Greetings from sunny South Carolina!
- It’s Flag Day. Happy Flag Day, everyone!
- Despite the Indians losing last night to Albert Pujols (oh, and that team around him too), they are playing better baseball of late and not out of it yet in the AL Central. They’ve bounced back and forth between fourth and fifth place this week, but remain only seven games out of first. One or two really good weeks, maybe an 8-2 run at some point, and the Indians are right in the thick of the race. Jake Westbrook is making rehab starts, and he should provide a much-needed consistency boost to the rotation. The bullpen is looking better and better of late. Offensively however, the Indians are starting to lose their consistency, due in no small part to losing Asdrubal Cabrera and Grady Sizemore, and Travis Hafner not all the way back. For this reason, I think the Indians will be buyers at the trade deadline, or maybe will try and sign an offensive player who is currently a free agent (Frank Thomas springs to mind).
- China has been in the news recently, since regulating that starting July 1, filtering software must be installed on all new PCs. This was one possibility I mentioned in my research paper I did for POSC 368 last fall (I’m posting it now because it’s been turned in months ago; for the record, it got an A). My idea for what the Chinese was more along the lines of a tamper-proof hardware chip, however, since not only is it very easy to simply install Linux or a copy of Windows from the US to override that protection, the current software only blocks certain protocols. The other option, of course, is to do this closer to the ISP level, like installing a chip in cable modems, wireless routers, whatever. The software option, however, is not a great idea to begin with and hasn’t been executed well, meaning that the censorship struggle in China will continue.
- I saw The Hangover last night, and while it wasn’t by any stretch a movie you should take kids or maybe even teenagers to, it’s a hilarious movie that absolutely lives up to the hype. I loved particularly how like the characters, the viewers were dropped into the next day with no clue what happened the previous night, letting only the outrageous events of the next day clue them in.
That’s the news from Columbia, South Carolina. Hope all’s well, wherever you are.