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March 31, 2009

Not so great 3.31.9

No real hands developed at Foxwoods WPT event. Unfortunately I was eliminated within the first couple levels. It was a disappointing part of my day off. Better luck next year I suppose.

New math about situations.
Food info.
History links.
Online books.
Creative writing.
Sunrise and sunset information.
Online classes.
4 million pieces of pi.
Stress management.
Engineering tips.
Math equations.
Math mindset development.
House tools.
Army survival manual.
Vitamin info.
Math resources.
Management resources.

Wiki Links:
Psychoactive toad.
Klein bottle.
Koch snowflake.

March 27, 2009

Do not be alarmed 3.27.9

The loud noise you heard last night was my bracket explosion. Well, unless you were near the California test site with Mythbusters and the broken windows. The blast was caused by some ammonium nitrate, trying to blow the socks off. My guess is that no socks remain to test, if they had the dummy on the pile of explosives.

My national champion Memphis lost to Missouri. I did have the other games correct. Uconn over Purdue, 'Nova over Duke, and Pitt over Xavier. I guess my best guess this year will need better luck next year. No idea for this year, but 'Nova has looked like a team capable of winning it all. Not sure how many of the 1 seeds make it, but if Pitt plays like it did theywill not make the championship game.

Yeah, I guess that rumors in High School is one thing, but to make headlines in the online paper? Really? What is this the Onion? Everyone knows that vampires hang out in old castles and basements, not high schools. Makes you wonder what they are teaching kids these days.

Interesting compairison of franchises.

Office gadgets.
To do list.
Math books.
Idea generator.
DIY home improvement.
Crayon colors.

Wiki Links:
Fugue state.

March 26, 2009

Yes the threats are real 3.26.9

Spice information.
Calvin strips.
Career tips.
Book suggestions.

Wiki Links:
Math tricks.

Lincoln Letter 3.26.9

Letter to his son's teacher.


He will have to learn, I know,
that all men are not just
all men are not true.

But teach him also that
for every scoundrel there is a hero;
that for every selfish Politician
there is a dedicated leader...

Teach him for every enemy there is
a friend
It will take time, I know;
but teach him if you can
that a dollar earned is of far more value than five found...

Teach him to learn to lose...
and also to enjoy winning.

Steer him away from envy
if you can
teach him the secret of
quiet laughter.

Let him learn early that
the bullies are the easiest to lick...

Teach him, if you can,
the wonder of books...
But also give him quiet time
to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky
bees in the sun
and the flowers on a green hillside.

In the school teach him
it is far honourable to fail
than to cheat...

Teach him to have faith
in his own ideas
even if everyone tells him
they are wrong...

Teach him to be gentle
with gentle people
and tough with the tough.

Try to give my son
the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on
the band wagon...

Teach him to listen to all men...
but teach him also to filter
all he hears on a screen of truth
and take only the good
that comes through.

Teach him if u can
how to laugh when he is sad...
Teach him there is no shame in tears

Teach him to scoff at cynics
and to beware of too much sweetness...

Teach him to sell his brawn
and brain to the highest bidders
but never to put a price-tag
on his heart and soul.

Teach him to close his ears
to a howling mob
and to stand and fight
if he thinks he's right.

Treat him gently
but do not cuddle him
because only the test
of fire makes fine steel.

Let him have the courage
to be impatient...
let him have the patience to be brave.

Teach him always
to have sublime faith in himself
because then he will have
sublime faith in mankind.

This is a big order
but see what you can do...
He is such a fine fellow
my son!

March 25, 2009

Join the fray 3.25.9

Interesting comments about that too big to fail bankrupt US government bailout money sucking pit, AIG and the Op-Ed from some, it wasn't me, but show me the money Exec VP.

Radom sequence.
Writing information.
Tips for difficult conversations.
Cooking tips.
Camp songs.
Brain pattern recognition.
Funny thoughts.
Excel spreadsheets.
Study guides.
Table of condiments.
Educators reference desk.
Gift ideas.
White house questions.
Art history.

Wiki Links:
Sonata Form.
Drug action.
Blowfish cipher.

March 24, 2009

Marquette finished 3.24.9

Sometimes life is just one big tease. Sure the game ended with a fluke step over the inbound line with a little over five seconds, but the way the team competed in making it close was just agonizing. I didn't know what to expect for the NCAA tournament. I was considering getting West regional final tickets and airfare knowing the seed, matchups, location and planning a last second escape from the Boston cold, to sunny Arizona. Not to be. Not next year since this was a one in a million chances. Hopefully I can look back at these games and learn that I can do little besides dream big and hope for another magical run sometime soon.

Watched There will be blood. Crazy Daniel Day Louis movie about the oil business, buying out a town, and a little double crossing religious preacher with some family value issues.

Almost achiever.
Excel templates.
To read later.
Taking risks.
Conference speaking.
Cool wave photos.
Stay organized.

Wiki Links:
Ancient Egypt religion.
Godel number.
NCAA Hoops.

March 20, 2009

Recap Day One 3.20.9

First day of Spring.....and the brackets are already toast. Hat tip to Jon for having a perfect bracket. What does day 2 hold in store? Hopefully a little more upsets. I had most of the 12's and couple of 13's but in the end, the higher seeds won most of the games. Sorry Anne Marie, I thought VCU playing in Philly would be enough to overcome the travel weary UCLA team.

Breakdown stats from ESPN.

March 19, 2009

Ready for the madness 3.19.9

Tip off is in about an hour. Prepare for massive office absenteeism, extended lunch hours, useless updates, and the overused, "How's your bracket?"

Essential Skills.
Learning CSS.
Everyday survival.
Repeating the list.
Online classes.
Excel lessons.
Tech books.
If you are hungry, try these eating challenges.
Be more productive.
British Jesuits.

March 18, 2009

Jeff Foxworthy material 3.18.9

This is why we are allowed to carry guns....so we can have easy target practice.

More brackets 3.18.9

A funny spin off of the NCAA brackets. Name of the year.

Brain games.
KenKen Math puzzles.
Maze frenzy.
Online crossword puzzles.
Thinks puzzles.
A game a day.
100 Download sites.
Text to pdf. Just type and create a pdf.
9 Mental math tricks.
Make your own scrolling sign.
Addictive drugs.
Things learned in life.

Wiki Links:

March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patricks Day 3.17.9

Everyone is Irish today, even those who aren't really Irish decent. Go ahead and wear Green. Good luck to you if you do, bad if you don't. I guess some in Massachusetts have it off for Evacuation day.

Interesting article on the graduation rates of the NCAA teams. Hat tip to Marquette.

Space shuttle launch photos.
Design articles.
Online programming books.
Other articles.
Lie detection.

Wiki Links:
St. George. For the Portugese, April 23.
Patron Saints.
St. Boniface. Germany, June 5.

March 16, 2009

Beware the Ides 3.16.9

Working on the NCAA bracket. Not a bad seed, but I don't like Boise location versus Utah State.

Writing strategies.
Crossword tournament.
Nobel games.
Program exercises.
Overcoming procrastination.
Think like Leo.
Research writing.
Math puzzles.
Brain puzzles.
Socratic method.
Math challenge.
Phobia list.

Wiki Links:
Snellen chart.
Fictional diseases. Missing "March Madness" ailment caused by NCAA brackets and excessive amounts of basketball games.
Mental disorder.

March 13, 2009

Back one month later 3.13.9

I'm not afraid of today, but I'm sure some people have that fear.

6 OT game in the Big East quarter finals? Yeah, good luck having anything left for the next 2 games against ranked teams. Syracuse was robbed at the buzzer to end the game IMO, but the refs ruled no basket. Must be the Buffalo Wings commercial brought to life.

Job survival.
Field leaders.
Slacker manager.
48 Laws.
Mission statement.
Typing game.
Lecture videos.
Triathalon training.
Tips for food prep.
PDF converter.
English proverbs.

Wiki Links:
Mesoamerican calendar.

March 12, 2009

MU vs. Villanova 3.12.9

That last sequence sucked. Jerel McNeal....sure he is a great player. Hands down dominant at times....others you just go and want to pull him out of the game and bench him for the poor play, shot selection, turnovers, defense mistakes....well you get the point. Not sure it is entirely his fault, but Buzz Williams has to take the blame for the loss at some point. No timeouts? Up 1? 4-5 second difference in the shot clock? Says wait for Villanova to commit with under 5 to shoot and then hope you can draw a foul. Take one of our own time outs to set something up? Why not? Not hoping for a good seed anymore because I give up.

More Big East 3.12.9

What looked like a Big Ten score, it sure was nice that Marquette took out St. Johns yesterday. Building a huge lead in the first half, and then coasting in the second, they set the record for fewest points in a half with 10.

Excel formula.
Learning from Jet Blue.
Learning excuses.
Bracket advice.
Speech memory improvement.
Critical thinking.
Improve communication.

Wiki Links:
Usability evaluations.
International Year of Fibres. I guess 2009 was special. Other observance.
List of spans.

March 11, 2009

U2 in Somerville 3.11.9

Emergency yodel button. Kinda like the Easy Button, except you can keep hitting it multiple times to really get a bunch of yodels. Turn the volume up.
Online tools.

I think I've seen this somewhere else before. I think the .01% of North Korea can expect a knock on the door....at 3AM.....to take them to the re-education facility....in a far off province....yeah, the Google search for Sadam election results....or at least a possible US invasion in a couple of years.

Success at anything.
Genius how to.
Work on stuff.
Interesting story through photos. Days with my father.
Photo books.
Light figures in photos.
One way to teach electronics.
Photo of the week.
Flower photos.
Game theory OCW.
Math puzzles.
Games for the brain.

Wiki Links:
Eponymous laws.

March 10, 2009

International Day of Awesomeness 3.10.9

International Day of Awesomeness.
Get satisfaction.
Online thesaurus.
Spanish lessons.
Obama reading.
Presentation tips.
Design tips.
How to sites.
Open courses.
Bale rants.
Conversion for cooking.

Wiki Links:
Purim. Holiday on the calendar.

March 09, 2009

Same as last Monday 3.9.9

Championship week in college hoops. The bracket next week. I'm still hopeful for a decent NCAA seed, but not holding my breath based on the 3-9 finish to and 4 straight losses.

Joke writing.
List of bests.
Improvement resources.
Ways to remember names.
Odd puzzles.
Brain puzzles.
Math puzzles.
Think different.

Wiki Links:
Dymaxion map.
Pitch drop experiment.

March 06, 2009

Sell everything 3.6.9

Another down day. I can't figure out a bottom, but apparently no stocks are worth anything. My guess is 4400 before the riots begin.

Cheap alternatives.
Cult of done.
Family words book.
Writing guide.
Passion vs. indifference.
Experimental philosophy.
Web Apps.
Teaching reference.

Wiki Links:
Etaoin Shrdlu.

March 05, 2009

Another loss on the road 3.5.9

Another loss to a highly ranked team on the road. Sure a 23-5 run to start the second half built a 9 point lead, however this team is WAY too good to let that rattle them. A couple of questionable calls again changes the course of the game. Hardly anyone in foul trouble for Pitt, but Blair/Young/Fields are the best of the BEAST. Hopefully the Syracuse game will give them a little confidence before the tournaments. The only consolation was beating the Pitt fans in Stump Trivia. Finishing in third overall by only a few points. The pictorial questions were the toughest and failure to act on the correct answer for the most points for the half time actress. Not bad considering the amount of $5 pitchers consumed.

Stay focused.
Online learning.
Brain games.
Improv Encyclopedia.
Audio books.
McSweeny's on the recession.
I missed it, but National Grammer Day was yesterday.
More puzzles.
Brain rules.
Newman's Own recipes.

March 04, 2009

Not so lucky 3.4.9

Do better today.
Now do this.
Online conversions.
Writing tips.
Photo tips.
Java puzzles.
Handwriting tips.
Math magazine.
Cool nature photos.
College podcasts.
Excel tips.
Another good sounding desert.
50 Photo sites.

Wiki Links:
Arthur Miller.
Kali Yuga.

Ban Barbie 3.4.9

Proof politicians have a little too much time on their hands or aren't putting a high priority of fixing the real problems. Banning Barbie is NOT in the best interests of West Virginia voters and I hope someone would put him in his place....6 feet under.

March 03, 2009

TOD 3.3.9

Can computers achieve everything the human mind can achieve?

Square root day 3.3.9

IBM Puzzles. Yeah, good luck with them.
Math cheats.
Linear algebra.
Critical thinking.
Better explained.
Clincal cases.
Home Ec 101.
List of alogorithms.
Recipe Zaar.
Leonardo drawings.
Writers database.
Word puzzles.

Wiki Links:

March 02, 2009

White March 3.2.9

Yes a another loss. This time to a poor shooting Louisville team in Freedom Hall. Sure plenty of lost opportunities we failed to take. 4 point losses suck, but not having McNeal anywhere near a decent shooting game really lost it for us. Not sure if the coach could afford to sit him for a brief period to help him understand you need to do something different in order for our team to win. Not to just take wild shots. Not a chance agains Pitt.

Only 15 inches of new snow once the old had FINALLY melted and cleared. Now we dig out.

Things to teach.
Common interview questions.
Learning faster.
Improving memory.
Teaching guide.
Number tile game.
Commencement speech.
3D room planner.

Wiki Links:
Peter Drucker.
Liklihood principle.
List of numbers.
Microbial toxins.
Southpark Episodes.
Latin Phrases.