October 16 – rainy Wednesday

rainy Wednesday
Piano Sonata 8
the perfect sound track

After a slow, gray and rainy commute, Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, or the Pathétique, was playing on the radio.

Wikipedia reports that Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13, commonly known as Sonata Pathétique, was written in 1798 when the composer was 27 years old, and was published in 1799. It has remained one of his most celebrated compositions.

Although commonly thought to be one of the few works to be named by the composer himself, it was actually named Grande sonate pathétique by the publisher, who was impressed by the sonata’s tragic sonorities.

Wiktionary defines pathétique as (post-classical) full of pathos, affecting, pathetic.

Tragic sonorities full of pathos, affecting.


Perfect for a rainy day in Georgia.


October 15 – information age

information age
deliberate ignorance
difficult to grasp

Ignorantia juris non excusat or “ignorance of the law excuses not”.

I am not trying to indict poltical leaders or officials but the rest of us.

The information is out there.

In the noise.

In the clutter.

Behind the tweets.

Under the posts.

Next to the blogs.

No one is going to put together a single story or newscast that you can sit back and read or watch.

But it is out there.

October 14 – big win for pizza

big win for pizza
no Columbian Exchange
no tomato sauce

Many changes for the world after Columbus discovered America,

In 1972 Alfred W. Crosby, an American historian at the University of Texas at Austin, published The Columbian Exchange. He published subsequent volumes within the same decade. His primary focus was mapping the biological and cultural transfers that occurred between the Old and New World. He studied the effects of Columbus’ voyages between the two – specifically, the global diffusion of crops, seeds, and plants from the New World back into the Old. His research made a lasting contribution to the way scholars understand the variety of contemporary ecosystems that arose due to these transfers.

Lots of wins, lots of losses.

Many positives and many negatives.

I guess if it hadn’t been Columbus, someone from Europe was going to get here and offer the natives a choice of the Cross or the Gallows.

Might has well celebrate Columbus.

Perfectly appropriate that he is remember as the capitol of Ohio.

Please let me focus on one food item that fascinates me.


Tomatoes, which came to Europe from the New World via Spain, were initially prized in Italy mainly for their ornamental value. From the 19th-century tomato sauces became typical of Neapolitan cooking and, ultimately, Italian food in general.

No Italian tomato sauce until after 1492?

Even though they were available in the new world, how accepted were they?

Thomas Jefferson was one of the first Virginians to grow and eat tomatoes, or ‘tomatas,’ as he called them. Most Americans thought the tomato was poisonous (and, indeed, it is a member of the deadly nightshade family, though its low toxicity levels pose no risk to humans), and so it was an astonishing event when, in 1806, Jefferson served them to guests at the President’s House.

There is the famous FABLE that Jefferson at tomatoes on the courthouse steps to prove they wouldn’t kill you.

The truly odd aspect of the Jefferson involvement with the tomato is that Jefferson grew his tomatoes from seeds he sent from France.

Celebrate Columbus.

Celebrate the Tomato.

Order a pizza with extra sauce.

October 13 – post game interviews

post game interviews
I listen and believe them,
though I know they lie

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose!

Michigan Football Coach after win over Illinois on October 12, 2019.

A lot of guys played extremely well, a lot of guys toughed it up.
I trust and believe in our team, and we saw the evidence today. Very proud of that fact, and of our guys. I think there’s a callous that’s been built there and a toughness that has been born out of that, and that bodes well for our team.
So I thought those guys rose to the challenge today.
We’ll see how we came out of this game. We’ll find out when we find out.

Interview practice from the the movie, Bull Durham:

Crash: “You got something to write with? Good. It’s time to work on your interviews.”
Nuke: “My interviews? What do I got to do?”
Crash: “You’re gonna have to learn your cliches. You’re going to have to study them. You’re going to have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down. We’ve got to play them one day at a time.”
Nuke: “Got to play … that’s pretty boring, you know?”
Crash: “Of course it’s boring. That’s the point. Write it down!”
Nuke: “One day at a time …”
Crash: “I’m just happy to be here. Hope I can help the ball club. I know. Write it down. I just want to give it my best shot, and the good Lord willing, things will work out.”
Nuke: “Good Lord willing …”
Crash: “Things will work out.”

Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth

When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutored youth,
Unlearnèd in the world’s false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed.
But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
Oh, love’s best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told.
Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flattered be.


October 12 – Abraham’s Promise

Abraham’s Promise
look out at Plains at Mamre
promise made and kept

Standing on the Summit Overlook of Black Rock State Park in North Georgia, looking out over Rabun Gap, the story of Abraham on the Plains of Mamre from Genesis came to my mind.

So many Bible stories from this point in time.

Abram and Lot.

Lot’s choice.

The promise to Abraham.

God said to Abraham, “I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth.”

Today Abraham is a father figure in Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

Why worry about tomorrow indeed.

I am willing to trust God with my little life.

The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[a] forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.” So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents.

Genesis 13: 14-18 (NIV)

October 11 – who speaks for reason?

who speaks for reason?
reason has no natural voice
social media, not!

“… in the first place reason has no natural voice. Mob orators of the sort we have, the Boris Johnson sort, do not speak reason. When you get into that category, your task is to fire up the people with nostalgia, with anger. It’s almost unbelievable that these people of the establishment – Farage, for instance – are speaking of betrayal: ‘I’m betrayed by parliament, betrayed by government – I’m speaking to you as a betrayed person, and I’m a man of the people like you.’”

John le Carré

My ties to England have loosened’: John le Carré on Britain, Boris and Brexit
John Banville – The Guardian Oct 11, 2019

October 10 – 10 run 1st inning?

10 run 1st inning?
grand slam in the 10th? You choose …
zugzwang at the park!

Atlanta fans for once did not wake to the news that, once again, their team did not go down in flames. (Just what did Sherman start here?)

Because the Braves played at 4:30PM and it was all over by 5PM and Atlanta fans went to bed knowing what had happened to yet another pretty good baseball team.

Later that night, the Los Angeles Dodgers lost in the 10th inning on a grand slam home run.

Atlanta Braves brains considering zugzwang of Oct 9th

10 runs in the first inning or a grand slam in the 10th.

Nice symmetry of the number 10 and it is October 10th today.

This was also the 10th consecutive playoff series loss for the Braves.

Recently I have been made aware of the chess term, zugzwang.

A situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.

In other words, you have to make a move but all moves are bad and most likely make the situation worse.

So many times in life fit in with zugzwang.

Almost of all sports is.

Tony La Russa once said, “There isn’t much I can do to win a ball game but there are a lot of things I can do to lose a ballgame.”

Or as one writer put it (it may have been Roger Angell), “Go to a bullpen filled with convicted arsonists?”


So to the original question.

10 runs in the 1st?

4 runs in the 10th?

Both win or go home games.

Would you rather have it be over almost before it started?

Or snatch victory from the jaws of defeat?

Give up 10 runs in the 1st?

Are you kidding?

On five hits?

Is that even possible?

Who does that?

Who can do that?

Well, besides any Atlanta team.

My Dad often said he liked his team to get a big lead and steadily pull away.

Or a grand slam in the 10th after being up 3 to 1 earlier in the game.

That seems to have happened more often.

The 10 runs in the 1st was a new record.

A record one team wants no part of.

That’s what nightmares are made of.

A grand slam in the 10th.

That’s what dreams are made of.