Baseball, Underground Rap, and So Much More

Curse You, Twins…

Just when I’d succesfully written off the Twins for this season and started reaming of glorious 2008 – just think, a rotation of Santana, Liriano, Garza, Baker, and Silva/Bonser/Slowey/Perkins… *drool* – they start winning games and Cleveland and Detroit start playing like they were based out of Kansas City and Montreal Washington. I wasn’t about to stop watching Twins’ games (much to Lindsey’s chagrin), but being a mere 5.5 games back has sparked a little more interest in each individual game than was present over the last few weeks. There’s only one problem…

It’s all pointless…

2006, the year that we improbably stormed back from being over 10 game sback at the all-star break to win the division on the last day of the season, actually proved that we don’t have the team to do anything more than embarass ourselves even if we were to make the playoffs. We weren’t necessarily a better team last year – our lineup, up until Castillo got traded, was very similar to its 2006 counter part – but we were a much luckier team. Nick Punto gets most of the heat; after all, it’s only an occasional act of God that bumps his average above .200, but really, any team that features a DH tag team of Garrett Jones (5 for 39), Rondell White (.138), and Jason Tyner (1 career homerun… poor Jake Westbrook) is in for a tough time. No one can be too upset for at least starting the year hoping Punto would hit .290 again, but to have no one as a legitimate backup (along with having no DH to speak of) has doomed us to some of the most pathetic games I’ve seen (and, subsequently, pretty much doomed the 2007 season). Even if we were to get into the playoffs, we’re not the type of team that could take on the Red Sox, Angels, or, as we recently saw, Mariners of the league.

I say, get all of this out of our system this season. Let the Watkins, Jones, and Buschers have their shot. After all, we may just find something interesting. When they show that they’re not really major league material, though, we need to move on. The Timberwolves finally lost Garnett, having nearly completely wasted the talent of one of the best players in the NBA for over a decade, Morneau, Mauer, Santana, and Hunter (amongst a large number of others) deserve to be surrounded with players who can actually fight for a World Series, not just a weak stab at a playoff spot.

Things You Should Really Be Listening To

CDs I’ve picked up lately that merit at least a passing glance:

El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
Being on somewhat of an underground rap kick lately, and having heard a lot of buzz about this guy, I picked up the CD. Great stuff. I love the production and the bleak, angry lyrics.

Download El-P – The league of Extraordinary Nobodies

mewithoutyou – Brother, Sister
This CD ended up on my Top 10 list from last year, but I hadn’t listened to it in a while. It landed at number 10 at the time, but giving it several listens since, it would probly rank higher were the list compiled today. Nearly every song is engaging, and some of them are absolutely golden.

MF Doom – MM.. Food, Madvillian – Madilliany, Viktor Vaughn – Venomous Villian
Like I said… underground rap kick. Everything Daniel Dumile touches turns into awesome. Granted, it’s a warped, weird, monster movie obsessed awesome, but it’s still awesome. Any rapper that can toss in rhymes about King Koopa, Knishes, and still have time to drop a Bon Jovi reference is a winner in my book.

A Quick Note

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Then Again, “So Much More” Might Have Been Misleading…



Slowly Moving In

Things to Notice

Using the combined power of blogspot and, I’ve added a couple of modules to the blog. On the left, you’ll notice a short playlist. If you press play, you’ll play songs that are currently in my ‘hotlist’ (a rotating list of 50 songs that I’m currently enjoying just a lilttle bit more than the rest). On the right, a list of the top 8 artists I’ve listened to over the past week. I used to go with songs, but I’m listening to more full albums now, so it makes more sense to do it by artists.

I’ve also added a short list of websites, which I’ll obviously be adding to, deleting from, and pretty much changing and rearranging until I’ve got everything I really want on there.

The Jester Wins

For truth.

Back in the Real World…

Things are still hectic, what with everyone scambling to find new jobs while swearing up and down that they’re not. The wedding is just over a month away, so things are pretty crazy with that. Moving in has sort of been put on hold in the meantime. In fact, I’m sitting here in my officem, which currently contains nothing but a dish chair, a desk, and a lot of packing boxes and styrofoam that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else.

Ah well, such is life…

Last, but Never Least

Happy Birthday to my dad (as of yesterday).

It’s the End of the World As We Know It…

…and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Just Wednesday, we had a big group meeting/get-together. Plans were made, the future looked glorious, things were falling into place and it looked as if I’d finally be getting the day shift I’d long hoped for.

…then ‘Black Monday’ came…

Verizon Wireless buys Rural Cellular
Verizon Wireless said today it has agreed to buy Rural Cellular Corp. for $2.67 billion in cash and assumed debt.

Now, it’s hard not to suffix every plan that’s made with a “not like it matters”. I’m not that concerned about things, as I’d been passively looking into other opportunities for a while now. Also, it’s not as if this whole thing is going to finalize anytime in 2007. It could be late-2008 before all this goes through.

One can’t fault anyone involved in the deal. Even as I work and do my part in making whatever business I’m working for better, I’m still looking out for myself and mine. One can hardly blame anyone else for wanting to get out of this and make some money doing so…

…it just kind of sucks…

Okay, Enough of That…

XKCD absolutely rocks in every way imaginable (and surely it rocks in some ways I haven’t even fathomed yet)

Here Goes This…

So, Xanga won’t work for me anymore… I’ve come to this conclusion for a fairly simple reason.

Blogger is able to be viewed at work.

Work is where I have (at least for the time being) the most free time to sit and think up interesting things. 99% of the time when I get home and decide to make a post, it ends up as a lame one paragraph “I have nothing to say” post with some musical recommendations. If all I’m going to do is say that I can’t think of anything interesting to say, then what am I doing on the internet? At work I have the time and patience to actually jot things down. (Also, I usually get inspiration at work, only to forget all about it by the time I get home).

So, I guess we’ll see where this goes. I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but it sometimes takes a while to actually give up on something you’ve been doing for almost 5 years.