My car is cursed with an AM/FM Radio / CD player. Way back in the day circa 2003, a CD player in your car was enough to stick your nose up at people with “just” a tape deck. 8 years later, I never use CD’s and would kick a kangaroo to have a tape deck just for the ability to have an iPod adapter. ”Why don’t you use one of those radio adapter things?” Good question metaphorical voice in my head! I don’t have a working cigarette lighter and I have never met one of those adapter things that a worth a damn. Ergo, I am resigned to either CD’s or radio and seriously, who still uses CD’s?
Which brings me to the main point, have you listened to your oldies radio station lately? It is all I listen to anymore! Oldies 95.7 in Seattle plays “hits from the 60’s and 70’s” (basically, my wheelhouse) which essentially means that they never play bad music. It is incredible. Leslie makes fun of me for it, but she also says it’s “cute” so clearly she loves the station too.
They may play a bit too much James Taylor for my taste, but the flip side is that I like Billy Joel a lot more than I realized.
“Barring a miracle, it looks like Watson will defeat the two human “Jeopardy!” champions tomorrow night and claim the crown of world’s biggest nerd. Going into the contest, I had been telling myself that I was for the computer, because a win for Watson was a win for humanity. But last night, when Watson started kicking serious ass, I began to feel queasy. Not for any Skynet-became-self-aware type of reason, but because the sight of Brad Rutter and Ken Jennings being sacrificed to a machine for the greater glory of I.B.M. was a sorry spectacle. My twelve-year-old son couldn’t bear to watch, and went downstairs, no doubt to use the computer.”—News Desk: What Would Watson’s Victory Mean? : The New Yorker (via switchedblog)
It’s frustrating to watch because it’s not like Ken and Brad don’t know the answer, they just can’t ring in faster than a machine can. Ironically, Watson is doing the same thing that Ken Jennings did during his run and dominating the timing of clicking the buzzer, except that Watson has a much faster reactionary time when it knows the answer than a human does.
Very delayed post but, whatever. Quite a bit of stuff happened to me last year and what better way to relive everything than in chronological list form grouped by month. This is mostly just for me and my reference so feel free to close the browser window and skip right over it. If you are still here, good for you. Here we go, on with the show…
Ran in the new year in good old Issaquah at the future sister-in-law’s house
Ran a personal best at the P.F. Chang’s Arizona Rock ‘N Roll 1/2 Marathon and Marathon (just the 1/2 Marathon part) in Phoenix with Leslie over MLK Day weekend. And yes, you must refer to it by its full name at all times.