Looks like the Red Sox will have new uniforms for the 2009 season. You can see pictures of them on the very coincidentally linked online store. The traditional B hat will still be the primary hat, but there will also be a “hanging sox” alternate hat along with alternate home/away jerseys (all red or all blue).
What I really like is the new primary away uniforms, that are definitely retro looking straight from the 1980s. In an era where teams seem to go way overboard with flashy fonts, multiple colors, and unneeded fluff, the Red Sox seem to be going with the K.I.S.S. principle. I love it.
With an ice storm in process tonight and into tomorrow morning, the following Roger Hornsby quote (my favorite baseball quote of all time) says what I am thinking right now:
“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Roger Hornsby.
My brother Dan has an amazing hobby that he does during his limited spare time: being a concert photographer. He travels the Northeast taking photos of everything from the top punk bands to the greenest of new bands, posting his finished results on his web site Future-Breed.com. This hobby of his allows him to see and hear so many bands, some for the first time, some for his 20th time. It is as if he is documenting history of the Boston punk scene. However, occasionally there is a very sad side to it as he discovered late last week.
My brother last Thursday night went to a show at Boston University just like he went to hundreds of others. Among the bands there were Last Lights, a band my brother hadn’t seen before but heard much about. He was so blown away by their performance he told the band that he would be at their show the next day and any others in the future that he could make. In particular, he was particularly struck by the intensity of their lead singer, Dominic Mallary. My brother’s photos chronicle the band’s set.
Little did my brother know, tragedy struck that night, as the lead signer of Last Lights, Dominic Mallary, had passed away just hours after the show. As part of his act, he would often wrap the mic cord around his neck during an intense part of the show. This time, this apparently caused a blood clot that turned into an aneurysm that traveled to his brain, causing him to die just hours after the show. My brother’s photos of the show are the last known photos of Dominic, who died doing what he loved best.
My brother has handled this situation with absolute class, being in touch with the band and family over the past week. He allowed the family and band to use photos from that last concert for memorial efforts as well as using the photos to help fundraise to pay for Dominic’s funeral. I am very proud of my brother for helping them the best he can.
He has also allowed the local media to use some of his photos in their stories about this tragic death. The Boston Globe wrote a very well done story that uses one of his photos. WHDH Channel 7, also out of Boston, aired a story last night that incorporates several of my brother’s photos.
My deepest sympathy’s to Dominic’s family, band, and fans. What a heartbreaking story.
Amazon.com came out today with their own native iPhone application. In itself, you may wonder why did they do that? Amazon.com had one of the best web sites designed for the iPhone, a striking simple and easy-to-use site that allowed you to do everything needed to empty your wallet with just a single-click. Why bother with an iPhone app?
Well the Amazon app is somehow even faster then the web app. It is easier to use and even has some really unique features. Like the feature that lets you take a picture of any item, sending it to amazon where they have a human analyze it, and within 5 minutes getting an e-mail with a link to the item on Amazon.com, ready for purchase.
How cool is that? I can instantly see myself going to a store, finding an item that seems overpriced, send a picture to Amazon, and by the time I do the rest of my shopping find out if Amazon has it for cheaper. Or at a friends house, seeing an item but not knowing the exact name, and checking to see if Amazon has it.
Did I mention that I love my iPhone?