Tuesday, June 17, 2014

World Cup : Olympics

It's World Cup time, again. And I could make all kinds of snarky comments about the game of soccer. But really, it's just not worth it. It would be like being rude about beating a little kid in a race. So, to World Cup enthusiasts, let me just say this:

Ooh! That's very nice. You're doing a really good job there. Keep up the good work and maybe you could start having a championship every two years!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Fenway needs a facelift

Okay, finally up to the penultimate game from the baseball tour. The Red Sox benefited for a long time from everyone of sense and good taste despising the Yankees. But, what they failed to realise is, no one outside of New England really likes the Red Sox either. They were just a convenient stick with which to beat the hated Yankees. It's not like the rest of country was waiting with bated breath to see Sox ascendant.
Fenway used to be a nice park. It has a lot of history still going for it, but frankly, the place is a dump. It needs to be completely renovated or replaced. Anyway, despite that, I was glad to be there and see a piece of history.


Bonus Stripped

I'm a big fan of the Stripped documentary. (About comic strips! Get your mind right.) You ought to buy a copy yourself, it's well worth watching. But if you really like comics, then you can also splurge for the extra features, the best of which are the extended interviews with a lot of the cartoonists. It's fascinating to hear all the different perspectives about comics, where it's going, and what it's all about. Check out the trailer here.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Sayers Must Advertise

I'm so pleased with myself that I knew immediately from whence this quotation was taken.


Monday, April 28, 2014

An Imperial Stadium

After enduring one journey to New York (to Flushing, Long Island) my dad and I ventured once more into the heart of darkness, but this time to the Bronx to see that most dastardly imperial of teams, the New York Yankees. (Previous games from this trip are Pirates, Nationals, Phillies, Mets.) Any thought I might have had about the previous day's experiences with New York City being atypical were quickly put to rest and I renewed my resolve to make this my last visit.

New York Giants... er, Mets Baseball

Well, now that I've missed the whole off-season, it's time to keep recapping my adventure last September. For those of you who haven't been here for the rest of the posts or can't remember (and who can blame you?), this is game four of seven on the baseball roadtrip my dad and I took last year. Previously it was the Pirates, the Nationals, and the Phillies. From Philadelphia we drove up to New York and saw the only afternoon game of the trip at Citi Field.

Military prediction

"(The attempt of the United States to make military service attractive by offering high pay, free college education, and other benefits looks suspiciously like bribing the child with candy.)"
~ p. 124
Ideas Have Consequences

I was reading through some saved drafts on my blog and came across this quotation from Richard Weaver's Ideas Have Consequences. (A marvelous book, do read it if you have not.) And I remembered how often I heard in news stories during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars some young soldier quoted about their trepidation relating to deployment into a combat zone note that they had signed up for military service without any notion that it might involve actual fighting and risk. They were merely intending to serve and gain the benefits of reduced educational costs. Interesting, I think. 

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Books in 2013

So last year I (foolishly) broke my resolution to not make resolutions at New Year, and resolved to read 200 books in the year. I started well, faltered and never came close to recovering. I think this past year was the lowest total for me in a year since I started keeping track of such things. On the other hand, it was the year with highest percentage of new books read by a wide margin. Huzzah, I suppose? To aid you in your participation in my narcissistic review of my reading habits, here are links to previous years' accountings. Yes, I know years 2009-2011 are missing; I didn't keep track those years.

2006 - 178 (some basic stats)
2007 - 161 (some basic stats)
2008 - 165 (some basic stats)
In 2009 I stopped  blogging for a while and stopped keeping track of the books I read. I started logging books again in 2012, but I didn't post that year's list anywhere. After the jump I'll list the books from 2012 and 2013.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Still Shamefully Neglecting the Blog

Still haven't posted about all the baseball games from my trip 4 months ago. Pathetic, really. I don't make New Year's resolutions, but if I did I'd resolve to be better about actually posting things here this year. We'll see.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Okay, you may now listen to Christmas music.

Thanksgiving is concluded, it is permissible to think about Christmas decorations and listen to Christmas music. That is all.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wicked Awesome Hockey

I was lately in Boston for reasons of business and, while there, was able to take in my first NHL game. First hockey game at all, at all, in fact. It was well enough in its way, but I can't see it catching on.

Baseball Phanatics

So, clearly I'm not being very diligent about reporting on my baseball trip from *ahem* two months ago. Where were we? Oh, yes. The last post was about the Nationals, so this one will be about the Phillies. This was another good game, but the home team went back to their losing ways unfortunately. The game was still great fun and had some interesting plays.

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year is like all the others in that there is much for which one ought to be thankful, but unlike others in that this year we have just bought a house. Seems crazy, but it's true. May you find many things to be thankful for and remember to give thanks for them the rest of the year as well.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

A Capital Day for Baseball (Capitol?)

So the day after my dad and I went to see the Pirates, we ventured to Washington DC to see the Nationals take on the Braves. It was the second of two games that day (apparently, due to a technicality, it was not considered a doubleheader) because the first game was postponed from Monday after the shooting at the Naval Yard in DC that is just down the street from the ballpark. The atmosphere was a bit somber, but a good time was still had. Because my parents live pretty close to DC, we took the Metro in a bit early and took a look at the World War II memorial which wasn't built the last time I was there. Pictures and more reminiscences after the jump.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

So Tired

Turned out that I wasn't able to keep up with posting from the road for the baseball games. I will get some more of the pictures and such-like up here soon, but there is laundry to be done, naps to be taken, kids to be cared for and... you get the idea.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pirates Narrowly Avoid Being Perfect Victims

Monday evening was the Pirates hosting the Padres. It was a bit of a drive, but I think worth it. Here's a slightly crooked shot of PNC Park from the Roberto Clemente bridge at 9th in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I Hate Airports

The flying itself isn't so bad, but all the things that go along with it are incredibly annoying. Dealing with what Mark Steyn calls the TSA's Gropenfuhrers, planes that are packed to capacity, dismal food, short connections in illogical cities. If it wasn't so much quicker, no one would bother. Anyway, after the jump, here's a picture from the airport.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

It Begins

My vacation, that is. I just left work and I'm not headed back until October. Saturday I fly out to meet my dad for a tour of baseball where we'll see six games in six days at six different parks. (We'll actually see seven games at seven parks, but the seventh game isn't consecutive with the others.) We're going to see the Pirates, the Nationals, the Orioles, the Phillies, the Mets, the Yankees, and the Red Sox all on their home fields. I'm going to try to be good about documenting the trip here with pictures and posts, but we'll see how it works out in practice.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Aubrey-Maturin First/Last Lines

I've been thinking about first and last lines from books. Some last lines are famous (The Lord of the Rings) and some first lines are famous (Moby Dick and Pride and Prejudice). But often times books are famous without their first and last lines being famous. So, maybe we'll have some first/last lines posts. Or maybe I'll be lazy and just do this one. We'll see. Below the jump are the first and last lines to every book in the Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. Despite having read them all several times, I was surprised by how long some of the first lines are. The first line from The Far Side of the World is particularly long. If you haven't read any of these books, I can scarcely recommend them highly enough.

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