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.
September 20, 2018
The emotional story, gentle pacing, slow beauty, and Gattlin Griffith’s soulful eyes give the movie a wonderful, melancholic feel. And good tension in many scenes, though a bit forced at times, keeps things interesting. Brolin has a great presence. I love how in his career, he has vacillated between playing…
August 29, 2018
These guys both certainly have a gift for comedy and great chemistry. It’s fun to watch. You can tell that much of the show is rehearsed, but there’s just the right amount of ad-libbing and riffing and rolling with mistakes. The back-and-forth self-deprecation really defines their style. It’s really a…
August 21, 2018
It’s Altman, so it’s aimless and boring. An almost documentary-like look at ballet. If you like ballet, see it. Classically trained Neve is impressive. I guess she and Franco wanted to add an Altman art film to their repertoires.
Goofy stuff I share with the world.
July 17, 2018
With the MLB All-Star Game here in DC this year, I went to the All-Star FanFest, which MLB proudly calls “the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world”. Yesterday was long but fun day with friends and lots of little moments that made it memorable.
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…
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…
Trying to find the next big star.
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…