Scientist, Inventor, Mathematician and Gorgeous March 1, 2011Posted by Retired Geezer in Gardening, Sports.
You would be forgiven for thinking this post is about Mrs. Peel. It is, however, about someone whose name is as well-known as hers is, at least by the Innocent Bystander crowd.
How about some clues:
This mystery person was a beautiful actress who was arrested for shoplifting twice.
She appeared nude in films and she was the co-inventor of Spread-Spectrum Frequency-hopping communications. I doubt that there was any correlation between those two events but you never know.
Her name was mentioned in Blazing Saddles.
In 2003, the Boeing corporation ran a series of recruitment ads featuring her as a woman of science.
In 2005, the first Inventors Day in German speaking countries was held in her honor on November 9.
The video game Half-Life has a few references to her.
A date with Her is one of the promises Audrey II tempts Seymour with in the musical Little Shop of Horrors.
The 2010 New York Public Library’s exhibit: “Thirty Years of Photography at the New York Public Library” includes a photo of her, topless.
For several years during the 1990s, the boxes of the current CorelDRAW software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of her in tribute to her pre-computer scientific discoveries.
Her frequency-hopping idea serves as a basis for modern “Spread spectrum” communication technology, such as “COFDM” used in Wi-Fi network connections and “CDMA” used in some cordless and wireless telephones.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
She enjoyed her biggest success as Delilah in Cecil B. DeMille’s (1949 film) Samson and Delilah, the highest-grossing film of 1949, with Victor Mature as the Biblical strongman.
Some of you have guessed her identity by now.
Yep, it’s Hedy Lamarr. – I bet you didn’t know all that stuff about her.
Favorite Headline of the Day February 19, 2011Posted by skinbad in Sports.
Sure, he can read it, but it’s upside down to everyone else.
There Was an Important Sports Story Yesterday February 7, 2011Posted by skinbad in Family, Sports.
I’m happy for Brew and others who are basking in the scent of victory and dairy air. But as I was watching the local news/sports after the game, they ran an interview with a high school wrestler that I think will stick with me longer than Super Bowl ruminations. It’s about six minutes; I think you’ll enjoy it.
Contentment January 17, 2011Posted by daveintexas in Ballistics, Sports.
If you can nap on a hangar, you’re happy.
Fred Hoiberg, All-American Boy January 16, 2011Posted by wintersetruss in Heroes, Personal Experiences, Sports, WTF?.
I’m biased. I remember this kid back when he was just a ball boy for the ISU Cyclones. Then he goes on to be the starting QB and a featured starter on the Ames High basketball team (BOTH teams won championships his senior year, and he was Mr. Basketball in Iowa AND a member of the DSM Register’s All-State team). He turned down scholarship offers at Arizona State, Stanford AND Nebraska (where his maternal grandfather was once the head men’s BB coach) in order to sign with his hometown team. Supposedly, the head BB coach at ASU told him “Come here, and we’ll have 10,000 fans screaming your name every game.” Fred’s reply “Heck, I can get 10,000 people screaming my name at Hilton Colliseum too….and I know most of them personally!”
He was drafted into the NBA in the second round by the Indiana Pacers, and they cut Damon Bailey in order to keep Fred on their roster. An Indiana team cutting Damon Bailey for a non-Indiana native would be like a San Francisco liberal voting straight Republican. He had a good NBA career (no championships, but he was a solid bench player who had a lot of respect), but his career was cut short by a heart defect. Doctors implanted a Cybernetic Device (like Cheney, a simple “pacemaker” won’t do to keep THIS GUY’S heart beating) into his chest, and he joined the Minnesota Timberwolves’ front office as a VP. Back in ’06 when ISU fired Wayne Morgan, Fred got in touch with our AD and expressed interest in the job. Jamie Pollard figured that hiring a local hero with ZERO coaching experience wasn’t a good move, so he hired Greg McDermott. BAD MOVE! ISU basketball stagnated, and the “Hilton Magic” that used to make ISU competitive with ANYONE who traveled to Ames went on life support.
Fast forward to April ’10. Greg McDermott resigns one step ahead of the lynch mob to take the job at Creighton, and ISU is in the market for a coach again. This time, Jamie Pollard doesn’t wait for Fred to call him. HE makes the call. Fred comes back to town, stops the bleeding, and prepares to go into the Big 12 basketball season with only two returning starters, one returning player with a medical redshirt, and one redshirt player on the roster. That’s it. Five players, and a bunch of “who the hell is he?” guys. ISU is picked dead-ass last in the Big 12 for the upcoming ’10-11 basketball season.
Last night, Iowa State defeated the Baylor Bears in Hilton 72-57. We went 13-2 in the preseason, and have started out conference play at 1-2 with a tough 1-point loss to Nebraska on the road and a 5-point loss to #3 Kansas in Ames. With one more win, we will have equalled the best season record for an ISU team under Greg McDermott…..and we’ve still got at least 14 games to go.
All that being said, the following youtube posting is still an affront to decency and decorum.
……but, God help me, I just don’t care. HOIBALL!
Cheerleaders’ Bikinis Blamed for Yemen’s Loss November 19, 2010Posted by Michael in Sports, Stupid shit.
The cheerleaders at the beach volleyball might have proved a welcome distraction to spectators at the Asian Games – but not all the competitors are so thrilled.
The Yemen team’s Adeeb Mahfoudh has blamed the girls’ skimpy outfits for putting off her team during a defeat by a more focused Indonesia at the event in China.
She said: ‘They had an effect on how we played. I think they had something to do with our losing the match.’
Let me put this as diplomatically as possible: Tough shit, Yemen. Stop whining and shut up.
September 9, 1972 September 9, 2010Posted by Edward von Bear in Economics, Movies, Sports.
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And then, an American coaching the Russian team in this year’s World Championships had this piece of genius:
“I hate to say it, as an American, but it looks like the Russians were right that the American team was not cheated. Funny things happened. But, in reality, it was fair. It was fair.”
Whatever. Anyway, here is Team USA Coach Mike Krzyzewski (USMA, ’69) responding
“He’s (Blatt) a Russian. You know, he coaches the Russian team, so he probably has that viewpoint, and his eyes are clearer now because there are no tears in them.
“So, it’s great. Whatever he thinks, he thinks. It really has absolutely no bearing on what we’re trying to do tomorrow. Absolutely none.
“And we’ve addressed that that game was played 38 years ago, and five of these guys are 21. So I don’t think they remember it as well. It is what it is. It’ll be a negative from the way the U.S. looks at it forever, and should be. And it’ll be in some ways a positive for those who believe in fairy tales.”
Thank you, Coach K. Thank you.
Stephen Hawking Says Something From Nothing Is Possible Because… September 4, 2010Posted by BrewFan in Art, Food, Gardening, Sports.
Updated and Bumped: Here is a link to the whole article.
I can’t prove that God exists. Anybody who says they can is a liar. But I can provide evidence for the existence of God. Each one of us then has to weigh the evidence and then render a verdict. What Hawkings is doing is dismissing some of the most important evidence (“Many people would like us to use these coincidences as evidence of the work of God.”) on the basis of an assertion that the spontaneous creation of something from nothing is supported by the law of gravity and quantum theory. WTF? He then asserts “Our universe seems to be one of many, each with different laws.” So the law of gravity and quantum theory don’t apply to other universes? Does that mean that God could have created those other universes? Am I the only one that finds such reasoning unbecoming of such a great scientist?
He says so! Well, that settles that.
The scientist has claimed that no divine force was needed to explain why the Universe was formed.
In his latest book, The Grand Design, an extract of which is published in Eureka magazine in The Times, Hawking said: “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”