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Archive for March 2004

My work cracks me up

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one’s work is terribly important.
   ~Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author, Nobel laureate (1872-1970)

I guess that means I’m doing just fine.

Written by Michael

26 Mar 2004 at 813am

Posted in Misc.

Hey! It’s baseball!

How about it? 07 April 2004, Baltimore vs. Boston. Baltimore’s not likely to contend this year, not in the AL East and not without pitching, but still a lot of fun.

It isn’t Opening Day and that’s all right. Who can beat baseball in the spring? In the past, we’ve gone to 2-3 games each year. This year, we plan to boo the Birds more often. At least, I will. Donna likes ’em.

UPDATE: We got tickets for 06 April. Not quite the ideal location (Eutaw Street Reserve), but close. And we figure we’ll snag the seats we want when we get to Camden Yards.

Written by Michael

24 Mar 2004 at 438pm

Posted in Misc.

Heads in the sand

The communications office of the House Republican Conference has issued a memo. Republicans should stick with the following talking points:

  • Global warming is not a fact.
  • Links between air quality and asthma are cloudy.
  • America’s rivers and lakes are healthier than the U.S. EPA says.
  • The environment as a whole is improving, despite statements to the contrary from extremists.

This approach could alienate swing voters, who will be central (of course!) to the coming election. Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.): “If I tried to follow these talking points at a town hall meeting with my constituents, I’d be booed.” And from Jim Jeffords, independent senator from Vermont, “It’s so incredible that they have this denial of any responsibility for the serious situation we have in this country as far as the environment goes.”

UPDATE: Sobell has more on the issue, citing the need to be careful of what any politician says.

Written by Michael

24 Mar 2004 at 851am

Posted in Misc.

9 Innings

I finally picked up 9 Innings, by Dan Okrent (who also wrote Great Fortune: The Epic of Rockefeller Center, and is the public editor of the NY Times).

9 Innings isn’t just another baseball book, but a detailed and digressive dissection of a single game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Baltimore Orioles on 10 June 1982. You’ll learn about the history of the slider, the hidden language of catchers’ signals, the physiology of pitching, the balance sheet of a club owner (Selig’s balance sheet, in fact), and the gait of a player stepping up to the plate. It took Okrent nearly four years to write the book, and it’s enthralling. Baseball isn’t a simple game, and this book reveals the complexities.

I’ll never watch baseball the same way again. And I regret that I’ll never write a book like this one.

Written by Michael

23 Mar 2004 at 414pm

Posted in Misc.

Red Sky at Morning

Consumption brings us pleasure and helps us to avoid pain and, worst of all, boredom and monotony. Consumption is stimulating, diverting, absorbing, defining, empowering, relaxing, fulfilling, educational, rewarding. If pressed, I would have to confess that I truly enjoy most of the things on which I spend money.
~Gus Speth. Dean, Yale School of Forestry and co-founder of NRDC

Dean Speth is the dean of one of the two top environmental schools in the country (it just happens to be the one I didn’t attend). He’s not your run-of-the-mill environmental Cassandra, despite the contrarian quote above. Mr. Speth is a thoughtful and well-informed observer of the environmental scene. The broad thesis is that the world faces some difficult environmental challenges in the years ahead — chiefly climate change — and that it is ill-equipped to tackle those challenges.

He’s not empty-headed, though, offering up a number of sensible suggestions for improving “global environmental governance.” Speth understands that we must balance the needs of the world’s poorest with concerns about nature.

Read the article and the book.

Written by Michael

23 Mar 2004 at 357pm

Posted in Misc.

Needs no title

The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms.
Everything is more beautiful when they have passed.
   ~Suzanne Necker, author (1739-1794)

Written by Michael

23 Mar 2004 at 841am

Posted in Misc.

Ah, well


Written by Michael

22 Mar 2004 at 1203pm

Posted in Misc.