July 10, 2012
July 3, 2012
New game on Ice Cream Helmet this season: College Football Win Prediction. You have from now until kickoff of the first game of the season to register your predictions. I tried to make it relatively simple, so you aren’t making predictions for all 120+ schools. Here are the quick details:
Scoring (lower is better)
1pt – Each predicted win off of actual total for each school.
-2pts – Each correctly predicted school Win Total.
-5pts – Each correctly predicted Conference Champion.
-10pts – Predicting the correct BSS Champion.
Make your predictions by August 30th at 7:00pm ET. That’s the current first kickoff of the season. Not every kick for the games on Thursday have been set, but it’s doubtful to be before 7pm.
Check back during the season for updates on where you stand. Scoring will be interesting during the season as different people peak as schools hit their predictions then dip when those win totals are passed.
You can create groups to easily compare with your competitors, but you don’t need to join a group to play. You only have to make picks once, they will be the same across every group you join.
June 28, 2012
Lots of weekend series getting underway tonight, so moving this to a Thursday post. You can still make your picks.
Stay Away Series: Astros/Cubs and Padres/Rockies. Both evenly matched not so good teams.
Interesting Series (to me): Phillies/Marlins (for last place in NL East), Nationals/Braves (top of NL East), Tigers/Rays (underperforming and stuck in the middle of their divisions).
Division Leader Matchups: White Sox/Yankees and Reds/Giants.
ESPN Sunday Night: Mets/Dodgers. Mets were on last week. There are a bunch of other more interesting matchups this weekend.
Series of the Weekend: Reds/Giants. I was going with either of the division leader series, this one edged it out with the Giants currently tied for the division lead and the Reds with only a 2-game lead over the Pirates (not counting that they already won today) and Cardinals.
|Away Team||Home Team||First Game of Series|
|Indians||0%||100%||Orioles||Thu Jun 28|
|White Sox||0%||100%||Yankees||Thu Jun 28|
|Red Sox||100%||0%||Mariners||Thu Jun 28|
|Tigers||100%||0%||Rays||Thu Jun 28|
|Athletics||0%||100%||Rangers||Thu Jun 28|
|Angels||100%||0%||Blue Jays||Thu Jun 28|
|Mets||0%||100%||Dodgers||Thu Jun 28|
|Reds||0%||100%||Giants||Thu Jun 28|
|Royals||100%||0%||Twins||Fri Jun 29|
|Nationals||0%||100%||Braves||Fri Jun 29|
|Astros||Cubs||Fri Jun 29|
|Padres||Rockies||Fri Jun 29|
|Phillies||0%||100%||Marlins||Fri Jun 29|
|Diamondbacks||50%||50%||Brewers||Fri Jun 29|
|Pirates||0%||100%||Cardinals||Fri Jun 29|
June 22, 2012
I had some difficulties picking this week. Seems like a lot of even match ups. Of course ESPN is going Yankees/Mets for Sunday Night.Â
The most shocking part of this week’s distribution? Three people made their 10 picks and no one disagreed. There was some variation on which series were picked, but the winners were all agreed upon.
What does that mean? Mariners/Padres and Dodgers/Angels are the stay aways. Mariners and Padres are indeseripherably awful. Which means …
Series of the Weekend: Dodgers @ Angels
|Away Team||Home Team||First Game of Series|
|Rays||100%||0%||Phillies||Fri Jun 22|
|Giants||100%||0%||Athletics||Fri Jun 22|
|Mariners||Padres||Fri Jun 22|
|Cubs||0%||100%||Diamondbacks||Fri Jun 22|
|Nationals||100%||0%||Orioles||Fri Jun 22|
|Blue Jays||0%||100%||Marlins||Fri Jun 22|
|Brewers||0%||100%||White Sox||Fri Jun 22|
|Yankees||100%||0%||Mets||Fri Jun 22|
|Dodgers||Angels||Fri Jun 22|
|Tigers||100%||0%||Pirates||Fri Jun 22|
|Rockies||0%||100%||Rangers||Fri Jun 22|
|Twins||0%||100%||Reds||Fri Jun 22|
|Braves||0%||100%||Red Sox||Fri Jun 22|
|Indians||100%||0%||Astros||Fri Jun 22|
|Cardinals||100%||0%||Royals||Fri Jun 22|
June 18, 2012
This past weekend was the 11th of the baseball season. For Baseball Series Picks on Ice Cream Helmet this season I decided to focus on just weekend series (and by I decided I mean Evan suggested the idea and I decided it was worth a shot). I was curious how teams had been doing in their weekend series. Partly out of curiosity, and also to help with future picks.
Picking these series has been more difficult than expected. I had to change the scoring to give more points to correct picks because just doing a net of picks was leading to a lot of negative scoring weekends. This weekend I tied my best yet, going 7-3 for 11 points. I’d done that once before. Evan holds the single weekend high with 12 points back in Week 3. He did so well he must have retired, he hasn’t made picks since.
The following table shows each team’s record in weekend series. I mentioned 11 weekends have passed, but it is possible to have a no decision in a weekend series due to 4 games series or rainouts. The lesson: go with the Dodgers. The Phillies have been bad this year but especially terrible on the weekends. Lucky for them the Padres and Cubs haven’t shown up for many weekend games.
June 18, 2012
Working on web sites is one of my favorite hobbies. I never thought of it as a hobby but I do it in my spare time and enjoy it. I don’t make any money off of it and it costs me money. I think that’s the definition of a hobby. I spent this weekend working a lot on Ice Cream Helmet. Here is a summary of some of the changes and new things I worked on.
A few months ago I started reading about Local Storage. It seemed interesting but I didn’t have many ways to utilize it. Local Storage is client side and I’d have to do some major overhaul to switch from all my server side code.
I finally decided it could be helpful with friend lists. They don’t change constantly, there aren’t any calculations to be done, and for people who have Facebook connected to the site, it would save API calls to get their friends.
I think it’s simple enough, at least to describe:
1) You go to ICH and if you don’t have your friends stored in your browser or it hasn’t been updated in a little while, it will make the calls and download.
2) Every page load after that will load your friends from your browser storage and not have to make any calls to the web, besides to get your friends pictures.
3) When you add or remove a friend, it updates right away instead of waiting until your storage expires. It will be a little slower if someone accepts your friend request. Since that action takes place on someone else’s computer, your computer doesn’t know it has happened. It’s possible to work that out, but I didn’t do it this time around.
Right now it works on your friends page and the user box that appears on a lot of pages. There are a few other places where you see your friend list that I’d like to add it to soon.
Since this is a newer concept, it doesn’t work on old browsers. Your friends should still show up, it will just have to make the requests every time. If you run into a problem, let me know what browser you are using and I can see if it is a lost cause or not.
I also fixed up requesting, accepting, and deleting friends. Less chance of things breaking there now.
Your Card still looks mostly the same but it’s a little cleaned up. My card looks like this.
I’ve pulled out things like friends, favorite teams, and other profile details I used to ask for. Most people never set any of those things. I’ll prefer people connected with Facebook so all their friends are loaded in. Oh, and there is something new on the Card.
I wanted to have some sort of achievement system, so I setup a badge system and will continue to work out how best to do it. I don’t want to have a badge for every group you win, that seems excessive. Winning overall games, that is worth it, and I’ll be working on creating those. They are more achievements than trophies. Most things won’t be year specific. For example, winning the Daily Pick for a year is an achievement. I’ve one it every year, but I only have one badge. I’m also considering things such as creating 5 groups and things like that that promote doing things on the site.
So far you get a badge for joining and things related to the Daily Pick. I’m going to change up how the standings work for the Daily Pick, moving to show Monthly/Yearly/All Time lists. I’ve already gotten all the past calculated (and given badges for past streaks and wins), I just need to redesign the actual Daily Pick page.
The badge system is easy to for me to work with. The hardest part is actually creating the badges. As you can tell what a Photoshop wizard I am with these gems. Don’t worry, it’s also very easy to replace all of these with better looking versions when I get the time to spend on them.
There are probably some other new cleaned up things. Next up, I mentioned the Daily Pick page will be changing and I have a little bit to finish up with for the football games before I turn them on in a few weeks.
June 15, 2012
What’s the most interesting series of the weekend? Yankees-Nats? Still a few hours to make your picks. Here is the pick distribution as of posting.
|Away Team||Home Team||First Game of Series|
|Yankees||Nationals||Fri Jun 15|
|Giants||100%||0%||Mariners||Fri Jun 15|
|Reds||Mets||Fri Jun 15|
|Brewers||100%||0%||Twins||Fri Jun 15|
|Red Sox||100%||0%||Cubs||Fri Jun 15|
|Rockies||0%||100%||Tigers||Fri Jun 15|
|Phillies||Blue Jays||Fri Jun 15|
|Marlins||Rays||Fri Jun 15|
|Royals||0%||100%||Cardinals||Fri Jun 15|
|Padres||0%||100%||Athletics||Fri Jun 15|
|White Sox||0%||100%||Dodgers||Fri Jun 15|
|Diamondbacks||0%||100%||Angels||Fri Jun 15|
|Orioles||0%||100%||Braves||Fri Jun 15|
|Pirates||Indians||Fri Jun 15|
|Astros||0%||100%||Rangers||Fri Jun 15|
June 12, 2012
A few weeks ago I updated the Ice Cream Helmet Baseball Standings page to include playoff chances. Right now it just makes predictions based on run differential so far and the future schedule.
It should update each morning as the scoreboard is updated. At some point I’ll work on some more complex predictions. I hope to have something similar for each sport.
June 6, 2012
Sometimes I think even older people pretend they don’t know what Twitter and Facebook are all about. I never put Charlie Manual in that category. Even with a bunch of his players tweeting all the time. I stopped following all of them, it was too much.
That means nothing about this video is surprising. Yet it is still so amazing.
Found on Awful Announcing
May 30, 2012
I have a thing for smart baseball plays.
That’s right, he’s sooo coy. He’s also winless through 8 starts, 6 of them quality starts. Finally, tonight the Phillies scored 10 for him. Well, not for him. When Cliff left, it was tied at 3. The Phillies then scored 7 over the next two innings. It’s a win. Still in last place, but a win.
May 24, 2012
As I was taking some pictures in the 7th inning tonight, I took this slightly sideways one. As I was waiting to get the pitch, I thought Fontenot was awfully far down the line. It was a suicide squeeze!
This play put the Phillies up 3-0, more than enough for Cole Hamels, who was killing it, it wasn’t until the 6th until the Nats got a hit. I wasn’t aware of the pitch count at the game. Seeing the 114, I guess I’m ok with the Papelbon move.
This was my first Phillies game at CBP since the Home Opener in 2010. Last year I missed out due to school and being in California. I did manage to see the Phillies when they came west to play the Giants.
Last thing, Tuesday was Dollar Dog night. I think that helped the dog quality as the Dollar Dogs cleared out the stock. Although I’ve been to a few Dollar Dog nights and have strong feelings that they are not at all the same as the usual hot dogs.