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.
My travel blog.
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.
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…
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…
Thoughts on movies I've seen recently.
March 2, 2020
First half is wonderfully simple, fun, and theatrical, perfect for a stage play. But then things get awkwardly sexual, and both the family and story lose their innocence. Things suddenly dark and twisted and graphic, and by the end, it almost feels like we’ve watched two different movies: the first…
February 19, 2020
Why do all the great detectives have such distinctive accents and wordplay? When was the last time you saw a brilliant detective with a standard American accent just telling it like it is? Interesting cast of characters. I’m sure Craig and Evans both loved playing against type for a change.…
February 12, 2020
Intense and humbling, like Saving Private Ryan and any good war movie. An amazing accomplishment of camerawork and editing. The shortest unbroken shot was 39 seconds long, while the longest single continuous shot was 8 1/2 minutes long, both of which are impressive. The steadicam shots through trenches and houses…
Goofy stuff I share with the world.
October 31, 2019
We’re here. Game 7 of the World Series. The Washington Nationals have defied all odds to get here. They weren’t even supposed to make it to the playoffs, let alone the World Series. Along the way, they trailed in and eventually won all 4 playoff elimination games they’ve been in,…
August 16, 2019
We’re now in the home stretch of the my baseball simulation league season, and I thought it might be fun to try to run some numbers to see what the odds are for each team to win their division.
March 26, 2019
With more frequent and more extreme shifts appearing every season, I see lefty batters pull the ball right into someone’s glove while the 3B bag sits there, sad and alone. I keep asking myself… Why don’t players bunt into the shift? It seems to me that if players could effectively…
Trying to find the next big star.
February 12, 2020
Looks OK. Can he keep improving?
February 12, 2020
Got a late start, maybe too late. Did surprisingly well in his majors call-up, but he’s prob not going anywhere.
December 7, 2019
Looks like a pretty good singles hitter.
Reminiscing about some of the baseball cards I used to collect.
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…
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…
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…