Archive for April, 2003

It requires a certain type of mind to excite itself over “fragments of fragments,” but the normally sober baseball analyst Rob Neyer exults giddily over them in his column the other day. The question at issue is how lucky the 2002 Detroit Tigers were. On the one hand, they lost 106 games. On the other, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 30, 2003 @ 7:31 PM | Baseball,Business,Philosophy

I’ve added a new Hall of Reciprocity on the upper left, reserved for all you generous souls who keep me in your permanent links. It’s the least I can do. Most of these sites are very good indeed, they all show exemplary taste, and I read every one of them, at least occasionally.

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 29, 2003 @ 8:42 PM | Blogs

Eugene Volokh dispenses some advice, worth, as he says, at least what you paid for it, on how to promote one’s blog. It’s sound and well-considered, like nearly everything he writes, but to my mind (and God knows I’m not exactly an authority on this topic) he omits one important thing, maybe the most important […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 29, 2003 @ 11:42 AM | Blogs

In all the fuss over Rick Santorum’s foolish remarks, the major interference of the government in the bedroom has gone largely unremarked: It marries people. Marriage used to bring certain responsibilities, notably the obligation to support one’s dependents and not to divorce absent extraordinary circumstances. But the first has nothing to do with legal marriage, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 27, 2003 @ 5:16 PM | Culture

The hit counter passed 100,000 this week. A poor week’s work for some, but not bad for ten months, considering my sometimes esoteric content, and certainly more than I expected when I began. Thanks to everyone who came.

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 27, 2003 @ 10:47 AM | Navel-Gazing

Surprise geography quiz! Just drag and drop these Middle Eastern and North African countries to their proper locations on the map. If you can sort out the ‘Stans on the first try, well, let’s just say you’re a far better geographer than I am. (Via Eve Tushnet.)

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 26, 2003 @ 1:33 PM | Blogs

Sent to The New York Times today. OK, it’s barrel-fishing. I had some free time. To the Editors: Bob Herbert’s mendacious column of April 24th on the near-execution of Delma Banks Jr. in Texas omits every piece of evidence that convicted him. Banks was the last man seen with the murder victim, Wayne Whitehead. He […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 24, 2003 @ 6:28 PM | Politics


It’s been a while since I’ve thrown a sop to my baseball-oriented readers and the season is under way, so I’m gonna make it up to you with a new statistic, because the one thing baseball suffers from is not enough statistics. I was trying to explain the game to an Icelandic friend of mine […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 22, 2003 @ 7:50 PM | Baseball

A larval town, Arcata, CA, pop. 16,000, puffs itself up like a banded newt, seeking not a mate but media attention, and lo! it succeeds. Arcata already has a foreign policy, like all self-respecting municipalities these days, including my dear old Manhattan, bless its grimy heart. Arcata is against the war. It is against global […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 21, 2003 @ 6:50 PM | Law

I note, belatedly, my loss in the Briffa/Grauniad contest to Cinderella. Here’s his link, as promised. Briffa fell on April 7th. Cindy had April 5th. I had April 1st. Let the gloating begin. While you’re there, check out his latest commentary on Pascal Bruckner. Ian Hamet has an appreciation of the anime director Miyazaki Hayao, […]

Aaron Haspel | Posted April 19, 2003 @ 3:24 PM | Blogs