Silicon Valley Season 3 Recap

Siliocn Valley

Quick take on the characters:

  • Richard plays the awkward guy incredibly well, but it’s a bit played out.
  • Jared became one of my favorite characters during this season.
  • Initially I thought Erlich was a bit over the top, but he’s grown on me and has some of the best lines.
  • The Dinesh / Gilfoyle dynamic is good not great.
  • Big Head’s resurgence has been a welcome refresher.
  • Laurie and Monica are ehh, I’m rarely excited when they’re in a scene.
  • Gavin is a pretty good character and carried more weight in the last half of this season.
  • Jian Yang and Erlich might be the funniest 30 seconds of every episode.
  • We need more Russ Hanneman!

Quick take on the season (spoilers):

It started strong, but it faded towards the end. The last 2-3 episodes’ plot felt too complicated and they took too much time explaining things as opposed to making things funny. Last night’s finale left me feeling very… ehh, so? After all this you expect me to believe that Dinesh’s video streaming app is going to save the company? It was just a weird turn for the show to take.

BachmanityWith all of that said, I think they set themselves up well for Season 4. With Erlich & Big Head now owning Pied Piper, there’s plenty of different directions the show can take. Some new characters, and dare I say a love interest could make things more interesting.

I’ll be a loyal watcher for Season 4 and still highly recommend it, but I’m not all-in on it being a great show.

Training log from the last 3 months

After my 5k post Justin asked how my training runs go, so I figured it’d be fun to post my training from the past 3 months. Most won’t care, but some will!

Here’s my weekly mileage:

3/28/2016 30
4/4/2016 28
4/11/2016 32
4/18/2016 34
4/25/2016 20.6
5/2/2016 22
5/9/2016 26
5/16/2016 27
5/23/2016 27
5/30/2016 29
6/6/2016 28.5
6/13/2016 22
6/20/2016 34

 

Here’s my daily breakdown:

Date Miles Time Pace Comments
4/1/2016 6 42:30 7:05
4/2/2016 6 42:45 7:07
4/3/2016 4 27:30 6:52
4/4/2016 0 0
4/5/2016 6 43:45 7:17
4/6/2016 0 0
4/7/2016 5 35:30 7:06 Died
4/8/2016 5 31:00 6:12
4/9/2016 4 27:15 6:48 Snowing
4/10/2016 8 55:30 6:56
4/11/2016 0 0
4/12/2016 6 40:00 6:40
4/13/2016 7 46:05 6:35 Had a 5:55 in there!
4/14/2016 6 41:00 6:50 Started slow
4/15/2016 0 0
4/16/2016 3 20:00 6:40 Sub 6 in there!
4/17/2016 10 66:10 6:37 Last 5 in 6:20s
4/18/2016 0 0
4/19/2016 0 0
4/20/2016 6 37:45 6:17 5:38 last mile
4/21/2016 5 33:00 6:36 Close to 6s in the middle
4/22/2016 5 34:00 6:48
4/23/2016 6 40:30 6:45
4/24/2016 12 76:30 6:22
4/25/2016 0 0
4/26/2016 3.8 24:30 6:26
4/27/2016 0 0
4/28/2016 0 0
4/29/2016 10.3 AOR
4/30/2016 6.5 AOR
5/1/2016 0  0
5/2/2016 0 0
5/3/2016 7 45:00 6:25 5:58 then 6:06 up Ridge
5/4/2016 6 41:40 6:56
5/5/2016 5 Workout 8×400, 75s rest. 73, 74, 73, 72. 70, 71, 72, 70
5/6/2016 0 0
5/7/2016 4 28:30 7:07 So hungover. Basically all out mile in 5:38 to finish.
5/8/2016 0 0 Stortz vs. Mcgrath Basketball
5/9/2016 0 0 Atlanta
5/10/2016 0 0
5/11/2016 5 36:00 7:12
5/12/2016 0 0
5/13/2016 7 46:20 6:37
5/14/2016 7 48:30 6:55
5/15/2016 7 Race Certa Pro, 17:00 5k. Negative split, went out last night.
5/16/2016 0 0
5/17/2016 1.5 10:00 6:40
5/18/2016 0 0
5/19/2016 8 48:36 6:04 Ran hard from the start, Drew 1:50!
5/20/2016 5.5 35:40 6:29 First 5 in 6:14s
5/21/2016 0 0
5/22/2016 12 79:00 6:35 Great run
5/23/2016 0 0
5/24/2016 5 40:00 8:00 With Gina, felt awful
5/25/2016 7 Workout 4×1600, 90s rest at track. 5:24, 5:24. 5:15, 5:01. Last rep surprised me
5/26/2016 6 41:10 6:51
5/27/2016 0 0
5/28/2016 4 28:00 7:00
5/29/2016 5 32:00 6:24 Sub 6 for the last 2 miles
5/30/2016 0 0
5/31/2016 7 44:25 6:20 5:57 last mile UP RIDGE!
6/1/2016 5 42:00 8:24 With Gina
6/2/2016 6 41:00 6:50
6/3/2016 0 0
6/4/2016 4 30:00 7:30 Horrible hangover
6/5/2016 7 Race 5k – 16:55. Negative split
6/6/2016 0 0
6/7/2016 6 41:45 6:57
6/8/2016 7 Race 5k – 18:30, Tempo’d if that. 5×200 afterward hard.
6/9/2016 0 0
6/10/2016 5 34:50 6:58
6/11/2016 2.5 16:00 6:24 Hungover
6/12/2016 8 48:48 6:06 At VG, last 4 in 6:00, 5:47. 5:42. 5:36, basically all out
6/13/2016 0 0
6/14/2016 4 Race 400m, 56:06
6/15/2016 6 42:00 7:00
6/16/2016 0 0
6/17/2016 6 38:20 6:23
6/18/2016 0 0
6/19/2016 6 38:10 6:21
6/20/2016 0 0
6/21/2016 5 35:00 7:00
6/22/2016 7 Race 5k – 16:05
6/23/2016 6 41:30 6:55
6/24/2016 0 0
6/25/2016 6 40:30 6:45
6/26/2016 10 65:45 6:34 Last 4 in 6:20s

Dalessandro’s is Overrated

I don’t get the hype surrounding Dalessandro’s cheese steaks. As someone who lives less than a mile away and have had my fair share of their cheese steaks over the last two years, I don’t get it.

DalessandrosHere’s my typical experience there:

  • Order a cheese steak for pick up
  • “It’ll be ready in 10-15 minutes”
  • Show up 10-15 minutes later
  • Wait 30 minutes
  • Pick up a slightly above average cheese steak

The cheese steaks are good. I’m not saying they’re bad. They’re good, not great, and they’re definitely not any better than a Chubby’s cheese steak which is directly across the street (I’d argue Chubby’s is better).

And it’s ALWAYS packed. The service is terrible but the line is always out the door. I don’t get why people keep going back there. I think it’s strictly because of the name.

Ben Simmons went on Jimmy Fallon this week and they ate a Dalessandro’s cheese steak as the ultimate representation of a Philly cheese steak.

Does anyone actually think Dalessandro’s is a great cheese steak? It bothers me that they’re a national representation of the Philly cheese steak.

Fabulous 5k

I ran the Tex Mex 5k tonight.

Thoughts Going In

I run 25 miles a week with 2-3 days off every week now. For this race, I thought sub 16:45 and I’m okay. Sub 16:30 and I’m pretty happy. Sub 16:15 would have been amazing.

The Race

TexMex
The Top 4

800m in I had to make a choice, go with the lead pack or back off. I knew it was fast but I felt good, so I went with the front guys. Four of us broke away. We hit the first mile in 5:08, faster than I would’ve hoped but I still felt good.

We continued swapping who lead and hit two miles in 10:30. Me and one of the other guys went the wrong way for a second which cost us about two seconds. Bad timing as I was hurting.

With about 800 left the eventual winner made a hard move and it broke the race open. We hit the home stretch and I managed to out kick one dude to snag third. First was 15:57, second 16:02, me 16:05, and fourth 16:10. Full results here.

My Thoughts

I can’t believe it. Our last mile was sub 5, I was shocked.

How am I in better shape now, doing 25 miles a week and not caring as much, then when I was running 50 and caring a lot? Honestly, I could barely run 16:30 all out on a track when I was training “seriously” and now I’m in way better shape?

My pre-race night consisted of 7 games of bowling (190 avg!), four beers, and a shot of Old Crow. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

I guess I’m happy. I’m thrilled. If the course is legit (pretty sure it is), then I think I could probably run 15:40s on the track which would be awesome.

No ideaSay I wanted to “get serious” about training and try to run faster, what would I do differently? I have no clue. I’m in great shape and I don’t know how and think that if I started running more or drinking less, I may start running slower.

As I’ve said before, I have no idea what I’m doing.

Kudos to Tom for running 17:16 and Queef for 22:10.

I Took a Pill in Ibiza

Took a pillI like I Took A Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner (what is this, 2015?) so I went on Spotify to add it to my playlist, and saw there was the remix AND the original, so I listened to the original.

Wow are they different.

The vibe from the remix is basically let’s get fucked up and dance. I assume the meaning of the lyrics are lost in translation to most of its listeners.

The vibe from the original is what was obviously intended – living the famous life is kind of a drag, not for everyone, and can make you question a lot of things in life.

As Mike Posner, is this frustrating? You write this song with some great lyrics and everything and it’s “good”. Then some DJs remix it make it a global “hit”.

Posner’s take:

“I wrote this sad thing, and it was me processing some dark and heavy emotion, and now people seem to be having their own joyous memories out of my sadness. That’s a very beautiful thing as an artist.”

It’s hard to decide if he’s being sincere. I feel like this would bother him.

Listen to the original, I like it a lot:

How Doped are the Current T&F WRs? My Guesses

Jama Aden was arrested in Spain yesterday with 60 used syringes and performance enhancing drugs, including EPO. Russia was also banned from the Olympics (in T&F) last week because of what appears to be state-sponsored doping.

News like this is good and bad. Good because it shows that no name is safe, as Aden and his athletes are up there with the best of them, but bad because it shows just how doped up the top athletes are.

Just for fun, here are all the current WR holders and the % I think that they’re drug aided in some way in order of most likely to least likely.

Men

Event Record Athlete Nationality Year How likely doped I think
100 m 9.58 Usain Bolt Jamaica 2009 99%
200 m 19.19 Usain Bolt Jamaica 2009 99%
1000 m 2:11.96 Noah Ngeny Kenya 1999 95%
1500 m 3:26.00 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1998 95%
Mile 3:43.13 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1999 95%
2000 m 4:44.79 Hicham El Guerrouj Morocco 1999 95%
3000 m 7:20.67 Daniel Komen Kenya 1996 95%
110 m hurdles 12.80 Aries Merritt United States 2012 95%
400 m 43.18 Michael Johnson United States 1999 80%
Steeplechase 7:53.63 Saif Saaeed Shaheen Qatar 2004 80%
5000 m 12:37.35 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 2004 75%
10,000 m 26:17.53 Kenenisa Bekele Ethiopia 2005 75%
800 m 1:40.91 David Rudisha Kenya 2012 20%
HM 58:23 Zersenay Tadese Eritrea 2010 20%
Marathon 2:02:57 Dennis Kimetto Kenya 2014 20%
400 m hurdles 46.78 Kevin Young United States 1992 ???

Women

Event Record Athlete Nationality Year How likely doped I think
400 m 47.6 Marita Koch East Germany 1985 100%
800 m 1:53.28 Jarmila Kratochvílová Czechoslovakia 1983 100%
3000 m 8:06.11 Wang Junxia China 1993 100%
10,000 m 29:31.78 Wang Junxia China 1993 100%
Steeplechase 8:58.81 Gulnara Samitova-Galkina Russia 2008 100%
400 m hurdles 52.34 Yuliya Pechonkina Russia 2003 100%
100 m 10.49 Florence Griffith Joyner United States 1988 99%
200 m 21.34 Florence Griffith Joyner United States 1988 99%
1000 m 2:28.98 Svetlana Masterkova Russia 1996 99%
Mile 4:12.56 Svetlana Masterkova Russia 1996 99%
1500 m 3:50.07 Genzebe Dibaba Ethiopia 2015 95%
Marathon 2:15:25 Paula Radcliffe Great Britain 2003 95%
5000 m 14:11.15 Tirunesh Dibaba Ethiopia 2008 75%
HM 1:05:09 Florence Kiplagat Kenya 2015 20%
2000 m 5:25.36 Sonia O’Sullivan Ireland 1994 10%?
110 m hurdles 12.21 Yordanka Donkova Bulgaria 1988 ???

 

Call me cynical or stupid but that’s what I think as someone who follows the sport closely. Can’t wait for the Olympics!

How do you sleep?

Last night I slept at my parents house. In the guest room, there’s a wall clock that ticks every one second. 120 ticks after I laid down for bed I took the wall clock shattered it over my head because it was too loud which put me right to sleep. I actually just moved it to the other room, then returned to bed.

Everyone’s different, but here’s how I like to sleep:

  • sleepPitch black – I don’t want to be able to my hand one inch in front of my face.
  • Dead quiet – Ticking clock? I don’t think so.
  • One pillow, razor thin – I often go pillow-less if a pillow is too fluffy.
  • One comforter, medium – Two or more blankets becomes a mess.
  • No sheets – I don’t know whether to sleep on top of them or beneath them, they just cause trouble.
  • No bed frame – I’ve slept with no bed frame for two years now. Being elevated makes me uneasy.
  • 68 – 70 degrees Fahrenheit – Colder is better.
  • Wider than a twin – I kick in my sleep so my legs needs room to move.

NBA Finals

Tonight’s game was great.

I’m honestly happy for Cleveland. This was sort of a crazy series and I can’t believe they actually won.

I’ll start by saying that I was rooting against Cleveland so hard to start the series because of my dislike for Lebron but by the start of game 7 I was almost entirely neutral, and when the final buzzer went off, I was actually happy for them. I can’t believe I’m writing this, but I’m actually happy for Lebron too.

Lebron

I admit I was wrong in this post, and I owe Tom $60.

They mentioned someone paid almost 100k for two tickets to the game. In 2 years when the Sixers play a game 7 at the Wells Fargo Center, I wonder how much I’ll be willing to pay to go. $500 maybe?

Some people will say we’re entering the yearly dark time in sports when regular season baseball is all we have, but it’s a freakin’ Olympic year people! I’ll keep you updated with all things T&F as the summer progresses.

Congrats to Cleveland and Lebron.

What Should I Have Said?

I was running in Manayunk yesterday when I heard someone from a car yell:

“Hey! Put a shirt on!”

It was two guys about my age in a beat up car looking up to no good.

I have a go-to response for situations like this, which is what I did to here:

“Fuck you!” *flips middle finger*.

I wasn’t sure if that was the right response or not. The only other thing I could think of was “It’s hot!”

I went with my default because people like that are being assholes in my opinion. But I want to give runners a good rep, and I don’t know if that helped since there was a line of cars that saw me say that and flip the bird.

What should I have said?

56.06

I ran the 400m today at the open meet at GA in 56.06.

I was perfectly rigged by the end, and it was horrible. That’s about as fast as I’ll ever run.

My PR is a 56 flat hand timed in high school during a time trial. Is this 56.06 my PR since hand timed usual adds .24 or should I still say 56 flat in high school is my best? I’m leaning towards the new time.

It was fun regardless. There are three open meets left over the next few weeks. I highly recommend them. They’re well run, cheap, and there’s good competition.

Who wants to join next time!