August 8th, 2009

NYY, melky

this is the game that never ends.....

The Yanks are up in the bottom of the 14th. Still no score. Boston has emptied its bullpen, with Japanese import Junichi Tazawa the last man standing in his major-league debut.

Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano just singled. Two on, one out for Eric Hinske, who came in as a pinch hitter several ice ages ago.

This has been an amazing game. 2-1 on Hinske. Will update as needed.

Update: Hinske hits a shot to right, but J.D. Drew makes a fantastic running catch for the second out. Fuck!

Now Melky Cabrera up for his 9000th shot at ending the game.....

Update #2: Melky hits a shot that's foul by an inch, then strikes out. Sigh.

On to the 15th.......

Update #3: Phil Coke pitches the top of the 15th. He retires the Sox in order. The punchy YES announcers are making fun of Paul O'Neill's yogurt.

Update #4: Derek Jeter leads off with a single. Johnny Damon bunts for no good reason, and with no real skill, as he pops out. Mark Teixeira strikes out.

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alex Rodriguez slugs a home run to left field to win the game, 2-0!!!!!!!!

Finally! (And Burnett just gave A-Rod a pie in the face......)
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    still the Yankee game

Schott's Miscellany 6 August 2009

The U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the first use of nuclear warfare (1945)


It is common for books to have strikeout numbers printed on their copyright page:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 (or, sometimes) 1 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2

The purpose of these numbers is to indicate the impression, or printing, from which the book came. The lowest number visible indicates the book's impression. (The term strikeout comes from the practice of literally scratching the numbers from the printing plate at successive impressions.) So, if on the strikeout line the lowest number is 1, the book is a first printin; if it is 5, it is a fifth; and so on.

Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.
Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953)
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Schott's Miscellany 7 August 2009

As a decoration for soldiers wounded in battle, George Washington created the Order of the Purple Heart (1782)


All women, of all ages and shapes, still look better side-saddle than ever they can astride. That's my opinion, and I stick to it. Granted, a girl with a lovely figure looks really ravishing in well-made boots and breeches, astride a beautifully turned out blood-horse; but she would look even more ravishing were she to ride the same creature side-saddle, with a well-cut London habit and a silk hat.

---D.W.E. Brock, MFH, Introduction to Foxhunting, 1954

Arms alone are not enough to keep the peace. It must be kept by men.
John F. Kennedy (1917-63)
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heart of the dragon

(lack of) progress.....

Yesterday was spent doing research, so very little forward movement on Heart of the Dragon, only adding 35 words to bring me to 7332, or 793 words off pace.

The research, he says revealing this for the first time, involves San Francisco in 1969 and the Supernatural episode "In the Beginning." I've mentioned a few times that Heart of the Dragon takes place in three different time periods. Those three are December 1969, December 1989, and December 2009, and the first of those will involve the Campbell family: Samuel and Deanna and their daughter Mary, as seen in the aforementioned episode. (The 1989 part will involve John Winchester.)

I'll get back to that on Monday, however, as the weekend belongs to Farscape. The next two days -- when I'm not at karate (today) or beach training and hanging out at Jones Beach (tomorrow) -- will be spent writing the script for D'Argo's Quest #1.
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    "Ears of Tin" by Jethro Tull
gone and back

Gone and Back #1 reviews

Now that the novelty's worn off, I haven't been seeing as many reviews of the Farscape comic as I used to. Sigh.

How-some-ever, Andre Lamar over at the "Line of Fire" review section of Comics Bulletin has reviewed Gone and Back #1, giving it 4.5 out of 5 bullets.

Money quote:
O’Bannon cleverly delves into the personalities of his characters and effectively knits appropriate dialogue for each of them. His understanding of the Farscape cast allows me to embrace the tone of any given panel. For instance, John Crichton’s blunt and smart mouth attitude from the television show are maintained in this script. Upon entering the alternate reality, and discovering Aeryn isn’t his wife, the alternate version of Chiana offers to cook Crichton a meal. Although he’s attempting to make sense of his new surroundings, the former astronaut in typical form replies with “Meal, uh, sounds like a good idea. I think I’m just sugar-crashing or something.”

An outsider from the series may overlook and dismiss the quote, believing it to be nothing of significance. But since I’m familiar with the John Crichton character, it pleases me to see that the writing intelligently represents him. Believability is essential to a fan and thankfully the storytelling delivers in this comic.

It's such a nice quote I'm willing to forgive Lamar's utterly ignoring my own contribution (especially since the dialogue, which he's specifically praising, is all me.....). *grin*

Two other reviews that are floating around include one from Andrea Speed at comiXtreme (who only gave it a 3/5) and one from the "Things I Like" blog (for which the money quote for me is "This is a good book" *grin*).
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