OK so check this out. Someone has found a translation of a German book called Scientologie written in 1934 that L. Ron Hubbard undoubtedly read and stole for his own religion. This predates Hubbard’s Dianetics by more than 15 years. This is amazing and I encourage you to use this as proof next time one of these looney Scientologists get all high and mighty. Eat your heart out Tom Cruise.
From the Dallas Morning News. SMU’s record-setting junior quarterback Justin Willis has been suspended from spring practice and his name has been removed from the roster on the school’s official website. Safety Bryce Hudman has also been suspended — both for violations related to academics and missing team functions.
Thanks to the folks over at the Gorilla vs. Bear blog, I just heard Jason Kidd’s 1994 attempt at rapping — a sad song called “What the Kidd Didd” that features Digital Underground’s Money B. It can be said with no hesitation that Kidd and B. have recorded one of the sorriest songs in the world’s history. I have done my best to transcribe the lyrics here, but there were a few nonsensical parts that I could not comprehend. Jason Kidd, if you read this, please leave a comment and fill in the gaps. Enjoy!
J. Kidd from the town O-A-K
He came from a newcomer or so they say
I’m the new Kidd on the block, but they jock still
I got skills with the rock
And you can call Austin like Steve Austin
Steady flossin’ with cash earned from hittin’ Mashburn
On the break, you want me to take (??)
With a left, right uh get shook, look
More steals than Ricky Hen (??) from the Pac-10
I ain’t new to
This, I give assists like a high school tutor
But who the hell said bein’ a Kidd was easy?
People wanna know what the Kidd didd
But ain’t nothin’ goin on but cash and b-ballin’
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The rapper Jay-Z has teamed up with fellow African-American enterpeneur Steve Stoute to launch Translation Advertising in New York City. The company’s aim is to create advertising that caters to multi-cultural consumers without alienating them. Given his popularity, Jay-Z may very well be onto a new trend in advertising: marketing intelligently to groups who have previously been either misunderstood or ignored altogether. Like Jay-Z says, “we don’t walk into the store and hit the breakdance moves.” Let’s hope that this lays he groundwork for bridging the gap between corporate America and the urban society that it so obviously and desperately seeks to tap.
Article from The New York Times.
from ESPN: Well, it seems that Jason Kidd will finally re-join the Dallas Mavericks after several snags in last week’s proposed trade with the New Jersey Nets. According to Marc Stein’s report, the version of the deal that actually went through will end up costing the Mavs $11 million more than the original proposal. Oops. Let’s hope it’s worth it. Now that this whole thing is over, I wonder what jersey number J-Kidd will wear, as his favorite “5” has been used by Josh Howard since he came into the league. Juwan Howard, another long-time number 5, was forced to change to “55” when he came back to the Mavs this year. Any one wanna venture any guesses what will happen here?
[Trade] details: Kidd, forward Malik Allen and swingman Antoine Wright sent to Dallas for 24-year-old point guard Devin Harris, center DeSagana Diop, swingman Trenton Hassell, guard Maurice Ager, Van Horn via sign-and-trade, first-round draft picks this June and in 2010 and $3 million in cash. The teams originally planned to move Wright to Dallas in a separate transaction but were able to make the salary-cap math work in a single trade after the deal was reconfigured over the weekend.
Earlier this week I read on boingboing that Bay Area producer AmpLive had a remix album of Radiohead’s In Rainbows that recently became available. The story is that AmpLive made the album without Radiohead’s consent and was issued a cease and desist order on December 18. As of Wednesday all parties involved agreed that AmpLive could distribute the 8-track collection for free download. I just got around to listening to it this morning and I must say that I regret the extra two days I lived without this gem. Includes tracks with verses from excellent Cali rappers Too $hort, MC Zumbi of Zion I, Chali2na of Jurassic 5, and Del the Funky Homo Sapien.
get the whole album from here.
***EDIT*** The deal is done.
***EDIT EDIT*** Devean George blocks the deal.
Although sources say that the teams are still sorting out final details, this deal was described as “imminent” by one source close to the process after negotiations moved to an advanced stage Tuesday night. The proposed swap — salvaged from talks of a three-way trade with Portland that developed and fizzled quickly two weeks ago — would require Dallas to send 24-year-old point guard Devin Harris, veteran swingman Jerry Stackhouse, the expiring contracts of center DeSegana Diop and swingman Devean George and another player such as guard Maurice Ager to New Jersey for Kidd and possibly forward Malik Allen or veteran guard Darrell Armstrong.
It’s believed that Dallas would also send New Jersey cash ($3 million is the league maximum) and one or two future first-round draft choices. One source told ESPN.com that the Mavericks and Nets were also discussing a separate trade that would send Antoine Wright to Dallas for a future second-round pick.
I guess we may have the Nets to thank for trouncing us on Sunday, surely that had some role in changing Mark Cuban’s mind on a trade he previously said was about as sensible as firing up the ol’ crack pipe. (see third paragraph, last line)