Due to the Lack of Contentious Posts Around Here Lately… September 2, 2011Posted by BrewFan in Art, Crime, Sports, Travel.
Tags: I got your fossil right here!
I give you Ann Coulter!
If you get your news from the American news media, it will come as a surprise to learn that when Darwin first published “On the Origin of Species” in 1859, his most virulent opponents were not fundamentalist Christians, but paleontologists.
Unlike high school biology teachers lying to your children about evolution, Darwin was at least aware of what the fossil record ought to show if his theory were correct. He said there should be “interminable varieties, connecting together all the extinct and existing forms of life by the finest graduated steps.”
The Panyee Football Club March 21, 2011Posted by Michael in Entertainment, Family, Sports, Travel.
Thanks to ScottW for a link to a heartwarming and inspirational video that comes from a tiny Muslim fishing village in Southern Thailand. The village mostly floats beside a striking island called Koh Panyee in Phang Nga Bay.
There is only a tiny bit of flat ground, and most of that is occupied by a mosque. The rest of the town floats on the water. They have a couple of great seafood restaurants that cater to tourists who are viewing the awesome scenery of the bay by boat. (You have seen this area in movies like The Man With the Golden Gun, Cutthroat Island and The Beach.) Thus, Cathy, the kids and I happened to have stopped here for lunch in the mid-1990s. Here’s our pic of the village you will see in the video below (click to enlarge):
Given the lack of land, you can imagine that starting a soccer team was a problem. There was simply no place to play. Hence, the following story:
Bonus vacation pic below the break, which is on display in the Batcave today.
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.