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Thursday, April 17, 2014

8th Game of the Season


My son's team, the Astros, moved up in their division standings to second place after a victory on Saturday against the A's.

Unfortunately, I was only able to watch my son at bat rather than the whole game, since I had concession duties. The good thing was that my wife kept me informed by text messaging me the play-by-play of the game.

Last week, we got our son a private instructor at D-Bat to work with him on his batting. The instructor gave him homework to rotate his hips when swinging the bat. So, before he took the plate, he practiced rotating his hips.


His stats, so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6: PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 8: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total  : PA: 15 AB: 5 BB: 9 SO/K: 4 H: 1 SB: 7 R: 2


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"No Quasters"

Well, at least they spelled "Tokens" right.

Playland Skate Center, Austin


Photo taken on April 13, 2014 using the iPhone 5S.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wheel of Fortune can be entertaining, especially College Week



Julian Batts represented Indiana University during College Week on Wheel of Fortune which aired in April 2014. Although he beat the other contestants, getting to the finish line was a bit brutal.




Julian had landed on a million dollars, then spun three more times to compete the board. The board read "Mythological Hero Achilles," except he mispronounced Achilles and instead said "A-Chill-less"





"I can't accept that," Pat Sajak responded.




Texas A&M sophomore student, Shelby Edmiston, who was standing to Julian's left, proudly pronounced the answer and took the win.




Julian did redeem himself after solving the the following puzzle of "Science Project Runway" and increased his total to $11,700. 




Then he dominated the last puzzle and it seemed as if he was on his way on solving another puzzle.




He spun six times, earned $14,250 and a Chevy Sonic, but then lost it all when he asked for a "C." C like in car. The category was "Person," which common sense would mean the missing letters would have to be a "M." Car is a thing.




Again, the Aggie swooped in and solved the puzzle, and she won a trip to Jamaica, home of the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.



In the Speed-Up round, with only seven letters missing, Julian confidently guessed, "On-the-Spot-Dicespin." Yes, dicespin. I guess he knows how to spin a die.



Again, the Aggie solved the puzzle, "On-the-Spot-Decision."

Nonetheless, Julian still had more points and won the game. Sajak commented, "Julian, I don't think anyone has ever taken a more circuitous route to victory..."




Sources:

http://youtu.be/BYcps2Nx_20
http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/watch-wheel-fortune-contestant-commits-comical-blunders-article-1.1755746
http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/did-best-says-student-flubbed-wheel-fortune-113115717--abc-news-tv.html?vp=1
http://www.webpronews.com/wheel-of-fortune-contestant-loses-chance-at-1-million-in-embarrassing-way-2014-04
http://1079ishot.com/worst-wheel-of-fortune-player-contestant/


Monday, April 14, 2014

I love blondes but I do enjoy an amber once in a while


What does my beer say about me? Well, according to this infograph, it says that I wear unconventional hats, but I also like to escape from the bland history and accept my bolder self.

Interestingly, my wife enjoys drinking IPAs. According to this infograph, she embraces change and constantly seeks to overcome herself.


via mashable



Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tomasa Martin


Art Appreciation

I came across Tomasa Martin through one of the blogs I follow, ArtOdyssey1. As I've indicated in previous entries, I appreciate realism, so Martin's paintings of everyday items easily caught my attention.

The difference with Tomasa Martin is that her paintings contain a story she wants to share with the viewer. At a quick glance, a viewer may see books, but the painter wants to convey a message. Same with her paintings with newspapers.

You can see more of her wonderful art HERE.



Books I via artodyssey1

Breakfast in Spring via artfaithistorment

Piano via musicamera


Sources:

http://tomasamartin.com/inicioi.htm
http://www.saatchiart.com/profiles/index/id/155267
http://artodyssey1.blogspot.com/2013/09/tomasa-martin.html
http://www.artprice.com/artist/247522/tomasa-martin/lot/past/6523595/dos-limones
http://www.artdiscover.com/en/artists/tomasa-martin-id3690
http://www.picassomio.com/tomasa-martin/exhibition.html
http://musicamera.blogspot.com/2008_02_29_archive.html

http://artfaithistorment.blogspot.com/2013/08/paintings-by-tomasa-martin.html

Saturday, April 12, 2014

7th Game of the Season


There is a kid in my son's team who really doesn't want to be there. While at the batter's box, he is unwilling to get in a ready position. His arms are down. His bat is back. Then he lets his arms drop before the ball even crosses the plate. Strike.

I'm told, by my son, that this player doesn't like baseball and that his father makes him play.

This is something my wife and I want to avoid doing to our son. However, if it were up to my son, he'd probably spend his afternoons playing video games.

At the beginning of the season, we asked our son if he was still serious about baseball. He said he was, but we weren't convinced. We gave him two options: baseball or hip hop. He chose baseball.

The past few games, he's been playing outfield--a position he doesn't like very much. My wife said that I should talk to the coach and share "our" concerns. I responded that I would do it only if I knew that it really bothered my son and if I knew my son was serious about playing baseball.

She spoke to our son and he said that he was serious about baseball, that he doesn't like playing outfield, but he didn't want us to talk to the coach.

This last game, my son played a few innings in the outfield, but did play third base, the position the kid who doesn't like baseball plays, in the last inning. Needlesstosay, my son was happy.



Chances are the father of the kid that doesn't like baseball spoke to the coaches and asked to place his son in the infield. To accommodate the request, my son was placed in the outfield.

My son's team did win their seventh game of the season by two points. The team currently sits third in their division.

His stats, so far:

Game 1: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 1 SB: 3 R: 1
Game 2: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 3: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 2 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Game 4: PA: 2 AB: 0 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 5: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 1 R: 0
Game 6: PA: 1 AB: 1 BB: 1 SO/K: 0 H: 0 SB: 2 R: 1
Game 7: PA: 2 AB: 1 BB: 0 SO/K: 1 H: 0 SB: 0 R: 0
Total  : PA: 13 AB: 4 BB: 8 SO/K: 3 H: 1 SB: 7 R: 2



Friday, April 11, 2014

Want to learn Mandarin?


I came across an very interesting infograph that breaks down the "World's Top Languages." Mandarin followed by Hindustani and Spanish are the top  three. Although we are number four, this tells us that perhaps maybe we should invest some time to learn Mandarin like in the Sci-Fi series Firefly, dui?