An AmazinglyLeet Calpurnia Concert in San Francisco

September 8, 2018 | Posted in The Real World | By

 

Calpurnia, featuring Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, played the Fillmore in San Francisco, California.  My daughter attended and is putting in work rendering YouTube videos.  Here’s my attempt to help her out.

Mikey, the awkward kid, playing Dungeons and Dragons in his mother’s basement with his equally awkward friends, uncover a secret government facility, befriend a runaway with serious superpowers, and defeat the Gorgon, temporarily, in Netflix’s smash, perhaps surprising hit, Stranger Things.  The cast, led by a rejuvenated Winona Ryder, also featured David Harbour as the at-first skeptical law enforcement officer, Millie Bobbie Brown as the telekinetic Eleven, with Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp as Mikey’s triumvirate of friends battling the Upside-Down.

Well, Finn Wolfhard, who plays Mikey, has a band called Calpurnia.  Who knew?  My daughter has been a huge fan of the show, even dressing as Eleven for Halloween and with the all the bank she makes being a lifeguard, she went with her best friend.  And, judging from the video, made friends along the way.

Calpurnia songs, including Wasting Time, Louie, Waves, Blame, Greyhound and City Boy, were performed during the show.  Fast forward the video to around the four-minute mark to view the concert clips of Calpurnia’s show at the Fillmore in San Francisco, Saturday, 25 August 2018.

Someday, you’ll have a video with way more hits than the video below.  14,000.

Tag your videos sweet potata.  When you’re uploading the videos to YouTube, take the time to write decent descriptions, especially tags like Calpurnia and San Francisco show for your video about the concert.  Google helps drive people to your channel and video, and that’s what this blog post is about, helping you get hits.

And, of course, it’s about you because you’re my daughter and I love you.  I want you to keep creating because you should be more confident, your YouTube videos are put together extremely well.

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My AmazinglyLeet Letter to Paul DePodesta

January 29, 2017 | Posted in The Real World | By

Paul DePodesta
76 Lou Groza Blvd
Berea, Ohio 44017

Dear Paul,

You’re bringing Metrics to the NFL.  Anyone Not Tearing down their team and running it in the same manner as you in 5 years will be watching the Cleveland Browns win the SuperBowl multiple times.  I’ve seen the movie.

In a few months, you’ll participate in your second NFL Draft.  Your first, magnificent.  Everyone agreed.  2017 is when some judgement can be made on the quality of draft picks the organization acquired in 2016.  2017s top priority?  More picks in 2018 without sacrificing any of the first 3 picks in 2017.

I’m not here to write you a long letter about what to do with with the #1 overall pick.  Priority #1 in the NFL.  Get to the opposing quarterback.  Disrupt him.  Sack him.  Tackles for Loss.

It’s pick #12 I offer some perhaps wisdom if you will.  Cosmic Wisdom.

The metrics, the numbers, the scouting reports, etc., on a Prospect point in the right direction but the NFL is chock full of those numbers not equating to on the field success.  This isn’t baseball Paul.

Trade Joe Thomas to Minnesota.  The Vikings are all in for 2017 … it’s superbowl or bust for the franchise.  Joe would have a legitimate chance for a title.  Cleveland owes him this chance, he earned it.  You want their first rounder next year and their second rounder this year.  It flows brother, it makes sense …. i’m not a salary cap guy, i think everyone in Minnesota is on board on renegotiating so the team can make the necessary acquisitions for a Conference Title Run.  There won’t be a Conference Title Run for the Cleveland Browns in 2017.

A large “hole” has been created on the offensive line at the most important position … Rule #2, Protect Your Quarterback.  At pick #12, Cam Robinson is extremely realistic.  Hue has dealt with “character issues” in the past.  It’s a “risk”  … do the metrics say Cam Robinson can play a right handed quarterbacks “blind side” and play it well for the next 5 years?

Picks 33, 46 (From Minnesota), 52, 65, 97… Safety help.  Let’s hope the other Joe who plays Corner can get past some of those nagging injuries.  The NFL is a “young” mans game …  Another Corner.  Another offensive Lineman.  More help in the secondary.  Linemen and Defensive Players.  They’re “safer” picks.

Terrelle, WR1 money … he earned it … with a hometown discount.   Your “franchise” QuarterBack can Never have too many offensive weapons.  Isiah/Duke, Abdullah/Riddick in Detroit, the Lions were really special on offense when those two were healthy … the combination backfield is the New NFL standard.

Injury, the unpredictable.  How big of a factor was “Injury” in MLB when compared to the NFL and contract negotiation? … it’s a crusher and something a franchise has to react … no way to prepare for “injury”, except at Quarterback where you have to shell out $4MM to the position.  One of the beauties of Kessler, he can fill that role at a cheap price.  Injury “history”, I’d love to put together a data set with Combine Metrics and Injury … not season ending injury … injuries resulting in a few games missed … is there a correlation?  Mmmm. Mineable Data.

One of the points of this Letter is Quarterback and the NFL Draft in 2017 with 6 scheduled picks in the first 97 overall …  Not this year.  Maybe in 2018 you’re in the right draft position or have the right draft capital in 2018 to make a move for someone you believe can lead the Cleveland Browns to a Superbowl in the next 5 years.  Someone you’re going to make very wealthy when their rookie contract expires because they want to lead the Cleveland Browns to multiple SuperBowls over the next 10 years.  It’s a rare find and there’s so much pressure to find the “franchise” QB … what does that even mean Paul, a “franchise” QB?

Ask John Elway if he considers Tony Romo a “franchise” QB?  Jerry wants a pick and Elway is going to wait until he gets cut because the Cowboys cannot take the salary cap hit with him on the books for 2017.  Jay Cutler.  Veteran QBs with proven success, however, the injury history makes them less sexy … Like RGIII …  Kessler and McCown will work at the position for 2017.  I had these visions of RGIII marching the Browns down field scoring TouchDowns in droves, punishing opponents, in Important Divisional Games.  Injury.  Stay healthy Mr. Griffin.

An NFL franchise should never be “pressured” to get their franchise QB This year with their first round draft pick.  There’s too much Risk.  Risk Mitigation + Player Personnel Decisions + Championships + 5th/6th round 5000 Carat Diamonds …

Last year, you acquired Capital instead of a “franchise” QB.  Jared Goff should have been the starter in Los Angeles from Day 1.  It cost Jeff Fisher his job.  They traded the farm for him.  How can he NOT be the starter from Day 1?  How nice would it be if Goff had 15 starts under his belt heading into the 2017 season?  Week 2 was the time to make the decision, the Rams got blown out 28-0 against San Francisco, a team that won 2 games all year.  Perhaps the last of the old guard from Bill Walsh’s coaching tree.  Run the ball, play great defense.  It’s the new NFL Paul.  The game changed.

Carson Wentz?  he’ll be starting for Eagles, barring injury, through his rookie contract.  Ryan Tannehill? … he got the “franchise” QB money after his rookie contract and while they made the playoffs this year, he hasn’t taken the next championship level step.  QuarterBack, the most important position on the field and the most difficult decision for a NFL Franchise … In Cleveland, let’s Protect the Position with a Stout Offensive Line with Backs who can catch the ball in NonObvious Passing Situations.  The middle of the field exploited with a strong option.  Receivers who can catch a 4 yard slant and take it 65 yards.  A 2 yard screen 73 yards.  A big physical receiver when you need 6 yards.  The physical back who get you out of 3rd and 2 and keep the opposing defense on the field.  The secret in Cleveland … the described desireables are already on the team, there’s not a lot of early Draft Capital to invest at the skill positions.

906 words.  And, i’m a terrible proof reader.  When I finish this “letter”, I’m going to print it and Fax it.  It’s an old “salesman” trick.  Don’t send an email … send a fax …. the response rate on them is ridiculously high and I’m not looking for a “response” … I want to know the document arrived at the offices and there won’t be any excuses.  The only excuses would be the document didn’t get passed to the right person OR the document was passed and not “read”.

The pressure is going be tremendous if the Browns go 2-14 in 2017 while not making a move in the “franchise” QB in the 2017 draft, especially if DeShaun Watson excels.  This kid from North Carolina?  11 College Starts?  I want to mine data … I want to see a list of names of QBs drafted with less than 25 career “College” starts from 1970-2014.  Pass Rusher.  Offensive Lineman and if Cam Robinson didn’t work out at 12, safety … Peppers from Michigan …. he fills other positional “needs” and is the new S/LB hybrid … Mark Barron in LA and Deonne Buchannon in Arizona.  Does the 3-3-5 defensive formation have an official name?  4-3, 3-4 … old NFL.  These decisions on player personnel … above our pay grades … I believe people like you and I only offer “advice”.  Would the draft capital obtained from trading Joe Thomas to Minnesota outweigh the “hole” created and options to fill the need?  Perhaps you kept Thomas, took Cam Robinson 12th, and let him play right tackle.  An instant starter on your offensive line.  Protect Our Quarterback.  Supposedly the Browns “grade” on Garrett is “astronomical”.  The pundits have you staying out of the Quarterback game in the draft this year but I can envision some “pressure” to pick Watson after his performance against Alabama.  I saw some fodder Watson would be available at pick #33 but not after the Alabama game, he’s going in the first round.

Best of luck in the upcoming draft and upcoming season.  10-6 and a wildcard for the Cleveland Browns?

I didn’t even bring up Free Agency.  Overpay for Trumaine Johnson.  For 2017 and 2018.  4 year contracts with 0 cap hit in 2019 and 2020.  Can those be accomplished?  “Dead” Money.  Use free agency as a tool to potentially acquire more draft capital.

What about the franchise tag?  Pryor?

The tools available to build your franchise.  How they’re used.  An insiders perspective.  It fascinates me.  When does the roster expand and you can sign Undrafted Free Agents?  50,000 carat diamonds.

I don’t know Who Makes the decisions in Cleveland regarding personnel.  Final decision.  After 1-15 in 2016 and picking Cody Kessler in the third round, a guy you could have signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, and Dak Prescott taken by Dallas a round later?  People get fired in this business Paul … a lot … the entire Browns organization should be listening to every opinion.  That’s all this is … a 1400 word Opinion on the Cleveland Browns 2017 season.

Pick #1 – Myles Garrett

Pick #12 – Cam Robinson

Pick #33 – Marcus Maye

Pick #52 – Sidney Jones

Pick #65 – Dion Dawkins

Pick #97 – Someone who can play C/G … Like Bitonio … why do I feel like Reno is starting at center next season?

After these 6 scheduled picks … back 7 on the defensive side, linemen on both sides of the ball, a youthful RB who fits the New NFL Mode in Round 5.  The last 3 rounds of the NFL Draft?  5,000 carat diamonds.  You’d think a 5,000 carat diamond would be easy to find … nah, just the opposite … think of the process required to make a diamond and the process used by the NFL “establishment” to evaluate talent.  What makes a succesful NFL player?  Performance on the Field is merely a single data point.  You can’t make decisions based on a single data point.  Data point weight … how important is on the field performance at the collegiate level and … international level … who is scouring Europe for the next Margus Hunt and other international players?  The Cleveland Browns should be ahead of the curve on the new International NFL Game when it comes to international players because I wrote you a letter and made suggestions.   36 NFL Teams operating in 2022, 18 games, 70 player roster … there’s going to be a lot more “opportunity” to play professional American Football.

$25 Billion.  There’s too much money being made and the market exists in London, Toronto, St. Louis, San Diego, Oakland, Jacksonville … it’s all about the Stadium and there won’t be enough NFL teams to please everyone AND the NFL is giving around $250mm to build the venue.  The top hats think they can keep the expansion a secret.  There’s no point in announcing until the new players agreement in 2021.  Hopefully everyone is of the sensibility to give the players their “fair” share.  7 years ago when the new contract ended a lockout probably seems like yesterday to those involved.  Now, it’s only 4 years away.  Be fair to the players.

The NFL in 2030 … a $30 billion dollar a year sports league.  Cleveland Browns, 5 Time SuperBowl Champion.

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Frost Mage Parses Continued

December 19, 2015 | Posted in The Real World | By

Heroic Kormok Rankings

No orange there.  It will be more fun when more logs with people iLvl 727 are parsed because of the valor upgrade 10 iLvls.  The bracket percentages tell a story.  Like the badass 90th percentile elemental shaman who got out dps’d by a frost mage because 95th percentile frost mage damage … roughly, we’ll call it 87k … so you’re going to have to do at least 87k to beat me.  Dub, what happens when I’m another 10 iLvls higher because I was actually able to find a team … you were looking for talented ranged but not too talented … we don’t want anyone, especially the girls, to get their egos hurt …. and more iLvl 727s are parsed?

You discredited by BRF data because, according to you, it didn’t count because “no one was playing the spec”.  There were just as many frost mage parses on heroic beastlord as there are currently on Mythic Hellfire Assault.  Your argument is completely null and void.

Crushing Hand 1

But I don’t want to switch to the Crushing Hand that has you boss, I’d have to build up four new arcane charges on the add.

Crushing Hand 2

I didn’t see the crushing hand because I don’t have enemy nameplates turned on.  I can’t switch to the add with less health because I can’t tell.  I can’t switch the skull target because it’s hard for me to target him.  This is the reason add phases in encounters are crushers.  Wait until blizzard adds a mechanic where the add has to be crowd controlled and if you break the crowd control, it’s a wipe.

The fact it didn’t say “enemy nameplates in the ON position” as the first requirement of your group was strike 1.  Wiping on Mythic Assault was strike 4.   I should have gquit right then, saved us all the trouble …

Crushing Hand 3

Putting DPS in the right place at the right time … progression.  DPS Meter measures egos.  Warcraft Logs … useful data.  Data you can’t debate.  Or Discredit homie.  Such inspiration your question has given me … what makes you think you’re an orange parsing world class raider?

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I don’t know boss … what’s the predominant color in the above photos?

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Frost DK – 83rd percentile, 65k.  Whatever kind of warlock that is … 82nd percentile 61k.  80th percentile Frost mage on Heroic Council?  78k …. 9th percentile in the bracket because the parses have so many legit 727s opposed to 717s taking advantage of the new valor system.  Give it time.  You’re going to have bust 80k to beat me on heroic council and how many people, friends, get carried through heroics when someone’s putting up 80k?  It almost counts for 2 dps.  Even if someone did 10k on heroic, it would average enough across the group and we  move on and everyone gets the gear and everyone has fun.  While I log parses.  And see ….

And Weak Auras 2?  Lets watch some YouTube video together of me killing bosses … where I can actually see the fight … and I’ll show you where Everything Weak Auras 2 does is already on my screen.  Weak Auras 2 would make me better?  I like it.

Thing is … I don’t know how to use it.  And I like my interface where it’s at … just a little more notice when enchant procs, help managing Incanter’s Flow … I play frost mage, I’ve dedicated World Wide Web Resources to the class.  And yes, I play it well … the data is arrogant.  And my capability to memorize a memorizeable Artificial Intelligence and play frost mage within the confines … problem is I need 19 others who I can play at a high level.

When I came back to WoW, brand new account in February 2011 … I went to Dalaran because I had a couple RL friends there and I got onto a raiding team.  25 man Dragon Soul … killed all 8 of those bosses.  When MoP came out, 10 man in Mogushan Vaults we got the achieve … Dude Throne of Thunder came out and we wiped 105 times on Horridon.  Over weeks.  Plus, the group was running 2 10 mans which got combined into a single 10 man and the combination of people left out and dying 105 times to the second boss …

A group of us joined Ouroboros-Dalaran.  We finished ToT 25 man – normal.  Never got into Heroic because SooG came out.  25 man finished it on normal and we got the first boss on heroic, Immerseus.  I had to quit … I couldn’t handle what I knew was coming for Ourboros-Dalaran on SooG Heroic – you know how long it was out and for 9 months that group banged it out in heroic SooG finishing 10/13 (h).  I got back in with them at the beginning of WoD.  The first night of Highmaul, there were 45 people for 30 slots … they had to keep a separate piece of paper to make sure everyone got DKP.  Dalaran had two other 20 man teams when BRF started.  Their whole server, which is small to begin with, had 3 horde teams trying to progress through end game content.  I server transferred to Thrall .. a huge horde PvE server with 50 such teams … got a team near the end of BRF who quit after 52 attempts on Mythic BeastLord.

We spanked every Heroic fight in there …. here was that group’s issue … they didn’t practice the mythic formation.  I want to be killing Heroic Gruul in the mythic formation … to practice.  You know how good I was on Thogar??? … yeah it’s hard to see on my screen when the door opens and NOT to be standing on the track … and it was hard to memorize the pattern at heroic difficulty … I never got to see the fight.  My group quit after 50 attempts on the first boss and broke up … no HFC.

I took a break man.  Putting up all them orange numbers on those heroic bosses?  Giving up and playing fire mage on mythic beastlord because they made me?  Fire Mage RastaJay got pinned all the time and without Weak Auras 2 telling me when to combust … the spec wasn’t my flow man but I played it and parsed purple on heroic beastlord.

They had to make Frost better in HFC because of the parse disparity between fire spec and frost spec.  You can’t have 99th percentile frost mage damage equal to 40th percentile fire mage damage … its called imbalance.  Fire Mage was fotm.  Yet it the spec puts up top numbers in the world for all the class specs on Iskar and Xhul.  The nerf to Inferno Blast … ouch.

Now you have the same imbalance with arcane single target damage.  Do you think RastaJay scorch weaved in Mogushan Vaults?  I play Frost Mage bro.  And I’ve gotten a lot better since MoP came out … changed the way I move … changed the way I target … using the keyboard to move … sad you have to tell someone you need to be doing it … and unbind you s key … there’s no moving backwards in Azeroth.  It’s illegal.

I’m going to play Frost Mage and I’m going to play it a level that’s plenty good enough for mythic progression.  Just gotta find a team.

5/13 M putting in that work on Gorefiend.

 

 

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