Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Singletary Announces Roster Moves


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via Goal Posts by Scott Kegley on 8/30/09

Head coach Mike Singletary spoke to the Bay Area media on Sunday following the 49ers 20-13 win over the Dallas Cowboys.   Singletary began his conference call by announcing five roster cuts in order to get the team down to 75 players on the roster.  The players who were release0de were kicker Alex Romero, cornerbacks Jahi Word-Daniels and Carlos Thomas, and wide receivers Chris Francies and Mark Bradford.

Singletary was asked several questions regarding his view on the game now that he's watched the game film.

"It starts with the quarterback situation.  I'm thankful that Shaun was able to come in after the week that he had," Singletary said. "Obviously he wasn't as sharp as we wanted him to be.  We're also missing Snyder and it will be nice to get Baas back as well… I thought the running game was decent.  It wasn't all bad, it just wasn't what it had been."

Reporters also asked about his evaluation of his team's pass rushing efforts in Dallas.

"Right now, we're not really game planning and we're just letting our guys go with their best rush," Singletary said. "It's something we have to have in order to be a successful defense.  As we get closer to the season, I look for more of those things to happen."

Singletary later complimented the play of rookie quarterback Nate Davis.

"Nate continues to do a decent job.  I think he's settling down and the game is slowing down for him just a bit.  Nate has done a good job finding guys and that's always good to see."

Lastly, Singletary was asked if the team would consider bringing in a new tackle to replace Marvel Smith, who retired prior to the Cowboys game.

"We continue to look at what we need in order to be successful on the offensive side of the ball.  If we need to get another guy, then we'll do that."

Singletary also announced that outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks has a left knee contusion that caused him to be limited in action against Dallas. Also, wide receiver Arnaz Battle suffered a shoulder contusion in the game and safety Michael Lewis suffered a concussion.


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The Horror: Undercover Video Shows Baby Chicks Being Ground Up Alive!


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via Dvorak Uncensored by McCullough on 9/1/09

The Horror: Video Shows Baby Chicks Being Ground Up Alive!


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Smelly? On The Bus? It’s Jail For You!


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via Dvorak Uncensored by Uncle Dave on 9/2/09

If it's good enough for buses, why not extend it to all public areas? Then maybe we can rid ourselves of those who go the other way and seemingly bathe in perfume. Or have bad breath. Or…

The [Honolulu] City Council is considering a bill that will make it illegal to "bring onto transit property odors that unreasonably disturb others or interfere with their use of the transit system, whether such odors arise from one's person, clothes, articles, accompanying animal or any other source."

Councilman Rod Tam, a co-sponsor of the bill, explained why it is needed:

"As we become more inundated with people from all over the world, their way of taking care of their health is different. Some people, quite frankly, do not take a bath every day and therefore they may be offensive in terms of their odor."
"There's the whole issue about at what point does it become illegal," [Chairman Gary] Okino said, noting that city attorneys are researching the matter. "How smelly does a person have to be? Just to base things on smell, I just don't feel good about that."
If convicted, a person could be fined up to $500, spend up to six months in jail, or be both fined and jailed.


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GMail Experiences Serious Outage


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via Slashdot by timothy on 9/1/09

JacobSteelsmith was one of many readers to note an ongoing problem with Gmail: "As I type this, GMail is experiencing a major outage. The application status page says there is a problem with GMail affecting a majority of its users. It states a resolution is expected within the next 1.2 hours (no, not a typo on my part). However, email can still be accessed via POP or IMAP, but not, it appears, through an Android device such as the G1." It's also affecting corporate users: Reader David Lechnyr writes "We run a hosted Google Apps system and have been receiving 502 Server Error responses for the past hour. The unusual thing about this is that our Google phone support rep (which paid accounts get) indicated that this outage is also affecting Google employees as well, making it difficult to coordinate."

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Customer Bills Companies For Time Wasted — Pret A Manger Actually Pays Up [F...


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via Consumerist by Meg Marco on 9/2/09

Pret A Manger is a sandwich shop. Paul McCrudden is an eater of sandwiches. The relationship seems uncomplicated. It probably was, at least until Mr. McCrudden decided to log all of his activity for six weeks and then send invoices for the time he spent interacting with brands. Some might call this an interesting social experiment. Others, a dick move. All we know is that Pret A Manger decided to pay him, and the letter they sent is hilarious. Oh, and the check is nice too.

Here's Mr. McCrudden's description of why he sent the invoices:

The way I see it, my time on this planet is limited and as such I want to spend it as wisely as possible. It frustrates me therefore that every day of my life I have to waste time standing in queues waiting to buy some product or service that, in the big scheme of things, I don't really care about. Take the Post Office for example. Whenever I go in there (and I try not to) I end up queueing for about five times as long as the actual time I spend at the counter sorting out those trivial things such as a parcel's size and weight. That's time that I'd prefer, in my limited, lucky period on earth, to be doing something else.

#sixweeks [via Bitter Wallet]


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Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition


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via Slashdot by Soulskill on 9/2/09

denobug sends word that major internet service providers in the US are seeking to redefine the term 'Broadband' to mean a much lower speed than in other developed nations. In recent filings with the FCC, Comcast and AT&T both came out in support of a reduced minimum speed. 'AT&T said regulators should keep in mind that not all applications like voice over internet protocol (VoIP) or streaming video, that require faster speeds, are necessarily needed by unserved Americans.' On the other hand, Verizon argued to maintain the status quo, saying that 'It would be disruptive and introduce confusion if the commission were to now create a new and different definition.' A public interest group called Free Press also filed comments with the FCC, recommending that the bar should be set significantly higher, and evolve in a way that corresponds with technological improvements.

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Marvel Smith Exits With Class


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via Goal Posts by Taylor Price on 9/2/09


Recently retired tackle Marvel Smith just concluded a conference call with the Bay Area media. He didn't have to. The 9-year pro from Oakland certainly didn't have to field questions on his personal health and the reasons for his retirement, but he did.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life," Smith said of his decision.

The two-time Super Bowl Champion and one-time Pro Bowler with the Pittsburgh Steelers signed with the 49ers in late March hoping to win the starting right tackle position, but ultimately decided to end his career to preserve his personal health.

Smith has undergone a pairof back surgeries and he thought he could continue playing in San Francisco. However, it soon became apparent to Smith that it was too difficult to consistently compete on the practice field and in games.

"I thought it would feel better," Smith said of his back. "There wasn't anything helping me get better."

Smith said his primary focus is making sure he keeps himself healthy for the rest of his life so he doesn't have health issues down the road.

When asked about his fellow competitor for the starting right tackle position Adam Snyder, Smith had nothing but positive things to say.

"He's in the NFL for a reason," Smith said. "From what I saw he's definitely a quality lineman. I see him having a great season this year."

Smith also said he would follow the 49ers closely this season. Watching the team's last preseason game was actually therapeutic for him.

Looking back over his entire 9-year career Smith accomplished a lot. As a young boy growing up in Oakland, Smith could never have imagine what would happen in his future.

"I would have never believed that," he said.


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