Playoff Update — 2008.01.06

Well I was pretty surprised by the performance of the hometown Seahawks. Looks like I may have underestimated them. Can they beat Brett Favre and the Packers in Green Bay next week??? Well, for now you will have to wait. I will be releasing my predictions on Friday for the Divisional round.

2007 NFL Playoff Record:
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Wild Card Weekend

We have finally reached the NFL playoffs and I have to say that I am actually NFL_logo-fullpretty excited.  The local Seattle Seahawks are in the playoffs, and we have the possibility of witnessing the second undefeated season in the history of the NFL.  The top two teams in each conference have a bye this week, so I guess we are stuck watching the “working middle class” this weekend.

Here are my picks:

Redskins will go into Seattle and win easily, but not a blowout: 28-14

Jaguars will also win on the road in Pittsburgh.  I predict a tight game: 24-21

The well-rested Buccaneers will lose big to the Giants: 35-10

And the only home team that will win this weekend… the Chargers should handle the injury depleted Titans: 28-10

The Savages

My Grandma has dementia…

Not an easy thing to deal with.  Not for me, not for my parents, not for my sister, and especially not for my Grandma.  I was fortunate enough to be able to visit her last fall and it was a very strange thing to be able to look at her and know that she doesn’t really understand her savages surroundings.  She was able to remember me and we even had a few laughs about my childhood.  She also got to meet my wife which was great.

Now my Mom and her siblings have to figure out how to take care of her.  Do they move her in with one of them?  Try assisted living?  Nursing home?  None of them are great choices which makes the decision quite difficult.

I know what you are thinking… and no I didn’t name this blog post “The Savages” based on my family.  I actually went to see a great movie last Tuesday called The Savages.  It is about a highly educated brother and sister who suddenly get a call from Arizona regarding their father.  They haven’t spoken to him in what seems like quite a few years and he is in the later stages of dementia.  It stars Laura Linney and (my all-time favorite actor) Phillip Seymor Hoffman

I believe it is still playing at the Landmark Harvard Exit if you feel up to seeing it.

Hendrick’s Gin

I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a connoisseur when it comes to liquor, but I do occasionally enjoy a concoction or two.

hendricks

I recently discovered Hendrick’s Gin at a small off-the-beaten-path Greek place downtown.  The bartender recommended it, so I took a chance, but I was a little surprised when it came with a cucumber rather than a lime.  Since I was at a Greek bar, I just figured it was a Greek thing and left it at that.  In fact I had a Hendrick’s gin and tonic at the Garage in Capitol hill and it came with a lime, so that reinforced the "Greek" line of thought.

Just today I went to the liquor store for some rum (Kelly was making toffee) and I spotted a bottle of Hendrick’s.  It piqued my interest, so when I got home I did some research.  Turns out that the producer of Hendrick’s actually recommends that it be served with a cucumber since it is infused with rose petals and cucumbers – I guess it brings out the flavor.  Whatever is happening, the end result is quite pleasant.  I know what you men out there are thinking – rose petals and cucumbers?  May sound foofy, but don’t knock it until you try it.

Commuting

The last two nights I have averaged 13 mph commuting from Bellevue to Seattle. I don’t know why it has been wearing on me so much lately… really all you are doing is sitting down and from time to time moving your hand a bit to guide the car down the road. It could be that I haven’t seen the Sun outside of work in a while. Friday the sun rises at 7:54am and sets at 4:19pm. Darkness… rain… long commutes…

Would it be better to take the bus to work?? I know it will take longer and I have to transfer but at least I will be able to read or listen to a podcast or two. I have been thinking about cutting down on the cost of gas and just in general being more “green” by taking the bus 3 days a week. That would lower my commuting costs by 60%… hmmm not to bad!! In fact, yeah… I think I will take the bus tomorrow. We’ll see how that goes.

Alright folks… now I want some feedback from you. How is your commute? Do you drive? Bus? Bike? Walk??

awareness [VMWare]

My wife is an architect and is into “green” design which I whole-heartedly support. Today she sent me a blog post titled: Server Rooms and the Future of Humanism. It piqued my interested quite a bit mainly due to the fact that one, I am a human… and two that I implement and maintain servers for a living.

The purpose of the article is to raise awareness that servers are bad for the environment due to their stringent cooling requirements. The author (Geoff Manaugh) went so far as to say that a single server can do as much damage to the environment as an SUV. However, of the many remedies that Manaugh purposed, he (hopefully not knowingly) didn’t talk about “server virtualization” at all.

Since Manaugh didn’t raise the awareness of server virtualization, please allow me.

Wikipedia defines server virtualization as: “a method of partitioning a physical server computer into multiple servers that each has the appearance and capabilities of running on its own dedicated machine”.

So think of it like this: typically we think of SUVs as a bad thing for the environment. However SUVs would be at least somewhat better if they were always used to their maximum potential. In that I mean, whenever they are driven there are 8-9 people seated in them. Server virtualization is the same thing. Typically a physical server only uses 10%- 20% of its resources, so you could use a product like VMWare to setup 5-10 “virtual” servers to run on one “physical” server.

I know that I am a total computer geek, but I am really excited by VMWare and I want people to understand that computer software can be “green” too!!

Sports Illustrated

I have always enjoyed reading Sports Illustrated every week, but lately I have felt like I get enough sports news on websites and rss feeds. I want something different. I have been thinking of possibly subscribing to the Economist, but I am open to different options.

I enjoy current events, politics, religion, business/investing and economics. I want a magazine that isn’t liberal or conservative, I want something that is thought-provoking but not slanted right or left. I would also like it to be a weekly magazine.

Any ideas?? Leave me a comment if you have any recommendations.

Frites!!

I guess all good things must come to an end:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/food/324154_tf219.html

Frites, the little place with the great fries on Capitol Hill, tucked in behind Neumo’s nightclub, has closed.

In a mysterious e-mail to Yelp.com, owner Anthony Falco said he has shuttered Frites “due to unforeseen circumstances. I cannot go into detail because of legal action being taken against former employees.”

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