#TBT – Everything Changes and Sliced Bread

[#Andy note – This is a post in the Throwback Thursday series where I am importing all of my old blogs and articles into the new andysite.net and giving a brief thought or two looking back 5-10 years later.]

Still working on the whole… keeping up with this. For today’s Throwback Thursday, how about a quick jump in the Wayback Machine to 2006?

I don’t entirely remember the reason I started blogging back in May of 2006, but this is the 4th post I ever wrote. This is the 4th post I wrote on the same night that I started the blog.

I LITERALLY started a blog at 1AM one night, wrote 4 posts, went to bed, wrote another post in the afternoon, did who knows what else, and then wrote another post at 11PM. That’s SIX (6) POSTS in one day. This is only the sixth since I moved to WordPress, and 50% of them have been reposting old ones! Oh, to be young!

I chose this one for today specifically because it is so short, and is nothing but a quip that these days would just be a Facebook post. Hell, the Facebook post probably wouldn’t even have the ‘Continue Reading…’ expansion!

Short version: I don’t like sliced bread.

4 Observations looking back…

  1. The first few years of blogging, I felt compelled to title every entry with a song or song lyric. I’m sure I stole it from someone else.  2017 #Andy guesses it is Alan Sepinwall who starts every review, “… just as soon as I [reference or quote from TV episode he’s reviewing].” However, I don’t think 2006 #Andy Farva was reading TV critics.
  2. The song I’m referencing is obviously I Ran by A Flock Of Seagulls. Pretty sure that I first heard it on the GTA: Vice City radio. What in the world does it have to do with sliced bread though?
  3. Today in old technology! This post was spurred from having a thought while coming up with an AIM away message. AOL Instant Messenger has a fascinating history, and for the first few years of college were the dominant method of communication before smartphones became prevalent and Facebook expanded their platform to make messaging a core component. Simpler times and I still have most of my chat logs on a hard drive somewhere.
  4. I say that unsliced bread has at least 3 more uses than sliced bread, but neglected to name them. That… isn’t helpful. If I had to guess, it would be A) the ability to cut different sized slices B) the ability to carry around and just take bites out of C) the ability to… Oh, who am I kidding? I have no damn idea! The ability to swing like a baseball bat and hit things?! Yeah, let’s go with that.

So far away…

Until next Thursday…

#TBT – Nothing Changes and the 2009 Cavs

[#Andy note – This is a post in the Throwback Thursday series where I am importing all of my old blogs and articles into the new andysite.net and giving a brief thought or two looking back 5-10 years later.]

Only took a year, but here’s the second Throwback Thursday article. I promise, some actual content WILL be up this week. I swear… sorta.

The second article in this series will show how nothing changes. By my count, this is the 4th time(*) I’ve attempted to start writing again. This post was my intro to the 2nd restart back in April of 2009. I specifically tried to shift into my interests at the time, which basically meant more Cavs talk, less long-form stories to make you laugh. From a brief look, it lasted two months and a whopping six posts… including the intro. Also, in an amusing coincidence with the last #TBT post that involved the 2010 Cavs, this entry briefly brings up the 2008-09 Cavs which is my favorite team by far and ended with the best record in Franchise History (which I then bought a shirt that says as much!). I’d put a picture of it here, but I haven’t decided how to handle images on the new blog. Probably should get on that. Anyway…

(*) Probably 7th if you include my joint-venture with Nick (Relevant Rambling) or my blog specifically dedicated to my IT internship… that also never finished.

5 Observations looking back…

  1. I’m so prescient. 6 years later, I finally moved off of Blogger!
  2. Yay for old technology.  Two YouTube videos are linked to in the post. These days, there is the fancy embed tag which I’m going to attempt to use now!
  3. I had completely forgotten about that Heineken commercial. Except for the fact the YouTube video is in a different language, it still holds up…. Why did I link to a YouTube video from a different country? Was there really no version of it in English? Oh internet in 2009, you crazy.
  4. The phenomenon of a single commercial being overplayed way too much during a sporting event (March Madness and the NBA Playoffs are notorious for this) didn’t stop**… or start there. The first I heard of it was the 2004 Olympics when HD wasn’t yet mainstream, so they sold different ads than the SD broadcast. Except, when I used a plural there, it should have been singular. They sold ONE ad… for a Sony Wega HDTV set… to people that already had HDTVs. Oddly enough, I CAN’T find it on YouTube, but here’s a link. I can’t imagine how maddening that would have been every commercial break.
  5. My favorite part is the ending where I promised future posts. To no one’s surprise, I never wrote any of them. I’m so intrigued about Baja Fresh and the Coke Machine that Wasn’t. I may actually do some digging into old photos and call some old friends and see if I can unearth that one.

(**) This is one of the things I have planned for a future post.

Startin’ Up Again

Until next Thursday…

#TBT – Introduction and the 2010 Cavs

[#Andy note – This is a post in the Throwback Thursday series where I am importing all of my old blogs and articles into the new andysite.net and giving a brief thought or two looking back 5-10 years later.]

Welcome everyone to the first Throwback Thursday article. Over the years, I’ve written blogs and articles in so many different places, numerous of which are no longer online or have dead links/images. As part of my attempt to have a compendium of… me*, I’m going to be reposting all of them here on the new andysite.net.

(*) Also, let’s be honest. It’s an easy form of content that I can toss together in about 10 minutes.

The first article in the series is in honor of the Game 3 of Cavs-Celtics happening tonight, which is of course the first road playoff game since the Cavs lost to the Celtics in 5 games back in 2010. This is an article I wrote for former Buckeye TV-alum Brian Rosen’s short lived website–LeBrownsTown in the summer of 2009 previewing the Wine and Gold’s path to the NBA finals.

4 Observations looking back…

  1. It’s only been half of a decade, but some of these names make no sense.  Who the HELL is Rob Kurz?
  2. My background has always been in TV, so I have a very “spoken” style of writing.  This isn’t the norm, so a few regular commenters on the site had some harsh words.  My favorite being someone with a handle of ‘beshketballjones’ saying, “Is this article from SI for Kids?”
  3. I was fully on the Brandon Bass bandwagon, which proved entirely incorrect since he ended up averaging only 5.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in a whopping 13 minutes per game.  I’m going to say I was just ahead of the times, since he is now starting for the Celtics.
  4. Well, I was wrong.  I really thought the Cavs would steamroll through the East and that Shaq would be the equalizer against Orlando.  As we all know that match-up never occurred because the year-older Celtics were still young enough to beat the Cavs with a little help from South Beach and a mysterious elbow.

But that matters not… Happy Times are Here Again!  Enjoy the read:

Early Eastern Conference Preview

Until next Thursday…