2010 Oscars scoresheet

It’s Academy Award nomination season again – the time of year I reveal how few new movies I watch. Let’s just hope I have improved on last year’s dismal record.

Category # seen
Best Picture 1
Best Actor 0
Best Actress 0
Best Director 0
Best Screenplay 1
Best Adapted Screenplay 0

Thank goodness for Inception. If it weren’t for that, I’d have been shutout two years in a row. I want to see Toy Story 3, Black Swan, 127 Hours, The Fighter, and True Grit, which would bring my grand total up to a monstrous (for me) 17. But only the first of those is out on DVD (it’s at the top of my queue). Maybe it’s time to go to the theater. Or search for leaked screeners.

2010 in books

I tried to make a conscious effort to split my time half-and-half between fiction and non-fiction this year. I started out the year with three non-fiction books in a row, so I obviously didn’t get off to a great start. But I ended the year with 6 fiction and 9 non-fiction (if you count my still-ongoing reread of Lord of the Rings as a single book), so I don’t think I did too bad.

See also 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, and 2005.

Patriots late game problems

Yesterday, the Patriots went into halftime with a 14-10 lead. They didn’t score once in the second half, and went home on the wrong side of a 14-28 game. I said at the time that it reminded me a lot of last year. I pulled up some numbers to be sure. (The following stats are for all of 2009 and 2010, including both regular and post-season games. That’s a total of 19 games.)

  • In regulation over that period, we were 11-7-1. The one "tie" went into overtime and the Broncos won on a field goal. (Don't get me started on sudden death overtime.)
  • If the games had ended after one half, we would have been 14-3-2 over that period. If they'd ended after three quarters, we'd have been 14-5-0.
  • Our total point differential has been 154 points in the first half, and -28 in the second half.
  • The point differentials have been 38 in the first quarter, 116 (!!) in the second, 3 points in the third, and -31 in the fourth quarter.

Maybe we can lobby the league to switch to a 45-minute clock when they go to a 20-week/18-game schedule?

The Red Sox haven't been bad

Since April 19, the Yankees are 71-47, Rays are 72-47, and the Red Sox are 70-48. It’s not that the Sox have been bad. In fact, in 2009 between games 13 and 131 they were 70-48, and in 2008 they were 69-49. They have been just as good as in previous years. The problem is that the team fell to a quick deficit and has been trying to catch two other extremely good teams. There’s a good chance the AL East will finish the year with two teams with 100+ wins, and Boston with 90+ wins. I’m almost certain this hasn’t happened as long as there have been divisions (1969). The closest I can find is 1977, when the top three teams in the AL East finished with 100, 97, and 97 wins respectively. But remember, that was a six-team division, not four.

To look at this season and draw the conclusion that we’ve had a bad year is to ignore the actual facts. We just haven’t had as good of a year as we needed to have in order to make up our losses in the first couple of weeks.

A Decade In Review

Tomorrow, it will be 2010.

Ten years agoNow
I was a sophomore at RPI, considering a double-major in Computer Science and Management.I am a developer/manager for a small company.
I lived in a tiny dorm room in the crummiest suburb (Troy) of one of the crummiest capital cities in the country (Albany).I live in South Boston in a condo I own. I have a patio and a garden.
I was dating my High School sweetheart, who went to college almost five hours away. I saw her about once a month.I'm married to my High School sweetheart. I sleep in a bed with her every night.
I stayed in my old bedroom at my parents' house every month or so.Someone else owns that house, and my parents live in an RV. They're currently in the Florida Keys.
I hung out with college friends, and once a month saw friends from High School.I hang out with college and Boston-area friends. I don't see my Philly-based and California-based High School friends often enough.
I'd had a handful of beers (sorry mom, it's true) but was not legally able to purchase alcohol.I spent a Benjamin on a bunch of champagne for tonight's New Year's Eve party.
I was programming mostly in C++ (both for school work and working on Science and Industry) with a little bit of Perl.I'm programming mostly in Java (work and Android app development) with a little bit of Perl and Python.
I ran a community website called WSVW1U.com.I run a personal website called Plutor.org.
I was planning the third iteration of a holiday I invented, called National Vacuum Awareness Day.NVAD expired after 2001. I still have dozens of shirts in my basement. Buy one?
I frequented Slashdot, Ars Technica, and suck.com.I'm active on MetaFilter, Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr.