Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My round 2 NHL playoff predictions

Wow, I was way off on some of my predictions of the first round of the NHL playoffs. With the round 2 matchups set, I came up with some predictions of mine. Here are the matchups:

Eastern Conference

(1) Boston Bruins vs (6) Carolina Hurricanes

(2) Washington Capitals vs (4) Pittsburgh Penguins


Western Conference

(2) Detroit Red Wings vs (8) Anaheim Ducks

(3) Vancouver Canucks vs (4) Chicago Blackhawks


My Picks

Boston Bruins vs Carolina Hurricanes - My pick for winner of this series is the Boston Bruins. The Bruins are playing great right now and hopefully the long time off doesn't negatively affect their playing. The Hurricanes have been hot ever since the trade deadline, and Eric Cole in the past has owned the Bruins. The Bruins must shut him down along with Eric Staal of course. Cam Ward is also playing good once again in the playoffs.

Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins - My pick for winner of this series is tough to choose, but I'm picking the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins have more offensive punch with Crosby and Malkin, but I wonder how rookie goalie Simeon Varlamov will fair against them. We'll find out if he can do as well against them as he did against the low-offense Rangers.

Detroit Red Wings vs Anaheim Ducks - My pick for winner of this series is another tough one, but I'm going to go with the Anaheim Ducks with another upset. Jonas Hiller is just playing amazing right now and the Ducks defense looks good. Should be a tough battle with these two teams.

Vancouver Canucks vs Chicago Blackhawks - My pick for winner of this series is the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks young team showed a lot in beating the Calgary Flames and I think they can beat the Canucks. Khabibulin will have to be great and Toews will have to continue his solid play. But beating Roberto Luongo four games will be tough.


Let me know your picks for round 2 of the NHL playoffs.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Swine flu questions and answers

An AP article on Yahoo! had some swine flu questions and answers. I just heard about the swine flu yesterday so this was an interesting read. Also check out 2 swine flus in Kan., US total 11; 8 likely in NYC.

Q. What is swine flu?

A. Swine flu is a respiratory illness in pigs caused by a virus. The swine flu virus routinely causes outbreaks in pigs but doesn't usually kill many of them.

Q. Can people get swine flu?

A. Swine flu viruses don't usually infect humans. There have been occasional cases, usually among people who've had direct contact with infected pigs, such as farm workers. "We've seen swine influenza in humans over the past several years, and in most cases, it's come from direct pig contact. This seems to be different," said Dr. Arnold Monto, a flu expert with the University of Michigan.

Q. Can it spread among humans?

A. There have been cases of the virus spreading from human to human, probably in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing by infected people.

Q. What are the symptoms of swine flu?

A. The symptoms are similar to those of regular flu — fever, cough, fatigue, lack of appetite.

Q. Are there drugs to treat swine flu in humans?

A. There are four different drugs approved in the U.S. to treat the flu, but the new virus has shown resistance to the two oldest. The CDC recommends the use of the flu drugs Tamiflu and Relenza.

Source


Read all of the questions and answers that the article went through.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Another X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged game trailer

I posted about the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged game trailer earlier, and now there is another trailer out, but this time focusing on Wolverine fighting with Gambit. The trailer also shows Wolverine fighting against sentinals. The graphics and gameplay look good. I hope to someday play this game, but first need to buy an X-box 360. :) But not sure when I will be able to due to tough times with money. Watch the trailer below.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My NHL playoff predictions

It's that time of the hockey season, playoff time, the best time in my opinion. I'm listing my predictions below of who will win in the first round of the playoffs. I'm no expert by any means, as last year I was awful in my predictions lol. Let me know who you think will win in the first round playoff series. Here are the matchups:

Eastern Conference

(8) Montreal Canadiens vs (1) Boston Bruins

(7) New York Rangers vs (2) Washington Capitals

(6) Carolina Hurricanes vs (3) New Jersey Devils

(5) Philadelphia Flyers vs (4) Pittsburgh Penguins


Western Conference

(8) Anaheim Ducks vs (1) San Jose Sharks

(7) Columbus Blue Jackets vs (2) Detroit Red Wings

(6) St. Louis Blues vs (3) Vancouver Canucks

(5) Calgary Flames vs (4) Chicago Blackhawks


My Picks

Montreal Canadiens vs Boston Bruins - My pick for winner in this series is the Boston Bruins. I say in six games. I'm so looking forward to this rivalry in the playoffs again. Anyone who saw their last game knows just how heated things can get. Milan Lucic and Mike Komisarek may have the best rivalry in hockey right now.

New York Rangers vs Washington Capitals - My pick for winner in this series is the New York Rangers. This was a hard pick because the Capitals have the offense to do serious damage, but I don't trust goalie Jose Theodore to lead them past a series and I'm not sure about their defense. With the Rangers their offense at times shows up and other times doesn't. But having Henrik Lundqvist, I think he will win them this series. Rangers also have more grittiness and toughness, especially with the Capitals being without tough guy Donald Brashear.

Carolina Hurricanes vs New Jersey Devils - My pick for winner in this series is the New Jersey Devils. All I can say is Martin Brodeur, as he will carry them through this series. But that's nothing new right? :)

Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins - My pick for winner in this series is the Pittsburgh Penguins. Flyers just take too many penalties. Martin Biron at times can be shaky. This should be a tough heated series as well.

Anaheim Ducks vs San Jose Sharks - My pick for winner in this series is the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks offense will just be too much for the Ducks. But I could see a possible upset here with the Ducks as they got the playoff experience needed.

Columbus Blue Jackets vs Detroit Red Wings - My pick for winner in this series is the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yup the biggest upset of the playoffs right here. Blue Jackets with rookie goalie Steve Mason and R.J. Umberger who seems to get hot in the playoffs I think can pull off this upset.

St. Louis Blues vs Vancouver Canucks - My pick for winner in this series is the Vancouver Canucks. Canucks have Roberto Luongo and they'll go as far as he can take them. Hopefully the Canucks can help with some offense for Luongo though.

Calgary Flames vs Chicago Blackhawks - My pick for winner in this series is the Calgary Flames. Blackhawks have a young team, but they do have goalie Nikolai Khabibulin who has been there before. But I think the grittiness of the Flames with leaders Jarome Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, and the play of Mikka Kiprusoff will carry them past this round.


If you disagree with my picks, let me know and tell me your predictions.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Test if you have Conficker on your PC

On Yahoo's Tech blog they posted about a way to test and see if your PC has been infected by the Conficker worm. It's as simple as clicking a link and viewing a page making sure you can see at least the three images. Everyone should probably test just in case. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Funny but classless video

I saw this video on Yahoo! and had to post it because the dance the guy does is funny. But it is wrong and classless in my opinion to dance like that just after you beat someone after the event. He even dances in front of the guy he just beat, I was surprised the guy didn't punch him out or something. You wouldn't see that crap in hockey, because you would know that you're next time on the ice you would have guys coming after you.




Who said white guys can't dance? LOL, just joking, you know he is trying but he doesn't have it.  :)

Watch out for Conficker

Apparently there is a nasty worm named Conficker and it is supposed to be released today. Make sure to update your computer with latest virus protection updates and Windows updates.

Conficker is scheduled to go "live" on April 1, but whoever's controlling it could choose not to wreak havoc but instead do absolutely nothing, waiting for a time when there's less heat. They can do this because the way Conficker is designed is extremely clever: Rather than containing a list of specific, static instructions, Conficker reaches out to the web to receive updated marching orders via a huge list of websites it creates. Conficker.C -- the latest bad boy -- will start checking 50,000 different semi-randomly-generated sites a day looking for instructions, so there's no way to shut down all of them. If just one of those sites goes live with legitimate instructions, Conficker keeps on trucking.
Source