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Evolution of a Photoshop – Space Jam Edition

Evolution of a Photoshop – Space Jam Edition

Last week I was browsing Twitter (as I often do) when someone tweeted about their love of Space Jam and how no movie collection was complete with out it. She then mentioned that she didn’t own it and that it was no wonder why she was single.   For me the best part about Space Jam was that it lead the Harvard Sports Analysis Collective to compile this box score from the final game. But I’m weird like that.   Now, I thought to my self, “Self (cause that’s what I call my self), she’s looking at this all wrong. It’s like Cinderella. She needs to find that person that already HAS Space Jam.”   Which lead me to look for images from Cinderella of the prince putting on the glass slipper so that I could Photoshop Space Jam over the slipper. I didn’t find any that I was happy with, but it did lead me to finding another image which, in turn, lead to this creation.     That in turn lead to a spring board into the shallow end of super imposing Space Jam into other romantic comedies.             It was this last one that prompted a response from the gal. It turns out that Love Actually is one of her best friend’s favorite movies and she wanted a copy specifically for her. I said that wasn’t a problem as the heavy lifting (setting up the image) had already been done. All I needed was something to put into the two boxes on the right. Seeing as how she was the writer and I’m not, I asked what she wanted it to say.   “She’s an Oakland sports fan so something pertaining to that would be great.”   Wonderful. Let’s let the least romantic person on the face of God’s green earth take a swing at this.   They say write what you know, and being an economist, that’s where I started.     Ok, that’s probably not what she had in mind. Take 2.     I’m starting to feel all warm and fuzzy, but then again I’m single so this probably isn’t the right approach.   NEXT!   It’s Raider related, but it sounds like something someone wearing a polyester leisure suite with their hair slicked back that lives in a van down by the river would say.     It was 3 am, leave me alone!     *sighs*   Then inspiration struck. Why rack my brain trying to come up with something new when I can steal from the best.     Of course none of these compares to the result of my...

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Basic Statistics, or What Are The Odds I’m Getting Super Powers.

Basic Statistics, or What Are The Odds I’m Getting Super Powers.

A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook: You know in movies, when they wash a spider down the drain and it crawls out from that little overflow hole at the top of the tub? That just happened while the girls were in the bath. Only in real life, it didn’t kill anyone or give them super powers.   She later admitted, in response to disappointment that she had flushed the spider: Next time I’ll give it a shot at a bite and we’ll find out if I live in a horror movie or a superhero movie. (Or the harrowing tale of two children being taken from their insane mother, who allowed spiders to bite them in hopes of super powers for them.)   and Super powers are more likely than poison anyway, right?   It was at this point I felt compelled to chime in. Being someone with a “mild superpower” I am uniquely qualified to answer this question. It’s 50/50. Either it happens or it doesn’t. Two possibilities, one outcome. Basic statistics.   In fact, I had answered a similar question years before on a poker forum, so the heavy lifting had already been done.   A member asked: What are the odds…of losing 3 SnGs in a row to your opponent making a full house on the river when you get it in with a flopped straight, flopped trips, and top two pair.   I replied: 50% either it happens or it doesn’t. 2 possibilities, 1 actual outcome. 1/2 = .5 or 50% coincidentally that’s the same probability of it raining tomorrow where you live.   I thought it was reasonably well written response, but apparently it caused some confusion (statistics and probability theory tends to have that effect on people) as someone claimed that it would NOT be raining where they were tomorrow.   I tried to set him straight and cope with my failure as a teacher and communicator.   It wasn’t until the next day that all was set right with the world. Yesterday I recieved this IM from [name redacted to protect the innocent]: “time for the dreaded commute. 50% prob I make it home. I do or I don’t ”   It’s moments like these that make teaching so rewarding. There are few feelings in this world more rewarding that seeing a student fully and completely grasp the material that you are imparting.   So, I have decided to introduce another concept from basic stats and probability.   Probability lesson part 2: Conditional Probability   Now there are certain situation where you will encounter outcomes that are dependent on SOMETHING else happening first.   For example:...

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Buttslide or Apple’s One More Thing?

Buttslide or Apple’s One More Thing?

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Josh Reddick and the Stockton Ports

Josh Reddick and the Stockton Ports

This year has been a fairly new and exciting adventure with baseball. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a ton of great new people and finally got down to Banner Island Park to see the Stockton Ports play last Monday night. I’ve been to a few minor league parks and have to say that Banner Island is a great place to watch a game.  Most minor league parks are dumps, but they’ve certainly built themselves a beautiful place down there in Stockton.    When the news hit that Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick was going to be there for a rehab assignment, I jumped online and grabbed a couple of tickets. A lot of the Right Field crew seemed to make the trek out to Stockton after having spent the afternoon watching the A’s beat the Giants. And I’m certain that Josh felt “at home” with his banner hanging right next to the On Deck circle.   Reddick went 1 for 3 from the plate and had a fairly uneventful night in the field. The highlight of the evening was watching Tony Thompson score on a wild pitch. I know, it doesn’t sound that exciting but when the team is down 6-1 at that point… well, you take what you can get. That and I managed to get this shot:   After the play had finished, I turned to show Will MacNeil (@RFWILL149) the above shot. Will: “Did you get the unnecessary slide he made?” Me: “Kinda.” Bobby Crocker, the batter, was positioned perfect to block the plate. Catchers could take lessons from this kid.   My second favorite moment of the game was seeing @Wiggi_Marley make a great catch on a foul ball lined right at her. I wish I could have gotten a pic of the snag, it was that good. Instead you’ll have to settle for an action shot of her shaking her hand after making the catch....

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The A-Team and Ben Bernanke

The A-Team and Ben Bernanke

  The A-Team movie is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s not fine art by any stretch, but it’s great escapist fantasy. I always stop when I flip past it on the television.   The line from Lynch is the one that makes me laugh every time I hear him say it.   BILLIONS!!!  

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Making $180 an Hour or Why I’m Going To Win a Kindle and You’re Not.

Making $180 an Hour or Why I’m Going To Win a Kindle and You’re Not.

The one thing someone can say to drive me nuts, when they find out I play poker, is “So you like to gamble?”   It’s less that “I like to gamble” and more “I love finding situations with positive expected value (EV)”.   And this is one heck of a plus EV situation.   So a friend of mine, Megan Squires, recently released a book that she has written called Traced: Part One of The Outlier Chronicles.  I’m only a couple of chapters into it and, so far, it’s kind of a cross between 1984 and Twilight, except without the demeaning attitude towards women that Stephanie Meyers infuses into her writing.  And lame vampires. No lame, sparkly vampires in Traced either.   I should take this opportunity to let everyone know there’s a bit of exaggeration in my “picture review”. I have no idea if it’s true. I assume it to be true, but can’t prove it since I didn’t read the entire Twilight Saga.  Anyway, I digress.   One of the things that Megan is doing to help spread the word about her book and get some followers on Facebook, is holding a raffle for a Kindle.   At the moment, the expected value (EV) on this raffle is incredible.  Each person can earn up to 6 entries for doing a couple of simple things that won’t take very long to complete (become a fan, leave a comment on her blog, and tweet about the giveaway).   The raffle ends on this Saturday (October 20th) and there are currently 70 entries.  This means 10.67 people have entered.  I kind of wish is had been 10.5 people instead. Obviously there would have been one less entry and, as an added benefit, I’d get to crack a bad Nirvana joke. I have 6 of those 70 entries, so currently I have an 8.57% chance of winning the Kindle. With a retail price of $69.99, my EV at the moment for entering the raffle is almost $6.00 ($5.999). When you consider that the time it took to enter MIGHT have been 2 minutes from start to finish that gives me an hourly rate of $180.   That ain’t bad at all. 😀   So whatever you do, don’t head over to her page and enter the raffle. The more of you that enter, the more it’s going to kill my EV. *****   This also got me to thinking that I seem to know a lot of authors.  I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention a book that came out last year and that I had a small part in helping with.  My friend’s Katie Dozier and Collin Moshman released an...

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