Links o’ Political & Economic Interest

John Kerry’s bodyslam on McCain’s campaign suspension

Video of Sarah Palin beauty queen tryout. (Completely irrelevant of course.)

Palin’s retake with Katie Couric. Well, not so much, McCain sits in to make sure that Palin doesn’t screw up. It’s not much better.

The Sarah Palin interview answer generator

Why does factcheck.org suck so bad? I go to factcheck.org once in a while and I am continually surprised how they slip in their own interpretations as facts, give facts that don’t relat, and don’t provide cites.

Obama said 95 percent of “the American people” would see a tax cut under his proposal. The actual figure is 81 percent of households.

One’s got nothing to do with each other. Given that poorer people have larger families, 81 percent of households could easily equal 95 percent of citizens or taxpayers. This guy feels the same way.

McCain’s earmark obsession. It is justified?

Another former McCain supporter/biographer jumps ship. For different reasons, I feel the same way as him (and the previous link I gave). Something happened in 2004, and John McCain is not the same man. Since then he has been a corrupt ignorant lying politician who does not put country first.

Campaign Ads designed by 6-year olds

Links o’ Interest

A buttered floor and a slow learner.

Cool percussive guitar

Jump, you ***ers!

Porn that’s safe for work

I don’t understand this, but it made me laugh.

Directions for revolt

Best football play of the year

42 funny and dumb things with cars

Chris Rock destroys Bill Clinton. Bonus dis on the Patriots.

A bit of blame assignment in our financial mess.

Metaphors of the mind. Being given the cold shoulder really makes you cold, acting immorally makes you literally feel dirty, etc.

Palin ducks the press, banning reporters from her new meet-the-world tour. Press bites back. And the press wins.

The 12 lies of Sarah Palin. Frankly, Sullivan doesn’t understand the difference between facts and interpretation, and half of these go into the Who Cares category. But still.

Hershey’s milk chocolate products substitute vegetable oil. Milk chocolate no more.

The size and scale of planets and stars

Mediocre NFL players and playmates

Near the end of a hard life.

Poker Update

I just couldn’t get a hand. It was the kind of outing where A-3 seemed very strong. When I did have decent hands, they weren’t working out. I had 6-6. The bet was raised, I called. The big blind pushed it another 3x. Everyone else called. I was getting 8-1 on my money, so I called too. The flop didn’t have a 6 so I folded. It was the right play, but that was a good 25% of my stack.

On my right was Klaus. Klaus is ignorant. He understand the order of hands, but he doesn’t know when the action is on him, doesn’t understand the blinds, bets under the minimum, etc. But Klaus is lucky, and near impossible to read (if he doesn’t know what he has, how can you figure it out?). In a 3-way showdown he had a straight and didn’t know it.

I have been very conservative all night. That’s easy when you aren’t getting good cards. It felt like it was time to bluff. With K-8, I raised big pre-flop. Klaus and one other stayed in. The flop was A-9-5. Both of them checked to me. I got a little subtle, and made a big show out of staring at the first player, as if trying to decide what he had. I was trying to represent that I had A with a small kicker and was scared he was checking with an A and a higher kicker. I checked. The turn was another A. They both checked to me, and I confidently went all-in. It felt like a perfect bluff. The good player folded. Klaus didn’t think hard before calling me. He flipped over… J-5. Jack Five! You’re calling me with J-5!!? What the hell are you doing? I was still seething when a gratuitous 5 came up on the river.

Now that is being Hellmuth’d. Getting Hellmuth’d isn’t getting bad cards. Getting Hellmuth’d isn’t getting a bad beat. Getting Hellmuth’d is when the other player is too stupid to play the hand correctly, and that someone screws you. He had no business in that hand. Bottom pair with a bad kicker, two other players in, one guy raises big then goes all-in, you’re not pot-committed, the table talk is telling you that the raiser is a good player who wins all the time… why on earth are you in that pot? Garggghh!!

Not to mention that my table rep has been wounded, by going all-in and having to show a naked bluff.

I rebought. And lost the next hand to give up 20% of it. Nyyyarrgghh!! Just not my night.

Or was it? First, Klaus goes nuts. In two successive hands, he knocks out three players. He mortally wounds a fourth on the next hand. That gets us to five people. I’m thinking might limp into third if I just stay out of his way.

Then my luck starts turning. I get playable hands.

And, I’m playing very aggressive when I do go in. No one sees cards for free.

And I’m bluffing. I stole the blinds with 3-5, did it again later with 8-3.

I climb back. Chips start flowing my way. Klaus loses a lot of chips – all five cards are out on the board, his opponent goes all-in, he calls with nothing. He had four hearts, he may have gotten confused and thought there was another card coming. I get my revenge when my all-in 9-9 holds up against his Q-5. Bye bye Klaus*, I’ve made the final three.

We are now down to three-handed. I have a slight chip lead. I’ve pushed all-in six hands in a row. As dealer with K-9, I should play the hand, but I have to sit one out. It’s mentally fatiguing to be involved in that many hands.

It’s a long slog, but 30 minutes later I have a significant chip lead. We up the blinds, and I continue to push-push-push. I suddenly realize I’m going to win this thing. I now have 26K in chips, there are 32.5K in play.

I go all-in with K-J and get called by A-x. The flop is A-10-x. I am behind, but the queen comes up and the straight knocks him out. Second place!

The next hand I go all in with J-10, I’m called by K-x. The flop is K-9-x. Again I get my queen and the straight knocks him out. First place baby!

This was a big win for me. It’s the first time I’ve rebought in months, the first time a naked bluff has been exposed in months, the first time I was playing from behind, and I somehow pulled it out. The chatter is a huge ego-boost, they seem to accept that I’ll get first place most weeks. I’m starting to believe my own hype also. This is an amazing streak.

Tonight: $90
Running Total: $418

*Klaus is not his real name. He’s a nice guy and will probably be a good player when he gets through paying his dues. I intend to be his dues in the meantime.

Muttrox Woes

My home computer is undergoing catastrophic failure. If I can get to turn on and have it boot up all the way without a blue screen of death, it is an achievement. Getting it to shut down cleanly makes me feel good things inside. In between it whirs and whirs and thinks and I can’t figure out what it’s thinking about. I have the issue narrowed down to either Adobe, AVG, Windows Update, bad disc sector, or something else.

www.dell.com for me…

Fantasy Football – Week 3 update

No one gave an opinion on my fantasy football roster. So I suppose I will have to tell you the correct answer.

The answer is: I’m amazing.

After 3 weeks, I am 3-0. I’m the high scorer in the league. Two of those three weeks I doubled my opponents score. Two of those weeks I had the highest score in the league. After dominating this week, I didn’t want to trash talk. It just felt mean. It’s like arm-wrestling a nine-year old, sure you win, but where’s the fun in it?

Links o’ Interest

Humor
50 greatest Charles Barkley quotes

LeBron James gets whupped in Horse.

We’re not that different

South Park in Virginia

Telemarketer Fax JuJitsu

The worst job in the world

Evolution

Pie chart done right

Graffiti removal

Ricky Gervais takes his Emmy back


Other Stuff

What American accent do you have? (Apparently I have a midland accent. Which is a lame to say “you don’t have an accent”. And this assumes I know how I speak. And if there’s any research here, I can’t find it, seems like any idiot can create one of these quizzes. Still kinda fun though.)

Humans are good runners. In fact, we’re the best endurance runners around.

Falsely imprisoned for 16 years – here’s what we should fix. (Surprisingly unbitter)

17 years of his life in 2 minutes. (One frame per day)

Andy Reid analyzes a 1958 football game

Why it’s worth it to hurricane-proof your house.

This man allowed himself to be captured by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz so he could send information to the Allies.

Links o’ Interest (Current Events)

So many interesting links, I’m splitting it into two pieces. First the current events portion:

Politics

Who cares about the national poll numbers? We still elect presidents by aggregating 50 state elections. www.fivethirtyeight.com is my favorite website to see the state of the election. It has a sophisticated model that uses state polls and reputations of the pollsters to predict the election. This site is not quite as good, but still very worthy.

National Popular Vote. A great idea to get around the electoral college. A state passes a law that they will give all their electoral votes to the winner of the national vote, as long as enough states have passed the law to get 270 electoral votes. Once 270 is hit, it doesn’t matter what any standout states do. This is really clever, it completely gets around the need to amend the Constitution. How’s it going so far? They’re 19% of the way there.

The media is turning on McCain. They’re not the only ones. His biographer has jumped ship too. Hear it from someone who has studied him in depth.

Obama & McCain’s views on science issues

Obama’s got your back (funny)

Palin and Elitism (funny)

Chuck Hagel disses Palin

Places closer to Moscow than Wasilla, Alaska (Palin’s hometown)

Economics
Why did Wall Street Fail? Was it deregulation? Maybe… if so, Bob Kuttner lays it out here.
Seven Deadly Sins of Deregulation — and Three Necessary Reforms

Another insight into economic troubles

Another way of looking at the economic crisis. I always like a good gambling analogy.

Freakonomics explains the economic crisis. Still hard to understand.

Reed Hundt (former FCC chair) walks through the economy. Very good overall view of the differences between McCain and Obama on the economy.

Poor timing from AIG

Yet another summary of what’s going on, a very clear one. If you read enough these, you close in on understanding.

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Today is national Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Need instructions? Learn more here. Don’t know how? Use the translator!

Senator Obama has been able to develop innovative approaches to challenge the status quo and get results. Americans are tired of divisive ideological politics, which is why Senator Obama has reached out to Republicans to find areas of common ground. He has tried to break partisan logjams and take on seemingly intractable problems. During his tenure in Washington and in the Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama has accumulated a record of bipartisan success.

Becomes

Senator Obama be able t’ develop innovative approaches t’ challenge th’ status quo an’ get results. Americans be tired o’ divisive ideological politics, which be why Senator Obama has reached ou’ t’ Republicans t’ find areas o’ common poop deck. He has tried t’ break partisan logjams an’ take on seemingly intractable problems. Durin’ his tenure in Washington an’ in th’ Illinois State Senate, Barack Obama has accumulated a record o’ bipartisan success.

pirate

YAAAARRRRRGGGHHH!!!!

Restaurant Floor Managers

You’re in a restaurant eating your meal. Minding your own business. Just eating your meal, quiet like. You’ve just started the corn on the cob when it comes.

“Everything OK?” The man asking is in his mid-forties with significant hair loss. You don’t recognize him. He wears a nice outfit but he asks a little too quickly and there is sweat in the armpits.

“Um yeah. It’s all good.” Who is this mysterious man? Who seems genuinely interested in your meal — but who would be? Who breaks in on a dinner to ask strangers how the food is. It must be an act. Who’s he with? Let him know if there are any problems? What does that mean, is it a threat? What’s his game anyhow?

That’s how I feel about the restaurant floor manager. Don’t ask me dumb questions in the middle of my meal. If you insist on knowing about my meal, ask me when it’s over. I’m eating. I’ve already been asked by the waiter. That’s his job. You have people to do that for you, don’t lower yourself to their level.

And wear some ID. How do I know who you are? Maybe you’re not with the restaurant. Maybe you’re just some weirdo that gets his jollies by putting on some nice slacks, wandering into a Chilis and go from table to table asking people about their meal. Hm. That sounds pretty fun actually. Feels like a improv comedy sketch waiting to happen.

Brady v Belichick

But if you were starting a team right now, would you rather have Belichick as the coach or Brady as the QB? Who’s more valuable?

That’s a really difficult question. There are four people involved, not just two.

Robert Kraft: The big guy has worked miracles with the salary cap. With 20/20 hindsight his pursuit of Belichick has been justified, but it didn’t seem that way at the time. He more or less declared war on the Jets and ended up paying multiple draft picks for Belichick, who at the time was unproven.

Scott Pioli: He’s the guy who arranges the drafts and trades. Brady has had a team built around him with top talent. What would Brady be like with a team of scrubs? Would he be like Barry Sanders, a franchise player wasted? He’d probably be worse. Without the existing Patriots system, his skills would probably never be rewarded.

Am I starting a team with other good players? Am I building a one-year drive to the Super Bowl or a team that will compete every year?

Nevertheless, I have to agree with Ox. I think Belichick is one of the best coaches out there. But the gap between him and the many good coaches in the league is not as big as the gap between Brady and most quarterbacks. That gap is shrinking these last couple years, but for four or five years it’s been him and Peyton Manning and no one else. Everyone knows that the real Super Bowl has been Colts vs Pats in the playoffs because the winner was going to win the Super Bowl. Without Belichick, we might not have been in four Super Bowls this decade, we might not have won as many close games. And every Super Bowl win (and loss) was close, as were many of the games leading up. So maybe we only win one. But without Brady, I don’t think we win any.

Poker Update (and more)

The fourth hand I check from the big blind with 10-3. The flop is 10-7-3. Long story short, I double up. I was ahead early and kept a huge lead until we were down to four players. Lots of all-ins, bad beats, good beats, excitement and drama, and I can hardly remember any of it. Heads up we were even, I called his all-in bet with A-4. He had 7-2, end of story.

Tonight: $120
Running Total: $328

So why can’t I remember the big hands? There were so many interesting ones. It’s because I’m exhausted. I just want to write this post and hit the sack. Today the two-year old turned into a three-year old. This is what I’ve eaten today:
Huge half-and-half (aka black and white) cookie. A special breakfast for the birthday boy and his family.
Two handfuls of animal crackers
One bag of potato chips
One hamburger, with fries
After work, it’s off to Chuck E Cheeses.
Pizza
Fries
Root beer
After that, home again.
A few mouthfuls of cake.
At poker, a few handfuls of Tostitos and potato chips

The most nutritious thing I ate all day was the greasy bread of the hamburger bun. Yuck. It had already been a full day when I went to poker. Then the game went longer than usual, I had nothing good in my body. I should get bonus points for winning in that condition. Also, the five-year old starting kindergarten means that we’ve moved up our schedule another 30 minutes in the day. I have a whole ‘nuther rant about kindergarten starting at 7:30 am, but I’ll save that for another post.

Tomorrow I’ll get to the tantalizing Brady vs. Belichick question. But for now, to bed!

Nap or Mosquito?

The other day I had that rarest of prizes, free time. Mrs. Muttrox took the kids off for a couple hours leaving me alone in a quiet house. While reading a book (a disappointing one) I drifted off. The best kind of sleep. As Calvin says, “I like days where you sit under a tree and you look at the clouds and think about the sky and then you wake up from the nap.” I wasn’t quite asleep but I was right on the verge.

A mosquito buzzed. Just enough to make me aware of it. Inside my house. I languidly decided to ignore it. Live and let live. It landed on my ear. It bit me. I really need my sleep (I had been covering the kids for three days straight) but this s.o.b. bug is actually sucking my blood right now but if I hit it I’ll wake up and it will take me another 30 minutes to doze off again and everyone will be back by then… Which is more important? Protecting my lifeblood or protecting my precious naptime?

I whacked. Nap be damned, humans gotta keep their place at the top of the food chain.

Patriots Predictions

I predict 10-6. 11-5. No, 10-6. Heck with it, 11-5. Why so optimistic?

1) We are an offensive powerhouse. We set every single record there was to set last year. Even if you take away 30% of our points, we’re still very good. Remember when we won our first eight games by an average margin of 20 points (or something absurd like that)?
2) We are a system team. Tom Brady is a system quarterback. The team is not build around Tom Brady’s arm, it’s built around his brain and the brain of everyone on the team. This is an easier team to take over than a team that relies on individual brilliance. Furthermore, Cassell has been studying with Brady for quite a few years now, he knows the system well.
3) Easy schedule. We have the easiest schedule in the NFL this year.
4) We’re already 1-0.

I’d better stop, I’m talking myself into 14-2.

Go Pats!

Links o’ Interest

(I also added a couple more onto the political links from a couple days ago…)

Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Comedy

Mickey Mantle. All class (apparently true)

Baby gets the evil look on

More cowbell, please!

Never ask the Internet for help

Another Seinfeld/Gates ad, the long version

5 real world criminals who were supervillians

You just made my list! (Very funny)

10 Women who would have been better VP picks

Charges Filed Against Bed, Bath & Beyond Manager Who Refused To Allow 911 Call

Beautiful Flash Clock

What Wikipedia is not

10 Amazing Physics Videos

70 year old color photos

Mott’s gets tricky with labeling. I admire this.

YouTomb – See all the videos that got pulled from YouTube

Why Mike Tyson isn’t in my top 10 all-time boxers

102 year old man explains English spelling.

Wikipedia: Paradoxes and Unusual Articles

Political Links o’ Interest

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An interesting reaction to Palin’s first interview.

Andrew Sullivan gives up on McCain (no surprise, but well-said)

US Churches are getting ready to fight for their right to talk politics. But should they be tax-exempt then? Legal battle a brewin’

Approval Voting
(I introduced this to my book club. It’s much better than standard voting.)

What does the Freddie/Fannie bailout mean to you?

Rising Income Inequality in America, and how it favors the Democrats. A comprehensive analysis from David Frum… and a few corrections

Scott Adams on the Palin pick (thanks Woodson).

I suspect this is completely unfair. But it’s funny. The Sarah Palin Pregnancy Decision Guide

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Poker Update

Another great outing. I’m starting to feel good about my game again. Once again my name strikes fear into their hearts.

Early on I caught a nut flush on the river, took most of one guys chips. The very next hand I caught the nut flush on the flop, took down another huge pot. Both hands I checked on every card (which no one ever expects from me). A few hands later I caught A-A and took down a medium-pot (not large because the flop had a straight draw on it – I put in a ludicrously large bet to scare them off). I was in good shape.

Am I proud of that? No. Anyone can get lucky cards. I’m proud of (1) Sticking to my plan and bullying from the big stack. It’s really fun when it’s working. Three people in pre-flop, I raise big. With 7-2. And they all fold. (2) Calling all-ins correctly. I was more willing to call them. I caught three people bluffing or with weak hands and knocked them out. For once I didn’t sit back and wait for players to eliminate each other. I actively eliminated them myself.

Entering heads up play, I was up about 17K to 3K with the blinds at 400-800. I had A-J, pushed him all in, and he caught a flush on the river. Arrgh! A couple hands later I had J-7, the flop was J-x-x. This time I wanted to get all his money in the pot. I checked, he bet, I called. Turn was the same thing. River was the same thing. With nothing higher than a jack on the board, I put him all in (there was ~10K in the pot and he only had another 1K anyhow). He had a pair of 10s, but the river card was a 10. My slowplaying cost me the hand. But I don’t think I misplayed it. My goal is to knock him out and I played it correctly to do that.

The blinds went up to 500-1000 and we were essentially tied. I vowed to get super-aggressive. I did. I raised almost every hand. I was soon up to 15K again. With K-8 suited I raised the blind to 3000. He went all-in. Of course I called, his J-9 didn’t get lucky. Ah, winning is fun.

Tonight: $92
Running Total: $208

Bed Bath & Beyond User Interface

Recently I shopped off the Bed Bath & Beyond website. It was a pretty good experience. Up until the end I was going to give them a hearty thumbs up, but then they blew it.

Good: Website want to get your information. It’s worth real money to them. But they don’t want you to drop out of the purchase because you are so annoyed at their attempts to get your information. BB&B did it just right. Very early on there was the usual screen to create an account to purchase the item. But they had a prominent choice to not create an account. They stated very clearly that you did not have to have an account to shop, and that you would have another chance at the end to create one if you wanted.

They held to their word. Telling the consumer up front builds confidence in the process. Being truthful about the process build confidence that BB&B can be trusted to keep your information private. BB&B can use their easy purchase funnel as a way to convince consumers that are good folks. This experience left me with a rare good taste in my mouth, that of a website that put the consumer first.

Bad: And then they blew it. It came time to do the money. As with most sites, there were a few screens worth. Gift wrapping, did you forget anything, any gift certificates, enter your credit card information, etc. The screen were you click to actually pay the money showed the amount, but didn’t break out the detail. Specifically, they had added in the tax but hadn’t informed you that they had done that and hadn’t displayed the tax amount for you to see. Suddenly the cost seemed to have gone up $15. Coincidentally, my tax was about the same amount as shipping & handling. The screen about shipping had merely said what is was going to do, didn’t say it was doing it, so it looked like they had double-charged me for shipping. I had to call customer support to understand the final bill, which rather defeats the point of doing it all through the web.

You should never show the final cost, or any of the steps along the way, without displaying all the detail that builds up to it.

Links o’ Interest

It’s a short list, but I wanted to get the political ones in here before they become even more obsolete!

Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert on the Sarah Palin pick

McCains VP Short List

Conservative commentators on MSNBC discuss Sarah Palin after the cameras go off

The new Google browser Chrome (in comic book form)

The Abraham Simpson guide to being miserable

What are you going to die from? New charts from the NCI.

Police caught on film.

I doubt this, and yet I’m fascinated. Musical tastes correlated with personality traits.

Cool drawings from Russia. No idea what they mean.

One of a Kind Recording

How Not to Write a Book: Connie Willis’ “DOOMSDAY BOOK”

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On the advice of my brother, I bought this paperback. He knows that I often wonder how long I could survive if I magically time-travelled to the medieval days. Could I teach the medievals some basic science that would vastly improve their lives before they burnt me at the stake for being a godless heretic? Could I convince a king to turn his energies to making sure his subjects were literate, rather than waging war on his neighbors, or would he have me executed for spreading the dangerous idea that monarchs are answerable to their subjects?

The book is 578 pages long. It took 6 years to write. The front cover quotes the NY Times saying it’s a “tour de force”. It won the Hugo and Nebula awards in 1992, which would make you think it’s a great book. What a fool you’d be to think that! It stank worse than a 7th grader’s gym shorts.

The book is basically the story of a grad student historian in the year 2050, who goes back in time to study medieval life in 1320. But as soon as she goes through the “net” to the past, the net operator suddenly collapses with a highly infectious disease. They’re supposed to re-open the net in 2 weeks to bring the historian back – but with the university quarantined and no other net operators available, what are they going to do? She’ll be trapped in the past forever! Meanwhile, the historian arrives in the past with a similar debilitating infection. Now she can’t remember where the drop point was, so how’s she going to get back to it for the rendezvous in 2 weeks?

OK, so far, that’s a decent plot. But here’s where it all goes wrong.

– The net operator collapses on page 24.
– The historian is clearly ill on page 80.

AND THEN NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS FOR 310 PAGES!!!!

Folks, I’m not exaggerating, it’s 310 pages of the university staff going back-and-forth to hospitals trying to figure out what the disease is while their phones keep malfunctioning, intercut with the historian girl spending all her time in bed trying to figure out how to ask someone where she was found without blowing her cover. Holy cow. What’s your reward for slogging through these 310 pages of boredom? NOTHING. The plot doesn’t move forward. The characters don’t develop. All we get is boring minutae.

Here’s the rules you broke, Connie Willis. Pay attention.

    1. Your protagonist must be active. They drive the story. Having the historian laid up in bed for 200 pages doesn’t make them active!

    2. Have meaningful conflict in your book! “I forgot where the drop is” carries you for a chapter or two –
    not for 310 pages. Especially when your audience suspects that your historian might not be so bummed about spending her whole life in the time period she’s obsessed with.

    3. Write characters we care about. I don’t care about the professor because he is a 1-dimensional character. So is the historian… and the doctor… and the medieval people… and everyone else around them! They are cardboard people. So I don’t really care if they get what they want in the story.

    4. Don’t tell me how to feel by having the characters think it. If someone says something dumb to the professor, Willis invariably writes “how stupid, he thought.” Really? I know it was stupid! You don’t need to have your character think it for me to know it. Give me some credit, lady!

FINALLY, around page 367, we finally confirm what the professor has been worried about this whole time (something the audience has been praying for…) The historian didn’t get to the right year. In fact, she’s 20 years late – right when the Black Plague was roaring across Europe. Holy cow! She’s in the middle of the plague with no medicine and people are gonna start dropping like flies – that’s cool! But really, you’re gonna make me wait 310 pages for that? At page 367, I DON’T CARE BECAUSE I GOT BORED IN THE MIDDLE 290 PAGES!!!! I WANT THEM ALL TO DIE SO THIS BOOK WILL END!

Which leads us to rule 5, which is very similar to rule 2:

    5. Have meaningful AND CONTINUAL conflict in your story! Don’t introduce your little conflict (“I don’t know where the drop site is”) on page 80 and think you’re covered for the rest of the book. Your real punch-in-the-gut conflict didn’t show up until page 367 – “I’m surrounded by people with the plague and we have no medicine!” That should have happened a lot sooner – maybe around page 150? And in between these 2 mini-revelations, each scene needs to have some real tension in it. I can only read about how hard it is for little Ms. Historian to talk without coughing a few times before I lose interest. Or how Mr. Professor keeps trying to dodge one student’s stereotypical protective mother. And you played these games for… how many pages?

This book should have topped out at around 250-300 pages. Those would be pages of regular-size type, thank you, not the itty-bitty type your bloated tome currently uses.

In very un-Goldman-like fashion, I actually STOPPED READING THIS BOOK. It’s true. There’s very few books I have started and not finished, so it takes a lot to get on this list. You made it, DOOMSDAY BOOK.

Please allow me to suggest a good tool to help you with your next work, Connie Willis. Study it hard if you want a 2nd chance from me.

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PS – actually, I’m lying. There’s nothing Connie can do to get a 2nd chance from me. Even if she memorizes STORY cover-to-cover.

Fantasy Football

I got dragged into fantasy football. I don’t really know what I’m doing, but I think I have a decent team. What do y’all think? (if you’re in the league, keep yer yap shut!)

Player
Brees, Drew QB NO
Rivers, Philip QB SD
Gore, Frank RB SF
Turner, Michael RB ATL
Driver, Donald WR GB
Jennings, Greg WR GB
Welker, Wes WR NE
Olsen, Greg TE CHI
Bulger, Marc QB STL
Ryan, Matt QB ATL
Rhodes, Dominic RB IND
Taylor, Fred RB JAC
Gage, Justin WR TEN
Miller, Zach TE OAK