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Author: Jack

On Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad ended last night. Spoilers ahead, naturally. With last night’s episode, Breaking Bad is basically neck and neck with The Sopranos in the easy list of Best Television of All Time. The only reason that I can’t give Breaking Bad the crown alone is that the two series were trying to accomplish very different […]

On “The Art of Fielding”

Last night I finished Chad Harbach’s “The Art of Fielding.” It’s a literary fiction book that’s ostensibly about a rising baseball star competing in a small college to get drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals. You can see my obvious attraction, being a Cards baseball fan, but I’m also an avid reader and it had […]

On Round Rock Express

A week ago I went to my first AAA ballgame between the Round Rock Express and the Memphis Redbirds. Round Rock is a wealthy suburb of Austin, so the park is only 20-30 minutes away and with my recent baseball obsession I decided to check them out. The Dell Diamond The Round Rock Express’ home […]

Quick Notes: Crusader Kings 2

Here’s a set of things that I’ve found out about CK2 that I don’t think were covered well enough elsewhere. It’s mostly nitshit, but I thought it’d be worth writing down. Ruler Designer Pros and Cons I bought the big DLC pack on Steam and it came with the Ruler Designer which allows you to […]

On “Let’s Play”

I’m stuck in an age where I prefer my information to be conveyed in text. That’s just the way I feel. 90% of the instructional videos on the internet are twenty minutes too long and executed by kids that stumble over their words, get confused, and even waste time figuring out what I’m trying to […]

On “Proof of Heaven”

This hasn’t been an extant fact on my blog, but I am an atheist. My parents are (and now pretty much were) Catholic, and I went to a couple of Catholic schools as a kid so I’m extremely familiar with the machinery of Christianity. My wife (who’s a deist) was raised as a free-thinker and […]

On Baseball

Alternatively, this is why baseball is the greatest American sport. 1. It’s a True Team Sport Oddly enough, baseball is one of the few games where you have to assemble a team of good players instead of being carried by one or two star players. This is a direct result of the fact that baseball […]

On e-books

I’ll admit, at least when it comes to books, I’m an extreme Luddite. There’s just something that I find comforting about the feel of a book in my hands, the sweet smell emanating from the aging pages of a paperback, or the excitement of getting a crisp new book. For the past five or six […]

Creativity In, Creativity Out

I have never wanted to write a novel as bad as when I was reading a good one. I have never wanted to code as much as when I’ve just discovered a brilliant piece of engineering. I have never wanted to throw down on canvas or clay than when I’ve watched an artist in fugue […]

Android App: Memoires

I’ve journaled off an on for my entire life. It seems natural to me, but I never seem to get around to it as often as I should. I almost always think about journaling when there’s some great weight on my mind (like moving, switching jobs, Scarlett growing up, parents growing old – you know, […]