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Quick notes - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
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Quick notes
I've been busy getting stuff done this weekend before school starts on Tuesday, so briefly:

Via jwz: The Daily Show accumulates its current footage of other TV shows from a set of 15 assorted Series 1 TiVos. For show use, clips are copied to analog Beta tapes and hand-carried to the editing bays. As snazzy as the show looks on TV, they really are using the bulk of their budget to pay talent. Sets are a one-time expense.

Michael Phelps won his eighth gold medal, as expected. Unreal, but absolutely expected.

Little League has a new thing this year I really don't care for. The World Series uniforms have a new patch arc just above the LL logo on the left sleeve. It says "I WON'T CHEAT!" What an insult. There is no need to make a big public declaration of something which should be a given. It's demeaning to suggest otherwise.
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chuck_lw From: chuck_lw Date: August 18th, 2008 12:07 am (UTC) (Link)
>Little League has a new thing this year I really don't care for. The World Series uniforms have a new patch arc just above the LL logo on the left sleeve. It says "I WON'T CHEAT!" What an insult. There is no need to make a big public declaration of something which should be a given. It's demeaning to suggest otherwise.

What is it meant to address?

Not that I'm automatically supporting it. It kind of sounds like a non-solution to whatever it is that's going on.

I'm kind of curious, because when I was in Little League there was DEFINITELY cheating. (Sometimes it seemed like an excuse for adults to fight in as loud and vulgar fashion as possible -- Little League was used as a battleground for long-running disputes.)

The most ridiculous recurring example (unless I'm forgetting one, which is likely): imagine the umpire asking for the ball so he can trade in a fresh one. Then he throws the baseball over the pitcher's head, and into center field, allowing the base runners to advance. Seriously, I thought that was a part of the game, until I finally noticed it never happened i MLB.

Now I'm remembering more, but -- yeesh -- I shouldn't get into it. In hindsight, I shouldn't have played baseball (hell, there were problems in football with CHSAA (supposedly) officiating). Too many issues, too much shitty behavior, and lots of waiting while it all played out.)
jlindquist From: jlindquist Date: August 18th, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)
It's an anti-steroid thing started by Dale Murphy, the ex-Braves star. It's a noble cause, and this is actually the right age group to indoctrinate with it. I think it's a bad choice of words, though. On the other hand, Dale's Mormon, and this is the same community that ran those joy-joy musical "never tell a lie!" PSAs.

Umpires changing out balls is a dead-ball event. Nobody should be advancing at all. By rule, the ball can't be called live again until the pitcher has it and is back on the rubber. That's wrong on so many levels. And that recurred? Christ on a pogo stick...
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