reflections

it’s almost the end of the year again. year in, year out, time advances so quickly i feel like i can hardly catch a breath. i’ve been shirking my blogging duties completely but i don’t feel too bad about it, mainly because i’m enjoying the things i do outside of blogging. i’ve been enjoying the company of friends, good meals, and explorations in pool techniques. things are fun for me right now.

as far as blogging goes, i’m not very eager to share what i’ve discovered in pool. not that they’re great discoveries, but i just don’t feel the need to write what i’ve learned. based on my experience, pool players are not a particularly open-minded or appreicative lot. besides, what i’ve learned probably won’t translate to other people’s playing styles, so i’ll let each discover his/her own techniques that best suit his/her individual style of play. i think that’ll work out the best. after all, i’m hardly qualified to teach anyone. a little secret though: i watch a lot of videos. that’s how i learn. maybe that’ll help you.

sometimes i’m astounded at pool players’ mentality. i still don’t understand why the bench warmers, those who never bother to pick up a cue and instead content with just sitting and watching, enjoy making snide remarks about people they’re watching. somehow they feel entitled to talk while never bother to get on the table. takes all kinds i guess. i have noticed that the ones who don’t talk a lot are the ones you should watch out for. you don’t really see efren mouthing off, do you?

speaking of efren, the filipino contingent continues to assault the US soil with their spectacular play. the scary thing is that new champions continue to pop up from nowhere, as if Philippines magically produces world champion pool players from thin air. the truth is probably less mythical than that, but that’s my impression. Taiwan is another place that grows champions by the bushel (e.g., Ko brothers). Korea and China also sprout many champions, but it seems more female champions come out of Korea and China than male champions. i could be wrong though. other Asian and south Asian countries are lagging. if you want to play competitive pool, Asia seems to be the hot spot right now. maybe things will change for the better in the US. i hope anyway.

so have a great new years folks. don’t drink too much, don’t celebrate too crazy, and enjoy your time with your loved ones. that’s really what’s important.

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 enjoypool.com 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.

mmm.

perfection.

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

odd ditties

some random links to kill that monday boredom.

Google and Netflix Make Land Grab On Edge Of Internet

It’s Official: Neutrinos Can’t Beat Speed of Light

Clothes Will Sew Themselves in Darpa’s Sweat-Free Sweatshops (sewing special for q&b :D)

5 Beloved Ethnic Foods Invented for Americans

Chips, Crisps, Croustilles: A Global Tour of Unusual Potato Chip Flavors

The Complete History of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (caution: nerdfest)

50 Things a Man Does Not Have to Do Before He Dies