Sunday, February 1, 2009

What Lifestyle Design can do for you

Before reading this post please read this quick explanation of why I am posting this and why it is important for you to know. This explanation is located at the bottom of this post

Lifestyle design, what do you want to do before you die?

Excerpt from The 4 hour work week by author Tim Ferriss

"This book will teach you the precise principals I have used to become the following:

 No holds-barred cage fighter, vanquisher of four world champions
 First American in history to hold a Guinness world record in Tango
 Princeton University guest lecturer in entrepreneurship
 Applied linguist in Japanese, Chinese, German and Spanish
 Glycemic Index researcher
 National Chinese kickboxing champion
 MTV break-dancer in Taiwan
 Athletic advisor to over 30 world record holders
 Actor on hit TV series in China and Hong Kong
 TV host in Thailand and China
 Political asylum researcher and activist
 Shark diver
 Motorcycle racer"

Ok so after thinking about it I decided to make this post not only on my personal blog, ( but on I have done this because I think the message is important for everyone and I think everyone can take a lot out of learning the principals of lifestyle design.

Why I’m writing this? -
So anyways, I have been reading “The Four Hour Work Week” by New York Times best selling author Tim Ferriss as well as following his blog here 4HWW Blog for about 6 months. I’m currently reading it for the third time and breaking it down into my own life and how I can design my own lifestyle. Please don’t be thrown off by the title I’m not recommending your work 4 hours a week by any means, the author is simply explaining how he went from 80 hour work weeks to 4 hour work weeks and increased his income.

Why am I telling you this?-
Let me start by saying I am not a fan of the self-help genre in general and think that anyone with half a brain can write a self help book. I have read a lot of books as I aspire to be a writer one day and know that many business and self help books are so repetitive that it is hard to learn much new by reading new books in the genre. So I believe it was by some divine intervention that I picked up this book sitting in the business section at Barnes and Noble and labeled as a self help book. It was even more of a miracle to me that from the moment I picked it up I’ve been hooked. This is not a self help book in my mind. It is something that should be taught to everyone, especially those caught up in working 60 hour weeks just to make it by.

So please enjoy and cherish this information,I really believe that there is a lot of truth in this book that can go a long way in changing your life if you let it. I don’t plug every book I read; I rarely enjoy a book enough to finish it in fact. However if you can find a way to use this information to your advantage and in the process see that there is more to life than a cubicle, unhappiness and a few hours with your loved ones each week, then I feel like I have done my job.

If you have ever thought about packing your bags on a whim and buying a one way ticket to Europe or any far away dream destination, this book is for you. Please check out Tim’s blog at and read some posts, see if you get hooked like I did. Also check out his YouTube videos.

Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm not racist or anything, but these are too funny not to post

A Few Links...

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are really funny
How do you tell the woman you love that her thingy smells funky?
Real good news- Airliner Crashes More Survivable Recently
NCAA classifies 7th graders as prospects
And I thought Steve Blake was gay before seeing this
Some asshole taking out a dunkers legs
I seriously can't stop watching this and laughing...wait for it
Ryan Sommer is my favorite basketball player of all time

Five Hours and Fourteen Minutes: A tale of two warriors

Fernando Verdasco is a warrior. Yes that description is usually saved for gridiron stars, boxers or wrestlers, but one thing you can see blatantly in his eyes is a fire that burns relentlessly. He won’t give in; he won’t even budge an inch. You can try and trick him, out wit him, tire him out, and go ahead. He will welcome your challenge like it’s one of his model girlfriends. Say what you want about him being an underachiever who has all the talent but hasn’t put it all together, hell he’d agree with you. But don’t dare question his heart.

FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE here are just a few of he ex's

Argentine Tennis Star Gisela Dulko

Dafne Fernandez Spanish model

Priscila De Gustin Spanish Model

Serbian Tennis star Ana Ivanovic

Ok ok you happy? Now on with the story...

Ahh to be young, rich and famous. To have become the best athlete in the world at his sport in a mere 22 years could not have been easy. Rafael Nadal was regarded as the most conditioned Professional Tennis player in the world and he would need every ounce of blood, sweat and tears he could muster. Of course he didn’t know this going into the match on a warm summer evening on January 30th (Australian Summer). But he would soon find himself in an epic back and forth war of attrition and find something inside himself that he may not have even known was there.

From the first set Verdasco let the number one player in the world know that he will not roll over and die just because he is supposed to. 7-6 is how it went with Verdasco taking down Nadal with the tie breaker 7-4 to take the one set lead. Nadal fired back holding his own 6-4 and evening things up at a game a piece. Nadal then broke Verdasco’s spirit in the third beating him on the tie breaker and taking the third set 7 to 6

This is when things got interesting. Down two sets to one against the number one player in the world everyone was getting ready for the final. Excited for Sunday and the heated rivalry that was Nadal vs. Federer in the Australian Open championship match. Little did they know that this match was the one to keep there eyes on. Facing defeat Verdasco battled Nadal in the best played set anyone has seen in a while, each competitor bending but not breaking and holding their serve, bringing them to an eventual 6-6 stalemate. The remedy was a tie breaker, first player to 7 points. Nadal being one of the most fit players in the world showed no signs of fatigue, while everyone was waiting for the warm Melbourne evening and the 4 competitive sets to break Verdasco down.

An apple, banana, energy bar and a whole lot of water was on the menu at the breaks. Verdasco munched down at least 3 apples, he would need all the energy that he could find to take down the best. Sauntering on to the court for the tie breaking set Verdasco has an unmistakable swagger. He glared across the pale green surface at his fellow countryman with a message, “I am not losing this point, I’m taking it and there is nothing you can do about it”. He did just that dominating the tie breaker 7 to 1 and displaying a barrage of fist pumps and screams only Tiger could match.

Maybe it was one fist pump to many…

2 sets a piece for the two young Spaniards set up the fifth and final set. The shot making in the 4th set had been nothing short of amazing. Nadal seemed to turn into Stretch Armstrong gliding across the court, reaching out and returning balls he had no business being near. Verdasco’s forehand was ridiculous. Hopping off his back leg, rifling forehand winners down the line like he was Frank Thomas crushing batting practice into the upper deck. In all Verdasco would hit an unprecedented 95 winners, but it wasn’t the shots he made that would decide this battle, it was the shots he would miss.

Down 4-5 in the 5th set Verdasco would falter. The gas tank was on E and at this point he was behind the car pushing it. Nadal forced Verdasco into making some mistakes with the top spin return that Verdasco could just no longer get on top of. Driving more than a few balls into the net in the final set. Falling to 40-0, Verdasco gave his last push striking back winning two points in a row, bringing the match to 40-30. The legs gave out, the shoulders locked, his lungs gasped for air and Verdasco failed to get his serve over the net. Nothing was left and he had double faulted to give Nadal the victory. Such an ironic end to the perfect battle had to be crushing.

Rafael Nadal will face his rival Roger Federer Sunday for the Australian Open championship. Fernando Verdasco can only watch from the stands or on his TV.

However five hours and fourteen minutes after the match had begun Fernando Verdasco did not lose. Rather he and Nadal both won, not a moral victory, those aren’t real. They won the hearts of every single person who watched the match and created an unforgettable memory for all in attendance.

Five hours and fourteen minutes of war, showed these two men what they had deep inside. Absolute, complete, utter and total Relentlessness

Thursday, January 29, 2009


lost Pictures, Images and Photos

Lost is a really awesome show. It has saucy babes, great acting, really well paced, and top notch story telling.

I am not going to explain the plot in Lost because you already know the simple story about it even if you have not seen the show.

The plot on the show is insane. There are a million different things the show can do. All the deep meaning references and numbers make you really pay attention.

Another thing that is great about the show is the tone which is set by the great music. It has the ominous tones (like in Forgetting Sarah Marshall) in the tense moments. Then in the emotional moments it has a simple piano key tone that really tugs at the heart strings.

Kristen Bell Pictures, Images and Photos
Kristen Bell not in Lost but very saucy

The cast on the show does an amazing job except the fat dude he is kind of annoying. Matthew Fox and the saucy Evangeline Lilly are good as is Josh Holloway and Michael Emerson. Really everyone is good, just thought I would single out them. Oh and Henry Ian Cusick is good.

Lost Pictures, Images and Photos

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Next American Idol?

This is Casey Carlson...

If you saw her on idol you know shes a solid singer but she is a sauce kitten like no other. Shes up there in the pantheon of idol hotties with Carrie Underwood, Brooke White, Katherine McPhee, and Kellie Pickler.

She is from Minnesota. Apparently she did some modeling for which is obviously where these pics came from. Nothing controversial right now. These could be a positive because campushotties donates 100 percent of their profits to research for cancer.

Lets just say she is a saucy number and root for her to continue to move on in this singing competition. She has my vote right now. Here is the video evidence (Not good or official quality) from idol...

Honestly, she is beautiful. I am thinking about proposing.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

We talkin bout practice?

Top 5 NBA Power Forwards

Tim Duncan earns the top spot here out of senority and his overall track record of leading his team to championships. While KG may get another ring or two and is a more dynamic player, right now you have to put him firmly in the two spot. Outside of Dwight Howard, Bosh shows more potential than any other NBA big man. His ability to create his own shot and score seemingly at will, is the trait that puts him ahead of Dirk and Boozer. He might just be the best pure scorer on this list. While Dirk can put up points in bunches, he is not a dominant big man by any means and is predominantly a jump shooter. He hasn't been able to lead a solid Mavricks team to a championship and looks funny when he's drunk. Boozer is just a solid big man who does all the things a dominant post player should. He can score, rebound and plays the pick and roll with Deron Williams to perfection. But he did go to Duke so he sits at the bottom of the list.

1.Tim Duncan
2.Kevin Garnett
3.Chris Bosh
4.Dirk Nowitzki
5.Carlos Boozer

Josh Smith is just an amazing talent and cannot be overlooked. While he may never be a franchise player, we think he can be a Scottie Pippen-like talent and help another great player win a championship. Aldridge is still young and has a skill set similar to Bosh, but still needs time to mature into the player he will one day be. He needs to grow into an NBA body and get in the weight room to move up on this list. Horford earns the three spot over Beasley as he is a more proven player in the league at this point. We both think Beasley has great potential and can be a great scorer in the league, but for now, he stays at the bottom of our list.

Up and Comers
1. Josh Smith
2. Lemarcus Aldridge
3. Al Horford
4. Michael Beasley

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Need some time away? Take a guy day

Alright so you’re stuck in a rut, doing the same old thing every single day and getting bored with the routine huh? Lucky for you I have found a solution to this common dilemma and it doesn’t even involve exercise a second job or for that matter anything productive. Yes I know now you’re interested.

My idea? Take a guy day, it’s that easy. So what is a guy day you ask? In the words of the late Bernie Mac “Let me break it down like a fraction for you.” A guy day, much like “girl’s night out” or “spa day” as far as the concept of taking some much needed free time and focusing on close friends instead of anything else. However instead of sitting around reading gossip mags, getting pedicures and talking about Lifetime movies about stealing babies, you will be doing the Male equivalent. I’ve constructed a list of the 5 guy day must haves in no particular order just for you. Just pick 4 or 5 of your best pals and follow my instructions. You’re welcome.

1. Beer
While we are quoting people, I believe it was country singer Dierks Bentley who sang “Give me anything domestic light and cold” and that just happens to be the perfect guy day mantra. My advice is to pick one of the big 3 (Bud light, Miller Light or Coors Light).Each participant will need to drink a minimum of 5 beers, or else be ridiculed mercilessly by his buddies. If this “light weight” is your buddy, feel free to let him have it, anything is fair game even Mrs. “Light Weight” Aka your mom. Oh and no designated drivers no matter what. I mean I agree with the concept, but having your uptight buddy who’s had a half a light beer, not be a part of the fun and getting annoyed at the drunkenness can be a real downer. Call a cab, friend or ride the bus, you’ll thank me later.

2. Delicious delectable food
Lots of options here, too many to name, but here are a few guidelines for you. Pizza, Anything deep fried and something that comes in very large portions. You are going to be drinking and eating non-stopped for a long time so be prepared. Mid-guy day runs to the store are lame and throw off the vibe, plan in advance. Other food necessities include 3 to 4 bags of chips with dip, ranch, cheese dip bean dip really any dip that’s high in fat. Remember it’s guy day I don’t care if you’re counting carbs, man up. By the way here’s an excellent appetizer recommendation for you. I recently ate mini smoked hot weenies, sprinkled with brown sugar, wrapped in bacon and baked in the oven. While it is baked and not fried, that’s likely because if you made them fried, the fat content might actually kill you, of course who knows, try it out and let me know.

3. Watching Sports
Preferably a local team that you can root for collectively to add the comrodery element to the group. It gets annoying when you have 3 guys rooting for they’re fantasy players on different teams wanting to watch different games. If there are no local games try college sports, a sure winner every time. If there is absolutely nothing on then this is your only free pass to do something active and go throw the football around. Maybe a game of flag football if your up to it or flyers up if you are lagging a bit from the delicious food. Worst case-scenario (or best depending on the size of your set) just go out back and hit a few golf balls with a baseball bat into the distance. If you are in a residential neighbor hood, try to avoid the immediate neighbors at least and hit the houses further down the block. As long as you yell “four” first its all good.

4. XBOX or PS3
It wouldn’t be guy day without getting on the sticks and showing off how much free time you have to your closest friends. Essentials are sports games like Madden that will keep everyone interested. Try having a madden tournament, each player gets two teams. Make brackets and put in a 5 spot each for the champion, winner take all. Fighting games also work for this set up. Try to refrain from any games that are too hard for beginners to play, war games or Grand theft auto type games, there mostly only fun for the person playing.

5. Toilet paper
I know what you’re thinking, “c’mon give me something cooler than toilet paper”. But keep in mind; I wouldn’t put it here if it weren’t absolutely essential. I’d plan on at least an 8 pack, that way you’ll have more than enough to tepee your asshole neighbors car later. But think about it 5 dudes eating fried food, for 6 hours and drinking beer…. See what I mean. Someone is going to drop one hell of a deuce and you should be prepared for this, unless you don’t like your girlfriends hand towels of course. In that case tepee the car before with everything you got!

Rick Griffith is a blogger and contributor to You can find him online at

Top 5 Free Agent Starting Pitchers

So who are the top 5 free agent pitchers still left on the market now that the Yankees spent $242,500,000 on the top two starting pitchers on the market?

1. Ben Sheets
How can I put him in front of Garland and Lowe? I know it is tough but don’t you just have a feeling the guy is going to put it together and win a Cy Young in the next few years. We all know he has great stuff and if he can join a decent squad he would be a perfect 2nd starter. Derek Lowe is getting up there and there aren’t too many real elite pitchers who pitch well after age 35. While guys like Mussina, Maddux and Smoltz kept it going pretty well, it seems that there are many more out there that go the Pedro Martinez route and just don’t look themselves in their late thirties. All I’m saying is Sheets has the potential and Derek Lowe is no Charlie Huff.

2. Derek Lowe
He doesn’t really blow you away with his stuff; nothing really looks that electric coming out of his hand. However he hits his spots and wins games, you can’t argue with that. While he may be past his prime, you can’t say that he won’t be effective in a few years. Fellow free agent Jaime Moyer is still pitching at 46 because hit hits his spots and wins games and doesn’t have the 90+MPH fastball Lowe has. I also would like to point out that in 1997 the Seattle Mariners thought it would be a good idea to trade him for Heathcliff Slocumb, ouch. The good news is they must have saved a lot of money not paying scouts that year.

3. Jon Garland
He’s not very fun to watch unless he’s on your team and his strike out numbers won’t amaze you. However he might just be the best pitcher on this list. I don’t really know why, but I don’t like him and would be really mad if my team wasted their money on him. Of course he’d probably go win 14-18 games and be my new favorite pitcher. Still I just don’t like you John, I’m sorry, don’t ask me why either. It could be a look in his eye, or his swagger in general, I don’t know. But it’s something and I hate him.

4. Andy Pettitte
Good old Andy. He’s like that good old Honda which is only a 98, but has 300,000 miles on it. It’s been the best car for you for a long time and provided memories you will never forget. You know in the back of your mind thought that it can’t run forever, it just can’t. You know the day is coming where you need a new transmission and it just won’t run the same. However regardless if you may or may not have used nitrous from your friend Roger back in the day, it wasn’t what made your Honda run perfectly. It has shown it can run that way with or without the nitrous, unlike your friend Roger’s car, which is currently dead somewhere in Texas, or retired I mean.

5. Randy Wolf
While he’s an under the radar guy and a 3rd or 4th starter, he’s managed a 25 and 18 record in the last 3 season combined. He proved he can handle the innings throwing over 190 last year. The downside is he doesn’t really have and one great pitch, he doesn’t have much potential and is really a .500 pitcher. However he can amass a decent amount of strikeouts (162 in 2008) and win half of his games, which it is hard to say if any other free agent pitcher can do. Randy, you made the list by default, but you made it.

Monday, January 5, 2009


I know most of you have probably seen this, but just in case...

I Love Her Facial Expression

NBA's Top Small Forwards

The top small forwards in the game wasn't a real hard list to come up with. LeBron's the clear number one as he's the best basketball player in the world and well on his way to becoming the best ever. Paul Pierce gets the nod ahead of Carmelo because he just won a championship and has been consistent his whole career. Carmelo is coming on strong and when it's all said and done will be behind only LeBron. Caron and Danny are both still young and have improved every year they have been in the league.

Top 5 SF's in NBA
1. LeBron James
2. Paul Pierce
3. Carmelo Anthony
4. Caron Butler
5. Danny Granger

This list was a little harder to make. Durant is putting up crazy numbers and has more potential than anyone. Rudy Gay is solid and his best basketball is years down the road. Thaddeus Young has really been a pleasant surprise for the Sixers. I don't think anyone thought he would be this good this soon. Julian Wright will never score like the others on this list but, he brings just about everything else to the table. He can board, pass, and play lockdown D. Travis Outlaw is questionable on this list as he's older than LeBron. It's taken him awhile to get some run in Portland but, he's really proving that he's been worth the wait. He has freakish athleticism and has a reliable J.

Top 5 SF's Future
1. Kevin Durant
2. Rudy Gay
3. Thaddeus Young
4. Julian Wright
5. Travis Outlaw