Archive for November, 2005

Conversion Factor Issue?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

People are always saying – “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. People are always saying this, it would seem, because other people are periodically suggesting through their actions that some number of wrongs do make a right. Perhaps what we are trying to puzzle through here is the proper conversion factor. For example: Two feet […]

Interesting Quote

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Yesterday I saw an interesting quote, attributed to Eleanor Roosesvelt: Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. After I discussed this a bit with my wife, she suggested that were two categories beneath discussing people: Cliches Drooling

Hiking

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Since I retired at the end of July, I have been trying to figure out how to integrate a decent amount of hiking into my exercise plan. Hiking has drawbacks – it takes quite a bit of time, and on flat ground it doesn’t do much to elevate one’s heart rate. The current approach is […]

Smoke and Mirrors

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

The Vikings beat the Giants today 24-21, despite not scoring an offensive touchdown. They got a game-winning field goal with 10 seconds left in the game, to go along with an interception returned for a touchdown, a kickoff returned for a touchdown and a punt returned for a touchdown.

Down to the Third String Back

Sunday, November 13th, 2005

During pre-game warm ups for yesterday’s football game against Michigan State, the Gophers learned that star running back Laurence Maroney’s ankle sprain would keep him out of the game. Back up Gary Russell was knocked out of the game in the second quarter, but not before notching his eighth multiple touchdown game of the season. […]

Wimpy Weather

Friday, November 11th, 2005

This morning’s Star Tribune reports that the temperature yesterday morning, 25 degrees, ended a record 229 days without a killing frost. Moreover, last winter featured the latest date ever with a 1 inch snow fall – January 21. The winter weather just keeps getting wimpier and wimpier.

Fox Sighting

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Yesteray, while hiking on a trail in North Oaks, I came upon a fox. The fox was curled up in a ball, in the middle of the trail, looking right at me. I got to within 20 feet of the fox before it got up and scurried away.

Way Out Front

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

Yesterday, President Bush announced that he was requesting Congress to appropriate $7.1 billion to prepare the United States for a bird flu epidemic. Yesterday? The Bush Administration got way out in front of this problem. Could they have waited any longer?

Cryptozoology

Tuesday, November 1st, 2005

Bates Collese is currently holding a sympoium on cryptozoology. As we all now know, cryptozoology is the quest for unknown, rumored or hidden animals. Cryptozoology’s most notorious pursuits have included the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman. I had heard about the people who had thought those critters existed, but until now, I […]