Filament Friday 03/07/2014

My daughter is learning to crawl (though, honestly, she seems to prefer standing and some assisted walking), but, in these early stages, she’s more likely to scoot backwards than forwards. Which makes me think, sometimes progress isn’t obvious. Sure, there’s the whole “two steps foward, one step back” thing, but sometimes the step back is the progress. And sometimes one needs to take a step back just to see that. Focus on the big picture, don’t sweat the nitpickers, and you’ll find yourself a lot happier. And, eventually, you’ll find yourself moving in the right direction…

  • A couple of weeks ago I posted suggestions for Japanese tourists visiting America and this week I found the French version. Is it equally odd and funny? Oui.
  • Javier Baez is making Cubs fans (including yours truly) swoon. Apparently no parking lot – or highway – is safe from his onslaught. But, he still needs to spend some time at AAA, regardless of his spring training stats. Patience, people.
  • Some great stuff about the Cubs in here, especially an inside look into how Latin players really have a cool little subculture throughout MLB locker rooms. Also, the ball comes off of Javier’s bat “hot”.
  • Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime photo, assuming no Photoshop shenanigans.
  • Ever wonder what it’s like to adjust to a zero-G environment? Well, based on these clips, it’s pretty hilarious.
  • Scroll through this really cool look at the (approximate) scale of the solar system. It’s really empty, except for the odd planet and occasional funny comment floating around out there.
  • The Wizards have been playing some great pretty good ball lately and one reason is the resurgence of Drunk Uncle.
  • John Wall likes to see the look on your face when he dunks on you.
  • There are not enough words…
  • Apparently some people think feathered dinosaurs are lame and not scary. These people are lame and have no imagination.
  • Really cool fantasy artwork here.
  • Zen Pencils continues The Artist-Troll War with Part 3. It’s troll hunting time.
  • The Venn Diagram of baseball and medicine intersected at Dr. Frank Jobe, who passed away at the age of 88.
  • A quick look at physics of the curveball (yes, it curves).
  • This doesn’t list the exact date, but sometime around when I was born the last photo of John Lennon and Paul McCarty together was taken.
  • It must have been around the same time that the last recording of them playing together was made, as heard on A Toot and a Snore in ’74 bootleg. It was, “a drunk, coked-up jam session of great historical significance.”
  • Well now, who knew you could play tree rings on a turntable (kind of)? It turns out the forests are pretty avant garde and, like Thelonious Monk, they make the wrong notes right.
  • This interview with a Monk biographer offers some cool insight into what the whole “wrong notes” thing really was – and it wasn’t accidental. I’ve always loved and felt an affinity for Monk and, though I am but a mote in the eye of the man’s talent, making the chords smaller, instead of bigger, sounds exactly like something I would do.
  • As long as we’re talking about Jazz, here are some cool videos of Louis Armstrong doing his best to end the Cold War.
  • It’s looking like the Saints may cut Lance Moore and are shopping Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles. I think Moore is an excellent candidate to resign later in the offseason or in training camp.
  • Jeff Duncan says this is a major makeover from the 2009 Superbowl team. I don’t know whether he’s trolling or just desperate to create some buzz, but I’m calling BS on this whole angle – only 9 players remain from that team before these most recent moves, proof that this team has had turnover ever year. This is no different, but now, of all times, this is the major makeover? I told Jeff so on Twitter.


  • I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Mardi Gras was this week, my best man is the DJ for The Organ Grinders. If you’re in New Orleans and want to hear some bad ass music and see some kick ass dance, you should go see them.

    You do NOT want to know what I had to do for these.

    You do NOT want to know what I had to do for these.

  • The Song of the Week could be embarrassing, but my taste in music is like a honey badger – it does not give a f*ck. So, yeah, Gaga it is. I love this song…oh, the video is a little risque, careful if you’re at work or with the kids.
Dylan Steele

About Dylan Steele

A Louisiana native, Dylan Steele now lives in Halethorpe, Maryland. A web developer by day, he is also an occasional musician, frequent dog walker and sometimes hoopster. And now he blogs, too.
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