mr. blackandwhite

May 16, 2010, 12:02 pm
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Wow that title says it all doesn’t it? So I think I’ve got the RSS feed working… I think that should do it. Just doing a quick post here to test it out. Wow! Fab!

Cassel, Vrabes, we’ll miss ya.
March 1, 2009, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Life in General,The Pats,Weblogs

Hey everybody. Long time since the last update. I've kind of neglected the site of late but I think I've got a schedule worked out here and I'm going to try to update the site no less than once a week. The plan is to check in every Sunday (while my Wife is watching Extreeme Home Makeover). So there you go. Sunday Sunday Sunday!!

Ok enough of that.

So it just so happens that the day before I plan to start writing in here again, Matt Cassel and Mike Vrabel both get traded to K.C. for a second round draft pick. 

When I first read the news I was like, 'Wait a minute.. a second round pick?? THAT'S IT??' I think most Pats fans would agree, that seems pretty light for a lot o' quality playa, fo sho. Unfortunately, I think it's pretty much understood the Pats had to take what they could get. K.C. was in a position to say take or leave it, so The Pats made the best of the situation. I would expect nothing less.

I think a 2nd rounder for Cassel is fair, but throwing Vrabes into the deal stings a bit. Well, that's how it goes. I'll always remember Vrabel's penchant for catching touchdowns and the terror he wreaked on opposing offenses. A full quality player and person, from everything this Pats Fan could tell anyway.. And I'm glad to see Matt Cassel get the starting job he earned so well last season. It was great to see him emerge as a top NFL quarterback while wearing a Patriots uniform, proving the doubters wrong, once again. He was truly awesome last season filling some pretty giga-normous shoes while Tom Brady recovered from his knee injury. Too bad Cassel's going to an AFC team. I would have preferred to see him in the NFC where he can't bother The Patriots, but I hope he does great out in K.C, the only team in the AFC West worth a damn, as long as he's not playing against The Pats that is.

So what else has been going on around here the last month or so? Not a whole heck of a lot. Been watchin' the B's, a little bit of the C's and about 5 min of The Daytona 500 a few weeks back. Good to see one of my favorite drivers, Matt Kenseth, in Victory Lane at Daytona. The Bruins play this season can best be described as 'wicked awesome'. I sure hope it continues come playoff time. Other than that, just hangin with the fam, playin gee-tar and waiting for the fucking snow to melt. But more white crap is on the way as I write this. I hate it. How many days left till Spring??


It’s f-ing cold out dude
October 30, 2008, 5:00 pm
Filed under: Life in General,The Pats,Weblogs

Hey what's up everybody? Apologies to the five or six people that still read this site. I was doing pretty good on the updates for a while there but things got insanely busy in September, and in October, when I thought things might calm down, things got even busier!

It was kid activity insanity pretty much 5 nights a week for a little while there and when I wasn't doing kid related activities I was taking care of all the other stuff that wasn't getting done because I was busy with the kid related activities! Crazy. But that seems to be over with now, thank goodness.

I have to be honest, although this is assuredly one of the known 'kiss of death' things to say on your site, posting on here is not really that high on the priority list right now.. I'm shooting for once or twice a week right now, if possible.

I really try not to post anything from work, unless I am insanely bored with nothing to do, and, since I sit in front of a fucking computer all day at work, when I get home I usually don't feel like doing more of the typity-type thing. When I have free time at home I'd rather apply my finger work-outs to the fret-board, not the key-board. So there you go. There's my lame, 'I don't have time or feel like updating the site' site update for ya.. har.

Just because I have not been writing about the Patriots, that does not mean I have not been watching them. The last two weeks were pretty sweet with victories over The Broncos, a team that regularly makes life miserable for those of us in Patriots Nation, and enjoys doing it I might add, and the Rams, a team that always brings back fond memories of Superbowl 36 whenever we play them.

This week's game vs. The Colts in the Oil Dome or whatever it's called, should be interesting. Will the roof on the dome be open or closed? I predict it will be closed because it's getting cold out (I had to wear my winter coat for the first time today, blah.) and being cold is not something The Colts like to be.

The Pats will face a Colts team that is in unfamiliar territory with a sub-500 record and trying to avoid a potential three game losing streak. The Colts may not be tearing up the league this season but they are still a dangerous team that is desperately looking to keep it's playoff hopes alive this week, especially considering that next week won't be any easier for them as they'll face The Steelers.

At 5-2, you really can't complain that much about where the Patriots are right now. They are right in the thick of things and are actually in 3rd place in the conference as we approach the half-way mark in the season. Not too shabby if you ask me.

Although I miss Tom Brady terribly, (Hope you're feeling better Tom! Love ya, mean it, no homo.) I think Cassel has done a good job considering the situation he came into. My only real complaint about him is that he continues to hang on to the ball too long, but that seems to be getting better week by week as he continues to gain experience. Matt! Matt! He's our man! If he can't do it… um, Bill Belichick will find someone who can, goddamn right he will!

In Bill We Trust.

/lamest post evar?

See ya!

(Don't forget my drop. It's cool.)

Friday, Friday, Fri-Day… yay!
September 12, 2008, 12:32 pm
Filed under: Music,The Pats,Weblogs

What's up you all? Happy Friday. Reward Friday, as we like to say around here.

I've got some good plans for this evening as I'll be heading into Boston (ok, technically Allston, but, close enough) to see The Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World, The Supersuckers, at Harpers Ferry. Should be happy times.

The plan is to head into towne after work, grab a bite and some liquid refreshment at T's Pub and then.. well I don't know what I'll do, but it'll involve killing time till the show starts around 8:30 or 9 PM. I actually brought a book to read, but I don't know how much reading I'll be able to do in T's Pub on a Friday night… I'll probably wind up watching the Sox / Jays game.

When showtime comes around I'll walk down to Harpers Ferry and then participate in the rock and roll experience that will be taking place within. I've got my black t-shirt on today, so I'm prepped and good to go..

If you've got some bandwidth to spare and some extra cycles to kill, get some traction on and head over to check out today's edition of The Great Debates over at MVN's NFL Outsiders site. Today's burning question: Is 2008 a lost season for The Patriots?

The story features some different opinions on this topic from around Patriots Nation and in an amazing display of gutsy courage by the folks at MVN, I was asked to lend my opinion to the post as well. Amazing!

Have a good weekend. Rock. Stay out of trouble. GO PATS

High Fives all around for Typepad
September 12, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Before this gets too far in the past I want to send a sincere thank-you out to Ginevra and the folks at Typepad who helped me out tremendously with the problem I was trying to solve involving Typepad typelists and getting them to display only on the front page of the site and not on posts, archives or categories.

In order to make the change it was necessary to convert my site design to an advanced template and make some changes to the html guts of site. Ginevra hooked me up so that I could experiment with the necessary changes and make sure that they would work the way I needed them to.

Thankfully the solution to the problem was relatively easy and the issue has been solved. Thanks again to Ginevra and Typepad tech support for their assistance!

For anybody on Typepad who is running into this situation, here's what I did:

- Upgrade your site design to an advanced template. (Unfortunately, according to Typepad, there's no way around this at the moment.)

- In the advanced template, edit the sidebar template. Don't make any changes, just select all, copy, and close out of the sidebar template.

- Create a new sidebar index template, name it something appropriate. (I called mine

- Paste in the info you copied from the original sidebar template.

- Find the Typelist that you don't want to be displayed site-wide and simply comment it out like so:
(you may need to do a little comparing between your actual website and the html code to locate it in the code):

<!-#include virtual="/lists/phenotype/" list_id="1234"->


<!-include virtual="/lists/phenotype/" list_id="1234"->

- Save the updated sidebar template.

- Now simply edit the archive templates that you don't want the particular typelist to appear in (in my case, advertising links) and replace the '' with your new sidebar template, like so:

<!-#include virtual="/<$MTBlogDirname$>/"->

gets replaced by:

<!-#include virtual="/<$MTBlogDirname$>/"->

- Save each template and when you're finished republish your site. Done. No more site-wide typelists. In my case, no more site-wide ads. Yay!

Hopefully this info proves helpful to anyone out there running into this dilemma (and hopefully this gets me off of Google's naughty list and back on to the nice list, which is where I belong. Because I am nice. Mostly.)

Anyone know how to make Typepad Typelists display only on the front page and not on blog posts?
August 26, 2008, 11:10 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Web/Tech,Weblogs

Consider this a call for help to all of the web-o-sphere magicians out there, particularly those well versed in Typepad or maybe Movable Type.

I'm getting killed by my site sponsors because my text advertising is displayed across the entire site; on the main page, in posts, archives, etc etc.

Over the past few months Google has decided that they don't like people who have site-wide ads (and are not using Google Ad-Sense) and they are punishing sites and advertisers who have site-wide advertising links by lowering their page ranking.

I need to somehow come up with a way to make a Links Typelist (which is where the ads are placed) appear only on the main page and not in posts or other areas of the site.

I've been in touch with Typepad support over this issue, and their solution for me was to upgrade ($$$), switch to an advanced template and then create separate page templates for each section of the site. Kinda kludgey and costly as well. I'm wondering if there might be an easier way to do it before I shell out to upgrade my account..

This has become a huge issue for me and I am sure it is affecting others who display ads on their sites as well. There are solutions to this problem for Blogger and WordPress, anybody know if there is a solution to this problem for Typepad??

I'm trying to save up for a new acoustic guitar here peeps, and the angry Google Web God is putting a big kink in my plans. It's like being on Santa's naughty list. Nobody wants to be there. I need to make Google like me again.


Thanks web friends.

Hmmm. What do I make of this?
June 24, 2008, 8:00 am
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Is this a good thing or a bad thing??

Also, not that I care about such things but, apparently:

C-List Blogger

Hmmmm… Ok then!

It’s all about to change, starting now.
April 1, 2008, 10:57 am
Filed under: Weblogs

I’ve decided that all of the time, emotion, energy and money that I’ve poured into my love of these ‘team sports’ like football, baseball and hockey has just been an enormous waste of time.

I’ve had it!

I am done following these damn loser Boston sports teams and I am going to instead focus my energy on more fulfilling areas like celebrity gossip, reality television shows and the long over-due revival of mullet hair styles.

It’s time to get off my ass and do something real with my life people!

I hope you will continue to follow along here as I start out on this new path.

If you want to know what I think about the latest trends in Fashion, Gossip and Top 40 dance hits, THIS is the place to be my friends. Not only that, I’m going to start writing about every aspect of my personal life, right here on the world wide web for everyone to read. So start looking for exquisitely detailed and revealing posts, every single day of the goddamn week. I may even start posting two or three times a day. Plus, as an added bonus, I promise to stop swearing so much.

Yes, it really is true.

Ciao for now!

If you’re wondering why I’m not posting as much…
March 14, 2008, 6:46 pm
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

Yeah so it’s not like I was posting every day or anything but if you ever wonder why I’m not posting as much, see above image. This is my :-)


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Becase I suck at netiquette..
February 20, 2008, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Nerdery,Weblogs

If a website is linking back here but said website has not been updated in like, a year, is it considered ok for me to take that site’s link down off of my own site? Or would that make me a total jerk on the internest?

Yes, I actually wonder about this stuff. I am not savvy when it comes to these things.