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Wednesday, October 29, 2003



 
Here are my thoughts on the Kings-Cavs game tonight:

LaBron
1. Good Shooting: He was 12/20, with wild 3s at the end of each half (so really 12/18 for 67%). Contrast this to the 4/15 that his fellow rookies are pumping out.
2. Assists: 9 is a lot for a team that can't shoot. I think he was trying to pad that stat with a few passes when he should have shot, but overall he simply wasn't a ball hog.
3. Turnovers: This was the most impressive stat. Just 2, one questionable charge and one off Boozer's hands. Both of them might be classified as the "caught in the air" variety, common for all players, especially rookies.
4. Attitude: He didn't complain much when calls went against him, and didn't seem to let the crowd get to him.

Bremmer
I saw him play last year (Celtics at Rockets) and knew he could shoot. That could be a huge edition for them.

Davis
As long as he is hucking up shots and not playing defense, the Cavs will continue to lose.

Ilgauskis
Yeah, I don't care how to spell it. This guy is an all-star center? I guess Miller was, too, but he at least showed some ability to get rebounds.

Bibby
I was discussing his stats with a friend in class the other day. I pointed out his 17/8 the year before going to the Kings (while on a horrible Grizzlies team). He is now around 13/5, which is pretty run of the mill. However, how many other PGs shot 47% last year? Also, I saw a lot of: Bibby drives, draws the double, kicks it out, pass, pass, shot (no assist).
I also think the King's use of him is pretty poor. A lot of standing around the 3-point line, clogged up middle, and few picks (nevermind 'n-rolls).

Miller
I think this was a good pickup. The Kings are already stacked, and this is really just an upgrade from Kato. Losing Pollard doesn't matter, but Jim Jackson might end up hurting SF/SG depth.

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Monday, October 27, 2003



 
Somehow I've discovered a bunch of law student blogs. I like this post on a typical interview.

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I was surprised to learn that a UT Law professor (Leiter from EQI ratings fame) has a blog. I disagree with most of what he says, but like this post on the Socratic method.

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This article is really long, but worth it. Some snippets:

South Park has satirized the sixties counterculture (Cartman has feverish nightmares about hippies, who “want to save the earth, but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad”); anti-big-business zealots (a “Harbucks” coffee chain opens in South Park, to initial resistance but eventual acclaim as everyone—including the local coffee house’s owners—admits its bean beats anything previously on offer in the town); sex ed in school (featuring “the Sexual Harassment Panda,” an outrageous classroom mascot); pro-choice extremists (Cartman’s mother decides she wants to abort him, despite the fact that he’s eight years old, relying on the “it’s my body” argument); hate-crime legislation, anti-discrimination lawsuits, gay scout leaders, and much more. Conservatives do not escape the show’s satirical sword—gun-toting rednecks and phony patriots have been among those slashed. But there should be no mistaking the deepest thrust of South Park’s politics...

Miller, like Quinn, is unapologetically hawkish in the War on Terror. Dismissing the effectiveness of U.N. weapons inspectors in the run-up to the Iraq war, he says: “Watching the U.N. in action makes you want to give Ritalin to a glacier.” On war opponents France and Germany, he’s acid: “The French are always reticent to surrender to the wishes of their friends and always more than willing to surrender to the wishes of their enemies” and “Maybe Germany didn’t want to get involved in this war because it wasn’t on a grand enough scale.”


Note: Credit Instapundit with the link.

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Sunday, October 26, 2003



 
This might be the first time that I succeeded at daylight savings time.
Back when I worked Sundays, I was either an hour late or an hour early, so it all evened [that doesn't look right] out in the end.

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I think I just found UA's new head coach. Look at the hometown.
My other top candidates are Mike Stoops and Jimmy Johnson.

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Saturday, October 25, 2003



 
Watch Out Isotopes
Round Rock is switching over to Triple-A in 2005.
The Express broke the Double-A attendance record all 4 years of their existence, so I think this is a logical move. However, I think they will have to do some seating upgrades (perhaps put seats in left field) to meet the new demand.
I've now come full circle (really more of a figure-8): Giants/Firebirds (AAA) to Diamondbacks (MLB) to Sidewinders (AAA) to Express (AA) to Express (AAA).

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Friday, October 24, 2003



 
I liked Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It was about as scary as a movie can get, and had enough stuff that could be laughed at to break the tension (I'm not sure how much was intentional).

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From Unscrewed:
"He's got two [sticks on fire] in his mouth at once. This is like a girls-gone-wired trick."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003



 
I know Microsoft is retarded, but I've downloaded an XP update every day for about a week straight now.

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I think there is little doubt that Looper will close the rest of the games in this series for the Marlins.

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Note the last item in today's Police Beat: 12 credit cards!?

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I think my favorite of these is the nuke fish, and I thought the first one was a surfer.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2003



 
On a side note, I think Grags's Disaster by Decree is the best piece of legal writing ever.

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Today Grags noted that he was quoted twice in today's Daily Texan.

University to host January diversity symposium

Lino Graglia, a law professor at the University who opposes the use of race in admissions procedures, said he would attend the symposium if Faulkner invited him.

"For it to be an education exercise and not a propaganda exercise, you are going to have to have equally effective opponents from those sections," Graglia said. "It's necessary to have critics, and I doubt very much that that's what Larry Faulkner's going to want. College presidents rarely want discussions about this."


Grags also noted this comment by Bob Inman:

Bob Inman, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a retired Navy Admiral, said military leaders would be a benefit to the symposium because of their experience during the 1948 desegregation of the military.

"You've got to have people lead who look like those being led," Inman said. "You can't expect to have people follow if they don't see similarities in the people they are following. Among the leaders, you need a good strong mix of [people]."


He "wondered" whether this meant race, or whether it was talking about women, fat people, and short people. How similar do they have to look? Shouldn't human be similar enough?

Justice Department to review final roadmap

UT Law School Professor Lino Graglia, who worked as an attorney for the Department of Justice from 1952 to 1966, applauds Ashcroft for his commitment to principle and believes he will be fair.

"I have no reason to think that Ashcroft will not be impartial as much as I have reason to think any other attorney general will be impartial," Graglia said.


Grags said it was funny that he is the only professor they can find for a differing (non-liberal) viewpoint on any issue.

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Monday, October 20, 2003



 
For my interview lunch today, the firm took be to Chaucer's. Imagine an old English theme mixed with Japanese symbols and a mafia-like air.
The first named partner ordered enchiladas. Rather than salsa, they brought tobasco.
I had the sushi combination plate -- 3/6 were good.
I really think they weren't used to serving food.

Continuing my food day, I had Taco Bell Express at the airport.
Apparently, at TBE, Nachos Supreme are made with the broken chips (old style, not the new crispy ones) and topped with poorly melted "real" cheese (not nacho cheese).
Also, I still don't know the which is which between a chalupa and a gordita. I always seem to get the opposite of the one I want. Maybe it is TBE that's confused.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003



 
Classic Graglia quotes from yesterday:
•“Other Italians are musicians, dancers, lovers, athletes. I was good at none of those things, but I was a good student, so that’s what I did.”
•“I’m a very reasonable person. If you don’t agree with me, change your position.”
•“Some students ask me if they can bring the Constitution to the exam. I ask them ‘Haven’t you been listening?’”

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Baseball Musings, as usual, has excellent analysis of last night's game.

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For the first time (?), I will reprint a Firing Line letter in its entirety (emphasis added):

I'm a Pepper
I understand that many people are upset about Taco Bell's (apparent) association with slave-like labor conditions. I'm not going to take sides on that.

But I do have issue with demanding the removal of the Taco Bell franchise from the Union. If they go away, then Wendy's will be the only food service that has Dr Pepper. It's bad enough that there are only two in the Union right now, but for Bevo's sake, please don't remove one and allow Aramark to place yet another overpriced, crappy, not-open-nearly-enough-hours, Mr. Pibb-slinging atrocity in the Union.

Come on, this is Texas. Dr Pepper should be coming out of the drinking fountains. Cut it out, silly protestors.

Richard Crippen
Computer sciences senior

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This makes me also glad I didn't go to MIT.

"The majority of pacifists either belong to obscure religious sects or are simply humanitarians who object to taking life and prefer not to follow their thoughts beyond that point. But there is a minority of intellectual pacifists, whose real though unacknowledged motive appears to be hatred of western democracy and admiration for totalitarianism. Pacifist propaganda usually boils down to saying that one side is as bad as the other, but if one looks closely at the writings of the younger intellectual pacifists, one finds that they do not by any means express impartial disapproval but are directed almost entirely against Britain and the United States..."

- George Orwell, "Notes on Nationalism,"1945

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This makes me glad I'm not an undergrad at UT. My question is why these people want to limit other people's choices. If they want to take "diversity" classes, they can. Would it count for a black student to take Afro-American Studies?

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I'm not claiming prescience since I'm sure many other people thought this, but after the foul ball and especially after the A-Go error, the series was over.

I think what separates the Cubs from the Red Sox is that the former finds amazing ways to blow huge series leads while the latter finds amazing ways to blow huge games.

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I wonder if Nicole Kidman's favorite player is Graeme Lloyd.

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Hooray! I didn't go a full week without posting.

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One of the announcers said that just 28% of homeruns are hit with two strikes. He didn't mention the percentages of one or no strike counts, but I'm guessing those are also in the vicinity of 33%. I think a much more interesting breakdown would be all stats for all players by count.

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Tuesday, October 07, 2003



 
Here are things I found interesting about Fox's exit polls:
Only 4% of voters said they were gay. I've always heard that the percentage is 10-12.
16% of those who said that they strongly approved of Davis voted to recall him, and 9% of those who said they strongly disapproved voted to keep him.
61% of those who said CA's economy was excellent voted to recall.

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I'm satisfied.

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Job Hunt Update

2 rejections: Dallas, SoCal

I arranged two 2 callbacks today.

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I haven't done much blogging lately, but I did take the time to revamp the left panel.

Things I should have blogged about: Rush/McNabb, Wal-Mart, McClintock, my first callback, next semester, Coupling, other stuff I can't think of.

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Monday, October 06, 2003



 
Fucking Blogger just ate a huge post about Wal-Mart. I'll redo it if I care later.

UPDATE: Of course, this went through fine.

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On the other hand...

Not to get too specific, but today was my first "grand" day in a while. It helps when my most held stock (quantity and value) is up 38%. Who says the SCt does no good?

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#3?

Today, I was vacuuming my ceiling fans. This may seem extreme, but all of a sudden I have been pelted with little bits of fan dirt. Well, to make it easy in the bedroom, I put the vacuum on my desk chair. When I was done, I noticed that the vacuum ripped open the chair and sucked out a lot of the filling. The chair has been falling apart for a while, but I'd rather not spend a random $50 right now.

BTW, the window cost $224.21 (estimates ranged up to $290), and I haven't even retinted it yet (probably another $30).

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Sunday, October 05, 2003



 
Giants: I understand that usually your backup kicker is your punter, but I would think that some random QB or someone might be better.

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Pissed Off Blogging

Today, I put in a load of laundry. While checking the pockets, I found the remains of my OU ticket.
Then I went to get some lunch and discovered my little back passenger window broken. Nothing was stolen or anything, just vandalism. I'm especially pissed at my HOA because I don't believe that we have any security system after firing the last security company for not prosecuting a robber red-handed.
In all, a loss of about $400 in 30 minutes. I'm not even in Vegas.

These things happen in 3s, so I'm not looking forward to the rest of the day.

UPDATE: I think that the glass breakers did find a way to get into my car because the remote to my stereo is missing. No big deal since I didn't lose it, but that shows they did get in. The strange thing is that they didn't take anything else: CDs in the same center console as the remote, phone charger (they rummaged underneath it), or stuff in the glovebox (old glasses, leatherman) or the trunk (amp and sub and chair). I assume I'm safe in posting this since burglars aren't likely to read blogs, and because no one reads this one even if they did.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2003



 
Job Hunt Update

1 (phone) interview: Phoenix
1 rejection (another via email)

I am still torn by email rejections. On the one hand, I like to see paperlessness and speed. On the other hand, law isn't known for either of those things. On the third hand, I doubt an emailed thank-you letter would be looked at very favorably.

On the phone interview, I found out how they got my info, and it was nothing unusual. Well, kind of unusual, but not underhanded.

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