White Sox Victory = Steelers Super Bowl

One of the first two sports jerseys Michael ever wore was actually a Chicago White Sox one-sie. See Michael's father-in-law's family is from the South side and good friends of theirs sent Michael a pretty cool looking White Sox outfit right after he was born.

This season, Michael wears his Roethlisberger jersey every Sunday the Steelers play.


Earlier this week, the White Sox won the World Series... I don't think I need to draw everyone a picture. Consider the football season over.

Pat-down ruled to be violation of privacy

I guess I can see where they are coming from on this one. The high school teacher who brought the suit has a particularly interesting comment:

"If I did that to my students, do you know what would happen to me?" (from ESPN article)

But the key difference is that students have to go to high school but fans chose to go to football games whose tickets (usually) point out that you can and will be kicked out if the team doesn't like you.

No one has a right to go to a sporting event. These are privileges. Privileges that in this day and age, I would like to keep safe. Certainly, the threat of terrorism has been used to justify extreme actions in this country out of whack with the potential danger. But do you really have a reasonable expectation not to be patted down when entering a stadium? I didn't think so. We're not talking about strip searches or confiscation of cell phones here.

I'd much rather be sure the drunk next to me doesn't have a knife thank you very much.

Why didn't I think of that?

Thanks to Trent Modglin, a writer for ProFootballWeekly.com who wrote yesterday about this fabulous idea: insurance for your fantasy football players.

No really. These guys will sell you an insurance policy for Priest Holmes. You pay them a premium and they pay you if he misses a certain amount of time. With decent actuarial tables this is a license to print money.

Mr. Modglin's article

fantasyplayerprotection.com

Go Jodi

An October 16th Letter to the Editor in the Hartford Courant titled "Breast-Fed Babies Are Healthier" (at the bottom of the page) got my wife so upset she fired off a counter-Letter to the Editor... and they published it!

Go Jodi: Letter Added To Mothers' Anxiety (middle of page)

ps. Jodi's right -- there are easily a million ways to raise a child, if I'm not killing or abusing it, keep your mouth shut. It also occurs to me that if this woman was right and Breast-fed babies really were that much less likely to result in an insurance claim then I suspect the insurance companies would already be charging us for it.

Mourning for a gaming site

I have enjoyed reading (monthly-ish) the Games Journal for a while now. Periodically, I looked for other sites that provided nice reviews of games and other interesting game related articles and never found one that I really liked as well.

Sadly, the Games Journal is no more. (good-bye letter)

They were part of my required online reading and I will miss them.

....

Have we mourned enough? Ok, good. How could they just go away? Didn't they know I was reading them? Does anyone have any good suggestions for game related Web sites to replace the Games Journal on my list of links?

Funny Stuff

As a father who recently had a 5 day old son. I thought this was particularly funny. Especially the last line "... 5 day old sons come and go ..."

The bit is called Greenie and the Jets and is an animation based on some actual dialogue from the Mike and Mike morning show on ESPN radio. Its nearish the bottom of the page:

Animated 'Off-Mikes' Page

Update: Roughing the Mother is pretty funny too.

Steven "Action" Jackson

ABC's video self-introductions of players on Monday Night Football certainly has done nothing good for the egos of professional atheletes. But last night was ugly. As the Saint Louis Rams' offense introduces itself, running back Steven Jackson says, and I quote:

"Steven "Action" Jackson ..."

I didn't even hear where he went to college. Or whether he's instead referring to his High School. Which is another stupid trend that I think is being pushed by Nike to mesh with their High School sports ads. Anyone know if all the High School pushers are under Nike contracts?

But really. I had never heard the nick-name "Action" for Steven Jackson before he told me about it on national television. Football is not boxing. If you have to tell me your nick-name, its not your nick-name. Nick-names are given to you by others, they are promulgated behind the scenes, the national media always finds out last unless they are the ones to start the nick-name.

Rule of thumb: If you have to get up on national television to tell me your nick-name, you are not nearly as cool as you think you are.

Trivial Pursuit Card Back

Seven

Shaft

The Federal Trade Commission

Fireworks

Spinach

Elvis Presley

names should get longer

There was a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal yesterday about how names in Germany are restricted by certain rules we would find quite odd in the US. Coincidentally, while re-reading parts of Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies this morning I just ran across a section about how sur-names became more and more frequent in cities around the mid-thirteenth century as a good way for tax collectors to keep all the Johns seperate.

Someone in the government explaining Germany's no-hyphen rule explained that they feared that this generation's hyphened last names would become next generation's 3-hyphen last names and lead to 7-hyphen and 15-hyphen last names in a short 100 years or so of cross-breeding those hyphenated last names.

However, if the purpose of names is to be able to tell people apart, maybe we need more last names. How many John Smiths do you need to have before you need a better way to tell them all apart? I am sure that middle names have helped a great deal, but there really are a lot of people in the world and only so many decent sounding names, so bring em on.

Michael Schulz-Strauss-Nolan-Zamost sounds like a law firm waiting to happen. Excellent.

menus, menus, menus

Earlier this week Jacob Neilson wrote of the impending death of the near-universal computer user interface he refers to interchangeably as Mac-Style or WYSIWYG and the inherent rise of a results-oriented interface.

R.I.P. WYSIWYG

Oh, where to start. Agenda: 1) Jacob, 2) WYSIWYG vs. Mac-Style, 3) results-oriented UI.

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That mush probably tastes bad to them too

A recent Associated Press article highlights growing sentiment in pediatric science that the American insistence on slowly introducing bland foods in particular orders is really more myth then science.

Experts Seek to Debunk Baby Food Myths

I bet this is why American's typically grow up with a much blander palate then many other cultures, especially non-European.

Interestingly, Jodi noticed one day that the baby food jars with Spanish labels often contain different foods then the same company's English labeled line on neighboring grocery store shelves. For instance, the only first-food Mangos we could find were in Spanish labels.

of God

Near the end of the Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson, which I heartily recommend, Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz debate the nature of God. During this debate Sir Isaac utters the following gem, which is here taken out of its context as part of a rationalization for seeking out the power that God uses to influence his creation.

"For the relationship that our souls bear to our bodies, is akin to the relationship that God bears to the entire Universe."

This sentence resonates with my own personal view of God and ties it to every sentient being's own set of morals and values much neater then I ever could.

Just as each of our souls or values or beliefs are guided and shaped by experiences taken in through our body's senses and filtered by our physical brain, so too is God shaped by the universe's senses.

Just as different experiences filtered through different bodies result in different souls, so too do different people in different places and different times result in different Gods.

Is that a fairie your writing about?

In an interview with Wired News, renowned artist Dave McKean (of I draw every Neil Gamon comic fame) had an interesting comment on genre storytelling.

"Films about fairies and hobbits mean absolutely nothing to me. I'll never meet a hobbit. It will never be an issue in my life. But a film about someone who needs to believe in fairies can be fascinating. What drives that person, what's the problem, what's happened in their brain to make them believe? That stuff is fascinating and wonderful. But a film about fairies couldn't be more uninteresting to me." (Complete interview)

As someone who spends a good amount of time consuming genre stories about fairies I was initially a bit taken-a-back by this comment. But really, the best thing about good genre stories are that they can deal with important real-world issues in unique ways because they escape the baggage of our experiences and pre-impressions of those same issues.

So, if the story really is just about Fairies I would be inclined to agree with Mr. McKean. Thankfully there are a lot of good genre stories out there that really aren't about the fairies.