One of the more interesting posts I’ve read all week (besides my own) came from the always loquacious MC Bias (or is it McBias?). Ol’ MC Bias pondered on the merits of Blogger Burnout – that feeling you get by writing about the same thing over and over and over again. Especially on a solo independent blog, when responses and feedback are limited. My solution is as many others do, to vary it up. Talk about what else is on my mind. Today you are getting one of those posts.
– First, out of LA, comes the only semi-sports related topic of the day: according to The Washington Post via Fanhouse, Kobe Bryant has taken to expressing his discontent with the NBA refs by cursing in foreign tongues.
Way back in my military days, I did a tour in Bosnia-Herzegovina. While there, I learned a few Serbo-Croatian words and phrases. The only one I remember now is jebi ga. I guarantee Kobe has said this during a game.
According to Richard Schneider’s article on Serbian communication,
“a Serbian epithet does not always translate to blasphemy. Take Jebi ga for instance, probably the most frequently used phrase in the language. It is interchangeably used to express a scornful ‘fuck him ,’ or a horrified ‘you-don’t-say’ or a resigned ‘oh well…shit happens.’
The prevailing meaning is only discernible by the tone of voice …”
Jebi ga‘s “versatility” means referees would not only have to know what it meant, but have to determine Kobe’s intent in saying the word before taking appropriate action.
Nobody ever said Kobe was stupid.
– Speaking of brilliant, check out Jordanian Queen Rania Al Abdullah‘s YouTube VLog. Not only is Queen Rania totally beautiful, but she is trying to make a difference. And using YouTube to spread her message means she understands the way the world is going.
– On a light-hearted note, remember President Screwb’s Perri-air? Well, a marketing genius in Lebanon is trying to sell native air to Lebanese living abroad.
Apparently, this is one of the things Lebanese like. Yes, that page has links to what white people, Arabs, black people, Asians, etc. like.
– Finally, check out the most depressing, yet uplifting, beauty pageant in the world: Angola’s Miss Landmine pageant.
Last week, 31 year old Agusta Urica, was named Miss Landmine 2008. Unlike American pageants, Miss Landmine means a world of difference to the winning contestant. Whereas those who don’t win Miss USA still have a plethera of opportunity, the same can not be said for the runners-up in Miss Landmine. Many of the contestants, Urica included, come to the contest unemployed, lacking education, and because of the plague of landmines across Angola, are forced to live with physical handicaps such as truncated legs or arms, etc.
So best of luck to Agusta Urica. And hopefully sometime in the future, Miss Landmine will run out of contestants.
That’s about it for the day. Remember, I am live and well and blogging twice a week or so on YaySports!NBA. Go check that out as well.
And if you don’t, jebi ga.