Blogs

When I have spare time, I'll write in my blogs. Here's a list of them, along with the three latest posts from each.


No Regrets!

My travel blog.


The Boys in Bergen

September 9, 2016

After a quick train through the last bit of fjordland, we were in Bergen. As the second largest city in Norway, it’s a pretty good size, and there’s a good energy here. The tourists are almost exclusively Japanese, English, and German.

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The Fjordlands of Norway

September 8, 2016

Our early morning train took us west from Oslo. The first part of the trip was nothing special, with suburbs giving way to the occasional lake. But eventually, the mountains turned into giant boulder piles stained green by lichen, forests got denser, views became more majestic. We’d spend a few…

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Oslo: The A-Team Reunited

September 6, 2016

Emerging from Oslo Central Station, the streets were filled with people who were smiling, laughing, going places. Street performers played music and danced on flattened cardboard boxes. Norwegian flags hung from buildings. Homeless people sitting on either side of the pedestrian streets. There is an energy here that Stockholm didn’t…

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Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on movies I've seen recently.


Anything Else

November 18, 2017

It seems like everyone in this movie is supposed to be Woody Allen. They’ve all got the same schtick: overly neurotic, nervous energy, monotonous philosophical drivel. In other movies, his actors can sometimes pull this off naturally (like Owen Wilson in Midnight in Paris), but in this one, everyone seems…

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Blade Runner 2049

October 12, 2017

Pretty much everything that I had hoped for in a sequel. Villeneuve treated the story with reverence, paying homage to the original film and extending the story, visual style, and score with great care and creativity. A sci-fi epic. Villeneuve is helped by a rich, deep story with nice pacing,…

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Hold On

October 4, 2017

Well-shot. Definitely captures a mood, but not much of a story. Shorts can have more story than this, right? Characters and performances are authentic. Dagelet is entirely believable, and a talented musician to boot.

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Stories from Jeff

Goofy stuff I share with the world.


Managing in MLB

October 26, 2017

2014: Matt Williams named NL Manager of the Year October 2015: Nationals fire Matt Williams 2016-2017: Dusty Baker most successful manager in Nationals/Expos franchise history October 2017: Nationals fire Dusty Baker Bottom line is that these firings often do not always correspond with a manager’s success on the field. Based…

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Baseball’s Best at Each Position

August 3, 2017

Adrián Beltré’s recent 3000th career hit kicked off a conversation in my baseball circles about where he ranks in history among the game’s best third basemen. I took a statistical approach, looking at each player’s career WAR and using a positional adjustment for games they have actually played at their…

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I Almost Played Baseball for the USC Trojans

June 4, 2017

Like any kid, I wanted to be a major league baseball player. I played baseball in high school, but having spent most of my grade school years up in Canada, I was a little behind most of my American peers when I moved back down to the US for 11th…

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Baseball Prospects

Trying to find the next big star.


Kyle Tucker

July 6, 2017

This is one long dude. Looks a bit like Ted Williams in some of his photos. Very young. Might become something good.

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Francisco Mejia

July 6, 2017

Looks OK. May show some improvement from here, but he needs to step on it.

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Tomas Nido

July 6, 2017

A minor league record of part-time mediocrity and non-improvement.

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The Card Blog

Reminiscing about some of the baseball cards I used to collect.


1991 Topps #15 – Von Hayes

September 16, 2013

The Card The 1991 Topps set was an attempt to be a little bit more minimalist and refined with its design, which was the trend in the early 90’s. An anniversary emblem adorned the front and back of every card, but other than that, it was just another very mediocre…



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1990 Leaf #180 – Albert Belle

September 5, 2013

The Card Donruss used the Leaf brand from 1985 to 1988 for cards distributed in Canada. Despite their relative rarity and the fact they were almost visually identical, Leaf cards were even less desirable (if that’s even possible) than the standard Donruss offering. In 1990, Leaf was rebranded as an…



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1990 Topps #162 – Todd Zeile

September 4, 2013

The Card The 1990 Topps set was a hideous abortion of secondary colors, halftone gradients, and squares. Topps tried real hard to cram the trendiest design elements into a single layout and succeeded in making one of the ugliest sets of the decade. It didn’t help that most of the…



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