Archive for December, 2009

2009 was really bad for me…

Posted: December 31, 2009 by datechguy in personal

2000 was pretty mediocre for me too, but everything in between was pretty good for me and mine.

I’m really hoping that 2010 will be better, for the country in general and me in particular.

My best to all of you and yours, may we all have a happy and productive new year.

It’s another Haditha…

Posted: December 31, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news, war
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…in the sense that there is apparently no there there:

“The explanations offered by prosecutors and investigators in an attempt to justify their actions and persuade the court that they did not use the defendants’ compelled testimony were all too often contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility,” Urbina wrote.

The confederate yankee has this to say:

I don’t think that this dismissal means that these contractors were necessarily innocent, but the political focus of the investigation means we long ago lost any chance there was of ever determining if there was any justification for the guards to open and then maintain their fire.

He suggests there might have been some there there at one time. Glenn has the best explanation as to why this is happening now:


That’s pretty much it, end it after the election was done but before the next one can start.

Oh and one more thing about Babe Ruth…

Posted: December 31, 2009 by datechguy in baseball
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…to give you an idea of how good he was look at these pitching stats.

First lets start with the World Series, in 31 innings of World Series play he gave up 3 earned runs. That is an ERA of 0.87 against the National League Champion!

In the regular season he started 148 games and completed 107. That in itself is not so odd given his era, but consider this out of those 107 completed games 17 were shutouts.

Run that through your head, One out of every 8 starts he made was a shutout. That’s a slightly worse rate than Koufax, about the same rate as Bob Gibson but much worse than Walter Johnson, but if you can be mentioned in the same breath as these guys without looking bad, then you are really something.

No offense to Aaron, Bonds, Killebrew, Mays, Dimaggio, Mantle, Williams, Snyder, Ripken, Greenberg, Stan the Man, Yaz, Berra, Manny, Griffy, McGwire, Henderson, Pujols, Banks, Robinson, Josh Gibson and Ichrio et/al. When any of those guys put up pitching numbers half as good as Ruth to go along with their great offensive numbers then we’ll talk about who was greater than the babe and not before.

Remember that Big Finish is GMT which is 5 hours ahead of EST, so when this post goes up at 8 a.m. EST it is 1 p.m GMT. You have till 7 p.m and not a second later to put in that order.

I never collected the Short trips books myself but i’m likely going to grab one or two just to try them out. At least a few have stories by Eddie Robson who is the best writer of Dr. Who audios that i’ve seen.

Might not be a bad idea for Christmas gifts next year for the Dr. Who fan, books store pretty easy.