17 May 2009

gridlore: Photo: Rob Halford on stage from the 1982 "Screaming for Vengeance" tour (Music - Rob Halford)
If I remember correctly, we have the Crazy Russkie, [livejournal.com profile] dalen_talas to thank for today's madness.

The band is Aria (Ария), a Russian heavy metal band that is actually better described as a franchise. Aria has spawned several other successful bands while going through multiple line up changes over the years.

Alas, my skill with Babelfish hasn't allowed me to discern when this was shot. Although I have gleaned that the crazed conductor has since passed away.

So please enjoy Aria with an orchestral accompaniment playing Torero

gridlore: A pile of a dozen hardback books (Books)
Two reviews for you today, devoted fans of all things me.

First up, I read Flashforward by Robert Sawyer in close to one sitting. Incredibly engaging story. Short form. On April 21, 2009, the LHC runs an experiment... and the entire world passes out for a little under two minutes. During this time, most people experience visions that are determined to be from 21 years in the future. There is soon enough evidence to suggest that what happened was an actual glimpse of the future. What really impressed me was the economy of the story. This could have been 700 pages, or yet another bloated trilogy, but instead we get well written characters, several plot lines, some action, and an acceptable resolution in under 400 pages. I think the strongest part of this novel is that it does limit itself to covering just a few lives, those of the CERN researchers at the heart of the experiment, and tells us the effects of the Flashforward through their eyes and through news items. Highly recommended, 5 penguins.

Secondly, we have Green Day's long-awaited follow up to American Idiot. 21st Century Breakdown continues the themes seen in AI and more than one commenter has stated that they believe it is the continuation of the story found on that album. You can read all of that elsewhere. So, how did it sound? Great! Not harcore punk, but an evolving, ever tighter band not afraid to experiment with their music. A few standout songs, no dogs. Well worth getting. If you're on iTunes, get the expanded edition. It includes two bonus tracks, one of which is Green Day covering The Who's A Quick One While He's Away. They nail it. 4 penguins, 5 with the Who cover.
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gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (San Francisco)
Today was Bay to Breakers in SF. Allegedly a footrace (and it actually does attract world-class distance runners) it is in truth the worlds longest moble block party.

How many races do you know with more beer stations than water stations? How many races do you know where one of the official announcements is that naked runners will not be allowed on MUNI buses or trains without getting dressed first? How many races do you feature a pirate ship (with sound system) getting into a water fight with DJ Noah and his A.R.K.?

Yeah, we love this place.

But the one thing that really caught my eye in the coverage was the guy running dressed as Willie Mays, complete with glove. He kept looking over his shoulder. At the finish line, a friend tossed a baseball to him which he caught over his shoulder, turned, and fired the ball back east, in the direction of AT&T Park!

This reminds me of two things, the first is Ken Griffey Jr.'s famous I got it! commercial (sound is badly out of sync on that one) and the second is Mays' legendary catch and throw in the 1954 World Series.
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Baseball - Avatar)
Official Rules of Baseball:
1.00 Objectives of the Game

1.01 Baseball is a game between two teams of nine players each, under direction of a manager, played on an enclosed field in accordance with these rules, under jurisdiction of one or more umpires.

Today, Rule 1.01 made a brief reappearance in the heretical American League.

Lineup card error forces Rays' pitcher to hit

An error on the Tampa Bay Rays' official lineup card forced starting pitcher Andy Sonnanstine to bat in Sunday's game against Cleveland. The Rays listed Ben Zobrist and Evan Longoria as the third baseman on the card given to the umpires before the start of the game. Longoria was supposed to be the designated hitter. "Designated hitter has to be designated on the lineup card and he wasn't," umpire crew chief Tim McClelland said. "That was just a mis-write, so to speak. That's how we interpreted it."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, after Tampa Bay beat Cleveland 7-5, said he didn't notice the error when he signed the card and took the blame. After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Sonnanstine had an RBI double to left during a five-run fourth that put Tampa Bay ahead 7-3.


Baseball is a game of skill. Two of these skills are hitting and running the bases. Playing defense is another skill. If you want a game of specialists, stick to football. I strongly support getting rid of the Designated Hitter, day World Series games, and an end to interleague play.

wow.

17 May 2009 19:13
gridlore: Doug looking off camera with a grin (Baseball - Giants logo black)
The Mets' pitcher just got called for his third balk of the game.

Didn't hurt them, they turned a double play, but damn.

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