Sorry I didn’t get a post in yesterday. I was too busy reading Angels & Demons from Dan Brown. It’s an amazing book; the plot is far-fetched, yes, but the twists blew me away. I tried to not read it, but had to keep going.

The Mets barely got a win yesterday, but rookie pitcher John Maine held a great St. Louis offense to just 2 hits through 5 and 1/3 innings. He walked 4 and struck out 5. Jose Reyes led off the bottom of the 1st with a homerun to give the Mets an early lead. St. Louis pitcher Chris Carpenter didn’t pitch that bad. He threw 6 innings and did give up 7 hits, but only 2 runs. He struck out 4 and walked none.

I first want to say, if you still use Internet Explorer, I recommend switching to Mozilla Firefox. There are many more add-ons you can get for Firefox than you can with IE. Some of the most popular extensions are Forecast Fox, which, once you put in your zipcode, gives you the latest weather report as well as the outlook for the next two days. FoxyTunes, which is synced up with your iTunes library (or other media player’s library) and you have full control of it right from your browser. Fasterfox, which automatically changes the browser’s settings to enhance speed and performance. And StumbleUpon, which allows you to select categories of interest and it goes to a random page on the internet that pertains to one of your categories. Humor is a category that I have in SU, and it brought me to a blogger who has a hard time understanding why some people choose the weirdest and wackiest names on the planet. She comments on them here. I’ve taken some of the best ones and pasted them below. The person’s question is in regular text or bolded and her response is in the reddish text.

A foray into the mouth of madness. Let’s go slowly: Aiken
Please tell me your last name’s Payne.

Breckin the law! Breckin the laaaaaaaaaw!

(forehead slap)

Maxigan (i think i like this one)
Yeah, well I think I love you. But what am I so afraid of? I think that I’m unsure of this love there is no cure for.

Or Sing-Sing. Or Tehatchapi. Or San Quentin. Or Alcatraz.

Callahan-I think it could work for a boy or girl, but they had it listed as girl
Will she be a rogue cop tracking down a serial killer using a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, capable of blowing your head clean off? Well, will she, punk?

Middle name: Comma. Last name: Nancy.

I was thinking of the name Blaise but I don’t know if it should be the first or middle name.

I think it should be a felony.

I was wondering which name you would pick out of these choices for girl
Abbey Monet
Chloe monet
Irelynd monet
Dilyn monet

And Dilyn…In the time it would take to come up with every way that could be mispronounced, I could find the end of Pi.

For a girl I was thinking of naming her Quinlynn or Quinnlyn or something spelt similar. I can’t find it in any books. What do you think of this name? Does it sound feminine?

No, it sounds like a 19th century cure for malaria.

I love the name Meloncholia Francessca Antouinette for a girl and Zakeri Atruellu for a boy, but my family and spouse ablosute hate it.

I don’t know what his problem is. How can he be made sad by a perky name like Meloncholia?

If you’re a fan of Jeopardy!, surely you’ve heard of Ken Jennings. If you haven’t heard of him, he is the guy who won 74 straight games and amassed more than $2.5 million in winnings. The question that sealed Ken’s fate was “Most of this firm’s 70,000 seasonal white-collar employees work only four months a year.” Jennings answered with FedEx, but his opponent got the answer right with H&R Block. Because of this, H&R Block offered Ken free tax preparation and financial services for the rest of his life. Well, he has his own website. It’s He’s also the admin of the message boards that can be found there, and occasionally makes posts. He was chosen as a member of the mob on NBC’s new game show, 1 vs. 100. Members of the mob stay in the mob until they answer a question wrong, so theoretically Ken could be there until the game is cancelled (which is almost a sure thing, even though I like the show). Since I saw him on TV, I made it a point to try and watch the show. Now, if I’m watching TV when it’s on I’ll watch it, as opposed to wanting to watch it. I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but it was supposed to say that Ken is cool.

My next post will be on Saturday, and it will say who won the NLCS (game 7 is tonight), and will include part 1 of my very delayed minor-league report.