Had I “gone to press” when I arrived home last night I would have recreated the historical gaff eluded to in today’s title.

I Blame The Media
Though I’ve given up on college football I agreed to meet Hank and a few other former coworkers at Taco Mac Prado for the National Championship game last night. The kickoff of the game occurred sometime around 8:00pm.

It was nearly 11:00pm when Alabama scored the touchdown that “put the game away” with about two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The three remaining participants — Hank (Clemson), Tony (Alabama), and me (Florida) — decided enough was enough and headed to our respective homes.

I didn’t even think to put the game on tv when I finally returned home. Much like the presidential election, the team for which I was rooting wasn’t going to win and I didn’t want to see the other side bask in glory. Only this time it was different…

I was awakened around 12:30am by a text from Hank saying “Holy shit, we won”. First, I thought I misread his text. Second, did the game really not end until 12:30am EST? Anyway, I congratulated Hank on joining the “My Team Is The National Champion” club and then went back to sleep. Though Clemson won a National Championship some time in the 1980s (I’m too lazy to Google), Hank was not yet a student, nor a fan of the team, at that time.

Putting aside my disdain for all SEC teams other than Florida I think Alabama’s loss last night is good for college football as it returns a sense of hope to schools other than one of the most dominating programs of all time. And don’t worry about Alabama, Vegas bookies are already pinning them and FSU, two of my least favorites, as frontrunners for next season’s National Champion. I’m so glad that I won’t be watching then.

Goodbye: Yahoo!
Hello: Altaba

It was announced yesterday that upon completion of the acquisition by Verizon that Yahoo! is going to be renamed to Altaba, which sounds to me like one of those drugs advertised on tv — “Ask your doctor if Altaba is right for you.”. One of the potential side-affects of taking Altaba may be a change to Flickr, the once-popular photos hosting site that Yahoo! acquired, launching the Web 2.0 revolution, back in the aughts. This is important to me for two reasons:
1. I have been a dedicated Flickr user for a long time and it’s via Flickr that I post photos to this blog.
2. My software development practice coding, which I need to do a lot of in the next few days, is based on Flickr’s open API. Changing or shutting down this API shouldn’t be too much of a concern because it won’t happen overnight, at least not theoretically.

ITP Flickr Pic
Of course I need to shoot in order to worry about the first of those concerns.

A Return To German Class
I start another quarter of German classes tonight. Looks as if I failed to do my daily studying in preparation for today. I really want to buckle down on learning German during the next six months as a lead-in to my trip to Germany at the end of June. Of course there is this pesky thing called “employment” on which I need to concentrate as well.

Have a great day all!

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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  1. Barb%%% says:

    I watched a little of the game here & there last night, it was the first evening I had home alone to watch some TV Allan doesn’t like……….. so I cleaned out the DVR some as well.
    Since I really didn’t care who won, but was for the underdog if I had to pick, I’m glad Clemson won for the first time in 38 years (or, I think that’s what the announcer said this morning).

    I wonder why they picked Atlaba………. seems like a strange name that doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue.

    Dean is hosting a food party tomorrow night – soup/crockpot is the theme, if any of you blog readers are interested in attending. I’m making a white chicken chili with some of the leftovers that Stephanie filled my fridge with Saturday night.

    • ITP Lurker says:

      The only real asset with any value that Yahoo owns is a stake in the Chinese competitor to Amazon known as Alibaba. So, Yahoo is getting broken up for parts, and the parts that have value are Alternate-Alibaba, or Altaba. Without that stake Yahoo has a market valuation of zero.

      • Paulie [eatl/ga] says:

        Still sounds like the name of a prescription drug to me, but thank you for explaining the origin as I had no clue.

  2. Oh, I might be interested. At what time does the shindig start, Barb? I think I remember how to get to his house, but am not exactly sure. I’m certain that I can whip something up in my crockpot, at least as fast as one can do so in a crockpot. 🙂

    • Barb%%% says:

      7PM is the official time. We may be a little early, all depends on traffic.
      address is 1371 Avondale Ave – its at the end of the street off Confederate.

      so far the posted foods are these (and there will be others, as some make it a surprise) Shotgun Wedding Soup, Corn, Okra & Shrimp soup (she said maybe, depending on time). there are 15 people saying they are attending. People have said bread & jalapeno cornbread.

  3. Steve Brady!! says:

    While not completely crushed at the Alabama loss, it was apparently a great game- much better in the second half, which I could not stay awake for. Congrats Tigers.

    Today’s funny… I’m working on a printer problem in Miami with one of the techs on site and he’s pinging his boss, who just happens to be in Atlanta for a meeting. I was quite surprised to see him and have him ask about his printers!

    1st Games meeting for 2017. Please make plans to attend. Our promise to the BoD was to not make any major changes for at least a year… we’ll see how that works out.


    • Barb%%% says:

      you want us to attend the games meeting?

      • It’s hard to feel sorry for Alabama football, especially when they will probably win the SEC and return to the football playoff again next year.

        Funny Barb, for a second I thought the same thing.

        Off to my basement for another spin and TAR watching. Four days in a row? WHO AM I?

    • Steve Brady!! says:

      Sorry! Attend the GAMES!! Although we do have whisky at the meeting, I’m sure you’d find it pretty boring.

  4. Barb%%% says:

    We are considering attending the GAMES, not the meetings, this next fall. What’s the dates? I have an old friend that I reconnected with that lives in Athens, she goes every year, she wants us to meet up there.

  5. Steve Brady!! says:

    As late as it can be in the year, October 21 and 22

    I might be a little biased, but I think we throw a pretty good party.

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