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Went out and did grocery shopping today at Wal-mart and Harris Teeter, with a stop in between at the library, about which more in a bit. I'm pretty happy that I managed to keep the grocery bill around $40, but then I did go a little overboard on frozen vegetables last week. The menu is going to have a lot of chili and beans in it for the next week, to say nothing of tuna salad, but that's okay. Having grown up as an Air Force brat in the pre-Nixon era, I'm used to eating a lot of the same things repeatedly. *shrug*

I also picked up a printer at Wal-Mart, an HP Deskjet to replace the dead Lexmark. It would have been less expensive to rely on the Foxchase Media Center, but their printer has been out of ink for a couple of days and the staff in the rental office don't seem to be in any hurry to deal with the problem. So considering that I have applications I need to print out and send in, it was either this or throw money I don't have at Kinko's/Landmark Printing/Staples so I can get stuff printed off the thumb drive - and that also requires time & gas and wear& tear on the Sportage.

Okay, on to the library gets...
Every goon in the Sports Argument Stadium has been recommending Baseball Between The Numbers by the Baseball Prospectus crew (along with The Dugout, which is painfully hilarious) to people who aren't up on wOBA, UZR, and all these other newfangled stats these rotten little kids have been making up while I wasn't paying attention. I think the book's subtitle* is annoying on account of being more than a little patronizing, but we'll see if it's anther math-packed snore fest or whether these people actually have something constructive to say.

I've been wanting to read Escape from Hell, the sequel to Inferno by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle, ever since I heard they were working on it. Plot is similar to the first novel -an American SF writer wakes up in Hell- but from all accounts is even closer to the original Divine Comedy than Inferno was. I'm looking forward to seeing all the people who Niven & Pournelle think deserve a helping of eternal (sic) torment. :D

Speaking of Larry Niven, he appears to have opened a new part of the Known Space universe in a trilogy co-written with Edward Lerner. I'm going to take it one book at a time, and the first book is Fleet of Worlds. I'm hoping it's good so I can go on to the other two books.

*Why Everything You Know About The Game Is Wrong


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Nov. 19th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I'm going to have to recommend /not/ getting Escape from Hell. My brother and I loved Inferno, but this book has a feel like late Clancy offerings, where the author has deemed himself (or in this case, themselves) as not needing an editor. I was severely disappointed. Maybe you'll like it better.
Nov. 19th, 2009 03:33 am (UTC)
I already checked it out from the library; am not buying books until the job situation improves. It looks kind of skinny to be suffering from Clancy bloat, but I guess I'll see.
Nov. 19th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
You're the second person that mentioned Harris Teeter today. What is it?
Nov. 19th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
Harris Teeter is s a chain of really awesome grocery stores down here in the South, kind of like Byerly's or Lund's up there only BETTER. For example, they not only have deli counters but a sub sandwich counter and a sushi counter where they make stuff to order while you wait, a fresh-baked pizza counter, and best of all a loyalty card program that can save you enough cash on things you actually use so that your bill winds up being about what you would spend to get the same stuff at Walmart or Shoppers Food Warehouse (=Cub).

Edited at 2009-11-19 02:37 pm (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2009 11:31 pm (UTC)
Baseball Between the Numbers isn't quite the best book to explain the new stats; it's interesting but it's not numerical enough, if that makes any sense. The Internet is probably the best place to find explanations. I know that a couple of our statgeeks over at BCB are trying to write up some new stat primers over the winter, but that probably won't happen until the end of this semester. I'll try to find some of my existing links for you if it would help.

The Dugout is the best thing ever. There's a Katamari Damacy one that had me rolling (pun intended)
Nov. 20th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
The Dugout is the best thing ever. There's a Katamari Damacy one that had me rolling (pun intended)

*stares blankly*
Link, please?
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
It's the Dugout, would I be kidding? here although I think I spoiled the punchline, but whatever.
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Yeah, you'd think after the epic battle between PECOTA and the horrible David Glass monster nothing would surprise me any more on Dugout. :D
Nov. 20th, 2009 02:40 am (UTC)
And here's the Excel Saga one!
Nov. 20th, 2009 04:34 am (UTC)
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