Archive for August, 2006

Clumsy Wording or Deliberately Misleading?

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006

In today’s NY Times there was a full-pgae ad by Weyerhaeuser. The main point of the ad was this quote, which appeared in very large text on a green background: “By 2020, Weyerhaeuser will reduce its grenhouse gas emissions to 40% less than they were in 2000.” Basically they are going to cut emissions by […]

Weekend of Taking Pictures

Sunday, August 20th, 2006

This weekend I took pictures at three events: Vadnais Heights Heritage Days Run, in which Pat participated.  To see photos, click here. Mounds View High School Alumni Run.  To see photos, click here. Saint Paul Inline Marathon, with a miss-and-out criterium the night before.  To see photos, click here. The pictures aren’t spectacular, but I […]


Thursday, August 17th, 2006

This week there was an incident on a commercial flight from London to Washington, D.C. A 59 year old woman became unruly during the flight, including urinating on the floor, and the flight was diverted to Boston’s Logan airport. The woman’s behavior was so disruptivethat the captian ordered her restrained, at which time passengers assisted […]


Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Tonight the Twins beat the Indians behind the pitching of Johan Santana.  Johan pitched 8 shutout innings, striking out 9 while giving up 3 hits and 1 walk.  During the game the announcers passed along 3 interesting pieces of information on Johan Santana: Johan has not lost a home game in over a year. Johan […]

Eddie Murphy Out Front in the War on Terror

Monday, August 14th, 2006

Today’s Wall Street Journal had an article on the use of biometric devices in detecting air travelers with “hostile intent”. The initial part of the article talked about an Israeli-developed system that is being tested at the Knoxville airport. The article subsequently described a program less technologically based – Screening Passengers by Observation Technique (SPOT) […]

Being in the Minority

Monday, August 14th, 2006

I was reading an article yesterday about the possible role of microorganisms in obesity. The article suggested that only 1 cell in 10 in the body is human, the remaining 90% are microbial. So, the next time you hear someone say: “I’m not feeling like myself today.” A technically correct response would be: “You never […]

Air Travel Threat Greater Than Originally Appreciated

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Yesterday British authorities arrested several dozen men who had been planning to use liquid explosives to blow up airplanes flying from Britain to the United States. Given the nature of this threat, the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration quickly moved to prohibit any liquids, gels, lotions or similar items in carry-on luggage. Talking to someone who […]

Joliet Jake and Floyd Landis

Wednesday, August 9th, 2006

There was a scene in the Blues Brothers where Jake and Elwood were sneaking out of the concert through a utility tunnel and they ran into Jake’s former fiancee. The woman was less than happy with Jake because he had once left her at the altar, not even bothering to show up at the church. […]

Doping in Historical Perspective

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

There was an interesting article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal that attempted to put the current sports doping issue in historical perspective. The article had a number of examples of how things had been in the past, one of which really caught my eye. The winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon, Thomas Hicks, was being […]

8 – 12 – 13 – 22

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

The Twins started their current road trip in Kansas City desperately needing some victories. Thanks to the Kansas City pitching, the wins have been appearing. Kansas City gave up 8 walks in the first game of the series, then 12 in the next game and 13 last night. Watching the Kansas City pitchers struggle to […]