Makes it seem like far less of a coincidence that it was Jose Molina catching when Brett Lawrie was twice denied a walk.
Category Archives: Entertainment
Today I heard Pearl Jam’s Even Flow on Q107, Toronto’s classic rock radio station. I’m not sure how many would consider it classic rock, but it certainly has a better home there than on Edge 102, Toronto’s station that calls itself “new rock” (despite still playing Nirvana 6 times a day). The time when Even Flow came out is about as far from today as from when Led Zeppelin started making music.
I’m watching Pulp Fiction, and I started to notice extra details like shot selection and scene construction, and character development. So now as I’m watching the movie, I’m spotting them, and looking them up on another website to learn even more about them.
I’m using film theory and literary analysis, by choice. I feel so mature.
I went surfing and it wasn’t great. It just required so much paddling compared to the thrill of riding waves (if caught, and even then, standing up is tough). So I started wondering about the fun of an activity vs the effort it requires. I wondered if there was a ratio above which the activity becomes “worth it”.
Volleyball and golf are low-effort and lots of fun. Squash, soccer, and ultimate are high-effort, but also fun. Baseball isn’t as fun, but definitely requires less effort.
The issue of going to the gym to work out – not fun by any means, but still something I enjoy, ruins this whole idea. There must be other factors. Feeling of reward from good exercise and possibly endorphins. And then level of competition, the company you’re around, etc.
It’s nice that things can’t be boiled down to just numbers. Some concepts are just too complicated. Life is complicated. If it was so simple, it wouldn’t be worth doing.
Here is a list of many of the super powers that Mario has shown in games:
- Can jump to multiple times his own height
- Can change direction in mid air
- Can fly using a cape, hat with wings, or (even more amazingly) a raccoon tail. At least the propeller mushroom makes some sense.
- Can ingest a magic mushroom and grow to twice his size
- Can ingest a “fire” flower and be able to generate and throw fireballs
- Can ingest an “ice” flower and be able to generate and throw ice pellets
- Can walk up walls beyond the normal limits of physics
- Does not get hurt falling from a great height
- Can jump and accelerate quickly downwards
- Can fly through empty space without suffocating.
- Can spin with enough force to break through otherwise solid ground or kill otherwise lethal enemies
- The enemies that die by being stepped on from above
- The vines that are strong enough to support his weight when he holds on or climbs
- The frog suit that improves jumping makes some sense (similar to wearing something on ones feet)
- The penguin suit that allows him to slide around on some surfaces
- The hat that allows him to walk through some walls
- The hat that turns his body into a metallic substance.
What if more large concerts had closing bands? It sounds like a weird idea, and possibly taking away from the headliner, but really, it would be a great way to ensure better outflow (is that a word?) when a concert ends. Might be a big improvement from 20,000 people leaving the venue all at once.
I wonder why it doesn’t happen more often.
Does it make a difference to a hockey team if the player who takes a penalty is a defenceman rather than a forward? I’ve never played hockey, but it seems like it would be worse to have a defenceman in the box. Because a power-play unit is usually 2F, 2D, that might tire your 5 defencemen a little more. Or would it not really matter?
What a good night for Burrows. And Vancouver.
What games would people watch on TV? They probably all exist already in some fashion, but here are some thoughts:
Televised Poker (nobody would ever watch this, right?)
Televised Call of Duty
Televised Magic: The Gathering
Televised Beer Pong
When I thought about things like poker and darts, I wondered where the line is drawn between “game” and “sport”, and also “activity”. Is darts a sport? If a sport involves physical ability, including dexterity, then beer pong is just as much a sport as darts. And considering “activity”: I would think that snowboarding and biking are sports when you race or do tricks in competition, and activities otherwise. It follows then that individual things can be “activities” but team things can’t. No matter how little you care about winning, I would still call volleyball and rugby “sports”. Golf is some sort of exception, because playing a round alone, even if you don’t keep score, I believe would still qualify as a sport.
And now I can’t stop thinking about this.