Dudley-Do-Wright: Mets Player & Pitcher of the Month for May


The second month of the season saw a return to form for the Mets young ballplayer all-around great David Wright. While in the totals (see below) he looks like he’s running away with the lead, it should be note that there’s an overall offensive slump on the squad. Still, this does not take away from…

Book Review: Practicing History: Selected Essays by Barbara W. Tuchman


Barbara Tuchman, historian and author of The Guns of August and A Distant Mirror, is a darn good writer.  Practicing History: Selected Essays (1981) collects articles and speeches from throughout her career with a focus on the art of writing history. Tuchman has a lot to say about written history.  Defying the academics that call…

Boston By Foot Tour of the Month: Art Deco


In my spare time, I lead tours as a volunteer guide for the wonderful organization Boston By Foot. Right now I’m in my second year as co-chair for the Tour of the Month committee. I don’t actually lead these tours but coordinate everyone else involved from writing the tour manual, leading the tour to collecting…

Mets Week In Review: 21-27 May 2007


I’m way behind on Mets posts. This fourth week of may featured a disheartening Braves series followed by a more uplifting sweep of the Marlins. I suppose that if the Braves are the only team the Mets have trouble with, and the Braves lose while the Mets are playing other teams then it shouldn’t make…

This is why I love science


Not that I usually understand science, but I do appreciate that scientists are conducting research on deconstructing Twinkies and calculating pi by throwing frozen hot dogs. Then there are these high-speed, slow-motion films of things getting smashed. All wonderful ways to spend a holiday weekend.

Feeling Old Again


Star Wars* was released thirty years ago today. The movie is a cultural touchstone of my childhood and one that revolutionized cinematic special effects and the moviegoing experience (along with Jaws) creating the must-see blockbuster. Big movies don’t seem the same to me today probably because they are available on DVD & TV shortly after…

Great Online Tool for Walkers


Just a quick post to share the Gmaps Pedometer. Basically the creators of this tool have modified Google Maps so that one may draw a line on the map and measure distances for walks. Should be very handy for runners and bicyclists as well. Certainly a nice alternative to when I’ve tried to map a…

Saint Bede the Venerable


I can’t say I’ve ever made a pilgrimage to place where a saint’s mortal remains rest, at least not on purpose. On a whirlwind trip through England, I made a train stop in Durham so that I could visit the Durham Cathedral and attend the Evensong service. The baggage check at the train station was…

Beer Review: Long Trail Blackberry Wheat


Because I can’t get enough of fruit-flavored wheat beers. Beer: Blackbeary Wheat Brewer:  Long Trail Brewing Co. Source: 12 fl. oz bottle Rating: ** (6.9 of 10) Unlike the apricot beer the blackberry aroma and flavor are not overpowering, in fact the scent is a bit sickly sweet.  But the taste is smooth and refreshing. …