Time to learn something!
1. Go to Wikipedia.
2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.
3. Post it!
And just in time for the end of baseball season, we get this one:
Walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP), in baseball, is a sabermetric measurement of how many baserunners a pitcher is responsible for allowing per inning pitched. It gives a general measure of a pitcher’s ability to keep batters off base. A WHIP of 1.0 or below will often rank among the best in Major League Baseball.
As indicated by the name, it is calculated by adding the number of walks plus hits allowed divided by the number of innings pitched.
WHIP is one of the most commonly used statistics in Fantasy baseball, and is standard in leagues that use the 4×4, 5×5, and 6×6 formats.
If you want to know more about this, you should probably be asking my son – he’s the fantasy-baseball expert, not me.
My grandfather would refer to relatives-by-marriage as “the outlaws.” There’s a popular stereotype that in-laws don’t – or aren’t supposed to – get along; I think it goes with the idea that “blood is thicker than water.” I used to work with a woman who had no siblings and whose parents were both dead, and figured that her husband would have it very easy in the in-laws department; interestingly, as far as I know, she’s […]
Once again, I’m borrowing a meme from Literary Feline, who issued an open invitation for anyone else who wanted to join in. I thought it might be fun. (And on this “memorable” occasion – Happy Birthday, T! This message is brought to you by T’s sister.) 10 Years Ago (1997): At 33, I felt like my life was actually somewhat together – that would only last for another couple of years, though, and it took […]
Does a post a day every day for a month sound like a challenge – or a vacation? Depends on how prolific you are, I guess. In any case, how about spending November as a participant in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo)? I’m going to do it! I post something most days anyway – this just makes it official, and means I don’t get to skip the weekends. Once you sign up, you can also […]
There’s been no shortage of silly quizzes in these parts lately, so here’s one with a little substance for a change. Gretchen Rubin recently posted about the “five-factor personality model” and a new book that explains it. It sounds interesting. In summary, the factors are: 1. Extraversion – response to reward2. Neuroticism – response to threat3. Conscientiousness – response inhibition (self-control, planning)4. Agreeableness – regard for others5. Openness to Experience – breadth of mental associations […]
Today’s suggestion is from Cereal Box Reader I would enjoy reading a meme about people’s abandoned books. The books that you start but don’t finish say as much about you as the ones you actually read, sometimes because of the books themselves or because of the circumstances that prevent you from finishing. So . . . what books have you abandoned and why? Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people […]
As we were online reading updates about the Ranch Fire on October 21 – of the dozen active wildfires that started in Southern California this past weekend, that’s the one closest to us – Tall Paul said, “When we retire, let’s move somewhere that doesn’t have fires.” My husband was born and raised in So-Cal, and he’s lived with fire season, flood season – which usually follows fire season, unless it’s a drought year – […]
Time to learn something! 1. Go to Wikipedia.2. Click on “Random article” in the left-hand sidebar box.3. Post it! I might need to try to find this somewhere – it would take care of a major gap in my music library. Greatest Hits Live is a live album by the punk rock band the Ramones. It was recorded at The Academy in New York City on February 29, 1996. This was their last live performance […]
I submitted this as a guest post to the Work It, Mom! Blog back around the beginning of the school year; on October 16 it made its way to the front of the queue and was published there. (Guest blogs run on most Tuesdays and are a popular feature, so there’s a wait for posting.) And on a related note, check out Elizabeth Horn’s post about managing “the afternoon activity shuffle” at Mommy Track’d. Many […]
Just in case anyone was still wondering, here’s the T-or-F breakdown on the “10 Things About Me” I posted last week. I weighed just over four pounds at birth. – TRUE. And I was full-term, as well, but my mom had severe bronchitis for much of the winter she was pregnant with me, and they think that’s what kept me so small. I was incubated for two weeks until I got over five pounds, and […]
This came via e-mail from my uncle, and has apparently been making the rounds. Snopes has been unable to confirm whether the whole thing is true, but the New York Times reported on the first part (the original Craigslist posting, which was verified) on October 8th. I actually do hope it’s fact-based, because it’s a classic – even if girlfriend is setting back the cause for women by a good 50 years or so, and […]
This is my most recent article published at Work It, Mom! It’s gotten some feedback there, so click the link if that interests you, but the full text of the article is right here. This was in a recent e-mail from a longtime friend of mine: I have read some of your blogs. I need to catch up. I even left comments so you would know I had been there… You truly missed your calling. […]
Here’s a little book meme I’m borrowing from Literary Feline. Please play along on your own blog if you like! Take the nearest book next to you and answer the following questions: Title and Author: The Fourth Bear – A Nursery Crime, by Jasper Fforde Is the book dedicated to anyone? If so, who? Dedicated to the author’s mother (awww!) What is the first sentence? The little village of Obscurity is remarkable only for its […]
We got a forwarded-to-everyone-in-the-address-book e-mail from my uncle urging a boycott of the soon-to-be-issued $1 coin because the wording “In God We Trust” has been removed(!). Note that only one side of the coin is pictured.But my enterprising husband – one of whose pet peeves is indiscriminate e-mail forwarding of unverified rumors – went to the US Mint’s website to find a graphic of the new coin. The wording’s still there, but relocated to the […]
Thanks to Karen for this link to a short quiz to find out if you’ve gotten any “cooler” over the years – it seems like an appropriate way to follow up on the Nerd Test. Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,402 other subscribers Email Address