Hot Take: Middleton Injury Really Hurts

It’s not so much that the Bucks will miss Middleton’s 18–20 points a game (they will). It’s not that they’ll miss his spacing on a team that starts 3 non-shooters (they will). It’s not that they’ll miss his team and individual defense (they will). But the Bucks are going to have a really hard time filling that 36 minutes.

Basic counting stats as well as numbers like RPM or VORP tell you Middleton is a very good player. One of the best shooting guards in the league without question. And it’s easy to look at those numbers and say “man it will suck without him.” But to measure losses like this you’ve got to focus on the trickle-down effect on the depth. read more

The Palomino – Everything you need to know about Milwaukee…

Trying something new and randomly going to post about bars/restaurants that I either really love or really hate. Oddly enough, I’m not putting these in the “hate-love” category. I figured it best to have one section dedicated to nourishment.

First up, is a place that gets a very bad rap around town for various reasons. The Palomino.  Well, it’s pretty highly rated on most sites, but since it’s a mainstream hipster hangout, you’ll find the elitist hipsters bashing the place.  Yes, the late night crowd can be painfully annoying (but not rowdy!).  Yes, it’s dirty.  Yes, the service can be very slow.  BUT!  It’s still great. read more

Windows 7 Media Center

I think I'm finally catching up with the rest of the geek world... I've been running Windows XP on my media center (not media center, 32 bit edition on a 64 bit system... yeah, I know) because I already owned the license and I didn't know if I'd really stick with the concept. However, we're using it more and more and we'd like to add functionality. So tomorrow night I should be installing Windows 7 Professional. That's step one.

I think I'm finally catching up with the rest of the geek world... I've been running Windows XP on my media center (not media center, 32 bit edition on a 64 bit system... yeah, I know) because I already owned the license and I didn't know if I'd really stick with the concept. However, we're using it more and more and we'd like to add functionality. So tomorrow night I should be installing Windows 7 Professional. That's step one.

It’s a Jersey Thing

First off, I realize I'm late here. But, I had to make some mention of the last South Park episode. I don't watch the Jersey Shore. During the first season, I felt compelled to see what it was all about, recorded an episode, got about 10 minutes in before giving up. It was painful, the cast members should all be euthanized and very little actually happened. However, I feel like I know everything about the show thanks to Bill Simmons' obsession and the general media adoration of this group of Jersey freaks.

First off, I realize I'm late here. But, I had to make some mention of the last South Park episode. I don't watch the Jersey Shore. During the first season, I felt compelled to see what it was all about, recorded an episode, got about 10 minutes in before giving up. It was painful, the cast members should all be euthanized and very little actually happened. However, I feel like I know everything about the show thanks to Bill Simmons' obsession and the general media adoration of this group of Jersey freaks.

iPhone 4… am I a fool?

I feel suckered... this is exactly what Apple wants. You get teased with the great features of the new product, realize your current one can't come close to handling those features, feel compelled to upgrade your hardware. But what are my real alternatives?

I feel suckered... this is exactly what Apple wants. You get teased with the great features of the new product, realize your current one can't come close to handling those features, feel compelled to upgrade your hardware. But what are my real alternatives?

Dear Apple: I hate IOS4

I have a 3G and 6 months left on my contract. I upgraded to IOS4 and now my phone is unusable. Maps? Takes forever to load, crashes frequently. SMS? Same. iCal? Ditto. Not even going to get into 3rd party apps.

I have a 3G and 6 months left on my contract. I upgraded to IOS4 and now my phone is unusable. Maps? Takes forever to load, crashes frequently. SMS? Same. iCal? Ditto. Not even going to get into 3rd party apps.

Co-Sleeping = Monkey Pox 2010

Call it what you will, “co-sleeping” (as the local major media would say) or “drunken baby squashing” (as the conservative radio hosts call it).  Regardless, babies dying from sleeping with their parents is the story that local media is currently trying to push above all others.  Recently, a fourth baby in the Milwaukee area died while sleeping in the same bed as an adult.  Essentially, these parents either lack a sufficient crib or simply fail to use it.  The parent either rolls over onto the child or the baby simply suffocates on the pillows, blankets or other parts of the bed.  In one case, the parents admitted to consuming alcohol before taking their baby to bed.  In years past, this situation would have been lumped in as another SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) case.  Yet, in the early part of 2010, we have made a distinct effort to make a separate issue of these incidents. read more

Performance Enhancing Drugs and Underground Sports

For years now, we’ve been inundated with the eerie statements of Jose Canseco.  Steroids are rampant in baseball and over the last 10-20 years, virtually all of our favorite players were using needles, pills or cream to recover from injuries, build muscles, hit home runs and throw strikeouts.  The “Steroid Era” was seemingly so widespread that the Onion recently proclaimed Craig Counsell to be the best clean player of the steroid era.  Humorous as that may be, it could be closer to the mark than we’d like to admit.  You cannot look at one great player from the last decade and say with absolute certainty they were clean. read more

Put on your tin foil hats NBA fans…

When I decided to attend the Bucks game against the visiting Lakers Wednesday night it wasn’t because I’m a die-hard NBA or Bucks fan.  It wasn’t because I thought the Bucks could win (local Bucks talkshow host Steve Pfeiffer of WSSP said he’d be happy with a 12 or less point loss).  Really the only reason I went was because I had never seen Kobe Bryant play in person.  He is one of the last superstars from the days when I was a die-hard NBA fan that I had not seen.  So I expected to see Kobe play well (39-7-4).  I expected to see the Lakers big guys look way too strong for the Bucks.  I also expected to see more Brandon Jennings (~ 5min in the 4th and 0 min in OT). read more

Turn the volume down

I know this has been written about to no end… but I’m going to briefly rant about it again as my right ear felt like it was going a little quieter on me yesterday.  See, when you’re in a rock band and you have a show, the best thing to do is crank all your amps to 10, ask the sound guy to jack the levels and have your drummer hit everything as hard as possible.  The physical energy from the sound waves translates into emotional energy for your audience.  My math may be off, but it’s usually on about a 2:1 scale.  So if your music is hitting the audience at 140db, it’s creating 280J of good times. read more