Politics seems to be dividing folks at an ever increasing rate. My interests are geared toward figuring out how to increase civic engagement and help people work together. We have so many things to accomplish as a society. Opportunities exist to move things forward. We just have to decide to strengthen the social fabric and encourage a higher degree of civility.
We the people have to figure out how to work together to drive things forward. Things are complex and seem to be getting more complex every year. I spent some time thinking about complexity modeling and dealing with complexity theory. From the edges of chaos theory to evaluating machine learning and artificial intelligence my research has been focused, but it has ended up being less than fruitful. That happens from time to time.
Entertainment can be a distraction from politics. A lot of people are probably looking for a distraction from politics this week. Today one example of that is the third game of the 2017 NBA finals. Watching the NBA finals today has been somewhat disappointing. Basketball is something that I generally enjoy watching. Today the first half of the game just did not resonate with me. Overall the rise of senselessly deep three point shots and endlessly rolling offensive sets does not really entertain me. Some of the intensity within the game was interesting.
Today some notes were taken with my Parker fountain pen. Getting back into the habit of taking a few notes throughout the day is healthy. It is a good part of stringing things together. It is amazing just how much I have enjoyed the switch to fountain pens. The sheer amount of enjoyment was unexpected.
College football bowl matchups should be catching my attention. For some reason they are not really catching my attention this year. John Paul has been talking about wanting to go to a Nuggets basketball game. That sounds like an exciting adventure. Weather in Colorado has turned bitterly cold. Walking into the game would be a bit of a challenge. Games at the Pepsi center are usually pretty warm.
Writing is both about the experience and the output. Sometimes a little bit of writing is akin to a little bit of thinking. Making sure you think things through is important. Yet again, I have been thinking about getting a bigger Chromebook to replace my ASUS Flip. Naturally, it would be easy to conclude that I always want the next great computer. It would probably be prodent to recognize that I should just focus on getting the most out of the technology already in my arsenal.
It has been a very interesting and wild week. I went to the Chiefs vs. Broncos game last Sunday. The game was moved from early to late. A touch of food poisoning picked up at the game wiped me out for the rest of the week. It absolutely wiped me out. The experience made me glad I got my flu shot this year. Great health is nothing to take for granted. Sometimes a truly uncomfortable experience is enough to remind you just how important maintaining and sustaining good health can be.
Speaking of thinking about the value of great health, I was going to send a note to the owner of the Cleveland Browns offering to help fix the franchise. It turns out the owner is staying the course. That will render my offer for assistance unnecessary. My theories on recruiting and team building could probably assist Cleveland. Late this month I might sketch out a basic 100 day play. That could be a fun diversionary exercise.
Yesterday involved a late night of television watching. That holds true for a large portion of the nation. It seemed like a good day to change my routines. I was motivated by a lack of sleep and some very real emotion about the election. Today I returned to walking on my treadmill. I knocked out 5,000 steps on that treadmill. Not only does that mark a healthy return to my exercise routine, but also it marks the return of my Fitbit to my daily activities. That return to using a Fitbit reminded me just how much more I wanted from the Fitbit Blaze. I’m not sure why Fitbit has kept the Blaze so spartan in terms of features. It handles showing calendar notices, calls, and texts, but does not do much else outside of tracking basic fitness data. The Fitbit Blaze does provide heart rate tracking, sleep logging, and step counts. That data helps me ensure that I’m getting enough sleep each night and logging at least 10,000 steps a day. With a good routine those things could happen organically, but it is easier to track with good historical data.
This morning I spent some time thinking about the National Football League (NFL). Viewership for the NFL in 2016 is down. This is a slide that will either have to be corrected or things are going to get far worse. We have the NFL RedZone channel. It is a channel we watch in our household throughout most Sundays. The commercial free aspects of the channel are fantastic. Every week I set my fantasy football library lineup. Even with access to every scoring play my enthusiasm for the NFL has been diminished. The games are not fluid to watch anymore. Something has changed. I’m not sure what exactly was the tipping point, but we are clearing on the other side of it.
Back in 2014 Mark Cuban correctly noted problems with NFL oversaturation. I would support a move back to Sunday only games. The Sunday schedule should be broken into four time slots with a late game being featured on the west coast. The games should reasonably follow the sun. Something needs to be done, but change may not come very quickly. The coverage and discussions related to the NFL have been dominated by off the field problems vs. on field content. Social media and the 24 hour news cycle have fueled a year long discussion. The discussion will always last longer than the season.
Over the years, I have collected football trading cards and paid close attention to statistics. That is a part of the game I have cared about for years. Recently, even picking up sports trading cards does not seem to hold my attention. Maybe I am alone in having diminished enthusiasm for the NFL. It is also possible that the NFL has a problem.
Saturday, at the end of the day I took off my Fitbit Blaze smart fitness watch. Nothing compelled me to put it back on this weekend. Maybe it is time to return to wearing my Citizen watch. The promise of smartwatches was certainly compelling. It was a narrative that promised the ability to do so many things. I would probably wear a fairly large watch to forgo having to carry a phone. We will see how long it takes before the Fitbit Blaze returns to my daily routine.
Tomorrow is going to be a very interesting day. Be bold. It could end up being a very memorable day. It could be a day that redefines things. Each new day provides the opportunity to be bolder. It provides the opportunity to be better. Each new day provides a host of opportunities. Those opportunities hinge on capturing the moment. The Denver Broncos football team is trying to capture the moment today during the course of playing against the New England Patriots. The past will always be the past. You have to be present and decided to take action in the moment. Taking control of the moment at hand defines us. Being empowered to take control of the moment separates action from inaction. Never abide procrastination. It poisons the well against the action we need to move forward.
The weather in Denver, Colorado is just right for football. Broadcast video quality for the game is excellent. The picture at 1080p is very sharp. At some point, the NFL will radically change the face technology in the United States by filming and broadcasting in 4k resolution. That shift in technology will be a major tipping point for both content provides and home theater systems. We have a Sony Bravia television that is capable of 1080p resolution. It does not appear the cable or satellite television companies will be delivering 4k content this year. Only the NFL as an organization could cause a wholesale technological shift.
It happened again today. I double brewed the same K-Cup. After finishing a cup of Starbucks Tribute blend this morning, I reused the same K-Cup to brew an additional half cup of coffee. Yes – the same K-Cup was used to brew two cups of coffee. I feel like this is starting to happen a couple of times a week. I’m not exactly sure when it started, but it has definitely been happening. It does not seem to harm the Keurig machine, but it might be (I’m not sure how it would). Other people probably do the same thing, but I’m not sure they openly admit to such poor coffee etiquette.
I spent some time today working on a backup of my websites. Apparently, an image gallery got corrupted or removed somewhere along the way. This week the top posts and pages widget was enabled within my primary weblog. After inspecting some of the posts that were people were reading, I quickly discovered that some images from 2012 were not appearing. That seemed like a weird thing to disappear. It took a few minutes to grab a backup and restore the images via FTP.
Yesterday during the evening, the fantasy baseball keeper league I patriciate in held a draft. Things are really up in the air on my draft. This season really could go a number of ways. I’m hoping to improve my performance this year. The foundation has been set. I’m going to have to watch early performance and be willing to make some changes early in the season.
Writers tend to write about what they know. That writing can often by very personal. My writing usually has a fairly detached viewpoint. This morning my writing is fueled by a Starbucks Tribute blend K-Cup. The tasting notes for the Tribute blend list it being a dark coffee with dark cherry and spice notes. At this point in time, this is my favorite cup of coffee. That could change tomorrow, but today you can consider it to be a fact.
Today marks the 4 year anniversary of the fantasy baseball keeper league I participate in online. The live draft is tonight. It should be an interesting event. My team will probably be populated with tons of Kansas City Royals players. That could be a winning formula this year. The Kansas City Royals team did very well last year.
NCAA tournament committee personal help build the brackets. They end up making choices about what teams will end up facing each other. The only part that matters for a team is making the field. Anything can happen after the tournament starts. Being a part of March Madness opens the door. My emotions are rarely worn on my sleeve, but this year has been a roller coaster. Joni and I elected to stay at home to watch what turned out to be the final game of the season. I knew it was going to be a rough one to watch. In the end, it really was a tough loss to watch.
NCAA officials need to adjudicate things quickly. Cliff Alexander should have been able to play. Bill Self does a masterful job of coaching high low sets within the game. Cliff could have been a part of that. The dynamics within the game change when the paint is active.
Overall, I would have liked to see more high low offense this year. This year Bill Self did a great job of coaching a team comprised of mostly younger players. Next year may be a very interesting year if most of the team comes back. After this year the team knows what it means to make the tournament. College basketball teams go through cycles. This is one of the more interesting ones for the University of Kansas.
Joni and I got to attend the November 24, 2014 game vs. the Broncos of Rider University. It was great to get to watch the team in person. College basketball is a sport that is best enjoyed in person. Television viewing angles are not wide enough to truly show how the team is working together.