Filament Friday 05/16/2014

Well, the season is finally over for the Wizards as they bowed out of the playoffs with a Game 6 loss to the Indiana Pacers last night. Poor a little out for the boys in red, white and blue. It was a great and encouraging season and, for the first time in a while, it’s going to be a really intriguing off-season for the Wiz. There are some really important decisions to make on Trevor Ariza and Marcin Gortat, both free agents, and, without a first round draft pick this year, I’m sure there will be lots of trade rumors. It should be fun to watch.

But, who's going to be in the cup with Wall, Beal and Nene?

But, who’s going to be in the cup with Wall, Beal and Nene?

  • My first thought reading this was, “That coach is horrible and/or a moron.” And, while that’s likely true, I guess my question is whether or not this kid is an actual college or pro prospect. Was he throwing 78mph heaters for 14 innings? If he’s never going to pitch past high school then let him have at it, I guess. Of course, if his elbow pops his next start…
  • Right after I wrote that, David Schoenfield – and the pitcher, the handsomely named Dylan Fosnacht – confirmed my suspicions. We do love the outrage these days.
  • Baseball Prospectus takes a look at other cringe worthy pitch counts, with an assist by Old Hoss Radburn, which is awesome.
  • There are no pictures of Old Hoss in this collection, but it’s still pretty cool.
  • Malcolm Jenkins never quite lived up to expectations with the Saints, but he pulled off an all-time, epic Mother’s Day troll on Twitter. I’ll admit to being fooled when I first saw it.
  • This collection of paleoart is incredible. Though, when I hear “paleoart” I think of art done with primitive tools and techniques. This is art depicting long extinct flora and fauna (dinosaurs, yea!).
  • Fiona Tang is an artist who does paintings that, literally, seem to jump off of the canvas. They look amazing on her Tumblr account, I can only imagine what they would look like in person.
  • Speaking of incredible animals, one of the most amazing that are still alive is the orca (aka, “Killer Whale”). Like many, I have come to believe that holding them in captivity is akin to slavery (my personal belief is that they have intelligence on par with any higher primate, but that the difference in the lifestyle of a land and aquatic mammal may make it hard to ever establish real communication with them). I haven’t seen the Blackfish documentary yet, but it appears that Sea World may be taking a hit from this increased awareness of the plight of these animals.
  • And now it comes to light that these whales also have incredible lifespans.
  • Harry Caray was awesome. Bill Murray is awesome. Bill Murray channeling Harry Caray is friggin’ great. Now I want to go to Toledo on May 30th. I’ve got to get me one of these jerseys.
  • This is Insider only, but Keith Law’s first mock draft plays out favorably for the Cubs. He has them selecting LHP Carlos Rondon. If that happens, I’ll do a happy dance and Vine it.
  • Shahadev Sharma takes a closer look at the Cubs draft options.
  • Cub’s Den looks at some under the radar prospects in the Cubs system.
  • Oh, you can watch a live stream from HD cameras recently affixed to the exterior of the International Space Station. That is all.
  • I just discovered Honest Trailers on YouTube, I giggled a lot at the one for Attack of the Clones.
  • I’m just impossibly geeked out over the new Godzilla movie, here Popular Mechanics takes a look at the big guy’s (theoretical) anatomy.
  • runs down the must-see previous Godzilla films.
  • Here’s a random, hopeful story about Otto Porter, aka #Slenderman.
  • Much like the rest of American society, it looks like the NFL will be lightening up (or just lighting up) on weed in the near future. By the way, the guy that wrote that really needs a new profile picture.
  • If you haven’t heard, I’m way too excited about Saints 1st round pick Brandin Cooks. Here’s some extra info on him from people who covered him in college and it does nothing to dampen my enthusiasm.
  • The first pics of Ben Affleck as Batman have been released and, I have to say, it looks pretty damn cool. Apparently Affleck is pretty buff now.
  • H.R. Giger passed away this week, I was a huge fan of his fantastic, demented art. Here’s a nice round up of some of his best.
  • In honor of Mr. Giger, here’s your song of the week, Debbie Harry’s No I Know You Know, with it’s Giger directed video. Actually, I’ve never heard this song before, but it’s pretty solid.
Dylan Steele

About Dylan Steele

A Louisiana native, Dylan Steele now lives in Halethorpe, Maryland. A web developer by day, he is also an occasional musician, frequent dog walker and sometimes hoopster. And now he blogs, too.
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