good pool is relative

if you follow pool regularly, you’ve probably seen the 2012 hard times 10-ball finals.  the match was between dennis orcullo and shane van boening.  if not, watch it below.

i personally find the commentary annoying; hit the mute button if it bugs you too.  dennis ended up defeating svb 11-3.

orcullo’s win over svb by such a wide margin was not an isolated incident.  in 2007, orcullo beat svb by the score of 7-0 in the 9-ball finals.  in the 2012 match, dennis missed a total of three to four shots.  now, svb is arguably the best U.S. player right not, and a missed shot against him typically means a two-to-three-game swing, more if his break is working well.  here, dennis missed three to four shots, and still managed to beat svb by eight games.  that’s just some scary stats in my opinion.  how well do you have to play to beat the best U.S. player like that?  i had the chance of watching svb play in person, and he could put away racks like drinking water.  shane’s pool talent is for real; you can’t hype that kind of ability.  somehow, dennis plays even better.

watching the two pros play just reinforces my previous belief that playing well is a purely subjective measure.  “good” in one room may mean dog crap in a different state; a player ranked a five may be a seven in another city.  with players improving everyday, and tougher opponents constantly emerging from overseas, the limits of pool keep getting pushed further and further.  champions today are b players next year; the A player is a C in six months.  rankings has, and always will be, speculative in nature; this cannot be helped, no matter how concrete you wish the ranking to be.  all we can do is try to improve our own game and hope that we can keep up with the rising tides.

now, a totally different topic.  i’ve been reading lis wiehl’s eyes of justice, a crime novel released this year.  the story starts off unfocused, but the pace & direction pick up around the 2/3 mark, so you’d need some patience with this book.  personally i think eyes of justice is a decent time killer and a solid rental, but i don’t recommend it for purchase.  also, try the autobiography american sniper by chris kyle.  very entertaining.

i should probably end the post here, but ehhh . . . what the heck.



lastly, a random observation.  dogs sit on you.  cats drape over you.  😀

reading material march 8, 2012

well, just two weeks after i wrote a post on messing with iCloud’s photo stream, apple released the iOS 5.1 update which allows users to delete individual photos on iCloud.  thank you apple, and your billions of users are very happy.

speaking of apple, yesterday marked the released of the new iPad, as well as the new apple tv.  (note the name: it’s just the new iPad, not iPad 3 like everyone had predicted.)  i thought the new iPad was a bit anticlimactic––it didn’t have as many added features as i thought, but that retina display was still super cool.  i mean, the new screen has a resolution of 2048×1536––a million pixels more than that 1080p HDTV (1920×1080) sitting in your living room.  not surprisingly, apple is updating their iTunes library with movies and tv shows that will now support 1080p resolution.  the downside?  the new iPad is slightly heavier & thicker than the 2.  but all in all an exciting day for apple, and its billions of users.

anyway, my readers (all five of you!) know that i’m partial to books.  in today’s busy schedule that everyone seems to have, reading a book takes an almost herculean effort.  still, i think it’s worth it, especially on that shiny new iPad you’ll be getting in a few weeks.  here are some books i’ve been reading or are hoping to read.

kill shot, by vince flynn

another rollercoaster ride from mr. flynn.  i only had a little time to finish the novel, but the pacing was so rapid that once again i finished the book in only a few days.  flynn’s books will make you feel like a speed reader.  unfortunately, his books are a series on a main character, so you do have to start from the beginning to get the full sense of the history of the character, meaning a substantial time commitment.  but hey, you will enjoy the ride.

the silent oligarch, by chris morgan jones

this is a novel about a wealthy and powerful russian businessman who operates in the shadows and completely off the media radar, and the dark dealings engaged by the wealthy and powerful in order to amass more money and influence whle avoiding the law.  this novel moves quite slowly, but it’s pretty interesting.  you do need a little patience with it though.

american sniper, by chris kyle

an autobiography by the deadliest sniper in the history of the United States military.  you should read this book just for that fact.

sneaker wars, by barbara smit

a book about how two brothers who, after forming a highly successful athletic shoes company, feuded so vehemently that the split eventually resulted in adidas and puma, and the ensuing ride that took place when nike and its air jordans crashed the gates.  i know it’s just shoes, but it’s always fun to glimpse the minds behind the brands.

various batman graphic novels

for those who like pictures with words, try the batman graphic novels.  the above picture is just one of the many available on the market.  i tend to like standalone graphic novels because i dislike having to read an entire series; the standalones have self-contained stories and won’t try to drag things on needlessly.  why batman?  the storyline is typically aimed at adults.

anyway, that’s all for today.  if you have the time, take off your fly kicks and cuddle up with a good book, some hot cocoa, and finger snacks.  🙂


no post this week folks.  in the meantime, check out killing lincoln by bill o’reilly and martin dugard.

it’s a historical account of the assassination of president lincoln, written in the style of a thriller.  if you’re a history buff you’ll love this book.  currently it’s available in hardcover as well as most major e-book formats (iOS, nook, kindle).  if you’re broke check it out from the local library, but there may be a wait list for this book.  happy reading.