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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #345 on: January 07, 2017, 06:21:47 pm »


Writing this partly to take my mind off of the Raiders game, but want to say a few things before I forget them completely. First off, thanks again to everyone who helped with my little recap experiment. Naturally, the idea came to me when I was a bit in my cups, but any inspiration from the Pantheon is to be acknowledged and who am I to dismiss Dionysius? It's a very silly thing of course, but something I wanted to do since it was challenging and would take me out of my comfort zone at times. With this league and the others I commish there were themes ranging from Shakespeare to Limericks, and from My Little Pony to Game of Thrones. My favorites were some of the first ones from FoCC, Dragnet and TNG. There was also a Sherlock one from another league that I was quite happy with. The har ... erm ... the most difficult ones were a Viagra theme ("Do you need more fantasy in your life?") and the Pokemon Go one.

For Dragnet it was so much fun listening to the old radio broadcasts. Some of the stories were really quite good but there was also all the little things, words nobody uses anymore, how the characters start smoking once the show got some cigarette sponsors, or how Friday questions a suspect by softly repeating the same question until the tough-acting suspect suddenly breaks for no apparent reason. So much of what makes the show work is rhythym, not realism. By way of happy coincidence, I was working my way through Deep Space Nine at the same time and came across the great episode where they go back in time to the tribbles episode from the original series. There are a number of Dragnet references with the episode's temporal detectives that I otherwise would have missed entirely.

Speaking of Star Trek, it's such a rich universe that the recap pretty much wrote itself. I think I spent more time making certain the stardate made sense, that people had the correct rank, etc. FF can be a bit like gambling so of course the Ferengi would be involved, the Klingons would naturally claim football as part of their culture, etc. It also gave me a chance to reference Darmok, one of my favorite TNG episodes, and combine it with the way people who play FF tend to start having weird conversations that must be incomprehensible to others. I also quite like the notion of (presumably sterilized) therapy tribbles.

I set some very strict time constraints on the recaps, which I mostly obeyed but became problematic when work got busy. I think that if I do them again I would only do them for this league and maybe cheat a bit to give myself some more time. With the Taylor Swift one for example, while I was delighted how neatly names like Odell Beckham Jr. and Cameron Artis-Payne fit into the lyrics, it wasn't 5 minutes after I posted it that I realized I had missed the most obvious thing. The song was Dance Card, and the bye weeks had just started, so that should have been the schtick. "I've got a bye week ______ and I'll write your name." (Hopefully that song will be out of my head before the next season.)

Then that election thing happened, and I found myself needing to withdraw a bit, away from the internet for a while, but also retreating into technical things instead of anything creative. With something creative I always find myself in this progression, starting with "how the heck am I going to do this?" to "Hahahaha this is going to be awesome!" but then "This is horrible, I can't let anyone see it!" Even in a supportive environment, (and you won't find a more supportive group than this one,) I just had to avoid that last stage for a while.

Which brings me to what would have been the final recap, based on a suggestion from alyssa to use movies like Arrival and Independence Day. What alyssa didn't know was that I've been fascinated by the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis for a long time and how much I loved Arrival. It was a perfect suggestion and I regret not doing it, so instead I'll just summarize my chickenscratch notes before they get lost.

The title would have been "The Arrival of the Last Independence Day Starfighters," (or some variation thereon,) and would have dealt with someone becoming obsessed with hidden signals in the player stat forecasts yahoo publishes. After all, what better place to hide a message than in numbers that everyone dismisses? Some mathematical concepts with wonderful names would have made an appearance, like jerk equations and derangements. As more of the code is figured out, things start to seem different in small ways, (shades of Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius.) You know when you learn a new word then hear it on the radio later that day, is that just a mental quirk or did reality change in some small way? Ultimately of course, the signals are from the resistance, and those who figure it out are invited to the cause.  ;)

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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #346 on: April 08, 2017, 09:41:35 pm »
Hopefully everyone trying for SDCC tickets got what they wanted.

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If any of you won't be at SDCC let me know and we will figure something out. Hopefully I'll see you, and everyone else in the league, in San Diego. I'll likely be at the forum meetups and I'm not that hard to find otherwise, I tend to spend a lot of time wandering the convention floor.

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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #347 on: April 09, 2017, 07:03:40 pm »
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Hopefully everyone trying for SDCC tickets got what they wanted.

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There's also something for You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login , not a prize per se but promises are promises.

If any of you won't be at SDCC let me know and we will figure something out. Hopefully I'll see you, and everyone else in the league, in San Diego. I'll likely be at the forum meetups and I'm not that hard to find otherwise, I tend to spend a lot of time wandering the convention floor.
Again, thanks for your awesome commish work Mark! I have been in several leagues foe several years, and you are by far the best commissioner ever! I will be back for the full Con and look forward to connecting with you and other fellow league members. I also would like to see a special commendation for bravery go to Alyssa for stepping so far out if her comfort zone to try something new.


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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #348 on: April 10, 2017, 12:10:20 am »
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I'll post another note about the recaps, and their recent absence, but thanks again to everyone. We'll have at least 3 open spots for next year, let me know if anyone wants to participate.   :)

I know it's way too early to talk about it, but would definitely be interested in taking one of those open spots in the fall!

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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #349 on: April 10, 2017, 08:14:08 am »
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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #350 on: April 10, 2017, 08:25:25 am »
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I know it's way too early to talk about it, but would definitely be interested in taking one of those open spots in the fall!

Never too early. You're in!


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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #351 on: April 10, 2017, 09:24:38 am »
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Never too early. You're in!
I wonder if Kaep will be working by the time we start playing again? Lol
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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #352 on: April 10, 2017, 01:23:45 pm »
A little something to inspire all of your Fantasy Football players.


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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #353 on: August 10, 2017, 06:36:43 pm »
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so when does it all begin for '17-'18 ?
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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #354 on: August 11, 2017, 12:06:42 pm »
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so when does it all begin for '17-'18 ?

I love it, Alyssa is ready to roll!!!
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Re: FoCC Fantasy Football league 2016
« Reply #355 on: August 11, 2017, 01:03:28 pm »
Note to the commish: Jason is going to leave us this year. His hands were not cold and dead, but I did have to pry the Iron Thrown from them. I will deliver the traveling trophy at next year's Con (pending my getting a badge of course).


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