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Where I'm flying high on Green Mountain Coffee Roasters post-earnings bounce.

Rob Jefferies

Richard Durrett performs an autopsy of Josh Hamilton's tenure with the Rangers, and, like you'd expect, there is some gross stuff in there. Durrett feels that Hamilton's sometimes great (4 homers in Baltimore!), sometimes awful (Hitters in the Hands of an Angry God!), and often baffling (Xavier's School for Gifted Children begins scouting Hamilton after Red Bull grants him ocular superpowers!) final season may have turned Ranger fans against bringing him back.

Durrett also continues his look at the Rangers' Winter Meeting shopping list with a rehash of the 2013 outfield situation. Justin Upton blah blah Nick Swisher blah blah "We're not waiting around for Josh Hamilton." So, second verse, same as the first.

Firing his manager didn't snap Jurickson Profar out of his slump in Licey, which means the logical next step is a CIA engineered coup and the installation of a Rangers-friendly puppet regime in the Dominican.

Jeff Wilson says that Mike Napoli and the Rangers did not meet as planned yesterday, but expect to do so today, and that Napoli might be the only single girl left in the bar for the Rangers at last call.

That's about it. I owe you guys more, though, so here's some links from my drunken stumbles through the intertubes last night.

NASA has begun small scale experiments to determine the feasibility of a warp drive, previously thought to be theoretically possible but practically impossible due to prohibitive energy requirements. Scientist Harold White goes all nerd-rage on practical impossibilities by altering the geometry of the warp field.

Paul Maud-Dib may not yet have a stillsuit, but a small startup has developed a prototype bottle that can condense between half a liter and three liters of water a day from the air. If they combine this technology with Aquaglobes I may finally be able to keep a houseplant alive.

Fans of the predictive powers of markets will have to rely on stupid market participants from outside the U.S., as InTrade bows to regulatory pressure and bars Americans from participation in the real-money prediction markets.

Finally, here's an interview with the Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason discussing how to determine the difference between luck and skill. He says that basketball is the most skill-intensive major sport, with baseball being used as an example of a sport largely driven by chance.