Canadian League Baseball: Week 25 Summary

The (fake) baseball season (and the real one too, I guess) officially ended today! Here are the final standings going into the playoffs:

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Here are the batting/pitching leaders:

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WOO!

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ALONSO SMASH!

Such a cool moment.

That is all.

Winter Walking: September Edition

It’s FREAKING SNOWING RIGHT NOW and I am NOT READY FOR THIS WEATHER.

It’s supposed to get worse over the weekend, too, so that’s great.

So in the spirit of “I need to pretend to look on the bright side of things unless I want to shoot myself in the face,” let’s list all the pros of winter walking.

  1. I use my on-ear headphones as a way to keep my ears warm, which means I get to listen to music when I walk (I don’t walk to music in the summer).
  2. I have to wear a coat, which helps hide my ugly body from the world.
  3. I don’t have to wear sunscreen (and thus don’t have to hose off in the bathroom once I get to campus).
  4. There are fewer people out on the sidewalks/river path due to coldness/bad weather.
  5. You burn slightly more calories in the cold than you do in other temperatures.

…I think that’s it.

So yeah. Things are supposed to improve by the end of the coming week, but it’s hard to see beyond the FREAKING SEPTEMBER SNOWSTORM right now.

Movie Throwback: Team America

So for whatever the hell reason, YouTube recommended a clip from the movie “Team America” for me today and I was having flashbacks to when this movie was prime ‘Murica satire back in like 2005/2006. I watched it with my friends quite a few times because we all thought it was great.

Anyway, I’d completely forgotten about this movie, but now that I’ve seen a few clips, I remember how wild it was. The puppets, oh my god.

It’s amazing how some things have changed since then and how some things have not changed at all.

Okay, time to root for the Braves

So the Mets officially got eliminated from playoff contention today.

SAD TIMES.

But we can still live for the chance that Alonso beat’s Judge’s rookie home run record. He’s so close!

I Like Big Trucks and I Cannot Lie

So thanks to Euro Truck Simulator and American Truck Simulator, I’m kinda into medium/heavy trucks now. And the creepy, privacy-invading algorithm that is Google must be aware of this, because these two videos showed up in my “recommended for you” on YouTube.

That’s…that’s really impressive. This could be a really useful feature, especially if it’s automatic and will apply in cases where, say, the driver falls asleep.

(I am now subscribed to the “Volvo Trucks” YouTube channel).

Edit: a Scania!

I want one of those sad little fabric cars, too.

Talespin!

When Nate and I were on our walk last weekend, we somehow got on the topic of shows we used to watch when we were kids and I mentioned that Talespin was one of my absolute favorites. My dad had eight or so VHS tapes that each had two or three episodes on them and they were awesome.

Anyway, talking about Talespin made it so that the theme song lodged itself nicely in my brain for approximately a week.

Cool times.

I’d also forgotten how fantastic Don Karnage was. He was always my favorite.

Canadian League Baseball: Week 24 Summary

The Canadian League leaders have been determined! Still waiting on a few in the National League, though.

09-22-2019

All the simulation pitchers are getting hurt, so it’s probably a good thing the season is almost over.

The Matter of the Heart

So here’s an interesting article.

It talks about a study that focused on comparing the hearts of chimps, gorillas, and humans (classed as one of the following: endurance athletes, football linemen, farmers, and inactive people). The researchers wanted to look further into human’s rather unique endurance ability – our ability to run/walk long distances.

For the gorillas and chimps, they spend a lot of time sleeping or just generally being inactive and have occasional quick bursts of energy and stress (such as quickly climbing trees or fighting). The researchers believed that these quick bursts caused spikes in blood pressure, but found that the shape of the gorilla and chimp hearts were suited well for these spikes. The hearts were round and had thick walls.

The human heart is different. It is larger than chimps’ hearts and less thick and also twists/rotates when it pumps blood (the gorilla and chimp hearts don’t). This allows for a more efficient blood delivery system and is ideal for endurance activities. The trade-off, though, is that the walls of the human heart aren’t as thick and thus are not as well-built for sudden blood pressure spikes.

Another interesting finding from the research is that if a person tends to live a sedentary life, their heart will “remodel” itself and become more like a chimp heart: less flexible with thicker walls. These hearts also appear to look like the hearts of people with chronic high blood pressure even before high blood pressure actually sets in.

They use this finding to emphasize the importance of regular exercise, noting that previous research showed that hunter-gatherers (in certain areas) tended to walk somewhere between six and nine miles a day. Physical activity, as we’ve all been told, is key to maintaining the flexibility and durability of the human heart.

OH MY GOD, THESE SENNHEISERS

That is all.

Random Poop n’ Stuff

I can’t call this the September list ‘cause I DID THAT ALREADY ASLDKFJASLDKFAJF

  • I ran 5k today. That’s absolutely nothing when it comes to actual distance (a reminder that I walk 15 miles a day; 5k is 3.1 miles), but it is the farthest I’ve run since I got hurt back in 2017. I’ve run 1.5 miles or 2 miles or even 2.5 miles, but I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve done 5k. It felt amazing. I’m glad my cardiovascular endurance is still there.
  • This is haunting.

 

 

  • Man, lemme tell ya…the more unlikely the two songs will match in a mashup, the better a mashup is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People ask me what kind of music I like.
This.
This kind of music.
(That Slipknot/Timberlake one is a legit banger)

  • Nate had to go to a funeral in BC (I couldn’t go ‘cause I have to work tomorrow) and I just spent about half an hour crying about as loud as humanly possible because I finally could do so without completely freaking him out. I think I’ve been holding that in for a long time. It felt good, but I’m also sad now.

KABOOM IT’S A SURVEY

Pointless internet surveys is part of my blog’s aesthetic. You just don’t get it, man.

Fortune
[X] Material things mean a lot to you. [I treat material things as if they have souls and feelings like living things. They basically are living things to me. Don’t’ judge.]
[X] The reason you try hard in school is so you are very successful.
[ ] Your parents push you to become very wealthy.
[X] You already live in a moderately-rich climate.
[X] You have a job.
[ ] Money is better than love.
[ ] You want to own your own business.
[X] You go shopping at least once a week. [I buy my stuff like one item at a time, so yeah.]
[ ] You own a car.
[ ] One day you hope to have a very nice house and car.
Total: 5.

Knowledge
[X] You get mostly all A’s in school.
[X] Many people call you very smart or intelligent. [LIARS]
[X] Sometimes you get good grades without even studying
[X] You enjoy learning about the world and everything in it.
[X] You’re a very curious person.
[X] You want to cure cancer or something extraordinary like it.
[X] You believe that you learn something new every day.
[ ] You read a lot.
[X] The internet is a great source of information.
[ ] You always have perfect grammar. [Haha, not always.]
Total: 8.

Family
[ ] Your family is the most important thing in your life.
[ ] You come from a very large family.
[ ] You have at least 3 other siblings.
[ ] Your parents are still married.
[ ] The main goal in your life is to get married and have kids.
[ ] You want at least three children.
[ ] A mini van is your choice of automobile.
[ ] You don’t care about jobs; you want to stay home and take care of your family.
[ ] Your family has a lot of reunions.
[ ] You would die for anyone in your family.
Total: 0, haha.

Romance
[ ] You love to flirt.
[ ] You’re a mess without a boyfriend.
[ ] You have had at least 4 boyfriends this year.
[ ] You go on dates every Friday/Saturday night
[X] You love being held/kissed/being romantic.
[ ] You could never only be intimate with one person forever.
[ ] Looks/sex is the main thing you look for in a guy.
[ ] The best date is a candlelit dinner and a long walk on the beach.
[ ] You fall for someone very easily, but not for long.
Total: 1.

Popularity
[ ] You are very popular in your school.
[ ] It seems you are very easy to get along with.
[ ] You have at least 8 good friends.
[ ] You want to be famous someday from singing/acting/modeling/other
[ ] The best feeling is having everybody around you.
[ ] You’re a very friendly and outgoing person.
[ ] You talk to just about anyone you see or meet.
[ ] You are mainly the life of the party.
[ ] You are in a variety of different clubs/sports in your school.
[ ] No matter where you go, your best friend is always with you.
Total: 0.

Creativity
[X] You like to create new things.
[X] Many people call you very unique.
[X] You’ve been in a school play.
[X] Art is something you’ve always enjoyed.
[X] You are in the school band.
[X] Music = Life.
[X] You love taking pictures or videotaping. [Giving me a camcorder is a very dangerous thing to do. Ask my mom.]
[X] Crafts are always very fun.
[X] Your wardrobe is always very fun and colorful.
[X] You’d like to get a job that deals with art.
Total: 10.

Love
[X] True love really exists.
[X] So far, you’ve had a very successful love life.
[X] Forget dating at random, you want your soul mate
[ ] Once you find your true love, nothing will stand in the way.
[ ] You’ve only had one boyfriend, or none at all yet.
[ ] Your main goal in life is to get married to your loved one.
[X] Sex is something you hold very sacred, and should only be shared with your love.
[ ] The sweet, romantic boys are your type.
[ ] The best feeling is loving, and being loved back.
[X] You would die for the one you loved.
Total: 5.

Kindness
[ ] You enjoy helping people.
[ ] You’ve volunteered more than the required amount.
[ ] You would die if someone didn’t like you.
[X] You believe that everyone has good in them.
[X] You want to be the nicest person you can.
[ ] Everyone says it – You’re a sweetheart.
[ ] At Christmas, you enjoy giving presents more than receiving them.
[X] You regularly help people with their homework. [Technically it’s my job, haha.]
[X] You want world peace.
[ ] Little animals are the cutest things in the entire world.
Total: 4.

Adventure
[ ] Amusement parks are the best ever.
[X] Almost nothing scares you, and if it does, you deal with it anyways.
[ ] You love to try new things.
[ ] Bungee jumping has always been on your list of things to try.
[ ] You love all Xtreme sports.
[ ] Camping is one of your favorite hobbies.
[ ] Your goal in life is to travel the world.
[ ] You love road trips.
[X] You’ve been to another country.
[ ] Other countries’ cultures really interest you.
Total: 2.

Beauty
[ ] You admit it – you’re gorgeous.
[ ] You would NEVER leave the house without your make-up on
[ ] You’re always getting new hairstyles and dying your hair.
[ ] Getting your nails done is your idea of a good time.
[ ] You would love to become a model.
[ ] You have the perfect body shape.
[ ] Your clothes are always more than perfect.
[ ] You spend the majority of your money on your looks.
[ ] Beauty is pain.
[ ] You’re always tanning, even in the winter.
Total: 0.

Trock

Hahaha, oh man.

Buck Foss: Trucker Extraordinaire.

“All the boys…it looks like “About the Author” profile pictures from, like, math textbooks” is a fantastic line.

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Canadian League Baseball: Week 23 Summary

PLAYOFFS APPROACHETH
TEAMS ARE GETTING ELIMINATED FROM CONTENTION
HEARTS ARE BEING BROKEN AS WE SPEAK

Ahem.

09-15-2019

Also, Simulation Jose Reyes got his 2,000th hit.

Oh, Canada…

 

Also, Calgary has a ton of walking/biking paths.

09-14-2019

It’s one of the main reasons I love this city.

Old YouTube Nonsense Because I’m Sad and Have Nothing Interesting to Blog About

Read the title.

Back when I was trying to make my decision of whether to go to Calgary or Ottawa for grad school, I spent a decent amount of time watching videos of each city to see if I could get a “feel” for which one I liked more. This video helped me choose Calgary.

 

 

This man has been memed incessantly. I love it.

 

The subcontra bass flute: when you want to play the flute but also want to play the tuba and the drums and get lightheaded while doing all of it.

 

The poignant parody of boys bands that is Boyz 12.

 

 

*heavy breathing*

 

Panic! In the Crisco

I did a thing and I’m not going to mention what it was yet ‘cause I bet it’s not going to work out but if it does it’ll be cool so yeah I’ll let you know if it does.

(Run-on sentences make me cool, right?)

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Survey Says…

I’m pretty sure I’ve used that title before. Here are two surveys.

SURVEY ONE!

1. Have you ever had a great conversation with a complete stranger?
I had a long conversation with a sign spinner when I lived down in Tucson. I was out walking and this dude was just killing it with the spinning. I told him it was impressive and then we just started talking for a while.
2. Where did you go on the very first vacation of your life?
It was probably either St. Louis or the Oregon coast. Probably St. Louis. My mom’s parents used to live there.
3. Open the door of your refrigerator. What is the first thing you see?
CHEEEEEEESE
4. What is your favorite place in your home?
My chair.
5. If you had wings to fly about the universe, where is the first place you’d land?
I know it’s pretty close to home, but I’d love to experience Jupiter’s storms. Assuming I won’t die, haha.

6. What is the first thing you do when you get in your car?
It’s been a long time since I’ve driven a car, but as a passenger, the first thing I usually do is plug in my iPod so that I can annoy the driver with my music.

7. What is special about the town you live in?
It was just voted the fifth most livable city in the world (and most livable city in North America). Also, river path.

9. If you had created the world in seven days yourself, what would you have created on the First Day?
Leibniz.

10. How do you beat the summer heat?
Get nekkid. Pass out in front of a fan. Complain about the heat.

11. Did you enjoy your Senior Year in high school?
Sure, it wasn’t bad. Hooligan time in the hallway at lunch with my friends, trying to convince my physics teacher that Aneel and I were dating, state drama, band + band friends + carpooling all the band friends home after school? Good times. I still wish I would have known what I wanted to do with my life back then, though. I definitely would have taken school more seriously.

12. Who is your favorite First Lady of all time?
That’s…a weird question. Michelle Obama is the one I’m most familiar with and someone who has tried to make a positive lasting impact, so I’ll go with her.

13. Post a link to your first blog post.
Here ya go: https://eigenblogger.com/2006/05/01/post1/
Warning: I was 18 and still in high school and still thought I was hot shit.

14. When was the last time you needed First Aid?
Like…serious “go to the doctor” first aid? 2011.

15. Can you explain what a first down is in football?
Nate has explained it to me many times. My mom has explained it to me many times. I have sat through dozens of U of I football games as a marching band nerd and heard “there’s another Vandal first down!” quite often. But no, I cannot explain what a first down is in football.

SURVEY TWO!

1. What is the nearest book to you?  Your Kindle does not count.
Technically it’s the multivariate “Calculus” textbook by Briggs and Cochran.

2. When was the last time you took a “me” vacation?
I guess my Thursdays count for this? On Thursdays I go walking and then just go home. No work. I blast music and sing.

3. How many telephone numbers do you have?
One, unless you count the phone in my office.

4.  If you could fix one thing in the public school system, what is the one thing you would do immediately?
MORE ARTS. Music, specifically.

5. Are you a big tipper?
I am. 20% – 25% in most cases.

6. Do you watch reality shows?
Does Top Chef count? If so, yes. My mom and I used to watch that Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team back when it was on CMT. Is that still a thing?

7. Who is your favorite sports team player?
I really like both Cabrera and McNeil, even though Cabrera is helping the Nationals out now.

8. When was the last time you sat in a church?
My grandma’s funeral on my dad’s side. But the last time I actually attended church for church’s sake was probably back when I was in junior high. Maybe earlier.

9.  Are there any aspects of blogging that annoy you?
There aren’t enough bloggers! I love reading peoples’ blogs, especially if they’re just random snippets of their day or their thoughts. We need more bloggers out there.

10. When someone follows you on their blog or subscribes to your Facebook page, do you automatically follow and subscribe back?
Haha, not usually.