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Game 1 Fall Classic, 1st pitch due around 1:57am in greater downtown Bremen.  i've returned from the WAB offshore stammtisch this evening, couldn't even get close to sleeping for an hour or two.

i'll try to find a way to write some more, we'll see how it works with a completely disrupted time zone.  what you all should realize is...

this (so-called) World Series pits the misfits of San Francisco against the aptly named Texas Rangers, formerly owned by George W. Bush. why aptly named, well, with no reflection on the current ballplayers, the historical texas rangers were either klansmen or kriminals, who killed ndns and mexicans equally, with no resort to trial. appropriate for a team owned by a bush.

but now the military jets of destruction have flown over the beautiful stadium, the last act of propaganda equating "america's pastime" with war.  all that's left is first pitch, and finally, the ads, the hype, the propaganda, takes a back seat to a brilliant game which begins with a diamond.

Go Giants!  Beat the Texas Rangers.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Wed Oct 27th, 2010 at 07:51:43 PM EST
really should write something about the incredible first two games. so much unique to baseball happened.  suffice to say the Giants are going to Geo. W. Bushville with a two games to none lead, having demoralized the team named after the lawless plague of the frontier.

one TV commentary (not postable here, thank you nbc) broke into shock as the on air reporter interrupted his report to say, "my god, they're smoking weed over there!"  The center fielder for the fuckin Texans (he's a recovering addict who credits Jesus for saving him, though last time i spoke with Jesus she said quote, "Hardly pay attention to the asshole."), who deserves to play in Texas, complained that the people in the bleachers over his head were smoking dope.

The Jints, notorious season long for just beating one more run than the other team, if they won at all, has demolished the rangers 11-7 and 9-0.  WOOHOO!!!

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 06:15:42 AM EST
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i need help here. the thing updates weird, with no update in the diary list, and the poll only has the first two answers. what have i done wrong?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 07:04:49 AM EST
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Whatcha wanna do?

If you want to put in an UPDATE, you've done that. If you want the title to be followed by UPDATE, just type that in to the title field.

If you want to bump the diary in the list, I can do that.

As it stands, the poll only has two options. What do you want to add?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 07:50:35 AM EST
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somehow i thought the update would be on its own line.  i even moved it to another paragraph, which didn't show up. also, the photo is placed weirdly.

as for the poll, twice or 3x i put in ten or so answers, which never show up. am i supposed to click update, or am i supposed to click save?

is the [UPDATE] a macro?

don't need to bump it (but thanks), when i'm ready i'll click the new timestamp button, oder?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 09:13:55 AM EST
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[UPDATE] is a built-in macro in the story editing interface. [ED] is another one.

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 09:39:18 AM EST
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When you first do a diary, it's by default on Auto Format. When you submit, Scoop draws it into its maw and formats the html. If you come back to edit, you'll see the mark-up that has been added. In editing, add your own mark-up. Mostly, that means putting <p> where you want a paragraph break. (I've done this for the Update etc).

Next, I don't know what the difference between the Update and Save buttons is. Maybe none. [UPDATE] is some kind of system macro, not user-defined in any case. It doesn't kick in on Preview, but when you hit Save or Update.

The image: aligned left by default. Where do you want it?

The poll: aargh I seem to remember people having problems editing or adding to a poll. I can try if you give me the list (by mail if you want).

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 09:42:21 AM EST
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Thanks afew and migs; email sent afew w/ poll answers.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 11:38:50 AM EST
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Poll done.

I say, it's not cricket, old chap. You're not allowed to scratch your balls in cricket, obviously. Though you may spit-and-polish them.

Do you want that hideous picture in the middle?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 11:57:50 AM EST
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nah, it's ok, you've helped enough. i suppose the photo actually is hideous, but there's an explanation.

Brian Wilson is our closer, the pitcher who comes in at the end to preserve a lead.  Lots of tension, one must be mentally very tough.  So often, they're just egotistical assholes.

But Wilson is savvy, he knows how to have intelligent fun with the media. He was being interviewed on some sports show, and had that guy appear briefly at one point in the background.  No explanation, no comment, nothing, just "oh, that's the machine."

don't know if he's gay or not.  he once told the major sports network on another interview show he was a certified ninja.  Certified?  How were you certified?  Had a dream once.

So he goes against any stereotype in baseball, and fits right in with the San Francisco wierdos. Plus he's a hell of a closer.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 01:59:38 PM EST
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Closers are supposed to be weird.  

In evidence:

Bill "Spaceman" Lee pitched for 14 years in the majors and said many discerning things about baseball.  IMO the best was:

Baseball's a very simple game. All you have to do is sit on your butt, spit tobacco, and nod at the stupid things your manager says.

[Note: he regularly called, in interviews, his manager Don Zimmerman, "the designated gerbil."]

This interview on Baseball Almanac gives a good idea of his personality.


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 02:21:31 PM EST
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:-)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 03:28:50 PM EST
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PS.  If anyone is seriously interesting in the criminal history of the original texas rangers, not the TV ones, check out this historical screed from my friend, pioneer of digital storytelling, Joe Lambert.


During the period of the racist terrorism after the end of Reconstruction it is fair to say the Rangers were Klansmen with badges. Lots of summary executions, assistance with lynchings, lots of extralegal terrorist assualts on African American, Native American and specifically Mexican Americans.  So when you are rooting for Texas, just try thinking Texas Klansmen, and imagine instead of a T for Texas logo, they had a Burning Cross on their hats.  How does that sit?


"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 06:22:49 AM EST
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"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaļs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 29th, 2010 at 02:00:44 PM EST
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