Blogging from virtual reality

Today I’m blogging from the Virtual Worlds gaming lab from the fourth floor of Olin. Has anyone else noticed that a lot of college campuses seems to have at least one building named Olin?

  • The Indians are 1-0-1 against the Tigers, with a tie on Saturday and a win Sunday. Some good signs:
    • Ben Francisco seems to be opening some more eyes this spring, with a home run on Saturday. The opinion here is that he should be on the Indians’ Opening Day roster, but we’ll see how that goes.
    • 1B prospect Michael Aubrey seems to be hitting everything in sight – might be an option down the road.
  • Conflict is starting to brew once again in Somalia. A lot of people have said, and I totally agree, that by the time Barack, Hillary or John is sworn in as the 44th President of the United States in January of 2009, there will be another armed conflict that’s more important or more at the forefront than Iraq.
  • It’s about 55 degrees in Cleveland today, and the sun is shining. It’s supposed to get cold again tomorrow, but for today we can pretend it’s springtime, right?
  • The big day is tomorrow in Ohio, Texas, Rhode Island and Vermont. If Huckabee isn’t defeated once and for all tomorrow, John McCain has a lot more work to do than he thought. Actually, here’s a telling statistic as to why Huckabee might not quite be done yet:


    McCain doesn’t even have 50% of the Republican vote! That’s a huge problem for him at this point in the election season. As stated before, McCain doesn’t have my vote. I am a conservative, but I don’t think being a conservative means you have to automatically believe conservativism is necessarily best for the country in every given situation. Remember, our founding fathers were a bunch of left wing nuts. More on that at some point.

  • As for the Democratic side, Hillary’s done if she doesn’t win both Texas and Ohio tomorrow. Even if she doesn’t withdraw from the race immediately (which I think she will if she loses both of those states), she’s done.
  • It pains me to say this, but Hillary Clinton does actually win one thing: the funnier sketch on SNL this weekend:

    Here’s Rudy Giuliani:

    …keep your day job, Rudy.

  • This is the first time in…well, ever…that I’m looking forward to football season in March. This mostly relates to the Browns picking up ex-Patriot WR Donte’ Stallworth, as well as acquiring some much-needed help on the defensive line. I was lukewarm on the Derek Anderson signing – I think the guy can play, but I don’t think he’s a championship level quarterback and I certainly don’t think he’s worth $8 million a year for 3 years. If it were me, I’d let him hopefully boost his trade value this year while starting, and then start shopping for a trade and put Brady Quinn in.
  • I decided a while ago that this summer it was my plan to visit Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium in New York City before they close this year. I decided yesterday that I’m expanding that goal a bit: my goal now is to visit at least seven baseball parks this summer:
    1. Progressive Field (home of the Cleveland Indians)
    2. Yankee Stadium (home of the New York Yankees)
    3. Shea Stadium (home of the New York Mets)
    4. Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs – yeah, I’ve already been there but I liked it. Sue me.)
    5. Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals)
    6. PNC Park (home of the Pittsburgh Pirates)
    7. Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers)

    Obviously the idea is to not spend a whole lot of money, so these trips would be on weekends, by car with maybe one overnight at a campground or somewhere equally inexpensive.

  • Baseball Tonight was on for the first time this season yesterday – good stuff. Looks like not a lot has changed: Steve Phillips is an idiot, John Kruk tells it like it is, and Peter Gammons is the man, but unfortunately secretly roots for the Red Sox. Something kind of interesting too – if you search “kurkgems” in Google, one of my blog entries from last fall is the first result.
  • I’m starting to see some weird viewing trends for this blog thanks to Google Analytics. There are people visiting this blog from Mountain View, CA (hello, friends at Google!), Brooklyn, NY (hello, Rudy Giuliani!) and Washington, D.C. (hello, and my apologies, Senator Clinton!) Of all of the locations that have viewed this blog, Cleveland is obviously the first (me) but in second place? Rochester, NY. Weird…

No coffee this morning, but as said earlier, its almost 60 degrees outside and I just don’t need it today. Have a good day everyone!