Hello again, sorry for the fairly sparing output lately but that’s how it goes sometimes I guess. Since the last time I logged on with a full report I have been throwing the ball very well. I have now strung together five good outings and have gotten on a bit of a role. I have finally established my fastball consistently for strikes with my slider and split-change complimenting it well of late, which has helped me cut down on the walks and increase the number of swings and misses I’m getting, which obviously has a fairly predictable affect on my overall results. Unfortunately our team results over the same period have been a bit more up and down as we have gone 3-7 in our last ten games. Earlier in the year we basically couldn’t lose, but of late we haven’t capitalized on opportunities as frequently as we had earlier in the season and have also run into some good opposing pitching. The good news is that despite our overall poor results of late everyone is still playing hard on a day to day basis, we still maintain our position atop the Eastern League’s Southern division and there is a lot of baseball yet to be played.
Off the field there has not been a whole lot to report. At the behest of my obsessed girlfriend I saw the new Star Trek movie about a week ago, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it and it has launched me into some extended viewing of the original Star Trek television series. Admittedly I still find the idea of dressing up in pointy ears and attending conventions to be patently absurd, but the original show has an appeal quite unique from that of most other television shows. The superficially phony sets and special effects underlie a program that, in my opinion, is far more human and real than any “reality” program to be currently found on television. I must admit that despite never having previously paid much attention to Star Trek I have always thought Leonard Nimoy was one of the coolest guys out there. As a poet, author, photographer and just generally cool character I’ve always admired him so seeing him in the role that made him famous has been pretty cool. Aside from watching Star Trek I’ve been engrossed in my usual reading, working on a couple novels my Jack London, the very interesting The Art and Politics of Science by former Nobel laureate and director of the National Institutes of Health Harold Varmus, as well as a book particularly relevant to this blog. Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age of the Electronic Mob by Lee Siegel is a clear and forceful indictment of the blind faith placed in technology, with the internet and the blogosphere in particularly square in its sights. It is the best book on the internet I’ve read in years, if not ever, because it departs from the norm in attacking both the internet and the blogosphere head on without smacking of sour grapes. As a blog writer myself I found it to outstanding and I would highly recommend it. And now, as is my wont from time to time, I will end with a poem. Until next time.
That Everything’s Inevitable
by Katy Lederer
That everything’s inevitable.
That fate is whatever has already happened.
The brain, which is as elemental, as sane, as the rest of the processing universe is.
In this world, I am the surest thing.
Scrunched-up arms, folded legs, lovely destitute eyes.
Please insert your spare coins.
I am filling them up.
Please insert your spare vision, your vigor, your vim.
But yet, I am a vatic one.
As vatic as the Vatican.
In the temper and the tantrum, in the well-kept arboretum
I am waiting, like an animal,