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Saturday, April 07, 2021

On a hunch, I did a Google search on “photo synthesis” and “gallery”.

It got back 815 results, and it looks like most of them had to do with museum-like photography exhibitions. Which tells me that “Photo Synthesis” as a title for some artsy-fartsy collection of snapshots is way overused.

Despite the edgy-sounding co-mingling of those words, aspiring artistes should keep in mind that, when you get down to it, at root they refer to watching grass grow. Not the most scintillating of imagery.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/07/2021 08:01:41 PM
Category: Creative, Wordsmithing
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I can’t decide which of the following two uniquely-gifted youth athletes has the more compelling story. So I leave it to you, the readers, to decide:

- From the Detroit area, there’s junior hockey goalie Joe Rogers, who dominates in net despite a birth defect that gave him a malformed right hand.

With [Toronto Maple Leafs goaltending coach Steve] McKichan’s help, Rogers developed a unique style for catching pucks with his right, glove hand. (He needs his good hand to handle his stick.)

“I can’t close it,” Rogers said. “But I’ve developed over the years a catching style where I corral the puck. We went to Vaughn and they made a custom glove, reinforced some parts and added an extra strap so it stays on better.”

The comparison with fromer MLB pitcher Jim Abbott is apparent, even though Rogers actually does have digits on his right hand (Abbott had no right hand at all).

- On the other end of the spectrum: In Omaha, Creighton University’s baseball squad features Pat Venditte, the ambidextrous phenom who’s properly described as a switch-pitcher.

Because he can choose which throwing arm to use on-the-fly while on the mound, Venditte’s versatility can create some at-bat fun:

A switch-pitcher facing a switch-hitter could make a fine Abbott and Costello routine. Against Nebraska last year, a switch-hitter came to the plate right-handed, prompting Venditte to switch to his right arm, which caused the batter to move to the left-hand batter’s box, with Venditte switching his arm again. Umpires ultimately restored order, applying the rule (the same as that in the majors) that a pitcher must declare which arm he will use before throwing his first pitch and cannot change before the at-bat ends.

For all the noise each kid is generating, it’s no sure thing that either will bring his show to the big leagues. Rogers isn’t even in college yet, so he has a long road to go to have a shot at the NHL. Venditte is being scouted by Major League teams as a low-round pick, but again, has a lot of work ahead of him. But hopefully, both will be pros someday. The kicker would be if they make it in the same big-league city!

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/07/2021 03:25:05 PM
Category: Baseball, Hockey
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This morning, I breakfasted on a toasted low-carb bagel with butter.

Or at least, I attempted to. But a couple of bites in, I found that the bagel had a distinctly old-sponge-like texture to it. Pretty disgusting. So I trashed it, and made a note to never indulge in such an Atkins-inspired culinary abomination ever again.

It’s not like I’m even looking to cut carbohydrates. It was the last of a batch of bagels I bought a few days ago; I picked it up because it looked like somewhat whole-grain, so I’d give it a shot. Live and learn.

Apparently, perfecting the edible baked good is a low-carb holy grail. I can say that the bagel portion of that quest is a dead end.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/07/2021 01:26:38 PM
Category: Food
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