June 2009


(I wrote this right after French Open. Now that Nadal is out of Wimbledon, it is time.)

The happiest man was Johnny Mac. He’s been calling Roger “the Greatest” all these years, and now finally he’s not called bluffing.

The second happiest man was Soderling. He would’ve been the happiest if he had won, but that is physically and logically impossible. He didn’t play his best, sure, but after beating Rafa with his best squared, and grinding out Gonzy with his best^e, how much best does he have left? But it’s easy to see how he got here. Keep up his full swing, and we’ll see him a lot more often.

The third happiest man was Nadal–no that’s preposterous. It’s Roger’s turn, finally.

Would he rather beat Nadal to get here? Sure.

Would he rather get here without beating Nadal? Hell yeah.

Why? He is 12-0 in slam final against everyone else. He is 2-5 with Nadal.


(UPDATE 2009-07-05) The final was anti climatic, to say the least. 16-14 sounds dramatic, but it really wasn’t. There were so few deuces that I can almost count them from memory. Roddick clearly dominated the serve even with 23 fewer aces.

The only worthy moment was the 2nd set tie break. And that’s really the distance that defines Federer vs. Roddick: one wins 8-6 from 2-6, the other loses 5-7 from 1-5 (it’s oh so close, but just not close enough).

In the last moments of the 5th set we were actually rooting for Roddick. He really deserves it. His only listless mistakes came during the crucial 2nd set tie break, but that was the only reminiscence of his 2-18 record against Roger.

I’m not saying this record setting slam is not worth applauding. Beating an almost flawless Roddick is a great accomplishment in any occasion. Doing that without playing one’s best is even more incredible.

However Roger just had too much history helping him. It’s pretty clear that Roddick was being weighed down in the last 10 games or so. He didn’t play much worse, but we start to see 0-30 and deuces (slam final really should keep a play-by-play record like baseball). Laver, Borg, Sampras and ghosts and spirits of champions past are all gently waving their fingers at him. He just can’t stop history.

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From UW site:

In Fall 2009, each incoming University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering graduate student will receive a Kindle DX, Amazon’s latest wireless reading device, to use in place of traditional printed textbooks and research papers in their first-year graduate courses. The students also will receive textbooks and other required reading materials free of charge for the Kindle DX.

It’s too late for application now. Anyone who knows someone who can give me a special referral to get there in time?

From RYF:

“志远而疏,心旷而放”,“托运遇于领会兮,寄馀命于寸阴”。真是写得太好了,1700多年过去了,中国自由主义知识分子依然生活在高压之下,这两句话就是他们的命运写照。

余与嵇康、吕安居至接近,其人并有不羁之才;然嵇志远而疏,吕心旷而放,其后各以
事见法。嵇博综技艺,于丝竹特妙。临当就命,顾视日影,索琴而弹之。余逝将西迈,经其
旧庐。于时日薄虞渊,寒冰凄然。邻人有吹笛者,发音寥亮。追思曩昔游宴之好,感音而
叹,故作赋云。

停 听 悼 昔 栋 惟 叹 践 瞻 济 将
驾 鸣 嵇 李 宇 古 黍 二 旷 黄 命
言 笛 生 斯 存 昔 离 子 野 河 适
其 之 之 之 而 以 之 之 之 以 于
将 慷 永 受 弗 怀 愍 遗 萧 泛 远
迈 慨 辞 罪 毁 今 周 迹 条 舟 京
兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮 兮

遂 妙 寄 叹 形 心 悲 历 息 经 遂
援 声 余 黄 神 徘 麦 穷 予 山 旋
翰 绝 命 犬 逝 徊 秀 巷 驾 阳 反
而 而 于 而 其 以 于 之 乎 之 而
写 复 寸 长 焉 踌 殷 空 城 旧 北
心 寻 阴 吟 如 躇 墟 庐 隅 居 徂

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Nuvi’s usability is legendary. I haven’t used it, but as I research it, Garmin’s website is giving me a hint: I’ve never seen a comparison page that highlights the rows with differences and allows you to remove any row, though it’s trivial to implement. Hats off.