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.

Roman Holiday

March 13, 2018

The location shooting and mobile camera stand out. Lots of great shots around Rome. Loved the pacing, tension, and gentleness of the last few moments. Hepburn was a cutie, wasn’t she? Lots of natural charisma for a 24-year-old, a ringer as she’d say. It’s no wonder she got the Oscar.…

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Torn Curtain

March 4, 2018

Decent spy thriller. Dark and suspenseful, which you can chalk up to Hitchcock. The setting is interesting. This is barely a generation after WWII, things are still kind of fresh. I like all the German language. You don’t have to know what they’re saying in these scenes, and it really…

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What the Health

February 26, 2018

Yet another in a long line of veggie movies. There are good explorations of dietary science and politics, and a lot of it is worth considering, but some of it is alarmist and distorted. To claim absolutely that we are biologically supposed to be vegetarians, going so far as to…

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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.

Franchy Cordero

February 16, 2018

He’ll probably go two levels higher than he should because of his home run numbers in the high desert and his name. But it’s definitely not going to work.

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Willie Calhoun

February 16, 2018

Wow, he looks really good. The numbers don’t lie. But he looks a bit tubby for a guy who’s 23. There’s no way he stays at 2B, and I wonder if he can even hack it in the outfield.

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Austin Hays

February 16, 2018

Young, shot up real quick. Looks good at first glance, but keep an eye on that SO/BB ratio. He might struggle a bit in the major before he finds his groove.

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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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