dxmachina: (Calvinball)
Matt "the Bison" Kemp helps Abby on Sesame street in the Cutest. Video. Ever.

As a side note, Vin Scully once dated Joan Ganz Cooney, In fact, he took her to the post '55 World Series celebration, after Brooklyn won their only World Series.

Another favorite Kemp video of mine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH4KP6uqtMg
dxmachina: (Garrett)
The Brazil trip is postponed until at least March whilst we try to figure out the visa sitch*, and also because the tickets will be way cheaper. The visa thing is weird. My visa is one set of fees because I have a Jersey drivers license, while the vp's is another because his license is from Maine. The rules are more complicated than those of some of the old SPI wargames.

* Thank you [livejournal.com profile] ellenbs. Nobody here thought of it, nor did our travel agent mention it.

Got the first substantial snowfall of the season over the weekend, but it's already melting pretty quick. It's been too cold to ride since the first week of January, so shoveling the fluffy stuff was good replacement exercise.

I've been watching The Finder, mostly because it's on, rather than for any investment. I wonder how long it'll stay on the air without making some major changes, like ditching the annoying juvenile delinquent who looks too much like Zoe Carter. It's a bad sign when they're already bringing in Bones crossover guests in the second episode. OTOH, I never watched Miami Vice back in the day, but the send up was funny**.

** Remember when Mario Van Peebles was the next big thing? And what's worse... he's only four years younger than I am.

But that wasn't the best meta reference in the show. The best was when Michael Clarke Duncan told the death row inmate "If you're lying to me, I'm going to bring you back from the dead and electrocute you again." That was terrific.


Aug. 22nd, 2011 08:46 pm
dxmachina: (Parker)
Re: This week's Leverage.

FSX saves the day!

Plus there was James Tolkan, who was part of the Nero Wolfe emsemble.
dxmachina: (Television 01)
Eureka was fun, what with Vi and Wesley Crusher and Dr. Stan "You wouldn't like me when I'm angry" Lee.

Meanwhile, I am enjoying Alphas quite a bit. Not as much as I liked the first season of Heroes, but certainly more than the later seasons. This last episode was quite intense...

Spoiler for this week's Alphas... )
dxmachina: (Emphatic)
...or the slow of reflexes.

Edited to remove what turned out to be a faked up advertisement. I should know better.

dxmachina: (Bike 04)
The weather critters predicted rain for the weekend, but apart from a passing thundershower last evening that was all sound and fury but no actual rain in my neighborhood, it was quite nice. It was even warm enough to ride sans pullover. This morning I brought the 3-speed down from the attic, and took down to the path for the first time this year. Good fun. Well except for the tyke on a bike who I almost ran into when she turned across my side of the path and stopped right in front of me. I was able to brake in time (a near thing considering the 40 year-old brake technology on the 3-speed), so no harm done apart from some heart palpitations. When I gently admonished her to be more careful, I felt very much like the Grinch talking to Mary Lou Who, who was no more than two.

I spent part of the weekend trying to bring a little order to the attic. It's remarkable how the space opens up when you break down and remove all the empty computer and Amazon boxes. I also brought down the last of the old clothes that I had up there to sort through. Some will go to the Salvation Army, some will become staining rags, and some now fit again, so that's ego boosting. Among the treasures found was the "Weicker in '82" t-shirt given me by Lowell Weicker himself at the 1982 Clinton, CT, Bluefish Festival parade. It went into the rag pile*.

* I actually wore that shirt a lot when I was in grad school, but it is now terribly ratty and still a size too small even for my smaller self.
dxmachina: (Green Lantern)
They're making a Green Lantern movie! How cool is that? And how cool is this little kid for asking the big question?

dxmachina: (Charlie Brown 2)
...why I'm not a famous writer/blogger. It's because even when I'm on to something neat, I fail to get the flash of inspiration necessary to take it to the next level. Unlike, say, Joe Posnanski, who upon discovering I Write Like, submitted some of his own prose*, but didn't just stop there.

* He got David Foster Wallace, too. One can make the case therefore that I write like Posnanski, which actually makes me feel a little better.

He also submitted some passages from other authors, as I had, with similar results. Then he had his eureka moment:

In any case, I thought it might be fun to take the dozen or so most famous quotes in American sports, plug them into "I Write Like" and see what comes out.

So, he started submitting famous quotes from sports figures, just to see who would pop up. There are some truly funny comparisons, such as this:

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
– Casey Stengel

For being one of the most quotable men in the history of American sports, Stengel doesn’t really have many pithy quotes … few that would serve well as, say, titles of books. Maybe "Most games are lost, not won," would work as a book title. But Stengel was more of a storyteller … his lines take a little bit of a setup.

This is a good example of a Stengel quote: "Being with a woman all night never hurt no professional baseball player. It’s staying up all night looking for a woman that does him in."

Great quote. But it takes a little setup.

I think his quote about a manager’s job is probably as true as anything ever said about being in charge of people. It is just as true in and out of sports.

I Write Like: Oscar Wilde

It occurs to me that Wilde and Stengel would make one hell of a conversational tag team. The matchup of Ted Williams and Ernest Hemmingway seems apt, too. On the other hand, I'd guess that Satchel Paige has probably started looking behind him to make sure his authorial counterpart can't catch him. Read the whole thing to find out why. Some of the comments are hilarious, too.

I Write Like … Who?

dxmachina: (Books 04)
Spent a long weekend in Burlington, MA, riding my bike, eating terrific barbeque, and attending Readercon 21. The weather was really muggy, but otherwise I had a pretty good time. I drove up Friday morning, so I missed Thursday night's session, which looked like it had some interesting stuff. Anyway....

Friday Sessions... )

Saturday Sessions... )

Sunday Sessions... )

Other... )

dxmachina: (Computers 02)
This is going to screw up my first lines meme.

Oh, wait, no it won't...

The trailer (NSFW)...


Jun. 28th, 2010 09:22 pm
dxmachina: (Archie and Lily)
Loving Leverage so far this season, but why did they have to move it to Sunday nights. I usually don't even turn my TV on on Sundays anymore. Thank goodness for the intertubes.

Anyhow... )
dxmachina: (Aldrin)

So, supposing there had been a baseball diamond on the moon, right where Armstrong wanted to land the Eagle. NASA has a picture of what the moonwalk would've looked like. Lars at Wezen-Ball discusses this further.

Man, I remember the landing like it was yesterday. The History Channel is currently rebroadcasting CBS's coverage of the event, which is just neat. And speaking of "Just neat...", next up is Moonshot, with James Marsters as Aldrin.

Walter Cronkite was such a tech geek.


May. 27th, 2009 06:25 pm
dxmachina: (Charlie Brown)
Your results:
You are An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
Geordi LaForge
Jean-Luc Picard
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Beverly Crusher
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Mr. Scott
Mr. Sulu
Deanna Troi
Will Riker
Since your accomplishments are seldom noticed,
and you are rarely thought of, you are expendable.
That doesn't mean your job isn't important but if you
were in Star Trek you would be killed off in the first
episode you appeared in.

Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character am I?" quiz...

It's a fair cop...
dxmachina: (Thunderbird 1)
According to a report from China’s official news agency Xinhua, “thousands of dolphins” recently prevented an attack on Chinese merchant ships by Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden.


(Unfortunately, I can't take credit for the tinyurl tag. That belongs to Dodger Thoughts commenter Humma Kavula.)

Geek Speak

Mar. 10th, 2009 09:46 am
dxmachina: (Chemistry01)
My physician and I get along pretty well. I think he rather enjoys being able to get into biochemical explanations with me, knowing that I'll be able to follow them. And lately, we've had to do far too much of that. We also spent some time yesterday discussing the legislative overreaction to mercury in the workplace (both his office and my place of work have been hit with the unintended consequences of such well-meaning legislation).

But what really cemented it for me was while we were discussing the usefulness of gathering as much data about a condition as possible. He asked, "So, do you know what the difference between dāta and dăta is?"

"Sure," I said without hesitation, "One is a name, the other is not."

He said I was the first patient to ever get the reference.

It's sort of like a secret handshake.

dxmachina: (Bike Snow)
Never did get much above freezing, but it was sunny, so I decided to give it a try. I added a new base layer to the ensemble, a spandex compression shirt and pants set, which is basically a super suit. No capes! After squeezing myself into them, I looked sort of like Mr. Incredible just before his first trip to the island. Not pretty.

Fortunately, nobody was going to see them, as they were, apart from my athletic briefs, the bottom-most layer. Over them I had a moisture-wicking shirt, a t-shirt, a thermal shirt, a fleece lined nylon pullover, and lined wind-proof athletic pants, plus two pair of warm socks. I also wore a winter headband around my neck, an ear clamp, and my usual baseball cap on my head, and my full-fingered cycling gloves on my hands. The headband thing is a trick I learned from my brother. It makes for a great scarf without any cape-like dangley bits that can get caught in tree branches or jet engines or the like. Eventually I pulled it up over my chin, and that worked even better.

It was still cold. My legs and head were fine, but my arms and hands were chilly. After the first lap I pulled a pair of fingerless gloves on over the full gloves, which helped some. Next time I'll try either wearing regular winter gloves over the cycling gloves, or else try to find some kind of liner for them. I'll also wear another long sleeved shirt instead of the T-shirt, maybe even another thermal.

The other issue was my toes. I need a better solution. As I was riding I wondered if there were such a thing as battery-powered electric socks. I wasn't sure how much heat a battery could produce. Turns out they do exist, but apparently they don't work very well. As I suspected, even D batteries don't have enough juice to be effective. And who wants to ride around with D cells strapped to their legs. Another option are disposable heat pads, which apparently work great. I'm not crazy about the whole use once thing, though. I suppose I could also try warmer shoes instead of sneakers.

After the initial feelings of blimpitude, the compression suit was fine, especially the pants. I used to wear compression shorts under my softball pants back in the day, both for support and as sliding pants. I like having the extra leg support, especially for my knees. I was happy to get out of them when I got home, though.

All in all, it was a decent proof of concept ride. A couple of tweaks, and I should be good to go for rides down to the mid-thirties. Fortunately, tomorrow is promising to be up in the high forties. That'll feel downright tropical.

I used up the rest of the leftover chicken by making a big pot of soup, just the thing on a cold autumn night.
dxmachina: (Marvin01)
For once I remembered that there's an astronomical event tonight, so I headed outside to watch the moon turn red. It's pretty neat looking, although not quite fully in the shadow yet. There are some low clouds moving in, but overhead was very clear. I grabbed my binoculars from out of the truck to take a closer look. Full moons are generally too bright to look at comfortably with binoculars, but this was pretty cool. The moon is in Leo, just below Regulus, and when I was figuring this out I realized there was an extra bright star in Leo, just to the left of the moon. Since bright stars just don't appear like that, it had to be a planet, so I took a look through the binoculars. Even with binoculars you can make out the fact that Saturn has rings. They make it look like the planet has ears. Mars is out tonight, too, the bright red dot above Orion.

I would've stayed out longer, but it's cold, and the clouds continue to roll in.
dxmachina: (Writing)
So here I sit, since working on the computer doesn't aggravate my knee. Today this has mostly involved either playing various forms of solitaire, or trying to translate various and sundry words and phrases into Sindarin. Sindarin is frustrating the everliving crap out of me. First because Tolkein didn't actually create much of a vocabulary, and second because all the frelling vowels and consonants in the words he did create keep changing, apparently depending upon what day of the week it is. Or something. I had it easier in Fr. Rutkowski's Latin class.

Im benn annaer ah erethren... )


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