4-30-08 (19:16)
  • tracy mcgrady is a headcase. when i watched game three of the jazz/rockets series there was a stretch of about two minutes in the final three minutes where a switch visibly flipped in his head and he was the best player on the court. he made a block, got a couple rebounds, moved well without the ball and made his shots. with him it's all about effort. i think the guy needs a shrink because (until this season's injury to yao) there's no reason his teams should be 0-6 in the first round of the playoffs.
  • the fed (aka one trick pony) lowered interest rates again. what a joke.

  • 4-30-08 (08:03)

  • went to the webb ranch sunday and worked a few days there. it was a good time. orion, pam, and gabe came over and luke cooked us all some tri tip. got lots of done, but didn't fully finish any of the projects. built a firewood holder which should hold up for many years. also finished cutting down a chinese elm which had partially collapsed. chopped it up with luke's stihl chainsaw and dragged the pieces away; that one took a while.
  • allergies are deadly here in oakland. not sure what's doing it, but i don't sleep well and i wake up with crusty eyes and a congested nose. none of the usual (zyrtec, claritin, benadryl) drugs help. i'm thinking it's a weed pollen allergy. would like to go to a doctor to test this theory and find a cure, but that's not going to happen.

  • 4-25-08 (19:11)

  • busy times again. been doing a lot of painting for don lately. not a huge fan of painting, but it pays the bills because it seems like people always need something painted.
  • several projects on the horizon at the alumni house.
  • luke has a some stuff to do at the ranch, plus a potential deck rehab for a lady he knows.
  • it's good having lots of work because it means a lot of experience and money. on the other hand sometimes it feels like i don't have time for myself.
  • nba playoffs have been a mixed bag so far. spurs/suns game one was great, not so much with game two. cavs/wizards series should be closer than it currently is. of course, if the wizards win the next one at home then it'll be all square.
  • lots of films lately about the end of the world/mass death. invasion, i am legend, the happening, doomsday, etc. definitely a filmic theme these days. i like movies about the end of the world. in general i like films about an absense of law - prison films, war films, apocalyptic films, and westerns are all about humans coping with varying degrees of lawlessness.
  • may have gotten a little burned today.

  • 4-20-08 (12:27)

  • they keep talking about mcgrady's increased point production in the playoffs (he scores 6+ points a game more in his playoff career vs. the regular season), but this comes at a cost to his teammates and his fg and 3pt% are both down (very slightly). personally, i'd rather have my star player be more efficient in the playoffs than less so, but with more point production. i think the playoffs are even more about getting the role players and supporting players involved. occasionally you need the superstar to really take over a game and shoot a lot of shots, but i think that's the exception rather than the rule. his increased production is a manifestation of his feeling the pressure to perform (since he's never won a playoff series in six appearances) - he takes more shots and scores more, but his teammates are less involved and his team ends up losing.
  • the suns/spurs game was exciting. ginobili's game winning layup was pretty amazing - at one point he was flying through the air and his body was at a 45 degree angle, yet he landed on his feet without a problem. check it out on youtube or something in slow motion. these are the kinds of things that these guys make look easy, but are truly difficult for anyone who isn't a great athlete.

  • 4-18-08 (19:32)

  • luc richard mbah a moute decided to declare for the draft along with westbrook and love. collison is likely to join them as well. so, it looks like shipp will be back next year, but other than that the ucla men's basketball team will be filled with new guys. should be interesting to see how they do. it's been a good ride and we have a couple good guys on the bench so i'm sure they'll be competitive, but they have to be underdogs at this point for another final four appearance.
  • it's no surprise to me, but some in the media may be surprised to see that mark sanchez is #1 on the depth chart for trojans qb next season.
  • looking forward to the nba playoffs, but i wish they were shorter. 3 games in the first round, 5 in the next, 7 from there on.
  • yay for weekends. probably will go into the alumni house, but just for a short time.
  • finally tracked down that publisher and got my travel book replaced.
  • an observation: 2 (graduate, die hard) of my top 3 films begin with a plane landing in los angeles. and the third (planes, trains, and automobiles) has "planes" as the first word in the title and has a sound of a plane landing when the title scrolls across the screen.

  • 4-16-08 (21:53)

  • jules dassin died a couple weeks ago. not sure why i didn't hear about that one earlier. he was one of the greats. a poster of night and the city hangs above my computer; that's probably my favorite of his films.
  • missed the debate tonight.

  • 4-14-08 (22:09)

  • busy lately.
  • worked on a carpentry project with meryl for her ceramics class. changed the oil on her car. flushed the coolant system on mine. still haven't had time to look at the sunroof issue.
  • allergies are killing me.
  • finally got a skil saw. one of these days i'll get a table saw, a compound miter saw, and a compressor and i'll be a real carpenter. biggest problem with getting those three tools, though, isn't the money, it's the space.

  • 4-9-08 (18:03)

  • saw a good one at the key shack today: "hire a teenager while they still know it all."

  • 4-6-08 (09:28)

  • pretty depressed about the ucla game. they always have tough times against big, athletic teams. it's not that they're not athletic, but they're not very big and that poses problems for them. the two teams i feared them playing the most in that regard were kansas and memphis. north carolina i feared for other reasons, but i felt they were most vulnerable to memphis and kansas.
  • friday i worked on getting about 100 cases of wine to ucb's charter gala. it's a big (over 1,000 people) dinner event they have once a year. i think they reveal the alumni of the year and they generally talk about how great the university is while getting totally sloshed. today i have to go back out to san francisco and bring back all the leftover wine. i've gotten used to working on the weekends lately and that's lame. work on the basement renovation still isn't done. everything takes so long and there are other things i have to work on at the same time so that slows me down as well. blah.

  • 4-2-08 (13:20)

  • digging the new autechre album.
  • the final four is boring in that it's only #1 seeds, but it's exciting in that i expect both matchups to hard fought.
  • had the last two days off, been trying to catch up on errands and whatnot. had planned on flushing the coolant on the camry, but i don't have any containers for the leftovers so that'll have to wait. sunroof stopped working the other day, not sure why. had to replace the fuse for the cigarette lighter/clock because we were running the computer off it through an inverter for too long. i'm sure the sunroof has something to do with that, but i haven't found the culprit yet.
  • took the bug out for a spin yesterday. it's sluggish in first and second gear. something must be wrong with the carb, though i'm pretty sure i got it tuned correctly. hooked up my tach/dwell meter and it's running at about 850-900 rpm and i think the mixture is at least close to where it needs to be. can't say that i'm a fan of carburetors.
  • on our central california trip we bought a moon brand guide to northern california. we subsequently discovered that 50 pages were missing, but we don't have the receipt for the book anymore and other stores we've been to don't seem to have the same book in stock so we can't do a buy and return. moon is located in emeryville so i went there today, but they moved. called 411 (waste of 50 cents) and they didn't have a listing. google shows them as a subsidiary of some other company now and located in berkeley. called and no answer. will stop by next time i have weekday off, maybe even later today depending upon how lazy i am. sons of bitches.
  • had my first plumbing class yesterday. teacher isn't as cool, but he'll do.
  • had planned on contesting a parking citation with the city of berkeley, but it looks like i'm out of luck. the code reads: "When authorized signs, parking meters, pay-and-display stations or curb markings are in place giving notice of parking time limits of two hours, it is unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to stop, stand or park said vehicle within the City between the hours of nine a.m. and six p.m. of any day except Sundays for a period of time longer than two hours adjacent to any such legible curb markings, sign, parking meter or pay-and-display station in violation thereof. Such parking time limit shall be applicable for the total time period parked within one or more designated parking spaces of street frontage between intersecting streets." so far as i can decipher that means that you can't park on the block for more than two hours, period. it doesn't matter if you move the car and find another spot on the same block. you're allowed 2 hours per day per block. pretty fucked.

  • did write the city of oakland a letter about the shitty traffic and pothole situation in our area. we'll see how that goes.