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  1. I started Crescent City and returned it to the library somewhere in the first four ton five pages. I just couldn't do it. I'm near the end of Ruthless Gods by Emily A. Duncan, which is the sequel to Wicked Saints. I think if I didn't follow her on social media I would absolutely dislike her writing style/dialogue style but because I do I see a part of her in each page and I don't mind it. I'm thinking about registering for YallWest online. There's really only one, maybe two panels that are of interest to me. We'll see.
  2. Fuck the Astros. I saw Vin Scully trending and feared the worst but no, he was simply interviewed by Bill Plaschke.
  3. On top of requiring teleconferencing, cancellation of visits to and from the office, and WFH for non production staff, my facility is starting split shifts next week with a 30 minute break between each to essentially get the first group out before the second groups come in. The theory being (though is it too late to do this split?) that if someone falls ill that shift will quarantine for 2 weeks while the other carries on. Breaks are split as well, so half becomes a quarter etc. Is it perfect? Of course not. Should we completely close? Probably but it's unrealistic until the governor makes a shelter in place order. There are no good answers at this point.
  4. Macmillan ends their library embargo. https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/libraries/article/82715-macmillan-abandons-library-e-book-embargo.html
  5. Porter Airlines is suspending service starting Saturday until June 1st. Sadly makes sense as all/almost all of their flights are cross-border.
  6. Ah, ok. I missed all that. The Snow Day article is the only widely shared Medium article seen.
  7. Uh. The This Is Not A Snow Day article at Medium? This guy? Asaf Bitton MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of medicine at the Division of General Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and assistant professor of health care policy at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School. He is the Executive Director Ariadne Labs, taking over from Dr. Atul Gawande in May 2019.
  8. This is too much.. https://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/mlb/not-first-rodeo-bumgarner-admits-roping-alias
  9. https://slate.com/culture/2020/02/aubrey-huff-san-francisco-giants-2010-world-series-reunion-invitation-jerk.html
  10. This is incredible. I was unaware of Bouwmeester's medical emergency the other night. https://www.latimes.com/sports/hockey/story/2020-02-15/nhl-observations-poised-reaction-by-ducks-medical-personnel-saved-jay-bouwmeesters-life
  11. I finished Gideon the Ninth earlier this week. In fact I read the last few chapters over my lunch hour and was unprepared for an emotional gut punch while sitting in the break room. Parts of the setting just didn't seem to link up with portions of Gideon's internal and external dialogue but in the end I stopped caring because I was entertained. This book was unlike anything I've every read before and I'm very interested in the second book Harrow the Ninth.
  12. I hope Mike Bolsinger, who ruined my birthday in 2015*, wins his lawsuit. * He was the starting pitcher against the Giants. MC paid $$ to wish me happy birthday on the scoreboard during the game and it was great. Until it wasn't. https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/dodgersnow/la-sp-dn-dodgers-mike-bolsinger-course-correction-20150619-story.html
  13. It's BS. Do pinch hitters need to play a position for their half of the inning when they come in? Regardless of the reasons for implementing this - speeding up the game, rules committee is a bag of dicks etc, it takes away strategic management and match ups in tight games. (I say this without doing any digging into the rule beyond a headline I saw) Baseball is a game of statistics that are used in decision making from the front office down to the dugout in games. This just takes that aspect and says FU.
  14. While I'm getting excited for the season to start, even with all the goings on/cheating/trades etc, I am definitely not excited for Nats fans and hangers-on. Ugh. Trying to pick seats to see the Gigantes in LA and found this neat article. It's a 1pm game and having dealt with skin cancer once already (basal cell carcinoma on my face) I'm definitely looking for shade. We're looking at the Brewers the following evening as well. https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-sp-dodger-stadium-shadiest-seats/
  15. <sigh> https://www.amny.com/education-2/barnes-noble-fifth-avenue-to-launch-sales-of-classic-novels-with-new-covers-promoting-diversity/ Promoting well-known stories of long dead authors instead of spotlighting actually diverse and perhaps unknown authors and stories is so very much a lazy gesture.
  17. I took an afternoon off work a few weeks ago to see this with MC and it was quite excellent. I wondered how hard it was (probably not at all) to get the Firth, Scott, Stong, and Cumberbatch to sign on for roughly 2 minutes of screen time each. Well, Mark Strong got slightly more. But still. My one regret was watching some of the pre/post effects shots on Twitter because
  18. Embedded images in posts is turned off on the board. A Tweet is the best you can do or a link.
  19. https://gay.medium.com/adventures-in-publishing-outside-the-gates-a06f089c372e I learned of this author, book, and article on Twitter after following a few comments on and retweets of Steven King's We don't threaten authors in my America! (I've paraphrased). Ugh.
  20. https://sports.yahoo.com/inside-one-astros-fan-quest-to-do-the-unthinkable-prove-his-team-cheated-sign-stealing-155724616.html
  21. http://www.readersfirst.org/news/2020/1/16/is-the-macmillan-boycott-working?utm_source=Sailthru&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=CYS - 012420&amp;utm_term=Suppress_Disengage_BookRiot_CheckYourShelf
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