September 2007 Archive

I am not a jinx.

30 September 2007, 8:16 am
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After Drew’s 3-run shot in the 7th put the Sox on top 6-4, I breathed a sigh of relief because it was no longer possible for the Sox to lose 4-5, as they had done on my first two MLB games.
It was a nail-biter right up to the end. Okajima, whose (prime!) number I was […]

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how i’m not a marketing genius

27 September 2007, 2:01 pm
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One morning about ten years ago I woke up convinced I had a Big Money Idea. I didn’t think that I would make money from it; but I figured someone would. The idea was that the first mass-market penetration of virtual reality would be in exercise bikes. The idea arrived with a bunch of reasons, […]

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the baseball of judgment

22 September 2007, 1:54 pm
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The unusual wording of the message made me imagine a sentient baseball that functioned as an avatar of the entire MLB organization. I was a little nonplussed to think of this very important piece of magic sports equipment pondering my particular personal concern. But apparently the word “soon” was being used in , if not […]

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financial foolhardiness

19 September 2007, 8:51 am
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In increasing order of magnitude:

Yesterday I gave a busker a couple bucks for the first time since moving to MA. Why? He ‘d just played Lou Reed’s “Romeo Had Juliette,” from New York — certainly not my favorite Reed solo tune, but maybe my favorite Reed solo album — and got enough of the words […]

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telepathic order fulfillment

17 September 2007, 8:07 pm
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I think CD Baby has a technology that figures out what I’m going to order from them a few days before I order it. I’ve placed my last two orders with them on Fridays, and received the package on Monday, which is even more remarkable since we’re on different coasts.

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book report: Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers (eds); Slipstreams

14 September 2007, 9:23 am
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Pretty much ever since the genres science fiction, fantasy, and horror have existed as distinct marketing categories, there have been periodic movements seeking to un-define them as such. In the 60’s there was “The New Wave.” In the 80’s some bruited about the awkward, demi-hemispherist phrase “North American magical realism.” And more recently, an unruly […]

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welcome bike #5

2 September 2007, 2:55 pm
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I bought my fourth bike, a blue Jamis Tangier, #WLH3438M, on 4 September 1997.
A few days before its 10th birthday, the right chainstay cracked.

I dug up the original receipt (from DC’s awesome City Bikes) and did a little calling around. It seemed likely that Jamis would honor the lifetime frame warranty, but it also seemed […]

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