Friday, August 24, 2007

Dear World

Duck, Duck, Duck... ATOMIC BOMB!


Thursday, August 23, 2007


In case you missed it, Texas dropped 30 runs – that's thirty – on Baltimore yesterday. Seeing as that last happened in the 19th century, I'm guessing I won't see a box score like that again. Ever.

By the by, you'll notice on the box score that the second Ranger pitcher was credited with a save. Now, I checked the rulebook, and here's what it says:

10.19 Saves For Relief Pitchers
A save is a statistic credited to a relief pitcher, as set forth in this Rule 10.19.
The official scorer shall credit a pitcher with a save when such pitcher meets all four of the following conditions:
(a) He is the finishing pitcher in a game won by his team; [check]
(b) He is not the winning pitcher; [check]
(c) He is credited with at least a third of an inning pitched; [check] and
(d) He satisfies one of the following conditions:
(1) He enters the game with a lead of no more than three runs and pitches for at least one inning; [nope]
(2) He enters the game, regardless of the count, with the potential tying run either on base, or at bat or on deck (that is, the potential tying run is either already on base or is one of the first two batters he faces); [nope] or
(3) He pitches for at least three innings. [check]
So fine, he gets a save. But is it just me, or is a pitcher entering the game with an 11 run lead who manages, basically, not to collapse over 3 innings not really saving anything?

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tafiti and the Holy Spirit

Back from vacation. (What, you didn't notice I was gone?) I hit the ground Monday, and I'm up to about a gait, now. Training a new person at work, thinking about the surgery coming up, blah, blah.

Hopefully, there will be pictures of our vacation travels on LaffertyWhistle before too long.

Anyway, here's something – two somethings, to be precise:

This is cool, which, seeing as I've been thinking more about photosynth (also) this week, makes two Microsoft products I'm impressed by in the same week. I'm not quite sure what form my shame should take. Tafiti apparently means "do research" in Swahili, and though I haven't even tried this out, it looks interesting enough to mention. I hope to play with it some this week.

This is not cool. Very, very uncool. You might even call it blasphemy, because that's what it calls itself. The Blasphemy Challenge might be one of the most offensive things I've ever encountered. I haven't actually watched any of the videos on YouTube, but I have already noticed some responses from the other side. Still, it's sad.

I should point out here that I'm not certain the challenge quite has the point of Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Taken from the Catholic Encyclopedia's entry The Holy Ghost:

* Sometimes, and in its most literal signification, it has been taken to mean the uttering of an insult against the Divine Spirit, applying the appellation either to the Holy Ghost or to all three Divine persons. This was the sin of the Pharisees, who spoke at first against "the Son of Man", criticizing the works and human ways of Jesus, accusing Him of loving good cheer and wine, of associating with the publicans, and who, later on, with undoubted bad faith, traduced His Divine works, the miracles which He wrought by virtue of His own Divinity.
* On the other hand, St. Augustine frequently explains blasphemy against the Holy Ghost to be final impenitence, perseverance till death in mortal sin. This impenitence is against the Holy Ghost, in the sense that it frustrates and is absolutely opposed to the remission of sins, and this remission is appropriated to the Holy Ghost, the mutual love of the Father and the Son. In this view, Jesus, in Matthew 12 and Mark 3 did not really accuse the Pharisees of blaspheming the Holy Ghost, He only warned them against the danger they were in of doing so.
* Finally, several Fathers, and after them, many scholastic theologians, apply the expression to all sins directly opposed to that quality which is, by appropriation, the characteristic quality of the Third Divine Person. Charity and goodness are especially attributed to the Holy Ghost, as power is to the Father and wisdom to the Son. Just, then, as they termed sins against the Father those that resulted from frailty, and sins against the Son those that sprang from ignorance, so the sins against the Holy Ghost are those that are committed from downright malice, either by despising or rejecting the inspirations and impulses which, having been stirred in man's soul by the Holy Ghost, would turn him away or deliver him from evil.
Think on.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Well, he finally did it. Thank God it's over. Honestly, I'm not sure how I feel right now. I despise B*nds as much as the next guy–probably more–but the man did put bat on ball 756 times, which is nothing to sneeze at, steroids or not. Helluva ballplayer, to be sure; I just wish he'd done it cleanly. Hammerin' Hank's 755, I think, will remain THE number for a lot of people.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

On a Roll

It has been a while, but Lisa finally came through in spectacular fashion and said all this in a 5-minute span in the car this afternoon.

Lisa: My throat hurts.
Me: Why's that?
Lisa: A combination of a cold, talking too much, and eating flies.

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The idea of being a [bank] teller is really cool to me, it's just the other stuff that sucks. I don't like sales, and I don't like getting robbed.

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That's when I say things: when I'm not thinking about what I say.

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I must have been really sane for a long time!

Friday, August 3, 2007

I Love Spam (seriously, I do!)

Yesterday's Daily Treated Spam:

"August, To have sex as the world champion?"

you don't have the pressure

No need to plan meals
no need the recipe!

these investments in brain
in a way that sticks.

To Do for 2005, or "I couldn't help but laugh"

Or am I the only one who thinks the last item in this list is simply the best kind of irony?

In other news, I've been thinking about CommentPress today, and its very existence makes me really, really want to export this blog to WordPress (or just start a new WP blog, I guess) so I can use it. But then I think, "when will I have time for that?" and, "I don't have quite as many readers as would make such an endeavor interesting." Still, I have to think it would be wildly interesting, so I imagine I will have a hard time keeping myself from it for much longer...

Maybe during the school year, when I've got the computer to myself.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Seriously, what's so great about dogs?

I'm in the minority, here, I realize that; but honestly, apart from having children--which is all manner of awesome--who eventually learn to care for themselves and converse with you, why on earth would you want something else in the house that eats a lot and poops on the floor and will never learn to say, "don't worry, I'll clean up the feces I just deposited on your pillow"? I just don't get it.

That aside (though thanks to a female co-worker's recent purchase, I'm sure I'll be listening to giggly women gush about cute puppies all day at work) There have been plenty of things I've considered blogging about recently, but I just haven't found the time. So, I'll just fill some space by listing a few links here and let you draw your own conclusions about what I might have said, if I'd managed to make the time.

Blogging's PR Problem - "It's not the blogs I hate, it's their fans."

35 Million Book Buyers are Wrong

Dumbing Down American Readers

(Don't get carried away with the last two. I have no particular beef with Harry Potter--reading is, I think, almost always a good thing--and time will tell how valuable the series really is. I'm just saying, if it doesn't lead kids--or adults, for that matter--to read better & more difficult literature, then something is wrong)

Poetry amidst the Kultursmog - do read this one; it's particularly good.

Poetic License, with No Rhyme or Reason - Dave Barry on poetry. How could it not be funny?