I was waiting to see how they’d sim the killer guitar solo that, alas, never materialized.
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Look where the faux page curl is revealing the sample ballot below with the EASY-TO-VOTE bar:
see Grover Cleveland / Democratic and below Abraham Lincoln / Republican
they could not and did not ever run against each other. Lincoln died 20 years before Cleveland was on a presidential ballot – moreover could they pick a more obscure Democrat????? Moreover it is not even a Presidential election year.
New Worlds, rock on.
Keith Moon, the greatest rock and roll drummer what ever lived.
I think I get special powers, now, right? Like, I can go invisible, or fly, or something?
I just watched filmmaker Ken Burns’ new “Extra Innings” sequel to his monumental 18½ hour 1994 “Baseball” series for PBS. If you’re a fan and never saw “Baseball”… well I can only shake my head and say ‘well, you better FIX that!’… I learned SO much about the game I love. The very best game EVER invented… (and, I would contend, also the most beautiful.)
A lot has happened in baseball (and America) since 1994… from the disastrous strike of that year, to the McGuire/Sosa/Bonds home run record festival and the subsequent shameful and disheartening steroids scandal, to 9/11, to the Boston Red Sox finally banishing the dreaded ‘curse of the Bambino’ in 2004 and more. Baseball has mirrored America for 150+ years… the good, the bad, the glorious, the heartbreaking, the sublime and the ridiculous… It’s a kid’s game played by grown men. If you don’t ‘get it’, it really can’t be explained. As I am fond of saying to non-fans, “But it’s NOT SPORTS, it’s BASEBALL!”
So as Max and Steveareno and I dilute our beers with tears over the abysmal seasons of the Pirates and the D-Backs and the Mariners… all ending up deep (sob) in the cellar, we again head into fabled post season play… Division and Wild Card, League Pennants and finally to that Holy of Holies… The World Series!
And so, for us, its “wait ’til next year!” (AGAIN! ugh)…
But here we go… I’m sorta pulling for the Giants or the Twins…
Maybe baseball is the REAL reason that the aliens (see post below) seem to be so interested in us? ;-}
Who do YOU like to go all the way this year?
What more appropriate breaking news stories for New Worlds?…
Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star just 20 light-years from Earth. The newly discovered planet has a 37-day orbit and, like Earth, is distant enough from the star for liquid water to exist:
First ‘goldilocks zone’ planet reported
In my opinion, we’re still quite a way from finding a ‘real’ Earth-like world, but these findings indicate that
(1) As long suspected, there are LOTS of extra-solar planets
(2) We’re finding them every few days now… it’s only a matter of time.
Meanwhile, in an unrelated (or IS it? ;-}) story, seven former USAF officers are ‘coming out’ and claiming an orchestrated cover-up of credible UFO reports:
Former USAF officers claim cover-up on UFOs
images of a suspected extraterrestrial
It’s long been contended by ‘ufologists’ that UFOs seem to pay particular attention to our nuclear weaponry. These remarkably credible accounts seem to back that up. They’re claiming that UFOs somehow ‘shut down’ U.S. nuke silos! I’m a UFO sceptic, but I admit that this report gives me some pause… (place pregnant pause here)… What I can’t figure out is why ET would give a flying fnord about our nukes. Why should they care if we blow ourselves up? Unless of course, they are extremely altruistic or because they have a vested interest of some kind in this planet’s survival. Hmmmm…
We all know that whales are smart, right?
So why do they beach themselves and effectively commit suicide?
So sad. What’s going on in those big brains?
I just now (05:15 PDT) peeked outside at a lovely westering full moon accompanied by a very bright Jupiter. Currently at opposition (and occulting Uranus), Jupiter is at its closest to Earth (and therefore brightest) in 47 years. Watch for it all night long along the ecliptic… you can’t miss it!
Fall officially begins this evening at 20:09 PDT.