Saturday, March 29, 2008

Monday, March 17, 2008

Come On--Washington State in the East?

The mmviii NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is set to begin this week, and here's the bracket:

Midwest

Detroit Final Four,
San Antonio
CharlotteEast
Omaha 1 Kansas








1 North Carolina Raleigh
16 Portland State
16 Mount Saint Mary's
Dayton
17 Coppin State
8 Nevada-Las Vegas

8 Indiana
9 Kent State 9 Arkansas
Tampa 5 Clemson



5 Notre Dame Denver
12 Villanova 12 George Mason
4 Vanderbilt

4 Washington State
13 Siena 13 Winthrop
Omaha 6 Southern California





6 Oklahoma Birmingham
11 Kansas State 11 Saint Joseph's
3 Wisconsin

3 Louisville
14 California State-Fullerton National Champion 14 Boise State
Raleigh 7 Gonzaga



7 Butler Birmingham
10 Davidson 10 South Alabama
2 Georgetown

2 Tennessee
15 Maryland-Baltimore County 15 American
Anaheim 1 UCLA







1 Memphis Little Rock
16 Mississippi Valley State 16 Texas-Arlington
8 Brigham Young

8 Mississippi State
9 Texas A&M 9 Oregon
Tampa 5 Drake



5 Michigan State Denver
12 Western Kentucky 12 Temple
4 Connecticut


4 Pittsburgh
13 San Diego 13 Oral Roberts
Washington6 Purdue





6 Marquette Anaheim
11 Baylor 11 Kentucky
3 Xavier

3 Stanford
14 Georgia 14 Cornell
Washington 7 West Virginia



7 Miami Little Rock
10 Arizona 10 Saint Mary's
2 Duke

2 Texas
15 Belmont 15 Austin Peay

West

Phoenix Final FourHouston South

Notice that xxxii of the lxv teams are italicized. This is because they each are placed in a region that makes no nominal sense (Duke in the West?). I don't see much, if any, advantage in arbitrarily sending East coast teams West, and vice versa.

So, I've rearranged the bracket. Each team keeps its given seed number and its same placement in its respective bracket; I geographically rearranged the teams, seed by seed, to make the regionals more regional:

Midwest

Detroit Final Four,
San Antonio
CharlotteEast
Omaha 1 Kansas 1 North Carolina Raleigh
16 Texas-Arlington 16 Mount Saint Mary's
Dayton
17 Coppin State
8 Brigham Young 8 Indiana
9 Arkansas 9 Kent State
Omaha 5 Michigan State 5 Notre Dame Washington
12 Villanova 12 Temple
4 Pittsburgh 4 Connecticut
13 Oral Roberts 13 Siena
Little Rock 6 Marquette 6 Purdue Raleigh
11 Kansas State 11 Saint Joseph's
3 Wisconsin 3 Xavier
14 Boise State National Champion 14 Cornell
Little Rock 7 Butler 7 West Virginia Washington
10 Arizona 10 Davidson
2 Tennessee 2 Georgetown
15 Belmont 15 Maryland-Baltimore County
Anaheim 1 UCLA 1 Memphis Birmingham
16 Portland State 16 Mississippi Valley State
8 Nevada-Las Vegas 8 Mississippi State
9 Oregon 9 Texas A&M
Denver 5 Drake 5 Clemson Tampa
12 Western Kentucky 12 George Mason
4 Washington State 4 Vanderbilt
13 San Diego 13 Winthrop
Anaheim6 Southern California 6 Oklahoma Birmingham
11 Baylor 11 Kentucky
3 Stanford 3 Louisville
14 California State-Fullerton 14 Georgia
Denver 7 Gonzaga 7 Miami Tampa
10 Saint Mary's 10 South Alabama
2 Texas 2 Duke
15 Austin Peay 15 American

West

Phoenix Final FourHouston South

Sunday, March 16, 2008

I just fixed my uke!

Friday, March 7, 2008

And I Would Be Remiss If I Didn't Mention Phil Rizzuto Since He Died Recently


...and now you don't.
One of the great things about New York is its many unique neighborhoods and communities. I hope one day to know the entire (safe part of the) City like the back of my hand.

Today business took me to Ridgewood, a historically German community in Queens, a neighborhood that borders Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, and Bushwick in Brooklyn.

Hardly any of the buildings are more than three stories high, and there are single-family row houses everywhere with much charm.

My favorite piece of trivia is that famed magician Harry Houdini lived in Ridgewood, and he is buried in nearby Machpelah Cemetery....

...or is he?

Thursday, March 6, 2008

There Is a House, How Sweet the Sound


The Animals, gospel sensations.
If you want to touch the outer aura of soul-sucking depression in a way to balance your emotions because you've been too hopped-up on energy drinks and you don't want to crash too hard, turn the lights out, get out your guitar, drink a glass of warm milk (or if you're lactose-intolerant, another energy drink), and play "House of the Rising Sun," but sing the lyrics to "Amazing Grace."

It is both uplifting and devastating, and rumor has it that it really freaks Jesus out. In a good way, though.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Dialogue That Has Happened One Million Times

Great seats, Adam. Good job getting tickets for the Hornets/Knicks game.
No problem, GD. Geaux Hornets!
And now, please welcome, the Knick City Dancers!
More like Thick City Dancers.
Very funny! Bravo!
No need to worry about Isiah Thomas sexually harassing their fat asses!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Consecutive Odd Numbers!!!


I'm the this guy of math.
The velvet
I had a dream about math, and I discovered a math thing.
If
  • a is an integer
  • a + 1 = b
Then
  • b² - a² = a + b
Integer 0 12 34 56 78 910
Square 0 14 916 2536 4964 81100
Difference
13 57 911 1315 1719

I'm sure that I'm not the first person to think of this, but I'm proud of having dreamed it up, and I put it on the same level as Duane Allman's dreaming that Jimi Hendrix played "Little Martha" for him.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Things I've Still Never Seen


Could probably skateboard for five seconds without flaw.
  • A skateboarder go v seconds without screwing up.
  • A cat that doesn't come across as an asshole.
  • Two foxes at the same time.
  • A woodchuck with a fox.
  • A dead fox.
  • A baby fox.
  • A portrayal of a police lineup in the first xxx minutes of an episode of Law & Order that results in a positive identification of a suspect.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Crickets

I think the days of political figures' appearances on Saturday Night Live that are at all funny are over.

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Rock 'n' Roll Thrived Until Humans Invaded Its Natural Habitat


More alive than Rock 'n' Roll
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inducts five artists per year. This year's inductees are:
  • The Dave Clark Five
  • Leonard Cohen
  • Madonna
  • John Mellencamp
  • The Ventures
Madonna and Mellencamp open the door for some really bad inductees. I'm starting to think that Bon Jovi and Britney have a shot.

It's deader than the dodo.