Tuesday Twirl

Thanks to Bill James I received this notification:



Yesterday, Bill graciously tweeted the link to A Tough Day For Cars. That post is now easily the most read so far this year. Of course, we are not too deep into 2021 although today is already day number 51. Thanks, Bill!


The issues with composing posts in the WordPress Classic Editor and Firefox continue. I may really have to use another browser, at least for writing posts. Part of me, the very cynical part, thinks these issues are a deliberate attempt by WordPress to “force” me to use their newer editor.

While I believe in “Never Say Never” it is extremely unlikely I would continue to post if I had to use the newer editor, which to me is user-hostile and counter-intuitive. Also, I am not the dullest knife in the drawer so if I have issues with it, I’m sure many others do, as well.


This CNBC article chronicles the decline in the rating for the Super Bowl broadcast among the demographic advertisers prize most highly, those aged 18-49. Here is a chart from the article:



I am not in that demographic, but I did not watch the most recent Super Bowl. Lest one think this has been the trend for all network football telecasts, look at this chart from the same article:



I think in this weird year of the damn virus, many people decided that watching football was simply not something that warranted their time. I also think that casual fans have less and less interest in the Super Bowl as other forms of “entertainment” multiply.


An earthworm can be taught to avoid a path that will give it an electric shock. Human beings, allegedly the most intelligent of animal species, often cannot avoid behavior that they know, a priori, is detrimental.


I still hope, one day, to own a car manufactured by a defunct American make. How the logistics of that would work, I have no idea. (“He’s a good teacher; he really seems to care…About what, I got no idea!)

From Hemmings a picture of an intriguing car, even with the broken Torsion-Level ride system:



This is a 1956 Packard 400. I believe the model name is an homage to the prestigious list that used to be published of the top 400 most influential people in America.

The car has about 57,000 miles (supposedly) and is listed for $18,000. I suspect getting the suspension fixed would be expensive assuming one could find a shop/mechanic that could do the work.

I would estimate the probability of my ever owning a car like this at no more than 10%. Still and once again, what is life without dreams?










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8 thoughts on “Tuesday Twirl

  1. I think many young people have, in the past few decades, been less interested in pro sports, at least the very corporate ones such as NFL MLB NBA and NHL. When I say many, I mean a drop of even a few percent of youngsters who don’t actually become lifelong fans would show up in declining interest.
    As it pertains specifically to 2020 though, I suspect 2 factors.
    One, people have been home with family. Stadiums have been empty or near empty all year. It may be a bit twisted logic but, I think instead of Sundays being family day watching football/going to the game, people might have felt “we’ve been home working together all week, let’s do something else instead of sat in front of the tv all day Sunday”.
    The other factor I think is political. Now I try to steer clear of discussing politics online. I respect differing opinions but as I rule I just feel civil discourse is almost non existent on the web. That said, I think the political climate, the protests of the past year, and the stance taken by the NFL has caused some people to refuse to watch. Part of that idea is extrapolated from a (f-c-e-o-k) post I saw where the question “who watches NASCAR” was about half “it’s not the NASCAR I grew up with”/“it’s gone too PC”. I don’t know if every league has seen declines but I do think a number of people feel the leagues have gone ‘too far’.
    As you’ve said, people vote with their feet. The reasons why they do though are as varied as fingerprints though.


    1. Thanks for the computer advice. I’m a big believer in KISS and in “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Software developers are always trying to “earn” their keep, but often go one or two steps in the wrong direction and almost never admit it.

      As for sports, of course my interest in them has waned to almost nothing, but as I say to people rather crudely: baseball divorced me, why should I give a sh*t what my “ex-wife” is doing? That has spilled over into football. At this stage of my life, with the clock ticking loudly, what my family and close friends do is what matters to me, not what some strangers do just because they’re wearing a certain uniform.

      I do agree that polarization has played a role in the decline of interest in sports. As I have written before, I don’t think that’s fixable.


  2. I too think of their new editor as ‘user-un-friendly’ but also ‘writer-un-friendly’. Who on earth ever thought a Block is a good name for a writers’ aid to write?
    What I noticed is that they took an option out of the old editor with almost every new one they issued since I’m here (like the spell check) to get us to move on, which I didn’t either…


  3. Put me on the list of people who wish the block editor would go away as well. I’ve noticed some issues that they are having and since I use Firefox with the block editor, I’m wondering now if some of my problems are related to the browser. I’ll have to see if Edge gives me the same issues I’ve noted. Thanks for the tip!


    1. Hope the browser switch worked, but it really didn’t for me. I even deleted my WordPress cookies in Firefox and Edge; that didn’t work, either. The only other solution, other than WordPress unearthing a fix, is that I might have to switch to Windows 10. I REALLY don’t want to do that.


      1. That would be a job! I just switched computers as my old one “bricked” on me last week. It’s been a week of putzing with computer stuff and getting behind with my work (if you can call what a retired guy does “work.”)


      2. Like I wrote, I really don’t want to make the switch to Windows 10. WordPress support “assured” me they are looking into the issue and they are not trying to force me to use the Block editor. I remain unconvinced on either issue.

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