Archive - Dec 2006
Wooden, and our beatification of the man, has had its toxic effect on the game. It's certainly there in the NBA, which over the past year or so has hired a chief strategist of President Bush's re-election campaign to win back Middle America; instituted an absurd and paternalistic dress code (glossed nicely here); and stood idly by while Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles benched Ben Wallace, one of the hardest-working players in the game, for wearing a headband.
I don't know...I thought the dress code (as silly as it may be) was more about what was perceived to help sell the product that the NBA is, not necessarily some sort of legacy of Wooden's.
Tonight at the Taekwon Do Christmas party, Elliot was on the dance floor and started imitating another kid who was making a rather feeble attempt at break dancing. Since Elliot has never seen it before, I told him I'd find a few example videos on YouTube. Here are a few. Also, I told him that his uncle Matt used to break dance, so maybe we can get him to teach us a few moves during the holidays.
...a Web-based media player that gives users access to their digital music library from any computer. Similar to Songbird, it streams your personal library from the Internet but it runs completely inside any browser.
Streampad is a free service. Users download a Java desktop application that stores the metadata from all MP3 and AC3 files (protected and unprotected) it finds on your computer, including those that come from iTunes. Then, when that same user logs into Streampad from another computer, they can listen to music streamed directly from their home computer.
I haven't read many books this year. Make that one:
Hopefully my list will be a bit longer next year.
The lists of others:
NY Times "100 Notable Books of the Year"
Slate's "The Year in Books"