Monday, February 25, 2008

Broken Promises, Exercise and Iran

I promised a post about Google Reader this weekend. I didn't do it. I won't bother making excuses, since I don't think I really upset anyone. But I will do it soon. Promise.

So since I randomly titled this post "Broken Promises, Exercise and Iran", I should probably find some suitable content for the latter two.

I recently purchased a pretty simple exercise tool called the Spri Xertube. I know what you're thinking - it's a remake of a popular '80's gimmick that your dad and that you tried a couple times but gave up because it pinched you. Seriously, that was annoying. Fortunately in the last 20 years, a non-pinching material has been invented - rubber.

No, it's not as effective as weights, has no Chuck Norris endorsement, and it won't land you a date with Andi (Andi!!!!! YOU GOONIE!!!-GOONie!!-Goonie!-goonie...). But it costs $13, can be purchased in varying degrees of resistance, and can effectively work just about every muscle in your body. No joke - the website has video demonstrations of multiple different exercises that can be done with the Xertube. And since it's essentially the size of a jump rope, it's a lot easier to travel with than a dumbbell set.

Moving on to Iran...

Around 6 months ago, a U.S. intelligence report concluded that Iran had ended development of its nuclear weapons program in 2003. This calmed the nerves of many citizens fraught with the possibility that the U.S. would engage Iran in acts of war.

However, the BBC reports that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has information that suggests the weapons program may not have been curtailed. I won't take the time/space go into my thoughts on Iran's nuclear ambitions, but the article did spur the following quick reactions:

  • Does the fact that this information is NOT coming from the U.S. (apparently, although the article didn't mention the specifics of the "multiple sources") make it more credible?
  • What does this say about the reliability of U.S. intelligence?
  • How happy is the McCain campaign? I won't go so far as to say that John McCain wants a nuclear Iran, but there are plenty of people who look at this as an "Every silver lining has a cloud" type of "problem".


Coovo said...

I could have done without that picture of Chunk. Man that's gross!

Marty said...

That's not Chunk dude. Chunk is the kid who can't stop eating..i.e."Pralenes and cream...rocky road..." I believe the man your referring to, is the one they so affectionately call "Sloth," or his real name: President Ahmadinejad.

Roller said...

Sloth... love... Chunk!!

Coovo said...

I'm embarrassed by that error. I should know my Goonies damnit.

I remember watching when Chunk tells Sloth that he's going to come live with him and thinking, "Big Mistake."

Did you know that Sloth was played by John Matuszak? The former NFL player of Ice Pirates fame. That totally changes my opinion of him as an actor. I now put him with James Dean, River Phoenix and the recently departed Heath Ledger of acting icons that were taken before their time.

Marty said...

Interesting tidbit I noticed while I was finishing off my frozen baby ruth bar after lunch, is that if you google my name, instead of being a truck retailer in Idaho, it now goes to a loop and the lou blog entry...

Roller said...

Coovo and my plan for control of all cyber-content is slowly coming into place. Soon, you will not be able to search for a member of the Coovo clan without coming to our blog. And that's when the money comes in.

Actually we still don't have a plan to monetize that market share, but maybe we'll sell ads to meet other Coovos or buy Coovo endorsed candy or watch a Cubs game with Nana or something.

World domination!

Coovo said...

This is truly what the "change" Americans are seeking. If elected, Roller and I will ensure that ALL Americans will be able to Google their own name and not have it be a truck retailer in Idaho.