Cockburn Edition

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Kofi Cockburn staying with Illinois after entering transfer portal

Kofi Cockburn is coming back to the University of Illinois to play college basketball. I am relieved and not surprised. When Kofi declared for the draft, I was confident he was not going to hear what he wanted to hear regarding making an NBA team. I thought he would just come back to the fold and see what Name/Image/Likeness money could be generated. I had no idea the amount of drama this would ultimately entail.

Instagram Has Become SkyMall

This is so true. I never ordered anything off of SkyMall mostly because I never flew when SkyMall was a big deal. However, buying things off of Instagram ads is a thing. I bought a Mother’s Day present and my wife bought me a Father’s Day present straight off of Instagram ads.

Shohei Ohtani Is the Present and Future of Baseball

I love this quote: “He just hits the ball farther than everyone else and also throws it harder than everyone else and also runs faster than everyone else. And he looks like a superhero doing it, and seems to be having the time of his life. The beauty of Ohtani is that, in the purest sense, he is baseball: He personifies how truly gorgeous this impossible and often plodding game can be at its best. Ohtani is reinventing the game not by changing its traditions or trying to make it something that it is not. (Not that it isn’t just as much fun to watch Tatis Jr. blow the whole thing up, for what it’s worth.) Ohtani is reinventing baseball by doing things.”

There's a Word for What Trumpism Is Becoming

Becoming? Seriously? Come on now Mr. Frum. You know better. Quit dancing around the word.

Delta Is Driving a Wedge Through Missouri

“Almost every COVID-19 patient in Springfield’s hospitals is unvaccinated, and the dozen or so exceptions are all either elderly or immunocompromised people. The vaccines are working as intended, but the number of people who have refused to get their shots is crushing morale. Vaccines were meant to be the end of the pandemic. If people don’t get them, the actual end will look more like Springfield’s present: a succession of COVID-19 waves that will break unevenly across the country until everyone has either been vaccinated or infected. “You hear post-pandemic a lot,” Frederick said. “We’re clearly not post-pandemic. New York threw a ticker-tape parade for its health-care heroes, and ours are knee-deep in COVID.”” Some people are just too stupid.


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Crisis on Infinite Marvel Universes

Loki was an interesting show in that it was for all intent and purpose self-contained even though you really needed to see a few Marvel movies prior to understanding some things early on and that it set up so much for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not just the next series or the next movie, but what is probably going to be the big bad for the next few years. Impressive.


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Starry Night Edition

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America Is Back, Kind Of

Will Leitch starts this essay off with basically the exact same thing I’ve been feeling for a while now. “It is a matter of perception whether or not this summer is the Hot Vaxx Summer or The Summer Of The Delta Variant. As someone who is fully vaccinated and has, if I’m being honest, run out of patience with the segment of the unvaccinated who both have the access to vaccines and the opportunity for education but have refused each, I will confess to being in the former camp: I am watching movies and going to sporting events and drinking in bars and doing all the things I didn’t get to do for a year because there was a pandemic going on out there that I wanted to be certain I wasn’t making worse. I want everyone to get vaccinated, and it is tragic when someone gets sick or dies because they didn’t, but if I’ve learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that trying to persuade the purposely unreasonable of anything is a fool’s errand. Please get vaccinated. But if you don’t, there’s nothing I can do about it. I’m going to go do all the cool things you get to do when you’re vaccinated. You should join me. But I cannot help it if you do not.”

In 2030, You Won't Own Any Gadgets

Maybe. Savvy people will get around all that just as soon as it gets implemented. I think it is much more likely the internet becomes a utility before much of this happens. I dunno, I might be wrong.

The First Glimmer of Accountability

“…the company allegedly paid executives off the books—collectively denying New York City, New York State, and the federal government hundreds of thousands of tax dollars. It’s hard not to think of The New York Times report that Trump paid only $750 in income tax in 2017, or of Trump’s 2016 response to an accusation by Hillary Clinton that he had dodged paying taxes for years: “That makes me smart,” he declared.” I’m not holding my breath on anything sticking. Hope I’m wrong.

I Have Done It, I Have Fixed The All-Star Game

Spoiler: He did not. However, I do love the idea in the comments about using aluminum bats in the Home Run Derby. That would be fun to watch.

The Internet Is Rotting

Here is a link to a story about link rot and how the internet as we know it is a collective hallucination. I never thought an article about record-keeping would keep me so entertained.


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In Defense of Binge-Watching

My wife and I binge-watch because it is an escape that we actively pursue. Our work and home lives can be hectic, with thousands of decisions every day. Taking a few hours each night to fall into a different world and have fun thinking about storylines and characters instead of emails and meetings is a blessing. It is restorative.


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Made in America Edition

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The Practice of Truly Enjoying Time Off

Leo Babauta has some good advice here on what to do and how to prepare and enjoy time off. Maybe some of you out there will take him up on it. Probably not me.

Many people don’t want to work unless it’s from home

“Before the pandemic, many Americans hadn’t regularly been able to work from home, but that changed during lockdown. And for many employers and employees, the new arrangement worked surprisingly well. People were just as productive as they were before but they got to skip their lengthy commutes and spend more time with their families. As it turned out, much of what people did in an office could be accomplished pretty easily with wifi, a laptop, and Zoom.” No shit.

Adulting Fast and Slow

“The childish adult phenomenon is well captured by the “adulting” meme. On the surface, the meme is a response to the overwhelming number of things you need to do as an adult: go to the gym, get your work done, answer emails, make the bed, clean the kitchen, sweep the floors, file taxes, buy groceries, put the kids to bed.” The article goes on to explain the meme really represents a perception that adulthood is hopeless. I’m not sure that’s true.

When Do We Call the Pandemic “Over” in the United States?

“It would be irresponsible, even immoral, to proclaim the pandemic over with the Delta variant and who knows what else out there. But many people, those who feel protected, those who have been through so much, are ready to move forward. I’m not sure it’s all that terrible that they are. Maybe it’s nearing time to proclaim it so.” I’m already announcing it by not wearing a mask. I’ve been vaccinated. I’m good. Until something worse comes along.

Robbing the Xbox Vault: Inside a $10 Million Gift Card Cheat

This is the best article I’ve read in a while. Completely gripping with a high-tech, yet an extremely simple bit of embezzlement. So many interesting angles across the board. I absolutely love the fact that the Fraud Investigation Strike Team at Microsoft has FIST as its acronym. The whole story would make for a great TV show.


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All That Once Was Good

I spent my birthday weekend watching my nephew play baseball. Four days of nothing but sitting with my brother and his family and our parents watching a soon-to-be 16-year-old have a little bit of fun on the diamond. It reminded me how much baseball has been a part of my family.


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Twin Suns Edition

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How Disney Mismanaged the Star Wars Universe

It’s really obvious this person has never read Lone Wolf and Cub and doesn’t quite understand the inspirations of The Mandalorian outside of Star Wars. Also, with no mention of Dave Filoni or Jon Favreau in relation to the reason why The Mandalorian succeeds, I question how much he understands about the creative process.

Our Masks Will Be the Physical Artifacts of This Time

I’m not sure I’m keeping any of the ones I used that went over my ears. The bandana/kerchief ones I’ll probably keep and maybe even use on cold days.

D.C. Statehood Is the Democrats’ Only Option

This should be very high, if not at the top, of the things to do in the short term that will affect the long term. There’s going to be a stolen election soon if the Democrats don’t start fixing things.

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on paying NCAA student-athletes, explained

Vox does a pretty good job with these “explained” articles. This really is a big deal.

Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him

Aww… poor baby. That’s not how it works.


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My Ten Favorite Super Hero Movies

My list of favorite superhero movies has a focus on the blockbusters of the last twenty years or so. Mostly because my favorites have been from that time. I have a soft spot for Superman: The Movie, but it is not better than most of the films of the last ten years. Of course, my list will be different from your list. It’s always fun to debate the greatest and worst films with others. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.


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Sons and Fathers Edition

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Yes, There Really is a Softball Field at Area 51

Area 51 is just a regular Air Force base that just happens to be where super-secret advanced aircraft get tested and softball teams win tournaments. They’ve got some fun team names too like the Area 51 8-Ballers and the Ballpark Franks.

Ten Things I’ve Learned About Being a Dad for Ten Years

I’ve been a father longer, but there are still some good bit here. #2, #5, #7, and #8 are spot on and I fail at those pretty consistently.

‘Kestrel’ novelist Matt Gemmell embraces extreme minimalism

Gemmell is too minimalist for me, but it obviously works for him. I’ve started reading the first book in his Kestrel series. It’s pretty great. Overall though, it’s a reminder to find what works to get myself motivated to finish my works-in-progress. Spent too much time thinking and not enough writing.

Anthony Ramos Is Just Getting Started

I remember seeing him in the Crown Royal commercials and then realizing he was the same guy in Hamilton. I wasn’t quite aware of everything he’s doing, but, man, he’s doing a lot. Looking forward to seeing what’s next.

The Surprisingly Fun Story of How the Popsicle Was Invented by an 11-Year-Old Boy

I had no idea. How cool is that? (see what I did there?)


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Illini of the Roundtable: Whitman Sets Stage with a State of the Department

Josh Whitman is exceptional at these media roundtables. I’m always impressed with his presentation and his answers to questions. Illinois athletics is incredibly lucky to have him at the helm.

Sons and Fathers

I can only guess, but I’m sure Eddie Van Halen was extremely proud of his son’s accomplishments and the burst of musical genius he made with the Mammoth WVH album. Sons always have some part of their father in them. Maybe not all. Maybe not even the good parts, but definitely some. I think I definitely got some of the best parts (my brother did too). So, in short, happy father’s day.


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