Stark: Memo to baseball — don’t drive off this cliff! by Jayson Stark (theathletic.com)

If baseball and the other sports have their plans changed by an outbreak of this virus, most fans would no doubt understand. But if the only obstacle standing in the way of playing is dollars? Hoo boy. Good luck explaining that away.

A fantastic piece by Jayson Stark about the ongoing MLB labor disputes.

I’m pro-players in these disputes. The owners and MLBPA came to an agreement months ago, but now the owners no longer like what they agreed to. Additionally, the players have a limited amount of time to earn money playing baseball, while the owners have years and years to recoup whatever losses they face this season.

Random memory I had last night: remember the Internet in the late 1990s/early 2000s when web-safe colors were a thing because computers only displayed 256 colors?

Even more random is that John Siracusa also mentioned web-safe colors on this week’s ATP.

Today I Learned: Safari for iOS’s share sheet “Copy” option copies the site’s canonical URL (via link rel=canonical).

I’d never put much thought into what was happening until a GitHub Pages site’s URL was copied as localhost, which freaked me out.

iPad Pro 11” owners: do you have a case you particularly like?

I’m looking to replace my current case and I’d like something that:

  • is lightweight
  • provides good coverage
  • if possible, can be converted into a stand that is stable and has good viewing angles
A Fatal Flaw, by Faith Martin (indiebound.org)

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is visit local (preferably independent) bookstores. I do this for a few reasons: I love books, I love bookstores, and bookstores are often situated away from the usual tourist spots, which means I have an opportunity to see more of the area I’m visiting.

Last summer, I spent a week in London, during which I took a day trip to Windsor Castle, Oxford, and the nearby market town of Woodstock. While taking in Oxford’s countless sites, I came across Blackwell’s Bookshop (which, interestingly, is located next to the University of Oxford’s Weston Library), so of course I had to stop in and have a look.

After spending a fair amount of time exploring the shop, I asked a staff member if she could recommend a mystery novel set in Oxford and she said she knew just the book. She recommended A Fatal Flaw, by Faith Martin, a mystery set in 1960s Oxford; it met all of my criteria, so I happily purchased it, along with a nice Oxford bookmark.

Although it’s been nearly a year since that vacation, I finally got around to reading the book this week. (In my defense, my to-read list currently has 78 books on it, so I always have quite a backlog.) I very much enjoyed this novel, as the whodunit kept me guessing until near the very end of the book.

My only complaint (and it’s a very minor quibble), is that A Fatal Flaw is the third book in a series featuring the characters Ryder and Loveday. Thankfully, the book stood on its own, but I wish I’d thought to ask the Blackwell’s staff if it was part of a series, as I’d have preferred to read the first book in the series, A Fatal Obsession.

If you’re looking for something new and different, I recommend giving A Fatal Flaw (or, perhaps, A Fatal Obsession) a read.