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Fantasy Football – Week 14

The Jaguars are good? Well this is certainly weird. It was also weird to see our QB throw three interceptions in one game. Honestly it’s amazing he doesn’t throw more with all the crazy scrambling throws that he makes. The most disappointing part of the game was the last 45 seconds when the Seahawks, led by Michael Bennett, showed their lack of anything resembling sportsmanship. Can we please trade away Bennett? I’m done with him. I’m also feeling like it’s time for Blair Walsh to go. He’s 7 of his last 13 attempts. Is this one of those things that’s just stuck in his head? The kicks only get more intense from here on out. Can he handle it?

In our league, Luke beat out Austin in a battle for top seed in the playoffs. Logan also won so he ends up in the second seed as Austin falls to third. Logan lost Carson Wentz to an injury though. With no QB on his bench, who will he pick up for the playoffs? And the final spot in the playoffs goes to… me! The implausible scenario that I mentioned two weeks ago played out. Dad lost both games and I won both games with just enough points to get the tiebreaker. I’m predicting coal in my stocking.

So we’ll kick off the playoffs with Luke vs me and Logan vs Austin. The consolation bracket will be Dad vs Jim and Andy vs Tim.

At the end of the season, I’m going to be sending around an email asking who wants to be in the league next year. I got the impression at the start of this season that a few of you weren’t too keen on playing but kind of went with it since Yahoo auto-added you. I really appreciate everyone sticking with it, but I also don’t want you to feel trapped in this forever. It would be a blast to have everyone back, but if you want out, it’s fine. I’d just like to have the offseason to figure out if we need to find some new players, etc. So there’s nothing to do at this point, but please think about it over the next couple weeks.

Power rankings for week 15:

1. Ben (+4)
2. Luke (+2)
3. Austin (-2)
4. Logan (-2)

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Luke had 152.79 Luke had 161.89 (Week 3) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Dad had 74.69 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Luke beat Austin by 63.51 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Tim beat Andy by 13.01 Andy beat Jim by 2.96 (Week 6) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Caron Wentz had 35.24 for Logan Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Ben and Tim have 2 game winning streaks. Austin has a 6 game winning streak (Week 13) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Dad has a 3 game losing streak. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Look Ma, No Server!

Serverless computing is all the rage in cloud computing. When cloud computing first began, people thought about how to move their local servers to servers in the cloud. They would end up with a Windows or Linux machine hosted by Azure, etc. That was much better than operating your own data center, but technology is progressing and even managing your own machine in the cloud isn’t really necessary now. There are so many services available that simply take your code and run it for you. Don’t worry about where it’s running or what machine it’s running on. This lets you focus almost 100% of your time on the core business logic in your application and let someone else handle Windows Updates, disaster recovery, backups, etc.

I like to play around with all this stuff and this website is one way for me to do it. Quite a few years ago, I moved this web application to Azure Websites, but I still had a virtual machine running MySQL on it. Now that Azure offers MySQL, I don’t have to run my own VM anymore.

The only other thing I had running on that VM was a little timer job that records the number of customers of my power company who don’t have power. I like to run that from Azure so that I can track power outages even when they affect me. Running a scheduled task on a dedicated VM is extreme overkill so I migrated the code to an Azure Function. I literally pasted C# code into the Azure portal, told it to run the code every 5 minutes and voila! It costs fractions of a penny every time it runs and I don’t have to even think about what machine it’s actually running on.

There’s so much of this great cloud computing geek stuff to get excited about these days.

Mt. Baker Chair

There is a ski lift chair being used as a bench on our back patio, and, in our guest bathroom, there’s a photo of that chair when it was part of Chair #1 at Mt. Baker. It’s a fun piece of history and nostalgia. I wrote about the process of buying the old chair and then receiving a photo of the chair back in 2008.

Fast forward to 2017 and I got contacted on my Instagram woodworking account by an artist who had seen the photo in that post and did a pen and ink drawing of it. She was asking if I could point her to the original photographer so she could give her credit. The photo came from the wife of another guy at work who bought one of the chair. Yada yada yada, we’ve lost touch over the years after I changed groups and he left the company, but I found him on Facebook and sent him a message. We were able to connect all the dots and put the artist in touch with the photographer. Yay for the internet!

You can see the drawing on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb-i6iVnt2a/ and now you can also think about this story every time you use the guest bathroom at my house. You’re welcome.

2017 Music

I’ve written before about how I send all of my listening activity to Last.fm. You can see my public profile there and see what music I like. I just got an email from Spotify suggesting that I try out the 2017 Wrapped website which generates some stats based on your Spotify account history. You know how much I love stats so of course I participated. I have multiple Spotify accounts so I ran the stats based on the account that I use at work (so it doesn’t include all of Elijah’s music.) Below is the final summary that was generated from the site. It’s a pretty accurate list of some of my favorite songs and artists.

Fantasy Football – Week 13

I fully admit that I didn’t think the Seahawks would stand a chance against the red hot Eagles. With their decimated defense and lack of an offensive line, I expected a blowout. Boy was I pleasantly surprised? Well I was surprised when it was over… for the entire game I kept trying to figure out how they were going to end up losing. But this was a really solid game. The Seahawks are great in December so who knows. Maybe they’ll hold on to a wild card spot?

Our league was a surprise as well with three of the top four teams losing. Tim beat Luke in a brother v. brother battle and Jim toppled Dad. Jim’s win was actually key for the playoff picture. Austin, Luke and Logan are already locked in, but Dad needed to win to guarantee a playoff spot. Now it gets interesting as Dad faces off against Logan. Here’s how the fourth spot can play out:

  • Dad wins. He’s into the playoffs.
  • Dad loses and I win. If I score 8 more points than Dad, I win the tiebreaker and I’m in the playoffs. Otherwise Dad is in.
    • Technically the same is true if Dad loses and Andy wins by he’d need ~80 more points than Dad and that seems unlikely.

Whether you’re in the playoffs already or have been eliminated, please keep those rosters full so that we can have a fair fight. It’s down to the wire!

Power rankings for week 14:

1. Austin
2. Logan (+1)
3. Dad (+1)
4. Luke (-2)

On to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All-Time
Highest Team Score Austin had 142.97 Luke had 161.89 (Week 3) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Luke had 86.67 Jim had 60.95 (Week 10) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Austin beat Logan by 43.55 Luke beat Jim by 74.22 (Week 3) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Jim beat Dad by 10.02 Andy beat Jim by 2.96 (Week 6) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Alex Smith had 45.64 for Tim’s bench. Tom Brady had 45.72 for Luke. (Week 3) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Austin has a 6 game winning streak Logan had a 5 game winning streak (Week 5) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Dad has a 2 game losing streak. Tim had a 5 game losing streak. (Week 5) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)