Lou Pickney's Online Commentary
June 12, 2005
Today I went to Target and returned some sheets that I received for Christmas from my Grandmama and Granddaddy Blaylock. They tried to get me what I wanted, but I didn't do a proper job of explaining that I wanted dark green, not light lime green, for my sheets. But Target took the return without problem, so I figured I was in the clear.
However, it wasn't so easy. It turned out that finding dark green there was an impossible task. So I ended up buying some red sheets with an even higher thread count (meaning they'll be softer and nicer), going with a blue-and-red color scheme instead for my bed. They were sold out of red pillowcases though, with the exception of one that someone had opened. That made me really mad. So instead I found some lesser thread-count blue and went with that.
Now I'm not Mr. High Fashion by any means, but I wanted to get some sheets that at least felt comfortable. The cheap blue sheets I had before I bought at Wal-Mart, and I learned quickly that low thread count is not fun. So this was something born of practicality, and it just so happened that it might end up making the room look a little nicer. So good times all around for that.
There's an interesting story I ran across in the L.A. Times about how computer programmers are going to put their best programs head-to-head in a Texas Hold 'Em tournament in Las Vegas. Here's the link (registration required), active as of this writing. The article talks about the complexity involved in creating a program that can be successful in Texas Hold 'Em, due in large part to trying to work off of incomplete information. But as the article pointed out, people thought computers would never be able to beat people in chess or backgammon, and both games were conquered by the machine, so who knows.
Last night unintentionally turned into a 1992 Bridget Fonda double feature for me (unintentional since I didn't know she was in either one). I watched Single White Female which she starred in, first. It was a creepy movie, though if they made it today they'd water it down to PG-13 and it wouldn't have near the same effect, or all that great casual nudity. Then I finally watched Singles, which is an early Cameron Crowe movie that now makes a great period piece about early 90s Seattle. Fonda got top billing in that, though that movie has nearly as many characters as a Terrentino flick, so it was hard to say that it was "her movie" or anything. Incidentally, the Singles soundtrack is one of the most underrated soundtracks of the last decade. Outstanding stuff.
Time now to go watch Spurs/Pistons, Game 2...