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Photographers around the world looked up to the sky this past weekend to capture the "supermoon." This is the phenomenon when the moon makes its closest approach to Earth, appearing 30 percent brighter and about 14 percent larger than a typical full moon. It occurs about once every 14 months and is technically called a perigee full moon. At 221,823 miles from Earth, the supermoon was a feast for the eyes.-Leanne Burden Seidel (24 photos total)
A cotton candy vendor walks in from of the moon during the Los Angeles Angels' baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, June 22 in Anaheim, Calif. (Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press)    

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On Tuesday, Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants became only the 22nd pitcher in Major League Baseball’s history to throw a perfect game, allowing no opposing player to reach base. Of the 22 perfect games, half have come in the last 24 years. Here are some photos from Matt Cain’s perfect game and the [...]

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Oh, you know how we at BB love baseball player Dock Ellis who in 1970 pitched a no-hitter for the Pittsburgh Pirates while tripping balls on LSD. Ellis was quite a character. I hope this film about Ellis, titled "No No: A Dockumentary," gets finished! From the Kickstarter page:

During his 12 years in the major leagues, Dock lived the expression "black is beautiful." He wore curlers on the field. He stepped out of his Cadillac wearing the widest bell bottoms and the broadest collars. When he put on his uniform, he was one of the most intimidating pitchers of the 1970s.

Dock was often at the forefront of controversy and has been called the “Muhammad Ali of Baseball.” He was an outspoken leader of a new wave of civil rights in sports, when black athletes were no longer content to accept second-class treatment or keep their mouths shut about indignities. For this, the press labeled him a militant.

But that’s only half the story…

After Dock retired from baseball, he was as outspoken about his addictions to alcohol and amphetamines (aka “greenies”) as he had been about racial prejudice during his career. He spent his last decades using that blunt honesty as a counselor helping other addicts, until his death from liver disease in 2008.

"No No: A Dockumentary (about Dock Ellis)" (Thanks, Jenn Shreve and a half!)


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Randomization has been a useful mechanic for providing replay-ability and today, I'm going to examine the pros and cons along with the ways designers can implement it.

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Shen Wei Dance Arts rehearses a site-specific dance in the Charles Engelhard Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 31, 2011 in New York City. (Michael Nagle for The Wall Street Journal)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.), waited for an elevator near his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Thursday. (Susan Walsh/Associated Press)

A group of young mothers, in an after pregnancy gym session with their children in Central Park. (Francesco Anselmi for The Wall Street Journal)

Jason Bay, #44, and Carlos Beltran, #15, of the New York Mets celebrated in the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a base hit by teammate Ruben Tejada Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Pirates 9-8. (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Police officers filed into a church in Newark, N.J., on Thursday for the funeral of William Johnson, the off-duty Newark police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting last week. Mr. Johnson was standing at the counter of a fast-food restaurant in Newark waiting for a slice of pizza when he was shot along with two other people. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

The hamburger, photographed at Miss Lily’s at 132 Houston Street in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

A peregrine falcon perched on a beam at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York Harbor Wednesday while another falcon soared through the air nearby. The bridge is home to a pair of the birds and their chicks. (Patrick Cashin/Metropolitan Transportation Authority)

Members of the ROMEOWs (Retired Older Men Eating Out on Wednesdays) ate at Winly’s Restaurant in Gravesend, Brooklyn, Wednesday. The ROMEOWs graduated together from Brooklyn College in the 1950s and still meet for dinner every Wednesday as a social ritual. (Bryan Derballa for The Wall Street Journal )

A woman lounged with her book on Lincoln Center’s Revson Fountain in Manhattan Wednesday. (Richard Drew/Associated Press)

Second-graders in a French-speaking class at P.S. 58 in the Carroll Gardens neighborhood of Brooklyn wrote stories and read books in class Wednesday. (Julie Platner for The Wall Street Journal)

The setting sun shone down Manhattan’s 42nd Street late Monday in the biannual event known as ”Manhattanhenge,” when the setting sun aligns itself with the city’s east-west grid and shines down all gridded streets at the same time. (Shen Hong/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

Members of the LAVA troupe rehearsed at their studio on Bergen Street Wednesday a June 2 performance at the FLEA theater. Founded in 2000 by Sarah East Johnson, LAVA develops original works that integrate athleticism, intellectual rigor, social commentary, and relationship exploration. (Julie Platner for the Wall Street Journal)

The miso cured salmon, photographed at Niko located at 170 Mercer St. in New York, NY. (Ramsay de Give for The Wall Street Journal)

Virginia state police investigated a bus that went off Interstate 95 in Bowling Green, Va., early Tuesday morning, en route to New York City’s Chinatown Four people were killed and several others injured. The driver faces a reckless driving charge and police say fatigue was a factor. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Associated Press)

A rat modeled the latest styles in a fashion show Tuesday at the first-ever Fancy Rat Convention, being held this week in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. Rats in the fashion show wore everything from denim jumpers to wedding dresses. (Tom Callan/Caters News/Zuma Press)

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