57 thoughts on “JULY 11, 2016: Baby Steps”

  1. After never winning more than one series in a row this season, the Twins finish the first half with three series wins.

  2. DAY GAMES ALERT: Miles Nordgren makes his high-A debut for Fort Myers at 10:30 Central. Cedar Rapids hosts Kane County at noon Central.

  3. Where is the lube
    You said you'd give to me
    Soon as you were free
    Will it ever be
    Where is the lube

    1. In my life there’s been heartache and pain
      I don’t know if I can face it again
      Can’t stop now I’ve travelled so far
      To change this lonely life
      I wanna know what lube is, I want you to show me
      I wanna feel what lube is, I know you can show me, oooh
      I wanna know what love is, I want you to show me
      And I wanna feel, I wanna feel what lube is
      And I know , I know you can show me
      Let’s talk about lube
      I wanna know what lube is, lube that you feel inside
      I want you to show me
      And I’m feeling so much lube

    2. And I wanna keep on lubing you
      Cuz it's the only thing I wanna do.
      I don't want to sleep
      I just wanna keep on lubing you.

      Also I'm dying that I can't find a good song by Lydia Lubeless.

    3. The only girl I've ever lubed
      Was born with roses in her eyes
      But then they buried her alive
      One evening, 1945
      With just her sister at her side
      And only weeks before the guns
      All came and rained on everyone

      1. I'm not in lube
        So don't forget it
        It's just a silly phase I'm going through
        And just because
        I call you up
        Don't get me wrong, don't think you've got it made
        I'm not in lube, no no, it's because..

    4. Ever fallen in lube with someone
      Ever taken in lube
      In lube with someone
      Ever fallen in lube
      In lube with someone you shouldn't have fallen in lube with

  4. Twins now technically ahead of the Braves and Reds. Small victories.

    This is a twins blog?

    1. I had to look up Pokémon Go earlier today because I was baffled by the references to it on Twitter. My favorite thing I saw was this statement by a police department:

      For those budding Pokemon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go - whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Pokestop, please be advised that you don't actually have to step inside in order to gain the pokeballs.

      It's also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn't going anywhere fast.

      Stay safe and catch 'em all!

      1. I saw a video awhile back of people looking at their phones while crossing the street and getting hit by vehicles. It's surprising how stupid some people can be when it comes to life and death matters compared to something trivial. I'm guessing Pokeman Go it only going to make this even more of a problem. I guess as far as the evolution of the species, it should only improve things.

        1. I'm notorious for looking at my phone at stupid times (e.g. going down stairs) but I can't say I've ever been on my phone while crossing the street.

          1. I'm gonna look like a total buffoon when I get hit by a car while reading a piece of paper.

      2. We went into a cafe today and the woman behind the counter told us as we left to keep our phones up to catch all the pokemon around. I had no idea what the hell she was talking about. Google fixed that. Now, get off my lawn.

        1. I have yet to see a single person engaging in this activity, which seems strange since it's all everyone everywhere seems to be talking about. My daily travels must only take me where the olds normally go.

          1. My daily travels must only take me where the olds normally go.

            The olds. I remember vintage smoking when you took a portable flame device and ignited a tube of tobacco instead of this new smoking where you fill a tube with flavored 'tobacco' concentrate.

            1. But wouldn't the combustion vaporize lung-clogging tar and create carcinogens and other volatile organic compounds that would then be inhaled along with the addictive and enjoyable drug?

        2. I'm guessing the commercial opportunity will be to "purchase" Pokemon and place them near places of business to improve foot traffic, if this already is not the case.

        3. Saw my First player in the wild yesterday. We are in Santa Fe, and went down to the nearby stream to get a little wet, when a teenage-looking girl came up and looked like she was taking pictures, so my sister in law offered to get the kids out of the way for her photo. She said nope, just playing Pokemon.

          1. My 8-year old son is addicted. We flew back from our vacation yesterday and a Pokestop was really close to our gate so we went looking for it. A guy about my age noticed us and helped by telling us where to go and we talked a little about the game, my son thought it was the coolest thing that someone would help him and that other people are playing the game.

            When we got home, I checked and the entrance to our park is a stop. He's really going to get a kick out of that.

  5. so, I made the mistake of following a clickbaity headline about how the NBA never "embraced" Tim Duncan. This is the lede sentence:

    Tim Duncan has hung up his sneakers, ending one of the most awkward careers in NBA history.

    WTF does that mean?

    Two paragraphs later,

    Duncan’s greatness, however, was largely overlooked during his playing career.

    HAHAHAHAHA! uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. No, I am not going to link to that drivel. Two-time league MVP, three-time Finals MVP, 15-time All-Star, 10-time, first-team All-NBA, 8-time first-team All-Defense. Nope, he was overlooked.

    1. Unlike Kobe, he didn't go on the farewell tour during his last year in the league. I'd call that overlooked (opportunity).

  6. I know we've been over this a million times, but what is the preferred method of making cold brewed coffee concentrate around here? I've got a french press, and grounds, but what I'm lacking is the ratio and the googles aint helpin.

    1. I've never made the concentrate, but I make cold brew in the French press regularly in the summer. I use the same amount of grounds I would normally for hot coffee, then just use cold water instead of hot, and let it steep 12-24 hours before pushing the plunger down.

      I'd be interested in a concentrate formula too, though

      1. I have a toddy. Ratios are about triple that of normal in a french press, then dilute by the cup with very hot water for hot coffee.

        I cold brew similarly to Mike most of the time. Normal ratio, brew at least over night, but preferably closer to 24 hours. I heat by the cup in the microwave (2.5 minutes) or drink iced.

      2. Wouldn't it be faster to make it hot and then just stick it in the refrigerator? I used to do that with iced tea when I didn't want to take the time to do sun tea.

        1. sure, it's faster. That's not the point.

          cold-brewed is really smooth, low-acid coffee. Lets the fruity flavors shine without the bitterness. If you like bitter, by all means. I like strong coffee sometimes too. But cold-brewed can be strong without being bitter.

          1. this piece makes some claims about the chemistry.

            It turns out that coffee is high in chlorogenic acid, which, as the coffee cools, forms quinic acid, which has a noteable and overwhelming astringent flavor. So the task is to brew coffee in a way that does not involve heat, and also reduces the apparent acidity. In the 60's the Toddy method became popular and it produces a finished product that is notably less bitter and actually puts forward a deep caramel and chocolaty flavor.

        2. It's faster in total time, but most of the time you spend with the cold brew is just letting it sit there. If you make it up the day or night before, it means less time between waking up and having coffee ready, even when compared to normal hot coffee. Just press it and pour it over ice (or heat it up in the microwave). Making it hot and then cooling it off is way more time than I have in the morning to wait for coffee.

          Plus, it's mentioned above, it really does taste different.

    2. NYT cold-brew recipe.
      1/3 cup ground coffee to 1.5 cups cold water. So for a six-cup french press (my carafe's approximate size), that's a cup of ground coffee to 4.5 cups water. Dilute 50-50 or to taste with water.

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