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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Invictus

Nelson Mandela died.  Nearly everything I know about him came from the movie Invictus, where this poem sustained him through his long years of imprisonment.

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
I want to tattoo that on my eye-lids so I can read it in my sleep.  
Out of the night th
Out of the night th
Out of the night that covers me,
      Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
      For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
      I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
      My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
      Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
      Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
      How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
      I am the captain of my soul.

Commuting in the Cold

The train was crowded this morning.  I stood the whole way from Dry Creek all the way downtown.  No one was getting off.  They were just getting on, every stop a new face in the crowd.

I was relieved to get off, but by the time I walked the two blocks to my bus transfer, I wanted to get moving again.  It was cold.  Cooooold.

I'm wearing my trench coat and my parka.  I've got my babushka hat and my gloves, faux fur and cotton.   I was pretty bundled up, but I was COLD.

The bus driver made me sick, of course.  I was still a couple of miles away from my block and I just had to close my eyes, hang my head, and focus on breathing.  The faux fur in my babushka hat started to grow damp with sweat.  Real fur would have wicked it away.


I think I'm going to drive tonight.

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Broncos - For the Win

I wasn't too disappointed when the Broncos lost to the Patriots in overtime last week.  If it was a play-off game, it would have been a debacle:  the blown lead, being clipped off by a field goal in OT.

But as one of two losses on the season, I could handle it.

This week was the real test, though.  We handed Kansas City their first loss earlier this year and this time going into Arrowhead, both teams licking their paws but eyeing that division title?  Out of all the match-ups this year, this one would be the most significant.

And the Broncos tore it up.  I can't call Eric Decker "Drop" anymore.  My doubts about Knowshon Moreno's character or talent have dried up.

At the end of this game, we not only say perched atop the AFC West, but atop the AFC generally.  We have scored the most points for by far than any other team in the league.  Our points against are average.  We have more touchdowns than anyone, a perfect record at home, and the second-best record in the NFL.

That, and we have a Hall of Fame quarterback.  I'm not making any predictions, any given Sunday and all that, but the Super Bowl is only going to be interesting if we're playing in it.

Oh, and on Mike Tomlin -

I always thought he was a pretty straight-up, competent dude.  When I first saw the footage of his little sideline move, I thought it was completely innocent. 

Having seen other angles, I'm not so sure.  You have him stepping towards the field, yes, but the key for me is that little look over his shoulder.  That indicates he knew exactly where he was in relation to the play, even if he didn't realize his foot was actually on the field.

He was trying to interfere with the play, so this stuff about it being unintentional is bunk.  It's too bad, really.  I used to respect the guy.

Khaaan!

This is going to hurt my geek street cred, but I'm not totally enamored with everything J.J. Abrams related, and indeed, when I read he "made a mistake" on Star Trek 2, I was curious to hear what that he thought that was.

While I was able to enjoy the movie on the second time I saw it, I would have to agree:  Mistakes were made.

The mistake he thinks he made:  Not revealing that Khan was the villain.

Says Abrams:
"The truth is I think it probably would have been smarter just to say upfront 'This is who it is.' It was only trying to preserve the fun of it, and it might have given more time to acclimate and accept that’s what the thing was," Abrams said."
Actually, Mr Abrams, it would have been smarter not to use Khan at all.