Cubicle Warrior’s blog, week 32 of 213 (1,223 more days to military retirement). This week’s quote comes from Epictetus, a Greek philosopher that believed that suffering came trying to control the uncontrollable, that individuals are responsible for their own actions through self-discipline, and that it is man’s duty to care for fellow man. In 2012, I wasted a lot of time complaining about things that I did not have, but overlooked the great things that I do have.
He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
- My new year’s resolutions:
- Get back to running 20 miles per week
- Spend less time on Facebook
- Spend more time with my computer nerd hobbies
- Spend time converting my ninja monkeys into ninja monkey computer nerds
- Spend more time with my Honey Bunny!
- Cubicle Warrior’s review of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to Jar Jar Bink’s House, part 1 of 3.
- A long time ago (between the dawn of the faerie and the dominion of men), in a galaxy far, far away (somewhere between the Shire and The Lonely Mountain)…At face value, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Three Part Journey That Could Have Been Done In One ****ing Movie If Peter Jackson Were Not a Greedy Fat***” (TH:AUTPJTCHBDIOFMIPJWNAGF) is a delightful tale of Bilbo Baggins‘ resplendent trip outside the warm and cozy confines of Bag’s End to help the Dwarves reclaim their lost home under Lonely Mountain–a voyage replete with visually stunning views of Rivendell, the Misty Mountains, and the Goblin kingdom. [READ MORE]…
- If you do not like my review of the movie, then check out my buddy’s more serious critique [READ MORE]…
- If you failed to take your Adderol or Ritalin, then check out the 3-minute musical version of the Hobbit:
- I am falling more in love with Google+ each day. Eventually I would like to transition off of Facebook and stick to Google+. My plan is to transition in three phases:
- Prune and tune friends.
- Lock photo albums and delete as much as possible.
- Trial phase without Facebook.
- In a typical Facebook experience, I spend 25% of my time culling through under-informed, uninformed, or downright demented political posts and pointless re-posts. I spend about 50% of my time going through notifications, and another 25% blocking game requests. I have had enough. With Google+, I can tune my social networking experience to be a much more rewarding use of my free time. On Google+, I have had meaningful discussions on quantum physics, SEC football, NFL football, and random math problems. I do not get these kind of interactions on Facebook, so it is time to take my social networking elsewhere for now.
- I experimented with Google Blogger and decided that I will stick with WordPress. WordPress is quite powerful and is loaded with a plethora of automated blogging utilities.
- I have learned a lot about YouTubing from my son. I now waste entirely too much time on “How It Should Have Ended (HISHE)“, “musical versions of my favorite movies“, and “Cinema Sins“.
- UFC 155: Dos Santos – Velasquez 2. MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. Saturday, December 29, 2012. Facebook fights start at 3:30 PM PST, FX fights start at 5:00 PM PST, and PPV fights start at 7:00 PM. [READ MORE]… I went 1-2 with the Facebook prelim picks, 3-1 with the FX undercard picks, and 1-4 in the main card picks.
- Sugar Bowl 2013: #3 Florida Gators (11-1, 7-1 SEC) versus #21 Louisville Cardinals (10-2, 5-2 Big East). Allstate Sugar Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana. January 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM CST. Betting line: -13.5, Florida. The Gators look to assert their return to power. After their 24-17 Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl victory over “the team up North”, Gator head coach Will Muschamp rallied his troops in the locker room and told them that he does not want them to forget the frustrations of losing games they should have won. Muschamp used that pain of losing to focus the Gators–“[the Florida Gators] are not a 7-6 program”. Coach Muschamp reinvigorated the mighty Gators as they laid waste to four BCS top ten teams. All that stands before them and validation of their return to power are the Louisville Cardinals, led by former Gator coach Charlie Strong.Gator scouting report: The mighty Gators have turned around from 3-5 in the SEC to 7-1 in year 2 of the Muschamp Era. The Gators were just one fumble away from playing for the SEC title and possibly the national title. Look for the Gators to come out fired up. The Gators will swamp the Cardinals with the nation’s #3 defense, a defense that only yields 12.9 points per game. They also bring in the #35 rushing offense in the nation, with 194.1 yards per game. The Gator winning formula is simple: run left, run right, run middle… make field goals. with the #3 kicker in the nation… flip the field with #6 punter in the nation… stuff the run with the #6 run defense in the nation… and enforce the #1 “no fly zone” this side of the Middle Eastern war zones. Key players to watch: RB Mike Gillislee – the workhorse of the Gator rushing attack also has Matt Jones to back him up, DB Matt Elam – this All American hard hitter wants to put someone to sleep,Gator bait scouting report: Former Gator defensive coordinator and head coach during the 2004 Peach Bowl, Charlie Strong, will have his work cut out for him. His number one offensive weapon, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater needs to heal from his ankle injury, or at least close enough to give his Cardinals a fighting chance against the Gators. The Cardinals have the nation’s #19 pass defense, but that will not help much against the run-happy Gators who bring in the #119 pass offense. The Cardinals #52 run defense yields over 150 yards per game. The passing offense is a very respectable #24 in the nation, but it is going up against the Gator no fly zone. Key Gator bait to watch: QB Teddy Bridgewater and CB Adrian Bushell. Adrian was part of the vaunted 2008 Gator recruiting class before he transferred to Charleston Southern, then to Louisville to rejoin the coach that recruited him.
Prediction: This will be a first-half scoring game as both defenses will clamp down in the second half. If the Gators can beat down the Cardinals in the trenches on both sides of the ball, the Cardinals may not score in the second half. 21-10, Gators. By the numbers:
- Gators rushing offense vs Cardinals rushing defense: 194 ypg (#35) vs 151 ypg (#50). +Gators
- Gators passing offense vs Cardinals passing defense: 144 ypg (#114) vs 127 ypg (#49). +Cardinals
- Gators scoring offense vs Cardinals scoring defense: 27 ppg (#74) vs 24 ppg (#36). +Cardinals
- Gators rushing defense vs Cardinals rushing offense: 97 ypg (#6) vs 127 ypg (#98). ++Gators
- Gators passing defense vs Cardinals passing offense: 92 ypg (#1) vs 298 ypg (#23). ++Gators
- Gators scoring defense vs Cardinals scoring offense: 13 ppg (#3) vs 31 ppg (#49). ++Gators
- Gators turnover margin vs Cardinals turnover margin: 1.42 TPG (#5) vs 0.75 TPG (#21). +Gators
- Gators X-factor vs Cardinals X-factor: Gators line of scrimmage vs Cardinals discipline. +push
On offense, the Cardinals look like Tennessee, at least in terms of statistical rankings. In terms of style of play, the Cardinals offense will look somewhat like a cross between FSU and TAMU. On defense, the Cardinals look like TAMU, at least in terms of statistical rankings. In terms of style of play, I would say that the Cardinals look like FSU on defense.
In summary: the Gators specialize in rushing AND passing defense, which makes them an elite scoring defense. The Gators have handled similar type teams. The X-factor will be who plays more disciplined ball, since it is a foregone conclusion that Florida will own the line of scrimmage.