Feel the tectonic shift and pull out your wool socks

June 3, 2010 by

I’ve never been a fan of instant replay in sports…until tonight. The umpires have changed my mind by the strength of the evidence. Baseball must develop a way to integrate review of disputed or significant calls in all situations.

So what am I talking about anyway? A young pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Armando Gallaraga, carried a perfect game into the ninth inning and got the first two outs. One more out and he would have the perfecto. He induced a ground ball to second, and the throw was in time to beat the runner, but the umpire called the runner safe. The ump apologized later and made a public statement that he had erred, but there is no recourse in that situation and that is no longer acceptable at the highest levels of the sport.

If we were inventing baseball now, in the 21st century, we would certainly be using some form of imagery to deal with disputed calls. The only reason that it isn’t there now is because baseball has such a strong sense of tradition. A more important tradition is getting the calls right, and for all their talk about self policing, the on field officials almost never overrule one another and rarely even ask for input from another umpire on close plays.

Baseball has gone from being top dog to third place among professional team sports in this country during the span of my life. If they want to keep from sliding further from the attention of the ADD generation, adding the right amount of technology to supplement the on field officials in crucial situations just might help.


This gives cimedy defensive driving a whole new twist

May 31, 2010 by

read the whole sordid thang

Would they have told us…

May 27, 2010 by

if the documents hadn’t been unsealed in court?  To ask the question is, as usual, to answer it.  FOXNews.com – Feds Issue Terror Watch for the Texas/Mexico Border.

Apple Wins Again

May 19, 2010 by

So my beautiful bride and I were enjoying a refreshing beverage at Starbucks last night and I chanced to see someone using a tablet computer as we were leaving. I asked him if it was an iPad and he replied that it was. He’s a handyman by trade and isn’t comfortable using Windows netbooks, but the iPad is perfect for him and he is using it in his business now with hopes to see better software offerings for the construction industry soon. My thought is that if it’s useful to Joe Sixpack now, these things are going to be flying off the shelves when second wave apps start showing up in force. Win. Big win. Huge win.

In a related note, I saw that the most recent sales figures seem to indicate to some analysts that the iPad demand is affecting sales of iPods. Soooo, you’re selling a $500 device instead of a $200 device and the iPad has secondary sales potential of not only music but also applications? Another win. The hits just keep comin’ in Cupertino.

Obama and the iPod

May 10, 2010 by

So the big O can’t operate an iPod? the device that is credited with revolutionizing the portable music player because of its simple, intuitive interface? The same device that he gave to the septagenerian Queen of England as a state gift? I would love to hear Steve Jobs’ reaction to this howler. Thanks Glenn

The iPad Won

May 7, 2010 by

What iPads Did To My Family – Chuck’s Blog. This guy is, for the record, a VP at EMC.

Rampant speculation with a hint of truth

May 1, 2010 by

The PC revolution is almost coming to an end, and everyones trying to work out a strategy for surviving the aftermath.

via The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash – Charlies Diary.

Op-Ed Columnist – The Fat Lady Has Sung – NYTimes.com

February 22, 2010 by

Today’s entertainment provided by Tom Friedman:

the rise of cable TV has transformed politics in our country generally into just another spectator sport, like all-star wrestling. C-Span is just ESPN with only two teams. We watch it for entertainment, not solutions.

Unless your desired entertainment is to watch C-Span for debates on reforming health care.  There’s plenty of other unintentional humor that makes this worth reading once…once.  chuckles abound here

National Journal Online — Insider Interviews — Cook: Health Care Is Obama’s Iraq

February 21, 2010 by

Hope and Change from Charlie Cook:

Cook: I’ve spent the last couple of days talking to some of the brightest Democrats in the party that are not in the White House. And it’s very hard to come up with a scenario where Democrats don’t lose the House. It’s very hard. Are the seats there right this second? No. But we’re on a trajectory on the House turning over….

read it all

What are they thinking?

February 17, 2010 by

Nicked this from Daring Fireball.  Perfect

venomous porridge – A conversation I have every month or so.