A few scattered things…
In the past couple of years, I’ve actually hoped that the Leafs wouldn’t make the playoffs, so that this would send a clear signal to the Leafs’ management that serious changes needed to be made, not just little tweaks here and there. They’ve missed the playoffs two years running now, but nothing really significant has been done, so this year, I’m hoping the Leafs miss the playoffs again so that management is replaced. Ferguson has done a lousy job of building this team, so he needs to be sent packing. I’m hoping that Tannenbaum et al have noticed the dramatic changes in the Raptors after they went out and got Bryan Colangelo (last year’s NBA Executive of the Year); maybe that will force them to rethink the Leafs’ situation. Rather than just getting some guy to run the Leafs, they need to go out and get the guy — someone with a proven track record who is not afraid to blow the team up and rebuild. I have no idea who the guy is (would Lou Lamoriello ever leave New Jersey?), but Ferguson just ain’t getting the job done.
Wil Wheaton has a new book out called “The Happiest Days of our Lives”, which is a collection of some of his best blog entries, and talking about the best blog entries on Wil’s blog is really saying something. I ordered the book a few weeks ago, and shortly after, Wil (I call him “Wil” like he’s a friend of mine) complained that the Canadian orders had to be processed by hand, and he was doing it himself (Monolith Press, who’s publishing the book, is Wil’s own publishing company). Lo and behold, my book arrived last week, and the envelope had a customs sticker on it signed by Wil himself. It’s not an autographed book, but pretty close…
When I first got my iPod, I spent a month putting all my music on it, and as an afterthought, I subscribed to a couple of podcasts. Since then, I’ve found that my main use for the iPod is listening to these podcasts on my way to and from work every day. I don’t know how I’d manage this if I didn’t have a 45-minute-each-way commute. Since you asked (lookin’ at you, CaHwyGuy), here are my podcasts:
- Prime Time Sports, the FAN 590’s afternoon show with the legendary Bob McCown, recently voted North American sports radio’s “Air Talent of the Year”.
- Bob McKenzie – the TSN hockey analyst’s five-minute podcast, once or twice a week.
- Quirks and Quarks – CBC’s science show, which has been around since the mid-70’s (though not in podcast form).
- Scientific American’s 60-Second Science – a daily 60-second science report, usually a brief summary of a recent scientific discovery.
- This Week in Tech (TWiT) – a discussion of recent news in the world of technology.
I have also downloaded, listened to, and enjoyed a couple of audiobooks from audible.com. So far, I have only listened to audiobooks from guys named Stephen: Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and Colbert’s “I Am America (And So Can You)”. Just the title of that second one is enough to make me giggle, and the rest of the book is also very funny; I literally laughed out loud on numerous occasions while listening to it.
I found this on Boing Boing, and could not stop laughing. Author John Scalzi has written a review of the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which is a museum that promotes “young Earth” creationism, i.e. the Bible is literally true, and the Earth was created in 6 24-hour days about 6000 years ago. The other things that these young Earth creationists also believe are mind-boggling:
- dinosaurs walked the Earth with humans, possibly as late as when the Egyptians were building the pyramids
- there was nothing bad in the world until Adam ate that damned apple — there was no disease, no pain, every animal was a vegetarian, snake’s venom was harmless, and there were no weeds. Yes, there’s a sign in the museum specifically talking about weeds, and how they didn’t exist before “Adam’s fall”. (They didn’t explain why a vegetarian T. Rex would have had such huge teeth and claws — maybe they quickly grew after Adam’s fall turned this gentle giant into a vicious carnivore.) Man, you make one mistake, and everyone pays for it for the rest of eternity. God may be merciful and kind, but don’t piss Him off.
- Cain’s wife was also his sister. This must have been true, since Adam and Eve were the only other people around, so it’s not like he could have married someone from next door. However, before Adam ate the apple, incest was OK and wouldn’t cause genetic problems. Ew.
The whole creationist thing seems to come from the dizzying logic that “the Bible must be true because it’s the word of God. How do we know it’s the word of God? It says so in the Bible.” It’s best explained by this.