Watching Pitch, found this book from the 1980s (ballplayer salary: $65K), an enjoyable and professional (getting the feel of the game right) read. Read another account of the first female player (with a bit more melodrama) years back too (name eludes me). This one tosses in some personal dramas and provides different points of view. Meanwhile, in college. Update: Three reject books, one I did skim significantly.
Friday, December 30, 2016
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Just in the last month, I had various instances of basic medical care (both check-ups and stitches) that out of pocket would cost hundreds a pop. One instance also required me waiting about five hours (somewhat luckily late at night, not missing any work etc.) to get treated. The PPACA helped things here some. Republicans wish to make it worse some. Yes, there are neutral and partisan concerns present here. And, you know, personal too.
Monday, December 26, 2016
The film portrays a future basically like ours -- the earth is dominant, NYC is apparently basically the same, human aging appears the same (conceivably, they would be alive after 100 years) and she figures when she goes back/forth, things won't be much different when she comes back in around 200 years. For instance, what if there was a nuclear war or something. Other stuff similar too. Dubious but Star Trek isn't much better in various ways.
The visuals of this film should result in at least one technical Oscar and the performances (basically two with two supporting characters, one limited to a few scenes late) are rather good too. The two "passengers" on a space journey wake up a lifetime too soon, one by the other after a year of loneliness. This major ethical breach ("murder" by her sentiment later on) is tempered a bit by the later action which shows two were needed to save the ship. Liked it overall, visuals impressive and deeper questions (believably applied) adds weight. My view: His actions were deeply wrong (and he knew it) but humanly understandable. She was horrified when she found out etc., so we don't just get his view there. The final action helps there but it is reasonably possible something would arise where one would need the other to save them. Some might still not be able to forgive but many would act as she did.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Looking at the director's former movies, including at least two (saw Wendy and Lucy) with Michelle Williams, the rather depressing tone of this film perhaps is to be expected. But, it is a bit much, some dark comic moments a bit of a relief. A trio of Montana women's stories, they are somewhat connected, provides great acting, sense of place and not much soundtrack. Saw it for $5 in a twenty seat theater room in a historical Pelham cinema.
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Reading. As someone familiar with a lot of the material, the book is pretty good (easy reading etc.), but disappointing in what it leaves out and somewhat bland at times overall. Nearly nothing on the Mexican War, which warrants a few more pages. Skips Washington's presidency, basically. Caught a mistake here and there (e.g., the losing candidate in 1896). In a way, liked the long article he co-authored better. Barron himself is part of the story.
Monday, December 12, 2016
This has received some passionate pushback recently. A "mandate [of the] burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue that results from abortions, miscarriages, or ectopic pregnancy surgery" can have various problems, including making public the names of the women having an abortion and costs. But, just using the word "funeral" doesn't do it for me -- the implication of some religious ceremony is misleading. Non-religious atheists have them etc. And, special rules, carefully tailored, to dispose human remains seems valid.
Jets putative QB of the future looked pretty bad vs. lowly Rams (minus one drive) and didn't look good early vs the evenly more lowly (one win) SF team. But, won in OT. Giants offense (minus one key score) looked if anything worse but their defense won the game for them. Dallas' two losses came vs. them, and with three games left, their wild card spot looks fairly safe. Other NFC slot now held by Tampa Bay. Brown down to three games; Denver's loss might have cost them a playoff spot. KC might have secured the division by beating Oakland.
After holding it for multiple conferences, SCOTUS (Kagan/Breyer dissented on the record, Breyer separately commenting in a dissent regarding another death penalty case) denied a request to decide if Ohio could try again to execute someone. After news reports of a botched execution just occurring, this is particularly depressing. Another brief unanimous decision and the scheduled orders/decisions of '16 are complete. Good riddance. Update: A few more grants. Nothing looks that notable.
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Execution after a 4-4 vote is distasteful and (Glossip aside) sounds like there might have been issues with the execution itself. There were a series of orders yesterday, including two brief stays and the final vote. The jury here voted 7-5 to recommend life but the judge overrode them. The justices, a trend at this point, didn't explain themselves. A person died, four didn't think he should, but didn't say why. You know, screw you.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
Found a couple interesting books on my library's free rack (only see this at my library so far) including The Tale of Despereaux (promo has stuff not in book) about a strange mouse's adventures and Ethel Rosenberg: Beyond the Myths. Note key information came out a few years after the book (a psychological history of sorts) was published but the implication she is guilty but the guilt exaggerated still seems fair. This is often the case.
Friday, December 02, 2016
Used my IDNYC card to get a free annual membership to this mini-Botanical Gardens locale of sorts in Riverdale (no, not where Archie lives), which I believe most NYC residents don't know exists. Like a recent trip to Botanical Gardens, this isn't the best time to see it with less in bloom, but still is very nice with a great view. Interesting garden tour.