ayrdaomei: ([dS] Put a Spell On You)
( Apr. 22nd, 2009 08:37 pm)
Am I the last person on the block to hear that Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard are engaged?

I'm not sure how I feel about this. I think I'm leaning toward it being awesome, like, on the scale of Will and Jada, or Alyson and Alexis, but I have to think about it for a minute.
ayrdaomei: (Default)
( Apr. 21st, 2009 07:56 am)
For those who are interested in getting in on the happenings at dreamwidth but haven't yet received an invite (does this even apply to anyone on my f-list?), Denise posted the following over at dw_news last week:
Rest assured, as soon as April 30 rolls around, everyone with a Dreamwidth account will have a ton of invite codes to give out, everyone who's subscribed to one of our mailing lists or has set and validated an email address on their OpenID account will get an invite code that they can use if they want to, and if you absolutely can't find an invite code to use, you'll be able to create a paid account for as little as $3 for one month (and, if you choose not to keep paying us after that, the account will continue to exist as a free account after it expires).
ayrdaomei: ([Blue's Clues] Steve - Think!)
( Feb. 4th, 2009 08:56 am)
If I were the IRS, I'd be inclined to take a review of the past tax filings of the people responsible for vetting Obama's cabinet nominees. Either they were nowhere near as thorough as they needed to be, or they saw that all these nominees had questionable tax payment histories and were like "Not paying taxes? No big deal. If we disqualified everyone who failed to pay their taxes, I'd never have gotten this job." **nudge nudge wink wink**

Speaking of politics, I forgot one of my January movies!
  • Seven Days In May: Early 1960s political thriller in which an aide to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs stumbles upon plans for a military coup against the President - who has just signed an unpopular disarmament treaty with the Soviet Union. Kind of 24-ish, but slower paced as everything happens over the course of one week. And, you know, with way fewer corpses. The cast includes Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster, both of whom are very good. If you rent this, don't watch the trailer first! But do watch it after, because it's a pretty bad trailer. Hilariously bad.

eta: Man robs convenience stores in Denver with knock-off Klingon bat'leth. **laughs** What? The comments are fun.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] kinda like family)
( Feb. 2nd, 2009 10:26 am)
To the generous soul who recently gifted me some paid time: thanks :) I don't know when I'll get around to it, but I'm looking forward to doing an overhaul of my layout.

While I wasn't looking, the Republicans named Michael Steele (former MD Lt. Gov.) as the chair of their National Committee. Steele is the first African American elected to that position. And last month Colorado saw the only two African American members of its General Assembly sworn in as the heads of both chambers. Which - you guessed it - makes them the first African Americans to head both chambers of a state legislature...ever. So, that's different. (One day stuff like this will happen and it won't be newsworthy, but today is not that day.)
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Think Fast)
( Jan. 30th, 2009 11:48 am)
As social networking becomes ubiquitous, people with an otherwise steady grip on social etiquette find themselves flummoxed by questions about “unfriending” people: how to do it, when to do it and how to get away with it quietly. . . .

[On Facebook, deleting] friends does not generate a notification of any sort, leaving members to discover they’ve been unfriended only when they find they no longer have access to someone’s profile. It can be a jarring experience, especially considering that the person who dumped you at some point either requested you as a friend or accepted your request (on Facebook, that is how friends are made). . . .

Mr. Blodget asked Facebook to develop new friendship levels that would let users sort their acquaintances by degree of separation. He suggested categories like “ ‘personal friends’ or ‘work friends’ or ‘extra special friends’ or ‘BFFs’ or ‘friends you want to hear meaningless trivia about all day long,’ ” and implored, “Please give me the ability to put friends in these groups without telling them I have done so.”
- Friends, Until I Delete You

...You can't filter your friends on Facebook? Are you kidding me? I would have given up on LJ years ago if that's how it was here. That shoots right into the top 5 of Reasons Why I Will Never Get A Facebook Account, So Stop Asking Me To Already.

Where do you stand on Defriended/Unfriended notices? I've always wished Livejournal did them. I don't automatically remove someone who has removed me - but I do remove such a person more often than not, and just for the sake of keeping my f-list tidy, I wouldn't mind getting a notice, as opposed to only realizing it when I do my once a year check of that Friends Tracker tool.
ayrdaomei: ([Foster's] What? I'm just saying.)
( Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:26 am)
- [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] and I talked about our immediate impressions of the inaugural on Tuesday afternoon, and then I came across this: the NYT gathered speechwriters from several past administrations to critique President Obama's inaugural. If you're interested in the use of language and perspectives on the same, it's a good read.

- When President Barack Obama was sworn in on Tuesday, he was surrounded by an extended clan that would have shocked past generations of Americans and instantly redrew the image of a first family for future ones....The family that produced Barack and Michelle Obama is black and white and Asian, Christian, Muslim and Jewish. They speak English; Indonesian; French; Cantonese; German; Hebrew; African languages including Swahili, Luo and Igbo; and even a few phrases of Gullah, the Creole dialect of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

I love that this is the most emailed story on NYT.com: The Nation’s Many Faces in Extended First Family.

- Is anyone watching the new season of 24? I need someone to !!!@#&&&&???? with, however belatedly, over the nopenotdeadness of Tony Almeida.
“We do our utmost to avoid hitting civilians, and many times we don’t fire because we see civilians nearby,” said Maj. Avital Leibovich, chief [Israeli] army spokeswoman for the foreign media....[G]aza authorities counted 758 fatalities, among them 257 children and 56 women. The injured totaled 3,100; of them 1,080 were children....Three Israeli soldiers were killed in combat; seven other soldiers have died during the military campaign, which is aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire, and three civilians have been killed by rockets.
John Ging, who heads United Nations relief operations in Gaza, said...that in none of the events of the past few days — the attacks on the [UN] school or the [UN-flagged] trucks — was there any evidence of cross-fire. He visited the school after the shelling.
“I want an exhaustive investigation to establish all the facts,” he said in a telephone interview. “In the school, [Israeli officials] say two of those killed were militants. But that means 41 were civilians. That is wholly and totally a very serious matter regarding duty of care and appropriate use of force. But I can’t pass judgment without the facts.”
- Gaza Attacks Continue Despite UN Truce Call.

[A] 21-year-old man with shrapnel in his left leg...demanded quick treatment. He turned out to be a militant with Islamic Jihad. He was smiling a big smile. “Hurry, I must get back so I can keep fighting,” he told the doctors.
He was told that there were more serious cases than his, that he needed to wait. But he insisted. “We are fighting the Israelis,” he said. “When we fire we run, but they hit back so fast. We run into the houses to get away.” He continued smiling.
“Why are you so happy?” this reporter asked. “Look around you.”
A girl who looked about 18 screamed as a surgeon removed shrapnel from her leg. An elderly man was soaked in blood. A baby a few weeks old and slightly wounded looked around helplessly. A man lay with parts of his brain coming out. His family wailed at his side.
“Don’t you see that these people are hurting?” the militant was asked.
“But I am from the people, too,” he said, his smile incandescent. “They lost their loved ones as martyrs. They should be happy. I want to be a martyr, too.”
- Fighter sees his paradise in Gaza's pain.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] Think Fast)
( Dec. 26th, 2008 03:20 pm)
+ I can't quite put my finger on it, but at some point in watching episode 1x09 of The Mentalist, I was struck by the realization that I like and am starting to feel invested in the supporting cast. This makes me happy, since Lord knows I don't really watch this show for the cases.

what's this? supporting cast-induced squee? )

I've also graduated to fic for the show - just Palm, Switch, Steal so far. It's short, but good. Spoilers for 1x10 if you haven't watched that yet.

+ God rest Eartha Kitt. She had a long and brilliant career as an entertainer in several mediums, but I loved her most of all as Yzma in Disney's The Emperor's New Groove. (If you've never seen that, you're missing out. It is hilarious. I haven't seen it in about a year, so it's due for a re-watch.)

+ Saw The Spirit with [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com]. I laughed a lot, mostly at it, but occasionally with it. It was really weird, you know, humor-wise? Like Snakes On A Plane weird, although I'm guessing, since I didn't see that movie. It was...I don't know, just really over the top - most often when Sam Jackson was on screen. It had its moments but I wouldn't recommend it. [Bad username or site: johnnybvo / @ livejournal.com] liked it, although he agrees it's a weird movie. So, make of that what you will. Before the film, we got several crappy trailers. Two of them were for slasher flicks, and what do you know, Jared was in one (um, Jason 13 or some such) and Jensen in the other (My Bloody Valentine, I think). So that was kinda amusing, and kinda sad.

+ My mom straightened my hair this morning :/ I'm really perfectly fine with people not taking hot irons to my head, but she was very keen to. I don't know why some people are so concerned about how I wear my hair.
Off to College Alone, Shadowed by Mental Illness. (bugmenot, if you need a login). Nothing particularly earthshattering in that piece, but what the halibut. Particular focus on bipolar kids, but if you've got an f-list on Livejournal with more than 10 people on it, a lot of that article probably sounds familiar. Or maybe I just run in certain circles? ^_~ At any rate, it's the most emailed story of the day so far, which says something.

The minor controversy over Ian McEwan being accused of plagarism has led to some prominent writers coming out to voice their support of him. Interesting piece on that here:

In the statements the authors cheerfully admitted to plundering other work — historical writing, autobiography, primary-source documents, other novels — for their own books, and said that such research was the lifeblood of any novel that depended on period detail.

Heh. That 'cheerfully admitted' kills me.

Republic of Tea's holiday Winter Fruit Blend, you have been judged and found lacking. Especially irksome because I asked for a small pot of tea and got a large >:[

The girl a table behind me isn't feeling God when she goes to worship services. She doesn't know if it's because the worship services have it all wrong, or if she does. Heady stuff, Pip. Don't you have exams next week?

eta: and now the one girl is expressing her inner conflict over the church's teachings on homosexuals because she's never really had any homosexual friends but the few homosexuals she knows now are "just...really nice." And she likes being with them because there's "no judgment" and she doesn't understand that if homosexuals are such horrible people, why she should feel so good when she's around them. And a friend of hers has reminded her she's to love the sinner and hate the sin, but she just thinks that's kinda patronizing. Aw. Undergrads.

And thank goodness, they're leaving, because I was never gonna get any work done. It was like having a deleted scene from Waking Life acted out in front of me. Well, behind me. As I eavesdrop on it. But you know what I mean.

edit 2: I kinda love when really old dudes refer to their wives as "my bride."
ayrdaomei: ([Trek] Lily - It's a long way down)
( Dec. 8th, 2006 08:53 am)
I passed the MPRE! I hope everyone else who took the November exam woke up to such pleasant news.

In more sobering developments, what a heartbreaking resolution to the search for CNET's James Kim and his family.

eta: President of the D-Backs, Derrick Hall, in a chat on the team's web-site yesterday ~

rereit: What happened with the rumored Mark Mulder deal?
Hall: Our staff is still considering. As you know, this is a player with a medical history, so all of the necessary due diligence needs to take place.

And since everyone knows front office people NEVER RARELY give fans a straight and honest answer to a simple question, I am only more convinced the problem is that the D-Backs won't guarantee anywhere near what Mark's people want to see in a deal without incentives. Yes. And this story from Tuesday talks about the hurdles created by their stupid policy of not wanting to pay people. Except it's a good policy from where I'm sitting, because I don't want to see him sign with Arizona. So. You know. Keep shooting yourselves in the foot, guys.

And I am not talking about Mark Mulder any more this week.
ayrdaomei: ([Office] Dawn - watching and wondering)
( Nov. 1st, 2006 06:00 am)
Listening to Brian Williams on Imus1 just now and he was recounting how nervous he was to do SNL. He said it's different doing the news, because when he does the news, he's only in front of two camera men and a producer.2 But on SNL, there's a live audience and there are "all these people, right there in your grill."

So...yeah. I'm thinking it's about time - quite past time, really - to retire the phrase "in your/my grill" from the vernacular.

What are people reading for fun? ([Bad username or site: thewriteratwork / @ livejournal.com], [Bad username or site: belle1446 / @ livejournal.com] and [Bad username or site: cookie2697 / @ livejournal.com] talk about what they're reading quite frequently, which is cool. Though I'm always like "oh, I have to remember to check that out!" And then I, you know, don't.) I picked up a collection of short stories last week, The Imaginary Lives of Mechanical Men,3 because the title spoke to my overly emo soul. But I got about 3 pages in before I set it aside to 'get to later' and it's already time to return it. Whoops! I pretend I want to read different authors and expand my horizons, but really, just hand me the latest Dean Koontz and I'm a happy camper.

eta: Oh! Also, remember a couple months ago, or several months ago, I forget, but remember that grad student finding a previously unpublished poem by Frost written on the inside cover of some book or another? How lucky was that, right? Only, it's kinda happened again - Student Finds Unpublished Plath Poem. How cool. I am clearly, CLEARLY, doing the wrong kind of graduate work ^_~

1. It's the time of the year where I stop watching the ESPNetworks and stop listening to sports radio, and suddenly I have all these hours in my day where I have no plan for what white noise I'll have on in the background. So I was scanning the radio.
2. I swear he said one of the cameramen was named Barry and "my producer, Zito..." and I think, perhaps, it's gonna be a long offseason.
3. As it turns out, it's not a story of the life and times of the St. Louis Cardinals.

† Okay, I'm not crazy. I just googled it, and according to the Emmy people, one of the producers on the Nightly News with Brian Williams is named John Zito. I'll have to check the credits of the show tonight and see if there's a cameraman named Barry ^_~
ayrdaomei: ([Movies] I Robot)
( Oct. 11th, 2006 05:08 pm)
This is so incredibly surreal.

When I surfed across CNN.com during class earlier, and saw the breaking news banner about a plane hitting a building in New York, my heart froze in my chest.

And then when I turned on ESPN after getting out of class just now my heart stopped a second time.

How awful.

(And I feel terrible because my second thought was "Thank God it wasn't Moose, or someone else I care about.")

I was at the game in Philly where they announced that he and Bobby Abreu had been traded to the Yankees. It's so weird to think I saw him a few months ago reluctantly tipping his cap to fans. And now he's dead. I know hundreds upon hundreds of people die every day...but this is so surreal.
It's been TWELVE DAYS. I live in Virginia. My computer only went to Tennessee. It's 2006, not 1917. I don't understand why I don't have my lappy back yet. Granted, counting weekends and holidays, it's been 7 days, which is on the low end of the "7-10 days" I was told. But they never said 7-10 business days >:[

Come on, [Bad username or site: spluckle / @ livejournal.com], help a sister out!

(You'd think that without the added distraction, I'd be more on top of things, but no, I'm more absentminded than ever. Also, what is with gel pens that only last me one class? I don't write THAT much.)

But more important than me and my crash course in life without the internets at my fingertips 24/7 - the fact that the Florida Marlins won yesterday, to reach .500 for the first time since the second day of the season. I wish I were more eloquent, but really XD and ^________^ pretty much express my sentiments on the topic. I heard it said the Marlins are as big a story as the Tigers this year, which sounded weird at first, but I kinda like it :P Not that it will keep Joe in Florida, and maybe this Wild Card thing collapses in the last week like the '05 Indians, but when it's all said and done, I hope they're proud. If not, I'm definitely proud enough for the entire expanded roster at this point.

The LJ Grapevine tells me that [Bad username or site: lovingthecubs / @ livejournal.com] did get to go see the Fish in WI, and Scotty's start to boot. That couldn't have worked out more perfectly ^_^ Also, I'm glad someone who really cared was there. (And you should totally send me a ticket stub if you hung on to any extra ^_~)

(Btw, LJ Grapevine, I've lost my cellphone, so don't waste your text messages.)

Saw on the news this morning that the Crocodile Hunter passed away after getting stung in the heart by a stingray. I hope Joe and the guys can help Hammer through this sad time.
ayrdaomei: ([Comics] the paint in my picture)
( Aug. 15th, 2006 12:37 am)
Pittsburgh was fab. I mean, the Cardinals sucked (shocker! :P), but the game was still fun, and the Chappelle show on Sunday was hilarious. Took some pics at the game with the camera I bought to tide me over 'til I could replace my dearly departed 6490. I wasn't thrilled with the picture quality at all, but happily, I noted some damage to the camera that hadn't been mentioned in the ebay listing, and the seller has a return and refund policy. She's already said she'll refund me, hopefully she'll follow through. And when I got home today, my replacement 6490 had arrived! Seems to be in great working condition, and it looks like the seller actually overstated the one minor defect that he mentioned in the listing, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Also, arrived in the mail today: My July/August A's Magazine! Oh happy day. Haren's the cover story, with Urban basically telling us Oakland will be okay when Zito flies the coop, because he's left us his only begotten son. Btw, I would like to submit Urban's transition into talking about Dan's relationship with Z as Exhibit #452 that Mychael Urban is a slasher at heart.

I finally figured out how to get our scanner to capture magazine pages in color in good resolution, so if you're interested, I scanned the article on Dan, as well as Urban's short piece on Kotsay. And a three page thing on the Swisher/Blanton/Harden/OnceAlsoStreetButNoLonger house. I figure the pieces for this issue were put together in mid to late June, which I guess means Huston's only moved out in the last month >.> Curiouser and curiouser. Anyway, the gallery is (here). I left the scans fairly big, but if anyone needs them smaller and can't do the resizing, lemme know. There was also a pretty interesting piece on Adam Melhuse that I didn't scan, since scanning is a bit of a pain in my ass. BUT, if anyone would be interested in reading it, holla.

+ more on the Chappelle performance )

[Bad username or site: trailer_spot / @ livejournal.com] linked me to this, a VF article that breaks down NORAD's reaction to the events on the morning of September 11th, complete with some clips from control room audio recordings of that morning. Fascinating, among other things, to read and listen to.
ayrdaomei: ([Trek] Lily - It's a long way down)
( Aug. 9th, 2006 03:54 pm)
After approximately a bazillion years of calling and emailing (okay, two emails, and maybe 5 calls) I finally got through to Austin in the A's merchandising department, and my Haren tee is on the way to me ^___________^ I had a coupon for 25% off a mail order item, on account of my subscription to the team mag, so the shirt ended up costing me just under $23 with shipping and everything. Whoo for not breaking the bank...completely.

I can't stop reading analyses of Lieberman's defeat in the primary in CT. All the politicos are like "but it could mean this! or it could mean this! but maybe it signifies this!" It's like undergrad all over again.

I went to see Monster House the other day. (I had to take a friend of the family's kid, okay? shut up.) I was surprised by how not bad it was. Like Cars, it's another one that wasn't promoted well in the early goings, I think. But it was a surprisingly touching story, not just all oooh, creepy house, or whatever. Also, Nick Cannon has a rather funny bit part as a sheriff's deputy. I found the animation-style pretty offputting, and I still didn't really care for it when the movie was over, but I think the story is good enough and compelling enough even, to overcome it.

Oh, and WTC is out today. Probably do the early AM show tomorrow morning, solo, because I know I'ma cry.

Pretty annoyed by all the shit-stirring going on in the Florida papers about some tiff between Joe Girardi and the owner of the team. All the pieces are saying the owner needs to back off, and while I appreciate the support of Joe, I just really hope this becomes a non-issue. I know the writers are all glad for something different to write about but this really isn't Torre-Steinbrenner Redux, so let's not try and make it that.

In more pleasant Marlins news, I enjoyed this piece on the starting rotation. Time will tell if Florida's kid pitchers can cultivate a nice little Barry Zito-Tim Hudson-Mark Mulder dynamic, plus two. But the maturation process should be fun to watch.

You are not wrong, sir.
ayrdaomei: ([Trek] 400 years from now)
( Jun. 27th, 2006 06:28 am)
On the news last night, they said that the elm tree that went down at the White House during the storms? Is one of the trees featured on the 20 dollar bill. It's the tree on the right. Sadness. That tree has totally been a part of my life and I didn't even know it. I mean, I have a twenty in my pocket right now. Maybe I'll frame it. In Memoriam, 100 Year Old Elm Tree That Was Felled During Ridiculous Rain Spell of 2006.

So the story about Warren Buffett committing to donate 1.5 billion a year to the Gates Foundation? Like. I dunno. It makes me happy in my soul. I think it's a tremendous gesture and it's all about the potential for people to be decent in the world. I am rather verklempt. (Sorry, I'm a Gemini, and my emo side has been totally dominating this birth month.)

I love when Robert Stansbury 'Buster' Olney III is on Mike & Mike.

The story on the Orioles in the Washington Post this morning oh so casually mentions Miguel Tejada and Jason Grimsley's affidavit in the same breath. It's been quite the topic of discussion on Mike & Mike this morning.

Some interesting stuff from the story:

Those who have spoken to Tejada recently about the subject said he is happy and does not want to be traded. But Orioles executives and Manager Sam Perlozzo have met several times, though not in the past month, to discuss how to deal with Tejada's tardiness in arriving for games.

"I can't sit here and say we haven't talked about it," Orioles Vice President Jim Duquette said. "It's a topic we've talked about with Sam."

In a game earlier this season in New York, Tejada arrived less than one hour prior to the scheduled start time. Most Orioles are in the clubhouse three hours before game time. One player, speaking off the record, said that Tejada is still popular among his teammates but that his tardiness is an issue.

One team source said Baltimore has tried to fine Tejada, but those fines have been ignored. The source said it was possible team officials had not pushed Tejada to pay the fines or disciplined Tejada publicly because they did not want to risk alienating him or hurting his trade value.

"I can't remember the last time I heard anything about it at all," Orioles Executive Vice President Mike Flanagan said. "Sometimes this business of being late is a matter of interpretation."

Flanagan said Duquette spoke with Tejada on Sunday and "felt really good" about the conversation. But Tejada arrived at 12:10 p.m. for Sunday's 1:35 game against the Washington Nationals.

Several team sources said they have noticed Tejada sulking some of late, perhaps stemming from his name being linked to the investigation into an affidavit from former Oriole Jason Grimsley, which appears to link several of his ex-teammates to the use of amphetamines and perhaps other substances. (The names in the affidavit have been redacted.) Since it became public on June 7, Tejada is hitting just .236 (17 for 72).

I don't have much to say. I definitely remember how much Miggy changed after Palmeiro name-dropped him, and to hear stuff like this would have wrecked me last year. If Miggy is attached to or among those named in the affidavit, I'm sorry for those of you who actually still found it in your heart to root for this guy after his no-show to Ellie's memorial service, while finding time to make his trade demands that same week :/
ayrdaomei: ([Movies] figurin' out all over again)
( Jun. 24th, 2006 09:35 am)
I see this sentiment expressed on my f-list fairly often, and from the It's Not Just You files: 25% of Americans have no one to confide in.

Americans have a third fewer close friends and confidants than just two decades ago — a sign that people may be living lonelier, more isolated lives than in the past.

In 1985, the average American had three people in whom to confide matters that were important to them, says a study in today's American Sociological Review. In 2004, that number dropped to two, and one in four had no close confidants at all.

....But some new trends, such as online social networking, may help counter the effect[.]

Btw, I read Bowling Alone for two of my classes in undergrad, and Putnam's thesis is an interesting thing to consider, if you're curious about this sort of stuff.

Things that are naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasty: Cheeseburger donuts?

The Gateway Grizzlies, an independent baseball league team in Sauget, Ill., started selling "Baseball's Best Burger" this month: a $4.50 cheeseburger with two strips of bacon grilled between a sliced Krispy Kreme doughnut. (The glazed sides are flipped to the inside for less mess.)


People who care about the Baltimore Orioles: Chen, Millar, and Hernandez to star in TWIB. That's today's episode.

I made a cup of this new "hot chocolate tea" I picked up the other day, and my brother just swooped in and stole it. lol, wtf.

eta: Heads up, A's fans - there's a piece on Swish in next week's Sports Illustrated. It's not too long; I'll try to scan it if I get a chance.
So Scott McClellan stepped down....and I am seriously surprised he lasted this long. Ari lied with conviction, he acted like he believed it and if you didn't believe what he was telling you, then you were just a moron, weren't you? He had this whole Scalia approach to press briefings. I remember in undergrad, one of my friends sent him a Valentine's Day card. She's probably on a list somewhere. Like, he was the Scorpius of the Bush White House. You hated him, right? But he was SO COMPELLING. He used to get into these little tiffs with Les Kinsolving, oh man. Hilarity. Well, as hilarious as anything involving the Bush Administration can get. McClellan, on the other hand, I swear, when I first started watching his briefings? I felt kinda sorry for him. The guy couldn't have sold me on the sky being blue, let alone GOP spin. Anyway, peace out, Scott. You were, like, the least memorable press secretary ever, which, I dunno, that will probably be in your best interest when all is said and done.

[Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com] linked to this piece on Greinke, which reminded me that MLB.com ran this two days ago. I really have so much respect for the Royals organization, and the way they gave this kid his space and have been willing to let him work things through. And I have a lot of respect for this kid, too, to recognize that he's got issues that need addressing. Respect all around, what the hell.

Yesterday it also occurred to me that it's been, like, MONTHS since Alex Rodriguez has done something for me to make fun of. WHAT GIVES. On the plus side, [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com] posted caps of sadface!A-Rod post the Team USA loss, so, you know, that's something.

Speaking of [Bad username or site: rickenbacker / @ livejournal.com], she ripped the BDSSP appearance, in mpeg. In four parts, for easier downloading, since each part is 30mbs here. Um, if you grabbed the thing I ripped from the BDSSP site, then you have all of 1, all of 2, and all but 40 seconds of 3. Part 4 is the guys failing at knowing the trivia about each other, and I imagine fangirls everywhere rolled their eyes at the fact that Chavvy didn't know who Z's uncle was ^_~

Part 1 of 4 ++ Part 2 of 4 ++ Part 3 of 4 ++ Part 4 of 4

She also took a crapload of caps, available here.

And via [Bad username or site: roxybritain / @ livejournal.com]: ahahahahah. Now, if they could just find a way to balance this being adorkable business with WINNING BALLGAMES, I think my friends would all be happier people.

Joe tore the baby fish a new one. Which, you know what? GOOD. Because the frantic throws to first to blow ballgames late? WERE PISSING ME OFF. Also, Mikey can start hitting any day now, because seriously, there could be nothing more embarassing than getting benched by the Marlins.

Btw, Cubs fans, my heart goes out to you, man. I'm headed to the Richmond Braves game on Saturday (in lieu of the Wilco concert, because baseball > Wilco) with my friend Amy, who's a huge Cubs fan, and she's taking this D-Lee thing kinda hard. I imagine it'll be my job to keep the beers coming.
ayrdaomei: ([Incredibles] Violet - Marysia)
( Mar. 29th, 2006 06:06 am)
+ A scan of my f-list reveals a lot of not coolness employment-wise, health-wise, relationship-wise for many of you. **kisses your collective forehead** I'm thinking of you, and often. I hope everything works out okay.

+ I got a phone call yesterday, and two tremendous things of note: 1.) my phone was on, and 2.) I answered it. If you've known me more than 5 minutes, you know this is, like, inconceivable. Unprecedented in the history of me. So, yes. Apparently, the promise of fic just needed to be tied to phone usage much earlier, and I'd have completely different phone habits. Who knew?

+ Watched some of the O's game yesterday. B-Rob looked good - swung the bat well, ran well. MelMo continues to not have a deal beyond this year. I continue to generally hate resent my team.

+ I also despise MLB.com's new layout. It's very confusing to me. I got tired just looking at it. And that blank stretch on the right bothers the hell out of me.

+ "Asked what he would be doing when the White Sox receive their World Series rings April 4 at U.S. Cellular Field before playing the Indians in the second game of the season, Travis Hafner said, 'I'll probably be in the bathroom throwing up.'"

**laughs** How endearing. Clearly, a man after [Bad username or site: offspeed / @ livejournal.com]'s heart. (full story here).

+ "I'm not the outgoing, cocky guy. I'm trying to lose that rap," Swisher said. "You guys (writers) keep referring to that. I don't like it.

"I don't think I really had it last year. It's just something that stuck with me from the beginning. Just because I'm an outgoing guy, and I'm having fun, everybody started to write, 'He's cocky.' This year I've been extremely quiet compared with normal. I'm just trying to relax and prove myself on the field."

Earlier in spring training, third baseman Eric Chavez was discussing how he'd like to change his usual pleasant demeanor into nastier disposition.

"It's a cocky, confidence thing," Chavez said. "Swisher's got it."

Hee. Good luck with that, Nick. Also, hasn't Chavvy been trying to change his "disposition" for a couple years now? I think it might be a lost cause, Eric. Johnson, Swisher bond despite competition.

+ Moose was on MLB.radio recently and there's nothing terribly notable about the interview, in fact, it was quite boring, but Mike kinda half laughs a little at the end. So there's that. (About the World Baseball Classic: "I think we all watched a little of it. As it got going along, we started to pay attention to see how people were playing...how it was being followed...things that were going on. I think we paid attention to it. I don't think we sat down and watched it like the NCAA basketball tournaments, but we paid attention to it. I think we all wish that the US team had played a little better, but that's the way the tournament went.")

+ Andrew Card resigned? Hmm.

ETA: Indians inked Sizemore to a six-year deal. It's so weird to see numbers like '2011' with an option for '2012' in print. Sounds like an eternity. Indians, Sizemore decide they are a perfect fit.
ayrdaomei: ([Celeb] Hal -  i embarass me)
( Feb. 28th, 2006 01:09 pm)
My eyes.

Did they make the rookies sing? See, I can get with making rookies sing. Anyway, somewhere, RuPaul cries.

In less distressing news: confirmed word that Brad Whitford has signed on to Sorkin's new show. ^_^

ETA: LOL, they did make their rookies sing. That's funny.
San Francisco Giants rookie Brian Wilson portrays musician Billy Idol while participating in a rookie hazing spoof of the hit television show American Idol prior to a Major League Baseball spring training workout, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006, in Scottsdale, Ariz. )

Dude, your name is BRIAN WILSON. There was a whole joke there.


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