How I love Haruki Murakami (Norwegian Wood)
“The direction of the glow exaggerated the silhouette of her lips. Seeming utterly fragile and vulnerable, the silhouette pulsed almost imperceptibly with the beating of her heart or the motions of her inner heart, as if she were whispering soundless words to the darkness.”
Excerpt From: Murakami, Haruki. “Norwegian Wood.”Tweet
An Open Query to @Phottix Ares users…
Got the Canon 600EX RT last night. I was surprised to find that it is very big!!! It is as long as my Canon 70-200 f/4 lens! And it is heavy!
I have used the Phottix Ares with my Canon 430EX-II speedlite and I swear by it: it just works!
Now, my question is: have any one of you used the Ares with a heavier speedlite like the Canon 600EX RT or a Nikon SB900? Because of its weight, I am a little worried about the plastic foot of the Ares…
If you want to see how I absolutely love the ares, check out my post here: http://bit.ly/157R0sT
Sincerely hoping for a reply. Much obliged!Tweet
An Homage to @Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera
The greatest closer in baseball has retired. I don’t know if another one like him will surface in my lifetime. Probably not. Probably not ever. And I am glad that I was able to watch his mastery of the one pitch that has baffled a lot of hitters for almost two decades.
I came from a basketball and boxing crazy country. When I arrived in the US, I really didn’t know much about baseball. I played less than a quarter sem in my PE class in college and that was it. I didn’t know much of baseball players then, if at all. (Though I already knew the Yankees, just not the players…)
So, back in 2006, while channel surfing, I chanced upon a Yankees baseball game. The tv commentator said that the person pitching, Mariano Rivera, has the best ERA in the post season. (I had to look up what ERA meant.) The commentator said the hitting average of the batter, and he said that if you pitch to him inside and down, he will ground out to Short (or at least that was what the hitter’s average said). But of course, you’d have to pitch at that precise location to get the out. (Oh, I also had to research what the commentator meant by “Short”.)
And what do you know? The Closer, another word I wasn’t familiar with then, pitched exactly at the said spot. The ball went to Short, the short stop threw to second baseman, the second baseman threw to first, game ending double play!
Right then and there, I fell in love with baseball. Right then and there I became a Yankee fan, right then and there I fell in love with the sport.
I fell in love with baseball then because baseball is the perfect blend of sports and mathematics.
I learned that if you’re a 300 hitter then you’re doing very well, I learned then that if you’re hitting 400 then you are exceptional, I learned about ERA, OBP, OPS… Math, math, math…
I learned then that the pitcher almost always win (hence the “low” 300 batting average) but in order for one to win, the pitcher must pitch to where the batter is most likely to make an out.
And the best Closer to make his pitches time and time again is The Great Mariano Rivera. The best Closer of this generation, maybe the best ever.
And I am glad that I got to watch him play even if just on TV. It is sad that, despite living in the Northeast for five years, I never got to see a live Yankees game. But I cherish every Yankees game on TV, and on the web, since that fateful 2006 game on.
It is because of Mariano Rivera that I became a Yankees fan and it is because of Mariano Rivera that I became a baseball fan.
I owe my love of the game to the greatest closer there is.Tweet