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A Good Day To Die

Raise a glass of something quality to Jim Harrison today. His honesty deserves your affection. Thanks to Nikos and Matt (Nebraska native) for originally throwing his books my way. There is one less American Legend alive today. Post's Recommended Listening (dedicated to Brown Dog): Billy Childish's Cowboys Are Square.

Firsts

With his older brother, I witnessed how quickly this game becomes competitive and nerve-racking (for instance: Should I let my 10-year-old son pitch to one more batter?). Before all that, I'd like to linger on a the first game, first hit, and first run to first base. Special thanks to Bzur Haun for the being in the right place at the right time with a quick camera (note how the bat hovers in that first shot). Post's Recommended Listening: The Adicts (sic) short cover of Ode to Joy.

Phife Out

Yo, microphone check one two what is this The five foot assassin with the ruffneck business I float like gravity, never had a cavity Got more rhymes than the one's got family No need to sweat Arsenio to gain some type of fame No shame in my game cause I'll always be the same Styles upon styles upon styles is what I have You wanna diss the Phifer but you still don't know the half I sport New Balance sneakers to avoid a narrow path... This post's suggested listening: Buggin' Out, naturally.

5 Years in Song (2011-2015)

For almost 20 years, I've compiled annual lists of favorite songs. I figured this blog might be a good place to start cataloguing a few... 2015 Hi. A lot of these songs sound damaged. 2015 was the year nearly everyone I listened to employed Billy Childish levels of polish (a reaction to Disney gloss, perhaps). As with every annual compilation, these selections were (almost) all released or re-released within the recently concluded calendar year. 01 - Young Fathers: Shame. This record, White People are Black People Too, might be my second favorite of 2015. Brilliant, but everyone already knew that since their previous record won the Mercury Prize. Quite popular, these Brits. 02 - Mbongwana St

Fat Craftsman

McMansions are a thing of the past, a garish phenomenon of excess. I'm sure there a communities still sprouting misshapen and oversized homes, but it's a trend in decline. But it doesn't mean good, brave architecture has won the day. In my neighborhood, there's a new beast. I'm not sure it has a name. In fact, the aesthetic is nebulous. It's Pottery Barn + Restoration Hardware. Craftsman Barn? Restoration Craftsman? Whatever it is, it's monstrous in scale. Fat Craftsman, perhaps. The aesthetic of Fat Craftsman is complicated. Humongous homes, well-built and not altogether atrocious. What they share with McMansions is bloat. They do not fit on the lots on which they've landed. They are di

My Idea is Your Solution

Of all the apps I'd like to build (for instance, my Amazon Allowance Allocator), none seems more urgent to me than one I've tentatively entitled Your Solution. It's a simple app. Your Solution is a social network of the top issues of the day. 1 - Users submit problems/issues they feel deserve to be on the list. The app filters between local (municipal), state, and national problem lists. 2- People vote, and the most popular problems/issues (top 9) stay on each list. 3- Users submit solutions/ideas. Ideas come from registered users (no hidden identities). 4 - Ideas get voted to the top via a simple anonymous "like" vote, open to anyone. Comments are not an option. That's it. It's a social net

Size & Scale

As a moderate extremist or libertarian socialist, I'm proud of the Democratic Party. It's proving itself viable and big, even if there are only two participants left in the nominating process. I suppose primary participation is down from its recent historic highs, but I prefer the relative calm to the calamity on the other side. Do I adore Sanders and Clinton? Not really. But I think they'd both make fine presidents. Are the Clintons shady? Yes. Their personal and political history is almost Kennedyesque. But Clinton is serious and qualified. Sanders, too. As the playground that is the Republican Party slips further into vulgarity (was the most recent debate's attention to phallus size reall

Cactus & Grapefruit

My annual Pitchers & Catchers Report to Spring Training missive is a knuckleball this year. Slow and likely off the mark. Even if I'd made my (self-imposed) 2/21 deadline, I fear it would've felt late. Seems like everybody's arriving earlier every season. Faburary 21 used to just be for the battery. Position players wouldn't stroll into Arizona and Florida 'til March. But the pics from Spring Training showed pretty full squads in Feburary. Weird. I guess professional ballplayers have nothing else to do anymore. It wasn't that long ago that baseball players that had other jobs/commitments in the offseason. When I was born in '71, Yastrzemski was the highest paid baseball player in the world a