Thursday, October 21, 2004

Watch out, Boston,


Blogger Ben said...

Surely you'll be rooting for the Red Sox, right?? :) Some of you may have heard me mention this book before, but if you're looking for a good read on baseball, check out moneyball. It's good for an "inside scoop" into the baseball world, and shows how some baseball teams ignore statistics.

10/22/2004 12:01:00 AM  
Blogger Qian said...

Go Sox! I just hope they still have the mental focus after downing the Yanks. Did anybody catch the Daily Show piece about the kid who thinks the Curse of the Banbino is broken because a foul ball knocked out two of his teeth and he lives in Babe Ruth's old house? The segment was titled "Ruth-less People."

10/22/2004 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger bdean said...

Interesting... assuming that Ben posted a link directly to, it looks like blogger rewrote it so that it generates a referal from
Oh... and go sox!

10/22/2004 10:21:00 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

Wow... I wonder if blogger singles out specific link types. Yeah, I saw that daily show episode (my tivo records it religiously (although I hope it's not a member of the religious right)). But is getting hit by only one ball enough to break the curse? Maybe he needs to loose a few more teeth?

10/22/2004 04:32:00 PM  
Blogger Qian said...

It depends on which school of curse the Banbino one comes from. If it's from the Transylvanian Vampire school then a small token such as a drop of blood from the nth descendent of some French saint is enough to break a curse. But if it's from the Volcanic Pacific Island school of curses then something more significant such as a whole virgin tossed into a volcano would be required. But just to be on the safe side, since you're in Boston, Ben, maybe you can go clobber the guy with a baseball bat a few times? He didn't look very big on TV and it would be for a good cause so the police would probably be very understanding. :)

So you got a Tivo? What happened to the MythTV box that you were thinking about building?

10/22/2004 04:44:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

Hmmm... I'm sure there are plenty of virgins around MIT-- do you think a baking sode volcano would be sufficient?

10/22/2004 05:29:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

You want a *whole* virgin tossed in a volcanoe? What about just a couple of teeth? Given the story about the Boston student who died after the game, maybe it would be best to let the police "take care" of the guy themselves?

Yeah, I gave up on MythTv... I had it running for awhile. It was decent, but I couldn't get up to a high resolution - probably needed some hardware support for encoding for the video. It was more expensive anyway, and although it would have been nicer in some ways (easy to grab video streams) tivo is just a whole bunch easier.

10/22/2004 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Qian said...

Hmm... I don't know if MIT virgins count. There might be a difference between voluntary and involuntary virgins. :)

So Ben, you picked easier over endless hours of hacking? I believe that's called "getting old", especially since you're now the same age as me again. The one thing I think MythTV might do for me is I would be able to get a couple of wireless multimedia receivers and be able to watch the recorded programs on any TV instead of just the one it's hooked up to. Unfortunately all the receivers only work with Windows right now. But I'm sure younger people than me will have the time to figure all that stuff out.

10/22/2004 06:11:00 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Sigh... It's true, it's so true! I must be getting older. What happened to the days of my youth when we spent time on such projects as the bathroom server? :)

10/26/2004 10:31:00 PM  

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