Random people i saw around town today and yesterday -- Jimmy and Vicki Hawkins, Lance Lidiak, Reagan Michel, Mike Walker, Kathleen Hudson, Sam McKee -- great to see all of them.
This is some kind of random uber-deja vu. When i was a kid i had this brilliant idea see -- you take a spoon and add tongs to the end to make a combination spoon and fork. Being as i was notoriously lazy, i thought changing utensils in the middle of a meal wasted time and effort. Of course, i did nothing with my idea, and before long i was picking one up at a Wendy's or somewhere, cussing under my breath that i'd missed becoming a millionaire. Well today i ran across something even more startling -- this little tidbit: "A combined spoon, fork, and knife closely resembling the modern spork was invented by Peter S. Gallucci and issued U.S. Patent 147,119 in February, 1874." What it means i don't know, but i have goosebumps.
Steve Peters passed these random wordplays along:
Here is the Washington Post
's Mensa Invitational, which once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
The 2006 winners are:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying (or building) a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3 Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize that it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.
12. Karmageddon: It's when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, and then the Earth explodes and it's a serious bummer.
13. Decafalon: (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
14. Glibido: All talk and no action.
15. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
16. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
17. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
18 . Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the
fruit you're eating.
The Washington Post
has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. And the winners are:
1. Coffee, (n.) the person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, (adj.) appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, (v.) to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, (v.) to attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-Nilly, (adj.) impotent.
6. Negligent, (adj.) absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, (v.) to walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, (n.) olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, (n.) emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, (n.) a rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, (n.) a humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, (n.) the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, (n.) a Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, (n.) a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, (n.) the belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent, (n.) an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.
Some randomness i got from a fellow Ag in a facebook group:
15 Things to do at Wal-Mart...when you're going to be in there for a long time:
1. Get 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they aren't looking.
2. Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals.
3. Make a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the rest rooms.
4. Walk up to an employee and tell him/her in an official tone, " 'Code 3' in lingerie".... and see what happens.
5. Go the Service Desk and ask to put a bag of M&M's on lay away.
6. Move a 'CAUTION - WET FLOOR' sign to a carpeted area.
7. Set up a tent in the camping department and tell other shoppers you'll invite them in if they'll bring pillows from the bedding department.
8. When a clerk asks if they can help you, begin to cry and ask, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?"
9. Look right into the security camera; & use it as a mirror, and pick your nose.
10. While handling guns in the hunting department, ask the clerk if he knows where the anti - depressants are.
11. Dart around the store suspiciously loudly humming the "Mission Impossible" theme.
12. In the auto department, practice your "Madonna look" using different size funnels.
13. Hide in a clothing rack and when people browse through, say "PICK ME!" "PICK ME!"
14. When an announcement comes over the loud speaker, assume the fetal position and scream . . . "NO! NO! It's those voices again!!!!"
15. Go into a fitting room and shut the door and wait a while; and then yell, very loudly, "There is no toilet paper in here! 'FINAL NCAA RANKINGS
NCAA Division I semifinal Virginia topped the NCAA's final Division I men's RPI rankings -- the Ratings Percentage Index used as an aid in selecting and seeding of the teams for the NCAA Tournament and taking into account a team's winning percentage, its strength of schedule and its opponents' strength of schedule.
ACC teams claimed the top three spots -- No. 1 Virginia, No. 2 Wake Forest and No. 3 Duke. National champion UC Santa Barbara was eighth in the rankings. Runner-up UCLA was fourth.
TOP 10 TEAM CONF. '06 RECORD1 Virginia ACC 17-4-1
2 Wake Forest ACC 18-3-4
3 Duke ACC 18-4-1
4 UCLA Pac-10 14-6-4
5 Indiana Big Ten 15-4-36 SMU Conference USA 17-2-4
7 Maryland ACC 16-5-1
8 UC Santa Barbara Big West 17-7-1
9 West Virginia Big East 15-3-3
10 Lehigh Patriot 15-2-3
NCAA Division I women's champion North Carolina and runner-up Notre Dame also finished 1-2 in the NCAA's final Division I women's RPI rankings -- the Ratings Percentage Index used as an aid in selecting and seeding of the teams for the NCAA Tournament and taking into account a team's winning percentage, its strength of schedule and its opponents' strength of schedule. UCLA and Florida State, the other two Women's College Cup participants, finished 3-4.
TOP 10 TEAM CONF. '06 RECORD
1 North Carolina ACC 27-1-0
2 Notre Dame Big East 25-1-1
3 UCLA Pac-10 21-4-0
4 Florida St. ACC 18-4-4
5 Santa Clara WCC 15-5-1
6 Penn St. Big Ten 18-5-37 Texas A&M Big 12 17-6-1
8 William & Mary CAA 16-1-4
9 Portland WCC 17-4-3
10 Colorado Big 12 14-6-4BEST YOUTH CLUBS: 2007 Soccer America Top 20 Boys Clubs
For the third straight year, the Chicago Magic is first in the Soccer America Top 20 boys rankings, edging the Dallas Texans. Arsenal FC of Southern California is the third team on the podium.
2007 Soccer America Top 20 Boys Clubs
1 Chicago Magic (Ill.)2 Dallas Texans (Texas)
3 Arsenal FC (Calif.)
4 Real So Cal (Calif.)
5 Sockers FC (Ill.)
6 FC Delco (Pa.)
7 Baltimore Bays (Md.)
8 Scott Gallagher (Mo.)
9 Vardar Stars (Mich.)10 Solar FC (Texas)
11 CASL Elite (N.C.)
12 FC Greater Boston (Mass.)
13 Bethesda SC (Md.)
14 PDA (N.J.)
15 Nomads SC (Calif.)
16 Irvine Strikers SC (Calif.)17 Texas SC (Texas)
18 Colorado Rush (Colo.)
19 Schulz Academy (Fla.)
20 Real Colorado (Colo.)BEST YOUTH CLUBS: 2007 Soccer America Top 20 Girls Clubs
Thanks to a record-setting 2006 season, the Eclipse Select emerged as the top team in the Soccer America Top 20 girls rankings, taking over the top spot from the Dallas Texans.
2007 Soccer America Top 20 Girls Clubs
1 Eclipse Select (Ill.)2 Dallas Texans (Texas)
3 PDA (N.J.)
4 Michigan Hawks (Mich.)
5 Slammers FC (Calif.)
6 Colorado Rush (Colo.)
7 Mustang Soccer (Calif.)
8 St. Louis SC (Mo.)
9 Edmond SC (Okla.)
10 So Cal Blues (Calif.)
11 Real Colorado (Colo.)
12 Freestate SA (Md.)
13 Bethesda SC (Md.)
14 Real So Cal (Calif.)
15 San Diego Surf (Calif.)
16 Eagles SC (Calif.)
17 Pleasanton Rage (Calif.)
18 World Class (N.J.)
19 Laguna Hills Eclipse (Calif.)
20 Irvine Strikers SC (Calif.)You are Spider-Man
Green Lantern 80%
|Iron Man 60%|
|Wonder Woman 47%|
|The Flash 45%|
|Supergirl 42%||You are intelligent, witty, a bit geeky and have great power and responsibility.|
Okay, but 47% Wonder Woman?
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COM: Blogarithmic #205
Is anyone else in my coterie secretly praising global warming. I don't do cold and, as Brush Freeman wrote, "I hate winter". So the climate change, regardless of whether it is man-induced or a natural cycle, is also apparently changing the breeding range, winter distribution and vagrancy of lots of birds and bugs. It's exciting from the discovery standpoint, and of course it is expanding ranges of critters at a time of enhanced extinction rates (although presumably ranges of more northern latitude birds may be shrinking).
Saw Chad Ahrens and wife Amy and baby and her parents, the Houstons, at Chili's the other night. Word is Philip is working on his second baby, another little girl. Donna and James have four granddaughters now or on the way.
Going to see The Queen
, so i'll finally have an actual Oscar nominee on my "seen" list for the year. All the other candidates i saw didn't make the cut (although many actors did for parts i'd agree with).
Both filming schedules and recording schedules are off for the weekend due to critical folks being unable to make it. Rescheduling for next weekend.
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MRF: Diogenes/Dionysus Scene 42a Rough
Here's a rough clip from last week's shoot, without sound editing or soundtrack. With Lillian Beaudoin, Chris McCrae and Taylor Danielson.© 2007 Milk River Film
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COM: Blogarithmic #204
Local kids made good!OLH sophomore earns berth in TAPPS state meet
By Bill Begley, The Daily Times, Published January 22, 2007
Hannah Sprado might have been the only person in the Hill Country happy to see the ice and snow last week.
“All the snow and ice gave me a week off to rest,” the sophomore swimmer at Our Lady of the Hills said. “It was nice to get the break.”
Sprado made the most of that rest, qualifying for the TAPPS Division II state championship meet.
Sprado won the 100-meter backstroke and the 100-meter breaststroke in the TAPPS South Regional meet at the University of Houston on Saturday.
She posted personal-best times in both events, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:06.86 and the breaststroke in 1:16.16.
“I’ve been practicing a lot with my (club) team,” the member of the Kerrville Swim Team said. “We’ve been practicing a lot, like 10 times a week.”
Sprado, who also qualified with her club team for the USA Swimming South Texas Championships, is not a stranger to the TAPPS competition, placing in the 200 Intermediate Medley and the 100 breaststroke as a freshman.
“It helped a lot,” she said. “I was familiar with how fast it was going to be. I felt a lot more confident because of going and doing well last year.”
The state meet will be held Feb. 3-4 in Austin, and Sprado already has her training plans in place.
“The week before I’ll rest a little and make sure I eat right.”
It’s worked before.
Also: Ben Solder (10 boys) won the 25-yard and 100-yard backstroke.
'Dreamgirls' Picks Up Most Oscar Nods
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. Jan 23, 2007 (AP)— The peppy musical "Dreamgirls" led Academy Awards contenders Tuesday with eight nominations, but surprisingly was shut out in the best picture category for which it had been considered a potential front-runner.
The sweeping ensemble drama "Babel" was close behind with seven, including best picture and acting honors for two newcomers to U.S. audiences, Adriana Barraza and Rinko Kikuchi.
Other best-picture nominees were the bloody crime saga "The Departed," the World War II spectacle "Letters From Iwo Jima," the road-trip comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" and the monarchy-in-crisis chronicle "The Queen."
Going into nominations day, the best-picture competition looks unusually wide open, with no consensus on a favorite. With "Dreamgirls," a Golden Globe winner out of the race, the best picture competition was even more up for grabs.
But front-runners in all four categories nabbed nominations and seemed poised to come home with Oscars on Feb. 25: Helen Mirren for best actress as British monarch Elizabeth II in "The Queen"; Forest Whitaker for best actor as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in "The Last King of Scotland"; and Eddie Murphy and former "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson as soulful singers in "Dreamgirls."
The other nominees for best actor are Leonardo DiCaprio for "Blood Diamond," "Ryan Gosling" for "Half Nelson," Peter O'Toole for "Venus," and Will Smith for "The Pursuit of Happyness."List of 79th Annual Academy Award Nominations
By The Associated Press
- Complete list of the 79th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Tuesday at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, Calif.:
1. Best Picture: "Babel," "The Departed," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Little Miss Sunshine," "The Queen."
2. Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, "Blood Diamond"; Ryan Gosling, "Half Nelson"; Peter O'Toole, "Venus"; Will Smith, "The Pursuit of Happyness"; Forest Whitaker, "The Last King of Scotland."
3. Actress: Penelope Cruz, "Volver"; Judi Dench, "Notes on a Scandal"; Helen Mirren, "The Queen"; Meryl Streep, "The Devil Wears Prada"; Kate Winslet, "Little Children."
4. Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jackie Earle Haley, "Little Children"; Djimon Hounsou, "Blood Diamond"; Eddie Murphy, "Dreamgirls"; Mark Wahlberg, "The Departed."
5. Supporting Actress: Adriana Barraza, "Babel"; Cate Blanchett, "Notes on a Scandal"; Abigail Breslin, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Jennifer Hudson, "Dreamgirls"; Rinko Kikuchi, "Babel."
6. Directing: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel"; Martin Scorsese, "The Departed"; Clint Eastwood, "Letters From Iwo Jima"; Stephen Frears, "The Queen"; Paul Greengrass, "United 93."
7. Foreign Language Film: "After the Wedding," Denmark; "Days of Glory (Indigenes)," Algeria; "The Lives of Others," Germany; "Pan's Labyrinth," Mexico; "Water," Canada.
8. Adapted Screenplay: Sacha Baron Cohen and Anthony Hines and Peter Baynham and Dan Mazer and Todd Phillips, "Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"; Alfonso Cuaron and Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, "Children of Men"; William Monahan, "The Departed"; Todd Field and Tom Perrotta, "Little Children"; Patrick Marber, "Notes on a Scandal."
9. Original Screenplay: Guillermo Arriaga, "Babel"; Iris Yamashita and Paul Haggis, "Letters From Iwo Jima"; Michael Arndt, "Little Miss Sunshine"; Guillermo del Toro, "Pan's Labyrinth"; Peter Morgan, "The Queen."
10. Animated Feature Film: "Cars," "Happy Feet," "Monster House."
11. Art Direction: "Dreamgirls," "The Good Shepherd," "Pan's Labyrinth," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "The Prestige."
12. Cinematography: "The Black Dahlia," "Children of Men," "The Illusionist," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Prestige."
13. Sound Mixing: "Apocalypto," "Blood Diamond," "Dreamgirls," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
14. Sound Editing: "Apocalypto," "Blood Diamond," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Letters From Iwo Jima," "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest."
15. Original Score: "Babel," Gustavo Santaolalla; "The Good German," Thomas Newman; "Notes on a Scandal," Philip Glass; "Pan's Labyrinth," Javier Navarrete; "The Queen," Alexandre Desplat.
16. Original Song: "I Need to Wake Up" from "An Inconvenient Truth," Melissa Etheridge; "Listen" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger, Scott Cutler and Anne Preven; "Love You I Do" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger and Siedah Garrett; "Our Town" from "Cars," Randy Newman; "Patience" from "Dreamgirls," Henry Krieger and Willie Reale.
17. Costume: "Curse of the Golden Flower," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Dreamgirls," "Marie Antoinette," "The Queen."
18. Documentary Feature: "Deliver Us From Evil," "An Inconvenient Truth," "Iraq in Fragments," "Jesus Camp," "My Country, My Country."
19. Documentary (short subject): "The Blood of Yingzhou District," "Recycled Life," "Rehearsing a Dream," "Two Hands."
20. Film Editing: "Babel," "Blood Diamond," "Children of Men," "The Departed," "United 93."
21. Makeup: "Apocalypto," "Click," "Pan's Labyrinth."
22. Animated Short Film: "The Danish Poet," "Lifted," "The Little Matchgirl," "Maestro," "No Time for Nuts."
23. Live Action Short Film: "Binta and the Great Idea (Binta Y La Gran Idea)," "Eramos Pocos (One Too Many)," "Helmer & Son," "The Saviour," "West Bank Story."
24. Visual Effects: "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," "Poseidon," "Superman Returns."
Academy Award winners previously announced this year:
HONORARY AWARD (Oscar statuette): Ennio Morricone
JEAN HERSHOLT HUMANITARIAN AWARD (Oscar statuette): Sherry Lansing
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ENV: Winter orioles
These photos of a male and female oriole were passed on today by Jim Stevenson. They're both attending feeders in Galveston County. The male is a brilliant Bullock's. Jim believes the female may be a Baltimore. Anyone with comments should post them to TexBirds or send a message directly to Jim.
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ENV: Small loon
Jim Stevenson also forwarded this picture of a small Common Loon from Brazoria Galveston County that has been the subject of discussion on TexBirds today. Commentary is best posted to TexBirds, or directly to Jim. Clicking on the picture will take you to a larger, better version.
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ENV: Small Goose Identification
Scotty Lofland has provided excellent photos of the two small geese he discussed earlier on TexBirds. I took the liberty of cropping them to focus on the particular individuals and these are posted below. Comments on these photos are probably better posted to TexBirds than to the comment section below. This is a permanent link and will remain in place, until/unless Scotty wants them removed.
Branta hutchinsii cf. hutchinsii
Branta hutchinsii cf. minima
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COM: Blogarithmic #203
I hate it when people say "you have to see this . . ." I don't have to anything.
BUT, if you have a minute . . . This story might be worth it.
Thanks to the pusher for this link-junkie, the ever fruitful Clicked
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COM: Blogarithmic #202
Old Vistan Kyle McGee is doing the Texas music thing lately himself. He has a chance for a recording deal if he gets enough votes. Check him out and vote here
Went to see Children of Men
last night. Very interesting film, worth seeing, but i'm still chewing over what i saw. It has some wonderful character arcs, it has a storyline, it has some twists along the lines of you-never-know-who-to-trust-when-the-world-has-come-to-an-end, it has some mid-apocalyptic landscapes more similar to what i would envision than the average apocalyptic film. But i'm not sure it has a plot. It's more like one long scene from beginning to end. You know how and where it will end. It seems to be just about the ride getting there. So, i'm still thinking about it and how i might rank it among the other big films of the year (CoM
has been getting much press as an Oscar-contender that will likely be overlooked). At least the fauna was appropriate (lots of background from Jackdaws, Carrion Crows, and Curlews).
Saw John Holt yesterday in Kerrville. Haven't seen him in a year and a half, and it was nice to run across him. Also saw Nathan Tiedemann in town. They'd just finished beating Memorial for their first district win. They're at Fredericksburg tonight. Everyone has back to back games because of the ice storm earlier this week.
Also stopped in for a brief look at Nobody's Perfect
at The Point. Very definitely has potential. Sarah Tacey is directing, Justin Shotts, Emily Houghton, Graydon Vaught, Sloan Frierson and Charles Bryant make up the cast.
Also saw Ingram lose a tough one last night to Llano 42-37. They played well in spurts, but just couldn't overcome those five points. I thought Jeff Achee (who played all but a couple minutes) had an exceptional game, scoring six or eight points for ITM.
Mike Quinn did another of his fine services to Texas Lepidoptery with this nice website on Day-flying Moths
.Here's a note from Dana Cooper:
Just a quick message about Dana's new dates here at the beginning of 2007. (Happy New Year, by the way!!) Also included are a couple of Songwriting Workshops - a great opportunity to see the process behind Dana's award winning songs. Enjoy group sessions, as well as the chance to ask questions one on one. There's not much time left to register for the Dallas Songwriters Association workshop, so hurry up before the spots fill up! (Call 214-750-0916 ext 2 for reservations) These workshops are great for beginners and seasoned pros alike!
1/19 at 9:30pm Bluebird Cafe/Alive Hospice Benefit
w/Kim Carnes, Matraca Berg and Friends Nashville, TN
1/25 at 7pm Americana Unplugged at the La Ville Inn Davis, OK
1/27 at 8pm Labyrinth Walk Coffee House Dallas, TX
1/27 at 12pm Workshop/Dallas Songwriters Association Dallas, TX
1/28 at 8pm The Blue Door Oklahoma City, OK
2/2 at 9pm BB Rovers Austin, TX
2/2 at 4pm Austin Bergstrom Int'l Airport
Hill Country Bar Austin, TX
2/3 Private Party Houston, TX
2/20 at 9pm The Bluebird Cafe
w/Annika Fehling, and Jesse Winchester Nashville, TN
2/22 at 8pm The Coffee Gallery Backstage Alta Dena, CA
2/24 at 8pm Trinity Backstage Santa Barbara, CA
2/25 at 1pm Santa Barbara Songwriting Workshop Series 2007 Santa Barbara, CASome soccer news from Soccer America and the National Team Players Association:
Ohio Wesleyan men's coach Jay Martin received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Honor Award at the NSCAA's Awards Banquet held on Friday in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
In his 30 years as coach of the Battling Bishops, Martin has led his teams to seven NCAA semifinals, a pair of runner-up finishes and the 1998 national championship. He reached the 500-win milestone faster than any other men's coach.
Martin (career record: 515-99-41) also served as the chair of the Department of Physical Education for 17 years and as athletic director for 19 years. He also coached lacrosse for eight years, posting a 104-34 record with six NCAA tournament bids. He was the NSCAA president in 1996 and became editor of the NSCAA's magazine, Soccer Journal, in 2003, becoming only the third person to hold the title in the 51-year history of the publication.
Other coaches honored for their long-term contributions to soccer:
Anson Dorrance, University of North Carolina (Bill Jeffrey Award)
Bill Holleman, Peachtree Ridge, High School, Ga. (Robert W. Robinson Award)
John Ellinger, Real Salt Lake (Youth Long-Term Service Award)
Jeff Vennell, Cranbrook School, Mich. (Mike Berticelli Award)
Lothar Osiander, San Ramon United, Calif. (Walt Chyzowych Award)CONCACAF U-20 QUALIFYING: Akpan hat trick ignites USA
Harvard University freshman Andre Akpan scored a hat trick as the USA defeated, Haiti, 4-1 Wednesday night in their opening match of the 2007 CONCACAF Under-20 Qualifying Tournament in Panama City, Panama.
Akpan scored on passes from Anthony Wallace and U-20 veteran Danny Szetela in the first half and from Heerenveen rookie Robbie Rogers in the second half. Akpan's dummy set up Wallace, the FC Dallas draftee, for the fourth goal on a pass from Rogers in the 49th minute.
Haiti's lone goal came in the 74th minute when Etienne Yveson scored a penalty that was awarded for a foul by U.S. right back Quavas Kirk in the penalty area.
Host Panama was held to a 1-1 tie by Guatemala in the second game. The USA faces Guatemala on Friday (TV: GolTV, live, 6:30 ET) and Panama on Sunday (TV: GolTV, delay, 7 pm ET).
USA-HAITI GAME REPORT:
Jan. 17 in Panama City
USA 4 Haiti 1. Goals: Akpan 26, 40, 62, Wallace 49; Yveson pen. 74.
USA -- Seitz, Kirk, Sturgis, Valentin (Igwe, 85), Ward, Wallace, Szetela (Beltran, 75), Adu, Zizzo, Smith (Rogers, 67), Akpan.
Haiti -- Occenat, Exume, Aveska, Natouz, Siri (Scifaite, 71), Saitilus, Saul, Maddy, Norde (Renaud, 90), Yveson, Walson (Joseph, 63).
Referee: Lee Davis.
Madrid chief slammed for Beckham comments
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MADRID, Spain (AP) - Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon was criticized Wednesday for making a series of comments about David Beckham and the rest of the team a day earlier.
Sections of the Spanish media called for Calderon to resign, describing his outburst as "an unforgivable mistake" and "the umpteenth time he has put his foot in his mouth."
Calderon, with coach Fabio Capello and sports director Predrag Mijatovic, met with players after Wednesday's training to explain his remarks.
In a statement on its Web site, Madrid said the players had offered their reactions, while Calderon had replied that his words had been taken out of context and "in no way corresponded to his thoughts or his real sentiments."
Madrid said the team's captains would hold a news conference about the matter on Friday.
Calderon's remarks came Tuesday during a visit to university students that was broadcast by national radio station Cadena COPE without his knowledge.
He said Madrid's players displayed "egotism and vanity," were uncultured and believed they were all "superstars."
"They don't pay anywhere they go and they earn €12 million (US$15.5 million)," he said.
Calderon said Beckham was a Hollywood movie-star hopeful who only agreed to join the Los Angeles Galaxy after being spurned by most of the world's top soccer teams.
"The proof that our technical staff was correct not to retain him has been borne out by every other technical staff in the world not wanting him even though he was out of contract," he said.
Calderon also said midfielder Jose Maria Gutierrez had failed to capitalize on his ability, while he used goalkeeper Iker Casillas' €9 million (US$11.6 million) annual salary as an example of the "enormous gulf" in wages at the club.
Calderon also criticized Madrid's fans for failing to get behind the team and suggested former club president Florentino Perez had deliberately obstructed a bid to sign AC Milan midfielder Kaka in the offseason.
In a statement on its Web site earlier Tuesday, Madrid criticized Cadena COPE for making Calderon's comments public.
The president later apologized for his remarks, saying they "could have caused annoyance."
However, it didn't assuage the media reaction to his outburst.
"This demonstrates that Ramon Calderon is completely unsuited to preside over a club like Real Madrid," Jesus Alcaide of daily El Mundo said.
Julian Redondo of newspaper La Razon said Calderon's role was supposed to be as a pacifier, "not to raise storms."
"He should consider the possibility of resigning and leaving but I know he doesn't want to," Redondo added.
Calderon's position is also threatened by a dispute over postal votes which overshadowed his election victory last July.
Allegations of vote-rigging persuaded a judge to provisionally disallow 10,511 postal votes two days before the poll brought Calderon to the presidency. But a legal hearing to decide whether these votes will count in the result will be held on Jan. 29.
If these are included, Calderon could be replaced.
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OBT: Dave Vanole
"David Vanole was one of the pioneers at the start of a new era for U.S. Soccer. I remember very well his impact on the team at the 1988 Olympics and in helping the United States end a very long World Cup drought in 1989. He should be remembered for that right alongside the other early stars of the sport in our country."
-- U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati on David Vanole, who died on Monday at age 43.
Back in the late 1980s, a group of young players brought American soccer out of the hinterlands.
Most accounts of that era highlight names such as Paul Caligiuri, Tab Ramos and John Harkes.
But anyone close to the U.S. national team in those days will never forget the large, jovial goalkeeper who brought a big smile and small American flag to field.
Called "Dino" by his teammates, David Vanole played in five qualifying games for the 1990 World Cup - three wins and two ties.
Early in the campaign, he saved a last-minute penalty kick against Costa Rica to preserve a 1-0 win for the USA. Vanole played two more games - making crucial saves in a 2-1 win over Guatemala - and the USA went on to qualify for its first World Cup in 40 years.
He stayed on the bench at the World Cup finals in Italy - Tony Meola had won the starting spot late in the qualifying campaign. But crucial to seasoning the American team - made up almost exclusively of players without pro experience - for the World Cup qualifiers were the 1988 Olympic Games.
Vanole started every Olympic qualifying game and all three games in South Korea, which included ties with Argentina and the host.
Vanole became part of the national team after helping UCLA to the 1985 NCAA title.
After his playing career, which included stints with the Los Angeles Heat (WSL) and San Francisco Bay Blackhawks (APSL), Vanole coached college, youth national team and pro ball.
Most recently, he served as goalkeeper coach for MLS's New England Revolution (2004-06).
For six years, Vanole served as assistant coach at his alma mater, for both men's and women's UCLA teams. He mentored goalkeeper Matt Reis, star of the Bruins' 1997 national championship team, and reunited with Reis at the Revs.
In 2003, he was goalkeeper coach at D.C. United, whose starting keeper at the time was Nick Rimando, also a keeper under Vanole at UCLA.
Vanole was assistant coach of the U.S. men's U-20 team (1997-99) and of the U.S. women's team (1999-2000), including at the 2000 Olympic games.
He was assistant coach of the Women's United Soccer Association's Washington Freedom in 2001-03.
Vanole died on Monday at age 43 in Utah, where he was on a family ski trip, of an apparent heart attack.
Late last year, Vanole's father, Ray, also died of heart disease.
David Vanole is survived by his wife, Kerry Tatlock.
Services will be held in New York City Jan. 20 and Manhattan Beach, Calif., Jan. 28.
Labels: obituary, soccer
ENV: Penguins endangered
Bird on 'endangered' list
The Fiordland crested penguin has been added to the Department of Conservation's nationally endangered list along with several other southern species of birds, fish and reptiles.
Conservation Minister Chris Carter yesterday announced the release of the second edition of the publication the New Zealand Threat Classification System lists, first released in 2002.
The new list updates the threat classification status of 5819 of New Zealand's native animals and plants.
Human-induced threats and the introduction of predators and pests continued to plague native species.
The updated threatened species list would be used for priority setting and future management of threatened species, he said.
DOC had pinpointed 40 species considered to have genuinely worsened in status in the past three years.
Among them was the Fiordland crested penguin, which was reclassified from gradual decline to nationally endangered.
In the early 1990s a population survey found 2260 penguin nests, giving a conservative population estimate of fewer than 5000 mature individuals.
The grey duck also moved into the nationally endangered category, because of continued hybridisation with introduced mallard ducks.
A species that had recently disappeared from Stewart Island-Rakiura, the South Island rifleman, was reclassified from not endangered to gradual decline. There was anecdotal evidence the species had disappeared or become less conspicuous in some South Island lowland forest areas.
On a brighter note, the status of the Codfish Island fernbird had improved, going from nationally critical to range restricted classification. "(The) birds are now much more abundant than before the rat eradication took place.
"A second, healthy population has also been established on another pest-free island using translocation techniques."
The Campbell mollymawk, also know as the New Zealand black-browed albatross, had improved from nationally vulnerable to range restricted.A native fish species known as Southern galaxias was reclassified as being in gradual decline – because of increases in threats to water quality related to land use in Southland.
The Otago skink was moved from the nationally endangered to nationally critical list. The species faces a severe threat of extinction within 10 years but the Central Otago Ecological Trust is working on a recovery plan in Alexandra.
A rare aphid, found previously only in Dolamore Park, near Gore, and in the Nelson Lakes area seemed to have disappeared from the latter site. It had been moved on to the nationally critical list.
Labels: birds, environment
COM: Blogarithmic #201
In my goofy 2006 (near-death, job change, residence change, total lack of free time), blogging was the biggest loser for me. Despite the fact that i still manage to manage the Circus of the Spineless
, i myself have had precious little time to devote to either my research or to blogging about it or the natural world i cherish so much. So, my great gunghoedness for this in 2005 kind of suffered in 2006. I'm not here to tell you that i would like to better that for 2007 because my schedule looks as intense as ever -- even if i would like to spend more time at it -- but that all that to say that a new book has been published "The Best of Science Blogging 2006" and is being put out by, and includes many of, the friends i developed over the last couple of years of doing this sort of thing. And further, the announcement post even includes mention of Circus of the Spineless
as a monitored blog for appropriate posts. My webfriend Bora appears to have done a fine thing in putting this together and i can't wait to see the end result. More info here at A Blog Around the Clock.
All of that leading to this -- the Inaugural Science Blogging Conference.
Was stuck in the pit until noon today. The cabin where i live is in a deep depression at the back of the ranch. to get out, anywhere, even to work, requires a drive up a steep hill. There are two ways out, and one of them climbs to the top of a hill, so leaving also means coming back down a steep hill. It's completely impassable. No one has driven it since Monday. The other option requires someone smashing the ice on the gravel road so that a grip can be maintained. Yesterday someone tried climbing that hill about 30 times, sliding back down each time, beforethe road was grippable. Today, no such luck. I had to wait until the temp warmed to the freezing range, enough to melt some and weaken the ice layer before i could climb out, and even then had to do it in 4-wheel low in the jeep.
Returned to the office to feeders loaded with birds: American and Lesser Goldfinches, Chipping and House Sparrows, Northern Cardinals, a Bewick's Wren, a Myrtle Warbler, Slate-colored Juncos, a pair of Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, Black-crested Titmice, and in the surrounding field, a herd of White-tailed Deer, a Common Raven, a Norhtern Flicker, an Eastern Phoebe, and lots of American Robins, with a couple of Hermit Thrushes thrown in. On the pond beyond were four Ring-necked Ducks. Lots of good film of these guys up close.
Everything in town is closed, shut down. No school for the second straight day, even the banks are closed. We just don't have the collective memory to handle ice storms. A few things at the feeders, including Northern Cardinal and American Goldfinches.This is the storm squarely overhead. Funny how it even looks cold on radar.
Among the things we don't know how to do here: walk on icy sidewalks, stock up on food, drive, get to town.
Having said that i was able to get to town for a short wihle this afternoon. There were 48 semis parked at Wal-Mart. That's a huge number, but likely only a fraction of the trucks in town considering that Wal-Mart is deep into town. I suspect the old Wal-Mart lot, the mall lot, and perhaps a few other places were loaded as well. This is all because I-10 is closed down for 300 miles, from just east of us well out into west Texas. Kerrville is about the last sizable town on the highway for about 600 miles (that would be El Paso), and that makes it a convenient shutdown spot for the highway department. So it's been closed for a couple days now, suspect it'll repoen tomorrow about noon, if the forecast is right. Speaking of forecasts, at noon today they said there'd be a gradual warming trend after this afternoon, and the last band of precipitation would pass through this afternoon also. Right now though (6:20 pm CST) the forecast has changed to include rain through Sunday. Yippeee! It'll be wreck city here for the next few days.
A paraphrased little note i sent to ABC Newsw today. I complain pretty regularly about errors in their P1 stories.
In a single article and its captions here: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=2801827&page=1
you state that the 1918 Flu Pandemic killed "at least 20 million" "upward of 40 milllion" and "roughly 50 million". I grant that the actual number is likely unknown -- but a range of 250%? I suppose some arrogant writer might say that each of these is technically correct and non-contradictory, and so be it, but they make you look mathematically stupid.
And this statement within the article is simply ludicrous: "Just like the Jurassic Park DNA slipped out of science's control" -- nothing escaped science, it escaped actors in a fictional film. Puhlease.
here are the paragraphs in question:
"In this 1918 photograph, influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital at Camp Funston, a subdivision of Fort Riley in Kansas. The flu, which is believed to have originated in Kansas, killed at least 20 million people worldwide."
"The flu virus that killed roughly 50 million people worldwide in 1918 is alive and still very deadly. New research sheds light on how the 1918 Spanish flu virus might have killed so many people so quickly — and opens new horizons for researchers who hope to avoid a flu pandemic today."
"The 1918 Spanish flu was the deadliest human plague of the 20th century. The pandemic was unusually severe, causing upward of 40 million deaths worldwide — including 675,000 Americans. Most of the victims were healthy people in the prime of life.
Labels: birds, blogarithmic, carnivals, environment, links, milk river film, weather, writing
ENV: Kokako ssp. extinct
South Island kokako declared extinct
Conservation officials today formally declared the South Island kokako extinct, saying there had been no confirmed sightings for 40 years.
Rod Hitchmough, a scientific officer at the Department of Conservation (DOC) told a press briefing in Wellington that the kokako decision had attracted controversy.
"But the definition of extinct is that we are absolutely certain the last individual has died," said Mr Hitchmough, who compiled DOC's latest lists of threatened species, including six native insects and snails also declared extinct.
"It was last seen on the South Island in 1967," he said.
There had been further reports on Stewart Island in 1987 and other more recent sightings, but these had not been corroborated.
A panel of bird experts which drew up the previous list of the threat status of native animals and plants in 2002 had not been able to decide with certainty whether it had died out.
"There have been more recent sightings recorded but they have been less well-documented," Mr Hitchmough said.
"Now, given there have been no further convincing records, the panel decided to bite the bullet and list it as extinct.
"But it was probably extinct years ago".
Less than a year ago, veteran searchers seeking signs of the kokako unsuccessfully searched a valley east of Puysegur Point in Fiordland National Park for signs of the grey bird with orange wattles at each side of the beak.
That South Island kokako investigation team included Christchurch researcher Ron Nilsson, who has spent 20 years searching remote valleys in Nelson, Westland, Fiordland and Stewart Island.
Other searches have been made in Granville State Forest in the West Coast's Grey Valley and further north in the Paparoa Range near Charleston.
Conservation Minister Chris Carter told the Wellington briefing that the new threatened species list updated the "threat classification" status of 5819 of New Zealand's native plants and animals, and 44 had been given a change in status.
Almost half of those were listed in one of the seven threatened categories, and the rest required further research to determine if these were threatened or not.
"Some have improved, like the crested grebe and black petrel, others, such as the grey duck and riflemen are more endangered," Mr Carter said. "It's a wake-up call for us, as a country".
"Human-induced threats and the introduction of predators and pests continue to plague our native species," he said.
"The species that make up our country – the unique bird, reptile, plant and insect species that are endemic to these islands of ours – are what helps to make us New Zealanders, give us a unique place in the world and give us our identity," said Mr Carter.
Settlement of New Zealand by Maori and Europeans had made an incredible impact on the nation's biodiversity, Mr Carter said.
The total number of threatened species reported in the new list rose by 416 to 2788 – in many cases because new information had become available since the lists were last reviewed in 2002.
Another 984 species have been listed as "data deficient".
He said the list would be used to prioritise management of threatened species.
The battle to retain biodiversity was not only about resources – for which conservation had to compete with spending on areas such as health and education – but was also dependent on expertise in developing management plans and providing the science for managing threatened species.
Labels: birds, environment
COM: Blogarithmic #200
Ice is the word for the day. Took an hour to get less than a mile from the back of the ranch to wrok this a.m. And it's just plain wintry outside.
UPDATE: It's snowing here! Really snowing.
Update again: I just went through the rather incongruous process of filming Lesser Goldfinches feeding in the driving snow.
We are working on another recording session this weekend to add tracks for the new CMP CD. So, you guys who were part of the backup choir a few weeks ago, we'll need you again. I'll check with you at rehearsals in the next couple of days. Also plan to get some D&D filming done this weekend, probably Sunday, and will be looking for crew. Let me know.
Labels: blogarithmic, milk river film, music, weather
Com: Blogarithmic #199
I've got a new site/blog up for Diogenes/Dionysus
. It has some short, preliminary bios for cast and crew, and scheduling info. More to come.
It's at http://diogenesthefilm.blogspot.com
Michael Hawkins showed me the way to Sean Kendrick's new website
this weekend. It's just an opening page, but it's a great flash graphic. Can't wait to see the rest.
Speaking of Michael, he finished the rouhg mix of his new CD with Tony Young this weekend, and it sounds great. We made some MP3s so maybe he'll post some on his music site -- that's http://myspace.com/michaeldhawkins -- once he does a mixdown with Tommy Spurlock, he'll be having them mass-produced and they'll be available at a venue near you.
Our now weekly/annual gathering to watch 24 (the only TV i watch except for occasional sports events) met for the first time last night for the two hour opening. Two more hours tonight. I'd found what seemed like a fun game -- playing bingo with anticipated events (things like Jack disobeys a direct order, and Jack convinces another CTU agent to disobey a direct order), but it turned out to be pretty lame. For one, no one wanted to spend the whole show comparing the events on the tube to the squares on the paper, AND it took the whole first hour for Jack to escape and figure out he was on the loose (key line "I don't know how to do this anymore" after which of course he proved that he did indeed know how to do it anymore). Big phrase for the night, and probably the key to the series this season -- "I don't want to die for nothing." We'll be chasing Fayed for months now i guess. And to top off the night, we were using digital record to pause while we attended to a wonderful dinner, but there was a record session already programmed in and we missed seeing the last five minutes of the show. Thank you-know for little catchup previews they do on each show; tonight we'll find out what happened. So while searching to see if i could figure out the ending i came up with the following ditty that rings a chord -- the kind that reminds me that if i were a TV-watcher, i might not get anything done, ever.
Commentary: I've got series DVD-itis
By Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) -- A few nights ago, just into the 97th hour of my exhaustive, exhausting quest to watch every existing episode of "24" before the new season starts this weekend, there was one of those big payoff moments.
It was a sit-up-straight-and-gasp surprise, the kind you wait for in this adrenaline-fueled series about a counterterrorism unit -- more unexpected because it happened in the first moments of the fifth season, almost as the credits rolled. Former President David Palmer -- pensive, strong, seemingly indestructible -- was standing calmly by a window when an assassin's bullet crashed through and killed him. Whoa.
It would have been even better if I hadn't known it was coming.
That's one big problem with watching TV shows on DVD, months or years after the show has actually aired. You risk finding out things you don't want to know, merely by glancing at a newspaper or stumbling onto a Web site or chatting with another human being. In this case, some TV critic spoiled the Palmer surprise for me, as many others have been spoiled -- even by my own colleagues. And now, undoubtedly, I'm spoiling it for someone else.
But that's not even the main problem with gorging on 120 hours of one show. The real issue is: Who the heck has time for this sort of thing?
Certainly not those of us who have full-time jobs, kids with busy schedules and other such pesky distractions from our TV viewing. Little did I, a moderate TV-watcher ("Grey's Anatomy," "The Daily Show," some late-night CNN), know what I was getting into a year ago on New Year's Eve, when two fellow journalist friends -- they know who they are -- recommended that my significant other and I check out "24."
I added the first disc to our Netflix queue. It sat for months on top of the TV set, waiting in line behind some erudite foreign film that we'd been sort of avoiding, like homework. (DVD guilt: That's a whole other column.)
But eventually we watched that first episode, and an obsession was born. It became an unspoken contract: We were going to watch the whole thing, no matter what -- even if we stopped liking it, even if it got boring. Why? Would it be trite to say "because it was there?" Leaving the job half done, as federal agent Jack Bauer might say, was "not an option."
We started going out less. Magazines went straight to the "read later" pile. Dinner became a regular date in the living room: us and Jack, that square-jawed, resolute, impossibly loyal yet subversive federal agent played by Kiefer Sutherland. And, like Jack himself (yes, we're on a first-name basis by now), we had good days and bad, but we were pushing through the pain, single-minded in our pursuit.
There were, necessarily, breaks for business trips or vacations. And there were countless times when one of us annoyed the other mightily by falling asleep mid-episode (because of the late hour, not the content) -- meaning we had to rewind and start over. Woe to the one with drooping eyelids. Me to him: "Open your eyes!" Him to me: "Sit up straight!" Or, the most evil weapon: forced feeding of Haagen-Dazs, as an emergency sugar injection. Somehow, we got through four seasons and counting.
All of which begs the question: Is this good for us, or for anyone? All this available entertainment content, waiting to be devoured? Every week a new series comes out on DVD, dozens and dozens of hours of it. Now we have our childhood favorites back, too -- "Bewitched," "I Dream of Jeannie," "Get Smart." These days, picking a new show is a major investment. Or as a colleague sighed, when I encouraged her to try "24": "Sorry. It's just too much of a commitment." Another friend did try, but told me she was too "intimidated." Give it a few dozen hours, I advised.
Obsessive TV-viewing has been around as long as the medium itself, according to TV historian Tim Brooks. In the late 1940s it was Milton Berle, "Mr. Television," the first real TV icon. In the '50s it was "I Love Lucy." Of course, back then, there was only one way to watch. "When 9 p.m. on Monday came around, you'd better have been in front of the TV," says Brooks, also an executive at Lifetime.
Now, a half-century later, you don't need to know what day or time your favorite show airs. With DVRs, DVDs and downloading from the Web, it's virtually irrelevant.
DVDs supplanted VHS tapes in the late '90s, but it's really only in the past five years that TV shows, as opposed to feature films, have become established in the format. Now, says Netflix Inc. spokesman Steve Swasey, they're a huge part of the online DVD rental giant's business: fully 20 percent of the 7 million DVDs it sends out per week are TV shows.
"The real phenomenon is people renting a whole season or an entire series," says Swasey. "They'll have a 'Lost' weekend" -- pun intended -- "watching the whole thing straight through. I know people who had a 'M*A*S*H-athon,' wearing fatigues, stethoscopes, the whole thing." Among the most popular series? "Entourage," "Lost," and of course, "24."
So back to our own ticking clock: We're at 107 hours, and coming down the home stretch. We have 13 hours to get through by week's end. Unless we really pace ourselves, that last day could be, as Jack himself would say, one of the longest days of our lives.
And while nothing topped the novelty of the first season, the suspense is still there, although you quickly learn certain immutable rules of the series. Rule No. 1: Jack will never die. (Sutherland has a long-term contract, silly.) But he comes close all the time, and no one else is safe. That's Rule No. 2.
With the end in sight, and only a weekly smattering of "24" to anticipate this season, we're kind of wondering what will happen in our household. Will we start watching our foreign films again? Get caught up on the bills? Clean out my desk? "Maybe," my viewing partner mused the other day, "we'll have to start talking to each other again."
Here's what he doesn't know: I've already ordered the first season of "Lost."
Labels: blogarithmic, culture, film, friends, ITM, milk river film, music, Tivy