Archive for October, 2006

Size Matters

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

I was reading in the NY Times Book Review about the book Size Matters by Stephen S. Hall. The book focuses on height, not weight, and part of the review covers the efforts in the early 1700’s of King Frederick William of Prussia to have an army of really large men. None of the men […]

Great Quip

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Today’s NY Times had an obituary for Leonid Hambro, a concert pianist with an amazing memory.  Many knew Mr. Hambro from his work as a straight man for Victor Borge, who is reported to have said this about Mr. Hambro: “I think as much of Leonid Hambro as I do myself, but not quite so […]

Very Interesting Statistic

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

John Tierney had an interesting statistic in his NY Times column today. Pointing out that Iraq had less cultural cohesion, less national identity than Germany or Japan at the end of World War II, he noted that nearly half of Iraqis are married to their first or second cousin.  There really is a strong tribal […]

Now for the Really Interesting Part

Friday, October 13th, 2006

Recently there have been stories in the news about Jawed Karim, a Stanford graduate student who is a major shareholder in YouTube recently purchased by Google. Karim previously made a few million dollars when PayPal was purchased by eBay. He and a couple of friends came up with the idea for YouTube; the other two […]

Thought I’d Seen It All

Thursday, October 12th, 2006

There was a story in the paper today about the former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It seems like this guy has been charged with misuse of agency resources. Certainly not the first time one has heard that type of claim. This case is not like the case of J. […]

Gambling History

Friday, October 6th, 2006

Today’s NY Times had a review of a book on gambling – Roll the Bones, The History of Gambling by David G. Schwartz. Among the interesting features from the review: Dice have dots because they predate numbers. The ancient Chinese sport of cricket fighting still attracts gamblers. Vying games, in which players are dealt cards […]

“College” Hockey

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

Erik Johnson was recently selected as the number one pick in the NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues. He just enrolled at the University of Minnesota, and will be playing for the Gophers this fall. A story about Johnson in this morning’s Star Tribune included the following: “Though Johnson has not said he will […]

Minnesota History

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Today we received in the mail the Fall 2006 edition of MINNESOTA HISTORY, The Quarterly Journal of the Minnesota Historical Society. A major article focuses on Lorena Hickok, who blazed new paths when she covered Gophers football in the 1920’s. One of the captions caught me eye: “Some 3,000 fans flocked to the U of […]

What Were the Odds?

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Today the Twins clinched the American League Central Division title. They did this despite trailing not one but two teams by 12 games earlier in the season. Moreover, clinching today required not only that the Twins beat the White Sox, but also that the Kansas City Royals defeat the Detroit Tigers, in Detroit. To compound […]

Twin Cities Marathon

Sunday, October 1st, 2006

Today was a beautiful day, so I went over to St. Paul to photograph the finish of the Twin Cities Marathon.  Photos can be seen here.