Films I saw in 2016
0s & 1s
20th Century Women
--really loved this film; found it poignant and delightful. Greta Gerwig is something else in it.
A Clockwork Orange
A Face in the Crowd
A Tale of Love and Darkness
A Walk Among the Tombstones 
--just a really great Liam Neeson film; understated yet powerful
A Wonderful Cloud
All the Way
--tremendous Bryan Cranston performance
Amanda Knox
--I knew maybe a light sprinkling of what you would...
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Films I Saw in October 2016
The Thin Red Line
Worth contrasting how they dramatized the Battle of Guadalcanal with how it was done in the HBO mini-series "The Pacific".
A Face in the Crowd
I've been fascinated by the TV series and for fans of it, it's a worthwhile look at the original film. While the TV series has made significant advancements, the core ideas (or the seeds of them) are here in the film and just showcases the brilliance of...
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Thoughts on 2015 NBA Draft

1. Towns to T-Wolves
My favorite player in the draft. Does everything well. Excellent motor. Plays hard on both ends of the court. 

2. Russell to Lakers
This was very interesting and late movement on the part of Russell. Obviously folks had thought Okafor to the Lakers was the likely pick. However, it seems like the Lakers are increasingly confident that they'll be able to get LaMarcus Aldridge or maybe Kevin Love in free agency. Jay Bilas...

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Warriors / Cavs Finals Preview - 5 Things to Watch For

1. How will the Cavs defend Steph Curry?
I was astounded by how the Rockets initially defended Curry -- using Jason Terry as his primary defender and switching seemingly 100% of the time on pick and rolls. The problem with Terry as a defender is multi-fold.
1. He's roughly the same size as Curry -- which is deadly because an offensive savant like Curry needs so little room to get a shot off (i.e. Curry doesn't even need to be open per se...

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Letter to Someone Worried about Where They’re Going to College

My buddy (and new parent) sent me this article [link]. It's about 6th graders so worried about grades and where they'll go to college that they take stimulants to stay up and study. That some are so angry and upset that they cut themselves. 

So I'm writing this blog post to you -- those worried about getting into Stanford / MIT / Princeton / Harvard ... or any school. Those whose parents seem to only care about their grades. Those worried...

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COS 126 + my sketch writing class

The worst grade I got in college was in this class called "COS 126". It was the intro computer science class at Princeton. It is quite literally, the first computer science course you can take there. (Though there may have been some sort of computer appreciation course which I imagine fulfills no requirements unless you're an English major or something.) I should note that not only was it the worst grade I got, I also worked the hardest in...

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