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Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
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So Starbucks Has a Unicorn Frappuccino.
Cap'n Brendan

This is a thing, I guess. Since we’re still pretty new to each other, I don’t think it’s come up before that I used to work at Starbucks for a decade. Nearly five years as a barista, then a little over five years in the corporate office. That was a while ago now (yes, I’m old), and I infrequently visit because why stand in line for 15 minutes to pay $3 for a cup of black coffee, but nevertheless it was a significant enough chunk of my life that I still take notice when the company does something interesting. And this latest Unicorn Frappuccino is definitely interesting. In the name of interesting, your intrepid quizmaster ventured to the Starbucks in his lobby
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Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
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Salads Are Dumb
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I’m going to write this blog about something you couldn’t possibly care about: What I had for lunch. Something frequently derided as a topic of small talk reserved for only the most desperate of boring conversations. But I’m going to write about it, and you might actually read about it, because I’m challenging myself tonight to turn something that boring into something at least mildly interesting. I’ll probably fail. Maybe I won’t. But you can’t win if you don’t play! And you’re still reading, so you’re basically pot-committed to find out where I’m going! Today I had a salad for lunch. Salads are monumentally stupid.
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Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017
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Ugh, I Really Hate George Springer
Cap'n Brendan

How about that Mariners game last night? I waited until pretty much the last possible minute to talk about it here in this blog, hoping that the sting of that walk-off loss would fade. But no, of course, it didn’t. And now here I sit, watching the Mariners down 2-1 to the Astros as they’ve loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the 5th. So it should go without saying that, yep, same shit different game. Springer even led off tonight’s game the same way he finished last night’s, homering to that stupid fucking short porch in Left Field. Last night’s 3-run blast was a dinger in Houston. It would have been a fly out in the other 29 MLB
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Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
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Watch Out for April Fool’s Pranks!
Cap'n Brendan

This is your PSA: April Fool’s Day is this Saturday. I say this as someone who regularly gets pranked, typically first thing in the morning when I roll out of bed and look at my phone to wake up before I’ve had my coffee. I’ll get an e-mail or text, or see something on Facebook, and forget what day it is. I’m actively thinking about it, actively warning you about it, and yet on Saturday it’ll probably still happen. Someone will get me before my brain cells are properly caffeinated. So don’t let it happen to you. Put up your armor now, and remind yourself to make sure it’s properly fitting on Friday before you go to bed. Put a reminder in your
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Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
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USA! USA!
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Guess who’s sitting at the bar watching the World Baseball Classic again this week? Did you guess someone else? Well that would technically be true because I’m not the only one this week! But if you guessed me that would also be true. Congratulations, have a point either way! The WBC was designed to promote and celebrate baseball around the world, and when the first tournament was held in 2006 there was widespread concern that a dominant U.S. team would steamroll the competition, defeating that purpose. Instead, baseball did what baseball does, and in the small sample size of tournament play Japan defeated Cuba to win the first title. Now sure, neither Japan nor Cuba is
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Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
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Happy St. Patrick’s Week!
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The Irishman in me loves St. Patrick’s Day, and the opportunities it presents to drink Jameson, enjoy beer, and most importantly, hit the pub with good friends. But there’s another side of me… Let’s call it the human side… That hasn’t been out to a bar on March 17 in nearly a decade. To quote The Italian Job, “I had a bad experience.” It’s amateur night, a date which couples with New Year’s Eve to bring every idiot out to the bars convinced that they can hang, and it’s everyone else who can’t hold their liquor. Again, I was that guy in my early 20’s. I had that bad experience. It was a
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Wednesday, Mar 08, 2017
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All Hail the World Baseball Classic!
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The World Baseball Classic might be my favorite sports tournament. Big shock, right? The baseball fan loves the baseball tournament. But here’s why: Unlike basketball, or soccer, or any of the other sports that play this sort of event, baseball is largely a team sport. You can’t load a few superstars on your roster and coast behind them to victory. The best baseball player on the planet is Mike Trout, and he’s worth less than a quarter to his team what LeBron James was to his at his peak. It’s simple opportunity: A hitter takes, at most, 1/9 of a team’s At Bats. On defense it’s the pitcher who’s the most important player, and because Starting
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Wednesday, Mar 01, 2017
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Observations on Wally Pipp’s Wikipedia Entry
Cap'n Brendan

Baseball season is upon us, with spring training games starting over the weekend and the World Baseball Classic right around the corner. In honor of that, today’s blog post is about baseball. Or, more specifically, baseball player Wally Pipp. There will probably be several more of these over the course of the summer. It’s nice having a wheelhouse I can dip into when writers’ block otherwise strikes. Earlier today I was working on something completely unrelated, which led me to Pipp’s entry on Wikipedia. You might remember Pipp as the Yankees first baseman who lost his job to Lou Gehrig in 1925 – Gehrig went on to set an MLB record by appearing in 2,130
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Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
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Why is it So Hard to Make Homemade Pad Thai?
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I really like to cook. Both of my parents did, and it’s a habit/skill I picked up from them at an early age. Over the years I’ve learned how to make almost everything I love, but I’ve become resigned to a couple of specific dishes that I can just never get right. One of those is pizza, and for that I fault the lack of equipment in my kitchen – I’m convinced you need a special oven. But the other is Asian cuisine, specifically pad thai, and SERIOUSLY for that I have no excuse. It’s just impossible to make right! I’ve tried homemade recipes where you go to Uwajimaya and buy $30 worth of sauces and seasonings and other things you wouldn’t
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Wednesday, Feb 15, 2017
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Three Magic Words: “Pitchers and Catchers”
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My God, I love baseball. You’re all new to me, so this is fun: I get to babble on about the stuff I’ve been obsessing over for years at other venues, and it’s not old hat! Quick summary: Baseball is my favorite sport. It’s the heartbeat of my summer. I’m an old school traditionalist in some ways, and America’s pastime is mine too. The passing of Dave Niehaus corresponded with the rapid descent of my interest in listening to anything on the radio. Last summer I traveled to Cooperstown in July, bearing the unbearable heat of humid upstate New York to pay pilgrimage to the Hall of Fame for Ken Griffey Jr.’s induction. I’m a Mariners (20-game plan)
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Wednesday, Feb 08, 2017
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Learn Something New: A Brief History of Lipsum Text
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Today’s blog is brought to you by my getting distracted down a rabbit hole at work, where someone asked me a question and I spent 45 minutes reading up on it to provide an unnecessarily thorough answer. Some might argue I wasted that time; instead, I’m writing about what I learned so that you can be educated. And time spent learning is never wasted time! I can’t remember if I’ve told you about my day job here before, but I basically run the intranet (and a few other communications tools) for a public accounting firm. A lot of my day-to-day bread and butter is helping end users who aren’t very familiar with SharePoint set up new sites, and/or teaching
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Wednesday, Feb 01, 2017
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Super Bowl Monday Should be A National Holiday
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That’s right, you heard me, I said it. Super Bowl Monday should be a national holiday. Super Bowl Sunday itself is one of the most universally-attended things in America, and just like New Year’s Eve it often involves some behaviors (and ingesting some things) which don’t exactly lend themselves to being up and fully functional the following morning. According to the elevator screens in my office, more than a quarter of people who responded to a recent survey reported they plan to show up late or take the day off already. For those who show up on time Monday morning, how productive will they really be able to be with so many absences – many “unplanned” due
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Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017
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She Didn’t Make It After All
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As you no doubt know by now, we lost Mary Tyler Moore earlier today. My original plan was to honor her by scripting parody lyrics to her titular show’s theme song to mark the event, but in the process I learned something even better: That song is called “Love is All Around.” Which is also the title of the song reworked by ex-heroin addict searching for a comeback at any cost Billy Mack in Love Actually. So, instead, I offer you this: “Christmas is All Around – A Tribute to Mary Tyler Moore.” I felt it in my fingers, I saw it on the ‘net Mary Tyler Moore has left us, her mortal coil is spent She threw her hat in the air Everywhere
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Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
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Pictures and Data Connections Are Stupid
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If you were here a couple of weeks ago, you may have noticed that I suddenly was walking around the bar taking pictures on my smartphone instead of the digital camera I’ve been using since I started here (and close to 5 years before that). That trusty old relic, like the dinosaur that it was, finally met its end recently and had to be put down like Old Yeller. Not that I’ve ever been much of a photographer, or a big fan of carrying more devices around with me, but there was something very simple and easy about plugging it into my laptop via USB and grabbing all the pictures quickly and easily at the end of the night. Go figure, I'm not embracing the future, I'm just resisting change. Now,
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Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017
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You Suck, Portland
Cap'n Brendan

Seriously, Portland sucks. Speaking as a life-long Seattle resident with all the big-brother complex that comes along with that, I’m comfortable saying this. What with all its traffic and rivers and highway signs that you can’t even see until you’re past the exit; its hipsters in all their bearded, skinny-jeaned glory; the idea that the only good brunch is one you wait in line for 90 minutes to eat; and that general “Keep Portland Weird” attitude that the locals embrace like it’s a dying relative. And don’t even get me started on the weird-ass local liquor laws. Fucking Portlandia. It’s not fair that a city this obnoxious gets to have
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Wednesday, Jan 04, 2017
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Happy 2017!
Cap'n Brendan

Well, we made it. If you’re reading this, it’s because you survived the dumpster fire that was 2016 – congratulations! In what was hopefully a sign of the better things to come in 2017, we were packed to the brim for our first quiz of the new year last night at the Canterbury! 28 teams packed every seat in the house, with a few dedicated latecomers even perched atop the pool table. Last night’s quiz also saw some impressive scores, with four teams at or above 87 points, and the night’s eventual winners Titanic Swim Team hitting 90. That’s only 6 points off a perfect score! Talk about starting the year off on the
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