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.
May 12, 2017
For a big fan, it’s an interesting look at the band during a transformative period. Playing music samples in the background would have been a great way to liven up the critical interviews, which tend to drag a bit.
May 11, 2017
A tragic story about the injustice of war, one man’s existential journey and exploration of the failings of humanism in wartime, and a harrowing descent into madness. Thought-provoking, but a bit slow. Epic in scale, especially when considering that this long work is only part of a trilogy. Director Masaki…
April 16, 2017
Direct to video is right. Dacascos is a nice specimen from the same mold as Brandon Lee, but this is a pile of crap. Odds of hitting three numbers in a row on that roulette wheel is 1/50,653, or 0.002%.
Goofy stuff I share with the world.
October 16, 2015
So my good friend Mal decided to have a destination wedding in Punta Cana. I am a travel junkie, and here’s the chance to go to the Dominican Republic. Fun! As I was looking for flights, I found a little promo in the sidebar for Southwest Vacations, which sells flight…
May 17, 2015
So I was chatting with a buddy about some baseball stuff, specifically how public perception of Barry Bonds has changed over the years. I described to him how I remember that Bonds was generally well-liked in the early 90’s. Around that time, it was like “Holy shit, with all these…
October 24, 2013
I just returned from a road trip that I took across Arizona with my mother for her birthday. We hit the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley. All in all, a great adventure. Great sights, fantastic weather, but every time we came into a new town, we had to find good places…
Trying to find the next big star.
May 11, 2017
Sat next to this guy’s mom at a bar around the corner from my house last night, so I figured I had to look him up. He looks OK. He’s OBP is increasing as he’s moving up, which is a GREAT sign for a young hitter. But there’s nothing that…
April 29, 2017
Off to a really great start, but in the very low minors. Let’s see if he can maintain this.
April 20, 2017
Off to a hot start this year. Bat looks decent, but he’s a bit old to finally be making his mark in the majors. He may have 2-3 decent years in him as he peaks, but I don’t think he’s good enough to last much longer.
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…