Archive for April, 2006

Classic Quip from a Guy Who Just Passed Away

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

I saw in the paper this morning that John Kenneth Galbraith passed away.  An economist, Galbraith had been JFK’s ambassador to India and was a fixture in the Democratic Party for decades. Galbraith, a very tall man, had a large ego.  I was particularly struck by one of his quips: “Modestry is vastly overrated as […]

Covenant Marriage and Slippery Slopes

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

There was a movement a while ago for something called a “covenant marriage”. Laws have been enacted in several states to make covenant marriage an option. Basically, it is a type of marriage that is both harder to get into (e.g., mandatory pre-marriage counseling) and harder to get out of (e.g., tougher standards for a […]

Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

These days Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is taking a lot of flack, much of it justified, for his handling of the war in Iraq. I would like to offer a different take on this: There is a point of view, that makes a lot of sense to me, that while there are many fine […]

Quality Start, Redefined by the Twins

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Coming into this season, the one thing the Twins had settled was their starting rotation. And, through the month of May, it has remained settled – not very good, but settled. The starters have struggled so much that I think it is time to revise the definition of a quality start. A quality start has […]

Opportunity Lost

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Now that I am retired, one of the main things I try to do is to work on my photography. Consequently, I am always looking for opportunities to take pictures. There was an article in this morning’s Star Tribune about the annual specialty show by the ABCA last weekend on the campus of the Unviersity […]

Movie Idea

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

There have been a number of hit movies in recent years focusing on people in music. These have included the movie about Ray Charles, one about Johnny Cash, and another on the session musicians at MoTown. Given that movies about people in music have been doing well, I propose that a movie be made about […]

Scientists Are Much Like You and Me

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

There was an article in the Science section of today’s NY Times discussing some work recently done at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Using the Fermilab’s Tevatron, scientists studied the strange neutral B meson and observed that it changed identity 3 trillion times a second. This rate of oscillation is, somewhat surprisingly, less rapid than […]

Medical-Specialty-Specific Dietary Strategies

Monday, April 17th, 2006

It has been known, or at least alleged, for a very long time that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. With the advent of increased specialization in medicine, perhaps this saying needs to be reworked for particular medical specialties. In particular, what do you need to eat, and how often do you need […]

Photography

Friday, April 14th, 2006

I have had the opporunity to take some pictures lately, photographing not only Sharptail Grouse, but also high school track and field (the Conference Relays and a meet in Lakeville.).

Biking

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

This winter I took one of my road bikes in for a tuneup, and was informed that the bottom bracket needed to be replaced. The bike shop had trouble getting the old bottom bracket removed from the frame, and they ended up bending the bike’s frame. The resolution of the problem was my paying part […]