A Case Against Marriage

I’m pretty confused… when the whole same sex marriage stuff was happening across the nation… so many devout (fanatical) christian talking heads were up in arms about preserving the sanctity of marriage… yet, Kim Kardashian, a buffalo-assed media whore, is married for 72 days, making the institution of marriage a punchline, and NOT ONE of those devout christian pundits calls a press conference to denounce her sham marriage.

uber nerd incoming

I read a great deal. I enjoy all different types of books, from historical fiction to instructional manuals to science fiction to children’s literature, I don’t discriminate. One of my all time favorite authors though, is Stephen King. I really enjoy the way all his stories, no matter the subject, are all part of an interconnected world.

My all time favorite Stephen King story though is the Dark Tower series. Composed of 7 books (an eighth, “Wind through the Keyhole,” isn’t a direct part of the series, rather a filler story settling in between books four and five), the series details the quest of Roland Deschain to reach the Dark Tower, a fabled building thought to be the nexus of all universes.

Recently Ron Howard announced the was making the Dark Tower into a movie and television show… he also said that Javier Bardem was in talks to play the lead character, Roland Deschain. I was not amused.

I don’t know about anyone else, but for my money, only Timothy Olyphant would fit the role of Roland Deschain as I pictured him in my mind’s eye. Lately reports suggest that Russel Crowe is for the role of Roland Deschain and I’m still not amused.  I wonder if the casting agent for this movie has even read the books.

Moneyball

I love baseball. Always have. Probably always will. A decade or so ago, the game changed. Not in an obvious way like Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, but it was just as impactful. Stats that used to mean something, went out the window. Stats no one believed were worthwhile, became all important. Sabermetrics were born. Moneyball was a book written about that evolution of player value based on tangible stats that translated into success.

The central premise of Moneyball is that the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, scouts, and the front office) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. Statistics such as stolen bases, runs batted in, and batting average, typically used to gauge players, are relics of a 19th century view of the game and the statistics that were available at the time. The book argues that the Oakland A’s’ front office took advantage of more empirical gauges of player performance to field a team that could compete successfully against richer competitors in Major League Baseball.

Rigorous statistical analysis had demonstrated that on-base percentage and slugging percentage are better indicators of offensive success, and the A’s became convinced that these qualities were cheaper to get on the open market than more historically valued qualities such as speed and contact.

A new movie based on Billy Beane’s early experiences with moneyball as the GM of the Oakland A’s is coming out and while it showcases just how nerdy I am, I’m really excited about the movie.

 

TRON Legacy

Songs I am listening to this week:

Monday, June 27 , 2011

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Six Underground

Songs I am listening to this week:

Monday, June 20 , 2011

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Bright Lights, Big City

Songs I am listening to this week:

Monday, June 13, 2011

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Climbing Up the Walls

Songs I am listening to this week:

Monday, June 6 , 2011

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