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Oops, they did it again: Sawx sweep World Series

Sweet Caroline… Good times never felt so good… So Good! So Good!

Boston.com Photo - World Series

[Photo: Boston.com – Click here for full World Series photo gallery at Boston.com]

It’s becoming sort of an October script for the Red Sox: sweep the division series, fall behind in the playoffs, pull off a wicked comeback and then go on to sweep the World Series. There’s very little I can say objectively about a team I’ve loved since the 1975 World Series against the Reds, but here’s my take on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly:

The Good:

  • Josh Becket – pick any game.
  • John Lester – first guy to win a World Series clincher on his debut.
  • Dustin Pedroia’s HR and his offensive combination with Jacoby Elsbury.
  • Mike Lowell – it’s gotta be hard to beat a team with both Lowell and Jason Varitek behind them.
  • Terry Francona – 8 for 8 in World Series games!
  • Mike Timlin – lights out relief pitching.
  • John Papelbon – can you say wicked fastball? Pitched more than one inning every time.
  • Coco Crip’s catch in Fenway’s Bermuda Triangle to end the ALCS.
  • Julio Lugo – scooping anything around ShortStop like a Dyson.
  • Manny Ramirez taking out Kenny Lofton at second base, playing the Monster-rebound.
  • J.D. Drew’s Grand Slam.
  • Dice-K’s 2-out, 2-RBI single. Who say’s AL pitchers can’t hit?
  • Bobby Kielty’s insurance HR last night.
  • David Ortiz at first base. Who say’s he’s liability playing the field?
  • Kevin Youkilis – anytime he was at bat.
  • Curt Schilling, Dice-K – when it mattered.
  • Immediately taking back any runs the Rockies scored. That just kills a team.
  • Scoring so many times with 2-outs.

The Bad:

  • Manny Ramirez playing the Coors Field outfield.
  • Julio Lugo’s dropped fly ball in the ALCS.
  • John Lester bunting – at least he didn’t hit into a double play.
  • Hitting into so many double-plays… I think it’s a new record.

The Ugly:

  • Manny’s base running. Stop worrying about your fugly helmet.
  • Eric Gagne coming into game 2 of the ALCS. It’s like a Dementor had entered Fenway Park. Really. I was there and the place just went quiet and the temperature dropped a few degrees (but he did pitch well in the World Series).
  • Hideki Okajima in Coors Field – this guy went from being lights out in the post season to almost friggin’ killing everyone in Red Sox nation of a heart attack. Good thing the Boston bats took all those runs right back.

Congratulations to the Colorado Rockies for a wonderful season and for playing like they did to get to the World Series. I’m sure they’ll be around next year.

Question: Do you think there was a turning point in this World Series? I think it was when Matt Holliday got picked off at first base by John Papelbon. Leave a comment with your thoughts.

Refocusing a photograph after taking it and other seemingly magical technologies

Arthur C. Clarke once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Entire religions have been built around apparently magical events. In this PodTech video interview, Robert Scoble converses with Professor Marc Levoy of Stanford University about ongoing computational photography research that will simply blow your mind.

It’s almost an hour long (and worth watching entirely), but if you can’t afford that much time (really, it’s brain food.. it’s good for you) these are some of the highlights:

11 minutes: Using stock photography to recompose or fix images. Read more about it here.

Carnegie Mellon Scene Completion Technology

16 minutes: A camera that allows you to refocus a photograph after taking it. Ever taken a photo only to find that the camera auto-focused on the background? No problem… this technology will solve that. (Even more amazing is that this technology was presented two years ago at SIGGRAPH and is currently under commercial development by Refocus Imaging, Inc. – How did I miss this?).

Stanford University Refocusing Technology

38 minutes: Gigapixel imaging. Creating gigapixel panoramas. Check out the Gigapixel Panorama viewer at Microsoft Research.

42 minutes: Microscopy research. Using the image refocusing technology to create a three-dimensional image of neurons firing throughout the brain at a particular moment in time.

45 minutes: One of the interviewers asks Prof. Levoy what’s next for image search? His answer is priceless: “I know too much, sorry.”

46 minutes: A bit of trivia: the real origin of Google‘s name.