Apr 23 2014


What I try to instill in my grad students and post-docs is the idea that theory-talk is just another tool for trying to make sense of the complicated shitte you are trying to understand. On the one hand, it is impossible to examine any object–a text, organism, physical system, etc–without having some conceptual framework, and so talking about theory is just making explicit that which would otherwise be implicit. On the other hand, if you excessively reify your theory, you blind yourself to empirical reality that is inconsistent with your theory.

So theory is a tool, and one needs to be careful about how that tool is used, and be aware of the limitations of the tool.

If you want to talk about theory with some humanities peeps, go here.

Apr 23 2014

Fucken Pine Tar

Michael Pineda just got ejected from the Yanks-Sockes game because he had a fucken blobbe of motherfucken pine tar on his GODDAMN MOTHERFUCKEN NECK!!!11!! The rule against this is to prevent pitchers from depositing mass (or removing mass, in the case of nail files) from the outside of the ball to make it more asymmetrical and get more movemement. Al Leiter and David Cone just admitted in the YES booth that they kept illegal substances on their belts to get a decent grip on the ball.

Apr 22 2014


My pediatrician just died.

Apr 21 2014

Pop Quiz Answers

(1) There have been approximately twice as many triple plays as no-hitters in the history of modern baseball, and we’re talking about hundreds of each.

(2) There have been approximately twice as many perfect games as unassisted triple plays in the history of modern baseball, and we’re talking about dozen(s) of each.

Apr 20 2014

Fucke, Yeah!

Apr 19 2014

Fucke Nova

Ivan Nova is fucken horrible, and the Yanks should have never picked him up in the first place, and why they fucken keep trying to get anything useful out of him is beyond me.

Apr 19 2014


All eleven Rays runs last night came with two outs. That’s fucken brutal.

Apr 19 2014

Reader Pop Quiz #2: Still No Google Allowed!!

In the history of modern baseball, have there been more perfect games or more unassisted triple plays?

I will provide answers to yesterday’s and today’s quizzes on Monday.

Apr 18 2014

Fucken Fleas

I got bit by fleas at my buddy’s house last year, but I had a delayed sensitivity reaction that didn’t kick in until a few weeks later, coincidentally the morning after I had stayed in a hotel. So I was convinced it was bedbugs in the hotel. The shit fucken itched for almost a month, with new bites appearing every few days at the beginning. I had no idea about the delayed sensitivity shittio, and so I was convinced that bedbugs had moved into our home and were attacking me at night. According to PhysioWife, I was waking up screaming every night “THE BUGS ARE ATTACKING ME!! AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!”

Only later on did I put two and two together and realize it was fleas from my buddy’s fucken skanky dog that he lets run rampant in the woods behind his house. The shittes were so itchy it kept me from sleeping!

Apr 18 2014

Reader Pop Quiz–No Google Allowed!

Have there been more all-time triple plays or more no-hitters in the modern MLB?

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