Archive for September 18th, 2005

Sunday Softball Blogging

Well, once again we only got 6 people. So we had regular batting practice (I did pretty good – three home runs and a bunch of other deep shots and line drives when I wasn’t hitting dinky pop-ups off the handle), followed by another every-man-for-himself quasi-game, which I won 3-1-1-1-0-0, or something like that. The absence of any bona-fide power hitters probably helped. I ended up 6-for-8 with 3 runs and 3 RBI, and played okay defense, despite being on the infield most of the day.

Current Stats: 28 games, .581 BA (118-203), 18 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 64 runs, 43 RBI.

September 18th, 2005 at 06:03pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Softball

Media, Take Heed

Frank Rich’s column on the growing cracks in the Bush administration’s imagecraft is excellent, of course, but I’m particularly intrigued by one little almost-throwaway tidbit:

You know the world has changed when the widely despised news media have a far higher approval rating (77 percent) than the president (46 percent), as measured last week in a CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll.

I seem to remember the media’s “approval rating” being well under 50% not so long ago. The fact that it appears to have cranked way up in the wake of some extremely and uncharacteristically anti-Bush reportage on the handling of Hurricane Katrina is very telling, and suggests to me that the public’s appetite for Republican propaganda has worn very thin indeed, if I may employ some Tom Friedmanesque metaphor mashing.

Will the media take notice and start doing their jobs, in order to preserve their credibility? I doubt it. I believe their primary objective is pleasing their parent corporations, not garnering ratings or respect. But if I’m wrong, or if more and more people see the media for the right-wing spin outlet it has become, it could be very very good for the Democrats, and very very bad for the Republicans.

We shall see.

1 comment September 18th, 2005 at 01:40am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Katrina,Media,Politics,Polls

Now I’ve Seen Everything…

I wouldn’t have believed it possible…

The show, which opens tonight at the TriBeCa Performing Arts Center and runs weekends through Oct. 30, features 26 cats; Mr. Kuklachev’s wife, Yelena, as the Queen of the Cats; and two small, outnumbered dogs. The theater has a total of nine different routines, including “Cats From Outer Space” and “Nutcracker.” No one show is ever exactly like another.

“Cats are like actors,” Mr. Kuklachev said. “They do what they want. Sometimes a cat doesn’t want one trick, so he does another.”


The story of “Queen of the Cats” is a kind of allegory, Mr. Kuklachev explained. He plays a painter who goes to sleep and dreams that aliens arrive from outer space in a U.F.O. and try to steal his cats.

At one point, one of the cats stands on a mirrored ball that looks as if it has been borrowed from “Saturday Night Fever.” She is emitting “rays of goodness,” he said, spreading kindness throughout the world.

The idea of performing cats came to Mr. Kuklachev in 1971, he said, when he found a stray begging for food by performing on its hind legs and doing somersaults for onlookers. Mr. Kuklachev, the son of a truck driver and a factory worker, had attended clown school. He realized he and the cat might be able to do something together. He named her Strelka, and soon she was performing with him at the Moscow State Circus.


The younger Mr. Kuklachev said his father trains the cats not by rewarding them with treats, as one might train a dog, but “by long, good words, touching them.”

The elder Mr. Kuklachev bridled at the idea of rewarding cats with food. “A cat is not a dog,” he said. “If a cat doesn’t want to do something, he will not do it.”

This guy has got to have some kind of supernatural powers.

4 comments September 18th, 2005 at 01:24am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Coolness,Weirdness

Fun With Tidepools

Still more from La Jolla/San Diego. I maxed out two memory cards with tidepool pictures, so you may be seeing a few more…

It kinda looks like a miniature canyon, really. With some really big graffiti.

Footprint helpfully provided for purposes of scale. Posted by Picasa

September 18th, 2005 at 01:05am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,La Jolla/San Diego,Nature,Photoblogging

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