There was a lot that was made before the 2011-2012 season started about the challenge the condensed schedule would pose to the NBA’s older teams. Because of the lockout, teams were asked to play 66 games in just four months, including 42 back-to-back-to-back sets, a challenge more commonly asked of baseball teams. Pundits predicted the abbreviated schedule would cause more injuries, create a lesser product because of the lack of training camp and reduced practice time (this one might be true), and that older teams would struggle to keep their players on the floor, and therefore, have a harder time competing. Now that the regular season has ended, we know who has made the playoffs and if you take a step back to consider how different the schedule was this year, it’s pretty remarkable how things have unfolded.
Team: Average Age: Age Ranking (1=Oldest Team)
- Chicago Bulls 27.99 9
- Miami Heat 28.63 6
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The premise behind Google Instant is simple and not altogether innovative as it was offered, in some capacity, on other search engines before Google introduced it in September of 2010. By offering suggested results as the user types their word or phrase into the search bar, Google estimates that it saves users 2 to 5 seconds in every search, which adds up to a collective 11 million seconds per hour. There’s been a great deal of discussion about what people plan to do with all the time they save through all these emerging technological time-savers, but we’re not all that interested in that; we’ve got things to do. What’s more interesting to us, at The Computer Newspaper, is the insight this feature provides into the peculiarities of our collective curiosities.
Like the rest of America, the Republican Primaries have left me sexually exhausted. I don’t mean to sound ungrateful; this has been a fun sexy time for our country and I wouldn’t trade it for anything, but when I think of Mitt, Newt, Ron and Rick wailing away on our country’s dormant genitals each night as we sleep, I can’t help but think of the night in Multiplicity when Andie MacDowell takes on three different Michael Keatons. It’s easier to fight it when we’re awake, but at night when our sleeping minds are soft and vulnerable, there’s not much we can do to fight off these sexual giants.
There’s nothing that defines my mental state during this post Peace Corps unemployment better than my lingering fascination with the Lana Del Rey Saturday Night Live appearance. If you haven’t seen it yet (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zrvD-o8cII), you’re in for a treat. First, some back story:
-Lana Del Rey is a 25 year old white woman. Born Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, she changed her name to Lana Del Rey as she made her push into white celebrity-hood because the name reminded her of “the glamour of the seaside,” and “sounded gorgeous coming off the tip of the tongue.” Not, apparently, because it sounds misleadingly ethnic. She has been described as a “self-styled Nancy Sinatra.” Continue reading