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Sunday Softball Blogging

WOOHOO!!! Finally, I hit one out! With at least 2-3 games to spare. Praise Jebus for juiced-up fancy bats. First at-bat was a high fly ball to center that just kept carrying and carrying. It just kind of got exponentially worse from there, though. Next at-bat was a double, followed by a single, followed by a hard-hit out, followed by two lame routine outs. When all was said and done, 3-for-6 with a home run, a double, 3 runs, and 3 RBIs. Fairly solid in the field, my outfield mojo appears undiminished by the 2-week layoff. Oh, and we lost. By something in the vicinity of 3-5 runs, but who’s counting?

Current Stats: 25 games, .572 BA (103-180), 18 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR*, 58 runs, 38 RBI.

*Home runs over the fence are counted as doubles in the Sunday game, ‘cuz the fence is so short that people other than me hit them out all the time…

Heed!!! Move!!!

The shortstop clearly knows more than he’s saying.

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3 comments August 28th, 2005 at 11:02pm Posted by Eli

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Sunday Cat 5 Blogging

Just a quick post about Hurricane Katrina. My fervent hope is that the hurricane will be radically diminished by the powerful counterforce swirling around it, one of the most awesomely retardant forces in the universe: I speak, of course, of Hype. I firmly believe that it was Hype that dimmed Comet Kohoutek, emptied Capone’s vault, thwarted the electronic devastation of Y2K, and caused 90% of Superbowls to totally suck. Hype may even be the mysterious “dark matter” that will eventually halt the universe’s expansion.

But if even the power of Hype is helpless to subdue this beast, then it is going to be Bad. Very, Very Bad – homes and buildings flattened, animals killed, thousands or tens of thousands of deaths. There is a political dimension to the badness, in that global warming may be partially responsible for the storm’s power; in that National Guard resources have been sucked away to Iraq because we don’t have enough regular troops; in that FEMA resources have been cut and evacuation plans sloughed off; in that massive resources have not been mobilized to get people the fuck out of there. And heaven help the poor people who are huddled together in the Superdome as it creaks and groans and floods, hoping and praying that it doesn’t cave in or become a watery tomb.

But above and beyond the political aspect, the simple fact is that regardless of what we do to avert or escape it, Nature is still powerful, and Nature still kills. And Nature has a way of reminding us of that fact, hoping to snap us out of our complacent hubris. Of course, it never works, at least not for more than a few days or a few weeks, but Nature keeps trying.

I’ll just conclude with an atheist/agnostic prayer for the Orleansians’ safety, and a couple of donation links:

Red Cross

Noah’s Wish (disaster-abandoned pet rescue)

2 comments August 28th, 2005 at 10:14pm Posted by Eli

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Catch-Up Literary Blogging

I’m trying to ease back into blogging gradually after the long vacation, so I’m going to try to get a little caught up on my book reports while I wait for my political muse to inspire me.

I believe the book that would be next up would be Ilium, by Dan Simmons. I’ve read some other stuff by Simmons, the Hyperions and Endymions and whatnot, and my impression was that he created a fascinating and compelling universe, but his prose was kind of jarringly clunky. Either he fixed that in Ilium, or I’ve just gotten used to it. Anyway.

There are three subplots, which gradually orbit into each other as the book progresses.

Subplot 1: The Greek gods (who are apparently some kind of high-tech “post-humans”) have somehow resurrected a bunch of modern historians and sent them back into time to chronicle the siege of Troy, and confirm that everything is unfolding just as described in the Iliad. Apparently only Zeus actually knows how it turns out. One of the historians gets recruited by one of the gods to do some dirty work, and is not so keen on the idea. The descriptions of the battles and the various characters are quite raw and intriguing.

Subplot 2: Humans of the future have become naive, pampered, and eloi-like (not Eli-like), or like the people in Logan’s Run or The Island, except 100 is the magic age instead of 30, and instead of Carousel or “The Island”, the belief is that you go up to Earth’s rings (yes, Earth has artificial rings now) to live with the post-humans. Almost no-one can read words or maps, and there are no long-range vehicles, because everyone just “faxes” from one place to another. And if someone gets killed, they just get faxed back into existence from a backup copy. Anyway, a small band of humans go on a quest to try to reach Earth’s rings, led by The Wandering Jew. No, really.

Subplot 3: The robots/cyborgs (“moravecs”) who work the moons of Jupiter have become alarmed by the fact that the post-humans appear to have terraformed Mars with alarming rapidity, and there are little green men erecting millions and millions of Easter Island-style heads there. They launch a covert mission to Mars to check it out and see what the post-humans are up to. Orphu of Io, Proust enthusiast, is one of the participants (and for some reason, he sounds like an Eschaton commenter to me…).

I leave it up to you to figure out how all these might fit together, and will also tease you with a mention that some literary figures, and not necessarily all Greek ones, show up in some rather unexpected places. Unfortunately, it ends with a bit of a cliffhanger, so you (and I) need to read Olympos to see how it all turns out.

4 comments August 28th, 2005 at 05:04pm Posted by Eli

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