May 19, 2011

The nerdiest book

After one week of voting on the nerdiest book owned by a Sadbear writer, the 30 votes have been tallied. Early voting pointed to a likely tie, but a clear winner emerged. The nerdiest Sadbear book belongs to Kyle, and it is: "National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Trees: Eastern Region."

This treasure raked in 7 votes (23 percent).

Paired with Kyle's other entry,
"Blade of the Immortal" (Ten installments of Japanese manga), he was the runaway nerd book owning champion. "Blade" landed in a five-way tie for second place. Those in the tie, with 4 votes each, included:

:: "A New Introduction to Modal Logic"
:: "Intro to Logic and the Methodology of the Deductive Sciences" (Goat)
:: "The Road Ahead" (Econ)
:: "The Three Musketeers" (Leonardo di Caprio on cover) (JDunn)

No other book mustered more than one vote. Rounding out the submissions, paired with their owners:

1 vote
"Baseball Uniforms of the 20th Century" (Jack)
"Atlas of the World’s Deserts" (JDunn)
"The Many-Splendored Fishes of Hawaii" (revised and updated) (Tony)

0 votes
"The Silva Mind Control Method" (Chase)
"The Writer's Complete Crime Reference Book" (Chase)
"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (Econ)
"2003 Driver License Booklet For the United States and Canada" (Tony)
"Making and Breaking the Grid" (Katie)
"365 Ways to Save the Earth" (Katie)

Stay tuned for more future polls, and perhaps some writings of substance.

** Apologies for recent blog problems. Blame Blogger.

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May 15, 2011

His stories live on

CP may be lounging in lawless Florida now, but his stories will live on in the Virginia.

Some curated highlights:

His first story: Trolley injures elderly man
The story no one else would write: Lost pigeon perishes
When the call broke over police scanners in the late morning on a tough and dreary Thursday, Waynesboro Animal Control Officer Dee Price didn’t waste a minute.

Price drove to the second-story balcony of Waynesboro City Hall, observed the situation, then made the call.

“I’ve got a 10-45,” Price announced into her radio.

An animal carcass.
The Scoop: Interpreter's actions raise rights question
The hustle: Police chase leads, friends can't believe
Due diligence: Covering death
With a wink: Enjoying treats in the heat

STUARTS DRAFT - Hidden behind a cheery disposition and plastered-on-smile, Joey Wright sweltered inside his dancing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup costume.

Above him, beaming on the hundreds of people who attended the Sweet Dreams Festival on Saturday at Stuarts Draft Park, an oppressive sun rocketed temperatures into the triple digits, according to Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service.

Sheffield said the sluggish heat wave lumbering through the Shenandoah Valley would push the mercury past 105.
His last story: All eyes on the eaglets


May 12, 2011

Vote: Who has the nerdiest book?

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Voting will be open until Thursday, May 19, with results and book owner IDs to follow.

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May 1, 2011


A weekly sampler of what we're listening to (new and old), and what we think you might like, too.


Song: "Can't Stand Losing You"
Artist: The Police

Once, a long time ago, Noah Kerr got angry at a bunch of us at Saga for ripping on Sting. My argument was that he's a sumg asshole. I still think I'm basically right (see here for all your Christ-complex, adult alternative needs), but once upon a time he could actually write a hook and still sound cool doing it. Also, the rest of the band was not nearly as douchey. (FACT: I have more Police albums on vinyl than I do Bob Dylan albums... Maybe I shouldn't be saying this in a public forum.)

Song: "All Apologies"
Artist: Nirvana

Song: "Postures (Leave Your Body Behind)"
Artist: 13th Floor Elevators

Song: Bargain (I couldn't find a video with moving parts, so enjoy the album's brilliant cover art.)
Artist: The Who

I chose this because, gearing up for a summer-long writing spell, I've been thinking a lot lately about love. I caught this song on the radio recently and was struck by this line: "To find you, I'm gonna drown an unsung man."
I thought of T. S. Eliot: "Death By Water," part four of "The Wasteland:" "Consider Phlebas, who was once handsome and tall as you."
Consider Phlebas; Eliot sings his song. What does it mean to drown unsung? And to call it a bargain, the best you've ever had.

Song: "The Impression That I Get"
Artist: Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I listened to this song a lot in the late 90s.

Song: "For Charles Bronson"
Artist: The Mountain Goats

Song: "Sandwitches"
Artist: Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All (Tyler the Creator and Hodgy Beats)

OFWKTA are getting (and perhaps starting to earn) comparisons to the Wu-Tang Clan. This is a pretty ridiculous performance. I've watched it many times over. Some you may already have seen it when I posted it in my reader a few weeks ago.

After you've watched that, check out Tyler the Creator's "Yonkers" video. It is sick (by which I mean it involves illness, has disgusting lyrics, and is also straight badass), and mesmerizing, and creepy as hell.