Sun Kil Moon – ‘Micheline’

I bought Sun Kil Moon’s album “Benji” last week. It’s a collection of earnest, intimate songs like this one, set against plucked guitar with lines like “Micheline, Micheline, Micheline / She had dreams like anyone else.” You can’t play this music in the background. The songs and the stories they contain are too insistent. Just listen.


Montvale marketer: Businesses should get ready for Google Glass

Montvale marketer: Businesses should get ready for Google Glass

I wrote about this guy’s ideas for how businesses can use Google Glass. Nobody read it, but I thought he had interesting thoughts and I got to try Glass out.

Why the Knicks shouldn’t want Jeff Teague

Raymond Felton has been the worst player on the Knicks this season. He’s been the worst shooter, the most turnover-prone and the worst defender.

He’s having his worst season. And he’s 29. And he’s fat.

Felton was decent in his first season with the Knicks. He had good chemistry with Amare Stoudemire, displayed a decent touch from three and ran the team well under Mike D’Antoni.

But in the years since being traded to Denver and subsequently to Portland, he got fat, stopped shooting decently, stopped getting to the line and stopped stopping anyone, which is of course when the Knicks scooped him up. This season Felton has been badly outplayed by Pablo Prigioni, but the Argentinian is 36 and even less adept at getting to the paint.

So it makes sense that the Knicks want a point guard. (THAT JEREMY LIN GUY IS PLAYING OK, BY THE WAY.) But I’m not crazy about Jeff Teague.

He’s one of the best passers in the league. He gets to the basket, a skill the Knicks need badly.

But Teague has shot terribly and is a weak spot on defense. This season he’s regressed after making strides in his third and fourth years.

His three-point stroke in particular has fallen off a cliff and he’s lost confidence in his shot.

Teague’s contract isn’t ideal either. It runs until 2017.

The Knicks have almost no money on the books after 2015. If that situation persists (uncertain given Carmelo Anthony’s desire for a new deal after this season), it would give them the flexibility to pursue a bona-fide free agent.

I don’t think Jeff Teague makes the Knicks a contender. They should hold out for someone better or just suck it up and try to improve with the miserable roster they’ve assembled until they can rebuild in 2015.

A Letter to Google

Dear Google,

I have been a loyal user for several years. I use many of your various services, from Gmail to Maps and I have no complaints about any of them—with one exception. I am writing today because of the intrusive suggestions of your autocomplete feature on Google search. I feel my privacy has been seriously violated. Below I have copied examples of some of the egregious suggestions Autocomplete has made for various searches.

For the search term “Why” Google suggest:

Why don’t you call your mother?
Why don’t you get some exercise?
Why do you continue to wear that dumb hat? You know the one.


What are you doing? Like, with your life.
What makes you think you could ever write a novel worth reading?
What look would you say you are going for with that shitkicker hat?

Here is what autocomplete suggested when I searched for the contact information of an ex-girlfriend for the purposes of returning a CD of hers that I had discovered in my apartment.

Alice Daniel is girl you went on two dates with in January, get over it.

And when I searched my own name:

Myles Ma “writer”
Myles Ma hack
Myles Ma dumb hat

As you can imagine, I am deeply troubled by these intrusive and, I must emphasize, inaccurate and unhelpful suggestions. I demand that you adjust your algorithms to account for the fact that my mother and I are on very different schedules and that my friends liked some of the short stories I’ve written recently. I am a loyal user but that may change if these issues are not addressed.

Myles Ma

Dear Myles,

We at Google read your email with great concern. We take privacy seriously here and we assure you that we are working to address the issues you have had with Google Autocomplete. Specifically, our team is adjusting our algorithm to account for what a shitty son you are and how deluded you are about your writing ability. We believe these changes will make Google search more helpful. Unfortunately, even our most brilliant engineers cannot account for that ridiculous hat you insist on wearing. As a solution, and as an apology for the issues you’ve raised, we would like to send you a complimentary Google baseball cap. The Google Autocomplete team “suggests” you wear it. (Get it?) We hope this addresses your concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there’s anything else we can do.

The Google Autocomplete Team

Goodbye, Melo

Kevin McElroy wrote a great recap of the Knicks loss to the Bucks over at Knickerblogger.

My favorite line:

To say that he is selfish or lazy or disloyal or uncaring is simply to announce that you have not been watching the Knicks this season.

Melo has been the best player on the Knicks this season. Last year haters like me could argue that Tyson Chandler was better, but he’s been hurt and diminished this year.

The only other bright spot has been Tim Hardaway Jr., who is the most efficient scorer on the Knicks and has avoided turnovers, but has also defended terribly in his rookie season. All of the other guards on the team have been hurt, like Pablo Prigioni, or have regressed badly, like J.R. Smith, Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton.

Yes, Melo won back the Garden scoring record. But we knew he could score.

At various points this season, Melo has done everything. He’s always been capable of bulling his way to baskets, but he has also been the Knicks’ best offensive and defensive rebounder, and when Chandler, Andrea Bargnani, Kenyon Martin or Amare Stoudemire have gone down, he has been their sole ‘big’ defender pushing his steal and block rates to as high as they’ve ever been.

Last season will likely go down as the best of his career, but I will remember this year for all that he has taken on.

We all know Melo can opt out of his contract after this year. Whether he’s earned a raise is up for discussion.

But after this season, he’s earned the right to take other offers without drawing ire. And after how poorly his teammates have played, after how badly the front office has assembled the roster, after how poorly Mike Woodson has managed minutes, I wouldn’t blame him if he left.

Bergen County doctors, hospitals scramble to adopt to billing change before deadline

Bergen County doctors, hospitals scramble to adopt to billing change before deadline |

“The entire health care system is undergoing a change in how practitioners determine how much patients and their insurers bill their patients—and it’s not the Affordable Health Care Act.”

Nick Drake – Pink Moon

I bought this CD last week. I had downloaded it in college and I listened to it frequently on Spotify before ordering it. I put the title track on a mix CD in the fall of my sophomore year when I broke up with my first girlfriend, and it always reminds me of driving through orange leaves, no matter when I listen to it. Nick Drake had a sad life. He had overdosed on medication and died before he turned 30. No one had really heard his music. Now this song is in commercials. His lyrics: “Pink moon gonna get you all,” are so ominous, but he sings so calmly and the lovely little piano phrase that drops in halfway through is so insistent and reassuring that you end up feeling OK anyway.