It’s an off-day, your Redlegs are still in first place, and we’re all in a good mood. Seems like a good time for an open thread and some not-so-random thoughts.

–One of our devoted Loyal Citizens (thanks, Elliot!) sent the following thoughts along, and I thought I’d submit it for your discussion:

Although Jocketty has not pulled the trigger on a big mid-season deal, it seems he has pre-empted many moves; the under-treated low risk-high reward signings of Springer and Isringhausen seem quite prescient. Also, I remember that during the winter the pick up of Chapman was not received with universal approval, but now looks like a stroke of brilliance (like you bring up constantly, he could be like our version of David Price). Lastly, the moves he didn’t make (betting the farm on Scott Downs, Matt Capps, et al) also seem to make great sense.

–If I were sitting next to Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, I would make a fool of myself like this guy:

http://ktla.vid.trb.com/player/PaperVideoTest.swf

–I saw Dinner for Schmucks recently. Very, very funny. You can never go wrong with Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis (I spelled that correctly on the first try; yes, I’m good).

Smarter people go to bed later. I’m writing this at 1:00 AM (though I will set it to publish later this morning). Draw your own conclusions.

–These color photos of the Depression in rural America are stunning.

–With no Reds on television last night, I finished reading “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel. A unique and absorbing read starting at page one. Highly recommended. Next up, based on your suggestions in a previous open thread: A Confederacy of Dunces.

–I asked for new music recommendations on Twitter yesterday, and I got a ton of great responses. Now I have a lot of new stuff to check out, but I wanted to open up the discussion here, too.

Give me your recommendations. I listen to all kinds of music, so don’t let genre stop you from naming a particular band. One restriction, though: I already love Justin Bieber, so you don’t need to mention him.