Thursday, August 11, 2011

Take me out to the ball game.

Saint Paul Saints Game!!

Delicious brats!
Original Saints shirt specially sharpied for this game

$10 ticket view

Crowd particiption.  Some kind of extra 'game' on the field every 30 seconds.

Hate baseball?  The game wasn't the most interesting thing happening.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

You is smart. Read good stuff.

I would like to take a moment to encourage everyone to start reading The Economist.

It's full of excellent, thorough coverage of world events and presents arguments instead of spouting opinions. Even if readers don't agree with a viewpoint, they are given reasoning behind the author's thoughts instead of being called idiots. (I'm looking at you, various unnamed news outlets and politicians)

This magazine also probably carries the most street-cred of all news sources.  When one mentions reading The Economist, the other party in the conversation invariably reacts with a raise of the eyebrows and an 'Oh' spoken with a slight raise in tone that says 'I'm reflecting on your choice of reading materials and am impressed.  You've shown yourself to be a serious and educated follower of news.'

The Economist is also completely shame free public reading material.  Try as she might, the author cannot overcome feeling silly attempting to read trivial, celebrity oriented magazines in public and always resorts to folding such publications into odd shapes to hide embarrassing article headlines such as 'Lindsey did something dumb again.' or 'Angelina now adopting various African animals, exceeded baby quota'.

The Economist will make you smart inside and out.

Now it is an intense magazine, and there is no 'starter article' providing 101 explanations of various economic or foreign policy terms.  So read carefully. Maybe consider Political Science for Dummies.  Unless The Economist already seems like 101 because you're a genius.  In which case this post probably did absolutely nothing for you.