OK, I know what you are thinking. Way too many baseball card blogs on here lately. Well as that is true, this review is more of a giant thank you to the author of Wax Heaven blog. As many of you know I started my sports card blog earlier this week Awesomely Bad Wax, and thanks to Mario for single handedly making my hit counts jump from none to over 200 in 4 days. Wax Heaven is your one stop shop for all things baseball card related. It’s updated quite frequently, anywhere to 3-4 times a day which is real nice, when you are hoping to find something new to read. Since it is a WordPress based blog, it’s fairly easy to navigate and his readers leave many comments which is real nice to have on your blog (hint, hint, nudge, nudge). He discusses everything from prospect watch to eBay auctions to reviewing new card sets. He is very accessible, I have exchanged emails with him a few times and he takes his time when writing for his blog. The site is a great idea, and I hope it springboards him to a regular role on the Beckett card site. Since I know he would love to have that.
Now I know what you are thinking, WordPress is not going to like this, but there is another web based blog site out there where you also don’t need to know programming. It’s called Tumblr. I get a lot of people asking me is it hard to blog? How long do you take out of each day to blog? Is it hard to set up the posts? The answers are very simple. It is incredibly easy to blog, sites like WordPress and Tumblr have done all the hard work for you, they have great templates (which you can change if you want), the navigation in the website is a piece of cake and the help sections are fantastic. Tumblr has more templates than WordPress and from what I could tell is even easier to use (if that is possible). I like the step by step guide in setting up a blog, so much so that I think even my mom could set up her own blog on this. Not only is it easy to set up one blog but you can have multiple blogs like me (shamelss plug for other blog coming up), my other blog is BadWax. Told you it was shameless. If you have always wanted to try out a blog and see if it’s right for you, try it on Tumblr.
I am a card collector. This is not very interesting on the surface, but if you are married, you would understand that this is a big deal. You see my wife does not like me to “collect” anything. Basically if it’s mine and it takes up space, it’s bad. Meanwhile she has a suitcase (I’m not lying here) of scrapbooking tools. So when I moved in with her and she saw my collection of cards, she told me they need to find a home (meaning: bury them where I won’t see them). This created the man room in my house. I took every card worth 50 bucks or more and put them in a bolted down safe. Then I took every insert card I have ever gotten and placed them in a 2000 card box. My sets got stacked in the closet. This left my autographed bats. I am very compulsive when I get into things and sometime in the early part of this decade every game I went to I had to get autographs, to make matters worse I started getting them on wooden bats. Now I have almost 20 bats signed and no place to put them other than in a corner of a closet.
This brings me to the Baseball Card Blog. Since I love baseball cards. I love sharing my points of view regarding them with other card collectors. Although I haven’t made comments on this site yet, I have to tell you I love the ideas he has for his blog and the reader participation is pretty good too. I have long wanted to start a baseball card blog up but stopped because,
I my wife doesn’t want me to get more cards. Maybe in this upcoming year I will try and do something. It probably won’t be a daily blog but we can see what we can do.
Anyways back to the Baseball Card Blog, like I said very imaginative. Some of the things that I like are the best of checklists. This is called the 792 (amount of cards Topp sets had in the 80’s) and he picks out the best card for each number in the set. Another great bit that is done is the show me your worst cards. I particularly like cards with bad cuts. I have to send in my 1960 Mickey Mantle card in pristine condition except for a huge scribble mark on the back (I believe it was someone trying to get a pen to write). Anyhoo go ahead over there and relive your card collecting youth.
Everyone in their lifetime will have at least one crazy roommate. If it hasn’t happened in your life yet, trust me it will. I have actually had 2 crazy roommates. My favorite . . . let me call her M, charged me for utilities, 3 months after I moved out, then reported me to collection agents to collect the money. I know you are thinking, why would she do that? Well M and I never saw eye to eye, and in the end I had to move out, but I told her that I would pay for one month’s rent and utilities since I only gave her one month’s notice. She took this to mean that she can collect from me until she finds a new roommate. Nothing like getting nasty phone calls at work that I owe 500 bucks (even though I don’t). It all finally ended about 6 months after I left and I was remitting the 500 bucks in one dollar a month installments. She gave up after 3 months and told me to perform an action on myself that is nearly impossible. Anyways the reason I brought this up was that I found a blog today that reminds me of my clashes with M it’s My Crazy Roommate. There are lots of posts to keep you fully amused I found myself laughing out loud several times. It’s just nice to know that some things are always the same, crazy roommates.
I don’t know about you, but I love talking about sports. When I was in college, I worked at a college radio station. My nickname was “Sports Guy”. I loved talking sports, from baseball to hockey and probably the best part was arguing the facts. I mean should there be a playoff for NCAA division 1 football? Who is next year’s best baseball team? Where with A-Rod go? These are fun things to debate. SB Nation stands for Sports Blog Nation. Basically it’s a blog of sports blogs, written by quite a few different people. A lot of the writing is humor based. But ultimately it’s fodder for sports arguments. At one point people used to sit around in dive bars and argue sports, now it’s all about blogs and comments. The point is the same, but you don’;t get drunk, or you could get drunk it’s up to you, I mean you can sit down next to your computer reading about how great the Patriots are slamming back rum and cokes getting drunk then leaving a stupid comment. But that is completely up to you.
You all know how much I love flash games. Paul and Dave’s Novel Concepts, is a blog where the talk about their upcoming games and also the games they currently have. At first glance you want to just pass on this blog, as it’s very plain not a lot of flash (no pun intended) but just read it and see what these guys have done. It simply can’t be missed. I am going to post seperate entries as to their games but I really wanted to give everyone a heads up as to the blog. Here is a list of the games they have developed:
Flash Circle TD
Flash Element TD
B asically TD stands for Tower Defense. Where you insert towers on the board and they shoot at your enemies Hit, them enough times and they die, but you always have to upgrade your defenses and add more because the enemies become difficult to kill and sometimes they get through, enough get through and your game is over. Play it once and you will loose yourself in the game.
Back in the early 90s, there was a baseball player named Kevin Maas. He had a fantastic rookie year, being the fastest player every to hit 10 home runs (79th at bat). He eventually hit 21 home runs that year and seemed like the heir apparent to Don Mattingly at first base. Unfortunately pitchers learned a terrible secret about Maas, he could crush a fastball, but had no idea how to hit a curve ball. He career didn’t take off as he expected, he was out of baseball 4 years later, ended up somewhere in Japan I think. Anyways, someone has dedicated a Yankees blog to him called NoMaas. I think his latest entries about Torre are very funny. I’ve been checking back for the past few days and the blog is updated frequently and is fun to read. Not really the site to go if you aren’t a Yankee fan, but it is a good read.
Sometimes it’s funny, you hear someone say something in the office and you do a double take cause you haven’t heard the whole situation and it sounds really funny. You can read a lot of these at Overheard in the Office. Here are a few examples:
– Customer Service Representitive: Hang on, I’ll use my fingers… My head isn’t working today.
– Proofreader: Joe*, I’m confused.
Typesetter: Are you? That’s perfectly normal.
– Boss: I can’t get this damn phone to work.
Coworker: It helps if you’re just a little bit smarter than the technology.
As you can see, the double entendre runs high at this site. So stop by and have yourself a few laughs.
Since I’m a Yankee fan this is a tough one for me to review, but when I read Curt Shilling’s blog 38 Pitches, it’s a very interesting read. Curt has never had a problem sharing his emotions. I’m sure you’ve heard him call out various teammates and rivals. He tells what it’s like pitching in a MLB game. Things you don’t think about. Currently he is going though the free agency process, something he has never experienced before, so it’s always interesting what it’s like for a hired gun in pro baseball. He should be one of the best pitching free agents available this winter, so he should have lots to write about. Even though I am a Yankee fan, I still have a lot of respect for Schilling, I enjoyed watching him pitch for the Phillies and D-Backs. Have some fun seeing what transpires this winter and what will probably be his last season.
Bill Simmons has been writing his blogs, long before they were even called blogs. Then ESPN came a knocking and his articles got to go mainstream. The Sports Guy’s World is actually a site within ESPN, where you get to hear all of his rants and raves, and on occasion, his wife’s rants and raves. His views are not only fresh and fun to read, but also insightful and humorous. You’ll have to check frequently as he writes about twice a week and produces a podcast one to two times a week. Although he is probably basking in the glow of another World Series for his Red Sox, he will come back down to earth when his Celtics start to struggle. If you get a chance search YouTube for his cartoon, here is one of them: