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51  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: National Basketball Association ('14-'15) on: June 17, 2016, 05:56:09 AM
I think Love was done in Cleveland regardless of last night. But remember, bachelorofbullets, it wasn't his decision to go to Cleveland. He was traded there. Yes, he could have fought it to some extent, and as a then-impending free agent, that would have carried weight, but he was more in position to veto, as opposed to pick his spot. It was David Griffin's, Flip Saunders's, and probably Lebron James's decision.

The reality is, Golden State snuck up on the league in those two years Love has been in Cleveland, and they--particularly when they go to that Green-at-center lineup--are a huge problem for Love. The game in which Love excels isn't the game that beats the Warriors. And clearly there are chemistry issues, no matter what they all say.

There are still teams that would love to have him, and he's a really good player. It all comes down to who would trade for him, and what they could give Cleveland. The Cavs aren't looking for a bevy of picks so much as immediate contributors, ideally long, athletic wing players. Boston, Portland, one of the LA teams, Toronto...those are the teams that come to mind.
52  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Campaign 2016 on: June 13, 2016, 12:47:54 PM
Which will break first, the forehead or the brick wall?
53  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: National Basketball Association ('14-'15) on: June 13, 2016, 05:48:40 AM
Certainly playing with good players always makes all players look better. And people who (to use a cliche) "play the right way," even more so. I think of guys like Boris Diaw, Toni Kukoc, Derrick McKey: nothing special in box scores and not featured guys, but they help(ed) good teams more than bad ones. Even Danny Manning was a little like that in the NBA, though he was higher profile and scored more.
54  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: National Basketball Association ('14-'15) on: June 12, 2016, 04:25:52 PM
It's the perennial--at least for the past 20 or 25 years--problem. Upside ... or rather, perceived upside. Swing for the fences, gamble on the athlete, that keeps the draft analysts and fans excited for a year or two--right up until your gamble flames out 9/10 times. Yes, you might miss out on Kevin Garnett (one of the original modern-era upside picks). But more likely you'll land on a Ndudi Ebi, a Stromile Swift, a Tyrus Thomas, a Mohammad Saer Sene, etc. along an endless list of "potential" guys whose drafters confused "physical attributes" with "basketball potential."

There is always a Denzel Valentine for teams willing to take him. I think back to the mid-late '90s with Anthony Parker, a swingman who played at Bradley. He was a sort of jack-of-all-trades, 6-5 guy who seemed a sure thing. He was a late 1st rounder who was mostly ignored and had to go overseas. Eventually he came back to the NBA to have a key role, especially in Toronto. He is the 11th leading scorer from that draft at 9.1 ppg, with 40 3pt% and 44 FG%, 3 rpg, 2 apg. He was a good--but obviously not great--player. And because of "upside," he ended up going later than his production would have dictated.

Not every experienced, proven college player translates to the NBA, obviously. But raw talent without production more often than not fails, in my opinion.
55  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Oops on: June 12, 2016, 04:18:34 PM
I'm spending too much time in the Sandbox.  Lately it has been my first stop when I log-in.  Out of necessity. -Will

I love the Sandbox: basketball, politics, MS Paint art, food, booze, all good stuff! Incessant bickering about controversies only a few people care about and fewer still even can follow (with all the "you know what you did" or "remember back when so-and-so said such-and-such")? Not so much. No, the threads about whodunit--which they all seem to become lately--make even those of us with no axes to grind feel less like hanging around.
56  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: National Basketball Association ('14-'15) on: June 12, 2016, 03:37:04 PM
Been away from this thread (and mostly the board) a while, but in belated response to that last post, it'll be interesting tomorrow night to see exactly where Green lies on that spectrum between "glorified role player" and "borderline star." By the way, a lot of people don't think he's a borderline star, but a full fledged one. Some people think he's a top-10 kind of player.

Personally I think he's somewhat unique, in that he's hugely important without being exactly a star. He's not someone who can be a focal point of a team offensively, at least in terms of scoring the ball. But he is so important to the way the Golden State offense works, he is really the fulcrum on which the levers function. The screen and pop/rolls with him and Curry or Thompson are just deadly, and they are deadly because he can take smalls on switches either by shooting over them or backing them down, or he can blow past bigs who stay with him, or he can take handoffs and pass to (often wide open) corner shooters. He's phenomenal reversing the ball. And he's a really good defender.

So yeah, with him suspended tomorrow night, we'll see how important he is. Will they go small and play Iguodala/Livingston and Barnes as the forwards? Or go with youngster J.M. McAdoo, who got some minutes the other night? It'll be fun to watch.

(But I'll be honest, I'm almost more excited for the draft, free agency, and summer league.)
57  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: New Song: Read Another Way on: June 11, 2016, 06:57:49 AM

Good to see you again, cap'n (the man who gave me Hissing Fauna...)

Lovely harmonies in there. I see The Beau Mondes have been around for at least a decade:

http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,2515.msg48348.html#msg48348
 

Not sure how "back" I am, but neither am I quite gone. But thank you for the compliments. As for the Beau Mondes, they've either been around a decade or never at all. Intended initially as a real band, the keyboardist moved and I just sort of stopped going along those lines. It's been strictly an internet/recording name since then.
58  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / Re: New Song: Read Another Way on: June 11, 2016, 06:56:02 AM
That is one of the best vocals I've heard you do.  Must have been feeling good that night, huh? 

Thank you. Actually I have been sick, coughing and congested, and not in the mood to belabor it, did each vocal part in one take, just to get it over with. I guess my laziness paid off. Huzzah.
59  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / Smiley Smilers Who Make Music / New Song: Read Another Way on: June 10, 2016, 05:47:59 PM
Zach drums.

https://soundcloud.com/the-beau-mondes/read-another-way
60  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: May 23, 2016, 04:39:54 PM
Hee-hee, around the 1 hr 03 m mark, she goes back to VDP a bit ... basically she's asked about working with him and politely says that's not going to happen. The gist is, she says she was more passive then and is more intimately involved in all aspects of music now, and he's not interested in receiving "5 pages of notes." And she ends by saying something like "he's very sweet and he tells the best stories and he's a gentleman." It definitely feels like "next question."
61  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The return of the "What are you listening to now?" thread on: May 23, 2016, 04:25:53 PM
While I probably ought to join the club and post about how all the mods are so mean, or whatever kind of slop in which the filthiest revel, instead I thought I'd post that I'm having a great time listening to Joanna Newsom's appearance on the latest episode of Marc Maron's WTF podcast. If you're into that sort of thing, you can find it easily enough online, including at https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-709-joanna-newsom/id329875043?i=1000369190146&mt=2

She discusses meeting VDP around the 50-minute mark, if that's your thing.
62  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Thread for arguments with or about moderation on: May 22, 2016, 03:31:41 PM
In my opinion, the incessant whining and complaining about moderators is pathetic. Those of you who engage in it: sorry. But seriously. It's just not important. No moderator (to my knowledge) has ever done anything particularly bad. People are people, so probably inadvertently someone was treated differently than someone else. I don't care. This is just a message board. It's a pastime.

Far, far, far, far, far worse than any possible inequitable treatment of members is the incessant, novel-length whining about said inequitable treatment of members that ends up polluting every single fucking thread. I mean, the complaining that only Brianistas or anti-Brianistas are favored or banned or whatever? Grow the f*** up! It's idiotic, not to mention childish. ("Dad, he's on my side." "If you two don't shut up, I'm going to turn this car around...")

Whatever. I've talked sh*t about every member of the band on some issue or another. I've never been intimidated (which is funny to even imagine, being intimidated by a message board mod!), warned, banned. (I think somebody warned me once, years ago, for being an asshole. But that's fair, since I'm an asshole.)

Feel free to ban me for my thoughts on the subject, mods. I won't complain about it. Grin

Oh, and I think the mods are fine. Actually I'm not sure who they are, aside from Billy and guitarfool2002. It doesn't much occur to me.
63  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 22, 2016, 12:18:54 PM
Oh and to bring it back to my family members' aversion to the idea, I want to be clear: nothing in their position is based on investigating the actual science. It's entirely based on what their religious leaders and those people's preferred politicians have said. For years, their main objection was that the Bible says that after the Flood, God said he wouldn't destroy the world again by flooding. And since scientists warning about climate change talk a lot about sea levels rising and causing widespread damage, well, that's just not acceptable. So it must be fake.
64  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 22, 2016, 12:16:51 PM
While I struggle to read Breitbart because it raises my sodium levels to unhealthy levels*, I will say this: if the administration were to prosecute based on fraud, that's one thing; if it did so based on denying consensus, that's another. I know NY AG Schneiderman is investigating whether some fossil fuel companies (Exxon Mobil, I think) believed and acted one way in private while making public statements to the contrary, they should be charged for it. If some scientist took a contrary position to the consensus, that's quite another.


*i.e., it requires more than just a grain of salt. Ha! I'm funny! Right!? ... Anyone? Anyone?
65  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 22, 2016, 11:50:08 AM
I don't doubt that there's a human contribution to climate change, but even scientific studies have suggested that a single volcano releases more sh*t into the atmosphere than all human emissions combined throughout history. And when governments want to censor or imprison people for daring to suggest that maybe the science isn't "settled" (science is NEVER "settled;" science is the collection of knowledge into testable explanations and predictions, not a final word) as so many liberal talking heads hallucinate on the topic of climate change, one is left wondering just how "settled" the science really is. People who go on about "settled" science have agendas; they also (willingly or inadvertently) put themselves into the same basket as the people who insisted the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around the earth. The science was "settled" in those cases, too.

Yes, I just compared climate change acolytes to Catholic leaders. It is not an apples and oranges comparison, unless you think the climate change acolytes are somehow the kinder, gentler version of oppressors (kind of like how "democratic" socialism is somehow preferable to regular socialism).

I agree with much of that, actually. Science is never quite settled, because the entire process is always open to the next refutation or discovery. (That said, there are certainly things that we can feel pretty confident about.) There is something to be said for consensus of experts, though. I don't mean to say their words should be considered gospel, but they should be given appropriate weight, especially in areas in which we individually lack the expertise. One must decide whom to trust (and how deeply to trust them), giving appropriate consideration to their possible motivations as well as their actual scientific work. There are also of course the potential consequences of various positions, and one's action or inaction.
66  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 22, 2016, 11:05:22 AM
Really, no one believes any conspiracies? Do anyone know anyone that does?

My conservative family more or less believes climate change is a conspiracy theory, or (at their most charitable) that it might be sort-of real but certainly not affected by humankind.

One of my friends believes 9/11 was orchestrated by the Bush administration, that FDR very intentionally allowed Pearl Harbor to be attacked so he could enter the war, and that Oswald didn't act alone. (I don't recall who he thinks was behind the assassination, though.)

Oh, and I have an idiotic uncle--but not the father of the aforementioned idiotic Alabaman cousin--who believes basically every single moronic anti-Obama/anti-liberal/anti-Democratic/etc conspiracy theory any crackpot website posts.
67  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 22, 2016, 11:01:15 AM
They don't read this board so I doubt they were having fun with that. & afaik, yankees isn't offensive to Americans. Same as British-limeys etc. Btw, aren't you vegetarian?


If someone called me a "Yankee" it wouldn't offend me. However, to lots of Southern U.S. neighbors of mine, "Yankee" would be the ultimate insult!  Grin

I'd assume it was a southerner speaking, and probably not complimenting me. I've never heard anyone call anyone a yankee unless a) the person was talking about the baseball team or b) it was my idiot Alabama cousin, whom I once observed trying to "count how many yankees is in my driveway" when my family tumbled out of the station wagon on a vacation visiting his. (For the record, it was his father's driveway, not his--though he was unemployed and still lived there despite being well into his 20s, having quit or been booted from the service during basic training--and he didn't get to the final tally of yankees. It was six. Quite a guy, that cousin.)
68  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 20, 2016, 03:52:32 PM
I've heard that, but doubt it's a Catholic belief. Contrary to popular opinion, Catholicism has tended to be (relatively) science-friendly in recent decades. But fundamentalist Protestants certainly have all kinds of nonsensical and obviously inaccurate ideas about the history of the earth and life on it.

The Catholic Church officially has no problems with Evolution.

Right, that was my point. I assume the reason people think otherwise is because they're a centralized, wealthy entity (as opposed to protestantism, which is so spread out across denomination after denomination) with some very unpopular positions on things like birth control and gay marriage. But yeah, on the big bang, on evolution, they're realistic. The religion of my youth? Not so much.
69  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Al Kooper's top 100 albums on: May 20, 2016, 03:38:25 PM
You're pointing out something critical for no reason whatsoever. That means you're not giving him any slack. You could easily just not mention it. People tend not to like people who point out tiny, irrelevant critiques all the time.
70  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 20, 2016, 03:36:48 PM
but he also doesn't like bacon, so I'm not sure what's up with that guy.

Shocked

Well if he doesn't like bacon, I'd say his credibility is questionable at best. 

Must be one of them "reptilian" people! LOL
Did I miss sth.? Why such reaction to disliking bacon? If you like it, doesn't mean everybody else have to. I hate bacon, ice cream etc. So what? Tastes differ.

There has been a "cult" of bacon in recent years in the USA. It's added to things everywhere, people talk about how great it is, it's added to strange things (including ice cream, for example). But TRBB's joke is about the idiotic conspiracy theory mentioned earlier in this thread that some people think Jews are reptiles. No bacon. Jews. Make sense?
71  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: 2016 New Music on: May 20, 2016, 03:30:12 PM
Unreserved recommendtion:

Rogue Wave's new LP Delusions of Grand Fur!



Haven't listened and wasn't sure I was going to. While I liked the first album and was OK with the next one or two, I really lost interest in what Zach R. has been doing (both as Rogue Wave and Release the Sunbird or whatever). But with your praise, I'll check it out, anyway.

I met their old bassist, the late Evan Farrell, before a gig they did here maybe 10 years ago. Great guy, we talked about jazz, mostly, for probably an hour. They seemed on the brink of (indie-)stardom at that time. Didn't work out: it seemed like each album tried to be more popular, and was less interesting in the process.
72  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Al Kooper's top 100 albums on: May 20, 2016, 03:27:25 PM
The title on the page is: "100 GREATEST RECORDINGS OF ALL TIME"

And perhaps we should give Smilin Ed H slack in having said "albums" because it doesn't matter. At all.
73  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 20, 2016, 12:10:12 PM
I've heard that, but doubt it's a Catholic belief. Contrary to popular opinion, Catholicism has tended to be (relatively) science-friendly in recent decades. But fundamentalist Protestants certainly have all kinds of nonsensical and obviously inaccurate ideas about the history of the earth and life on it.
74  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: Conspiracy Theories You Believe In on: May 19, 2016, 03:53:32 PM
I think the fact that people can pretty easily make what would seem to a casual (and maybe not too bright) viewer to be legitimate documentaries and post them on youtube is part of the issue. Between that and self-publishing of ebooks in particular, the barrier for entry is very low. Now this is great in some instances, as the gatekeepers of such things have historically kept certain legitimate voices silent in publishing. But it has a downside, too. Namely, noise that is at best just inaccurate and at worst is really harmful.
75  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / The Sandbox / Re: So what did we all EAT today? + recipes. on: May 19, 2016, 03:41:58 PM
My CSA had burdock this week, which I've never prepared or eaten. In fact, while I'd heard of it, I couldn't have told you what it was (beyond "food") until I got the pre-pickup email yesterday. So while I have no idea yet what I'll do with it, I do look forward to figuring something out.

Re the previous discussion about lasagna and ricotta, purists may be amused (or horrified) with this tidbit: in rural Minnesota some 30 years ago, people used cottage cheese where most people would use ricotta. Hamburger, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, noodles, a little cheese on top, and that's about it. There's something fabulously awful about Midwestern American food from, say, postwar to the past 15 years or so. I've gone through my parents' and grandparents' old church cookbooks, where congregants would submit recipes. Everything was combinations of canned veggies, canned soups, hamburger...that's almost it. Spices? Herbs? Fresh ingredients? Not often.
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