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Walking around Nápoles

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My new post for NotGraphs is mostly audio w/ some photos.

http://www.fangraphs.com/not/walking-around-napoles/

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July 30th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

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Some baseball drawings

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July 29th, 2014 at 10:53 am

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Playing around with SketchUp

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In 2008, I downloaded Google SketchUp. I never used it. Then, a couple of weeks ago, I opened it and began playing around. It’s oddly fun to start learning to use something new.

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July 29th, 2014 at 9:47 am

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Wire thing with TV and horrible bird cage

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July 29th, 2014 at 9:39 am

Pencil

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July 29th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Turner-y thing

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July 29th, 2014 at 9:38 am

Lake Louise, Bellingham, Wa.

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July 29th, 2014 at 9:37 am

Nicki Molina or José Minaj

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July 29th, 2014 at 8:49 am

6-4-3

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My new post for NotGraphs is about having a shy bladder and an imagined double play. http://www.fangraphs.com/not/6-4-3/

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July 16th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Posted in Baseball,Blah blah

Lionel Messi selling crisps

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This thing for Sabritas (called Lay’s in most countries, and Walkers in the UK) has been on TV a lot in Mexico over the last month. Harmless enough advert. Sports star sells unhealthy food. Nothing unusual in that. But, y’know when you see something too often and you can’t help but get annoyed by things? Well…

1. The most important thing here is how this size bag of crisps is so much bigger than it needs to be. Hashtag Environment.

2. The idea of the commercial really only works with this size of bag, but have we all noticed that we are expected to buy bigger bags of crisps these days? The individual bags we had when we were kids seem to not be promoted any more.

3. Messi has a very un-crinkled crisp packet. Fine, it’s an advert, but it looks weird. Like that way you can just tell someone has had plastic surgery or a photograph has been Photoshopped. It just looks a bit off.

4. Messi’s just walking around Rio de Janeiro, eating some crisps. No big deal.

5. Why are they trying to tell us that all the people in this advert would consciously steal crisps from Lionel Messi? “Oh look, there’s the best football player in the world: I WANT HIS CRISPS!”

6. To his credit, Lionel Messi is very accommodating when people ask to take a photograph with him.

7. Messi does something nobody ever does when he gets to the end of the bag of crisps. Tips it, shakes it, and then notices there’s no crisps left. Who tips a crisp packet? Unless you are putting them in a bowl or empty the crumbs into your self-loathing face hole, NOBODY EVER TIPS A CRISP PACKET.

8. When he notices that those people abused his good nature and stole his crisps, around the 0:18 mark, there’s a real brief moment when he looks up and just above the camera. That’s my favourite bit.

9. We then see the resulting photographs in various locations. Messi realises at that point. How did it take so long, Lionel? Then he just smiles and shakes his head, all like “you guys…”

10. Considering how well he seemed to take it, it seems slightly out of character that he would then go ahead and try the same scam on an unsuspecting lady. Lionel: you can afford a new bag of Sabritas. Don’t sink to their level, man. She, though, does look suspicious. And rightly so. Why are you, Lionel Messi, wanting to take a photograph with me? Don’t do it, ma’am, he wants to get into your Sabritas, the thieving tinker.

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July 16th, 2014 at 9:38 am

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Dodger Stadium

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July 16th, 2014 at 9:02 am

MLB All-Starr Game

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July 15th, 2014 at 9:53 am

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View from a bar

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July 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Pitcher

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July 10th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

One pixel Beatles album sleeves

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The image above is every Beatles album (the UK albums) reduced in Photoshop to one pixel in size. (So they are easier to see, I then increased each pixel to a 20 pixel square.)

Below are three rows. The top row is my initial guess at what each sleeve would look like reduced to one pixel. The second row is of the sleeves reduced in Photoshop with the “Nearest Neighbor” setting. The bottom row (and the one at the top of this post) is with the sleeves resized using the “Bicubic” setting.

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July 10th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

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Man in yellow cardie

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July 10th, 2014 at 7:36 am

Tree

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July 10th, 2014 at 7:35 am

Football player

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July 8th, 2014 at 10:32 am

Dodger Stadium

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July 8th, 2014 at 7:50 am

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Rocky

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Turn the sound off on the top video, and the turn on both videos at the same time, watching the top one. It’s not a perfect fit or anything, but it does make the Rocky montage feel different with Bronski Beat playing. And there are also occasional moments when Stallone’s movements are in time with the music, and those moments make me happy.

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July 7th, 2014 at 7:07 am

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