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  1. Mr. X

    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    Speaking of nerd alerts, I do Goodreads, but mainly I've got this text file I keep updated in Emacs. Shogun was one of those books I remember my dad reading when I was a kid, but just before I was old enough to read the same things he did. Never gone back and read, but your comments make me want to do so.
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    You never asked? I grew up in the Philly suburbs. Mike Schmidt was my baseball hero and Wilbert Montgomery ruled the football lands. Honestly, I'm a pretty casual fan (of everything, not just baseball), so I tend not to be super forward about it.
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    MLB Offseason 2018: Harper, Your Herald Boras Sings

    As a Phillies fan, I'm accepting this with a resigned shrug. Yes, it will probably pay off for a few years. But I think the Phils are just as likely to be stuck with lots of contract baggage for years afterwards.
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    Slug 'em back - Drinking Continues!

    I don't know of anybody snubbing Grimm on a regular basis, but then I'm pretty out of touch with the local beer scene these days. I know they used to get the occasional side-eye as their beer was brewed outside the city before they built the new space. We can definitely go check them out in March. (I still haven't been, although I've run by the taproom a few times.) And yes, that's one of ours. Roughly 10.5% ABV Burton ale brewed 3 years ago.
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    Slug 'em back - Drinking Continues!

    Grimm now has a taproom right around the corner from the Interboro space in Brooklyn. Both of those are about a mile from the KCBC taproom, which makes for a solid afternoon of beering. Beer stores, many of which have stuff on tap as well: Top Hops on the Lower East Side. Malt and Mold in Gramercy. Beer Table in Grand Central Station and the World Trade Center mall. Good Beer NYC in the East Village (website seems to be down at the moment). Beer Karma in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as well as Beer Boutique which is a couple blocks away. Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. My favorite craft beer bars: Manhattan: Blind Tiger, The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites, The Ginger Man Brooklyn: The Double Windsor, Pine Box Rock Shop, Precious Metal, Spuyten Duyvil, Owl Farm, The Gate, Bar Great Harry ETA: This is in response to @Hoppy Hour's post from the last page.
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    R,I.P. Thread

    I'm not particularly into magic in general, but card tricks have always intrigued me and Ricky Jay was the best at those. He had a distinctive persona onstage (i.e. that guy who knew all sorts of weird trivia and had a mental catalogue of ephemera ready to rattle off on a moment's notice) that he carried into his acting career. And his voice has this weird way of commanding attention in spite of itself. I know I regularly channel his habit of dropping weird factoids of dubious legitimacy as part of my teaching style. If you've watched enough of his performances, whether videos of his magic shows or his appearances as a guest on late night talk shows, you know he could easily play dumb or act smart depending on the situation. When news first appeared on Twitter that Ricky Jay had died, I honestly didn't know if it was serious or just another trick being played on all of us. It seems it is true. He will never again crumple a pair of one dollar bills into a single two dollar bill or stymie Steve Martin. The rest of us? We can read (or re-read) a magazine profile with one of the greatest openings of the form.
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    Horror - As the days get shorter

    The only thing I've read from the initial post is The Changeling, which I liked. I"m not much of a horror reader in general, but I recently finished The Fisherman by John Langan and enjoyed it.
  8. Same. That's why I find the recommended reading lists that places like Locus publish to be very useful. Even though they don't appear until the new year, they serve as a "Oh yeah, that did come out last year" reminder. And then there's books like Gnomon by Nick Harkaway, which came out in the UK in 2017 and in the US in 2018. I put it on my Hugo noms this year and will probably do so again next year because why not take advantage of the grey area?
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    Lost Brotherhood Without Banners Edition

    Sounds pretty accurate.
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    YA Hugo Nominations, 2019 Dublin

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    Laws That Keep Me From Drinking

    It was statewide in Indiana back when I lived there. The only places that could sell booze at all on Sundays were restaurants. Since we were only a few miles south of the Michigan border, it was easy enough to drive up there where no such restrictions were in place. New York used to have a no booze sales before noon on Sunday rule, but I think that's gone.
  12. I like to call it the Great Beer Nations Match.
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    Well, the obvious (and biased on my part, as I'm a Spurs supporter) choice is Tottenham Hotspur, if you want to go with maximum familiarity. I mean, 5 of England's players on the WC squad (Kane, Rose, Trippier, Dier, and Alli) all play there, as do members of the Belgian, French, South Korean, and Danish sides. Plus, England's whole "perform above expectations and raise hopes before a late collapse" thing is the best preparation for following a Tottenham season.
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    Merci de partager cette sagesse avec les forums.
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    World Cup 2018: Celebratin' Your Nation.

    Twitter thread of the day - "If football nations were rappers..."