Empty parks …

Every time I take Emma to the parks near our house, they are essentially empty.  We go multiple times a week at different times.  Once in a while there will be one or two other kids at the playground, but it is rare.  The playground equipment and the swings are empty.  Giant field empty.  Baseball diamond empty.  Pretty well maintained soccer pitch empty.  It’s a shame that public areas like these are going to waste.  Especially since they are maintained pretty well.


 

I know taking care of children is hard.  I have no idea what my parents did when Netflix didn’t exist.  We had a tv with literally 4 channels and I was never allowed to watch it anyways.  I can only assume that all the children are at home watching tv or playing video games.  It is difficult to pry Emma away from Paw Patrol, but once she is outside riding her bike, playing with bubbles, or on the playground equipment, getting her to come home is infinitely harder.  I guess this is why the obesity rates worldwide are increasing for both children and adults.  We increasingly do less and less activity, and eat increasingly more disgusting food.  We saw that first hand when going to the water park at Great Wolf Lodge, and the number of kids that looked obese.

 

Those numbers don’t look pretty for us, and even worse for the United States. Certainly a problem that needs addressing in the immediate future.

Value

With the rise of advanced analytics there have been a vast increase in ways to look at the game.  Smart teams are taking these into account, and you can see the most successful teams are increasingly looking for things that matter.

The whole Billy Beane Moneyball philosophy was to look at the data, and not just for players that “look the part”.  However, we are still stuck in the mindset that there are only two things that matter when determining who the best players in basketball are:

  1. How good is the player at ISO scoring
  2. How many raw box score counting stats can they acquire each game

 

Welcome to the neighbourhood …

Me: “Hello … welcome to the neighbourhood!”

New neighbour: “Hi … thanks.  Hey, can I ask you a question?”

Me: “Sure.”

New neighbour: “Is there anything we can do about that graveyard?  It can’t be good for our property values here.  Band together as a community and do something about it?”

Me: “?!??!?!?  Um, I guess you can bring it up at the next meeting with the board of directors for the complex.”

The church was there before our townhouse complex.  The cemetery as well.  Wondering why you bought this place if you didn’t like the cemetery.  I mean, it’s not going anywhere.  I, for one, love running by it.  Very serene and peaceful.

R.I.P. Grantland

It was a sad day when Grantland closed its doors to the internet.  It was the best site for long form magazine length articles on topics ranging from sports to politics to pop culture.  It was a place where you could get lengthy well written and well researched articles instead of what is usually available on the internet like articles spread across 30 pages with little content on each so you have to click to see more ads every paragraph.  Grantland was also the birthplace of Zach Lowe’s detailed NBA analysis.

When Bill Simmons left ESPN and went to HBO to start the Ringer, he stated that it wouldn’t be the same as Grantland.  The long form articles are mostly gone, replaced by much shorter articles with estimated read times in the header.  I guess he is giving the people what they want (because no one likes to read??!?!?!?!?) … and we went from 5000 word Zach Lowe masterpieces on how to guard the pick and roll to trash-tier Gawker style articles like this: