Hump Day Roundup

It’s one of those days where the music just isn’t getting past my ears to be appreciated. The Actionsuit Philosophy tells me in order for one to appreciate music, one must first be able to appreciate silence. Actionsuit Philosophy also tells me in order for one to appreciate silence, one must release the bee’s buzzing in your head. So, while I promise to drink less caffeine tomorrow and post some more music, here’s all the bee’s buzzing in my head today:

  • Food Stuff: Easy and healthy lunches at work and spiral cut your hot dogs.
  • Atari is 40 years old: 10 greatest Atari games at Shortlist; 40 years of Atari at Kotaku.
  • Louis CK is fighting the man, choosing to sell his comedy routines and now tickets through his own website.
  • Speaking of the man: another disastrous policy foisted upon ISP’s and the public by the MPAA/RIAA. As someone who works in the IT field I can tell you there are already multiple ways around this, some easier than others, not to mention the false positives that are likely to result in the banning innocent bystanders.
  • Sports: Goon screenwriter talks with GeekDad over the state of fighting in hockey at Wired. I am a big believer the theory that removing the ‘enforcer’ role in hockey has greatly contributed in more injuries. Players think twice about hitting opponents carelessly or with too much force when they knew someone on the other bench will make them pay.
  • More sports: It’s time to get excited for the 2012 Chicago Bears (great review and preview of the last season and upcoming season with draft pick highlights – turn it up!):
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The State of Hockey Broadcasting in the US

So this happened last night on NBC between Mike Milbury and Jeremy Roenick while discussing a questionable hit on Chris Letang last night:

The issue at hand aside, if you’re not overtired and frustrated with hockey analysis and play by play broadcasting in the US then you just haven’t been watching or listening. But I do love analysts like Roenick who tell it like it is and keep the player and coach slurping to a minimum. Is it wrong to wish Roenick would have beat the shit out of Milbury and then taken over NBC’s hockey analysis?

Best Stanley Cup Playoffs Since…?

Now that Boston and Vancouver are set to battle it out for the Cup it’s time to take a breath and realize what a great Stanley Cup Playoffs it’s been so far this year.  Most of the series were well contested except in the East where the best two teams were swept in the Conference semi finals and the Conference finals were just one great game after another. Definitely the year of the veteran goaltenders with Thomas and Luongo with honorable mention to Roloson. And last night Steven Stamkos illustrated why hockey players are the toughest and most committed to their game more than any other professional sport (with the possible exception of Rugby).  Even the Predators made it to the second round and battled the Canucks with their stingy defense and team offensive play (or offensive team play in the opponents end as they say in Nashville).

My opinion might be a little biased for this year’s playoffs because I have been able to watch many more games than usual by signing up at Hockeystreams.com for their playoff package ($30 US for playoffs/stanley cup, full season + playoffs is $89 Euro right now).  In previous years I’ve been stuck with trying to watch on VS and/or NBC.  Now that I’ve cut the satellite cords, Hockeystreams is the perfect solution.  I was prepared to jump in with the NHL’s Gamecenter Live but the high cost and the blackout restrictions (they get your computers IP address and blackout any/all games in your area) were just too much to stomach.  I know their are licensing issues to work out but why o why do they not even attempt to put together an online package where you get all your local teams games?

A few other bonuses to the Hockeystreams package are streaming in HD-720p for some games (it’s been about half to one-third of the games in 720p, regular feed is pretty good anyway), most feeds are from TSN/CBC rather than VS or NBC, streaming to your iPhone, and they also streamed games from the World Hockey Championships and multiple other minor league playoff games.

The Cup Finals schedule is below.  I don’t have any horses in this race but any team that beats the Blackhawks gets my vote. Canucks in 7!

  • Game 1: Jun 1 8:00pm EDT @VAN (TV: NBC)
  • Game 2: Jun 4 8:00pm EDT @VAN (TV: NBC)
  • Game 3: Jun 6 8:00pm EDT @BOS (TV: VS)
  • Game 4: Jun 8 8:00pm EDT @BOS (TV: VS)
  • Game 5: Jun 10 8:00pm EDT @VAN (TV: NBC)
  • Game 6: Jun 13 8:00pm EDT @BOS (TV: NBC)
  • Game 7: Jun 15 8:00pm EDT @VAN (TV: NBC)