Month: May 2016

2016 Playoffs: Cup Finals Prediction, Sharks in 6

I had this weird dream last night. In it, the Sharks were in the Stanley Cup finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Joe Thornton and Sydney Crosby. Malkin and Marleau. Letang and Burns. Murray (or Fleury) and Jones. It was going to be awesome. And then I woke up and came back to reality. But it’s real. Here in the Sharks 25th season, the Sharks are going to compete for the Stanley Cup. Wow TL;DR Summary: Sharks in 6 The Sharks made it to the finals I don’t think anyone picked the Sharks to make the finals this year. I certainly didn’t; my view was that they were a playoff team again, but probably a 7th/8th seed and a 1st round and out group. Maybe 2nd round. So my expectations weren’t that high, relatively speaking. This team also started out struggling a bit, with a bunch of new players trying to fit themselves into the team, a new coach with a new system and bringing a new attitude. But as the season moved forward, you could see them figuring it out and putting it together. The big changes this year: this team uses it’s speed more aggressively; it’s relentless on the forecheck; the depth is much stronger — a classic failure point for previous teams was the third and fourth lines not able to get the job done in the...

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Everything you know about eating is wrong

One way I get my head going on a new project is to ingest new information about the topic; it seems to get the brain chewing on the problem and gets me motivated to move forward. Often, I do this by finding a book or two on the topic to read and use that to kick things off. As part of deciding what to do about my diet, I decided to dig into the current thinking and guidance about nutrition, and so I picked up a copy of Nina Teicholz’s The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. It follows the research started by Gary Taubes in his works like Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health. What I thought would be a couple of evenings of casual reading turned into over a week of digging into the material. This is a heavily researched book, much like the Taubes’ works are, and it tells a very interesting story about how what we’re being taught and what we’re being offered to eat nutritionally is based on bad science and unproven assumptions. This book calls into the question our current nutritional doctrine of low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets, so this is clearly controversial material, but it struck home to me. Her research is strong and deep, covering pretty much every...

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Geeking your Diet (and other stuff)

So, about that road trip to Washington… Remember that trip I was planning to Washington and the Olympic Peninsula? Well… Never mind… I woke up the morning after writing about it realizing I had no enthusiasm for the trip and that I really wasn’t interested in all that driving and being on the road that long. Seems silly to do something you aren’t looking forward to, so I sat on it for most of a day, then I sat down and cancelled all of the hotels, and instead reserved a room for a few days in Morro Bay. I’ll hang out down there for a few days doing some birding and chasing the otters for photos, eating seafood and maybe take in a whale watching tour since the humpbacks are evidently still common out beyond the harbor mouth. Quiet, low key, and hopefully relaxing. Sometimes you want an adventure, but sometimes, going someplace that’s comfortable like a pair of favorite slippers is even better, and for me, that’s Morro Bay. Upgrading the home network I just switched ISPs; I’d used Sonic as an ISP for a long time, but because of the network configuration around our neighborhood, the best we could do with them was a 5/1.5 DSL line, and because at Cisco I was doing so much video conferencing with the team, that ultimately just wasn’t cutting it...

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Beyond the Apple Ecosystem

There’s been an interesting thing happening in the last few weeks — I’m seeing people who are all self-defined as being heavily committed to the Apple/IOS/Mac platform and ecosystem talking about feeling like they need to understand the other ecosystems out there. One thing that seems to have started this thinking is Amazon’s Echo product that many of them have gotten and liked, but there’s also a growing recognition that Google’s Android needs to be part of the discussion. I think the subtext of this is a feeling among many of us that Apple’s products aren’t necessarily better any more, much less the best of show we’ve been accustomed to thinking about Apple. I’ve been feeling this, and so for the first time I sat down and watched the Google I/O keynote live, just to get a sense of what they’re doing in the Google world and where their priorities are. I came away quite impressed. I know from watching the tech world write about previous Google I/O keynotes that they aren’t always successful, but this year I felt like they really nailed the presentation, and the technologies really impressed me. One thing that hit me hard: Apple is a company that’s built a lot of its reputation and identity around data privacy, in part because Google’s business is to a good degree built around acquiring data for distribution...

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About the Intersection of “stupid” and “photography”

It seems like every day we see an article complaining about bad behavior by photographers. The latest is Photographers Have Become Like Pigeons, which goes off on some of the recent problems that have surfaced. Here’s the thing: they’re right. But it isn’t so much that we have photographers behaving badly, but that we have stupid or arrogant people wandering around who have cameras in their hands. The camera isn’t the cause, or even necessarily the enabling device. It happens to be there when the stupidity happens. Thanks to the digital camera revolution, and followed up with the Smartphone explosion that includes an easily used and high quality camera on the device, there are millions of people now taking billions of pictures, and that means that since idiots are a small percentage of our general population, they also become a small percentage of people taking pictures — but very visible for their actions. Unfortunately, the rest of us suffer, and photographers in general get nailed with new restrictions and a bad reputation. Which is sad in a way, because part of what’s enabling these bad behavior types is an underlying attitude of rules don’t matter because I won’t get caught and so it’s okay because it’s what they want to do. How to solve this? No easy answers, because the only real answer, I think, is to make enforcement...

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