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Apple Rant

Like gaming, music, religion, and a few other things, I have very strong opinions about technology (technology brands, to be more exact).
Before I continue, each company that creates technology has its flaws.

Each particular product has it’s flaws.

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I just happen to like this company less than others.
I don’t like Apple.
I know it’s not exactly original to go on a tirade about why you love/hate/furiously hump Apple products,
but they seem to be popular (in a flame-war kind of way).
The main reason I don’t like Apple is partly because of most of the products they release,
and partly  because of the ethos they run their company by, which seems to be “If it’s shiny, retards will buy it.
If our consumer base is retarded, we can trick them into buying the same product 15 times
(if we make it progressively shinier).”
Now, I will admit that Apple computers have their uses (mainly for liberal art majors who would rather doodle in Photoshop than go and get a real job).
My main problem is that for the amount of money someone spends for the Apple name, brushed aluminum case, and glowy logo, you could have
gotten a
high-end performance PC or built a case yourself that does exactly what you want it to do.
There is always the matter of the iPhone/iPod/iPad retardedness.
The iPhone is the “sell the same product only shinier” scheme I was talking about earlier in the post (Surprise! The original iPhone can do just about everything an iPhone 4 can, and the features it doesn’t have should have been included in the first place).
The iPod still has a shred of credibility with me because my iPods have been the only MP3 players I’ve owned that weren’t about as useful as a pound of donkey dung the second I pulled them out of the box.
And the iPad is nothing more than the bastard child of the iPhone and a netbook.
Sign me up!
Anyone can rebuke this with a simple matter of “Well, they’re just trying to make money” or “But don’t most PCs crash 150 thousand times a day?”
To the former, yes, but they could still make the same amount of money if they made a reliable and credible product in the first place rather than relying on the morons of society to jump on a bandwagon.
To the latter, they do if you run porn on your machine 24/7 and have never even heard of the phrase anti-virus.
Plus, a Mac is just as prone to lock-ups as a PC (Spinning wheel of death, anyone?)

Like gaming, music, religion, and a few other things, I have very strong opinions about technology (technology brands, to be more exact). Before I continue, each company that creates technology has its flaws. Each particular product has it’s flaws. I just happen to like this company less than others.
I don’t like Apple. I know it’s not exactly original to go on a tirade about why you love/hate/furiously hump Apple products, but they seem to be popular (in a flame-war kind of way). The main reason I don’t like Apple is partly because of most of the products they release, and partly  because of the ethos they run their company by, which seems to be “If it’s shiny, retards will buy it. If our consumer base is retarded, we can trick them into buying the same product 15 times (if we make it progressively shinier).” Now, I will admit that Apple computers have their uses (mainly for liberal art majors who would rather doodle in Photoshop than go and get a real job). My main problem is that for the amount of money someone spends for the Apple name, brushed aluminum case, and glowy logo, you could have gotten a high-end performance PC or built a case yourself that does exactly what you want it to do. There is always the matter of the iPhone/iPod/iPad retardedness. The iPhone is the “sell the same product only shinier” scheme I was talking about earlier in the post (Surprise! The original iPhone can do just about everything an iPhone 4 can, and the features it doesn’t have should have been included in the first place). The iPod still has a shred of credibility with me because my iPods have been the only MP3 players I’ve owned that weren’t about as useful as a pound of donkey dung the second I pulled them out of the box.
And the iPad is nothing more than the bastard child of the iPhone and a netbook. Sign me up! Anyone can rebuke this with a simple matter of “Well, they’re just trying to make money” or “But don’t most PCs crash 150 thousand times a day?” To the former, yes, but they could still make the same amount of money if they made a reliable and credible product in the first place rather than relying on the morons of society to jump on a bandwagon. To the latter, they do if you run porn on your machine 24/7 and have never even heard of the phrase anti-virus. Plus, a Mac is just as prone to lock-ups as a PC (Spinning wheel of death, anyone?)

Game Update: Cards Vs. Astros

Duncan: Carp’s Issues All Mechanical

Chris Carpenter threw a convincing side session Saturday afternoon, likely his final tune-up before a potential All-Star appearance next Tuesday in Anaheim, Cal.

Pitching coach Dave Duncan left the session encouraged by Carpenter’s ability to address subtle flaws that left him out of sorts within his delivery — specifically, the sensation that he was landing late with his front foot. Such a flaw would would be enough to compromise Carpenter’s curveball, which has been less effective since he took a line drive off his right forearm during a June start against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“I don’t see his soundness as an issue,” Duncan said, echoing Carpenter’s sentiments following a Thursday loss againts the Colorado Rockies. “He wasn’t feeling real good about his delivery. He probably hasn’t been for three or four starts. But based on today I feel he’s headed in the right direction.”

Carpenter did not miss a turn after being struck on the right forearm by Diamondbacks second baseman Kelly Johnson’s line drive; but he conceded discomfort that affected his ability to command his curveball and his cut fastball during the rest of that outing.

Carpenter has allowed 11 earned runs, 18 hits and four walks in nine innings covering his two starts since being struck.

“Physically, he’s fine,” Duncan insisted. “Everybody in this game gets a little out of sorts at some point. What I saw today was very encouraging.”

Depending on whether he appears next Tuesday, Carpenter could start next Thursday’s opener to the second half against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

via Game Update: Cards Vs. Astros.

Failure Is Just A Part Of The Game

With the sour, bitter taste of the ninth inning yesterday unwashed from our mouths, Angela Weinhold has a nice historical take on what to expect after the break from our Cardinals:  Tony LaRussa And The Second Half | Baseball Digest.

The despair and frustration on twitter last night did not have the cathartic effect one gets from listening to the blues after your wife walked out.  But the sun did rise today.  And the good of last nights game comes back to the front of my mind.  Tyler Greene was good.  Aaron Miles showed he’s still  a pest with the singles.  Felipe Lopez’s HR makes the case that his bat when utilized every day is sharp, and when Flip’s bat is sharp it’s dangerous.  Hawksworth was effective if not efficient.  And we got to see Pujols & Holliday both hit well at the same time, and lose the game.

Baseball is a game of failure.  If you fail 68% at the plate you get a huge raise.  To succeed, you need the ability to maintain a calm mindset.  Never get too wrapped up in the moment, because you got to get after it again tomorrow.  So Franklin finally stunk during the 1st half.  It happens.

Here’s to forgetting the ninth, and building on the great things that happened in the game.  Then Angela can amend her article with a nice, happy entry about 2010.

How Frustrating Have Things Been?

My Poor Cap

A frustrating season leads to abuse of Licensed Apparel

This season of Cardinals baseball has cost me fingernails, hairline, and lots of beer-money. But most of the burden has been borne by my cap.

Every time Brendan Ryan has air-mailed a “Dan Quisenberry”  to 1st, I’ve thrown the hat.

Every time Colby Rasmus has loafed, I’ve tossed it to the floor.

Every time Matt Holiday or Albert Pujols has popped up or weakly grounded out with RISP, I’ve bit the bill.

And every time Tony LaRussa has yanked a starter who’s in command but in a jam to bring in “I eat at” Dennys Reyes, I’ve sweated through it. This later situation usually leads to violent stomping on my cap.

Needless to say, my trusty cap is looking more towards the All-Star break than I am looking forward to my next Budweiser. But there is hope for my much-abused companion.  Tyler Greene has his shot to eliminate the tossing.  Colby will continue to mature and keep my hat on my head.  Timely hitting will become a second half hallmark of the Redbirds, and my teeth will only be used on Toasted Ravioli.  Alas, there is no hope for the sweating & stomping, as TLR will continue to “eat at Dennys”.

I have made a solemn promise to my chummy chapeau, though.  When the Cards finally leave the Reds and the rest of the NL Central full of despair for the playoffs, I will buy one of these snazzy numbers to abuse:

Cardinals Shop at shop.MLB.com

I implore the team – from Skip Schumaker down to Nick Stavinoha – to do the right thing.  Win one for the hat!

Oh No! LaRussa Says Carp Is OK

Joe Strauss has reported on STLtoday.com that Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa “voiced confidence in Chris Carpenter’s fitness a day after the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner endured a three-inning outing, one of his three shortest starts as a Cardinal.”  Hmmm, how do I take this.

It doesn’t take much to remember the last time we heard an injury to a vital Cardinal starter was no big deal.  Ludwick’s calf is not even history yet.  Neither is Brad Penny’s shoulder.  They’re both on the DL currently (and we’re praying that they come back healthy).  Troy Glaus’ shoulder should heal up fine by May 2009 – right?  Kyle Lohse’s forearm was completely healed after the past off-season.  And back on April 10, 2007, an ESPN article had this wonderful piece of prophesy:

According to a statement issued by the team, there was no evidence of an acute ligament injury — a problem that would have required surgery and likely would have finished Carpenter’s season.

It was “an acute ligament injury” and it did finish him for basically 2 seasons.  I could research more of these injury misinformational official statements, but why waste time when even the most casual Redbird fan is already saying, “Scott Rolen’s shoulder” or “Mark Mulder’s arm-slot”.  There is a pattern here.

What raises my antennae about Carpenter is his poor showing in the first start after taking a line drive off his pitching forearm.  Last year, Kyle Lohse’s problems first surfaced after being hit by a pitch on his right forearm on May 23rd.  Lohse had 2 DL stints last year, and never regained the stuff he had in the first two months last year.  This year, he complained to Derrick Goold that “I don’t feel like anything is wrong, it’s just I keep missing up in the zone. I keep looking for something mechanically.”  Sound like TLR on Carp yesterday?  Uh huh.  Yep.

I care not to panic, but I cannot disregard what is a clear trend over the past few years.  All these might just be cases of LaRussa’s optimism & romanticism of the toughness of baseball players.  Or this trend could simply be repeated misdiagnosis by Head Team Physician Dr George Paletta & Head Trainer Barry Weinberg.  But they all have come under the ownership of Bill DeWitt – either with Walt Jocketty or John Mozeliak as GM .  Perhaps he learned a thing or two about diverting away from the truth from his good friend George W. Bush.  Getting to the heart of the matter with Cardinal injuries has become as tiring as getting hard facts from the lesser Bush’s administration during the build up to the Iraqi War.

I am Insensitized, but it doesn’t mean I’m unaware.  Whether through ineptitude or truthiness, I will have to take these pronouncements from the club with a sizeable grain of salt (as big as Fredbird).  But all will be fine if Mr. Carpenter’s next start is as sharp as Waino’s was.

Share your horror stories about Cardinal injuries in recent memory by leaving a comment.  Or tell me how off-base I am.  But please Stand for Stan.

Waino Goes All The Way, Again

courtesy MLB.comSimply a superlative performance by St Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright on the day he was named to his first All-Star roster.  Wainwright only needed 99 pitches to dispatch the Brewers on Independence Day, and provided all the fireworks needed with a bases-loaded 3-run double in third inning. Marred only by a solo shot by fellow All-Star Corey Hart after being staked to a 6-run lead, Wainwright cruised to his 4th complete game of the year.

And 4 complete games already this year had me raise a question on twitter about who’s had the most Cardinal CG’s since John Tudor’s outstanding 1985 season.  My twitter friend Bob Netherton had an answer for me.  And what an answer!  On his Throatwarbler’s Blog, Bob broke down the Cardinals team leaders in complete games.

This got me thinking of a new question.  Tony LaRussa is generally considered the manager most responsible for situational relief pitching and the constant parade of RP we now see in the latter innings of games.  So how does Wainwright’s first half compare with other SP’s LaRussa has managed in his long career?

Bob broke down the Cardinals CG history since 1985.  TLR didn’t truly become infamous for his hook until he started managing the Oakland Athletics.  1987 was his first full season as the A’s skipper, so that makes a good comparison with Bob’s research.

Athletics
1987             8- Dave Stewart
1988           14- Dave Stewart (Bob Welch was 2nd on the club with only 4)
1989             8- Dave Stewart
1990            11- Dave Stewart (Mike Moore was 2nd with 3)
1991             7- Bob Welch
1992             4- Ron Darling 
1993             5- Bobby Witt (Ron Darling had 3, no other CG’s)
1994*            5- Bobby Witt
1995**           2- Steve Ontiveros & Todd Stottlemyre

Cardinals
1996              5- Todd Stottlemyre
1997              3- Matt Morris
1998              2- Matt Morris
1999              2- Darren Oliver & Jose Jimenez
2000              5- Darryl Kile (R.I.P)
2001              3- Woody Williams
2002              1- Matt Morris/W. Williams/Andy Benes/Chuck Finley
2003              5- Matt Morris
2004              3- Matt Morris
2005              7- Chris Carpenter        Won Cy Young Award
2006              5- Chris Carpenter
2007              1- Braden Looper & Anthony Reyes
2008              1- Adam Wainwright & Braden Looper
2009              3- Chris Carpenter & Joel Pineiro
2010              4- Adam Wainwright (so far)

*  114 games due to strike
** 144 games due to firing

It’s apparent that CG’s on LaRussa’s teams are tough to come by.  But with 4 in the first half of the season, Wainwright is on pace to match the most complete games for a TLR managed club since the day of that old war-horse of the A’s – Dave Stewart.  And that includes Chris Carpenter’s uninjured brilliance with the Birds on the Bat across his chest.

It’s quite apparent the lanky right-hander from Georgia is dead set on collecting this year’s Cy Young Award – Ubaldo Jimenez & Roy Halladay be damned!

Illegal Immigration – What Do You Think

What am I doing?

I am simply sharing my rather skewed view of the events that affect me personally.  Be they political or cultural, humorous or deadly serious, personal or worldly I shan’t be hindered by targeting my audience to please advertisers (though I’m not so snarky as to shun revenue entirely).  I am enough of an egoist to believe that the world needs my voice on topics that interest me.  You will find a full supply of posts about sports – especially the St. Louis Cardinals, Southern Illinois Salukis, and Denver Broncos.  You will also find inflammatory comments about politics, earthly language and humor, and an elitist view from the top.

That being said, I am not your usual opinionated bastard.  NO!  This opinionated bastard is always looking for that viewpoint or fact that can turn my world upside down.  One cannot find the essence of the matter without input, introspection, nor continued study.  I encourage all comments.  Hateful speech is tolerated, but will be eviscerated without compunction for feelings or decorum.  But decorum is encouraged.

So peruse at your leisure and caution.  I hope you find it entertaining if not self-aggrandizing.

If nothing else, I hope you find this forum at least multisyllabic.

-stimpy66  (the name by which you can find me on twitter, Facebook, and most comment boards)

Them Meddling Mexicans

Living in Arizona means living with a new immigration law pushed by an unelected (dis-elected? – No that was George W. Bush) governor.  On its face, it simply allows local law enforcement to ascertain a person’s legal status to be in the US and detain them if need be – something everyone should support, right?  But there maybe a couple of consequences to consider deeply and thoughtfully:

  • In Arizona, a Driver’s Licence is not proof of citizenship
  • Infringement of freedoms of true American Citizens.  The Governor insists that racial profiling will not take place, any nationality must prove citizenship if asked.  I am of Scandinavian descent.  Could I be targeted?  Must I carry my papers at all times?  Sounds like Gestapo or KGB tactics to me.  This point was made by Michael Gerson in this Washington Post opinion piece where he writes “It is still not clear how the “reasonable suspicion” of a police officer is appropriately aroused, now that race officially can play no role. In fact, another change in the law allows police to initiate a citizenship search when county or municipal ordinances are violated. An email from one of the activists who helped draft and modify the law explained: “This will allow police to use violations of property codes (i.e., cars on blocks in the yard) or rental codes (too many occupants of a rental accommodation) to initiate queries as well.”
  • Legally, is a state allowed to police immigration and border control?  I am not a constitutional attorney.  Are you?  If not, this is the first question to consider as to the validity of the law.  The AZ State Legislature does not have a great track record when it comes to crafting laws.

The major flaw is with the direction the law aims, not necessarily with the law itself.  To believe that we can stem the flow of illegal immigrants by arresting each of the individual offenders is crazy.  There are an estimated 850,000 illegal immigrants each year.  We cannot stop the drive of our species to do whatever it takes to find a better life.  The solution lies in stopping enticement.  With 11,681,441 Skilled Jobs Provided to Illegal Aliens and counting in the US, perhaps Arizona is better served by allowing local law enforcement to arrest employers of illegal immigrants.  But the Republican majority would never stop business owners from making a buck – no matter the ethics of the means.  It’s easier to satisfy its constituency but singling poor, brown people.  But with estimates that Hispanics in Arizona will soon enjoy a comfortable majority over whites, it behooves the rich whites to keep the others down.  We’ve seen this before in American history – SB 1070 is simply the ugly politics of scapegoating.