December 3rd, 2007



According to the U.S. Naval Observatory, if you happen to be sitting on my front stoop this evening, the sun will set at 4:16 P.M., EST. As a matter of fact, due to the vagaries of celestial mechanics, the sun will continue to set at 4:16 for the next ten days. Then, a week from Friday, sunsets will start getting minutely (literally) later. Meanwhile, sunrise will continue to get later through the new year, bottoming out at 7:13 A.M on New Years Eve, and staying there through January 8th. Late sunrises don't bother me much. Quite the opposite, since it seems like I often wake with the sun, so the later the better. I just want the sun to stay out longer at night.

I haven't talked any baseball in awhile, but the Winter meetings are this week, so it seems like a good time to bring up a few things. It hasn't been terribly busy off-season so far, but a few deals have been made. The most fun place to keep up with the latest player deals has been over at The Griddle, where Bob Timmermann has been summarizing each deal in rebus form. They aren't especially easy rebuses, either.

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It didn't occur to me until I was getting ready to post that 4:16 P.M. can also be written as 16:16. Huh...