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Archives for: November 2007
Nov 30 '07
Caught this on the ASU Alumni blog:
We’ve mentioned before Appalachian faculty member Dr. Sarah Greenwald’s use of the cult favorite animated series, Futurama, the Matt Groening and David X. Cohen creation, for its unique humor directed at mathematicians.
A lecture of Dr. Greenwald’s on the roll of role of math in the show has been included the bonus features of the new DVD release Futurama: Bender’s Big Score
From Wired Magazine:
Futurama was geek-friendly to begin with: Episodes are built around sci-fi staples like parallel universes, spaceship battles, and time travel. But look more closely and you’ll spot fleeting jokes that are geekier than a Slashdot comments thread, gags about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, particle physics, and the P=NP problem.
One of the bonus features on the first of the new DVDs explores the role of math on the show. “The lecture is by professor Sarah Greenwald of Appalachian State University,” says Cohen. “She discusses various mathematical references over the history of the series, and her talk is intercut with clips from the episodes she refers to.” (Greenwald has a raft of interviews with the Futurama writers online here.)”
JP is headed down to NC today to visit me for the weekend. We may or may not attend the Boone Christmas parade, but we'll definitely be at the ASU football game against Eastern Washington. Otherwise, we'll watch a little football on TV and maybe visit the parkway. Everyone have a safe and happy weekend!
From the man that brought you "Chocolate Rain" (Tay Zonday) comes "Cherry Chocolate Rain." Enjoy and try not to get the song stuck in your head!
Tom Osborne is back as Nebraska's football coach -- just for now.
Osborne, already the interim athletic director, has declared himself interim head coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan.
The interim coach designation lets Osborne visit prospective recruits away from campus, athletic department communications chief Randy York said Thursday.
The 70-year-old Osborne passed the NCAA certification test on his first try Wednesday, York said. Osborne went on the road to recruit Thursday and Friday, and the school sent a letter notifying the Big 12 of Osborne's new title, York said.
Once a hire is made, Osborne could continue to recruit until the new coach assembles a full staff of nine assistants, York said.
As the Cornhuskers' head coach from 1973 to 1997, Osborne won 255 games and three national championships.
The 31-year-old Academy Award winner commands $15 million to $20 million a movie, placing her at the top of The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the highest-paid actresses.
The next nine in the top ten list are: Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, and Halle Berry.
It's crazy how much they get paid.
They Are Here!!
WGA strike-related angst has continues apace in the latenight realm. Conan O'Brien is digging deep to help his staff weather the shutdown, while Carson Daly is dodging the slings and arrows of WGA supporters for his decision to resume production this week.
O'Brien, host of NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" will cover the salaries of his nonwriting production staff -- nearly 80 people -- for the foreseeable future, an NBC Universal spokeswoman confirmed. O'Brien will foot the payroll bill starting next week, barring a resolution in the WGA work stoppage, which wrapped its 25th day on Thursday.
Straight from Track 'Em Tigers:
Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham News is reporting tonight that Auburn and Tommy Tuberville have reached an agreement on a new seven-year contract. Here’s what Goldberg had to say on his blog...
Auburn University and Tommy Tuberville agreed in principle Tuesday to extend his contract to seven years, said a source familiar with negotiations between the school and the football coach.
Tuberville met with Athletics Director Jay Jacobs for much of Tuesday to discuss a variety of football-related issues. Tuberville and Jacobs are scheduled to meet again Wednesday.
Tuberville is currently in the third season of a seven-year contract that went in effect before the 2005 season.
Jacobs will make recommendations about Tuberville's contract, and other football matters, to university President Jay Gogue, who has final approval on all of the negotiations.
Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 5
Nov 29 '07
The star of the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer" got engaged to her boyfriend, Scottish actor Ross McCall, last week, US Weekly reported on its Web site Wednesday.
Congratulations to the couple!
A 400-year-old book covered in a sheet of wrinkled human skin is going under the hammer in a bizarre auction.
It is thought the skin was cut from the corpse of one of Guy Fawkes' fellow conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
They say that you can even see a ghostly face on the cover in the right light.
Christmas is closing in quickly... only 26 more days. I wanted to remind everyone that posters make a fantastic present for anyone, and you can help support this blog and the Triple Tri by ordering one from AllPosters.com via this link. Get to it.
This tent from designer Dré Wapenaar is very cool. It actually hangs in a tree, has a hardwood floor and a round mattress. And it only costs $50,000 (I don't think any of us will ever have one).
We know he can shoot.....
but he can also dunk! Watch this highlight of Wayne Ellington from the Iona game this year. Today happens to be Waynes 20th birthday, so to him, the Triple Tri says "Happy Birthday! And thanks for choosing Carolina!"
Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 6
Day of the Ninja is quickly approaching and what better to keep track of the time than a good old countdown.
Get out your nunchucks and black masks - only 6 days till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.
Nov 28 '07
Plenty of this on the radio and the net, but this article about Sean Taylor's article struck me between the eyes.
For an excellent introspect on racial acts in todays society... hop this link for a VERY well written article.
...Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it's not OK to "super man dat ho" and end any and every dispute by "cocking on your bitch," nothing will change.
Does a Soulja Boy want an education?
...Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. There's only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it....
If you have participated in any ESPN Fantasty games you should get involved with Uber Challenge. It is a way to track your progress across all the ESPN offered Fantasy games. If you want to join the Triple Tri group (and I know you do) simply point your browser to the linked address - and click to join the group named Triple Tri --- the password is boondock.
Best part of this is that it provides you a schedule and links to all the current games and all the ones coming down the road - so you won't miss the opportunity to sign up for a game and have a blast. I hope to see all the Triers on there soon - and some readers too.
Dog bites Auburn football player
UNC @ Ohio State - 11/28/2007
For a complete game guide of the game, click here
As of right now, the status of Ty Lawson is unknown. I hope he plays tonight!
Nov 27 '07
Dr. J. Robert Cade, who invented the sports drink Gatorade and launched a multibillion-dollar industry that the beverage continues to dominate, died Tuesday of kidney failure. He was 80.
His death was announced by the University of Florida, where he and other researchers created Gatorade in 1965 to help the school's football players replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost through sweat while playing in swamp-like heat.
"Today with his passing, the University of Florida lost a legend, lost one of its best friends and lost a creative genius," said Dr. Edward Block, chairman of the department of medicine in the College of Medicine. "Losing any one of those is huge. When you lose all three in one person, it's something you cannot recoup."
Well... that didn't take long:
Houston Nutt wasn't out of a job for long: He was hired as Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi's football coach just hours after resigning at Arkansas.
Nutt agreed to a contract late Monday night, and replaces Ed Orgeron, who was fired Saturday after the Rebels lost to rival Mississippi State to finish 3-9 and winless in the SEC.
The school announced the hiring through a three-paragraph e-mail Tuesday sent out by Athletic Director Pete Boone. The school said a news conference will be held at 12 noon CST on campus Wednesday in Oxford. No contract details were made available.
The kiddos from Stuttgart have something special in mind for the Bologna Auto Show. Unlike some automakers we could think of, Porsche doesn't come out with special editions every other day so it's kind of special when they do. Inspired by Porsche's victory at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring, the Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition pays homage to the winning Type 718 RS in a number of ways. The Silver Metallic paint and Carrera Red interior is your most obvious hint, unless you're sitting in the passenger seat and you notice the plaque on the dash. You might also notice the 19-inch SportDesign alloy wheels and a unique front spoiler. Internally, the modified Boxster gets a new exhaust with unique dual tailpipes that boost the output of the flat-six to 303 horsepower. Porsche's Active Suspension Management is included and will help you fling all that extra style around the track (or country club). Fittingly, just 1,960 of these cars will be available at a price of around $78,000.
... are now in the Image Gallery. Hop the link to see shots from the game.
Big thanks to Jim C. of CTRL+ALT+Jim who let us use his camera for the game. Without the telephoto lens, we wouldn't have been able to nab some of the neat shots we got from the weekend. Thanks Jim -- if you haven't been to his site, go there now, have a look around and check out the Tri love.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Mythbusters: Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?
This info comes straight from Track 'Em Tigers:
And you thought you had a bad Monday. They were dropping like flies across the college football world yesterday. Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey kicked things off yesterday morning, claiming the first pink slip of the day.
A few hours later Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt joined the list. The Nutt firing is a shocker in some ways. Since when did knocking off the top team in the country and finishing 8-4 get you fired in Fayetteville? Somebody has set the bar a little too high in Northwest Arkansas.
Nutt is a strange guy – there’s no question about it. But the man is a pretty decent football coach and recruiter. I know Tommy Tuberville has a lot of respect for him. Something tells me he may end up at Ole Miss. The Rebels would love to have some consistent eight win seasons.
Another casualty on Monday was Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower. That looks like a good fit for Will Muschamp. It’s a program where you can have modest success and build your resume.
Muschamp was mentioned Monday by the Atlanta Constitution as a candidate for the Georgia Tech job. He’s also thought to be a candidate at Ole Miss.
As expected, there’s not much to report on the Tommy Tuberville front. He did meet with school president Jay Gogue and athletic director Jay Jacobs on Monday morning. No details of the meeting have leaked out.
All kinds of stuff brewing in the South. We'll keep an eye on Track 'Em Tigers for more details.
Nov 26 '07
Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert, 26, was pronounced dead on Saturday after police were called to the band's tour bus outside Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club around 2:30 p.m. and found him unconscious. The Washington Post reported that Calvert's death came one day after he and his bandmates — frontman JT Woodruff, guitarist Micah Carli, bassist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli — boarded the bus to begin their Wintour 2007 outing, which kicked off Friday night in Detroit. Police are still awaiting results of an autopsy, though some reports speculate that his death might have been caused by a pre-existing condition related to acute asthma.
Our sympathy to his family, friends, band mates, and fans.
It's no secret that I am a huge fan of Koenigsegg -- and they've raised the bar again:
When most of us think biofuel, we think imperfect solution granolamunchingmobiles. But the Koenigsegg CCXR supercar just changed our minds. Featuring a lightweight, cast-aluminium V8 engine, this bad boy of biofuel can go 0-100kph in 2.9 seconds, cranking out 1018 HP at 7200 rpm and 780 lb/ft of torque at 6100 rpm. These drool-worthy specs are actually made possible by E85 biofuel's higher octane rating and (better) cooling properties. Now just to land the 1.5 million euros to bring one home...
Id love to see this guy with the old lady from the Clapper commercial.
All kinds of news out of Auburn from Track 'Em Tigers:
Just as Tuberville’s candidacy was dying down in College Station, it picked up steam in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Houston Nutt has yet to be fired, but that still hasn’t stopped the media in the state from speculating on a Tuberville move. Being an Arkansas native, it’s only natural that his name should come up with the Hogs.
Don’t expect Arkansas to come up with the money necessary to lure Tuberville. Besides, he turned the job down back in 1999 before coming to Auburn. Tuberville’s name has also been mentioned in connection with Nebraska.
Hop the link for the rest of the news. We're looking at possible moves for Tuberville, Muschamp and Borges ... pretty crazy. Hearing Tuberville and Nebraska in the same sentence made me think back fondly on Omaha and MDH. That would certain be an unexpected move.
He (Mike Sherman) is now the rebound date for Texas A&M, according to The Dallas Morning News, who reports that the former Packer head coach and current Houston Texans offensive coordinator will take the job in College Station in the wake of an EXCELSIOR! Dennis Franchione effort and his subsequent resignation on Friday.
Tommy Tuberville’s sudden disappearance from the campaign came down to ducats.
Tuberville has a $6 million buyout clause in his Auburn contract. A&M officials were not willing to pay that amount “just to talk to him,” the university source said. A&M would then have to pay even more to lure Tuberville to College Station.
Looks like Tubs is staying put at Auburn and Sherman will be the new sheriff at College Station. Gig 'Em.
Brian at MGoBlue - who broke the Lloyd Carr retirement, btw ESPN -- has multiple sources confirming that Michigan has offered the head coaching position to current Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz.
In a word - wow. Kirk Ferentz? I guess I fall into the 'didn't see that one coming crowd', much like Brian when he first got wind of it a few days ago and Mr. Tears & OT Losses.
Suffice to say, the Michigan fans are not happy.
Crazy twist to the Ann Arbor saga.
The term Cyber Monday refers to the Monday immediately following Black Friday, the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season in the United States between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas. Whereas Black Friday is associated with traditional brick-and-mortar stores, "Cyber Monday" symbolizes a busy day for online retailers. The premise was that consumers would return to their offices after the Black Friday weekend, making purchases online that they were not able to make in stores. The idea has not survived the test of time (see below), however, Cyber Monday has evolved into a significant marketing event, sponsored by the National Retail Federation's Shop.org division, in which online retailers offer low prices and promotions.
Interesting... curious about the "see below" reference ? You'll have to hop to the article and read on.
Nov 25 '07
Apparently at Glen Oak High School (Canton) the principal thought that the zip up hoodie was in violation of the dress code due to its similarity to a jacket. I'm not so sure as if I can see the same threat of a student wearing a hoodie opposed to a jacket, however the ban was lifted for further review.
Interesting Tri tidbit: Glen Oak was the school that produced one of my freshman roommates who on more than one occasion threw elbows at our own JPH during indoor soccer games.
Nov 24 '07
Nationwide love for Lynch
In honor of ASU's big win over JMU today - I wanted to post this video that I saw on AppFan Blog:
Corey Lynch has been stringing it together all season. Go Mountaineers.
Its not usually this quickly that I'm proven right (or wrong for that matter) Not 10 minutes after my last post, I see this:
A few weeks after Ole Miss brass announced that head coach Ed Orgeron would be back in 2008, the third-year coach was fired Saturday, ESPN.com has learned.
The news comes a day after the Rebels lost to archrival Mississippi State 17-14, capping off a winless SEC season for the first time in over two decades. The Rebels dominated much of the game, but momentum swung after Orgeron opted to go for it on a fourth-and-1 at midfield in the fourth quarter leading 14-0. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was stopped and the Bulldogs staged a frantic rally.
One after another, they keep falling. If you're a college football coach, and you're not in line to finish in the top 5 in the nation --- you'd better duck and cover, "you should find yourself a safehouse or a relative close by. Lay low for a while,
because you're probably wanted for murder" because you might be next to the block.
Bill Callahan was fired as Nebraska's coach Saturday, his four-year stay marked by the most embarrassing losses at a football program once among the mightiest in the nation.
Interim athletic director and Nebraska great Tom Osborne announced the dismissal one day after the Cornhuskers ended the season at 5-7 following a 65-51 loss at Colorado. They squandered an 11-point halftime lead by allowing 34 consecutive points.
Osborne met with Callahan for five minutes Saturday, and Callahan left the football complex without speaking to reporters. After Friday's game, he said he enjoyed his time at Nebraska. "I have no regrets," he said.
Mark another one on the wall --- I have a feeling, the coaching carousel is just starting to pick up speed.
Took me quite a while to get these put together - but I put some shots from the Cleveland Airshow in the Image Gallery. Swing by there and check them out if you're interested. We'll try to put some more picture up from our recent activities in the next few days.
UNC vs BYU - 11/24/2007
UNC to play BYU tonight at 10:30pm on ESPN2. This is not the expected matchup, with BYU upsetting #6 Louisville yesterday. UNC prevailed 99-82. GO HEELS!
Nov 23 '07
Major league pitcher Joe Kennedy died early Friday morning while at home with his family in Florida, agent Damon Lapa confirmed to ESPN.com.
The cause of Kennedy's death could not immediately be determined, Lapa said.
A left-hander, Kennedy broke into the majors in 2001 with the Devil Rays. In three full seasons with Tampa Bay he made 72 starts, compiling an 18-31 record.
Since 2004, Kennedy had two stints each with Colorado and Oakland. He started the 2007 season with Oakland, was claimed off waivers in August by Arizona, then designated for assignment before being signed by the Blue Jays on Aug. 29.
UNC vs Old Dominion - 11/23/2007
Friend of Triple Tri to try out for The Cavaliers
A great friend of the Triple Tri, Ryan Mann will be leaving today to Illinois to try out for the drum corps The Cavaliers. We want to wish him the best of luck and hope to hear great news when he returns. Good luck Ryan!!
Oklahoma has announced the retirement of Boomer and Sooner IV, the horse team that pulls the Sooner Schooner, after 15 years at Owen Field. From the Wiz, OU will host a retirement ceremony prior to this weekend's Oklahoma State game.
Read the article for some cool stats about the distance the ponies have traveled in their career - you'll be impressed. Very cool.
Nov 22 '07
Happy Turkey Day
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Hope all of you get to spend this holiday in the company of friends and family.
To everyone in the Tri and everyone reading, be safe on the roads and good to each other.
Nov 21 '07
For the diehard MLB fan:
Butch Davis has agreed to a contract extension at UNC. After the season they've had, I can't see why not....
Davis is 3-8 in his first season in Chapel Hill but had been rumored as a possible candidate at Arkansas -- his homestate university -- if the Razorbacks make a coaching change. Davis has repeatedly denied interest in any other jobs during the past month.
Hope he continues to build the program and doesn't fall off the map like Charlie Weiss at Notre Dame.
Ferrari's lineup will spew less CO2 in the coming years. Setting a goal of using 40% less fuel by 2012, Ferrari is set to experiment with lighter materials and increased engine performance. Oh yeah, and since the luxury automaker expects to sell around only 6,000 cars this year -- most of which will sit under a car cover in a climate controlled garage 364 days a year -- they admit that it's kinda pointless.
An interesting take on the whole situation. Two wins for Ferrari if they pull this off.
An ingenious and striking piece of work. Right up there with the knit baby viking hat and knit jumpsuit, this hat is glorius.
Crazy Double Bass Solo
Derek Roddy, who has played with Hate Eternal, Malevolent Creation, Nile, Divine Empire, Aurora Borealis and Council Of The Fallen, rocks out an amazing double kick drum solo.
If you can make it through all three minutes of the video, your heartrate should triple and you may jump around the room for a few minutes!
via Opie and Anthony
Last week: College Pick 'Em
The end of the college football season is upon us. And, as sad as that makes me, there is still one order of business to address. This is the last week for College Pick 'Em. One last chance to clean up the points, and secure your win. Make your picks - get your points - revel in the glory. Thanks to everyone who participated - it's been a blast. Check back for the final results.
Nov 20 '07
Triple Tri now has a page on Facebook. If you have an account, logon to Facebook and add yourself as a fan - the more the merrier. We'll keep you up to date on the latest and greatest with the Tri.
The recent Cosco Busan oil spill in the San Francisco Bay may have just met its match in an eco-cleaning solution that uses human hair and mushrooms! A group of intrepid volunteers has embarked on a project to clean up oil at San Francisco’s beaches using an unusual, yet totally organic, method of waste removal: hair mats and mushrooms. Using mats made of hair, the volunteers are able to absorb slicks of oil on the shore that have washed up since the Cosco Busan cargo ship sideswiped the base of the Bay Bridge last week, spilling 58,000 gallons of oil.
A friendly reminder...
....JJ Redick is a terrible basketball player.
UNC vs. South Carolina State - 11/20/2007
For a complete game guide, click right here
"I can't understand what the youngster was doing unless he just wanted to run in and be on Sportscenter or something like that. He didn't really try to block the shot and he didn't really try to take a charge. He just sort of tried to get out of the way. We laughed about it more than anything because we laughed at the reaction of the guys on the bench, especially Bobby Frasor. Bobby went absolutely bananas. I thought we were about to get a technical foul because I thought Bobby was going to run on the court and chest-bump Tyler." -Roy Williams' take on "The Dunk"
*This is the only game of the season that will not be televised.
Two sets of predictions. Of course, neither of these hold any real clout since so many teams have been bowing out and stepping up this year. Here's the breakdown:
|BCS||LSU - WVU||LSU - WVU|
|Orange||Virginia Tech - Kansas||Virginia Tech - Missouri|
|Fiesta||Oklahoma - Southern Cal||Oklahoma - Oregon|
|Sugar||Georgia - Hawaii||Georgia - Boise St|
|Rose||Ohio State - Oregon||Ohio State - Arizona State|
Thoughts ? Insight ? Comments, suggestions, cuss words?
Mike Lowell and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a three-year, $37.5 million deal Monday, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.
Both sides have been in intense negotiations all Monday. According to ESPN's Peter Gammons, both the Phillies and Dodgers were apparently willing to go to four years, but Lowell wants to remain in Boston.
In the three weeks since winning their second championship in four seasons, the Red Sox have re-signed their two biggest free agents, Lowell and pitcher Curt Schilling, and picked up options on Tim Wakefield and Julian Tavarez.
Great news for Boston. Here's what Schilling has to say.
Nov 19 '07
Always fun to see this stuff. A reporter hops aboard an F-18 with amazingly clear video and audio. Nothing graphic here- just hop the link.
Special thanks to the folks at Dr. Bart's for the link.
Anyone looking for a collegiate skin for their electronic devices should check out this site. Whether its a PDA, an iPod, a Zune, or a laptop --- this site has the skins to fit your devices in the school/team of your choice. You can even upload a picture and have a skin made from that. Very cool. Check it.
The field of 16 teams competing for the 2007 Division I Football Championship was announced today by the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee.
Appalachian St. (9-2) will host James Madison (8-3) on Nov. 24th. I know there'll be plenty of football going on that day - but send a little love ASU's way and help them reach the next round. As soon as a bracket of the playoffs are avilable, I'll post it here.
On my travels through the web, I had heard mention of this type of scheme happening - but never found hard evidence. Ryan M. (yes, that Ryan) sent me this golden ticket and I wanted to share it. Makes me laugh and then cringe, and then laugh a little more.
[via Ryan M.]
Honda is rolling out the good stuff one again. Check out the zero emission sedan from Honda. This type of technology holds a lot of merit in a car market that is rapidly changing to mirror the cultural shift we are undergoing. Is it any surprise this is coming from Honda ?
ESPN and KHBS-TV in Fort Smith are reporting that Arkansas coach Houston Nutt will not return to the Razorbacks football team following this season.
A Fort Smith, Ark., TV station also reported Friday night that Nutt wouldn't return to coach the Razorbacks next season. KHBS-TV reported on its Web site that multiple sources confirmed Nutt will be "leaving at the end of the season. Sources could not confirm whether Nutt would offer his resignation, be fired or possibly accept another position."
Earlier this week, multiple sources told ESPN.com that new Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long, who officially takes over when long-time Razorbacks AD Frank Broyles retires Dec. 31, was leaning toward replacing Nutt as the school's football coach.
Three separate sources indicate that Carr has made his decision to retire official and people around the athletic department are being told. The formal announcement will come after the Ohio State game, possibly at the Monday press conference, possibly a day or two later.
Not sure I'd bite off this cookie yet, but it sounds like something is happening up in Ann Arbor. Time will tell --- we'll keep you posted.
The North Carolina field hockey team capped an outstanding season with the perfect ending Sunday afternoon, earning a 3-0 shutout win over Penn State in the 2007 NCAA Championship game at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex. The top-ranked Tar Heels finished the year 24-0, becoming the fifth team in Division I history and the second in Carolina history to go undefeated.
The title is the fifth for UNC, the first since 1997. The Tar Heels also won championships in 1989, 1995 and 1996, and all have come with Shelton at the helm. She ranks second among all Division I coaches with five championships.
The Tar Heel finished the year with a school-record 16 shutouts and also tied the school record with 24 wins.
Congrats to the team and the University. Anytime a National Championship is brought home to Chapel Hill,
an angel gets its wings it's a good thing.
Nov 18 '07
Even the New England Patriots are going green.
The Kraft Group has reached a four-year deal with Baltimore-based Constellation NewEnergy to purchase renewable-energy credits from windmills for football game days and nights at Gillette Stadium.
Thus, Midwestern wind will supply power to the Gillette Stadium lighthouse, the 612 light bulbs shining on the field, scoreboards and more than 40 concession stands.
Maybe this will start a trend of teams and organizations considering the jump to greener energy.
UNC vs. Iona - 11/18/2007
Nov 17 '07
Big Orange Nation
A chunk of the Tri will be at the Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt football game today (2PM kickoff) at Neyland Stadium at the University of Tennessee. Our first SEC game, we're all excited to join the 108,000 fans that pack Neyland on a game day. Regardless of your football affiliation, keep the Vols and the Tri in your thoughts - we'll post some pictures when we get back to town.
Nov 16 '07
A fan’s guide to identifying pitches.
I‘m a baseball fan. I’ve watched my share of televised games and attended a few handful. After all this, I was still in the dark about the difference between pitches. I knew a curveball broke downwards, but what exactly was a circle changeup?
The diagrams below are the results of skimming through baseball books and doing online research. This is not a complete guide. I’ve picked twelve of the more common pitches:
- Fastballs: Four-seam, Two-seam, Cutter, Splitter, and Forkball
- Breaking Balls: Curveball, Slider, Slurve, and Screwball
- Changeups: Changeup, Palmball, Circle Changeup
Great site for any fan.
Nov 15 '07
Under the cover of darkness...
Three Tri-ers are escaping Ohio for the weekend and headed south for a little R&R. The Hoys and I are headed out of town tonight and we'll be back on Sunday.
The cells are alive if you're in danger. L8N and MAG have the controls until we return. Look out AES, here we come.
|Do you owe someone a beer? Foamee can tell you. Use it to track who owes you and beer, and to whom you owe one.|
A major earthquake crushed cars, damaged hundreds of houses and terrified people for hundreds of miles around Wednesday. Authorities reported at least two deaths and more than 100 injuries.
The quake, which struck at 12:40 p.m., shook the Chilean capital 780 miles to the south of the epicenter, and was felt as far away as the other side of the continent — in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1,400 miles to the east.
The U.S. Geological Survey calculated the magnitude at 7.7. It was followed by several aftershocks, including three larger than magnitude 5.
Nearing the end: College Pick 'Em
It's that time again. Make your selections for College Pick 'Em before the selections lock (Saturday at Noon) I know at least one game that's set in stone for me. Go Vols. Don't miss out on this week's points.
Nov 14 '07
O.J. Simpson must stand trial on charges that could send him to prison for life, Las Vegas Township Justice of the Peace Joseph Bonaventure ordered Wednesday.
The counts include conspiracy, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, coercion and assault with a deadly weapon.
Hopefully he won't get away with this too.
The 30-year-old Williams, who has played in only 12 games since the start of the 2004 season, was suspended in April 2006 after violating the league drug policy for the fourth time. His return was delayed when he tested positive again for marijuana last spring.
I'm not so sure I agree with the reinstatement. His punishment has really only been a suspension, and during that time, he just plays football in Canada. He's violated the rule way too many times and needs to just be banned. No matter his skills carrying the ball, I would not want him representing my team. How do our readers feel on this one?
UNC vs Davidson - 11/14/2007
The preseason No. 1-ranked Tar Heels will open their season against Davidson (1-0) in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena Wednesday night. Carolina is 85-12 all-time in season opening games and has won 72 of its last 77 season-openers. Carolina will face Davidson for the 72nd time and it leads the all-time series, 60-11. Davidson's last win in the series was a 58-54 win in Chapel Hill. Carolina has not lost to Davidson outside of Chapel Hill since 1952 and holds a 163-18 record in Charlotte.
Source and article found here
You thought the other rivalries had a storied past, listen to this one:
You can have your Ohio State v. Michigan or Alabama v. Auburn, but the last time I checked nobody from Columbus ever went to Ann Arbor and systematically executed every man they could find while burning the town to the ground. And certainly nobody made t-shirts later celebrating that fact.
But that did happen in 1863 in Lawrence, KS when William Quantrill led his band of "Bushwackers" to the "Jayhawker" stronghold and went on a 4 hour rampage that would become known as the "Lawrence Massacre" - one of the ugliest episodes of the brutal 10+ years of fighting along the Kansas and Missouri border. While the Civil War has become the South v. the North in most people's minds, the fighting in fact began as a violent guerrilla conflict between the abolitionists in Kansas and the slave holding Missouri settlers (more or less, like many guerrilla campaigns there were quite blurred lines at times). In many ways, those old wounds have never quite healed - Grandpa Simpson will be be deep in the cold, cold ground before he recognizes Missour-ah as a state, for example.
Read more after the jump.
A strange blue cloud seen floating and darting around customers, freezing for 30 minutes and then speeding from an Ohio gas station, remains unexplained even though it was caught on security cams.
The ghostly image was seen moving near and over cars at a Marathon gas station located near the corner of State Road and Pleasant Valley in Parma on Sunday.
Sounds a little fishy, if you ask me. I watched the video (over at Neatorama) - and its pretty crazy.
I'd like to verify that no Hoys are behind this...
Rank the best games of 2007. It doesn't really matter what order you put them in, but App. St. should be on top. Honestly.
Some incredible designs and customization. You've gotta see some of these cars.
Nov 13 '07
SO... Eric is trying to teach me how to do all of this, and I was just browsing on the blog, and I looked at JP's site Project Snapshot. Wow! JP you have some awesome pictures. I love it!
"I Know my rights!!"
Jones Soda Co., a Seattle-based purveyor of offbeat fizzy water is selling holiday-themed limited-edition packs of sodas that include flavors such as ham and latkes.
Sugar Plum, Christmas Tree, Egg Nog, Christmas Ham, Jelly Doughnut, Apple Sauce, Chocolate Coins and Latkes sodas,... these do not sound like soda flavors to me.
Jones' products feature original label art and frequently odd flavors. Last year's seasonal pack was Thanksgiving-themed, with Green Pea, Sweet Potato, Dinner Roll, Turkey and Gravy, and Antacid sodas.
I can't even begin to imagine how these people feel...
An organ donor infected four transplant patients with the AIDS virus in what a donor group says is the first such transmission in the U.S. in 13 years.
How can this happen?
Tests on the donor for HIV, hepatitis and other conditions came back negative, most likely because the donor had acquired the infections in the last three weeks before death. Personal details about the donor were not released by medical official officials, who cited privacy laws.
CC had an incredible year. Congrats to him and the Indians organization. However, it should be pointed out :
Voting took place before the postseason, when Sabathia struggled while Beckett pitched the Red Sox to a World Series championship with a string of dominant outings.
For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice through the United Nations to help end world hunger.
A great program we should be visiting whenever we can. Make a little time today give this a try -- it's worth it. Post your progress in the comments.
“Western Carolina University head football coach Kent Briggs will be relieved of coaching responsibilities and assigned to another university position following WCU’s football game with Furman University on Saturday, November 17.
They don't waste any time with this kind of stuff. Of course, getting 79 points hung on you and experiencing your 18th straight Division I loss will leave a bitter taste in your mouth. See ya Briggs.
Sports Network's FCS College Football Poll
|Team (First-place votes)||Record||Points||Previous Rank|
|1. Northern Iowa Panthers (70)||10-0||2,474||1|
|2. North Dakota State Bison (23)||10-0||2,291||2|
|3. Montana Grizzlies (10)||10-0||2,269||3|
|4. McNeese State Cowboys (3)||10-0||2,260||4|
|5. Southern Illinois Salukis||9-1||2,084||5|
|6. Appalachian State Mountaineers||8-2||1,982||7|
|7. Richmond Spiders||8-2||1,845||9|
|8. Massachusetts Minutemen||8-2||1,841||8|
|9. Delaware Blue Hens||8-2||1,591||6|
|10. Delaware State Hornets||9-1||1,538||10|
|11. Yale Bulldogs||9-0||1,417||12|
|12. Eastern Kentucky Colonels||8-2||1,408||13|
|13. Wofford Terriers||8-3||1,366||15|
|14. James Madison Dukes||7-3||1,253||16|
|15. Eastern Washington Eagles||7-3||942||20|
|16. Georgia Southern Eagles||7-3||892||11|
|17. Youngstown State Penguins||7-4||742||21|
|18. Fordham Rams||8-2||672||22|
|19. Grambling State Tigers||8-2||653||17|
|20. New Hampshire Wildcats||6-4||568||14|
|21. Eastern Illinois Panthers||7-3||539||25|
|22. Hofstra Pride||7-3||380||18|
|23. Alabama A&M Bulldogs||8-2||307||NR|
|24. Elon Phoenix||6-4||223||19|
|25. Cal Poly Mustangs||6-4||188||24|
Most of the usual suspects from past years are on this list. Good to see the Delaware Blue Hens on the list. ASU sitting at 6 says good things for our program and system - of course, when the playoffs start, this thing goes out the window and the winners stay standing.
The University of Alabama:
The Crimson Tide have already coughed up an elephant-esque contract to football coach Nick Saban, so expanding the budget for a new mascot shouldn't be out of the question, right? So it would seem.
During a joint session between the First Year Council and the SGA Senate, the two bodies passed a resolution that will research bringing a live elephant to campus during football games to add school spirit.
Does having a live elephant, a gigantic beast, capable of incredible feats of strength, on the sideline, near players and coaches and within short distance of the crowd, seem like asking for trouble to anyone else ?
Nov 12 '07
This article is a few days old but still caught my eye. A deer in with the polar bears, probably something neither of the species expected that day.
I'm in no way opening the door for a political discussion here just posting a list that I found amusing. A few of these quotes a have appeared in other forms, and you may recognize them from other lists and videos posted here on TT. Among my favorites are #4, #5, and #15. Have a look, read some of them out loud, cringe at the grammar and have a chuckle.
These salad serving utensils are made of 100% organically-grown bamboo. They come in natural, aqua, and kiwi and you get them for only $12! They also have bowls, spatulas, and cutting boards.
At least two sailors died and 23 were missing Sunday when five ships sank in storms in the Black Sea and the Azov Sea, the official Russia Today Web site said.
The strong winds and high surf caused the Volgoneft-139 to split in two, spilling up 560,000 gallons of fuel oil, an official from Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry told CNN.
That is approximately 1,000 tons. In addition to the five ships that sank, many others were grounded, Russia Today reported.
The weather was hampering efforts to control the spill, which occurred in the Kerch Strait, the official said. The channel separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov.
The spill was moving toward the Ukrainian coast and Russia and Ukraine have set up a joint crisis center to deal with the disaster, the official said.
Saw this over at Neatorama so I pulled it over.
Today's Ebonic word of da' day
Let's use it in a sentence:
'I should pop yo ass fo what you jus did, but omelette dis one slide.'
I can't take any credit for this one (I found it on Bits & Pieces), but I laughed and laughed, and then cried a little and laughed some more. Inexplicably, it makes me miss the Tri.
Take this quiz to find out how open minded you are. I am 72% open minded:
You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded. Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints. But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line. You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.
Cool article from the AppFan Blog. It shows that ASU is playing good teams and reasons why we "should be a shoo-in for the postseason." Hopefully we can fly through all our postseason games and then win at Chattanooga again. Go for 3!
This one goes out directly to Dr. Hoy:
The Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor is on its way out. Behold law enforcement's new hero: the badass car you see here, code-named E7. Billed as the world's first purpose-built law-enforcement patrol vehicle, the black-and-white E7 is a positively stunning vision of the 21st century cop car from the Atlanta-based upstart Carbon Motors.
[via Jim C.]
Nov 11 '07
(I had to change the title of this post because the comments were all locked out due to the title being a blacklisted word....)
Here's an example of an office building that has been converted to 100% LED light.
The workplace in question is the headquarters of Cree, a company in North Carolina that specializes solid-state LED lights. The parking lots, entryways, lobby and conference rooms at Cree’s headquarters are now lit by eco-effective XLamp LEDs. Even the high-pressure sodium parking lights and spotlights were converted to LED lights.
Cree wanted to demonstrate that LED lights are a viable option today for businesses and residences. The company claims that their lights render the same type of light that is produced by fluorescents or incandescents. It looks like the LEDs in the photo above are producing a full-spectrum light.
Hop the link to see a surprising before and after shot. Good stuff.
Nov 10 '07
In case you haven't been there yet- hop the link to check out the "How Well Do You Know College Game Day Quiz". Were 2 weeks away from the end of this fabulous annual tradition, and the quiz is quite entertaining.
(For those of you without speakers, see me and I will invite you into my house to use mine)
It's a track car! No, it's street legal! Wait, it's both -- it's the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR and it'll be making its debut in just under a week at the LA Auto Show. We were going to wait until midnight tonight to show off the lighter Viper package -- a package not seen for the Viper since 1999. Seriously, we were going to hold off on showing off the details on the 600 horses and 560 lb-ft of torque coming from the gigantic 8.4-liter V10 engine in this purpose-built, street-legal track car.
Nov 9 '07
I nearly flipped out of my chair when I read this.
"This is a great opportunity for our football program to play against one of the best programs in the country," said UT Athletic Director Mike O’Brien. "Our players will be excited to play the Gators, and it’s also a game that will create a lot of interest for our fans. We also look forward to gaining some exposure in Florida, which is a state where we have recruited student-athletes and hope to recruit more in the future. "
Toledo is compiling quite a schedule for the next few years:
Hop over to LetsGoRockets.com for more info.
Dozens of dead and injured seabirds found coated in black goo are the most visible victims of a 58,000-gallon oil spill in the San Francisco Bay, an incident that scientists say could threaten wildlife for years.
The oil spilled from a South Korea-bound container ship when it struck a tower supporting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in dense fog Wednesday. The accident did not damage the span, but the vessel's hull was gashed, officials said.
Tides carried a plume of heavy fuel beneath the Golden Gate Bridge and into the Pacific Ocean. By Thursday afternoon, oil had been sighted about 15 miles north of the city, and at least eight beaches in San Francisco and Marin County were closed.
Wildlife rescue workers and volunteers combing beaches have found dozens of dead and injured seabirds coated in black oil, said Michael Ziccardi, director of the California Oiled Wildlife Care Network. Ten to 15 teams were to be dispatched Friday to search for more.
Seems the controversy arises from how long it took the Coast Guard to respond to this ordeal and the lack of severity in the scope of the spill.
Nov 8 '07
The former New York Police Commissioner (under Giuliani) during 09/11/2001 is under the "microscope" of the feds for tax evasion, corruption, and conspiracy.
I'm sure that this will be a ever developing story!
Hop the link for more.
Billy Gillispie's second game as Kentucky's coach was one he'd rather forget -- and Gardner-Webb will remember for a long time.
Grayson Flittner scored 22 points to help Gardner-Webb beat the No. 20 Wildcats 84-68 Wednesday night in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic.
"You can't just show up on the court and think you're going to beat somebody because you wear a certain jersey," said Gillispie, who turned 48 Wednesday. "We didn't play like a hunter tonight."
We didn't play like a hunter tonight ? From the sounds of it, they didn't play like the Senior League at the Y. Not taking anything away from Gardner-Webb because they fought hard and won - but Kentucky has slipped a bunch. UNC vs. Kentucky on Dec. 1, won't carry the clout it always did.
More news from the writers strike. Most major networks are screeching to a halt on production and leaping into reruns and alternative shows to keep the sets across America full of content. Hit the article for the info on the major stations, and the extent of this ordeal.
A crazy story about twins born on either side of the daylight savings time switch. We know which was born first, but which was born earlier ?
How about you Pick 'Em already
Nov 7 '07
Kevin Youkilis strung together 135 errorless games and 1,094 errorless innings while playing, perhaps, the American League's most aggressive first base in 2007. But he could only watch and wait like everyone else when the annual voters -- the AL managers and coaches -- fielded his candidacy for a Rawlings Gold Glove.
And it's not at the position where he spent 212 of his 272 Minor League games. Youkilis, raised for six professional seasons as a third baseman, is the AL Gold Glove winner at first, just one year after making a full-time switch.
Quite an impressive performance after such a drastic switch in position. I thought this was note-worthy as well:
The star first-sacker was the only first baseman in either league to finish with as many as 1,080 errorless chances at his position. Kansas City's Ryan Shealy was second, with 432.
The 17-year-old Hogan Knows Best star, who appeared on the reality show with his wrestling superstar father, Hulk Hogan, has been arrested on several criminal charges, including third-degree felony reckless driving involving serious bodily injury, stemming from an August car crash that left his passenger in critical condition.
Police also cited the younger Hogan, whose real name is Nick Bollea, for use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony, being under the age of 21 and operating a vehicle with a breath-alcohol level of 0.02 percent or higher and illegal window tint.
Hogan turned himself in to authorities at 9:48 a.m. Wednesday, hours after Clearwater Police issued a warrant for his arrest upon the completion of a "extensive investigation" into the wreck by a team of four officers. He is currently being booked on the charges at the Pinellas County Jail.
Back safe and sound:
Discovery and its crew returned to Earth on Wednesday and concluded a 15-day space station build and repair mission that was among the most challenging -- and heroic -- in shuttle history.
The space shuttle touched down just after 1 p.m., after safely crossing the continent in the first coast-to-coast re-entry since the Columbia disaster almost five years ago.
Many TV shows will not be in production this week because of the strike. Some include "Desperate Housewives," "Carpoolers" (which is really funny), and "Two and a Half Men." Some actors from these shows are supporting the strike. Eva Longoria said:
I have a whole crew that will have a terrible holiday season because there's no resolution. I care about people losing their homes, I care about my hair and makeup artists who can't make ends meet.
My question is, why don't the actors give up some of the money they get so the writers can have more (they make way too much anyway)?
Rebecca De Mornay was arrested on Tuesday for drunk driving. Her blood-alcohol level was .09. "She was very cooperative during the arrest," said Lt. Tony Lee.
The words ‘agile’ and ‘refined’ aptly describe the 848. At 168kg (369lbs) the 848 is an amazing 20kg (44lbs) lighter than its predecessor, and a significant 5kg (11lbs) lighter than its larger capacity brother, the 1098.
The highly advanced 848 engine uses an improved method of engine case production in which cases are vacuum die-cast formed. While providing significant weight savings of more than 3kg (6.5lbs), this method also ensures consistent wall thickness and increased strength. Further refinements include a sophisticated wet clutch that offers 1kg (2.2lbs) less weight, a much higher service life, improved clutch feel and quiet operation.
With the first twist of the wrist, the powerful rush of the Testastretta Evoluzione engine confirms that the rules have changed. The 848’s 134hp is not only 30% more powerful than its predecessor, but it provides a power-to-weight ratio even better than the potent 999.
Nov 6 '07
An interesting article from Men's Journal about the NFL and the hardships faced by its players. Really shows the human side of these amazing athletes that many of us think of in terms of a number on a jersey or stats in a book.
Curt Schilling and the Boston Red Sox have reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth about $8 million in base salary and millions more in potential incentives, ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney reports.
Charlie bit my finger - again
I'm not sure how I find these things, but this video is cute. You are going to need sound to get the full effect of the little boy talking.
Another dumb robbery, this one in Florida.
Police say a high school student robbed his neighbor’s house then caught the school bus while carrying the stolen stuff. But he’d left four important clues behind.
and goes on to say
Police say it was Tillson’s wallet. According to the report, inside the wallet were: a Florida identification card, a U.S. Department of Labor identification card, a Forrest High School identification card, and a Stillwell Middle School identification card.
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Welcome to Aptera. We are a small company with a big mission - to make the most fuel-efficient vehicle the world has ever seen, and to make it stylish, incredibly safe, and fun to drive. We appreciate your support and feedback, and we listen: we've expanded our website to be more straightforward, while still retaining our creative presentation as The Aptera Journey.
A very impressive automobile which seems very futuristic but is just around the corner. It's an ambitious goal they accepted, and it looks like they're reaching it. Take a look around their site - and decide how long it'll be till one zips by you on the Interstate - while you're stopped, refueling your ride.
Shia LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after the "Transformers" star refused to leave a Chicago drug store, police said Sunday.
Apparently he "appeared drunk." So they asked him to leave because he "appeared drunk"? It implies that he wasn't disturbing the peace. Who knows.
Nov 5 '07
I know I am.
Handshakes have been around since the birth of civilization. In fact, they were originally a way to prove you had no weapons in your hand when meeting someone new (given today's state of affairs, that might not be a bad idea). Nowadays, we use handshakes in meetings, greetings, offering congratulations, closing a business deal or sometimes just to say, "How's it goin'?"
No matter the basis of your handshake, it should become part of your repertoire. Handshakes are a sign of trust and help build strong relationships. Imagine meeting a well-groomed, well-dressed expert for the first time -- but when you shake his/her hand, you feel like you're grabbing an infant's finger.
They've done it again. The Pride of Newark Marching Band attending O.M.E.A. State Finals and received a superior rating. Congratulations to the kids with a special nod to the drumline. We had a great group of kids who keep pushing the entire season. Its easy to plateau and stop progressing at some point in the season, when everyone gets comfortable with the music and settles into a lull; but this group pushed through that and rammed some notes on Sunday to come away with all superior ratings for percussion.
Thanks to Randy and Steve for the chance to work with the line again - to Ryan, Bryant and Eric who are the kind of instructors you hope to be fortunate enough to work alongside - and to the line for all the fun, the laughs, and another great season.
A bold move by Jon Stewart to show his support for the WGA Writers' Strike. The Daily Show and the Colbert Report writers will "face no financial hardship should the strike, which kicked off at 3 a.m. local time, conclude within that time frame."
I'll give you a hint - their coach is quite possibly the greatest in the history of the sport (of course, his mentor wasn't too much of a slouch either). Still not sure who I'm talking about... I'll give you another hint - starts with "North" and ends with "Carolina".
Remember, remember the Fifth of November.
Thanks to L8N for helping me not miss the date again this year
An interesting article proposing that a standard unit of measure in base 10 be established to tell time. For example- divide the day (one solar cycle, or 24 hours in our current system) into 10 hours - which contains 100 minutes - which contains 100 seconds. Provides reasoning on both sides of the discussion and does a great job of simplifying and explaining a potentially confusing concept (terminology).
Racing to the NFL's single-game rushing record of 296 yards at the midpoint of his first pro season, Peterson carried the Vikings to a 35-17 victory over the Chargers on Sunday.
My favorite part of the article:
Peterson's 315 total yards were more than nine of the 17 other teams who played in the same time slot Sunday: Kansas City (234), San Diego (229), Denver (303), San Francisco (251), Atlanta (286), Arizona (195), Cincinnati (299), Carolina (199) and Tennessee (236). ... Tomlinson, in just his seventh NFL season, passed Jim Brown for fourth place on the NFL's list for rushing touchdowns with 107. Emmitt Smith, Marcus Allen and Walter Payton are the top three.
Nov 3 '07
Top distance runner Ryan Shay died during the U.S. men's Olympic marathon trials Saturday, overshadowing what was supposed to be a showcase day for the sport.
Shay collapsed about 5 1/2 miles into the race and was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 a.m., New York Road Runners president Mary Wittenberg said. He was 28.
Southern Connecticut State sophomore tailback Jerom Freeman rushed for an NCAA Division II record 418 yards in the Owls' 56-28 victory over Bryant on Friday night.
Freeman, who carried the ball 34 times and tied the school record with five touchdowns, surpassed the old Division II mark of 410 yards, set by Andrew Terry of Ferris State on Oct. 2, 2004. The NCAA all-division record is 441 yards, set by Dante Brown of Division III Marietta, who did it against Baldwin-Wallace in 1996.
The Division I record is 406 yards by LaDainian Tomlinson of TCU against Texas-El Paso in 1999.
Nov 2 '07
Paul W. Tibbets Jr., 92, who piloted the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb in combat -- on Hiroshima, Japan -- a mission that helped end World War II, died Nov. 1 at his home in Columbus, Ohio. He reportedly had had strokes in recent years.
Gen. Tibbets became a national hero with the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of Hiroshima, a historical turning point of the last century.
Some background on Tibbets:
Paul Warfield Tibbets Jr. was born Feb. 23, 1915, in Quincy, Ill. He grew up mostly in Miami, where his father opened a confectionary that set in motion his son's aviation career.
To promote Baby Ruth candy bars, Paul Tibbets Jr., then 12, went aloft over the beaches and racetracks of Miami in an open-cockpit biplane. He attached tiny parachutes to pieces of candy and tossed them overboard to people below. He was hooked on flight.
Read the article for more.
[via Jim C.]
Interesting article for anyone who looks outside the Big 10 for their sports passions. Raises several interesting points about how the Big 10 is running on reputation alone and has produced less in the last few years than the polls would show. Read the article and then let us know what you think.
Designed in cooperation with the California-based Quantum Technologies, this plug-in hybird sedan is expected to offer a range of 50 miles a pure electric charge; with the help of a gasoline or diesel engine, range will jump to more than 620 miles — and the car will return 100 mpg in the process. Fisker expects his sedan to sell for about $80,000 when it goes on sale late in 2009.
I think this car is amazing. Fisker is known for taking decent designs and really pushing them over the top and he's really outdone himself on this one. Awesome.
[via Jim C.]
Nov 1 '07
Shame that Colbert's name won't be on the ballot. Sad day for America.
A little too much frisking...
Picks for the week
Don't even think about forgetting to make your selections for College Pick 'Em this week. The season is winding down, but there's still a ton of points to be gained. There's still plenty of time for a comeback or to really pull away from the pack - get on it.
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