Is this the first Easter weekend in years that I have not headed to Portland Maine, home of the greatest gang of hosts and the Chocolate Boston? There has been a primordial urge to see the sea in America that has had to be acted upon. This year, however, the call is that of the shingling roofer to be paid later in the year so we are staying put. It is also "The Day of the Dubbels" over at A Good Beer Blog, the second in a series of monthly link-fests where beer nerds from all over the globe post on a theme. I am hosting this one and chose the theme of dubbels, a Belgian style that is generally speaking a brown ale around 7% which has some spicy burlappy yeast thing happening. Check back in later over there for a list of contributing bloggers.
Oh yeah...there are supposed to be bullets:
- I came across reference to this Wired article from ten years ago about how the world will turn on the attention one gets. It is an interesting bit of forecasting as well as a bit of a kick in the teeth of Web 2.0 given how it describes a participatory web that apparently we now need consultants to tell us did not exist. It is funniest of all, of course, for its references to "the new economy" - gets me every time.
- Speaking of the participatory internet, I caught a TV ad for this website the other day when I was watching the Reds play the Cubs on Fox Sports for the Ohio area - farmersonly.com, an online dating service for our friends in the agricultural sector - proving once again that things can be a bit weird and very sensible at the same time. From the TV ad I learned that line dancing is still big with dairymen.
- I am not often disappointed by posts at Jays even though we are always in civilized disagreement but this sectarian self-congratulatory piece of blind revisionism would not be worth mentioning if it were not that I suspect people actually believe this sort of rubbish. Having heard the stories as I represented some Canadian soldiers in their personal matters after their return from Bosnia and also having heard the stories from had pals in PEI who were relocated Bosnian soldiers who had been held in the concentration camps, this forgetting after only fifteen years in the great cause of nothing much at all is mind blowing. Q: if there had not been the slaughter of Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica, would there have been the same rise in the Taliban amongst European Muslim youth?
- Who the hell wants to remember everything? I would prefer that scientist find a way to selectively block out certain parts of the 1980s for me along with much of 1996.
- It has been great catching a few of the first bazillion games of the 2007 baseball season and none was more fun to watch than the Yankees losing at home in sub-zero temperatures to the lowly Tampa Bay Satanic Rays. Andy Pettitte was forced out a little early in his return to New York but made a fantastic tag out at home plate at one point. It was sloppy on both sides and frankly governed more by the weather than anything else but a Yankees' loss is a Yankees' loss.