Archive for February, 2005

Minnesota Color

Saturday, February 26th, 2005

In this morning’s paper there was an article about local women’s roller derby, which features 4 teams: Dagger Dolls Garda Belts Silver Bullets Atomic Bombshells In covering the state wrestling tournament, Owatonna beat Apple Valley in the semi-finals, to end Apple Valley’s 6 year run as state champion. Earlier this season, Owatonna snapped Apple Valley’s […]

Presidential Language

Friday, February 25th, 2005

While reading a review of a biography of Martin Van Buren, I learned that he came from a family of Dutch-speaking farmers, which made him the only president raised in a language other than English.

Personality Match

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

In a BBC News article today (LINK), a professor at the University of Texas suggests that people should be matched with dogs having similar personalities. Not only do canine species have typical personalities, but there can be considerable variability within a species. This professor has identified 4 key traits in dogs, as well as having […]

Ready for Spring Training?

Thursday, February 24th, 2005

The Star Tribune reported this week that Twins first baseman Justin Morneau had some medical problems over the winter: appendicitis pulled wisdom tooth chicken pox pleurisy pneumonia Not the best way to get ready for upcoming season. An article by the Pioneer Press, the next day, claimed that while Morneau had suffered through appendicitis, chicken […]

Reconciliation: Two v. Many

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

The dirty little secret in modern physics is that their two really impressive theories – general relativity for things at a very large scale, quantum mechanice for things at a really tiny scale – do not fit well together at all. The dream of many physicists for years has to get to a general theory […]

Hockey Does Cricket

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2005

Given the pace of the modern world, people get upset when athletic events take too long. There is considerable grousing when baseball games take more than 2 1/2 or 3 hours, and when football games last more than 3 1/4 hours. There is too much to do to spend more than a few hours at […]

Triple Triple

Saturday, February 19th, 2005

Going into the state high school girls hockey tournament, top ranked South St. Paul had the chance to have the first line in state history with each player having 100 points. With victories over Anoka and Wayzata, the trio of seniors got there. Going into tonight’s championship game against Cloquet, Ashley Young has 103 points, […]

Stanley Cup Proposal

Friday, February 18th, 2005

There was a column in the NY Times today that proposed a really interesting idea. The key to the idea is that the Stanley Cup is is under the control of its trustees, not the N.H.L. The cup was initially awarded in 1893, and did not begin going to the NHL champion until 1927. Given […]

1 for 115

Sunday, February 13th, 2005

This weekend the Gopher men’s hockey team was at home to face Alaska Anchorage. To show you how things are going for the Gophers these days, they got 59 shots on goal Friday night, 56 Saturday night, and had 1 point to show for the weekend.

Really Bad Hair Days

Wednesday, February 9th, 2005

There was a story out of Colorado today (LINK) reporting that an inmate recieved a 24-year sentence for solicitation of first-dgree murder of a sheriff’s deputy. The inmate attempted to get a fellow inmate to kill a jail guard. Prosecutors said the inmate convicted today was upset over a bad haircut, attributable to the guard’s […]