Friday Sillies: Who’s On First


Baseball season starts this weekend with opening night in St. Louis. After all the free agent signings, trades, and rookies who shined in Spring Training, you may need help identifying the players on your favorite club. Abbot and Costello are here to explain it all.

Movie Review: Garden State


I’m long overdue in posting my review of Garden State (2004) which Susan and I watched on DVD a couple of weeks ago. A movie set in a New Jersey with a soundtrack full of hip music and Natalie Portman, what’s not to like?  Well there are a few things I didn’t like.  Too much…

Gearing Up for Baseball Season


My Lenten fast from online Mets forums means I’m paying even less attention to Spring Training than I usually d0. I am however very aware that Opening Day (or Opening Night as is the case) is approaching. The Mets will be playing at the Cardinals Sunday night, April 1st, in real, honest-to-God regular season baseball….

An Assemblage of Assorted Articles


Once again I’ve read and collected news articles and blog posts that are worth sharing but have absolutely nothing to connect them together except maybe that they teach us something interesting. Enjoy! The Boston Globe contains a story from AP about a Maine man announcing for president — as Thomas Jefferson. From the Christian Science…

This Week in Libraries


Here are some recent (and not so recent) pieces on libraries and librarianship: I try not to bristle at the typical “libraries are behind the times” and “what can we learn from big business” aspects of this article and try to glean the positive aspects of how libraries can help the patron who shouts I…

Friday Sillies: The Journal of Star Wars Research


In the not too distant future, one can expect the study of Star Wars to become a serious discipline in anthropology, arts, sociology and philosophy. Articles on Star Wars will be published in peer-reviewed journals and one will read things like this: A New Sith, or Revenge of the Hope: Reconsidering Star Wars IV in…

Beer Review: Long Trail Double Bag Ale


One of my favorite beers of late is this strong ale from a Vermont microbrewery. Beer: Double Bag Ale Brewer: Long Trail Brewing Co. Source: 12 oz. bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Comments: This is a malty altbier pours foamy and dark. After not being able to smell my beers lately I’m pleased to…

Out Like a Lamb


An article published in the Boston Globe, First lambs are sign of spring at Stamford farm, by Alison Damast of the Stamford Advocate makes me happy on a pretty spring day. First, it is about sheep which always make me happy. I love that the ewe is named Rachel. I love that the llamas are…

News of Ireland and the Irish


This is the time of year when we get to hear a lot of news about the Emerald Isle, its denizens, and the Irish diaspora. Lots of Irish bands tour the United States around St. Patrick’s Day, and the Pogues have started an annual tradition of making short tours of cities in the Northeast. Susan…

Funny Thoughts


On my way to work this morning, it occurred to me that a baby born on the date of my high school graduation would now be getting ready to celebrate her/his Sweet Sixteen in May.  It’s hard to comprehend that in a little over a year I will have lived more years since my graduation…