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[ 13 ] January 11, 2016 |

Thanks, of course, to Scott L. for getting the jump on this one.

My friends know that I have a certain attitude towards pop music: it needs to continually and frenetically push the boundaries, redefine itself, and never look back.

When i woke at 6am (GMT) to set up the morning coffee, I looked at my phone in order to figure out the time of the day. I saw the newsflash, and it didn’t register. I told my girlfriend that Bowie had died, but it still didn’t register. He just had a birthday two days ago, and on his birthday released his new (and final) record, which BBC Radio 6 had been previewing for the past couple weeks.  What 6 has played, it’s typical Bowie: awesome, and unlike anything he had done.

Bowie came close to capturing the ideal: never look back.

Lacking words, we will look back.  I’ll leave you with this, perhaps the best marriage of two outsized performers and artists.  And I’m old enough to have bought the 45 when it was released.

EDIT: read this, it’s better than anything I could possibly conjure up.


Don’t. Open. The Box.

[ 166 ] July 29, 2013 |

This has disaster written all over it:

Archaeologists were surprised when they opened an excavated stone coffin only to find another coffin made of lead inside. The team said they’ve never seen anything like it.

The remains of King Richard III were lost for centuries beneath a parking lot in Leicester, England, until archeologists discovered the site in Sept. 2012 and later confirmed the match. But other mysteries have been found, including a double coffin thought to have been sealed more than 100 years before Richard was buried.

Archaeologists returned to the Grey Friars monastery site in early July for more study. After several weeks of excavation, eight people lifted the lid off of a heavy coffin made of stone on July 23. They discovered that an inner coffin made of lead was sealed within the outer stone coffin.

The 7-foot-long stone coffin was thought to have been sealed in the 13th or 14th century. After its opening, the lead inner coffin was moved to the University of Leicester for researchers to analyze how to access it without damaging the remains inside.

A wide variety of end-of-the-world scenarios begin with a tableau just like this. Nothing good can come of opening a lead coffin that somebody saw fit to seal within a stone coffin. It’s the medieval equivalent of the Yucca Mountain. Stay away.


[ 73 ] June 19, 2013 |

Wow. Tragic.

… I’m certain that Scott and Erik and the other Scott will have their own contributions, but for my part Gandolfini is the key figure of the acting component of the Second Golden Age of Television. Tony Soprano is a remarkable creation, if one that would have been impossible a decade before and unnecessary a decade after.


[ 138 ] March 5, 2013 |

So apparently Hugo Chavez is dead. Discuss.

If you get your breaking news from LGM… well, you probably just shouldn’t get your breaking news from LGM.


[ 18 ] March 1, 2013 |

A reader sent along notice that Allan Calhamer, inventor of Diplomacy, passed away early this week.

The notion that a player may tell all the lies he wants and cross people as he pleases etc., make some people almost euphoric and causes others to “shake like a leaf”, as one new player put it, came up almost incidentally, because it was the most realistic in international affairs and also far and away the most workable approach. To require players to adhere to alliances would result in a chivvying kind of negotiation followed by the incorporation of contract law – as some erstwhile variant: inventors have discovered.

I wouldn’t call myself an avid player of Diplomacy in any sense; just don’t have the time. Nevertheless, when I do play– often with a group of new students– I find it endlessly fascinating to see which become euphoric and which shake like a leaf. I doubt it will surprise anyone to find that bitterness over particularly brutal Diplomacy betrayals seeps into academic and even professional relationships. In any case, RIP.

The Day the Legends Died

[ 45 ] January 19, 2013 |

Stan the Man, RIP.

Stan Musial, one of baseball’s greatest hitters and a Hall of Famer with the St. Louis Cardinals for more than two decades, died Saturday. He was 92.

Stan the Man won seven National League batting titles, was a three-time MVP and helped the Cardinals capture three World Series championships in the 1940s.

The Cardinals announced Musial’s death in a news release. They said he died Saturday evening at his home in Ladue surrounded by family. The team said Musial’s son-in-law, Dave Edmonds, informed the club of Musial’s death.

12th career in WAR, but had only one season with WAR over 10. Crazy combination of consistency and longevity. Salary peaked at $75000 from 1951-53, ~$620000 in inflation adjusted terms.

Has another single day seen the death of two baseball legends of this magnitude?

Earl Weaver RIP

[ 30 ] January 19, 2013 |

The great Earl Weaver has passed.

Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with theBaltimore Orioles, has died, the team says. He was 82.

Weaver was traveling on an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean when he collapsed in his room with wife, Maryanne, at his side on the cruise’s ship at about 2 a.m. Saturday, the New York Daily News reported.

Weaver never regained consciousness, the report said.


Tony Scott

[ 21 ] August 20, 2012 |

Tony Scott RIP. Not a great director, but I certainly enjoyed some of his movies.

Adios, Gore

[ 67 ] August 1, 2012 |

This is probably necessary:

Ernest Borgnine RIP

[ 38 ] July 8, 2012 |

Ernest Borgnine has passed away. Sean Penn’s segment of September 11 was not particular good, but Borgnine’s late career performance was genuinely touching. A remarkable actor.

Andy Griffith RIP

[ 27 ] July 3, 2012 |

And it falls to me to observe that we are all now effectively living in Mayberry R.F.D. Goodbye, Matlock.

Neptunus Lex RIP

[ 1 ] March 7, 2012 |

Long time mainstay of the milblogger community Neptunus Lex has passed:

Authorities say a pilot for a defense contractor is dead after an Israeli-made military fighter jet crashed at Fallon Naval Air Station in northern Nevada. Base and company officials say the F-21 Kfir (kuh-FEER) aircraft crashed just after 9:15 a.m. Tuesday inside the west gate of the military airfield, about 60 miles east of Reno.

Petty Officer 1st Class Doug Harvey says it was snowy and foggy at the time. Airborne Tactical Advantage Co. official Matt Bannon in Newport News, Va., says it’s too early to say what caused the crash of the single-seat, single-engine aircraft.

Lex and I had only the briefest of interactions, but he will be missed by the community.

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