Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Trump's Insults Invariably Apply To Himself

Sometimes I think things are so obvious that they need not be said. This is one of those things that it is feel is obvious, and has been alluded to before, but lately I haven't heard this said a lot. 

Trump loves to attack and insult. And yet virtually everything he says is bad about other people applies to himself. 

His favorite thing to say about every news organization that isn't Fox is Fake News. He lies more than anyone and literally has fake Time magazine covers hanging up. 

He attacks the Washington Post for not paying taxes. 

He said Hillary was a liar. Unfit to lead. Corrupt. He said Hillary was Putin's puppet. 

He attacked Samuel L Jackson by calling him unathletic.

Here's what he attacked Comey with: 

This is the equivalent of an obese man shouting "Hey Fatty" out his car window. 

He's a bully with the biggest microphone and there's seemingly no way to call him on his bullshit. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Work Trip to LA

Now that I'm actually making real life commercials, occasionally they send me to shoots. Just got back from a week in LA. 


Arrived in Santa Monica Monday evening. Our hotel (Loews) was amazing and right on the beach. 

Continuing the tradition from my New York work trip, first stop is Umami Burger.

After that we went to West 4th and Jane, a bar associated with the founders of Untappd. Had a Pliny and a Modern Times beer. Walked back to the hotel...

...and enjoyed the fire pit on my private patio.


Grabbed some breakfast on the way to the casting session. Darren took a behind the scenes shot of our commercial shoot for social media. So I took a behind the scenes shot of the behind the scenes.

After seeing casting videos of 74 actors (for two roles) we brought in 24 for "callbacks" so we could see them live and give them notes. From there we selected our two guys.

After casting, I had time to go to the Santa Monica pier.

I spent $8 on ten plastic balls and got one in a prize hole which won me this. Upon arriving home, I cut the baby panda away from his mom so each boy could have a panda.

Tuesday night we went out to the Den on Sunset, Laurel Hardware and Rainbow Room.


Spent the morning working in the hotel room and then had a little time to kill before our pre-production meeting.

After pre-pro, we took the client out to dinner at Brick + Mortar. 

And walked back via the beach.

Did spend Wednesday night working on McRib commercial scripts pretty late.


Bright and early on the road to the Simi Valley for our shoot day. 

The first hour of a shoot is just getting the set ready.

After an 11-hour shoot, had our wrap dinner at Tavern. Had a $60 bottle of wine and a $95 steak for two. 

By the end of that, I was exhausted and had to get up early for our Friday flight. Good shoot, good trip.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

So Here's Something Stupid

Everyone pretty much agrees that the NFL organization is flawed in many ways and that the game of football itself is pretty much perfect. (Except for the whole thing where the players get concussions and die early. But I meant just the gameplay.)

Today, the NFL made a drastic change to overtime cutting it from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. The move will make more games end a tie. Many people have discussed if the NFL should adopt the NCAA overtime rules where teams alternate possessions. I just read a 538 piece talking about that and it referred to that as baseball-style alternating possessions.

This is where we get to the stupid part.

I first thought that the NFL might in the near future switch to the NCAA overtime rules. It would likely be very popular. It's both pretty fair and has lots of scoring. Tons of fantasy points. People like scoring and fantasy points.

All of this is very realistic. The next part is not realistic in the near future at all. But on the scale of 100 or 200 years, it's possible. It's also stupid. I feel like I've covered that.

The NFL in it's infinite wisdom could decide to switch the entire game to have alternating possessions that start at the 50, 40, or even 25.

Let's see what this would look like. 

Currently teams get about 10 possessions each per game, many of them starting around their own 20. Switching to a system where teams get 10 possessions each starting at the 50, by itself would increase scoring. I've always preferred starting on the 50 (vs the 25) because it takes work to get into field goal range. So you have the real possibility of 7, 3 or 0 points. Starting on the 25 almost makes the 3pts automatic.

You would still have a halftime after the 5th possession. What you wouldn't have is a game clock at all. No more two minute warning or hurry up offense to work the clock. No spikes to waste a down.

Here's what also goes away: all punts. Drives will either end in a touchdown, field goal or a 4th down attempt (or turnover). No more kickoffs. You'll still have field goals and extra points but that's it for special teams. No returns outside of turnovers. (By eliminating most special teams plays, it would probably make the game slightly safer, which increasing the possibly of this stupid thing ever happening.)

By starting on the 50, safeties would be incredibly rare.

Gone is any sort of "field position battle."

Defenses could still score on a pick six or fumble scoop n score. But an interception return that gets tackled at the 1 is no better than a 4th down stop. What that means is defenses would be incentivized to return any turnovers for scores, potentially creating more laterals.

In today's game after a pick-six, the team that scores kicks off. In this system, the team that scores would get the ball for their possession, creating opportunities for double scoring.

The biggest downside is that an early blowout could be more easily protected, with less chances for late game comebacks. But not impossible.

Anything I missed? Your thoughts?

March Madness/Calcutta Hall of Fame

Just as I've done for the Fantasy Football records, I figured it would be nice to capture the bracket and calcutta history.

March Madness Bracket Challenge
2017: Mark
2016: Dave
2015: Savan
2014: Harrison
2013: Savan
2012: Mark
2011: ?
2010: Matt
2009: Dave
2008: Niraj
2007: ?
2006: Sakina
2005: Adam
2004: ?
2003: Nirali
2002: Aton

March Madness Calcutta
2017: Kirat
2016: Dave
2015: Niraj
2014: Mark
2013: Niraj
2012: Matt
2011: Savan
2010: Matt
2009: Niraj

NFL Calcutta
2016: Mark
2015: Niraj
2014: Dave
2013: Mark
2012: Savan
2011: Dave
2010: Dave

NHL Playoffs Calcutta
2017: Mark
2016: Dave
2015: Dave
2014: Mark
2013: Mark
2012: Mark

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Best Tweets Of All Time

Facebook is bad content from people you know. I do not have Facebook. 
Twitter is good content from people you mostly don't know. I have Twitter.

I have collected my favorite tweets of all time. I have ranked a Top Ten, but first a few honorable mentions.

If I missed any good tweets, drop them in the comments. 

Honorable Mentions











Tuesday, May 02, 2017