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Good games yesterday. Pacers had a chance. Bucks had Giannis. Utah with a buzzer-beater. Spurs with a blowout. Happy Easter! Playoffs day 2.

→ 2017/04/16 9:11 am

Posted another episode of Timetable, the 4th in a row this week. I think I’ll be able to stick with the Monday through Friday schedule.

→ 2017/04/14 9:17 pm

Feels like Saturday. Picking up some smoothies from JuiceLand.

Spurs round 1 tickets plan: If they lose game 1, get tickets for game 2. If they win game 1 and lose 2, get tickets to game 5. If the first 4 games are split, get tickets to a possible game 7. If they sweep or win in 6 without triggering the previous steps, wait until round 2.

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Timetable returns

After a couple months away from Timetable, because I’ve been focusing so much of my time working on, I’ve finally returned to the microcast for a sort of second season. Timetable will be published daily now, Monday through Friday, to chronicle the actual release of and the Indie Microblogging book.

Episodes 38 and 39 are out now. You can subscribe in Overcast or iTunes.

Kawhi and the MVP race

538 started a nice series on the case for each of the top 5 MVP candidates. But my favorite MVP article is Matt Bonner’s sandwich analogy for The Players Tribune:

You’re probably getting hungry as you’re reading this, and maybe you’re even thinking about making a sandwich of your own. And that’s smart. Your head’s in the right place. Those ingredients sound really good. The fixings are crucial — and you can’t have your best possible sandwich without them.

It’s not all jokes, though. Matt’s insight into the Spurs system, where you move the ball instead of hogging it, puts Kawhi’s 25.7-point average in perspective:

And since there’s so little ball domination in that system … it makes it pretty impossible for any one player to put up a huge scoring average. Even Tim Duncan — arguably the greatest power forward to ever play the game — never had a season in which he averaged 25.7. And that’s really all you need to know.

Last night, the Spurs lost in Portland by 1 point. It was a game that didn’t matter much, so the Spurs bench finished the game. Portland’s win was mostly a fluke — a Spurs turnover at the end, then a steal that was mishandled and fell to Blazers’ Noah Vonleh for the buzzer-beater layup. But here’s the important point: the Spurs probably wouldn’t have lost if Kawhi was in the game for the final minute.

That’s not to take anything away from the bench. Those guys are great. Living in Austin, we got to watch Kyle Anderson and Jonathan Simmons finish plenty of great games for the D-League. It’s just that San Antonio has played many close games this season, and this is what happens when Kawhi is in the game late.

I’ll be shocked if Russell Westbrook doesn’t win MVP this year. But any of the top 5 candidates deserve it, and Kawhi is focused on other things. Maybe it’s fitting that the award will end up going to a player like Westbrook and his fans who seem to care so much about whether he wins.

Very important not to overreact to competition. Pay attention to it, plan for it, but stay the course.

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Core Intuition 277

We published Core Int 277 today with thoughts on the Mac Pro and more. From the show notes:

Daniel and Manton react to Apple’s surprisingly transparent “roundtable” meeting with several members of the press, and celebrate the many positive signals coming out of the event. They engage in a friendly debate about the likelihood that Mac users will defect to Windows. Finally, they talk about the merits of professional software, and the negative impacts that a poor market for such software may be having on iOS as a platform.

As I say on the episode, I wouldn’t have been disappointed if Apple had officially discontinued the Mac Pro, as long as that meant a greater focus on other things for pro users. I’d like for Apple to have a Mac-based answer for Microsoft’s tablets and Surface Studio, for example.

So easy to underestimate that last 10% of work. Taking care of some first-launch details, default accounts, and of course bugs.

→ 2017/04/02 1:30 pm

Posted a couple photos as I update my workflow to use’s better photo cross-posting. Still need to consolidate feeds.

→ 2017/03/30 5:04 pm

Wanted to test this photoblog UI and thought: San Antonio is a nice place to take photos. So had to buy tickets to Warriors/Spurs tonight.

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