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Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend…

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.
– Groucho Marx


Your correspondent is departing for points South– for the dune-banked, hammock-hung, deep-fried seat of his youth.  Consequently, (R)D will be more Roughly than Daily until the 16th or 17th of August.

In order to keep readers amused until regular service resumes, Five Books:

Every day an eminent writer, thinker, commentator, politician, academic chooses five books on their specialist subject. From Einstein to Keynes, Iraq to the Andes, Communism to Empire…

For example, Peter Paret (of Princeton’s Institute of Advanced Study) on “War and Intellect” (chosen as an example, your correspondent confesses, in part because it opens with your correspondent’s own most-recommended book:  Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis)…  or Pillip Vannini on “The Ethnography of Music“… or Carlos Eire’s “Time and Eternity” picks– which range from St. Augustine to Kurt Vonnegut…   Or any of many, many more.

Read ’em and reap!

As we curate our own short shelves, we might recall that it was on this date in 1890 that Cy Young pitched his first professional baseball game, leading the Cleveland Spiders past the Chicago Colts. Over the course of his 22-year career, Young won at least 508 games (511 is the generally accepted number) and averaged more than 23 victories per season.

Denton True Young earned his nickname when a bystander watched him, as a boy, devastate a wooden fence with pitches, observing that the fence “looked like it had been hit with a cyclone.”

Young was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937, in the first class inducted. The Cy Young Award, bestowed annually on the best pitcher in each professional league, was instituted in 1956.

Young’s 1911 baseball card (source: Library of Congress)

How quickly we forget…

Trident Missile in action

First, KFC misplaces the specs for its 11 secret herbs and spices…  Now, it’s the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration.

The U.S. NNSA needs to refurbish the aging warheads on Trident missiles to assure their safety and reliability, but the program has been set back a year, at an additional cost of $69 million, because the agency has lost track of the recipe for a key ingredient, a mysterious but very hazardous material code-named “Fogbank.”  The secret sauce is thought to be a foamy, explosive solvent cleaning agent (and who couldn’t use one some of that at times) that plays a key role between the fission and fusion stages of a thermonuclear bomb.

Unfortunately, the last batch was made some 20 years ago, and in the meantime, not only was the sole production facility torn down, but, according to a GAO report, “NNSA lost knowledge of how to manufacture the material because it kept few records of the process when the material was made in the 1980s, and almost all staff with expertise on production retired or left the agency.”

A new production facility has been built,  work on recreating the recipe continues… and Homer Simpson is saying “Doh.”

(Thanks, GMSV)

As we resolve to back-up our files, we might we recall that on this date in 1912, immortal pitcher Cy Young retired from baseball, having scored 511 wins in his 21 year career– 815 starts, another ecord.  (The next highest total belongs to Walter Johnson, who won 417 games for the Washington, D.C. team variously known as the Nationals and the Senators.  And to put this in a more modern perspective, the “winningest” active pitcher, Greg Maddux, has 355 wins on 740 starts.)

Denton True “Cy” Young

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March 15, 2009 at 1:01 am

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