2015 NFL Draft: 1st Round Recap (oh, no, the Jets!)

I went into this draft with high hopes. I had multiple plausible scenarios in my head for the Jets including:

  • Jets trading up to #2 and getting Marcus Mariota (using the #6 overall pick and Muhammed Wilkerson as bait)
  • Amari Cooper somehow falling to them at #6 -- struck me as unlikely because I thought the Raiders would take him for sure, but in a world where Leonard Williams was available at #4, I thought it was a possibility that...
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Getting to Google

I was pretty unhappy at Amazon. In retrospect, I'm not entirely sure why. They gave me what I wanted out of college (a good title), promoted me in under a year, and basically let me work on whatever I wanted to work on. I think I always had my sights set on the next thing though -- and for some reason, I didn't see it at Amazon. I also had always wanted to work in "business" and Amazon gave me that chance. It was somewhat unrewarding though --...

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In Praise of the Jets’ Acquisition of Percy Harvin

UPDATE [Sat 10/18/14; 11:03AM PST]: Sources are reporting the pick is a conditional 6th round pick with conditions that could make it as high as a 4th round pick. If true, this trade just went from a really good gamble took an astounding deal.


The Jets traded for Percy Harvin earlier today -- in exchange for a conditional 4th round pick (some to be announced conditions that could elevate that pick to as high as a 2nd round pick.) The...

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Jason Reitman + Casting

I went to a screening of "Men, Women & Children" at Landmark last night where Jason Reitman (and co-writer Erin Cressida Wilson) spoke afterwards about the film. One of the questions asked to him was with respect to casting -- and Reitman said something that I thought was pretty interesting. I'm paraphrasing here (and hopefully not butchering it too much; Landmark typically posts these Q&As in their podcast so you can check it out in a week or...

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TV Shows Worth Checking Out

I watch quite a bit of TV and often ask friends (or even new acquaintances) what TV they watch -- there's so much TV out there that it's always helpful to get some recommendations. I thought I might share some of the TV that I'm watching / catching up on right now.

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
An oldie but a goody. I've watched quite a bit of Big Bang over the years -- but never consistently (i.e. week in / week out). However, I just watched...

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The Shadow Between Conception and Creation

My brother is reading Walter Isaacson's wonderful biography "Steve Jobs" [link to Amazon] right now and he came across the passage that alludes to T.S. Eliot's "The Hollow Men" (p98):

There falls a shadow as T.S. Eliot noted, between the conception and the creation. In the annals of innovation, new ideas are only part of the equation. Execution is just as important.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
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