I'm not going to go full-vegetarian, and I don't imagine I ever will, but I've decided to greatly scale back meat consumption in my life. I'm going to try to only eat meat 1 meal per day, probably not including the odd jerky snack here and there.
If you'll permit me to sound like a condescending douche for a second, I think most people eat far more meat than they need to (I still think going full vegan is dumb unless you're into the whole "meat is murder" thing, which I don't want to talk about because there's no objective truth and who gives a fuck about the emotions of chickens anyway?). A lot of people I know eat at least some meat every meal of every day. I mean, you can't replicate the nutrional/caloric density of meat with anything else, but that has to be excessive, right? It's pretty well proven at this point that excessive meat consumption leads to higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Surely you don't need to eat 2 pounds of meat every day. Also the environmental impact is undeniable. It takes far more resources/energy to grow grains/crops, feed them to animals, slaughter the animals, then eat the animals than it does to just eat the grains/crops.
Sorry for the douche lecture, I promise it'll never happen again.
It's weird, I feel like I'm gradually going full-Portland. Maybe I should move soon.
for breakfast today I ate some leftover paella I made a couple days ago with chicken, shrimp, and pork chorizo (I covered 3 different kinds of animals in one meal!). I guess that means no more meat today. on a side note, I like how eating vegetarian kind of forces you to get creative.
Most playoff minutes played through first 12 seasons
1. Magic Johnson - 7403 (12 runs)
2. Scottie Pippen - 7200 (12 runs)
3. LeBron James - 7134 (10 runs)
4. Larry Bird - 6779 (12 runs)
5. Dennis Johnson - 6773 (11 runs)
6. Bill Russell - 6668 (12 runs)
7. Michael Jordan - 6602 (12 runs)
8. Shaquille O'Neal - 6382 (11 runs)
9. Tim Duncan - 6367 (11 runs)**
10. Tony Parker - 6287 (12 runs)
LeBron James will pass Scottie and Magic this season unless he gets hit by a bus, becoming the all time leader in playoff minutes through 12 seasons. That's saying something considering the majority of players on this list made the playoffs every season of their first 12 years in the league, while LeBron didn't make the playoffs until year 3. He's made the conference finals for the 5th straight time and the 7th time in 9 years, making the Finals in 5 of those runs. Say what you will about a weak conference or whatever; that's a legacy.
It also makes you wonder how he'll hold up physically. For Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, 12 seasons was basically it. Bill Russell and Michael Jordan's last chips were in year 13 (12 for Michael if you don't count '94-'95). Scottie Pippen made one more deep run in year 13 with the Blazers, then he was all but done. Dennis Johnson never made noise again after year 12 ('88). Tony Parker and Tim Duncan are outliers, but they're Spurs. They haven't played 43 playoff minutes per game throughout their careers like LeBron has.
Everything we know about LeBron, that he's a freak of nature (probably with a little *ahem* help, but a freak nonetheless), that he can withstand anything, says that he'll also be an outlier, but how do we know? We all saw his body show real signs of aging this year. Will the hill turn into a cliff?
** - The Spurs have made the playoffs every year of Duncan's career, but he didn't play in the 2000 playoffs due to a torn meniscus
Minus Age of Ultron, which I haven't seen yet (I wanted to marathon all the previous movies before I watched it).
All of the little hints and easter eggs you find regarding other movies within the universe are cool. The movies all start to feel overlong, though, when they cover all the same beats (Iron Man 3 and Winter Soldier are breaths of fresh air in this regard).
My biggest takeaway regards the complaint I hear all the time of "why aren't all the other AVENGERS here?!? Why is [insert titular hero] fighting by himself?! was Downey too expensive?" I hear that all the time from people, but watching all of the movies one after another, they actually do a pretty good job of keeping it believable that one hero has to go it alone. In most of the MCU movies, the plot goes from "Eh, this is slightly disconcerting..." to "Oh shit, the world might end" in a matter of hours. The Avengers (and probably the Age of Ultron, though I haven't seen it) is the only movie in which the plot takes a long time (within the universe) to develop, and thus gives the heroes time to congregate.