Saturday, March 8, 2008

Fun(?) with sign generators

I'd like to play golf in that cemetary

Generators here, here, here, and here.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Disney on LSD

Thru the Mirror (1936)

Donald in Mathmagic Land (1959)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

We're back (the men behind the mask)

Some, or even most, of my quasi-regular readership knows me from my work over at Nintendorks. Well, most of those people know the site is back to being operational again after a technical glitch knocked us out on November 1, 2006. Yes, 2006. Anyway, we've returned, and we have a new site design that is just a basic blog format, but blogs are all the rage these days. yeah, check it out if you like humor, or people attempting humor. A video game interest is preferable but far from necessary. You don't need to know what a DS is to appreciate a good cock and balls joke.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Horton hears a Jew

Erich Maria Remarque has solidified himself as one of my favorite authors, and he managed to do it with only two books. All Quiet on the Western Front is his most famous work, and my favorite war novel. It's probably in my top ten favorite books, if I was to do such a ranking. Recently, I finished Spark of Life, and for one author to make two powerful novels that really move me is enough to slot him as a personal favorite, which I understand is what all authors want - my approval.

The story is set in a concentration camp during the final weeks of World War 2's European front. The main character, for lack of a better term, is a prisoner who has forgotten his name and only goes by his number (867-5309). There are numerous other supporting characters that add help weave a tale of the human soul, with its darkest possibilities and amazing strength. The book is a lot to work through, but it doesn't drag; it's more like a hearty meal. The prose itself is not overly dynamic or complex, but the substance of the text is. Many people claim Hemingway was an author that wrote plainly but created strong effects, but I have found his work to lack interest or emotion. Remarque was an author that wrote simply, but his passages were powerful, emotive yet reflective, raw yet intellectual. He wrote fiction that drew its dynamism from the most bleak and cruel areas of Remarque's own experiences. He was a German that lived through both World Wars; we were fortunate enough to see that world through his artistry. What Otto Dix did on the canvas, Remarque did on the page. Spark of Life comes highly recommended.

(As an aside, I feel the need to tackle The Night in Lisbon, because I either never finished it or have no recollection of finishing it, and if I'm going to claim Remarque as a favorite author, it would help to actually know his works.)

Monday, March 3, 2008

Gearing up for the new season by talking about last season

Junior (note: monicker) of Fire Joe Morgan and Jon Heyman (note: real name) of Sports Illustrated are kind of having an online "battle" over who should have been the NL Most Valuable Player last year, David Wright or Jimmy Rollins. I'm one of the few fans that gets moist over non-traditional statistics that has no problem with Heyman. I've seen him on TV, I've read his columns, I've spoken with him, I wouldn't mind having dinner with him. I don't always agree with him, mind you, but as far as big media sports people go, he's not a bad guy.

As I just said, though, I don't always agree with him, and this is one of those times. From a recent column of his, he asked David Wright directly about the MVP:
Told that some of the stat folks favored him, Wright responded, "It's flattering people think that way. But it's tough to name an MVP from the team that had the type of collapse we had, and from a team that played as poorly as we played down the stretch.

"Jimmy's team won the National League East, and he led his team. I think he deserves it. I agree 100 percent that the MVP shouldn't come from a team that doesn't win its division or make the playoffs. I've said all along that it should go to a guy who helps his team get to the playoffs. Jimmy led his team into the playoffs. And we failed miserably.
So is David Wright saying that it's his fault that the Mets collapsed and failed to win their division?

Hypothetically speaking (obviously), what if someone hit .350 with 99 home runs and 200 RBI but played for a last place team, would they not be the MVP? Of life? To me, the player that is most valuable to their team should be MVP, no matter where the team finishes. Apparently, David Wright was worth more to the Mets than Jimmy Rollins was to the Phillies (looking at everything from win shares to VORP to EqA to simple OPS+), even though the Phillies finished ahead of the Mets. Ergo, Wright was the "Wright-ful" MVP. HAHAHA but seriously he probably should have been the MVP.

If you want to argue that Rollins was more helpful to his team down the stretch, then I can kind of buy that argument, although all games count equally, so you expect production all year. The #1 thing you should not do, besides go to, is ask an athlete what they think, even one as seemingly put together as Wright. These are guys who make $12 million a year and wind up bankrupt. They're not exactly intelligent. In fact, one may go as far as to call these jocks...dumb.