- The Real Truth About Barack Obama!
- Jared Polis for Congress A Responsible Plan: Executive Summary
- Muppet Rick-Roll – brilliant.
- YouTube – Jerry needs no help playing with his ball. – I need one of these.
- Schilling to Bradford to You – some interesting stuff in here.
- It’s the Marketing, Stupid – I still think the NBA needs to implement a minor league system so that getting drafted doesn’t mean an NBA contract (like the MLB does).
- Firefox 3 vs. Safari 3 – I’m thinking about sponsoring the development of a WebKit based browser with PwdHash built-in.
- The $64,000 Question
I donâ€™t think Adobe can flat-out promise that CS5 is going to be Cocoa (or 64-bit) because they donâ€™t know how long itâ€™s going to take.
- The BlackBerry on Acid
It’s not going to drive me to buy an iPhone, but it doesn’t allay my frustration with the piss-poor browser on the BlackBerry. I’ll never be satisfied madly rolling the trackball in the Browser after seeing an iPhone user merrily flicking their way through a webpage.
- WordPress Upgrade, New Design – Corey outlines some best practices for file structre on a WordPress as a CMS site.
- Firefox Bug 426702 – heh.
- Sprint BlackBerry Curve 8330 Officially Announced – maybe I ditch AT&T again…
- Twitter Goodness on Your Mobile Device – great to see Kevin updating Tiny Twitter.
- Clouds Rolling In: The Google App Engine Q&A – the usual great write-up from Steve.
- Musing about artificial scarcities and abundances
- Good suggestions, Mac hackers wanted! – beltzner – good stuff from Beltzner.
- WordPress permalinks and MySQL limits – definitely something you should be aware of if you run large WordPress sites.
- OpenID and Spam – it’s been a long time since I’ve read anything positive in the war against SPAM.
- When life approximates xckd… brilliant!
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Alex, love the site.
In the last item, it’s XKCD, not XCKD
I don’t write the headlines people use, I just link to them.
That’s what the D-League is supposed to be, but here’s the thing, Alex: as basketball is more of a team game than baseball is, an extensive apprenticeship in a minor league is not as necessary. In baseball, you’re polishing a player’s skills to improve the individual to the point that they’re ready for ML competition; in basketball, you can paper over a player’s weaknesses with another player’s strengths. The NBA uses the idea that better competition is what most quickly drives value in a player [the throwing-them-in-the-deep-end approach], and I think that this makes sense, as basketball is easier to pick up than, say, baseball.
The reason that the D-League doesn’t scale is because the level of play isn’t terribly compelling at that level [we had one of the inaugural teams here in Huntsville before they shifted the league from a Southeast-focused one], and because they’re not doing a 1:1 correlation with teams and draftees. If the NBA really wanted to sink the money into the league, they’d have 29 D-League franchises, with those teams playing in the local area and at home when the NBA team is on the road. Run it as a loss leader [cheap tickets] and push the idea that some of the players in the D are gonna be in the NBA someday, make the players available to the fans, and you have a winner … if you’re willing to spend that money.
I’d say that I’m not sure that the NBA is, but this is essentially what they’ve done with the WNBA [although they don’t have near the number of teams].