Mar. 29th, 2008 02:09 am
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
Go here right now and watch the last four minutes of the fourth quarter of the Suns vs Nuggets game. No, really, NOW. The Suns were down 19 at the half. And now they're up 9. And doing amazing fucking shit, I don't even know, it's so awesome.

... you're too late now, but watch for the highlights over on youtube, it was unbelievably awesome.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
... but I just have to make this point.

These are the Eastern Conference standings right now. (The number is games below the leader in the conference.)

1. Boston --
2. Detroit 6.0
3. Orlando 11.0
4. Cleveland17.0
5. Washington19.0
6. Toronto 20.0
7. Philadelphia 20.5
8. Atlanta 25.0
9. New Jersey 26.5

These are the Western Conference standings right now. The top eight guys go to the play-offs.

1. NewOrleans --
2. San Antonio --
3. LA Lakers 0.5
5. Houston 0.5
6. Phoenix 1.5
4. Utah 2.5
7. Dallas 4.5
8. Golden State 5.0
9. Denver 5.5

You guys, the Western Conference is already doing the playoffs. When Phoenix plays Dallas, it is a huge deal; if Dallas wins, it makes a big difference. When Golden State plays Denver, as they do this weekend, it's a huge deal; if Denver wins, they're eighth seed, and if the Warriors win, there put some space between them. There are ten to twelve games left to play in the season, and fuck it, you guys, the playoffs are not going to be half as intense. Because, see, the Eastern and Western conferences don't meet until the finals -- so we're going to have Boston 0) vs Atlanta down 25), and I sense a four-game series there. And over here -- who knows? Who plays whom? We have no idea, because the West plays the West a lot in the next ten games. What happens if Dallas beats New Orleans? If Golden State beats New Orleans? If Utah beats New Orleans? If the Lakers beat New Orleans? Because all of those games are happening in the next two weeks. It is nervewracking liek whoah.

I know y'all are not fannish about sports, but seriously, this is amazing and these are awesome games and I hate it. (My team is the GS Warriors, currently eighth. I also dig the Phoenix Suns, currently sixth. I want to see both of 'em make the playoffs! So I hate it! Except for how it's awesome!)

So I am up late a lot, because my teams play on the 7:30 pm PST schedule fairly frequently. Also, if you IM me most days, you may get a bit of "OMG the Lakers are down at Memphis even though Kobe's already scored 50 points!" and "so there was the worst call EVER in the Warriors-Lakers game last night" and whatever. Just ... think of it as another fandom, and be kind.

Or hey, who knows, I might sucker you in too! I've got some pimping episodes all set up, classic games and some top-ten moments. I've even got a great songvid about Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki for you! They loved each other but then Nash had to leave! No for reals you guys I have that songvid. It's to a Kelly Clarkson song.

Bay Area

Apr. 29th, 2007 10:18 am
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
So I was giving a bunch of Bay Area sports blogs a quick once-over this morning, and checking out various links. (Links, for example, where fans discuss Baron Davis' sartorial choices. I guess because it's sorta trying to keep within the NBA dress code while still expressing individuality.)

And I ended up at youtube, checking out a vid that's sorta Oakland-against-the-world, paralleling the criticisms of J-Rich and the Warriors and New Bay hip-hop. I basically just embed this video for [ profile] fiatlouis. *g*

As one is wont to do, I clicked on some of the related links, most of which were crap. But one of them was set to Zion I's "The Bay." And one of the related links to that was ... holy shit, I said, is that really a music video for "The Bay?" Or is it somebody's mix? And no, no, that's Zion I's "The Bay." I didn't even know it had a music video, so I have to share it with everybody in the known world.

... and while I was typing this, I checked sfgate, and holy shit. That is an oil tanker that blew up and MELTED the upper deck of a freeway overpass. WTF.

Awesome, but random: Wikipedia has a page called WP: BALEET that redirects to the wikipedia deletion policy page. Ha!

ETA: Speaking of embedding, apparently we expect "LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL...AND EMBEDDED THUNDERSTORMS" here tomorrow. Per the National Weather Service. Embedded thunderstorms? Embedded in what?


Apr. 28th, 2007 11:38 am
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
So I know none of you care, but: last nights' Warriors-Mavs game? Was a thing of beauty.

Andris Biedrins made a shot look so easy that you couldn't believe anyone could stop him. Richardson hit threes like nobody's business. Baron Davis made this incredible switch-handed layup that pulled a foul and turned into a three point play. J-Rich got caught with his back to the hoop and made this awesome around-the-back shot.

(If you want to see any of those omg fabulous shots, here're the game highlights. It's all of two minutes, and you can go "oh my god REALLY?" with me.)

The fan energy was incredible -- jumping! Standing ovations! Cheering! Signs! The We believe guy!

Here is the thing about Warriors fans: Thirteen years since the last playoff. High hopes time and time again, and hopes crushed. Warriors fans are Warriors fans regardless of the team's performance; they critique and moan, they root for the Suns in the playoffs 'cause the Warriors aren't in it (or at least I used to!), but they are some of the most dedicated fans in the league. They stuck it out through bad draft choices -- Todd Fuller, fergodsakes, drafted ahead of Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant that year, and Vonteego Cummings, the name no-one knows, and Steve Logan who never actually played in an NBA game. And they're still fans. As Nelson said: "If we give the crowds something to cheer for and we play well, they'll be with us. And if we don't play well, I know they'll still be with us. But we've got to give them a reason to be there."

I mention this, because I was scoping the Mavs blog last night -- it's updated faster than most of the Warriors blogs -- and half the comments said "I can't believe Avery Johnson's lost another game! He's the worst coach ever!" and "I'll never be a fan again!" and, dude. Two losses? Admittedly, first-seed team losing to eighth-seed, but: dude. Two losses. Two losses and you're bailing, talking about firing coaches and half the players, encouraging Mark Cuban to sell the team, saying you'll never ever watch a game again? Christ, what is that?

Warriors fans, like I said, critique a lot -- there's a lot of sofa-GMing -- but abandon a team after two losses? We didn't abandon a team after Latrell Sprewell strangled the coach and had to be traded away (to the Knicks, who actually liked him even after that. ugh.). We didn't abandon the team after Todd Fuller, the high hopes of the league, our way to get back in, managed to score an average of, like, five points a game. Warriors fans still call for Adonal Foyle -- a defensive player who scores maybe four points a game -- to come on at the end, because he's been our man for ten years, even though he's known more for his politics than his playing these days. We think he should get to play a minute or two in a playoff game; it's only fair.

So, yeah. I get the Mavs' fans disgust. But it's hard to take the "omg we can't be fans of a losing team I'm never watching them again!" Not when the team they're playing is playing their first playoff game at home in thirteen years, to the biggest crowd of fans to ever pack into a basketball arena in California.
eruthros: Yoda in Dagobah swamp, caption "slimy? mudhole? my fandom this is!" (SW - slimy mudhole fandom)
OMG y'all: the Warriors are up FOURTEEN with one minute to play. The eighth seed Warriors. Against the first seed Mavs. And the Mavs have home court advantage.

*becomes a nail-biting stressball*

PS: chooses icon appropriate for Warriors fan. The twelve-year-drought-ended Warriors.



The Warriors won an away game against the team with the best record in the NBA? By twelve points? WHAT?

PEOPLE. What has happened here? Can this be real?
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (B5 - Delenn OMG)
I think I'm going to cry. MAN. Thirteen years, y'all.

That marks the end of what was the longest current playoff drought in the league. And it means J-Rich and Foyle finally, finally get to play in the playoffs.

And, you know, the sports commentators are muttering about it: they can't beat the Mavs, they say. I dunno; their season record is only 42-40, but they've beaten the Mavs every single time they've met this season -- in fact, all of the last five times they've met up, counting last year and last year's crappy Warriors team. Now, an eighth seed has only beaten the first seed once in NBA history, and the Warriors are tired and the Mavs aren't -- but still, I think the Warriors are gonna push the Mavs hard. Who knows? Stranger things have happened.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (BtVS Tara avatar avatar)
Dear Phoenix Suns: I know, I know, everybody says rest your hot players. But I know you're not that team. You want to play well and match your franchise-best for wins in a season. Right? RIGHT? So please put Nash and Marion in for a good long time and whump the Clippers but good.

Dear Golden State Warriors: Keeping the your coach's old team, the top team in the league, to no regular-season wins against you? That would be kinda awesome. Please make it so. After all, you're in the playoffs as of now and it would be great to manage to stay there even if the Clippers don't go down to the Suns. (Which they're so, so gonna, but please forget that.)

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eruthros: llamas! (llamas)
1. Over the course of the day, the national weather service report went from "9-11 inches snow accumulation in the next 24 hours" to "little or no snow accumulation expected" to "8-14 inches of snow accumulation possible." Weird.

2. Writing a recipe in my language class. It has to be "a complicated one" -- I'm not allowed to do a three-ingredient recipe like my pumpkin soup. This is surprisingly difficult, because cooking involves all sorts of specialized vocabulary, most of which I don't have. (I can say "remove from heat" but I don't have an "until" construction, so I don't know how to say "simmer over low heat until thick." Also, I have to continually look up words like simmer.)

3. The Warriors beat the Timberwolves and the fucking Sacramento Kings took the LA Clippers. Which means that the Warriors are currently in the eight playoff spot in the West... and will hold onto it if they beat the Mavs (or if the Clippers lose to the Phoenix Suns. Again.). Now, the Mavs are the top-ranked team in the entire NBA. BUT. The barely-eighth-seed Warriors have thumped them repeatedly. Oh my GOD, y'all. The Warriors haven't been the playoffs in twelve years. They hold the active record for longest playoff drought in the league. I had all but given up hope. Oh my GOD.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
So I'm scrolling down my spam folder in gmail when I find two great spam subject lines that taste great together:

Subject line: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
Subject line of next message: Become a Crime Scene Investigation!

I find this far funnier than it deserves. I feel I could write a CSI pre-credits tag around those two sentences, actually. It is the story of a business man, who goes to Vegas thinking he can get away with ... something ... and then the next thing we know, he's dead on the pavement. In fact, I think that pretty much covers half of CSI.

Almost as good is the pairing Take the Man Quiz! / Choose complementary tones. (Yes, complementary spelled like that.) The first, of course, is spam for viagra; the second is spam for downloaded ring tones. But in combination they mean something else entirely.


Sometimes people rock: check out this product on amazon. Yes, y'all: someone is selling gallons of milk on Hilarious? Weird? Baffling? All of the above?

Well, apparently nine hundred people agree with you, because they're writing reviews like this:

"This stuff is amazing! I ordered some the other day and selected express shipping so the total was like $35.00 for a gallon of milk, but it has changed my life. My once bald head is now covered in thick, Fabio-like hair, my impotence is cured, I no longer have vertigo, dementia, incontinence, ringing ears, depression, psychosis, post-nasal drip, explosive diarrhea, herpes, or the plague. Thank you Tuscan Milk!! I am totally getting this for my wife for Christmas."

"Delivered by the bronzed descendants of Roman Gods (dressed as postal workers) my Tuscan Milk arrived! Upon opening the container, the heavens opened and the angles sang! It was really quite a nuisance. My house is now littered with unemployed Romans and angels that won't shut up. They drank all my Tuscan milk. "

Or my personal favorite, the one that reviews Tuscan Whole Milk, 1 Gallon, 128 fl oz, in the style of an iPhone review: The 1 Gallon Jug of Tuscan Whole Milk's beauty alone would be enough to prompt certain members of the milk-drinking cult to dig for their credit cards. But its Milk OS X-based software makes it not so much a smartmilk as something out of "Minority Report". ... the rest )


Also: things I have to do by tomorrow morning at 8 am include:
1. Packing. Kind of important.
2. Dishes. Important, but not, you know, CRUCIAL. One sad little water glass still on the counter would be okay.
3. Laundry. Important, because I have to at least finish the stuff that's wet.
6. Shower, breakfast, clean out 'fridge, take out trash, etc.
7. Print out greyhound bus ticket.

In short: AHHHHH.

So, instead of dealing with that, I am ... reading the news on the internet. Whee! I have learned that the Golden State Warriors are up to ninth in the Western Conference -- because they defeated the number-one seeded Mavs, ending the Mav's seventeen-game winning streak. Awesome! There are many pictures of Nowitzki looking a little baffled. Nowitzki was all "we just were never ready to play" and "we didn't think they had it in them," which is bullshit, because the -- read it again -- ninth-ranked Warriors have whumped the Mavs in four straight match-ups now. And they kept Nowitzki to thirteen points. HA.
eruthros: Delenn from Babylon 5 with a startled expression and the text "omg!" (Default)
... I think the world has turned upside-down. The Golden State Warriors are number one in the Pacific Division right now. Have I slipped into an alternate universe? In what world can the Warriors be 7-3? Please send instructions for route back to reality. (NB: This does not mean I'm displeased. The Warriors are My Team, man!) (Note: this was written yesterday; they're now 7-4 and a half game being the Lakers. A half game only!)

Note to self: in future, please do not do the kind of knitting that requires the ability to count stitches to 21 while watching Doctor Who. It will not end well. (I had to recount a single row five times. *facepalm*)

If you're having trouble keeping track of all of the illegal letters, the misleading phone calls, the voter intimidation, and other dirty tricks in the last election, has compiled a nice list. They're a little fuzzy on the Ford family in Tennessee, but the rest of it seems to be a fairly accurate summary.

Is it wrong of me to wonder how they intended to curate this exhibition before the museum director took it down to protect "community values?" I've seen food-based shows before, and they do not age well. (Moldy peeps at one show, in a glass case that was clearly intended to keep them the right temperature. Eurgh.)

I am really, really peeved at lame-duck Mitt Romney right now. He wants to ask the courts to force an anti-gay-marriage amendment onto the ballot if the legislature doesn't vote on said amendment. "But wait!" you say "I thought he was against 'judicial activism' when the courts first said same-sex marriage was okay!" Ah, but you forget! Like AH-nold, Romney firmly believes in the supreme authority of whichever branch he thinks will agree with him. Pah. "The power isn't in the courts, it's in the legislatu... it's in the people... it's in the legis... it's in the courts... look, stop trying to make this make sense."


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