• Ready Player One
    Ready Player One
    by Ernest Cline

    Seriuosly, one of the coolest books I've read in a LONG time.  If you are a geek that grew up in the 80s, you gotta read this book.

  • Okay for Now
    Okay for Now
    by Gary D. Schmidt

    This was gift from a dear friend.  Although it is a children's book, it was fun to read.


My first baseball rant of the year

We now stand at 32 days before Spring Training. Personally, I think that should be a National Holiday. Seriously, why not?

So, now that baseball is here, are we ready? By "we" I mean the Yankees, Mets, and 51s. Today I'll be looking at the Yankees.

If there was one thing we learned last year, it's that pitchers rule. Forget the whole 2010 being the "Year of the Pitcher". With few exceptions, it's always the "Year of the Pitcher". Now that there decent rules in place for drug abusers, expect to see more "YotP". Why do I bring this up? Because, IMHO, the Yanks didn't do anything to capitalize on this. They put all their eggs in one basket going after Cliff Lee and it backfired on them. Although, to be honest, I would have done the same thing. The reports stated that Lee wanted a long contract. The Yanks offered him the most years with the most money. In a "normal" world that would have worked. Lee suckered everyone and signed for less years/less money. Net result: Phillies going to the playoffs.

Let's not forget the Tampa Bay fire sale. Carl Crawford going to the BoSox along with A-Gon, Jenks, and Wheeler. In the Yankees defense, they didn't any of those guys. Net result: BoSox going to the playoffs.

The Yankees got Russell Martin. ... ... ... Ok.

I'm a bit underwhelmed by the moves, or lack thereof, made by the Yankees. It's all about pitching, pitching, pitching. The Yankees don't have it. Yeah, CC is still the Ace. This is good. And then it all goes downhill from there.

Will the Yanks make it to the playoffs. They might. With the roster as it stands it is going to be an uphill battle. Let's hope they make some moves before the trade deadline.


Here we go again.

So, welcome to the grand re- re- re-opening of jathniel.com. This is probably like version 7 or 8 of my website. I've finally figured out that I'm not very good at web design nor do I have the patience to do all he behind-the-scenes work involved. I heard about Squarespace from TWIT, my all-time favorite podcast, and decided to give it another shot at blogging.

You see the result in front of you.

I like the way Squarespace (s2 from now on 'cause I'm not going to write Squarespace all the time) does things with the widgets and layout. So much easier than doing all the hard work myself.

Anyway, I figured I would get this site back up and running for several reasons. I need something to do, I love talking about stuff and because I can. Primarily, since the world is getting smaller thanks to Facebook and the like, I wanted a place to post family news. Since both Velazquez and Morales domain names were already taken, damn you tucows, I figure using my name was the next best bet. It's pretty unique and most of the family knows it.

On top of that, baseball is less than 40 days away. I'm going to need a place to vent about my home teams, Yankees and Mets, and local team, the 51s. Bold prediction right now: none of them, unless they make a major move, are going to win a championship this year.

Well, that's all for now. Stay tuned.



iPhone test

This is a test post from my iPhone. Also testing the add photo feature.


Welcome to your Squarespace website!

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