- prep road bike and gear for Thursday commute
start writing a real, meaningful blog post instead of the drivel I’ve been cranking out lately do work stuff for work
- update the Pallas Athena website denoting my shutdown of the business
- straighten up basement
start planning off-season training
Opponent: M Sam Likes the Vick
Score: 107.83 to 99.89
Season Record: 1-1
Oy. What a fucking week. This is where I shit the bed big-time. I went into Monday night nursing a two-point lead, with Adam Vinatieri kicking for my opponent. Pretty much my only hope of winning was Vinatieri slipping in the tunnel and tearing his ACL to shreds.
I got fucked from multiple angles this week — Stafford under-performed, Cordarrelle Patterson was under-utilized and didn’t go much, Vincent Jackson did the same thing, AP got himself benched, and Knowshon Moreno got knocked out for 4-8 weeks with a dislocated elbow, and Mark Ingraham broke his fucking hand.
My only bright point was Arian Foster.
My weakest link this season was WR. Now it’s WR and RB.
This morning I set up a waiver claim, dropping Jarrett Boykin (WR, GB) for Kniles Davis (RB, KC). It’s a stopgap until Jamaal Charles comes back and puts Davis back into a backup role, but at least it’s something. Unfortunately, I’m sure that I’ll lose the claim since I’m sitting in fifth place (of ten) in the league.
Trying to decide how to get through the next few weeks at RB.Read More »
1. That time when I accidentally superglued my butt to the top of my desk.
2. That time when I had to go so so bad that I took a dump out of the back of a deuce-and-a-half while stuck in a traffic jam in Seoul.1
3. The night that I was so drunk that I was basically yelling the theme song to “Mission Impossible” and diving behind stuff and into things…like trashcans.
4. My 20’s.
5. The 1980’s.2
1. I just realized how funny it is to refer to the truck as a “deuce and a half” — especially considering that after two weeks of MREs, the resulting log was the size of a baby’s arm.Read More »
2. I can’t believe that actually happened.
So as I commit myself further and further to having WordPress be a core component of my career in interactive, the more I feel the need to get my coding skills sharper than they’ve been in awhile.
As you may (or may not) have seen, I’ve been dicking around with the theme lately, and while I’ve switched from Blogist to this Shoestrap mess, neither of these are permanent. I’m currently wireframing a new series of layouts for this thing that will allow me to have something more to my liking that also supports responsive design. Since this is largely done with Bootstrap, it should be relatively easy to get the visual layer going.
The big hitter is going to be figuring out how to best attack the functionality I want to add.
Stay tuned.Read More »
Opponent: Superbowl or bust
Score: 135.22 to 104.36
Season Record: 1-0
The real work of the season for me began on Tuesday prior to the start of the first weekend of football, having to replace my kicker. The Saints, for whatever reason, dropped Shayne Graham, whom I promptly replaced with the kicker from Pittsburgh — Shaun Suisham. He was the highest-ranked kicker available (based on 2013 stats), and I suspect he’ll be getting a lot of attempts this season.
The matchup was pretty solid going in — I was the favorite by 57% to 43%. The only position I considered switching out beyond the highest-ranked at each position was slotting Knowshon Moreno (last pick in the draft) into my W/R/T spot. Given his estimated performance compared to my starter, Marques Colston, I opted to stick with Colston — the numbers were a wash, right? That choice was a mistake. While Colston did outperform his estimate, Moreno did twice the points, and he even outperformed my two starters at RB, Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster.
By mid-way through the second set of games on Sunday, I was up by about 30 points. By the end of the Sunday games, my lead had fallen to 6 points. Going into Monday night, I had my QB, Matt Stafford (DET), facing up against Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), and the Arizona defense. I had 25 points projected and so did he. It could go either way.
Well, Stafford racked up 40 points against the Giants, Fitzgerald only eked out 2 points (projected 10), and Arizona’s defense only put up 13 points (15 projected). Thus, the win for my Fighting Amish.
Off to a good start.
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Fantasy football is great, you can just imagine whatever you want. Dracula just tackled Harry Potter.
— patrick (@tastefactory) September 3, 2014
A few months, my wife mentioned jettisoning our Dish TV service in favor of local HD broadcast. For half a moment, I opened my mouth to protest, as we’d already cut back from the awesome plan we had before I was unemployed. But then I just shrugged. The field in which I grow my fucks remains nothing but untilled soil.
TV Habits Now
The only time in which I seem to make a regular habit of being in front of the TV for anything is when the NFL is in-season. Otherwise, it’s usually on as background noise for me. I just can’t bring myself to care otherwise, and if there’s a Vikings game on ESPN this season, I’ll go the local bar and knock back some food/beer while I watch it there.
TV Habits Previously
I used to watch the fuck out of TV. Probably two to three hours a night during my post college career, and I don’t even want to think about how bad it was during college, when we had free cable. Jesus. The amount of my life I’ve given over to the boob tube actually makes me a little sad for all the lost opportunities.
Priorities. Right now, my priorities are my family and accomplishing the goals I have for my life, and TV is flatly not compatible with those. If I want to be a good father and husband and accomplish the goals I have for my life, then something extraneous needed to give. TV, with it’s 1-2 hours per night, was what I chose to let go of. (There’s other things I’m doing in this regard, but that’s not germane to the subject of television as a whole.)
Also, there’s been an attitude change. With regards to a creative life, I believe that you’re either a creator or a consumer. I’m choosing to be a creator. Yes, I will still consume — mostly books, but even TV sometimes, but the latter of those won’t be in anywhere near the volume that it used to be.
What Can TV Do to Win Me Back?
At this point, it would take a monumental change for me to return to watching TV on anything like a regular basis. Put simply, TV has to integrate itself into my consumption strategy, rather than expecting me to conform my strategy to it’s existence. Allow me to easily integrate TV shows into my life based upon my schedule rather than expecting me to sit in my living room and hold still while they spooge their content into my optic nerves.
What would this look like? Create a new unlicensed file format that has self-verifying checksums — if it’s edited, it goes poof. Create the shows, with a single, one-minute commercial right in the middle. If the commercial is removed, poof!, no more file. Sell that commercial to pay for the development of the episode. Upload the new episode online, allow it to be downloaded for free. Let me watch it anywhere — my phone, my tablet, my eyeball implant, or whatever. The point being, stop trying to control distribution and focus on creating a platform that allows me to engage with it on my terms.
Have a unified plan. Honestly. I shouldn’t need seven different apps to watch TV — fragmentation is a fucking nightmare. Having Netflix, Hulu Plus, DirectTV, HBO GO, and all the other shit only serves to confuse the marketplace and make things difficult to watch. Having a unified plan across all systems also allows for unified metrics. Having a unified plan also reduces cost to the consumer, which means they’re more likely to engage with your project. Opening the file format will allow for smaller production companies to produce shows without having to resort to creating an alternative to your system.
Lastly, create smart content. You know the last show I went out of my way to watch? The re-boot of Battlestar Galactica. Not because I felt pressure to watch it from other nerds, but because it was intelligent, well-written, and it wasn’t like anything else on TV. I felt this way about The Big Bang Theory during the first season, and after it got dumbed down, I still watch it, but not with the same level of interest.
So, to recap, here’s the three things:
- Adapt to my (and the Millenials’) media intake strategies, rather than trying to dictate format and schedule.
- Avoid fragmentation of the online platform.
- Create worthwhile content.
Advice from Eddy, age 2½: