September 21 Permalink
A mis-spelling of a recent Martin Scorsese film yields Ganges of New York.
September 20 Permalink
Been playing Why Did the Chicken with Miranda. Some recent successful answers - first from her:
Q: What do you get when you cross an ice cream man with a postal worker?
And from me:
Q: Why does the president hate a light bulb?
A: Because it's brighter than him.
September 19 Permalink
Cut the grass for what I hope will be the last time until spring so it was pretty close-cropped all over the yard. There's been a small hive inside the newspaper section of the mailbox. Using a hose and a paper towel, I shoved it into the street. I think the insects may have started it, then stopped. I also changed some lightbulbs on the front lantern and on the porch.
Being exhausted, I slept through most of the debacle at the Meadowlands. I think this week Joe will totally shut down the pass playbook and run the running backs through a million fumble avoidance drills.
Watched Jumanji. My impression was that you roll the dice and something bad happens. I recognize some serious deficiencies in game balance and mechanics here. Who was the guy in the 19th century that thought mysterious drums would be a good enough to lure children to their death? Why concoct such elaborate means of killing children instead of just killing them outright? I'm thinking way too much for a movie that was probably created just for the special effects.
September 18 Permalink
Taped a couple more episodes of Silver Screen Test. My thanks to the crew of John Buckley, Dan Goff, James Katz, Andrea Lamphier, Nancy Poole, Larry Sheingorn, Faye Vaiseh and Greg Vontress.
September 17 Permalink
Yet more Ken Jennings references from Montgomery Marty, a high school football prediction column in the Montgomery County Journal:
Magruder coach Ed Ashwell credits the Colonels' intensity to new tackling dummies bearing likeness of "Jeopardy" genius Ken Jennings.
Saw the interview with John Rocker where he described Francisco's chair-throwing as lunacy. When John Rocker is calling your actions lunacy, you're in real trouble.
My thanks to Jimmy Albert, John Buckley, Michael Camillo, Larry Sheingorn and Dick Terrill for the setup tonight in the face of the hurricane.
September 16 Permalink
The September 13-26 issue of Baseball America has an article called "Spitting Image" whereby the players of today are compared to players of the past. There's tendency for humans to look for racially similar people and not just look at the performance. To their benefit, the article also included the most statistically similar players according to similarity scores.
Adam Dunn - People say he reminds them of Eddie Matthews, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Kluszewski, Willie McCovey and Jim Thome. The stats say he's more like Darryl Strawberry, Reggie Jackson and Troy Glaus. At least one scout was open-minded enough to compare him to a black player. The two most statistically similar players to Dunn are black.
Albert Pujols - People say he reminds them of Orlando Cepeda, Frank Robinson, Dick Allen, Barry Bonds and Tony Gwynn. The stats say he's more like Joe Dimaggio, Foxx and Ted Williams. Albert Pujols will remind you of Tony Gwynn as much as Hideo Nomo will remind you of Benny Agbayani. Dan Kolb of the Brewers was credited with that comparison. The opinions listed all thought of dark-skinned players even though Pujols is most similar to white players.
Hank Blalock - People say he reminds them of George Brett, Roger Maris, Thome, Will Clark and Mickey Mantle. The stats say he's more like Eric Chavez, Scott Rolen and Glaus. No Hall-of-Famers statistically unless we are seeing a burst of great third basemen they way we saw great shortstops in the early 80s and the late 90s.
Victor Martinez - People say he reminds them of Roberto Alomar, Jason Varitek, Sandy Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez and Pete Rose. The stats say he's more like Bill Delancey, Ben Petrick and Earl Smith. Here, the tendency was to look for Hispanic names, although two came up with Varitek and Rose. The humans may seriously over-estimate him. At age 25, we're not even seeing a Hall-of-Pretty Good player here.
Roy Oswalt - People say he reminds them of Tom Seaver, Tim Hudson, Elroy Face, Dave Stieb, Pedro Martinez and Bret Saberhagen. The stats say he's more like Hudson, Mike Mussina and Don Newcombe. Give a raise to that scout who said Tim Hudson.
Mark Prior - People say he reminds them of Robin Roberts, Herb Score, Seaver, Roger Clemens, and Jim Palmer. The stats say he's more like Scott Sanderson, Bob Welch and Bill Gullickson. Only the scout who said Herb Score was close. At this point he's a Hall-of-Pretty Good guy.
Miguel Cabrera - People say he reminds them of Roberto Clemente, Amos Otis, Gary Matthews, Sammy Sosa, and Manny Ramirez. The stats say he's more like Henry Aaron, Sam Crawford and Bob Horner. Again, another tendency to choose the Hispanics. Obviously, as a 21-year-old regular, he has a tremendous potential for greatness. I guess it's just a question of injuries whether he turns into the Hammer or the Horner.
Carlos Zambrano - People say he reminds them of Joaquin Andujar, Lee Smith, Don Drysdale, Dwight Gooden, and Kevin Brown. The stats say he's more like Ray Culp, Andy Benes and Gullickson. Mike Lowell also compared him to Prior which is verified by their mutual similarity to Gullickson.
Ben Sheets - People say he reminds them of Gary Gentry, Catfish Hunter, Gary Nolan, Bert Blyleven, and Nolan Ryan. The stats say he's more like Jeff Weaver, Joe Niekro and Don Robinson. He may have velocity, but he's not overpowering anybody with it.
Francisco Rodriguez - People say he reminds them of John Smoltz, David Cone and Pascual Perez. The stats say he's more like Lance McCullers, Gregg Olson and Tom Niedenfuer. People tend to compare pitchers overall, not differentiating between starters and relievers. I've always had a soft spot for Gregg Olson. I thought he could temporarily hold the lifetime saves record. Tom Niedenduer married Judy Landers.
September 15 Permalink
From Poppy Z. Brite, a mnemonic for remembering the taxonomic hierarchy:
But as the people who read this blog can tell, there's something missing and it should really be:
In which case we can call it the priest mnemonic.
September 14 Permalink
From the The Daily Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana:
Five people were injured Friday evening when a vehicle drove off Going-to-the-Sun Road near the Loop above the West Tunnel, according to a Glacier National Park official.
Park spokesperson Lindy Allen said the vehicle rolled down a steep embankment, but wasn't sure which direction it was traveling when it left the road. She didn't think that road conditions were hazardous at the time of the crash.
And I bet the driver was steadfast, strong and unwavering the entire time, not a flip-flopper.
September 13 Permalink
Everytime I download an update or renew my subscription to McAfee, I keep hearing this voice out of Santa Clara saying,"Nice computer you got here. Be a shame if anything happened to it."
September 12 Permalink
Nice opening for Joe Gibbs. I'm still not veering from 7-9. 8-8, 9-7 prediction. 10-6 would really shock me.
What's with the Bacardi commercial with the mannequin?
September 11 Permalink
Northwood High School has reopened after 19 years, although it's been a temporary location for several other schools under renovation. Their old nickname was the Indians, but in our politically correct days, they are now the Gladiators. Does that make their girls teams the Gladiatrixes? Or do they soften it by calling them the Glad Girls?
September 10 Permalink
From the Noreascon Blog, word on future Worldcons:
2005-Glasgow. NASFiC will be in Seattle.
2006-Los Angeles. Both Scotland and LA were selected in previous years.
2007-Yokohama. This was just voted in Boston over the weekend. Seattle and St. Louis are bidding for NASFiC.
2008-Chicago, Denver and Geneva are bidding. Okay, the Geneva Convention is a hoax bid.
2009-Kansas City and Montreal. And with luck the Expos will still be there.
2010-Australia. Probably Melbourne.
2011-DC proto-bid by TR Smith. The last Washington Worldcon was 1974. There was an aborted bid for 1992.
September 9 Permalink
Watched pieces of the CBS preview show. I was right about the CSI:NY theme. All I can say about Listen Up is that it was on 29% of the LaPlaca entries, though not on mine.
And a possible Ken Jennings rumor from John Cooper.
September 8 Permalink
From USA Today, September 15, 2003:
Starting times for major league baseball games in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh were moved earlier Thursday as teams looked to avoid the worst of Hurricane Isabel.
The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees were able to get in five innings of action before the rain came with the score tied 1-1 after five innings.
The Yankees are scheduled to play the Devil Rays in Tampa on Friday night, but the team could have difficulty getting a flight out of Baltimore due to the rain and high winds.
The individual statistics will count, and the commissioner's office will determine whether the game will be made up — the teams play in New York on the final weekend of the season. Umpires called the game after a 44-minute wait.
Yankees owner George Steinbrenner issued a statement that said the commissioner's office showed "terrible judgment and overall stupidity" in proceeding with the game.
From the Manila Times, September 20, 2003:
“It’s not good,” Yankees pitcher David Wells said after Wednesday night’s game in Baltimore. “The whole city is shut down, and we’re playing. It’s just not good.”
Added Yankees slugger Jason Giambi: “It’s pretty idiotic to play tomorrow. I mean, the Navy are moving their ships, but we’re going to play a baseball game?”
From Jason Stark, September 7, 2004:
As early as Friday, Yankees president Randy Levine told ESPN.com, the Yankees called the commissioner's office and said: "There's a hurricane coming. What do you want us to do (about Monday's doubleheader)?"
"If they had just told us Friday, 'The Devil Rays are not coming,' all of this would have been avoided," Levine said...
There should have been a simple announcement from Selig or DuPuy on Sunday, if not earlier: "The health and safety of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and their families is more important to us than any Labor Day doubleheader. Therefore, we're postponing both games and we're telling the Devil Rays to wait out this storm. We'll stay in constant communication with all sides. And when it's safe for them to leave for New York, we'll have a further announcement on rescheduling these games."
How complicated is that, huh?
September 7 Permalink
Just a little more British soccer. Inverness Caledonia Thistle finished at the top of Scotland Division One last season, which earned them a promotion to the Scottish Premier League. However, their stadium is too small so they are playing all their home games more than a hundred miles away in Aberdeen. The sad thing is they are leaving the most beautiful location for a stadium in the world.
September 6 Permalink
Picked up my annual issue of FourFourTwo, the English soccer magazine, for the guide to every team in the top 5 divisions. The regular issue section had the standard 101 Ways to Fix the Game layout. Some interesting bits:
Decide All Draws By Penalties-I thought this was a purely American desire to have an outcome. MLS has gone this way already and we didn't like it. At least a shoot-out from the 35-yard-line involves some athleticism. I prefer the way, I think it was Randy Brunk, who said they should play a 10-minute overtime. After that remove one player from each side every ten minutes until somebody scores.
Players Are Paid Too Much-Blah, blah, blah. It would be nice if the money that didn't go to salaries went to lowering ticket prices, food prices, or at the very least going to the shareholders. Remember, most English teams are publicly owned companies. I'm afraid the cash just ends up going to the chairman.
Get rid of Red, Orange and Yellow for Referees and Goalkeepers-I have never understood the color rationale for alternate strips. They are white, yellow, light blue - anything but a color actually associated with the team. It would be like the Raiders going to play the Ravens. Oakland can't wear black so they wear - teal. I say, wear white or black if you don't have a secondary color. I have no trouble with the referees colors as long as they are solid. The goalie patterns get a little bit much for me. Wear a design you wouldn't be embarassed to put on the other ten players. Here's an idea - just wear the alternate jersey as long as it doesn't clash with the opposition.
September 5 Permalink
Watched the TV movie See Jane Date only because it starred Charisma Carpenter. The whole program was pretty lame and Jane spends a lot of time flirting with the guy you know she'll end up with without asking his name. Also, Marie Claire would seek an excerpt for a book close to the publication date, not six months before.
The only reason to watch was Charisma Carpenter who is moving even closer to the title of the new Mary Tyler Moore. Somebody give this girl a sitcom. Also, Evan Marriott AKA Joe Millionaire had a thirty second scene as the Assertive Guy.
September 4 Permalink
Kauai was hissing at Ishtar today. I suspect she's emitting a different set of hormones since her operation
The U.S.-El Salvador game was only available on Telemundo. Salvador looked hopelessly overmatched. In 1982, in the midst of a civil war, they qualified for the World Cup final ahead of the United States.
September 3 Permalink
Miss Jacobs Field 2004 has been selected as Miss Baseball 2004. She also has a blog. Do these guys hate the Yankees or was there no New York woman willing to have her picture taken with them?
Ishtar got snipped today so she's a little bit less frisky.
Watched The Cell. Jennifer Lopez is Catherine, a social worker who now regularly undergoes a process where she can enter the mind of a boy in a coma. Carl, a serial killer played by Vincent D'Onofrio, is believed to be holding his latest victim alive somewhere to soon be automatically killed, but he too, is in a coma. Catherine undergoes the procedure to enter his mind and find out where his latest victim is being held.
I don't think I'd ever seen J-Lo act, but considering her paparazzi image, I was pleasantly surprised by her non-bimbo performance. Because Catherine believes the mind world is real, Peter, an FBI agent played by Vince Vaughn has to go into Carl's mind to rescue her. He finds a key while in there that he could have found while on the outside.
If I had written the screenplay, I would have one team of standard law enforcement agents researching Carl's life. His set-up to kill his victims has too much of a paper trail to hide. Eventually J-Lo would make the breakthrough because she's the star, but the parallel storyline would add extra tension.
There were some humorous attempts at pretension. Much of the action takes place at an office complex the size of a small university where apparently only twelve people work and looks like an art museum. The boy in a coma is named Edward, but Catherine calls him Mr. E as in "mystery". Carl frequently breaks into "Mairzy Doats," which is what Leland Palmer sang when he got out of a coma.
September 2 Permalink
Bitty Schram and Sharona will no longer appear on Monk. They will dismiss her with a line and Monk takes up with a no-nonsense bartender who picks right up where Sharona left off according to FilmForce. So the change appears to be contract related, not linked to character development.
I would have liked Sharona to be sent off in a three epsiode arc. In the first epsiode, she meets someone. In the second episode, her boyfriend sees Monk in action and realizes what a big heart Sharona must have to be his nurse. In the third episode, they marry. Meanwhile, Monk finally solves Trudy's murder which creates closure for him, allowing some of his OCD to diminish. He can carry his own wipes now. The new character becomes a love interest. So much for character-driven cast changes.
September 1 Permalink
Stolen from Metafilter, some mysterious bottles have been found in Clopper Lake. The pictures of the bottles themselves can be found here in the June 21 entry. Seneca Creek State Park is contiguous to the North Germantown Greenway behind our house.