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Tue, Aug. 15th, 2006, 03:37 pm

Boston's two games back in the AL East, which surprises me a little. I hadn't been following closely, but judging by the last few games I'd seen, I'd have figured that by now they'd be four or five back, at least. They're 3 games out of wild card contention, though, meaning they'd be more likely to win the AL East than to beat out the ChiSox for the bastard berth. The Angels, unfortunately, are five and a half back, which puts them more or less out of playoff contention barring something unforeseen. It's a shame - Figgins has been brilliant, and Vlad's been murdering the ball lately. I'm pleasantly surprised with Detroit's rise to the top, and with the Dodgers' sprint to the top of the NL West. There's a possible Subway Series this year again, so let's keep our fingers crossed.

I dumped the $20 Premier giftcard my future sister-in-law gave me for the birthday this morning, en route to pick up birthday gifts for said future SIL and my actual sister. Among the pickups were a six Blue Point Blueberry Ale, which I've been thrilled with before, and a six of Ithaca Beer Co's Apricot Wheat, which I've never seen. It's tasty, though - it's got more flavor and roundess to it than most wheat beers because it's actually a wheat-barley blend. The apricot's nothing unexpected - very similar to the Magic Hat No. 9 flavoring, which is never a bad thing. It's a round 5.0% alcohol, which isn't anything to write home about but is solid nonetheless.

Also, I finally picked up a copy of Guns, Germs, and Steel the other night. Hopefully I'll be able to grind through that reasonably quickly, since it's supposed to be a good read and I'm trying not to be a one-trick pony.

Sun, Jul. 30th, 2006, 01:02 pm

Devil Rays 19, Yankees 6.

Sadly, Josh Paul had nothing to do with that effort, considering that neither Shields nor Kazmir was pitching, and Seth McClung was long ago sent back to Durham. (There's some chatter of calling him back up now that Scott Kazmir's shoulder is gone, but I'd imagine they'd pull someone up who's potentially, y'know, talented.) Paul's catching Shields today, and I'm anxiously awaiting another rout with YES on my screen.

I like to be disappointed, you see.

Anyway, in answer to the anonymous person who below expressed concern for my beard, I began regrowing it immediately and it's back to its normal thickness now. I feel much better. However, in the future, if you want to suggest that perhaps I've made a mistake in shaving my beard, I'd prefer you contacted me directly. I mean, considering the limited number of people who've been emailed the photos, you obviously have access to my email address, and so if there was a chance that you misinterpreted my motives in shaving my beard, it would avoid embarrassment for both of us to try to hash that out directly.

LJ drama's so high school.

Thu, Jul. 27th, 2006, 10:24 pm

By the bullets...

  • It's baffling to me why people think that the thing to do when you become single involuntarily is to minimize the relationship and demonize the other person. She was a bitch? I chose her. We weren't going anywhere? Then I wouldn't have hung on. Insulting my taste and suggesting I wasted my time isn't exactly the highway to catharsis.
  • About half an hour on the Thursday Times puzzle today. It's just such a steep curve to reliably finishing the Friday puzzle.
  • I've been thinking about trying out for Jeopardy, but every time I start to get serious about it, I have a night like tonight where I just know absolutely nothing. Ordinarily I can get a good 80-90% of the questions right at home, but... y'know, the buzzer and all.
  • My brother broke his hand over the eminently reasonable rage due to someone grabbing his fiancée's ass. This compelled him to: A) note that the assgrabber, a cousin of said fiancée, who was doing so at a wedding where said fiancée was in the bridal party, was disrespecting the sexual relationship [by means of referring to her repeatedly as "his woman," one can presume only because he doesn't understand the word "chattel"]; B) inform said cousin that he bore a striking resemblance to Peter Griffin of Family Guy fame; and C) find a stud in his bedroom wall, the hard way. I'm told this is sometimes referred to as a "girlfriend argument fracture."
  • Not in front of the fractee.
  • Futurama's a rerun tonight.
  • My mom's trying to set me up. That deserves a damn entry of its own.

Sat, May. 27th, 2006, 05:14 pm

Sabres are tied 2-2 in the Stanley Cup semis, against the Carolina Hurricanes. Last night's was a particularly frustrating game because the Sabres are missing a lot of their core defensemen, and as a result we have guys on defense who are playing, well, like college players. That's not a bad thing, but having one of our strengths yoinked midway through the Stanley Cup playoffs is a big disappointment. (Frankly, at this point, the Sabres would do well to rotate their decent, experienced defensemen and play four forwards instead of the standard 3-2 formation. But then, there's a reason I'm not a hockey coach.)

Still possible for the Sabres to take it in 6, though. We'll need to hammer down, start hitting the Canes' forwards, and get our defensemen comfortable with blocking shots before they get to Ryan Miller.

Sat, May. 6th, 2006, 01:32 pm

Confidential to ESPN: Listen, I like horse racing. I do. But women's softball is on the Deuce, the Angels are playing untelevised, and anyone who follows the early races on Derby Day is at a simulcast location. So can I please see Guerrero DHing and Tim Salmon in the field for some reason?

Speaking of, it's terrible rooting for a basement-dwelling team out of the region. I happen to be a Devil Rays fan. Why? Because it's less trendy than being a Cubs fan, mainly. Also, the Devil Rays have Josh Paul, who is decidedly mediocre and currently my favorite player. Last year he made the Angels' playoff roster merely for existing, since both Molina brothers were catching for LA, and they both usually got pinch-run late in the game. One game, Bengie was DHing and Jose was catching, but got pinch-run, and Paul got put in. He dropped a third strike and failed to tag AJ Pierzynski, setting in motion the White Sox' win over the Angels and their subsequent World Series victory.

Having seen this, the Angels traded Josh Paul to the Devil Rays, where he's backing up the decidedly above-average Toby Hall and acting as personal catcher for the decidedly mediocre Seth McClung. For $475,000 a year.

Tell me how a man can't admire that.


... off a muff, a wiff, and a failure to properly defend. Man, I felt like I was watching bantams again.

Before this game, I'd decided to go Sabres in 3.66. (When the sweep became apparent at the end of Game 4 period 2, the Senators would just fail to show.) However, having seen this one, it's really going to depend on the officiating and whether we can keep Ryan Miller fresh in goal. Frankly, he took a beating last night. The next game isn't till Monday, so hopefully he'll be rested up and his head will be right. Depending how he plays on Monday, in my mind, Martin Biron's going to have to make an appearance on either Wednesday or Thursday. Hopefully Miller will do us proud on Monday and play well, but if he gets his bell rung or if we have another thirteen-goal-game, the kid's just going to be whipped.

Damn it, why did we trade Mika Norenen?

Seriously, the series is very, very winnable. It might take until Game 6, when the Sabres are back in Buffalo. I don't think Miller can withstand this kind of onslaught, though, and stay in sweep position. I mean, shit, the kid's a rookie.

So, Sabres in 6.

Fri, May. 5th, 2006, 11:17 pm

So, it's been an interesting couple of weeks.

Those of you who may have been following - which, I guess, would just be strikinglyalert, since I don't think any other Dozo types read the LJ - may have been slightly surprised that the SBA presidential election was won by a bright, easily-flustered woman rather than a large, bearded and easy-to-get-along-with man. For reasons I'd rather not get into, I found myself unable to take the election that was all but mine, and had to withdraw. At this point, it's not looking like I'll be back at Cardozo.

Long story short, two years at UB (in accordance with the ABA's sixty-credit policy for transfers) is cheaper than another year at Cardozo. Other than that, there's just not much to it.

For now I'm back in Buffalo. We'll see what happens from here.

I've been drinking this evening, which is most likely why I updated. I drank one of the 25-ouncers of Three Philosophers, a lovely lambic-style from Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown that reminds me of myself. At 9.8% abv, it's certainly a heavyweight, and once I've gotten through one or two of them, I can't help but be Professor Tom.

I also finished off a 25-ouncer of Apple Ephemere, one of the seasonal fruit beers from God's favorite brewery, Unibroue. I've had the Apricot Ephemere before at Swift's Hibernian Lounge, and it was swell. The Apple's not bad, but I've developed a bit of a taste for well-made cider like the Woodchuck Granny Smith, so it seems to pale in comparison.

For the record, the Dubliner white cheddar that I had with it went much, much better with the Three Philosophers. With the Ephemere, it left sort of a medicinal clove taste that I wasn't thrilled with.

Read the ex-ho's journal tonight. (Ho's a misstatement, considering that she posited herself an ethical virgin but was in fact a drama queen for whom virginity was an extra bargaining chip.) Interestingly, it doesn't mention the boy she was engaging in muchas smoochas with at Barrister's Ball. It also doesn't list me among the people she kissed at midnight last New Year's in her "Year in Review" quiz, which I find mildly interesting. I expected I'd at least rate a "Friend A, Friend B, Friend C, Friend D, and someone else who didn't deserve it" or something.

Funny how people's lives go on, isn't it?

But I digress....

Tue, Apr. 4th, 2006, 04:36 pm

I just received the following criticism of the Hobbies & Interests section of my resume:

you're incredibly boring. it's like somebody who's listing things they think people would want them to be interested in, but these things really are the things you do in your spare time.

(For the record, I'm aware of the problems with a H&I section, but it's useful to try to humanize me because I'm so damn academic otherwise.)

Sun, Mar. 26th, 2006, 01:56 pm

Lately, I keep getting these absolutely mindbending headaches. Of course, when I worried aloud about a brain tumor, it was overheard by a friend of mine whose brother does have a brain tumor. Ah, the joys of having to appear sensitive.

I finished my petition for SBA President Friday night, and it's now in the appropriate box. Who'da thunk it? Tom finishes his petition at a bar. I know, you're shocked. It was, however, the standard Friday at 5 at Bar None, except that about ten non-regulars showed up, which greatly expanded the pool. At least, until all of them left after one beer. ("This beer's warm!" "Uh, it's Bar None. It's not like you came here for the single-malt.")

... but I digress. My main competition in the election consists of two guys, BB and MK. BB had previously told me he had no intention of running for President, but appears to have changed his mind. Frankly, although either of them would do a competent job as President, I really am hoping they both run. They have the same friends, you see.

Plus, y'know, I'd do better. But it's hard to run on a platform of "Excuse me, but isn't it clear?"

Something about that whole "arrogance" thing.

Wed, Mar. 15th, 2006, 12:54 pm

Well, this isn't something I'm looking forward to. This evening, my buddy Josh and I are going to be teaching a lesson at The Door. Generally I get very excited about that, like last week when Sarah H. and I did the general Supreme Court lesson, or the week before when we did the "What's a Constitution?" lesson. This one, however, was spurred on by the SCOTUS lesson, where we got a lot of questions about constitutionality, framed through... the South Dakota Abortion Law.

Man, do I not relish the opportunity to sit around for an hour chatting about abortion.

But I digress. I'm trying to temper it a little, because after all, it is Law Talk At The Door, and so we really should be discussing the law. I'm reusing the "simplified Bill of Rights" handout we used for the Constitution lesson, and one of the activities is going to be figuring out which of the Bill of Rights provisions touch on abortion. It's also going to be a less than rigorous lesson - it's going to basically be, "Vent your feelings, then we'll do a few activities, and then we'll give you donuts and go home."

Either way, I'll be glad when it's done.

Mon, Mar. 13th, 2006, 07:39 pm

Thank the lord, blessed be Mordecai, et cetera. I finally finished the note I've been writing for the Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal. Not to get too snoozeworthy, but it deals with Doe v. Mann, 415 F.3d 1038 (9th. Cir. 2005), an August 2005 case that dealt with two pieces of federal Indian legislation, with the result that they're both essentially ineffective and the state of California can do whatever it wants with Indian children domiciled on Indian land. Counterintuitive, and therefore wrong. Clearly.

Or something.

Anyways, it's 36 pages plus two lines, with 196 footnotes. I assume both of those will come up a bit if it gets selected for publication, which we all pray it will. It's now in the able hands of the PLPEJ editorial board, which probably has no intention of publishing it. I think, though, that it would be a really good choice to put it in there - we're a young journal, and we could stand to tick on some searches from students out west who are studying Indian law.

Anyways, tonight's Purim, so I'll probably stop by the school and try to grab some fine Jewish food and such. Should be a fun time.

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