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So I was able to get some new apps for the iPhone. And let me tell you, I will never be bored again! And my battery will always die on me…
I know, I know. I haven’t blogged about the Lakers since the season ended and actually since even before then. I’m sorry. I’ve just been going crazy over this bike riding thing and incorporating it into Word Press, the way I want to incorporate into WordPress.
Anyways, onto the Lake show. I was really surprised by Game 1. No it wasn’t the fact that Kobe had a horrendous night, because he has one of those every now and again. What surprised me was the fact that Kobe realized he was having a bad night.
Usually, when Kobe has a bad night, it’s going to be a long night for the Lakers. He just keeps jacking up shots while the other 4 guys stand around and watch. But that definitely was not the case in Game 1. There was more passing and more swinging the ball which resulted in Pau getting 36-16-8.Â DAMN!! I didn’t know Pau had it in him. Now, I will acknowledge, many of those 16 boards came from Kobe denting the backboard with his 26 shots, its still a good sign when your center has a near triple double.
Another great thing about Game 1 was how easy Pau’s baskets were.Â AlmostÂ all of his shots came right at the rim. Take a look at this shot chartÂ from ESPN.com, and look at Pau’s shots for the entire game. He took 20 shots but it Â only shows 6!! NowÂ hoverÂ above and around theÂ circle rightÂ in front of the rim. It should change a few times for his many many makes from right in front!Â Â I know Denver doesn’t really have a legit big man (Camby is nice, but those 3 inches are a huge advantage for Pau) but this will at the least boost Pau’s confidence. Hopefully when he has to go up against Duncan or KG down the rode, he will not be intimidated.
As for Game 2, everyone knows by now that it was the Kobe show! Yes, he had 49 points, but the really great part of this game was his 10 assists. His career best is 15 and WashingtonÂ back in 2002, but he only had 23 points then.Â If Kobe played like this every game, there is no way the Lakers could lose. Of course, the assists only happen if he other guys are actually making their shots. Thankfully for Lakers, the other guys have been hitting their shots all year.
And when will 2nd tier idiots stop talking smack? First some idiot named DeShawn Stevenson, who I’d never even heard of until this series, calls out Lebron and the Cavs, who promptly put the smack down on them in Games 1 and 2.Â Then K-MartÂ at the end ofÂ Game 1 and JR Smith in Game 2 were justÂ talking up Kobe. And Kobe just destroyed JR in Game 2. Even as he was getting schooled, JR just wouldn’t shut up. I mean you just got rocked on national television in front of at least the 30K in the stands plus the millions watching at home. JUST STOP TALKING!! It’s a known fact that great superstars like Kobe, Lebron, MJ and even Tiger, thrive on proving to people just how good they are. Why would you want to give them incentive? Just because you had one good game against them on an off night, doesn’t mean you are a Kobe/Lebron stopper. You just got lucky and caught them on an off night. The last thing you want to do is tell them they played bad cuz you are so good. If you do, just prepare to get destroyed the next time you face them.]]>
So, on the suggestion of a colleague, lets call him, Jay, I have decided to take up bike riding. The goal of which is to be able to ride my bike to work. I figure this way, I can get my exercise, because we all know I need to lose a few, without over exerting myself. I mean bike riding is more fun than running, right? Plus with the help of my handy dandy Mio c310x GPS, I can keep track of how much I’ve ridden and track my progress.
Plus, there’s a really cool plug-in for WordPress that will let me show the map on the blog, so I can put it down on paper. It’s pretty cool, but I’m talking to the developer of the plug-in to see if he can add a few other features that I’ve seen on other maps. Here is a sample of my ride on 4/14/08.
UPDATE: The developer is kindly updating this plugin, so there are some new features added that make some of the things in the following paragraph irrelevant.
UPDATE 2: I am now working on a plugin to do what I want it do. So we shall see what happens. The map may or may not display properly for a bit. Sorry. But it will be back.
As you can see, the problem is that it doesn’t give me time, or distance or average speed or anything, so there really is no way to actually track my progress. I know it’s possible, because I’ve seen it implemented on other sites, but just not integrated into WordPress. If my programming skills were any better, I’d try to hack something together, but just looking at these lines of code makes my head hurt! I might take another shot at it over the weekend, but we’ll see. Hopefully the developer of the plug-in will be able to figure it our really quick…]]>
OK, so we are back up and running. This may once again be a temporary thing, but I’m testing a few items. This site is now hosted on 1and1, but the my mail server is still with the old company. I’m going to be testing over the next few days, but it all looks good so far.
New Changes are:
So, I don’t know if anyone is reading this, but just in case you are riveted by my every word and are just waiting for my next post, I just wanna let you know that I’m gonna be moving the site to a different server. Hopefully this will also involve moving to WordPress since it has more features that I want to incorporate. So the site will be up and down for the next 24 hours or so, so be patient and i’ll be back ASAP. ‘Cuz, I know you’re all just waiting for my next post]]>
So after I tore into the Lakers last week after their loss to the Blazers, how do they respond? By winning the next 3 games by easily beating the lowly Clippers, playing a decent game against the Hornets and clamping down and soundly beating the defending champion Spurs. Is Phil reading this blog, you think? I said their team defense needed to improve and in all three games they did an excellent job. Sure, the Hornets clawed back in the second half, when they started getting lazy, but that’s human nature. When you’re up by 30, you relax. I’m sure it won’t happen in the playoffs. Once the playoffs start, Kobe knows he’s close, and will go for the kill night in and out. Hopefully he does it playing team ball and not My Ball!!]]>
So the Lakers lost again last night. To the Blazers, in Portland again. I think that’s their 6th loss in a row up there. And it wasn’t even close. The Blazers had an wide open layup line, even with Gasol in the middle. How do they expect to compete for a title, which most of the national pundits have said is their’s for the taking, if they can’t play consistent defense night in and night out. I mean sure, the Blazers have come a long way from their ‘JailBlazer’ days and are an up and coming team, but they are still in the lower echelon of teams. There is no reason the Lakers should be down to the Blazers by 18 at any point.
Their lack of defense is so bad that players are routinely getting highs against the Lakers. Aldridge got 16 boards(season high), and Roy, despite being dropped by Lamar, got 12 assists, a career high. But the real shock was 3rd or even 4th option Channing Frye. Yes, that Channing Frye given up on by them Knickerbockers. He was killing the Lakers early and ended up with 22 points and 11 boards. And all three of them had double-doubles.
The biggest issue though is that they are never consistent. Some games, Kobe’s a passer, and other times, like last night, he’s a shooter. He took 26 shots, and only made 11. Now 26 isnt’ so bad for Kobe, his average is 20.9 FGA/Game according to stats.com, but it is really magnified when he only makes 11 of them. And its not like everybody else was off, he was just hogging last night. Lamar was 5-8, Vlad was 6-12 and 5-9 from Three point land. Gasol was was 7-12 and D. Fish only took 4 shots!! That’s insane.
Another thing that has been bugging me is Kobe and Lamar. Does Kobe have something against Lamar? There are times that because of Lamar’s size and speed, he CANNOT be guarded by the other team. Case in point, last month, when they played Houston during the crazy 22 game winning streak, it seemed like Kobe’s “Hero syndrome” took over and he wanted to be the guy that ended that streak. Houston’s Shane Battier shut Kobe down, and he went only 11-33!! Lamar was being guarded mainly by Luis Scola and Luther Head, and was tearing them up. But he only got 10 shots and made 7 of them. If Kobe had taken 10 fewer shots and Lamar had taken only 5 more shots (and some other guys take the other 5 five) I’m sure the Lakers would have been in a spot to win.
A couple nights ago against Dallas, Kobe wen into passing mode and only took 14 shots and made 7 of them. But Gasol went 11-20 and Lamar went 12-14. 12-14!! Thats insane in this league. And again, it was because nobody on Dallas could guard him. When they put Dirk on him, he took him off the dribble and when they put someone small on him, like Josh Howard or Devan George, he used his size to post them up. He finished with 31 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. Now thats a stat line.
I know what some of you are saying, Lamar is too inconsistent. I totally agree. Lamar needs to find his groove, but its hard with Mr. MVP hogging the ball. As we’ve seen, when Kobe takes fewer shots, Gasol and Odom will usually answer the call. So, Kobe, as Keyshawn would say, Just give him the Damn Ball!]]>
I love open source software. In fact this blog is open source (kind of). For those that don’t know, open source software is software whose source code (or the guts of the program that you can’t see) is open and available to anyone who wants it. Normally they edit it change it and redistribute it. And the best part is that it is usually FREE for regular users who don’t know how to write such programs. And especially for a wannabe computer geek like me, its great because I can play with, mess it up and still have support from the community, all the writers of said program.
So I finally decided to give OpenOffice, the biggest open source competitor to MS Office a whirl, since I needed to do a database and wanted to learn something new. A buddy of mine did it in Access in about 10 minutes and it looked good. So I dowloaded OpenOffice, all 175 megabytes of it and installed it. I started playing around with Base (their version of Access) and got nowhere. I needed to take some numbers, like dates and distance, and make a simple graph. I wanted it to plot out how many miles I rode a certain day, depending on data I input into a form. So I design the table and the forms, and then set out to do a report with a chart.
Now, the nice thing with OpenOffice is that everything is integrated. Meaning I can open a word document while in the database piece, or open a spreadsheet while in the word processor. But there is such a thing as too much integration. Designing a report and chart should be easy and simple to do. With OpenOffice, when I told it to do a report, it opened up Writer (Word equivalent) and wanted to do the report in there. So I said, fine, no problem. But then when I told it what i wanted to do, it added the dates and miles together and gave me some wacky numbers like 8/12/2016 and 535 miles!!!!
I searched and searched, and came up with nothing. No help nowhere. Everytime I searched for the possibility of graphs and charts in Base, it kept redirecting me to Calc (Excel). Even my buddy, a self proclaimed Access guru, couldn’t figure it out. I mean, if the point is to take Microsoft down and overtake some market share from MS Office, you’d think you’d make the software intuitive and easier to use? But if a techie can’t get it working, how do you expect regular joe schmoe to?]]>