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Celebrity Death Pool 2009: [Jan. 6th, 2009|02:19 pm]
emustrangler
We apparently suck at pessimism, as last year we were only able to predict the death of one celebrity. I declare myself winner, with 10 points, after predicting Arthur C. Clarke's death, and am now showering myself with glorious prizes.

Late this year, so we'll make January 15th the cut-off. Also due to last years poor performance, I'm withdrawing the rule disqualifying contestants from receiving points from deaths they themselves are directly responsible for. If we reach November and you haven't got any points yet and are getting desperate, and you think you can off an Olsen twin without getting caught and thus pull into the lead, I say go for it.

Also Tom suggests we disallow choices that are know to be terminally ill cancer patients.

So rules for this year:

Choose 13 people. For each one that dies between Jan 15th '09 and Dec 31st '09, you receive points equal to 100 minus their age.

All picks must be submitted before midnight EST , Jan 15th. They must all still be alive at that time.

Allowed picks are not:

a. a fictional character
b. non-human
c. under age 18 at death (cause that makes me sad)
d. Someone you know personally (yes, we're all pretty sure this is the year Tom's tragic spiral of self destruction will finally finish him off, but if we all pick him, we're just going to end up tied with the same number of points and it won't affect the final outcome anyways).

If there's uncertainty about the age of the celebrity at time of death, we'll go with the higher age.

Persons under sentence of death before the first day of 2009 will be valid for scoring points only if they die by means other than official execution.

Someone known to have cancer will only be valid for scoring points if they die by means other then their disease.

Feel free to submit a list for someone else if they don't have a livejournal account
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Celebrity Death Pool, 2008 [Dec. 13th, 2007|03:33 pm]
emustrangler
My adviser seems to have blown off our meeting, and I'm bored. So lets play!

You pick 13 celebrities whom you think will shrug off this mortal coil in 2008. If any of your celebrities dies, you score 100 points minus their age at death. If you have the most points at the end of the year, you win!

-2. All picks must be submitted before EST, Dec. 31st, 2007. They must all still be alive at that time.

-3. Allowed picks are not:

a. a fictional character
b. non-human
c. under age 18 at death (cause that makes me sad)
d. Someone you know personally (cause we don't want a repeat of last years "unpleasantness", also again: sad)

-4. You can pick people who are 100 or more years old but you won't score points for them. See the "Quantity Not Quality" award, below. You won't get "negative points".

-5. If there's uncertainty about the age of the celebrity at time of death, we'll go with the higher age.

-6. Persons under sentence of death before the first day of 2007 will be valid for scoring points only if they die by means other than official execution.

-7. Any player who kills or otherwise contributes to the death of any celebrity mentioned in this thread is disqualified. Again, last years "unpleasantness". Remember, its just a game.

-8 A choice doesn't have to be original to your list, but don't copy someone else's list in entirety.

-9 Be specific. Ex. not "George Bush", "George Bush Sr"/"George Bush II"

-10 Feel free to submit a list for someone else if they don't have a livejournal account

-12 You can specify some alternates in case your a little too good at this and some of your choices die before the start of 2008.

Goddam it, I was trying to make it to 13 rules, but thats all I got

Additional awards:

The "Quantity Not Quality" Award: to be awarded to the participant who has the most people on their list die, regardless of their point values.

The "Inside Track With the Grim Reaper" Award: to the person who picks the most dead celebrities no one else picked

The "Opening Kickoff" Award: to be awarded to the people whose pick dies first in 2008!
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I haven't eaten yet today...and yet I feel strangly full... [Jul. 4th, 2007|01:03 pm]
emustrangler
Wow, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating contest was intense. The skinny Japanese guy that always wins was neck and neck with the American record holder. They both went past the world record of 58 dogs and ended 63-66, with the American winning. Finally the title for Gluttony has returned to where it belongs (though poor Japanese, first they loose WWII, now this!). According to the very excited ESPN announcer, it was "The Greatest Moment of American Sport". Needless to say that numerous parrallels were drawn with Gen. Washingtons military victories, and how this will have a similar effect on the Patriotism of the Nation.

And I think that may have been the first time I've ever watched something on ESPN.

Enjoy your fireworks
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(no subject) [Mar. 17th, 2007|05:04 pm]
emustrangler
Those strange old Celts of Ireland,
They Surely must be mad,
For they make all of their wars merry,
But all of their songs are so sad.
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Best opening sentence to a physics textbook ever: [Jan. 14th, 2007|04:20 pm]
emustrangler
"Ludwig Boltzmann, who spent much of his life studying Statistical Mechanics, died in 1906, by his own hand. Paul Ehrenfest, carrying on the work, died similarily in 1933. Now its our turn to study Statistical Mechanics"

-States of Matter, David Goodstein
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Anyone read B.C. in the Sunday funnies? [Dec. 9th, 2006|07:35 pm]
emustrangler
I'm embarrassed by how long I just spent laughing at this:

http://www.drinkatwork.com/medlarge228.gif
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Tell the Penguin Joke again.... [Jun. 13th, 2006|12:03 pm]
emustrangler
[Current Location |On the Road]
[mood |apatheticSacrelicious]
[music |waahoo]

Any Prarie Home Companion fans? Just saw the movie, was excellent. If your going to the theater you should skip whatever super-hero crap you're planning on watching and see PHC.
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(no subject) [May. 26th, 2006|07:40 pm]
emustrangler
Now that I saw the face full on, and not in profile, I could finally see its full horror. Ghastly yellow, with no nose at all. There were no ears. The eyes were so dark as to seem to be all pupil.And, oh God, that horrible smiley grin!
--Pac-Man's Model by H.P. ThirtyFivecraft
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Fellow Americans, the State of the Union is......oh god I'm drunk (SOTU drinking game '06) [Jan. 31st, 2006|02:57 pm]
emustrangler
Here's the rules:

Before the prez appears everyone must guess the color of his tie (red and blue would be good guesses here) and the number of pauses for applause. If you guess the color of the tie wrong, drink! The person who comes closest for number of breaks for applause hands out a shot at the end of the speech.

Drink:

If the State of the Union is Strong.

God is mentioned.

War were declared.

Bush Proposes a program that will cost in excess of 1 billion dollars and no mention is made how that program will be paid for.

Everytime he makes a veiled threat at another country.

Drink everytime the virtue of Democracy is lauded, twice if he manages to include a backhanded insult or warning to Iran, Syria, N. Korea or Hamas in the same sentence.

If a member of SCOTUS appears to be sleeping, twice if they appear to be dead.

Everytime Bush compares himself to a previous democratic administration, twice if it's FDR.

Everytime he says something your pretty sure isn't a real word.

Anytime New Orleans is mentioned, sing "New Orleans is sinking and I don't wanna..." then drink.

If he mentions wiretaps, drink unless you know your neighbors (person sitting on your left) middle name.

Anytime he uses the phrase "up or down vote" vote on who should take a shot.

He says Freedom.

He says bipartisan.

Only half the chamber applauses.

He talks about someone in the audience.

You roll your eyes.
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Interesting fact [Nov. 4th, 2005|05:18 pm]
emustrangler
[mood |recumbentrecumbent]
[music |still stuck on static]

Dick Cheney is now less popular then adultary.
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