Saturday, April 6, 2013

Link roundup

1. Improving the penalty box:

Wouldn't the sport of hockey be infinitely more entertaining if the penalty box was converted into a sensory deprivation chamber? I'm talking no light, no sound, no nothing. When players take a penalty they have to spend a whole two minutes in the dark and silence while they feel shame. Not only that, this would mean that when the penalty is over, players get to fall out of the chamber and onto the ice with the same look of disorientation of a newborn baby.
2.  James Bond story in real life--the Chinese hunt for a clever drug lord in the Golden Triangle:
But China had another asset, on the ground. In northern Laos, 10 miles south of where Mr. Naw Kham would eventually be arrested, a lavish Chinese-owned casino called the Kings Roman, decorated with statues of larger-than-life Roman figures and a huge crown affixed to its roof, operates in a special economic zone run by Chinese businessmen on the edge of the Mekong. 
The complex feels like a Chinese enclave: street signs are in Chinese, and Chinese currency, the renminbi, is favored over the Laotian kip. The casino offers stretch limousines for its customers, and a caged tiger to pet. It maintains its own Chinese security force, which probably played a role in the search for Mr. Naw Kham, the Asian official said.
3.  Commentary at the LA Kings' official 2013 trade tracker.  For example:
BUFFALO TRADES THEIR CAPTAIN CONTINUING THEIR GARAGE SALE. THE WILD ARE 8-2 IN THEIR LAST 10 AND POMINVILLE IS THAT LAST PIECE THEY THINK WILL TAKE THEM TO THE CUP (IT PROBABLY WON'T) 
or 
HE'S SO SMALL! HE'S SO BIG! OTTAWA GETS THE TINY CALDER CANDIDATE WHO RECENTLY HAS SEEN HIS ICE TIME DIMINISH.