I Hate Having Hope, Mets GM Omar Minaya Hates Flying Coach … I Think

So I’m playing the Blur Demo on PSN (great racing game, DL the demo or buy it today!) when I look up and notice it’s 4 PM and the Mets are playing. So of course the minute I switch over I find it’s a 4-4 game in the 6th is themoment Blake DeWitt cranks a hanging R.A. Dickey knuckleball into the Wrigley jetstream for a 3-run homer, and a 7-4 Cubs lead. Against my better judgment I kept watching as the Mets pecked away at the deficit. David Wright cranked a solo shot against the wind in the 7th, and light-hitting Luis Hernandez followed suit with his 1st ML homer in the 8th to make it 7-6 going into the 9th. As the Cubs brought in Carlos “Creole Lady” Marmol I wondered why I like torturing myself with the belief the Mets could come back, since the script would play out to give fans a little hope before the eventual loss. Sure enough, Wright flied out to the warning track in center, Ike Davis struck out looking at three nasty sliders, and the free-swinging Joaquin Arias walked. Tying run on, and a gapper would certainly score the speedy Arias. Josh Thole lines one to pretty deep left … directly at LF Tyler Colvin. Mets lose 7-6, I curse myself for believing in a lost season.

So after taking my frustration out on my online opponents in Warhawk (another great online PS3 game), I later find this article on Deadspin , which you can read here detailing one fans’ take on his trip to Chicago. Long story short: guy goes on flight to Chitown, sees Omar Minaya (?). Heckling ensues…

Really, Omar? Seriously?

Of course I can’t verify all his claims, or if that really was Omar Minaya (did the guy buy his camera at CVS?). But I will say a few of the comments were pretty awesome…

Omar has had it with all these people pointin’ out his mother fuckin’ mistakes on this mother fuckin’ plane!

Yeah, I don’t know, sort of looks like NONE of those passengers in the picture are Mets fans making a “pilgrimage” to Wrigley. And I’m betting you actually just said something to the guy next to you, and he smiled uncomfortably, not knowing what you were talking about but just assuming that if he humored you he could finish his article about Turkmenistan-Kazakhstan foreign relations in The Economist.

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Remembering The Past To (hopefully) Move On

Hello denizens of teh InterWeb, I suppose I should introduce myself… though that would imply I might have readers in the future. Anyway, my name is The Frankman; not hard to remember since I really only use that name for any website I sign onto. I’m a resident of the elusive 18-34 demo networks covet and I’m from that state Alicia Keys sung about (the Jay-Z track was good too). Why am I bothering to post any of this stuff? Well that’s a good question…

Binary Culture ... is that a joystick or someone pressing a power button?

About 5 months ago I found my old multimedia project in college, a blog we had to customize and write a piece on. At that time I was an aspiring writer/editor for the now-defunct gaming website Binary Culture, and wrote pieces covering everything from sports, animation, and current events. It was a volunteer thing, but at that time I had been writing with those guys for 3 years and was loving every minute. As the years passed and real life intruded it became harder to and attract talent and write myself, and it didn’t help that I was at a bad time in my life and worried about what people thought about me/my work. It had gotten so bad I stopped writing altogether and took over Human Resources/Media Relations title of the site, which is the fancy way of saying I hired new writers and talked to company reps about getting demos/interviews/etc. After another year of “writing” for the also-defunct This Website Is So Awesome.com blog, the site shut its domain and we dispersed into the ether of the Web.

Flash forward to last week when I finally decided to try and write something, to Hell with what anyone else thinks. I just figured bottom line, when you spend over a decade writing pieces about video games, animation, politics and the like I don’t think you’re really supposed to care what people think of your work. There are multiple ways to interpret information, and no one way is right. I suppose that’s why I spent a week or so updating this, and with my limited knowledge of WordPress called this blog Binary Viewpoints: both as an homage to the site I spent over a decade of my life writing for and the views I expressed earlier in the paragraph. I’m going to try and re-discover my love of writing through the things I care about, and by taking things one day at a time maybe kick this writers’ block thing…