inessential by Brent Simmons


It's a girl! Congratulations to John and Indigo.

Halama pitched a complete game shutout in 86 pitches, facing just 29 batters. It doesn't get much better than that. In other Mariners news, they've signed Rickey Henderson.

The Dewbie: "My primary goal with Linux in general is to get it up and running, so that I can get t-shirts."

Sprezzatura: Go to Italy. "Italy is every bit as romantic, as sensual, as grand, as intimate, as disorganized, as luxurious, as simple, as sophisticated, as earthy, as its reputation claims; except that everything is more so than anyone can imagined: a certain drama attaches."

Mariners beat the Twins 9-5 last night. Mariners regain first place in the AL West.

Don't click here unless you want to be grossed out. If you can stomach it, it's oddly enthralling.


The 2-hour season finale of Beverly Hills 90210 conflicts with a new Voyager and a new West Wing. We've got two VCRs. As insane as it sounds, we may watch one of the shows and tape the other two. Hello, my name is Brent and I'm a TV addict.

People say that TV is mostly garbage -- and they're totally right. It's worse than garbage, so much worse than garbage that there are no words for how bad it is. But there are a few, very few, good shows. (No, 90210 isn't one of them -- the season finale is a cultural event.)

It's good that TV is mostly worse than garbage. If it were mostly good -- were high quality the norm, not the rare exception -- we'd be in a lot of trouble. Imagine that there's something genuinely worth watching every hour of the day. The economy would collapse from the loss in productivity. I kid thee not.