Archive for September 7, 2009

Mary Poppins Time Lord?

Posted: September 7, 2009 by datechguy in doctor who, personal
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This weekend comcast has free Disney movies as a promotion so I watched the classic Mary Poppins one of the favorites of my youth.

Watching the movie not as a kid but as a middle aged science fiction geek I couldn’t help but notice all sorts of interesting things such as dimensionally transcendental bags, travel into other dimensions and various other violations of the laws of physics.

He whole manor just screams Time Lord at me, apparently I’m not the first person to notice this.

This confirms one important thing. I’ve GOT to find work quickly, I’ve got way too much time on my hands.

Well I’ve looked at the Obama speech for tomorrow…

Posted: September 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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…and frankly it sounds pretty good to me. The best part:

I get it. I know what that’s like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mother who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn’t always able to give us things the other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and felt like I didn’t fit in.

So I wasn’t always as focused as I should have been. I did some things I’m not proud of, and got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.

But I was fortunate. I got a lot of second chances and had the opportunity to go to college, and law school, and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn’t have much. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.

Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don’t have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job, and there’s not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don’t feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren’t right.

But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life – what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you’ve got going on at home – that’s no excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude. That’s no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. That’s no excuse for not trying.

Where you are right now doesn’t have to determine where you’ll end up. No one’s written your destiny for you. Here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.

If he gave that kind of speech about American and the rest of the world all the time, he’d be at 70% approval.

The speech is good, it’s up to the teachers and schools not to go all obamacult over it.

…concerning the shootings yesterday. It appears one of the kids was in the junior class at the high school and since my youngest is a sophomore we are on the robo call list.

We were informed that there would be grief counseling etc available at the school tomorrow.

Personally I think rather than grief counseling we should have moral compass counseling, staying away from drugs counseling, avoiding gangs counseling, and not being at parties till 4:30 a.m. when you’re a teenager counseling and most importantly “this could be you if you don’t wise up” counseling instead.

Maybe if even some of those ideas are driven home we wont need the grief counseling next time.

I guess that would be too religious rightish for some.

If I had the money to send him St. Bernards I’d do it like a shot.

Not in front of Kirk Gibson

Posted: September 7, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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I can’t think of anyone who it would be worse idea to dog out a ball in front of.

D-backs right fielder Justin Upton was removed from Sunday’s series finale with the Rockies in the middle of the third inning for not running out a deep drive to center field in the top of the inning.

Upton took starter Jorge De La Rosa to the wall in deep center, but he only got a single out of it, as Carlos Gonzalez fielded it cleanly off the wall and made a strong throw to second to hold Upton at first.

Upton thought he had a home run after making contact, walking out of the box as he watched the deep fly. He trotted down the line and did not run hard until he was around first base and had no time left to make it to second.

True the decision was made by manager but Gibson is the bench coach and I personally would be embarrassed to have done that in front of him.

But it looks like the young man took his benching respectfully as a learning experience. That’s a good sign:

“He did the right thing,” Upton said of Hinch deciding to bench him. “I should have been on second, at least. It’s one of those things that happens, and you’ve got to learn from it.”

I’m sure he won’t be doing it again, but lets look at the other end of the coin as well, if Carlos Gonzalez assumes it’s at least a double and doesn’t hustle to get to the ball into second Upton might have still managed second. So Kudos for Gonzalez on that play as well.