Breakups and Rebounds. Bi-Yearly.

Twice per year I go through a mental breakup/rebound process.

I have to wean myself off of San Francisco Giants baseball and rebound to San Jose Sharks hockey every fall, and vice versa every spring.

First off, I nowhere near claim to know everything about either of these teams, but I’m hopelessly obsessed with watching my teams play! This year, I’ve spent a gross amount of money (for me) on watching sports, and I know there will be more to be spent.

I can’t explain what it is that makes me love watching so much. I rep my team’s colors whenever I can. Sometimes subtly, sometimes less so. Perhaps it’s the amount of community I feel when going out to root for my home teams. And also the rebellious feeling when I’m out of town and show off my teams. Especially when I’m in Southern California, and hand over my Giants debit card and catch cashiers off guard. That card is also a great conversation starter.

But anyway. I grew up with Giants baseball. My father grew up in San Francisco watching them so, naturally, it carried over to my siblings and I. He’s the reason I’ve played softball for 19 years now. It’s only been more recent (maybe past 8 years) that I’ve really been able to appreciate baseball more, and it keeps growing 🙂

As for hockey, I only picked it up maybe 3-4 years ago now. And, oh my goodness, it’s just getting worse! After a softball game, we piled into a teammate’s living room to watch stuff and/or play video games. At one point, the Sharks game was on his big, pretty HD TV. And I said, “Wow, hockey. Where have you been all my life?” And I still haven’t been able to satisfy my need to watch hockey.

The lockout this past year was tough. It’s like something was missing from life! Oh, it was. I wasn’t following any sports! And, no, I have not picked up football…yet. There’s a few out there determined to make me understand, and I welcome it!

I’m lucky in that hockey and baseball are mostly on the other’s off-season. There’s a little overlap, but it’s good. It gives me the chance to wiggle my way over to hockey-mode in the fall, and back over to baseball-mode in the spring.

Right now, it’s super-hockey-mode because the Sharks are in the playoffs! We’ll see tomorrow (Game 7 of the 2nd round against the LA Kings) what my next step is.. Heartbreak with a fast forced rebound back to baseball? Or a nerve wracking step forward to round 3, keeping baseball very close by?

Unfortunately and fortunately, I’m going to the Giants game tomorrow with my dad, which overlaps the Sharks game. Oh my..

[PS, I’m sure you all were expecting something different. Sorry for the disappointment. Except I’m not ;P]

What Old Screenshots Say About You

[NOTE: This was originally posted to my Facebook notes a while back, but I think it’s appropriate to reblog here. It’s pretty entertaining. Have fun!]

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Old Screenshot

It’s 11-11-04, which was my first quarter in college (UC Riverside). The time is 2:34am. It was a Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and I’m up doing math homework.

Sometimes, doing math homework at 2:30am just doesn’t process, especially online, and we’re susceptible to frustration. It appears I was so frustrated, I typed the words fuck, this, fucking and problem into the four answer boxes, and pressed Continue, or Submit, or whatever the hell it was. Browser didn’t like that very much and decided to crash out on me. A sure sign I should probably just give up and go to sleep. I might have. Or I might have finished my homework after sarcastically laughing at the irony. I don’t actually remember.

That, however, is the typical part of this screenshot. What does the rest say about me?

I used Winamp. I never upgraded to Winamp 5 because it sucked. They just released a new one a few weeks ago, and I have yet to get it. I think I will, for the sake of reminiscience. Did you know I made my own Winamp skin way back then? Using MS Paint? I used to be so much more creative. Then real life happened..This disappoints me.

Cool Math in another tab? What the hell is Cool Math? Well.. It’s a website that tries to tell you math is “cool” with its black background and fairly rainbow colored text. I can dig it. Actually, I was too cheap to buy a fancy graphing calculator like everyone else, and no one had smart phones yet, so I used the Java one they had built in there. This was way cooler because it was an all black background and used red and yellow text. Right? It still exists, but my work thinks the website is full of “games” and is blocked. It probably does have games. Because games are cool.http://www.coolmath.com/graphit if you’re interested.

Speaking of tabs, this is 2004 we’re talking. Who the fuck else had tabs? And what is SlimBrowser? Actually, SlimBrowser was a (hugely unofficial) “add-on” for Internet Explorer, introduced to me by a friend, and I fell in love with it. It really cleaned up the thing, and added a few extra features, such as tabs. So I liked being innovatively efficient. That’s definitely nothing new. But I now see that my need for efficiency started earlier than I thought.

Speaking of efficiency… University broadband was a huge hell yes. Boy, was that an upgrade from DSL at home! Actually, I was using dial-up in the hotel room we lived in up until about a month before I left for UCR. Can we say HELLOOOOO, WORLD! But yes, bigger pipes lead to bigger downloads. There was this thing called DC++ and it had a specific server thru that was only accessible if you were on a university IP. P2P 2 t3h M4xx. It was absolutely brilliant! So look what I was downloading. Halo 2 leak.. Yes, for regular xBox. It had come out 2 days prior (November 9th). The download started well before that, and finished well after that. But it was free. My xBox was modded. Okay, it still is. And I still occasionally boot up this leak for kicks. (Don’t worry. I actually purchased the real version, and the rest of the modification used for silly homebrew games). Mainly because the leak turned out to be IN FRENCH. They called you “Chef” and can you just imagine the hilarity of the Covenant yelling French at you?! Assuming you don’t speak any French, that is. I’m sure it makes sense for those who can understand, but for me, high-pitched French accent gibberish coming from the lil grunts before I blew their blue brains out sent me into a giggle fest.

I was also on AIM. Using the same AIM name I’d already had for years, and am currently signed into at this moment. But no one was talking to me. Oh yeah, it was 2:34am.

Yeps… That’s my life for you.

Best Accessory for my iPhone 5

I love my iPhone. A lot. It does everything that I need it to quickly and very well. I do, however, have one single qualm.

The new lightning port. Manufacturers are having a difficult time replicating it, and it’s imperative that I have more than one cable. I’ve learned that I’m awesome at leaving it at work, home, or friend’s houses when I need it the next day.

I have had two previous iPhones and two versions of the iPod in my Apple history, and they all have had the same sync/charge cable.

Buying a single new cable would cost me $19.

So would this Lightning to Micro USB Adapter. Best $19 ever spent to fix a problem.

Micro USB to Lightning Adapter for iPhone 5

Why? Because micro USB cables are so cheap and easy to come by.

After my adapter purchase, I then paid a visit to Newegg and picked up FOUR micro USB cables for a grand total of $3.20. (Free shipping with ShopRunner..thanks!)

Four cables!

The adapter is tiny though, and at first I had a fear of losing it. I decided to keep it in the change pouch of my wallet because that’s the one thing that goes everywhere with me. When I hastily need to leave, I simply leave it on the phone, and it barely gets in the way. It stays in well, too.

It’s the same size as the charge cable plug so you can easily see if it will fit with your phone case. If the cable fits, the adapter fits.

It’s unfortunate that we have to go through such ordeals to have multiple chargers for our beloved iPhone 5, but hey, it could be worse!

Why Do I Have to go to The Gym?

Every time I think about going to the gym, I’m reminded how lazy people have become. I’m still uncertain as to what to blame. It’s not just one thing.

Everyone knows I’m lazy. That’s not the point, nor is this supposed to be a reflection of myself but society in general. If you’re lazy like me, going to the gym is a chore.

Think about it. A gym. It’s primary purpose is to challenge the body, keep yourself healthy through physical fitness. They didn’t have gyms for everyone way back in the olden days, or whenever.

We are reliant on the technological advances of the times. Most things nowadays are so simplified and we don’t get the proper amount of exercise by performing daily tasks. We hardly walk anywhere anymore. There are cars, buses, even food delivery. Tractors are used in construction. This is not to say all tasks can be accomplished by tractors, but sure, it takes a lot of the physical work and time out of it.

It’s funny looking around and thinking about why each person is here. Because whatever we do normally, it’s not enough. I play softball once a week, and dance once a week. If I had the resources to do that all the time, and I could get an equivalent work out, I’d much rather be on the field or in the studio.

Some people do enjoy coming to the gym every day. I wish I was one of them! But I’m still intrigued as to why facilities like this -need- to exist.

Today, I chose to write this as I slowly watched the timer count down on the elliptical. Almost… There!

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The Phantom’s 50 Ways to Say My Girlfriend’s Dead

Train’s 50 Ways to Say Goodbye is a completely reminds me of two completely different songs. And for different reasons.

1. The Vandals’ My Girlfriend’s Dead

Conceptually, My Girlfriend’s Dead and 50 Ways to Say Goodbye are quite similar. One is a little more self-loathing? Maybe? Okay, no, not really.

Train: Placing blame on self, looking for sympathy. “It’s not you, it’s me”
Vandals: Embarrassed, matter-of-fact, avoiding the situation. “It’s a total lie but it’s easier on me / Than having to admit that she likes someone else”

Vandals lyrics:
“I say it’s leukemia or sometimes bulimia / Or a great big truck ran her over and chopped off her head”
“Please change the subject, I’m going to go / Jump off a building and join her in heaven”

Train lyrics:
“She went down in an airplane / Fried getting suntanned / Fell in a cement mixer full of quicksand”
“She met a shark under water / Fell and no one caught her”
“She was caught in a mudslide / Eaten by a lion / Got run over by a crappy purple Scion”
“She dried up in the desert / Drowned in a hot tub / Danced to death at an east side night club”

I guess this just goes to show that the “she died” excuse is still…alive?

2. Phantom of the Opera

There’s two occasions of roughly 1.2 or so lines of lyrics that have strikingly similar notes/sound.

Cast: “In sleep he sang to me/ In dreams he came”
Train: “My heart is paralyzed / My head was ov–”

Cast: “And do I dream again / For now I find”
Train: “You said it’s meant to be / That it’s not–”

 

Here are all three songs in a Spotify playlist:
Train/Phantom/Vandals

Am I crazy?!