Archive for July 3rd, 2006


Pirates stick it to the Mets

After holding their own admirably against two of the best teams in baseball over the last 6 games, the Pirates exploded tonight against the Mets, beating them 11-1 in New York.  It was a sweet feeling to watch a team that has struggled so much humble one of this year’s best teams. Raise the Jolly Roger!


Closer Meltdown

As some of you know, I’m in a fantasy baseball league with some people I know from church plus some other people that the league commissioner knows. My pitching staff is home to four closers: Derrick Turnbow, Bobby Jenks, Todd Coffey, and Francisco Rodriguez. Today, Cincinnati played Milwaukee and what resulted was a closer meltdown. Derrick Turnbow gave up 3 runs while getting only 2 outs, blowing the save and giving Cincinnati a one run lead. After Matt Wise got the last out in the top of the 9th, Cincinnati put in Todd Coffey, who gave up 2 runs without getting a single out, losing the game. Coffey would have been in line to pick up the win, but instead he, too, was charged with a blown save as well as the loss. Between the two of them, they gave up 5 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Coffey’s ERA is infinite for the game and Turnbow’s is 40.5. Ouch! That’s a painful way to start the week. Since my team didn’t have any starters pitching today, Turnbow and Coffey were my only active pitchers, leaving me with a 67.5 ERA and a WHIP of 13.5. On the other hand, Bill Hall, my utility infielder, went 4 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI and a home run, so the game wasn’t a total disaster for my fantasy team.



On Sunday, June 25th, I naively tried to install MySQL and WordPress. I had been running Debian Woody but in trying to install new packages, I was met with this greeting from apt-get:

E: This installation run will require temporarily removing the essential package e2fsprogs due to a Conflicts/Pre-Depends loop. This is often bad, but if you really want to do it, activate the APT::Force-LoopBreak option. E: Internal Error, Could not early remove e2fsprog

So, after googling around for awhile, it looked like this had happened to lots of people who tried to upgrade their systems “too much”, meaning they had not done enough incremental upgrades between their starting configuration (ie. an old stable version of Debian) and their desired end configuration (in my case, a newer testing version of Debian). I also got the impression from various sites that the only option really was a brute force solution. So, I followed the instructions I found online and tried to manually remove e2fprogs and then reinstall it. This did not work. In the end, I had a system with a bunch of packages that were partially installed and partially removed. Plus, I got errors whenever I tried to install anything with apt-get. It seemed like my only option was to reinstall Linux.

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