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My Mazeroski Moment (Or, How the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Helped Make Me Grow Up)

The Pop History Dig is a terrific website that chronicles signature events and figures of 20th century popular culture. And the latest submission by encyclopedic author Jack Doyle  is one close to the hardworking staff’s heart. “The Mazeroski Moment” 1960 World Series It … Continue reading

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Let Timmy Pitch (Again)!

The Tim Lincecum Freeze Out finally ended last night (with the Royals leading the Giants 7-2 in Game 2 of the World’s Serious) and Timmy was looking sharp. He breezed through a one-two-three 7th inning and set down the first … Continue reading

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Let Timmy Pitch!

The Tim Lincecum Freeze-Out is getting a bit tiresome, yeah? First, some statistics (via the San Jose Mercury News): 24 of 25 Players on the [San Francisco] Giants’ Division Series and NLCS rosters who appeared in a game in those … Continue reading

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Tip o’ the Pinhead to Zippy (Talking Statues Edition)

Bill Griffith’s Zippy the Pinhead is the strip comics-lovers love not to understand. But yesterday’s installment didn’t tax the brain too much.     We officially dub him Zippy the Eighth. Special bonus: That asterisk in the second panel leads to … Continue reading

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Quote o’ the Day (Nelson Rockefeller/Thomas Aquinas Edition)

In his generally admiring Wall Street Journal review of Richard Norton Smith’s greatly admiring biography of Nelson Rockefeller, On His Own Terms, Robert K. Landers noted this in reference to Rockefeller’s “hidden trait [of] dyslexia”: His difficulty reading persuaded him … Continue reading

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Dead Blogging ‘A Disappearing Number’ at Central Square Theater

Well the Missus and I trundled over to Central Square yesterday to catch the Catalyst Collaborative production of A Disappearing Number and, say, it was . . . swellish. From their website: In 1913 a clerk in rural India, Ramanujan, sends … Continue reading

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On Second Thought, To Ello with Them

For several weeks now, the hardhoping staff has been yearning for a smile from Ello, the Mean Girl of Social Media. But . . . nothing. Then, this (via MediaPost): Interest in Ello Craters Well, that didn’t take long. The new … Continue reading

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That’s Just So Mean! (Martha Chokeley Edition)

Massachusetts Attorney General and gubernatorial wannabe Martha Coakley just can’t escape her past (see: 2010 U.S. Senate special election). Thus – inevitably – this piece by Ben Schreckinger appeared in the latest edition of Politico Magazine.   Martha Chokeley Is … Continue reading

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NYT Slowbituary: David Greenglass, Ratted Out the Rosenbergs

From Page One of today’s New York Times: Interesting that Greenglass’s death went unreported for over three months. Mr. Greenglass died on July 1, a family member confirmed. He was 92. His family did not announce his death; The New … Continue reading

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Google Thinks You’re a Foogle

At Google’s inception, founders Sergei Brin and Larry Page eschewed advertising, concerned that people would think financial interests might skew the search engine’s results. Now? Fuhggedaboudit. Via the Wall Street Journal (print edition headline): Deceptive Web Ads Draw Flak, Little … Continue reading

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