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[SPY PICS] Trees Under Construction

13 Jul

Check out these photos of the inside of Trees from earlier today. In case you haven’t heard, the legendary Dallas venue is set to re-open in about a month. From these shots it looks as if the layout will be about the same as it was before, only they are re-doing everything. That’s all for now. (yay)

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New SMU Football Uniforms: A Blue Critique

10 Jul

With the announcement last week that the SMU football team would be sporting “new” uniforms, I felt the need to bring up the Mustangs’ schizophrenic handling of the color blue.  Now I’m not old enough to remember, but I can’t recall ever seeing the SMU athletic teams wearing anything but royal before the mid to late 1990s. But navy was the preferred hue of blue that the football team adopted in 2003. And there seems to be no explanation for this at all.  For a school with as rich an atheltic heritage in the city of Dallas as SMU, it is a sad tale how much apathy has surrounded its programs since the NCAA dropped the Death Penalty on them in 1987.

Look at the school’s official colors and you’ll see that they are “Harvard Red and Yale Blue.” WHY?  That automatically dooms the Mustangs to aspire to be a copy of another school, AT BEST!  I’m sure schools with such strong ties to their colors as the University of Texas look at SMU and just laugh.  Who can tell me where the non-official usage of navy came from?

Its not just the football team, either.  In recent years the soccer teams, basketball teams, and even the cheerleaders have been seen clad in navy. Let’s hope with the introduction of these new football duds, which hearken back to the Pony Express days of Eric Dickerson and Craig James, we are now seeing the abandonment of navy, which is not even a sanctioned school color.  Oh, and by the way, with the new June Jones-era unis the school has introduced are in a shade called “SMU Blue.”

Looks like hoops are back in royal now, though.

Why oh why SMU do you play fast and loose with your colors?  What other sports team, at any level, does this?  Southern Methodist University — pick one color and stick with it. Please.  Maybe you’ll see that people care about your teams when they think that you actually do.

What do you think? Please tell me what you think in the comments.

Thanks to hombre de steel for the vintage banner photos.

Flickr Gets Video!

9 Apr

Look here.

Looks as if Yahoo has given flickr video capabilities. Videos are limited to 90 seconds and the privilege to upload has been limited to Pro users. A cool group with some of the early video additions to flickr can be seen in this group here. While it remains to be seen whether this new service will be any sort of rival to youtube, it will definitely be great to see what kinds of things that those who habitually view life through a lens will share with this moving picture format. I think it’s all kinda neat. O, and check this one from Norby.

The Desktop Wallpaper Project

5 Mar

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Thanks to Bobby S over at the Kitsune Noir blog, desktops around the world will now be more stylish as they launch The Desktop Wallpaper Project today.  Each Wednesday you can mosey on over the +KN blog and pick up a new wallpaper from one of the most talented artists practicing today — all free.  Today’s contributions come from Tim Biskup, Mcbess and IMAKETHINGS.  I’ve been waiting for an idea like this to come along for some time.  Each wallpaper is available in a variety of sizes, including custom versions for iPhones and PSPs. Enjoy!

2400+ Hulu Invites Available

7 Jan

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In case you are not familiar with the video service Hulu, now is your chance to jump on board.  Hulu is currently in beta testing and you can only access it via an invite.  Luckily here is a link to 2400+ invites at the time of this writing.  On-demand television programming and some movies are available on Hulu, and I have used it to catch up on the Season 4 The Office episodes that I missed due to NBC jumping ship from the iTunes store.  Much props to a great service that only stands to get better.  Did I mention FREE? Well, it’s free, so follow the link and start watching some video.  Content from NBC, FOX, the Bravo, Fuel TV, FX, Sci Fi, Style, Sundance, and Oxygen channels.

P.S. Fans of Steve Martin will be happy to know that The Jerk is on Hulu in its entirety.

***UPDATE***

The invites for the above link are all gone. But I found some more here, here, and here.  Boo-yah.

The N. Period’s Top 15 Albums of 2007

29 Dec

This is the year’s last weekend. So without any further adieu The N. Period presents its list for the year’s top albums. We found that a top 10 list was far too restrictive, so here is a list of our top 15 albums of the year.

15. Les Savy FavLet’s Stay Friends

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As huge fan of this band I must say that this release was met with mucho anticipation. Diagnosis: mostly awesome with a side of “what’s this?”

mp3: “The Year Before the Year 2000”

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14. The Arcade FireBlack Mirror

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Crazy album name with some of the most powerful songs I’ve heard in ages.

mp3: “No Cars Go”


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13. BattlesMirrored

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Are they human?

mp3: “Ddiamondd”


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12. The Good, The Bad & The QueenThe Good, The Bad & The Queen

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Damon Albarn is a pimp.  So is Danger Mouse.

mp3: “Northern Whale”


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Dallas Rumored to Get Google Street View

8 Dec

According to the Tech Blog at the Dallas Morning News, it appears that Google may be planning to bring it’s popular Street View feature of Google Maps to cover Dallas. The Street View button is now available for Dallas, which means that we can hope to add our city to a list that already includes Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tuscon, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Orlando, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York.

In case you are not hip, Street View is like a virtual walking tour of the mapped area. How they achieve that effect is rather creepy, though. They drive around town with cameras mounted on the roof of a car that point in all directions as seen on Flickr here.

I’ve been waiting for months for this capability to come to my home town and I can’t wait to explore the kinds of things that are possible..

***UPDATE***

It’s Tuesday 12-11-07 and Street View is up for Dallas. What fun it is! Can’t wait to post some Easter eggs here!

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