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July 31, 2010

Long Knives

Filed under: Keeping Cool With Coolidge — Kevin Feasel @ 9:25 pm

It still looks like it will be a bloodbath for Democrats in 2010. It doesn’t look like it will be a tremendous 80-seat swing, but going from big majority to close minority (but with a chunk of Congressmen who will be less likely to toe the party line if the boss isn’t able to hand out the goodies) is still a huge change.  One can hope…

July 30, 2010

Taking The Day Off

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Feasel @ 5:53 pm

I worked 17 hours on Wednesday (up until 1 AM) and then almost a full day on Thursday.  As a result, I’ve taken the day off and slept through a good bit of it.  Unfortunately, that means no snark, theory, or interesting stories.

The Penguatroll, meanwhile, has been captivated by a shiny DVD laying on the floor…for the last three weeks…

July 29, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin Feasel @ 3:33 pm

What Would Wally Do?  I need to get this for a certain co-worker, except that he’d probably teach Wally a thing or two.

July 27, 2010

The Rightward-Most Viable Candidate

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 9:05 pm

It’s that “viable” part that makes this so hard…

There’s a conservative challenger in the Delaware senate primary. Apparently, there’s a chance that she could win—she’s effectively tied with the Democrat right now.  Mike Castle is likely to win, but he’s a centrist on his best days, and rather liberal on his worst.  In other words, he’d be another Maine senator.

Given that Republicans should be expected to net several more conservatives in the senate, given current information, it might make sense to vote for the riskier candidate here.  If conservatives expected Republicans to remain in the 40-45 range, they would be better off by bringing in Castle, as he would provide at least some check against Democrats on some issues.  But with the number of shaky northeastern Republicans in the senate (as well as other shaky Republicans like George Voinovich, who fortunately is retiring), that might not be enough.

July 26, 2010

Living La Vida Lefty

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 6:19 pm

Matt Labash tries to live like a lefty, with hilarious consequences.  To have your politics twist you so badly that you have to live out your political beliefs is sad.

July 25, 2010

Two-Word Response

Filed under: Economics, Sports — Kevin Feasel @ 10:18 am

The NFL wants players to wear more pads.

My response:  offsetting behavior.

July 24, 2010

Hearken To A Tale Of Old

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 9:20 pm

The two randy vicars.  Iowahawk strikes gold yet again.

July 23, 2010

Selected Recent Google Reader Notes

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness — Kevin Feasel @ 7:40 pm

It’s Friday, so I’ve taken a nap and done several things.  In lieu of a real post, here are some more Google Reader notes.

Hope in Harlem? — By: Robert Costa

Nah, it won’t happen. It’d be a beautiful thing, though. Rangel is one of the many politicians who should be deposed (and jailed, too, but that’s because he’s a criminal, not because he’s a politician).

Get your hand out of my shower

Bill Buckley had better get reincarnated soon…

Budget Cuts for British Government to Shut Down Mysterious Seaside Village — By: Jonah Goldberg


‘They’ve had a go-it-alone approach for 18 months.’ — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez

How long before these promises get reneged upon? For Obama, it only took a few days, so that’s the opening over-under.

Maybe Something For the A Students

So, we then ask, “How?” And that’s the $64,000 question.

July 22, 2010

The Bobby Cox Effect

Filed under: Sports — Kevin Feasel @ 8:26 pm

Is apparently strong and positive.  It’s not as big as Bradbury’s Mazzone effect, and I have to think that this effect has dampened in the last few years, at least given the way he has been running a bullpen.

I don’t know how it works for managers, but as soon as he’s eligible, Bobby Cox should be in the Hall of Fame.  He’s one of the all-time greats, having been a real success as a GM and one of the winningest coaches of all-time (in part because he ran with the team that he built during the late ’80s and 1990).

July 21, 2010

Getting Performant

Filed under: Programming & Work — Kevin Feasel @ 7:48 pm

I hate that term…  It’s not a real word, either.

Anyhow, Buck Woody, Kevin Kline, Ariel Weil, and Brent Ozar put on a great performance today with their SQL Tuning sessions.  The four of them sitting in a room, talking about SQL (and fake chest hair!) was entertaining and informative.

Buck has presentation links, and you may be able to register still to view it.

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