The Cubs are 4-8 on the season. Once again, the starting pitchers are good - very good. And once again, the bullpen has allowed us to lose more than they have saved. And, finally, once again, the offense is anemic and under performing.
It kind of boggles the mind to realize that "Cosmic Rays" (energetic particles that originate outside the solar system) can hit a cell in one's body and the result COULD be cancer. The same thing could happen (although rarer) if one were to be struck by a neutrino. Dying stars from the other side of the Universe can kill you. Which, I suppose, at some level is truly ironic, given that we are made of the stuff of dead stars.
The above is to be classified as "Things I Think About". FYI
Yesterday, Bubba Watson won the Masters for a second time and Jordan Speith, the young man I had hoped would win, came in tied for second. When you stop and consider that a year ago, Jordan was still an amateur, not even a member of the PGA Tour, his accomplishment over this last weekend is little short of amazing. Jordan will be invited to the Masters next year, and I expect the man who was second this year will be wearing the Green Jacket next. It's hard to imagine improvements in his game, but in a year he will have the one thing he doesn't have now - experience. Add that ingredient to his already solid game and he will be even better. BETTER.
And there are three more majors between now and the end of the season. He's going to learn a lot.
This coming Friday, I'm planning to be in Tipp City, Ohio, to attend an artist's gallery opening. The artist is Rusty Harden, the person from whom I learned all that I know about painting in watercolor. It will beheld at Studio 14 Benkin Gallery of Fine Art, 6:30pm to 8:30pm. I will probably overnight in Tipp City. I love that little town. It is quaint and very photogenic.
What follows is offered in response to Velvet Verbosity's 100 Word Challenge. The challenge, this week, is "Burn".
Charlie Keller waited for the people in the house to turn out the lights and go to sleep. He waited in the bushes, where he could see and not be seen, as he fingered the small box of wooden matches in his pocket.
He was used to waiting. He'd waited through wasted years of treatment, through ages behind locked doors, through daily doses of meds handed to him in little white cups.
He had to wait a little longer.
The shed was old. Dry tinder surrounding things like yard utensils, lawn mowers ... and gas ... and soon ... he'd make it bu-u-u-u-r-r-r-r-n.
In 1979, at a time when I had several weeks of enforced recuperation to endure, I bought a Radio Shack TRS80 computer. I also bought Radio Shack's instruction tapes (literally - cassette tapes - 16 of them - each of them one lesson) on programming in Basic.
I must have been a miserable person to be around, after that. All I could talk about was the amazing logic I had encountered in the process of learning to program in Basic. I instantly regretted all the Computer Courses I had NOT taken in Junior College.
Of course, over time I have programmed applications in other languages. Basic, as it was structured then, wasn't suitable for really large or complex applications, so I soon found myself learning to use different "tools" to do different jobs - always trying to use the programming language's strengths to fit the job at hand.
Over time I have learned that there is a process to "programming" that lies outside the tool selected to do the job. That process lies in identifying the job in terms of the logic involved in the actual program that is to be developed. Knowing that logical structure helps to identify the "right tool for the job". There is nothing worse than figuring out halfway through a major programming project that the language selected won't do the job. Or it needs "help" from another language that does some element of the work quicker, or better - and that helper needs to be integrated into the overall project.
I have found a new language that I like, a lot. It has characteristics of many of the languages I know. And many features of "other" langages have been incorporated and simplified without sacrificing the effectiveness of the feature.
The language is "D". It's available for Windows, and Mac OS X, and Linux. It's a compiler, but very simple to implement. And, to the extent that actually telling your computer what to do and having it do exactly as you have instructed is fun, D is fun. And FREE. Just download, install, follow the tutorial (on the web site) and have fun. Seriously. Have FUN.
Like I do.
The site is dlang.org. Links down the left side of the page will take you to download and tutorials. try it. it's easy and cool.
The Cubs won yesterday, 8-3 over Philly. The thing is, they scored 8 runs with NO home runs, just timely hitting and taking advantage of mistakes by the opposition. One hopes this is a sign of how they'll play ball this year. However, life long Cubs fan that I am, I am fully prepared to be disappointed.
I have been trying to sell the Coot Scoot. I have the CB750 in running shape now and I don't think it's necessary to support TWO two wheeled vehicles. I may have to lower my price. $1500 seems to be too much.
The 750, as it turns out by examination of VIN number records, is actually a CB750L - a limited edition 'cycle meant to celebrate the birth of the CB750 Honda 10 years before. The new motor, however, had dual overhead cams - a first in motorcycles - and was faster and more fuel economical than the older model. It had special badges on the side plates indicating its status as "Special Edition" and, of course, the dual cams.
Over time, I hope to be able to restore the bike to its original look. Hopefully, it won't cost a fortune to do that.
The weather finally seems to be leaning in the direction of Warm. There should be no more snow. The birds have come home. Cardinals and Robins abound. The tulips are coming up in my backyard. There is a hint of green, now, in the lawn. Spring may now, finally, have sprung.
And Mother nature may have, finally, redeemed herself.