Tournament Time

It’s go time. I’m taking a last look at my picks here in the next hour or so before I lock them in. Them I’m going outside and setting $20 on fire, which is the grand total I’m wagering on pools this year. Or perhaps I should take that $20 and hand it to a […]

KU Hoops: A Fine Weekend

I hate it when my favorite team makes me look dumb. I pick this as the year KU’s Big 12 title streak ends and they go out and win the conference by two games. They lose their only effective big man going into the conference tournament, and have to play a team that dominated them […]

Reaching for the Stars, Vol. 4

Chart Week: March 5, 1983 Song: “Allentown” – Billy Joel Chart Position: #17, 15th week on the chart. Peaked at #17 for six straight weeks from February through March. This week’s edition is the first that draws from SiriusXM’s VJ Big 40 show on its Eighties on 8 channel. For those not familiar, Eighties on […]

Friday Playlist

“Espionage” – Preoccupations. Going back to their days performing as Viet Cong, this band has always mined the dark, post-punk sounds that came straight from Joy Division. I wasn’t crazy about this song at first, but it’s really grown on me in recent weeks. “Living” – EERA. Another dark and brooding song. I must be […]

KU Hoops: Seriously, Again?

As the Billy Preston saga wrapped up in February someone posted the following list of how KU’s recent top front court recruits had performed in the NCAA tournament their freshman year: 2014 – Joel Embiid played 0 minutes in two games due to injury. 2015 – Cliff Alexander played 0 minutes in two games due […]

Reader’s Notebook, 3/6/18

My torrid pace of reading in 2018 continues. I knocked out two more books in the Y: The Last Man comic series and am still enjoying it. And I’m still working through Nick Hornby’s Ten Years in the Tub. And then I knocked out a few other books over the past couple weeks. End of […]

D’s Notes

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a random notes post. As I’m kind of between longer posts, right now feels like the perfect moment to revisit that favorite of blog readers worldwide. Hoops A shame KU got blown out at Oklahoma State Saturday. But I A) wasn’t super surprised and B) didn’t really care. My […]

How Overnight Shipping Works

I love stuff like this: deep explanations into everyday things that are amazingly complex. We all know that it’s a logistical miracle how fast products can get shipped from one side of the globe to the other. Or even, say, some warehouse in Utah to your front door. This video breaks down how the major […]

Friday Playlist

“Blue Rose” – Amen Dunes. Amen Dunes is the project of New Yorker Damon McMahon. I knew nothing about him before I heard this song. I love it’s trippy, atmospheric, nostalgic vibe.  “6&5” – Jesse Marchant. I was so looking forward to Marchant’s Illusion of Love album after hearing the first two singles. Unfortunately the […]

College Hoops Part 2: The Bad

And now for the not-so-fun stuff surrounding college basketball. That’s right, no more Big Mondays this year. That’s sad. I’m kidding, of course. The real thing we need to discuss regarding college hoops is why in the hell the Big 10 is playing their tournament this week. Getting bumped by the lowly Big East and […]