Iowahawk knows best 1/3/17

Evening Report 8/30/16

Syracuse, ostensibly an FBS football program in a P5 conference, opens against Colgate, an FCS team.

Michigan State, not to be outdone, opens against Furman, which may be in a lower division than even Colgate.

There are some good games scheduled this weekend – real intersectional clashes. ‘Bama is playing USC in Jerryworld. K St. goes to Stanford. UT plays ND Sunday night. Oklahoma is at UH; not a true old fashioned intersectional game, but it does pit preseason #3 against preseason #15. UNC v. UGA, Mizzou at WVa and LSU traveling to Lambeau to play Wiscy round out the potentially good games, I think, except for this one.  UCLA is traveling to College Station to play the benighted Aggies.  Here is UCLA’s take on Aggie “traditions”:

http://www.bruinsnation.com/2016/8/28/12685880/a-bruin-field-guide-to-game-day-strangeness-in-college-station?_ga=1.233849438.1963087941.1472559008

In other news, Turkey needs the west and the west needs Turkey, according to this article:

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21705828-how-manage-relations-natos-most-awkward-member-dont-lose-plot

The EC wants to fine Apple more than a billion Euros for something.

https://espresso.economist.com/5133aa1d673894d5a05b9d83809b9dbe

What Texas state employees earn:

https://salaries.texastribune.org/

And piston engine airplanes are the last major source of lead in the atmosphere.

http://news.mit.edu/2016/unfriendly-skies-piston-engine-aircraft-pose-significant-health-threat-0826

 

Just in Case Brent Doesn’t do his Thing 4/4/16

This group actually survives because of Morning Report.  Here is an Open Thread, just in case Brent doesn’t make it in to work for us this morning.

 

Propulsion at significant fractions of the speed of light:

http://www.gizmag.com/laser-light-propulsion/41980/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=3fcf87e838-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-3fcf87e838-90358962

 

Supremes uphold one-man one-vote based on population.

http://www.texastribune.org/2016/04/04/texas-case-supreme-court-upholds-one-person-one-vo/

 

The Economist weighs in against a merger of the German and London Exchanges.

http://www.economist.com/news/finance-and-economics/21695928-bigger-may-not-be-better-when-it-comes-clearing-houses-double-crossed

 

A good compilation of links on the Kurds.

http://www.fpa.org/great_decisions/index.cfm?act=topic_detail&topic_id=52

The Kurds still revere GWB for liberating them, but it seems we are back into the morass of petty local reasons why other groups want them marginalized.  Meanwhile, they are the only dependable force against ISIS on the ground.  There’s a lot of stuff there a new Administration might want to consider.

 

 

 

 

COLLEGE

President’s Day Post

Tuesday Bits and Pieces

This post is for Brent.

Classic commercials of the 60’s and 70’s. Talk about nostalgia and bringing back memories. Remember that crying Indian?

I don’t know what made me think of this, but I remember seeing this game live on WPIX when I was a kid. I’d never seen anyone so crazed before.

Duke beat Syracuse for the NCAA lacrosse national championship yesterday. This a more palatable memory, from 2009 (OK…this is more for me than Brent):

For all you Star Wars and Star Trek geeks, the physics of space battles.

This one really is for Brent…America’s coolest houses. BTW, number 2 is actually in New Canaan, so Brent you can easily visit. (I don’t get why it is such a big tourist attraction, but then again I don’t get a lot of things.)

And finally, an old KW favorite…bad lip reading:

Bits & Pieces (Tuesday, March 26th, 2013)

Patrick Swayze selling us Pabst Blue Ribbon back in 1979 (Remember back when 60 second commercials were actually common place? They were little movies. I like to think of this as a precursor to Dirty Dancing):

Or, as Dennis Hopper would say: Heineken? F**k that sh*t! Pabst Blue Ribbon!

I found this very, very humorous.

I love Bad Lip Reading.

When I’m feeling discouraged, I like to think back to this scene in Return of the King. “Not this day!” Awesome speech by Viggo Mortensen. What kind of name is “Viggo”?

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I recently saw a movie I quite enjoyed. It’s Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne, in French). It’s a French movie based on American mystery writer Harlen Coben’s 2001 novel, Tell No One. His novel was set in New York and Maine, mostly, but the movie is set in Paris and the French countryside. The idea of watching a subtitled French movie based on an American mystery novel intrigued me, so I watched it, and was not disappointed. It is currently available to watch streaming on Netflix.

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“Whites Only Laundry” . . . heh.

I think I’ve shopped at some of the places in the Thrift Shop video. If you’ve heard the song on the radio, I find it easier to understand when I watch the video. But mostly I love it because I’ve loved thrift shopping for about a million years. “Found a broken keyboard, bought a broken keyboard” . . . that’s totally me.

Yo, that’s $50 for a T-shirt.

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Senate passes the Monsanto Protection Act. Which apparently requires that the USDA rubber-stamp sales of genetically modified seed?

IRS busted for wasting money on Star Trek parody video. Really, this is the best example of government waste we can find?

Bono still hasn’t found what he’s looking for, but he does suggest poverty is getting better.

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This Bits & Pieces brought to you by Olivia-Newton John in 1978.

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