8 Nov, 2017

Birthday Post

By | 2017-11-08T09:35:28+00:00 November 8th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

It was my birthday on Monday and I hid the notification from Facebook to avoid all the cucks wishing me happy birthday. Properly used, Sam? I don’t need recognition or well wishes for aging. I’m sure there are people out there who look forward or relish the praising from strangers for getting older, but not me. Recognize me for actual accomplishments by telling me you enjoy reading the blog or how I cost you hundreds of dollars betting on the Giants. That has meaning to me. Happy Birthday?!? That’s a clown remark.

That’s not to say that I won’t wish people happy birthday who I know still derive happiness from such an event. I honestly don’t give a shit if you did or didn’t wish me a happy birthday. I probably don’t know when your birthday is either so don’t feel bad. As you age you turn more into a scrooge because you’ve done it before. As you start to get tired of doing it, you put down others who aren’t tired yet. Pretty common I’d guess.

8 Nov, 2017

Will I Watch Stranger Things 3?

By | 2017-11-08T08:45:05+00:00 November 8th, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

No. I have at least a year to forget I wrote this post so don’t quote this when I watch it. I was even going to create some art until I saw this one and said, “not happening.”

It’s a typical sequel.The final 2 episodes rated the highest of any previous episodes of either season at 9.6 & 9.5. Episode 7 was the lowest by far at 6.3, and if you watched it, it was a snooze fest. I’m not entirely sure why the last episode is rated so high because it was for lack of a better word, dumb. They brought it all together in a feel good at the end and gave a cliffhanger to watch it next year. Walking past Dart was the coup de grace to integrity.

I understand I’m not the demo-graphic (good joke if you watched) that ST2 probably appeals to. If I was in middle or high school, I bet every single kid has watched it and talks about it. This is truly a guess. It’s not bad by any means, and I thoroughly enjoy the soundtrack, but it’s a kid’s show with copies every movie made before it. I thought I was watching Jurassic Park in episode 8. I thought I was watching the first season throughout most of the second season. I’m turned off that this is turning into a cult following after reading that the creators wanted it to die as a stand alone season, but were compelled to keep creating it for the money. However, it’s worth watching and Millie Bobby Brown will be forever ingrained in our society for the next 50 years.

On to more important news. Some 27 year old model was ganged up on by feminists when she told Will from Stranger Things to call her in 4 years when he’s 18. What. The. Fuck. People are out of control. If a 27 year old model even accidentally texted me I’d bust a load. How do these non-stories even turn into stories? She had to rebuke her comment and make a public apology to save her career. The point being that people would start freaking out if a male 27 year old did this to a 14 year old girl and there would be hell to pay and he’d wind up in jail. Yes! That’s exactly right. You got it. People want equality in a world where equality doesn’t have to exist in every single situation. Older girls can come onto younger guys and this one even sounds tongue in cheek. If this 14 year old movie star felt threatened by her actions and called the police, then by all means take this to the next level, but don’t blow it out of proportion for no reason other than to make a story. It’s sad. *If I ever become popular enough for people to read through my 7 years of entries, just put me away now.

Another story that puts my mind in a knot is people who feel the urge to tweet about there being 280 characters now. WHO FUCKING CARES! Use 280. Use 500. I’ll unfollow you if I don’t like you no matter how many characters you use. You have to have a tiny brain for feeling the need to be outraged that there are 280 characters. Does it truly effect you that much? Your timeline is too muddled? You enjoy brevity? I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve had to turn a proper sentence into using b4 or imo to squeeze in shit when a link doesn’t fit. It’s such a minute detail that how could it even be considered a thing? Society is on a mad binge of pointlessness. Which I’m sure this blog adds to.

6 Nov, 2017

Wipe Out

By | 2017-11-06T10:37:42+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Fantasy|0 Comments

I put the Excel sheet in fire which is misleading because that usually means you’re hot. This is more being shown as going up in flames.

After rattling off 9 straight losses and 39.6 units, I have ended the run of 9 weeks and $200 dollars. I’m not entirely sure how it says I lost 27, so there may be a mistake there somewhere. I had a few Blackjack hits in that account that also may not be taken into consideration which is another explanation for the imbalance.

Not too much to say really other than my major public fade on the Giants was completely wrong. Rather than trying to figure out that game, I took a macro perspective of the public always loses and that was wrong in this instance. Egg on me. I was also completely off on the 49ers at home as Drew Stanton was asked to do little with A Pete running the ball 37 times. Egg on me. In desperation, the Raider game was to keep me afloat and the 2 point conversion at the end of the game sank the ship. I’ll probably take a little break and then reload on Sunday. I’ll tally up the total later but college football killed me this year.

I had minor success in DK as I cashed in 4 out of 4 money lineups. I placed in the $100 Spy, $50 Red Zone, and Sunday Mill. I also narrowly edged out a 3 person $50 league to win about 200 on the day and get me back what I lost last week. The account is still at a K, so more lineups will ensue as the season winds down. I made 2 really bad calls with Russell Sheppard and Chris Thompson which prevented a bigger week. You can’t have a guy go for 1.1 and except to have success and I went too far out on a limb. I’m still learning where that limb is too far. Nailing the defense is also key and I’ve been pretty bad.

From a fantasy perspective, and I’m sure people care about this the least, ss long as Theo Riddick goes for under 15, I’ll have a 2-2 week and put 2 teams at 5-4, 1 at 4-5, and 1 at 3-6. Fine striking points for the playoffs.

2 Nov, 2017

A Sixers Impression

By | 2017-11-02T15:23:11+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Sports|3 Comments

Last night was the first chance I had to watch the Sixers live for this season. Steve invited me and he has tickets 9 rows up, parallel to the baseline on one of the sides. The feature picture is a good indication as the court was directly to the right. I felt like I was near enough at one end to get a feel for the rhythm and speed of the game.

I would never admit to being a process truster. The time spent to make something happen could have been done differently and management didn’t handle many situations properly. There’s no point dissecting the past in this post so we’ll use tonight’s game as the starting point.

Let’s start by saying the Hawks stink. The line was Sixers -8 which I’d have to guess is the largest spread the Sixers have had in years. The Hawks have Schroder who is a nice, Rondo like player with a little better jump shot. The rest of the team was young, inexperienced, and probably why they are 1-7.

What I saw from the Sixers tonight was promise. If they played the way they played tonight against playoff competition, they wouldn’t stand a chance. Here are my observations in no random order, mostly player profile based:

  • Be careful googling “simmons Gif”

    Simmons is too hesitant to shoot when he’s got a good shot. He gets to the rim great and will light up stat sheets. When he starts to understand that it’s his team, they’ll improve quickly. His foul shooting is a definite weakness.

  • Embiid makes a lot of mistakes. Flat out he’s inexperienced with basketball IQ. He dribbles too much for a guy who is 7-2. When he dribbles, it takes extra long to get back to him and he’s better off raising the ball above his head and finding the open man. Aside from correctable errors, he’s an absolute beast. If this guy starts to hang around the basket and using his superior athletic abilities, he’s a force.
  • Covington is a nice scorer. He hits treys and spreads the floor. There is a place on this team for a guy like that.
  • Guess how many Country artists these guys could name? Amir – 1, JJ – 0

    Redick is one dimensional and if he’s off like he was tonight, he’s useless. He’s a great shooter but remember he’ll be streaky and it’s hard to rely on streaks when it comes playoff time. I’m also aware he’s coming off an injury so that could effect his performance last night.

  • Dario didn’t impress me. He moves awkwardly. Not quick, not necessarily slow, but he sort of disappears in the game with these players.
  • Bayless is a good example of what the old Sixers had. He’ll score some points and make some plays, but he isn’t winning you ball games.
  • McConnell is scrappy. He plays hard but lacks the physical ability to get you over the hill. He does some odd penetrating into lane that leaves him in circumspect spots where sometimes he has a good pass and other times you’ll wonder what he thinks he’s doing. His shot needs to improve even more if he wants to continue contributing.
  • Amir Johnson was surprisingly efficient and seemed to find himself in the right spot for the limited minutes he played.
1 Nov, 2017

Sexual Har-Ass-Ment

By | 2017-11-01T16:37:03+00:00 November 1st, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Lock that chimp up!

Figured I’d chime in on everyone and their mother coming out against some celebrity fondling their dong or beaver. There’s a major difference between a current event and what happened 30 years ago. This isn’t saying that what happened 30 years ago is ok, it’s that if it bothered you so much then, that was the time to speak up. Not now when all your trying to do is get publicity and make money off it with the “pain and suffering”. This is what seems to be happening daily because a celebrity toeing sexual harassment boundaries happened a million times over the time span of “celebrity”.

Celebrity Examples

Top 5 Movie of All Time

Andy Dick had this to say:
I might have kissed somebody on the cheek to say goodbye and then licked them. That’s my thing—I licked Carrie Fisher at a roast. It’s me being funny. I’m not trying to sexually harass people.

Of course I’m going to proposition people. I’m single, depressed, lonely and trying to get a date. They can just say no, and they probably did and then I was done.

Am I the only one who thinks that this is normal behavior from Andy? It’s not right, but what are you seriously expecting from this guy? You want to lock him away so it never happens again? Is this worse than shooting someone or robbing them? Keep it in perspective.

Moving on to Kevin Spacey

*His
What movie?

Kevin Spacey loves to meet straight men at parties and events, and use his celebrity to lure them to after parties where he gets them drunk and high, and then suddenly tries to blow them. He’s another Bill Cosby. He’s well known in Hollywood for harassing male staff on productions. And he famously made a false police report a few years back after he was assaulted by one of the many men he’s tried to blow. He picks his victims perfectly, because what straight man would want to be famous worldwide for accusing Kevin Spacey of a sexual assault? And the staff he harasses on productions are too afraid of destroying their careers to say anything. Kevin Spacey is a disgusting scumbag.

Another Spacey Story

Hitler of Kevin Spacey?

“I went up to order a drink and Kevin came up to me and put his arm around me. He was telling me to come with him, to leave the bar. He put his hand on my crotch forcefully and grabbed my whole package.”

“This designates ownership.”

The story that brought the house down was when a man came forward after 30 years and said Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14. Spacey said that he was most likely drunk, it happened 30 years ago, and he’s gay. When someone comes forward after 30 years to say you sexually assaulted them when they were 14, you go to Twitter and divert the accusation by coming out of the closet. Well thought out.

The Internet Reacts

Adam Sandler With the Knee Grab

Is this that wrong? I don’t see it. The girl in this spot is WAY overreacting. He probably thinks she’s joking by the way he goes back to it. I honestly don’t even know what to think. It’s not like he’s getting sexual gratification and he’s a married man, so I’m not sure what type of moves he could ever be making in this scenario with people watching all around and this being a public video. This girl is someone who seems like they’d have no fun…ever.

Results

Rose McGown came out against Harvey Weinstein saying he raped her. He probably did based off of all the other people coming forward. How did that work out? Now she has a warrant our for her arrest on drug possession 8 months after it occurred. She says it’s a “load of horseshit” which I’m sure it is. 50 Cent said it best, “You shouldn’t throw stones if you live in a glass house, And if you got a glass jaw you should watch your mouth ,‘Cause I’ll break your face.”  This is how she dresses to award shows.

Harvey is a monster and I’d never side with his actions, but this comes to mind:

“The girl says “Oh uh-uh, wait a minute! Wait a minute! Just because I’m dressed this way does not make me a whore!” Which is true, Gentlemen, that is true. Just because they dress a certain way doesn’t mean they are a certain way. Don’t even forget it. But ladies, you must understand that is fucking confusing. It just is. Now that would be like me, Dave Chappelle, the comedian, walking down the street in a cop uniform. Somebody might run up on me saying, “Oh, thank God. Officer, help us! Come on. They’re over here. Help us!” “Oh-hoh! Just because I’m dressed this way does not make me a police officer!” See what I mean? All right, ladies, fine. You are not a whore. But you are wearing a whore’s uniform.”

Rape and sexual assault is wrong. Putting your hand on a woman’s knee during an interview can’t be a federal offense. If a girl put their hand on my knee, I’d be happy, not blowing my rape whistle. Coming forward after it happened is understandable if its pain that someone has placed on you and you’ve lived with years of anguish. What bothers me is the publicity. The people who are doing it for the wrong reasons are the problem because there are so many scenarios where you can say you’ve been sexually assaulted. I probably got drunk and wrote on Tinder to some girl that “I was looking for some action.” Is that wrong? Can written words be used against you? What if I said in person to some girl a revolting, advancing sentence? Now we’re toeing the line. And god forbid if I said that same sentence and touched her shoulder. What happens then?

Judgement and situational awareness have to be taken into considering when these types of accusations are being thrown around haphazardly. There are two sides to every story. If you’re at a party and get black out drunk, how much of the blame would you deserve for not being in control of yourself? To the people who read this and say that I’m taking this way too lightly, I get where you’re coming from. No one thinks this is a topic that shouldn’t be taken seriously. However, society is going down a bad path right now where lies and accusations rule the roost and I’m not sure how you can prevent that from happening. It’s probably been happening for decades, but with the internet and communication changing our world, be prepared for more of this to continue.

 

 

1 Nov, 2017

Tech Flubs

By | 2017-11-01T09:40:42+00:00 November 1st, 2017|My Brain|0 Comments

Twitter’s Search

I’ve written about this before so you’d think Twitter would fix it with enough influential people complaining. That was a joke for the people who take life too seriously. I like Twitter to stay up to date with the latest info from people I like info from. For instance, I like Evan Silva’s fantasy work so I’ll search him and see what podcasts or info he’s sharing. When I want to find his latest post, I’ll use the search function and type in E-V and his name will pop up and I’ll go to click it. Twitter than lowers his result and brings up other potential searches at the exact time I’m trying to click on Silva which results on me clicking on all news related to Evan Turner. It’s extremely frustrating because I KNOW this is going to happen yet for some reason I’m instinctively clicking on what I want as soon as I can. Please for the love of god, fix this.

Notifications

I’m a notification Nazi. I know we’re not supposed to use Nazi in today’s age, but find me a better N word that goes along with what I’m describing. Outlook is probably the best example, but I notice it with SnapChat too. My # of notifications has to be 0. When I see a text message and don’t click on it and it still says 1, I get annoyed. I’ll go back in and get it to 0. This is because my brain is wired so that I’m not missing what’s being sent to me. It’s a sense of responsibility that I respond to people who are trying to interact with me. Now you know that if I don’t response it’s either 1) I don’t know the answer 2) I don’t want to respond 3) I don’t know how to respond. This can obviously get annoying as you can feel that you’re at the beckon of your phone, but in today’s age, that’s the way it is. The reason I’m writing this one is because I have a notification from Team SnapChat that I don’t give two shits about. Since I won’t check it, it won’t go away. Now I’m annoyed. So go be a loser and look through my apps and find something incriminating.

IPhone 10 Face Recognition

Sorry in advance, Evan. I’ve been reading that the latest IPhone 10 will have face recognition to unlock your phone. This means that instead of typing in a password, you look at your phone to unlock it. Here is my reaction (if I were a girl) when reading this feature:

Aside from thinking that password protecting is complete waste of time, and probably more detrimental than positive (unless you’re hiding dick pics or two timing), having my face unlock my phone sounds 100% useless. Why do I need this? I can’t think of 1 scenario in the last decade where someone has had my phone and used it against me. First of all, people I don’t know never have access to my phone. I’m also one of the drunkest people out there and my phone doesn’t randomly get lost where some evil person is going to steal it and then use all my personal information against me. Now you can call me an idiot for not locking my phone, but in all seriousness, if it hasn’t happened 1 time in 10 years where I’ve wished I’ve had this feature, why would I need it now? I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m in the minority here. I also think insurance is a ripoff and taxes pay for politician’s yachts.

31 Oct, 2017

Bad JuJu

By | 2017-10-31T11:57:09+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Fantasy|4 Comments

When you’re on the roller coaster of life, you expect the ups and downs. This was a down week.

I’ll start with what wasn’t horrible and my continuing effort to make $200 last 16 weeks. I brought myself almost back to even in my sports betting. CFB is absolutely killing me week after week. Adam, now the 5 and 0 man betting baseball, should get some credit for keeping me alive with these World Series bets. I didn’t listen to him on game 1 if you were wondering. I want to add that I watched a Periscope with Warren Sharp and Evan Silva last night and they were where I got the Seahawks and Chargers picks. It was neat to hear his analysis and how good the Pats are at “mortar kicks” and how bad the Chargers were on 3rd down and their mystery use of Hunter Henry. Up to 76 bets though, so I’m hanging with the juice.

My season long fantasy week was saved by a Harrison Butker barrage last night to eek 1 game out by .1. I still went 1-3 though and am still shaking my head over Rock’s comeback. Note to fantasy players, it doesn’t matter if the projection %’s say 99% – 1%, you can still lose. How? When Yahoo! has a projection at 5, and the guy goes for 30, that % means jack shit. If you couldn’t guess, that player was JuJu Smith-Schuster. It also didn’t help when Nuk exploded in the 2nd half and Jimmy Graham scored 2 second half TD’s to basically turn my 99% to a loser in a matter of hours. 2 leagues I sit at 3-5, 1 at 4-4, and the other at 5-3. Looking to make the playoff push.

After my DFS success, I followed it up with no movement last week and -$230 this week. I upped my buy ins and reduced the tournaments in a go big or go home push. I went home. Total whiff on the Texans and I wasn’t on LeSean.

27 Oct, 2017

The Gambling Mentality

By | 2017-10-27T14:39:48+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Fantasy|1 Comment

I had someone text this to me yesterday:

If you watched the game last night, you’d know the home team mopped up. Today I feel like a genius. Why?

I had no inkling at all on this game and said I like the home team. I didn’t consider the injuries, the players, any trends, or what type of game was going to be played and I won. It wasn’t well thought out. Yet some reason I feel smart.

I’m fairly certain this is why people gamble and the best reason I can describe for why I do it. I don’t gamble to make money. The money is nice but whether I win or lose, I’m not in it to retire. I’m also not in it to lose money I work hard to earn. I gamble within my means and it’s more of a leisure activity instead of a money maker. That being said, I love being right. The satisfaction and reward for nailing a game is earning more money to bet again. I’m currently on week 8 with the same $200 I started the NFL season with and I’m approaching 70 bets with that money. Sure I’ve been all in 4 times and this run could have ended, but as is, LET’S FUCKING GO. That was a capitalized LFG for the Seahawks and Chargers this week. Sorry Rob.

25 Oct, 2017

Hoka Clifton 4’s – Are They Worth The Money?

By | 2017-10-25T22:13:47+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Running|2 Comments

I haven’t posted much about running lately because I’ve been injured. It started when I was going all out on the track and over did it to the point that I sprained my knee. It didn’t hurt at all during the workout, but a few days later I couldn’t run and the healing process was slow. Today is the first day that I can say that I ran without pain in my knee and it’s been about 6 weeks.

Altra Instinct 4.0

My running shoes have been the brand Altra for about 3 years. They were wide in front and I didn’t have a problem with blisters which was a recurring problem throughout my life. Altra solved all that. That is until I bought the Instinct 4 and ran the Tex Mex 5k this year. The shoes causes these huge blood blisters on my feet that put me out a week or two because they squeezed my feet together too much. It could have been that my time was so fast that there was so much heat on the shoes…you be the judge. I tried to go back to the Instinct 2.5 or the Torrin 2.0 which I had previously, but was only matched with a pair that wasn’t an exact match from the internet. I can’t explain how this happened but the other Torrin pair I tried was too tight in front and caused my toes to jam against the front and thus creating a blood blister under my toe nail.

All that behind me, I decided to go with a Sam recommendation and try the Hoka brand. In my life I’ve ran with Nike, Asics, Saucony, Brookes, and Mizuno and never found one that I thought was worth sticking to, so I’m open to any new shoe. The Clifton 4’s were $130 and seemed like they offered a lot of protection over a light, speed shoe. I’m not trying to win any races so that’s fine for me.

I took them to the treadmill today, with brand new Feetures socks, and completed 40 minutes of the Rolling Hills workout at 8.2 and 8.3 (7:15 minute miles). The shoes were burning up at various times, but never to the point where I was feeling it blister into soft skin. I’m especially pleased as shoes tend to loosen up a little bit as they get broken in. I’ll obviously have a better review after I put more miles on them, but all in all, I was happy with the result and would say that if you are looking for a new shoe to try, the money is the money.

If you’ve got this far and watched the Sixers game, what on Earth was Jerryd Bayless doing not getting a shot off on their last possession?

25 Oct, 2017

A Taxi Is Better Than Uber?!?!?

By | 2017-10-25T10:37:28+00:00 October 25th, 2017|My Brain|1 Comment

Last night I got a taxi from 13th and Chestnut to 3rd and Brown for $8.00. The taxi driver was expedient and a professional driver. The car was what it was. This was after paying $8.76 to go from Kenshin Asian Diner (3rd and Spring Garden) to Smith’s (19th & Market) in an UberX that smelled like cat urine. I know this will come as a shock to some people, but I’m almost starting to lean towards taxi’s and here’s why:

  • ’16 Stats

    I can’t say for certain, but it does feel like the taxi’s have lowered their prices. I have no data to back this up. The chart to the right, made in ’16, shows considerably higher fees for taxi’s.

  • Taxi drivers are legitimately better drivers. I’ve been in contact with more Uber drivers who are fresh off the boat who don’t even know what side of the road they should be on. Exaggeration obviously, but a random civilian vs a “driver” is noticeable to me.
  • Getting into a taxi is easier than calling an Uber, especially in Center City. Calling Uber’s in crowded areas can be a nightmare. Jumping into a taxi takes 2 seconds.
  • Watching the Uber driver get to me is absurd. There will be 10 cars on the map, I confirm the ride, and then the guy who accepts is 6 minutes away and traveling in the wrong direction. Standing like a shithead waiting for an Uber is up on my list of not fun things to do.
  • They have added the “tip” function into the Uber app which I’m not sure is good or bad. It was cheaper because you didn’t have to tip.

Another reason I wrote this post is because you don’t know that driver’s mental state with Uber. I had a ride to the airport last week with a guy who has given 3,500 rides and he told 1,500 have been to the airport. He was driving up 2nd and got to Market, right where the entrance to 95 South is, and he drove passed it, made a loop around whatever hotel that was, came down Front, and then got onto that entrance. If you’ve given 1,500 rides to the airport and don’t know where that entrance is, there is something wrong with you. He was a nice guy with a 4.9 rating but he must have been on crazy meds or was just plain nuts. He kept talking to me about the 1981 Eagles team that went to the Super Bowl like I knew what he was talking about.

This isn’t an Uber bashing post or a Pro-Taxi post. It’s to point out that there is a place and time for both services. For people who rave about Uber, I’m sometimes not sure we are using the same service. I tend to get along with Taxi drivers as well so maybe I’m a bit biased to how bad people perceive the Taxi to be. My Uber rating is 4.7 which is an internal self measuring device that carries no real world rate. What’s yours?

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