Thursday, April 30, 2009

Photo Caption Contest

phogIt's been too long since the very first, entertaining Photo Caption Contest; PhoCapCon returns amid epidemic pandemic.

The provided picture is in need of a caption. You, the reader, submit your caption by adding a blog comment (click the lower right hand corner of this blog posting..."# comments"). As always, have fun!

Real Sporty Fitness

mjModern man Joe was drying his newly washed windows (what else are newspapers good for?) when he spotted the following:

Fashion & Style >>>Fitness: Ultimate Frisbee Takes Off
[NYT 04.29.09]
Ultimate Frisbee has gone from a pastime for ultimate hippies to a real sport for modern women.

WHEN first played Ultimate Frisbee, 11 years ago, it was with the ultimate hippies...realized that Ultimate, as players today call it, could be a real sport.

Most players she knows don’t subscribe to the old-school “Burning Man” aesthetic anymore — skirts, colorful costumes, funky clothes. Instead, they’re Patagonia(1a/b)-sponsored athletes, wearing sweat-wicking uniforms, who do plyometrics and strength training. And they’re well equipped with a repertory of throws that include flicks, hammers, scoobers and high-release backhands.

In the last 10 years, Ultimate Frisbee has become one of the world’s fastest-growing(2) sports. It is played in more than 42 countries.

Though the game was invented in Maplewood, N.J.(3), in 1968, modern Ultimate has its epicenters in California and the Pacific Northwest. Its continued expansion is
helped by the fact that all you need is a plastic disc & a field.

I love to run with purpose, meaning I hate the track, but I like to chase things,” Ms. Batchelder said. “I love the fact that when you’re playing, you make hundreds and thousands of little decisions — where the disc is, where your body is — but they happen without thinking.”

It may be a non-contact sport according to its rules, but Ultimate is hardly free of injuries. The quick cutting and sprinting have made anterior cruciate ligament tears among women players especially common.(4)

SLOG source-citing: (1a/1b) -- (2) -- (3) -- (4)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Not quite the Olympic inclusion, Disc golf will be included on EASports Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf 2010 -- use the new Wii remote to wiing it!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Robey Tuesdays

ReadOBRob successfully left his Riverside County (California) abode!

At 7:58am, he was seen travelling NNE @ 1 mph. Outpacing his Green Sub, his first destination was in sight - the end of the driveway where he would pickup a delivered newspaper. For the return to indoors where coffee was still brewing, he casually turtled to a 0.45 mph pace as he combined a reading-while-sauntering approach.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Week 7: Flu-like Symptoms

pigeeFor those in attendance on Saturday, beware of possible exposure to Game-FLU-By.

Game-FLU-By (“flu”) is a condition of a regularly scheduled ultimate frisbee game. The flu causes high levels of points for sludge and quick disposal of a low-scoring opponent. Flu outbreaks typically circulate among the first games of each spring & fall season; less common are flu infections during the post-season.

What are the symptoms of Game-FLU-By in Sludge?
The symptoms of flu are expected to be similar to the symptoms of a regular ultimate frisbee game and include eagerness, slight increase in heart rate & dehydration. Zone-turned-person D creating frequent turnovers exacerbates symptoms. Vaccines for human seasonal flu would not provide protection from this weekend's B2Swill strain.

On Saturday, readings were 0-1, 4-2, 8-2, 9-3, 14-4, finally ending 15-4. Some people with flu also have reported runny nose, sun exposure & wishing games went up to 21 points.

Can people catch Game-FLU-By from eating pork?
Uhhhhhhm...No. Flu viruses are not transmitted by food or eating pork products.

What medications are available to treat Game-FLU-By infections in Sludge?
At this time, recommendations are the safe employment of an afternoon nap, responsible hydration of either filtered water &/or cold beer; and then possibly another nap.

Dood, Where's my CalendAR?

Sludge began a new technological dawdle utilizing the free, easy scheduling online app - Doodle. Check your email for the current Dood polling big brown movement's attendance of next Saturday's doubleheader.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Where in the World?

worldlyContinuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Feature: Joe.

Q: Where in the World is Joe?
A: Joe is in Charleston, SC.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Just Married

airHere somes the bride,
All dressed formerly in brown...

As one might have expected,

Doug + Kelly got married...

Mazel Tov!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Mark It Down

frarket (Portland, Maine)

Farmers Markets are cool; a Frisbee Market is super duper! Wait, it's a trick, the frisbee's have taken over the market. And their customer service is a bit lacking...
'1-8-2-8' = code: I hate, Too. Hate!

Back away. Very. Slowly.


wawaWhat a load! MattHew has admitted to drudging the not-so-secret interrogation memos special report:
'Sludge Happens' [MoJo May/June.09]

MattHew cherrypicks a few notable quotes from the article:

"Sludge could be the ultimate growth industry."

"But as sludge has spread across the country, so have concerns that it may cause as many environmental problems as it solves." (He sez: I guess it's a good thing that Rob is coming back to the East Coast.)

"Sludge's dirty secret is that it may contain anything that goes down the drain."

"Complaints about sludge usually begin with the smell...[S]melling sludge can elicit a visceral reaction."

"Might there be a better way to get rid of sludge?"

and lastly...

"After almost 40 years of working...," a WERF official wrote in a recent newsletter, "I never thought I'd say this: it is an exciting time for sludge!"

Thursday, April 23, 2009

An ‘Eiffel’ of Brun

ifillA nouveau vénêër for France's Bridge-to-vertical-Nowhere....brrrrrown!

Eiffel Tower to be repainted [03.31.09]

PARIS (AP) — Spring has arrived and it is time for a makeover of France's most emblematic edifice. Once every seven years, every crevice, nut, bolt & beam of the Eiffel Tower is re-painted by hand.

The painting of the tower's tangled latticework is no small undertaking, requiring an estimated 66 tons of patented, signature "Eiffel Tower brown," 31 miles of climbing rope, and 18 months of work by painters willing to scale the lofty beams.

The painters still work with small, circular brushes, as they did in 1889, instead of sprayers or paint-rollers.

The tower has in the past been painted red, orange and yellow. It's maintained a signature brown color, which overseers say best accents the Paris skyline, since 1968. In the seven years between paintings, about 55 tons of paint erodes, they say.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

B'Earth Day

To celebrate the birth of Earth Day, the SLOG is committed to an enviro-friendly standard by publishing all posts in a serif-y ink free from environmentally toxic metals.


i.luv.2.ult.frisDo 2 mny cnsnnts & nt enuf vwls got u dz-e? Spin the FU around & misinterpret the love of Ultimate Frisbee as you travel.

Tofu-luvin license plate reject'd by DMV [04.07.09]
A Colorado woman's love of tofu has her involved in a conflict with the DMV. Kelley Coffman-Lee is a vegetarian who requested a personalized license plate that would read "I love tofu" using these letters "ILVTOFU."

She says she wanted to show her support for a vegetarian lifestyle. The DMV originally approved her request, but later denied it saying the license plate could be offensive.

If you use your imagination you can see an alternate, steamier meaning for the letters.

"Some people could misinterpret what she loves," said Mark Couch with the Colorado Dept of Revenue. He says the dept must uphold standards of decency.

"There are many people who would see that and be offended. So we have to be aware of it and take care of it," Couch said.

Coffman-Lee is amused, but disappointed. "There are a lot of dirty-minded people out there," she said.
This individual's emotions for coagulated soy milk would be kept in check if she had the extra cripsy, totally fried OBX bean curd paperweight.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On the Road Again

You can break a person's radiator in their green Sub, but thar ain't no kaput in a horse's. Rob puts the frisbee before the cart & in the horse's mouth during his recent attempt of an eastward migration route toward the DC Territory in a one-horse powered wagon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Week 6: Cold Pizza

copUndefeated in March and so far in April, Sludge was famished in the playing time department.

Brown received the first serving and scored the first crusty point of the game. The flowy Medium (5-10 yard), Large (11-20 yard) & XLarge (20+ yards) dishes carried out the offense well. Helping to turn up the heat were Nigel, Andrew & MattHew as Jen & Bucci sliced.

At halftime, Sludge was up 1 topping.

Filled up with breadstix, Sludge D-livered in the second half with Russ & MJ in the cup and Christy & NICH cooking up a calzone. The zone and slight wind fed Sludge's brick O-ven cooking up HuckNor's turnovers. CHEFBOYARDEE! Who is responsible for the catering around here - why no zone ingredient in the first half??

In 30 minutes more or less, Sludge served up a good-enough-to-eat victory! Win 15-10.

:Game Notes:
> Bucci demo'd her quality brown fashionability; Brian, not so much.
> Liz's elbow was x-rayed. Dx = badly bruised; Rx = sling + meds.
> Did David unofficially retire?

RIP: Mars

marsMARS - Bucci's dear, cute, sweet, nice kitty - has gone
to the Scratching Post in the Sky.
We miss you, Mars!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Where in the World?

worldlyContinuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Features: Meg & Joe.

Q: Where in the World is Meg?
A: Meg is in Lewes, Del.

Q: Where in the World is Joe?
A: Joe is in Berryville, Va.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Distance = Rate x 3rd Time is a charm?

After a going-away party, a green Subaru traveling 70mph leaves California heading toward Washington, DC, 2,787 miles away. One hour into the Subaru's travel, the radiator gauge acts up. The car returns to departed city.
After a new bye-bye party, a green Subaru traveling 75mph leaves the Cali town toward DC & again experiences the same car issue. Car & driver return, again.
Finally, after yet another go-away party, the green Subaru (which never acted up when in DC) will leave CA traveling 77 mph on Saturday.

Expected Arrival = Yes.

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A Newz of tha Wierd Classic (October 1999)
From a May 1999 police report in The Messenger (Madisonville, Ky.), concerning two trucks being driven curiously on a rural road:
A man would drive a truck 100 yards, stop, walk back to a second truck, drive it 100 yards beyond the first truck, stop, walk back to the first truck, drive it 100 yards beyond the second truck, and so on, into the evening. He did it, he told police, because his brother was passed out drunk in one of the trucks, and he was trying to drive both trucks home, at more or less the same time. (Not surprisingly, a blood-alcohol test showed the driver, also, to be impaired.)

Where in the World?

worldlyContinuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Feature: Mike.

Q: Where in the World is Mike?

A: Mike is in Missoula.

guITar Hero

IsTretchYour iliotibial [Pronunciation: "il-E-O-'tib-E-ul] band is not meant to be tightly strung, Rock Star.

The iliotibial (IT) band is a tough group of fibers that run along the outside of the thigh. It/IT begins at the hip and extends to the outer side of the shin bone (tibia) just below the knee joint.

The IT band acts primarily as a stabilizer during running & may become irritated from overuse. Iliotibial band syndrome is a common running injury that is generally due to inflammation and irritation of this band.

Stretch your mind & Read: Whilst stretching your right IT band [pictured], you can more easily read this foolish post.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Fris BE

Good people, 5S was summoned to post the following msg...

Ultimate Frisbee
Need Not Be

Just Not BE
Rained Out.

..5S........................more sssssoon...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Ombudsman: Fair + Brown

brwn.county.fairOmsludgeperson is the public's representative to the SLOG offering independent examination & analysis of posts, plus critiquing coverage & presentation of snews. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

> Calculations ought to be recalibrated for Pirates <=> Global Warming [April 2008]

> Editorial supervision fell apart when the same un-punny Post title "Not Too Crumby" was used within 16 months of each other [fall 2007 & spring 2009].

> It's improper being Twilight Zonesque while exploiting Alfred Hitchcock even tho the content is correct. [March 2009]

> Spelling errors, grammar snafus & the lack of regular weekend posts.

--> Have a View? Critique? Opinion? Add your comment.

Where in the World?

worldlyContinuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Feature: Matthew.

Q: Where in the World is Matthew?

A: Matthew is in San Antonio.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Magic Trick

Watch closely...

First: Remove a kitchen wall. Ensure to an upside down shape outline of a vowel-y Pacific Northwest state [Idaho].
idaho Second: Show the audience there is nothing up your sleeves.


Brian the Builder is magically turned into a kitchen addition!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Below Avg

sagmanAs you count your fat rolls tax rebate, consider some additional figures...

The Sports & Fitness Participation Report:

In 2006, there were 3.9 million people playing competitive frisbee. In 2007,that number climbed to 4 million and last year, there were 4.9 million ultimate frisbee players.

Another encouraging sign for the sport? More people are playing ultimate frisbee more often. The SGMA says that 18 percent of ultimate frisbee players played the game at least 25 times in 2008.

SLOG reports on Sludge GAME activity participation:
spring 2007 (9) + fall 2007 (11)
2007 TOTAL = 20

spring 2008 (11) + fall 2008 (9)
2008 TOTAL = 20

spring 2009 = only once!
2009 TOTAL = 1

Sludge is slightly below average in 2008 & statistically insignificant in 2009.


pownowCraving is the cause of suffering.
--The Buddha

Why did the rain clouds Passover our playing fields plaguing them with flooding? Our season simply seeks to be anew on a scheduled Saturday in April.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Where in the World?

worldlyContinuing "Where in the World" paying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge.

Today's Features: Andrew & MJ.

Q: Where in the World is Andrew?

A: Andew is at Augusta.

Q: Where in the World is MJ?

A: MJ is in Cleveland.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Week 5: DNP

::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::

(DNP = did not play)

Friday, April 10, 2009


Holy Chrysler! Didja read the news about the Fit Fat? 'Fat' proven as a good kind of compliment!

[Brown] Fat Could Help You Lose Weight, Someday [NPR 04.09.09]

We've all been taught that too much fat is bad. But the problem with fat isn't so black and white. In fact, it's brown & white.

White fat — considered the "bad" kind — is a way for your body to store excess energy that accumulates when you consume more calories than you use. White fat comes in handy when you're short on food and your body goes searching for extra energy. But brown fat — the "good" kind — actually burns excess energy to generate heat.

Brown fat generates extra heat to help babies maintain their core temperature. Researchers are ... hoping to do is to find a way to rev up the body's "good" fat to help it burn off the "bad."

How Does It Work?

Brown fat is activated by temperature changes in the environment. ... Instead of breaking down nutrients into energy that the brown fat cell can use, the mitochondria leak out most of the energy in the form of heat.

Small capillaries surrounding the cells then transport the heat energy throughout the baby's body, helping to maintain his core temperature.

Why Is It Brown?

Again, the mitochondria are a defining feature. Brown fat cells are packed with mitochondria, making the cells more opaque. The blood-carrying capillaries that surround the cells also help give brown fat its distinctive color.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

G20 to D8

dartThe G20 talks are over, so letz get to some practical advice that is "inexpensive" (cheap) and "fun" (frisbee oriented).

Dating in the time of recession – 3 ideas [B'ville Newz Demokrat 4.6.09]

The Bookstore Date...
The Foreign Film Date...
The Picnic Date...

This is a time-tested date that works so I don't know why more people are not using it. You don't even have to fix a whole lot of food. Stop by your local sub shop & load up.
Sit & eat & talk [...about when you're gonna play frisbee].
Take a walk [ the area where you will play].
Bring a Frisbee [but, of course!].

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Make Like A Tree & Pickup

Frisbee pickup takes on a whole new definition. Don't tell Dad about his leaf blower!

jtsons 10-year-old shows off his hover craft at fair [The G'ville Sun 04.03.09]

One evening in January, Addison needed an idea for his 5th-grade science project. A proposal was due the next day. His mother, Kim, said she sent him to a Web site suggested by his teacher, & told him to find a project he considered exciting.

"He came bounding out ... and said, 'I'm gonna build a hovercraft,' " she said. "My first reaction was uh-oh."

The craft, which Addison said was inspired by the Jetsons' aircraft and by Yoda's transporter from "Star Wars," is made out of a round wooden disc, a Frisbee and a plastic sheet. It is powered by a leaf blower.

The Frisbee is screwed to the wooden disk, which serves as the platform riders sit on. The plastic sheet is folded double, and the Frisbee helps fasten it to the platform, allowing the leaf blower to inflate the tarp like a donut. In Addison's experiments, the aster version achieved speeds of 6.29 mph, according to his calculations.

He said he plans to work on other design improvements, such as brakes and steering. He also wants to figure out a way to add a second leaf blower to make the craft more powerful.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Bennett There, (who else) Run That

chryThe annual running of the CB10m had 12,000 runners running around West Potomac & Rock Creek Parks. This year's field came from all 50 states + DC, over a dozen foreign countries & 3 from the Sludge family.

Congrats to Gayle, Amy & bRiAN for completing Sunday's 37th Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run - "The Runner's Rite of Spring." Also known as: 'OUTRUN the Bastard Pollen' to those allergy-stricken.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Nunthin' Doin'

Joe + others prayed for some Weekend pickup, but got NOThing. To that, Russ sez: O Sludge, how you have changed....

See how NOThing turned into NUNthing:

Vid courtesy of CLo (4.5.09) near Tidal Basin.

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Week 4: DNP

::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::
::Game canceled due to inclement weather::

(DNP = did not play)

Friday, April 03, 2009


enter.prizeNo Joke! Joe really, really, really seeks to deny our bye & would rather say hello to playing ultimate this weekend.

>=>Pickup @ Montgomery Hills @ 10am? Anyone??
UPDATE: Not no one...just not enough.


A lesson learned about there-ain't-no-such-thing-as-a-freebie Frisbee.

Source: The $1500 Frisbee

On the first day of college, I opened my first bank account.
Since I was getting a small payment from the school to cover living expenses, I needed to open a checking account.

The two banks had very different methods of attracting students. One displayed a sign that said “free checking”. The other was handing out Frisbees. My choice was easy. I wanted the Frisbee. (Free checking? How boring!)

I signed up for my checking account, got my free Frisbee, and spent the afternoon on the quad, tossing the disc back-and-forth with my roommates. When it was time for dinner, I took the Frisbee up to my room, put it in the closet, and never used it again (!).

Classes started. I forgot about the Frisbee(aaahhhh!), and I forgot about the checking account. The next month, I received my first bank statement. There was a $5 service charge, but I didn’t care. It was just $5, right? I accepted the fee as part of the package, and as part of being an adult.

I paid $5 a month to maintain my checking account throughout college. When I graduated, I continued to pay $5 a month. In the early 1990s, the fee increased to $8 a month.
In fact, I paid a monthly fee for checking from September 1987 until June 2004. For 202 months — nearly 17 years — I paid $5 or $8 a month to have a checking account. In 2004, as part of my financial awakening, I closed my accounts at the bank and moved them to a local credit union. The credit union never charges me fees at all. occurred to me that the “free” Frisbee wasn’t really free. Not even close. Roughing out the numbers, it’s clear that this one poor choice alone cost me about $1500 — enough to buy hundreds of Frisbees.

Thursday, April 02, 2009

DnS Server

dNs SUGA offers causal apparel apparently modeled after the SLOG's Family Time post of dumping the kids off to play on the swings so I can wear a brown shirt!

D&S Shirt
If you play ultimate, you should be able to get this one! Think “basic offensive strategy.” Part of our spin culture line.
Colors: Brown/Tan

Cost: $14.99

Also for sale: Unused Fire [broken link]