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Cheating in baseball: the shift from steroids to...

As a lifelong baseball fan, it troubles me at the amount of cheating in the sport that is coming to light. The Mitchell Report almost got me to quit following baseball for good; as it was, my return to baseball fandom was slow but complete long before the historic World Series of 2017 when the Houston Astros...
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-stuff

For craps sake. I make the mistake of following someone's link to a twitter message, and it takes about 15 seconds to load up the page on my phone, and a click to explain that for the billionth time that I don't want their application.

All to read 200+ characters of the content.

I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but how did we consider this to be acceptable? This could be load faster on an modem if done with just the least bit of effort.

On competition, judgment, fairness, decency, respect, honesty, citizenship, hopes, dreams, and the current situation
Hopefully you can forgive the rather obtuse post title, but I couldn't think of anything better. The original title, the one I came up with for the original four-part series (that this post is replacing), was a heck of a lot...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/06/07/

New horizons and old haunts
Sidenote: I may skip around a bit in the next few posts. I still have a lot of stuff to catch up on from February through April, stretching into early May and late January. I'm going to be playing often enough that there may be trips I omit completely, though I endeavor to cover all tournaments and leagues I am a part of.

After the tournament, the rest of the first half of May, at least...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/06/06/

censorship, racism 

A case of censorship on Memorial Day in Ohio
WKYC reports on a censorship incident in Hudson, Ohio, at a Memorial Day observance. From the article:

Organizers of a Memorial Day ceremony turned off a speaker’s microphone when the former U.S. Army officer began talking about how freed Black slaves had honored fallen soldiers soon after the Civil War.

And now...
rantroulette.com/2021/06/a-cas
-day

My rules of life:
* Don't play MMOs with friends
* Don't accept normative narratives
* Don't buy anything while horny

Black Lives Matter protests have saved lives, study finds

Places with Black Lives Matter protests experienced a 15% to 20% decrease in police homicides from 2014 to 2019 — around 300 fewer deaths. “The gap in lethal use-of-force between places with and without protests widens over these subsequent years and is most prominent when protests are large or frequent.”

streetroots.org/news/2021/05/2

I am really quite livid and exhausted from the stalwart minimization of the importance of COVID-19 as a public health problem in pediatrics. It's a really dishonest, inconsiderate, and frankly at its core callous position to take.

When people say "only a few hundred died" I have to wonder: do you not understand that children aren't supposed to die?

I realize that sounds like a silly question but I have to ask it because the qualifier "only" does not belong with "few hundred children died."

someone I barely know invited me to a barbecue today and I meant to tell them I wasn't going to go but instead I just ignored it and now I feel bad

Violence, hockey, and the NHL's leadership
I can't believe what I just read over the past few days.

I don't post about hockey that often. I'm technically a Vegas Golden Knights fan, though I will sometimes root for the Colorado Avalanche. What I'm writing about today involves neither of those teams, but is still very worrisome for the future of professional ice hockey.

Some five years and change ago, I wrote two...
rantroulette.com/2021/05/viole

I'm currently working on photos for my new album. I'm a bit late, because it's due in... OMG, 24 hours!
Here are some pictures I'm considering, comments appreciated!

(Photos with eye contact, showing portraits of me, heavily filtered and overlayed with circuit boards. Colors are mostly greens, pinks and reds.)

Yeah, I actually won that tournament (Tuesday night, previous post). A lot of close scores, and an amazing post-tournament game on Whirlwind to boot (personal best). Competitive pinball is back.

Tournament at Eightytwo, 2021 May 4: Deja vu all over again?
So once again, we convened at Eightytwo for another evening of exciting pinball. It is finally starting to look like we are getting back to normal. There is still no word from the IFPA on when tournaments and leagues will be endorsed/ranked again, but tournaments are starting to happen again and on a more frequent basis. It's not just a few people here and...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/05/06/

Late January through early May
So apparently I have some catching up to do. There have not been many tournaments; it's mostly been "normal" trips to the arcade/bar, so I'm going to be posting mainly summaries. Some of them may be out of order, as there are some more recent events I want to give priority.

It is important to recognize that when I am documenting the highlights of one of my arcade visits, it is not...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/05/02/

Tournament at Eightytwo, 2021 April 6
Finally, we near the end of the COVID-19 pandemic and it appears we are going to start returning to normal. In that vein, one of the new venues to have popped up during this period, Eightytwo at 1201 Saint Emanuel Street, hosted a pinball tournament on the evening of Tuesday, April 6.

The lineup for the tournament included the following machines: Attack from Mars, Disney...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/05/03/

In memoriam: William Thornton
Recently, I learned the unfortunate news regarding the untimely passing of William Thornton in early April. I did play in a few tournaments and league nights alongside William, though his job in the transportation industry unfortunately limited his opportunities to play pinball in the Houston area. William was a great person and remained friendly to me despite our completely opposing...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/05/03/

Late January through early May
So apparently I have some catching up to do. There have not been many tournaments; it's mostly been "normal" trips to the arcade/bar, so I'm going to be posting mainly summaries. Some of them may be out of order, as there are some more recent events I want to give priority.

It is important to recognize that when I am documenting the highlights of one of my arcade visits, it is not...
skqrecordquest.com/2021/05/02/

Oh my goodness, someone just pointed out that NFTs are exactly the same as the "name a star"/"buy a piece of the moon" scam and suddenly it all makes sense.

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