Impressions of the Day

8:00pm  – 10:30 pm:

As I write this, I am listening to the news from Lake Wobegon and Garrison Keillor.  I’ve just finished doing some writing, about the Iowa caucuses and a story on e-book piracy.  Both were pretty easy, neither took all that long, and the preparatory research barely took an hour for each piece.  And it was fairly easy research at that.  How hard is it to simply find the search engine of your choice, type in “E-book piracy”, see what pops up, read a few stories, and corroborate by checking a number of stories?

You can tell which sites did the original research pretty quickly, and which ones are written by aggregators.  The original stories are usually long and precise, and the aggregators stories are usually 3 paragraphs long, and use snippets of the original that are at least half of their story.  Aggregators are lazy.

When I write stories, I try very hard not to look like that, and avoid lazy writing like the plague.  I make points that the original stories (never just one story, never just one source) does not, and write my own commentary that usually asks questions, and attempts to force the reader to think why the things in the stories took place in the first place, when writing single subject news pieces.  Which is radically different from what I do here, this is more artistic and less formal.

Writing those stories was fun.  And to summarize in one sentence what I wrote:  Look for Santorum to finish well, and possibly even win in Iowa, but that doesn’t mean he’s a viable candidate nationally, and E-book piracy exists because there is no software that makes sure the e-reader gets only non-pirated books, and publishers are pushing e-book prices too high, making it easier for pirates to find places to get in.


6:15 pm – 8:00 pm:

I went to the hospital today.

I saw my father there.

I nearly cried.

I will say no more.


3:00pm – 6:15 pm:

There was a hockey game today, between the Rangers and the Flyers.

I watched it, or parts of it, and I have to tell you it was a thrilling game, but thrilling isn’t always a wonderful thing.  Just ask the Flyers fans, it was thrilling for everyone, but their team, the home team lost.  This despite the fact that the referees made sure that enough calls went the Flyers way late that the flyers would get every chance to get the game to overtime.

The Flyers looked very much in command early, and had a much greater command of the ice early in the game, playing much of the first and second period in the Rangers end of the ice, eventually grabbing a 2 goal lead.  It looked at that point, with 6 minutes left in the second period, like the Flyers were in control, and would win.

30 seconds later, Mike Rupp scored a goal, and things changed.  The Rangers weren’t perfect after that, but the goal stabilized things for them.  They began to play stronger, and a few minutes into the third period, Mike Rupp, not what you would call a scoring machine, scored his third goal of the year on a short range shot that just went under Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky’s stick arm, and scored his second goal of the game, tying things up.

You could feel the air let out of the Flyers after that.  Wayne Simmonds, who was a force before that, seemed less able to run around the Rangers after that.  And a few minutes later, Brad Richards earned the respect of Rangers fans everywhere, by grabbing the deflection from Brandon Dubinsky who grabbed a great pass from Ryan Callahan, and stuffed it past Bobrovsky for the game winner.

Viddy of the day: Brad Richards puts Rangers up @WC 2012

I’m still annoyed that Ryan Callahan got called for holding the stick with less than 2 minutes to go when Kimmo Timonen tried to smack him in the head with his stick.  He never grabbed Timonen’s stick, but the refs didn’t want the Rangers to have a man advantage with time expiring, and called Callahan to keep things even.  Idiots.

And I knew that penalty shot wasn’t gonna get past King Henrik, and as a result, the Rangers now sit with the overall points lead in the Eastern Conference and are tied for most points in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Go Rangers!


Early today:

I did 17 sets of chin-ups today.

8 repetitions each set.

By the time I was done my forearms felt like stones, and my triceps were on fire.

It was great.

I ran 7.1 miles in 30( ish) degree temperatures with 20 to 30 mph winds.

That was great too.


How can I tell that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?

Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the end of the Galaxy


Pic of the day:  Time saving truth from Falsehood and Envy, by Francois Lemoyne


That’s it from here, America. G’night.

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