Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday: You don't have the votes.



Unfortunately I have to wait until I actually publish to make sure I have the cut points right.  In any case, it was nice to see that Republicans have no clue how to govern.  That minimizes the damage they can do.  I suspect this also means that the ACA is going to be around basically forever now.  I also strongly suspect that a lot of states run by Republicans are going to start scrambling for the Medicare expansion.  It's fine to rant about how you don't want it when you think there's a chance it'll go away, but now it's just being petty and wanting to hurt their own citizens.

Not that it hasn't always been petty and hurting citizens.

Bitsy Burrito.

And how bad do you think it feels to be Paul Ryan, and have Papa Roach make fun of you?  And to have them turn out to be surprisingly cool?


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thursday: I think something's broken with an outlet at work.

Because I had to turn my computer back on this morning.  I also had to unplug the UPS and plug it into a different outlet, because it wasn't registering as being powered.
 Fun.
And then I earned a medal when I turned on my phone to see if I had any pictures from today.

Also I might have a new hat now.
Also I'm pissed at Amazon.  I placed this order on the 10th, they didn't do anything to ship it until the 19th, and then they don't seem to have actually shipped the stupid thing.
It's great that they spent three days pretending it was going to be delivered on Wednesday, and then when Wednesday hit, changed the order page to be "wow, we don't know what's going on!  Come back on Sunday, and we'll have options then.  Until then, guess you're out of luck!"  Of my past four orders, one had to be returned because UPS can't be bothered doing their job, and now this one looks like it's lost because Amazon never gave it to the post office.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday: "I did it 35 minutes ago."

Technically I did it 23 hours and 20 minutes ago.

I bought the glasses.
Because why not make my trainer look like I want.  It'll take slightly longer to get a slightly bigger team of Pokemon or bag of items.  I already have a bunch of items I don't use very fast and a bunch of Pokemon that I have mostly to scroll past.
And I got a medal today, but clicked past the award screen.
Partially because I was on my way back from Safeway with lunch and aleve.  I have three options on why, but today was just a mess of aches and pain.

And I caught nine of these driving home today.  The Exeggcute hatched from an egg.


Also today I learned that they're making a US movie of Death Note, which is horrible in itself, because DN is garbage about awful trash people.  But they're also making it with white people and setting it in Seattle, since this is how they make awful adaptations now.  That made me think about Ghost in the Shell again.

Ghost in the Shell is not shit, despite what they're trying to do with it.  I've been avoiding stuff about it, since I don't care about this remake, but something struck me that caused me to pull out my copy of the book and start rereading it.  The two scenes from this new crap movie they've been pushing everywhere are remakes of this scene from the 1995 movie, and this scene from the 1995 movie.

"Wait.  Isn't that water fight scene only in the movie?" was my brain trying to remember the details.

Blah blah, stuff happens, Kusanagi shoots the fire hydrant to disable the bad guy's camouflage.
 Some pages left out where she chases the bad guy through a market.
Then this scene where she brain-hacks Togusa to make sure he doesn't kill the bad guy, because they need to bring him in for information.
So yes, the water fight scene is original to the 1995 movie.  Oh, and the opening scene where she shoots the guy while falling?
KBOOMPH!

And then there's this.
So a lot of the 1995 scene is original too.  This new movie isn't just "a reimagining" or whatever bullshit they're claiming.  They're just stealing all the cool stuff from the Mamoru Oshii movie and putting Scarlet Johansson on the posters.  I was going to say "what's the point of just remaking something in live action?" but since I was already planning to link to this thread I saw retweeted this evening, I know the answer.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tuesday: "Who are you, and why is my flying punchy friend not flying or punching?"

Today started with going to campus to futz with our computers at the data center.
It was less fun than it sounds.
Mostly because it's uncomfortably loud and hot and dehydrating.

I also stopped to get a crepe for lunch when we were done.
 I should have chosen better, because this was a sloppy mess.  You can't just throw tomatoes and fresh spinach into hot things.  They just leak all over everything, and it turns into a mess.

I probably should have moved on when I saw that they didn't have what I really wanted: a simple ham and cheese crepe, maybe with some veggie, but certainly not a full salad crammed inside.


And today was the big Supergirl/Flash musical crossover.  It starts like this:
I really hate "let's nerf Supergirl, because otherwise she kicks all the ass" episodes.  I tune in specifically to see Supergirl kick all the ass.
 Barry asks the important question, which I paraphrased above.
"I mean, I know he's like her punching boss or something, but what's your deal?"
He's Mon-El, he's a jerk, and although I don't ship Supergirl with everybody like the rest of the internet, this page where I stole the gif isn't too far off on him.  He's not a great character, and he distracts from pretty much everything.

The musical was ok.  I'm surprised they have so many people on the various shows who can sing so well.  Once it was all done, they totally should have asked Supergirl to go fly over to their current season-long bad guy and see if should could punch him into non-existence.  They're friends, I'm pretty sure she'd say yes.

Then I watched Legends of Tomorrow, which continues to be a glorious train wreck that shouldn't be as good as it is.  Today they had to use the Spear of Destiny to find a bottle of Christ's blood, but even though they travel through time ALL THE TIME, they had to do it during World War I, and took JRR Tolkein along to help them, and use their team people on both sides of the front to make a cease fire so they could do their search, but then at the last moment, they discover that Grumbly Voice Fire Dude (who used to be a bad guy) wasn't hallucinating his best friend Whiny Ice Guy (who I think is Captain Cold) all season, Whiny Ice Guy joined Team Bad Guy and has been time travelling around with them, because fucking duh, obviously, and then Grumbly Voice Fire Dude steals the Spear and goes off with the bad guys to be with his BFF.  Team Good Guy has like a billion geniuses, they can travel through time without any problems, and they still fuck it all up ALL THE TIME.  Also, maybe Grumbly Voice Fire Dude wouldn't switch sides if Team Good Guy wasn't full of jerks who keep pointing out how he used to be a bad guy.  Just saying.  They're not very super-friendy.

Kara and Barry sang a whole song about being superfriends.  They're trying.



Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday: The talk went fine.

No one cared.
I did care that my grilled cheese sprung a leak.  Poor leaky grilled cheese.

Also that's a great username.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Sunday: I should read things closer.

I discovered this place last night, after reading some article that was about people in Dearborn making fun of stupid people by talking about "Shawarma Law."  I had thought about going there for lunch, since I can walk there.  I can literally see the place from my apartment.
It's right here, in this picture I stole from this post.
But they don't open until 4pm, and I was hungry and it was 2:30, so I went with the next best thing.
Driving out to the Greek place.
 They were still on their lunch menu, which meant I couldn't get saganaki.

I also spent three tries trying to fight this gym, but kept erroring out, and then I discovered that this guy had already beaten the gym.

So, easy gym placement without any work.
I'm tempted to spend some of my fake Pokemon money to buy glasses for my trainer.

Also I got ice cream as a substitute for the saganaki.
And they did more sport stuff today, and...
Yikes.

Eh.
I've also decided this weekend that having a thousand things in my saved RSS folder is excessive, so I'm just going to reblog a bunch of tumblr posts there, because that's easier.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday: I was invited to a wedding today.

I felt like pork today, so I went to Kono's.
I don't remember getting chips last time.  Whatever, they were good.  I didn't get cookies at Leonard's, because they didn't have the sprinkle sugar cookies.  Also I didn't want to wait in the giant line.  Plus I have cookies at home already.  And a brownie.  I have a lot of snacky stuff, and didn't really need more cookies, is I guess the point.

Then to the park to do the standard Pokewalk.  This was where I was invited to a wedding, because I was wearing a shirt that was the same colors as the wedding theme.  I did not take them up on it, because going to a wedding where I didn't know anyone would be weird.

And then this asshole sniped my spot in the gym.  Or one of the other like four Snorlax people did.  Jerks.

So I had to train the gym up even more.

And I caught a Miltank.

Gratuitous panorama.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday: I should probably figure out why my cough is still here.


I'm pretty sure the logic was "Wait, that's unlikely to be his name.  Oh, I know, it's spelled with a K.  Obviously."
And sports stuff happened.
Hey, good job, MSU!

Fuck you, Wichita State.
So a bit worse than last year, when I had only six mistakes in the first round.  HotC had ten wrong, so it's doing slightly worse than last year, too.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday: I guess they start basketball on Thursday?

Is that how it worked last year?  Huh.  Ok.

Well, I'll sort it out tomorrow, because I want to get this blog post done quickly so I can watch a four hour Mario Party video on youtube.

This is a picture of the art piece I saw on Sunday that the link below talks about.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday: I just saw that doughnut from yesterday, and now I'm sad I don't have a doughnut.


I guess today is just full of disappointment.
Isn't it, hairtie that decided it was done working?
 I mean, I guess it's not that big of a deal.
Given that I literally have like fifty more.

And I did get a medal, so that's cool.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tuesday: Everyone was talking about pie.

A jelly doughnut is basically the same as a pie, right?
Doesn't matter.  I wanted a doughnut.  Om nom nom.


Monday, March 13, 2017

I did attempt some modifications.

My idea on folding in scores results in the log likelihood of my solution jumping to NaN, as do a lot of the team rankings, and I'm too lazy to try and figure out why.  So I just went with a version of last year's algorithm.  I should really sit down and do an actual rewrite of things, instead of just pushing data through the same set of scripts I've been using.  It is super convenient to do that, as I was able to download the game score data and get the latent ability model ranks out in about fifteen minutes last night.

Here are those rankings:

#2013           2014            2015            2016            2017         group   game     rank      2017            Team
37.500000       37.500000       46.875000       37.500000       43.750000       1       1       1       43.750000       Villanova
NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             1       1       16      NAN             MSM/NO
29.687500       29.687500       42.187500       12.500000       25.000000       1       2       8       25.000000       Wisconsin
-20.312500      -20.312500      -17.187500      7.812500        18.750000       1       2       9       18.750000       Virginia Tech
34.375000       34.375000       40.625000       29.687500       18.750000       1       3       5       18.750000       Virginia
-21.875000      -21.875000      6.250000        28.125000       37.500000       1       3       12      37.500000       UNC Wilmington
46.875000       46.875000       -1.562500       7.812500        25.000000       1       4       4       25.000000       Florida
6.250000        4.687500        3.125000        18.750000       31.250000       1       4       13      31.250000       ETSU
21.875000       26.562500       32.812500       31.250000       40.625000       1       5       6       40.625000       SMU
NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             1       5       11      NAN             PROV/USC
20.312500       20.312500       23.437500       17.187500       28.125000       1       6       3       28.125000       Baylor
26.562500       26.562500       20.312500       20.312500       35.937500       1       6       14      35.937500       New Mexico St
-9.375000       -9.375000       1.562500        25.000000       18.750000       1       7       7       18.750000       South Carolina
3.125000        3.125000        -9.375000       10.937500       10.937500       1       7       10      10.937500       Marquette
28.125000       28.125000       40.625000       20.312500       29.687500       1       8       2       29.687500       Duke
-14.062500      -14.062500      -14.062500      -20.312500      12.500000       1       8       15      12.500000       Troy
34.375000       34.375000       46.875000       29.687500       48.437500       2       1       1       48.437500       Gonzaga
10.937500       9.375000        20.312500       29.687500       3.125000        2       1       16      3.125000        S Dakota St
-7.812500       -7.812500       -3.125000       12.500000       18.750000       2       2       8       18.750000       Northwestern
-1.562500       -1.562500       10.937500       9.375000        6.250000        2       2       9       6.250000        Vanderbilt
-3.125000       -3.125000       37.500000       15.625000       25.000000       2       3       5       25.000000       Notre Dame
18.750000       18.750000       3.125000        25.000000       26.562500       2       3       12      26.562500       Princeton
1.562500        1.562500        21.875000       28.125000       28.125000       2       4       4       28.125000       West Virginia
3.125000        3.125000        6.250000        6.250000        28.125000       2       4       13      28.125000       Bucknell
3.125000        3.125000        32.812500       26.562500       25.000000       2       5       6       25.000000       Maryland
14.062500       14.062500       12.500000       34.375000       12.500000       2       5       11      12.500000       Xavier
10.937500       12.500000       1.562500        9.375000        26.562500       2       6       3       26.562500       Florida St
14.062500       14.062500       17.187500       10.937500       29.687500       2       6       14      29.687500       FL Gulf Coast
18.750000       17.187500       17.187500       34.375000       37.500000       2       7       7       37.500000       St Mary's CA
28.125000       28.125000       26.562500       23.437500       28.125000       2       7       10      28.125000       VA Commonwealth
40.625000       40.625000       43.750000       26.562500       40.625000       2       8       2       40.625000       Arizona
1.562500        0.000000        -21.875000      3.125000        20.312500       2       8       15      20.312500       North Dakota
23.437500       23.437500       28.125000       40.625000       37.500000       3       1       1       37.500000       Kansas
NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             3       1       16      NAN             NCC/UCD
1.562500        1.562500        18.750000       28.125000       15.625000       3       2       8       15.625000       Miami FL
28.125000       28.125000       18.750000       35.937500       7.812500        3       2       9       7.812500        Michigan St
29.687500       29.687500       26.562500       15.625000       20.312500       3       3       5       20.312500       Iowa St
-3.125000       -3.125000       -20.312500      9.375000        34.375000       3       3       12      34.375000       Nevada
-3.125000       -3.125000       14.062500       29.687500       28.125000       3       4       4       28.125000       Purdue
18.750000       17.187500       9.375000        12.500000       37.500000       3       4       13      37.500000       Vermont
29.687500       29.687500       -7.812500       6.250000        25.000000       3       5       6       25.000000       Creighton
-6.250000       -6.250000       20.312500       3.125000        23.437500       3       5       11      23.437500       Rhode Island
21.875000       21.875000       25.000000       34.375000       37.500000       3       6       3       37.500000       Oregon
18.750000       17.187500       26.562500       18.750000       15.625000       3       6       14      15.625000       Iona
26.562500       26.562500       0.000000        15.625000       20.312500       3       7       7       20.312500       Michigan
14.062500       14.062500       7.812500        -12.500000      12.500000       3       7       10      12.500000       Oklahoma St
37.500000       37.500000       25.000000       23.437500       25.000000       3       8       2       25.000000       Louisville
-17.187500      -17.187500      -10.937500      -23.437500      9.375000        3       8       15      9.375000        Jacksonville St
21.875000       21.875000       20.312500       34.375000       31.250000       4       1       1       31.250000       North Carolina
7.812500        7.812500        15.625000       6.250000        18.750000       4       1       16      18.750000       TX Southern
17.187500       15.625000       28.125000       0.000000        25.000000       4       2       8       25.000000       Arkansas
0.000000        0.000000        1.562500        26.562500       15.625000       4       2       9       15.625000       Seton Hall
12.500000       18.750000       4.687500        -23.437500      23.437500       4       3       5       23.437500       Minnesota
NAN             23.437500       3.125000        23.437500       40.625000       4       3       12      40.625000       MTSU
-4.687500       -4.687500       18.750000       17.187500       23.437500       4       4       4       23.437500       Butler
10.937500       10.937500       9.375000        21.875000       31.250000       4       4       13      31.250000       Winthrop
32.812500       32.812500       18.750000       18.750000       37.500000       4       5       6       37.500000       Cincinnati
NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             NAN             4       5       11      NAN             KSU/WAKE
28.125000       28.125000       10.937500       -3.125000       39.062500       4       6       3       39.062500       UCLA
0.000000        0.000000        17.187500       9.375000        14.062500       4       6       14      14.062500       Kent
20.312500       20.312500       26.562500       28.125000       26.562500       4       7       7       26.562500       Dayton
53.125000       53.125000       37.500000       25.000000       40.625000       4       7       10      40.625000       Wichita St
21.875000       20.312500       53.125000       26.562500       37.500000       4       8       2       37.500000       Kentucky
-18.750000      -18.750000      -6.250000       -18.750000      21.875000       4       8       15      21.875000       N Kentucky
12.500000       12.500000       -3.125000       1.562500        10.937500       5       1       11      10.937500       Kansas St
1.562500        1.562500        -9.375000       -14.062500      9.375000        5       1       11      9.375000        Wake Forest
0.000000        0.000000        0.000000        -7.812500       6.250000        5       2       16      6.250000        Mt St Mary's
-6.250000       -6.250000       -10.937500      -15.625000      14.062500       5       2       16      14.062500       New Orleans
18.750000       18.750000       17.187500       20.312500       12.500000       5       3       11      12.500000       Providence
-15.625000      -15.625000      -12.500000      14.062500       23.437500       5       3       11      23.437500       USC
35.937500       35.937500       26.562500       -9.375000       26.562500       5       4       16      26.562500       NC Central
-20.312500      -20.312500      28.125000       -12.500000      15.625000       5       4       16      15.625000       UC Davis

That probably won't be formatted like garbage.  The NaNs here are for the games that have multiple options, and as such don't have a name in the score data.  I don't think any of those actually matter, as those teams aren't very good, and I don't have them advancing at all.  I'm also pulling in my calculated ranks for the teams from previous years, which I only really used for the ties (which I don't think had to go back further than two years) and also to get a "how good is this team, really" feel.  That's what led me to accept a larger than expected share of "upsets," defined as when the published lower-rank team beats a published higher-rank team.

My bracket is then:



I apparently didn't put in a score.  96-82, using a factor of 2.2 on the rank values to put it in the right range.


Gonzaga is the highest ranked team in my calculations, but I went with Villanova because they've been more consistently good.  I'm not 100% sure of that, but for something I only care enough about to think about like two hours a year, it's good enough.

I actually clicked through to make the "Heart of the Cards" bracket as well, which uses the calculated ranks straight, with no fudging based on the previous years:



106-89, using the same factor as above.

This one has a lot more "upsets", and I intentionally took Wichita State out of my bracket early, because I'm still grumpy about two years ago.

I did download the 538 numbers, but I haven't sat down to turn that into a bracket.  I wonder if Barack Obama is going to release one, since I don't care about the fascist asshole who replaced him.

Monday: I hate Mondays.

Partially because due to meetings, it was like 3 before I was able to get lunch.  At that point, I decided to just skip it, and leave a bit early to get dinner.
You can guess what I did based on this set of emails that nicely appeared in my inbox at about the same time.
I also didn't realize there was no Supergirl tonight, so getting home early so I could take the trash out and get the pizza delivered before it came on wasn't an issue.  It did give me a reason to check the mail.

Which was more exciting that I expected.
Mostly because I wasn't expecting to have gotten a postcard from Julie when she was visiting here.

I also wasn't expecting to get a nielsen survey in the mail, even though there was also a card in my mailbox telling me to expect a nielsen survey.  I filled it out ("documentaries, cartoons, foreign language shows, Supergirl"), skipped adding phone numbers and emails (because fuck that shit), and may or may not mail it back.  I already have their two dollars in cash, because that's the way they do things I guess?  I can buy, like, some cookies or a pop.

And then my RSS database crashed.  Twice.  So much so that I don't think I'm going to bother trying to read the rest of today's stuff.  I'm tired, and all my TV shows are messed up because the west coast switched times, and even though I didn't, it moves everything all around.

I also looked at sports crap, but I think that's getting its own post.



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sunday: Not as good Museum Time.

I've never been to Spalding House, which used to be a separate museum (The Contemporary Museum) until it merged with the Honolulu Academy of Arts (forming today's Honolulu Museum of Art).  I'm generally not a big fan of modern art, SFMoMA excepted, so I hadn't really cared to go.  However, they're having their "best items in the whole collection" exhibit there, so that was the plan for today.  Spoiler: I should have planned yesterday better and tacked this visit onto that one, as they have shared entrance fees.

They do have a tasty panini.
Although the tomatoes weren't great.  The peppers were, so they could stay.  The tarragon tomato soup was a good addition.

I did not bother with the gym, because I didn't want to spend forever tearing it down.
Art.
I do like things like this.
Full videos I'm less interested in, but project your video on a tiny scuplture? I'm there.

More pre-war Japanese art.

Me: "Hey, is that Jizo again?"
Yes. It was.

The Andes.

The Long Rain, which I noticed wasn't in its usual place yesterday.
 And that's kind of it.  The exhibit space isn't super large, so there isn't much to see.
There is a large lawn.

With nice views of the city.

A tiny gecko.

A carved stone

A fisheye of the trail through the gardens.

Some sculptures.
It's an ok place, but it feels like I could have done everything as part of yesterday's trip, because it's not really a full afternoon place.
Even with the butt doors at the entrance.

And the this guy in the parking lot.
Being outside in the garden made me hot and dry, as I wasn't expecting to be outside as part of my museum visit.  So I went to get something to fix this.
Shave ice.  Uncle Clay's uses real syrups, not the super fake ones.