telepartisanship

I’m in Amsterdam right now, enjoying the techie buzz of XTech and participating in a horizontal study on the relative merits of different jet lag compensation strategies. (I think mconnor is in the placebo group, the poor thing.)

While this is a pretty fun thing, it does mean that I am separated by geography, time zone, and the limits of our global media village from the fastest game on ice. Instead of watching Edmonton maul the unworthy Sharks on a high-definition television, whilst enjoying the dulcet tones of the finest hockey commentary on television, I have been reduced to sitting in my hotel room reloading the play by play and cheering with Jacob on IRC:

boc: LET’S GO OILERS LET’S GO
shaver: STOMP STOMP

(To be fair, which I realize is not really how this sort of thing is usually done, the Sharks have some good talent and have put it together pretty well. Edmonton just wanted it more, or left it all on the ice, or took it one period at a time, or something. Perhaps they followed the sage and nuanced advice of a Boston-area sportscaster, and combined “take an early lead” with “play strong defense”?)

(And furthermore, I probably wouldn’t have been quite as emphatic in my side-picking in this contest, even given my heritage, had I not been subjected to the criminal overuse of the Jaws theme during those replays on FSN.)

one comment to “telepartisanship”

  1. entered 18 May 2006 @ 2:19 am

    [...] shaver » telepartisanship [...]

  2. entered 18 May 2006 @ 9:38 pm

    Yet another classic post.

    As for the jet lag, the only thing I’ve found to work from NY->Amsterdam, is taking no more than a 2hr nap mid day (can not go over)… then struggling through the rest of the day (at least until 9-10PM), sleep a normal night… then go back to normal routine. Other than that, all these “solutions” are all bogus IMHO. Worst of all is the “adjust before you leave”… just makes you more tired before you start your trip.

  3. entered 19 May 2006 @ 5:46 am

    [...] Amsterdam is pretty cool, minus my presence in the placebo group.  If I ever come to Europe again, I will have to try to find a way to get my body off EDT.  Turns out going west is ok, because sleeping in is ok, and getting up at 6 AM or earlier is ok, but going east?  I have not been successful, all week, in forcing myself to sleep before 6 AM local time (midnight EDT).  Getting up at 8 or 9 AM, therefore, is an exercise in avoiding my body’s lies and trickery, an exercise, I might add, that I am failing at, in significant ways. [...]

  4. entered 18 June 2006 @ 10:36 am

    [...] Amsterdam is pretty cool, minus my presence in the placebo group. If I ever come to Europe again, I will have to try to find a way to get my body off EDT. Turns out going west is ok, because sleeping in is ok, and getting up at 6 AM or earlier is ok, but going east? I have not been successful, all week, in forcing myself to sleep before 6 AM local time (midnight EDT). Getting up at 8 or 9 AM, therefore, is an exercise in avoiding my body’s lies and trickery, an exercise, I might add, that I am failing at, in significant ways. [...]