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Month: October 2015

Top 5 things I read for the week ending October 30, 2015

Russell, the Creator

As the NBA season tips off, there was a lot of good writing related to basketball, but this deconstruction of Russell Westbrook’s current skills and capabilities was one of the best. I’ve read a lot of things about Oklahoma City being Russ’ team now, but I’m not sure I buy into that. Still, the Westbrook – Durant tag team has the potential to be more potent than ever.

Luke Skywalker, Sith Lord

The Force Awakens is in full hype mode. I’m not completely buying this theory of Luke turning to the Dark Side, but love the extreme dissection performed in that article to come to that conclusion.

The Lonely Death of George Bell

In the dim light, Mr. Bertone emptied his drink. “You know, I miss him,” he said. “I would have liked to see George one more time. He was my friend. One more time.”

Haunted by hackers: A suburban family’s digital ghost story

The systematic destruction of Paul and Amy Strater’s lives began with pizza.

Let’s Redesign Web Design

Sure, its essentially a promotional piece for Webflow, but it makes a compelling case for how the wireframing and information design part of the Web product development cycle needs to evolve.

NBA 2015/16

two hundred and fifty-two words spread across a list of 5 random thoughts about the upcoming season of my favorite professional league

  1. Keep an eye on Dallas for the first 6 weeks of the season or so. Their first round pick in the next draft goes to the Celtics unless it’s in the top 7. So, they need to be pretty bad to keep it. So bad that they need to be bad from the beginning. If they come out even lukewarm (ie, close to .500) as a team in the first month-and-a-half then that pick will be landing in Boston.
  2. Carmelo watch. The man can play, but I’ve never bought into Carmelo being the alpha dog on a team that can win the championship. But, Carmelo as the second or even third banana? That fascinates me and thus, I’m crazy intrigued by Carmelo entering the “chase the ring” years of his career. I see that starting around January of this season. Seeing Carmelo playing in Miami, Chicago, or Houston by the end of the season wouldn’t suprise me at all. Boston has the pieces to pull off a Carmelo acquisition, but there’s a big difference between chasing a ring and chasing the playoffs.
  3. Stephen Curry will make 300 three pointers this season. Book it.
  4. Playoffs predictions. OKC beats the Warriors out West. Cavs beat Chicago in the eastern conference finals. OKC takes the title this this year.
  5. Loving that I can root for the Celtics to succeed this year AND simultaneously be on the Ben Simmons lottery pick watch with the Mavs/Nets picks. Must see college games this season are the two LSU vs. Kentucky games.

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