Thursday, February 26, 2009

Amazing Prophetic Previous Post

Last post spoke of hard fouls and the game yesterday did not disappoint in this category. While individually, we had a couple of pretty good players; overall, our team was completely outmatched by theirs. The other team had played more together and had way better chemistry with cuts and plays. Our team was pretty disorganized and whenever the decent players subbed out, it became all out chaos on the court for our offense/defense. They basically swarmed whenever I was inside and I got fouled a lot. Got my glasses bent, had multiple scratches including a deep one that's about 3 inches long, and several nice hacks to the head.

Eventually, we started clicking a bit more and the second game (L12-8 was a bit more competitive than the first game (L12-5). After the loss, we mixed the teams and played a pick up game. With the teams more balanced, the game turned out to be really competitive and less of a hack fest for me. We ended up winning that last game 16-14. A good time was had by all. Here's to having more games in the future.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Six Hard Fouls!

Company basketball game today between team DBA/Asset Systems (Team: The Ren) and team Infrastructure (Team: The Axis of Evil). Our team really has not had any practices and I don't even know if half the people on the team know the rules of basketball. However, I have full faith that with these members, the least we can get out of them are 6 hard fouls. The following is a Venn Diagram of our team concept:

Either way, it should be a fun game as we actually have 4 teams going in a pseudo-tournament style with the winners playing each other next week.

Addendum: Check out the awesome logo for our tournament:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Biggest Loser

Company is hosting a "Biggest Loser" style competition as a means of going with the theme of health and fitness. Being the IT department, it is full of people who probably spend more time seated than standing and more time thinking about exercising than actually exercising. Each participant has to pay $20 to enter. Then at the weekly weigh-ins, each pound over the previous week's weight results in a penalty of $1. Missing a weigh-in results in a $5 penalty. Winner at the end takes all with the winner determined by the person with the most % weight loss.

I could stand to lose about 30 more lbs which is about 12% of my total weight. This is what troubles me, assuming I get close to it and only lose 20 lb (8%). Would that be enough to win? Some of these people around the office look like a 30% loss wouldn't be an unhealthy weight loss for them. Should I resort to less ethical measures like putting giant vats of extra rich ice cream out in the kitchen?

Monday, February 23, 2009

Grats to Slumdog

First customer service, then information technology, now Oscars, tomorrow nationwide cricket leagues??! Seriously though, Slumdog took home an impressive 8 Oscars. I thought Hugh did an admirable job hosting the show even though that whole musical number with Beyonce was ridiculous. Ben Stiller's bit with Natalie Portman was retarded as well. PP and NoMoreGossipGirl were disappointed by the number of non-good-looking presenters and lack of female presenters with pretty dresses. Overall though, it was a good show and reasonably entertaining. The highlight of the evening was PP's recognizing that "That actor in Brokeback who died" and "That actor in Batman who died" were the same guy, and then bitterly lamenting why such a cute actor had died!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fated Hour

Our first company basketball game is next Wednesday. Overall, it might be an uphill battle as the other team has this 350+ lb center who is strong and a bit difficult to maneuver around. Most of my team really do not have much basketball experience. But, to quote Churchill:

"...we shall fight in Houston, we shall fight on the top of the key and the perimeter, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our paint, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight for rebounds , we shall fight for the loose balls, we shall fight in the box and in the open court, we shall fight in transition; we shall never surrender."

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Things I have always wanted to know!

Like for instance, how would the military combat a zombie outbreak? Obviously a very viable scenario evidenced by such historic outbreaks like "Left 4 Dead" and spoken of by the great philosophers Valentine and Redfield. I have had many a sleepless night pondering this very problem, but today, I found the answer.! There are also tons of other interesting things in the archives if you have the time to kill.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Company B-Ball

My company seems to be getting into inter-departmental sports. They are hosting an inaugural Infrastructure vs. Deskside game this coming Wednesday and convinced my boss to form a team of our own. Time to own....or be owned!!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Onward to the Past!

Looks like EA could not continue the march into the future with the Battlefield series. It is going back to its roots and the origin of its success. I am pretty excited about this as I don't think =VGI= ever fully gave the original due respect. =)