With the movie coming out I realized somehow I’d missed reading Moneyball by Michael Lewis. It’s the story of how the Oakland A’s, a team with a very small budget, are able to compete with teams that have the money to get the best players. It’s about statistics which might seem dry, but it’s really […]Read more "Book Review: Moneyball"
I saw an article in the newspaper titled How to Visit 30 Ballparks in 35 Days This Summer. I think it would be an I interesting idea to visit all of them and see some of America in the process, but doing it in 35 days seems less like fun and more like work – […]Read more "Baseball and Scheduling Your Vacation, and a Puzzle?"
One of the gifts my Mom gave my children was a ‘Painting Rocks’ kit. Great marketing, six medium sized rocks, a book suggesting some animal paintings, and six thimbles of paint with a couple brushes! And while it may indeed be great marketing, that didn’t take away any of the fun of covering the dining […]Read more "An Artist I’m Not!"
Sent by a friend (yes, it’s a mild fake), but still, shouldn’t someone open a SQL bar or coffee place?Read more "The Bar Where Everyone Queries Your Name?"
I wrote Cheap Fun after buying a really cheap – $1 – wood airplane kit at the store for the kids. Amazing what manufacturers can do with a 9×12 piece of really thin plywood. We added glue, some minor head scratching around assembly, and of course the custom paint job!Read more "SSC Editorial – Cheap Fun"
When I arrived at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville for the PASS Board meeting recently they couldn’t find my reservation. Customer service person number one handed me off to person number two, then to number three, and finally number four. I didn’t have the confirmation number handy and in fact had not made the reservation […]Read more "A Complex Shower"
Ran across this in my weekly browsing, Formufit sells furniture grade PVC. I think I’m not quite clear on the difference between that and regular PVC pipe yet, but what I do see in their catalog is a lot of nice pieces you won’t find at Lowes – a cap for mounting a caster to […]Read more "Furniture Grade PVC – What Will You Make?"