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Second Serving

Here goes nothing: my second attempt at this Friday CatchUp. Still not sure if I like it, but I’ll reserve my judgment after a few more of these.


What I’m Listening To:
People in Planes – Beyond the Horizon (2008)

As I mentioned last week, I liked their song “Vampire” which was used for a Dirk Nowitzki YouTube mix. I decided to buy their album from Amazon since I liked a couple of their other tunes I found on YouTube. Unfortunately, the album is really samey – all the songs kinda blend into one. Good for a single song listen, but not the makings of a great album experience.

Daryl Hall and John Oates – Whole Oats (1972)
U2 – Pop (1997)

Wow … I actually liked this Hall and Oates debut. So easy listening that I feel like I’m in a dentist’s office or a shopping mall circa 1985, but damn near perfect songcraft. I remember U2’s Pop album coming out in high school and cool, older kids saying it was “really good.” I finally gave the full thing a listen and guess what? They were “really wrong.”

Beck – Midnite Vultures (1999)
The History of Howard Stern: Act II – 1986-1987: Philadelphia Freedom


What I’m Watching:
Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

Long and slightly bloated, this crime epic is just … ok. It’s actually a bit amazing that a movie made by Sergio Leone and starring Robert De Niro about gangsters doesn’t deliver all the goods.

Lost: Season 5 (2009)
Castlevania Games beaten on YouTube
2009 NBA Season (2009)


What I’m Playing:
Gameloft – Block Breaker Deluxe (2008) [iPod]

Another subway commute game. This was actually the game I played before Mahjongg … maybe two months ago. But at the very end something fucked up and I wasn’t able to beat it. So, after beating Mahjongg, I decided to show some restraint and try Block Breaker again rather than buy a new game.


What I’m Reading:
John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)
Dean Oliver – Basketball on Paper (2002)

A reread of this classic. The first time I went through this book, I wasn’t really aware of the idea of “pace” in basketball. Now, having a year or so under my belt of doing my own pace research, I expect to get a lot more out of this one.


What I’m Doing:
ZogSports 3-on-3 Co-Ed Basketball

My team, “No Names” (ugh, I hate this name) has made it to the playoffs as the 2nd seed. Tomorrow, every game of the playoffs will be played and there is a maximum of 6 games we might have to play. It will be grueling, but awesome if we can pull out a victory. The rest of my team is made up of the winners from last year so it’s doable, but this year’s competition is supposedly way harder than last year’s.

Wednesday Trivia at the Banshee Pub (Team Name: Lost’s A Rerun) 4th place
High school friend, Michelle, is visiting us this weekend


The Encore:

I randomly came across this clip yesterday. I used to have an AOL account back in high school and, though I’m sure we had no problem cancelling it, I do recall AOL having some annoying business practices.

Mighty Led Zeppelin anthem + Nintendo bloops and bleeps = hotness!

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Friday CatchUp

Hmm … I really don’t have much to talk about, but I saw that I only posted 3 non-mini blogs in February. The last time I only managed to squeeze out 3 blasts was back in July of 2007 and that was mainly due to a website error that left stanus.butt down for weeks. So I guess I’ll just have to force myself to come up with something to talk about!

Maybe I’ll try something new here. Call it inspired. Call it a cop out. Call it a one hit wonder. Who knows … maybe it’ll have some staying power. Probably not. But it’ll fill up space on the site quite nicely!

This is the first (and quite possibly last) Friday CatchUp: a posting where I quickly recap what I’ve been listening to, watching and doing the past week. It’ll give me a weekly deadline to at least say something instead of waiting for inspiration to strike (though I’ll still be on guard for those opportunities). I’ll also be sure to post The Encore … your reward for making it through the entire boring post!


What I’m Listening To:

Danny Elfman – Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (1989)
Elliot Goldenthal – Batman Forever: Original Motion Picture Score (1995)

I always loved the music to both of these movies but this was the first time I actually listened to the full score albums. Batman Forever was kinda the same theme over and over, but Batman is probably just under Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Back to the Future as far as film scores go!

The Bob Seger System – Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (1969)
Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton (1970)

Generic rock from even one of the best periods of music is still boring as hell.


What I’m Watching:

The Wrestler (2008)

Good movie. We went to go see this at the 1-room theater five blocks away from the apartment and used a 14 month-old gift card to see it for free.

Batman: The Animated Series: Season 3 (1993)
Lost: Season 5 (2009)
Tom Green clips on YouTube
2009 NBA Season (2009)

I’m sure it’s safe to assume I will be watching the NBA every week so I’ll keep quiet about it unless something big happens. Meanwhile, something big has happened: the Mavericks lost to the worst team two nights ago … and this team didn’t even have their two best players. Owner, Mark Cuban, is fuming and I believe big things will be happening soon.

Tool Academy (2009)
The Bachelor: Season Who Cares (2009)

I’m embarrassed to admit that I watched these two shows. Well, I only watched the finale to the Bachelor since Howard Stern talked it up so much (it was absolutely ridiculous), but I actually have been tuning in each week to watch Tool Academy 🙁


What I’m Playing:

Electronic Arts – Mahjongg (2008) [iPod]

I’m still simming for my NBA Sim project so I haven’t been in a video game type of mood, really. But, on my commutes to and from work I’m always playing this little gem from EA. I’m actually nearing completion … I only have about 8 levels left before I conquer the damn thing.


What I’m Reading:

Squadron Supreme (1985-86)

Watchmen changed my life when I read it at age 17 and it’s weird to finally realize that it wasn’t as revolutionary as it is always touted to be. Squadron Supreme was completed a full year before Watchmen and hits on a lot of the similar themes. But, let’s be real, as good as Squadron is, Watchmen takes a shit on all comics for all time. And, yes, I will be seeing the movie this weekend!

JLA: Terror Incognita (2002)
John Kennedy Toole – A Confederacy of Dunces (1980)


What I’m Doing:
ZogSports 3-on-3 Co-Ed Basketball
Wednesday Trivia at the Banshee Pub (Team Name: A-Rod’s Cousin)

Wednesday was Cassie’s birthday and ever the gamer, she decided we would try out trivia night at a pub down the street. The place was so nice and the event so fun, we’re definitely planning on going back again.


The Encore:

This song was used on a cool Dirk Nowitzki mix I found on YouTube. Here’s them playing it acoustically (just as good as the studio version).

Huge, huuuuuuuge Tom Green kick right now. Here’s one of the best.

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A Happy Day

Photo montage © 2008 Stan Syckes

Though it’s inexcusable for you not to know, I’ll reiterate anyway: tonight the 2008-09 NBA season begins! To tell you the truth, I actually found this offseason to be super short, but maybe that was because there was so much Olympics basketball. Or maybe reading about basketball 24/7 had something to do with it. Who knows?

And who cares! I’m psyched. This year I finally made the plunge and purchased NBA League Pass – I now get up to 5 out-of-state games a night! To be honest, I would’ve gotten this service last year but my terrible New Jersey cable service didn’t offer it. Once again, New York > New Jersey! Perhaps this is the year where I get to see every single Mavs game! I’ve actually thought about that mission ever since I reviewed the Seinfeld episode where George’s unemployment counselor says she watched every Mets inning one season. I lead a sad life.

Or do I? I recently acquired NBA 2K9 for the Playstation 3 and let me tell you that it is life changing. This year, they flipped fantasy basketball on it’s head. Instead of regular joes choosing NBA players for their fantasy teams, NBA players choose real joes for theirs! Yes, I have been selected for Chauncey Billups‘ team, Smooth’s Squad. No buzzer left unbeaten! All of my stats from online games I play will be added to Chauncey’s fantasy team. And to the winner go the Dohblog!

NOTE: My coach, Mr. Billups, likes to wear towels on his head while on the sidelines. I have incorporated a picture of him performing this feat into a fantasy-style montage since he looks like a hobbit when he does so. May it create many a joke!

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  • Zepmoon
    Friday, October 31st, 2008 at 09:58 | #1

    If you don’t have one get a DVR (Digital Video Recorder). I’m sure your cable system offers them for something like $10 a month extra. Anyway, it will allow you to set up a program to record every basketball game that is televised then you can watch them at your leisure and without commercials.

    I never watch anything live anymore.

    If you do this I’m confident of two things:
    1. You will finally see enough basketball and,
    2. Cassie will leave you.

Olympic Memories

Montage © 2008 Stan Syckes

Man, when you’ve got an unfinished blog in the can it can really constipate your output. This one drove me nuts as I knew I had some interesting stuff to say but couldn’t bring myself to ever finish it or write it entertainingly. Oh well, I finally just said to hell with it and chopped it in half. Here’s part uno!

I’ve watched all of the Olympics – from when they opened to when they finished last week. I don’t know why but I just enjoy having them on in the background as I was first packing and then unpacking for the move. I’d look up, watch some random sport, then go back to my business. Sometimes I’d sit and watch an entire 1.5-hour-long volleyball match or something. There’s something about the Olympics that has me excited and at peace with everything going on around me as if I were a kid again. To investigate this feeling further I looked back and found a bunch of memories I had for each of the Olympics I’ve lived through.

1984 Olympics (Summer, Winter)
Oops … actually don’t remember shit. I was only 3 years old and I’m not even sure where I was living at the time. In fact, the only memories I have of this time are climbing on the outside of a fenced-in porch and peeing in the backyard next to a tree.

1988 Olympics (Summer, Winter)
It’s crazy to realize that my first decade of life is pretty spotty as far as memory goes. I have a vivid memory of walking in a Long Beach park with my brother and dad discussing the complicated reasoning behind each number in our bike combination lock. And at one point we stopped at a picnic table to eat lunch from McDonalds which included cups emblazoned with the Dream Team on it. Unfortunately, now that I’m basketball obsessed, I know that Jordan and Co. suited up for the 1992 Olympics, so truth kills yet another great memory 🙁 . Ah, well, I do recall getting several of these Garfield mugs (and continuing to use them for years).

1992 Olympics (Summer, Winter)
Just like everyone else, I remember the Dream Team, but I don’t think I watched any of the games. I do remember all the McDonalds cups bearing each team member, though!!! Hometown hero, David Robinson, was on it so my elementary school friends were all a-twitter and I got caught up in it.

1994 Winter Olympics
This seemed to be a big deal as it was the first time the Olympics were split up into Summer and Winter and I remember being bummed that I would have to wait longer for the Summer Olympics since I really never connect with the Winter Olympics – I’m sure it has something to do with the fact that I didn’t see much snow as a kid and I’ve only skied three or four times. I have, however, gone ice skating recently and I actually rocked that (I never fell down … though there were some close calls). These probably occurred around the time I found out I was moving to Virginia so I don’t remember much of the games since I was more intent on maximizing my Texas-friends time.

1996 Summer Olympics
Every summer my family and I would stay for a week at Bethany Beach with my mom’s brother’s family and grandparents. This almost month-long Olympics began while we were at the beach this summer and I recall watching games when I wasn’t swimming in the ocean or playing arcades on the boardwalk. When the infamous bombing occurred I wasn’t scared or even aware of it being real – it just seemed to happen in some far away place and I enjoyed the controversy as a spectacle. Ah, sweet callousness, I’m going to hell.

I went to a marching band camp every summer during high school and I remember a week or so before going to my second camp I snuck into the backyard of a friend’s neighbor’s house. We used their pool and then went back to his place to watch an Olympics event (I think men’s gymnastics). My marching band summer camps were legendary (I’ve striven to never start any of my sentences with “one time in bandcamp …” but it is difficult!!) we’d practice for 10-12 hours a day with little to no free time in between. And, even though I was dead tired by the end, I didn’t dare go to sleep so I wouldn’t miss out on the awesome nightly social events. Therefore, a bunch of us would devour our lunches as fast as possible during the mid-day break, run back to our cabin, and take the most powerful of power naps of all time. To facilitate these naps during the summer of ’96 we would play someone’s CD of the Olympics Theme. The song still relaxes and makes me feel all peaceful whenever I hear it to this day.

1998 Winter Olympics
I don’t remember shit from this Olympics. From the date in Wikipedia (early February of 1998) I had just returned to the states from a memorable band trip to England. This and the fact that I’ve never been into the Winter Olympics in the first place probably explains why I didn’t watch this one.

Since this bad boy is keeping me from blogging about other stuff let’s just leave this with “to be continued…”

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  • Monday, September 1st, 2008 at 14:02 | #1

    I remember being really into the 1992 dream team. I begged my parents to get me a USA basketball hat (or maybe it was my grandparents that got it for me). It had the traditional USA Basketball logo on the front, but also had an early 90s look being multi-colored (if I recall it was mostly white with a “splash” of blue and red, and by splash I literally mean it was supposed to look like a splash of liquid). I wore that thing everywhere and I think it’s still at my parents house.

    Also, I can’t wait to hear the Enron song you’re going to write.

  • Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 at 13:03 | #2

    Now that you mention it I do remember watching a bit about the bombing of the Olympics at the beach – don’t remember watching the sports themselves, although I think we and our cousin Zack, made fun of some of the sayings. Then I went off to Lenhok’sin High Adventure Camp and made the same jokes with my Scouting friend Tyler Heimann. Either that or Lenhok’sin came first and then the jokes continued at the beach…

  • Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008 at 14:05 | #3

    I believe part of the joke was based on Dominique Dawes‘ nickname of “Awesome Dawe-some.” I’d be willing to bet you came up with it at the beach first since I remember watching the opening during our trip. Do you remember what was so funny about this? Did we just keep saying “Awesome Dawe-some” about everything?

  • Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008 at 09:13 | #4

    The announcers called her “awesome Dawe-some” all the time and we picked up on it. We also started saying “awesome Moceanu” after her teammate, Dominique Moceanu. For some reason I thought that was hilarious. I also remember Tyler Heimann thinking the same

A Fire Under My Ass!

I was recently reading Cassie’s old LiveJournal (and no, I probably shouldn’t just hand out that link) and loved how there were so many bite-sized posts. When she had something deep to talk about the blog would be big, but most were just quick snapshots of what she was up to or what she was thinking about. They’re so honest and funny and have no meaning whatsoever but it has given me new purpose in my own blog.

For a while now this thing has become way too bloated and corporate. My posts are super-long, edited, and punched up to be more entertaining than originally written. I still would love to have all my great stories written in their best formats here, but I’m going to also try moving into smaller, spontaneous postings as well!

For example, I noticed a few months into this year that I had written 6 blogs each month and decided I’d try to go a whole year doing so. Well, now I shall throw this accursed net from off my shoulders and shall blog to my own heart’s desire until the crowds shout for mercy! And I will respond with a resounding “no!” and continue to blog even more. There will be no stopping me! Hopefully.

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  • Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 17:36 | #1

    …This might have just won my “Worst Dohblog of 2008” award

I’m A Balla’ … Shotcalla’, Brawla!

“I really like depriving myself of things. It’s fun!”
– Cosmo Kramer [6.07] The Soup

I guess I must be a little like Kramer since that seems to accurately describe my video game situation! First, it took me over a year to figure out I wasn’t using the most detailed graphical setting on my PS3. Well, I recently decided to finally try playing my NBA 2k8 game online (this being almost 3 years since I last played online). Once again, I have no clue what I was waiting for … because I am completely addicted now!

The PS3 online system is great. Sure, it doesn’t have all the achievement points or consolidated leader boards of the XBOX 360 … but is is free. And I’ve never waited more than 15 minutes for a game to start (and I haven’t even set up my network so I can host games). I’d like to also announce that I haven’t purchased a head set (as Dirk is photoshoppingly modeling for you) as there’s no way I’m going to listen to the trash talk of the 12 year olds I’m playing as I destroy them with my superior knowledge of basketball statistics!

Finally, I’d like to announce to everyone that my AOL screenname of old, Warlock94, lives on as that is my alias online. So, if you see him in your NBA 2k lobby … run! (Sorry this is a bit of a non-blog, folks, but I had to get it out of my system to make way for some exciting news coming soon).

I couldn’t find the scene where Kramer performs the quote I used above so I had to settle for one of the funniest Seinfeld story arcs:

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  • Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 16:25 | #1

    Why is Daredevil one of your Stanus themes?

  • Wednesday, June 25th, 2008 at 17:55 | #2

    I’ve been going through all the Essential Daredevils (just finished #2) and I like to make new themes about current things I’m into. I highly recommend these early Daredevils, by the way. Not as silly as early Spider-Man !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Baller in Charge

If this latest news about Barack Obama doesn’t get him elected to the White House, I don’t know what will!

Many years ago, President Richard Nixon had a small bowling alley built in the White House. If Sen. Barack Obama is elected president, he will replace the bowling alley with something more suitable to his tastes: a basketball court.

“There’s not only a chance (that he’ll have one built), but it’s a guarantee,” Obama said Monday on WFNI 1070 The Fan.

By Bob Kravitz for The Indianapolis Star

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Super-Stars: Kneel to Zod!

This was the NBA All-Star Weekend in case you somehow missed it (and I can’t think of any valid excuses off the top of my head). And, unlike All-Star Weekends of the past, I actually personally participated in this year’s festivities! (Disturbing news … the two blogs I’ve located that dealt with previous All-Star games annoyingly possess the same title: [2005 blog] [2004 blog]).

This year, the NBA figured out what the internet is and allowed fans to vote for the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest winner on Saturday as well as the All-Star Game MVP on Sunday. I know you all will be proud to hear I performed my civic duty in both polls. In fact, my votes went to the eventual winners in both contests (though they were pretty runaway favorites by the time it went to fan voting).

I’m going to wrap this up quickly, as I know many of you are basketball-haters (and, therefore, communists), but this dunk has got to warm up even the most frigid of hearts out there. And that, of course, would be Brandon “Chinflap” Jones.

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A Day for the Ages

Damn, today ruled. But what’s the biggest story of the night?

1. My best game of the season in Zog 3-on-3 basketball – though we went 2-2, I had my best offensive (scoring at least 2 points in each match … hey that’s damn good for me) and defensive (shutting down the fastest opponent) night of the season thus far

2. My new ass-kicking desktop computer arrived – so hot, and I’m typing this entry on it. I’ll wait until I put a few more hours into setting everything up and devote a full blog to my findings and specs

3. Shaq got traded to the Suns, making them a weaker opponent – I reflect pretty much everyone else’s reaction in the basket-blog community over this trade – why retool the best team in the Western Conference with a player who fits in the worst with their strategy?

4. Dirk Nowitzki recorded his first career triple double – nut!

ANSWER HINT: Please direct your attention to the image that accompanies this post.

I know I’ve promised to tone down my basketball talk here, but I just wanted to get on top of the highest mountain and shout it to the world! Make some noo-ooiise!

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  • Zepmoon
    Monday, February 11th, 2008 at 10:02 | #1

    Since this is a Basketball oriented post I thought it would be appropriate to point out the Barack Obama is a big basketball fan and player. He played on his college team and regularly plays with his Secret Service detail.

    Hillary thinks basket-balls are her collection of testicals she liberated from men.

    Vote Obama.

  • Monday, February 11th, 2008 at 10:27 | #2

    You raise an interesting point when you mention that Barack engages in hoopsterism. My decision is officially wavering! Tell me there’s absolutely no way you’d somehow, at the last second, end up voting for McCain, right?

Jeff C[removed] Wins the Super Bowl

Wow … I just watched the greatest Super Bowl I’ve ever seen in my life (which really isn’t saying much since I’ve not been a football fan at all for most of my life).

Cassie’s favorite team is the Indianapolis Colts and likes them almost as much as I like the Dallas Mavericks … scary, eh? So, because I don’t like any other team really, I throw in my support to the Colts by default (though this lack of passion and knowledge of the sport doesn’t stop me from winning in fantasy football). The Colts have a hated rival – the New England Patriots – who was having one of the best seasons in the history of the NFL this year. So, when the Patriots made it to the Super Bowl, and the Colts didn’t, my allegiance (what little existed) was shifted towards their opponent. The fact that the other Super Bowl team was a New York team just made it that much sweeter.

The Patriots stormed into the championship game with a perfect record while the Giants had to stumble and claw their way in as the second-to-last seed. Somehow, they kept the best offense in history from scoring more than 14 points while Patriots quarterback and model-fucker, Tom Brady, just looked confused the whole game. And yet, as well as the Giants played, foul-smelling New England had the upper-hand with 2:30 left to go … but Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, channeled his brother (Colts quarterback, Peyton Manning) and drove down the field for an unfathomable, winning touchdown!

The small party at my house erupted. None of us were big football fans (with the exception of Cassandra!) but we all live and work in New York. And to see a teary, joyous Jeff C[removed] run down from the stands and catch the winning touchdown pass made it all that much more special.

PS. Go fuck yourself, Jeff C[removed]. The Mavs are winning this year.

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