All the while, Anraku has been nearby, working on his mound with his own rake, shaping its gentle curves. It is necessary, Joko says, that the boys maintain their own field. They need to learn a place in order to learn their places in it. Joko is not teaching them to be baseball players, he says, because most of them will not be baseball players. But one day all of them will be men. After they finish tending their field, they bow to it, because there is honor even in dust.
Chris Jones writing in ESPN The Magazine about Japanese high school baseball, and 16-year old phenom Tomohiro Anraku.
There’s also a disturbing cultishness to the Bitcoin community, where everyone is as bullish as can be. “Someone is going to get rich this year,” Peter Vessenes, the executive director of Bitcoin, said in his opening keynote. The Bitcoin documentary that was teased at the conference is called The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin. Everyone was talking about how the price was only going up. Bitcoiner Tuur Demeester, the author of a financial newsletter, gave a talk in which he projected a number of scenarios in which the price of a Bitcoin could exceed $1,000, such as hedge funds committing 1 percent of their portfolios. “That’s why I think the risk-reward ratio is extraordinary,” he said. “Everyone should own at least a few Bitcoins.” He did not discuss any scenarios which might cause the price to fall.
What Will Happen if the DH is Implemented in the National League: A Flow Chart
With Houston moving over the American League, ushering in 180 days of Interleague play, a lot of people, Joel Sherman included, believe it’s only a matter of time before the DH overtakes the National League.
But there are a number of consequences that are not being considered.
The Economist comments on the results of last weekend’s elections in Italy.
Gordon Weyrauch, manager of Williston Home & Lumber, said it’s hard to keep good employees even at $16 an hour: “Seems like when you get somebody that’s really good, there’s always another company stealing them away.”
A sign outside the local Wal-Mart advertises starting wages of $17 an hour.
Some desperate employers are acting as landlords. The new Love’s truck stop built a small yellow apartment building next-door for employees. The Williams County government erected an apartment building to offer new county workers an affordable place to live.
Pam Louwagie writing for the Minneapolis Star Tribune about the difficulty residents of Williston, North Dakota have faced as the shale oil boom has transformed daily life in the state.
Pictured above: A NASA satellite photo shows the flares from the oil wells dotting the Bakken Formation in North Dakota.