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Fantasy Football – Week 4

The Seahawks made rookie QB Rosen look good, but they pulled out a win. That stadium continues to haunt them though. Remember last year when Sherman and Chancellor got hurt there and ended their Seahawks careers? Add Earl Thomas to that list. He left with a broken leg and though it’s something that will heal by the time the playoffs roll around, he didn’t appear to want to return in a Seahawks uniform. I have a hard time siding with a guy who is getting paid $10 million to play football. See ya Earl.

Our league’s goofy season continues. We now have a 6 way tie for second place and Luke down in 8th place is only 2 games out of first place. Tyler is alone out front at 3-1 and he’s looking strong. Nick will be the next one to try and knock him back down into the mass of teams nipping at his heels.

When you look at the records below, look at the highest scoring player. This is the fourth consecutive week where the highest scoring player has a been a free agent!

Even though the league is close in terms of records, with four games behind us, my incredibly accurate and totally future-predicting power ranking algorithm is ready to rock. Here’s what it says now:

1. Logan (Goat Roapers)
2. Ben (Kool Aid Kid)
3. Tyler (Krazy Kanuck)
4. Andy (RAAAWWWRRRRR!!!)

Now on to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All Time
Highest Team Score Ben had 152.63 Tyler had 183.70 (Week 2) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Luke had 102.43 Nick had 93.70 (Week 1) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Ben beat Luke by 50.20 Was: Luke beat Nick by 35.63 (Week 1) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Dad beat Nick by 18.24 Nick beat Andy by 1.89 (Week 3) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Mitchell Trubisky had 55.46 as a free agent Was: Patrick Mahomes had 50.84 as a free agent (Week 2) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Tyler has a 3 game winning streak Was: Tyler, Nick and Andy had a 2 game winning streaks Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Luke has a 3 game losing streak Was: Luke, Dad and Logan has a 2 game losing streaks Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

8-Bit Ben

The site Fiverr.com (pronouned “five-er”) has been around for quite a while, but I just recently used it for the first time. The idea is that you can pay someone $5 (or something very cheap) to do a small digital task for you. You can peruse it yourself to see all the various offerings, but I wanted a pixel art picture of myself.

I’m quite happy with the 8-bit avatar that was drawn for me by user arveyyudi. He even allowed for a minor change to my hair color after he sent me the first copy. I’ve set this as my avatar on a few sites and even in our Outlook directory at work.

Lego Old Fishing Store

My birthday was a couple weeks ago and I received a lot of nice gifts. Thank you! However, I had a little extra smile when I opened the joint gift from Tyla and Elijah because I couldn’t remember the last time that I received something that was nothing other than a toy. They got me the giant Old Fishing Store Lego set!

After putting together the Lego Diner earlier this summer, I put that fishing set on my wish list. These big sets are so much fun and it’s great to spend time with Elijah working on it. The fishing village came out a while back but it’s always stuck in my mind for the insane level of detail. After assembling it, I can say that it lived up to my expectations! And as with the diner set, I’m not going to post my own photos because plenty are available online. I also recommend that you watch the JANGBRiCKS video review.

It’s hard to say whether I like this set more or less than the diner. On the plus side, this has more detail crammed into a smaller space. On the downside, a bunch of that detail comes from specialized pieces. Both the diner and this fishing store have lots of studs-on-the-side construction to support siding on the walls but the fishing store has an interesting take on it. The whole structure is built to look old so some of the siding pieces are put on at an angle. It’s a neat effect.

When I built the diner I thought it would be a one-and-done thing. But now I have two. Hmm…

Fantasy Football – Week 3

The Seahawks looked reasonably good on Sunday. It was a nice change of pace. Wilson didn’t spend the whole game getting sacked and the defense was able to keep the Cowboys under wraps. My prediction for this year is that the Seahawks will finish 7-9.

In our league, I posted the second highest score and lost to Logan. I guess it’s only fair since that happened to him last week. Half the league is now tied for 1st with a 2-1 record and everyone else is tied for 5th with a 1-2 record. It’s obviously anybody’s season at this point. Our two newest league members, Tyler and Nick, started with a loss but they now have 2 game winning streaks and Tyler is at the top of the league!

Now on to the weekly awards…

This Week This Season All Time
Highest Team Score Logan had 145.83 Tyler had 183.70 (Week 2) Tim 200.51 (2015)
Lowest Team Score Dad had 94.54 Nick had 93.70 (Week 1) Andy had 41.29 (2015)
Biggest Blowout Tyler beat Luke by 13.34 Luke beat Nick by 35.63 (Week 1) Luke beat Andy by 113.02 (2010)
Closest Win Nick beat Andy by 1.89 Was: Andy beat Luke by 4.31 (Week 2) Jim beat Ben by 0.12 (2012)
Highest Scoring Player Matt Ryan had 50.16 as a free agent. Patrick Mahomes had 50.84 as a free agent (Week 2) Drew Brees had 60.54 on Tim’s bench (2015)
Longest Active Winning Streak Tyler and Nick have 2 game winning streaks. Was: Andy had a 2 game winning streak (Week 2) Micah (2011) and Ben (2015) had an 8 game winning streak
Longest Active Losing Streak Luke and Dad have 2 game losing streaks. Was: Logan has a 2 game losing streak (Week 2) Kyle had a 14 game losing streak (2011)

Standing Desk Monitor

We have nice standing desks at work. They have electric motors with memory settings so it’s quick and easy to switch between standing up or sitting down. I believe that it’s significantly healthier to stand up at least part of the day, but I find myself being lazy and sitting for most of the day. I also know that it’s relatively easy to motivate myself by measuring whatever I’m trying to improve. Time for a project!

To measure whether I’m standing or sitting, I decided to use a distance sensor that either sits on top of the desk and looks at the floor, or sits on the floor and looks up. I’m sure there are cheaper ways to do this, but I ordered a SparkFun BlackBoard, Distance Sensor Breakout, and a Qwiic cable to connect them. There was no soldering required. I plugged it all in and I was good to go. I laser cut a wood box to hold all the components.

I wrote a simple program for the Arduino-compatible BlackBoard that would send a measurement when it received a keystroke and then I wrote a program that runs on the computer to periodically request measurements (via USB) and upload them to a database in the cloud. I put a website on top of the page and voila!

A friend at work heard about the idea and wanted to compete with me so now we are both running these devices. You can track our progress at http://standupweb.azurewebsites.net/