Friday, August 24, 2012
1. It's not every day that I get wind of
good news from the Drudge Report, but it happened
this morning. The fact that this can even be a serious headline is what I find
encouraging, rather than any near-term expectations on my part: "Republicans Eye Return to Gold
2. Thank you! I've gotten a good handful of emails concerning my impending move. I'm a slow, terse correspondent these days, but I will answer them all. Until then, it's good to know that my following has both size and quality -- and better to know that I'll soon be making new friends.
3. Whether you recall Zip drives with a vague sense of nostalgia or had a friend with a BeBox, you might enjoy perusing this essay on "Our Favorite 'Forgotten Tech'".
4. What does this Arsenal fan think of the sale of Robin van Persie to rivals Manchester United? Well, I wasn't happy about it, but it was plain he wanted to leave and I thought team manager Arsene "Moneyball" Wenger (scroll down) did a good job of extracting the most money out of the deal he could get.
And while it is true that van Persie is twenty-nine and injury-prone, I think we get the best perspective on the deal from another Arsenal fan:
Last year, Van Persie scored 37 goals in total (30 in the League) for Arsenal. What we need is to find players that can give us the same amount of goals, and in [new signings] Giroud, Podolski and Cazorla, Arsene Wenger has already done that. Lukas Podolski had a 20 last year, Giroud 21 and Cazorla 9. Even if you put a discount on this being their first season in the Premiership, say for example 30% , you will still get more than the 30 goals that Van Persie scored last year. No wonder Le Boss says he doesn't need to replace Van Persie.Also, although it was frustrating to see a draw in the opening game of their Premier League campaign last week, I must say I can see why Santi Cazorla made this list of top transfers. As for Alex Song, who also left, all I can say is that I am glad Wenger is also paying attention to team chemistry.
Finally, a Tweet I recall being quoted to the effect that Wenger had sold the phone (van Persie) to United and the charger (Song) to Barcelona had me smiling.