Friday, January 29, 2010

Where in the World?

worldlyPaying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge...

Today's Feature: Anna & Daniel's Dad

Q: Where in the World is Michael?

A: Michael was in New Orleans; before N.O., in Glencoe, GA; and prior to GA, in Shepherdstown, WV.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Drink it Brown (caffeine free)

Not gonna finish all your Green sludge? Think of all the roads that go cold & unslathered?

Green Sludge (Liquid Gr-udge)

> 1 bag (5 oz) baby romaine salad
> 2 medium or 1 large orange (seedless, or de-seed them yourself which is more work)
> 2 tsp lemon juice

Directions: Combine in a high-speed blender.

Notes: Actually it's not very green, it is? More like brown sludge...oh, from the purple leaves.

Diffy Name, Same Venue

A major sponsorship deal fell through recently. Not this one; the one to rename the team from Sludge to Jiffy Lube(R) Sludge.

Jlube, instead, is now the naming sponsor of the music venue formerly know as Nissan Pavilion -- officially known as Jiffy Lube Live. (seriously)

If you've ever been, you can only hope JLube Live will begin offering oil changes while you wait to exit their parking lot after a concert.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


wiisbee Ever visited the pixely WuHu Island? Then you know there's plenty to keep you motion-ated.

Wii Sports Resort gamers should check out this set of attachments in the CTA Wii Sports Resort 8-in-1 Pack . They glom onto the Wii remote to add some interesting physics during game play. The Wii Sports Pack contains 8 different attachments including the blue candy striper friisbee portal.

On Air-nautical Significance

Grab your radio, it's time for a story about the historical 1/23 event in Bridgeport, CT.

LISTEN: Frisbee, The Rest of the Story (3:36) by Paul Harvey, Jr.
Another option.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stole-ish Pole-ish

mphIs this a plagarized invention knocked off from an existing idea /or/ just a family-friendly marketable enhancement of a frat game ... with a markup ($60)?
My Pole-ish Horseshoes

A set containing equipment necessary to play the outdoor Frisbee game Polish horseshoes.

The game involves placing 12 ounce beverage cans (beer!) atop poles set 30 feet apart, and trying to knock the opposing team’s beverage off their pole by throwing the Frisbee from behind your own. The trick is that players must also hold a beverage in their hand at all times. Players receive points for successfully knocking the opponent’s can off the pole, catching the Frisbee and catching the beverage if it falls.

The only setback was that the poles would frequently fall over if hit with the Frisbee, slowing down the pace of the game. Each base is made of PVC pipe, and is square shaped for extra stability.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Asylum Visitation Hours

slfbVisiting Hours are specific to the DC Bar conveniently located on 18th Street. Please refer to the schedule below, which is subject to change without notice.

You may experience a 30-40 minute set of music with limited interruption. Visitors must be 21 years of age & possess a valid identification with a photograph. There is a dress code for visitation.

Hear the next stop of STONEY LONESOME's tour & see if MicHael sees his shadow while playing percussion.

When: Tuesday, Feb 2nd, 2010 . Doors open @ 9pm

Where: Asylum Rock & Roll Lounge/Bar . 21+.
(@ 18th St + Columbia Rd; DC)

Where in the World?

worldlyPaying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge...

Today's Features: Rob

Q: Where in the World is Rob?

A: Rob is en route to calIfoRniAQ.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby

flyjetReady for a real flying machine, Maverick & Goose (Top Gun)?

Secret documents, declassified since 1997, reveal development of a USAF "forty-foot 'flying saucer' designed to rain nuclear destruction on the Soviet Union from 300 miles in space." The American saucer was called the Lenticular Reentry Vehicle (LRV).

The project was managed out of Wright-Patterson AFB, utilizing German engineers who had worked on WWII German rocket planes and flying disc technology.flyjet

The unique craft would have landed much like a space shuttle, re-entering the atmosphere and gliding to a landing on a dry lake, utilizing skids, instead of heavier wheeled landing gear.

Peek A Boo

17 days after being born, Jake attended his first SLUDGEY event!

24 days after giving birth, Jen returned to the frisbee field @ last Saturday's pickup!

22 days into the new year, it's getting easier to write '2010.'

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Can you say S-P-O-N-S-O-R?

Mommy, is this where frisbees are raised?
fdrFlying Disc Ranch (Coachella Valley, CA) is tropical desert filled with a forest of date palms with a lush undergrowth of citrus of all flavors. The ranch is biodynamic in the sense that it is a free-flowing ecosystem. The founder calls it "eco-dynamic" to distinguish it, since we are not traditionally biodynamic but are inspired by the ideas. Dates are great for sustained energy, since they have protein and carbs.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Stork Alert!!!


Hint: Doug & Kelly

Pickled Content

A long, long, long time ago - around the time of Sludge's naming - I read a tidbit in a magazine [a printed periodical delivered to my residence by USPS]. The title, listed under a "Technology" header, was "Building a better pickle." I tore the page out because of its compelling content & stored it underneath a dictionary on a bookshelf [a storage device for printed books and tchotkes to fill the space of books].

Fastforward to the present...Welcome!
I opened a storage crate in my basement; lo & behold, a dictionary, books & a ripped out page from the October 19, 1998 US News & World Report. The content has brined & is now ready to be consumed via THE SLOG.

Vlasic's 'Project Frisbee' - Vlasic Introduces Giant Pickle

Vlasic Foods International, Cherry Hill, NJ, announced the introduction of what it calls "the world's largest pickle product" targeting more than 3.5 billion hamburgers consumed by Americans at home each year: Vlasic "Hamburger Stackers." The new product uses a specially cultivated cucumber—which took four years to develop for optimum size, taste and crunch—that is more than 10 times larger than traditional pickle cucumbers. This allows for a single, giant slice to cover an entire hamburger.

"Hamburger Stackers" will be marketed as the perfect pickle for burgers because the product provides pickle taste and crunch in every bite, which consumers see as a tremendous benefit.

Vlasic president and CEO Robert Bernstock said the company secretly began developing the product—under the special code name, "Project Frisbee" in reference to its size—immediately following the success of its "Sandwich Stackers" product in 1995.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Animal T-dom

ultrasaurusTUltrasaurus is a real dinosaur.

Ultisaurus T-Shirt [flatballgear]

Ultimate Sizes: Small, Medium, X-Large

Color: White

Price: $14.98

An "Ultimate Animal" appears dinasore.
Ultimate Animal T-Shirt [DTW]

Sizes: Large, X-Large

Color: Tan

Price: $9.95

True hollyWOOD Story

Received lotsa inquiries RE: what's on the other side of the fencing that has reduced the amount of playing (& parking) space @ the Polo Fields. Destruction of natural shade providers...


Monday, January 18, 2010

Mistaken Identity

beetrafficBeet juice breaks the ice [Jan 12.09]

If you thought the brown sludge on the roads right now was just dirt, it's actually beet juice.

When temperatures drop below 20 degrees, the Missouri Department of Transportation uses a by-product of extracted sugar from beets, mixed with salt. Salt alone can't melt snow and ice from the roadways when it gets that cold.

The beet juice mixture is an alternative to using calcium chloride.

“It is more highly corrosive than the beet juice, and more costly too, so that's why the state, we're still using some calcium chloride around the area, but we're slowly switching over to the beet juice,” said Phil Sandifer, Area Engineer.

MoDOT has used over 78,000 gallons so far this winter. The beet juice mixture is also used by the Iowa Department of Transportation.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Suc-"seed"-ing Garden

Recall when playing in the garden with sludge was labeled dangerous?

WH garden ex'seeds' expectations [Jan 12.09]

To Michelle Obama, her White House garden is more than a plot of land. It's also a soapbox.

The South Lawn garden has given Mrs. Obama a platform to speak out about the country's childhood obesity problem, extol the benefits of eating fresh food and teach children early to appreciate vegetables.

It also has offered Mrs. Obama another way to open the White House to people who don't normally visit.

The garden now is ready for winter, fitted with protective coverings called "hoop houses," a kind of temporary green house, to help keep various crops — spinach, cauliflower, lettuce, carrots, cabbage and other greens — growing during the cold months.

Aides say the garden has ex-"seeded" expectations. It has become so popular that even foreign dignitaries ask Mrs. Obama about it when they meet. Crops have been donated to a neighborhood soup kitchen, and the first lady's green thumb has inspired others to start gardening, too.

Tech it Out

Part Computer! Part Phone!! Frisbee-ish!!! Pls tell me it makes PB & J sandwiches.

Lenovo Skylight Hands On: The Frisbee Smartbook

The Skylight is part netbook, part smartphone, and I’m pretty sure I could throw it 50 yards. The real question is if that makes it a game changer or a novelty act.

The look and feel are certainly novel, if not novelty. The Skylight has an ultra thin clamshell design and weighs less than 1kg – it feels like a frisbee in your hand. It’s a sturdy build, though, and seems like it could handle being jostled around in your bag. The 10.1-inch hi-def display is more crisp and clear than most netbooks, and 720p video looks great. ... more

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Late Nite


Thumbs Up

BaCaBASIC CATCHES: Catches can be made with either hand. Make a strong squeeze when catching, just before the disc hits your hand. Low catches are made with the thumb up, and high catches are made with the thumb down.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Post Update

UPDATE to the Post post...


WhaT iF: Flavor Tripping

wifExploring the next (possible) bustle for Sludge.

Name: Flavor Tripping

Basics: Tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy. The miracle fruit, Synsepalum dulcificum, is native to West Africa & has been known to Westerners since the 18th century. The cranberry-shaped fruits must be flown in overnight to avoid turning mushy & brown. The cause of the reaction is a protein called miraculin, which binds with the taste buds and acts as a sweetness inducer when it comes in contact with acids.

Co-Ed [Y/N]? Yes.

Family-friendly [Y/N]? Not so much.

Outdoors [Y/N]? Could be.

Local [Y/N]? Yes.

Cost [$-$$$$]: $

Time Commitment: Trips last about an hour.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Gro'g & Tankard

slfbWhat better way to celebrate GroundHog Day? If you saw the last concert, then it might feel a li'l like Groundhog Day (Ned Ryerson). If you missed the summer performance, then it will be Groundhog's Day bcs the calendar sez so.

Hear the next stop of STONEY LONESOME's tour & see if MicHael sees his shadow while playing percussion.

When: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 @ 8:30pm

Where: Asylum Rock & Roll Lounge/Bar
(@ 18th St + Columbia Rd; DC)

'Owl' Keep Your Feet Hip

When these are available in adult sizes, they will become the next SLUDGEY Award; instead, you'll hafta settle for gold.

Owl Slippers

Info: Made to fit an infant's foot; made to entertain hipsters who love owls. This eco-friendly baby shoe is made of washable eco-suede and certified organic cotton knit. The suede is from an eco-certified tannery (BLC/ISO 14001) and brown organic cotton comes from non-genetically modified seeds & is grown without the use of pesticides and herbicides.

Price: $34.00

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sludgeys 2009

FIFTH Annual Sludgey Awards

Wash, DC ~ Saturday, January 9, 2010

Congrats to all nominees, participants & winners.

--> View Awards History 2008 . 2007 . 2006.

Biggest Traveler Award

Best Host Award

Best/Most Defensive Play on Defense (Individual)

Best Captain Award

Best/Most Offensive Play on Offense (Individual)

Biggest Best Brown Movement Award

Most Entertaining Point Award (on/off field)

Best Runner Award

World Peace Award

Jake Francis
Best Sludge Addition Award

Best Provider of Sludge Generation II

Spirit of the Game Award (on/off the field)

Best Sludge Addition Award (non-human)

Best Excuse for Missing a Game Award (Fiction or Non-fiction)

Best Food Offering Award

#1 Fan/Player Award

Best Story About ‘the Bestest’ Play Award (Fiction)

Most Unlikey Award

Best Rookie Award

Most Improved/Worsened Award

Best Fashion Award (on the field)

Best/Most Offensive Play (Group)
Sludge for defeating #1 seed in fall pool round.

Best/Most Defensive Play on Defense (Group)
Sludge arguing/agreeing to not become extinct in The Aughts.

Sludg-E Award: Best Online Posting (Reader's Choice Award)


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Milestone: 900

“Behind every cloud is another cloud."
-- Judy Garland

Another 100, makes nine hundred & counting...

Friday, January 08, 2010

Neither on the Light nor Dark Team

noimaginationOne less person @ Saturday pickup means more playing time for the rest of us.

Man risks arrest, pneumonia to jog naked near White House [WaPo 1.7.10]

A man created a scene -- and a Secret Service scare -- near the White House during rush hour Wednesday evening when he stripped to the buff and took off running, leaving his bag of clothes unattended on the Ellipse.

The man shed his clothes near 15th + E streets, at the northwest corner of the Ellipse, about 5 p.m. Wednesday, then began running up & down E Street, apparently not dissuaded by the 25-degree windchill factor as the sun set, Secret Service spokesman Malcolm Wiley said.

"He wasn't yelling or protesting. Just going for a jog," Wiley said. Secret Service and D.C. police officers chased the man after he refused to stop.

"He was apprehended, naked though he was," Wiley said.

But the man's jog created another problem: The bag into which he packed his clothes before setting off on his run had been left unattended, meaning it had to be classified as a suspicious package. The Secret Service cordoned off the area and investigated the bag, and, after determining it contained only the man's cast-off garments, cleared the scene.

The man is in Secret Service custody but has not been charged, Wiley said.

Sludg-E Award

yeahIn preparation for the huge event that is the SLUDGEY Awards {Saturday} AND to demonstrate the depth of nomination research, the Awards Committee is E-lated to debut the very first
Reader's Choice Sludgey Award
for Best Online Posting

And the nominees are...

Christy: Oh wait just saw the msg: of course it's from me! I just
can't resist asking people to "check up" erotic photos of myself. [via Facebook]

Brian: Jen squeezed my hand really hard during a particularly painful contraction. [via Facebook]

Rob: What could be better than catching the Steve Miller Band in concert three weeks before your 30th reunion? [via Facebook]

Matthew: "Sand in my Pants" [via Doodle]

Gayle: Just call me Martha--I made my own vanilla extract. [via Facebook]

MJ: Still not walking. [via Doodle]

And the winner is... will be decided by you - the reader - by posting a Comment. Good Luck!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Where in the World?

worldlyPaying homage to the worldly mobility of Sludge...

Today's Features: Andrew

Q: Where in the World is Andrew?

A: Andrew was in St. Augustine, FL and soon to be in Cairo, & then Jakarta.

Lip Service

DISCooterAmidst wind-chilling weather, you should avoid licking your lips so as to prevent chapping; no worries if you're lipless like Scooter. Safely inside, you can read the lip-smacking menu yet for Saturday's Sludgeys Gala:

> Beer
> Green salad
> Yellow cake with chocolate frosting & beer
> Rice-based dish w/ curried veges
> Tofu main dish
> Potato + swiss chard lasagna thing

Understandably you may be too nervous thinking about what SLUDGEY Award you might receive. At a minimum, tell your stomach in advance what edibles it will receive.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Watch Out

flytimeAlways be timely with this Flying-Disc watch.

The Breitling for Bentley collection, which is exclusively produced by one brand for the other, is considered to be an example of a successful combination of watch & car design – first of all owing to the rectangular case that reflects the elegance of coupe and cabriolet cars. The elegance of design is enhanced by various details and play of geometrical lines and curves.

But the original design is not the only peculiarity of the Breitling Flying watch. The timepiece is notable for the jumping-hour function with the hours disc located at 12 o’clock instead of a hand. The minutes are indicated in a more traditional way with the help of a hand in the center. The seconds hand is placed at the small subdial at 6 o’clock.

Factor in Redskins Dismal Season

Screengrab via The Cooley Zone
The Washington Redskins may have been practicing frisbee football & not football, which might account for their 4-12 record. Click the image to check out the April 2009 vid of the "Frisbee Competition."

Larry Michael: "How does it work?"

Chris Cooley (Redskins Tight End): "...Ultimate's like a football game. You throw the frisbee up & down the football field. You can throw it anywhere you want. You just can't run when you catch it. I am horrible; horrible @ Ultimate Frisbee."

UPDATE: The archived video is not loading.

[Source: RCS]

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Browns Quickly Tower

BrownsQuicklyTowerIn a bold engineering competition with the amazing wooden spires, Dubai opened the world's tallest skyscraper on Monday. Called the Burj Khalifa, it is 160 stories & 2717 feet tall.

The tallest building in the United States, the Sears Tower (now called Willis Tower) in Chicago [pictured], comes in at 1,451 feet (108 stories), although with its spire it measures 1,729 feet & would be considered even taller than Taipei 101.

The BurKha tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which has a long track record in engineering some of the world's tallest buildings, including the Willis [née Sears] Tower.

High Thread Count

threadsRemember HYPERCOLOR? It was wicked for about 5 wearings minutes in the early 1990's. Here's the newest version of thermochromes for any new babies...

BabyglowColor - Changing Sleep Suit

Pink, blue, green = normal fever
White = soaked in sweat (fever)

For parents of young children, pediatric fevers are often the first harbinger of the next childhood illness to be endured. Aiming to make such fevers more obvious sooner, a UK-based outfit offers an infant sleep suit that changes color as the baby's temperature rises, thereby enabling parents to act faster to prevent overheating.

Why stop at body temps, here are my possible future coloring schemes:
Yellow = soaked in pee; Brown = full of #2

Ed. Note: An amateur prototype depicting the yellow & brown idea was created, but deemed inappropriate for posting.

Monday, January 04, 2010

Field of Posts

Yes, one of the first posts of the year is about posts!

At Saturday's pickup, there was much wind [gusts up to 40+ mph] in the air & lotsa tall wooden posts - between 40-50 - in the ground on the site of off-season pickup @ the NE corner of Polo Fields. Most attendees figured it (the posts, not the wind) is MLK Memorial construction-related.