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The End is Here

The end for Yankee stadium, for us Yankee fans its time to say good-bye to the home we grew up in.  I recall my first Yankee stadium memory as sitting along the right field line back in 1987. I went to the game with my neighbor and his son who was my childhood best friend, it was the Yankees vs the Tigers. I remember to over whelming feeling I felt as this mass of humanity pushed towards the gates of the stadium. The first bite of the hot dog, and breaking peanuts out of their shells and since that first game I have been to the stadium dozens of times and its the same wonderful experience every time… well maybe not so wonderful when the Yanks lose… but every time I go regardless of the record its exciting to be there to feel the energy of a place where a huge part of baseball history resides.

      The Yanks will finish this season in a not so illustrious way the biggest payroll in baseball history and sadly this season there will be no post season held in our baseball home, not party in october, so today we say good bye and thank you.

Yankee Stadium Fun Facts

Opened: April 18, 1923
Closed: September 30, 1973
Reopened: April 15, 1976
First night game: May 28, 1946
Surface: Merion Bluegrass

Total # of Yankee home games: 6,581

World Series Won at Yankee Stadium: 16 Total 9 of which were Won by the Yankees 1927, 1938, 1947, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1977, 1996, 1999

Championship Boxing Bouts: 30

Football : Yankee stadium was home to the New York Football Giants from 1956 to 1973 and hosted what has been called the greatest game ever played.

A ball hitting the foul pole in the 1930s was in play, not a homer.

“Death Valley” in left-center.

Green curtain in center is sometimes raised and lowered like a window shade to force visiting batters to face a background of white-shirted bleacher fans while allowing Yankees hitters to face a dark green background. Sometimes removed in World Series play to sell more seats.

 

 

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

The sunsets over Yankees Stadium

September 21, 2008 Posted by | History, New York, Opinion, Personal, Sports | , , | Leave a comment

World Not Wiped Out of Existence

The Large Hadron Colliderhas been fired up and the planet still exists! They have not started smashing particles yet but even then the planet will still exist. The collider has been designed in the hope of capturing the after image of the Higgs Boson. Which would be a major discovery for the standard model of physics…the scientists involved in the project project having the results once they begin the collisions in 2009.
What I find really interesting is that Stephen Hawking is betting against finding the Higgs boson

“The LHC will increase the energy at which we can study particle interactions by a factor of four. According to present thinking, this should be enough to discover the Higgs particle,” Hawking told BBC radio.

“I think it will be much more exciting if we don’t find the Higgs. That will show something is wrong, and we need to think again. I have a bet of 100 dollars that we won’t find the Higgs,” added Hawking, whose books including “A Brief History of Time” have sought to popularise study of stellar physics.

I think it will be exciting either way… we either learn something fundamental about the universe or we get to go back to the drawing board and come up with new hypothesises to build in to new theories… in either case it is likely that our under standing of the universe and its origins will grow. We are now on the edge of science looking as far in to the past as we can and hoping it will give us a better understanding of today going in to tomorrow.

September 10, 2008 Posted by | Academic, Astronomy, History, Opinion, Science | , , , | Leave a comment

Oppressive Heat

I cannot imagine even living 80 years ago before air conditioning was the norm, currently we don’t have one in my apartment it is due to be delivered so we are living with out and it is not a pleasurable experience. It’s hot and it’s oppressive. I feel worst of all for our two cats who just have to be tortured by the heat. All any of us cats included can do is stay on the floor and try to move around as little as possible and just hope the A/C unit shows up soon and we can get back too cooling down the apartment. I can only guess that since people living 80+ years ago did not know what they were missing without having the A/C the heat was just something to be put up with. It seems one of those modern conveniences that certainly changed how we view the summer and our ability or lack thereof to cope with the heat, so to Mr. Willis Haviland Carrier thank you for your home weather making invention I hope you are in a very cool place 🙂

June 9, 2008 Posted by | History, Personal | , , | Leave a comment

Death Star Conspiracy

Was there an Imperial conspiracy to destroy the Death Star? Over at Websurdity there is an article in the blog archive that certainly makes a compelling case the article in question is Uncomfortable Questions: Was the Death Star attack an inside Job

The article outlines the inconsistencies in the official story of how the massive Death Star space station was destroyed. Here is just one of the juicy questions/issues raised;

5) Why did Lord Vader decide to break all protocols and personally pilot a lightly armored TIE Fighter? Conveniently, this placed Lord Vader outside of the Death Star when it was destroyed, where he was also conveniently able to escape from a large-sized rebel fleet that had just routed the Imperial forces. Why would Lord Vader, one of the highest ranking members of the Imperial Government, suddenly decide to fly away from the Death Star in the middle of a battle? Did he know something that the rest of the Imperial Navy didn’t

They also have the rarely seen image of where Emperor Palpatine was when he heard of the destruction. https://i1.wp.com/www.websurdity.com/images/thepetbantha.jpg

I recommend heading over to read the full article, it will really raise some questions about the empire.

June 7, 2008 Posted by | Entertainment, History, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Memorial Day in Numbers

      Today is Memorial day in the United States and I thought it might interesting to look at the amount of people we are asked to remember today. Memorial day is an observance designed to honor those who died while fighting on the American side in a conflict and to whom we do owe a debt of gratitude for their service. Even if we as individual citizens disagree with what certain wars or missions. What we should remember is the ultimate sacrifice these people have made with their lives. Since our nations founding in war many people have made this sacrifice and this sacrifice still goes on today.

Below is tally of our War dead we remember today

Revolutionary War – 4,435
War of 1812 – 2,206
Indian Wars – 1,000
Mexican War – 13,283
Civil War Union – 364,511
Civil War Confederate – 133,821
Civil War Total – 498,332
Spanish American War – 2,446
World War 1 – 116,516
World War 2 – 405,399
Korean War – 54,246
Vietnam War – 90,209
Dessert Shield/Dessert Storm – 1,972
Iraq War – 4,563 and counting

Total Fallen 1,194,661 who we remember today. These figures were taken from the VA with the exception of the Iraq war figures which are from the Washington Post ; These are also only those service men and women who died in major American wars and not counting those who perished in smaller conflicts and US operations for an entire run down on the US military casualties wikiepedia does a nice job of giving an overview.

     How do we honor those who have sacrificed their lives, we must look at what they sacrificed their lives for… well they sacrificed their lives for the United States of American which to me is a set of ideals, it was a new idea in self government and an experiment in freedom so to any one who wants to honor the fallen soliders their fallen country men today, honor them by reading the US Consititution Weare the people the goverment is of,by, and for.

Thank you to all those who have served and continue to serve

May 26, 2008 Posted by | Freedom, History, United States | Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Brooklyn Bridge

The Bridge a week before its 125th birthdayIt’s the Brooklyn Bridge’s 125th Birthday, do non living things get birthdays? I guess its the 125th anniversary of the day it first opened to the public doesn’t have the same ring.

I found this link to an article from Brooklyn Daily Eagle from the day the bridge opened, it’s pretty sweet

http://eagle.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/Default/scripting/articlewin.asp?From=Archive&Source=Collection&Skin=Be&BaseHref=BEG/1883/05/24&ViewMode=GIF&EntityId=Ar01100

This was the worlds largest bridge at the time it opened connecting the cities of New York and Brooklyn, I can appreciate how the article likened it to having transformed the rainbow, there was a certain sense of awe New Yorker’s of that age had when they saw the bridge… many people probably felt that type of awe as a child at least that was when I can recollect having felt the type of awe

I hope the bridge is still in use in another 125 years or atleast till the last day I can use it

May 25, 2008 Posted by | History, New York | Leave a comment