Hey, I've managed to do TEN of these over the past year! Not bad. Anyhooz, my last b00sic post was about 3 months ago so I figured it was time.
The first song is for +Suwan Phommachanh (no homo) since he's the one who shared the song. I actually haven't even heard the original yet since what he posted was a cover and I didn't even copy that one, but rather another cover in the related videos. I have yet to even listen to it in full O.o
The last two songs are dedicated to no one in particular, but if you want to feel special, pretend it was for you ;D
0:00I Would Do Anything For You - Foster The People 0:57With Or Without You - U2 2:42Be Like That - 3 Doors Down
Wow, talk about an awkward title, but hey, when in Rome....
This wasn't supposed to happen anymore, their era was finally over, both men had dropped in the rankings (Federer to No. 3 and Nadal to No. 5), but for the 30th time in their careers, they will square off against each other, and in yet another Championship match.
While they are no longer the Nos. 1 and 2 players in the world, they are still the masters of their craft. And believe it or not, they may be on the path to reascending and reclaiming their rightful places at the very top of the game against their younger rivals.
Their years and current career paths at the moment could not be more different, however.
Roger Federer will be turning 32 soon (previous all-time great, Pete Sampras, retired at 31) and is having his worst start to the year since becoming tennis' best a decade ago. Relatively speaking, his game has been in decline for years, but he still hangs around and is good enough to beat the young guns as evidenced by his ranking and brief stint at No. 1 last year.
Rafael Nadal, on the other hand, is on a tear and in the prime of his career at 27-years old, having reached 8 consecutive finals in 2013 after taking an extended break to recover from a questionable injury no one with a brain actually believes he had in the first place. As is customary, he's been dominating on his favorite surface during the clay season so far.
That said, both men are in peak condition at the moment so NO excuses can be made for either. Even at 32, Roger Federer has proven he can still be the best and I expect him to put up a good fight (and win) against his arch-nemesis.
This certainly is not earth-shattering news, it merely solidifies the concrete FACT that MJ is superior to Kobe Bryant in virtually every single facet of the game (that matters): points, assists, rebounds, shooting percentage, steals, blocks, turnovers, wins, etc.
Then there are the intangibles.
His Airness cared more about winning than anything else and his teammates would have followed him to the ends of the earth, whereas his wannabe knockoff was mostly concerned about scoring and being the star, with the welfare of his team being an afterthought. MJ did whatever was needed of him to help his team win. He rose to the occasion and thrived in the most important moments.
In contrast, Bryant creates a divide amongst his peers and thinks basketball is a one-man game. He could care less about the outcome so long as he got his numbers. He certainly never shied away from the big moments either, but more often than not, his decisions were more for personal gain and to the detriment of his team.
To me, you can't even make a valid argument that they belong in the same breath other than to point out why one is so great and one is so fake. Heck, I'm not a fan of Queen James, but at least he understands there's no I in team.
Now that I've had a day to acclimate to the #NewLook , here are some of my random thoughts.
The only thing I'm not digging right now are all the constant menu popups/drop downs. Those are giving me a headache since they accidentally creep up all the time, interrupting my experience.
Some examples are:
[The Left Menu Ribbon] My mouse accidentally wanders over there all the time and I literally have to move it out of the way to see content which it's suddenly blocking.
[Contact Cards] These attractive cards never used to bother me, but the same issue arises when the right Hangouts tab is open, my mouse accidentally hovers over a contact and a gigantic card blocks something I was reading. Not a problem, I just minimize Hangouts and ignore that feature altogether.
[The Menu Bar] This thing drops down or disappears as you scroll up and down the stream. I was never a fan of this for the mobile app so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when this showed up on the desktop version. This is incredibly invasive and takes up valuable real estate when trying to view content. A fixed, minimalistic menu is a better solution, but that's just my opinion.
Anyway, that's all that's really bothered me so far, nothing too major. Everything else looks very pretty and I'll adjust my usage accordingly, so no biggie.
I have no idea why, but over the past few weeks, I've gained over 10 000 followers in a very short period of time. I'm assuming most of you are killer robots, however, since I haven't noticed a huge difference in interaction aside from the people I normally connect with.
For anyone reading this who is human, feel free to speak up, I don't bite have rabies.....normally. ^_^
I also noticed +Matt Lerner made the list so congrats to you as well!
Reshared text: Most Rapid Risers (update nr. 2)
This time we have used a formula suggested by +Able Lawrence: 100 * (followers on May 12, 2013 - followers on April 12, 2013 ) / (followers on May 12, 2013 + 1.000)
The factor is now not bigger than 100 and compared to the old formula small, but you will be surprised to see the follower graphs on the following pages:
These photos were taken pre-1970 during war-torn Vietnam.
My mom (and dad) were among the boat people who escaped their homeland, part of the Great Exodus in the mid to late 1970s. They arrived in Canada over 30 years ago and eventually a little snot like me came along to cause them more grief ^_^
With all the blockbusters being released one after the other this summer, this one seems to have slipped under the radar.
Let's just hope it doesn't suck donkeyballs like George Clooney's last sci-fi flick, Solaris. Sandra Bullock's presence gives me hope, but it's not like she hasn't had her fair share of bombs in the past.
So I've been playing around with the HTC One since last night and aside from all the kickass hardware specs, which pretty much blows away every other phone on the market, I was pleasantly surprised by how simple and effective making a Zoe was.
I tried snapping sample images around me which turned out pretty, but were very uninteresting, so I decided to put together some photos/video I took a couple of years ago during a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains.
Had a hit today with my longtime hitting and dubs partner. This is our first time making a video together in over THREE years! We used to make videos like this all the time to track our progress, it's a very good learning tool. In fact, that was primarily what my YouTube account was about when I had first made it, chronicling my tennis journey.
Anyway, neither of us was at his best, but it's still pretty indicative of where we're at. I think not being in front of the camera for so long, we were both a bit nervous and didn't hit as well as we normally do. That will change as we continue to film our hits.
Here are the many faces of Schala, my second youngest.
Most All of my dogs (and I believe every dog owner can attest to this) are pretty well-behaved when supervised, but once you leave the room, they're BIG trouble! That's Schala in a nutshell.
Biologically, her partner in crime baby sister, Valentine:http://goo.gl/hNpqc is her twin even though they look nothing alike, but growing up, it was her older sister, Kid:http://goo.gl/rP0Cn whom we considered her to be a clone of.
Now that she's fully grown, Schala is her own personality and is unique in that she's the only one who has floppy ears. Every single one of my other dogs have firm, pointy ears. I have no idea what went wrong in the puppy factory XD
She's also the only one who spends over half her time sleeping on her back, whereas the rest of my pack are fairly normal with their sleeping habits. I'm not sure if it's related or not, but Schala is ridiculously flexible and limber so this allows her to assume the most awkward sleeping positions. She's constantly outstretched and always looks comfortable wherever and however she is. We always find in her the most comical positions, which begs the question: Where in the world did she learn all this from?!
When you lose someone you love, there's no sadness, there's no grief....
You don't feel anything at all. You don't think about it. It isn't good to think about it too much. Eventually, you have to say goodbye to everyone you meet. The only difference is whether that time will come sooner or later.
I love how Paul seamlessly transitions from one topic to the next while providing logical support despite it all being pure, but well-educated speculation. His thought experiments are highly rational and provoking.
It was really fun to read and I hope more and more people gravitate towards this way of thinking, it's really the only way we can (somewhat) experience the potential future and thought processes of those other than ourselves without actually being there (yet).
That, and "movies".....
Also, anyone else think Paul looks a bit like Gary Oldman? XD
From 7am to 7pm you are either going to work, at work, or coming back from work. The times when you can be most creative are garbage-compacted into your cubicle.
You eat shit at work. And, even worse, you have to shit next to your co-workers and Masters.
You realize that all the dollars you spent on degrees to get you a job that will make you happy were completely wasted. You were scammed but you can't let the next generation know so now you become part of perpetuating the scam.
Your spouse is tired of hearing about your job after six months. And you couldn't care less about hers. Ten years later you wake up next to a total stranger. 40 years later you die next to one.
When you were a kid you liked to draw, and read, and run, and laugh, and play, and imagine a magical world. You're never going to do any of that again.
I'm not actually that moody today, I just agree wholeheartedly with the answer to this question, particularly the fourth paragraph.
For example, astronomers recently used Kepler data to estimate that 6 percent of the galaxy's 75 billion or so red dwarfs — stars smaller and dimmer than the sun — likely host habitable, roughly Earth-size planets.
That works out to a minimum of 4.5 billion "alien Earths," the closest of which may be just 13 light-years or so away, according to the study.
I just watched this last night and have some initial thoughts/burning questions about the movie:
Why was the entire Odyssey crew in deep (cryo)sleep when they hadn't even broken Earth's orbit yet? Seems a bit premature....
And how in the f*ck did Julia survive 50-60 years in space in that capsule? Where'd she poo?!
In fact, why was an entire NASA ship with actual propulsion engines not able to escape the retraction field (or whatever) of the Tet, but the escape pods--with, I'm assuming, no greater ability to provide thrust--able to break free?
Why wasn't Victoria 52 at her desk doing her effing job (like Victoria 49 would be) when Jack 49 was beating the shit out of Jack 52?
How come the Tet/Sally was too stupid to realize that Jack 49 had defected? It's not like he didn't make that very clear numerous times, particularly when Victoria 49 flat out told her he was no longer "effective"?
You would think with advanced alien tech, bioscanners, and the ability to clone humans, the Tet would be able to tell the difference between a white woman and a black man...
Did the Scavengers really believe the best way to become friends with Jack was to wear masks and pretend to be the hostile aliens for 50 f*cking years?
I guess that one probe they managed to procure at the end had the equivalent payload of 10 nuclear fuel cells, which the humans had painstakingly gathered over the years or..... again, the Tet has shitty Wal-Mart scanners that are incapable of detecting radioactive anomalies on board, but is able to determine there's a foreign body present on one of its own returning ships.
Is Jack Harper bullet proof?
Did Tom Cruise and Will Smith's dad blow up the Tet on Independence Day?
Whoever wrote Prometheus most likely wrote the second half of Oblivion and needs to find a new job.
This movie was still better than TDKR and Skyfall.
He's old (17), almost blind, and missing his teeth, but Crono still finds ways to amuse me everyday.
Just prior to this I was giggling like a moron because I had accidentally dropped a bread crumb on the floor, but Cro immediately tracked it down (with his nose?). I proceeded to give him a second piece, which he also thought I dropped--I didn't--and began searching frantically. I grabbed my camera thinking it was a funny moment to capture, but instead this happened:
I ran out of bread, but completely unaware, Crono starts munching on my fingers instead ^_^
You had a very fortunate career, The Rape Artist formerly known as Kob-Me.
Just did a quick compilation of some stats to prove my point:
The Lakers started out 1-11 this season when Kobe scored 30 or more. They finished strong despite his overwhelming selfishness and managed to up that record to a respectable 16-18 by the end of the season.
The Lakers had a 24-11 record when Kobe shot less than 20 shots and his teammates were involved.
Normally a team's best player scores more in wins than losses, this season Kobe averaged 25 ppg in WINS, and 30 ppg in LOSSES. I have never seen anything that dramatic before.
For kicks, I sifted through career stats of some all-time greats on www.basketball-reference.com to see what their scoring differentials were in wins vs losses and Kobe Bryant is the ONLY player with a negative impact, that is, he scores more in losses than wins--meaning his team loses games more often than win because of him.
These were the players I checked:
MJ, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Antawn Jamison, etc., and I'm pretty sure every single other superstar I could think of since the beginning of time.
Obviously, his superstar caliber teammates: Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol were also positive. Hell, even CARMELO ANTHONY, someone who is almost Kobe's equal in terms of selfishness had a positive differential.
I'm bored so I'm going to start keeping track of this. Everyone seems to be getting into shape and I have nothing better to do so I'm going to work on my vertical leap which I haven't done in about 10 years since I dropped basketball and picked up tennis.
In elementary and high school, I pretty much played ball every single day and was also on the volleyball team, but my technique was never the greatest. I made up for it with brute athleticism, but after learning so much from tennis about the importance of proper form, I'm going to apply it to this and see if I can regain all the inches I've lost over the years.
I used to be able to jump 40+, but after viewing this, I can see I might not even be at 30 inches, which is really sad for me....