- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
- Nick: What’s fascinating, though, is that there isn’t any cash prize for the winner. It’s purely...
- POETRY AND BASEBALL. (2)
- Nick: Correction! It’s @mornacale on Twitter. Slight typo.
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE BEGINS ITS NEW SEASON. (1)
- Nick: I believe the live draft has value above and beyond nostalgia and the social benefit of seeing people in...
- THE ETIQUETTE OF EATING PEAS (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: As is so often the case, the Simpsons have indirectly weighed in on this issue, as Homer clumsily and...
- EATING PEAS WITH A KNIFE. (1)
- milton: What was the origin of eating peas with a knife ? Comic strip ? I remember it from the late 40s.. m “I...
- A MOSQUITO AND DNA. (1)
- Nick: Not to take away from how cool that is, but I’d have to think a defense attorney would have a field day...
- HUNTERS IN THE SNOW (WINTER)—THE PAINTING. (1)
- Nick: I haven’t looked at this painting in years, but upon looking at it again I was reminded of what...
- ECONOMICS IS “A COLLECTION OF FUNNY STORIES ABOUT UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES”. (1)
- Nick: In a Simpsons episode, Bart protects two rare lizards such that they are able to breed. The population...
- A BIZARRE BASEBALL RULE CHANGE IS IMPLEMENTED (COMMENT). (1)
- Nick: And all of this to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. Intentional walks and extra innings games...
- A BIZARRE PROPOSED BASEBALL RULE CHANGE. (1)
- Nick: I’m not a purist, but the problem with this rule is it seems that it would likely result in a bunting...
- “ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. (1)
- Nick: We’ve gotten a lot of joy out of a similar game called “Wise & Otherwise.” Instead of a...
- ARMAGEDDON CHESS AND “ARMAGEDDON BASEBALL”. (1)
- Nick: Given how many arms teams tend to have stashed in AAA, it’s not that hard to call up players as needed...
- COMPETING AT BAKING. (1)
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A STORY ABOUT CONCRETE. Many years ago, two men I knew were preparing an unusual gift for their mother. The gift required a fencepost anchored in the ground, and they were mixing concrete in a bowl. They kept reminding themselves … Continue reading
MATISSE AND PATTERNS. Once, when my brother Elmer and I were in college and my sister Mary was in high school, Elmer came downstairs in either a plaid shirt and striped Bermuda shorts or plaid shorts and a striped shirt. … Continue reading
SOME OF THE SYSTEM PROBLEMS AT THE OSCARS. I posted a couple of days ago on the Oscars mixup. I had not read that much about it, but I hazarded a guess, based on the generalization of W Edwards Deming … Continue reading
THE OSCARS MIXUP–IT’S THE SYSTEM, NOT THE PEOPLE. There was a lot of excitement last night at the Oscars. La La Land was announced as the winner for best movie, but after some of the acceptance speeches had been given, … Continue reading
WHICH WRITERS USE EXCLAMATION POINTS MOST—THE KEY. Here are the results for the ten writers. The number opposite their names is the number of exclamation points they use per 100,000 words. Elmore Leonard…….49 Ernest Hemingway…..59 Toni Morrison…….111 Salman Rushdie……204 Virginia … Continue reading
“ŚMIGUS-DYNGUS”—A GOOD WORD FOR THE DICTIONARY GAME. Our family has played the dictionary game with lots of different friends. One player (call the player the “chooser”) selects a word from the dictionary that nobody knows. The chooser writes the real … Continue reading
AN AARHUS JOKE. As I posted here, Seamus Heaney begins his poem on the bogman, Tollund man, in Aarhus, which is the city in Denmark where my mother’s people lived. An Irish friend of mine who knows that some of … Continue reading
PEAT. I posted here on an article by Seth Porges which argued that it was happy accident that scotch whiskey arose in poor and remote places. I had posted here that my father used to say at the dinner table … Continue reading
MINNESOTA NICE. I had a memorable encounter with “Minnesota nice” while driving in Minneapolis. I was lost. And if I didn’t get to the boat on time we would miss a wedding that was important to us. This was before … Continue reading
KIM KARDASHIAN—“THE AMERICAN WOMAN”. Maureen Callahan’s story reveals the fact—surprising to an American—that Kim Kardashian is not that well known in France. When the Paris Police Chief was informed of the Kardashian robbery, neither he nor his Number 2 knew … Continue reading