Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: shoulders, sciatica, right arch

Current reading: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide, Cracking the Code Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Recent listening: Bowie, Manassas, Mystery to Me by Fleetwood Mac, Heart of Mine by Maria Muldaur, Audioslave, Future Games by Fleetwood Mac, Shot of Love by Bob Dylan, Chet Baker Sings

Recent viewing: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, NBA Finals, National Treasure (Hulu series), Becoming Bond, 12 Monkeys (Hulu series)

Recent playing: Lake Drawing Book

Recently accomplished: The Daily Bowie, 5000 steps a day for 2 weeks, cleaned up patio, yard work, graduation party, wrote Mother’s article, mailed CDs (Jan, Sue, Katie)

Imperative To Do: Get a job, write Mother’s article, walk 6000 steps per day, refinish deck, colonoscopy, finish writing Neil Young liner notes

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: sciatica, lower back

Current reading: n/a

Recent listening: The College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation

Recent viewing: Seinfeld, 2016 NBA Finals, Inside Amy Schumer, Game of Thrones

Recent playing: Galcon Fusion

Recently accomplished: Installed AC, multiple central AC estimates, mowed front yard

Imperative To Do: Fix HP printer, latches for gates, rake front yard, hose off back and front

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: jaw muscle (healing after mouth infection)

Current reading: The Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons

Recent listening: Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Townes Van Zandt, Blaze Foley, Shadows in the Night by Dylan, The Magnolia Electric Co., re: Bach by Lara St. John, Hozier, Little Big Music, Gris-Gris by Dr. John, AM by Arctic Monkeys

Recent viewing: The Tonight Show, Grimm, Parks & Recreation, SNL40, The Daily Show, Scandal, Resurrection, Inside Amy Schumer, Duct Tape Messiah, The Nightly Show, Marco Polo, 30 Days, The Bletchley Circle, QI

Recent playing: Kingdom Rush Frontiers

Recently accomplished: Cleaned laser printer kopen, started van, paid bills, server maintenance, spam cleanup

Imperative To Do: Contact Social Security, turn compost, fix blog CSS, send bike to Thomas

Vital Statistics

Aches & pains: ankles
Current reading: Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish
Recent listening: Les Paul & Mary Ford, The Mothers of Invention, Slick Rick, Gershwin, Jane Siberry, Glenn Miller, Brave Combo, Buckethead, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, King Crimson, Neil Young, Steve Goodman, Woody Guthrie
Recent viewing: Young & Innocent, Stage Fright, Rockford Files, Murphy’s Romance, Disturbing the Universe, Nova, WWII in HD, Alice in Wonderland, Long Day’s Journey Into the Night (aborted), More Than a Game, NBA Basketball, Hawkeye Football
Recent playing: Words with Friends, Fieldrunners, Pinball HD
Recently accomplished: Played “adult in charge” at recent Troop 820 campout, fixed broken gate, fixed leaky toilet, winterization
Imperative To Do: Resume biking, lingering Troop 820 issues, desk cleanup, Xmas shopping

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2529
Van odometer: 155627
Aches & pains: mosquito bites
Current reading: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk
Recent listening: Collected Works by Simon and Garfunkel, Red Hot + Rhapsody by various artists, Bachbusters by Don Dorsey, The Story by Brandi Carlile, Musique Vol 1 by Daft Punk, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis
Recent viewing: The Prestige, Terminator: Salvation, Rescue Dawn, Star Trek, Rocky Balboa, NBA Conference Playoffs, Witness for the Prosecution, Up, Call of the Wild, The Third Man, The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
Recent playing: Galcon, Peggle (for iPhone)
Recently accomplished: pulled blackberries, haircut, weed and feed lawn, turned compost, cat boxes, took Ming to vet
Imperative To Do: Read Sam’s script, return cans, put antenna in the attic, clean office, finish Best of 2008

Unsportsmanlike Foul

After NBA Finals Game 4 had already been decided in overtime, the Lakers’ Pau Gasol was open for a second consecutive dunk. With less than 24 seconds left on the shot clock, conventional wisdom says that you merely hold the ball and let the clock run out. Gasol, who is considered by most to be a standup guy, made a poor decision and decided to dunk the ball. The Orlando Magic’s Mickael Pietrus, a player that I have liked since he helped Golden State knock Dallas out of the playoffs a couple of years ago, likely took umbrage to Gasol’s decision and decided to take it out on Gasol. Watching the replay below, it is obvious that Pietrus made no play on the ball and intended to hit Gasol as hard as he could. Even worse, he chose to hit Gasol when he was in the air, another violation of conventional wisdom in the NBA since knocking a guy off-balance while they are in the air can easily lead to great injury. Finally, watching carefully, you’ll notice that Pietrus’ follow-thru results in his sharp elbows digging into Gasol’s ribs from the back.

(Updated video below with “official” video from ESPN. Foul action starts at about 0:55.)

You can see why Gasol was upset. He was smart enough to grab the rim before dropping to the floor. Pietrus further inflamed the situation by trash-talking Gasol after the play was over. In my opinion, the foul should be upgraded from Flagrant 1 to Flagrant 2 and Pietrus should be suspended for a game. I understand the arguments against doing so (Pietrus has a clean record and it would inordinately affect the Magic’s chances of winning Game 5) but the rules are there for a reason and should be enforced. In addition to the unsportsmanlike aspect, the league also has strict rules about hitting someone with a closed fist. There is no exception for hitting in the back.

Lebron James Ties Series at 1-1

My Tivo missed recording the last second of this game but the Internets saved me:

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2529
Van odometer: 155015
Aches & pains: lower back, muscles (moving)
Current reading: My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, Cross-platform GUI Programming with wxWidgets, The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Recent listening: No Line on the Horizon by U2Final Boss by MC Frontalot
Recent viewing: Lost (Seasons 2-5), Medium, Hardball, NBA Playoffs, Rachel Maddow Show
Recent playing: Galcon
Recently accomplished: working in Vancouver, cleaned cat boxes, cleaned van, cardboard recycling, showed Thomas how to mow lawn, showed Graham how to use the edger, equipment salvage in Vancouver office
Imperative To Do: Scouts accounting, turn compost, read Sam’s script, return cans

Join the Ring Family 2009 Bracket Challenge

As in last year, I’ve created a group for anyone who wants to join us in predicting the winners of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Participation requires a free membership at ESPN.com. Brackets must be completed by Wednesday, March 16, 2009. Even if you know nothing about college basketball, it’s still fun to see how well you do as the tournament progresses. It’s even more fun when you beat the pants off of Thomas!

Vital Statistics

Bike odometer: 2443
Van odometer: 152791
Weight lost (in pounds): 5
Aches & pains: Left wrist, right ankle, left knee
Current reading: The Book of Totally Useless Information by Don Voorhees, My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk, CSS: The Definitive Guide (O’Reilly) by Eric A. Meyer, Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy
Recent listening: This American LifeJimmy Buffett
Recent viewing: The Borrowers, Celtics at Lakers, U.S. Open (golf)
Recent playing: Chain Factor, Sporcle
Recently accomplished: Mowed and trimmed lawn, assembled and mounted bike rack, paid bills, helped fix Thomas window, cat boxes
Imperative To Do: Sell G4, get rid of junk (couch, vacuum cleaner, mower, bed), buy trailer for van, activate new Tivo, oil change for van, weeds, clean garage, moss, new muxtape, re-assemble bathroom door frame