Because, Hemingway.

"Prose is architecture, not interior decoration, and the Baroque is over."
-Ernest Hemingway

California just ruled Prop 8 as unconstitutional…

California just ruled Prop 8 as unconstitutional. If you are unfamiliar (perhaps been under a rock?), Prop 8 was the State's, voter-approved, ban on same-sex marriage in California.

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Court: CA Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California's same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. …

7 Tips for Scoring SF Giants Tickets

Over at Around the Foghorn, I wrote a little piece on tips to getting good ticket deals to SF Giants games. Here’s a snippet and a link to the rest.

Rule #2: If you can swing it, go to a mid-week game, day game if possible. It will save you time and money. It’s also not nearly as crowded and makes for a pleasant day.
Rule #3: Sold out never really means sold out (almost never). Stubhub always has tickets. Most of the time, they are sold by season ticket holders and unless its a premium game, are usually reasonably priced. Could you have saved money by planning a bit in advance? Probably, but usually not enough for it to make much difference.

7 Tips for Getting SF Giants Tickets


Salinas gangs hit New York Times

Salinas gangs hit New York Times.

"People in California generally know two things about this agricultural city nestled among lettuce fields east of Monterey’s beaches and hotels: John Steinbeck was born here, and it has a big problem with gangs."

In Salinas, Fighting Gang Violence on a Shoestring

Aggressive measures helped reduce gang violence in Salinas, Calif., a city that is notorious for it. Then the budget cuts came.

Celebrating Death, Justice or Just Closure?

osama bin laden is dead

I’ve been getting a bit frustrated with some comments and judgement being  thrown out in the wake of the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden. I’ve seen a lot of posts from the Christian (and non-Christian) community about it not being right that we are celebrating the death of an individual. There are a ton of Bible verses both ways that people have thrown out. I won’t do that now. Let me be clear off the bat though: I don’t believe death should ever be celebrated. [Read more…]

Authors Behaving Badly. Wow.

BigAls Books and Pals: The Greek Seaman / Jacqueline Howett.

Here is the gist. Big Al reviews this lady’s kindle book (self-published, I think hope). Lady doesn’t like his review. Lady tells him she doesn’t like it. Lady looks incredibly ignorant.