Archive for April 22nd, 2005

Incontrovertible Proof Of Geekiness

As of 10:52 PM, my PC has now been up continuously for 40 straight days, running Windows XP.

The downside is, I still haven’t installed my new dual-layer DVD burner because I don’t want to break the streak…

7 comments April 22nd, 2005 at 11:12pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Technology

Sports Musings

Okay, it’s almost time for the NFL Draft – somewhat less exciting than usual now that neither New York team has a first round pick – and once again we are treated to that all-important skill-position stat, the time in the 40-yard dash. It’s to wide receivers and defensive backs what radar gun readings are for pitchers, and probably about as reliable an indicator of success.

One of the interesting phenomena about the 40 time is that it seems like almost every year there’s a prospect with a surprisingly slow time, or someone who “plays” faster than his 40 time. This is usually explained away with a variation of “everything’s different when they put on the pads,” which I don’t entirely buy.

Anyway, here’s my thought: 40 yards is a very short distance, so short that a significant portion of it is used up just getting up to full speed. So is the 40 really a true measure of raw speed, or is it more of a hybrid measure of speed + acceleration? What if the guys who play faster really are faster, but take a little bit longer to reach their top gear? There’s a shuttle drill that measures acceleration a little more specifically – I wonder if anyone has ever correlated the results of the two drills, especially for those players with seemingly out-of-whack 40 times.

The other thing I reflect on is defense and speed in baseball. Taking the level of competition into account, I sometimes wonder if the slowest and clumsiest of major league defensive players (i.e., a Mo Vaughn or David Ortiz) would be agile, gazelle-like shortstops or centerfielders if they found themselves in one of our pickup softball games. Or if they’re just lummoxes at any level.

I also wonder just how slow the slowest players are “in real life.” Sure, they’re slow compared to Ichiro, but are they slow compared to me, too?

Any volunteers to time me in the 40?

2 comments April 22nd, 2005 at 09:10pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Sports

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

Once again, I am taking liberties with myself (whoa!) – this week’s quote is in fact an excerpt from the book I am currently reading: Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan (see Book Meme posting for more information). It’s really not a political book, but it has a quote from an imaginary political book that had some very aptly cynical observations (albeit perhaps a bit… militant for my tastes).

The personal, as everyone’s so fucking fond of saying, is political. So if some idiot politician, some power player, tries to execute policies that harm you or those you care about, take it personally. Get angry. The Machinery of Justice will not serve you here – it is slow and cold, and it is theirs, hardware and soft. Only the little people suffer at the hands of Justice; the creatures of power slide out from under with a wink and a grin…. [call for bloody personal vengeance deleted] And make no mistake about this: being taken seriously, being considered dangerous, marks the difference – the only difference in their eyes – between players and little people. Players they will make deals with. Little people they liquidate. And time and time again they cream your liquidation, your displacement and brutal execution with the ultimate insult that it’s just business, it’s politics, it’s the way of the world, it’s a tough life, and that it’s nothing personal. Well, fuck them. Make it personal.
Things I Should Have Learned by Now
Volume II

I wonder if the call waiting will say “Federal Bureau of Investigation”, or just “FBI”…

And here is a subversive, militant cat (as evidenced by Of Arms and Men on the left, and the Risk game above, suggesting dreams of World Conquest):

Dozer has apparently selected Pictionary, a bold move for someone without opposable thumbs. Posted by Hello

6 comments April 22nd, 2005 at 06:36pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Books,Favorites,Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

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