Monday, October 28, 2013

Scattershooting 10-27-13

by Bill Holmes

Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to the great 

Orlando Cepeda

Sunday's Summary

My incomplete recap of the week

Watched a kind of concert/interview on AXS by Blondie. Never a big Blondie fan but some of their stuff is OK. Debbie Harry, who is now 68, looks great and sounds good too. She admits to having had some plastic surgery. The doctor(s) did a good job. She sounds better now than when I heard her a few years ago. Counting Debbie there are three original members with the group.

  • Desperate Microsoft is disguising web bookmarks as Windows apps. Will this really help or will it piss people off because the "app" is crappy? There is also the deception issue.

I wonder how excited ESPN is to have spent the big bucks on the 0-6 Giants vs the 1-4 Vikings on Monday Night Football? The worldwide leader in sports.

It's almost fixed, only 26 more floppies to load.

I'm looking forward to this documentary series. Five hundred years of Black history in America. According to Professor Gates, the first African to set foot in America was in St.Augustine, FL with Ponce de Leon in 1513. PBS on Tuesdays at 7:00 PM CDT starting tonight (10/22) for the next six weeks. My DVR is set.

The amazing new iPad Air innovation consists of lighter and thinner. That's about it. Pretty underwhelming. Check out the Android alternatives.

I don't have a wife so I do need Google.

Well thankfully the Aledo football coaches were cleared of bullying the Western Hills players because they won 91-0. There was no evidence of taunting during the game, there was a running clock in the 2nd half and the 2nd and 3rd string Aledo players were in the game. To the Western Hills parent who filed the complaint - sometimes you get the hell beat out of you. Don't pour salt into the kid's wounds by whining.

I watched the new Alec Baldwin talk show "Up Late" last night. I liked it. There were only two guests and it was not the usual talk show fluff or the bombastic shouting of political shows. A rather demure Chris Matthews and a NY Times columnist were the guests. The show is on MSNBC which leans left as does Alec, but it was not in your face liberal propaganda. Give it a try maybe especially if you are on the right of center. We all need a little dose of Fox News chased with a little MSNBC to hear both sides of the story. Throw in a little Daily Show and Colbert Report also to see the humor in it all.

I know Peyton Manning is a good quarterback although not as good as the media says. Still, I find him aggravating to watch with all his signals, changed calls, directing traffic, etc. Call a damn play and run it once in awhile.

Enough bad beer news. That's bad news about beer, not bad beer. The cost of a 12 pack of PBR went up 40¢ sometime this week. That could cost me several thousand dollars per year. Secondly there was a fire at the Yuengling Brewery in Tampa. That facility used to be the Schlitz brewery and is right across the street from the University of South Florida. My buddies and I consumed many a brew at Schlitz while waiting to go on the tour. We never actually went on the brewery tour. Fellow USF students working as beer maids in the hospitality room were very accommodating and lenient with the consumption rules.

Is this one of the most brain dead fundamentally bad World Series ever? Tied at 2-2, so far no one deserves to win.


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