New Beginnings

A new blog. Again.

It’s not really old hat at this point — I’ve been writing at The Newsprint for quite some time — but I’m no longer a rookie at making the switch.

The switch brings me back to Squarespace, which has grown and loosened immensely over the last few years. I’m not well versed in CSS, but I swear I tried to modify fonts and styles to the extent you see here in years past, only to yield a potential fist through the wall. This time around, Squarespace has been incredibly hospitable.

Theme: Wells. Font: Whitney and Whitney Small Caps — Hoefler & Co.

I like the result and think I can stand behind this for the foreseeable future.

The foreseeable future is a funny thing. It used to be I was working to purchase a house, or working to pay off student debt, or working to save for a wedding.

But now, I’m working for the ultimate gift. He or she is only going to be here in a few months, but the preparation has long since begun. Consolidating, shrinking, shaving off has been taking place in all aspects in our lives to prepare for our little one’s arrival, so I may as well extend the revitalization to my online self.

I don’t feel too guilty, to be honest. This has been a great chance to tinker and get lost in Squarespace’s Custom CSS window. It’s been inspiring to envision new ways to photograph, new ways to showcase, and new ways to write about things I enjoy. I think Squarespace’s great media tools will do wonders for showcasing creative work in ways I’ve never used before.

The Newsprint will live on, but I don’t anticipating updating it very often. There are links that exist there which I’m still particularly proud of, so there’s little sense in destroying everything. Instead, I may migrate some of my preferred work over here.

Or, I might not. We’ll see. It’s liberating not having any particular plans.

The best readers in the world have followed me around all over Timbuktu the last few years. My work can still be found at Tools & Toys, The Sweet Setup,, and on the Day One blog. In fact, I’ll still be writing for those wonderful sites moving forward. However, if you’re willing to continue hopping, skipping, and jumping around with me, you can sign up for the new RSS feed here. Or if you want, you can still catch the links on Twitter as well. Whatever works for you.

It has been a few years of absolute change. Change is inevitable — in fact, I welcome it. Hopefully the new ( works as well!) will be as great a home as The Newsprint has been since 2013.

I owe The Newsprint quite a lot — more than I can express here. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you to all TN readers who enjoyed my humble writing and who have given me such incredible opportunities.

Onward and upward.

— JG

Boston Red Sox Used Apple Watches to Steal Signs Against Yankees

Michael S. Schmidt reporting an exclusive for The New York Times:

The Yankees, who had long been suspicious of the Red Sox stealing catchers’ signs in Fenway Park, contended the video showed a member of the Red Sox training staff looking at his Apple Watch in the dugout and then relaying a message to players, who may have then been able to use the information to know the type of pitch that was going to be thrown, according to the people familiar with the case.

Baseball investigators corroborated the Yankees’ claims based on video the commissioner’s office uses for instant replay and broadcasts, the people said. The commissioner’s office then confronted the Red Sox, who admitted that their trainers had received signals from video replay personnel and then relayed that information to some players — an operation that had been in place for at least several weeks.

Stealing signs is normal, legal, and part of the game. Generally, if the players have an issue with it, they take matters into their own hands and deal with the problem on the field.

But this is too far.

As Michael McCann noted on Twitter (who, by the way, you should follow — he’s probably the best pro sport legal analyst on Twitter):

Maximum possible MLB fine for a team is $2M. But we haven't seen teams punished for using telescopes, binoculars and cameras to steal signs.

Baseball is a game founded in tradition; gloves are still made of leather, bats of maple, and baseballs still of hide (well, apparently). If you want to steal signals, do it the old fashioned way.

Don’t bring in an Apple Watch.

That’s just cheating.