lasagna & brownies. One young eater remarked the offerings were "gooder than a racecar."

Do Over: February 2010

Wayback MachineCatch up on last month's noteworthy posts you may have missed...

  • Salvador Dali's Melting Clocks

  • Frisbee Inventor's Passing

  • Toyota

  • Toy Yo-Yo

  • ArrIRAQval