Week-Late Superbowl Post

The superbowl itself seemed pretty reasonable. Since it's the only football game I watch every year, I didn't have much skin in the game as far as the winner. I decided that I would just root against Roethlisberger and apparently it worked.

My real bitch though is the halftime show. I figured that the Black Eyed Peas would be ok, right? I wasn't expecting that the sound and lights would have been set up by a high school AV club. When you have over 100 million people watching, you should really make sure that everyone's microphones are on!

And then there were the Peas themselves. I'll admit that I've thought their songs were catchy in the past. I just never really realized that they don't have "songs" they have "song." It's one song with slight tweaks. Normally, when the Superbowl performers do a montage of their hits, they have to put transitions in. Not the Peas, when you only have one song, you can just go from part to part.

I liked Slash though.


A Peeve

I don't like it when books and songs rhyme one word to itself. I hadn't thought too much about this before, but yeah, bothersome.

For example, the Beyonce song "Irreplaceable." "To the left, everything you own in the box to the left." (Actually, I can kind of forgive this since the second line is just clarifying the first.) But in the chorus, "I could have another you in a minute, Matter of fact, he'll be here in a minute". Really? There wasn't some better lyric that could have been included?

I have to take issue with Goodnight Moon too. There's one passage where you say "Goodnight moon" followed immediately by "Goodnight cow jumping over the moon". It's really the only clumsy part of the book.

Ok, rant done.


Car Accidents and the Zodiac

Allstate apparently released a humorous memo claiming that auto insurance rates depended on your sign. They even went so far as to make a chart showing the number of accidents in the previous year versus sign. (And cleverly even included the "13th" sign of Ophiuchus.)

People started freaking out though, so the memo was pulled. Allstate just issued a statement saying "Rating by astrology would not be actuarially sound."

However, there's some fine print... they didn't fake the data, it's based on actual crash data and actual driver birthdates! So maybe they should be using the horoscope in their ratings. Hmm.