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.