Saturday, December 27, 2008

New Domain Name

So as of today I am the proud new owner of natecleveland.com. Currently there is nothing of value there, and I am not totally sure what I am going to do with it but I own it. I'll probably use it as a portal for messing around with various website templates, coding etc and maybe I'll eventually port this blog over there - who knows. It just seems cool to own my own name in cyberspace.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Health Care

I recently read this article in Newsweek about health care providers being able to opt out of providing medicine/advice/treatments if they ethically object to the course of action being taken. This of course is entirely focused on the ever raging battle in America around abortion.

While my own views here don't really matter I think the most shocking thing about this story was the slippery slope precedent it establishes in the medical world. If medical professionals can opt not to provide assistance to patients for"religious or moral reasons" where does this end?
If I am a doctor and a patient of mine refuses treatment for cancer, can I object to their wishes because it goes against my religious beliefs and force treatment upon them? Can I refuse to perform experimental treatment because it goes against my moral code?

Doctors are supposed to provide the options to their patients and then respect their informed decisions. If people want birth control, experimental drugs, risky treatments or none of the above as long as the facts were presented as a doctor you need to do your job.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Hodge Podge

So, for those of you who don't know - I've had a huge crush on Britney Spears since before her debut album "...Baby One More Time" dropped in 1998. I got a poster of her in her now infamous school girl outfit from my brother for my birthday. I got her album for Christmas - I think it's still at my parents house. Needless to say, it was hard to watch her crumble from a gorgeous young starlet to an overweight, mentally unstable divorcee with substance abuse problems. They were trying times for all of us.

While the new documentary style piece about her on MTV, Britney: For the Recrd clearly shows that everything is not entirely normal in her life (her dad essentially micro-manages it for her) she is turning it around and getting back on track. It evokes a lot of empathy for her and the high-pressure roller coaster he life has been through the years. Her new album, Circus is out in stores and the video for her single Womanizer clearly shows that her body has never been better - seriously check it out. Now I just need to see if I can find that poster again. Then again, maybe it's time to get a new one and support the "comeback" effort.

Changing gears a bit, I think Somerville has a disturbingly large population of slugs and worms. While the cold weather has sent them hiding now, the first 2-3 months of the school year while I would walk to work I would see easily a dozen or more slugs and worms all over the sidewalks. Why? It hadn't been raining often, so that's no explanation for the worms. I can't fathom why the Somerville sidewalks are so appealing to slugs either. Essentially the concrete sidewalks just morph into a walkway of death for these little guys and I have to dodge them on a daily basis. Anyone with any information as to what they are doing out there and why Somerville has such a high concentration of them would be greatly appreciated.

I'd also like to quickly plug the work of some friends. Neil has a nice little website I use to kill time at work and also keep up to date on what other people's opinions on various etiquette situations are so I can work to limit my social awkwardness. Check out www.definingetiquette.com if you want to see what it's all about or kill part of your workday.

Also, congrats to Bloom for avoiding a round of layoffs and remaining gainfully employed. If you want to see the high quality stories he is reporting on start here and it should be clear why he's still working hard out west.

As always, any and all commentary is appreciated and the tip for today is: Don't drive into downtown Boston with the idea that you'll be parking for free, that isn't happening.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Signs I'm Getting Older

About time for an update. I would love to update this more often, but it's blocked at work and by the time I get back home every night I'm usually too tired or have forgotten about making posts here.

I wake up sore much more often than I used to.
I complain about high school kids and am no longer referring to my peer group.
They are doing the exact same things as I used to, but now it bothers me.
I fall asleep near 10pm on most Friday nights.
I watch a lot of Jeopardy.
I wear a bathrobe and slippers all over the place.
I'm getting paranoid about my hair falling out.

Just some things I was thinking about earlier this evening. For those of you reading (Ciaran) who want a more steady dose of my writing feel free to check out http://www.207prospectus.com for sports related content. If you'd like to keep up to date with what i'm doing on a day-to-day basis keep an eye on my Twitter updates, or visit twitter.com, sign up and follow me.
If any of you are looking for Red Sox merchandise feel free to check out a site I own where you can find Sox gear on Amazon/eBay and other sites for sale all in one spot: http://www.redsoxshop.net. Makes for great holiday gifts!

I'll try and be more regular, both in my posting and other important areas of my life, but I make no promises.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Bob Newmeyer is an Asshole

Over the course of the Olympics there has been a lot of interesting commentary being bandied about in all the venues - some good, some awful. The most egregious so far has to be sideline reporter Bob Newmeyer at the Bird's Nest - home of track & field. On multiple occasions he has been totally heartless when interviewing athletes right after their Olympic dreams have been crushed. (see: Gay, Tyson; Spearmon, Wallace and Jones, Lolo)

Sure, I know we are all wondering what these people are thinking and feeling and it is the job of the media these days to get these scoops. However, I seriously object to the way that he poses the questions and the tone he takes with the athletes. For instance, after Tyson Gay failed to qualify for the 100m final, Newmeyer asked him if his hamstring was alright. A fair question, given his seemingly horrific fall in the 200m finals at the US trials 6 weeks prior.

Then he crosses the line, accusatorily asking him if he was sure. Really Bob, a gut who was to be part of the ultimate 3 man 100m showdown prior to the games who just failed to make that final is unsure how he feels. He said he was 100%, he said the leg wasn't an issue and that he gave it his all. Who are you to question him? He then went on to ask him how dissappointed he was with that performance, as if the crushing realiztion that his Olympic dreams were over without even the chance to run for a medal was going to be anything other than a huge dissappointment.

Later in the games, after Lolo Jones clipped a hurdle (the 9th) and lost all her momentum and faded from sure gold to 7th place Newmeyer struck again. He asked her what she must have been feeling after losing what looked like a sure gold medal. Clearly crestfallen, especially since that was very likely her one shot to do so. He also asks her what exactly happened, and how that occured. Come on, Bob. There's a way to ask these athletes these questions without seemingly like a completely soulless media android. Have some compassion, say something comforting to preface a question - these are young people (21-28 generally) who just saw 4 years of hard work, sacrifice and preparation result in heartache in seconds (or less).

Lastly, after Wallace Spearmon celebrated his apparent bronze medal in the 200m, only to discover he had been disqualified for stepping out of his lane Newmeyer immediately got him for an interview. The man just realized that he was going to lose an Olympic medal and Newmeyer chimes in with the ever brilliant: "What are your emotions like right now?" like he could even possibly answer that. Next question was asking him when he found out (just now) and how he felt about his race. Spearmon did a good job not punching him, I thought, and kept reiterating that he would be filing a protest.

Newmeyer has no compassion, not a lot of class and is lucky that all these athletes are being such good sports professionally answering his rudely toned interrogations. I wouldn't be upset if people stopped talking to him. If I were there, I would certainly avoid him like the plague.