Only two weekends were memorable thus far this year: UFC 76 and this past weekend...
The First Annual North American Mixed Martial Arts Expo (NAMMAE) took place at the Anaheim Convention Center this past Saturday and Sunday. It was slated to be huge because of the number of sport involved people under one roof: fans, organizations, gym representatives, and, of course, fighters. Randy Couture was the main draw and was there for autograph signings both days and hosted an exhibition seminar on Sunday. Among the list of fighters who were there for booth signings or just because were (in no particular order) Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Sean Sherk, Tito Ortiz, Kendall Grove, "Razor" Rob McCullough, legends Don Frye and Mark Coleman, and several others I'm sure I'm forgetting. Celebs like Michael Dudikoff (of "American Ninja" fame and former Redondo Beach resident) and Chuck Zito (Chucky Pancamo from HBO's "OZ") were also there. I even ran into a former co-worker from my first job who has since opened a gym with Royce Gracie in Arizona!
The neat link between this event and UFC 76 was being able to hang with the TAGG Radio crew. This is an MMA radio show I've been following since April of this year and has become a daily must at work. I start my day at 8:30 AM, but really don't start working till at least 10:30 since I'm listening to the live feed that begins at 9:00 AM. These are some of the funniest cats to listen to regardless of whether you follow MMA. Because their co-host Frank Trigg is an MMA fighter himself, the format mostly entails MMA, but the show is moreso a "man show" since they cover everything from baseball, politics, football... one of their interns even has a weekly entertainment segment that includes porn reviews. Simply put, the LOLZ these guys give to their listeners make it a great start to the day. I first met them at UFC 76 and hung with them as if we'd been BFF's. They're really down to earth and seem to appreciate those who support them as much as we appreciate their Monday-Friday Internet mayhem. As much of a fan as I am of MMA, the thing I looked forward to the most about NAMMAE was being able to hang with them, which I did a majority of the expo both days. I did my share of wandering around, but those guys are the ones I wanted to chill with.
I'll link my ProElite account so you can see two vids wtran64 took. Anyone else on there, feel free to add me.
Here are two of my slideshows with pics compiled from Wan's, my buddy's, and my stash:
SATURDAY, 1 DEC 2007
SUNDAY, 2 DEC 2007
Finally, I'm sporting this pic as my avatar here soon as Christmas is over. I'm determined to make it the next e-phenomenon as I have it as my avatar at virtually every other forum I'm on. If you're wondering what it is, "Joker" Guymon is known to be (you guessed it) a prankster and he shows his nature with this pic of a baby's head he autographed:
11 years agojamoan
Only two weekends were memorable thus far this year: UFC 76 and this past weekend...
12 years agojamoan
Here I am, once again, to do my once (every-other) monthly update. A lot has happened, but nothing too exciting enough to mention. Just been watching some recently released movies (i.e. Transformers, Live Free or Die Hard, etc.), watching TV shows on DVD (i.e. 24, Weeds, Sleeper Cell, etc.), eating, and working out occasionally. One thing somewhat exciting to mention is my decision to go back to the martial arts academy I used to train at before I started playing football my high school Freshman year. My buddy and I have been working the heavybag my step-dad has up in their garage and I really want to reinforce and build upon the skills I learned nearly 14 years ago. Competitive shape is the highest goal, but I am only looking to conquer one step at a time. I'll let you all know if I ever decide to try my hand at MMA competitions.
The only other thing worth mentioning is that I finally got myself a 360. Only problem is that the HDD that came with mine is faulty, so I have to wait a few weeks for a replacement as I just sent it to the repair center today. Once I'm on, I'm going to try my hand at Shadowrun, the engine used for the recent "1-800-Magic" series I discovered the last time I logged on. Anyone else who has that game is welcome to let me know so they can show me how to play it. Of course, Halo 3 will be the definite overusage my 360 will surely receive once it's released.
So, in the meantime, I thought I'd share some music with you all. Most of you know my super appreciation for the Deftones' music. Well, I discovered a side project from the DJ of their band, as well as the DJ of Team Sleep, and another DJ I've never heard of. The groups namesake is that of this journal's title: DecibelDevils. One of the things I love most about the mixes these guys create is the seeming non-fit the collection of songs they put together should have, yet they do it so well. Most of their mixes have some hip-hop, but they aren't afraid to throw in some alternative, electronica, and even Hall & Oats!
To give y'all a taste of what they combine, below is their Lee Van Cleef mix, which I like to think of as their "mellow, ambient, sleepy-time" mix. Anyone who likes their music can check out their podcasts as well as their website for more mixes.
Here is the Lee Van Cleef playlist:
Air Ã¢â‚¬" The Way You Look Tonight
John Tejada Ã¢â‚¬" Summer Rain
Coldcut and the Guilty Party Ã¢â‚¬" Re:volution (Bounty Beats)
Nightmares on Wax Ã¢â‚¬" Dreddoverboard (DJ Food Remix)
Cinematic Orchestra Ã¢â‚¬" Man with a Movie Camera (Domu Remix)
Beans Ã¢â‚¬" Naked Paper (A Capella)
Camp Lo Ã¢â‚¬" Cookers (A Capella)
Tackhead Ã¢â‚¬" Half Cut Again/Reality
DJ Shadow Ã¢â‚¬" Right Thing
Rival Schools Ã¢â‚¬" Holding Sand
Lee Van Cleef
If you are interested in the playlists for their other mixes, check out the "Mixes" tab under the Navigation menu on their homepage. Let me know if you're interested in their podcast playlists and I can send them to you.
Hope you all are well.
12 years agojamoan
Where does the time go? Next month will be the 50-mark of 2007 and I doubt it'll slow much more in the coming months.
The biggest news I can share is that I went to this event last night, making it the first MMA event that I attended live. My buddy Gosvani went with me to an event that we expected to be decent, but were pleasantly surprised at how amazingly entertaining it turned out to be. We sat in the section behind the ringside seats which was a great view. While there, we saw many MMA celebs including newly crowned UFC LHW Champ Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett, Gina Carano, and several others. The greatest thing was that they were sitting within a stone's throw distance from where we were sitting. In fact, one of the most recent superstars, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, was sitting in a section I nearly bought tickets for, which was just to the right of our section. We were able to talk to everyone, save Rampage. All were very kind and took the time to talk to us individually, which may become a rarity as the sport gains further momentum than it already has. The one celeb in attendance that everyone would have recognized was Nicholas Cage. His cameo last night gave me the impression that he's a Japanese-promotion MMA fan as he was also seen at the last PRIDE event held in Vegas back in Feb, yet has not been spotted at any recent UFC events.
Outside of that, life is pretty much normal. Tiff and I are planning to do our tri-annual Goleta trip to get some Kahuna Grill burgers next Saturday. The car is pretty much ready to go, so lest anything major comes up, we should be taking the trip up with no hitches.
You all take care until next time.
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12 years agojamoan
That's right... I came back from the dead.
*wraps head in kevlar in the event that people come at me with shotties blazing*
Hard to believe that it's been just over a month and a half since my last journal entry. Even more difficult to imagine that I'm going on two months sans RvB at work, yet I don't feel completely deprived. Things have been busy enough at work that I haven't even been active on the Dojo for most of this past week. It'll only get busier since I have three sites to build on the horizon, plus more with our upcoming busy season not too far ahead.
To bring everyone up to speed on what's been going on, I'm currently in the process of getting rid of a minor cold I acquired mid-Wed. I slept a lot the day I felt it coming and I think that prevented it from getting worse. I've still got some phlegm, but it's not too bad. Aside from that, life = work and MMA and some other things on the side.
Mid-Feb, we drove up to Goleta as we had a few months ago. While up there, we made two obligatory stops at Kahuna Grill (arguably the best burgers in all of Cali): once before going to see "Ghost Rider" in Santa Barbara and once after. I think that's going to be a quarterly tradition as long as that restaurant is open. It's that good...
Last night, we went to see "300" with Gos, his wife, and her brothers. Sorry to Kat and Mars. It was last minute what with my getting sick and not knowing whether I was going to be up to it. If you guys really want to see it, I'm sure we could do it within the next week or so. Tiff liked it enough to want to see it again. Aside from some cheesy dialogue, I thought the movie was well executed. It was certainly better than "Sin City", but that might be because I was somewhat familiar with this story whereas I was not with SC. "300" will quite possibly find itself in my DVD collection when it comes out.
Well, folks, that's pretty much my life. Boring, I know, but it is what it is. I hope you all are well. I won't make any promises to attend your alerts, but I'm not going to clear them either. I may surprise you guys one of these days...
You all take care and we'll chat sometime!
I had the rare privilege of seeing the Ultimate Fighting Championships' inaugural event back in '93. Having a healthy respect and fascination for all things martial arts, this left a lasting impression on me as the real-life personification of Street Fighter II. Since all of these events were pay-per-view, it wasn't easy to keep up with all of the following events, but we've seen the resurgence of the organization as well as the American mainstream exposure to MMA through the UFC's partnership with SpikeTV. While I hold the present opinion that UFC is far from being el jefe of MMA, I give them major credit for pushing the sport into the mainstream where it belongs.
I had another rare privilege last night of seeing an organization's inaugural event and was thoroughly impressed. You could probably guess the event's name is the same of that in the thread's title. The Elite Xtreme Combat organization struck me as one that, if their cards are played right, will have staying power in the world of MMA and possibly overtake the UFC in popularity by the hardcore fans and, possibly, even the mainstream. It has been my long-held opinion that PRIDE is the big dog of the MMA world in depth of talent and production value and probably always will be, but after seeing last night's EliteXC: Destiny event, I'm left with the impression that the #2 may be on its way to the spotlight. The biggest leverage that EXC will have in MMA is their partnership with Showtime which, prior to this union, is unprecedented as far as an MMA organization's main events being broadcast on cable TV free of charge (outside of the cost for the channel's services). Also, bringing the feud between the Gracie's and Shamrock's to a head from their 1-1-1 history to be the inaugural event's main bout was proof of their message to the other organizations as to EXC's place among them. I went to my parents' house to watch the event, but have strongly considered getting cable of my own to watch the events from the comfort of my own place if EXC continues its success.
Post your thoughts about last night's (as well as any future) event. If you didn't get a chance to watch it or haven't heard about it, definitely check out the org's official website and event results. Complementary coverage can be found on two different articles on Sherdog.com's website, as well as two articles on MMA Weekly's website. This org could very well be the new innovator of MMA.
12 years agojamoan
...and, no, I'm not referring to that MMORPG game that made zombies out of many, some of you probably included.
I'm surprised that I haven't posted anything in a week and that it's been nearly that long since I last logged on. The only reason I'm on now is because Tiff has a friend spending the night and I actually have some time to jump on the comp.
Suffice it to say, the days are significantly longer at work as I had supposed they'd be sans RT. It's really sad when you find yourself wishing you had a lot of work to make the day go by quicker. I've managed to keep myself occupied on the other sites I post on, but activity there isn't nearly as much as is here. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed while knocking on wood that those sites don't also get blocked by my work's filter.
So, I thought I'd put a few thoughts down to sum up what my virtual week away from RT has been like:
It's strange because I've missed being on here during the day to chat with a lot of you, but I haven't been too motivated to log on when I get home from work. Part of it is due to the next point, but it's also because my logging on after work is really just to post comments on your alerts rather than actually getting to post with you in real time and it's not the same.
I bought a home theater system at Best Buy to put in the living room last Saturday. Somewhere during the course of the day (I imagine while I was installing it), I moved wrong and strained something in my lower back just right on my spine. It didn't hit immediately, which is what leads me to believe that it wasn't too severe. Believe you me, though, that the pain was nearly unbearable for all of Sunday and all of Monday (which I stayed home from work due to). Even now, I still am limited in full range of movement, but the pain isn't sharp like it was the first two days. I'm hoping it'll be gone by Monday if not sooner.
I watched "You, Me, and Dupree" tonight. Tuna Man mentioned after seeing it that the character Paco reminded him of me. Well, he, as well as anyone else who may have seen it, might be interested to know that my auntie used to dance with him back in the day. Regarding his size, let's just say that he was unrecognizable to her until my other auntie (who saw it with her) told her it was him and pointed out his name in the credits. My suprised auntie couldn't believe how big he got since she last saw him. Not really hard to believe since most of us were skinnier back in the day.
Two nights from now is UFC 67!!1 As mentioned before, I am thoroughly psyched for this as it's going to be UFC's best card in a long time. One only hopes that it'll execute the same way, but the fighters on the card are less likely to disappoint.
Super Bowl XLI is the very next day. I'm kind of excited for this as I actually have a place to get together with others (Gosvani's house) to watch it, thus, giving a reason to be excited for it. I know this is a big event for fans of each team, but I really don't care for either of them, so it doesn't really matter to me who wins.
So, with that, I will tackle some of your alerts, but not all, and then will go to sleep. I hope you all are well and wish I could chat with you all more often. If I don't log on beforehand (which is highly likely), have a great weekend!
I wanted to inform anyone interested that the Dojo is still operational, though it has its occasional server downtime still. Anyone who used to go there, please feel free to return as I will be there every day. Anyone not already registered there, please feel free to sign up. I don't think the 'Hood will be good for anything other than reading old threads.
12 years agojamoan
Well, apparently only the radio portion is still called that, but it's a heck of a lot easier to say and write than Yahoo! Music. For all I know, it could have always been called Yahoo! Music.
Anyway, I was thinking about music videos yesterday and which I may have missed in the past few years. We don't have cable at home and our building doesn't support satellite, so I haven't gotten to watch MTV or BET ever since I moved out of my parents' house (not that I did that much when I was living there). So, I decided to look up some vids on LAUNCH last night while on the computer, particularly "When You Were Young" by The Killers which has been my favorite song as of late. Not only did I get to see it, but I saw two slightly different versions of the same video. I didn't mind since I like the song a lot. After seeing them, I thought I'd check out "Mr. Brightside" since that's my current ringtone. Originally, my mom assigned that ringtone on her phone for me due to my tendency to be grumpy in the morning. I came to like it, so I put it on my phone too. Unfortunately, my current phone's a Nokia and it only allows one ringtone at a time, which kind of bummed me out, but I digress. "Mr. Brightside" also had two videos, one being much different from the other. In fact, the second seemed to accent the dark theme of the song moreso than the first. The second was beautifully done with a plethora of colorful costumes and backgrounds, but it performed the song's content nearly literally, making it quite depressing.
So, as I was sitting here at work doing my duties, I got to thinking about the wide variety of songs and videos I would be able to access from LAUNCH than what I have currently stored on my machine. I used to listen to LAUNCHradio when I worked in the office at PDC. Having music certainly helps speed the day along.
So, for those of you at work who don't have site restrictions, and even those at home, check it out sometime. I know there are a ton of other music and video sites, but you may find a feature on here that you like.
Are there any vids or songs you all think I should check out? I don't listen to the radio that often, so I don't know what's new and hot. I'm always up to checking out new stuff as my music taste is eclectic due to my fancying certain types of music depending on my mood and/or my activity at any given moment.
Anyway, tell me all about it!
12 years agojamoan
Don't you hate it when you've got so much going on that you forget to check shite? So, I noticed after the first two posts that yesterday's journal got cut off. I was so busy yesterday that it took me 2 hours to finally get that journal up as I was doing it in between problem solving for a single project. I didn't even think to check if the entire contents made it in and, obviously, the rest is history. Oh, well... such is life.
That is all.
No, just kidding. I don't want to get further circumcised by anyone who got pissed at my seemingly waste of a journal.
Actually, I had a question for my friends: what should I do for my next avatar? I cleaned out some of my old avatars, my current has been up for a while and I'd like to put something new up. In a way, I'd like to do an avatar trend, but I'd of course love for any or all of you to participate if you wish. In the past, we've done OG Avatar Day, I once stole an ASCII face avatar trend from Clem, and, of course, we do annual Christmas avatars. I'm not in my creative best at the moment and, thus, the reason I ask for any and everyone's help. If no one wants to participate, I'm interested even in just ideas for what I could do.
12 years agojamoan
I always laughed at TV programs that were preceded with "the following program may contain..." and blab on about what is in the show that parents should be cautious of allowing their kids to watch. To me, that was the proverbial green light to watch it, but out of sight of my parents. I grew up conflicted because my mom was strict about what I watched and listened to, but I could watch and listen to just about anything when I went to my dad's place and over at his family's house. Heck, I first saw "Basic Instinct" when it first came out on VHS (I know, I'm totally dating myself) over at my dad's parents' house.
Anyway, this was my attempt at making a clever, attention-getting title. My English prof at El Camino always stressed "catchy titles" to grab your reader's initial interest, so I try to do that even in my online compositions. Did it work???
Anyway, the biggest reason for the "disclaimer" is due to an MMA update which will be followed by the weekendness in review.
I'm pretty friggin' psyched about this match: Sam Hoger vs. Ryoto Machida. Hoger was one of the semi-finalists in Season 1 of "The Ultimate Fighter". He has since been signed by the UFC as one of their undercard fighters and has fought on the Season 1 Finale, two Fight Nights, and in UFC 56, amassing a 2-2 UFC record to add to his overall 6-2 record. From what I've seen, he's a pretty decent fighter. What I'm most excited about is Ryoto Machida's debut in the UFC since his contract was purchased with Zuffa's procurement of the WFA, which Machida fought for. He doesn't have a ton of fights, but he's undefeated at 8-0. Furthermore, he was the first guy to hand Rich Franklin an "L" and only one of two who can say that. He also has wins over Stephan Bonnar, BJ Penn, and Vernon White, so you know he's no chump. It'll be interesting to see if he retains his undefeated record and solidifies himself as a star with his debut in just under two weeks.
Tiff and I were over at my parents' house for dinner last night and my step-dad asked me when the next PRIDE event was going to be. I told him there was 33 that's going to be at UNLV on Feb 24. He then asked if I'd want to go. So, before committing to that, I showed him the ticket prices. He looked at them once and shook his head. I mentioned in response that PRIDE is trying to get an event at either the Staples Center or Dodger Stadium by June and that we would have a better chance at those venues since my mom knows a guy who can get tickets for both. Even if she couldn't, I'd pay for that event at either venue.
So, to recap the weekend, Tiff and I went grocery shopping as planned on Friday night. We got home about 9:30 since we were doing our monthly stockup. She had picked up "The Protector" with Tony Jaa earlier in the day and we agreed to watch that. After the first 20 mins we couldn't bear to watch anymore. Mind you, the choreography was great and Jaa is an amazing athlete, but the story wasn't very interesting and the soundtrack didn't seem to be in synch with the film. So, we instead popped in "Gridiron Gang". I took particular interest in this film upon seeing the trailer as I remembered watching part of the documentary that it was derived from back in the early 90s. The only concern I had about the theatrical version was that it would be kind of cheesy since you knew it was a feel-good movie about triumphing over the deadly grips of inner-city life. It was that at times, but the overall execution of the story was done well. Surprisingly, Tiff said she liked it better than "Invincible" which we'd seen just a week ago. I liked "Gridiron Gang" simply because I grew up around the influence that it spoke out against. Mind you, I wasn't ever in danger of the violence that many of these individuals perpetrated and/or were victims of, but I understand it better than some.
Saturday, I woke up early to do 3 loads of laundry and wash the previous night's dishes. Once those were done, I did this and that until it was time to take Tiff to work at 4pm. Once I dropped her off, I recycled a part of our stash (that was cluttering up our living room) and made enough to pay for a gallon of milk and a 6-pack of Henry's to take to Gosvani's. I went home, showered, and dropped by Mars' and Kat's place to have some dinner and visit for a bit. After I left their place, I dropped by my parents' house before shooting over to Gos'. What was meant to be a 5-10 min visit ended up being a 1/2 hour. So, I left their place and got to Gos' around 10 till 9pm. I showed him, Charity, Charity's dad, and a family friend a Rampage and Fedor fight from PRIDE 25 and then we watched most of Shockwave 2005 (my latest addition that arrived this past Friday). I told them that I was such a good friend that I elected to wait to watch it with them for the first time rather than giving into my instant gratification tendencies to watch new DVDs as soon as they arrive. I rock!
I woke up around 8:30am on Sunday, ate a little bit, took a dump, then crawled back in bed for another hour and a half. I woke up with enough time to cut my hair and get ready for Church. That's right, Tiff and I finally made it after nearly a month. We stayed for the second half of the first hour and then left. When I was over at my parents' the previous night, they invited Tiff and I over for dinner as they were feeding their missionaries and were making chicken katsu. Never one to pass up good food, we complied. After leaving Church, we stopped by my dad's family's. My grandpa was glued to the TV with the Chicago-New Orleans and Indianapolis-New England games from the time we got there till the time we left. We got some time to chat with hi
12 years agojamoan
That's right... I coined a muthapho0kin' term. Forgot about someone else who may have said it before me.
So, I'm in the last 3 1/2 hour stretch before the weekend starts for me and it couldn't come soon enough. It was nice having a 4-day work week, though, so I can't complain too much. It's just that I'm waiting for the go ahead on projects and it's fairly quiet on all the boards I frequent, including this one, so I'm getting bored.
Well, tonight Tiff and I are going grocery shopping so we can fill our fridge and cupboards with sustenance. We're still in the process of figuring out what we're going to do for the rest of the night. She remarked to me during lunch today that she'd heard about the current 3-Course Meal deals going on at TGI Friday's and how they sounded good to her. Mind you... this is coming from someone who doesn't like going to said restaurant, so I had to oblige in smearing that in her face. So, that's a possible dinner option. Outside of dining, we may either watch "Gridiron Gang" which I picked up from Blockbuster last night or go to see "Letters from Iwo Jima" as it finally hit a local theater, albeit Manhattan Beach. In the grand scheme of things, it's not that far from here, but when you live within 5 mins walking distance from an AMC, you tend to feel that having to drive to a movie any length of time longer than that is a bit excessive. I'm sure we'll come to an agreement about what tonight's activities will consist of by the time I get off of work...
Tiff closes tomorrow, so I may hook up with Gosvani if he doesn't do dinner with his uncle who just returned from Mexico within the past week and whom Gos hasn't seen in over a month. That might not seem like a lot of time, but Gos' uncle tries to take him and his wife out to dinner at least monthly since Gos' dad is in Mexico and he only sees him when he goes there, which isn't often. I'll be giving Gos a call within the next hour or so as he gets out at 3:30pm to find out, as well as to help him pass the final minutes before he leaves. Before that, Tiff and I have yet to decide what we'll do before she goes into work. I actually got my ass to the gym last night, though it was only to do 20 mins on the bike. Since it's starting to warm up here again, I'm going to see if she wants to go walking down at the beach. If we don't hit Friday's tonight, it might be a lunch stop for after if we go walking tomorrow.
Since we missed Church last week, we'll need to go this week. I have to call somebody to find out what time (if it has changed) it starts. Then, I want to go see my dad's family. Tiff has the whole day off, so we'll have plenty of time to do all that and relax a bit before going back into the Monday grind. I just remembered that I'll have to work at least two loads of laundry in somewhere there, so it'll be interesting.
Anyway, you all have a great weekendness however you spend it.
As Mars kind of inspired my decision, feel free to coin your own terms and I'll add it below. Please note that terms will be in their most basic form.
Mars = rechillax (v.)
Mars = fo0ktacular (adj.)
Mary = slamack (v.)
Mary = fo0krageous (adj.)
Kat = shenanigal (adj.)
Kitty = ducker (n.)
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