just had a little quake.
big enough to feel, but not big enough to do anything. this from usgs:
An earthquake occurred
at 8:04:54 PM (PDT) on Tuesday, October 30, 2007.
The magnitude ? (not
yet determined) event occurred 8 km (5 miles) NNE of Alum Rock, CA.
The hypocentral depth
is 9 km ( 6 miles).
Magnitude ? (not yet
Time Tuesday, October
30, 2007 at 8:04:54 PM (PDT)
31, 2007 at 3:04:54 (UTC)
Distance from Alum
Rock, CA - 8 km (5 miles) NNE (31 degrees)
Milpitas, CA - 11 km
(7 miles) E (91 degrees)
San Jose City Hall,
CA - 15 km (9 miles) NE (45 degrees)
Sunol-Midtown, CA -
17 km (11 miles) NE (45 degrees)
deg. 26.0 min. N (37.433N), 121 deg. 46.5 min. W (121.776W)
Depth 8.8 km (5.5 miles)
Location Quality Excellent
Location Quality Parameters
Nst= 25, Nph= 25, Dmin=3 km, Rmss=0.05 sec, Erho=0.2 km, Erzz=0.6 km, Gp=50.4
Event ID# nc40204628
turned out to be a 5.6.
bigger than i thought.
usc's defense did a great
job against oregon. held them to 339 yards and 24 points (lowest of the
year for oregon). cal also held them to 24 points, but i don't think their
offense turned the ball over at the ten yard line either. cal allowed 497
yards in that game. clearly the usc defense isn't to blame for saturday's
loss. that oregon offense is so dynamic (they passed less [about 20 fewer
attempts] against usc than they did against cal) and explosive that holding
them to 24 is an accomplishment. usc's offense just didn't take care of
the ball and made some bad playcalls. sanchez's two ints didn't help either.
he's still the better qb, though. 4th and 1 and they ran an end around
to mcknight. that's the time when you bring in chauncey washington and
run it up the middle. or, as they did later in the game on 4th and 1, fake
a fullback dive and pitch it to mcknight. the offensive coordinator is
learning, albeit slowly. unfortunately when you're looking for a national
or pac-10 championship the room to learn is basically zero. in the nfl
you can lose up to 8 games and still make it to the playoffs which gives
you an opportunity to win three and, thus, the championship. in college
football you can't afford to lose 2 games. even if you go undefeated you
might not make the national championship. sometimes you can win it with
one loss, but rarely will you see a team make the big game with 2 losses.
the margin of error is just too small to have a rookie coordinator, qb,
oink was taken down the
other day. one news report about it incorrectly said that it people paid
to download illegal mp3s. oink never charged anything, though they did
accept donations, but those donations didn't effect your ratio at all.
bother noticing that all
the postseason teams are using the rally towels these days? nothing's organic
anymore. that's not to say that the rally monkey or any other shtick ever
was, but at least it was created at the team level and filtered down to
the fans. with the thunder sticks and rally towels it seems like some corporation
makes a deal with mlb and gets the exclusive rights to the year's rally
equipment. so lame.
the only time i hear from
my sister is when she needs something. that said, i don't really bother
contacting her much anymore either because our conversations don't really
speaking of which, i'm
going to la next week to see if i can get her car up and running again.
it's been left in my dad's driveway since she left for college. it's rotting
away and probably needs a lot of work, but i'll replace the battery, change
the oil and see what else i can get done. also going to see the osu/usc
oddly, this is the same
weekend that luke planned a football game amongst friends. guess i'll be
missing that one. i miss playing football and basketball with friends.
it really hasn't been since college that i've done that more than a couple
times a year. pathetic.
speaking of pathetic, world
series is on right now. boston is already up 1-0. the 8 day lay off for
the rockies was pretty lame. so is the 40 day lay off for the teams that
play in the college football national championship. who plans these things?
assholes and morons.
usc lost. bye bye rose
bowl, pac-10 championship, national championship. now begins the build-up
for next year.
gotta work tomorrow. yay.
seen two movies in the
theater in the last two days.
corrado's got problems.
what else is new?
biggest game of the year
so far for usc today. oregon has an unusual offensive scheme and usc's
only weakness on defense is its secondary. all three great linebackers
are healthy (cushing and maualuga both coming back today after injuries).
i don't know who's starting at qb, hopefully it'll be sanchez. oregon is
very fast, faster than cal from what i've seen. if i'm carroll i rely on
a power rushing game and stout defense to win this game on the road.
cal plays asu today and
we'll see what both teams are made of. is asu for real? is cal? is cal
going to stop the bleeding? great year for college football and this is
the best week for the pac-10 to date.
bought some lumber for
a new dvd case. building it right now. wish i had a finish nailer and air
compressor, would have been done by now. not having the right tools and
enough space have been hallmarks of my career as a carpenter and handyman.
never in my life have i had all the right tools and enough space to work
in. "a good carpenter doesn't blame his tools." but the other part of that
saying is that a good carpenter has good tools and a workshop.
looks like sanchez is starting.
got sick yesterday. not
sure how it happened. came upon me suddenly. took the day off. i can't
recall the last time i called in sick to work. i only did it a few times
while at tower - i'd usually work through it.
listening to the soundtrack
for into the wild it occurs to me that the soundtrack belongs in a good
movie, too bad sean penn didn't hold up his end of the bargain.
looking for cal to rebound
this week at asu. they're too good offensively to lose three in a row.
their defense is definitely suspect (they've allowed 23+ in all but one
game), but tedford is a good coach and college football is a coach's game.
asu is highly rated, but they haven't been pressed yet.
usc is 21 on the computer,
but 12 on the bcs and in the top 10 in the human polls. i expected them
to be in the top 10 of the bcs, but i was wrong. the computer ranking will
move up a lot if they run the table against ranked opponents - asu, cal,
ore, and (maybe) ucla (if they continue to play the way they have against
pac-10 opponents). bill plashke wrote an article about a qb controversy
for usc. at the end of last year i called for sanchez as the starter and
it's looking now like he'll be seriously considered to take the job from
booty. the nd stat line is deceiving, though. he had 4tds and no ints,
but he wasn't making amazing throws and, for once, the receivers were helping
the qb. that said, i'm still backing him as the starter for the rest of
the year. he's more of a leader and, as mentioned before, is more mobile
than booty. booty could come in and provide excellent backup work
in a blowout or calm down the team if sanchez is having an off game (which
he is susceptible to because he's so excitable).
oregon is doing well right
now in part because of their big victory over michigan, a team which is
in the top 25 again. cal, meanwhile, is suffering from losses to two unranked
teams and the low ranking of tennessee. they're currently unranked in the
computer (as are texas and hawaii, who are higher than cal).
in watching the lsu/auburn
game i thought they were equals. lsu is getting too much respect, if you
ask me. many are questioning the decision to go for the td in the final
seconds of the game. i don't question the decision because they had plenty
of time and an incomplete pass would have stopped the clock and they would
have still been able to take the field goal. i do, however, question the
way they did it. they came up to the line so slowly and without urgency
that it looked like they didn't realize how much time was left. they should
have rushed it a bit more and given themselves some breathing room in case
of a sack. other than that, though, i don't think they're as crazy as some
watching the auburn/lsu
game right now. they look pretty even to me. lsu is up by 3, but homefield
advantage is big for them, especially at night. the sec is like the pac-10
in terms of the top 4-5 teams being able to compete with anyone nationally,
including each other.
party at don's was decent.
lots of people, most of them were at least 40 which was odd.
looking into getting some
edumacation at laney college next year. i get opportunities to work on
homes for people, but don't have all the skills, tools, experience required
to help them out. if it were my own house i wouldn't mind trying to install
hardwood floors or tearing down walls and patching the remaining area,
but i don't want to charge someone so i can learn, and make mistakes, on
their home. i've learned a good deal from don when it comes to how to do
a quality tile job, but i'd like to have the same opportunity to shadow
other subcontractors. since that's not likely to happen, going to school
is the next best thing.
red sox are right back
in it. game seven is must see tv.
cal/ucla game is good right
now. ucla makes some good, aggressive defensive calls. blitzing on 3rd
down and the like. cal just got burned on a halfback pass. safety sagged
to play the run and got beaten deep. this one will come down to the last
usc/nd isn't the same as
it's been the last 80 years or so because nd is so shitty this year. that
said, with these kinds of rivalries you can't ever say a game is a lock.
so far sanchez has looked good and the receivers have been solid. i've
also liked the offensive playcalling. defensively they haven't allowed
a point, but that's as much because of nd's bad offense as it is because
of usc's good defense. sedrick ellis just sacked nd's qb. next play they
triple-teamed him and sent a pass on the flat to the other direction. usc
then forced a fumble. two great plays in a row.
desean is in the midst
of his second 100+ receiving yard game of the season and he had his longest
reception of the year (39 yards) today. longshore being back definitely
helps them. now their defense needs to step up. that said, i'm rooting
for ucla. desean just got a handoff for a hb pass and ran backwards about
20 yards before running for a 3 yard loss. in that same play the ref went
down with cramps in his legs and received some stretching help from a trainer.
don't think i've seen a ref on his back getting his hamstrings stretched
by a trainer before.
usc is up 24-0 now. ucla
lost big to nd at home. this is such a strange year when ucla can lose
at home to a shitty nd team, but then push cal to a six point deficit in
the 3rd quarter. kentucky is losing to florida, but that was predictable
in spite of the rankings. usf lost to rutgers, that was also somewhat predictable.
they may lose to louisville as well. south carolina lost to vanderbilt
which was not predictable. alabama beat the overrated tennessee vols. pete
carroll said that booty wasn't starting because the extra time off would
help him heal. i think that he's giving sanchez another shot at the starting
gig. based upon his performance so far i think that sanchez should remain
ucla looks like the ucla
i expected this year. strong defense, some talented receivers, good coaching.
they've only allowed more than 20 points two times this season. cal has
allowed 21+ in all but one of their games and ucla has 20 against them
right now. call is at the 4 yard line so it looks like ucla is going to
allow more than 20 for a third time this season. nbc's camera work is rather
poor. too close, doesn't follow the ball well, etc.
i expected michigan state
to make things uncomfortable for osu in the first half, but i was wrong.
they're making it uncomfortable for them in the second half, down by seven
in the 4th. not impressed by dan fouts or the play by play guy on nbc.
going to don's birthday
party later today. hopefully will finish the cal game first. pick six.
game should be over.
busy as usual these days.
right ear hasn't been working
the last few days. decreased hearing. was better today, but not back to
normal. some say it's an earwax blockage, which i find hard to believe,
and some say it's a pressure buildup that will be fixed by taking sudafed.
no insurance means going to the doctor is an expensive venture. i've been
using a two pronged attack to try to ameliorate the problem, but have seen
only mild gains in hearing. yay.
back hurts as always.
looking forward to the
usc is looking to bring
back booty for next week against nd. not my personal choice, but then again
i don't get the big bucks.
meryl's car had the check
engine light go on. my corrado didn't start up today, probably the battery.
seems to be an electrical drain on the car that kills the battery after
about two weeks without being driven.
wish i was rich.
juggling two jobs has been
an occasional pain. might work half a day at alumni house and half a day
at don's tomorrow. blah.
hopefully the alumni house
makes some money in the budget to make me full-time with benefits. that
would be ideal.
talked to an electrician
the other day about the price of copper (through the roof in the last few
years) and he said that it's because of the war in iraq and the increased
demand for it over there. not sure i buy it, but it's the best theory i've
heard so far. it's a mystery to me how one of the most abundant elements
in the earth's crust could all of a sudden triple in price.
mike hart is my pick for
heisman at this point.
good article in the dailytrojan
about the injury problems. it cited this one scary fact: "USC, however,
has yet to field the same offensive or defensive unit in any two games
this year. " they only have one offensive lineman who started the first
game and will start against nd this week, and he's got a cast on his right
the thing about college
football is that people get so upset or worried or whatever about every
little move in the rankings from week to week when none of it really matters
until: 1) you've played all your conference games 2) you've played all
your ranked or almost ranked teams 3) all the teams in front of you have
done the same. until that happens (usually the last week, sometimes the
penultimate week), nothing's really settled.
the cal game is interesting.
if they win, and they should, they'll be #1. oregon is up by 10 now, but
cal is explosive.
cal just scored and has
a good shot of coming back.
osu has it with about 2:20
left and it's 3rd and 9 and the radio announcers are saying osu should
run it if they're smart. this is retarded. a smart team knows that 2 minutes
is an eternity in college football. you have to throw it an hope for a
first down. a run here takes off half a minute, but gives you basically
zero chance of a first down. they decided to throw, but didn't get it.
it gave them options at least.
i talked with meryl about
this game yesterday and mentioned osu's ability to play up to better competition.
they did it a few years ago against cal after they beat usc, they did it
to usc last year, and now i'm told they've actually won the last four games
at cal. ball at five yard line. second down now. 1:13 to go. plenty left.
:49 left, 3rd and 17. bad mistake by riley to spike the ball, worse mistake
to take the sack. 4th and 17 now. great 4th and long plays: usc vs. notre
dame - leinert to jarrett. usc vs. stanford - stanford converts and goes
on to win the game. they converted. they've got a good chance of tying
it up at this point. if they do they'll probably win in OT. they have the
momentum and are at home. :24 left now. i would bring a zone blitz here
to confuse riley who's a freshman. i actually would have done that on the
4th down play. you force him to make a quick decision and it'll likely
be a short pass.
i've thought all year that
ohio state was better than cal and with this close game i wonder how the
ranking will work out. of course none of it matters at this point; all
that matters is what you're ranked at the end.
the radio announcer is
super pissed off at riley right now for running instead of passing it.
i think they just lost. holy shit, that's a massive mistake. it's amazing
how foolish some of these guys can be sometimes. usc was at something like
the 2 yard line earlier today and they ran a pitch play to mcknight and
he dropped it. rather than jumping on the ball and preserving possession
he picked it up and tried to do something with it. luckily for usc nothing
bad happened, but it easily could have. of course you have to think about
chris webber calling a timeout as well. these young guys who just don't
know what the situation is really kill me sometimes. it's amazing that
they can be good enough to get this far on good teams, but still be so
absent-minded at key points in the game.
well, cal lost. i'm not
too upset about it. luke rubbed the stanford loss in my face and cal was
pretty smug this week so...
usc looked good and bad
today. sanchez should remain the starter because he has a bigger upside
than booty, who is a game manager at best. sanchez brings a mobility when
plays break down that booty lacks. he had a huge run towards the end of
the game that kept a drive alive for them. he also had two interceptions,
but i think he learned from them. that said, i think usc's best case scenario
this year is a pac-10 championship. name one other team that had national
title hopes at the beginning of the season have had injuries such as: 4-5
offensive lineman (spanos has a torn triceps and six stitches on his hand,
but is playing; and they lost sam baker in this game as well), two of their
three best running backs (johnson still out), their two best linebackers
(lost maualuga today, cushing is still out), their starting qb (a heisman
hopeful up until a couple weeks ago when they lost their first game, a
game in which he broke his finger in the first half), and at least two
defensive backs. frankly, with all of those things in mind, i have no hope
of them regaining their dominance this year, but i do hope they can gain
some chemistry and find some leadership and make a run at the pac-10 championship.
it's up to them at this point. if they beat oregon, asu, and cal then they
should get it.
besides injuries and a
weak offensive coordinator, i think they lack leadership. it's something
they had the last few years with quality seniors like palmer, fargas, various
offensive linemen who weren't constantly injured, smith, jarrett, and leinert.
someone needs to fill that void and it's not booty. i have nothing against
him as a person, but he's not a leader. maybe sanchez is. mcknight was
the spark today, though. they had been breaking him in really slowly thus
far, but they leaned on him a bit today and he stepped up. he's got plenty
to learn, though.
happy to see lsu lose.
i'm sure my nemesis, marc, would say that they were screwed somehow, but
i don't buy it. there were two people in the usa today poll that were voting
for ohio state as #1 all year, today their votes were validated. their
defense is the best in the country. still beatable though.
been painting the last
room in my aunt's place since yesterday. there was a big problem because
of some painting over wallpaper. wall is all messed up so i had to skim
coat one of the walls. got some practice on my trowel and hawk technique.
need to sand it once more, then prime, then paint. need a little more work
on some of the trim as well. the bad thing is that this weekend is one
of my more busy ones. i "volunteered" for the cal homecoming from 6a-10a
this morning, then painted from about 11a to 5p with some football watching
tomorrow we have meryl's
grandpa's wedding to go to which means i won't be able to work on the painting
until tomorrow night, and only for a little bit. first wedding i've been
to since my parents' second; that was about 20 years ago. jon and monique
had a reception, but not a real wedding in the traditional sense. i'm not
a big wedding/funeral person. anything formal isn't for me.
busy day at work. there
are all sorts of projects that are going to take some time to complete.
we're also looking into fairly major upgrades of the infrastructure and
they (the human resources/facilities director (my boss's boss) and the
executive director) wants to make me project supervisor of them. that would
mean overseeing the implementation of about $200k worth of funds to do
all sorts of construction projects throughout the building. one thing i've
learned in the last week is that $1 in the residential market equals about
$5 on campus. in other words, a project that might cost $1,000 in a person's
house would cost five times that on campus, in large part because they
don't bid any of the projects. on the one hand this ensures accountability
and quality (because you're only getting work done by university employees),
but that also means not being able to shop around for competitive prices.
and frankly i can't vouch for the quality of some of the work i've seen
done around my building.
jeff tedford (cal football
coach) is the highest paid employee in the UC system, and no one even comes
close. this was on the front page of the daily ucb newspaper the other
day. a couple head doctors as ucsf were #2 and 3. #4 and 5 were also doctors
one from ucla and one from berkeley, i think. i'm pretty sure that tedford
actually makes more than $1 million more than the #2 person. according
to espn.com, ben howland (ucla basketball coach) makes less than $1 million
a year, but could make a bit over that because he has bonuses tied to graduation
rate, making the final four, winning coach of the year and the national/pac-10
another issue on campus
is the debate regarding the expansion of the football stadium. they want
to cut down a bunch of old oak trees on campus and some people have taken
the matter in their own hands by pulling a julia butterfly hill - i.e.,
camping out in the trees so they can't be cut down. i've yet to come across
anyone who supports the tree-sitters or their cause, which is pretty pathetic
given the activist history of ucb. i guess it's indicative of our times
in general though. i don't know enough about the specifics of the controversy
- how integral the trees being cut down is to the plans, how many trees
are scheduled for murder, etc. so i don't have a solid opinion on the issue.
i think losing trees, especially older growth oaks, is a shame though.
ucb recently won their first legal battle to get the tree-sitters out and
move on with the construction. though it's not over yet, i think it's just
a matter of time.
another day another dollar.
mnf was good, first round
of baseball playoffs was not.
been as busy as ever at
"Booty cracked a bone on
the tip of his middle finger on his throwing hand when he hit it on a helmet
in the second quarter, but played on. "He fought through it and was doing
all right," Carroll said. "We could have made a change but we went with
our guy. I don't know about next week."" that's the best news i've heard
since last night. to his credit, though, the offensive line has been beaten
up the last couple games and his receivers are basically crap.
the thing that vexes me
more than anything else is why usc is losing the turnover battle so consistently
this year. it's been a forte of theirs under carroll, yet this year they
just don't seem to force turnovers or hold onto the ball like they have
in the past.
there definitely aren't
any unbeatable teams in college this year. parity has been a theme in big
college sports the last few years - from appalacian state to george mason
- smaller schools are putting forward better teams.
niners are back to sucking.
the offensive line has issues, gore can't do much, smith is injured. defense
is better at least.
usc just lost. it's frankly
not that surprising to me. the fact that it happened at home against stanford
is a surprise, but not that they lost. booty just isn't a very good qb.
he's a decent game manager, but not the kind of guy that really wins a
game for you. the receiving corps is very weak this year. the secondary
is suspect. but the injuries probably hurt more than anything else. two
centers out, plus another offensive lineman, one of the best linebackers
in the country (cushing) is out, two of the best three running backs are
out and a couple defensive backs as well. they're hurting big time. that
said, there really isn't any excuse to lose to stanford at home. stanford
is a lot better this year than they were last year, but there just isn't
any excuse. i think usc needs a new offensive coordinator because his calls
the last couple years have been quite poor, especially when filling in
for someone as great as norm chow. i also have to say that i liked stanford's
blitz on first down when usc was trying to come back. that's the kind of
call that very few defensive coordinators make, but it's what winners do
- play aggressively to the end. i'd also like to point out that the john
david booty age has been marked by less than stellar offensive play. in
all their three losses with him at qb, they have had a chance to win the
game, but in each instance the last offensive possession was: pass deflected
vs. osu, pass deflected vs. ucla, pass intercepted vs. stanford. in other
words: booty sucks in crunch time. time to bring sanchez in as the starting
lsu is down 10 right now
and they might fall to florida which means that cal will be #1 and osu
will be #2. if lsu loses this is how i'd rank the top five: osu, cal, florida,
lsu, south florida.
lsu won which is kinda
good because it means i don't have to hear it from the smug cal fans at
work quite as much.
played meryl in minigolf
on meryl's birthday. i won once and we tied once. our all-time record is
now at meryl: 3 chris: 2 ties:1.
busy as usual.
saw into the wild the
other day after finally finishing the book. awful.