Saturday, September 24, 2011


My good friend Rick hipped me to a great article on the 1987 Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvelous Marvin Hagler fight.

Classic bout between two of the greatest fighters of all time! I thought Hagler won; Rick saw it for Leonard. I've got to respect Rick's take, as he's a former boxer and knows a lot more about "the sweet science" than I'll ever know.

After reading that article, I'm even more convinced that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. would beat Manny Pacquiao if they ever get it on. It's a little different because Mayweather isn't the glory boy like Leonard was, but Mayweather is smart and fast like Leonard. Leonard got in Hagler's head, and he played the fight just right, he played the judges just right. 15 or 30 seconds of going all out at the most crucial times, leaving that impression on the judges. Mayweather can do that, too.

Dang, Hagler went 11 years without a loss! Very impressive. And you have to wonder what would have happened if Leonard and Hagler had fought a few years earlier, like before the Mugabi fight.

I also watched some of the video from this page, including the last round of the Leonard-Hagler fight, the whole fight between Leonard and Mayweather, Sr., and the Hagler-Hearns fight.

I thought the last round of the Leonard-Hagler fight was a draw, and that Leonard wouldn't have had anything left after that round. Amazing flurries by Leonard.

Leonard-Mayweather was interesting. Leonard dominated the fight and had him in trouble numerous times, but Mayweather was game, and very crafty.  Good defensive fighter, but not as good as his son. Still, he hung in there well and seemed to frustrate Leonard a bit. Leonard finally got to him in the last round, though. Looked like Mayweather never hurt Leonard at all.

Hagler-Hearns: Probably the greatest few rounds of boxing I've ever seen. I had forgotten how good Hearns was, kinda, but that fight reminded me. Maybe Hearns wins that fight if he stands back and boxes a little more instead of mixing it up and going all out. Hearns landed some big shots on Hagler but Hagler shook it off and kept coming.

d'backs clinch!

Alright! Time to get it on! Been a long time coming, but Arizona is finally back in it. Don't know if they can get to the Series (Philly is very tough) but at least they've got a chance. Anything can happen. As always, hoping to see D'Backs-Tigers in the Series, as improbable as that seems.

A year ago, the D'Backs went 65-97. They'd also lost 90-something games the year before. Kudos to Kirk Gibson and to the players! Worst to first!

The Diamondbacks might not go far in the playoffs, but what a great year anyway! This is the cool thing about MLB, every now and then a team can completely turn it around.

Rooting hard for the Tigers as well. Can't wait for the playoffs to start!

And there's them dang Yankees, still standing in the way! That team is always up there! Everybody's gotta be expecting Phillies vs. Yankees in the World Series. And Philly might have the pitching to take 'em. But I wouldn't count anybody out. It's a whole new ballgame once the playoffs start; anybody can get hot. Who knows, the Brewers might even come through!

By the way, I think the Tigers' Verlander deserves the AL MVP as well as the Cy Young that he's certain to get.

Friday, September 23, 2011

enjoying unity

Well, almost three months since I installed Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty), with Unity, on my notebook.

I don't know if Unity will work on my main pc. It doesn't work when I run the live CD on it, and I haven't looked into it because I won't be installing the next LTS until next year sometime.

That release will also come with GNOME Shell. So I figure I'll try to get both Unity and GNOME Shell working, and go from there. In the end, I'll probably add Openbox anyway, though.

Anyway, I'm completely comfortable using Unity in Ubuntu 11.04. I don't feel like it hinders my workflow at all. It looks great, it feels great. I think it's a wonderful environment, and I don't quite understand all the "Unity is crap!" stuff.

Okay, so here's what I'd like to see: More configurability.

Having the Unity launcher over on the left side is fine; it seems like the best place for it. But you should still be able to move it somewhere else, if you want.

And I feel like I can't make enough changes to the panel along the top. I feel like if I really wanted to do more things, I'd have to add gnome-panel, or maybe something like AWN (Avant Window Navigator).

But Unity in 11.04 is a fairly early version. By the time 12.04 comes out, I'm sure that Unity will look a little better. Regardless, if it works with my hardware, I don't see myself having any problem using Unity, or even GNOME Shell. To me, neither of those are more trouble than using E17 or AwesomeWM or whatever. Once I see how things are done, it's all just Linux.

But whether I'm using Unity or GNOME Shell or anything, I'll still add Dolphin from KDE! :) It's still my favorite file manager, by far.

tough stretch

Tough loss for the Michigan State Spartans against Notre Dame last week, and a tough stretch coming up.

After hosting Central Michigan today, they play at Ohio State. They get a bye week before hosting Michigan, then they host Wisconsin, then at Nebraska.

Nebraska might have a slightly tougher Big Ten schedule than MSU since the Huskers also face Penn State; but Nebraska doesn't face Illinois, and the Illini might turn out to be better than Penn State this year.

But I don't think anybody has a tougher four-game stretch in the conference than what the Spartans will face. Ohio State was ranked, and probably will be again once they get all their players back, and the other three are all ranked teams. Those four games will make or break the Spartans' season.

Heck, the UofM and Ohio State games will make or break the Spartans' season! Losing to Notre Dame was bad enough, but lose to UofM and it's back to being little sister; lose to Ohio State, and it's back to being irrelevant. MSU needs to win those two games in the worst way.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


"The best Linux distro of 2011!"

OK, that's an interesting article, and the comments that follow are interesting as well, but...

The title misleads since they're only comparing six distros: Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Mint, Arch, and OpenSUSE.

And, "best" is so... subjective. Who can say which is "best" for a given individual? Except for "Performance," where they showed a chart of boot times at startup, folks will argue about every comparison they made in the article; and even the boot times at startup depend on different things, like which desktop you've installed and so forth. They found openSUSE (with KDE) to be the fastest, but I wondered if it would really boot faster than Debian with Xfce, for example. And boot times would certainly vary depending on the amount of RAM you have, right?

Some of the things they said in the article were inaccurate, incomplete, or simply wrong. But the article is sure to spark a lot of debate in the Linux community, where the "best" Linux distro is usually "the one I'm using right now."

With six distros running here, and a couple of different releases of three of those distros, and with some long-term experience with a few others, my opinion is that there is no "best" Linux distro. Each one has its pros and cons; sometimes I feel like I could list a bunch of distros on a wall, blindly throw a dart at it to pick a distro, do a little tweaking, and walk away happy.

Besides, they didn't even mention Mepis or PCLinuxOS. :)