The Witty Lizard

Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

The Witty Lizard - Ramblings of a grilling, drinking, black flag hoisting father and philosophical eclectic.

Fun with Science

Brandon Weeden and clay pigeons, this is really cool. He said it took him seven tries, which doesn’t sound all that crazy considering the shear velocity of a clay pigeon.

Connecting on for out five is amazing. But practice helps I’m sure. Regardless, Weeden is a stud and this is just fun to watch.

Thursday Links

This needs to be read aloud on the floor of Congress… MotherJones

It’s a brave new world… The Economist

Please, just one or two, or thirty… NY Times

“Sources of Federal Tax Revenue” tells the whole story here… MotherJones

Baahahahahaha, that’s all I got… NY Times

Death to Word = fawesomwe… Slate

Read this, please… Stop Stealing Dreams

I just don’t understand the Republican problem with this… The New Republic

Why shouldn’t people have health insurance? The New Republic

Intriguing thesis, God and America, duh… The New Republic

The original was a classic, this shorter update sounds good… Grantland

Wes Lunt = The Man… NewsOK

I wish I was “just a guy”… Pistols Firing

Sucks for everyone else in London… O’Colly

It’s about time someone did a story, well done Larry… NewsOK

Mr. Tannehill pay attention… The Big Lead

This just in, these guys are GOOD… BBTIA

Helluva a future… Star-Telegram

Solid but not spectacular, which is what they need… Blogging the Boys

No imput or relevance, that’s epic, but I hope He’s being honest… Cowboys Gab

Excitement and commitment… Just Blog Baby

2012 schedule is not easy, but is any in the NFL? Silver and Black Pride

He is a great soundbite… Grantland


What a great day to be me.

I spend a lot of time on here bitching about my life. The things I do wrong, the things people do to piss me off, all kinds of things that are generally negative.

This is not one of those posts. I had one of the better days I’ve had in a long time.

Most Sundays are bad for me. I hate going to work and my boy leaves until the next weekend. Therefore, I typically spend Sunday evening in a bad way. Not today.

Hanging with my boy is always a good way to start my Sundays. We talk and hang out and practice, good times. It’s grand. But then he leaves which wrecks me. The worst part of this divorce is the lack of time I get with my kids, but I digress.

This Sunday was different. I got a call from a great friend asking me to come over for dinner. So I went and we had a nice meal and talked for several hours, catching up, complaining, conspiring, all the stuff friends do. And unlike the typical Sunday, I enjoyed my night.

On a normal Sunday, I spend most of the evening lamenting my existence, worried about what Monday will bring. Sad that my kids are gone, just in a bad way. But I was able to get out of my typical Sunday funk by spending it with someone who actually likes and understands me.

Too bad all weekends can’t be like this one, but I can hope for the best, right?

Thursday Links

I have always hated saves… Grantland

I’m starting to think Lunt may be the man… Tulsa World

Blake Jackson might be the best of the class of ’12… ESPN

OSU baseball is flat terrible, time to make a change… NewsOK

Axl Rose is a douche (and I love GnR)… LA Times

Political reform? The hell you say… The New Republic

The world is shrinking… The Economist

A cure for hangovers would be amazing… The New Yorker

Population and tax revenue are directly related… Mother Jones

Damn these were fun days… NewsOK

Pretty solid guesses… NewsOK

Absolutely awesome, and impossible… Kegs ‘N Eggs

Very intriguing… The Economist

Will never happen, although it should… The Economist

Wow, that’s all I got… Slate

I’m pretty stoked by these moves… Star-Telegram

I really hope this works out, for many reasons… Sports Illustrated

More good advice from Mark Cuban… Blog Maverick

CJ Wilson is an idiot… BBTIA

Spending is a bit out of whack… Mother Jones


Great Night in Arlington

Neftali Feliz was crazy good tonight.

A little rough in the first, understandable given that this was his first major league start. Solid defense in the form of a double play allowed him to escape form a 2 walk first.

Then he settled into a rhythm.

Great command of his off speed pitches and still a dominating fastball.

It’s only one start but it looks like the beginning of great things to come. Remember, he was rookie of the year two years ago with no closer experience. This is a guy who can pitch and a guy who has pitched in the most pressure pack of environs.

If 7 innings, 4 H, 4 K, 2 BB, and NO runs is the norm, the Rangers just might turn the corner and win it all this year.

Well done Nefti, I’m looking forward to what happens five days from now.

State Testing

Today is day one of state mandated testing. Basically that means I do nothing for 4 hours and then we watch movies for 4 more hours.

Testing is a joke. Education is broken. The industrial education system is outdated and needs a total overhaul.

Unfortunately, until a radical thinker is actually electable, nothing will change. Americans are married to the idea that because it’s always been that way, it should stay that way. status quo is the way of the dinosaur and will ultimately been the downfall of our great nation.

Just because this is the greatest nation on earth does not mean we are invincible. Every great nation has fallen in on itself. The reason is inevitably maintaining the status quo. The idea is because we have been great forever, why would we change anything?

To bad that everything changes. Unless we change our paradigm, we are destined to end up like the Romans or the Egyptians.

Friday Five

Places I want to visit before I die. Admittedly, I’m cheating here a bit. I want to witness these historical places sure, but I also want to see the country/city associated with them. This is a list of place I want to explore.

  1. Aldford Castle
  2. St Peter’s Basilica
  3. Angkor
  4. Machu Picchu
  5. Kilimanjaro

Remember the scene in Braveheart  when Stephen refers to Ireland as “my island”? Aldford Castle is my castle. Built in the 12th century by Richard de Aldford, my great-grandfather many times over. I will concede that a motte-and-bailey castle built some 900 years ago is not really worth looking at but it’s mine. A trip to England would be amazing in its own right, highlighted by a journey into my history would make it perfect.

Rome was the center of the known universe, in the west anyway, for a millennium. The Forum, the Colosseum, the cathedrals and the art all make Rome a place that I must see someday. Although I am honestly more interested in the later period of Raphael and da Vinci. St Peter’s Basilica is the apex of  Renaissance art and architecture, the work of Michelangelo and Bernini. I can’t fathom the grandeur of walking through the plaza and entering the Basilica, but I want to find out.

South East Asia fascinates me, always has. There is something about the beauty, mystery and danger of the jungle and an exotic culture that captivates my imagination. The manifestation of all that for me is Angkor. Ancient and beautiful, it has an allure. A mighty civilization once thrived and prospered here and to see something so foreign and exotic would be a helluva trip.

Machu Picchu is simply mind-boggling to me. Four day hike to get there, which begs the question, how did they build in such a remote place? Better still, why did they build in such a remote place? That’s part of the coolness of the site, no one really knows. Theories range from remote prison camp to agricultural test station. Whatever, I really want to explore this ancient site at the top of the world.

Kilimanjaro is the biggest of the cheats on this list. I’m not a climber and have no aspirations to mount an ascent. The reason to include it here is East Africa itself. I have always wanted to see the savanna, the Rift Valley, Lake Victoria, Zanzibar and of course Kilimanjaro.  The chance to go on safari or to see the gorillas in the highlands is something I hope I get the chance to do.