Monday, October 30, 2006
I haven't really been paying that much attention to the NFL this season. The Chargers and Broncos are tied at 5-2. The Chiefs looks like they wouldn't be competitive like the Raiders but both teams are trying to fight back into the race.
My plan was do something on Sunday instead of watching football. I've been pretty good at it. But as the season moves along, it will be harder. Except for the fact that we are going to be so busy there may not be any time for football.
However, sports probably don't deserve our loyalty given the example of the Padres. They let their manager, Bruce Bochy, look at other offers even though he had one year left on his contract. Everyone supposed they weren't going to give him a long term deal. The SF Giants did. he's gone. And that's after winning the West two years in a row. Best of luck to the Padres next year. But don't expect me to be a Friar Fanatic.
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Computers: Amazon Turk
Amazon Magical Turk. Hard to explain except this is the artificial artificial intelligence side of an Amazon API that lets a program ask a human for the answer. Brilliant.
Sheep Market is one of the clever results. But after taking a look at the available tasks and the prices, I find that the Turk movement probably isn't ready for primetime. In fact, one blog quote a found said it was more like a crossword puzzle -- idle amusement, rather than a potential income.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
We went to see this yesterday. The star is definitely the yellow VW Bus. I don't know if the shifting trick really works but I hope we don't have to try. The movie was funny and painfully authentic in representing the dysfunctional middle class. I think the reason it is getting such good reviews is that it easily hits a chord in everyone's lives. For me, it was the road trip. I really liked some of the travel scenes-- the desert, the cement canyons of LA, the yellow bus being passed on the freeway. The movie shows us that perhaps the best times are indeed when we are suffering.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
The Padres are NL West champions again. It took until the last game of the season and a tie-breake to decide. If anyone ever wonders why they play so many games in baseball, this season might be one to suggest they need to play more.
I managed to get 2 tickets to Game 5 of their series against St Louis (if necessary.) I'm hoping for an if necessary or 3 game Padre sweep.