Afoot!, football refs, music books

Things I'm thinking: If I was a detective, or if I was writing a detective story, I'd never have someone say "The game is afoot!" ... Why? Glad I asked. Because "afoot" is a terrible name for a game. I get that there are games based on "Dr. Pimple Popper" and stuff, but "Afoot, the… Continue reading Afoot!, football refs, music books

Big Time!, Politics and Empathy, Football

Things I am observing myself thinking about: I can't listen to Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" these days without thinking that it's something like Donald Trump's theme song.I've hit a wall in exercising. Need more motivation. Need to push harder. (Oddly enough, my annoyance at having hit a wall was motivating.)I think a lot of the… Continue reading Big Time!, Politics and Empathy, Football

Football fans, daily writing, fasting

Things I have observed recently: Football fans - even fans of my own favorite teams - can be absolute jerks and tools.I am committed to writing this... series or whatever it is. Yet it's only a thing, and not the thing. Consistency is difficult.I would really love each observation to be relevant, heavy, big even… Continue reading Football fans, daily writing, fasting

NCAA Football, accents, free will

Things I'm thinking about Monday: Tonight's the last NCAA football game of the season. Thank goodness. I hope it's a good one.I want to pronounce "Monday" with a Scottish accent, but it turns out I have no idea how to make it sound like it's a Scottish accent. It's not my accent, whatever it is,… Continue reading NCAA Football, accents, free will

Places, football, Facebook

Things I have learned recently, I think: Every so often, you figure out that you are exactly where you are supposed to be at this particular time. That can be reassuring or frightening, I suppose, depending on your outlook.College football this year has been boring. Sure, I'm affected by not having a pony in the… Continue reading Places, football, Facebook

JNDI

Things I have learned recently: People still don't really get JNDI, and the Java frameworks around today make it easy to ignore, even though it's still a core technology. It's not difficult to see how it can be confusing: context in JNDI is everything, and context makes it a challenge to create examples that make… Continue reading JNDI

Malazan Book of the Fallen

Things I've learned recently: Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen is better than A Song of Ice and Fire. Yes, I said it, and yes, I meant it. It's very simple to explain why: Malazan was completed. I have very little faith we'll ever see A Song of Ice and Fire to completion. What's… Continue reading Malazan Book of the Fallen

The Problem with the College Football Playoff

I really don't know, offhand, if I've been pro- or anti-playoff for NCAA football. I liked that the BCS gave us the possibility of seeing a champion determined by playing a game, but I recognize that there are lots of arguments about who should be playing in that game. So far this year, though, I've… Continue reading The Problem with the College Football Playoff

North Carolina State fans (and coach!) – you’re classless.

FSU played the NCSU Wolfpack this last Saturday, and managed to win; that's good for FSU, and honestly, it was good for NCSU, too, because they punished FSU and easily could have won. But two things really, really bother me about the game. The first was when one of the FSU players went down with… Continue reading North Carolina State fans (and coach!) – you’re classless.