30 October 2008

All that therapy was useless...

Ray Ratto opened his post-World Series column with the following nugget:

If you believe Scott Eyre, who lived through it, Pedro Feliz, who lived through it too, came up to him after the seventh inning of Wednesday night's World Series finale and said, "This time, we're going to get those five outs."

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I just threw up a little bit. I think I need a drink or 12....

25 October 2008

Hooray!

I love Apple:
Apple announced it is donating $100,000 to the “No on 8” campaign, citing its history as one of the first California companies to offer equal benefits to its employees’ same-sex partners: “We strongly believe that a person’s fundamental rights—including the right to marry—should not be affected by their sexual orientation. Apple views this as a civil rights issue, rather than just a political issue, and is therefore speaking out publicly against Proposition 8.”

...as if I needed another reason.

20 October 2008

La da da da da La da da da da daaaaaa.......

I'm always intrigued by music choices for commercials. Today, Gogol Bordello, in an ad for some racing game, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift*:


*If you watch the trailer, it looks like a pumped-up ripoff offroad version of a classic.

Powell endorses Obama

Growing up during the first Gulf War, Colin Powell was always one of those familiar names, even if I didn't know who or what he was. Later, as perhaps the most respectable member of W's cabinet, I learned more about him as a politician. This week the former Republican Secretary of State threw his political weight behind his party's enemy, Barack Obama:



I particularly appreciate his comments at about 4:01 of that video, especially this:
"...not about who's a muslim and who's not a muslim...We have got to say to the world, 'it doesn't make any difference who you are, or what you are. If you're American, you're American!'"


Here's the reaction from the pundits:


Perhaps the best quote from Powell's endorsement came from his appearance on Meet the Press:

The best quote comes at 4:31 when he says:
"I'm also troubled by, not what Sen. McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said such things as: 'Well, you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.' Well, the correct answer is: he is not a Muslim. He's a Christian. He's always been a Christian. But the really right answer is: What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country? The answer is: No, that's not America. Is there something wrong with some 7-year-old Muslim-American kid believing he or she can be President? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion: he's a Muslim, and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America."*

Now, there are certainly issues with Colin Powell, especially regarding his part in the Iraq war. But this kind of thing, especially the quote above, makes me think that at the very least, while I'll never agree with him on most things, I can respect him as a human being, something I can't say of quite a few republicans.

*For more on that story he referenced about the soldier near the end of the clip, head over to Shakesville.

19 October 2008

I wish I had money on this....

The World Series starts on Wednesday, and the following teams will NOT be participating (among others): the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Mets, the Dodgers, the Cardinals, the Cubs, or the White Sox. Tim McCarver will be so disappointed*! If you guessed that the Series would be Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay, and you put money down on it, what kind of private jet will you be buying? If you picked them, and DIDN'T put any money on it then please, slowly step away from the ledge. It will be ok.

In all seriousness, I'm really glad to see teams in the Series that haven't been there in a while (Philly hasn't been there since '93, hasn't won since '83. Tampa has never been there. We'll get to that in a minute.) I was glad to see the Dodgers lose (because I'm ALWAYS glad to see the Dodgers lose), and I was really glad to see the Red Sox lose, both because I am tired of hearing about them, and because the Rays are such a great story. Seriously, in the last three drafts, the Rays have picked 3rd, 1st, and 1st meaning that they have had one of, if not the worst record in the league. To go from the worst record in the league last year to the world series this year (with two of those last three draft picks playing a big part in getting them there) is amazing. Whoever wins (and my money is on TB), it won't be one of the usual suspects, and that has to be good for baseball. I know I'm a lot more likely to watch the games with the Rays in the series than I would have been with the Red Sox, and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels that way.

*Seriously, I don't understand why Fox continues to employ Tim McCarver to cover national games. He always comes across to me as if in his mind there are only a handful of real teams (NY, NY, Boston, LA, St. Louis, and Chicago), and everyone else is just filler for the schedules. Of course, Fox does have a very questionable track record, when it comes to choosing on-air personalities...

07 October 2008

Am I lazy?

As soon as I come up for air, I'll try to get back to posting on a semi-regular basis.

Beer Review -- Coronado Idiot IPA


I reviewed the other IPA by the Coronado Brewing Company a few weeks ago, so I'll dispense with the background on this one.

These two IPA's couldn't be much less alike. Where the Islander was clear and clean, the Idiot is cloudy, with a floral, earthy undertone. In this regard it's almost reminiscent of some of the fresh-hop ales out there (for instance, Deschutes Hop Trip), albeit to a lesser degree. A little darker, and a whole lot cloudier in appearance than the Islander, Idiot has more of a craft-brew feel to it. The final comparison is less bite, more depth, earthier taste, with a sweeter finish, and stands up better as it creeps up toward room temp. If you're only going to try one of their brews, try this one.