Wild Six or Seven Pack, Vol. 11

Record Home Away Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA GF/60 GA/60
Gm. 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Gm. 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Gm. 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Gm. 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Gm. 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Gm. 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
Gm. 41-47 4-3-0 4-2-0 0-1-0 1 347:25 20 16 3.45 2.76
Gm. 48-54 3-3-1 2-0-1 1-3-0 2 350:10 15 15 2.57 2.57
Gm. 55-61 3-4-0 3-2-0 0-2-0 0 332:23 11 13 1.99 2.35
Gm. 62-68 3-2-2 1-1-1 2-1-1 1 339:03 13 10 2.30 1.77
Gm. 69-75 3-4-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 -9 345:21 13 20 2.26 3.47
TOTAL 36-33-6 24-10-3 12-23-3 –12 3650:37 142 151 2.33 2.48

A couple blowout losses on the road (0-5 to Nashville and 2-6 to Detroit) make for some ugly differential numbers, which is kind of sad to see after the season long fight to get almost back to even.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
Games 41-47 39:29 3 1 4.56 1.52
Games 48-54 43:45 5 1 6.86 1.37
Games 55-61 42:54 9 0 12.59 0.00
Games 62-68 27:04 4 1 8.87 2.22
Games 69-75 30:41 4 1 7.82 1.95
TOTAL 448:04 53 10 7.10 1.34
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
Games 41-47 38:04 1 6 1.58 9.46
Games 48-54 31:07 0 2 0.00 3.86
Games 55-61 44:25 0 7 0.00 9.46
Games 62-68 53:53 0 5 0.00 5.57
Games 69-75 45:35 0 5 0.00 6.58
TOTAL 452:00 3 49 0.40 6.50

They are pretty much personifying “stumbling to the finish line” at this point.

Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting in a Room

A couple weeks ago we looked at a spoken word piece by William S. Burroughs. This is along those lines, but in a very different way – I stumbled across the following video interpretation of Alvin Lucier’s “I am sitting in a room”.

The way this piece works is the original is recorded, then played back and recorded again. That recording is played again and recorded again. As this process repeats, the resonant frequencies of the room emphasize certain tones in the speakers voice and the effect is, well… you can see it in the video. Watching the video decompose with the audio is kinda cool.

Thought the video was interesting, but I like this version, featuring the composer himself, better. (
Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In a Room – I cannot for the life of me get the embedded player to work, sorry.)

I was mesmerized listening to this.

CW Survivor Archives – Challenge 7 – Fortunately, Unfortunately

Given two prompts, write 20 alternating lines that begin with ‘fortunately’ or ‘unfortunately’.

I am standing in an Irish pub, wearing a kilt.
Unfortunately, no one else is, and i’m getting some looks.
Fortunately, I think I can use this as a conversation starter.
Unfortunately, you run away as soon as I approach.
Fortunately, you weren’t running from me.
Unfortunately, the knife-wielding assasins followed you into the kitchen.
Fortunately, you manage to fight them off.
Unfortunately, the fight is over before I can help you, but I was about to jump in, I swear.
Fortunately, I’m able to talk you into letting me join your ninja spy organization.
Unfortunately, I’ll have to fake my death and leave family and friends behind.
Fortunately, I get to learn new ninja moves to add to the ones I practice in my bedroom.
Unfortunately, you ignore all the subtle hints at my bedroom ninja skills.
Fortunately, you’re my partner so I move in for a partnership-sealing embrace.
Unfortunately, you already know ninja moves. Now my arm is broken.
Fortunately, we’re still able to break into the evildoer’s headquarters.
Unfortunately, there are only seconds left before their nefarious attack is launched on the unsuspecting populace.
Fortunately, I spot the all-important self-destruct button. There! To your left.
Unfortunately, your other left. Hmm, that’s a lot of people dead.
Fortunately, I can offer my shoulder for you to cry on. I’m sensitive like that.
Unfortunately, you want to go out there and try to help people. I’m beginning to think you’re not interested in me.

SPOOKY’s THOUGHTS: That moved quickly away from the pub, now, dinnit? The “other left” gag was funny. I love the casual mention of many deaths.
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BEN’s THOUGHTS: This seemed cool until I realized I couldn’t really follow it.

The other entries tended to get pretty raunchy, which I tried to avoid (for the most part).  The DVD covers approach was a hit among a few of the other players, and Spooky mentioned he thought it should win, so there’s that.  Unfortunately, Ben thought it was hard to follow and went with another entry.  So another week with no immunity.  I was getting targeted by the other alliance after this one, but our ‘secret’ alliance made their move and bounced the player who was probably the strongest in the game.  Strategy!

March Madness – Now I’m Serious

[FROZEN FOUR UPDATE] – The Frozen Four are: Miami, BC, RIT, Wisconsin.  Semifinals are Thursday.  Until then – this is how things stand.

Current standings:

Freealonzo – 11 (Denver)
Big Mak – 7 (Wisconsin)
Zooomx – 6 (St. Cloud St.)
Rhu_Ru – 3 (UND)
Mrs. Mak – 3 (Miami)

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[DAY 2 UPDATE] – First two Frozen Four teams are RIT and Wisconsin. Miami, Michigan, Yale, and BC battle it out today to decide the last two.

Current standings:

Freealonzo – 7 (Denver)
Big Mak – 5 (Wisconsin)
Zooomx – 4 (St. Cloud St.)
Rhu_Ru – 3 (UND)
Mrs. Mak – 1 (Miami)

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[DAY 1 UPDATE] – Winners on the opening day were Rochester, Wisconsin, St. Cloud State, and New Hampshire.

6 more games today – so these will change quickly, but here are the current standings (nobody expected Denver to lose, so no one has pulled away just yet).

E-6 – 4 (not-Duke won all 4 games)
Big Mak – 2 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Cornell)
Zooomx – 2 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Cornell)
Freealonzo – 2 (lost champion – Denver)
Rhu_Ru – 1 (lost 1 Frozen Four team – Denver)
Mrs. Mak – 0

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The NCAA hockey tournament starts Friday afternoon, so hurry and download the NCAA hockey Frozen Four brackets here (NCAA Men’s Hockey 2010 Bracket). Fill them out and confuse your friends when you complain about Alaska-Fairbanks busting your bracket.

I’ll take all comers in the second annual Daneeka’s Ghost Hockey Madness Sweepstakes. Winner gets … I don’t know … my undying admiration.

Last year’s winner: Freealonzo (Who correctly picked BU as champion and was the only entrant to successfully identify a Frozen Four team)

My 2010 picks:

No this does not mean that I will actively cheer for the Badgers.

Still waiting

10. 10 days until opening day! ha, ha, ha.

Random 10

  • Titan – MonolakeAtlas
  • Hollow Man – REMAccelerate
  • Silence – PortisheadThird
  • Me in Honey – REMOut of Time
  • The Flame – Black KeysMagic Potion
  • After the Gold Rush – Neil YoungAfter the Gold Rush
  • The Wretched – Nine Inch NailsAnd All That Could Have Been
  • Section IIIa – Grand Valley State University New Music EnsembleMusic for 18 Musicians (Reich)
  • Basket Case – Green DayDookie
  • Fall Children – AFIAll Hallows EP

CW Survivor Archives – Challenge 6 – Book Jacket

Write the inside book jacket cover for the Sears Catalog, the Bible, or the Dictionary.  I chose the latter two.

Literary giants always possess remarkable ability to create using letters, but with ‘The Dictionary’, readers will discover an entirely new level of wordsmithing. (n. – adventurous written banter from the minds behind ‘The Thesaurus’, last year’s runaway bestseller.)

Ignoring the conventions of fiction, the authors strike a new path toward their own literary movement, only now coming to be known as defination. (n. – avant garde storytelling that holds each word of this gargantuan epic up to the light and doesn’t leave it alone until it is thoroughly weighed, measured, and delineated.)

While the size is impressive and the layout is extraordinary, the most striking attribute of this volume is its ability to summarate. (v. – the whole of english literature is easily viewed as a mere restating of words presented in this book.)

Overall, ‘The Dictionary’ becomes an uncompromising destruction of literature, reveling in the profound impact of the single word, like procurementation. (n. – the act of buying this book.)

I was kind of disappointed this didn’t win.  I really liked this entry. I spent a fair amount of time coming up with the defined words that weren’t actually in the dictionary to add an extra level. Ah well, that’s not a complaint about the judging, just a sigh of regret that at least one other entry was better.

As the first book off the Gutenberg press The Bible has been seen as a collector’s item, but it has value beyond a trophy on the bookshelf of a rare-book connoisseur. It is also one of the best-known motivational books in history. It has motivated people to change their lives, leave their homes, start wars, all kinds of crazy shit. Basically you just decide what it is you want, and The Bible can back you up! It’s genius!
Included with this edition are legions of followers who reinforce the perception that this book can do no wrong. Thus, no matter how outrageous your claim, when it comes from The Bible it automatically has weight.
With over a hundred parables for easy and creative interpretation, The Bible will help you influence and impress others with your faith. You won’t believe how easy it is!

This was some quick and dirty blasphemy thrown together in about 3 minutes.  Not surprised it didn’t win.

No immunity again this week.  Yet another challenge decided by a non-submission.  Yawn.

Is it April yet?

The Wild are terrible, my bracket is severely wounded, real baseball hasn’t started yet…

I need a solid random 10 to turn things around.

RANDOM 10

  • Summertime Rolls – Jane’s AddictionNothing’s Shocking
  • Superstar – Sonic Youth Juno Soundtrack
  • It Only Took a Day – DredgEl Cielo
  • L.A. – Butthole SurfersElectric Larryland
  • Cold – Static XMachine
  • Brick is Red – PixiesSurfer Rosa
  • Whole Lotta Love – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin II
  • Seven – Fever Ray (self-titled)
  • Yesterday and Today – The FieldYesterday and Today
  • Come Alive – Foo Fighters – Echoes, Silence, Patience, & Grace

Wild Six or Seven Pack, Vol. 10

Record Home Away Goal Diff. EV-Time EVGF EVGA EVGF/60 EVGA/60
Gm. 1-7 1-6-0 1-0-0 0-6-0 –10 310:29 7 21 1.35 4.04
Gm. 8-14 4-3-0 3-1-0 1-2-0 –1 349:12 10 11 1.72 1.89
Gm. 15-20 2-2-2 1-1-0 1-1-2 0 288:02 13 7 2.71 1.46
Gm. 21-26 4-1-1 3-1-1 1-0-0 2 297:00 12 12 2.42 2.42
Gm. 27-33 5-2-0 2-0-0 3-2-0 2 352:29 14 10 2.38 1.70
Gm. 34-40 4-3-0 2-1-0 2-2-0 0 339:03 14 16 2.55 2.91
Gm. 41-47 4-3-0 4-2-0 0-1-0 1 347:25 20 16 3.45 2.76
Gm. 48-54 3-3-1 2-0-1 1-3-0 2 350:10 15 15 2.57 2.57
Gm. 55-61 3-4-0 3-2-0 0-2-0 0 332:23 11 13 1.99 2.35
Gm. 62-68 3-2-2 1-1-1 2-1-1 1 339:03 13 10 2.30 1.77
TOTAL 33-29-6 22-9-3 11-20-3 –3 3305:16 129 131 2.34 2.38

Hey! Two road wins.  Look at that.  Too little too late, but I appreciate the effort.

PP Time PPGF SHGA PPGF/60 SHGA/60
Games 1-7 61:36 8 1 7.79 0.97
Games 8-14 39:09 5 2 7.66 3.07
Games 15-20 43:18 3 2 4.16 2.77
Games 21-26 39:44 5 0 7.55 0.00
Games 27-33 35:41 3 0 5.04 0.00
Games 34-40 44:43 4 1 5.37 1.34
Games 41-47 39:29 3 1 4.56 1.52
Games 48-54 43:45 5 1 6.86 1.37
Games 55-61 42:54 9 0 12.59 0.00
Games 62-68 27:04 4 1 8.87 2.22
TOTAL 417:23 49 9 7.04 1.29
SH Time SHGF PPGA SHGF/60 PPGA/60
Games 1-7 51:03 0 3 0.00 3.53
Games 8-14 38:34 0 3 0.00 4.67
Games 15-20 38:40 1 8 1.55 12.41
Games 21-26 34:44 0 3 0.00 5.18
Games 27-33 39:41 0 5 0.00 7.56
Games 34-40 36:14 1 2 1.56 3.31
Games 41-47 38:04 1 6 1.58 9.46
Games 48-54 31:07 0 2 0.00 3.86
Games 55-61 44:25 0 7 0.00 9.46
Games 55-61 53:53 0 5 0.00 5.57
TOTAL 406:25 3 44 0.44 6.50

The Wild came out of the break with a mean streak apparently.  That’s a lot of short-handed time.  Hopefully they can cut down on that in the last games.

CW Survivor Archives – Challenge 5 – Six-Word Evaluations

Given a topic, come up with six words that sum it up.  Ready? Go.

Ellen on American Idol so far
A’ight, yo! Could be worse, dawg.

All midget p0rn in general
I can never finish. Too short.

NASCAR
Left. Left. Left. Left. Left. Left.

The Pittsburgh Pirates
Championship plan? Plunder Penguins’ Stanley Cup.

Winner

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Caught ping pong balls. Nearly choked.

Lew Zealand of The Muppets
Fish flinger never flounders for puns.

Winner

Transvestite nightclubs
They have cheap drinks… I’ve heard.

Mixed martial arts
Human cockfighting. Not like that, pervert.

The American Civil War
Northern agresssion will not stand, man.

Mimes
Airtight glass boxes: The silent killer.

2 points was OK, middle of the pack, avoiding notice.  My personal favorite answer here was the one for mimes, which got a nod from Spooky, but didn’t quite get the win.

Friday Morning 10

Fell asleep last night around 7:30. Apparently I’ve been working too hard?

Here’s 10 before I head out the door.

Random 10

  • We Insist – Zoe Keating Natoma
  • The Mountain – Heartless Bastards The Mountain
  • Dancing Through Sunday – AFISing the Sorrow
  • Crawl Away – Tool Undertow
  • Strange Desire – Black Keys – Magic Potion
  • Off the Cuff – Suicide MachinesSteal This Record
  • Ripe [With Decay] – Nine Inch Nails The Fragile
  • Down By the River – Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
  • Milk It – NirvanaIn Utero
  • The Last Baron – MastodonCrack the Skye

They Did It!

SUNDERLAND 4 – BOLTON 0

Sunderland’s first win in the Premeir League since November.  I bet that one feels pretty good.  That stretch of 0 wins 7 losses and 7 draws, had dropped them near to the relegation line, but now, with 10 matches to go in the season, they are in 13th, 6 points clear of the drop.

It would be nice to have a season that fans of the Black Cats didn’t have to worry about relegation right up to the last match.

Stupid Stats – Another Chapter

Before the season, this 12-man pitching staff would have made a lot of sense for the Twins:

Slowey
Blackburn
Baker
Pavano
Liriano

Nathan
Neshek
Crain
Guerrier
Rauch
Mijares
Condrey

Through six preseason games, those 12 pitchers have allowed zero runs in 28.1 innings.

The optimist in me says we can safely extrapolate that to the regular season and predict a 0.00 ERA for the pitching staff.  If they can keep that up, I have to think the Twins are the favorites in the division.

CW Survivor Archives – Challenge 4 – Create-a-Challenge

Now we were tasked with creating a creative writing challenge of our own.  The winner would be used as the final challenge.

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE that is the final challenge! At this point Kelly’s tales of his misadventures hiring a HOOKER WITH A PENIS, and Ben’s blow-by-blow account of his first STINKFIST left us all DAZED AND CONFUSED, but let’s try to gather our collective wits and get this godforsaken thing over with.

The final task is to write a short story incorporating song titles into the narrative. What songs you choose is up to you; you may choose the first songs to show up when you put your iPod on shuffle, or choose songs from your favorite album, or whatever you like. The number of songs should probably be somewhere betwixt FORTY SIX & 2, so let’s say you must include at least ten song titles in your story.

Your titles should be an integral part of the story, and you are not allowed to alter the title in any way (e.g. ‘welcome to the final challenge jungle’ is unacceptable).

Attach the songs referenced in your story as a list for verification purposes and that’s pretty much it. Oh, wait, WHERE IS MY MIND? I almost forgot judges criteria!

– The story itself – Did it entertain? Did it have the emotional impact of a metaphorical RUNAWAY TRAIN?

– Were the titles smoothly, seamlessly incorporated? Or did your choice of STRING QUARTET NO. 6 not make any sense?

– Tiebreaker – how many of the songs are currently on my iPod? Because if I’m creating this challenge I’m using every tool at my disposal to PUSHIT in my favor.

Got it? LET’S GET IT STARTED.

(that reminds me – any Black-Eyed Peas reference means immediate and automatic disqualification)

SPOOKY’s THOUGHTS:  Huh. Have we done this before? Not quite. I like it as a challenge (and believe me, I appreciate the wealth of Tool titles here) but I’m not entirely sure I like it as a final challenge. Let’s see what else we have.

No Immunity

Spooky’s being nice here, I had no ideas for this, and I think it showed.  Anyway, there was a non-submission, so even after the merge I wasn’t worried about elimination.

Random 10 ver. 61

Random 10:

  • I Can’t Quit You – Otis RushE-6 Presents: Blue Monday
  • Shine a Light – Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
  • Beside You in Time – Nine Inch Nails With Teeth
  • Sunken Dreams – …Trail of DeadSo Divided
  • Passive – A Perfect CircleeMotive
  • Welcome to the Jungle – Guns ‘N RosesAppetite for Destruction
  • Take the Veil Cerpin Taxt – Mars Volta Deloused in the Comatorium
  • Growing Up with GNR – AqueductI Sold Gold
  • Big Me – Foo Fighters(self-titled)
  • Magic Toy Missing – Meat Puppets II

‘Passive’ is a really good song, but it’s the only good song on that CD.  Man, was that a disappointing buy.  What song in your library outshines everything else on its album?

The Priest They Called Him

Since he was himself a priest, there was no need to call one.

Yesterday’s post generated a comment or two about cut-up literature – so I ended up doing some searching and came across this collaboration betwixt Kurt Cobain and William S. Burroughs.  It’s a setting of one of Burroughs short stories with Cobain playing a noisy mix of Silent Night and The Anacreontic Song (one I’m not familiar with) in the background.

The first time I listened to this, I was focused on Burroughs’ reading of the story,  so then I went back and focused on the music.  I thought it was really interesting on both counts, but not something I’m going to rush out and buy anytime soon.