Way to start the season, Kyle! 
For all the controversy at the end of last season, NASCAR is definitely better off for having Kyle Busch in the mix!

After pulling off two miraculous saves to keep from wrecking, Kyle managed a last second pass last night to win the Bud Shootout and start the new NASCAR season in style.

The race was great fun, and I'm happy to say that I think pack racing may finally be back! I think we'll have a much better feel for what's to come after Thursday's duels, but the future looks bright. There was some tandem racing at the very end when they weren't concerned about blowing up engines anymore, but to be at the front in the end, drivers are going to have to negotiate the big pack just like in the olden days.

Things should be very exciting over the next week!

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Also Cancelled Soon: Alcatraz 
The last episode is the final straw for me. I don't often find myself yelling at the TV while watching things other than sports, but this show is just getting dumber and dumber.

Now it's a race. Which will be cancelled first? The River, or Alcatraz?

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Cancelled Soon: The River 
You heard it here first! Just watching the second episode of the two part opener for The River. This is total crap. No way they keep making this.

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My X-Games Event Idea 
I've come up with a new idea for the Winter X-Games.

I think they should send people down a slalom course inside a big plastic hamster ball wearing roller blades. They'll probably need some special gloves with very low-friction fingertips and a big rubber stopper in the palm.

Picture it. Awesome, right?

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Leap Paycheque! 
I, and most other people who get paid bi-weekly, get 26 paycheques a year.

Someone pointed out to me that if I take my gross pay and multiply it by 26, it comes out to less than my supposed annual salary.

As it turns out, it comes out to my annual salary minus exactly a day's worth of pay. This isn't accounting for leap years, when essentially I work an extra day for free.

I figured that there had to be some accounting for this discrepancy. Is there an adjustment somewhere? Is there some reason for this?

Well... I did some digging... which is to say I printed off a bunch of calendars and worked out the pay periods and found that every 14 years, there is a LEAP PAYCHEQUE! A year with 27 paycheques in it!!!

Now, this would have been a lot more exciting if it were nearby, but it's not. I figured out that if you get paid biweekly on Thursday, like I do, and if tomorrow is pay day for you... then the next Leap Paycheque will occur in 2020. 2020 will have three-pay months in January, July, and December!

So... woot! You heard it here first. Only 8 more years...

Incidentally, if you're on the opposite cycle, and NEXT Thursday is your payday, then your Leap Paycheque will come in 2015. Only 4 more years for you, you lucky bastard!

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