Detroit Tigers

It is the first week of the offseason, which is the third greatest season in sports. What are the other two? 1. Baseball post-season

  1. Baseball regular season
  2. Baseball offseason
  3. I guess Hockey season

I have talked about the Tiger’s holes in the past so I will just do a quick run-down of explicit needs and then areas to upgrade.

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Bipolar Thoughts

So there is a new study published out of the Salk Institute* that is continuing and deepening other research that came out this year that is proving that bipolar affects the brain at the cellular level.

*The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California is my favorite piece of institutional/ academic architecture. It was designed by one of my favorite architects, Louis Kahn. It is very much a Kahn building in that it makes great use of unfinished building material, here being travertine, concrete, and teak. He actually developed a type of concrete called “pozzuolanic”, which had not been used since the Romans built the Coliseum. The courtyard view of the ocean is unparalleled in modern architecture. You can and absolutely should view it here: http://www.archdaily.com/61288/ad-classics-salk-institute-louis-kahn

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Pretending to Amuse

We dive deep into the latest Star Wars trailer with a special guest! Is this the most hyped movie of all time? We talk about a ton of fan theories including Luke Skywalker’s fate, possible themes, the rise of the three factions, the legacy of the Stormtroopers, where has the Millenium Falcon been, and what will the final showdown be in episode IX. We get into Finn and Rey and the new robot. We pine over the loss of Darth Maul, and wonder what will happen if Episode VII isn’t any good, especially in 3D.

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Bipolar Thoughts

It is amazing how many stories out there, books, movies, plays, whatever, where the protagonist/antagonist has at least one major obstacle to overcome. The vast majority of these obstacles are seen as internal, like a disease, a disability, a character flaw, etc. Oscar winning movies almost always have an internally flawed character overcome an obstacle put up them. It’s pure gold.

Likewise, there are (I’m gonna go out on a limb here) zero movies about kids born into extraordinary wealth who easily sail into Yale and begin a multi-billion dollar company by the time they are 27 and cruise to an easy retirement at age 45. Hell, you could throw in early parent’s death, divorce, and no one will feel compassion for that character. Not unless he comes down with cancer while some crooked uncle steals all his money and he has to make the winning touchdown in the big game.

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Detroit Tigers

The World Series ended earlier in the week and we have a World Series winner in the Kansas City Royals that really defies a lot of ‘new age’ wisdom in the game. And it is no fluke run where they got hot at the right time. They dominated the American League Central Division all year, they crushed every opponent they had in the post-season, and, oh yeah, they took an extremely similar team to game seven of the World Series last year.

So what do we normally think is necessary for a deep playoff run? Not only great starting pitching, but great power starting pitching.

Don’t tell that to the Royals who had the highest regular season ERA of the ten teams who made the playoffs, and also the highest FIP, and the lowest K/BB ratio. Don’t tell that to the Royals who found an ace in the often bounced around, puts too many guys on base Edinson Volquez. Oh and don’t forget the triumphant return of once considered done Chris Young who only threw 123 innings this year, but made them count in the post-season.

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So Halloween is over and thus begins the season of Christmas.

Stores were all pretty much decorated already, but now winter stuff is on full display, Christmas music is on the radio and being played in stores, Christmas movies are not far off from being on TV, and Christmas plans are being finalized. And all of that is especially crazy if you consider the massive ‘War on Christmas’ I continue to hear about.

It is near perfect weather here in the first week of November in Detroit, so it is odd walking through the shop I work in with the huge overhead doors open and Christmas music blaring. Yes, I work in one of those places, were several people are all nutty about Christmas and love the awful music and the terrible movies and are annoyingly joyous about the whole damned holiday.

Frankly, I find it very fatiguing.

Bipolar Thoughts

I think one of the most misunderstood characteristics of Bipolar Disorder is depression. I’ve talked about it a number of times, and I will continue to talk about it numerous more times.

Basically, the question is: when is normal depression no longer normal?

We have all experienced depression, it is a normal human emotional state of being, right? But very few of us get ‘depressed’, as in, medical. Where is the line? I would say that, clinically, it comes down to length and severity. Longer than two weeks, bad enough to interfere with your life is the rule of thumb.

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Pretending to Amuse

We continue our discussion of the greatness of the current season of South Park, wondering if this is a swan song for Trey and Matt. Could Southpark be the greatest adult cartoon of all time? Steve unveils his overrated/ underrated concept and we riff on topics from the Beatles to Avatar to Seinfeld to Bacon.

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The culture industry is an interesting thing. Often, we allow what we consume of it to be large definers of our lives. We do this especially when we are young. At my high school there were skaters, pop punkers, metal guys, goths, emos, and the jocks/preps. There were more groups, but those groups were heavily based on entertainment and fashion industries. I guess you could call it art, but that wouldn’t make how we were identifying ourselves any less unnecessary.

Myself, I was somewhere between a skater (even though I could barely stand up on a skateboard, I just loved the X-Games, and had all the Tony Hawk video games) and metal guy. Band t-shirts showed off how amazing it was that I had not only heard of, but was into bands like Led Zeppelin, Thin Lizzy, Tool, and Dreamtheater. I wore a lot of Nike Dunks in various colors, often red, to show off I understood skater culture. I wore bullhead jeans exclusively, even when they doubled in price the summer before sophomore year. I wasn’t afraid to shop at American Eagle or Abercrombie either though, which made a lot of my metal friends upset.

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