Cubs win! Cubs win!

Ah, if only Harry were around to exaggerate the importance of today's Cubs victory. Well, he isn't, so I will.
Let's see. Kerry Wood fought some of his control problems and had filthy stuff. Working exclusively with his fastball and a nasty overhand curve, when he was around the strike zone he was filthy. Looks like he might finally have command of that curve, and he got a few called 3rd strikes on it. When that pitch is on and Wood drops it on a batter after they've seen a few 95mph heaters, it's unfair. If he can work in command of the slider and changeup later this year...ooh baby.
Hee Seop Choi showed his patience at the plate, drawing two walks and smacking a double deep into left center. Patterson showed he can go get the ball in center field, and he'll have to surrounded by the two old horses Alou and Sosa.
Patterson of course had a career day with the two homers and 7 RBIs. I'm still not convinced he's mastered an approach at the plate. He still swings at everything. Still, when he connects, even when hitting off of his front foot, the ball flies off of his bat. If he had some of Choi's patience and pitch selection...
Juan Cruz was filthy in striking out the side two innings in a row. He looks like he has some attitude on the mound this year, and that's a good thing. His stats have always been better from the bullpen, but I still hope he beats out Estes for the fifth starter's job.
Alou looked very comfortable at the plate. The Cubs need a big year out of him batting behind Sosa.
Sosa was, as usual, Sosa. Patient at the plate, not chasing pitches out of the zone, he drew three walks and was content to go to the opposite field since they were pitching him that way.
And somehow Grudzielanek got on base four consecutive at-bats from the leadoff spot. Probably too good to last, but it makes Bobby Hill's demotion easier to stomach for one day, at least.
Should be, at the least, a competitive team.
Ouch! That pricks!

Went for my travel immunizations today and ended up $122 lighter! Sheesh. Who would think that a typhoid fever vaccine and my second Hepatitis-A booster and a few printouts from the Internet would cost that much? Is that the usual going rate? It cots $40 just to have the lady lecture me from notes I could have printed off of the government advisory web pages myself. Oh well.
You read enough before any trip and it's enough to scare you into staying home. In Rio de Janeiro it was the street gangs, carjackings, kidnappings, and riots. In my upcoming destinations I run the risk of yellow fever, malaria, typhoid fever, altitude sickness, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Filariasis, Leishmaniasis, River Blindness, CHAGAS Disease, and rabies. Let's see, if I avoid swimming in any water, drinking any unbottled water, approaching any animals, and sleeping with any of the locals, and if I apply a toxic coating of DEET-rich insect repellent each day, I'll be safe.
Of course, it sounds safer than Asia, the epicenter of the SARS outbreak, or Europe, where some anti-American Frenchman might hurt beat me with a baguette.
Also saw the doctor this morning and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. No wonder I've been feeling so fatigued and miserable. Could barely keep my eyes open today, and a short spin on the bike left me utterly spent. Need to get my hands on some antibiotics tomorrow and try to nip this in the bud before I have to hike at altitude in frigid Patagonia.
Matrix Reloaded soundtrack, and Peter Jackson's next project

AICN had the track listing. Dave Matthews?!?
Disc 1
01. Linkin Park - Session
02. Marilyn Manson - This Is the New S**t
03. Rob Zombie - Reload
04. Rob D - Furious Angels
05. Deftones - Lucky You
06. Team Sleep - Passportal
07. P.O.D. - Sleeping Awake
08. UnLoco - Bruises
09. Rage Against The Machine - Calm Like A Bomb
10. Oakenfold - Dread Rock
11. Fluke - Zion
12. Dave Matthews - When The World Ends
Disc 2
01. Don Davis - Main Title
02. Don Davis - Trinity Dream
03. Juno Reactor - Tea House
04. Rob D - Chateau
05. Juno Reactor - Mona Lisa Overdrive
06. Don Davis vs. Juno Reactor - Burly Brawl
07. Don Davis - Reloaded Suite
As for Peter Jackson, his next project is a remake of King Kong for Universal. Probably more along the Harryhausen King Kong than the Guillermin version, which would be a good thing.
E-mail patterns

Interesting study on e-mail traffic patterns. Would love to see myself charted on e-mail traffic network charts.