So on the way home from work Friday evening, we were almost T-boned at an intersection because some jerkoff ran a stop sign. Luckily, I never assume that drivers will actually pay attention to a STOP or a red light or any traffic laws for that matter. In fact, I generally keep my eye out for anything that moves on the road.
For example, I assume a douchebag walking along the sidewalk will randomly decide to cross the street just as I pass him. Likewise, I assume the car in the next lane will cut me off without warning. I assume the one in front will brake abruptly or the one behind won't in time, etc.
It sounds paranoid, but I find this mindset is the safest way to drive and it's become such second nature to me that, so far, I've been able to avoid any vehicular accidents, at least while I'm at the wheel. It's not as stressful as it sounds, but until someone else comes up with a better plan, I'm sticking to my general rule that everyone sucks at driving.
If you told me my favorite NBA player after Michael Jordan was going to be a 7 foot German who could shoot the lights out and had a game that differed from His Airness in virtually every possible way, I would have laughed at you.
To this day, Dirk remains the only big name player to have won a championship without at least a second superstar as a teammate. Unlike almost every other champion in history, he was the first and last option, his team lived and died on his shoulders.
Reshared text: Welcome to the #NBA's Top 10 All-Time Scoring List, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks!
While the plot itself was rather predictable and there were very few surprises, everything was so well executed that it simply did not matter even if you knew what was coming. The choreography, continuity, and clever dialogue made everything flow so effortlessly that I can say this was the best superhero movie since The Dark Knight.
The funny bit is I was never a Captain America fan growing up, but he is quickly becoming a favorite. Like the first movie, this one had heart and the superb direction/casting reinforced that. Yes, the action sequences were incredible, but there were also subtle moments scattered throughout that resonated just as much.
I had always considered myself a bigger DC fan, but to be honest, it's no competition at the moment. Marvel is mopping the floor with their longtime rival and that won't be changing anytime soon. As a result, I'm looking forward to all future Marvel projects, but am dreading the next DC one.
One of the more difficult truths to discover in life is that it's not always fair. In fact, that's the reality for a lot of people. On the other hand, it's quite easy to just ignore how lucky you might be right now. It sounds cruel, but often that appreciation isn't felt until you've lost something that takes away what simple pleasures you did have. It can be a challenge in itself to recognize that, but if you're lucky enough to, hold onto whatever it is that does make you happy as best as you can, since you never know when life decides to strike again.
+Roger Federer defeats World No. 2 Novak Djokovic in the 2014 Dubai Semifinals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2!
With his latest victory, Roger has now defeated 5 of the top 7 ranked players in the world in their most recent encounters. Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych are the only exceptions, and that's about to change as he contests the World No. 6 Czech in tomorrow's final.
I swear it was an utterly mundane, mild winter afternoon when this was taken (my younger cousin, +Andrew Nguyen, can attest to that), but after looking at this particular shot more closely, I realized how epic it could be.
The silhouette is of my older cousin, Kevin, who decided to stand at the very edge of the ice along the river despite our warnings. I told him I wasn't going to save him if he fell in.
Kevin Durant is having a season for the ages and the clear cut favorite for this year's MVP, but let's not forget who the GOAT is. Today's kiddies need a reminder.
His Airness, The Slim Reaper, and Queen James are arguably the 3 best players in the past 3 decades of the NBA and each have, respectively at the age of 25, produced what may prove to be their best seasons, statistically speaking.
As is the case with most photos I take, this was by accident. I never meant for the building in the distance to be perfectly positioned with the sun. I thought I was taking a picture of a second horizon, so imagine my surprise when I noticed what looked like a ball of light being held up on a pedestal.
My thoughts exactly, can't really argue with this piece. If Roger continues to play like he has with minimal hiccups, he's going to win. If he shies away and blinks or doesn't go for his shots, he will succumb to his nemesis once more.
The artistry, variety, and level of clarity +Roger Federer displayed during his 4th Round clash against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2014 Aus Open added yet another classic chapter to his already storied career. Witnessing this match was closer to watching a majestic symphony than an epic tennis battle as he orchestrated a comprehensive win and commanding performance against his younger, stronger rival.
Be wary tennis world, the final curtain call is still a ways off for The Swiss Maestro!
I'm glad to hear this movie is still doing so well and is exhibiting some seriously strong legs during its continued run. Hopefully +Disney will get the message and continue to produce animated features like this that harken back to the classics of the gold old days.
This is a great rendition I stumbled upon by this brother-sister duo. Your kids should do this, +Dan Brill!
Looking forward to this one! Hopefully it lives up to the first, which I thought was better than the original, and I remember thinking the original was friggin' Amazing when it came out in 2002. Now I know better.
I love this picture for two reasons; I've been lying on the couch all evening and noticed a little black thing at the top of the sofa. Normally this little black thing sleeps on my chest so it's very uncharacteristic for her to be up there. Anyway, I grab my phone and contort myself to take a decent photo. What I didn't notice until after the fact was that there was another surprise in the background!
Weekly hit with my regular partner, but we also had a special guest playing with us, a coach from a recognized tennis academy in Germany. Even though he's in his 60s, he certainly gave us a run for our money!
Stay tuned until the end for a little comic relief XD
Here's a little story that's relevant to +Loc Traine and +Jean Egan that happened to me this morning as I was brushing my teeth.
I looked down into the sink and noticed that the dripping white foam from my brushing had formed a gingerbread man like this:
I would have taken a picture, but thought that was pretty weird, even for me. Now I know some of you have come to expect that of me, but apparently that's where I draw the line. That is, pausing in the middle of brushing, finding my phone to take a picture of toothpaste foam, then posting it on the internet. I know I can seem off at times, but never to that extent, I hope!
But I'll make sure to take a pic of it next time though...
My biggest beef with this movie is that it was too short!! Otherwise, it would have scored much higher, but at only 45 minutes long, it's an absolute travesty considering how astounding the animation, music, and character designs were. I'll have to watch it again sometime, but I feel this might be one of those shows that cut deeper than the initial viewing.
Thanks +Matt Lerner for letting me know about this one. I'm a huge Makoto Shinkai fan and had no idea he'd released another anime recently.
It's a shame we went when most of the leaves had already fallen and been cleaned away. I'm sure this would have been a more spectacular sight just a few weeks earlier, but it still turned out all right.
It's finally happening!! Federer VS Dimitrovaka Baby Federer at Roger's hometown event. This is especially amusing because I recently saw a video where Dimitrov was tricked into thinking his hero (whom he modeled his game after) had retired -> Road to Roland-Garros with Roger Federer and his reaction was priceless.
I'm really looking forward to this matchup of the two most aesthetically pleasing games on tour. Will it be the passing of the torch? Or the master giving the protege a lesson?
At least one of the best in recent memory anyway...
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to capture it in all its glory. I really wanted to stop down by the river to do a full photosphere, but my desire to stuff my face full of sushi outweighed that need.
I probably wouldn't have made it anyway. By the time I noticed how stunning the skies were, there were only a few minutes left. Even this tail-end photo represents a mere remnant of the spectrum of colors that showered the skies.
Arguably the most adorable of My Lucky 7, Faye hardly suffers from Middle Child Syndrome, mainly due to her diminutive size, of course. Basically, she's cute and she knows it. At nearly half the size of everyone else, she gets pampered like no tomorrow. When you're the smallest of the lot, more often than not, there's always enough room for you to squeeze your way onto someone's lap. And while I don't play favorites myself, I have a firm belief that my dad most likely would save Faye first from a burning building!
Actually, he has an interesting theory about Faye. I gave some details a few months prior about one of my pups unfortunately passing away prematurely a couple of days after she was born. She herself was tiny, so naturally my dad believes Faye to be a reincarnation of the one we lost. It's certainly a nice sentiment, but I never suspected that to be the case. Faye is unique enough as it is, and I don't want to burden her with the thought of having to carry her sister's legacy.
Anyway, much like each and every single one of my canine toys, Faye has provided me with ample joy and comic relief. Being small means her legs can't carry her anywhere near fast enough to avoid the sibling stampede of her larger versions. Even with a head start, she'll get puppy rolled almost every time and I've witnessed this with guilty pleasure far too often. It's absolutely hilarious and would easily go viral if I ever managed to catch it properly on film.
I guess if there's one fault Faye has, it's that she's incredibly protective. It would be wise NOT to sneak into her territory when she's comfortably snuggled next to one of us (especially my dad) because she will ninja attack and bite you with her mini teeth, ultimately tickling you to death with the kyoot!
An old recording I did back in October 2005. It's unique because I did it during a post-flood basement renovation and my room had been stripped down to nothing but concrete floors and drywall. It probably doesn't come across well due to the poor quality, but the acoustics were really interesting that time.
Just walked out of the theater and WOW. This and the recent conclusion of Breaking Bad have restored my faith in the entertainment industry. I actually wanted to give it a 10, but I can't just hand those out like candy anymore.