May 18th, 2011


Good news from the eye doc and other cheap thrills

Doc says I don't have cataracts, glaucoma or macular degeneration and my vision is just as good as it was two years ago. Also, while waiting for the atropine to dilate my pupils, I wandered down to the PX in the basement of the VA medical center and found one of these Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker on sale for $29.99. Of course I bought it*. :) Unfortunately, the rain that's been dripping on Washington disappeared while I was having my eye exam and the sun emerged to fry my rods & cones on the drive home, since I hadn't brought my sunglasses; fortunately, for once the traffic on 395 South didn't suck and I was home quickly.

Other than that it's been a pretty dull week so far. I've been doing linkagery and smacking trolls at The Other McCain, successfully getting my diet and schedule back under control, and waiting for a job offer to come along.

While waiting, I have of course been playing EVE, and also rediscovering the dubious joys of Graduation, which I am every bit as bad at as I am at EVE. Actually, worse, since I haven't played Graduation in, what, ten years? Anyway, it's not a dating sim and not at all hentai, but it's pretty damn hard to figure out. It was on sale for $1.99, and I've already had at least that much fun out of it.

I've also been getting some reading done; nothing new except for Do the Work, which is available for free for your Kindle. This is a useful guide on how to kick your own ass and get it in gear, and if you're having problems getting a project done, maybe you should take the time to read this. It seems to me that the book is primarily aimed at writers, but I think the lessons it has to offer apply equally well to starting businesses and other, more small-scale things. Recommended.

Also recently acquired: Ladytron's Best Of 00-10, which is an excellent collection of music by one of the odder electronic/dance bands out there, and Wings Greatest, which I admit to buying just for "Jet", "Junior's Farm". and the original "Live And Let Die", which latter song I frankly like better than the Guns N' Roses remake.

so far, so good, so what?

One thing I've noticed about prolonged high blood sugar -which for me is anything in triple digits, these days- is that it aggravates/causes ADD in my brain. That's the excuse I'm using as to why this baseball post took a while to find its way out of my brain and into LJ.

I signed up for a public Yahoo fantasy baseball league and so far am holding my own, despite being too lazy to prioritize my draft roster properly (or not having time thanks to the end-of-spring semester, crush, take your pick) and thus winding up with half a dozen catchers on my roster, including Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Carlos Santa, Pudge, and Wilson Ramos. It's been good enough to keep me in the upper division of the 12-team league so far, and usually in the top three. Right now I'm in sixth, and that's okay. It's a long season.

The Nationals, on the other hand, are playing just under .500 (20-21), thanks mostly to a 6-4 run against the NL Central and a 3-1 record against the West. This is good enough to keep the Nats out of last place, one game ahead of the snakebit Mets.

Anyway, back during tax season, I read Bill James' Solid Fool's Gold*, and it had an essay on the minor leagues which I was going to address but haven't gotten around to until now.
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