Monday, October 05, 2015

The Authoritative Ordering of Pixar Films

Pixar films, ranked correctly, from best to worst. Full list and some highlights of the reasoning below the jump.

The Great

The Incredibles
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 2

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

An Interesting Thing

Penny Arcade is doing a Kickstarter and I have learned an interesting thing from it. They have been doing a thing for a number of years now called Pinny Arcade. Basically, they sell you some overpriced pins with stuff on them related to games or their comic and then you can trade them with folks. There are special and somewhat limited pins that are only sold for a time or pins that are available only at certain events and whatnot. It's a giant and successful money grab. Nothing wrong with that, so far as it goes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ghostly Watersports

A ghostly image on the ceiling of my bus this morning. He was either kayaking or (I think) surfing. I think it was from an experiment with WiFi on the bus.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rain and Sun

On the drive back from Miami on Friday, my dad had the epiphanic realization that we would be passing through Montgomery at just about the time the Biscuits (yep, I know!) game started. And so it proved, so far as the schedule was concerned, but we ran into a rain storm (an honest-to-goodness, Deep South storm) just shy of the city and so we contented ourselves with a quick look around the park and a visit to the team store courtesy of a very kind ticket taker.

The park is only a few years old and next to the Alabama River. We didn't see it in peak conditions, with the rain and darkness falling, but it looked like a great place for baseball.

The following Monday we trekked to Birmingham to take in a Barons game. Despite temps around 100 in the shade, seats out of the sun behind home plate were still available at game time and only $14. Though it was a newer park, it was in downtown Birmingham and it had a bit more of an industrial feel about it while still retaining that small town charm. More concrete beyond the outfield wall, the city's skyline as a backdrop and construction workers on their lunch break watching from a block away and several stories up.

Though it was close the whole way and a homer in the 8th got everyone's hopes up, the Barons ultimately lost. Still and all, I think a fun time was had by all.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team


The dullness that is the Everglades
Thursday for the first (and only) time on the trip we saw the home team win. After driving down to Miami from Tampa earlier in the day (turns out driving across the Everglades on the interstate is incredibly boring), we saw the Marlins defeat the Colorado Rockies in the evening. EDIT: Pictures added.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Wednesday was a jaunt over to Lakeland to see the Flying Tigers. The previous day's game there had rained out with what had apparently been a storm of near biblical proportions. As a consequence, they scheduled a double-header of seven-inning games for Wednesday.

There was still a bit of rain threatening, but the first game started nearly on time. We lucked into an all-you-can-eat concession promotion and for a mere $11 we got seats right behind home plate and all the brats, hamburgers, popcorn, pretzels, etc. that we could handle. The Flying Tigers quickly fell behind the Fort Myers Miracle, and then the rain started about the 4th inning and really started coming down after the sixth. After waiting about 30 minutes, we figured it wasn't going to stop and figured we'd gotten our money's worth and left.

Picked up a nice hat with an element I haven't seen anywhere else on a baseball team's hat except those worn by the Seattle Pilots as were. Also, I think this was the largest field of any we visited, and that includes the MLB parks. Once again, the minor league experience was great. Met an usher who used to live near my neck of the woods and gave us a foul ball he got a hold of. With the rain and the mid-week game and it being only Advanced A minors, the crowd was sparse and if I'd been willing to run a bit, I could probably have ended up with three foul balls.

May update with pictures later.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Tampa Bay (Devil) Rays

Went Tuesday to see what are now merely the Rays. Apparently the "devil" portion off the name was objectionable? Just being the Rays, however, is a far less fearsome mascot particularly as they now seem to be trying to shift the association to a ray of light instead of the fish.

Regardless, they had the good sense to still have caps with the old logo, so I of course got one of those. The game itself was a bit disappointing since the Rays were dismantled (foreshadowing pun!) by the Angels. They committed 3 errors and gave up 15 hits on their way to losing 8-2.

On the bright side, we did see Pujols hit the home run that tied him with Mickey Mantle. 536 and Mike Schmidt at 548 is next on the list.

Third loss in a row for the home team. Would this change the next day in Lakeland? EDIT: Pictures added. Turns out I didn't have any decent shots of the game itself.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Minor League Baseball, Major League Fun

Yesterday we were between major league games and so it was a minor league game in Clearwater, Florida (the Threshers!) and some inexpensive good times at the ballpark. Last night happened to be $13 to get box seats behind home plate and all the wings one could eat. Not a bad deal.

The baseball wasn't tip-top, but it was still baseball. The park is beautiful, the weather was clement (if a bit hot), and the odds of a foul ball are so, so, so, much better here than a big league park.

Can't wait to take my kids to a minor league game when I get home. Pictures to come later. (Maybe.) EDIT: Pictures added.

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Baseball in Hot-lanta

That post title is just for you, Leonard.

A brief post about seeing the Braves. First trip to Atlanta. The stadium is nice enough; not much to distinguish it from other parks. When I'm not using my phone perhaps I'll come back and add some pictures. EDIT:Pictures added.

Monday, April 27, 2015

An Alphabet of Books

One of the Muses from the delightfully named Egotist's Club has decided to do a series of posts on books with each relating to a different letter of the alphabet. Click the link if the lateness of the hour has caused me to write that description poorly.

Since I'm looking for things to write on my blog about as I try to get back into the swing of actually sharing what I'm writing about, and I love books, I thought I'd end up giving it a whirl too. So I'm putting the marker down that I will both write and post my own set of posts on the topics and follow along.

I am the last person to know this

Sitting here, listening to music and the song How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths comes on. Fair enough, I really like this song. But Amazon Music has a feature that shows you the lyrics for some songs. I have it turned on and I discovered that the opening line is "I am the son and the heir". All this time I had been hearing it as "I am the Sun and the Air". I didn't get it, but, whatever. I'm not sure it makes a lot more sense, but I'm glad to know what's up.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Isn't it a great day for baseball?

Planning another baseball trip with my dad for this year. It's been nearly two years since our first excursion and I'm really looking forward to checking of some more parks. Not sure I'll be any better about blogging this trip, but one lives in hope. I still have half a draft about the Orioles game that will probably never see the light of day.

The slow death of friendship

In Megalopolis the sentiment of friendship wastes away. Friends become, in the vulgarism of modern speech, "pals," who may be defined as persons whom your work compels you to associate with or, on a still more debased level, persons who will allow you to use them to your advantage. The meeting of minds, the sympathy between personalities which all cultured communities have regarded as part of the good life, demand too much sentiment for a world of machines and false egalitarianism, and one detects even a faint suspicion that friendship, because it rests upon selection, is undemocratic.
~ p. 31
Ideas Have Consequences

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Always With the Negative Rays

There is a weird World War II movie called Kelly's Heroes with Clint Eastwood as the titular character. It's an odd film. Donald Sutherland plays a kind of hippie tank commander who is obsessed with the psychic rays people send off. Anyway.

It's interesting how many tweets on Twitter are so negative. Some are clever and funny, but it seems that most are just clever and cruel. Things like this.

https://twitter.com/davidharsanyi/status/562737936396218368

Also this.

https://twitter.com/baseballcrank/status/562740289824370688

It probably has a lot to do with the really succinct nature of the medium. But sometimes it seems excessive. I'm sure I've been guilty of it, but I will try to be better.