Out For the Season

As I’m sure most football fans in New England are already aware, Tom Brady’s season is over. It was announced today, a day after he suffered a painful-looking shot to his left knee, that he will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season. ESPN has a full report on the story.

The mood in Boston is sour. My mood is sour. I so should have taken my roommate’s advice when drafting my fantasy league players. She recommended not drafting my favorite team’s players because if in the unlikely event they got injured (or played poorly), I would be doubly upset. I politely disagreed and drafted Tommy.

There are only two positive things I can come up with regarding this disastrous injury:

  1. Matt Cassel played surprisingly well. He didn’t screw up once. 1
  2. I drafted Eli Manning as my second quarterback. I get the best of both worlds here. If he manages to play well then my fantasy team will do well and I’ll be happy. If he manages to play very poorly, I’ll cackle and be happy.

Looking on the bright side, there are a lot of great players on the Patriots team, even if they are a little long in the tooth. If everybody does their part, and maybe a little more, the team still might manage a descent season if Cassel can just keep the ball safe. There have been plenty of NFL teams that have done alright with lackluster quarterbacks. *Cough* Giants. Bears.

I suppose we’ll have to wait and see what happens. For now, I’m very sad about season that I was so excited for. I didn’t expect the Patriots to be fantastic this year, but I was excited nevertheless. Hopefully the team can rally around the new play caller and still make a run at the playoffs. I think this will be Cassel’s last shot to make something out of his NFL career. Hopefully he does well.

  1. Although even this is somewhat depressing; the best I can say about him is that he didn’t screw up. I also thought that he was helped by the offensive line playing good and a great running game that was absent the entire preseason.

What Not to Ask an Interviewee

For the past week or two The Daily WTF has been reissuing older classic stories. I’ve been really enjoying these gems. Today’s story is about a bright idea that Microsoft had to begin asking brainteaser questions during job interviews to see how the interviewees responded. A silly question always deserves a sill answer:

During a screening interview, I was asked how I would design a bike fit for someone visually impaired. I responded something to the effect of, “What, like, for blind people?”, and she answered yes.

I thought for a moment and then I responded, “Well.. a blind person riding a bike doesn’t sound like a very safe idea, so I would make the bike stationary, maybe with a fan blowing in the person’s face. He probably wouldn’t even know the difference.”

She was speechless.

So bad. Although, if I was asked a similar ridiculous question in an interview I would probably react by thinking of the most sarcastic response I could. Good thing I already have a job.


Parallax is a very interesting plugin for jQuery that allows you to create a Parallax effect:

Parallax turns a selected element into a ‘window’, or viewport, and all its children into absolutely positioned layers that can be seen through the viewport. These layers move in response to the mouse, and, depending on their dimensions (and options for layer initialisation), they move by different amounts, in a parallaxy kind of way.

This is pretty neat stuff. I’m racking my brain trying to think of gratuitous ways to use this in my next design project. So far I’m only thinking of running dogs…

Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parentheticals That Cost Me Marks on My Thesis

Here’s a great tidbit from McSweeney’s: Footnotes, Endnotes, and Parentheticals That Cost Me Marks on My Thesis. My favorite:

3 Who, although a gifted academic, is still a douche.

Full marks for honesty.

Via Kottke.