did some work for tom's
family today. will be rebuilding their deck in the coming weeks.
looks like i got third
in my fantasy baseball league. not bad. best thing is that i whooped the
guy who has won like 4 or 5 of the championships in the last several years
that we've been doing this.
saw a bit of the postgame
interview with favre and it seemed like he lost the game because he was
so low key. turned out that he threw 6td passes and they absolutely killed
was watching the fresno
state/ucla game yesterday and one of the announcers started talking about
fresno state not being used to the smog in la and how that would be a factor
in the fourth quarter. it's a good thing i don't get my smog information
from sports announcers. according to my alamanac fresno has worse air quality
than la. they had about 50% more days that didn't meet acceptable air-quality
standards (set by the epa, office of air quality planning and standards).
incidentally, bakersfield is about 33% worse than fresno and sacramento
is about 10% better than la. all this data is from 2005 which is the last
available year in my 2008 almanac.
dale sveum, manager of
the milwaukee brewers, said about c.c. sabathia's shutout performance today:
"probably saw, you know, one of the greatest performances that's ever come
around. on three days rest, in our era, nobody's ever done that before."
impressive performance? yes. complete game shutout (gave up one run, but
it wasn't earned) on three days rest is impressive. however, "nobody's
ever done that before" is not only incorrect, it's a fact that you don't
need a long memory to be aware of. just yesterday johan santana kept the
mets in the playoff hunt by pitching a complete game 3 hit shutout on three
days rest with 9 strikeouts. sabathia had 7 strikeouts and gave up 4 hits.
very comparable games, santana probably had a slightly better game with
at least as much on the line.
everything's more complicated
than it should be. this damn tv fix has taken about 4 hours of my time
so far and they haven't fixed it.
put the camry up on craigslist
to see if i can get some cash for it. also hoping someone will want to
do a swap for a truck. figure that i don't need the car that much anyway
other than going to la, and i can just fly there if need be. also figuring
that this is as good a time as any to shop for a truck, which i'll need
eventually and could use already.
i think that florida losing
today is a bigger upset than usc losing on thursday. florida lost at home
and lost to a worse team (in my estimation). then again i've had respect
for oregon state for a few years because i've seen what they've done to
usc (twice) and cal and other good teams. definitely hoping for meltdowns
from all the top 10 or 15 teams. wisconsin and florida losing today helps.
not too worried about the big 12 teams. certain that one of the sec teams
will make it to the championship. i think usc gets overrated because of
their dominance and prestige, but i think that the sec is way overrated.
pundits constantly talk about how tough the conference is and how it hurts
those teams because they have to play a conference championship game. the
only thing that it does is virtually guarantee that one of those sec teams
is going to be in the championship game. that is, unless some bizarre,
crappy team (tennessee) comes in and wins the championship. in all likelihood,
though, it will be a matchup between two of the following: auburn, lsu,
florida, alabama, or georgia. and whoever wins that game will have probably
one loss (unless they have a great/lucky season), but will have such a
good strength of schedule that they'll be first in line of the one-loss
teams. this is what makes it so tough for usc to make it. the sec, because
everyone thinks they're the best conference, is virtually guaranteed one
team. then you have a few other teams like penn state or oklahoma or texas
or even byu that have a good chance of being undefeated. at that point
you have to justify picking a one loss team from the shitty pac-10 for
the championship game. as it looks right now, usc will play only one ranked
team this year. notre dame might be ranked by the time they meet. cal,
oregon and asu have the potential to be ranked, but they have to pull their
shit together. ucla started well, but probably won't be ranked again this
year. so, the conference's weakness is bad news for usc.
paul newman died yesterday.
he was one of the best and one of my favorites. cool hand luke is a top
five or top ten film (depending upon my mood) and his performance in it
was his best. my dad would say that his performance in hustler was even
better, but my dad's often wrong about such things. newman was a great
man and a great actor.
this has been my desktop
background at work and home for the past several months:
bad day. usc lost so now
their best hope is for complete chaos and to run the table from here on
out. realistically, though, we're looking at a rose bowl berth and a matchup
against wisconsin or penn state (more likely) as a best case scenario.
would much rather see them play an sec team for the championship. fuck
the sec. of course they could lose a couple more times and get stuck in
the armed forces bowl.
lending situation with
the house is back to square one. things are tighter than a snare drum these
days and we have little income and are looking only at fixers. apparently
no one wants to lend you money for a house that has mold or lack appliances
or rickety stairs or the like. all the things that we have no problem with.
a few hundred bucks solves most of those kinds of problems yet they consider
them deal breakers. looks like the pendulum has swung in the other direction.
here's to reactionary bullshit.
speaking of which, here's
to spending $700 billion after planning for less than a week and passing
legislation patriot act style. worked out fine the last time so lets go
ahead and do it again. this country is in the dumps.
heard that that bald mad
money guy (jim cramer) was telling people to sell 20% of their stocks and
money market accounts. beautiful. i need to work on lowering my expectations
haven't seen a lot of movies
this year, but i think i've done a good job with the movies i have seen
- lots of academy award winning best pictures (only four that i haven't
seen now), lots of older films (mainly noir), lots of movies in the theater.
tv situation will hopefully
be straightened out this weekend.
house situation got more
complicated the other day when our lame ass lender jumped ship because
we were looking at a major fixer. duh, that's what i told you on day one,
figured out that the bug
not starting was an ignition switch issue. battery was low so i did a quick
charge which brought it to about 13.4 volts. tried cranking and nothing
happened. checked kill switch and circumvented it just in case the switch
was bad, though i was pretty certain that wasn't the case. checked engine
compartment and all looked fine. checked ignition switch and looked okay
until i started wiggling the wires a bit. one came off. put key in hole,
held wire to other wire and it started cranking and started up fine. so,
in the end, i had to hotwire it to get it running, but it works fine. now
i just need to replace the switch or solder the connector back in place.
all the financial problems
are pretty obnoxious because much of them can be solved fairly simply.
two things: transparency and regulation. right now there is neither when
it comes to the securitization of mortgages and the selling of insurance
(though they don't call it insurance) for those securities. of course the
media has made things worse by pumping up the sensational nature of the
problem so now you have people (and corporations, like gm, for example)
cashing out their money market accounts and stocks and everything else.
that's basically the same as a bank run which is what happened in the 30s
(and also in "it's a wonderful life" and we all know how bad that almost
for a long time i've felt
that the over-analyzing of this crap is another key component to the up
and down nature of the stock market. the same thing happened with oil when
everyone was reporting on the price of oil several times a day - more people
got into trading oil and the price went up. all these financial assholes
in new york who microanalyze the price of stocks minute by minute are part
of the problem. there should be a cooling off period right now since things
are so uncertain. they did a bit of that by banning short selling on financial
stocks, but that's not enough. short-term trading needs to be reigned in
as well. why should you be able to buy a stock on day one and sell it on
day four? what's the purpose of the stock market? it shouldn't be to get
rich through buying and selling stock within a week. you should be stuck
with your stock a little longer than that.
one dead pixel on my monitor.
not thrilled by samsung products as i've had screens by them in the past
(one was a tv) and both of them showed problems earlier than i felt was
raiders are good at snatching
defeat from the jaws of victory. lost yesterday when they were up most
of the game. they suck. when al davis dies raiders fans should breathe
a sigh of relief.
average year of release
for films i've seen this year: 1979.93. first time it's been under 1980
this late in the calendar year since 2000. for reference, last year the
average was 1985.9 and 1993.13 in 2006.
bug won't start. not a
battery issue, looking into it.
niners looked pretty good
today. knew that the defense was solid, but, now that martz is in charge,
the offense looks good as well.
house we're looking at
has a few more problems than originally thought. i think it comes down
to two things with these fixers: getting it at the right price and being
willing to live in a construction zone for a while.
the new honda pilot has
a v6 engine that can run on 3 or 4 cylinders to save fuel. i've wanted
a car like that for a while, but i could never figure out how feasible
such a plan was. does it have two crankshafts or does it simply inject
air/fuel into only 3 cylinders? engineering has come so far in the last
on september 19th the webpage
will turn 10 years old. had planned on looking over updates and compiling
a greatest hits, but i don't have anywhere near the time to read through
hundreds of pages of updates to do that so that's not going to happen.
found a good house yesterday,
thinking about making an offer. stocks took a dive yesterday which means
that my down payment also took a dive.
just got back from a whirlwind
trip to la to see usc vs. osu. wasn't a very good game unless you're a
usc fan. osu was in it for the first quarter and should have capitalized
on some opportunities, but they had some problems with execution and usc's
defense stepped up so the final was 35-3. can't remember seeing a 1 vs.
5 that was so lopsided. i'm sure it's happened, i just didn't see it/can't
got 31mpg during the trip
and drove less than 800 miles; both are pretty good.
if i were to get a bumper
sticker these would be two possibilities: "my personal philosophy is summarized
on this bumper sticker" and "i disagree with the policies of the bush administration"
looks like the display
issue with the ps3 is a problem with the hdmi port on the tv. the repair
will be free, though, because i bought the extended warranty. not sure
how much the repair would have cost, so i can't say whether the warranty
will have been worth it; we'll see. it would actually be sorta nice if
they couldn't fix it and just gave me a credit towards a new, better tv.
condiments are good. everyone
has their favorite and every condiment has something it's best at. a1 for
steak, ketchup for fries, mayo and mustard for tuna and sandwiches respectively.
i think mayo can be added to just about anything to make the dish taste
better - sandwiches (including burgers), tuna, steak, even fries (pulp
fiction points this out). ketchup is also versatile and definitely my most
used condiment (this probably holds true for the country as well). i use
mustard selectively, though i appreciate the different flavors of mustard
that are available - strong mustards, regular mustard, dijon, brown, etc.
sometimes i'll mix it with ketchup for my fries, sometimes i just use it
on sandwiches and burgers. i don't find it to be very good on a lot of
different things, but it definitely has its uses. bbq sauce is good on
sandwiches, steak, chicken, fries and more, but i don't use it very often.
it's like ketchup's lesser cousin to me. i like them both, but i wouldn't
use both, so i usually favor ketchup over bbq sauce; sorry bbq sauce, i
still love you. mayo is the worst of the condiments i tend to use from
a health perspective. i like that it goes with so many things, but i've
shied away from it in recent years because i try to watch what i eat. i'll
still use it on artichoke and tuna and the occasional sandwich that i eat.
i'd probably be about 10-15 pounds lighter if i never used a condiment
in my life.
gave bone marrow today.
the bug's battery is dead.
it was street cleaning day which meant we had to push the bug into a neighbor's
driveway and then i pushed it back onto the street after noon. for some
reason it's not jumping so i'll have to figure that out. there's always
something going wrong and that's both fortunate and unfortunate. fortunate
because my job is fixing things, but unfortunate because it feels like
you're never done fixing things. with the bug i felt like the only thing
that really needed work was the brakes (and the exterior, but that's aesthetic)
and now this comes up. setbacks are unfortunate.
wrist has been hurting
lately, been trying to stay away from the computer as much as possible.
also been busy lately.
looked at a deck rebuild
project today, pretty straightforward and i've worked for the guy before,
so it seems like a good project. he also has a bunch of little handyman
things for me so that's good.
the house search could
really pick up in the next week or two.
got a ps3 the other day.
set it up and it's beautiful. had some issues with the hdmi cable so i
bought a different one. seems to be working now. hopefully it holds and
i won't have the video issues any more.
college football today
was somewhat tame. next week is usc vs. osu. been looking forward to that
one for almost a year.
cal killed wsu. cal could
very well be better this year than last (not that that is too hard). pac-10
is weaker and cal's non-conference schedule is easier (no tennessee). sure
they lost hawkins, jackson, and forsett, but their qb position is solidified,
the tree-sitters are gone, and best will fill in well for forsett.
usc game was good, looked
better than i expected.
ucla game today was great.
first half was pathetic - 4 ints, down by 7 to the #18 team in the country.
came back later and then gave up a tying field goal with 5 seconds left.
wasn't really happy with the decision to squib kick it with 37 seconds
left in the game. never liked the choice to give the team the ball at the
40 yard line when all they need is a field goal. i was right on that one
since tennessee ended up tying it, but it ended up not mattering because
of the missed field goal in OT.
good enough first week
of college football overall. looking forward to osu/usc game on 9/13.
wrist hurting lately, should
stay away from computer for a while.
today was the first
time that i can remember that i got paid to do nothing. to my recollection
i've never had a paid holiday until this labor day. thanks to a new policy
of the alumni association part time employees are now eligible for paid
holidays. when working at tower we would get paid extra for working on
holidays, but we wouldn't get paid for not working. strange concept, but
i'm happy with it.