Archive for December, 2011

Manhattan Beach Mad Hatters!

December 27th, 2011, 10:54pm by Jake
Marvnet Championship score

Marvnet Championship Box Score

There it is! After more than a decade of futility, I finally won the coveted Marvnet Fantasy Football League Championship. Including the years where I acted as Kelvin’s co-GM, it’s probably been 15 years of futility. Sure, there were a couple Toilet Bowl victories, but never the big prize at the end of the rainbow. Until this year!

It was made possible primarily by 3 stars: Lesean McCoy, who exceeded already lofty expectations to finish the season as the #1 scoring RB in the league. Ron Gronkowski, who defied the expectations of his low draft position to lead all tight ends in scoring, and 2nd among all pass catchers. And the star of stars, Mr. Tom Brady. While only the 4th best QB over the course of the season, Tom Terrific always saved his best for when the stakes were highest, scoring a team high 32 points in the tightly contested finale.

Rounding out the squad were steady receiver Jeremy Maclin, greatest TE in history, former Manhattan Beach resident and sand dune fan Tony Gonzalez, the daunting Ravens defense, the steady leg of Stephen Gostowksi, and late season addition Ahmad Bradshaw who was the difference between hoisting the championship banner and an early exit for the top team of the regular season.

So it’s time to pop the champagne corks and parade around the city! Not sure exactly what it will be, but pretty sure I’ll have to commemorate the momentous occasion sometime this New Year’s weekend.

The Pyslents Before Christmas

December 24th, 2011, 11:30pm by Jake

Twas the night before Christmas, and on our website

All had stopped posting, and comments were light

WordPress still running Pyslent with due care

If there’s a problem, Mike is right there

Five children were nestled, all snug in their beds

While visions of gadgets danced in dads’ heads

The Pats comeback worked, while the Chiefs they fell short

Blake Griffin and Chris Paul would soon rule the court

Out on the internet arose such a clatter

I sprang from the couch to see what was the matter

Grabbed my humble tablet, who said it’s a fad?

Checked Twitter & email, this Touchpad’s not bad

The internet was crazy, I’d never seen such a flurry

But I must be quick, I must be in a hurry

Then I just saw him, almost did not catch it.

It’s Rotiveo– the patron saint of gadgets!

Rotiveo wore Mobile Pants, size extra tall

And his clothes were vibrating, must be a phone call

Brought a load of gadgets, and even a game

And he whistled, and shouted and called sites by name

“Now Groupon! Now Apple! Now Target and Best Buy!

To Starbucks! To Costco! To Amazon and Fry’s”

All over the web, he searched high and searched low

To find all the stuff, now it’s ready to go!

All across the internet, Rotiveo he flew

A storm of traffic he did see in his rear view

He found the best deals, on the very best gear

It’s so cutting edge, it will still be good next year.

The net’s overflowing with really good stuff

Getting it to work might be kind of tough

With all sorts of cords and fifty kinds of plugs

(For us early adopters, we’re used to the bugs)

Rotiveo’s got just the right thing for us all

No Veer, Symbian, nor ‘lectronic pinball

Instead it’s Windows Phone 7 and iPads galore,

Prime lenses, Kindle Fires, Nexuses and more!

Giant TVs, they are perfect for games

Phones from Samsung, Motorola, and a bunch of no-names

With the right kind of gear and a well-trained eye,

You’ll soon take great photos, and that ain’t no lie

Six Dimiccos! All spending Christmas together

There’ll be much joy on a run, just look at the weather

To Kelvin, Serena, Montana & Lucas

Happily running all around, don’t fall on your tucus.

Jake prepares another half marathon run,

This one he organized, will be the most fun

Derrick, Emily, Brandon & Tiffany

Have moved west again, growing their family

Lucas’ fifth & Brandon’s seventh Christmas Eve

Montana always dreaming, of food I believe

Tiffany, Adam & Emma learning Christmas is grand

Too many toys to hold in six little hands.

Rotiveo sprang to Roomba (hacked years before)

And away they went, after cleaning the floor

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!”

Operation Jack Marathon– join the fun(draising)!

December 11th, 2011, 11:02pm by Jake

So you all remember the 2010 Operation Jack Marathon, right? You can check my recap on the CORE blog. And watch the great video reviewing the race and Sam’s epic achievement of running (and running HARD) 61 marathons in 2010.

So we’re back in 2011. The race itself, held right in Manhattan Beach, is set to be a sell-out. Which is awesome. At the same time, we are trying to raise more than $30,000 for autism charities and we need help across the country & the world. And here’s how you can help:



1) Enter one of the satellite races. We have an awesome medal for 2011, 4″ die cast metal. And an excellent t-shirt and stellar bibs. Want to get all 3? Sign up for the 2011 satellite runs, 6.2 miles. Just register by December 16 for $35 to get all the gear by race day. You can read more about the satellite runs on Sam’s blog and then register to run as part of Team CORE. Choose the Satellite Run option.


2) You can also donate through my fundraising efforts. I’m matching the first $5 of every donation and another $5 for each runner on Team CORE. If you donate $25 or more through me, you’ll get a t-shirt too (just remind me).

For LA locals, there’s still time to register to run or sign up as a volunteer.


Beach House!

December 6th, 2011, 10:36pm by Jake

Pretty excited, my brother and his whole clan are headed to Manhattan Beach for a week over President’s Day Weekend. First visit since Max was three! I think it will be Quincy’s first plane ride– although he does have a plan to become a pilot so he can fly to California to visit Uncle Jakey. The place is about 10 houses from the beach, and has gotten great reviews. Looking forward to a fun fun visit.

Finding My “Friends”

December 1st, 2011, 12:29pm by Mike

By now I’m sure you’re all familiar with “Find My Friends,” Apple’s app that allows you to see where your friends (with iDevices) are. They do a pretty good job with privacy and such, but it can still be a little strange to know that people know where you are. I think it would be great for impromptu finding of your friends (like if you’re all trying to meet somewhere, temporarily allowing access to everyone). And for families, it’s fine — Joanie and I have it set up so we can find each other.

So last night, Joanie lost her phone, my old 3GS. The phone was out of juice, so even though we sent texts and called, nothing went through. Called the restaurant where she’d been, and no sign of it. And Find My Friends doesn’t work on a dead phone, obviously. However, this morning at 5am, it showed up in East Boston, not a great part of town, and not near where she lost the phone. So the person plugged it in to charge.

At 7:45am the phone had moved to a new location — about 3-4 miles away, in a warehouse-looking building near the interstate and a bunch of train tracks.

We looked up the street address in Google Maps, and strangely, it was the location of a place called “Modern Mac Repair.” It looked so sketchy on Google Maps I assumed it must be some guy named Mac who strips cars, but no, it was actually a Mac repair place that has Yelp reviews (most recent was a year old).

Needless to say, we tried calling the phone (went to voicemail), texting (delivered for a while, then stopped). We tried calling the Mac repair store, but there was no answer (their hours are listed as starting at 10am, so no surprise there).

Since then, we’ve looked at the call log on the AT&T website — the phone was being used for calls to Boston and Indiana (1 minute each — probably calling people who were asleep and leaving messages). After 8:01, there were no more calls — coinciding with when the messages stopped, and the location was no longer being updated. So our best guess is that they’ve now erased the phone and taken out the SIM.

In the meantime, I got in touch with the Mac store — they guy seemed super-nice, and told us that there are 30 units in their building, but that he’d try to find out what he could (including posting my name and number and a description of the phone on their “internal Facebook.” I’m not optimistic, but I also don’t think this guy is behind it.

So, bottom line: it’s fun to be a detective, but this app doesn’t do anything to actually help you get your phone back, unless you (a) call the police and hope they care, or (b) get in touch with a person via the phone and confront them. The Find my Phone app is much more functional (allows remote lock, wipe, and messaging to the phone), but doesn’t actually help in recovering the phone or the data on it.

Lesson: Set up wireless sync or iCloud sync, and keep your hands on your phones! At the end of the day, I think Joanie will end up with a new phone, which we were planning on doing soon anyway.

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