The Tyranny of the cursor

Oh the cursor is a terrible creature.  To many, it is a hero, tirelessly marching forward, leaving great ideas, images, and thoughts in his wake.  A symbol of mankind’s progress! Always forward, rarely backward.  To its fellow bits, it is a monster to be feared and avoided.  It will never deign to look in their direction. It ceaselessly marches away from his progeny with never even a casual glance in their direction.  On occasion it has the opportunity to revisit the numbers and letters which it has birthed into the world.  Rather than a pleasant visit, he erases their very existence from this world.  Text farther away from the cursor can find no solace in this distance.  With a few swift and fatal key strokes, any item, anywhere could be deleted.  The cursor feels no emotion. In many ways, it is the perfect assassin. Swift, precise and deadly, eradicating without hesitation or question.  Woe unto mankind if it ever finds its way out of the digital realm.

However mankind has a special fear of this blinking monstrosity.  Countless sleepless nights have been spent agonizing over this digital phantom.  For while it’s fellow bits and bytes fear the cursor’s power of destruction, humans fear it’s power of creation.  Most of are unwilling to wield its god like powers to create universes of our own.  Thoughts about deadlines, quality, originality, other more important issues continually push the cursor out of our mind. But it lurks there.  Like Chekov’s gun, the cursor sits in the back of our consciousness. It waits, patiently for that day when everything else lines up perfectly and then goes off. It pierces through the distractions, the fear, the angst, and sends a single shot.  When this happens, our equipoise is shattered. The cursor roars to the front and demands we pay attention. It is ultimately selfish, demanding attention and using it to ask for more.  Yet it is no match for other psychological and social phenomenon.  All of this is to say, I haven’t had much to write about lately.  The cursor, it appears, was lacking in ammunition.

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July Nationals Predictions

7/17-19 vs NYM –

Drew

Is there anyone who doesn’t love R.A. Dickey? Who wouldn’t love possibly the geekiest player in baseball (Paragraph 1 here).  The Met’s seem to have righted their ship and are on a tear through June.  They’ve put up enough offense recently to be spot on their PWP. That scares me.  I’m going to have to start buying the Mets as a serious contenders this year and they may bump the Nat’s out of first place by the end of this series.  Because of their recent success, I’m going to say the Nat’s go 1-2 in this series.

Maggie

The Mets are the Mets.  They’re a team that has never “scared” me the way that others have.  Any team with a mascot that’s just a dude wearing a giant baseball on his head cannot be scary.  The scariest part about the Mets is Dickey, who has really steamrolled everyone else this year with his awesome knuckler.  I’ll take the Nats 2-1…with the caveat of 1-2 if Dickey starts in this series.

7/20-22 vs ATL –

Drew

As I write this, the Bravos just won their second game of the season against the Nats. Their second game and it’s basically the All-Star break. It was also 110 today in Atlanta. For whatever reason, the Braves can’t seem to beat the Nationals.  That being said, the Braves are a very good team again this year. Their continued lack of success is rather inexplicable. However, I still think the Nats are going to beat the Braves 3 games to 1, even with the double header.

Maggie

Late July is hot in DC, and we’ve seen how the team has some issues dealing with the heat down in Atlanta this past weekend.  With a doubleheader on the 21st, and an Atlanta team coming back from the All Star break with renewed vigor, I can’t say anything more than a split series, 2-2.

 7/23-25 @ NYM –

Drew

See my previous paragraph about the Mets. It applies doubly now that the games will be played in NYC.  Mets take 2.

Maggie

Is July Mets month?  In any case, my feelings haven’t changed, and I will continue to give this team weary respect until they prove they don’t deserve it.  Nats drop 2, and fingers crossed they win a game for my birthday on the 23rd.

7/26-29 @ MIL-

Drew

I’m looking forward to these games, not the least of which is the fact that the last one takes place on my birthday (I’ll be going to Phillies game the two days afterwards).  The Brewers are another cellar dweller from the NL central. Oddly enough, they lead the NL in K/9 but have a terrible BABIP (.319) which is a direct result of a terrible defense.  I’m not sure I can blame the defense for all of their woes but it doesn’t help.  Since I’m turning 30 and I believe the Nats are going to want to rebound after a tough series against the Mets, I’m going big with the sweep!

Maggie

I seriously have no idea bout the Brewers.  They’re sitting in the mediocre middle-lower half of the NL Central, and I’ve just got to hope that the Nats look to close out July on a strong note.  Nats take the series, 3-1.