Month: April 2006

NHL playoff predictions

yup. time to prove myself an idiot in front of friends and family (and you) My choice to come out of the Western Conference: San Jose My choice to come out of the Eastern Conference: New Jersey Stanley Cup Winner: San Jose (other candidates: West: Detroit, Calgary East: Ottawa, NY Rangers) Western Quarterfinals: Detroit/Edmonton: Detroit in 5. Edmonton just doesn’t have the firepower. Dallas/Colorado: Dallas in 6. I don’t think Colorado stacks up well here; I like Dallas, just not deep into the playoffs this year (if they meet the Sharks, the sharks match up very well against them) Calgary/Anaheim: Calgary in 6. The series to watch in the first round out west. It’l be interesting to see what’s left of the winner and whether they have anything left for the rest of the playoffs. Low scoring, very physical and the teams don’t like each other. Nashville/San Jose: San Jose in 6. Lots of folks wanted to go for the seeding with Nashville when Vokoun went down. Not me. Chris Mason isn’t a great goaltender, but he’s good enough to go on a “mission from God” for a series or two. I’m worried this could be an upset by the Predators, but I can’t see Mason taking them a round or two on sheer guts. It won’t be easy, but I think the Sharks can overpower them. (then again,...

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A few questions about the Sharks….

Now that the Sharks are in the playoffs, and making a legitimate push for 5th seed, we can stop worrying about the post-season, and take a step back and see what other questions linger around the team… McAuley’s been a disappointment all season, with his offensive game missing. With the recent leg injury (hint: it’s a knee), the Sharks have admitted he’s been fighting through a knee issue all year; he’s now going to have surgery after the season. It sounds like he *could* play if he *had* to, but fortunately, it looks like Stevenson’s stepped up to make that unnecessary. Remember when the Sharks had a guy on the team named Murray? Doug Murray? Seen him recently? No. Why? He suffered an upper body injury a while back, took some time off. When he came back, he didn’t look right to me. Now — he’s a “healthy” scratch. I’m guessing this is another of the “can play if he has to” category, but I fully expect to hear about surgery once the playoffs are done. Only question for me is: shoulder? or a muscle tear (abs or pec)? Will Jim Fahey be with the Sharks next year? If he is, will he ever crack the starting lineup again? I’m sure he’s not thrilled to see his job relegated to “press box attendant” — did the Sharks really get...

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What I do for a living…

As people who read this blog know, a few years ago, I got involved in a new project at Apple, which has been quite successful for the company. It’s also a project that’s been under a bit of a cone of silence, which has sometimes led to amusingly convoluted postings where I attempt to talk about what’s going on without actually discussion what it is I’m talking about. I’ve been talking to my business team about this, on and off, and whether this hardcore secrecy is still really necessary or relevant now that the project is maturing. We’ve all finally come to an agreement, with some appropriate restrictions, to open up the kimono a bit, since there’s some really interesting technology involved. I’m hoping to work on a paper for an upcoming comference, hopefully next year’s Etech by O’Reilly. Until then, this will have to do. You see — I run the Reality Distortion Field. Yes, that one. The RDF has a long history at Apple. It was invented by Steve Wozniak one rainy sunday in 1982 when he was trying to extract a stuck piece of toast from a toaster, and forgot to unplug the thing. At first, he didn’t realize what he had; when he woke up, he took it to a repair shop. There, the repairman offered to fix it for half price — and Wozniak...

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