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Culture Shock

By John Bear

What Is That Which Gives Me Joy? Baseball!

Baseball wasn't always played by steroid-addled freaks. Babe Ruth hit more than 700 home runs and was drunk, smoking a cigar, eating a hot dog and cavorting with underage prostitutes the whole time. And that was just on the field. Lots of people say it’s boring, but they’re wrong. It’s a game of anticipation.

I digress. It's easy to forget what a magical game it is when the players are testifying before congress. One way to remember the glory days: minor league ball. A, AA and AAA ball are just better than the majors. Most of the players are there for the love of the game and the hope of one day making it big (and testifying before congress).

Albuquerque has had plenty of minor league ball with a few major leaguers passing through (I once saw Darryl Strawberry strike out three times; we booed and booed). Gary Herron loves baseball and wrote a book on it— Baseball in Albuquerque. On Saturday April 9, at 2 p.m. at Alamosa Books (8810 Holly NE), hear the Dukes and Isotopes scorer talk about the sport he loves and its history in this town of ours.

What the Hell Is a Fractal, Anyway?

Fractals are geometric shapes that can be split into parts that look approximately like the whole, a property called self-similarity. ... That sentence may make your brain hurt, but fractals aren’t something math nerds just made up to be mean to non-math nerds. (Unlike how English nerds stuck Latin grammar onto English to mess with everyone.) They’re real. On Sunday, April 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m., you can come to the east side of the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 Second Street NW) and help build the world's largest fractal triangle. More than 6,500 triangles will be assembled into a massive fractal. It reminds me of my favorite Bible quotation, John 45:17: “And the Lord so loved to screweth with mankind that he invented self-similar geometric patterns so that whoever couldn’t quite graspeth the concept would not feel smart but have everlasting feelings of inadequacy.”

 
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