April 14th, 2009

sucks, penguin5

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, RIP

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych -- who made a tremendous impression as a brilliant-but-eccentric pitcher for the Detroit Tigers in 1976, but who was out of baseball by 1980 -- has died at the age of 54, apparently due to an accident on his farm.

He was quite the character -- doing things like talk to the ball -- and one wonders how much more of a career he might have had if we knew then what we know now about abuse of young pitchers' arms.

*raises glass*
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    "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles
d'argo's lament


Got six pages of D'Argo's Lament #4 scripted. Was hoping for more, but it took me a while to get started, and the Census work took longer than expected, also -- the latter wound up being a full day's worth of work.

To bed....
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    "Budapest" by Jethro Tull

Schott's Miscellany 13 April 2009

Easter Monday Bank Holiday (England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand)


Evagrius Ponticus (c.346-399 CE), Deacon of Constantinople, named his eight sins:

Dejection (lack of pleasure)
Weariness (acedia)

ELY--to fall away one by one
"Whenever Tony stood up to speak, the crowd would ely."
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    "Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks
d'argo's lament

Tuesday's dead

Gotta finish D'Argo's Lament #4 and do a couple hours' worth of Census stuff. Then it's to the dojo for karate and fighting, both of which I've been lax with lately (having missed a Friday fighting class and both Saturday and Monday's regular classes).

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    "Badge" by Eric Clapton
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quick thoughts on TV and movies

I'll try to be more in-depth with this stuff later, but...

Watchmen: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, and especially Jackie Earle Haley were amazing, but while this was probably the best movie that could've been made of Watchmen, mostly the movie proved that this should've been a 12-part HBO miniseries.

Castle: Delightful. Will be reviewing this (along with Cold Squad, Burn the Lead, and DaVinci's Inquest) on "Couch Potato Salad" for next week's The Chronic Rift podcast.

Penguins of Madagascar: Need to catch up with this (thank you, DVR!).

Supernatural: Some great great great great episodes this season, but I'm pissed that they keep killing off interesting characters.

CSI: NY: No, I don't know why I'm still watching, but damn do I loves me some Emanuelle Vaugier.

Kings: Brilliant and doomed. I'll be ranting on the Rift about how NBC screwed the pooch on marketing this.

Dollhouse: Lost interest after two episodes. Still think the premise is dumber than a box of hammers, and Eliza Dushku's range doesn't extend beyond Faith, which is a problem for a role that's supposed to be the perfect chameleon.

Lost: The show has gone from a show about characters with the occasional bit of plot to the exact opposite. Enjoying the ride, but there's not a lot of substance there, though there are bits I adore. Also: where the fuck is Faraday?

Also: In Plain Sight and Law & Order: Criminal Intent are back on Sunday! *dances jig*
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d'argo's lament


I am pleased to announce that D'Argo's Lament #4 is done! Now it's off to Henson for their okee dokee.
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